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The Singing Teentones LP

October 31, 2009
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Group: The Singing Teentones
Release: Self Titled LP
Year: 1966
Formed: 1961
Recorded: Nov. 1965
Home: Chatham Ontario
Style: Religious

Vocal Members:
Eunice Tomen, Linda Kivell, Becky Sass, Gary Kivell, Pat Apthorpe, Ruth, John and Joy Cornelius, Dawna Lucas, Rick Greven, Carol Magee, Judy Abbott, Gayle Pierce, Robert Hillman, and Gordy Routley.
Pianist: Colleen Bishop

 Trainer and Director Ruth Cornelius announced that the new LP can be purchased from any of the 15 members. The Singing Teentones began in 1961 as a teenage church choir at Evangel Tabernacle on Victoria Ave. They have been featured in Churches in Canada and the U.S.A. and appeared regularly in Youth for Christ rallies in Windsor and Chatham.

  The group won two gold medals in the vocal division at the Youth for Christ Canadian convention competition in 1965. They also were involved in national and international competitions that same year.

Tracks: 13
Includes: “How Big Is God,” “Down From His Glory,” “Singing,” and “I Heard God Today.”
Photo & Source from CDN Feb 16th 1966

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Rosco 1973

October 31, 2009
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Band: Rosco
Circa: 1972-73
Home: Chatham

Members
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Female singer (name N/A) – Vocals
John Larmer – Bass
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards

  The costume wearing idea was pushed on the act by their management who wanted to turn them into a show band. Management hired designers to create their outfits and arranged the photo shoot. The phase was short lived, as the band soon rejected it and moved on.

  The group was made up of highly skilled hard working musicians who were exploring what would be the next step in a bands evolution beyond local performances.  The female vocalist joined the band shortly after hearing they were looking for a new singer. She is from Kansas and joined them after their show in Kansas City.

  Let’s not forget that in 1972-73, it was the norm to wear flamboyant costumes on stage. Just like any passing of time, it may look odd from today’s perspective, but that is what the scene was like and it makes that a unique period in music.
  The glam costume era would resurface in rock during the mid 80’s hair band years.

Note: Largely a British phenomenon, glam rock visuals peaked during the mid 1970s. According to many researchers, the most famous exponents of the fashion were David Bowie, Marc Bolan , T.Rex, Gary Glitter, and Slade. Other influential British and American performers include: Queen, Sweet, Wizzard, Roxy Music, Mud, Mott the Hoople, The Glitter Band, Elton John, and Suzi Quatro.

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Fifth Night – 1967

October 31, 2009
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Band: Fifth Night
Year: Circa 1967
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada

Members:
Brian Jones
Irwin Erickson
Rick Chrysler
Tom Lockwood
Lenny Bernard

 Fifth Night was a high school aged band who performed shows at high schools in Chatham and surrounding towns. Of Course, they were too young to perform in the clubs at the time.
  During this time period, high schools had an organization that was known as Teensters. Each Saturday night, High Schools took turns hosting a dance with live bands.
 Most, if not all members of Fifth Night went to Tecumseh High School in Chatham.

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MYSTERY TRAIN with Oscar Demers

October 30, 2009
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Band: MYSTERY TRAIN
Year: 2001
Style: Country
Home: Vancouver

Chatham Connection: Oscar Demers, on pedal steel, was born in Chatham, Ontario but moved out West for a period of time.

Members:
Oscar Demers – Pedal Steel
Larry Boudreau – Guitar
Bill Dellert – Lead Vocals, rhythm guitar & keyboards
Jay Stevens – Bass and lead vocals
Brad Kent – harmony, drums and lead vocals

  Oscar Demers first band was The Meyers Bros with his sister singing. Oscar was only twelve but would continue with the band for 18 years. The band had three albums and six 45’s. At roughly sixteen years old, Oscar and the band began touring between Detroit and Toronto opeing shows for Nashville acts.
  They appeared on the prestigious Ernest Tubb Record Shop national radio show as well as an interview with Ralph Emery on WSM radio.

  Oscar did allot of work as a session player and played with many great country artists such as Bill Anderson, Billy Walker, Donna Fargo, Ronnie Milsap, Hank Williams Jr., Hank Snow, Dolly Parton and more.

  Destiny was Oscar’s next band, another opening act for many Nashville artists. But Oscar was headed out west and by the mid- 70’s he was in Vancouver working with Ray McAuley & Wild Country and playing on the 1978 Album of the Year ‘Sometimes Good’. He also played with the Midnight Rodeo Band until he moved to the Island and joined Nanaimo’s Family Tradition.

  Oscar wanted to retire after 45 years in the music industry when Larry Boudreau approached him about replacing a member of his band who was leaving. Oscar said he didn’t want to join another band, but he’d help him out until he could find a permanent replacement. To quote Oscar, “That was three years ago and he’s still looking. Or is he?”

  They say a band is as good as its weakest link and I’m still looking to find it with this grouping. This is a band of seasoned professionals that you can count for a quality performance, no matter what the venue. Each member brings a large amount of background, skill, style and personality to create the solid country dance band, Mystery Train. Whether you buy a ticket or hire this band, you will be a happy customer, even if you have sore feet.

