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Carlos del Junco
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Peter Boyer & JK Gulley – In The Studio
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The Sweet Lowdown
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David Ross MacDonald – The Interview
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Birds of Chicago – In The Studio
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Peter Boyer – Union Man
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Eaglewood Folk 2013
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Relative Harmony
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Perpetual e-Motion
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Hillside Festival 2013
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Mariposa Folk Festival 2013
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DRUMHAND
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Brenda Lewis
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Lynn Miles and Katherine Wheatley
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Tannis Slimmon
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Hannah Georgas and Doug Paisley
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James Gordon – In The Studio
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Beneath The Ice
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Sam Turton and Friends
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The Songs Of Nick Drake

Carlos del Junco

Carlos del Junco is one of those players whose music is so advanced that when it comes to awards, it’s either retire the category or rephrase the question to “Best Harmonica Player Not Named Carlos”. This includes two Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada which includes Carlos’ eight time Harmonica Player of The Year wins out fifteen years of the Maple Leaf Blues Awards.To say he plays the harmonica is like saying “Jimi Hendrix plays guitar”. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he’s holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands.Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), guitarist Eric St. Laurent and Mark Mariash on drums. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.

For more info about Carlos visit carlosdeljunco.com.

Carlos del Junco
Saturday November 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Cooperators Hall, River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street Guelph

Tickets: $33 (incl. HST) available online or at the River Run Centre box office, 519-763-3000.

Peter Boyer & JK Gulley – In The Studio

Fergus-based singer-songwriter Peter Boyer (from Same Latitude As Rome) and Waterloo multi-instrumentalist JK Gulley,  www.jkgulley.com joined us in the studio for a live session on October 26 2013.

Songs:
Peter Boyer and JK Gulley, Cypress Hills
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Union Man
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, V8 Cars
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Bad Habits
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Louis Riel
Peter Boyer & JK Gulley, Quarter Horse Pro

Peter Boyer, www.samelatitudeasrome.com
JK Gulley,  www.jkgulley.com

The Sweet Lowdown

The Sweet Lowdown are Amanda Blie on guitar, Shanti Bremer on banjo and Miriam Sonstenes on fiddle. Equally comfortable in trad, celtic and bluegrass genres; live they exude such brightness and exuberance that you wish that you could sit and listen to them all day. Their second album, the Canadian Folk Music Award nominated May was released in 2012. We caught up with them at Folk Music Ontario in October 2013.

For more information visit www.thesweetlowdown.ca.

David Ross MacDonald – The Interview

David Ross MacDonald is a guitarist and singer-songwriter with an interesting past. A trained geologist, he is also a jazz turned folk-roots drummer for acclaimed Australia band, The Waifs. He’s equally well-known for his gorgeous finger-picking instrumentals as for thought-provoking lyrics and a languid vocal style that can give you goose bumps. His most recent album is Thorns to Sleep (2010). He also has an mp3 album “Live at the Elora Acoustic Cafe” available via his website. He may hail from Australia but he’s no stranger to Canada. We caught up with him at Folk Music Ontario in October 2013. For more information, visit www.davidrossmacdonald.com. Music: David Ross MacDonald, “Rocks & Snow” and “Till I’m Gone” from Live at the Elora Acoustic Cafe (2013, self).

Birds of Chicago – In The Studio

Birds of Chicago feat. JT Nero and Allison Russell joined us in the studio for a chat and a few songs on September 11 2013.

Songs:
Birds of Chicago, Cannonball from Birds of Chicago (2012, Self) CDN
Birds of Chicago, All The City Girls (Live in the Studio)
Birds of Chicago, Flying Dreams (Live in the Studio)
Birds of Chicago, Come Morning from Birds of Chicago (2012, Self) CDN

www.birdsofchicago.com

Peter Boyer – Union Man

Peter Boyer from Same Latitude As Rome joined us in the studio CFRU 93.3fm in August 2013 to chat about “Union Man”, his tribute to the Canadian labour movement. For more information, visit www.samelatitudeasrome.com.

Eaglewood Folk 2013

A great Canadian summer music experience occurs every August in Pefferlaw (Georgina). On the fourth weekend of August, over 1500 people gather annually to participate in the Eaglewood Folk Festival, a three-day celebration of diverse and original folk/roots music.

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Relative Harmony

Fresh from their success at Mariposa, local traditional folk combo and family band Relative Harmony are playing again in Guelph on August 8.

