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Eclectic week features jazz and much more

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An eclectic  and busy week of music is dominated by Lethbridge jazz and blues Festival events happening throughout the week. But that is only some of all the great jazz and blues music happening this week.
The Sojourners’ Marcus Moseley hosts the Jazz and blues festival Sweet inspiration Gospel Concert at Southminster United Church on Wednesday, June 13. It begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $10.B.A. Johnston returns to the Owl Acoustic lounge next week. Photo by Richard Amery
 It is competing with what is sure to be a great edition of the Windy City Opry at the Slice, where Eastern European influenced  folk/ roots band the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra will be holding court at 8 p.m. Tickets for that show are $10.


 Thursday night is especially busy. there are suppertime Jazz and blues concerts with  Randy Epp and Don Robb performing  at the Telegraph and James Oldenburg at the Firestone. Both play from 5:30-8 p.m. Johnny Summers and the Calgary jazz Orchestra and special guest Mallory Chipman play the Enmax Centre lounge at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.


 And for the complete opposite to that, Average Joes hosts a great Canadian ’80s metal show featuring the Killer Dwarfs and Kick Axe beginning a t 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.


Friday, June 15 is just as busy, if not more so.
 The Geomatic Attic winds up their season with Vancouver based rockabilly trio Cousin Harley at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $37.50 in advance $40 at the door. They are touring in support of their new CD “Blue Smoke: A Tribute to Merle Travis.


 Most Lethbridge Jazz and blues festival events are at the Enmax Centre.
 Local jazz musicians will be performing at the food Truck Frenzy beginning with HBO3 at noon and the Steve Keenan band winding things up at 5 p.m..
If you aren’t full, Papa King plays the Suppertime blues series at Coulee Brew while Dale  Ketcheson plays the Mocha Cabana. Anna McBryan and Cal Toth play for supper at the Firestone.
 Later that night, Saskatoon blues/ roots musician B.C. Read plays the Slice at 9:30 tickets are $20.


 Then the Mallory Chipman quartet plays the Enmax Centre Lounge at 7:30.
and completely different from that, Gabriele Thaine hosts a CD release party for his new CD “Alone In this World” at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.

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Boomshack expands on jazz to get people dancing

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While it isn’t officially part  of the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festivals., Nanaimo based jazz/ dance band Boomshack plan to get your  feet moving at the Slice Saturday, June 16.Boomshack make their Lethbridge debut this week. Photo submitted
 “This will be our first tour off the Vancouver island experience. We’re just playing four shows in Alberta and four in B.C.,” said trumpet/ trombone player Dave Bamford from his living room in Nanaimo, where he is hanging out with drummer Graham Villette.


 The band formed after meeting and making music together through the jazz program at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.


“We were really influenced by two local bands playing a lot. And we enjoyed playing together and making music together,” Villette added.
“I actually joined the band six months, a year after the other guys because their original drummer was away for the summer, so I filled in and joined the band playing auxiliary percussion. I enjoyed it so much, I got some stuff like bongos and joined,” he continued, adding the band expands on their jazz roots by incorporating a variety of musical styles including Latin, funk, rock and pop.
“And a lot of reggae,” Bamford added.

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B.C Read explores the many sides of the blues

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Saskatoon blues/roots  musician Brian “B.C.” Read brings the blues to the Lethbridge Jazz and blues festival, Friday, June 15 when he plays the Slice.

B.C. Read plays the Slice for the Lethbridge Jazz and Blues Festival. Photo by Milton Taylor
 Read  explores everything from solo delta blues to blues with a full jazz band, but splits the difference when he brings the four-piece band to Lethbridge.
“I remember being in a country rock band which opened for the Charlie Daniels  Band in the ’70s at the old arena,” Read recalled, noting he is pleased to present his long time four piece band of bassist George Tennent, saxophonist/keyboardist Sheldon Corbett and drummer Laurie Currie. he will be playing guitar and harp and singing.


