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Rachel Schwarz 2009

October 30, 2009


Rachel Schwarz
Home
: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Year: 2009
Vocalist

  Rachel Schwarz is an award winning vocalist, dramatic artist, choral conductor and performer. She has starred in a variety of sold out productions from opera to Broadway cabaret, and maintains an active career as a soloist throughout the community.

  She studied choral conducting at the University of Western Ontario and has been successfully conducting concerts in Chatham-Kent for many years. In addition to her work with the PURE Youth Choir Rachel is currently the music director at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Chatham. She is accomplished in choral conducting, singing and solo performing but she is also an accomplished pianist, organist and violinist.

  Rachel has studied singing in Canada, the United States and overseas, and is a highly sought after private voice instructor and coach. She is very excited to share her love of music, her knowledge and wide experience plus her enthusiastic approach to performance with this fantastic group of young musicians.

source: http://www.pureacademy.ca

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Chatham Kiltie Band Forms

October 30, 2009

Chatham Kiltie Band Forms
Year
: 1927 (December 19th)
Style: Brass band

  Every bandsman or individual who wishes to become a bandsman is invited to meet at the armouries tonight. The leader of the Kilties brass band will be there to meet everyone in the band room.
Mr. Worth made the public announcement.
  “There is no greater need in our community today than a band,” said Mr. Worth. “There is something in the study of music, the rehearsals and practice that keep the young men interested. There is also the broadcasting of the result of that study and rehearsals, to thousands of people, through concerts. The stage is all set to go ahead with the organization of the new band but we need a citizens’ committee to raise money.”
  A.E. Herman at the Royal Bank will be accepting donations on behalf of the band.

Above Quote from the CDN 1927, Dec 19th issue.

Note: the armories was built in 1905

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Nexus Band 1970

October 30, 2009
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Band: Nexus
Year: 1970
Style: local original rock music
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

Article: Jan.31st 1970, By Doug Waite, CDN.

  There’s a musical group in our town, which, if dedication and perseverance is any indication, will eventually make it to the top.
   The Quintet comprised of Mark Tremblay – Organ, Byron Stoehr – Bass, Raymond Violot – Vocals, Harmonica, Rick Chrysler – Drums, Tom Lockwood – Gibson Guitar call themselves Nexus. This name of Latin origin means “bond and unity”.
  And bond and unity is just what these young fellows have displayed in their endeavor to create a sound that will give Nexus an individuality instantly recognized as all their own.
  They played at the Thames Theatre Laugh-In last Saturday night and judging by the number of people – young people in particular – who crowded into the art gallery to dance and listen to the style they are in the process of perfecting, is “going well”.
  On January 31 The Nexus are producing their own concert and dance at the Thames Theatre. Three bands will be featured in the production. Besides The Nexus, the New Set will be there from London and another Chatham based group. Refugee will perform in addition to the concert, a dance will be held simultaneously in the art gallery for those who like to dance. According to the members of The Nexus the event will be the best of its kind ever held in the area.
    The Nexus have an unusual history and many people would like to know why the group took steps to separate themselves from the outside world. In explanation it is interesting to know that the boys, about seven months ago, moved to the wide open spaces near Erieau and secured a big house where they could practice to their heart’s content without complaint from any unsympathetic public.
  Actually, explained a spokesman for the group, the band had been together about 18 months. Most of that time was marked by doing other people’s songs with other people’s arrangements.
  The spokesman said the band never had the time to develop anything substantial on their own because of commitments to school, jobs, and inadequate rehearsal facilities.
  “Finally” he said, “in spite of these obstacles we arrived at a point where we either had to take the necessary steps to develop our own music or settle for another run-of-the-mill rock group”.
  With this in mind four of the five members of the band severed practically all connections with “normal” school, work and social life in Chatham and moved to the house near Erieau. The other member, who was unable to come because of commitments at home, joins his confreres whenever possible.
  There, with almost unlimited rehearsal time, they were finally able to concentrate on the music they wanted to produce. This explained the spokesman, involves more time than at first appears.
  “To develop a band that is really distinctive,” he elaborated, “the members must not only be talented musically, they must be able to work together, sacrifice their own egos for the overall sound and have the insight to recognize the strength and weaknesses of the other members of the band and be able to compensate for them.”
  While arrangements are, of course, part of the music the Nexus play, improvisation is the thing. That’s the most important part of their music.
  The ability to create music and communicate emotions with ideas invented on the spur of the moment is a valuable gift and to all intents and purposes, the Nexus have made more than moderate success
  Everything is not peaches and cream however, and to play music such as theirs the Nexus must have the perseverance to be able to accept the setbacks and criticisms that are part of the progress pattern.
  The idea is not peculiar, but, according to the youthful spokesman, “No band in this area and very few in Canada have tried to carry the idea of musical improvisation and arranging to the extent we have.”
  It is to their credit they have been able to go through many changes and still remain original membership.

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette 2007

October 29, 2009
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Artist: Quartette
Release: Down at the Fair
Year: 2007
Chatham Connection:  (Sylvia is from Chatham-Kent. (Born Sylvia Fricker September 19, 1940 in Chatham, Ontario)

Who:
Sylvia Tyson, Caitlin Hanford, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick

Tracks:
1. Down at the Fair
2. Twenty Shades of Blues
3. That’s What You Always Say to My Heart
4. Where Love Lies
5. All These Things Are You
6. Who’s Foolin’ Who
7. Nothing Can Make the World Right Again
8.  Tell My Lord
9.  Sing a Song of Sadness
10. My Invitation
11. Marie Antoinette
12. I Mean What I Say
13. I Can’t Wait 
    
Notes: Even after four decades of songwriting, and with over 200 songs to her credit, Sylvia says she is not a prolific songwriter. Still, “Down At The Fair” features two of her finest songs: the spiritual “Tell My Lord” (with the magnificent line, “I can tell my Lord things I couldn’t tell my mother”) and the remarkable character sketch, “Marie Antoinette.”

