Archive for February, 2010

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Ron Bechard 2007

February 20, 2010

Band: Sin Dealer
Release: Dying to Live
Year: 2007
Formed: 2005
Home: Toronto
Genre: Metal
Chatham Connection: Guitarist Ron Bechard is from Chatham-Kent (Merlin)

Eric Kuthe – Vocalist
Ron Bechard – guitarist
Frank Sargeant – bassist
Jeff Zurba – Drummer

Tracks:
1. Lying to Myself   2. Got Into You   3. Gasoline   4. Betrayal   5. Dying to Live   6. Magic Woman   7. Going Down   8. One Foot in the Grave   9. Walk All Over You   10. Devil’s War

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Chart Attack Review below:
Sin Dealer – Dying to Live – CD Review
By Jason Daniel Baker

  Vocalist Eric Kuthe, guitarist Ron Bechard, bassist Frank Sargeant and drummer Jeff Zurba form Sin Dealer, a Toronto based quartet locally considered one of  Toronto’s finest metal bands.
  Drawing upon the vast wealth of long experience on the Toronto music scene the members of the combo unleash a sound that is raw yet paradoxically polished at  the same time.
  Comprised of former members of bands like Edwin, Sea of Green, Sons of Otis and Plasma Blast, the respective pedigrees are indeed impressive but would be  immaterial if they couldn’t play together as smoothly as they do.
  Comparisons are too numerous to mention and ultimately pointless. This outfit is such a blending of different influences the term “Sludge Metal” is used and I do not  think it is misapplied.
  Sin Dealer are an absolutely awesome band in my opinion, and I really think their sound is topflight with great riffs and attention to melody. One sees plenty of heads  bobbing to their rhythm at their shows. True metal fans fully appreciate the talent of this group…………………..
 
Click on the video below to hear Sin Dealer.

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http://www.myspace.com/sindealer

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Bitter Blue 1977

February 19, 2010

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Band: Bitter Blue
Year: 1977
Home: Chatham/Toronto

Two of the founding members (Brothers John and Tom) are from Chatham, but moved to Toronto roughly four years ago to further their music careers.

Members
Tom Hoy – Lead (Chatham)
Paul Fletcher – Vocals (Hamilton)
Brent Moss – Keyboards (Calgary)
Steven Combes – Drums (England)
John Hoy – Bass (Chatham)

The band is getting ready to release their first album and swing back into Chatham to play the Turf Room.

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Anyone with info on their album, please post a comment below with a return email address. Thanks

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FOREIGN FILM STAR 2006

February 13, 2010

Band: FOREIGN FILM STAR
Release: Dim The Lights…
Year: 2006
Genre: Rock
Home: Chatham, Windsor

  This was the last album that Foreign Film Star released. The Windsor area based band features Jamie Reaume from Chatham. Jamie has been relentless on the acoustic solo circuit as well as putting out Cd’s  with this band on a consistent basis.

BAND MEMBERS:
Jamie Reaume – Guitars, Vox
Mike Yunker – Bass
Matt Bailey – Guitars
Nick Capanelli – Drums, Percussion

TRACKLISTING:
01 Shadow Puppets
02 Lungs
03 Eversense
04 Clouds & Velvet
05 In Passing
06 The Ones & Zeros Of Digital Rain
07 Impossible Engine
08 Leaving For Left
09 Blindfold
10 Finding Your Way Through A Dream Backwards
11 In A Lifetime
12 Fan Of Chemicals
13 A Beautiful Pulse
14 Safe Trip

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FOREIGN FILM STAR 2004

February 13, 2010

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Band: FOREIGN FILM STAR
Release: Revival
Release Date: October 01, 2004
Home: Chatham-Kent, Windsor

BAND MEMBERS:
Jamie Reaume…..Guitars, Vox
Mike Yunker…..Bass
Matt Bailey…..Guitars
Michael Najm…..Drums, Percussion

TRACK LISTING:
01
Blindfold, Breathe Me
02 Inkora
03 Whales Become White Noise
04 Don’t Ask Why, Calm
05 Reasoning With The Machines
06 Pornography Blue
07 Eyes Modern
08 Clouds & Velvet
09 In Passing, Tears From A Bleeding Woman
10 Postures

Produced by: Bob Hiltz
Recorded & engineered by: Bob Hiltz
Eyrespacre Studio, Chatham On.
All lyrics by Jamie Reaume

