Posts Tagged ‘folk’

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Van Loz 2013

January 6, 2014

Band: Van Loz
Home: Blenheim
Year: 2013
Formed: 2012 (Summer)
Genre: Rock/Folk (Acoustic)

Members:
Josh Hinch – Bass/Twelve String Guitar/Lead Vocals
Eric Dedrick - Percussion/Folk Strings/Backing Vocals
Kyle Dewdeny – Guitar/Baking Vocals

Internet song releases
01. Piece
02. Tonight (Feeling Kinda Bitter)
03. Life as We Know It.

Links:
* Facebook. www.facebook.com/Vanlozofficial
* Reverbnation.

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The Boxcars Folk Trio 2013

August 22, 2013
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Band: The Boxcars
Year: 2013
From: Chatham-Kent
Genre: 60’s folk (covers)
Formed: Circa 2010

Members:
Brenda Kent – vocals
Glen Burk - acoustic guitar & harmonica
Noel Marentette – vocals & songwriter.

Notes: The Boxcars are Chatham-Kent’s newest Folk Trio

Website: http://www.noelmarentette.com/

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Aaron Allen 2012 CD

July 31, 2013

 

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Band: Aaron Allen & THE Small City Saints
Release: S/T
Year: 2012
Home: Chatham Kent
Resides: London, Ontario, Canada
Website: http://aaronallenmusic.com

Notes:
Free download link for this CD: http://aaronallenmusic.com/downloads/SCS.zip

Tracks:
1. Not Built That Way
2. Take It Out On Me
3. All Alone
4. Big Smoke City
5. Older Now

Discography
Aaron Allen & the Small City Saints – S/T - 2012
Aaron Allen – IV – 2011
Aaron Allen – A Place Called Hell - 2009
Aaron Allen & the Small City Saints – 2007
Aaron Allen – Self Titled – 2006

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Eric Welton 2011

November 13, 2011

Artist: Eric Welton
Release: Kill Them with Kindness”
Genre: Indie Rock/Folk
Year: 2011
Resides: Windsor
From: Chatham Ontario

Live band:
Eric Welton - Vox, guitar
Luke Pelotte – Drums
Josh Zalev – Bass
Erik Myskow - Guitar

Notes:
Eric grew up in Chatham, where his step Father (at the time) owned Sound Trax as well as the fleamarket inspired store below it. After high school,   Eric went to Toronto to study Media Arts. He moved to Windsor between 2002-2004.
Eric hosts the Open Stage at a local pub named “Villains” every Tuesday night, along with members of his band.
Eric is also the newest member of Square Root Of Margaret, The Chatham band just released a record in 2010 entitled “WYSiWYG”.

Tracks: 1. Kooler, 2. Kill Them with Kindness, 3. Gone, 4. the Evil in Your Violence, 5. Hazel Eyes, 6. Every Day, 7. Spherikal, 8. I Know I’m Dying,  9. LC/DC, 10. unOther.

Preview & download the CD online @
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ericwelton
or
http://itunes.apple.com/ca/artist/eric-welton/id477878718

More links
http://www.spurofthemoment.ca/edub.htm
http://www.myspace.com/ericwelton
http://radio3.cbc.ca/#/bands/Eric-Welton

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Elyse Weinberg 2009

October 10, 2011

Artist: Elyse Weinberg (AKA Cori Bishop)
Release: In My Own Sweet Time
Year: 2009
Genre: Folk, Alternative Folk
Born: Chatham Ontario Canada
Website: here.
Preview or buy the Album: here.

Track Listing:
1. Anybody Out There?
2. Break It Wide Open
3. Hey My Baby
4. Remind Me
5. Operator
6. Darlin’
7. The Shining One
8. Sleepwalker
9. Nothin’s Gonna Change
10. All Is Well

Produced by Cori Bishop & John Swinnerton at Sonic Sojourns, Ashland, Oregon.

Notes:
The Holy Grail. That’s how Andrew Rieger of Elf Power described the moment in 1999 when he first listened to Elyse’s long forgotten 1968 self-titled release. Back in the late ’60’s, the album received quite a bit of attention – so much so that Elyse appeared on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, in Newsweek and the L.A. Free Press, and at Shaffer Music Festival in NYC. She continued to write and record for Asylum Records. Cut to 30 years later when Rieger fell so much in love with her debut album that he contacted Elyse (now going by the name Cori Bishop and living in Ashland, Ore.).

