Posts Tagged ‘toronto’

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J Browning 2014

March 25, 2014

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Artist: J. Browning
Release: A​.​N​.​D​.​I​.​S.
Year: 2014 (March)
Genre: Hip Hop

Home: Chatham,Ontario
Resides: Toronto

Tracklist
1. A.N.D.I.S. (Intro)
2. A Tear To A Smile
3. Lion Hearted
4. A World So Cold
5. From The Bottom To The Top
6. Let’s Do It Again
7. DAMN Feat. Smit Deuce
8. Connected Feat. Kage
9. Black Shades Feat. Vinny Blaq
10. Runaway
11. I Think I Love You More
12. Make My Name (Interlude)
13. Make My Name

Links:
* Album link here.
* Twitter link here.

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Robin Banks 2013

December 26, 2013

 

Robin Banks 2013

Robin Banks 2013

Artist: Robin Banks
Genre: Blues, Jazz
From: Chatham Ontario Canada
Resides: Toronto On Canada

Notes:
Clearly comfortable with Jazz, Classic R&B and Soul, even Reggae, she’s also known for her authentic electric Blues style. She has 4 independently released CDs to her credit and makes regular tours to Europe and the Caribbean, but recently made Toronto Canada her home. A master of tone and phrasing, ROBIN BANK$ has a vocal style, strength and clarity that has been compared to Etta James and Dinah Washington. She recently performed at Massey Hall in Toronto as part of the celebrated annual Women’s Blues Revue event.

A new Robin Banks Cd is in the works as we speak.

Discography
1997 – Permanent Record
2001 – Honestly
2002 – Live After Dark
2009 – Livin’ life (Christian Dozzler & Robin Banks)

Links:
* Reverbnation.
* CDBaby.
* Facebook.
* Youtube.

If you have info on local bands, visit our contact page.
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Predator Prey Music Release 2013

November 25, 2013

Project: Predator/Prey
Release: ST
Year: 2013

Notes: Project involves three members from Chatham who later moved away to pursue further education.

Predator/Prey is an ambitious concept album exploring the nature of what it means to be a
living organism. Co-founders of the group, Adam and Dak both have artistic and scientific
backgrounds as well as a deep love for Canada’s wilderness. Prolific audiophiles, they
incorporate a genre-bending approach that attempts to mix styles in new and innovative
ways. The album was performed with emerging Canadian painter Scott Everingham (drums),
multi-instrumentalist Carrie Phipps (vocals, writings) and trumpet player Brian Moyer
(trumpet).

Members:
Adam Phipps
Dak De Kerckhove
Scott Everingham
Carrie Phipps
Brian Moyer

Local Chatham Notes:
Scott began playing drums in the local punk band ‘Never’.
Carrie began playing bass in the local punk band ‘Beat Junkies‘.
Adam Phipps performed in ‘Wonderbreed’.

Project Links:

.Facebook.
.Twitter.
.Myspace.
.Soundcloud.

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Allyson Morris 2011 Music

July 28, 2011

Artist: Allyson Morris
Genre: Jazz
Year: 2011
Home Town: Chatham Ontario
Resides: Toronto area

Notes: Allyson’s talents has led her to producing, arranging and providing back-up vocals on various musical ventures. Allyson is currently working on her debut CD.

Visit her website here: http://www.allysonmorris.com

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Demo Kid Home Demos Volume 4

May 18, 2011


Artist:
Demo Kid
Release: Home Demos Vol. 4
Year: 2011
Genre: Rock/Pop
Home: Chatham, On. Canada

Download the demo for free here.
(Right click & choose ‘save as’)(Zip File)

Musicians:
Shawn B. – All instruments & Recording
Jesse V. – Vocals (track 4)
Rivers Coumo – Vocals & writer track 7.

Tracks
1. Pocket Full of Candy
2. To Die For
3. Beautiful Day
4. Our Little Secret
5. Don’t Stop the Party
6. On Holidays
7. My Brain is working over time.
8. Sex in Space

Notes: This is a collection of home recordings and song ideas produced, engineered, mastered, written, performed and mixed by Shawn B. at his home studio. Except #7, Vocals & Lyrics written by Rivers Cuomo of Weezer. Shawn has been busy connecting the local scene by running the Chatham Music Archive website which promotes local music releases & events on a daily basis. He is also a home recording enthusiast who has been releasing music for many years to friends and local music lovers.