The latter is a story of a deluded woman working as a maid in a hotel who believes that in a perfect world she’d be the Queen of France. The song is a reminder that all around us are people whose lives we know nothing about, and some of them are quite delusional.

“When I was a kid I knew a girl who was adopted, and her name was Marie Antoinette,” Sylvia explains. “She truly believed she was descended from the Queen of France. I thought that was an interesting concept. The line ‘Off with their heads’ gets a laugh from audiences.”
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Quartette was formed for a concert at Toronto’s Harbourfront in the summer of 1993. The following year, the group received the Canadian Country Music Association’s award for best vocal collaboration. In 1995 and 1996, it garnered Juno Award nominations for top country group. An hour-long showcase on “Adrienne Clarkson Presents” on CBC-TV introduced them to an even wider audience in 1995.

SYLVIA TYSON Quick Bio

  Sylvia Tyson first made her mark in the ’60s with the folk/country duo Ian & Sylvia which recorded 13 albums. Ian and Sylvia, who married in 1964, were at the forefront of the ’60s North American folk movement.
  Following Ian & Sylvia’s breakup in 1977 as an act and as a couple, Sylvia released seven solo albums.
  In the ’70s, Sylvia hosted CBC-Radio’s roots music series “Touch The Earth,” and hosted CBC-TV’s “Country In My Soul” series.
  Sylvia received Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada in 1995. She is one of the founders, past president, and song honoree of the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Buy the CD online here.
Listen online here.

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette (1998)

October 29, 2009

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Sylvia Tyson in Quartette
Artist: Quartette
Release: In the Beauty of the Day
Year: 1998
Chatham Connection: Sylvia is from Chatham-Kent

Who:
Sylvia Tyson
Caitlin Hanford
Cindy Church
Gwen Swick

  With the untimely death of original member, Colleen Peterson, in 1996, Quartette elected to continue performing, and welcomed another musical friend, Gwen Swick, to the group. Gwen’s skills as a songwriter and vocal arranger carried the group to a new level as they prepared to record once again, and the result was “In The Beauty Of The Day,” released in 1998.

  Quartette has received several Juno nominations, won a Canadian Country Music Award for best vocal collaboration, performed with major symphony orchestras across Canada, and recorded the CMT-TV special, “A Quartette Christmas.” They have also released two Christmas CDs, “It’s Christmas!” in 1996, and “I See A Star” in 2002, both of which are collections of traditional and original Christmas songs, and their Christmas shows have become a tradition with audiences across the country.

Tracks:
1.  I Don’t Want to Cry
2.  Me and My Love and I
3.  Sentinel Crow
4.  In the Beauty of the Day
5.  Ask Me
6.  All Things Can Change
7.  E.Z.
8.  I Don’t Believe I Do Believe
9.  A Love That Just Won’t Stray
10. I Walk These Rails
11. Long Chain of Love
12. Rain on the Highway
 

SYLVIA TYSON

  Sylvia Tyson first made her mark in the ’60s with the folk/country duo Ian & Sylvia which recorded 13 albums. Ian and Sylvia, who married in 1964, were at the forefront of the ’60s North American folk movement.

  Following Ian & Sylvia’s breakup in 1977 as an act and as a couple, Sylvia released seven solo albums.

  In the ’70s, Sylvia hosted CBC-Radio’s roots music series “Touch The Earth,” and hosted CBC-TV’s “Country In My Soul” series.

  Sylvia received Canada’s highest civilian award, the Order of Canada in 1995. She is one of the founders, past president, and song honoree of the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003.

Sylvia has completed her first book, a work of fiction.

Buy the CD online here.
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Sylvia Tyson (2009)

October 28, 2009
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Artist: Sylvia Tyson
Performing in: Quartette
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham-Kent
Resides: Other

  Since their debut in 1993, the four members of Quartette have been both publicly and critically acclaimed for their lush harmonies and delightfully diverse repertoire. Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, and Chatham’s own Sylvia Tyson are seasoned singer/songwriters whose influences range from blues and gospel to folk and country to jazz and pop.

  Quartette has received several Juno nominations, won a Canadian Country Music Award for best vocal collaboration, performed with major symphony orchestras across Canada, and recorded the 14 CMT-TV special, “A Quartette Christmas.”

Sylvia will perform Saturday November 28, 2009, at the Kiwanis Theatre in Chatham with the Quartette.

http://www.quartette.com/

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Capitol Theatre Opens (1930)

October 28, 2009

  When the Chatham Capitol Theatre opened in 1930, it was one of the largest and most spectacular movie houses in  South Western Ontario. Saved from  demolition in 1995, the Capitol is undergoing a remarkable transformation into a state-of-the-art, 1200 seat performing arts and entertainment centre.

   When completed, the Capitol will host a variety of national and international theatre performances, concerts, and special events. The general performance  season calendar is intended to include top calibre shows, which will cover the range from drama to comedy, to opera and to gospel, rock, country, blues, jazz, and classical music. From kids to grandparents, there will be something for everyone.

 The Capitol Theatre in Chatham was built by Harris Theatres Ltd. of Sarnia, who sold the property, building, and equipment to Famous Players in February of 1930, before the theatre even opened. The auditorium was divided in 1975 to create a dual cinema. The theatre was closed in 1995, and scheduled for demolition in 1995.

   The Chatham Capitol Theatre Coalition was formed to save the theatre, and acquired the property from the city in 1996. Renovations to refurbish the theatre as a live venue are ongoing. As of 2009, they are still not finished working on the building. This has become a big topic of debate and for the city and its people.