The rest is history – Orange Twin rereleased the self-titled debut, along with two other of her songs from that era, one of which, “Houses,” features Neil Young wielding his distinctively ripping guitar sound. Since, Elyse’s story has become something of a rock legend – after the rerelease her album received massive amount of positive feedback in the press, and she was mentioned in Magnet, Time Out NY, Aquarium Drunkard, Creative Loafing (amongst others). Perhaps the most flattering result was two extremely successful indie bands, Vetiver and Dinosaur Jr. decided to cover “Houses” in the aftermath of the release.

Now, after playing extensively over the past few years, which included a date at Montreal Pop Festival in 2008, Elyse has recorded a new album for the first time since the late ’60’s – the aptly titled “In My Own Sweet Time.” Elyse’s voice is still captivating – at once sweet and melodic, while also sounding edgy and ragged, brimming with a sense of hope and liberation. As Andrew Rieger said, it’s scary and magical stuff, which is particularly captured in the album’s first single “Anybody Out There?”

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Elyse Weinberg 2001

October 10, 2011

Artist: Elyse Weinberg (born Cori Bishop)
Release: Elyse
Year: 2001 (Re-Release)
Genre: psych folk rock
Born: Chatham Ontario Canada
Website here.
Buy the Album here.

Track Listing:
1. Last Ditch Protocol
2. Deed I Do
3. Iron Works
4. Spirit of the Letter
5. Here in My Heart
6. Band of Thieves
7. Sweet Pounding Rhythm
8. Meet Me at the Station
9. Simpleminded Harlequin
10. Painted Raven
11. Mortuary Bound
12. If Death Don’t Overtake Me
13. House (Featuring Neil Young)
14. What You Call It

Notes: This is a reissue of this 1968 psychedelic classic.
“Elyse” actually received much critical acclaim, and while not a commercial hit, the record sold fairly well, even prompting an appearance on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show”. Two more albums were recorded but never released. Included on this CD reissue are two songs from this era, one of which, “Houses”, features Neil Young wielding his distinctively ripping guitar sound.

Elyse got her start performing in Toronto alongside friends like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell. She later moved to LA where she recorded “Elyse”, and has since lived in London, New Mexico, and Ashland, Oregon where she currently lives.  She still writes and plans to record an album of new material in the near future.  Since, Elyse’s story has become something of a rock legend – after the rerelease her album received massive amount of positive feedback in the press, and she was mentioned in Magnet, Time Out NY, Aquarium Drunkard, Creative Loafing (amongst others). Perhaps the most flattering result was two extremely successful indie bands, Vetiver and Dinosaur Jr. decided to cover “Houses” in the aftermath of the re-release.

Notes: Cher recorded the song “Band of Thieves” without giving credit to Elyse. She remembers going to the movies with her friends to see Cher’s movie and to hear Cher’s version of her song “Band of Thieves”. When the credits came on it said all music by Sonny Bono, She was shocked.

 

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Cameron MacLean 2011

July 28, 2011

Artist: Cameron MacLean
Genre: Folk, Indie
Year: 2011
Home: Chatham Ontario
Resides: Montreal

Songs include: Walls Between, Dead Wood, Sky is Grey & Train Song.

Bio: Cameron has shared the stage with many successful East Coast artists, having lived in Fredericton for five years before recently moving to Montreal. He has twice opened for ECMA-award-winning performer Christina Martin, in both Fredericton and Montreal, and has played in some real groovy venues throughout the Maritimes, Quebec, and Ontario.

He has also shared the stage countless times with many established Fredericton-based performers, such as friends Logan Hawkes (from ECMA-nominated band Slate Pacific), Kelly Waterhouse (from Fredericton reggae supergroup Dub Antenna), and Nick Howe (from up-and-coming Fredericton band Duke Haiku). Last year Cameron was a performer at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton.

August 2011 will see Cameron on tour with Sarah Hiltz (also from Chatham) The dates include.

