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Events in 2011@ Carlson's

Saturday December 17 & Sunday December 18, 2011

4th Annual

Paul Rumbolt Christmas Concert

Details to follow

Paul RumboltPaul is an accomplished musician and arranger, gifted songwriter, and captivating performer. When writing songs for his new album, SongSmith, Paul traveled coast to coast and south of the border in search of experiences that would ultimately become songs. A native of Newfoundland and a 15-year resident of the Alberta Foothills area, Paul has graced large stages, intimate coffee houses, and family kitchens alike in his travels across the country.
For Paul, the most rewarding aspect of a lifetime of music has been the opportunity to share, collect, and create stories with the people for whom he has been privileged to perform. Now, with the release of his 5th album, Paul returns to his musical roots with a work that speaks of his love of the people and places a life in music has brought him. Paul draws on his gift of storytelling as he revisits the singer-songwriter folk genre that has influenced him most.
A fixture in the Southern Alberta musical community, working with such notables as Cindy Church, Nathan Tinkham, Amos Garratt and Dave Hamilton, he has a regional and national following with a fan base that ranges from folk lovers to those that simply enjoy his intricate song stylings and his incredible voice.

  • Paul possesses a rare combination of talent, musical taste, great songwriting and wonderful singing; when woven together with his sincere love of the music, his performances create a warmth that is truly refreshing and infectious; the real thing. Cindy Church
  • Paul is a fine tenor , an uplifting composer and….a cool dude! Amos Garratt
  • Very, very good…even excellent! I was blown away… Tom Coxworth, CKUA Radio

Saturday, November 26, 2011

THE Eh Team
Amos Garret &
Kelly Jay Fordham

Amos and Kelly Jay will be celebrating their 70th birthdays on Nov. 26th at
Carlson’s on Macleod

Amos Garrett-born November 26, 1941. Kelly Jay Fordham-born December 1, 1941.
Born  5 days apart , these two icons of the international music world started making music together a mere 15 years ago when Kelly Jay joined Amos’ legendary blues band, The Eh’ Team. They knew each other a lot longer than that as they were both “spawned” from the Toronto Folk and Rock and Roll scene in the 1960’s.. Amos first becoming prominent with Ian & Sylvia Tyson’s first band project—Thr Great Speckled Bird, and Kelly Jay scoring an international hit with his band Crowbar. The song, “Oh What a Feeling”(penned by Kelly Jay) received two prestigious awards this year, being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and also being named Song of the Year by SOCAN. The booming six-nighter blues club scene in Western Canada of the 1980’s brought them to Alberta.  Come join these two plus the rest of the Eh Team ( Brian Pollock, bass and 25 year vet of the band, and their new drummer, High River’s own Kevin Belzner) as they prove that “It Ain’t Over Yet”Dine ( if you Wish), Drink, and Dance—the Three “D’s”!

“You may know Amos for his famous solo on Maria Muldaur’s “Midnight at the Oasis”, but that’s only a small part of what he’s really put out there in the way of extraordinarily unique and tasteful guitar work. No one plays like Amos. No one.”—Geoff Muldaur, 2010. 

“Kelly Jay? He never plays the same thing once!”- Greg Godowitz, 2011.

Show Time: 8:00 PM - Tickets: $25.00   


Friday, November 25, 2011


James Bond Night

Fund raiser for prostate cancer

Show Time: 7:30 PM - Tickets: $45.00   

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Long-time Alberta resident guitar picker, Jim McLennan, is returning to Carlson's on Macleod in High River on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.
McLennan’s sold out CD Release Concert last March proved to be an evening full of musical surprises.

A preeminent fingerstyle guitarist, McLennan’s music runs from original compositions to arrangements of swing tunes, ragtime and blues.

What People Say:
Jim is a contemporary of U. S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship winner, (the de facto fingerstyle world champion), Bob Evans.

Evans says this about McLennan’s acoustic playing:
“I first met Jim almost forty years ago. At the time he had one of the smoothest fingerstyle guitar deliveries I had ever heard. And now, all these years later, I'm happy to report the magic is still there. Jim's playing combines a deft touch on the strings with a wonderful sense of musicality that continues to delight aficionados of great guitar music."

McLennan will be joined by his wife Lynda McLennan who, accompanied by Jim, will bring some old standards to the evening. Song like Summertime, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hard Times and more.
Get your tickets early. This will be another sell out evening.


Friday, November 18, 2011

SHane Chisholm


Friday, Nov. 4th


One of the best Pure Guitar Players you'll ever see. A Guitar Player's Guitar Player

Description: Considered a virtuoso of his art form, Jack Semple plays with unparalleled feeling and total technical control. The JUNO award-winning guitarist, singer and composer has performed from Vancouver to Montreux, released 7 CD’s, and shared the stage with international artists ranging from Martha Reeves to k.d. lang.

Starting his music career in Regina, Jack performed jazz, blues & R&B in various groups including his Luxury Blues Band. Delving into the blues and in particular the music of the great B.B. King, whom he says “is the greatest interpreter of blues guitar ever.” He also lists Jose Feliciano, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Sting as influences.

In 1992, Semple burst onto the national scene when he won Much Music’s “Guitar Wars” National Guitar Competition. Jack joined the Lincolns after an inspired night jamming with a few members of Red Rider following a gig in Regina, moving to Toronto briefly to play full-time with the group. He later returned to the prairies to pursue his solo career and to spend more time with his young family.

He released his debut album Live at Formerly’s in 1991, followed by Sneakin’ Suspicion (1994), Grey & Yellow (1995), Saskadelphia (1997) and Live at Kaos (2001). In 2005 Jack one a Western Canadian Music Award and a Prairie Award for his acoustic CD Qu’Appelle. His latest releases include his Christmas album Cool Yule (2006) and his solo effort, Tribute to Lightfoot (2006).
Popular amongst blues, jazz and folk festivals across Canada, in 2007, Jack performed before over 20,000 at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, wowing the crowd with his energetic and powerful performance. Jack has also found success in film, television and commercial scoring (Gemini award nominee, Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series 1999 and 2000).

October 18th and 19th, 2011


These two gentlemen are coming all the way from Prince Edward Island to Celebrate Gordon’s 60th birthday.

Get out your dancing shoes, because we are going to have an toe tapping East Coast style kitchen party!

Tickets: $20.00      Show Time: 8:00 PM


Friday, October 14, 2011


CD Release Party - “Hardwired for the blues”

Tickets: $20.00      Show Time: 8:00 PM

Saturday September 24, 2011

Crystal Plamondon

Cajun Concert with the Crystal Plamondon Band

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Crystal Plamondon hailed Canada's Cajun Queen; is a talented bilingual singer, songwriter, 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, roots and cajun. This concert she performs with her high-powered four piece band, but whether she is with her band or covering classic jazz and pop in her new TORCH act, Crystal never fails to connect with her audience. People drive from miles around just to catch one of her shows because of Crystal's warmth and wit and report with her audience. No one ever leaves disappointed and feels like they have made a life long friend after attending one of her concerts.

