November 2010 Archives

Erin Costelo

Posted by Glenn Meisner

Erin Costelo blends rich layered piano driven compositions with lyrics as often searing as they are sweet on her first full length album Fire and Fuss. Recorded at CBC's radio H, this album has taken it's place in a long line of remarkable debut albums from Halifax's singer-songwriter community. Nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award and an ECMA, Costelo has captured the strength and fragility of her distinctively low, smokey voice in moody, unique arrangements that blend barrelhouse blues, boogie woogie and 60's soul with her truthful melody driven ballads to create a sound that is all her own.

Although born in Nova Scotia, Erin spent a lot of time moving from place to place. At the same time she was beginning to read, she started taking piano lessons. Eventually, Erin became diverse in piano playing everything from Bach and Mozart to the Beatles and Elton John. Upon graduation, she decided to turn down a scholarship to study classical music and attend St. Francis Xavier to study jazz piano. After completing her degree, Erin traveled to Winnipeg where she performed her first gigs as a side musician and began honing her skills as an accompanist. From there she resided in Texas where she pursued studies in composition. Erin states "It was my experience in Texas that really allowed me to explore every extreme piece of my personality in composition. I wrote classical chamber music, performance art pieces, electronic music and multimedia pieces, played in a jazz trio, worked as a pianist in a drive-thru wedding chapel, played country music and began writing songs."

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Morgan Davis

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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 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.

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.

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Bucky Adams

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Charles R. "Bucky" Adams was born into a large musical family on Maynard Street in Halifax in 1937. At an early age Bucky picked up the trumpet to play alongside his father on the saxophone. At age 11 Bucky had the distinction of playing for the Queen during a royal visit to Halifax. In the years that followed Bucky played his trumpet with such intensity that it blew apart during one of his frequent performances at the Gerrish Street Hall. Determined that the "show must go on" Bucky ran home between sets and borrowed his father's instrument, returning just in time to step back on stage. This twist of fate resulted in Bucky embarking on a lifelong love affair with the tenor sax.

From the 50's through to the 80's, Bucky formed several successful bands, including "The Rockin' Rebels", "Club Unusual", "The Basin St.Trio", with whom he made his first recording, and "Generations", comprised of young players on the cutting edge of the Halifax music scene. Bucky also played with or to Jazz greats Louis Armstrong, Dizzie Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Count Bassie, B.B.King and Lionel Hampton. In 1981 Bucky was featured on the CBC Radio Halifax program "Identities", for which he was awarded the International Gabriel Award by the United Nations, representing the highest honour in broadcasting production and content.

Since 1991 he has volunteered for weekly performances with the Senior's Band at Northwood Manor in Halifax and since 1993 has performed with the prestigious Nova Scotia Mass Choir, with whom he has participated on two recordings. Bucky has also remained very active at East Coast concerts and Jazz Festivals which wouldn't be complete without his smooth, rich performances. Bucky's innovative approach to timeless classics and knack for original compositions, along with his command of music styles including Swing, R&B, Jazz, Blues, Easy Listening and Inspiration, has expanded his audience to include a wide range of age groups and musical tastes.

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Garrett Mason

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Garrett Mason is a true bluesman at heart. He was raised in Truro, Nova Scotia by his mother Pam, and father, veteran Canadian Bluesman Dutch Mason. His quest to become a blues musician started at a very early age; being surrounded by blues music, Garrett's favorite tapes at 3 years old were Canned Heat and Buddy Rich. What really sealed the deal for Garrett to become a blues guitarist, came after watching a video of Stevie Ray Vaughn Live At the El Mocambo, he was hooked. Garrett's band released their sophomore album Love and Sound in July 2008 which was nominated for a Juno Award. The album won Blues Artist/Group Recording of the Year at the 2009 Music Nova Scotia and Industry Awards.

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On the program for Saturday November 27, 2010

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Two features - The Silver Wolf Band and their release 'Jam The Blues' - and - The Light Brights and their release 'The World's A Changin'
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The debut album from Halifax's The Light Brights brings the rhythm and soul of the blues together with the hooks of modern indie pop as if the two genres were the best of friends finally reuniting after years apart. The awkwardness and embarrassment that often accompanies musical genre-mashing is nowhere to be found, and in its place is a welcoming set of sounds that'll sooth your soul as much as it'll make your shoes swing. While it would be easy to credit the album's successful conglomeration to the soaring vocals and stunning melodies courtesy of Bethany Fulde, The Light Brights' impressive rhythm section (comprised of bassist Chad Harrington and drummer Andrew Dahms) is not to be overlooked as the two gents have some serious chops and get your body grooving while Bethany's hooks implant themselves in your head, forcing you to try and sing along before you even know the words.
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The Silver Wolf Band is rock & roll with folk rock sensibilities, texture, depth and energy along with a jazzy keyboard edge. This collaboration of musicians from Goose Bay Labrador and Charlottetown Prince Edward Island happened while recording a demo at a local recording studio on PEI in the summer of 2009. They asked local musician Dan Clarke to play bass for the demo sessions. That lead to him joining the three band members from Goose Bay as the bass player in this revamped version of Silver Wolf Band. The four song demo recorded last summer featured the upbeat power-chord driven "Violets & Roses" along with the hauntingly nostalgic, end-of-the-evening piano melodies of "Good Night in the City". In fact the songs turned out so well that the band decided to go back into the studio and record some additional tracks this summer. All seven tracks can now be found on their first album release "Jam The Blues".
The music is greatly influenced by the piano/keyboard expertise of Matthew Barrett, a recent graduate of the Jazz music program at St. Francis Xavier University. Jamie Jackman is the main songwriter responsible for the folk-rock flavour and heartfelt vocal delivery as well as playing guitar for the band. Additional members include Jamie's brother, Justin Jackman on drums and the aforementioned Dan Clarke on bass.

