On Thursday, October 6th, at 7:00pm, The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse’s An Seanchai Room in Halifax will play host to the highly-anticipated launch of Cape Breton fiddler Rosie Mackenzie’s latest album, Atlantic. Recorded in her current home of Dingle, Ireland, with guitarist Matt Griffin, Atlantic is a collection of original compositions that pays tribute to MacKenzie’s Cape Breton roots while also highlighting how much the Atlantic Ocean has shaped her life. For more information, check out the facebook page for the free event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/534725980062711/
Additionally, Rosie and Matt Griffin will be performing on Tuesday October 11th, at 7:30pm, The Port Morien Legion/Community Centre in Port Morien as part of Cow Bay Ceilidh, a celebration of local music as part of the Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton.. There will also be a free concert two days earlier on Friday, October 9th, at 5:30pm, at the Bras d'Or Yacht Club in Baddeck.
Fall is here and the time is right for finding new music strewn like acorns in the street. Ottawans The Peptides is a nine-member band with a larger-than-life pop sound. Five vocalists and four instrumentalists draw on funk, electronic and disco influences. Described by the Ottawa Citizen as “the B52’s crossed with The Manhattan Transfer backed by Arcade Fire.” They claim to be a snapshot of Canadian diversity, The PepTides is made up of English, French, Ukrainian, Mexican,Guyanese, Cree, Acadian, Armenian, Scottish and LGBTQ players. The group is noted for its extravagant live performances featuring thick vocal harmonies, theatrical choreography and colourful visuals. The PepTides’ songs juxtapose upbeat music with lyrics commenting on deep themes like love, hate, revenge, sex, religion, war and getting ready for dates.
In 2013, The PepTides garnered national attention by producing a full-length album in collaboration with Stuart McLean of CBC Radio’s Vinyl Cafe. A 2014 release Love Question Mark was lauded by Exclaim! as “an ambitious collection of fun, daring, unadulterated, true blue art.”
Photo Credits: PAT BLYTHE A Girl With A Camera "The Picture Taker" Hives vocalist Per Pelle Almquvist
Bold, brazen, at times frenzied....electric...simply on fire. My introduction to The Hives, a Swedish garage rock band initially formed in 1993 by Per "Pelle" Almquvist and his brother Nicholaus, was to say the least, mind blowing.
Poncing, prancing and strutting around on stage, lead vocalist Pelle is Mick Jagger personified except....he has slightly more grace and flair with equal amounts of cockiness.....and his high leaps and kicks are effin' amazing. The microphone swing is well.....in FULL swing. Well practiced and choreographed it's part of the natural flow of things. Modesty is not Pelle's middle name. The crowd loved him. He has no shame in calling The Hives the crowd's favourite rock bank....day or night. Leaping off the stage a number of times and wading into the crowd, Pelle shines in the limelight. A true performer and entertainer....and yes, he can sing. A pretty good voice as a matter-of-fact....way, better than Jagger. Even Jagger's mother was apparently quoted as saying he couldn't sing for his supper. Pelle's favourite spot on stage....standing on top of the monitors. Second fave, standing on the kick drum (I'm beginnning to wonder how tall he actually is). He never, ever, stands still and he has no hesitation of sticking his face right in your camera. Talk about up close and personal.
Billy Ray Cyrus has released a music video for his current single, “Thin Line,” through an exclusive worldwide co-premiere with Vevo and CMT.
“Thin Line” is now available on Vevo.com, on CMT every hour during morning music blocks (5-10 a.m.), and every other hour on CMT Music. Starting Sept. 23, the video will be released to a panel of national, syndicated, closed circuit, Internet and regional outlets.
“Thin Line” was shot entirely on Cyrus’ expansive property in Middle Tenn. by director Blake Judd (Black Stone Cherry, Shooter Jennings, Thomas Rhett) and exposes faith, passion, and the power of music through Cyrus’ perspective. The music video offers viewers a peek into Cyrus’ southern home as he wanders through the spaces that flood with memories and the prized possessions in which inspire him—including a handwritten note from Johnny Cash in 1992.
“Thirty-six years ago I was working with Elvis and saw him take the same kind of flak you’re taking now. Congratulations on the way you’re handling it all. In your case, as in Elvis’, the good outweighs the bad. Let ’em have it. I’m in your corner.” – Johnny Cash
Cyrus shares the creative process that crafted the title track to his 14th studio album, released earlier this month through Blue Cadillac Music, in behind-the-scenes footage here. Thin Line is now available at major digital retailers, includingiTunes and Amazon.
Sylvia Tyson is an iconic name and talent in the fabric of Canadian music and heritage and we all get to see her do what she does, sing, play and entertain us with stories and songs. I can’t think of a better venue to see her in an intimate setting than Toronto’s number one listening room, Hugh’s Room. And it’s a birthday celebration as well. Sylvia wants you all to know, “I always look forward to playing Hugh's Room, one of the few true listening rooms in Toronto. It's also a pleasure to be doing so with Scarlet Rivera. We did a California tour a couple of years ago and built up a great rapport. Randall Kempf will be joining us on bass. It will be a great way to celebrate my 77th birthday.”
