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Shaela Miller and the Uncas excellent

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The Slice had a great show with Red Ram, featuring former members of the Uncas who entertained approximately 40 people, Nov. 14. They  took the stage around 10 p.m. with an exuberant set of roots rock which featured an Uncas cover, some material from their new CD which won’t be released until next year and  some older material.Shaela Miller and the Switchmen’s steel guitarist. Photo By Richard Amery
 The Shaela Miller Threesome were up next with a special surprise — Sean Brewer and the Switchmen’s steel guitarist who added a few extra textures to Miller’s unique country roots music. The addition of pedal steel also added a whole different traditional element to her music.
 She was in fine form and held the stage like a pro, but the band really came together  during the last half of the set which  included Miller favourites like “Vicious Bitches,” “ Lonely” and “A Friend In You,” plus her song which won the South Country Fair songwriting contest, “Loving Me.” She also played a couple Johnny Cash classics including “Cry,Cry,Cry,” which kept the crowd dancing.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 November 2009 13:24 )
 

Düus and King celebrate birthdays with the blues

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Local bluesmen Papa King and Darryl Düus  celebrated their birthdays by throwing the blues up the in faces of a good 60-70 people at Henotic, Saturday. Darryl Düus and the One Shoe Blues Band. Photo By RIhcard  AmeryThe first set featured Papa King and Düus playing lead with King for the first time in about a year and a half. They worked through blues standards like “Slow Moving Train” and King originals like “Busy Boy Blues.” King kept a drum beat going with some computerized drum pads. They finally got the crowd dancing with  a song called “Chocolate” which featured some superb slide playing and a tasteful wah wah guitar solo. He ended his solo set with “Key To The Highway.”
Darryl Düus and the One Show Blues band turned it up with an electrifying  set of rocking blues music including everything from classics like “Sweet Home Chicago” “Voodoo Child,” to a lot of other things which were  a little  odder including a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cover. But throughout there was excellent guitar playing as Düus wandered through the crowd soloing and  borrowing various glasses and bottles as slides. He was backed a by a tight rhythm section and King joined the band on stage for a third set of energetic blues.
— By Richard Amery, L.A.Beat editor
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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:16 )
 

Releasing the inner jam

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Saturday night was jam band night at Henotic  in the GCBC Lounge. I missed the JPS trio’s  set, but arrived in time to enjoy the groove from Whister’s the Release who had  a cadre of girls dancing in front of the stage.The Relase unleased a groovy jam at Henotic. Photo by Richard Amery
 A shaker in a shoe was attached to a Hammond organ garnished with a  tie dyed sheet  being played along with piano /flute by vocalist/Tom Heuckendorff.  Brendan  Ladner added some tasteful guitar work while Kostas Lymbertos set down the bass groove as drummer Tim Watson held it all together
They kept the groove going with infusions  of  R and B, jazz  and rock and every thing else you could think of. The songs had seemless transition with little space between songs which were designed to let the audience dig the groove.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Language of unusual

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A  couple unique acts performed for  approximately a dozen people, Nov. 12 at the Slice, beginning with Thunder Bay musician Jean Paul De Roover, who was making unique and unusual music with PVC Language Arts melded classical music, jazz and lots of other influences. Photo By Richard Amerypipes, computers and delay loops and guitar which allowed him to harmonize with himself and  be a complete one man band.
Hillary Grist was a next with a  brief set of piano pop, which was a good introduction to Vancouver‘s Language Arts. She joined the band on stage to play some pop powered piano and  sang some excellent vocal harmonies with singer/guitarist Kristin Cudmore.
Language Arts performed a truly impressive blend of classical music and jazz improvisation with even a  touch of Caribbean  which were enhanced by beautiful vocal harmonies. Cudmore’s classical guitar melded well with some jazzy drumming and stand up bass playing  all made the music happen while her beaming smile made the night.
 They were  in the middle of the eight gig of an 11 day tour and on their way to play Broken City in Calgary.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 November 2009 14:01 )
 

Shanneyganock bring a kitchen party to the Blarney Stone

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Newfoundland’s favourite party band, Shanneyganock brought a Maritime kitchen party to the Blarney Stone, Nov. 12.
 Turnout wasn’t as high as expected for their debut performance, as approximately 70 people, consisted mostly of Maritimers who were in the mood for a party, though not dancing, at first.Mark Hiscock of Shanneyganock. Photo by Richard Amery
After a brief set by an opening duo, who learned a handful of songs for this gig, it was time for Shanneyganock.
 The band, singer/guitarist Chris  Andrews, multi-instrumentalist  Mark Hiscock, bassist Bob Pike and drummer Mike Clarke warmed the crowd up with some upbeat traditional Celtic songs, “Fishing on the Lorry,” “I’se Da Bye” and “Whiskey in the Jar” as well as old American traditional songs and quite a few originals.
 And while Andrews, changed a broken string, Hiscock, who was alternating between three different concertinas, a banjo and  a mandolin throughout the show, entertained the crowd with some peppy instrumentals. After the  change they broke into something from their latest CD “VII,” “Skellara Hat.”
Their tight set showed  why they get compared to  the Great Big Sea, though I also heard a lot of similarities to Tanglefoot. They had some tight vocal harmonies, Andrews’ baritone and Hiscock’s tenor melded well especially on more country flavoured originals like “ A Town this Size.” which featured some choice mandolin licks.
—By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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