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Events in 2009@ Carlson's


Thursday December 31, 2009

New Years Eve Celebration with Amos Garrett

Concert and Art Events in High River at Carlson's on MacLeod

Sunday December 20, 2009   Matinee and evening performances

Paul Rumboldt Christmas Concert

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Sunday December17, 2009

“Highway 3 Roots Review”

John Wort Hannam, Leroy Stagger and Dave McCann

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Friday, November 20, 2009

John Brooks

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 20072007 OCFF Winner 'Songs From The Heart' 2007 CFMA Nominee 'Best Songwriter'  (nominated, alongside Bruce Cockburn and David Francey) 2007 Toronto Independent Music Awards Nominee 2006 Green Man Review's Songwriter Of The Year"Folk music is the attempt to arrest in song the truth about the people of a particular place and time." For more information about this very talented artist, please visit his web site at

 

 


Visit me at: http://www.jonbrooks.ca

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Amos Garrett Trio

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007They don't make musicians like Amos Garrett any more.  Always a surprise, always worth your time and attention (especially in live performance), and always playing those six strings in a way that leads listeners to unexpected musical conclusions.

What there saying about Amos Garrett's latest album:

"Garrett might have met his perfect match on this tribute to singer-songwriter Perch Mayfield.  Amos Garrett's guitar work is a soulful blend of elegant  rhythmic attack and scintillating lead lines.  He has a way of turning the normal into the improbable, kind of like changing the rules in algebra, but they still work.  Performing Mayfield's music, he sneaks up on the emotions of the song's with a withered voice that feels like it's coming from a favorite friend.  Get Way Back is one of those albums that just had to be made, but is still a swinging surprise."    - -  Sun Newspapers, Los Angeles    May 16/08

"Besides booming, forceful baritone and teeming guitar solos and riffs, Garrett's adaptations are fortified by excellent horn section arrangements from Dave Babcock, and some stirring keyboard and organ contributions from Ken Whitely and Ron Casat.  Garrett's versions never loose either the flavor or the impact that their creator envisioned."    - - Nashville City Paper, Nashville, Tenn.    May 2/08

"Garrett's smooth baritone voice, his sublime guitar playing and superb band arrangements are a perfect fit for the masterful songs of Percy Mayfield, "the poet laureate of the blues."    - - Montreal Gazette  May 15/08

"Garrett, an Alberta transplant from Detroit via T.O. and Montreal, has arguably made the best record of a dam good (and long) career, playing homage to Percy Mayfield with suitably understated delivery and big times blues chops."    - - Calgary Herald    May 9/08

"Get Way Back is such a masterpiece and powerful musical statement that it leads listeners to think the marriage of Garrett's multiple gifts and Mayfield's wondrous songbook was determined by some otherworldly force."    - - Edmonton Journal    May 3/08

"Amos Garrett has completed a stirring tribute to one of the best loved and most prolific writers in all of blues.  Get Way Back may well be the masterpiece in Amos' long and storied career"  Until next time . . .

- Don & Sheryl Crow, Music City Blues, Nashville, Tenn.  May 22/08

The last time Amos performed at Carlson’s On Macleod with his Jazz Trio, there were a lot of disappointed people because it SOLD OUT so fast.  Anyone who wants to see the legendary Amos Garrett is encouraged to purchase their tickets early in order to avoid being disappointed.

Visit Amos at: melmusic.com/amos_garrett

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Friday November 13, 2009

Gordie Tentrees

Yukon Roots Music

Gordie TentreesCanadian Gordie Tentrees takes his Yukon Roots Music to North American venues this spring to Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arkansas, Texas and Alberta including an Official North American Folk Alliance showcase in Memphis TE, the infamous Fred Eaglesmith Texas Weekend in New Braunfels TX and the Nickelodeon Folk Club in Calgary AB. Joining Gordie (dobro, guitar, harmonica,vocals) is the talented Ken Hermanson (lapsteel, guitar, vocals) and Matt King (upright bass, porch bass, vocals).  Some select dates will also be with the Roger Marin Band, Indio Saravanja, Adam Carroll, Rick Fines & Suzie Vinnick.  This northern songwriter and his band blend blues, country, folk and instrumental music into a sound all their own, with infectious harmonies, gritty songs, and generous charm.  Gordie has released 2 albums creating an international media buzz, while performing 200 concerts a year.  He has toured, opened and performed with Kelly Joe Phelps, Fred Eaglesmith, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and Rick Fines.

  • 'A landmark album by a true songwriter at the forefront of his genre' AMERICAN MEDIA GUIDE 
  • 'In the rough cut vein of Fred Eaglesmith or Kelly Joe Phelps, Tentrees is gifted' GLOBE & MAIL
  • 'This is how to write an album folks, this is something to be struck mute about' PENGUIN EGGS
  • 'A very original, gracious and talented performer who knows how to set the tone for the night, he can open for me anytime' KELLY JOE PHELPS
  • 'An exception and by far the best album I have listened to for some time' MAVERICK MAGAZINE
  • 2007 International Songwriting Competition Folk/Songwriter semi-finalist (Bottleneck to Wire)
  • 2005 International Songwriting Competition Folk/Songwriter semi-finalist (29 Loads of Freight)

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Gordon Belsher & Richard Wood

Gordon Belsher & Richard WoodPrince Edward Island fiddling dynamo Richard Wood has been wowing audiences all across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe and Japan for more than a decade.   Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America”, Carnegie Hall with Irish legends “The Chieftains”, CBC TV’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends”, and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric”.  Recently, he’s performed for Canada’s armed forces in Bosnia and Afghanistan, and is a featured performer touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire”.  He’s won three East Coast Music Awards, and MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century.  His new CD “A Change of Reasons” will be released in 2008.  
Gordon Belsher has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. & Europe, and performed as part of the cultural delegation for Team Canada in Tokyo, Japan in 1999.  At the 2006 Charlottetown Festival, he was featured in “Celtic Blaze” with fiddling and step-dancing jaw-dropper Stephanie Cadman.
Gordon was a nominee at Canada’s 2008 East Coast Music Awards for his solo CD, “Call up all the Neighbours”.  In 2003 his previous solo CD, “Reel in the Flickering Light” was also nominated in the same category.  During 2007, he was particularly excited about performing with his daughter Savannah and her beau Todd MacLean in an eclectic trio called “Saxafras”.