 

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Bluetonium 2009

October 28, 2009
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Band: Bluetonium
Home: Chatham-Kent Ontario
Style: Rhythm & Blues
Year: 2009

Members
Bob Wilson – Bass
Phil Caron – Vox & Guitar
Rick Chrysler – Drums
Jeff Mifflin – Guitar

  The band is made up of top notch players with roots deep in the cities history of the most popular local bands.Those who don’t know bassist      Bob Wilson, well, you have heard him play before. A little flashback video below of Bob in the Kim Mitchell band with their hit ‘Go For A Soda’.

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website: http://bluetonium.ca/

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Troiano – Fret Fever

October 27, 2009
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Band: Troiano
Release: Fret Fever
Style: Rock
Year: 1979
Chatham Connection: Chatham’s Bob Wilson played bass guitar on this release.

About Bob: Bob is well known for his days with local bands ‘Friends’ and ‘Quadrant’, spending roughly two years in each group. He began his early days playing at Tecumseh High School with friends. Bob joined Troiano 2 years ago, just after their second album ‘The Joke’s On Me’ was released.

Members
Bass – Bob Wilson, Pauline Wilson
Drums – Paul DeLong
Guitar – Domenic Troiano
Keyboards – Dave Tyson
Percussion – Paul Delong, Bob Wilson, Dave Tyson
Vocals – Domenic Troiano, Roy Kenner, Bob & Pauline Wilson, Bob Wilson,

TRACKS
1 South American Run
2 Ambush [Instrumental]
3 We All Need Love
4 It’s You
5 It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
6 Give Me a Chance
7 Your Past (Is a Part of You)
8 Fret Fever
9 Brains on the Floor
10 Victim of Circumstance [Instrumental]
11 Achilles [Instrumental]
12 End [Instrumental]

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The Jubilaires Reunion in 2007

August 22, 2009

Band: The Jubilaires
Year: 2007
Home: Chatham Kent Area

Members:
Oscar Demers – Pedal Steel, Guitar
Ray Trahan – Drums
Ray Myers – Rhythm guitar, Vocal
Roland Myers – Bass, Vocal
Roland Lozon – Lead guitar, Fiddle

The group has a long and rich history in this community. The Jubilaires disbanded years ago with a new formation coming as the Jubilaires II. These pictures are from the induction of Oscar Demers into the Grande Pointe “Hall Of Fame” in 2007.

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Shaune Ann (2009)

August 20, 2009

Artist: Shaune Ann
CD Release: Does Anybody Really Care?”
Born: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada.
Year: 2009

Tracks
1. Warm Mix 2. Acoustic Mix 3. Radio Mix

Credits:
Written by: Shaune Ann Feuz
Vocals by: Shaune Ann
Produced and Arranged by: Tim Kobza
Drum Programmimg : Eric Valentine
Bass: J.V. Collier
Guitar: Tim Kobza
Keys/Organ: Brandon Coleman
Background Vocals: Denaime Jones
Photo by: Joshua Roy

Note:
A musical journey that began 20 years ago and influenced by such divas as Ella Fitzgerald and Barbra Streisand, Shaune Ann Feuz knew her destiny belonged in music. She is a dynamic singer and performer with a voice that is powerful, sultry and velvety smooth. Shaune Ann’s unique blend of music unites the sounds of Contemporary/Pop with the cool undertones of Jazz. She developed her passion for Jazz while at Humber College in Toronto and has spent the past five years developing new material in anticipation of new album release due out later this year.

Since moving to explore life outside of Canada in 1997, Shaune Ann has continued to expand her portfolio of original material by recording new songs and performing across the USA, Canada and internationally. She has performed in a myriad of languages including Ancient Egyptian, Hebrew, Italian, French, German, Spanish and English.

Success & Accolades

•”Let’s Talk About Love” written and performed for TV Movie called “Z3” (Disney Channel) with Phil Marshall (Aired June 2004)
•”A Whole New Me” written with Phil Marshall and performed by Julie Regans for movie called ‘Revenge of the Middle Aged Woman” for CBS; achieved #1 in ratings for movie of the week on CBS for 2004.
•”Love Changes Everything” is an original song written & performed by Shaune Ann and featured in the ABC Family Network Movie-Of-The-Week special “I Want To Marry Ryan Banks” in January 2004.
•Contributed vocals to the Dreamworks Animated feature film “Sinbad” featuring the voices of Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones &Michelle Pheifer (Released July 2003)
•Finalist for the KLAC 570 AM “Fabulous Finds” 2003 Jazz Contest
•In 2002, provided background vocals for Enya’s performance on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show

•Performed the closing theme song for the final episode of Survivor II – The Outback
•2002 Re-release of her ballad “Come Morning” received regular airplay on the WAVE 94.7 FM and various other smooth Jazz stations in Canada.
•Ceasar’s Palace – July 4th, 2002 Weekend Celebration in Las Vegas, featured Big Band/Jazz singer.
•Semi-finalist in the 2001 USA Songwriters Competition for her original song “I Can’t Carry You”, she was invited to perform in a showcase in February 2002.
•In 2001, toured with Peter Fonda and Branscombe Richmond (Renegade) in Tahiti and Campo Grande, Brazil as a lead vocalist for the World Motor Cycle Tour representing Indian Motor Cycles.
•Winner of the 2000 Millennium Talent Search, a pilot TV show for USA Network.
•Finalist in the 1999 Lilith Fair Competition to tour with Sarah McLaughlin, sponsored by Star 98.7 FM, chosen for the Top 20 finalists out of 3,000 applicant submissions.

Links:
* Website here.
* Youtube website here.

Video Of Shaune below


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Shawn Daudlin – Radio Release CD (2007)

August 20, 2009
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Artist: Shawn Daudlin
Release: Radio Release
Year: 2007
Type: Pop

Born: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Resides: Toronto area.

