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West Of the Forth bring Western spirit to the Slice

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West of the Forth played an enjoyable show of classic country at the Slice for an intimate audience, Sept. 25.


Connor Adams and Don Kinahan aka West of the Forth playing the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught West of the Forth between sets, but Richard Inman filled the void with a few originals while they took a break.


West of the Forth aka Connor Adams and Don Kinahan played a laid back set of classic country at the Slice, Saturday, Sept. 25.


The duo had very complementary voices, harmonizing beautifully together accompanying each other with plenty of pretty guitar picking.


 They played some Ian Tyson , Roger Miller’s King of the Road and Waylon Jennings’ “Luckenbach, Texas.” 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 16:04 )

Liquor Mountain play rocking alternative country at the Owl

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The Owl Acoustic lounge picked up the tempo with a little bit of alternative country, Saturday, Sept. 25 with Calgary’s Liquor Mountain.


Liquor Mountian's Danny Vescarelli at the Owl acoustic Lounge, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery

 I caught the end of a fun set which  had the essence of  L.A country rock like the Byrds and a touch of cow-punk along the lines of the Del Lords, though 12 string wielding lead singer Danny Vescarelli sported a Frank Zappa style handlebar moustache.


Steve Rozitis added tastefully twangy country leads and played a few harmonized leads with Vescarelli which lead to a mountain of sound.


Bassist Adam Kamis and drummer Clayton Smith kept the rhythm moving.


 They impressed the crowd enough to call for an encore.


So they obliged by taking a swing at the Ozark Mountain Daredevils’ “Homemade Wine,” which they said they had never played before.


They did a fantastic job of it before calling it a night.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:47 )

The Derina Harvey Band turn the Slice into a big kitchen party

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Edmonton’s merry band of transplanted Maritimers, the Derina Harvey Band made a long awaited return to the Slice, Friday, Sept. 24.

Derina Harvey and Jessica Blenis at the Slice, Sept. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

They play here every two years and always bring a kitchen party to the floors of the Slice to an enthusiastic audience.


 I bought the eighth ticket on Wednesday, and was concerned about the turnout, however, last minute Lethbridge came through again for this show.


I only caught one set, but should have stayed for the whole show.


 I arrived as they were tearing up a hot version of Steve Earle’s “Galway Girl,” which is also on their second CD “Rove and Go.” The band, featuring lead singer/rhythm guitarist Derina Harvey, drummer Steve Pinsent, lead guitarist Scott Greene, bassist Ed Smith and fiddle phenom Jessica Blenis, followed that up with a “sociable“ and tearing up “Whiskey in the Jar.” Everybody adding vocal harmonies making for a stunning experience.


 Most of their set came from that CD and it was mostly revved up versions of traditional Celtic favourites, most of them powered by  fine finger flying fiddle playing from Jessica Blenis.


 They slowed things  down, just a touch, for a pretty cover of  the Pogues’ “Dirty Old Town.” But they picked up the tempo quickly, with the audience enthusiastically  whopping and hollering and dancing up a storm.

 They had everybody singing and clapping along with Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers’ “Sarah” in between tasteful fiddle and guitar solos.


Jessica Blenis playing with the Derina Harvey band, Sept. 24. Photo by Richard amery

 They slowed things down again for the mournful “Fallen Man’s Daughter.”


 They picked up the tempo for a hot  version of “Excursion Around the Bay,” for which Harvey conducted the crowd in a rousing chorus of “Heys.”


They picked up  the frenetic pace on another crowd pleaser “Mari Mac,” which got faster with every verse and drew a lot of applause.


Blenis  seemed to be holding back, but let loose on a scorching version of bluegrass classic “Orange Blossom Special,” which I thought was the Dixie Chicks’ “Sin Wagon”  to begin with.


They ended the set on that highlight and I left for the next gig, but should have stayed, if only to hear their version of the Arrogant Worms’ “Last Saskatchewan Pirate.”

— By Richard Amery, LA. Beat editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:33 )

Mickey Hayward opens acoustic night at the Owl

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It was acoustic night at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Friday, Sept. 24 with a trimmed down Biloxi Parish set to perform.

Mickey Hayward playing a solo set at the owl acoustic Lounge, Sept. 24. photo by Richard Amery

But first Mormon Girls’ Mickey Hayward opened the show with a grunge/alternative rock flavoured set of acoustic rock.


 “I used to play with a band that was really loud,” noted Hayward, who ’s sound mellowed as he accompanied himself on acoustic guitar.


 He still had an alternative rock feel  to his music sans the volume and distortion.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:15 )

The New Testaments bring pop and rap to Brewhouse

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I keep hearing about the New Testaments, but have never  seen them, but caught them at the Canadian Brewhouse, mid set, Friday, Sept. 24 to an enthusiastically dancing and cheering crowd.


Danica Sommer and L Rev with the new Testaments at the Canadian Brewhouse, Sept. 24. Photo by Richard Amery

They played a familiar sounding  set of contemporary pop and R and B music featuring saxophone, keyboards, two guitars and lot of loud bass, drums and percussion.


 I caught them at the end of a set. A couple local rappers including LRev performed during the set break.


 Danica Sommer took centre stage to begin the next set,  a wretched sound mix meant she and  the rest of the band were completely drowned out  by the bassist and drummer’s funk fuelled groove, no matter where I stood in the room.


I only stayed for a few songs  in the next set, which opened with  Sommer taking centre stage.


 She didn’t unleash her powerhouse voice as much as  I expected, but highlight was  Outkast’s “Hey Ya.”

 They open up tonight’s rap battles at the Owl Acoustic Lounge at 6 p.m., Sept. 30.

—by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 September 2021 15:05 )
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