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Crimson Roots set for a pscychedelic freak out in Lethbridge

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Remember the good old debauchery filled and riff ridden days and nights of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath? The days when you could be bludgeoned into deafness by a Marshall amp turned up to 11? And a guitar solo could raise the hair on the back of your neck?
 Vancouver stoner rock/psychedelic power trio Crimson Roots do. They will be bringing psychedelic instrumental group TroCrimson Roots plays 
the Slice, May 19 with Lustre Creame and Trophy Wife. Photo submittedphy Wife to play a gig with local progressive rockers Lustre Creame at the Slice, May 19.
“It’s a big stew pot of  funk, progressive rock and jazz, but I just like to call it rock and roll,” said drummer, Aaron  Marsh, calling during his coffee break from his day job in construction.
The Vancouver duo includes Marsh and fellow New Brunswicker, guitarist William Duplain who had been playing in bands together since high school and who relocated to Vancouver within months of each other and then met bassist Dustin Toth in 2007.
“We met Dustan and Crimson Roots was born after only one night of jamming,” he enthused adding the band released their debut CD ‘Callous’ in March.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 May 2010 10:53 ) Read more...

South Country Fair Songwriting contest packed to the rafters

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People packed the Slice to the rafters for the finals of the second annual South Country Fair Songwriting  contest, May 15.
 St. Albert singer-songwriter Robert Mulder won the first prize of $400, two passes to the fair July 16-18, the chance to play his song on the main stage and a bag full of swag for his song ‘ One of Steven Foord singing ‘Death to the Sun,’ Photo by Richard AmeryThose Days’  which was an up beat  jazz tinged, blues /pop number which had an excellent vocal melody and some catchy guitar chords.

The runner up was Necessities frontman Steven Foord with his song  ‘Death the The Sun (The Cricket Song)’ which featured fellow Necessities member Devin Gergel and gang vocals from a handful of Foord’s friends shouting along with the chorus. Foord won $200, two passes to the fair and a bag of swag. Honourable mentions went to  Roy Sternhagen and Rick Mogg as well as Treeline bassist Ryan Dyck for their songs ‘Cowboy’s Dream’ and  ‘Four White Walls’ (Hospice Blues) Robert Mulder claims his prize. Photo by Richard Ameryrespectively.
Local musicians Tyler Bird, Bruce Roome and Jolene Draper had exceptional performances especially  Draper who’s dusky jazz pipes were especially enjoyable.

“This contest isn’t about winning,” said South Country Fair organizer Maureen Chambers, in between the break between the experienced and beginners category, adding organizers received 37 submissions and chose their favourite eight in each category to perform at the finals.
“It’s about getting up on stage and performing your song for people. It’s about getting the music out there,” she said praising the attentive audience for paying attention and not talking during the first set.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 16 May 2010 12:13 ) Read more...

Shawna Romolliwa Band continue improving

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Shawna Romolliwa’s new band has come into their own as an energetic,  more blues based band Jan Jelly and Shawna Romolliwa  grin in between songs. Photo by Richard Ameryduring their show at the Slice on May 7. Romolliwa is usually seen on stage as one of Hippodrome’s  usual back up singers, but makes an excellent frontwowman as well  along with co- lead singer Jan Jelly.
 They had a few dancers and oozed talent from every pore. They played a variety of blues standards, obscurities like Rita Chiarelli’s ‘I Can Change For You’ and hits like the Rolling Stones’ ‘Miss You.’
 They pulled off the energetic, foot tapping blues as well as smooth, sultry, jazz tinged blues as well.
— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Phyllis Sinclair plays moving folk music

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 I caught the end of Phyllis Sinclair’s show at the Wolf’s Den, May 8. There wasn’t  a huge crowd out to see her, but those there hung on every word she sand and every story she told.Phyllis Siclair at the Wolf’s den, May 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 She told stories and sang moving songs for about 25 people. Moni Matthews helped her out by adding some stand up bass.
 She sang a song for Alberta which she entered in the Calgary Folk Fest Competition a few years ago, but ended up losing to John Wort Hannam and then was called back for an encore — a beautiful a cappella song about fishing called ‘Northern Fishers.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 May 2010 13:24 )

Oh My Darling sing beautifully together

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Oh My Darling played the Slice May 8. Photo by Richard AmeryAt the Slice a wonderful Winnipeg based  folk/ country/celtic group, Oh My Darling, displayed superb vocal harmonies and tight musicianship, May 8.

There was excellent playing all round from banjo player Allison De Groot, Marie-Josee Dandeneau on upright bass, Guitarist Vanessa Kuzina and  fiddle player  Rosalyn  Dennett who were linked in with each other.

 They had a good portion of the crowd dancing in front of the stage. They were reminiscent of other popular roots and folk girl groups like  The Gruff and Wailing Jennies.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 May 2010 13:18 )
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