Crystal Plamondon has toured extensively, bringing her music to intimate venues, theatres, and festivals in North America and Europe & Africa. She has received too many accolades, awards and nominations to ention.She has appeared in many radio and television specials; as well as acting in film; and in live theatre playing across Canada.

She has released 5 CDs of her own Cajun / Country / Roots music on her own label. Her latest CD of original material "On a Song & a Prayer" which she wrote, co-wrote and produced featured 2 songs written by Dayle Simpson that were featured on CBCs "Heartland" . She recently was heard on "Heartland" this past 4th season as the voice of Grandpa Jack Bartlett's deceased wife. This marked her third song and appearance on "Heartland". In 2010 she realized a dream by releasing a bilingual soft jazz album of classic pop and jazz covers titled “TORCH!” her sixth album.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Featuring: Bruce Innes, Shelley Jones, Julian Kerr, Bruce Mohacsy and Lori Mohacsy


Saturday, September 10, 2011

International Touring Songstress
Ann (vocals & piano) will be accompanied by Juno Award winning bassist, James Forrest


Saturday, August 27, 2011

With special guest: Claire Reilly-Roe

Friday August 12 2011

Steve Pineo’s 4th Annual

Dead Elvis Day

Featuring: Steve Pineo (Vocals & Guitar) with  Kit Johnson (Bass), Tim Leacock (Guitar) and Kelly Kruse (Drums)

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007Steve Pineo is the writer of “Canadian Man” by Paul Brandt and “Too Bad For Me” by Prairie Oyster.  He is also a unique and talented performer in his own right.  Working as a solo act, with an acoustic trio, with a four piece roots rock band or an 8 piece horn band, Steve’s sound is immediately recognizable.  Like Ry Cooder and Mark Knopfler, Steve is a virtuoso guitar player who’s style was originally blues-based but has expanded its palette over the years.  Also like Cooder and Knopfler, Steve writes about characters who could be part of a soundtrack in a “slice of life” movie.  His flair for sly satire and gentle humour is comparable to John Prine and Ray Davies.
Over the years, Steve has gone from promising new-comer to respected veteran while maintaining the integrity of his work in a changing marketplace.  Steve has shared the stage with a who’s who of the Canadian and international music scene and appeared at numerous folk, blues and jazz music festivals.
Steve was born in Toronto Ontario, learned guitar at age nine, moved to Calgary in 1978, went to Western Canada High School, took a brief stab at post secondary at U Vic., and then started his musical career. He played solo acoustic gigs at the Kensington Deli Café one night and blues gigs at the King Eddie the next day and was virtually unstoppable at house parties.  With a legendary bag of songs, he could sing until sun up without repeating a tune.  Although he’s a little older and wiser now, Steve Pineo still pursues his music with a relentless, restless passion and a thirst for truth and inspiration that will continue for the rest of his life.

Kit Johnson is a veteran bassist as well as the co-author of the Alanna Miles hit “Lover of Mine”. He is much in demand as a band leader, producer and back up musician.  He also leads a successful Neil Young tribute called “All Neil All Night” as well as playing bass in the Joe-Defendents with Steve Pineo and Tim Leacock.

 Tim Leacock is a legendary Calgary rocker, leading such bands as the Burners and National Dust.  Since packing in his day job, he has been one of Calgary’s busiest side-men, backing up such stalwarts as Tom Phillips, Cam Penner, Greg Cockerill and Karla Anderson on guitar, bass and mandolin.  Expect his long awaited debut C.D this fall.

Kelly Kruse is a well seasoned drummer specializing in blues.  He is also an excellent guitarist and flutist.  Kelly leads a sensational dance band called “Kelly and the Krusers” as well as playing drums every Monday night at Mikey’s Blue Mondays featuring Steve Pineo.

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

Friday August 5, 2011 - 8:00 PM - Tickets: $10.00

Join us for a “SOCIABLE” (pub night) evening with good live music

Smilin' Jack Smith & David Glynn

Bluesnight at Carlson's

Smiling Jack Smith:
It has been a long and winding road, as the song goes, and the musical story is as changing and varied as the geographical.
From crooner and tap-dancer in the 50’s and folk-singer in the 60’s in NY, to folk rocker in the 70’s and 80’s in Vancouver, a short stint as a country artist in Florida in the early 90’s and, then in the last visit to NJ, the blues began to be the driving force in his music.
Some shows with Johnny Clyde Copeland and Charlie Musselwhite added energy to the transformation and so, in Spain, when asked for the first time what kind of music he played he had to answer truthfully, “Blues”.
And so the last 15 years in Spain has been a kind of living experiment and distillation process, where all the influences of his early music have played a part in the ever-changing blues of Smiling Jack.
I remember reading Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut and the concept of the karass, the circle of people, known and unknown, that surround you and mix with and influence your life. I know that there have been occasions when, upon meeting a person for the first time I felt that they were, or were going to be, important to me.
David Gwynn is definitely one of these people.  The first time I played with him it was obvious that we shared a very deep musical connection. Over the last few years I have begun to realize that he is a near perfect complement to my show, the roots and years we share are clear when we play together. It’s like a friend once said, “Talkin’ to you is just like talkin’ to me…”. That’s the feeling I have on stage with him, he plays what I would play if I could, and if I wasn’t playing rhythm and singing.
 We have been working in a number of formats for several years, from a six-piece band with violin and harmonica through trios and duos. This current project is an outgrowth of that work, and a natural progression for me as a writer and performer as I have been feeling the need to return to a simpler sound and that has had an influence on my writing.

David Gwynn:
David Gwynn was born David Lance Guynes in San Francisco, California on December 4, 1952 into a family with a deep musical tradition. His father worked as a bricklayer and wrote country songs, and lived next to another bricklayer and aspiring songwriter named Harlan Howard. Houseguests would sometimes include the likes of Willie Nelson, members of the Carter Family, Roger Miller and many more.
David worked professionally throughout California as a guitarist playing many styles throughout the 70s, including with some real legends of country music history. During this period he began consciously working his roots and influences into one style. Then in 1984, as fate would have it, David arrived in Madrid, Spain on a small tour and met his wife, Rosa, on the very first day there. Since then he has worked as a producer, composer, teacher and studio musician – recording and touring with many well-known Spanish artists and groups.

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

Saturday July 16, 2011

“SOCIABLE” (pub night) evening with good live music

Morgan Davis

Bluesnight at Carlson's

Morgan DavisFor nearly four decades Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling 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 humour.
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.
Davis has established a rich career as a solo artist, and also performs with stellar lineups of musicians as a trio or full band.
His most recent recording, "At Home In Nova Scotia", pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.
Morgan's passion for the Blues has never wavered... and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life.