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The Bomb Squad 2008

October 30, 2009

Band: The Bomb Squad
Year: 2008
Style: Professional Motown cover band.
Circut: CASINOS
Chatham Connection: Chatham resident Brian McDonnell (Dirty Weapons, United Snakes & Beggar’s Opera) is the bass player.

Members
Mark Chichkan – Vocals & Guitar
Brian McDonnell – Vocals & Bass Guitar
Phil Charrette – Vocals & Drums
Tony Calabrese – Keyboards
 

  The Bomb Squad is a four piece band based on the border of Windsor Ontario Canada, and Detroit Michigan.
It is here where you could not help but be bombarded by the sounds of Motown.
It is also here where four talented musician friends have formed a band to capture the very heart and soul of the music. Their repertoire is taken out of the late 60’s and 70’s, an era of music that is considered timeless and for all ages.
This casino showstyle band with stunning vocals and musicianship bring an explosive energy to every show.

  They have played for every type of function from the most formal of settings to festivals and Casino’s across the globe.  The list of clientel the band has played for is huge.   With some of the worlds most well known and respected corporations requiring our services to make their event special.   We are glad to give you references if needed.  This group has had no member changes in the last 10 years they have been performing together.  This means that you get a very tight and polished sounding band that knows each other on stage.

They are currently playing all the casinos in the Windsor\Detroit area.
Visit them online here.

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Big City – Country Band

October 30, 2009
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Band: Big City
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham kent
Style: Country

Members:
TERRY ASHLEY – lead guitar and lead vocals
NICOLE SHAW- bass guitar and vocals
RANDY COYLE- drums, whistles and web mgr.

Additional Musicians:
Charlie St. Denis – fiddle and mandolin
Dale Rivard – steel guitar and vocals
Randy Vereecken – steel guitar
Frank Yankovich – guitar and vocals

The BIG CITY Band has become one of the most popular country acts in the Chatham-Kent and surrounding areas.
They have been performing together for over 10 years, to capacity crowds wherever they go.
The group works in three configurations, therefore being able to fit any kind of event format and budget. The first would be the trio, which consists of Terry, Nicole and Randy. The second version of the band, would be the four piece quartet, that work primarily in larger dance clubs, and the third is the five piece group, for major events and shows. This combo has done shows and festivals with Charlie Majors, Beverly Mahood and Thomas Wade, to mention a few.

You can catch the band at the Golden Tap or the CBD in Wallaceburg.

View their website and listen to the music at ‘Myspace’ here.

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Red Rose Portrait

October 30, 2009

Band: Red Rose Portrait
Release: Reassurance Rests In The Sea
Year: 2006
Home: Blenheim, Ontario
Style: Metal

Band Members
Marshall Feduk – Guitar, Vocals
Colin Chrysler – Drums,Vocals
Geoff Stoddard – Bass, Vocals 

Visit their website here

Watch the live video for their song “This Fatal Truth” on the external link here.
(Link last checked May 2010 and working)

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Red Herring

October 30, 2009

 

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Band: Red Herring
Release: Catch Of The Day
Format: Cassette
Circa: 1995-1996
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario

Members
Todd Mc Givern – Bass
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards
Don Plouffe – Guitar
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Diane Stephens – Vocals

Notes: Began writing original music as well as playing clubs performing covers. The band is a continuation of  ‘Route 66′, which members had played in previously. They had received interest from agents for their original material.

Click the video below to hear samples from the release.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

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Kim Mitchell with Bob Wilson 1984

October 30, 2009
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Band: Kim Mitchell
Release: Akimbo Alogo
Year: 1984
Style: Rock
Hit Songs: Go for a Soda, All We Are.
Chatham Connection: Local Chatham Bassist Bob Wilson (A.K.A, Robert Sinclair Wilson)(Friends, Quadrant) plays on this record. Bob also played bass in major acts such as Troiano and Black Market.

Notes: Kim Mitchell’s original video from early 1985 of the song “Go For Soda” from the Akimbo Alogo album. “Go For Soda” became an international hit and remains his best known song outside of his native Canada. The song was also featured in the opening scene of the 1985 Miami Vice episode Buddies. More recently, the song was featured in the shows American Dad and Trailer Park Boys. His most successful Canadian album was the follow-up, 1986s Shakin’ Like a Human Being, featuring the hits Alannah Loves Me, Easy to Tame, and the biggest hit of his career, Patio Lanterns. Akimbo Alogo is the first full-length solo album from Canadian singer and guitarist Kim Mitchell. It includes the only song of his to become a hit in the United States, “Go For Soda”.

Tracks
1. Go for Soda
2. That’s a Man
3. All We Are
4. Diary for Rock & Roll Men
5. Love Ties
6. Feel It Burn
7. Lager and Ale
8. Rumour Has It
9. Caroline
10. Called Off

Check out Bob’s bass playing in the video for ‘Go For A Soda’.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Preview or buy the CD here or here.

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Chickoree 1972

October 30, 2009
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Band: Chickoree
Year: 1972
Home: Chatham Ontario

Note: This was a road band but they did play Chatham often.

