Past Episodes: September 2010 Archives

Colleen Brown Band and Tim Hus, Live @ the Grand!

This week on the Key of A, we'll hear two live sets, both recorded at CBC's Bands @ the Grand at the end of March.

Canadiana cowboy singer/songwriter Tim Hus has just released his 5th album, Hockeytown.Tim Hus is a great storyteller and songwriter with a razor-sharp wit; we'll hear him in the second half of the show.

To start the show: Colleen Brown, from Edmonton. We've been talking about Colleen Brown for a few years here on the Key of A, and now it seems the rest of the country has discovered her.

This spring, her album Foot in Heart got re-released by Dead Daisy Records (that's the record company run by Canadian singer/songwriter Emm Gryner). Now it's getting national airplay on CBC Radio 2, and Colleen Brown is playing on some big stages with people like Bruce Cockburn and Hawksley Workman.

Colleen Brown is the total package; she plays guitar, piano and bass; writes interesting songs, and she sings them in a very distinctive and beautiful way. Don't miss her live band appearance at Bands @ The Grand -- Saturday October 2, at 5pm on the Key of A!


Calgary Band WOMEN, in studio!

WOMEN -- an all-male band, based in Calgary -- are just about to release their 2nd cd, Public Strain. The album doesn't actually hit the stores until next Tuesday, September 28th, but it's already getting rave reviews, and generating lots of buzz.

For example, on September 13, the first single from the new record, Eyesore, was named "Best New Track" by the very influential music website, Pitchfork.

Of course no one's more surprised by WOMEN's sudden rise to fame than the members of the band themselves. And this week on the show, bandmembers Chris Reimer and Patrick Flegel join Katherine in the studio to spin some tracks from the new record, and talk about the band, its music, and their seemingly overnight success. (Note: as usual, overnight success is a long process!)

Plus, more Alberta nominees for the 2010 Western Canadian Music Awards. This week we'll hear Alberta contenders for Pop, Rock and Independent Recording of the Year.



Eamon McGrath Live at the Engineered Air Theatre

This week on the Key of A,  we'll hear a live set from Edmonton's Eamon McGrath, recorded on the intimate stage of the Engineered Air Theatre in Calgary during the 2010 Transcanada Alberta Music Series.
Plus, who knew what a hotbed of Urban Music we had here in Alberta -- 4 of the 5 Western Canadian Music Award nominees in the Urban category are from our province: Sonal, The Soulicitors, Ian Alleyne, and Politic Live. We'll sample each of those four contenders.
And we'll hear new music from Donna Durand, who's performing in Red Deer this weekend for Alberta Arts Days.