  • 2005:  Songwriter of the Year, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2004:  Blues Album of the Year, Painkiller, "JUNO"
  • 2004:  Recording of the Year, Painkiller, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2004:  Male Vocalist of the Year, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2004:  SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2004:  Producer of the Year, Morgan Davis with Alec Fraser for Painkiller, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 2000:  Acoustic Artist of the Year.  "Toronto Blues Society"
  • 1999:  Producer of the Year, Blues Medicine, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 1999: Song Writer of the Year, SOCAN, "Maple Blues Award"
  • 1996:  Blues with a Feeling Award, "Toronto Blues Society"
  • 1995:  Blues Band of the Year, "Jazz Report"
  • 1994:  Blues Artist of the Year, "Jazz Report"


Friday, July 8, 2011

Featuring: Gordon McCulloch (Vocals), Ann Gray (Bagpipes), Robin Tufts (Drums), Peter Clark (Guitar / vocals) and Barbra Rose Olorenshaw (Fiddle / vocals)
Cover charge: $15.00 per person      Show Time: 8:00 PM


Saturday, June 18, 2011

Join us for a “SOCIABLE” (pub night) evening of Celtic / Folk music


Friday, June 17, 2011

bruce Innes in concert
with "the original caste"



Saturday June 11, 2011

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.

lorna2008/2009 was 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 latest 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 or contact her at Her CDs are available at Megatunes and at her performances.

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Friday, June 10, 2011

Carlson's is having a “SOCIABLE” evening of very good live music

Featuring: Steph MacPherson & Mike Edel

During the summer of 2010, Steph Macpherson found herself with a performance schedule that included Vancouver's Lilith Fair, Victoria's Blue Sky Festival, Rifflandia Festival, and The Peak 100.5fm Vancouver & Music BC's Peak Performance Project Showcase.
Since releasing her EP less than a year ago, she has added opening for Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Sugarland, Colbie Calait, Erykah Badu, Tom Cochrane, Colin James, and Men Without hats, to her repertoire of performances.
Steph recently completed an October tour of BC & Alberta and performed at the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards Showcase BreakOutWest to promote her EP To You.
Steph’s folk/pop album “To You” has had airplay on CBC Radio One, CBC Radio 3, Vancouver’s Peak 100.5 FM, Alberta’s CKUA, Evolution 107.9, CJSF and CJUM; she has also received interviews and/or on-air performances with CTV News, eTalk Daily, The Peak 100.5, CBC Radio 3 and Calgary’s Mix 97.7.
 The BC born Kiwi-Canadian singer-songwriter began her endeavor into the world of music at the early age of four.  After seeing The Little Mermaid for the first time, she knew she wanted to be a singing mermaid.  When she failed to grow a fin, she picked up a guitar, turned into songwriting, and began pursuing music as a human in her hometown of Victoria, BC.
She has since showcased on stages along side the likes of Jesse Winchester, Leeroy Stagger, Greg Macpherson, Kinnie Starr, Raising the Fawn, and Yukon Blonde (formerly Alphababy).
In the music of Mike Edel, listeners are gently brought into contact with what it means to be a human being. Born in rural Alberta with a constantly reflective mind, adventurous spirit, and compassionate heart, his honest lyrics poignantly and humanly wrestle with such universal themes as lost love, fear, home, family, travel, nature, and the divine. 
The influences on his music include, but are not limited to, the wheat fields of the prairies; the music of Ryan Adams, Counting Crows, John Mayer, and Leslie Feist; and his many travels by backpack to such places as Germany, Ireland, the Middle East, and the sunny beaches of California. Edel's new record in 2011 is produced by Winston Hauschild (Hanna Georgas) and has toured in Alberta, BC, the Pacific Northwest and California since 2008.  He has played Victoria's Rifflandia Festival and received Rawlco Radio's 10K20 award.  In all, Mike Edel is an artist and a musician and a fellow human being with not only something to say, but a beautiful medium through which to way to say it, and say it well.

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Friday June 3, 2011

Denise Withnell - ROSE PETAL PIE CD release

Tim Williams at Carlson'sIf the name (hers) sounds familiar, then it's likely that you are a reader or CD credits and liner notes! Withnell is the soaring female vocalist with the renowned group Cowboy Celtic, and best known for handling lilting and lusty Irish material. But she and her husband (Cowboy Celtic co• founder David Wilkie) can play other stuff.

Here's proof of the pudding ... or rather, pie ... and a sweet treat it is!

Tempos cover the gamut from jazzy waltz and sultry blues shuffle to sassy Western Swing, Euro bistro and society foxtrot. The project even trotted another Western 'fox' out to play. While sequestered during a blizzard Paul Zarzyski co-wrote "Flyin', Not Fallin ' ln Love With You• with Wilkie, and it proved to be the song that sparked the CD concept. A1so present is Cindy Walker's great "Gain' Away Party" first used to mark the occasion of Bob Wills' final recording session with the Texas Playboys. Four more Wilkie originals are here along with a jazzy swing take of "South Of The Border,• a jaunty galloping "Slow Poke" for sheer grins and so much more. Each song is more of a talent showpiece than the last.

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Friday May 27, 2011

Tim williams

Tim Williams at Carlson'sJuno 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!

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Friday, May 20, 2011

“SOCIABLE” evening of very good live music

Featuring: Heather Blush

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Friday, May 13, 2011

The Hamiltone Trio

Featuring:  Dave Hamilton, Mel Wilson & Julian Kerr

The Hamiltone TrioDave Hamilton not only plays the guitar, he is a master of the guitar.  Dave is also actively involved in studio production for many artists and can be reached at Hamiltone Productions.
Dave Hamilton has been producing music since the early 1980's and has owned and operated his own studio, Hamilton Productions, since 1990.  For over 30 years he has been playing guitar professionally and he has won the "Alberta Instrumentalist of the Year" award three consecutive years (1990 / 91 / 92).  Over the years Dave has played Country, Country Rock, Pop Music, Jazz, Western Swing and various other styles of music that he can delve into for inspiration, as well as copying the styles heard on the radio today.
Mel Wilson has played with such luminaries as Diamond Joe White, Ian Tyson and Amos Garrett.

(Mel) Wilson’s been playing guitar since he was 12, after seven years of playing piano.  He went to Midwestern University in his native Texas, studying music, but not guitar.
“I did woodwind, if you can believe that, I play clarinet,” he said with a laugh.
He’s been a professional musician since he was 15 and has played with many illustrious musicians through the years, including a long stint in Ian Tyson’s band.  He plays what he calls “traditional country,” nothing like what he says you hear these days.
“What they call country music today is pop that wasn’t good enough to play on pop stations so they call it country,” he said with a laugh.
He cites some of his main influences as Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, and Hank Williams Sr. He said a few years ago he got to play a set with Don Helms, the steel guitar player for the Drifting Cowboys, Williams’ band.    Excerpt from the High River Times

Julian Kerr is a professional musician who has played piano, bass, and guitar for over 30 years. Julian has played with such notables as the Original Cast (One Tin Soldier & Mr. Monday – gold record hits) also with Gay Delorme, Bo Diddley, as well as numerous Calgary bands.  Veteran of many recording sessions with various artists, Julian is grateful for the knowledge and experience gained from playing with so many talented musicians.  Julian’s been teaching for the past 10 years; and his students enjoy developing their skills with his gentle humor and support.