Sylvia started performing professionally in 1959 as one-half of Ian and Sylvia, the groundbreaking folk duo that burst onto the scene during the great folk revival of the ‘60s. The first song she wrote 'You Were On My Mind' was in 1962. I remember a few years ago she told me “I wrote that song while looking out the window of my apartment in the Village. I never really thought it would be such a huge hit.” 'You Were on My Mind' was originally recorded by Ian & Sylvia in 1964. The song became a massive hit single in the mid-1960s for the San Francisco-based folk-rock band We Five and also for the British pop singer Crispian St. Peters. It has become a rock and roll standard which has been covered numerous times since then.
Reggae stars SOJA have announced the September 30th release of their first-ever live album "Live in Virginia". Following a three-month summer amphitheatre tour across the U.S. with Slightly Stoopid, SOJA will tour Europe throughout October.
"Live in Virginia" finds the Arlington, VA band performing in their favourite hometown venue Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts. The live album features electrifying performances from the band's early classics to hits from their recent GRAMMY-nominated album "Amid the Noise and Haste" as well as the debut of a brand new track "Morning."
SOJA was originally formed by a group of friends while still in middle school and has since built a massive, dedicated global fan base. In the years following, SOJA has headlined shows in over 25 countries around the world, generated over 4.5 million Facebook fans, and 300+ million YouTube views.
The band has toured with Dave Matthews Band, Incubus, 311 and appeared at major festivals like Bonnaroo where they have attracted a Grateful Dead-like international fan base along the way, with caravans of diehards following them from city to city.
Eric Andersen, singer/songwriter, poet, philosopher, renaissance man and Americana ambassador is on the road again. That in itself is not newsworthy, Eric Andersen NOT on the road would be more newsworthy, but it’s how he goes on the road that is always unique. Eric goes out in different configurations, as a single, duo, or a band which sometimes includes his beautiful and talented wife, Inge.
Submitted by Pat Blythe Photo Credits: Pat Blythe, A Girl With A Camera "The Picture Taker" Photo at right: Jeff Jones and Michael Zweig
The Canadian music industry's best kept secret. A famous? unknown? band. I first heard mention of The Carpet Frogs about a year ago. I just nodded, figuring they were a new band I should know about and then whispered to someone at the table, "who the hell are The Carpet Frogs". A very odd name for a band (I thought). ....and so it began.
During the ensuing months The Carpet Frogs name was tossed around in many, many conversations. Why is it when you hear a new word or phrase or song or, in this case, a new name, suddenly it seems to be everywhere? Almost like an earworm (but not quite). However, it was during all those discussions I began to learn more about this popular, high-low profile band. Of course the names Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman would catch anybody's attention so that certainly piqued my interest. But....still not a band I was driven to see and, quite frankly, I never seemed to hear or read about any concerts or shows they were performing at....and they did "covers". I eventually found out their primary gigs were private, or corporate, events (both of which are really private right?) so that pretty much dropped them from my radar of "go see" bands at local clubs and concerts. That was until I met their bass player at a show I work on. But I digress.....
Just out from Entire Cities, a Toronto-based musician/art collective, a visual accompaniment for their EP Rock Chapel . The video clocks in just under 20 minutes and showcases all six tracks from the EP with plenty of visual elements to keep your drawn to the melodies and affecting songs. It's a self-described "visual journey through the six-song release that stars Aragoza dancing by fires, through forests and in fields. Animated illustrations are superimposed atop the performance footage, adding an additional layer of motion to the already movement-filled clip."
Entire Cities are a Canadian indie art party that's been going on for ten years. Formed as a loose collective in Toronto a decade ago, the band has included or collaborated with 50+ dancers, singers, musicians and artists, putting on live concerts that explode with confetti, streamers, feathers & light shows whether playing big stages like Lee’s Palace, or a house party in St. John.
When Veteran musician Tom Paley took to the stage at New York's Carnegie Hall in February 2016, he was in reality completing an extraordinary musical circle, a journey that has taken him from his native New York to London via Scandinavia and Sweden but which in a way was significantly symbolized by his return to that New York stage as a leading part of the Lead Belly Festival.
Also on the New York bill in February was Eric Burden, a guy with a firm footing in the music; likewise another elder statesman of the blues, Buddy Guy. Both musicians with a blues pedigree and impressive history to match.
But with Paley, you had the real deal. Now eighty-eight years old, Paley actually played with Lead Belly himself, and was the sole performer who had such a claim to fame, being the last remaining musician alive to have actually played with the legendary, towering twelve-string bluesman,Huddie Ledbetter. Few, if any, could stake a greater claim to take the stage given this remarkable fact.