August 11 – 3:40pm – Wallaceburg – CKXS In Studio performance
August 12 – 7:00pm – Chatham – ARThouse
August 13 – 9:00pm – Windsor – Taloola Café
August 22 – 8:00pm – Kingston – The Artel
August 23 – 8:30pm – Ottawa – Avant Garde
August 25 – 9:30pm – Montreal – Shaika Café
August 26 – 5:00pm – Peterborough – The Spill
August 29 – 7:00pm – Toronto – The Old Nick

Visit him online here:
http://www.myspace.com/songsofcameronmaclean

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Sarah Hiltz Letters 2010

May 13, 2011

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Artist:
Sarah Hiltz
EP Release: Letters
Year: 2010 (July)
Genre: Folk, Jazz
Home: Chatham Ontario

Notes: The “Letters” EP was created as a pilot project in July, 2010 as an accompaniment product for a show combining music and spoken word. The intention was to extend it into a full length, fully produced album in the future.
All the original package contents (credits, information, handwritten letters) are included in PDF format when you purchase the entire album.

Tracks
01. We Are Gods
02. I am for sound
03. First Nail Hammered
04. Brother
05. Small Town Blues
06. What I Thought
07. I Won’t Cry

Click on the video below to listen to the CD Preview below.

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Visit her online at http://www.sarahhiltz.com/.
Preview or buy the album @
http://sarahhiltz.bandcamp.com/album/letters

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The Laws 2011

January 4, 2011

Duo: The Laws
Release: Try Love
Year: 2011
Genre: acoustic folk-grass
Members: John and Michele Law

Chatham Connection: John Law was born in Chatham Ontario.

Tracks:
I Believe in You, Love Again, Try Love, Walking Away, Rebel Cowboy Dream, Who’s Keeping Score, Wherefore and Why, In the Clouds, Beer Mountain Rag, With My Heart, Same Rain

Notes: The Laws made their first trip to Cape Breton last year to record their sixth album. They have also been busy playing live and are getting ready to tour across The United States and Canada for most of 2011.

Fast forward…. now with 9 years of touring throughout Canada, the United States and Australia, and 5 CDs, Ontario-based The Laws have been called “the best duo out of Canada since Ian and Sylvia.”, (Editors Note: Sylvia was also from Chatham) won the 2007 Chris Austin Songwriting contest, secured a writing deal in Nashville and have been featured on CMT, Entertainment Tonight Canada and as “rising stars” on the upcoming PBS special, Legends and Lyrics. They published a cookbook and have appeared on numerous cooking and national news shows, generating almost as much press for their culinary skills as for their music.

What’s coming up for The Laws? A second cookbook, a new CD, cooking DVD, and music video.

Visit them online here or here.
Buy their albums at ITUNES here.

New video: Songwriters: John Law/Michele Law/James GordonDirected and produced by Ben Srokosz, Camera and Editing by Jonathan Abrosimoff.

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Dan Dalton 1965

May 10, 2010

Group:  The Back Porch Majority
Release: Meet the Back Porch Majority
Year: 1965
Format: LP
Genre: Folk
Record Label: Epic

Chatham-Kent Connection: Dan Dalton is from Erieau. He performed with his brothers in a group before this band. He later became a record producer and eventually ran his own production company (Dan Dalton Productions) His first crack at writing, pitching and performing in a commercial (It was for Mazda) won him a top industry award. S.Beaulieu

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

Tracks:
1 Friends, 2 Silver Dollar, 3 Billy, Don’t Play the Banjo, 4 Long Time Ago, 5 Julianne, 6 Ladies Auxiliary Barn Dance Saturday Night, 7 Cotton Bale Levee, 8 Lewis and Clark County Fair, 9 The Far Side of the Hill, 10 Whistle, Maggie, 11 Hand-Me-Down Things, 12 Ol’ Dan Tucker

Performers:
Dan Dalton, Kin Vassy, Karen Brian, Michael Crowley, Lois Fletcher, Ellen Whalen, Michael Clough

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Guardsmen 1965

April 13, 2010

Duo: Guardsmen
Year: 1965
Genre: Folk
Raised: Wallaceburg Ontario

Members:
Ralph Murphy (Raised in Wallaceburg)
Jack Klaeysen

The duo began in 1964 as folk singers who also play the acoustic guitar & banjo.  Murphy, who was raised in Wallaceburg, left the community in 1965 to pursue a career in the music business and quite a career it’s been. He has earned a number of gold records for songwriting and producing and become one of the best-known people on the inside of the music industry.