Visit the Trio at:

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Saturday, May 7, 2011 - Tickets: $15.00 Show time: 8:00 PM

Calum Graham

Calum isn't just an exceptional musician, but a very synergistic talent and is perhaps the first true, "fusion" artist of the 21st Century.  His exceptional musical capability and direction provides for a prestigious, and long term artist life.  Calum has garnered rave commentary for literally appealing to a very broad age demographic. He has an exciting and entertaining stage presence that belies his youth.  Here is a guitarist who is well on his way to international acclaim.  He was called a "Monster Guitarist" from executives at Disney Studios, and a "Virtuoso" from the many eyes that witness this young man.  He was chosen among the top artists of Alberta, to perform at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.  In 2009, A First place win at the Calgary Stampede Talent Search entered him into the National Talent Competition in P.E.I, where he also took First place.  A Second place win with his original compositions was a high standing at the Prestigious Canadian Guitar Festival, in Ontario.  He released his first EP entitled "Sunny side up" November 2009.

Calum Graham is poised to be setting the bar for guitar grooviness for many years to come.  His tunes are energetic, infectious, and show a compositional maturity well beyond what I would normally expect to hear from such a young player.  What can I say, I'm a fan!"  -  Don Ross (Two time winner of the prestigious U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship)

Keith Smith  “The older I get, the less I’m inclined to believe in talent.  The lack of it is so often the excuse for not  trying.  It’s no accident that the best players are, without exception, the ones who worked the hardest, so it’s always inspiring when you hear a guitar player of Calum’s youth who has already demonstrated the huge commitment it requires to approach a real mastery of the instrument.”  -  Keith Smith (One of Canada’s finest Jazz Guitarists)

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Sunday May 1, 2011

International Touring Songstress -- National CD Release Tour

Ann Vriend

Ann (vocals & piano) will be accompanied by Juno Award winning bassist, James Forrest

Ann VriendAnn Vriend: "The Aretha Franklin of Americana"
“With her soaring vocals, impressive song-writing ability, and instrumental prowess, Vriend is truly an all-in-one package." – Obscure Sound, NYC

Ann Vriend (pronounced Vreend) was born in Vancouver, BC. When her parents discovered their 3-year-old could play nursery songs on a Fisher Price xylophone, they encouraged her musical development by enrolling her in violin lessons. At the age of nine, when Vriend sought to accompany herself as a songwriter, she took piano lessons from an elderly woman down the street who charged $5 per visit. In high school, Vriend reluctantly performed 3 of her compositions (meant to be sung by friend instead of her) at a talent show. Accolades from her fellow students evolved into various projects with older students in bands, and eventually into praise from critics, the media, and fans around the world.

Vriend's vulnerable yet exquisite voice is often the first thing that turns heads; it has been described as an enchanting cross between Dolly Parton and a young Aretha Franklin, while her story-like but often enigmatic lyrics reveal her lauded literary depth, influenced by writers such as Leonard Cohen, Paul Simon, and Thom Yorke.

Vriend's songs maintain a natural knack for melody, garnering her hits on both independent and commercial radio stations in her home town of Edmonton, Alberta. Her music has been featured in a television show DVD release, and she was commissioned to write a song for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

From composition to composition her music varies between folk, retro soul, Americana, college pop, and jazz influenced numbers, yet she maintains a consistency of sound in her immediately recognizable vocal and lyrical approach. Vriend’s quirkiness and self-taught piano stylings draw comparisons to Regina Spektor and Kate Bush, though she also has a country and soul vocabulary in the vein of Ray Charles and Lyle Lovett. In short, "When it comes to women with pianos, there are endless comparisons to make, but Vriend stands out from the crowd" (Drum Media, Australia).

Vriend is also known for her live performances, balanced perfectly between breathtaking, heartbreaking songs and charming, witty humor, and resulting in over 12,000 album sales to date as an independent artist, sold almost entirely from off the stage. It is common for people to cry during her performances. (And laugh!). Vriend has headlined at festivals as far away from home as Germany and Australia, and is as comfortable performing in the humble setting of a house concert as she is on stage at famous theatres. At the moment Vriend is recording her next studio album, which she will release and tour during the 2010/2011 season in Germany, Australia, and Canada.

Known increasingly as "an artist not content to follow" (CKUA Radio) Vriend continues to make loyal fans wherever she goes. David Ritz, author of many biographies (Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye) writes: "Once every generation... a singer-songwriter emerges with the creative fire to set the music world ablaze. Ann Vriend has the fire."

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Saturday, April 30, 2011

“SOCIABLE” (pub night) evening with good live music

Secret House Band


Bruce Innes with Julian Kerr

When we have a "Sociable" at Carlson’s on Macleod, it is exactly that.  You can socialize, move around the room, visit with friends & just have a good time because it is not a concert.
Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors about the “Sociable” at Carlson’s on Macleod.

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Friday April 29, 2011

The Legendary Amos Garrett with Keith Smith and Greg Carroll

Calgary blues and roots rocker, Steve Pineo has it all says Mike Ross of the Edmonton Sun. “He
Sings well, plays guitar like he sleeps with the thing, and writes excellent songs.” “He’s a great
Singer and instrumentalist—he managed to capture the essence of legends without sounding
derivative. That’s a gift!” adds Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster.

Jazz night at Carlson's

Martin Kerr is performing at Carlson's on macleod on December 23, 24 2007What they are saying about "GET WAY BACK"

"Garrett might have met his perfect match on this tribute to singer-songwriter Percy 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 of algebra, but they still work.Performing Mayfield's music, he sneaks up on the emotions of the song's with a weathered 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 still is a swinging suprise."  -- Sun Newspapers -- Los Angeles, Ca. 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 Whiteley and Ron Casat.Garrett's versions never lose either the flavor or the impact that their creator envisioned."  -- Nashville City Paper -- 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 damn good (and long) career,paying homage to Percy Mayfield with suitably understated delivery and big time 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 and Sheryl Crow.-- Music City Blues, Nashville,Tenn. May 22/08 