Members
Bottom row
Tom Lockwood
John Larmer
Rick Chrysler

Top row
girl (N/A)
Mark Tremblay

 

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Rachel Schwarz 2009

October 30, 2009


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Home
: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Year: 2009
Vocalist

  Rachel Schwarz is an award winning vocalist, dramatic artist, choral conductor and performer. She has starred in a variety of sold out productions from opera to Broadway cabaret, and maintains an active career as a soloist throughout the community.

  She studied choral conducting at the University of Western Ontario and has been successfully conducting concerts in Chatham-Kent for many years. In addition to her work with the PURE Youth Choir Rachel is currently the music director at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Chatham. She is accomplished in choral conducting, singing and solo performing but she is also an accomplished pianist, organist and violinist.

  Rachel has studied singing in Canada, the United States and overseas, and is a highly sought after private voice instructor and coach. She is very excited to share her love of music, her knowledge and wide experience plus her enthusiastic approach to performance with this fantastic group of young musicians.

source: http://www.pureacademy.ca

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Hat Trick (1981)

October 30, 2009
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Band: Hat Trick
Home: Chatham Ontario
Year: 1981
Ran: 1980-1984

(L-R)
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Mark Wood – Bass
Jeff Parker – Vocals, Guitar

Notes: They were the house band for the Parkview Tavern for over three years. Jeff Parker made quite a name for himself. As I begin to research the Chatham Music scene through the 70’s and 80’s, Jeff is up there with the best of them.

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Chatham Kiltie Band Forms

October 30, 2009

Chatham Kiltie Band Forms
Year
: 1927 (December 19th)
Style: Brass band

  Every bandsman or individual who wishes to become a bandsman is invited to meet at the armouries tonight. The leader of the Kilties brass band will be there to meet everyone in the band room.
Mr. Worth made the public announcement.
  “There is no greater need in our community today than a band,” said Mr. Worth. “There is something in the study of music, the rehearsals and practice that keep the young men interested. There is also the broadcasting of the result of that study and rehearsals, to thousands of people, through concerts. The stage is all set to go ahead with the organization of the new band but we need a citizens’ committee to raise money.”
  A.E. Herman at the Royal Bank will be accepting donations on behalf of the band.

Above Quote from the CDN 1927, Dec 19th issue.

Note: the armories was built in 1905

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Nexus Band 1970

October 30, 2009
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Band: Nexus
Year: 1970
Style: local original rock music
Note: Popular local band of the time.

Members:
Mark Tremblay – Organ
Byron Stoehr – Bass
Raymond Violot – Vocals, Harmonica
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Gibson Guitar

Article: Jan.31st 1970, By Doug Waite, CDN.

  There’s a musical group in our town, which, if dedication and perseverance is any indication, will eventually make it to the top.
   The Quintet comprised of Mark Tremblay – Organ, Byron Stoehr – Bass, Raymond Violot – Vocals, Harmonica, Rick Chrysler – Drums, Tom Lockwood – Gibson Guitar call themselves Nexus. This name of Latin origin means “bond and unity”.
  And bond and unity is just what these young fellows have displayed in their endeavor to create a sound that will give Nexus an individuality instantly recognized as all their own.
  They played at the Thames Theatre Laugh-In last Saturday night and judging by the number of people – young people in particular – who crowded into the art gallery to dance and listen to the style they are in the process of perfecting, is “going well”.
  On January 31 The Nexus are producing their own concert and dance at the Thames Theatre. Three bands will be featured in the production. Besides The Nexus, the New Set will be there from London and another Chatham based group. Refugee will perform in addition to the concert, a dance will be held simultaneously in the art gallery for those who like to dance. According to the members of The Nexus the event will be the best of its kind ever held in the area.
    The Nexus have an unusual history and many people would like to know why the group took steps to separate themselves from the outside world. In explanation it is interesting to know that the boys, about seven months ago, moved to the wide open spaces near Erieau and secured a big house where they could practice to their heart’s content without complaint from any unsympathetic public.
  Actually, explained a spokesman for the group, the band had been together about 18 months. Most of that time was marked by doing other people’s songs with other people’s arrangements.
  The spokesman said the band never had the time to develop anything substantial on their own because of commitments to school, jobs, and inadequate rehearsal facilities.
  “Finally” he said, “in spite of these obstacles we arrived at a point where we either had to take the necessary steps to develop our own music or settle for another run-of-the-mill rock group”.
  With this in mind four of the five members of the band severed practically all connections with “normal” school, work and social life in Chatham and moved to the house near Erieau. The other member, who was unable to come because of commitments at home, joins his confreres whenever possible.
  There, with almost unlimited rehearsal time, they were finally able to concentrate on the music they wanted to produce. This explained the spokesman, involves more time than at first appears.
  “To develop a band that is really distinctive,” he elaborated, “the members must not only be talented musically, they must be able to work together, sacrifice their own egos for the overall sound and have the insight to recognize the strength and weaknesses of the other members of the band and be able to compensate for them.”
  While arrangements are, of course, part of the music the Nexus play, improvisation is the thing. That’s the most important part of their music.
  The ability to create music and communicate emotions with ideas invented on the spur of the moment is a valuable gift and to all intents and purposes, the Nexus have made more than moderate success
  Everything is not peaches and cream however, and to play music such as theirs the Nexus must have the perseverance to be able to accept the setbacks and criticisms that are part of the progress pattern.
  The idea is not peculiar, but, according to the youthful spokesman, “No band in this area and very few in Canada have tried to carry the idea of musical improvisation and arranging to the extent we have.”
  It is to their credit they have been able to go through many changes and still remain original membership.