Visit Gordon at: guernseycove.ca/Bio_Gordon.asp

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JAZZ NIGNT AT CARLSON’S

Friday, November 6, 2009

Karl Roth with Dave Hamilton and Jeff Drummond

Karl Roth draws in and engages audiences with jazz vocals distinctively lush and low and a distinctive violin improv style.  The repertoire is jazz standards and oddball treasures.
Karl has to date released 3 CDs “Everybody Wants To Be A Cat”, 1997, a Christmas cd in 1998 and a third album “almost behavin” in 2001.
After a 3 year hiatus and move to Montreal for a much needed sabbatical, Karl is back living and performing in the Calgary area and is presently at work on a new album to be released in the fall of this year.  Karl performs regularly with Dave Hamilton - one of western Canada's finest guitarists - and Jeff Drummond, also no slouch on the guitar.

Visit Karl at: www.karlroth.ca

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Saturday, October 24, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.

Charlotte (Tex) Jackson with the incomparable Keith Smith

Details to follow

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JAZZ NIGNT AT CARLSON’S

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Rick Climans Quintet

Rick Climans on saxophones, Keith Smith on guitar, Robin Tufts on drums, and Mark Johnson on double bass

Gordon Belsher & Richard WoodThe October 16th, 2009 performance of the Rick Climans Quartet at Carlson's on MacLeod includes Rick on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, Keith Smith on guitar, Mark Johnson on double bass, and Robin Tufts on drums.
The group's brand of music is cool jazz with an edge! They play an assortment of jazz standards with their own twist, along with original tunes that have a Latin and a blues feel.
Rick Climans has led various jazz groups based in Calgary over the past six years and has participated in the Calgary Jazz Carnivale, Sylvan Lake Jazz Festival, Lilac Festival, Marda Gras, the Calgary International Film Festival, club dates at Beat Niq Jazz Club, along with playing in New Orleans, San Francisco, and with the New Mexico Jazz Ensemble, to name just a few. His influences include John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, and Cannonball Adderly, and his sax sound can be described as melodic and funky!
Keith Smith has played on numerous cd's, with recent examples being Simon Fisk/Robin Tufts' "Afterthought", and Lorna MacLachlin's "Telegraphy" and "Two Trees". Besides leading his own trio, Keith is an integral part of the Amos Garret Jazz Trio, and is participating in the 2009 'Frostbite Festival' (his second time at this festival) in Whitehorse, Yukon with Amos in February! He has also inspired many with his flawless, creative guitar playing in his two musical cultural exchange trips to Mongolia and China, taking part in their Giant "Steppes' Festival.
Robin Tufts has played with the likes of Don Thompson, Lorna MacLachlin, George Blondheim, Gerry Hebert, Simon Fisk and Rob Young's 'Sinatra Show'. Robin also leads his own trio and participated with Keith in the Mongolia/China Giant Steppes program, and among many other venues, has played in the Sylvan Lake Jazz Festival. His drumming keeps a cool momentum going for any group that he plays in!
Mark Johnson is a key member of Calgary's newest 'world fusion' band-  Cumako. Mark's solid, melodic double bass playing is increasingly in demand on the local music scene, and he can fit in and add to any genre of music!

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Saturday October 10, 2009   Tickets: $20.00   Show Time: 8:00 PM

Tim Williams & Morgan Davis

It just doesn’t get any better than this!

Tim WilliamsJuno nominee, Tim Williams has made Calgary his home for more than a decade.  He possesses an arsenal of stringed instruments, a vast repertoire of blues, rags and original songs, and an evening’s worth of anecdotes ranging from the hilarious to the historical.
Tim Williams (AB) is a blues-based singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist.  A 40-year veteran of the folk scene in North America, Tim still finds inspiration from his original Californian coffeehouse roots to blues, bluegrass, and 50's rhythm and blues and far, far beyond.
Mention blues anywhere in Canada and Tim William's name will inevitably come up. He proves over and over what 'Living Blues' magazine said "...Tim Williams has the taste, panache and style to pull it off.”
Tim has appeared with B.B. King, John Hammond, Honeyboy Edwards, Pee Wee Crayton, George 'Harmonica' Smith, Paul Geremia, James Cotton, Queen Ida, Chubby Carrier, Johnny Young, Johnny Shines, Big Walter Horton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Taj Mahal, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Jesse Fuller, Fred McDowell, Guy Davis, Charlie Musselwhite, Fruteland Jackson and more...and that's only the blues artists. Add to that list comics Steve Martin and Pat Paulson, Jazz musicians Larry Coryell and Mose Allison, Bluegrass giant Earl Scruggs and songwriters like Eric Anderson and Jimmy Dale Gilmore and you begin to understand the depth of the man and his music!
For nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road traveling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humor.
Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada.
While living in Rochdale College, Toronto's mecca for the subculture of the late 1960's, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto's music scene in the early 1970's was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.
Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox's first band, eventually forming his own trio.
Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Sue Foley, Ray Bonneville, Carlos DelJunco and the late Dutch Mason.
Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie".
Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine", on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize...the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.  - Tickets $15.00 (at Carlson's)

Darren Johnson

Darren Johnson at Carlson's on macleoda in High RiverSinger / Songwriter:  Earthy ■ soulful ■ bluesy ■  folksy ■  acoustic timeless
We call it “Roots”; a nice general term these days!

Don’t let the very reasonable cost of these tickets fool you.
See what Amos Garrett & Terry David Mulligan have
said about the very talented “Darren Johnson”.

Darren’s music sounds like a BBQ smells - smokey, sweet, and spicy.”  - Amos Garrett

“This is damn fine – this is good stuff.”  - Terry David Mulligan

Visit Darren at: www.darrenjohnson.net

 

 

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NEW - Friday, October 2, 2009 - Tickets:  $15.00     Show Time:  8:00 PM

“Seanachie”

Seanachie (shaw-na-key) came into being as a band in 1994 and soon established itself as one of the most highly regarded Celtic groups in Western Canada. Earning accolades for their live performances and their first two CDs (Telling Tales and Quarrel With Whisky). Seanachie has developed a loyal following both in Canada and in the United States. More recently, released a CD (A Parting Cup) and a collaborative CD (Five Days In April) with a Portland based group going by the name “Raven”.
Seanachie has an outstanding line-up of seasoned professional musicians. True to their name (Seanachie is Gaelic for “Story Teller), the group weaves together stories in song and inspiring, exciting instrumental compositions. Scotland born Gordon MeCulloch creates compelling songs and delivers them with a truly remarkable voice. Ann Gray has won piping awards throughout North America and Scotland. She composes and arranges most of Seanachie's instrumental repertoire. Robin Tufts brings his highly regarded skills as a percussionist and kit drummer to the mix. Peter Clark deepens the groove with bass, baritone and acoustic guitars. Completing the line-up is Barbra Rose Olorenshaw, who brings tremendous abilities to the group as a fiddler and singer.
The group's other credits include live performances across Canada and in the United States. In 2003, the band performed at the Celtic festival in Montevideo, Uruguay. Seanachie's receive frequent radio play on CKUA and the group has appeared on television programs including the Vicki Gabereau Show, Good Morning Canada,, CBC's Rough Cuts and the “A” Channel's Big Breakfast and Wired. Their music video (The Waulking Set) has had regular rotation on CMT.