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Saturday April 16, 2011


Featuring: Amy Vaile

The term "slam poem" is really an umbrella category for all poems meant to be performed for a live audience in a competitive environment.  "Spoken word" refers to all poetry meant to be performed aloud, including in noncompetitive environments like open mics.  Therefore, all other kinds of poems, from haiku to sonnets to love poems, can be considered slam or spoken word poems.  And slam and spoken word poems can be the exact same thing.
The only rule, aside from the constant need to be school-appropriate (no profanity or gratuitous references to sex or drug or alcohol use), is that it be entertaining for the audience.  How is that achieved?  The same as with poems written for the page, yet different, too.  As with poems written for the page, all the poetry elements are key: say something, be precise and clear and original, use imagery and metaphors and sound elements like rhythm and rhymes.
Two things might make a slam poem different from poems written for the page.  The first is the performance component.  It helps to consider a slam poem as not a poem read aloud, but a fusion of 50% poem, 50% dynamic stage performance.  Therefore slam poems, always memorized, often use comical exaggerations, unconventional angles, surprise twists, and big emotions like love, heartbreak, or outrage.  They also may have parts where there are voices to imitate or places to move around.
The second thing that makes a slam poem different from poems written for the page is what pleases audiences.  Because traditional slam rules limit poems to three minutes, slam poems tend to hover around that length -- which for many students writing them feels pretty long the first few times.  They often tend to, though certainly do not need to, borrow a lot from hip-hop styles, using plenty of internal rhymes, rhythmic flows without a rigid rhyme scheme, and slang.  They also tend to fall into one of three camps: the funny, the emotionally powerful, and the funny-and-emotionally-powerful.

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Friday, April 15, 2011, 2010

Gary Fjellgaard with friends Darrel de La Ronde and Saskia

Gary Fjellgaard:  For more than thirty years Gary Fjellgaard has been making a living on the road with a guitar and a song. He delights his audiences throughout North America and Europe with his masterful acoustic guitar, gentle vocals, riveting yodeling, and tales of his life in the woods. Gary takes his music to the people with a rare sincerity.
Raised on the Canadian Prairies, this award winning singer/songwriter is a champion of vanishing values and the frontier spirit. Cattle drives, wagon treks, windswept prairies, rushing rivers and working folks with ties to the land have all been a source of inspiration for his songs. His western roots music has survived categorization, and a move to Canada's West Coast has brought a universal quality to his songwriting.  Gary and his wife, Lynne, make their home on Gabriola Island on Canada's west coast. His lifelong love for his wife, their four daughters, and their many grandchildren is lovingly illustrated in many of his songs.

Gary has played with some world class musicians over the years and still calls them on occasion to augment his sound. His shows range from the intimacy of the small theatre to the excitement of main stage appearances at Canada's top festivals. He looks back on a rewarding career and gratefully acknowledges the hundreds of towns and cities, and thousands of listeners who have been touched by his music.

Darrel De La Ronde and Saskia:  For those who don’t know us yet; we are a Canadian musical duo who sing and play contemporary and original folk songs. Alternatively our music has been labeled as: Country, Alt-Country, Canadiana, Folk-Rock, Folk-Roots, Gospel Pop with sub- genres under Bluegrass, Historical Folk, Celtic, and ⁄ or European Folk ⁄ Pop. So go figure! The truth is; the correct designation is “Prairie Folk.” That’s what we play. That’s who we are. We share a prairie ancestry of Saskatchewan Metis and solid Dutch farm stock. Today we are Singers, Songwriters and Musicians with long time careers as professionals.

Darrel is a veteran performer and sought after studio musician, whose debut album Family Tree features guest appearances by Darby Mills and Daniel Powter.  Saskia has shared a stage with such notables as Valdy, Ian Tyson, Roy Forbes and more. While touring throughout Europe, Western Canada, the United States and Mexico she turned out four albums: Back in Time (with her band Déjà vu); Lady Luck; Saskia; and the highly acclaimed Christmas Dream, a fundraiser for BC and Canadian Food Banks.  Together we follow our hearts and dreams with our delightful new album called Laura’s Kitchen. For your listening pleasure, we cooked up an enticing batch of songs with the help of our friends; Ken Hamm, Gary Fjellgaard, Nathan Tinkham, Alison Humphries, Jordan Stringer, Jerry Paquette and Nolan Murray (Tiller’s Folly ).

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Friday, April 7, 2011

Fashion Show

On Thursday evening, April 7th you can visit your favorite “Downtown High River” business between 5:30 & 8:00 PM, be entered for door prizes and enjoy a fashion show that will be held at (8:30 PM) Carlson’s on Macleod. The fashion show will feature ladies lingerie (Hidden Charm Boutique), cocktail dress & shoes (Cottonwood Bridal) and beautiful jewelry (Austen Jewellers).

This event is sponsored by the following members of the Downtown High River Business Association: Vespucci, Cuts On Fifth, Spectrum Eyecare & Eyewear, Red Bag, Aisling Interiors, Above & Beyond, Bat Sheba Gifts, Beautiful Blooms, Pioneer Barber Shoppe, Austin Jewellers, Pixi Hollow, Finishing Touches, Hidden Charm Bouitque, Carlson’s on Macleod, Cottonwood Bridal and the Pekisco Trading Co.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Frontporch Roots Review

Featuring: Jimmy Guiboche - Ron Rault - Crawdad Cantera








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Saturday, April 2, 20111

Sarah Troy

CD Release Party

16 year old Sarah Troy, formerly known as Sarah Clark, has always been a prolific songwriter.
Her angelic yet powerful voice moves audiences with original songs and lyrics that demonstrate depth far beyond her years. Couple this with beautiful original piano compositions and you have the amazing young performer that is Sarah Troy.  Self written and composed original music tells the stories of her life and those around her. Deep meaning lessons and messages of hope and strength are woven into the vibrant harmonies and entrancing melodies. Music has always been a release for Sarah and a way for her to vent emotions and express herself.
 Sarah has received strong global recognition through a full summer scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. She also placed in the top 2 for a songwriting competition at Berklee this past summer.
Her new music is already receiving rave reviews and industry leaders are saying  'this young lady is in a musical league of her own'. This new album has been a very exciting project for Sarah and she is looking forward to sharing the results with her existing and new fans.
On April 2, 2011 Sarah Troy will be releasing her 4th independent album containing 12 original new songs at Carlson's on Macleod in High River.  Sarah will share the stage with some very special guests and we look forward to seeing you there.

“Sarah Clark is a singer/songwriter. The singer/songwriters who succeed are the ones who embrace music for life - who continually learn and develop as artists over a lifetime. They collaborate effectively and are innovative in their writing and in their performance. They are unafraid,- unafraid to try - to press the envelope. Sarah is this kind of artist. She is unafraid to try. She collaborates with other musicians, and is keen to learn. Opportunities open to creative minds like Sarah Clark.”

