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Fun with violins

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May 28 was all right for violins. Murray Nelson and Ed Dietrich’s May 28 show at the Slice, which featured Dietrich on violin, with guitarist Murray Nelson and numerous guests including his son, was a blast .

Nelson was a tasteful addition to Dietrich’s fantastic fiddle playing which is the subject of a DVD/Blu Ray disc which was being filmed of the show. The musicians covered everything from jazz to country music. In several places, Dietrich was even making his hand - crafted fiddle sound like an entire horn section. His son joined him on stage for an impressive song.

Dietrich and Okotoks fiddler Andrew Dexter also traded impressive licks for an entertaining set. Then Dietrich accompanied Shaela Miller, who was backed by drummer Brad Brouwer, stand up bassist Tyler Bird for a heart-wrenching set including Patsy Cline’ “She’s Got You” and the Shirelles, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”, Loretta Lynn’s “Sucess” and some of her own songs.

Dietrich’s horn-sounding fiddle really enhanced Miller’s sultry voice. Check out Shaela’s June 6 show at the Front Row pub with Treeline and the Record Holder. While she may not be singing gorgeous jazz, she is sure to put on an entertaining show.

Dexter, Dietrich, Nelson, Bird and Brouwer wound up the night with a jam featuring “Orange Blossom Special,” and instrumental versions of “Folsom Prison Blues,” and “Yakity Yak.”

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )

New material from Keith And Renée

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Winnipeg pop/folk duo Keith Macpherson and Renee Lamoureux premiered some excellent new material during an opening set for fellow Winnipegger Jodi King at the Slice, May 29. Some highlights included Macpherson’s ode to having a crush on Jennifer Aniston called “Jenny” and a moving tribute to the duo’s favourite charity  “Free The Children” which is about stopping third world children being forced to work in factories producing products like carpets for western consumption.

 Another good song  Macpherson performed was one he wrote about his experience competing in Canadian Idol 4. They  are just about to release their fourth CD, which was recorded with a full band and is due out in September. They said we were the first to hear the new material, which makes one wonder if we really were the first, or if they tell that to everyone. Either way, they continue showing development and musical growth.

 Of course their  hit “Good Year” which is part of an AT and T commercial in South America was a highlight. I got a kick out of Macpherson‘s rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s ’80s hit “Time After Time” which drew their set to a close.

Jodi King, touring on a brand new CD, “ Street Lights” displayed her impressive set of pipes, but her style of piano /pop just wasn‘t my style. But you have to respect a voice that beautiful.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )

Mobadass is Marvelous

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Have you ever gone to a gig not knowing what to expect, then returned home wondering what you witnessed, but was  impressed nonetheless. That was of Mobadass and Kyprios’ May 29 gig at the Blarney Stone. Not being a rap fan, I wasn’t sure what I was about to see, but I had to check out rap performed with a crack live band behind it.

Kyprios kept the crowd hopping and dancing while Wide Mouth Mason bassist Earl Pereira proved he is a dazzling bassist,  as well as has a wicked voice, which leans heavily on the R and B side. His voice was complemented perfectly by Kyprios, who had a crowd bouncing  in front of the stage, keeping up their energy. He also proved to be quite the singer as well

They played their hit “Nobody Knows” as well as some Sweatshop Union hits as well as original Mobadass/Kyprios material  which they said on stage they hadn’t played before an audience before.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 June 2009 20:34 )

Tough choices to make June 2-9

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This is a week of tough choices if you like all types of music and entertainment.

On Thursday, Ray Lemelin  and Bill Hills return to the Slice on June 4. They play thought provoking and energetic acoustic blues. On the other hand, if you are a “Spaceship Superstar” or just like Canadian rock n’ roll, Prism is at Average Joes Downtown. They have a plethora of catchy synth and guitar powered hits like “Spaceship Superstar,” “Take Me To The Kaptain,” “Young and Restless,”  “ See Forever Eyes,” and numerous others. If you like jazz music, the Dave Renter Quartet is playing Henotic the same night. They are also hosting the open stage at the Slice tonight (June 2).

Friday night is going to be  a night of really tough choices.

Not only are Dave McCann and the 10 Toed Frogs back in town to play heartfelt, energetic alt-country music at the Slice, but Henotic is going rockabilly with Bent 8, the Hurricane Felix and  the Southern Twisters. “metal Queen” Lee Aaron is also back in town to play Average Joes downtown, Friday night.

For something a little more country, Karen Romanchuk begins a two-day run at the Mocha Cabana. James Oldenburg will be playing laid back singer songwriter material at the Cottom Blossom Lounge, Friday and Saturday as well. If you want to laugh, lisping, trucker-mouthed Cape Breton comedienne Nikki Payne is at HBs Lounge.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 02 June 2009 21:05 ) Read more...

Cumako provides a preview of this year's South Country Fair

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Cumako flautist Ai Hagiwara was a highlight of the band’s May 30 show at the Slice. L.A Beat Photo by Richard AmeryThings are good to go for the twenty-third annual South Country Fair in Fort Macleod, July 17-19 . There are three Lethbridge bands including this year’s songwriting competition winner Shaela Miller, Treeline and the Darby and Joan Club playing amongst a line up which not only has a broader world view, but also shares some acts with the Calgary Folk Festival.

Plus there are going to be several poets and musicians still to be announced.

“There‘s a big focus on Alberta music. We‘re sharing acts with the Calgary folk festival,” said publicity co-ordinator Trent Moranz observing they didn’t intend to broaden their musical  horizons or share acts with Calgary this year, but is pleased that‘s how it worked out.

On May 30, Calgary based energetic Latin/world/reggae act Cumako introduced a packed Slice to what  they have in store for South Country Fair fans, during their Friday, July 17 9:30 p.m. set during the this year‘s fair. 

Their hyperactive show featured wicked flute and saxophone interplay, some phenomenal bongo drumming and even  a dual bass solo.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2009 17:46 ) Read more...
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