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Bob Lucier Steel Guitar 1966

February 12, 2010

Release: Hank Williams Songbook
Year: 1966
Home: Steel guitar player Bob Lucier is from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).
Genre:
Country Music

Members:
Bob Lucier – steel guitar
Roy Penny – lead guitar
Mickey McGivern – rhythm guitar
Rickey Lamoureux – piano
Bill Gibbs – bass
Bunty Petrie – drums

Click video below to hear Bob performing a Hank Williams Classic.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Fred McKenna Album
A Hank Williams Songbook was released in 1966 and produced by Ben Weatherby.
McKenna mostly steers clear of copying Williams’ vocal mannerisms, singing these four numbers in a register somewhat deeper than Hank’s nasal yodel.

 Bobby Lucier has been a leader in steel guitar and is world renowned for his unique style and ability.
Bob was the resident Steel Player for “The Tommy Hunter Show” from the mid 70’s until its demise.  The popular show aired on CBC in Canada.
 Bob was also the first steel guitarist with the famous Johnny Burke and Eastwind, before that, he played in Bill Anderson’s “Po’ Boys band”, Myers Brothers and the Jubilaires, among a few others. He performed and recorded on several of Country Star Anne Murray’s releases. As a session player, Bob’s steel  playing  appears on a countless number of releases by various artists over the years.

About Fred McKenna
Fred McKenna was a blind musician, producer and arranger best known for his frequent appearances on CBC’s Singalong Jubilee, where he would play the fiddle, mandolin and guitar on his lap, much as Jeff Healey would years later. A self-taught musician, McKenna also guested on Don Messer’s Jubilee, recorded with George Beck and the Maritime Playboys and Stompin’ Tom Connors (and produced Stompin’ Tom’s signature tune “The Hockey Song”), and was inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall Of Fame before he died during a gig in Cambridge, New Brunswick.

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Mike Gorman with Ghosts and Empty Trains

February 12, 2010

Band: Mike Gorman (Michael)
Release: Ghosts and Empty Trains
Year: 2009
Genre: Folk, Blues,
Home: Chatham-Kent

This release is full of good story telling and musical warmth from Mike Gorman.  It was recorded right here in Chatham at Eyre Space Studios by Bob Hiltz.

Musicians:
Mike Gorman – Acoustic Guitars, vocals, harmonica
Bob Hiltz – Bass, vocal, piano, guitar, banjo, tambourine, dobro
Mike Schatte – Guitar, mandolin
Stephen Gorman – guitar
Byron Harrett – Saxophone, clarinet, flute
Dean Harrison – Piano, organ, accordion
Tom Lockwood – Guitar
Andy Tattersall – Guitar
Jonathon Davis – Drums
Dave D’Hanyns – Guitar
Bernie Graham – Bass
Byron Brunton – Trumpet
Sarah Hiltz – Harmony Vox
Linz Ross – Harmony Vox

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CPM 1985

February 12, 2010

Band: C.P.M. 
Year: 1985
Home: Chatham

Members:
Chris Rupert
Pat Getty
Margaret Wysman

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Mike Gorman CD Twilight Harvest

February 12, 2010

Band: Mike Gorman
Release: Twilight Harvest
Year: 2006
Genre: Folk and Blues
Home: Southern Ontario

Music & Lyrics by Mike Gorman

Musicians:
Mike Gorman – Vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Janalynne Rogers, Jennifer Thorpe, Mike Williams – Harmony Vox.
Larry Smith – Guitar, banjo, Bass, harmony Vox
Willie P. Bennet – Harmonica, Harmony Vox.
Jerry Fletcher – Pedal Steel, Guitar
Dean Harrison – Piano, Organ, Accordian
John Allen – Fiddle, Mandolin, Violin
Claire Ishoy – Cello
Peter Hysen & Joel Gehman – Bass
Jonathon Davis – Drums

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The City Band

February 12, 2010

Band: The City Band (Chatham)
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada
Year: 1895