- Brian Farrell, Artistic Director and vocal coach

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Join us for a “SOCIABLE” (pub night) evening with good live music

Secret House Band


Bruce Innes

When we have a "Sociable" at Carlson’s on Macleod, it is exactly that.  You can socialize, move around the room, visit with friends & just have a good time because it is not a concert.
Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors about the “Sociable” at Carlson’s on Macleod.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

“SOCIABLE” (pub night) evening with good live music

Secret House Band


Bruce Innes

When we have a "Sociable" at Carlson’s on Macleod, it is exactly that.  You can socialize, move around the room, visit with friends & just have a good time because it is not a concert.
Don’t forget to tell your friends and neighbors about the “Sociable” at Carlson’s on Macleod.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Heather Blush & The Uppercuts

Heather Blush & The UppercutsHeather Blush and The Uppercuts are a trio of rogue troubadours who knock the socks off every new audience they meet.  Based in Calgary, Alberta, their sound can be described as somewhere between the "Adult Alternative" styles of Sarah Slean and Sarah Harmer, and old "Ella/Louis-style" vocal jazz/blues.  Heather’s voice is often compared to Norah Jones and Maria Muldaur.  With energetic, audience-engaging shows, she is quickly becoming known for songwriting that covers all bases between witty sarcasm and gutwrenching honesty.  With "Captain" Steve Hazlett on drums and recently a rotating cast of stellar upright bass players, this trio packs a punch and leaves a lasting impression.
The ensemble’s first album was released in June 2008.  Vice is a collection of twelve songs focusing in on various "vices", including the usual suspects (alcohol, bad relationship choices) and some surprises (music and travel as vices).  Only a year after its release, Versa was released as a follow-up album.  It is of course the antithesis to Vice, and explores the lighter side of life.  Both albums have been well-received across Canada on CBC radio, as well as university and independent stations, landing on many charts.
2010 was a great year, with the trio performing at the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and Heather's song "I Don't Believe Me Anymore" being chosen as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

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Here's what folks are saying about Heather Blush:

"…no one in the room could miss Blush’s voice, which instantly turned heads with its warmth, precision and charisma… Her songs swing through jazz and folk- kissed styles, and her open, airy voice is the thread that ties everything together.”
Mary Lynn Wardle
How the West was sung: Alberta musicians join forces
for unique songwriting series.
FFWD Vol. 11 #15

“Heather Blush is one of this year’s series’ most provocative artists, as she demonstrates a repertoire
of classical piano, folk roots and jazz fusion. Her youthful yet educated sound is unpredictable, and constructed to captivate listeners.”
Brendan Kane
Alberta Sessions: The Essence of Alberta
BeatRoute Magazine

"Heather blew us away last fall when she brought her trio up north from Cowtown where she knocks off socks on a regular basis. Her style puts a powerful vocal presence in front of a very versatile acoustic band.  Their music runs from folky ballad , through country to boss jazz. Her players are all pros, with the chops to prove it and man, can that girl sing."
Blue Chair Café, Edmonton

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Jim McLennan CD Release Concert

John RutherfordLong-time Alberta resident guitar picker, Jim McLennan, is releasing his first solo CD with a concert at Carlson's on Macleod in High River on Friday, March 18, 2011.  Titled “Six-String Gumbo,” the CD is exactly that - a smooth, yet surprising plateful of solo instrumental guitar pieces, served with a variety of pleasing musical spices.  

Best-known for his profile in the world of fly fishing, where he is a respected author and instructor, McLennan has also been a serious musician for over 40 years.  Part of the acoustic music scene that flourished in Edmonton in the ‘70s and ‘80s, producing artists like Connie Kaldor, Roy Forbes, and Bill Bourne, McLennan was largely silent in terms of public musical performance for many years, until a chance meeting with Calgary acoustic-music stalwart Steve Fisher woke him from his slumber several years ago.

Since then he has become more active in music circles again, appearing on recordings or in public performance with Fisher, Cowboy Celtic, John Fraser, Paul Rumbolt, Denise Withnell, David Wilkie, Tom Cole, Tanya Ryan, Joe Cunningham, and his brother Hugh McLennan.

A preeminent fingerstyle guitarist, McLennan’s music runs from original compositions to arrangements of swing tunes, ragtime and blues. 

What People Say:
Jim is a contemporary of U. S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship winner, (the de facto fingerstyle world champion), Bob Evans.  Evans says this about McLennan’s acoustic playing: 
“I first met Jim almost forty years ago.  At the time he had one of the smoothest fingerstyle guitar deliveries I had ever heard.  And now, all these years later,  I'm happy to report the magic is still there. Jim's  playing combines a deft touch on the strings with a wonderful sense of musicality that continues to delight aficionados of great guitar music. "

McLennan first recorded for American acoustic-guitar guru Stefan Grossman’s Kicking Mule Record Company in the 1970s.  Grossman, who performed at Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival, recently had this to say this about Jim and his playing:
“Classic rags to Jerry Reed to the Beatles - Jim McLennan has it all. His playing has grown since his first classic rag recordings in the late 1970s. He is now a full-fledged guitar picker, at home with blues, folk, jazz and pop.”

Jim will play tunes from Six-String Gumbo, and will also be joined in performance for part of the evening by musical friends, Amos Garrett, Steve Fisher, David Wilkie, Denise Withnell, Lynda McLennan, and Joe Cunningham.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

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Sasha Lewis
Sasha Lewis (Vocals & guitar), Robin Tufts (Drums), Courtney Faber (Bass) and Peter Clark (Guitars)


Lonesome Ed
Contemporary Canadiana, Dark & Light of The Canadian Prairies

Sasha LewisWhen describing Sasha's performances and recordings, adjectives like "a new and original voice in Canadian songwriting" come to mind.  Also, "inspiring folk-rock" comes to mind.
Lonesome Ed can be described as "Dark and Light of The Canadian Prairies" or just Contemporary Canadiana.
 “It seems the blooming of the lovely Sasha Lewis and her music, just keeps growing, and changing into something more beautiful....she is indeed placing herself in extraordinary ways!”    Shara Gustofson (Robson Valley Music Festival Artistic Director)
Hailing out of the small village of Dunster, tucked away in the mountains of Canada BC, comes rock/roots folkstress Sasha Lewis. Possessing a powerful range and presence Lewis has honed her distinctive songwriting abilities into a unique style that arises out of her life story. With edgy vocals and thoughtful lyrics, she hits all the right emotions and pulls at the heart strings. Having a strongly developed background within her craft she has attracted a genuine and ever growing fan base of supporters who have followed her since the first strum on her guitar and stroke of her pen.
Now relocated in Salmon Arm, B.C Sasha is busy working on career development prospects, and promotional opportunities to further her career from the foundation she has already built by her own right. Rooted her debut album is already getting much radio play on many stations across Canada including CBC. Supported by independent distribution world wide for sales has been a step up to sustaining her longevity career as a recording artist and attracting international buzz. From touring and performing continuously has helped Sasha stay connected to her old and new budding fans.
Being grounded through true experience Lewis is a song writing machine and a much sought after studio vocalist. Earning a stand-out reputation for a myriad of other production talents including guest speaking, events coordinator, journalist, and a CBC radio sting session musician. Also one of her co-written songs was nominated at the BCIMA’S (British Columbia Interior Music Awards) in the Urban category. Collaborating with many music groups and artist in the past and to present Sasha stays focused on her solo career as a Folk/Rock/Roots artist working closely as a trio with Jake Verburg and Peter Clark and when the occassion calls there is accompaniment by an array of other talented musicians.
Drawing strength from the deepest depths and finding peace and perseverance through the art of music makes her charming but yet raw and authentic stage performance a delight. Leaving you humming the catchy distinct tunes to yourself. Sasha soothes and unites her audience with laughs and tears with some room to dance or tap your toes to. Continuing to expand her musical horizons as an artist with a story to be heard, look for more great things to come from this acclaimed powerhouse singer/songwriter.
"Sasha is passionate about her music and it shows in her performances; intimately feeling the notes and belting out her lyrics with heart. She not only showcases her art, she also knows how to get it out there, playing at many venues throughout BC. I look forward to hearing her in all provinces across Canada."    Sophie K. McGarry (Broadcast Industry Executive)
"With an infinite talent for song-writing, Sasha summons personal experiences and inner reflections to serve as cornerstones for songs that go straight to the heart"    Lori Wilbur (Publicity and Marketing Manager Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival)