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Black Market 1981

October 30, 2009
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Band: Black Market
Release: Changing of the Guard
Year: 1981
Chatham Connection: Bob Wilson on bass guitar.
Bob began playing in many popular local acts in town such as “Friends” and “Quadrant” before being scooped away by major players such as Kim Mitchell and Troiano.

Band
Bob Wilson – Bass
Paul DeLong – Drums
Domenic Troiano – Vocals, Guitar (The James Gang, The Guess Who)

  After spending nearly two full decades mastering every blend of rock there is in Robbie Lane & The Disciples, then Mandala, then Bush, The James Gang, The Guess Who and cutting five solo albums, Domenic Troiano had gained the reputation of being one of the most influential and talented guitarists in the business, helping form ‘the Toronto sound.’

By 1981 he’d left Capitol Records and set up his own Black Market Records and experimented again with another new project, also called Black Market. He went into Phase One Studios in Toronto with a cast rounded out by bassist Bob Wilson and Paul DeLong on drums and came out with CHANGING OF THE GUARD, distributed by El Mocambo Records. The album featured a myriad of guest appearances, including Roy Kenner, whom he’d worked with in Mandala, Bush, and The James Gang, fellow James Gang alumni Prakash John and Troiano’s then-wife Shawne Jackson (all of whom had guested on his solo albums frequently as well).

  The no-nonsense power trio delivered the goods – straight forward rock with little production magic. Tracks like the swingle “Dr. Jeejay’s Band,” the lead off title track, and the four songs co-written with Kenner were stripped down ballsy numbers that didn’t shy away from energy and power. But despite the enthusiasm Troiano had for his new project, next to no air play and less than wonderful album sales meant Black Market only captured the eye of his most die-hard fans. He disbanded the group after a couple of North American tours and went back to behind the scenes work, producing other acts and doing scores for television and films. The other members in Black Market, Bob Wilson and Paul DeLong both went on to work as session musicians for a number of artists.

Tracks:
1.  Changing of the Guard 2.  Turn Back 3.  Oh Carol  4.  Doctor Love  5.  Girls  6.  I’m Bored  7.  Dr. Dee Jay’s Band  8.  Hell’s Got No Fury  9.  Lolita  10.  Independence  11.  The Shooter

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette 2007

October 29, 2009
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Artist: Quartette
Release: Down at the Fair
Year: 2007
Chatham Connection:  (Sylvia is from Chatham-Kent. (Born Sylvia Fricker September 19, 1940 in Chatham, Ontario)

Who:
Sylvia Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick

Tracks:
1. Down at the Fair
2. Twenty Shades of Blues
3. That’s What You Always Say to My Heart
4. Where Love Lies
5. All These Things Are You
6. Who’s Foolin’ Who
7. Nothing Can Make the World Right Again
8.  Tell My Lord
9.  Sing a Song of Sadness
10. My Invitation
11. Marie Antoinette
12. I Mean What I Say
13. I Can’t Wait 
    
Notes: Even after four decades of songwriting, and with over 200 songs to her credit, Sylvia says she is not a prolific songwriter. Still, “Down At The Fair” features two of her finest songs: the spiritual “Tell My Lord” (with the magnificent line, “I can tell my Lord things I couldn’t tell my mother”) and the remarkable character sketch, “Marie Antoinette.”

The latter is a story of a deluded woman working as a maid in a hotel who believes that in a perfect world she’d be the Queen of France. The song is a reminder that all around us are people whose lives we know nothing about, and some of them are quite delusional.

“When I was a kid I knew a girl who was adopted, and her name was Marie Antoinette,” Sylvia explains. “She truly believed she was descended from the Queen of France. I thought that was an interesting concept. The line ‘Off with their heads’ gets a laugh from audiences.”
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Quartette was formed for a concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront in the summer of 1993. The following year, the group received the Canadian Country Music Association’s award for best vocal collaboration. In 1995 and 1996, it garnered Juno Award nominations for top country group. An hour-long showcase on “Adrienne Clarkson Presents” on CBC-TV introduced them to an even wider audience in 1995.

SYLVIA TYSON Quick Bio

  Sylvia Tyson first made her mark in the ’60s with the folk/country duo Ian & Sylvia which recorded 13 albums. Ian and Sylvia, who married in 1964, were at the forefront of the ’60s North American folk movement.
  Following Ian & Sylvia’s breakup in 1977 as an act and as a couple, Sylvia released seven solo albums.
  In the ’70s, Sylvia hosted CBC-Radio’s roots music series “Touch The Earth,” and hosted CBC-TV’s “Country In My Soul” series.
  Sylvia received Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada in 1995. She is one of the founders, past president, and song honoree of the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Buy the CD online here.
Listen online here.

