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Phyllis Sinclair plays moving folk music

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 I caught the end of Phyllis Sinclair’s show at the Wolf’s Den, May 8. There wasn’t  a huge crowd out to see her, but those there hung on every word she sand and every story she told.Phyllis Siclair at the Wolf’s den, May 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 She told stories and sang moving songs for about 25 people. Moni Matthews helped her out by adding some stand up bass.
 She sang a song for Alberta which she entered in the Calgary Folk Fest Competition a few years ago, but ended up losing to John Wort Hannam and then was called back for an encore — a beautiful a cappella song about fishing called ‘Northern Fishers.
— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 May 2010 13:24 )

Oh My Darling sing beautifully together

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Oh My Darling played the Slice May 8. Photo by Richard AmeryAt the Slice a wonderful Winnipeg based  folk/ country/celtic group, Oh My Darling, displayed superb vocal harmonies and tight musicianship, May 8.

There was excellent playing all round from banjo player Allison De Groot, Marie-Josee Dandeneau on upright bass, Guitarist Vanessa Kuzina and  fiddle player  Rosalyn  Dennett who were linked in with each other.

 They had a good portion of the crowd dancing in front of the stage. They were reminiscent of other popular roots and folk girl groups like  The Gruff and Wailing Jennies.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 May 2010 13:18 )

Hannah Georgas looking forward to returning to Lethbridge

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Vancouver based singer/ songwriter Hannah Georgas’ career has just exploded since she last playedHannah Georgas returns to Lethbridge, Sunday. Photo by Vanessa Heins Lethbridge in November with Said the Whale at Henotic. She has since released her debut full length CD ‘This is Good,’ and has appeared on the cover of this month’s Exclaim! magazine and had profiles  all over the place. She wrote a jingle for Wal Mart which she expanded into a full song due to fan demand not to mention had songs placed in a variety of TV shows including Flashpoint, Peak Season, Heroes,  Make it or Break it and DeGrassi: The Next Generation and she is currently in the midst of her own tour with her owe band, bassist Rob Driscoll, drummer Nick Spetz,  guitarist Dave Vertesi and keyboardist Andrew Brasan plus herself on electric guitar.

“It’s been really encouraging. It’s really exciting and now I have the full length record out, getting all of the positive feedback on it has been lovely,”  Georgas said from Brandon, en route to a gig in Regina. Hannah Georgas and Colleen Brown will be playing the Slice, Sunday, May 16.

“In high school I was in a pop punk band with a bunch of guy friends,  but I’m a singer-songwriter. I wanted to  see my songs come to life the way I envisioned them. I’ve grown up, I’m more mature,” the 26-year-old said. She expressed herself for a video for  her song ‘Thick Skin,’ by crawling through the mud naked.

“The response I’ve got from that has been great but it isn’t  supposed to be suggestive and it isn’t sexy. It is a crazy thing to do, but the idea of the video is perfect  to express the idea behind the song,” she said.


Sean Hogan plays country for a country in need

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Vancouver Island/Nashville  based country star  Sean Hogan has a  lot on his mind these days— a new CD, a new hit single and most importantly raising money for Haiti. He wants to make sure people don’t for get about the  quarter of a million people killed in  the devastating earthquake which struck the island in January.
Sean Hogan plays the Yates Centre with Duane Steele and guests, May 21.“ That’s Lethbridge times three — dead and another million displaced. And they don’t have the tax base to help them. So they’re counting on richer countries to help,” Hogan said adding the news inspired him to organize and perform in a series of shows  — Country for a Country in Need across Canada, which will raise money for the Red Cross to use to help  the Haitian people. The Lethbridge show, May 21, features Duane Steele, local talent Alyssa McQuaid plus Trevor Panczac and Rough Stock and of course Hogan.
“I was running on Vancouver Island when I keep seeing  messages to text to send $10  to Haiti, and  I thought there’s got to be more I can do than that,” he said emphasizing he isn’t getting paid for his performances. All of the money raised from these concerts goes directly  to the Red Cross.
Hogan  feels blessed with the success he has experienced in Canada, which has included  a 1997  CCMA Independent  Male Artist of the Year Award,  and two West Coast  Music Awards for best Country  Album of the year.
“They also had floods in Nashville, but I don’t want Haiti to fly beneath the radar. They are going to need help for a long time. I’ve had a lot of favourable accolades in Canada, so I feel it’s my responsibility  to help out those who need help, any way I can,” he said.
The series has started with shows in Timmins (which featured Kim Mitchell) and in Sudbury, which he hoped would have been more successful.
“So far they haven’t been bad, though I  would have thought there would have been more support. I don’t know what to expect out west,” he continued adding in addition to Lethbridge, the tour is also going to Olds on May 18, Cranbrook on May 20 and Summerland on May 26.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 13:45 ) Read more...

Steve Coffey and the Lokels play country in the Attic

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Mike Spencer wound up his season at the Geomatic Attic, May 7, with an evening of country music courtesy of Steve Coffey and the Lokels.' A decent crowd enjoyed Coffey and the Lokels including Lance Loree, Steve Coffey stops the band mid song and Lance Loree grins. Photo by Richard AmeryRuss Baker and David Bauer switching through a variety of  different instruments to back Coffey’s original country/folk flavoured music.
 Coffey told stories and sang about small towns and small town people as well as many tracks off the band’s latest CD ‘Twirlin’ Girl Boogie,’ including the title track and a very cool version of Johnny Cash’s ‘Get Rhythm.’ One of my favourites  included the line ‘It’s the artist’s job to contradict, not  the politicians.’

He told stories about being part of the artist in residence program in local schools and asking the students if they knew what a caboose was, which inspired them to play a song about a caboose crew after they said they had never heard of  a caboose.
He also performed a touching version of his song ‘Two Brothers.’

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 11 May 2010 11:41 ) Read more...
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