Watch the CD Preview below.

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Assume No Order 2011

May 4, 2011

Band: Assume No Order
Release: Slaggered (EP)
Date: 2011
Genre: Experimental instrumental metal
Home: Toronto

Download the Release for free, click here.

Notes: Nigel Barylewicz began in Chatham as a guitar player for local death metal bands while in high school. He later moved to Toronto and began releasing experimental (mostly metal) albums, performing all the instruments on the recordings.

Musicians
Nigel Barylewicz – Nigel Barylewicz
Grant Johnson – 3AM Radio Theremin Outro

Tracks
1. Aggregate, 2. Solidification, 3. Pelletized, 4. Blast Furnace.

Discography
Assume No Order – 2011 – Slaggered (EP)
Assume No Order – 2010 – Nothing More
Assume No Order – 2007 – Exit Dark (EP)
Assume No Order – 2002 – Nigel
Nigel Barylewicz – 2001 – A Selection Of Works

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Courtney Wells in 2011

January 4, 2011

Band: Courtney Wells
Year: 2011
Genre: Motown, Rock, Soul, Pop
Resides: Toronto

Chatham Connection: Courtney lived in Chatham from 1999 to 2005. During that time she was an active member of Theatre Kent.  Courtney worked for them for several years teaching drama courses and their amazing TK Wings Summer Camp. She acted as a councillor and and then graduated to take on the Co-ordinator position. It wasn’t until her recent move to Toronto, that she began to pursue music. Her talents in stage and dance will lend a great hand in her music.

See her return to Chatham in 2011.
Jan 7 (Fri) Courtney Wells @ Encore.
Jan 8 (Sat) Courtney Wells @ PURE Black Box Theatre.

Band Members:
Courtney Wells -vox
Scott Baragar – low end
Sasha Siegel - beater of skins
Reuben O’dell Barkow – melody maker

Links:
http://www.courtneywells.com/

Listen to her music online at http://www.myspace.com/courtneywellsband
Visit her on You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/CourtneyWellsVideo

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Mike Francis Bio 2010

August 23, 2010

 

 

Musician: Mike Francis” (Pepe)
Year: 2010
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario (Grande Pointe)
Resides:  Moved away to pursue carreer choice in the Toronto area.
Son of the late Ray Francis (Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills etc)

MIKE FRANCIS – Biography
Extraordinary Anonymous Guitarist
Mike Francis has been a professional musician since the age of 17. The first several years of his professional career was spent playing the regular club circuit before Mike discovered his ability to perform well under the pressure that is the recording studio. The past 22 years he has worked as a first call studio guitarist in the Toronto recording scene, as well as being a musician first an foremost, he is also a writer and producer.

He is mostly known for his commercial jingle or session work.

  Versatility is key to a session musician and his session credits include most of the commercial jingles heard regularly on TV and radio. Mike’s clients include some of the busiest advertising agencies and jingle writer / producers working. Some of his more identifiable performances are heard commonly on O/V, Budweiser, McDonalds, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and Harvey’s commercials. He’s also the guitar player on any Miller, Molson Ex, Labatt’s, 7-Up, Coors, Blacks Cameras, GM Trucks, Esso, Ford Trucks, Pontiac, Pizza Pizza, Chrysler, Toyota, Canadian Tire, Taco Bell, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Swiss Chalet, The Bay, Canadian Pacific or Sears commercial you may have heard.

  Also as a session player, Mike has performed on and / or written material for a number of television shows and movie soundtracks over the years. Some of the more visible projects he’s been involved with include Beverly Hills 90210, Street Legal, Due South, Beetlejuice, Fraggle Rock, Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and the Jim Henson Hour.

Canadian productions such as Traders, E.N.G, Legacy, Black Harbour, The City, Nothing too Good for a Cowboy, Scales of Justice, Rita & Friends, Corey Hart Special, Elvis Stoyko Special, Canadian Country Music Association Awards Show and the Juno Awards have also used Mike as the first call guitarist.