Notes: 1965 – Ralph Murphy had his first UK Number One with ‘Call My Name’ recorded by James Royal. Back then Ralph was in a bunch of bands. He put out five albums as an artist. The last deal he had was just as Ralph Murphy solo, and that was 1974.

* At the start of the sixties, Murphy went to L.A., staying in Manhattan Beach and playing the coffeehouses down by the lighthouse.

* Murphy and his musical partner, Jack Klaeysen (a good guitarist from another school-days band) bought one-way tickets from New York and arrived in Liverpool on February 14, 1965. While on ship, they began playing in steerage. Word spread, and they were invited to first class. An agent named Collins heard them and gave them a referral to his brother, Joe Collins – an agent who initially managed the career of his daughter, Joan Collins – with a big agency in London. Murphy didn’t quite believe him – “I said, ‘Yeah, sure, pal,’ and stuck the card in my sock and kept playing for free drinks and carrying on with the actresses on board.”

*When they arrived in Liverpool, they looked for places to play and ended up at a club called the Birdcage.  One night, Gerry and the Pacemakers were present and one of the band members began to talk to them. “They said, ‘Hey, man, you guys are really good! What are you doing in Liverpool?’ We said, ‘Hey, this is where it’s at!’ ‘No, it’s not! There’s nothing here! You need to go to London!’”

*Within four months of arriving in London, they had a record deal. Their deal was with Tony Hatch, the already legendary producer and writer for Petula Clark, under his label Pye Records. While they were auditioning for Tony Hatch, “Roger Cook stumbled in and heard us playing and said, ‘You’re gonna sign them, right?’” That encounter was the start of a long and productive relationship between Murphy and Cook.

* Their first album, a folk effort, was as the Guardsmen. Their second album was pop, and they were renamed the Slade Brothers. They cut a couple of their own songs,and also cut a Roger Greenway/Roger Cook song called “What a Crazy Life” that became a hit in early 1966, when they first heard themselves on the radio on Radio Luxembourg.

*  In the fall of 1965, they signed a publishing deal with Mills Music, later Belwin Mills Publishing. Later that year, a song penned by Murphy and Klaeysen – “Call My Name” – was recorded by James Royal and became a hit. “It was earth-shaking, it was everything I wanted it to be. I was addicted,” recalls Murphy. “All I ever wanted to be was a stand-alone writer. I wanted to have everyone record my songs and I could sit and listen to them on the radio. I was
ready – bring it on!” The recording of that song also became the introduction for Murphy to another musical career – record producer.

*At that point, Murphy began getting work as a producer throughout town, including CBS, Decca, and Phillips.

Read More about Ralph here or his own page here.

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Stephanie Rhodes 2010

April 10, 2010

Artist: Stephanie Rhodes
Release: Rhodes to Somewhere
Year: 2010
Genre: Acoustic , Pop Singer Songwriter
Home:  Chatham
Now resides: British Columbia

Tracks:
1. The Truck Song 
2. Afro Mullet Combover Guy
3. Shoelace in Paradise
4. Vices
5. Backrhodes
6. Tido

Produced by: Daryl Chonka

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Visit her online here.
Buy the release here.

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The Agony of Leaves

April 7, 2010

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Group: The Agony of Leaves
Year: 2010
Formed: Circa 2008
Home: Chatham Ontario
Genre: Indie, folk

Members
Max Brunke – Guitar, vocals
Josh Boismier – Drums, vocals

Visit them online here.

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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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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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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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The Laws – Ride it Out CD (2007)

July 24, 2009

Artists: The Laws
Releases:  Ride It Out
Year: 2007
Connection: John Law was born in Chatham Ontario.

John Law – vocals, guitar, mandolin
Michele Law – vocals, bass

Note: Recorded in Nashville with producer Regie Hamm.  The Laws trademark “tight-as-a-glove” harmony singing is highlighted throughout the 11 songs.

…..Cut to 2007, and John and Michele are not only husband and wife but are also partners in music, performing as The Laws and getting ready to make a strong move for greater recognition in the Americana ranks in this country behind a typically ambitious touring schedule (200-plus nights a year on the road) and a stirring new album for their own label, JML Music, titled Ride It Out. The duo’s fifth long player, Ride It Out is noticeably lacking any false notes in its compelling original songs, empathetic musicianship and emotionally charged vocal performances.