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette 2002

October 29, 2009

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Artist: Quartette
Release: I See A Star
Year: 2002
Chatham Connection: Sylvia is from Chatham-Kent

Who:
Sylvia Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick

Tracks:
1. I See a Star
2. Message from Mary
3. Santa, Please
4. Hope, Peace, Joy and Love
5. Three Wise Men
6. In the Bleak Midwinter
7. The Miracle of Christmas
8.  Snowflakes from Heaven
9.  Send Someone for Me
10. A Christmas Waltz
11. O Holy Night
12. The Perfect Christmas Tree
13. Sans Day Carol
14. All Through the Night 
    
Note:  “I See a Star” is their second Christmas album. Quartette’s fresh and beautiful new Christmas collection “I See a Star”, is a lively mixture of traditional and original material, performed with the group’s trademark sparkling harmonies and unique vocal and instrumental arrangements.

  Produced by veteran producer, Danny Greenspoon, Quartette’s newest CD features 14 songs in an exciting variety of musical styles blended together in the kind of seamless performance their audience has come to love.

SYLVIA TYSON Quick Bio

  Sylvia Tyson first made her mark in the ’60s with the folk/country duo Ian & Sylvia which recorded 13 albums. Ian and Sylvia, who married in 1964, were at the forefront of the ’60s North American folk movement.

  Following Ian & Sylvia’s breakup in 1977 as an act and as a couple, Sylvia released seven solo albums.

  In the ’70s, Sylvia hosted CBC-Radio’s roots music series “Touch The Earth,” and hosted CBC-TV’s “Country In My Soul” series.

  Sylvia received Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada in 1995. She is one of the founders, past president, and song honoree of the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Buy the CD online here.
Listen here.

Also on the album
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Victor Bateman: upright bass
Kevin Breit: cavaquinho, National Steel
Chris Coole: claw-hammer banjo
Randall Coryell: drums
Steve Donald: trombone
Wendell Ferguson: acoustic guitar, high string guitar
Bruce Good: autoharp
Danny Greenspoon: dobro
Randy Kempf: electric bass
George Koller: upright bass, dilruba
Mitch Lewis: electric guitar
Rob Pitch: acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar
Don Reed: fiddle
John Sheard: piano
Sylvia Tyson: button accordion
Rick Whitelaw: acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar
Dan Whiteley: mandolin

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette (1998)

October 29, 2009

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Artist: Quartette
Release: In the Beauty of the Day
Year: 1998
Chatham Connection: Sylvia is from Chatham-Kent

Who:
Sylvia Tyson
Caitlin Hanford
Cindy Church
Gwen Swick

  With the untimely death of original member, Colleen Peterson, in 1996, Quartette elected to continue performing, and welcomed another musical friend, Gwen Swick, to the group. Gwen’s skills as a songwriter and vocal arranger carried the group to a new level as they prepared to record once again, and the result was “In The Beauty Of The Day,” released in 1998.

  Quartette has received several Juno nominations, won a Canadian Country Music Award for best vocal collaboration, performed with major symphony orchestras across Canada, and recorded the CMT-TV special, “A Quartette Christmas.” They have also released two Christmas CDs, “It’s Christmas!” in 1996, and “I See A Star” in 2002, both of which are collections of traditional and original Christmas songs, and their Christmas shows have become a tradition with audiences across the country.

Tracks:
1.  I Don’t Want to Cry
2.  Me and My Love and I
3.  Sentinel Crow
4.  In the Beauty of the Day
5.  Ask Me
6.  All Things Can Change
7.  E.Z.
8.  I Don’t Believe I Do Believe
9.  A Love That Just Won’t Stray
10. I Walk These Rails
11. Long Chain of Love
12. Rain on the Highway
 

SYLVIA TYSON

  Sylvia Tyson first made her mark in the ’60s with the folk/country duo Ian & Sylvia which recorded 13 albums. Ian and Sylvia, who married in 1964, were at the forefront of the ’60s North American folk movement.

  Following Ian & Sylvia’s breakup in 1977 as an act and as a couple, Sylvia released seven solo albums.

  In the ’70s, Sylvia hosted CBC-Radio’s roots music series “Touch The Earth,” and hosted CBC-TV’s “Country In My Soul” series.

  Sylvia received Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada in 1995. She is one of the founders, past president, and song honoree of the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Sylvia has completed her first book, a work of fiction.

Buy the CD online here.
Listen online here.

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette (1996)

October 29, 2009
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Artist: Quartette
Release: It’s Christmas
Year: 1996
Chatham Connection: Sylvia is from Chatham-Kent
Style: Country

Who:
Sylvia Tyson
Caitlin Hanford
Cindy Church
Colleen Peterson

Quartette is a Canadian country-folk group.1995 and 1996 they were nominated at the Juno Awards in the category of best country group.