“I’ve been playing with Laurie for 30 years, and I’d say Sheldon Corbett is among the top three or four keyboardists and saxophonists in the west if not Canada,” he enthused.
 He noted he doesn’t recall how he got interested in blues music.
“I like to say the blues found me,” he said.
“I also listen to a lot of folk, country and rock and roll music. when you look at the history of it, the blues is in all of it, ” he continued.

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Cousin Harley returns to honour Merle Travis with tribute CD

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Vancouver based guitarist extraordinaire Paul Pigat is excited to pay tribute to one of his idols Merle Travis on  the latest Cousin Harley  album “ Blue Smoke: The music of Merle Travis.Cousin Harley return to the Geomatic Attic this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 Cousin Harley wind up a busy few weeks  at the Geomatic Attic, June 15.
“ It’s been about two years since I was  at the Geomatic Attic,” he said adding he has been playing Merle Travis songs in concert for many years, so he chose some of his favourites for the new CD.


“I was working on a new solo album, then I realized Nov. 27 would have been his 100th birthday, so I shelved the solo album and got the boys together for this album,” he said.


“I’ve been playing Divorce me C.O.D, Fat Girls, and So Round, So Firmly Packed, for years, and which are on the edge of being politically incorrect,” he observed.


“ There were so many songs to choose from. I wanted  songs that he was known for like “16 Tons,” which is a darker song, but I also wanted to show his sense of humour, so I chose songs like ‘Divorce me COD,’ and ‘Fat Girls,’” he said, adding he hasn’t heard any complaints about the songs not being politically correct.
“I haven’t heard a word about it,” he said.

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Tara Warburton wins South Country Fair songwriting competition for 2018

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 As expected, the Slice was packed, even on a Sunday, for the finals of the South Country Fair Songwriting competition, May 27.Tara Warburton won this year‘s South Country Fair Songwriting competition at the Slice, Sunday, May 27. Photo by Richard Amery
 Judges Sil Campus, John Wort Hannam and Shaela Miller had the tough job of choosing the best two songs to play on the South Country Fair South stage this year, but finally agreed on Calgarian Tara Warburton, who was the last to play for her haunting folk number “Raise up my Spirit. ”

She took home the $700 first place prize and will be playing the South Stage.
 Cathy Hawley, a familiar face in the competition and at the Lethbridge Folk Club who ended the first set, took second place  and $300 will also be playing the South stage during the Fair.
 George Arsene won $205  and third place for “Buckeroo,” his heartfelt tribute to beloved songwriter Frank Dooley, who passed away in 2014.


 Organizer Steve Foord brought along his donation bucket from the Owl and the generous crowd donated enough to give $100 each to honourable mentions to Alex Ginella for the bluesy “Desolation Bound,” and Chris Gheran, another familiar face at the competition, who submitted “Sweet Jean” and who got applause for his whistling solo.


 They had some really tough competition. I really enjoyed Taber born, Calgary based Tanner James’s lovely , lilting duet with ukulele wielding Alex Cowman, whom he met at a songwriting retreat at the Banff Arts Centre called “ This Morning, With You, Drinking Coffee.”

Steve Foord helps set the stage for Cathy Hawley, who placed second in this year’s South Country Fair Songwriting competition at the Slice, Sunday, May 27. Photo by Richard Amery
Another familiar face , Chris Drew of the Crooked Creek Warblers, also has a strong showing with “Hard Times.” He was backed by band mate Gabriel Thaine and upright bassist Steve Martin, who also backed Megan Brown on her haunting, jazz tinged  “True What They Say.”


Rebecca Lappa came all the way down from Edmonton to perform a powerful gospel tinged number “Lay Me Down In Greener Pastures.”
Ian Smith added a touch of blues with “Rambling Rosies Blues.”


 Taylor Lang opened the second set with his Michael Bernard Fitzgerald tinged folk pop song “ You Choose To Love”

George Arsene won third place in this year’s South Country Fair Songwriting competition at the Slice, Sunday, May 27. Photo by Richard Amery
 I arrived just at the start of the show in time to hear the Mary Gauthier folk stylings of  Nancy Laberg’s “Every Word Counts.” but missed the first act, Kathryn Smith’s “Unpleasant.”

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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