Album projects are all in a day’s work for a session veteran, and the list of recording artists and album projects Mike has been involved with is a testament to his skill and versatility as a guitarist. He has recorded with artists like Alanis Morissette, Shirley Eikhard, Liona Boyd, Dan Hill, Anne Murray, Gordon Lightfoot, Enrique Iglesias, Kim Mitchell and George Massenberg. He’s also been on albums with Harem Scarem, World On Edge, Rita McNeil, the Rankin Family, Terry Kelly, Ron Hynes, and Roger Whittaker, Cassandra Vasick, Susan Aglukark, Natalie McMaster, Michelle Wright, John McDermott, Bruce Gruthro and Tim Thorney.

In addition to playing on sessions, he has also been active as a producer in the studio. The Mavericks, Jeff Healey, Dallas Harms, Dick Damron, Terry Carisse, Carroll Baker, Matt Minglewood, Joan Kennedy, Anita Perras, The Good Brothers, Joel Feeney, Don Neilson, Robert Armes and Ken Harnden.

Mike does get out of the studio on a regular basis, and over the years his involvement with live radio and live television broadcasts has meant that he has played with some of the best and brightest stars the industry. Versatility as a player is a key to his success as a session player, so he has been called to support a diverse group of artists on stage. His live performance credits include performing with Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Chet Atkins, Buddy Emmons, Jesse Winchester, and Ronnie Hawkins. He’s also performed with Ronnie Milsap, Liza Minelli, Harry Connick Jr., Dr. John, kd lang, Smokey Robinson, Paul Schaffer, David Clayton Thomas, Jeff Healey, Hiram Bullock, Chris DeBurgh, Hal Linden, Michael Burgess, Dr. Music, Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, Rosanne Cash, Paul Brandt, Ronnie Milsap, Charlie Pride, Dolly Parton, Roy Clarke, Jerry Reed and Charlie McCoy.

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

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Zeke and the Moonshiners

May 2, 2010

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Band: Grant Smith and The Power
Year: 1965
Genre: Country-rock act
Home: Chatham/London based

Members:
Eddy Larsen
(Ole) – Vocals, lead guitar
John Larsen – Bass
Freddy Larsen – Organ
Waide Holland – Keyboards
Grant Smith – Drums (London Ontario)

Note: They were a great rowdy party band that dressed up as hillbillies and kept the crowds hollering to their crazy on stage antics. They were a weekend band while the members worked day jobs. Waide was the young one finishing his last year of high school. The Larsen brothers decided to quit their day jobs and pursue music full time and change their band name a few times before settling as The Missing Links.
The Missing Links were together for 11 years and spent a good 4-5 years playing in Toronto without ever having to leave there. They were a hot band and were very well in demand.
Grant Smith was the drummer for ‘Zeke’ the first couple of years. Grant went on to form the popular Toronto rock-soul outfit “Grant Smith and the Power” that had a hit with a cover of Jackie Edwards’ “Keep On Running” (previously a big hit for The Spencer Davis Group). Grant Smith & The Power opened for The Hollies and Spanky & Our Gang at Toronto’s O’Keefe Centre on March 17, 1968. The following month, the band headed off for another US trip, supporting the likes of Janis Joplin, Traffic and Rare Earth.

Here is a little something from a 2009 interview with Drummer Grant Smith about Zeke and the Moonshiners/ The Missing Links by Lisa Mcdonald.

The band consisted of three brothers from Denmark.  Their father was a professional musician but decided to move the family here to become beet farmers.  But once the boys started playing in a band on weekends, they decided playing music was far more lucrative than being beet farmers.  Their father went back to Denmark and the boys went on the road.  We were called Zeke and the Moonshiners.  They were really good musicians but after about a month or so, I convinced them to drop the comedy and change our name to The Missing Links.  We covered material by Roy Orbison and Frank Highfield.  We were a good rock and roll band made better by traveling to Todd’s Men’s Wear in Detroit and buying suits.

Did the band just tour Canada or did you cross borders?

It was just Ontario and Quebec then, but, (and George Olliver will disagree with this), we became the first white act recorded by Chess Records in Chicago.   We got a van and began working for an agent.  Agents had a circuit and if you worked with an agent, you worked all his clubs.  There were shitty clubs, mediocre clubs and really nice clubs.  I wanted to chase the money, so we had to travel a lot to play the really nice clubs.  We’d travel from Northern Quebec to Thunder Bay and from Thunder Bay to Belleville and Belleville to Montreal and Montreal to Windsor.  It was 1964 and we made more money in one week than my father did in an entire month.  It was great!