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Saturday, March 12, 2011

John Rutherford & the legislative Assembly

John RutherfordJohn Rutherford is a singer/songwriter based in Calgary Alberta. His work, laced with the tonality, phrasing and spirit of the blues, reflects a strong blues influence and a long standing presence on the western Canadian roots and blues scene. While acknowledging his blues background Rutherford fuses rock, jazz, folk, roots music and singer/songwriter traditions creating music that is distinctly his own, transcending blues categorization.

Early exposure to blues music, lessons in blues guitar and attending countless concerts growing up in Toronto spawned a lifelong fascination with vintage guitars, radio, blues history, pop culture, old records and the people and stories that opened his ears to a mysterious and magical world of music. Moving to Calgary Rutherford emerged as a “King Eddy brat” during the late eighties heyday of the heralded east end blues haunt The King Edward Hotel. As a founding member of the local blues band The Hoodoo Sons (eventually to become the King Eddy house band) Rutherford played with and learned from many of the great legends.

In more recent years the guitarist/singer/songwriter has championed several roots music projects touring and recording with many of the best roots and blues players in western Canada including the acoustic duo No Guff with guitarist Dan Tapanila and the all-star roots collective Highwater Jug Band with Tim Williams, Suitcase James, Mark Sadlier-Brown and Cedric Blary. Rutherford has also been a regular featured artist with the Edmonton based Front Porch Roots Revue and has recorded and toured extensively with upright bassist and singer/songwriter Ronnie Hayward.

Amidst a long and storied career Rutherford recently released his debut solo recording. Pulling together the various strands of his musical experience and artistic vision Rutherford’s "Echo Broadcast" skillfully dove tails a roots/blues/folk/rock vibe with an imaginative and contemporary songwriters take on the stories, the people, the instruments and the soul and feel that continues to shape popular music. "Echo Broadcast" is produced by fellow Calgary musician and record producer Lorrie Matheson. The sessions feature a hot young Calgary based rhythm section with Scott Munro on bass and Chris Dadge on drums. Rutherford’s Highwater Jug Band cohort, Cedric Blary makes an appearance on several tracks playing clarinet as does Lorrie Matheson on piano and organ.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

Julian Keer playing at Carlsons in High River

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Saturay, March 5, 2011

Saxafras - From Prince Edward Island

Featuring: Gordon Belsher, Todd MacLean and Savannah Belsher-MacLean

Saxafras from Prince Edward IslandSaxafras is a collaboration between Gordon Belsher and his son-in-law Todd MacLean, along with Gordon’s daughter (and Todd’s wife) Savannah Belsher-MacLean on guest vocals. Gordon is well known from his performances with Prince Edward Island fiddlers Cynthia MacLeod and Richard Wood.  Todd is a multi-talented performing musician, teacher, and writer, also based in PEI.
Their self titled CD “Saxafras” includes chestnuts like ‘Summertime’, ‘Blue Skies’, and ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, as well as upbeat versions of pop hits like ‘Baker Street’ and Lennie Gallant’s ‘Open Window’.  For a twist on traditional fiddle tunes, you have to hear Todd’s velvet saxophone renditions of ‘Neil Gow’s Lament’ and ‘Ashokan Farewell’. Savannah’s favourite quirky songs from modern writers Jill Sobule, Karen Savoca, and a duo called ‘The Weepies’ are other highlights.  Todd and Savannah collaborate on a beautiful version of Woody Guthrie’s ‘Birds & Ships’ for which they penned a second verse.
With Saxafras, audiences have enthusiastically agreed that this “unplugged” approach to classic jazz standards, Celtic gems, and contemporary folk songs using a sax is a breath of fresh air.

GORDON BELSHER has been entertaining audiences in Canada and around the world for more than a quarter of a century performing solo at concerts, ceilidhs, conventions, and pubs.
 As accompanist and featured vocalist with Prince Edward Island fiddlers Richard Wood and Cynthia MacLeod, Gordon has toured extensively across Canada, in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Japan.
 His solo CD Call Up All the Neighbours was nominated for "Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year" at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards.  His previous solo recording Reel in the Flickering Light, was also nominated at the 2003 ECMA's in the same category.
Whether playing before large festival crowds or in intimate folk club settings, Gordon Belsher’s engaging personality, charming voice, and versatility on a variety of instruments are a recipe for a memorable evening.
Interestingly enough, Gordon began his musical career in the late 1960s in Edmonton, Alberta.  From his teen years with a working rock and roll band pounding out the latest Beatles tunes for dance crowds in Edmonton, he followed his rock and roll dreams into bands that toured extensively across Canada and into the U.K.  By the mid-seventies he was touring across Canada as a sideman for rock and roll pioneer Buddy Knox ("Party Doll").
A move to Prince Edward Island in the late seventies led to a change in musical direction.  Belsher formed the seminal Maritime Celtic group Jar O'Comfort. Over a 16 year span, the group released four albums - all of which were well received by both critics and audiences alike.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

David Celia

David Celia, based out of Toronto, Canada - a world class musician who has played for audiences all over the U.K., U.S.A. and Canada.
With regards to his musical style, it has been described as "roots-rock with hints of folk wrapped up in a pop package".