Tracks:
It’s Christmas
Holy Christmas Night
Now It’s Christmas
O COme, O Come Emmanuel
When Was Jesus Born
A Christmas Dream
The Angels Wept
This Year My Christmas Wish is Mexico
What Child Is This
Christmas Came Early This Year
Hush Baby Jesus
Silent Night

Buy the CD online here: http://www.quartette.com
Below – Richard Banks (Reviewed in 1998)

  I knew I was in for a treat when I listened to It’s Christmas, because I had also received a copy of Quartette’s new CD, In the Beauty of the Day which is simply awesome! And I wasn’t disappointed. This beautiful “super band,” composed of four of Canada’s best folk and country artists, does everything it needs to live up to its tremendous potential.
  Cindy Church begins the record with a strong voice and spirit, singing lead on the title track (a song she co-wrote with Nathan Tinkham). This song is one that should get year-to-year air play. It’s a hit.
  Colleen Peterson follows with an excellent lead vocal on the folk selection Holy Christmas Night, a song she co-wrote with Nancy Simmonds.
  Sylvia Tyson follows shortly afterward with her beautifully sweet voice on her song The Angels Wept. I am beginning to detect a pattern here.
  Caitlin Hanford follows up in grand style with This Year My Christmas Wish Is Mexico, which she co-wrote with Nathan Tinkham. Yes, a pattern is emerging.
  Bowing to tradition by including O Come, O Come Emmanuel, What Child Is This, and Silent Night, this qute, qute, qute, qute qountry quartet has brought forth a mostly original cache of catchy Christmas carols. I reserve my highest praise for records like this one, which give something back to the season.
  It is worth mentioning that in addition to sharing duties on lead vocals, these women are an excellent blended chorus. And the instrumental accompaniment sounds richer than much of what Nashville has produced in the ’90s. These ladies, each an accomplished artist in her own right, have created an energy and synergy that is extremely effective on this polished and pretty pop country offering.

 

 

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette (1995)

October 29, 2009
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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette (1995)
Artist: Quartette
Release: Work of the Heart
Year: 1995
Chatham Connection: Sylvia is from Chatham-Kent
Note: This year (1995) Sylvia Tyson is named to the ORDER OF CANADA.

Who:
Sylvia Tyson
Caitlin Hanford
Cindy Church
Colleen Peterson

Quartette is a Canadian country-folk group featuring Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson. Each of the four members also records as a solo artist in addition to their work as a group. In 1994 Quartette won the Canadian Country Music Association’s award for best vocal collaboration, and in 1995 and 1996 they were nominated at the Juno Awards in the category of best country group.

Tracks:
01. Runaway Heart
02. No Place Like Home
03. Inspiration
04. Spring Of ’45
05. This She Knows
06. When I Can Read My Titles Clear 
07. The Best Is Yet To Come  
08. Piece By Piece 
09. Alison Lives By The Big Bend  
10. Street Of The Mariachi
11. Just Like A Woman 
12. The Promised Land

Buy the CD online here.

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette (1993)

October 29, 2009
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Artist: Quartette
Release: Quartette
Year: 1993
Chatham Connection: Sylvia is from Chatham-Kent

Who:
Sylvia Tyson
Caitlin Hanford
Cindy Church
Colleen Peterson

Tracks:
1. The Circle
2. Denim Blue Eyes
3. Unabashedly Blue
4. Soul To The Bone
5. Neon Cowboy
6. It Never Rains On Me
7. Hard Times
8. Cowboys And Rodeos
9. Lost Between Barren Shores
10. Papere’s Mill
11. Hobo Girl
12. When God Dips His Pen of Love in my Heart
13. Red Hot Blues
14. King Of The Cowboys

  Quartette’s debut CD, review – “a ‘must listen’ for the wonderful blend of voices. Since their first appearance at Toronto’s Harbourfront venue in the summer of 1993, Quartette has quickly become one of the most electrifying collaborations on the Canadian music scene. The four women combine formidable individual talents into an astonishing whole. The soaring harmonies and unique arrangements create a musical mosaic with flavours of R& B, swing, Cajun, bluegrass, and gospel, all solidly rooted in traditional country music.”
review source.

Buy the CD online here.

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Sylvia Tyson (2000)

October 28, 2009

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Artist: Sylvia Tyson
Release: River Road And Other Stories
Year: 2000
Sylviia is from Chatham.

Notes: This album, essentially the soundtrack of her autobiographical stage show, is a great compilation of her work, beautifully, and thoughtfully performed.

Listen to all tracks here: http://www.amazon.com/River-Road-Other-Stories/dp/B000V9CIRS

1. Woman’s World
2. Regine
3. Denim Blue Eyes
4. Spring Of ’45
5. Bill, Won’t You Please Take Me Home
6. I’m Leaving, Elaine
7. Same Old Thing
8. The Night The Chinese Restaurant Burned Down
9. Driftwood
10. Big Spotlight
11. Last Call
12. Poor Old Rose 
13. Hazel’s First Ride
14. Donegal Tavern
15. Bitter Pride 
16. Gypsy Cadillac 
17. River Road  
18. You Were On My Mind

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Sylvia Tyson (2009)

October 28, 2009
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Artist: Sylvia Tyson
Performing in: Quartette
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham-Kent
Resides: Other

  Since their debut in 1993, the four members of Quartette have been both publicly and critically acclaimed for their lush harmonies and delightfully diverse repertoire. Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, and Chatham’s own Sylvia Tyson are seasoned singer/songwriters whose influences range from blues and gospel to folk and country to jazz and pop.

  Quartette has received several Juno nominations, won a Canadian Country Music Award for best vocal collaboration, performed with major symphony orchestras across Canada, and recorded the 14 CMT-TV special, “A Quartette Christmas.”