Tracks:
01. My Reflection In Your Eyes
02. Too High To Climb (feat. Toni Anderson)

 

Album Notes:

Apmar Music is excited to announce that two new songs are now available with the release of Shawn Daudlin’s promotional CD. Shawn’s upcoming full-length CD, which will include the two singles, will be released within the next few months.

The promotional release showcases two new tracks. ‘My Reflection in Your Eyes’ is a beautiful, acoustic driven ballad. Shawn sings about the loss of love and as we all know, love never leaves quickly, but like an unwelcome dinner guest, takes its time exiting. ‘My Reflection in Your Eyes’ recently received a honorable mention from the Billboard Songwriting Contest.

With tongue firmly held in cheek, Shawn and soul singer Toni Anderson proudly wave the break-up flag with ‘Too High To Climb’. This retro disco tune laughs in the face of a love that lasts forever. After all, some mountains are just too high to climb!

You can’t help but smile when you listen to the music of Shawn Daudlin. He is an artist whose musical influence draws upon the very roots of what music is today. From the first note sung, it is apparent that Shawn is a singer who loves what he does and has a distinct appreciation for music.

Together with Producer/Songwriter Alan Poaps (Apmar Music), Shawn has collaborated on many recording projects, writing lyrics and melodies to compliment the arrangements written by Alan. Some of Toronto’s finest players have worked with this duo. Talented musicians, who have toured with the likes of Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole and Big Sugar, provide the riffs and grooves.

Shawn’s self-titled, debut recording, received regular airplay on radio in Germany, Denmark and Southwestern Ontario. Extensive internet promotion through radio and Pop Music fan sites have helped to create awareness of Shawn’s music and broaden his audience base.
Preview or buy the CD here:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/daudlin2
http://www.shawndaudlin.com/
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NASHVILLE STORM & FORTY BELOW (2009)

August 6, 2009
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NASHVILLE STORM & FORTY BELOW
Type: Cover band
Home: Chatham Kent
Year: 2009

   Nashville Storm & Forty Below, performing a mix of new and old country, 50’s & 60’s music and classic rock.

Members:
Lead vocals / acoustic: Paul Larocque/Nashville Storm.
Lead Guitar/vocals: Chris Bird
Drums/vocals: Adam Danielski
Bass/vocals: Tammy Jones

Notes: Tammy has played with many different talents, such as Mark Lindsey, Rene’ Comeau, Tim Dee, Ken Ramsden, Frank Yankovitch, Greg Mankiss,Dale Revard,Chris Bird and Chuck Fitzgerald to name a few along with many known great drummers.
   Some of the bands she played with were Shenendoah,at the age of 18 which was her Mothers band, Kanyon, The Continentals, Marquis, Crooked River Band, Tempist, No Conditions,JRB TRIO,Slip n Out, 40 Below, and XSTATIC!!!
Catch them here:
http://www.myspace.com/nashvillestorm ,
http://www.nashvillestormnet.com/ ,

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Social Code – S.T. Release (2007)

July 19, 2009

Band: Social Code
Release Title: Social Code
Date: 2007
Style: Rock
Home: Alberta
Chatham Connection: Travis Nesbitt (vocals) was born and raised in Chatham Ontario Canada.

Tracks
 1. He Said, She Said
 2. Bomb Hands  
 3. Everyday (Late November)
 4. Shortest Line, The
 5. Forever Always Ends
 6. Don’t Tell Me
 7. 10 Seconds To Go
 8. Frayed
 9. Without You
 10. Best You Never Had, The
 11. Forever Always Ends (Acoustic Bonus Track)

 Notes:
   This is the sophomore self-titled release through Universal Canada that spawned major radioplay for songs such as Bomb Hands, Everyday (Late November) and He Said, She Said.  That latter song earned Social Code nominations at the Western Canadian Music Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Outstanding Rock Recording of the Year, and continues to get frequent spins on the country’s modern rock radio stations.

   After sharing the stage with bands such as Fall Out Boy, The Used, Good Charlotte, Ten Second Epic and Alexisonfire, Canadian punk-rockers drop their new highly-anticipated album

 It’s more Social Code than anything we’ve ever done, asserts Nesbitt, who also designed the record’s artwork. This album is Social Code. The album, which was mixed by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan) and Mike Fraser (Metallica, AC/DC, Hinder), netted Social Code a deal with Universal Music, which will release it on May 8. And as for all the people who told them they couldn’t do it, all the inner turmoil and all the moments of lost direction? They’re all lessons that have made Social Code, stronger, better and wiser.

Social Code Discography:
1999 Binbox – as Fifth Season
2001 Patiently Waiting – as Fifth Season
2004 A Year at the Movies
2007 Social-Code

Buy or listen to the CD here:


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Sarah Hiltz – How Many Fires (2009)

July 10, 2009

Artist: Sarah Hiltz
Release: How Many Fires
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Style: Acoustic, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary and Folk.

Song List:
01. Strong As Death
02. Thank You Mr. Yorke
03. Homesick
04. You’ll Fall In Love
05. Amnesia
06. Wind And Iron Collide
07. Ultimate Inadequecy
08. You Don’t Know
09. Rosita
10. Maker of Desire

Sarah Hiltz: Vocals, guitar & percussion, Kalimba, Keys.
Musicians:
Andy Tattersall – Guitar
Bob Hiltz – Bass, Organ
Byron Harrett – Sax, flute
Dan Stronks – Banjo
Franklin Fitz – Choir
Graham Kivell – Piano. Keyboards, Organ
Jeff Johnson – Drums
Jordan Michaelis – Percussion, Drums, Choir. Bowis
Leanne Hessel – Cello
Linz Ross – Choir
Tim Tanner – Drums

Chatham Music Archive Review:
   It is not surprising that this is a very rich release from Sarah considering her passion and educated musical background. This release is fresh in that it blends the modern styles with retro vibes. It is experimental, but never crosses the line of becoming strange or lost. Simply put, it is a beautiful and complete work of art. I don’t want to use the words mature when describing music, but Sarah has grown as a musician quickly and is becoming an innovator of our scene.
    The best part of the CD is that her vocal styling and voice is original. When you hit play, you know it is Sarah singing. I am really curious and excited to hear what is next for her music. Keep your ear out.
   Sarah is very active in the live music scene and is always out there playing. Go see her live and look for the CD.
Shawn.

