Archive for the ‘1994 Music’ Category


Soul Kitchen

January 31, 2018

Band: Soul Kitchen
Home: Chatham
Circa: 1994
Genre: Rock cover band

Dan Holland
Jason Moskaluk – Guitar
Scott Campbell – Vocals
Jay Myers
Murray McCullough – Bass

Photo from: Comber Koa


Lesser Known 1994 Demo

May 11, 2010

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Band: Lesser Known
Release: Bring an Open Mind
Year: 1994
Genre: Metal
Home: Tilbury Ontario
Format: CD Demo

Mike Davidson (Spaz) – Vocals
Cory Chauvin – Guitars
J.P. Caza – Guitar
Roger Beaudry – Bass
Paul Turgeon – Drums

Notes: Lesser Known was heading into the direction of Metal with strong hints of rap induced play. All bands could learn a thing or two about presentation from them. They were probably the best run indie band in Canada. Do It Yourself motto in full swing with great posters, band fanzines, website and studio blogs, posters, merch, media, great production, you name it. They had all that perfected 10 years before anyone else could spell check their own bio.
Back in the day, Spaz was a leading force with his emotional stage presence, sucking you in to the secret circle that was the Lesser Known Zone. He had mastered this with his previous band D.N.A. which also included some members from the current band.

Prestus Recordus
02. Weak Like You
03. Wa Zup
04. My Time
05. Come… In With The Dead
06. Sweat On Command
07. Freestyle Dis
08. Shattered Fantasy
09. Looking In My Brain
10. Getting Into It
11. Bring An Open Mind

Produced by Ron Skinner & Lesser Known

Click video below to hear samples from this demo.

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Ronnie Fray Band 1994

January 15, 2010

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Band: The Ronnie Fray Band
CD Release: Progressively Basic
Year: 1994
Genre: Country
Full Name: Ronnie Fray and the Panama Bandits.
Home: Sarnia

Chatham Connection: Tony Bandoni

  Tony Bandoni is fret board rippin’ lead guitarist. Being one of Canada’s hottest lead players, Tony has been nominated as Canada’s instrumentalist of the year on three separate occasions. His portfolio includes Michelle Wright, ‘Harvest’, and ‘Deborah Laurie and the Marble Heart Station Band’.

CD performance Notes:
Gary McCracken – drums
Tony Bandoni – guitars
Jim Lewis – bass
Al Weiss – saxophone
Michael “Woody” Woodhull – dobro guitar
“Dusty” Dale Thomas – electric guitar
Dale Rivard – pedal steel guitar
Gregg Chad and George Webber – keyboards
Billy Heater – harmony vocals.

Track Listing
1. Goin To New York (3:18)
2. I Thought About It (1:58)
3. So Goes Another Day (2:32)
4. Cedar Hills (2:40)
5. Louisiana Women (3:42)
6. Josie Anna Pine (1:52)
7. 53 Buick Blooze (4:39)
8. Dancing With Molly (4:09)
9. Life Gets Tedious (2:41)
10. A Yodeling Song (2:14)

Below is a video of  Tony’s great guitar talent. This video is from circa 2007.

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Melody Ramblers Retire

September 8, 2009
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Melody Ramblers Retire

Band: Melody Ramblers
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Year: 1994
Original line up formed in 1953
Style: Country Music

Rene Brosseau – Steel Guitar, Vocals
Dan St. Pierre – Lead Guitar
Larry St. Pierre – Drums
‘Gene’ Eugene Beaulieu – Bass, Vocals
Wendy Jenkins – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Mark Buckwheat – Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

  The above photo was the last night they performed.  The Ramblers band officially retired …Dec 31 1994

  Who would have thought when Sherley St. Pierre and his wife Theresa formed a small country music band “The Melody Ramblers” in 1953, they started a country music tradition.


A Step Further Into The Blues

August 22, 2009
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Band: A Step Further Into The Blues
Circa: 1994
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada

Members (L-R)
Jacek Marzalek – Bass, Vocals
Jeff Mifflin – Guitar, Vocals
Ray Whaling – Guitar, Vocals
Brent Delyzer – Drums



Presto, The Rush Tribute Band (1994)

August 22, 2009
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Band: Presto
Circa: 1994
Style: Rush Tribute Band
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario

Members: (L-R)
Andy Vangaelen – Guitar
Ron McLaughlin – Bass, Keyboards, Vocal
Barry Coleman – Drums

Notes: The legendary Aberdeen hotel in Chatham is where this went down in true rock and roll fashion. I was in a band with drummer Barry’s brother in 1990, and I enjoyed going to hang out at his house. In the basement was where his drums were set up. Barry would come down and play the drums by himself for an hour as we watched him work his magic. Allot of talent in this band and it was always a good time to see them play live at the Ab.

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The Shoeflies (1994)

July 16, 2009
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Band: The Shoeflies
Music Release: Three Chords and the Truth
Home: Chatham and area.
Style: Christian Music
Year: 1994

  During the summer of 1994, The Shoeflies returned to Mud Creek studios to work with producer Greg Sabitz to record their first full-length album, Three Chords And The Truth. While Richard DeJonge played keyboards and Cory Dawe played electric and acoustic guitars on the recording, session musicians were brought in for the bass and drums. Of note, Richard’s brother David DeJonge (who was playing in the Toronto indie-band Janus at the time) made his debut with the Shoeflies on this project adding vocal harmonies. The album was much more serious than the 12-song recording 2 years prior, and had more of a Christian rock influence. This influence lead to an opening of a door into the Ontario Christian Rock scene, where the band became a household name for many years, and garnering radio airplay on Christian radio stations in Ontario, as well as other parts of the country.

   Shortly after the break-up of Janus in March 1995, David DeJonge (vocals/guitars) officially joined The Shoeflies. The addition of David to The Shoeflies had an immeasurable impact on the band as he brought strong songwriting and performance skills, a second lead vocalist role, plus adding vocal harmonies. The Shoeflies, now a trio, played a series of summer events culminating with the annual Rhubarb Festival in Sheddon, Ontario.

   The Shoeflies in 1996.With a desire to move into a more band-oriented direction, The Shoeflies relocated to Toronto, Ontario and added former Janus drummer Clark Allore and bass player Chris Brownrigg in January 1996. This band line-up played a series of shows throughout Ontario during the balance of 1996. The shows at this time were a mix of bar gigs, as well as Christian shows. Since The Shoeflies’ brand of Christian Rock music is much more subtle than mainstream Christian Rock acts, they were able to play in both music scenes without having to vastly change their song selection in their live shows. But while the band enjoyed various degrees of success as a cross-over act, there were rare moments of criticism from the Christian audience for “not being Christian enough” (the name “Jesus” only appears in one song in their entire catalog), or in one instance, they were told that they “can’t serve two masters”, perhaps suggesting The Shoeflies were hypocritical for engaging in both music scenes.
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