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“The Gift” to present the highlights of Ian Tyson’s career at Southminster United Church

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Long time Ian Tyson keyboardist  Stew MacDougall has  a “Gift” for Ian Tyson fans.


MacDougall and some of Tyson’s other former band members  (guitarist Gord Matthews, drummer Thom Moon, fiddle player Myron Szott and bassist Julian Kerr) plus special guests John Wort Hannam and guitar god Amos Garrett, who was a member of Ian Tyson’s pioneering ’70s country rock band Great Speckled Bird, bring Ian Tyson tribute “The Gift” to Southminster United Church, Friday,  Sept. 23. The show also features guest vocalists Tracy Millar, John Wort Hannam and Ian Oscar.


Stewart MacDougall is looking forward to “The Gift,” at Southmoinster United Church, Sept. 23. Photo Submitted

Country music fans know Ian Tyson’s work, from an illustrious career spanning 50 years ranging from early solo hits, duets as Ian and Sylvia which lead to his landmark work with early country rock band Great Speckled Bird and the more cowboy themed music that marked  the end of his career. 


He also hosted a popular country music television show from 1970 to 1975, which began as “Nashville North” with the popular  theme “Long, Long Time To Get Old” which featured several incarnations of Great Speckled Bird.

 Tyson first came to the ears of country music fans in 1962 with his first big hit “ Four Strong Winds.”


 MacDougall was part of Ian Tyson’s band around 2008, which resulted in collaborating with Tyson on the title track of the 2008 album “Yellowhead to Yellowstone and other Love Stories.”


“It is 50 years of his songs. The show has 26 songs spanning 50 years of his career,” said MacDougall, noting all of the major hits are accounted for including ‘Four Strong Winds,” “Someday Soon” and “Summer Wages.”

“His ‘Cowboyography’ album is really well represented,” continued MacDougall, espousing an encyclopaedic memory of Tyson’s storied career.


“So there’s lots to draw from,” MacDougall said, adding each guest gets to be the featured player on three songs.


“ Ian has blessed it. He can’t sing anymore,”   said MacDougall, noting Tyson was having some voice issues, but recovered from them to enough to return to the stage  for a while, but has retired from the business..


“The big three hits from Cowboyography, ‘Navajo Rug,’  ‘The Gift’ and ‘Fifty Years Ago’  are represented,” he said, adding Tyson recorded ‘Summer Wages’ several times.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 September 2022 17:21 ) Read more...

Marcus Trummer band back to play the blues at the Slice

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Calgary musician Marcus Trummer  returned to the Slice with the blues on his mind and in his hands, Friday, Sept. 9 .

The Marcus Trummer Band returned to the Slice, Sept. 9. Photo by RichardAmery

I arrived in the middle of a hot cover of “ All Along the Watchtower.”


 S A jam on that evolved into a solid cover of Neil Young’s “Ohio.”


 They played a tight set of R and B infused, funk tinged blues music.


 I believer there were originals, but they  covered a lot of well known hits including  Tom Petty’ “ You Don”t Know How it Feels.

 They are exceptional players and singers.

 — By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:22 )

Oktoberfest in September a hit downtown

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Why not celebrate Oktoberfest in September?

The Pogo Brothers brought their Oktoberfest  celebration back to their roots — in Festival Square outside of Telegraph.


Ein Prosit! The Pogo Brothers held Oktoberfest downtown, Sept. 9 and 120. Photo by RichardAmery

 Friday, Sept. 9 and 10 was the first night of the popular local festival.


 Chilly weather didn’t  stop a lot of the patrons from breaking out their best lederhosen and German hats, as they drank delicious German beer and danced up the dust. 


The weather was chilly, but the band was cool, heating top the night and getting toes tapping with a touch of German culture.


 Alpen Schatz provided the soundtrack with plenty of oopah pah music   powered by plenty of brass, bass, drums and accordion.


 They had a lot of fun on stage, which the audience picked up on.


Alien Schatz will be back at Spectrum Brewery on Oct. 1 and playing the German Canadian Club for an Oct. 15 dinner and dance.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:13 )

All “Hell” breaks loose at the Owl

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All “hell” was breaking loose on  the weekend with a plethora of events happening on the weekend.

I only caught  some of Friday’s events.


 The Owl Acoustic Lounge had a  busy Friday, Sept.9.


Hell Diablo playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge Sept. 9 Photo by RichardAmery

 I missed an early show by Leeroy Stagger and his band.


 But most of the full house stuck around  for the first part of the set by local rockers Hell Diablo.


 Unfortunately a lot of them cleared out midway through their set.


 Sunglassed frontman Tyler Brownfield snarled into his microphone pounding out  rhythm on his Gretsch, bassist Shawn Worden was lost in the groove as always and locked in with drummer Eric Hamilton while lead guitarist Taylor Ackerman supplied fierce , bluesy stoner rock style solos, which gave Hell Diablo a  Nashville Pussy meets Queens of the Stone Age feel.


 They played a lot of their album “Blood is the New Black” including familiar tracks like “Cold Hearted Man,”  and “Bright Side,”  but also gave the audience a taste of  their upcoming album, playing the new single “Push Comes to Shove” and a couple other new songs.


 I missed Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset’s closing set. 

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 September 2022 17:03 )

The Chevelles play the hits for Muscular Dystrophy

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The Chevelles are always a good time.

The Chevelles’ Joe Brewster and Tim Carter playing the Place, Sept. 9. Photo by RichardAmery

They were helping raise some money for Muscular Dystrophy at the Place, Sept. 9.


 With everything going on on the weekend, they didn’t have as big of a crowd as usual, but the one who were were were having a blast dancing to a drum heavy mix of to the hits of the ages.


 Seamus Chevelle Aka Joe Brewster put his bagpipe playing skills to good use on a. great cover of  AC DC’s “Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll). He also sang lead on the more punk  covers including Billy Idol’s Rebel Yell” and Iggy Pop’s “Real Wild Child.”


Tim Carter sang lead on most  of the songs including the Romantics’ “What I Like About You.” 

Scott Kanashiro did his usual triple duty on keyboards, guitar and vocals.


 He showed impressive range  on Queen’s “ Fat Bottomed Girls.” and “ I Want to Break Free” which showed off some superb multi-vocal harmonies.

An excellent cover of Prince’s “ Let’s Go Crazy” was a highlight.

 And I moved on after a solid cover of Bruce Springsteen’s m“Dancing in the Dark.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:54 )
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