Sylvia will perform Saturday November 28, 2009, at the Kiwanis Theatre in Chatham with the Quartette.

http://www.quartette.com/

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Jamie Hillman (2009)

October 28, 2009
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Name: Jamie Hillman
Year: 2009
From Chatham-Kent

Note: Catch Jamie live Nov.20th 2009 at the Kiwanis Theatre in Chatham.

  Jamie Hillman is an award-winning singer, pianist, composer, and conductor. He holds an ARCT diploma (Piano Performance) from the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Bachelor of Music degree (Honors Music Education with concentrations in both voice and piano) from the University of Western Ontario, the Master of Music degree (Choral Conducting and Literature) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as certificates from Conservatory Canada. His list of teachers include Kevin McMillan, Tina Yanchus-Hibbard, Dr. Chester Alwes, and Dr. Ollie Watts Davis.

  As a tenor soloist, Mr. Hillman performed Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation with the Laudate Dominum Choir and Orchestra and Shuetz’s St. Matthew Passion with the Prairie Masterworks Chorale and Red Deer College Chamber Choir. He can be heard regularly on the Sunday morning radio show “Songs for the Heart.”

  A highly sought-after collaborative pianist, Mr. Hillman has shared the stage with many singers, including the internationally-renowned baritone, Kevin McMillan. In 2004, he worked as Apprentice Accompanist at the Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts.

  Mr. Hillman’s choral compositions have been premiered and performed by a number of ensembles. His well-known composition, Who Would Have Thought?, was recorded by Les Choristes (University of Western Ontario), and garnered praise and discussion in an article in the International Journal of Education & the Arts. His Psalm was given its European premiere by the Nathaniel Dett Chorale.

  A noted conductor, Mr. Hillman recently served as Assistant Conductor of both the University of Illinois Concert Choir and Black Chorus. His tenure with the Concert Choir included conducting the ensemble at numerous venues while touring Hawaii where he also copresented a lecture-recital at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. He is the founder and former director of the award-winning Chatham-Kent Treble Choir.

  A young, enthusiastic pedagogue, Mr. Hillman has held appointments at several institutions, including Prairie Bible College, where he currently teaches. His students frequently win awards at competitions and have gained admission into post-secondary music programs in both Canada and the United States. In the summer of 2006, he served as a Faculty-Artist member at StudiO: the Ollie Watts Davis Vocal Institute and as Vocal Director at Camp-of-the-Woods in New York. Recent adjudicating engagements have taken him to music festivals in Lacombe and Sherwood Park, Alberta. Mr. Hillman is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors, and Chorus America.

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Capitol Theatre Opens (1930)

October 28, 2009

  When the Chatham Capitol Theatre opened in 1930, it was one of the largest and most spectacular movie houses in  South Western Ontario. Saved from  demolition in 1995, the Capitol is undergoing a remarkable transformation into a state-of-the-art, 1200 seat performing arts and entertainment centre.

   When completed, the Capitol will host a variety of national and international theatre performances, concerts, and special events. The general performance  season calendar is intended to include top calibre shows, which will cover the range from drama to comedy, to opera and to gospel, rock, country, blues, jazz, and classical music. From kids to grandparents, there will be something for everyone.

 The Capitol Theatre in Chatham was built by Harris Theatres Ltd. of Sarnia, who sold the property, building, and equipment to Famous Players in February of 1930, before the theatre even opened. The auditorium was divided in 1975 to create a dual cinema. The theatre was closed in 1995, and scheduled for demolition in 1995.

   The Chatham Capitol Theatre Coalition was formed to save the theatre, and acquired the property from the city in 1996. Renovations to refurbish the theatre as a live venue are ongoing. As of 2009, they are still not finished working on the building. This has become a big topic of debate and for the city and its people.

 

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The Motives (1983)

October 28, 2009
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 The Motives
Year: 1983
Style: New Wave
Home: Chatham Ontario

Members:
Marty Wright – Guitar
Tim Gilbert – Bass
Marty Spacil – Drums

  The band plays covers and original music and is currently the only New Wave band in Chatham. All members are in their early twenties.
  Wright moved here from Toronto about five years ago and played in local rock bands before forming this outfit.
  The band plays about 45% original music while the rest is covers of new wave British bands. They do play a few beach style songs and some classics.

(Photo from CDN)

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Rene Brosseau (2009)

October 28, 2009

Musician: Rene Brosseau
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Instrument: Pedal steel and slide guitar
Style: Country Music

pictures from Sept. 11th. 2009
   Rene Brosseau performs with 2008 New Male Vocalist in Canada Gord Bamford. His hit songs include “POSTCARD FROM PASADENA”, “BLAME IT ON THAT RED DRESS”,” LITTLE GUY,” “DRINKIN’ BUDDY” & “WENT FOR 1 BUT STAYED ‘TILL 2”.

Rene is a world class pedal steel and slide guitar player who chooses to keep Chatham as his home. He has played with many international acts and continues to be called upon by high profile groups that come through Canada.

Play video below to see Rene in action.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Visit Rene at his website here.