   Recorded in Nashville with producer/writer Regie Hamm, and co-written with some of Music City’s top tunesmiths, Ride It Out showcases all the Laws’ strengths. Stylistically its songs range far and wide within a roots framework. Smooth country folk powers the album opening “Am I Still the One”; “Put Some Love Into It” is a jazz -tinged frolic keyed by Michele’s saucy vocal; the guitar-mandolin instrumental “Texacadia” is a Nickel Creek-style display of assured, hot pickin’; the classic country-tinged “Too Lonesome to Cry” features lyrics as simple, direct and devastating as the Steve Earle of “Valentine’s Day” and “Hometown Blues”; and, to close things out, “Getting Over You” is a bopping little folk-flavored ditty that evinces an ironic, Steve Goodman-like sense of the absurd in its account of someone doing everything but getting over a lost love. Vocally, Michele ranges from a soothing, plaintive, Emmylou Harris-like harmony (“Am I Still the One”) to assertive, Martina McBride-style belting (“Getting Over You”), whereas John’s rich, nasally tenor bears some semblance to that of the estimable Texas craftsman and New Traditionalist pioneer Radney Foster. And despite the presence of a few other players on the album, Ride It Out has the intimate feel of a Laws stage show, where the only sounds come from the duo’s voices and instruments.

   John and Michele, who have become accustomed to living in their van (in fact, their personal possessions are in storage in Canada; they are, in essence, homeless), have made a commitment of sorts by putting down roots in Nashville, where they have rented an apartment and have signed a publishing deal with SWITR, Inc.

Not least of the Laws’ selling points is their acumen in the kitchen. They published a cookbook and have appeared on numerous cooking shows through the years, generating almost as much press for their culinary skills as for their music. They also offer shows that are part cooking workshop, part musical performance. This sprang from their determination to eat healthy while touring constantly.
Cooking or music? Music or cooking? At one point that might have been a tossup. Now, however, with the assured, resonant performances on exhibit on Ride It Out, it appears the Laws are really ready to start cooking. But not in the kitchen

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The Very Best of Sylvia Tyson (2001)

May 31, 2009

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Artist: Sylvia Tyson
Release: The Very Best of Sylvia Tyson
Date: 2001
Label: Varese Sarabande
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

1. You Were on My Mind 2. I Walk These Rails 3. River Road 4. Pepere’s Mill – (with Lucille Star) 5. Driftwood 6. Gypsy Cadillac 7. Sound of One Heart Breaking, The  8. Denim Blue Eyes 9. Walking on the Moon 10. Night the Chinese Restaurant Burned Down, The
11. Diamond Love 12. Spring of ’45 – (with Quartette) 13. Bitter Pride 14. So Quiet Now 15. Sleep on My Shoulder 16. Blind Fiddler’s Waltz, The 17. Last Call 18. Sentinel Crow – (with Quartette)

Album notes
Personnel includes: Sylvia Tyson (vocals, autoharp, tambourine); Albert Lee (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin); Andrew Hardin (acoustic & electric guitars, percussion); Rick Whitlaw (acoustic & electric guitars); Danny Greenspan (acoustic guitar, dobro); Nathan Tinkham (acoustic guitar); Fats Kaplan (pedal steel guitar, dobro, fiddle, accordion); Mike Holder (pedal steel guitar); Don Rooke (dobro); Dan Whiteley (mandolin); Oliver Schroer (fiddle); Chris Whiteley (harmonica); Gary Breit (piano, keyboards); John Sheard (piano, synthesizer); Victor Bateman (acoustic & electric basses); Denis Pendrith (bass); Bucky Berger (drums, percussion, tambourine); Randall Coryell (percussion); Colleen Peterson (background vocals).
Producers include: Sylvia Tyson, Tom Russell, Danny Greenspoon.
Compilation producers: Cary E. Marshall, Saul Davis, Sylvia Tyson.
Includes liner notes by Bill DeYoung.
Digitally remastered by Dan Hersch (DigiPrep, Hollywood, California).
Listen or buy here.