After a brief hiatus and some solo projects, Seanachie is back together, playing engagements and looking forward to connecting with their audience once again.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Bruce Innes

Enter as an audience member, become a fan and leave as
a friend.   This is the hallmark of a Bruce Innes show.

 

The Calgary Blues HoundsBruce Innes, a native of Calgary, Alberta, has been performing professionally since age 11.  His father, a professional musician, acted as chauffeur on those early appearances, making sure the pre-teen was home safely before midnight.  While at the University of Montana, Bruce formed the Big Sky Singers, a group voted "best vocal group in the nation" by a national jazz magazine.  His final year in college he was hand picked by blues legend Josh White (in poor health at the time and unable to play guitar) to tour and play guitar behind Josh's vocals.  After the tour, Josh, with his health improving, returned to New York City and Bruce went back to the U of M.  After finishing his formal education, he moved to Los Angeles where the Big Sky Singers released an album with Dot Records.  When David Stiles, the lead singer of the Big Sky Singers died suddenly, the group disbanded.  Bruce's songwriting ability landed him the opportunity to write songs for various artists which led to the opportunity to write a show for, and perform internationally with L.A. Dodgers celebrity shortstop Maury Wills.

Bruce returned to Calgary and began performing in a little coffee house with incredible but undiscovered performers like Joni Mitchell (Joni Anderson, at the time) and David Wiffen.  Using The Pig's Eye as a performance base he formed The North Country Singers with Graham Bruce, Bliss Mackie and Dixie Lee Stone.  The group performed across Canada before moving to Los Angeles and changing the group name to THE ORIGINAL CASTE.  At Dot Records they recorded two singles before signing with TA Records, a label distributed by Bell Records (Columbia).  At TA Records Bruce met Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who produced their first album and their two hit singles, ONE TIN SOLDIER and MR. MONDAY. The success of these two songs (Certified Gold in Canada and Japan) enabled the group to tour extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan.  The band toured until Bruce returned to the United States.  Along the way Bruce collaborated with other artists, including singing with his friend, John Denver on his Rocky Mountain High album and writing hit songs for Ray Stevens, Mickey Gilley, and international artists from Australia to Japan.  Bruce now lives in Ketchum, Idaho and continues to write, record and perform.  THE ORIGINAL CASTE (Bruce Innes and Jilla Web) can be seen in concert in theaters across the nation with their highly acclaimed traveling show, ONE TIN SOLDIER RIDES AGAIN.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Mongolia Night

Northern Lights Mongolian Friends

Gordon Belsher & Richard Wood

Northern Lights is a Calgary-based collective comprised of some of Calgary’s most popular freelance musicians performing a mixture of traditional and contemporary jazz styles.  Members include Keith Smith (guitar), Simon Fisk (bass), Robin Tufts (percussion) and Deb Rasmussen (vocals). 

They are joined in this tour with fiends from Mongolia:

  • Odontungalag playing Khuuchir
  • Ganbolt on Morin Khuur
  • Ganzorig on Morin Khuur and performing Khuumii (throat singing)

 

Ganbolt and Odontungalag are both instructors at the College of Music and Dance in Ulaanbaatar, Monoglia.  Ganbolt and Ganzorig play together in the duo/ensemble called Altai Khangai (sometimesAltai Hangai, if you google).

The Northern Lights quartet has evolved from a number of ensembles that have consistently worked toward the development of spacious and interactive music which evokes the unbounded expanse of the Canadian prairies.  Similarly, the music of Mongolia is shaped by a vast and unbounded landscape.  The music selected for this collaboration introduces these separate traditions and interpretations of the world around us and then moves forward together, blending jazz into traditional Mongolian music and the sounds of Mongolian music into jazz.  In the collaborative pieces where the musical traditions both echo and compliment each other, and as Mongolian musicians add improvisation, a new sound emerges that is a celebration of both traditions and symbol of evolving together in a partnership of co-creation.

This collaboration springs from earlier collaborations that focused on promoting jazz awareness and education for both musicians and audiences in Mongolia.  In 2006, Northern Lights headlined at the Giant Steppes International Jazz Festival in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia where they performed in concert and conducted workshops to promote the development of improvisational music in that country.  With support from DFAIT and the AFA, Northern Lights returned to Mongolia in 2008 in a celebration of collaborative music marking the 35th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and Canada and the opening of Canada’s Embassy in Ulaanbaatar.  Northern Lights performed in the Giant Steppes Festival and on October 4th, a special concert was held presenting the collaboration, Northern Lights Mongolian Friends.

In August 2009, Northern Lights Mongolian Friends is touring in Canada, to complete the celebration of Canada-Mongolia relations.

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NEW - Saturday, August 16, 2009

Scotch tasting on the patio

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007

 

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Friday, August 14, 2009


2nd Annual Dead Elvis Day with: Steve Pineo and his band

 

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Thursday, August 13 2009


Carla Anderson

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Doug Andrew and The Circus In Flames

Gordon Belsher & Richard WoodIn a career that started in the Vancouver independent music scene in the early 1980’s, over the years Doug Andrew has shared the stage with everyone from the Ramones to Raffi to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.  Beginning with bands like Shanghai Dog, he has continued to write songs and is today recognized as an accomplished singer-songwriter respected by critics, peers and music fans alike.  His latest CD, A Little Bit of Gasoline, recorded with his band The Circus In Flames has drawn rave reviews, being hailed as “Brilliant. 9 out of 10” by Americana UK.  It follows The Circus in Flames self-titled debut disc which was described by Dirty Linen as “a strong argument for indie release of the year” in addition to earning four stars from America’s All Music Guide.  As well, C.B.C. Radio has nationally broadcasted the band in concert and has consistently aired both CDs on a number of programs.
Most recently, The Circus In Flames joined such artists as former Byrd, Chris Hillman, Blue Rodeo, Gordon Lightfoot and Jennifer Warnes on The Gift: A Tribute To Ian Tyson released by Stony Plain Records and distributed by Warner Music.  The group was honoured to welcome legendary steel guitarist Buddy Cage (New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Great Speckled Bird, Bob Dylan’s Blood On The Tracks) onto their version of the Tyson classic, Someday Soon which the Toronto Star chose as the “Top Track” after rating the album “3½ out of 4 Stars.”
Andrew formed The Circus In Flames in the mid-90’s when asked to play at a friend’s St. Patrick’s Day bash.  It has since grown to include various musicians, frequently touring Western Canada, appearing at several folk and music festivals and garnering critical acclaim.  The group’s “unique but rooted musical vision” (Vue Weekly) has inspired the description “garage string band” but its sound can be difficult to pin down.
Although there is a certain familiarity about the music, stemming from its roots in traditional country, folk, and blues, at its heart are Andrew’s songs.  Their “slightly twisted, always interesting storyline lyrics” are delivered “with an energetic thrust that falls just shy of reckless abandon” says Peter North of The Edmonton Journal.  He is “an untapped talent for wryly observant story-like essays” writes The Vancouver Province’s Tom Harrison while Warren Footz of See Magazine says Andrew’s songs “should shuffle him off into the Canadian musical songwriting hierarchy”.  They stand on their own, performed solo on guitar, or can work within the context of a band.  “Sheet metal country,” Doug Andrew describes the music. “It bangs and rattles and booms, generally making a fair amount of noise, but it can also be light and quiet.  It can go from sounding like a runaway locomotive thundering down the mountain without any brakes, to a wind slipping through the forest at midnight.”