All Music by Sarah.
Produced by: Sarah Hiltz
Engineered by: Bob Hiltz, Ass. with Sarah.
Mixed and mastered by: Bob Hiltz
Photography by: Tim Cooper.

Official Bio:
   Drawing comparisons to both Billie Holiday and Feist, musician Sarah Hiltz is a paradoxical blend of old world and modernity. She’s been praised for her ability to tell a story through song, but isn’t afraid to take risks when she performs.

   While her tasteful and sometimes unexpected note choices have made Sarah an in demand session vocalist, she is now turning her focus onto her own collection of originals and is in pre-production for her first full-length release. In the meantime, Sarah continues to write and study piano, as well as perform regularly as one half of an acoustic duo.

   Sarah has been performing since childhood and composing for almost as long. At the age of thirteen, she won the Chatham-Kent Song Contest to write the official song of Chatham-Kent. Following the competition, she recorded her first independent record of all original tunes and released it in the fall of 2001. In 2004, Sarah’s writing was again recognized when she placed first at the Kiwanis Music festival in the original composition category.

   Later that year, Sarah moved to Toronto to study voice at the world-renowned Humber College Jazz Program. At the same time, Sarah was the vocalist for the Jef Kearns Four, a jazz quartet that performed in her hometown, Chatham. She went on to host a weekly jazz evening at the William Street Café in the fall of 2006, leading a quartet under her own name. In no time the evening grew into success, drawing people every Monday night to brave the Canadian cold in favour of warm vocals and hot coffee.

Click the video below to play the CD preview.

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Visit Sarah online here: www.sarahhiltz.com
and http://www.myspace.com/sarahhiltz

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Sixth Concession (1973)

July 10, 2009

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Band: Sixth Concession
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Year: 1973

Members:
In order of the picture (left to right)
Jim Smith
Shelley Browning
Eldon Brown
Doug Smith
Vaughn Pugh.

Notes: The band is made up of members from their 1970 line up as ‘Seven’. Throughout the seventies, Doug, Vaughn, Jim, and Eldon, along with guitarist Shelley Browning, continued performing under the name “Sixth Concession”. Although lacking a full horn section, the group nevertheless continued to polish and perform tunes by groups such as Chicago and Blood, Sweat, & Tears, utilizing Vaughn on trumpet, and adding St. Clair Shadd on tenor sax.

   As the seventies drew to a close, the band went into a period of inactivity, due in part to the family and career commitments of its members. Their love of music and performing was never lost, however. In the early eighties, inspired by the movie “The Blues Brothers”, and in particular by the line “We’re putting the band back together”, the boys decided to revive the group, this time under the name “Niteflite“. The band initially consisted of the same members as “Sixth Concession” and performed in that configuration for several years. For a short time in the late eighties, a three-piece horn section was added, featuring George Willson on trumpet, Jack Drobko on trombone, and St. Clair on tenor sax.

   Throughout the nineties, Niteflite continued to perform primarily as a 5-piece group, but their love of the horn-band sound never diminished.
   In 1984, Vaughn Pugh, himself an accomplished musician on both keyboards and trumpet, had become the director of the Chatham Concert Band. As such, he had access to many fine Chatham-area musicians, and in 2003 was thus able to select several of these talented people to form the present Niteflite horn section. The new members include Al Rathwell on trumpet, Pat Bates on trombone, Rocco Desantis on alto sax, St. Clair Shadd on tenor sax, and John Leigh on baritone sax. The group’s playlist includes tunes by Chicago, Earth, Wind & Fire, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Lighthouse, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, Ides of March, The Beatles, and many, many more.

 

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Manpower (2009)

July 5, 2009

Band: Manpower (Man Power)
Year: 2009
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Year Formed: 1983
What: Good time rock & roll cover band.
Yesterday’s Classics… Todays Hits.

Current Members
Rick Rankin – Vocals, Guitar
Brent Hunter – Bass
Pat Crone – Drums

Original members
Rick Rankin – Vocals and guitar.
Tom Starks – Hammond organ, keyboards
Mark Wood – Keyboards and Bass
Rick Chrysler – Drums

  Manpower have been rocking Chatham Kent & surrounding areas since 1983. With top notch players and a good sense of humor, they survived and seen it all. I met up with them tonight (July 4th 2009) as they were opening up for David Wilcox at Rib Fest here in Chatham. When asked how they managed to stay together for so long, Rick said in a joking way that none of them have been sick yet. Cheers to good health.
From 1977-1983, the band was named The Force’ before the name change to Manpower.
Pat shares his talents through teaching drums at Strings and Things and his father Ken has been a huge part of the music scene also.
The best part of being in a band is the events you get to be a part of. I asked Manpower what was their favourite gigs or places they have played. The answer…. Boogie Till You Puke 1978.
The band is very active and can be seen at clubs, festivals, and major events all around Ontario.
Mr. Rankin also performs in a new duo with Waide Holland named “Texas Tee”. This more intamite presentation of music fits nicely into the local scene, providing more live music into venues that cannot host full (loud) bands.

BelowManpower was kind enough to answer some history questions for us about past local venues and bands in and from Chatham.

