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Owl offers diverse acoustic music

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Tim Mulgrew playing classsical music at Owl. Photo By Richard AmeryOwl Acoustic Lounge had a diverse set of acoustic performers, Aug. 22.
Matt Robinson played his original folk and blues, and though I only caught the last couple  songs, the audience was into it and his set was tight.

 A surprise was Tim Mulgrew who borrowed Robinson’s guitar  for some upbeat and impressive instrumental classical style fingerpicking featuring intricate playing and chiming harmonics.

 Devin Gergel and Steven Foord of the necessities were up next  to play a couple tracks from their new Cd then acoustic renditions of a  variety of covers including Blue Rodeo’s “Five Days in July”,  Pink Floyd’s “Mother and ending with a superb version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Leeroy Stagger’s last stand with current band

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If you’re going to leave, you might as well be on high note.

 An Aug. 21Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers. Photo by Richard Amery performance at the Slice was likely the last for the current lineup of Leeroy Stagger and the Wildflowers as bassist Tyson Maiko and drummer Kyle Harmon are more than likely moving on to other pursuits.

While Leeroy Stagger can play it mellow, this definitely wasn’t the case as they came on full bore and didn’t stop for the entire show. Some of the highlights were upbeat country numbers like “Hell of a Life, ” “I Believe In Love,” and one that sounded like “Count Me Out.”

They ended their upbeat first set with “Stormy” off of his CD “Everything is Real.” And I haven’t heard them play a tighter show.

The second set featured several special guests including  Matt Robinson who sang a decent rendition of Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer.”  Paul Kype also joined  the band on stage to add some excellent guitar, while Stagger’s new guitarist played lap steel.

The band played an impressively tight and upbeat set. Stagger is back at the Slice with the Highway 3 Roots Revue, Dec. 19 with Dave McCann and John Wort Hannam.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 10:54 )

Cheyne Kohl shows guitar and computer co-exist on stage

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Saskatchewan’s Cheyne Kohl showed an acoustic guitar and a computer could co-exist on stage without overshadowing each other much, Aug. 21 at  Cheyne Kohl at the Slice, Aug.21. Photo By Richard Amerythe Owl Acoustic Lounge. Kohl played upbeat folk and acoustic music  for a good sized crowd.

 He had his computer playing keyboard and piano lines and  sometimes drums while he played acoustic guitar over it. It sounded great together so sometimes his guitar was drowned out by the keys and the  vocals at times. He had a pleasant tenor voice reminiscent of  the Grapes of Wrath’s Kevin Kane.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 10:47 )

Bocephus King lays down laid back groove

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There  were several really intense shows this week.
Vancouver’s barefooted Bocephus King laid down a solid groove and didn’t let up through a good hour of hypnotic jamming at the Slice, Aug. 19.Bocephus King mezmerized the Slice, Aug. 19. Photo by Richard Amery
 They basically mesmerized the 10 people in the audience, but more trickled in.

They started the show with a djembe powered groove -fueled version of blues classic “I Got My Mojo Working,” then  moved on to a reggae vibe. He had a full band behind him this time including Dave McCann’s steel guitarist Charlie Hase who grooved along no matter what the beat.

The launched into a reggae vibe while Bocephus King tuned into his inner Los Lobos and didn’t interrupt  his entrancing jam with much chit chat.
He got plenty of applause especially after on track called “That’s How the Story Goes.” Then he added a variety of other influences including some jazz and even a little gospel.

 The second set was a little more electric as Bocephus King switched to  a Gibson Firebird while his stand up bass switched to an  electric bass, but they  kept the laid back feel throughout as  he showed a little more of an Elvis Costello influence.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 August 2010 10:05 )

Oh My Darling bring the spirit of old tyme country back to Lethbridge

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Winnipeg roots/ bluegrass/old tyme country music “darlings” Oh My Darling are enjoying the summer folk music  festival season.Oh My Darling return to the Slice this weekend. Photo by SAM BAARDMAN
“Summer gigs are keeping us pretty busy,” said Oh My Darling singer/ songwriter and guitarist Vanessa Kuzina, calling from the  Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music festival where she is “enjoying a week of bluegrass music ” just outside of Big River, Saskatchewan, and hosting workshops as well.

They return to Lethbridge, for a show at the Slice, Aug. 28

Their summer touring has gone well and the music from their excellent full length CD, “In The Lonesome Hour,” which was released in April, has been well received.

“We’ve been super pleased with it,” said Kuzina, who wrote most of the lyrics to the CD, but is already looking forward to getting back into the studio to record the next one.

“We’re hoping to  be back in the studio over the winter,” she said.
“I wrote most of the lyrics to this one, but the next one will be more collaborative. The current  CD includes a couple tracks from their previous  self-titled EP — the beautiful fiddle powered instrumental “Pixou Falls” and the upbeat gospel  tinged “Won’t Need My Shoes (on Heaven’s Floor).
“This band is so much stronger now,” she said.

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