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Ian And Sylvia – Full Circle (1969)

May 31, 2009

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Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: Full Circle
Date: 1969
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

   Ian and Sylvia originally traveled to Nashville in 1968 with the intention of recording with some of the best session musicians that could be found in one place. Whether acoustic or electrified, Music City has always been notable for the quantity of talented musicians that make Greater Nashville their home. Not surprisingly considering their own rural roots, Ian and Sylvia quickly became caught up in the new sounds coming out of north-central Tennessee. The “Nashville Sound” itself—characterized by a heavy use of “strings” as backup—permeated commercial country music during the 1960s, one of its chief promoters being RCA-producer Chet Atkins. While finishing up their recording commitment to Vanguard with 1968’s country-jazz fusion entitled Nashville, Ian and Sylvia incorporated some of these country influences into a new stage show, put together a country band dubbed the Great Speckled Bird, and began touring in 1969. The two albums they would later record for Capitol—Full Circle and Ian and Sylvia—each showcased the duo’s avant garde country western repertoire.

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Ian And Sylvia – Play One More (1966)

May 31, 2009

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Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: Play One More
Date: 1966
Label: Vanguard Records
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

“…one of Ian & Sylvia’s best… some great original songs [and] some strong cover versions of equally powerful folk and country tunes…”  

Ian Tyson (vocals, guitar); Sylvia Fricker (vocals).
Additional personnel:
Eric Weissberg (guitar, banjo); Rick Turner (guitar); Paul Griffin (organ); Felix Pappalardi (bass).

Songs:
1. Short Grass  2. French Girl  3. When I Was A Cowboy 4. Changes  5. Gifts Are For Giving  6. Molly And Tenbrooks  7. Hey, What About Me  8. Lonely Girls  9. Satisfied 10. Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa  11. Friends Of Mine 12. Play One More

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Ian And Sylvia – Early Mornin’ Rain (1965)

May 31, 2009

Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: Early Mornin’ Rain
Date: 1965
Label: Vanguard Records
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

    Their fourth album, Early Morning Rain, consisted in large part of contemporary compositions. They introduced the work of fellow Canadian songwriter and performer Gordon Lightfoot through the title song as well a cover version of “For Loving Me”. They also covered “Darcy Farrow” by Steve Gillette and Tom Campbell, being the first artists to cover these three songs. Additionally, they recorded a number of their own compositions.

Tracks:
1. Come In Stranger
2. Early Morning Rain 
3. Nancy Whiskey
4. Awake Ye Drousy Sleepers
5. Marlborough Street Blues
6. Darcy Farrow
7. Travelling Drummer  
8. Maude’s Bluese 
9. Red Velvet
10. I’Ll Bid My Heart Be Stil  
11. For Lovin’ Mee 
12. Song For Canada

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Ian And Sylvia – Four Strong Winds (1964)

May 31, 2009

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Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: Four Strong Winds
Date: 1964
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

Songs:
1. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well   2. Tomorrow Is a Long Time   3. Katy Dear  4. Poor Lazarus  5. Four Strong Winds  6. Ella Speed  7. Long Lonesome Road  8. V’la L’Bon Vent  9. Royal Canal 10. Lady of Carlisle  11. Spanish Is a Loving Tongue  12. Greenwood Sidie, The (The Cruel Mother)  13. Every Night When the Sun Goes Down  14. Every Time I Feel the Spirit

Video of Ian and Sylvia Tyson jamming live with the Grateful Dead’s Jimmy Garcia.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Listen or Buy it here or here.

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Ian And Sylvia Debut Release (1962)

May 31, 2009

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Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: Ian And Sylvia
Date: 1962
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

    Ian Sylvia’s debut album is their most standard affair, and indeed a fairly typical contemporary folk recording, with such traditional warhorses as “Rocks and Gravel” (also recorded, but not released, by Dylan during the same time), “C.C. Rider,” and “Handsome Molly.” What made the pair immediately distinctive was their superb vocal dueting, which was definitely a case of the sum being greater than its parts. Blended together, they canceled each other’s weaknesses and gave the material great freshness and vigor. Ian’s guitar and Sylvia’s autoharp are backed by stellar playing from guitarist John Herald and string bassists Bill Lee (director Spike Lee’s father) and Art Davis. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

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   Ian & Sylvia were Canada’s first folk act to command a large international following from their humble beginnings in the 1950’s. After a hospital stay from his career in professional rodeos, Ian had time to learn guitar. He became a regular performer at the Heidelberg Cafe in Vancouver, British Columbia starting in 1956. He would later move on as guitarist for Jerry Fyander And The Seasonal Stripes before relocating to Toronto in 1959 and hooking up with actor/singer Don Francks, and later, future wife Sylvia Fricker.

