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.

“The album encapsulates the band’s shared sense of intrigue and inclusiveness,” says DRUMHAND composer/bandleader Larold Graves (Mr. Something Something), who co-founded DRUMHAND in 2008 with fellow percussionists/music educators David Chan and Steve Mancuso. On the box-shaped Gome foot-drum, Graves pounds out beats that, woven together with Chan’s palm drum cross-rhythms, serve as the driving backdrops on “Hourglass” and the instrumental epic “Mouth Greetings Suite”.

Multi-percussionist Steve Mancuso injects a dynamic urgency into the Jack Layton-inspired “The Long Road”, with his one-stringed Berimbau, and lends his soul-imbued voice to Graves’ lyric-driven “Soapbox”, which touches on the theme of corruption.

A surprising worldliness pervades the sectional work of multi-woodwind specialist Marcus Ali (Jason Wilson/Ali Brothers), trumpeter Rebecca Hennessy (Hobson’s Choice, Woodshed Orchestra) and trombonist Karl Silveira (Lemon Bucket Orchestra). The ominous shadow cast by the horns in “Our Native Lands” and the roiling excitement of Ali’s bamboo flute improvisations in “The Arrival” serve to punctuate the ensemble’s collective fascination with new and innovative musical directions.

Magnolia Café
June 1 2013 at 8.00 p.m.

Magnolia is a small, well-established dinner and intimate roots genre concert venue so it is highly recommended to reserve tickets and table in advance. Tickets are $10 advance, $15 at the door. Pick up tickets right at the restaurant (across the street from the Woolwich Arms) or phone: (519)766-4663.

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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