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Perpetual e-Motion

Perpetual e-Motion, featuring Ed Howe and John Coté are an incredibly talented duo whose staple is a progressive folk/rock/celtic groove with elements of bluegrass and world music. They are joined us in the studio on July 20 2013 to chat about their album, “Perpetual e-motion”.

For more on Perpetual e-Motion visit their website at perpetuale-motion.com.

Hillside Festival 2013

Hillside Festival, Guelph’s volunteer powered festival of music and community celebrates 30 years, from July 26, 27 and 28, 2013 at Guelph Lake.

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Mariposa Folk Festival 2013

The Grande Dame of Canadian folk festivals has announced the full artistic line-up for its 53rd annual edition taking place July 5-7, 2013, at Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

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DRUMHAND

DRUMHAND have just released their third album “Cheer On The Sun”. Fueled by an array of drums and percussion and inspired by just as diverse an array of social themes, Cheer On The Sun features a myriad of catchy horn work and snug melodies to inspire curious ears and dancing bodies, and to provoke thoughtful minds.

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Brenda Lewis

Guelph-based jazz / roots vocalist Brenda Lewis will perform a rare “hometown” concert at the Magnolia Café, 8 Yarmouth Street in downtown Guelph on Saturday June 8 2013 at 8.00 p.m.  accompanied by her longtime music partner and Toronto jazz guitar wiz Margaret Stowe.

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Lynn Miles and Katherine Wheatley

Lynn Miles and Katherine Wheatley will be in concert on April 27 2013 at the Unitarian Congregation of Guelph.  This is a dynamic Canadian singer/songwriter double bill show that you won’t want to miss. Both artists offer original songs with heartfelt lyrics and meaningful melodies.

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Tannis Slimmon

Guelph’s Tannis Slimmon releases her latest album, In and Out of Harmony on Saturday February 16 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at the Guelph Little Theatre.

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Hannah Georgas and Doug Paisley

Hannah Georgas and Doug Paisley will be in Guelph on February 2 2103 for a show in St George’s Church (Sanctuary) as part of Hillside Inside.

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James Gordon – In The Studio

James Gordon has taken a break from his community activism and political aspirations to record his latest CD (the 25th – we’re counting), Coyote’s Calling. Coyote’s Calling features performances by James Gordon with a backing band that includes his sons Evan and Geordie, as well as Katherine Wheatley, Jane Lewis, Jude Vadala and Louisa Krátká.

James joined us in the studio on Saturday January 5 2013; the first opportunity for anyone in Guelph to hear tracks from Coyote’s Calling plus a new song from James, “Idle No More” written especially for the aboriginal rights campaign.

Beneath The Ice

Toronto-based folk trio, Beneath the Ice will be in Guelph on Friday January 11 2013 for a performance at the St. David and St. Patrick Church.

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Sam Turton and Friends

Guelph singer-songwriter and community activist Sam Turton will be taking over the Cooperators Hall for a special show on Friday November 16 2012 at 8.00 p.m. Featuring Sam’s trade-mark swampy blues/gospel style songs, special guests and an opportunity to sing along; it promises to be a great night.

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The Songs Of Nick Drake

Do you love the music of Nick Drake? Ever wish you could have seen him live? Well, unfortunately that is not possible, but you can still check out the gorgeous music he did create and check out some of the artists who are determined to introduce new listeners to his music. The Songs of Nick Drake tour visits Guelph on Friday November 16 2012 for a show at Dublin St United Church.

Featuring Oh Susanna (Suzie Ungerleider), Kevin Kane of The Grapes of Wrath, and the tour’s organizer, British-born Luke Jackson, along with a distinguished backing band featuring guitarist Kurt Swinghammer, drummer Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith), and double-bassist Jason Mercer (Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Ani DiFranco). The string section includes Sahra Featherstone, Alex Cheung, Johan Lotter and Wendy Solomon. There will also be some special guests for the Guelph show including Rich Burnett, Matt Masotti, Amy McCann and David Matheson. The Songs of Nick Drake was first produced by Jackson at Toronto’s Trinity St. Paul’s United Church in November 2010. It was a tribute both to Nick Drake and Robert Kirby, with whom Jackson had collaborated on his last album. Apparently Kirby had planned to fly to Toronto to conduct the string section at a similar concert a year earlier, but passed away unexpectedly a week before the show was to be announced.

To coincide with the tour, Kurt Swinghammer is releasing Two Portraits, a limited edition 12″ single of his version of Nick Drake’s “River Man” backed with a version of Donovan’s “Sunny Goodge Street.” The sleeve features Swinghammer’s painted portrait of Nick Drake.

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