   
If video does not appear, watch it here.

The interview with Manpower above is what really got this website off the ground. It wasn’t until I talked to them that I realized I didn’t know anything. Quadrant? Turf Room? Jack Austin Trio? Wilf Lancaster? Pickadilly?  Well since then, the website has filled up nicely and there is lots of musical history and genres going on that most of us do not even know about, but know now. Thanks to Manpower for being cool, fun, and informative.
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Branch 28 Pipe Band (2009)

July 3, 2009

Branch 28 Royal Canadian Legion Pipe Band
Home
: Chatham, Ontario, Canada
Year: 2009

For over 60 years they have provided pipe music for the residents of Chatham-Kent  and beyond.
Photo from National Liberation Day Parade, Wageningen Holland, May 5 2008

Pipe Major: Jeff Campbell
Drum Major: Jack Lambe
Drum Sergeant: Joel Merilees

Current Band Members (as of 13 Mar 2009)
   Paul Arsenault, Stephen Arsenault, Cheyenne Bogaert, Travis Bogaert, Nathan Brown, Katie Burchiel, Jordan Butler, Tom Clark, Rick Dibbley, Brenda Everingham, Brent Flaglor, Miriam Ivison, John Johnston, Dan Jordan, Justin Steele, Sandy Keith, Russell Lambe, Steve Lambe, Dick Laurie, Ken MacEachern, Wayne McDermid, Karen Melton, David Meurkes, Jim Meurkes, Kathy Poole, Ken Poole, Sarah Rooke, Ron Stead, Drew Sydorko, Doug Vince, Jessie Vince, Dan Vinter, Bob Warren, Ethan Wilson,
Caulan Witherow, Joe Witherow

 http://www.br28legionpipeband.com/

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Demo Kid – Home Demos Volume 2 (2009)

June 22, 2009


Artist: Demo Kid
Release: Home Demos Volume 2
Release Date: July 2009
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada

Track List
1. Another Stupid Love Song
2. I Give It All
3. Be In Love
4. Our Little Secret
5.  Will You Forgive Me..
6. Last Day Of Summer
7. With Every Broken Promise
8. Never Let You Go

Members: 
Shawn B.
– Drums, percussion, vocals, programming, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica and piano, except where noted by a special guest.
Jesse V. – Lead Vocal on # 3,4,5,7.

Special Guests
Andy T. – Electric Jazz Guitar #3
Sarah H. – B. Vocal #5.
Larry . – Jazz Organ #5.

Notes: This is the follow up to the 24-song debut Home Demos Volume obe CD in 2007. This collection of home recordings includes influences from dance, pop, metal and rock.
These songs are not intended to be polished releases, they are simply home recordings to share with friends.

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Square Root Of Margaret Canadian Tour (2008).

June 11, 2009

    Click the picture above to enlarge & see the dates for the Cross Canada Tour.

      This is also about the time that Ben Srokosz joined the band as the new drummer. 2008 also saw the release ‘Time Machines Box Set Volume 1’. I bought one and was impressed. It came in a custom box. It included a retro style zine, their first 3 CDs, stickers, SROM matches and a few other cool things.

   Below is a video interview with the boys on the Rogers Television Show. This “London Calling”, episode aired in early 2008.. This edited version talks a little bit about Chatham Kent & how the band came to be.

If Vid does not appear, watch it 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 – So Much For Dreaming (1966)

May 31, 2009

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Artist: Ian And Sylvia
Release: So Much For Dreaming
Date: 1966
Sylvia is from Chatham. Born Sylvia Fricker.

Line Up:
Ian Tyson
(vocals, guitar, autoharp)
Sylvia (vocals)
David Rae (guitar)
Robert Bushnell (electric bass)
Al Rogers (drums).

Songs: 
01 – circle game
02 – so much for dreaming
03 – wild geese
04 – child apart
05 – summer wages
06 – hold tight
07 – cutty wren
08 – si les bateaux
09 – catfish blues
10 – come all ye fair and tender ladies
11 – january morning
12 – grey morning

Ian Sylvia’s adjustment to folk-rock was sometimes fine, sometimes awkward, and this was another inconsistent, though generally worthwhile, effort. Highlights include “Circle Game,” one of the very first recorded covers of a Joni Mitchell composition. Tyson’s “Wild Geese” and “Child Apart” count as some of their better unheralded tunes, and the occasional muted orchestration worked well on “Circle Game” and the melancholy title track. On the other hand, the attempts at blues were abominable, the traditional ballads anachronistic, and some of the material (especially Fricker’s) undistinguished. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide.

In the mid-1960s Ian and Sylvia began to move away from traditional folk toward an early synthesis of country music and rock. In place of guitar accompaniment (which had been supplied in turn by Monte Dunn, David Rea, and others) they formed a full band, the Great Speckled Bird, in 1968; the debut LP Great Speckled Bird is considered a classic of the country-rock genre. The change in style initially met with mixed if not hostile reaction but brought Ian and Sylvia before a broader audience – in 1970, for example, they appeared at the Atlanta Pop Festival and as part of the Festival Express, a rock festival that crossed Canada by train, stopping in several cities. They also performed at Expo 70 in Japan. (The Canadian Encyclopedia).
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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
Genre: Folk/Country
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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The Missing Links – It’s Link Up Time (1966)

May 22, 2009

Name: The Missing Links
Release: It’s Link Up Time (LP Record)
Year: 1966
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada.
Formerly known as: Zeke and the Moonshiners, then The Larsen Brothers.

Members:
John Larsen – Bass
Fred Larsen – Organ
Eddy Larsen (Ole) – Guitar
Bill McGrath – Drums

Bob Hunt, from England, had played drums at one point.