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Rebel (1988)

October 28, 2009
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Band: Rebel
Year: 1988
Home: Chatham-Kent Area
Rock Cover Band

Members (L-R)
Steve Eyres – Guitar
Randy Young – Bass
Ken Bell – Vocals. Keys
Rick Chrysler – Drums

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Rebel (1987)

October 28, 2009
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Band: Rebel
Circa: 1985-1989
Style: Rock
Home: Chatham Ontario

Members (L-R)
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Waide Holland – Keyboards, vocals
Randy Young – Bass, vocals
Steve Fowler – Guitar

Notes: Steve Fowler is an accomplished guitar player and simply recognized as one of the best in the area by his peers . Steve has played with some of the biggest names in the Canadian Music Industry.
Rebel played extensively 3 nights per week in local lounges.

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AIRTIGHT (1974)

October 28, 2009
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Band: AIRTIGHT
Year: 1974
Home: Chatham Ontario
Style: Rock

Members (L-R)
Mark Tremblay – Keyboards
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Larry Patterson – Vocals
Peter Rihbany – Bass

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Bluetonium 2009

October 28, 2009
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Band: Bluetonium
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Style: Rhythm & Blues
Year: 2009

Members
Bob Wilson – Bass
Phil Caron – Vox & Guitar
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Jeff Mifflin – Guitar

  The band is made up of top notch players with roots deep in the cities history of the most popular local bands.Those who don’t know bassist      Bob Wilson, well, you have heard him play before. A little flashback video below of Bob in the Kim Mitchell band with their hit ‘Go For A Soda’.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

website: http://bluetonium.ca/

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Route 66 (1992)

October 28, 2009
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Band: Route 66
Home: Chatham
Year: 1992

(Left to Right)
Tod McGivern
Shaun Huey
Don Plouffe
Rick Chrysler

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Troiano – Fret Fever

October 27, 2009
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Band: Troiano
Release: Fret Fever
Style: Rock
Year: 1979
Chatham Connection: Chatham’s Bob Wilson played bass guitar on this release.

About Bob: Bob is well known for his days with local bands ‘Friends’ and ‘Quadrant’, spending roughly two years in each group. He began his early days playing at Tecumseh High School with friends. Bob joined Troiano 2 years ago, just after their second album ‘The Joke’s On Me’ was released.

Members
Bass – Bob Wilson, Pauline Wilson
Drums – Paul DeLong
Guitar – Domenic Troiano
Keyboards – Dave Tyson
Percussion – Paul Delong, Bob Wilson, Dave Tyson
Vocals – Domenic Troiano, Roy Kenner, Bob & Pauline Wilson, Bob Wilson,

TRACKS
1 South American Run
2 Ambush [Instrumental]
3 We All Need Love
4 It’s You
5 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
6 Give Me a Chance
7 Your Past (Is a Part of You)
8 Fret Fever
9 Brains on the Floor
10 Victim of Circumstance [Instrumental]
11 Achilles [Instrumental]
12 End [Instrumental]

If Video does nor appear, watch it here.

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Dan Dalton (1959)

October 27, 2009
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Dan Dalton

Artist: Dan Dalton
Year: 1959
Home: Erieau, Ontario Canada.

   Dan records his hit Walkin Walkin. It is topping hit parade charts in Hawaii and the Daltons are hoping for the same success here in North America when it is released here shortly.
  The Dalton family is well known in Erieau, as Mr. Dalton was known for years as Detroit’s Irish Tenor. The whole family are very musical and have entertained there neighbours with playing, singing and dancing.
  Dan is currently in his final year of University in Hawaii.
Research. 1959, Aug.12th, CDN.

  While attending the University of Hawaii, Dan Dalton became a professional musician as a member of a trio called the Dalton Boys, with his brothers Wally and Jack. The trio was booked to open Randy Sparks’ new club, Ledbetter’s, in October of 1963, and when his brothers were drafted and the act broke up, Dalton joined the Back Porch Majority, playing banjo and 12-string guitar. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

Anyone with info or pictures, please email:
chatham_music_archive@hotmail.com

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Chatham City Band (1889)

October 27, 2009

Band: Chatham City Band
Formed: 1889
Members:18

April 2 1889 is recognized as the date the Chatham Band association formed.
By 1894, 40 members made up the band.
The band played at Toronto and London fall fairs.

Photo Mr. G. W. Cornell  President
Band Photo by J.T. Baikie
Both photos taken in or around 1895
Info from the July 10th 1895 article in The Chatham Planet

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Chatham-Kent Mountaineers CD Release

October 8, 2009

 

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Band: The Chatham-Kent Mountaineers
Debut Release: Feed ‘em Their Teeth
Release Year: 2009

Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Formed: 2008

 Notes:
The Chatham-Kent Mountaineers are a Celtic and East Coast influenced band that also play Irish drinking songs in good spirits and entertainment.

Members:
Dan Davidson – drums
Stew Morton – vocals, guitar
Kevin O’Brien – bass, vocals
Rob Rankin – banjo, mandolin
Mark Stacey – vocals, guitar
Alysson Storey – fiddle, flute, vocals

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Southern Comfort

October 5, 2009
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Band: Southern Comfort
Year: 1983
Home: Chatham, Wallaceburg and Windsor
Style: Top 40 and country rock

Members
(Back Row L-R)
Chuck Fitzgerald – Guitar, Vocals
Dave Holland – Guitar, Vocals
Dan O’Neil – Drums

Front Row
Diane Sasso

Note: The band was together from ’82 to ’85. Dan and Chuck are from Chatham.

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