Archive for January, 2020

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UNITY Station Band 2020

January 17, 2020
Band: UNITY Station Band
Genre: Country, 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, & more
Stye: Cover Band
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2020
Formed: 1998

Current Line-Up
Phil Caron
Marc Caron
Brian Benoot
Dave Fox
Don Cook

 

Bio:
It all began in 1998 with Marc Caron, Brian Benoot, and John Couture when they first got together to provide music ministry for a wedding ceremony. The band has continued to evolve with many talented musicians throughout the past 2 decades!

Members have included Ruth Mazan, Brian Sloan, Rob Laurie, Phil Caron, Dean Robert, Kevin Clouthier, Tina Pumfrey, Ron Fleming, Paul Caron and Rosaire Emery. Recent guest musicians Don Cook and Dave Fox have also brought their talent to the group.

Links: 
* Facebook link here.
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The Chasers 2020 Country Music

January 11, 2020

Band: The Chasers
Year: 2020
Home: Chatham-Kent
Genre: Country music
Style: Cover Band
Formed: 2012

Notes: The Chasers are a professional favourite in the Country Music cover scene, in this area.

Members:
Brent Martin – Lead vocals
Mike St.Pierre – Rhythm guitar
Chris St.Pierre – Drums
Jared Lozon – Bass
Brian St.Pierre – Lead guitar

Links:
* Facebook link here.




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Along Came A Spider 2019

January 9, 2020

Band: Along Came A Spider
Genre: Rock/Metal
Year: 2019
Home: Cleveland, OH, U.S.A.

Chatham Connection: Jamie Miller (Lead Vocals), although from Chatham, has been making the trips to Cleveland Ohio for the past five years, to be the singer for the band. Jamie now lives in London Ontario.

Band Members:
Jamie Miller – Lead Vocals
Luke Fockler – Lead Guitar
John Calo – Bass
Tony Castillo – Drums
Joel Sedlak – Keys/Programming

Notes: In 2019, the band made public three songs.
01. Galaxy Eyes
02. Remedy
03. I’m Not Okay (I Promise) (Cover Song)

Links:
* Bands Youtube link here.
* Band twitter link here.
* Band facebook link here.





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Acoustic FM 2020

January 9, 2020

Duo: Acoustic FM
Year: 2020
From: Chatham
Genre: popular cover songs
Formed: 2007

Members:
Mat Drew – Vocals, percussion
Dave Richie – Acoustic guitar & Vocals

Notes:
* Mat & Dave also play together in the party cover band Face4Radio.
* Formerly known as ‘Acoustic MF’, but switched the MF to FM.

Links:

* Facebook link here.

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Dave Trinca Xperience 2019

January 2, 2020

 

Band: Dave Trinca Xperience (DTX)
Home: Chatham-Kent
Year: 2019
Genre: Cover band

Members:
Dave Trinca – guitar & lead vocals
Alysson Storey – violin & vocals
Brian Cox – lead guitar
Dave French – bass guitar & vocals
Dan Davidson – drums & vocals
Special guest Nick Novosad (keyboard & vocals)

Notes: 2019 marks the15th annual Holiday Jam for Hunger which has involved the members over the years.
  The group only gets together a few times a year to perform, usually during the long summer & winter holidays, for fun. But the key ingredient is a casual fun jam with friends, with the intention to raise money for a good cause while doing it. Members are made up of musicians from many other local bands.







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The Good Robots 2018 Line Up

January 2, 2020
Band: The Good Robots
Home: Chatham-Kent, Ontario Canada
Year: 2018
Genre: Covers (Mostly rock)

Year formed: 2018

Notes: The Good Robots is a cover project produced by Shawn Beaulieu, collaborating with local friends and musicians from around the world, on a rotating basis.

Members (2018 Line-Up)
* Shawn Beaulieu (Chatham, Ontario, Canada)
* Jesse Verleye – Vocals & Bass (Chatham-Kent)
* Charlie Fader – Drums (Athens, Greece)
* Colm Dowling – Drums (Ireland)
* Mat Drew – Vocals (Chatham-Kent)
* Ray Stern – Vocals (Chatham-Kent)
* Ben Srokosz – Drums, Backing Vocals (Chatham-Kent)
* Lee Resistant – Vocals (Chatham-Kent)
* Jason Ozant – Drums (U.S.A.)
* Jay Amerlinck – Lead Vocal (Chatham-Kent)
* Aaron Barry – Vocals (Chatham-Kent)
* Linz Ross – B. Vocals (Chatham-Kent)
* Alex Hill – Drums (Chatham-Kent)
* Jordan Ginty – Vocals (Chatham-Kent)

 