Visit Doug at: www.dougandrewmusic.com

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Saturday, June 20, 2009


The Rick Climans Jazz Group

Rick Climans on saxophones, Keith Smith on guitar, Robin Tufts on drums, and Mark Johnson on double bass

Gordon Belsher & Richard Wood

Rick Climans is no stranger to Calgary jazz.  He’s been playing the corporate circuit here for about four years, has gigged around town, guested at the Sylvan Lake Jazz Festival and formed his own jazz group.  During his professional career (which started at age 13), Rick has studied classical music, attended Toronto’s Royal Conservatory and been exposed to a great variety of sounds.  At the end of the day, though, there is only one road for this musician.
“Oh, it gives me the chills,” says Climans, “[Jazz] moves me deep inside and I could listen to it 24 hours a day.  Classical was great training, but it was all basically reading the written chart with no improvising.”
Climans’s passion for the genre led him to train with well-known Toronto musician Frank Uren, and later with tenor Pat LaBarbara.  Armed with this experience, Climans has established a reputation for excellent performances.  This is a guy schooled in the tradition of Stan Getz, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and he’s ready for the next step.
What can you expect from Climans's group?  Well, it may be familiar but it won’t be your usual fare.  As Rick says, “We take what a lot of people these days call cover tunes, jazz standards, and put an interesting spin of our own on it.  We [play] not only the usual kind of solos back and forth, but each player has his own unique style.  That really shines through.  We’re really trying to go for dynamics, meaning you’re not just going to hear us do the straight ahead, real loud thing all night. We’re really trying to weave an emotional journey.“
Published on January 31, 2008 by Dennis Slater in Music Previews 

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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Lorna MacLachlan

Lorna MacLachlan on vocals and piano, Rich Harding on saxophones (definitely
one of this country's very best), John Hyde on Bass (the dean of Alberta bassists), Robin
Tufts on drums and the incomparable Keith Smith on guitar.


lorna

2008/2009 has been a productive year for  Lorna MacLachlan.  After  completing her third full length recording in October (2008)  entitled “Telegraphy”, which includes the commissioned work “Water Music” for the City of Calgary Water Centre ,she headed back into writing mode and, with the help of a Canada Council Grant ,spent some of her time at the Banff Centre. There she collaborated on a few projects and came home with even more ideas for her next CD project.

She continues to teach High School Music while she writes and performs and as the school year comes to an end; her performances start to pick up. Her Quintet has taken an exciting turn with the addition of bassist, Simon Fisk and, now as a regular member, Richard Harding heats things up with his incredible solos on Lorna’s originals tunes. Of course the stage is set with Robin Tufts on drums, Keith Smith on guitar and Lorna, herself, on piano and vocals.

Lorna’s music does not fit into your typical genres  such as “Jazz” or “Folk”. Her background is in the classical world as a classical pianist and composer with a graduate degree in theory and composition. As a nice balance she has also spent some time studying with Dave Douglas, Hugh Fraser and, currently, with David Braid.
Her lastest  CD release at the Beatniq  was well received and her original music has been featured on CBC’s “Tonic” played regularly on CKUA and CBC.

For more information on upcoming performances visit her website at www.lornamaclachlan.com or contact her at lornamaclachlan@shaw.ca. Her CDs are available at Megatunes and at her performances.

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Friday, May 29, 2009 


Country Gospel Music Convention - Fundraising Concert

 

billy+hale Lonnie Joyce

 

We are celebrating the Country Gospel Music Association's High River Convention from June 1-6.  Please join us for our kickoff fundraising concert featuring CGMA's founder, Billy Hale, along with Lonnie Saunders, Kitty Warner, and High River's own "Minnie Pearl", Joyce Pallister-Bronsch.

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Saturday, May 23, 2009


Cèline La Coste

Cèline La Coste (Vocals), Keith Smith (Guitarist), Jerry
Hebert (Saxophone) and Stefano (Bassist)

Gordon Belsher & Richard Wood

Popping up on stage with members of her local band, Céline La Coste blasts out a spirited rendition of her favorite jazz standards sung off the top of her head. Her long hair flowing, dark eyes glowing, the show is a visual as well as musical treat. Music brings a joy to this woman's heart that cannot be contained! Jazz, bossa nova, tangos, she loves them all! Céline La Coste is probably one of the few singers who can sing all of the jazz and latin jazz standards in their original languages. In fact, she sings in and speaks fluently six languages; French, English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and German.
Céline La Coste has always and continues to surround herself with music everywhere she goes. She was truly destined to entertain!
The third child in a family of four sisters, Céline La Coste is a native of "La Belle Province". She began her career singing in church choirs or for family gatherings and hasn't stopped since. As a child, she was forever singing while doing her chores on her parents' dairy farm and performing at local social events in this small francophone community just outside Montreal. Brimming with a zest for life and learning, she left her home at the age of eighteen to pursue her studies and her other passion: learning foreign languages. Her journeys brought her, among others, to Argentina, Germany and Italy, where she mastered the language of each new country.

Visit Cèline at: www.celinelacoste.com

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Call up all the neighbours because they are coming back ! ! !

