Posts Tagged ‘hamilton’


Dan Noordermeer 1996

February 3, 2010

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Band: The Dave Murphy Band
CD Release: Waiting For Dave
Year: 1996
Genre: Funk, rock & blues
Home: Toronto/Hamilton

Chatham Connection: Guitarist Dan Noordermeer is from Chatham. Dan played locally with ‘River Road’, was a long time member of the Jeff Healey Blues Band, and has done session work on several CD releases.

About Chatham’s own Dan Noordermeer:
  Guitarist extraordinaire Dan Noordermeer has been with the band for almost a decade, and continues to dazzle audiences with his formidable talents. Originally from Chatham, Dan now resides in Hamilton. Dan is known for his Samson-like mane of hair and his wicked sense of humour. Unlikely as it seems, Dan was a full time country musician for many years before joining the band. But for those familiar with his playing it’s no surprise, since he has an uncanny ability to play every style of music with incredible authenticity, passion and virtuosity.

CD & band notes:
  Over 200 shows a year quickly earned the band its reputation as one of the most talented, versatile and hardest working acts in the business.

  In the summer of 1996 the band released its first album entitled “Waiting for Dave.” The ten original tracks display the broad range of the group’s influences and talents. Later that same year, a dream came true for the band when they opened for their hero, James Brown. Since then the band has opened for numerous other acts, including The Bare Naked Ladies.

  In 1997, the band made the prestigious Orbit Room in downtown Toronto their new home for weekly performances, where the band continues to perform on Friday nights. It was here, on a stage complete with a house Hammond organ, that the band really began to stretch out musically, and since then there have been many incredible shows featuring the band at their spontaneous and improvisational best. In early 1998, exhausted by years of nonstop performing, the band took a four-month break while Dave travelled around the world.



Laura Moelker (2009)

November 16, 2009

Name: Laura Moelker
CD Release: Unfolding Stories
Year: 2009
Performance: classical concert pianist
Home: Chatham-Kent
Resides: Hamilton

Notes: The CD is a collection of classical piano music from Chopin, Mendelssohn, Gershwin, and Schubert.

Official Bio
  Laura Moelker, a native of Chatham, Ontario, is a classical concert pianist with a profound love for music. Her outgoing personality, remarkable enthusiasm and precision at the piano have given her enormous success and praise from audiences.

  Laura grew up in Chatham, Ontario where she began taking piano lessons at the age of 5. Born into a musical family, Laura received unending support from her parents and siblings. She continued taking lessons and received numerous awards in local music festivals, including the O.R.M.T.A. award, which she received in 1999. This only encouraged Laura to continue in her musical studies. In 2002 Laura moved to Hamilton, Ontario where she continued studying music at Redeemer University College under Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen and world-renowned pianist, Valerie Tryon. In May 2006 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in music (piano performance). Upon graduating Laura continued her classical training with the Royal Conservatory of Music and in January 2009 graduated and received her ARCT diploma in piano performance.

  Laura now works as a freelance musician in Hamilton, Ontario and is currently involved in various musical activities within her local community.

Visit Laura online here.   
Listen to her music here



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.