Members:
W. Philp – Bandmaster
Harry Philp – B flat clarionet
Albert Philp – B flat clarionet
Frank Kramm – B flat cornet
Wm. Harvey – B flat cornet
Fred McCubbin – B flat cornet
Ed Dunkley – B flat cornet
Ed Hamilton – B flat clarionet
Thos. Maisonville – B flat clarionet
Harry Alger – B flat clarionet
George Foote – B flat clarionet
Hugh Lamont – B flat clarionet
E. Rhody – B flat clarionet
Steve Tilley – Flute and piccolo
Wm. Robinson – Soprano saxophone
R. Robinson – Alto saxophone
Wm. Potter – Bb tenor saxophone
John Dwyer – French horn
John Auger – Alto horn
Wm. Yeoman – Sax horn
Tom Walters – Sax horn
Wm. Crowl – Slide trombone
George James – Slide trombone
W. E. Miller – Slide trombone
Joe Hadley – G slide trombone
Herb Bennet – trombone
R. Thomson – B flat tenor
O. E. Jones – B flat tenor
James Whitebread – B flat alt horn
Robert Potter – Bb bass
Chas. Philp – Euphonium
Dan Fisher – E flat bass
Cas. Schwimler – String bass
E. Wigzell – Snare drum
Ed. Granbois – Bass drum
Resource: July10 1895 CWP
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The Ukulele Lady 2002

February 12, 2010

Artist: Eileen O’Toole (The Ukulele Lady)
Release: The Queen Of The Lonesome Island
Year: 2002
Genre: Folk
Home: Chatham
Resides: Ireland

Notes:  The original songs on this cd were written in Canada & Ireland between 1989 and 2001.

Band:
Pete Webb – Guitar
Karl Burthom – Bass
Dawn Wilson – Whistle, Fiddle
Eileen O’Toole – Accordion, Ukulele, Vocals

Tracks:
 01 Queen of the Lonesome Island
 02 3 Am
 03 Lily of the West
 04 Mick Maquire
 05 Catch you in the Rye
 06 Whiskey in the Jar
 07 The Old Black Tree
 08 Dreaming with Drunken Courage
 09 Guys
 10 The Returned Immigrant
11 Mr. Valentine’s Dead

Buy the Cd online here
Visit her online here

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Cassandra Vasik 1980

February 12, 2010

Stage Name: Cassandra Leigh
Performer: Country Singer
Current Band: Destiny
Home Town: Blenheim
Year: 1980

Real name: Sandra Leigh Vasicek

   In October 1980, Cassandra (20) was a guest singing star on the Tommy Hunter Show that aired on the CBC Channel nine. She was quickly invited back. Her first live appearance ever was when she was eight years old in the folk choir at St. Mary’s Church in Blenheim.
  She has also performed on the Country Jamboree Show and the Ronnie Robbins show. Other high lights include performing on the broadcast of Opry North Show (Toronto) and won the London FM 96 Talent Hunt.
  Cassandra is currently in her final year of college in music related studies. She is also honing her song writing skills as she prepares to do music as a profession.

In 1991, Cassandra released her first album on the Epic Record label. She would become known as Cassandra Vasik. She enjoyed a great music career through the 1990’s including a few more records on a major label, as well as winning two Juno Awards.

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Captivated 2003

February 11, 2010

Group: Captivated
Release: Extreme Worship
Year: 2003
Genre: Religious
Home: Chatham
Church: Evangel Community Church

Musicians:
Mark Whitson Acoustic Guitar
Lindsay Cooper – Keyboard
Graham Kivell – Bass
Phil Smith – Electric Guitar
Jordan Michaelis – Drums
Additional Keyboards – Nathan Kivell
Vocals – Stephanie Michaelis, Kyla Tollefson, Ashley Fader, Phil Smith, Jordan Michaelis, Brian Fader

Worship Leaders: Brooke Nichols & Craig Luff

Songs:
1. Stronger than 2. Lord reign in me 3. This is how we overcome 4. Draw me close 5. Deeply in love 6. Invitacion fountain 7. In love 8. All my heart 9. Awesome in this place 10. I exalt thee 11. King of majesty

Produced by: Craig Luff
Mix and mastered by: Bob Hiltz
Artwork and Photography: Jen Szucs

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Ridge Road 2006

February 11, 2010

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Band: Ridge Road
Year: 2006
Home: Chatham-Kent

Members:
Stuart Wicks – guitar and vocals
Greg Sharpe – bass
Wayne McDermid – drums

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Winter Rose 2004

February 11, 2010

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Compilation: Windsor Indie Compilation
Release: Winter Rose
Year: 2004
Chatham Connection: Includes Chatham musicians such as ‘The Janet Theory’, ‘Foreign Film Star’ and Jamie Reaume.