Gordon Belsher & Richard Wood

Gordon Belsher & Richard WoodPrince Edward Island fiddling dynamo Richard Wood has been wowing audiences all across Canada, as well as in the U.S., Europe and Japan for more than a decade.   Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman” and “Good Morning America”, Carnegie Hall with Irish legends “The Chieftains”, CBC TV’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends”, and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric”.  Recently, he’s performed for Canada’s armed forces in Bosnia and Afghanistan, and is a featured performer touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire”.  He’s won three East Coast Music Awards, and MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century.  His new CD “A Change of Reasons” will be released in 2008.  
Gordon Belsher has toured extensively across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. & Europe, and performed as part of the cultural delegation for Team Canada in Tokyo, Japan in 1999.  At the 2006 Charlottetown Festival, he was featured in “Celtic Blaze” with fiddling and step-dancing jaw-dropper Stephanie Cadman.
Gordon was a nominee at Canada’s 2008 East Coast Music Awards for his solo CD, “Call up all the Neighbours”.  In 2003 his previous solo CD, “Reel in the Flickering Light” was also nominated in the same category.  During 2007, he was particularly excited about performing with his daughter Savannah and her beau Todd MacLean in an eclectic trio called “Saxafras”.

Visit Gordon at: guernseycove.ca/Bio_Gordon.asp

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Bruce Innes

The Calgary Blues HoundsBRUCE INNES is a singer of remarkable style and expressiveness, a gifted songwriter of unique wit and humor, and a consummate performer on acoustic guitar and piano with an impressive command of musical styles ranging from blues and folk to pop and standards reflecting his musical history which includes international top ten hits and gold records. His musical experience and background is notable for its continued international exposure, recognition and distinction. Bruce Innes is an extraordinary musician and a captivating entertainer.

His first national exposure came during his final year of college. Josh White, legendary blues artist, passing through Montana on tour, heard Bruce playing guitar in the U of MT Jazz Ensemble. At the time, Josh was experiencing a flare-up of a chronic medical condition making it extremely painful to play guitar. On the spot, he asked Bruce to come on tour, in Josh’s guitar spot behind Josh’s vocals. For a collegian from Canada, living and playing in the real blues world with Josh as mentor was an eye-popping experience which shaped his music forever. A year later, Hunter S. Thompson heard Bruce playing piano in a Butte, MT, hotel piano bar (aptly named The Gun Room). Hunter, after a couple of nights became a fan and close friend. He suggested Bruce go to California and try out a bigger stage. Bruce and his group, The Big Sky Singers, who performed songs written and arranged by Bruce, headed to L.A.

and cut an album for Dot Records. In the yearly poll of a national jazz magazine they were voted “best vocal group in the nation”. The group’s promising future was cut off by the tragic, sudden death of a member, Bruce remained in L.A. where he worked as a studio musician and songwriter for hire. His songwriting/performing ability led to being asked to create a stage show for sports celebrity, Maury Wills, which they performed in the off season during Maury’s heyday, touring the Orient and U.S. Bruce
and his next group, The Original Caste, had great popularity and international success with the iconic hit, One Tin Soldier. This and a second hit, Mr. Monday, were international hits and gold records leading to multiple tours of Canada, the U.S. and the Orient. Shortly after this, Bruce reunited with old friend, John Denver, performing in the midwest. He went on to NYC with John to sing background vocals on John’s “Rocky Mountain High” album. Then came a performing hiatus to be at home while his two children were growing up. While limiting his shows during this period, he still retained a music presence in the recording studio and as a songwriter for notable artists such as Ethel Ennis (jazz), Mickey Gilley (country) and Ray Stevens (comedy).

He began performing again in earnest when his children left for college. From this background, Bruce crafts a show rich in music, song, entertainment, and musical history woven with personal experiences and observations - from an overnight stay in a Mexican hoosegow with Hunter Thompson, to games of baci ball in the Canadian woods with members of the Chad Mitchell Trio, and an all nighter on a beach after a movie wrap party with one of Hollywood’s legendary imbibers.

PERFORMING on stage and television throughout the world, APPEARING with fabulous talents such as Joni Mitchell, Josh White, Ray Charles, The Carpenters, Glen Campbell, John Denver, and Seals and Croft , WRITING two top ten international hits, PRODUCING The Western Music Association 2003 album of the year, getting WORLD WIDE AIRPLAY for his latest CD, Nothin But The Blues, on blues radio stations in France, Sweden, Spain, U.S., Argentina, and Australia, CONTINUING to collect new fans, friends, and experiences which he weaves into story and song - all of this is a part of the fabric of a very personal performance by a masterful musician and entertainer. Enter as an audience member, become a fan and leave as a friend.
This is the hallmark of a BRUCE INNES show.

Visit Bruce at: http://www.bruceinnes.com/Site/Welcome.html

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Saturday, April 18, 2009


Darren Johnson

Singer / Songwriter:  Earthy ■ soulful ■ bluesy ■  folksy ■  acoustic timeless
We call it “Roots”; a nice general term these days!

Don’t let the very reasonable cost of these tickets fool you.
See what Amos Garrett & Terry David Mulligan have
said about the very talented “Darren Johnson”.

Darren’s music sounds like a BBQ smells - smokey, sweet, and spicy.”  - Amos Garrett

“This is damn fine – this is good stuff.”  - Terry David Mulligan

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Friday (PUB NIGHT), April 10, 2009

The Calgary Blues Hounds

The Calgary Blues HoundsTALE OF THE BLUESHOUNDS
“The Hardest Workin’ Bluesband“ The BluesHound project began as a weekly jam session, with the family dog in faithful attendance. The hound, with it's passion for the blues, became known as the Blueshound and the name has stuck with the group.

BluesM’n Don rolled in from LA … untethered, untamed and tenacious. Now tamed by the blues harp. Whenever the harmonica is removed from his bite, the distinctive growl of his voice can be heard way above the rhythm section.

Colin the Hound came in howlin’, but discovered that he was unable to howl while tied to the groove. His howlin’ is uninhibited through all phases of the moon; he and Bluesm’n clawing those grooves at a ferocious pace, almost driven so to speak !

Before she could talk, BoomHound sat on Mama’s kitchen floor in beautiful BC drumming on pots and pans. The spirit of her ancestors appeared in the form of a wolf, licking the salty tears off her cheeks and took her on a journey… a journey which led her through life and brought her to a place....the place of the Hounds.

FastHound Tim with a brief lesson from Colin The Hound (his father) grooved to his favorite metal bands … Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera but pretty soon mastered the canis art of shredding. Teaching at a local music school, he heard the roots of his music, blues; and now grooves unforgivingly in that scale … forward, backwards, underhand, overhand to the awe of the canidae followers.

Sax machine Gene, a classically trained clarinetist had his own howl … pretty much a pied piper … intrinsifying all who heard him, lost without his cause. Sax and Flute took up their place and the footprints of the Hounds were followed where he would magically appear !

Bass-fully grooving Snoopy came from the sky ! ..