Interview Source: http://fyimusic.ca/opinion/part-3-grant-smith-with-lisa-mcdonald

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

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Steve Skull aka Steve Saunders 2010

March 24, 2010

Musician: Steve Skull aka Steve Saunders
Instrument: Vocals, Guitar
Home town: Chatham
Resides: Toronto Area

Steve moved away to the Toronto area in the early 1990′s. Some may have caught him while he was playing locally in Chatham for the band Lyra (1987-89). Musically, he became a pro player and guitar teacher.

Above Pictures
01
Lyra 1988
02 The Flu 1990
03 Thunder Circus 1992
04 Touring guitarist for the Killer Dwarfs 1995
05 Fear Disorder 1996
06 Steve in 1999
07 2003-2004 Sandman (Metallica tribute band)
08 2009 Live shot

Brief Bio from his page 2010:
  My real name is Steve Saunders, but pretty much everyone I know, knows me as Steve Skull. I have been a touring/gigging musician since I was 16 playing with some really great musicians along the way. Some of note include, Thunder Circus, The Flu, Killer Dwarfs, Fear Disorder, Mike Reno, Jimi Jamison, Alan Frew and Revolver. I’ve played in about 50+ different bands over the years.

  The band Fear Disorder was signed and released one album called “In A Rage”. It was released in 27 countries throughout Europe and the U.K. in 1997. That band opened for Rob Halford’s old band, Fight and also Voivod, which included former Thunder Circus bandmate, Eric Forrest.

  Most of the bands I have been in were either tribute bands or cover bands. Music is my passion. I actually had to rediscover how much it is a part of me. Now, I am ready to write again and I enjoy music all over again! Currently, I can be found playing somewhere in the GTA playing with The Intruders.

Some of the bands Steve was in.
1989 – Lyra
1990 – The Flu
1992 – Thunder Circus
1995 – Killer Dwarfs
1996 – Fear Disorder
2003,2004 – Sandman – Metallica Tribute Band
2009 – The Intruders (party band)

Visit Steve online here.

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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.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

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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Buckets Of CD

January 6, 2010


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Band: Buckets Of
Release: Self-Titled EP
Year: 2008
Genre: Indie Rock, pop and country.

Chatham ConnectionWes Moore and Corey Wells are from Chatham.  Wes previously played drums in local bands such as the ‘Beat Junkies’ and ‘Pocket Muu Muus’.  He moved away after his school years.

Listen and watch the CD preview below

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Band Biography
  Buckets Of are a rock/country/art/space 5-piece that formed in Toronto, Canada. The group started when Corey Wells and Meaghan Bent began mashing together country and rock. Meaghan was learning drums and Wells was/is already a gnarly guitarist with Ancestors. The two wrote a handful of catchy ditties and in Summer ’07 synth-ist Katie McLeod (aka: KTron816) joined and filled in the spaces with the flowery imagery and spaciness that would develop the band’s style. The trio formed as Buckets Of. After recording bottomless demos in November ’07 at The Pound in Montreal drummer-turned-bassist Wes Moore (Lunchmeat) became the engine of the music with driving county/punk bass lines. Most recently, Tyler McPherson has joined playing pedal steel and baritone guitar. He adds the class to our stage show, both in dress and musicianship.

Instrumentation
Corey Wells – Guitar, Vocals
Meaghan Bent – Drums, Harmonica, Vocals
Katie McLeod – Keys, Synth, Tambourine, Back Vocals
Wes Moore – Bass, Back Vocals
Tyler McPherson – Pedal Steel, Baritone Guitar

Contact: http://www.bucketsof.com
Buy the CD online here: http://www.bucketsof.com/buy.php

Cory & Wes also play in the Toronto band ‘ancestors’, that is made up of all Chathamites.  This is a heavier, hardcore band. Check them out online here.

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Bobby Lucier 2005

December 17, 2009

Group: Bobby Lucier and Mel Aucoin
Release: 88 & 10
Circa: 2005
Genre: Country Music

Chatham-Kent Connection: Bob Lucier is originally from Chatham-Kent (Grande Pointe).