Synopsis
‘Winter Rose’ and it’s sequel ‘Winter Rose II’ were charity albums that were organized by Jamie Reaume. Jamie had been in Windsor for a year or two (after moving from Chatham) and found the yearning of community burning in his soul. All proceeds from the sale of this CD went to ‘Transition To Betterness’.

TRACK LISTING:
01 Ray Whimsey – Just A Stones Throw
02 Mitch Stokes – Story Of Your Life
03 Ryan Yoker – Something Better Than Nothing
04 Kara Kaufmann – Hammock
05 8ight Past Nine – Between The Lines
06 Inoke Errati – Pieces
07 R2DJ – If Santa Don’t Bring You No Funk
08 The Janet Theory – You Suck
09 Jesse Bellon – Align
10 Foreign Film Star – Whales Become White Noise
11 Ashes Of Soma – Loaded
12 Focal Point – On The Edge
13 St James Something & Julia O’Brien – Hark Mary Star
14 Paul Thomson – O Holy Night
15 Anneke’s Star – All Or Nothing
16 Bloemfontein – Chicago, Home Of The Monk
17 Matt Piccolo & Jamie Reaume – Before You Can Laugh Again

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That Whaling Band Release Jacks Gallery

February 11, 2010

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Band: That Waling Band
Release: Live – Jack’s Gallery
Year: 2008
Genre: Rock
Home: Chatham

Members:
Ray Whaling – Guitar, Vocals
Andy Martin – Bass, B. Vox
Daryl Denault – Guitar, B. Vox, Percussion
Joel Laprise – Drums

Tracks:
01. Jeckyll Meets Hyde
02. Quarter Mile Straight
03. Lookin’ For A Girl
04. Black Ryder
05. Rock Me
06. Get back Tomorrow
07. Rainen
08. Wheelz Of Fire
09. Shine

Recorded at Eyre Space Studios by: Bob Hiltz & Ray Whaling
All songs written by Ray Whaling.

  That Whaling Band record a new release’ live off the floor’ in the studio.
Visit them online here.

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Eye in Me 2005

February 11, 2010

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Band: Eye in me
Release: Space Invaders and private Investigators
Year: 2005
Genre: Punk Rock
Home: Wallaceburg

Members:
Matt Glover – Guitar, Vocals
Patrick Richardson – Vocals, Bass
Kurt Dickson – Drums

Tracks:
Subculture demons, Shut it out, Life like that, Signals of distress, lonely projections, Preach, The problem, Sunday morning mulligans, State of the scene, Bar song, Space invaders and private investigators, blindfolded.

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Margaret Wysman 2000 CD Release

February 5, 2010


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Artist: Margaret Wysman
Debut Release: Turns of the Century
Year: 2000
Born: Chatham Ontario

Songs:
01 Turns Of The Century   
02 I Want To Be With You   
03 Betrayal   
04
I Am On My Way   
05 Guardian Angel   
06 Modern-Day Woman   
07 The Feel Good Song   
08 Shades Of Red, Hues Of Blue   
09 Wondrous Light: A Wayward Girl Reclaimed   
10 Blue Skies And Fields Of Green   
11 Meeting

Bio
  Margaret Wysman was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario, and she is the youngest of nine siblings.
  From 1985 to 1991 Margaret attended The University of Western Ontario, worked in molecular genetics research at UWO for a couple of years, taught laboratory courses, and in 1991, did a short stint as a field ecologist for the Ministry of Natural Resources in Wingham, Ontario. Although she was a science major in Western’s Ecology and Evolution program, Margaret loved variety, and consequently, she enrolled in English Literature and psychology courses and taught herself to play the guitar.From 1987 until 1993 she belonged to a Christian folk group, The 53RD Musicians. Margaret played some key musical roles in this group. In addition to creating many new harmonies and arrangements for the songs in their repertoire, she sang, played guitar, recorder, penny whistle, mandolin, and often provided comic relief.

  From August of 1997 to March of 1999 some 25 songs were penned and performed by Margaret  at a variety of venues in Bruce, Grey and Kent Counties. She has performed for several events at the CAW Family Education Centre in Port Elgin, including anniversaries of the Montreal Massacre, The Women’s International Dinners, political rallies for Ontario Teachers’ Federations, and CAW Cultural Nights. She has been a regular performer at The Songbird Cafe in Durham, at The Storybook Cafe in Southampton and for the Candlelight Music Series in Southampton. Also, she has opened for Keating-Jones at the annual Sing Out Cafe at Glencolton Farms and has played for the students at Saugeen District Secondary several times.