Visit the Hounds at: myspace.com/calgaryblueshounds

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Tim Williams

Tim WilliamsJuno nominee, Tim Williams has made Calgary his home for more than a decade.  He possesses an arsenal of stringed instruments, a vast repertoire of blues, rags and original songs, and an evening’s worth of anecdotes ranging from the hilarious to the historical.
Tim Williams (AB) is a blues-based singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist.  A 40-year veteran of the folk scene in North America, Tim still finds inspiration from his original Californian coffeehouse roots to blues, bluegrass, and 50's rhythm and blues and far, far beyond.
Mention blues anywhere in Canada and Tim William's name will inevitably come up. He proves over and over what 'Living Blues' magazine said "...Tim Williams has the taste, panache and style to pull it off.”
Tim has appeared with B.B. King, John Hammond, Honeyboy Edwards, Pee Wee Crayton, George 'Harmonica' Smith, Paul Geremia, James Cotton, Queen Ida, Chubby Carrier, Johnny Young, Johnny Shines, Big Walter Horton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Taj Mahal, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Jesse Fuller, Fred McDowell, Guy Davis, Charlie Musselwhite, Fruteland Jackson and more...and that's only the blues artists. Add to that list comics Steve Martin and Pat Paulson, Jazz musicians Larry Coryell and Mose Allison, Bluegrass giant Earl Scruggs and songwriters like Eric Anderson and Jimmy Dale Gilmore and you begin to understand the depth of the man and his music!

Visit Tim at: http://www.telusplanet.net/public/belzners

 

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

We have been waiting for this!

Aartvark

Aartvark Coffee House is a performance venue for amateur folk singers, poets, and
others.  If you would like to perform, please call Ron Schmidt at 403-652-2299
Details to follow


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Friday (PUB NIGHT), March 27, 2009

The Calgary Blues Hounds

The Calgary Blues HoundsTALE OF THE BLUESHOUNDS
“The Hardest Workin’ Bluesband“ The BluesHound project began as a weekly jam session, with the family dog in faithful attendance. The hound, with it's passion for the blues, became known as the Blueshound and the name has stuck with the group.

BluesM’n Don rolled in from LA … untethered, untamed and tenacious. Now tamed by the blues harp. Whenever the harmonica is removed from his bite, the distinctive growl of his voice can be heard way above the rhythm section.

Colin the Hound came in howlin’, but discovered that he was unable to howl while tied to the groove. His howlin’ is uninhibited through all phases of the moon; he and Bluesm’n clawing those grooves at a ferocious pace, almost driven so to speak !

Before she could talk, BoomHound sat on Mama’s kitchen floor in beautiful BC drumming on pots and pans. The spirit of her ancestors appeared in the form of a wolf, licking the salty tears off her cheeks and took her on a journey… a journey which led her through life and brought her to a place....the place of the Hounds.

FastHound Tim with a brief lesson from Colin The Hound (his father) grooved to his favorite metal bands … Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera but pretty soon mastered the canis art of shredding. Teaching at a local music school, he heard the roots of his music, blues; and now grooves unforgivingly in that scale … forward, backwards, underhand, overhand to the awe of the canidae followers.

Sax machine Gene, a classically trained clarinetist had his own howl … pretty much a pied piper … intrinsifying all who heard him, lost without his cause. Sax and Flute took up their place and the footprints of the Hounds were followed where he would magically appear !

Bass-fully grooving Snoopy came from the sky ! ..

Visit the Hounds at: myspace.com/calgaryblueshounds

 

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Sunday, March 22, 2009


Notre Dame Collegiate JAZZ BAND

 

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Come On In Our Kitchen

Featuring: Ron Rault, Stewart MacDougall, Bobby Cameron & Crawdad Cantera

 

RON RAULT has been a mainstay on the western Canadian Blues scene for the past 35 years and in that time has worked in an array of settings.  Back in the seventies Ron’s bass playing was heard on recordings with American blues greats Johnny Shines and Louisiana Red, and he also toured extensively with John Lee Hooker playing bass behind the blues legend.
As a writer Ron’s material began to find homes with roots and pop singers and his catalogue of material is represented by J.J. Cale’s manager and publisher Audie Ashworth who took Ron to Nashville for recording sessions in the eighties.  One of Ron’s biggest successes as a tunesmith came when Powder Blues recorded his tune Jump Up. Jump Up was included on the Powder Blues album Party Line, released as a single and hit the top twenty on the national charts.
Ron has also opened tours for artists ranging from the Pointer Sisters to John Mayall and toured as a member of the acclaimed stage/musical production Closer Walk With Patsy Cline.  This Edmonton native is also a member of the Ian Tyson Tribute show The Gift and he has worked for years with his guitar playing brother Lionel in the Rault Brothers Band. Ron's bass playing and singing has been a cornerstone of COIMK for almost four years and his vocal arrangements on pieces like Jesus Is On The Mainline and John The Revelator have produced key moments in Kitchen shows. 

The piano playing and singing STEWART MACDOUGALL has been a force on the western Canadian roots scene for 30 years and among other credits he is a former member of Ian Tyson's Chinook Arch Ryders and a founding member of k.d. lang's reclines.
Stewart is a versatile artist of considerable skill.  Not only is the New Brunswick native a great songwriter, he is also an exceptional tunesmith and instrumentalist.  Over the years his songs have been recorded by Tyson, lang, Randy Travis and the Great Western Orchestra, of which he was a pivotal member in the early nineties.
The title track to Ian Tyson’s new album “From Yellowhead to Yellowstone” was co-written Stewart and he recently performed the song with the Tyson for a national CBC broadcast.
His Busy Being Blue was given a stunning treatment by k.d. lang on her Shadowland album and recently Hanky Panky, which he wrote with lang resurfaced on her compilation disc Reintarnation. Both Randy Travis and Tyson recorded Wind In The Wire and Stewart continues to collaborate with Tyson to this day.  Stewart is also the bandleader, host and arranger of the Tyson Tribute show The Gift and his interpretation of Ian’s You’re Not Alone Anymore on The Gift album has received rave reviews across the continent since being released a year ago.
Stewart first brought his blues and honky-tonk sound to COIMK shows in 2003 as a guest artist but since early ’08 he’s become a regular member of the troupe and songs like Busy Being Blue and Zydeco Began have become cornerstones of and crowd favorites at Kitchen concerts.
 
DAVE “CRAWDAD” CANTERA has been stirring Alberta blues fans up since the late eighties when he was a member of the hardworking group Three Times The Blues that spent many a weekend rocking campus pub and club crowds.
Over the years the harmonica player and singer found himself accepting invitations to back-up many well known American blues artists including Lazy Lester, former Muddy Waters band member Mojo Buford and guitarist Larry Cray.  He was a member of the Yardbird Suite blues house band for a couple of years and for the past four years has also been dishing out hardcore electric Chicago blues with the band Jimmy and The Sleepers.