   Sylvia had grown up in Chatham, Ontario and eventually headed to Toronto to pursue her life ambition as a folk singer. By late 1959 Ian & Sylvia had teamed up as musical collaborators/performers and played at the Mariposa Folk Festival for the first time in 1961.

   From there they would go on to folk clubs in New York where they met Albert Grossman (Bob Dylan’s manager) who would send them through the Catskills Circuit, Chicago and Detroit. He eventually became their manager and landed them a with US based Vanguard Records. Their debut album from 1962, ‘Ian & Sylvia’, did nothing if not make them a fixture of the early 60’s folk boom.

   The duo continued their remarkable rise in popularity and were inspired by the success of Dylan. Ian managed to write what would become one of the most famous of all folk songs, “Four Strong Winds”, after hearing Dylan do “Blowin’ In The Wind” in 1964. The duo were married the same year and continued working the college circuit.

   Though not hits for the duo, both “Four Strong Winds” and Sylvia’s first composition ever, “You Were On My Mind”, were successes for Bobby Bare (1964) and the We Five (1965)/Crispen St. Peter (1966) respectively. The duo returned to Canada in 1964 and they had a son, Clay. Later, Sylvia would develop some throat problems leaving Ian to perform solo to make ends meet.

   ‘Play One More’, from early 1966, seemed like a cookie cutter collection of songs to fill the need for the public to consume more folk. That same year they released a second, ‘So Much For Dreaming’, which was a turn towards the pop mainstream with a few folk tunes thrown in.

   Moving to MGM Records in 1967 they put out ‘The Lovin’ Sound’ before being informed by Vanguard that they owed that label one more album. Contractually obligated, Ian & Sylvia delivered 1969’s ‘Full Circle’ to Vanguard before resuming their new relationship with MGM for the ‘Nashville’ album.

   By then their folk approach had almost completely been buried and a distinct country style had taken its place. As a means to explore this and other musical genres, the duo formed a free-form country-jazz instrumental experiment called The Great Speckled Bird which featured some of the hottest session players in the business – David Wilcox (guitar); Ben Keith (steel guitar), Jeff Gutcheon (piano), Jim Colegrove (bass) and N.D. Smart (drums).

   The public reaction was scornful but high profile live events like the Atlanta Pop Festival and Festival Express 1970 received better response and so they were inspired to release an album. ‘The Great Speckled Bird’ was produced by Todd Rundgren and released on Ampex. Immediately, the public showed their dislike with their pocket books and the band had to come off tour due to lack of album sales and eventually the album’s unavailability due to Ampex folding.

   Ian would soon be asked to host CTV-TV’s ‘Nashville North’ television show which would frequently feature appearances by Sylvia over the course of five years. Sylvia took on the position of hosting CBC Radio’s ‘Touch The Earth’ and in 1973 was signed to a solo record deal with Capitol.

   Ian would be signed to A & M and eventually Stony Plain and pursued the on-again off-again Great Speckled Bird project. The duo played their final public performance in 1975 and The Great Speckled Bird disbanded a year later.

   The duo eventually were divorced and have maintained a friendship ever since. They reunited for a CBC-TV special and live performance at Kingswood Music Theatre in 1986.

with notes from James M. Castro.

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Ian And Sylvia – Long, Long Time (1994)

May 31, 2009

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Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: Long, Long Time
Date: 1994
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

  This is a compilation of songs from the five albums Ian & Sylvia recorded after they left Vanguard.

1. Hang on to a Dream
2. You Were on My Mind
3. Summer Wages
4. Lovin’ Sound
5. Stories He’d Tell
6. Trucker’s Cafe
7. Here’s to You
8. Reason to Believe
9. Joshua
10. Long Long Time to Get Old
11. Big River
12. Salmon in the Sea
13. Last Lonely Eagle
14. Crazy Arms
15. Windy Weather
16. Tears of Rage

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Ghost Town Minstrels (2006)

May 20, 2009

Artists: Ghost Town Minstrels
Home: Chatham Ontario/ Vancouver BC
Style: Folk/Country/Western
Band:
Po Kadot – Guitar, vocals, banjo, drums etc….
D Trevlon – Guitar, Vocals, Banjo, Bass stc….
Year: 2006 era

Biography
   Lock up your daughters and grease up your goats, because a couple o’ ol’ timey gypsy bandits are staggering yr way! Wanted posters and dime-store novellas tell of two handsome fellers by the names o’ D. Trevlon and Po Kadot (he, of Square Root of Margaret infamy). But, when these peach eatin’, spaghetti western watchin’, dustbowl architects get together, they’re called the Ghost-Town Minstrels.