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Maple Shade Band circa 1978

February 5, 2010

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Band: Maple Shade
Circa: 1978-79
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Popular Cover Band

Members:
Top row
Tony Meriano – Drums
Bottom Row
Tony Bandoni – Guitar
Ray Violot – Guitar,vocals, keyboards …
Marc Haslip – Bass

The band was made up of professional musicians and well known names in the local music scene. In early 1980, A few of the members would go on to form “Harvest”.

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The Marauders Release Celtic Fire 1998

February 5, 2010

The Marauders
Release: Celtic Fire
Year: 1998
Genre: Celtic
Home: Chatham

Members:
Dave Thibert (18) – Fiddle
Paul Thibert (13) – Fiddle
Mike Schatte (14) – Guitar

Notes: A few years later, Michael Schatte would form Midnight Mojo then embark on a few solo releases as of 2010.

All tunes arranged by The Marauders
Digitally Recorded and Mastered Oct. – Nov. 1998 at Baseline Sound – Chatham, Ontario

Recording Engineer: Gary Barnett
Produced by Gary Barnett & The Marauders
Photography: Al Thibert (Cover) & Gary Schatte (Inside)

Watch the CD video preview below.

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The Color 1968 Band

February 5, 2010
 

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Band: The Color
Year: 1968
Home: Chatham

The original Color formed in 1967.

Members were:
Dan Bullard – keyboards
Mike Houle – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Ralph Bekaert – drums & vocals
Dan Eyres on Bass.

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The “Color ‘69″ Line-up was:
Mike Houle – lead Vocals and Guitar
Jim Pollock – drums 
Bob Penman – lead vocals
Dan Bullard – keyboards
Bob Charron – bass
Charlie Dawson – guitar.

Other members of the Color included:
Ray Violot – Vocals
Mark Tremblay – Organ

  They could be seen live at Tilbury’s teenage night club “Empty Bottle”.  Anyone with further info, please leave a message below.

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Chris Rupert 1988 Release

February 4, 2010


Artist
: Chris Rupert
Release Title: Not That Far Away
Sub: Original music for the guitar
Release year: 1988
Format: Cassette Tape
Home: Chatham

Chris Rupert – Classical & steel string guitar

Tracks:
Side A
1. Achieving Orbit 2. Study #1, 3. Panic, 4. Tears, 5. Sometime Next Spring
Side B
6. To Be Continued, 7. Have The Animal, 8. 9/8, 9. Indian Summer Streetlamp, 10. What With Decay And All

Notes: Guitarist and composer Chris Rupert teaches all styles of guitar and composes music (primarily) for classical guitar. He began playing the guitar at age 13, but didn’t begin his focus on the classical guitar until age 17. He studied jazz harmony with Jim Howard while attending Wilfrid Laurier University and received his A.R.C.T. in classical guitar performance at age 25, when he was awarded a gold medal for achieving the highest mark in Canada.
  Chris also released a CD in 2000 entitled ‘Voice to the Soul’. Chris’s talent has made him one of the most respected and ‘referred to’ guitar teachers in Chatham-Kent, along side Tom Lockwood & Steve Fowler.

Visit Chris online here.

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The New Love Family Band 1968

February 3, 2010

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Band: The New Love Family Band
Year: 1968
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Home: Chatham, Windsor
Performing at:  Casino Royale, King Street West in Chatham

Members:
Scott Cuthbert, Bryan Galloway, Doug Chevalier, Owen Clarke, Ric Crowder, Kim Crowder

  The above photo was taken from the local paper with an article from Wally M. It included several comments about the band and the scene lacking the ability to see a barber. It made note of the fashion of bells, tight pants, beads, long hair, army clothing, and highly colored ties. This scene was new to Chatham Ontario, but with the styles of the day and the Famous “WoodStock Festival’ coming in 1969, it was inevitable.

  The band was formed by Doug (Chatham) and Scott (Windsor) who formerly played in the band ‘The Eyes’. Local drummer Rick Chrysler (18) is also getting involved with the band among others. Rick would go on to be the drummer in many popular local bands throughout the next several decades.
  The band also brings along a pretty big light show to help create the mood and get the audience involved.