Notes: Bob and Mel played on the Tommy Hunter Show for many years. Their amazing musical talents have set the standard for country music throughout the years in Canada.

Chatham’s own Mike Francis (“Pepe”) plays acoustic and electric guitar. Mike has made a name for himself in the music business as a producer for major acts. His Father is Ray Francis, known for his solo records, and his days with the Whippoorwills.

Tracks
1.
Big Beaver 2. Tennessee waltz 3. So afraid of losing you again 4. Don’t know why
5. Silver wings 6. Behind closed doors 7. Song for Alice 8. King of the road
9. It Don’t hurt anymore 10. Some day soon 11. Blue eyes crying in the rain 12. Lonestar

John Hughey writes Liner Notes for this CD
Hi folks,
For those of you who don’t know Bob Lucier, don’t know what you’ve missed thru the years and for those of you who do know him know him as a great person and a very talented musician. 
I’ve known Bob for a great many years now and consider him a very good friend.
But, the main reason I am here is to tell you about Bob’s new CD. He sent me a preview copy and I am very impressed.  He is like a great wine, he gets better with age.
Bob, I think the CD is great and it’s one that everyone should have in their “play all of the time”
collection. I know it will be in mine. Good luck with your continued success.
“God Bless”…John Hughey

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Nexus 1969

December 11, 2009

Band: Nexus
Year: 1969
Style: local original rock music and covers

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

    Nexus is a very young band who writes their own music and performs songs by other artists including Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Jeff Beck, Hendrix, and more.
    The band chose not to write your typical popular commercial radio music, they enjoyed experimenting and creating jam sessions.
 Nexus did some original recording in a Toronto studio.

The members would go on to become some of the most highly respected and talented musicians from Chatham.
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The Whippoorwills 1964

December 3, 2009

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Band: The Whippoorwills
Release: The Whippoorwills
Format: LP Album
Year: 1964
Formed: 1958
Disbanded: late 1964
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada

Label: Canatal Records
Genre: Country Music

Members:
Ray Francis – Rythm guitar
Bill Taylor – Drums
John Tangelis – Bass
Ray Dauphin – Tenor guitar
Max Dauphin – Steel guitar and fiddle

Tracks:
01.Honey lovin’ (Bollington)
02.When two worlds collide (Roger Miller and Bill Anderson)
03.Lost in the islands (Reg Dauphin)
04.A wound time can’t erase (B. Johnson)
05.Ridin’ high (Max Dauphin)
06.Little darlin’ (John Tangelis)
07.Drivin’ nails in my coffin (Jerry Irby)
08.Dead end twist ( William S. Taylor)
09.What would you do (Jim Reeves)
10.South of the border ( Carr and Kennedy)
11.Tears broke out on me ( Hank Cochrane)
12.Tears will fall ( Ray Francis)

This is the second of two releases.

Liner Notes:
    Most country music lovers in Canada and the U.S. have heard of Ray Francis and his western group – “The Whippoorwills”.

    Ray and “The Whippoorwills” have appeared on the best loved country shows, including “Grand Old Opry”, with such well known artists as Brenda Lee, Ferlin Husky, Minnie Pearl, Tex Ritter and others of equal fame.
   
    This versatile country and western group are constantly touring and making personal appearances, in both counties.

    The vocal and instrumental selections recorded were carefully chosen and they feature the melodic sound of the steel guitar, which adds greatly to the rounded blend of this album. The groups first love is the type of music they recorded on this album.

    Standing in the studio in their stocking feet, Ray Francis and his men played one of the finest western and country sessions we have ever heard. Why not share it with us?
Art Snider – Canatal Records.

Note: After this second album, Ray chose a solo career, recording four more albums and appeared on many TV shows.

Recorded at: Newberry Sound Studio LTD.
Engineer: Dave Newberry and Art Snider
Produced by: Art Snider
Cover Photo: Robert Ragsdale, assisted by Margaret Epp
 
About Ray:
  Ray bought his first guitar at the age of 13 and taught himself how to play by watching others in his area, including men living in railroad cars. Ray lived on Edgar Street which was behind the rail road station in Chatham. These train carts were home to men who worked for the rail road but travelled from city to city with their work. Ray would watch them play guitar then ask them to show him how to play that new chord he never saw before. He would then rush home and practice it until he got it down.