  • "Excellent musicianship..... elegant and melodic"    Neil Hannon, The Divine Comedy
  • "Celia's stage presence and charisma hold the crowd like a rabbit in car's headlights."    Flicky Harrison, The Evening Advertiser Swindon, England
  • "This is Superb"    Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
  • "Really good music"    Hilly Krystal, CBGB's New York City
  • "This is something special"    Andy Lowe, 12 Bar Club London, England
  • "Pure musical escapism    "NOW magazine, Toronto

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Bruce Innes and the Original Caste


Bragg Creek’s Sarah Troy will open the show

One Tin Soldier Rides Again

A Magical Journey Through The Heart Of Popular Music

THE ORIGINAL CASTE brings enormous experience and talent to the stage.  Known for impeccable four-part harmonies and on stage energy, Bruce Innes and The Original Caste are equally at home in folk, blues, pop and jazz genres.  Featuring
BRUCE INNES is the founding member of The Original Caste and the visionary for the group’s sound.  He has a musical history of gold records and several top ten hits as a songwriter.  He is the complete package in music and entertainment:  a singer of distinctive style and unique expressiveness; a witty and humorous entertainer; a consummate musician on both the 6 and 12-string guitars, as well as piano.
Bruce 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 a long musical heritage which includes international top ten hits and gold records.  He is an extraordinary musician and a captivating entertainer.
Bruce Innes’ career has been most fortunate. He has recorded many albums, had hit records, written songs for other notable performers, produced award winning recordings and worked with numerous celebrities. From this background, Bruce crafts a show rich in music, song, entertainment, and musical history punctuated with personal experiences and observations - from an overnight stay in a Mexican hoosegow with friend, Hunter Thompson, to games of baci ball in the Canadian woods with members of the Chad Mitchell Trio, to 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, Ian Tyson, and Seals and Croft , WRITING two top ten international hits, PRODUCING The Western Music Association 2003 album of the year, AIRPLAY world wide 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. 

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Saturday, February 12, 2011 - 7:30 PM - Tickets: $20.00

Crystal Plamondon Trio - Crystal Plamondon, Andrew Glover and Wes Caswell


Valentines Sweetheart Evening

This is the conception of my aspiration to create a TORCH concert & album to make the listener reawaken their memories and emotions and relate to the passion in my voice and soul.
Through experiencing many career highlights, in the past 20 years, I have gained a great understanding of the interests of my listeners. Through this, I have decided to truly showcase my vocal abilities and identity; Peggy Lee meets Edith PIaf!
The TORCH album has 9 jazzy standards and 1 Jennifer Warnes / Leonard Cohen original: 8 English songs and 2 French Edith Piaf songs.
The overall concept is to maintain recognition by the public that at some point in their lives, they have felt the emotions I am putting across in these TORCH songs. The listeners will be able to emotionally identify with having “been there” as a part of the soundtrack at crucial points in their lives.
 It is a very touching, romantic and sensual concert that will leave you reminiscing of days gone by and wanting more romance and music in your life.
I am confident in my ability to create a successful “lien” between music and our souls, and between my listeners and me.

Torch Song a Definition:
 A sentimental love song, typically one in which the singer laments an unrequited
or lost love, where one party is either oblivious to the existence of the other, or where one party has moved on.
Female singers of the pop vocal tradition are referred to as "torch singers" when their repertoire consists predominantly of such material.
Torch singing is more of a niche than a genre, and can stray from the traditional jazz influenced style of singing, although the American tradition of the torch song typically relies upon the melodic structure of the blues.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Barney Bentall

Barney bentallLegendary Canadian singer songwriter Barney Bentall doesn't seem to be making any plans to retire these days.  His passion and unmatched talent really shine on his latest release "The Inside Passage".

I first picked up a guitar when I was in grade nine. I took a few lessons from a guy named Cowboy Slim and I started walking down a long, twisty and infinitely interesting road. I listened constantly to my records and tried to learn the songs. Drop the needle and you entered a rebellious, sexually charged, funny and dangerous world. I couldn’t get enough of that world. I was growing up in Calgary in the 1970’s and I didn’t really entertain the idea of a career in music because it didn’t seem like that was an option in those days. So I attended university for a while, played in folk clubs, started a barbwire fence building company, traveled but as time went by it became clear to me that I didn’t fancy doing anything else near as much as music. When I turned 21, I moved to Vancouver. I was following a girl I’d met and pursuing my dreams of rock and roll. After 2 or 3 years I was married and we’d had our first child. We were scraping by but I was still playing music. I had a band and we put out a couple of independent records in what was becoming an interesting scene: The Pointed Sticks, DOA, The Payolas, 54-40 and KD Lang among others. There were studios where you could record cheaply late at night and venues where you could play original music. One tried to avoid the hinterland in those days where you were likely to get your ass kicked for singing your own songs decked out in some ‘Sally-Ann’ newwave ensemble. The scene was diverse and a bit desperate. It was also a competitive time because we were all trying to get a record deal, and it didn’t seem like there were all that many to go around. It didn’t have the same supportive feel that I sense in the independent scene in Vancouver today. That may be naïve, but that’s my impression. Somehow, we managed to get signed to A&M records in 1980, but we were too green and got dropped from the label. We licked our wounds and kept working hard for the next 5 or 6 years, writing songs, playing live and taking our lumps. By this time I had four kids and things were a little lean.

I was thinking that maybe it was time to try something else, something more lucrative, so I could look after my family a little better. With visions of working 9 to 5 in mind, I went to Toronto to give it one last shot and lo and behold I got a record deal. I signed with CBS (now Sony Music) and inked a management deal with Bernie Finkelstein. This was in 87/ 88 and we went on a great run - lots of touring, songs on the radio, gold records – a very different experience. Our success was by and large in Canada and although part of me was looking for worldwide adoration I wouldn’t have wanted to be away from my family anymore than I was.

By 97, I was looking for a change. The music scene was different and I wasn’t getting what I wanted from it, so I did a ‘one-eighty’, bought a cattle ranch and walked away. We worked it and we learned a lot. It put a lot of things in perspective. I continued playing shows, 20 to 30 a year, mainly in a stripped down acoustic format which had really begun to appeal to me. I had started as a folkie in Calgary and felt the pull, back to a simpler approach. I only wrote songs when they wouldn’t leave me alone, and I knew that when the time seemed right I would record again.

Gift Horse was made over the course of the last two years. Nine of the songs were recorded in Vancouver with my band-mate Johnny Ellis producing. The rest of the CD was recorded in Toronto with Blue Rodeo, at their studio The Woodshed, with my good friend Jim Cuddy producing. I love what that band has done for Canadian music. I’ve known them for a long time and have played with them often. It felt very comfortable. The players in Vancouver were musicians I have known and admired over the years with guest appearances from some of my kids (Dustin has recently released his own CD titled Streets With No Lights), Sony artist Jeremy Fischer and a very cool band called Mother (vocals on Too Good To Be True). I collaborated once again with author Guy Vanderhaeghe on Dance For Me. I know some of the material was inspired by my life on the ranch, Back Up On The Horse and The Ballad Of Old Tom Jones come to mind, but this wasn’t about making a country record. I think it was just a case of being able to get away from things for a while and then write about what I saw and felt. When you’re putting out record after record and doing lots of touring, the songs are the fuel that feeds the machine and writing is a very different process. Don’t get me wrong, there was a fantastic energy you’d get from that storm but I needed a change. Gift Horse was probably the most enjoyable record I’ve made over the course of my career, due to that lack of pressure and deadline. Hope you enjoy it.

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