Crawdad first added his harp playing and singing to COIMK six years ago as a guest on a Festival Place concert with a line-up that included Brent Parkin, Vancouver’s Doug Andrew and Stewart MacDougall.
Since early 2005 he has been a featured member of Come On In My Kitchen appearing at shows ranging from blues festivals in Saskatoon and Calgary to folksier shows at the Cochrane Folk Club and the Nanci Applebee Theatre in Athabasca.

BOBBY CAMERON returned to Alberta after a lengthy stay in Ontario, and although Cameron was born and raised in Cape Breton he put down serious roots in Alberta in the eighties.
Over the years Bobby has put many feathers in his cap.  In the nineties he was a winner of the national Guitar Wars competition that was judged by Jeff Healey.
Bobby’s blazing guitar work was augmented by his strong song writing, and he is also a born showman.
A top draw at Edmonton’s Sidetrack Café, Bobby would regularly pack the popular night club to the rafters and draw both fans and fellow musicians to his electricify performances.
In fact, when the Rolling Stones first appeared in Edmonton, members of the Stones touring band, Chuck Leavell, Daryl Jones and Bernard Fowler showed up at the ‘Track and jammed with Bobby until the wee hours of the morning.
A few years ago Bobby also started exploring acoustic blues and ended up touring extensively with Long John Baldry. Cameron contributed a lot to Baldry’s shows and also learned a lot from the legendary British bluesman who sadly died passed away in 2005.
In Come On In Our Kitchen, Bobby drives a great three part vocal delivery on tunes like Worn Out Lately, one of his many fine originals.


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Friday March 13, 2009

Crystal Plamondon

CD Release party:  “On a Song and a Prayer

(une chanson, une prière)

The long awaited new CD from Crystal available March 13th!   

Mark your calendar for her CD releases in Alberta!

Accompanied by: Fred Larose, Gord Matthews, Dayle Simpson, Myran Szott

Special Guests and Door Prizes

 


Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007

Crystal Plamondon is a talented bilingual songwriter, singer, and performer with a twenty-year track record of consistently delivering passionate concerts that cover an emotional range from heart-warming ballads to rockin’ country and zydeco.  Whether performing with her high-powered five piece band, an acoustic ensemble, Crystal never fails to connect with her audience. 
Crystal Plamondon has toured extensively, bringing her music to intimate venues, theatres, and festivals in North America and Europe.  She has co-starred in the musical theatre production of  “Cow-boy Poétré´”, acted in several movies and has over twenty TV appearances to her credit.
Currently putting the finishing touches for her new recording project due out this spring, Crystal is getting ready to hit the road with new music and her infectious enthusiasm.
Crystal hails from Plamondon, the village in Northern Alberta founded by her Franco-American great grandfather in 1908.

 

Career Highlights:
She received the Molson Canadian ARIA (Alberta Recording Industry Association) Performer of the Year Award in 1992. The following year, she was nominated for YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award for Arts & Culture. She was formally recognized as an honorary citizen of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana in 1994.

Crystal's first independent release, Carpe Diem! (1993) yielded two #1 hits in France  -  "Capitaine" followed quickly by "On va faire le rigodon". She released two other independent CDs – La Rousse Farouche (Wild Red) in 1996, and  Plus de frontières - No Borders in 2002.  Both featured a wealth of original material as well as a few covers. Plus defrontières - No Borders was nominated for a Western Canadian Music Award for “Outstanding Francophone Recording” in 2003.     

Crystal hosted the first French Country Music Program in North America called, CountryMax on Musimax, a sister station to Much Music and Musique Plus in Montréal in 1997. She performed live in Ottawa for the Canada Day celebration; and on October 18, 2000 she translated and sang the Famous Five Anthem for the inauguration of the Women are Persons! monument on Parliament Hill.
Crystal has two music videos to her credit: Rendez-vous en Louisiane filmed in Louisiana, and Cajun Girl/ La Cajine filmed in Plamondon, AB.

In addition to hosting numerous television, radio, and live events, her acting career includes performances in TV productions, movies, and live theatre.  Her television special, Passeporte Musique, filmed in Benin, West Africa for Radio Canada in 1998, also aired on the BRAVO network.

In 2004 she was awarded Prix Sylvie Van Brabant for Excellence in Artisque Creation in Alberta.  2005 marked Crystal's lead performance in the musical, Cow-Boy Poétré, a production of L'UniTthéàtre / The National Arts Centre that toured the Maritimes and Alberta after its run in Ottawa.

Crystal wrote, performed, and MC’d a concert for Alberta Scene 2005 at The Canadian Museum Of Civilization Theatre. She also appeared in Alberta Bound, which aired on CBC Television in August as part of her province's centennial celebration.

After taking a two-year hiatus, Crystal came back to the live music stage in 2007 by headlining at The Central Music Festival in Red Deer and The Leonard Cohen Festival in Edmonton.  In addition to selective live performances in Alberta last year, she recorded her latest CD – On a Song & a Prayer – set for release in March, 2009.  One of the tunes from the recording – “Forever More” - was featured on the hit CBC-TV series Heartland. 

 The two achievements she is most proud of, however, are her children - Christie & Nelson.

Visit Crystal at: crystal-plamondon.com

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Saturday, March 7, 2009 - 8:30 p.m.  - Tickets $15.00

John Wort Hannam

John Wort Hannam From the Canadian prairies in southern Alberta comes one of Canada’s most promising new songwriters John Wort Hannam.
John is known for his unique take on the simple day-to-day dramas of the common man through songs that map the landscapes of both the human heart and this vast country of ours. He is a born story-teller with a keen eye for the quirky, a humble and engaging performer with lyrics that create stories behind the songs. His voice is a constant strong and emotive presence demanding attention to lyrics.
And while it is true that John is a relatively new face on the folk/roots scene, John has achieved some fine accolades and seen his profile rise rapidly in a few short years. Of late John Wort Hannam was named a 2007 New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Texas New Folk Songwriting Competition as part of the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. (John joins the list of previous finalists such as John Gorka, Nanci Griffith, Eric Taylor, Lyle Lovett, and Steve Earle.)
His latest CD was nominated for 2 Western Canadian Music Awards. John won 1st Prize for Best song at the 2007 Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition, an award John also one in 2004 as well as the “Best Performance Award” in 2006. John has two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for “Best Emerging Artist” and “Best Contemporary Singer”, a Western Canadian Music Award nomination for “Outstanding Songwriter” and he took home a 2005 CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
John Wort Hannam was a fulltime public school teacher until 2000. Shortly after he began to pursue a long time dream of being a working musician. He released his debut CD “pocket full of holes” in 2002 followed up with his sophomoric CD “Dynamite and ‘Dozers” in 2004 and released his third full-length CD “Two-Bit Suit” in April of 2007.