  After a long run of it, the road took its toll on him and he decided to walk away from it all to be home with family and take on a job in his home town. Ray’s son Michael is one of Canada’s most accomplished studio musicians and carries the legacy on. S. Beaulieu

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Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills – 1963

December 3, 2009


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Band: Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills
Release: Country Jamboree
Format: LP Album
Year: 1963
Formed: 1958
Label: Arc Records
Genre: Country Music

Ray Francis on vocals on side one.
01
. Crying In The Deep Blue Sea
02. I’ve Got A Right To Know
03. A House With Everything But Love
04. I’ll Kiss The Fast GoodBye
05. The Same Old Me
06. All Over Again

John Tengelis on vocals on side two.
07
. Toujour Moi
08. I Can’t Run Away From Myself
09. Three Hearts In A Triangle
10. Anymore
11. A Dime Worth Of Dreams
12. Carribean

Band members:
Ray Francis, Bill Taylor, John Tangelis, Ray Dauphin, Max Dauphin

 This is the first of two albums Ray Francis and the Whippoorwills recorded. Ray went on to record four solo records also.

Liner Notes:
  “A recording company in the run of a year auditions many artists in order to find the top talent required for recording. As soon as Arc Records heard Ray Francis and The Whippoorwills they immediately recognized that here was one of the most professional sounding country bands in the land. This long play album is the result”
  The Whippoorwills have been together as a unit for five years and for the past three years have been heard regularly on radio station C.F.C.O. in Chatham, Ontario, the group’s home base. The band has toured with Grand Ole Opry, stars such as Ray Price; Johnny Cash; Brenda Lee and many others, both in Canada and the United States.
  The next goal that Ray Francis and his talented band are aiming for is their own weekly television show, and if talent and showmanship is the key to their goal, they are certain to succeed.

2009 Update by S. Beaulieu
  The band started out making $3 a night in the late 1950’s. They went on to do a weekly radio show for CFCO which ran for five years, beginning in 1960. Francis worked hard and persistently to promote the band to people with connections in the industry. Country star Jim Reeves was quick to help the band when he heard them, stating that they were the best he had heard anywhere in Canada.
  In 1963 they recorded their first LP ‘Country Jamboree’ in Toronto.  In those days, recordings were simply the band circled around a single microphone. There were no overdubs or room for error on a take.  Musicianship mattered.
By researching Ray
   I found and bought this album one day before going to interview Ray. It turns out Ray had a copy of all his albums except this first one. It was posted online from a Holland Street home in Chatham, so I drove over and bought it and then gave it to Ray. I thought that was pretty cool. He gets a copy of his first album, and I get to meet and learn about a local musician who was a real go-getter and made things happen for his music and love of it.

Photography: Des Dollery

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The Shoeflies (1992)

July 16, 2009

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Shoeflies 2001

Band: The Shoeflies
Release: The Shoeflies (1992)
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Year: 1992.

Members:
l to r in above from 2001 picture.
Randy Doucette – bassist
Cory Dawe – guitarist
David DeJonge – vocalist/guitarist
Richard DeJonge – vocalist/keyboard player
Clark Allore – drummer

   The original line-up formed in 1992 in Chatham, Ontario, with high school friends Richard DeJonge and Cory Dawe. With a Casio keyboard, a guitar and two cowboy hats, the two played as a mock-country duo known as Rikky Dee & The Shoeflies.

    In 1992, the group released a self-titled 12-song album of joke songs including “Sneaky Old Bootknife”, “Kiss Me Or Kill Me” and “Prison Life’s A Bore”. During their “Not Quite World Tour,” in early 1993 the duo, now known simply as The Shoeflies (they dropped the Rikky Dee moniker at this time), played shows in Cincinnati, Kentucky, Nashville, Memphis, and various other cities in the United States.

  At the end of 1993, The Shoeflies went into Mud Creek Studios in Chatham, Ontario to record “Fly To You”, a radio single that would be used to promote the band. Vocalist Ivan Arneill sang harmonies on the track, and the song received substantial radio airplay at the University of Windsor campus radio station, where Richard DeJonge attended at the time.