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The Dave Murphy Band 1998

February 3, 2010


Band
: The Dave Murphy Band
CD Release: Mysterious Juice
Year: 1998
Genre: Funk, rock & blues
Home: Toronto/Hamilton

Chatham Connection: Guitarist Dan Noordermeer is from Chatham. Dan played locally with ‘River Road’, was a long time member of the Jeff Healey Blues Band, and has done session work on several CD releases.

About Chatham’s own Dan Noordermeer:
  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Noordermeer has been with the band for almost a decade, and continues to dazzle audiences with his formidable talents. Originally from Chatham, Dan now resides in Hamilton. Dan is known for his Samson-like mane of hair and his wicked sense of humour. Unlikely as it seems, Dan was a full time country musician for many years before joining the band. But for those familiar with his playing it’s no surprise, since he has an uncanny ability to play every style of music with incredible authenticity, passion and virtuosity.

CD & band notes:
  Over 200 shows a year quickly earned the band its reputation as one of the most talented, versatile and hardest working acts in the business. This is their second release.

Click on the video below to watch the CD Preview

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  The disc is packed with fifteen original tunes, spanning the enormous stylistic range that the band is renown for. “Right this Moment is the lead off track – a funky horn drenched number celebrating the joys of living in the present, or “’carpeing the diem” as Dave might say! “Waking up the Dead” is driving blues that swings hard from start to finish, and features one of many stellar solos on the album by guitarist Dan Noordermeer. “It’s Only Money” is pure rock and roll, and lots of fun, whereas the gospel-tinged soul of “How’ve You Been” is highlighted by a moving vocal performance demonstrating Dave’s newfound maturity as both a singer and songwriter. The fifth song of the disc, “Lose Your Mind” is an uptempo funk-rock song which includes a great solo by Dave on the Hammond organ. And on it goes for ten more tracks, with lots of pleasant surprises along the way: The sonic wall of guitars and unrelenting groove of drummer Danny Lockwood on Lying There leave no doubt that the band can rock hard. The jazzy “Fast Twitch Blues” moves along at such a clip that one wonders how long the guys can hold on! “Let’s Play Outside” is a trip through a 70’s time machine with a very funky bass track by Chris “Bottom End” Bruce, and the upbeat groove of “Drano For Your Soul” features a fabulous extended sax solo by Toronto’s Mark Armstrong. The album closes as strongly as it begins: “Just One More” is a rousing sing-a-long swing blues number; the band rocks on “One Million Bands,” which offers a amusing commentary on the indie music scene; and the emotional Stranded on the Mainland is marked by a haunting piano and vocal performance by Dave. The final track “The Way it Goes” showcases the entire band, with an extended jam closing out the disc that recreates the excitement of the band’s live performances. “Mysterious Juice” is a huge eclectic mix of great music by one of Toronto’s most exciting live acts.

http://www.davemurphyband.com

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Dan Noordermeer 1996

February 3, 2010

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Band: The Dave Murphy Band
CD Release: Waiting For Dave
Year: 1996
Genre: Funk, rock & blues
Home: Toronto/Hamilton

Chatham Connection: Guitarist Dan Noordermeer is from Chatham. Dan played locally with ‘River Road’, was a long time member of the Jeff Healey Blues Band, and has done session work on several CD releases.

About Chatham’s own Dan Noordermeer:
  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Noordermeer has been with the band for almost a decade, and continues to dazzle audiences with his formidable talents. Originally from Chatham, Dan now resides in Hamilton. Dan is known for his Samson-like mane of hair and his wicked sense of humour. Unlikely as it seems, Dan was a full time country musician for many years before joining the band. But for those familiar with his playing it’s no surprise, since he has an uncanny ability to play every style of music with incredible authenticity, passion and virtuosity.

CD & band notes:
  Over 200 shows a year quickly earned the band its reputation as one of the most talented, versatile and hardest working acts in the business.

  In the summer of 1996 the band released its first album entitled “Waiting for Dave.” The ten original tracks display the broad range of the group’s influences and talents. Later that same year, a dream came true for the band when they opened for their hero, James Brown. Since then the band has opened for numerous other acts, including The Bare Naked Ladies.

  In 1997, the band made the prestigious Orbit Room in downtown Toronto their new home for weekly performances, where the band continues to perform on Friday nights. It was here, on a stage complete with a house Hammond organ, that the band really began to stretch out musically, and since then there have been many incredible shows featuring the band at their spontaneous and improvisational best. In early 1998, exhausted by years of nonstop performing, the band took a four-month break while Dave travelled around the world.

http://www.davemurphyband.com/

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