Notes: Produced by Paul Shaffer, who is best known as the musical director for David Letterman’s late night talk show.
   The record is a mix of originals and covers. The band was on the road allot touring, but did settle down at the end of their run. They were the house band for the Kingsway in Chatham for roughly four years.
    John Larsen’s son Kiley plays drums in the metal band Nerve.

 The Missing Links were together for 11 years and spend 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 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.

Tracks
1. She Taught Me How To Yodel
2. You Mean All The World To Me
3. Going Out Of My Head
4. Granada
5. It’s Now Or Never
6. Cara Mia
7. Dark Eyes
8. Cab Driver
9. Silence Is Golden
10. Mo Jo
11. Mammy
12. Jezebel

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Superfly 2008

May 21, 2009

Artist: Superfly
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario
Style: Funk / Jam Band / Jazz

Year: 2008

Justin McMath – Bass Guitar
Nick Novosad – Keyboards
Steve Walker – Guitar Vox
Nick Sennema – Drums and Percussion
Byron Harrett – Sax / Flute.

Listen Here:
http://www.myspace.com/thesuperflyband or
http://www.reverbnation.com/superfly or
http://www.garageband.com/artist/superflyband/songs

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Demo Kid – Home Demos Volume 1 (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

If video does not appear above, watch it here.

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… (Free Download)
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)

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The Janet Theory – Sacriluscious (2003)

May 19, 2009

The Janet Theory
Release:
Sacriluscious
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Style: Rock
Date: 2003
Cover Art By Brett Jubinville

Musicians:
Mat Drew
– Vox,
Shawn Beaulieu – Guitar, Vox, Loops & Programming
Jesse Verleye – Bass, Vox
Dave Richie – Guitars,
Dave Major – Drums, Vox

Tracks:
01.Killing The Girl (Listen to the track online here)
02.It’s Alright
03.Move On
04.Kinda Feels Good
05.You Suck (Click to play or right click and choose ‘save target as’ to download)
06.Revival Of The Fittest
07.Tree House
08.Drowning Face First In Your Bitterness
09.The Ugly In My World
10.Kevin
11.Going Criminal
12. (Bonus) Ground Control

 Recorded and Engineered by Bob Hiltz and Steve Eyres
Executive Producer: Steve Eyres
Mixed and Mastered by Bob Hiltz
Recorded at Eyres Space Studio, Chatham ON, Canada.
Photography: Jason Moor

The Scoop:
The writing teams of Shawn & Jesse go as far back as their first band in 1991 (Foster Child).
Mat & Dave Major’s friendship go as far back as 5 year old kiddies.
The band has stuck with their golden rule, to have fun & write music they like. This demo received amazing reviews from around the world & The 2nd Indie single “It’s Alright” was released across the U.S.A. through New York label Rut Records.

Another first for the band was to perform on one of the years biggest tours (Vans Warped Tour) making stops in Montreal  Quebec (Park Jon Dropeau), Barrie Ontario (Molson Park) & the biggest stop of the tour was 20,500 people @ the Pontiac Silver Dome in Michigan U.S.A.. The guys were invited to more dates but had prior commitments at the time, (This was their respective hobby, so they had day jobs and family back home to go back to).
Despite all the good fortune, the band continues on as always & is not buying into the hype. The band has become infamous for their party antics on & off the stage. The two Dave’s are the newest additions to the band, joining in 2001.
The Janet Theory disbanded in 2004 but went out finishing there 2nd year of Warped Tour (2004) which included the Canadian & Mid U.S.A. legs of the tour.
The members went on to take it easy for awhile raising their families while still playing a little for fun. Mat & Dave Major went on to form ‘The Sound Of Static’. Dave Richie, Jesse & Shawn went on to form ‘Dead Girls Union’. Shawn also released home demos under his home recording moniker ‘Demo Kid’.


If video does not appear, watch it here.

Listen to The Janet Theory here, or here.

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The Janet Theory – Elastic Friend (2001)

May 19, 2009

Artist: The Janet Theory
Release Title: Elastic Friend
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Music Style: Rock
Date: May 2001

Note: Dave Major plays drums on Summer of ’69.  This cover song was done in the studio as an audition for Dave to replace Chuck who at the time, took a break from the band life for a few years.
Summer of ’69 (Click to play or right click and choose ‘save target as’ to download)

Musicians:
Mat Drew – Vocals, Percussion
Shawn Beaulieu – Guitars, Vocals
Jesse Verleye – Bass, Vocals
Chuck (Charles) Young – Drums

Additional Musicians: Moog Track on Mystery Parade by Po Kadot. (Square Root Of Margaret)

The Scoop: The bands 3rd demo release. Features a new version of ‘She Said’ from the ‘Shoot Me Down’ CD. The Janet Theory are one of Chathams underground scenes bands playing heavily around Ontario.
     The track ‘Freaks Get High’ was one of the most downloaded independent songs from Napster, an internet program that shook the music industry up with it’s file sharing capabilities.
 The line up is a continuation from their first band Foster Child.

Recording credits: Recorded 2000-2001 @ Eyres Space Studio in Chatham. (Franks Music centre).
Produced by Steve Eyres & The Janet Theory. Engineered by Steve Eyres.
Mastered by Bob Hiltz. Cover Art by Jason Moor.

Track Listing.
1. Mystery Parade
2. Butterfly Killer
3. Freaks Get High
4.
Waiting (Part 2)
5. Center Of Gravity
6. She Said

Listen to The Janet Theory Here: http://www.myspace.com/janettheory


If video does not appear, watch it here.