 

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Brooke Nicholls – 2009

June 24, 2009

Artist: Brooke Nicholls
Home Town: Chatham Kent
Current Home: Toronto/Hamilton Ontario
Year: 2009
Genre: Pop / Soul

Official Bio
   Brooke Nicholls is a Singer/Song Writer/Performer who was born and raised in Chatham, Ontario. She is working on her debut album and her most recent tracks have expanded successfully into the R&B/Pop/Soul genre, showing a wider variety of her vocal ability and versatility.

   Brooke’s live performances are highlighted by her captivating voice, piano playing, and deep emotion. The songs that she writes all come from the depths of her soul and bottom of her heart. If Brooke has seen it, felt it, experienced it, been moved or touched by it- then you can bet you’ll catch her singing about it! Nicholls sang the national anthem at the prestigious Canadian Rugby Association’s Churchill Cup between Canada and England, which was televised live nationally on The Score. The following November she opened for ”Q” from the Grammy winning recording artists “112″. Brooke was apart of The Canadian Tire Corporation Concert Tour in 2007, which enabled her to travel in Ontario and Alberta and perform on the same stage with one of Canada’s most successful recording groups Blue Rodeo. She also became a featured artist on the Canadian Tire promotional videos.

   Brooke Nicholls is a small town girl with big dreams. She wears her heart on her sleeve, and is extremely passionate about her music and future. She finds much happiness and joy just sitting at her piano on late nights and just writing and singing whatever is on her heart. Her passion for music and her faith is what keeps Brooke on her feet. By continuing to pour her heart and soul into writing and singing, Nicholls is getting one step closer to living out her dream. Brooke continues to remain faithful through it all, knowing and believing that one day she will be doing what she loves the most. Music.

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Listen to Brooke Nicholls here.

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Demo Kid – Home Demos (2007)

May 19, 2009

Artist: Demo Kid
Release: Home Demos Volume 1
Date: 2007
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members:
Shawn B – All instruments, vocals

Notes:

* All music performed, written, arranged, produced & recorded by Shawn B.
* Jesse V. is also a contributor & writer to ideas and helps out doing vocals on some tracks.
* This is a collection of home demos/ first draft versions of songs written for fun. They are here in their most raw form, captured as ideas.
* Demo Kid previously wrote and played guitar for Foster Child, The Janet Theory and Dead Girls Union.

Watch the CD video preview below

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Read a review of the album online here.

Tracks
1. The last day of summer
2. To die for
3. Never let you go
4. With someone else now
5. Another stupid love song
6. Best Friend
7.
 Guardian Angel
8. Drunk and Happy
9. Will you forgive me in the end
10. The things you didn’t know
11. Bad habits are hard to break
12. Dance like you mean it
13. Kid in the corner
14. Goth girl tragedy
15. Kiss and tell (Rumors)
16. Role model zero
17. Would you still love me if?
18. Never saw it coming
19. Keep your pants on
20. I want to be used by you
21. Our little secret
22. I don’t want to be like you
23. Told you so
24. Mom and pop stores (Free MP3 Download)

Watch & Listen to Demo Kid online at You Tube here.___________________________________

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Nigel Barylewicz – A Selection Of Works (2001)

May 19, 2009
CD Cover
CD Cover

Artist: Nigel Barylewicz
Release: A Selection Of Works Composed By A Certain Individual
Date: 2001
Home: Chatham Ontario Canada

Nigel’s release comes from the post high school years after playing with Chatham Death metal band Stimotik. This release is the beginning to new experimental tastes, which he will carry on in the future with his next project ‘Assume No Order’.

All songs performed, produced & written by Nigel.

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Assume No Order – Exit Dark EP (2007)

May 18, 2009

Assume No Order
Release: Exit Dark EP
Date: 2007
Style: Experimental

Nigel Barylewicz – All music, guitars, bass, and drums

  Nigel began playing in metal bands in high school in Chatham Ontario.
He has since moved to the Toronto area.
 This is a great CD that is calculated noize, jazz, metal, and everything in between, but like nothing you heard before. Fans of Mr. Bungle & other less known underground bands will love this CD.

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