   You might may be ‘xpectin’ just another night at the local waterin’ hole, but then these fellers stroll in, acoustic guitars in hand. For a dollar and a drink, these glorious b_stards will sing you harmonies so purty, and play ditties so haunting…this music has been known to charm the long-johns off a mountain man whose been standing all day long, knee deep in gopher guts!

   Once the music starts, well…that’s when the magic and mayhem begins. Men-folk are so taken by the tunes, they start to drinkin’ faster, and buyin’ shots for their neighbors! They don’t right off notice how the ladies have gotten to loosening their garments. Even so, loose garments won’t put a stop to the female sweatin’ that takes place at a Ghost-Town Minstrels show! The men-folk get drunker, and the wimmin-folk get looser. Blind beggars’ dogs start to humpin’ on barstools. Next thing ya know, their’s drinkin’, dancin’ fightin’, fussin, – all sorts of goin’s on! And if you find yourself wakin’ up at the crack o’ noon, next to some gap-toothed stranger (that you might not otherwise touch with a ten foot pole)…well then, that sweet melody dancin’ in the fog of your liqour-dented skull has been brought to you courtesy o’ the Ghost-Town Minstrels. Ask for them by name.

Po is best known for his work fronting Square Root Of Margaret

Listen here or here.

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Eric Welton (2008)

May 19, 2009

Artist: Eric Welton
Home: Windsor (From Chatham)

   Eric grew up in Chatham around the musical circles of underground music and the comforts of Square Root Of Margaret.

Note by Andrew MacLeod :
   Producer, singer/songwriter, sound man, photographer, bartender, advertiser, collaborator, optimist, fan. Eric Welton is a man of many hats. Coming to Windsor as a Chatham export a few years ago, Eric has lent his willing and capable hands to just about every musician in this area in one form or another. He’s made posters for six packs, recorded albums for 20’s, been there to help you mix the sound live, and written and performed in entertaining fashion, West to East, while always hoping to get a few more folks together on any given night, to share some tunes and collaborative energy just to see what happens. I’ve got to say, it’s nice to see that mind frame making progress and paying dividends.

Listen to Eric here:  http://www.myspace.com/ericwelton

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Aaron Allen And The Small City Saints CD (2007)

May 19, 2009

Aaron Allen And The Small City Saints
Release:
Self-Titled
Home: London with a roaming cast of members from Chatham.
Style: Acoustic/folk/Pop/
Year 2007

Aaron Allen – Vocals – Acoustic Guitar
Tom Vandeven – Guitar
Jason MacFarlane – Percussion
Keegan Panger

Tracks:
1.Rattlesnake
2.Drinkin’
3.Go On Girl
4.A Good Friend
5.Ugly
6.In Her Eyes
7.Tonight, You’ll Be Sleeping Alone
8.Hey Radio
9.Shinin’
10.Two More Days
11.September
12.Blue

 If Video does not appear above, watch it here  

Listen Here:
http://www.reverbnation.com/smallcitysaints or
http://www.myspace.com/aaronallenmusic 0r
http://www.ilike.com/artist/Aaron+Allen+%2526+The+Small+City+Saints/track/Shinin’

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David M. Lockbaum – David’s Ashes (2001)

May 3, 2009

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Artist: David M. Lockbaum
Home: Chatham
Release title: David’s Ashes
Music Style: Folk/Acoustic
Release Date: 2001

The scoop: Red House Painters/Sebadoh influenced songs about love and loss. Voice vs. Guitar.

Recording credits:
Engineered/Produced by: Bob Hiltz
Recorded at: Eyres Space Studios
Additional vocals: Julie Ross (track 3)
Additional musicians: Steve Shearer (Harp on track 5)

Track Listing:
1. For Weeks 2. Holding On 3. Goodbye Song 4. Think and Feel 5. Home

Listen to his music online here.

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