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Janet Theory – Studio Out Takes (1997)

May 15, 2009

Artist : Janet Theory
Home : Chatham Kent Ontario
Release : Studio Out Takes
Style : emo/metal meets pop
Date : 1997

Musicians:
Shawn Beaulieu – Vocals, Guitar
Jesse Verleye – Vocals, bass
Chuck Young – Drums

Additional Musicians :
Jay Moskaluk – additional Guitars on tracks 1,2,3,4,5
Rob Johnston – Backing Vocals on ‘Shoot Me Down’

The Scoop: Recorded in Jan 1997 by Steve Eyres @ his house studio. This is the first Janet Theory demo.
   These songs were slated to become part of the upcoming CD, but after listening to the songs over & over again they decided that they were not up to par.
   So back to the drawing board they went. With close to 40 new songs to choose from, It took them a little longer than anticipated.
   This is a collection of the rejected songs in their rawest form. But you can’t get more real than raw, so this demo cassette still holds strong as one of their best releases to date. Their original sound went unnoticed generally,  but 5 years later, their style would dominate the music scene as the so called “emo” style, but the band had moved past that sound years before it broke out
  That is a good sign for a band to be ahead of it’s time.
  The demo was known for it’s return to their underground roots.

Track Listing.
1. Shoot Me Down, 2. Inspire Me, 3. Trust Me, 4. Freaks Me Out 5. The switch song, 6. Special, 7. More & More, 8. Everyone Is A Gun

Recorded and produced by Steve Eyres at his home studio 1997.

Watch the video below for preview of the release.

If video does not appear, watch it here.

Listen To The Janet Theory here.

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Dead Girls Union (2005)

May 4, 2009

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Artist DeadGirlsUnion
Home: Chatham
Release: 5 song EP.
Year: 2005

Free CD Download: Here (Right click and save target as)
(winzip file)

Jesse, Shawn, & Chuck have been playing together since 1991 when they formed Foster Child then later The Janet Theory. This was put together by Jesse to release a few songs with no intention of playing live, although they did do a few shows in all, in 2004-2005.
The band agreed to make their demo available for free download, as a gift to friends in 2009.

Band:
Jesse-Dylan Verleye  – Vocals/Bass
Shawn Beaulieu – Guitar/B.Vocals/Bass
Dave Richie – Guitar/B. Vocals
Chuck Young – Drums
Bob Hiltz recorded & played some bass & leads & keys on this demo.

Mixed and mastered by Bob Hiltz at Eyrespace Studios in Chatham.
Artwork by William D. Scott @29toons.com
CD packaged and pressed by Ben Srokosz.

Track List:
1. save your breathe
2. daddy’s little girl
3. worst enemy
4. the new crazy
5. better than they are


* Watch/Listen to the album preview on youtube here.

 

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That Whaling Band (2009)

May 3, 2009

 

 
 

Band: That Whaling Band
Home: Chatham Kent Ontario Canada
Music: Originals and Covers
Year: 2009

  The band is:
Ray Whaling: Songwriter/Lead-Rhythm Guitar/Lead Vocals.
Andy Martin: Bass Guitar/Sound, Lights & Effects/Backing Vocals.
Joel Laprise: Tub Smasher.
Daryl Denault: Lead-Rhythm Guitar/Lead & Backing Vocals/Percussion  

Notes: So you want to rock & roll like the guitar legends did of the 70’s? The Whaling Band has been around for years & still owns when it comes to this style. Along with playing covers & acoustic gigs, they have been releasing original CD’s too.

    Introducing, rockin’ on two decades, title holders in both light weight and heavy weight divisions, 20 yrs and 0, all wins, coming by way of knock out, or should we say rock out, with their nature of” brute force and ignorance!!!”, Southern Ontario’s pride, That Whaling Band! We are “The Hardest Working Rock N’ Roll/Blues Band in SW Ontario”……no kidding!!!! Presenting to you a ride, up classic rock drive. With their deep rooted motown and rhythm & blues influence, three part harmony vocals, and if you were thinking metal or country, fogetta ’bout it; it’s just another card in the joker deck.

   They do it all. An unexpected “FLASHBACK” to their forever growing fan base; who remember when bands had to be excellent, and that want to get out and FEEL a good night of music from a tried,tested and true rock band. Are you experienced? Check out their new cd, JACK’S GALLERY(2008), and 2005’s GRATEFUL,recorded live, no fluff no jive. All original songs; Classic Rock/Hard Rock/Blues cast for the 21st Century. Currently playing on your favorite radio stations in Mid and Southwestern Ontario.

   Their Gig schedule is on the road; hitting it hard, dodging the bumps, and riding the humps, at bars, festivals, private parties, and concert settings. We’ve had the humble pleasure of performing in concert with the likes of Great White, Jeff Healy, Colin James, Powder Blues, Jason McCoy & the Road Hammers, Tiny Tim, Chuck Jackson (Downchild Blues Band), Five Man Electrical Band, The Paul James Band, Gordon Lightfoot, and Barbara Payton(Kid Rock/Bob Seger). We’ve also shared the stage at memorable performances with many Tribute acts such as Hells Bells, Black Diamond, Bat Out of Hell, Destroyer (KISS tribute) various Tragically Hip tributes, etc.

   Whaling is very passionate towards performing blues shows, with The Ray Whaling Blues band hosting Blues & Bones at Dove’s Bayside Bistro in Rondeau Bay Ont. two summers running. They also have a full throttle Neil Young/Crosby, Stills, & Nash tribute (“RUST”) in their joker deck. With That Whaling Band you never know what the night of music is going to be, for Jack has hundreds of songs in his court jester’s box to deal out……. When Jack comes out of his box, it’s always time to rock!!

Discography.
2008 – That Whaling Band – JACK’S GALLERY
2005 – That Whaling Band – Grateful
1999 – Ray Whaling – Party Train
1994 – Whaling – 3 Pieces

Below: Ray Whaling – 3rd AnnualCK Guitar Summit, performing an origianl song.

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