Visit John at: http://www.johnworthannam.com/home.htm

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Friday February 27, 2008 - 8:00 p.m.  - Advance Tickets $20.00 

2005 Juno Award Nominee & West Coast Music Award Winner!

The Amos Garrett Jazz Trio

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007They don't make musicians like Amos Garrett any more.  Always a surprise, always worth your time and attention (especially in live performance), and always playing those six strings in a way that leads listeners to unexpected musical conclusions.

What there saying about Amos Garrett's latest album:

"Garrett might have met his perfect match on this tribute to singer-songwriter Perch Mayfield.  Amos Garrett's guitar work is a soulful blend of elegant  rhythmic attack and scintillating lead lines.  He has a way of turning the normal into the improbable, kind of like changing the rules in algebra, but they still work.  Performing Mayfield's music, he sneaks up on the emotions of the song's with a withered voice that feels like it's coming from a favorite friend.  Get Way Back is one of those albums that just had to be made, but is still a swinging surprise.  - -  Sun Newspapers, Los Angeles    May 16/08

"Besides booming, forceful baritone and teeming guitar solos and riffs, Garrett's adaptations are fortified by excellent horn section arrangements from Dave Babcock, and some stirring keyboard and organ contributions from Ken Whitely and Ron Casat.  Garrett's versions never loose either the flavor or the impact that their creator envisioned."    - - Nashville City Paper, Nashville, Tenn.    May 2/08

"Garrett's smooth baritone voice, his sublime guitar playing and superb band arrangements are a perfect fit for the masterful songs of Percy Mayfield, "the poet laureate of the blues."    - - Montreal Gazette  May 15/08

"Garrett, an Alberta transplant from Detroit via T.O. and Montreal, has arguably made the best record of a dam good (and long) career, playing homage to Percy Mayfield with suitably understated delivery and big times blues chops."    - - Calgary Herald    May 9/08

"Get Way Back is such a masterpiece and powerful musical statement that it leads listeners to think the marriage of Garrett's multiple gifts and Mayfield's wondrous songbook was determined by some otherworldly force."    - - Edmonton Journal    May 3/08

"Amos Garrett has completed a stirring tribute to one of the best loved and most prolific writers in all of blues.  Get Way Back may well be the masterpiece in Amos' long and storied career"  Until next time . . .

- Don & Sheryl Crow, Music City Blues, Nashville, Tenn.  May 22/08

The last time Amos performed at Carlson’s On Macleod with his Jazz Trio, there were a lot of disappointed people because it SOLD OUT so fast.  Anyone who wants to see the legendary Amos Garrett is encouraged to purchase their tickets early in order to avoid being disappointed.

Visit Amos at: melmusic.com/amos_garrett

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Friday (PUB NIGHT), February 20, 2009 - 8:00 PM     -     $10.00  Cover Charge

The Calgary Blues Hounds

The Calgary Blues HoundsTALE OF THE BLUESHOUNDS
The Blueshound project began as a weekly jam session, with the family dog in faithful attendance. The hound, with it's passion for the blues, became known as the Blueshound and the name has stuck with the group.

Bluesman Don rolled in from LA untethered, untamed and tenacious. He’s since been tamed by the blues harp, but to this day, whenever the harmonica is removed from his bite, the distinctive growl of his voice can be heard way above the rhythm section. The Bluesman has penned many memorable tunes, which are belted out by the band.
Colin the hound showed up as a bass player, but discovered that he was unable to howl while tied to the groove. He's grown comfortable with the guitar, which he used for songwriting, while his howling is uninhibited through all the phases of the moon.
Before she could talk, Boomhound sat on Mama’s kitchen floor in beautiful BC drumming on pots and pans. The spirit of her ancestors appeared in the form of a wolf, which licked the salty tears off her cheeks and took her on a journey. The journey led her through life and brought her to a special place....the place of the Blueshounds.
Fasthand Tim had a brief guitar lesson from his father, before playin' along to his favorite metal bands including Sabbath, Metallica, Pantera and others. He soon mastered the art of shredding. While teaching at a local music school, Fasthand began to investigate the roots of his music, and discovered the blues. He now plays the beloved blues scale forward, backwards, underhand and overhand to the awe audiences.
Sax machine, Eugene is a classically trained clarinetist, who went on to learn Saxaphone and Flute. He followed the footprints of the hound to jams & gigs, where he would magically appear, adding an array color and spice to the music. The Blueshounds are pleased to have the Sax Machine as a fulltime member.

Visit the Hounds at: myspace.com/calgaryblueshounds

 

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Saturday February 7, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.  - Tickets $15.00

Lorna MacLachlan            CD Release party:  “TELEGRAPHY”


Lorna MacLachlanLorna MacLachlan on vocals and piano, Rich Harding on saxophones (definitely
one of this country's very best), John Hyde on Bass (the dean of Alberta bassists), Robin
Tufts on drums and the incomparable Keith Smith on guitar.

“Lorna is a very gifted and committed musician /singer/composer/ wordsmith and one the city's most respected music teachers, having taught choral and  jazz music at Western High for many years. Her original works (about 90% of what we perform) are uniquely hers, melodically and rhythmically complex and interesting with lyrics that will tear your heart out.”  . . . . Keith Smith

You may have already heard the original music of Calgarian, Lorna MacLachlan. Her commissions include works for dance (Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Springboard Dance Collectives), Theatre (Theatre Calgary, Lunchbox Theatre ) and Television and Radio ( CBC, Access). As well, in 1988 Lorna released an album of original songs entitled “Jigsaw” which garnered attention on independent radio. Her style has developed and matured over time and that can be heard in her recent CD release “Two Trees”.

Visit Lorna at: lornamaclachlan.com


JAZZ  NIGHT  AT  CARLSON’S  ON  MACLEOD

Concert and Art Events in High River at Carlson's on MacLeod

Friday February 6, 2009 - 8:00 p.m.  - Tickets $15.00

Matt Epp

Matt EppAccording to its liner notes, Orphan Horse was recorded live off the floor during a "frigid winter storm." Me thinks the weather rubbed off a little on Matt Epp that day.  While songs such as Love is a Camel and You Should Know are anything but pessimistic, one can't help but feel a little reflective listening to Orphan Horse, just as one gets when they're cooped in on a cold night.  It's not so much the lyrics that cause this bittersweet reaction - and Epp's are excellent, by the way - but more so the tone.  Not unlike Ryan Adams, Epp has this weighty pitch that travels right to the core, and can either make your heart feel incredibly heavy or lift you right to your feet.  If you like music, you'll like this.  —  Jared Story

Visit Matt at: mattepp.com

 

 

 

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