On the program for Saturday November 20, 2010

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A feature on Chris Colepaugh and The Cosmic Crew with their new release 'Missed A Page' - and - A feature on Chastity and her release 'Happy In This Oblivion'
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Chris Colepaugh makes southern dipped old-fashioned rock that bridges the gap between old school doubleneck guitar crunch and moaning alt-country pedal steel wail. He and The Cosmic Crew have performed at festivals throughout Canada and the United States and have toured extensively with over fifteen national Canadian & US coast-to-coast tours where part of his US itineraries have included dates with Government Mule, North Mississippi Allstars and Grady. Awards and nominations are plenty and include the East Coast Music Awards, The International Acoustic Music Awards, The Toronto Music Magazine Awards, the Contact East Touring Excellence Awards, the MNB Awards and many others. However, it is not just his Cosmic Crew that brings music to Chris Colepaugh, it's also his friends. An observer with a keen eye would have spotted him playing drums for Star Académie winner Wilfred LeBouthillier, playing pedal steel across Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany with International Canadian sensation Roch Voisine, invited by Gordie Johnson on stage to perform pedal steel and guitar with Grady, and playing sessions for artists such as International Daniel Pearl Fiddler Samantha Robichaud, multi-country-award nominees Melanie Morgan and Darcy Mazerolle, francophone artists Annie Blanchard, Anique Granger, Trisha Foster, Jason Lang and many more. And with producing securely under his belt ( he spent two weeks in Texas at Willie Nelson's Studio mentoring producer methods with Gordie Johnson ) there is no stopping this guy!
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Against a unique backdrop of a video projection screen ship sail hung sweepingly on an angle and surrounded by a musical ninja clan of the best backing musicians on P.E.I. -- Chris Corrigan on guitar, Nick Gauthier on guitar, Chas Guay on bass, Shawn Ferris on keyboards, Paula MacIntyre on backing vocals and Alan Dowling on drums -- the fiery singer/songwriter blonde bombshell, whom Prince Edward Island has come to know as Chastity, stood poised on The Guild stage before a crowd of about 90, who were wrapped thoroughly around her finger. This was a CD launch that was a long time in the making since she recorded Happy in This Oblivion with Ken McCaul several years and a different life ago. Through songs such as You Give Life to Me, Forest of Angels and a new heart-aching piano ballad called Drowning in the Waves of Love, she transpors us all to each new personal dimension of song.

On the program for Saturday November 13, 2010

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A feature on Ron Hynes and his new recording 'Stealing Genius'

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Produced by Paul Mills at The Millstream in Toronto, many of the fourteen songs on Stealing Genius were composed while Ron Hynes was on a writing retreat at Woody Point in western Newfoundland. Inspired by works from some of his favorite authors and poets (including Michael Crummey, Stan Dragland, Randall Maggs, Donna Morrisey, Al Pittman and Des Walsh), Hynes has crafted a collection of remarkable songs that not only echo a life in Newfoundland and Labrador, but resonate with people everywhere.
The release of Stealing Genius comes hot on the heals of the world premiere of "The Man Of A Thousand Songs", a feature-length documentary, of which Hynes is both subject and star. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker William D MacGillivray and co-produced by Terry Greenlaw (Picture Plant) and Jordan Canning (Get Set Films), the film premiered to capacity crowds at the Toronto International Film Festival and subsequently garnered Atlantic Film Festival Awards for Documentary, Director and Audience Favorite.

Best known for his folk classic Sonny's Dream, Ron Hynes has eight solo albums and numerous collaborative projects to his credit. He is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner, and a past JUNO, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. Recipient of the 2008 SOCAN National Achievement Award for songwriting career success, Ron also holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his contributions to the cultural life of his beloved Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the words of Sylvnaus Now author Donna Morrisey, "Ron Hynes is a grand voyeur in this rough, sweet life, a melody writer of the first order, a story teller, a philosopher, a poet and a kick-ass performer that makes my hair stand on end."

On the program for Saturday November 6, 2010

Posted by Glenn Meisner

A concert from David Myles - and - a feature on 'Naming The Twins' and their recording 'Sweet Transitions.

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Last May David Myles brought his full band to the intimate Hugh's Room in Toronto to celebrate the release of his latest CD Turn Time Off. The packed house that evening was treated to a musical ride with songs that ranged from blues inspired jams to country and gospel influenced sing a longs. The joke of the night was that since CBC was recording the show the intimate audience of Hugh's Room needed to sound more like the Air Canada Center with twenty thousand people - and at times it almost did.

Robbie Smith has been a songwriter, singer and player of instruments all his life - over the years he's written songs for, and appeared on stage with people like Roger Whitaker, Pete Seeger and John Allan Cameron. From the windows of his scenic home outside Shelburne Nova Scotia, his imagination takes flight gathering scenes and circumstances which flow back through his pen and onto the page. Robbie's been a solo Artist most of his life but recently he was struck with the voice of an acquaintance, Kathleen Glauser who he discovered has a fine sense of harmony, rhythm and natural singing ability. Together they decided to do some gigs - under the moniker "Naming The Twins". Through these gigs they came to the attention of Paul Mills, the owner of Borealis Records. Out of all this happenstance came a record - 'Sweet Transitions'