Tracks in 2018 (Links to the videos)
01. Jimmy Eat World – The Middle. (Link)
02. Nirvana – Aneurysm (Link)
03. Pixies – Where is My Mind (Link)
04. Billy Idol – Dancing With Myself (Link)
05. Pixies – Gigantic (Link)
06. Blur – Song 2 (Link)
07. Bad Religion – 21st Century Digital Boy (Link)
08. The Long Lots – Dirty Blues (Link)
09. Wheatus – Teenage Dirt Bag (Link)
10. Weezer – Tired of Sex (Link)
11. White Stripes – Fell in Love with a Girl (Link)
12. The Misfits – Where Eagles Dare (Link)
13. Sublime – What I Got  (Link)
14. Nirvana – Breed (Link)

Links
*  Facebook link here.
* Youtube ‘Good Robots’ Playlist link here.




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Ray Francis 2010

January 1, 2020

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Ontario’s Country Music Pioneers: Ray Francis

Born: February 9, 1931 – Eberts, Ontario
Died: June 30, 2010 – Chatham, Ontario

Based out of Chatham, Ontario, Ray Francis formed his first band The Whippoorwills in the late 1950’s (with John Tangelis, Max Dauphin, Ray Dauphin, and Bill Taylor) and they quickly earned a solid reputation by backing up touring Nashville stars like Ray Price, Johnny Cash, Jim Reeves, Faron Young, Ferlin Husky, etc., and making appearances on major stages. The Whippoorwills also hosted a “live” show, aired weekly for more than five years over CFCO radio in Chatham. The act recorded two albums in the mid 1960’s: “The Whippoorwills” released on Canatal Records; and “Country Jamboree” on Arc Records.

After the demise of The Whippoorwills group, Ray Francis joined Gary Buck’s touring country band based out of Sault Ste. Marie, and shortly afterwards, returned home to Chatham where he formed his own band, which featured his then-teenage son Mike “Pepe” Francis on lead guitar. The act was short-lived, as Mike Francis was lured away to work major recording sessions in Toronto, and Ray Francis then formed yet another back-up band, The Rancheros.

By the early 1970’s, Ray Francis was also launching a solo recording career with a debut album, “The Country Way”, released on Marathon Records. The lead single, “Restless Woman”, was one of many original songs that Ray Francis recorded during his career. Also in 1973, Ray Francis released the album “An Old Tyme Christmas”; and followed it up with two albums on the Condor Records label: the 1974 “The Two Sides Of Country”; and the 1975 package “The Good Old Days”.

The Condor Records albums yielded several nationally charted singles, including “If Ginny Knew”, which reached #39 on Canadian hit charts in 1974; “I Knew Her Then”, which was a Top 20 hit; and his best chart showing with the 1976 single “The Good Old Days”, which topped out at #11 on the charts. A subsequent single, “Out Of My Mind”, b/w [Ed: “b/w”: abbreviation for “backed with” – 45 RPM vinyl singles had an A and B side] “Little Bit of Heaven”, failed to chart. After a lengthy hiatus from the recording scene, Ray Francis returned to the recording studio in 1998, releasing the album “A Ray Of Country”, featuring updated selections of his previous hits, balanced with cover versions of country favourites.

During his senior years, Ray Francis continued to entertain audiences with personal appearances at music shows in local church halls and nursing homes in and around the Chatham area. Ray Francis passed away June 30, 2010 at age 79. His musical legacy lives on through his son Mike “Pepe” Francis, who has gone on to great fame as a producer of sessions for Canadian recording acts, as well as lending his award-winning guitar stylings to many of the recordings.

From: https://cmaontario.ca/newsletter/ontarios-country-music-pioneers-ray-francis/
By: (by Larry Delaney)




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Saint Ends

January 1, 2020

Project: Saint Ends
Year: 2019
Home: Chatham-Kent
Genre: Indie Rock

Notes: In 2019, Saint Ends released three songs.
01. Hard Feelings
02. Change
03. Wartime Nurse (Ceasefire)

Musicians
* Jesse-Dylan Verleye – Vocals, guitar & song writer.
* Shawn Beaulieu – Guitar, B.Vox, keys, percussion, & programming.
* Dave Richie – Bass
* Chuck Young – Drums ( 01 & 02)
* Joe Carson – Drums (03)
* Kyle Jubenville – Guitar, B. Vocals (01 & 02)

Producer & Engineer: Shawn Beaulieu
Drums 01 & 02 tracked by: Bob Hiltz

Debut Release
2015 – Saint Ends – Baby Teeth (EP)

Links:
* Wartime Nurse (Ceasefire) video here.
* Change video here.
* Hard Feelings video here.
* Spotify: Debut EP here.
* Buy Debut CD (iTunes) here.