Ilona Pal’s Americana Single “A Farm In Indiana” Pays Tribute to James Dean’s Hometown

Ilona Pal cd single cover artwork

What you have written, and written well, obviously came from the heart and, for me,“A Farm in Indiana” has that same haunting quality as Willie Nelson’s “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”. And it’s not because it’s about James Dean, it’s just a great song.  I have now listened to it repeatedly and I don’t tire of hearing it.” — Jim Hayes

Ilona Pal has travelled the rails between Montreal and Ottawa many times over, but in November of 2017, that train ride, and a movie about friendship, love and loss inspired a song that gave her wings to fly.

The movie was the 2015 feature film “Life”: the story of photographer Dennis Stock’s historic 1955 photo shoot of iconic actor James Dean in Fairmount, Indiana, for that still famous spread in Life Magazine.

“The song was a gift,” says Ilona. “I wasn’t looking to write a song about James Dean that day, the song was looking for me.” But when the last frame of the film faded to black and the words ‘James Dean died 6 months later’ appeared on the screen, she felt a wave of emotion well up in her chest. That wave soon reached her creative spirit, and all at once, most of the lyrics and melody that would become A Farm In Indiana were born.

Pal, an insightful singer-songwriter from Montreal, first emerged as an independent Canadian New Country artist with her debut single, Hold On Heart, and self-titled album. She landed a spot on the roster at Peter Asher Management in LA, alongside such notable artists as Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. French recordings of her songs have ranked #1 in Quebec and received ADISQ award nominations. Film credits include the closing theme song for Time At The Top (Showtime, HBO).

Produced by Les Cooper (The Good Lovelies, Jill Barber, Andy Stochansky, Craig Cardiff, Meaghan Smith, Madison Violet and David Myles, among others.), a Juno award-winning producer, Les is a songwriter, arranger and multi-instrumentalist, whose arrangements have frequently been compared to those of past greats such as Nelson Riddle and Duke Ellington, earning him a reputation as a composer with a classic and timeless sound.

A Farm in Indiana is their first collaborative writing effort.

Les brought in the magnificent Drew Jurecka to play violin. His soaring emotional solo was a first take, and captured the essence of the song beautifully. His passionate playing conjures up images of love and loss, as well as the sweetness of home and longing to be there. Stylistically, the down-home feel evokes genuine feelings of comfort. The solo is the heart of the arrangement, which features Cooper on guitar, lap steel and banjo, rounding out the ‘Americana’ folk tune.

“The train had a huge influence on this song. It was born on a train, inspired by a train ride when at the age of nine, James Dean brought his mother’s remains back to Fairmount, Indiana from LA, and it was the train that took me to Les in Toronto to produce the song,” mused Pal. “One thing I knew for sure was that the train had to be represented in the rhythm of the song.”

Pal then contacted the Main Street Fairmount organization in Indiana to propose a partnership. She would attach their fundraising initiative to her music video to aid the town of Fairmount in its ongoing effort towards the restoration and preservation of James Dean’s hometown. This was a complete leap of faith on their behalf, but the proposal was met with incredible enthusiasm and excitement, and soon, plans for a performance at the annual James Dean Festival in September were also underway.

“The highlight of making this connection for me was the day I called Marcus Winslow,” says Pal. Winslow, James Dean’s cousin, was like a little brother to him. To this day, he lives on the farm that both inspired the song and figures prominently in the photos of Dean from 1955. So, on a lovely summer afternoon, she called Marcus and told him all about the song. “He’s a gracious man of few words. He listened intently as I explained what I was trying to do,” Ilona recalls. It all seemed to come full circle as she recited the lyrics to him. The song had ultimately ‘come home’, to the place of its inspiration—the dream of every songwriter. 

In September 2018, Ilona performed A Farm in Indiana at the James Dean Festival in Fairmount, Indiana. Appearing on the Main Street stage and at the James Dean memorial service at the Back Creek Friends Church, a huge privilege and honour!

According to Ilona, “this song has legs and it’s moving on a mission unto itself.” She’s just very grateful to be along for the journey and happy the song chose her.

Today would have been James Dean’s 88th birthday.

www.ilonapal.com

Juno Nomination for Maria Dunn for Traditional Roots Album of the Year

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February 7, 2017

Juno Awards Traditional Roots Album of the

Today, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) together with CTV announced this year’s Juno nominees. Maria Dunn is thrilled to receive a nomination in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category for her sixth independent recording Gathering (released April 2016). This is Maria’s second nomination for a Juno Award. In 2002, she received a nomination for her sophomore album For A Song.

The Juno Awards will be presented in Ottawa and televised by CTV on Sunday, April 2nd. To learn more about the Juno Awards, visit www.junoawards.ca.

Maria Dunn: I’m delighted and honoured to have Gathering recognized with a Juno nomination. Thank you to producer Shannon Johnson, engineer Jerry Woolsey, and a stellar group of musicians for helping me present my songs to the world. I’m also very grateful to the countless advocates for social justice, local and global, who inspired so many of these songs with their persistence, hope, courage and love.

Maria’s music has received critical acclaim over the years, both at home and abroad. Recently, she won the top Edmonton Music Prize for Gathering. Her song “Malala” (inspired by Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai) also recently won a 2016 Independent Music Award in the Social Action Song category. On February 18 (7 pm), the Maria Dunn Trio will perform an Official Showcase at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference, Benton’s (20th Floor) in Kansas City, MO.

Gathering highlights stories of love—not songs of romantic love, but songs of family, community, humanity and the love that connects us and fires our actions to make the world a better place. Recorded at DanLyn Studios in Sherwood Park (Alberta) with producer Shannon Johnson (Juno award winner with The McDades for 2007’s Bloom), Gathering continues to expand Maria’s musical palate with performances from Sufi singer Karim Gillani and jazz saxophonist Jeremiah McDade.

Maria Dunn Gathering

Guest musicians: Eric Breton (percussion), Karim Gillani (guest vocal), Shannon Johnson (violin), Ojas Joshi (tabla, percussion), Jeremiah McDade (saxophone, bansuri, whistles, guitar), Solon McDade (upright bass) and Asani (singers Debbie Houle, Sarah Pocklington and Terry Morrison). Further contributions on song arrangements by Solon McDade and Jeremiah McDade.

The 11 songs on Gathering range from “Malala”, a buoyant call to action inspired by Malala Yousafzai, to “When I Was Young”, a flowing old-time ballad inspired by Alberta indigenous leader Dorothy McDonald-Hyde. “How I Live” shares the quiet courage of families supporting their children with disabilities, while “When The Grandmothers Meet” celebrates women across the globe, with its exuberant vocals and joyful horn lines. The recording finishes with “Music In The Meadow”, a bluesy bow-driven wordplay on the wonder of the Rocky Mountains.

Thank you to the following for supporting this recording project: The Province of Alberta through Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton.

Upcoming Performances

Sat March 4 – Fundraising Concert for “Huron Out of the Cold” Project
Goderich, ON
http://www.lakeshoreuc.org

Thursday, March 9 – Maria Dunn, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks Triple Bill
Golden Link Folk Singing Society (Penfield NY)
http://www.goldenlink.org/

Fri Mar 10 – Maria Dunn, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks Triple Bill
Old Songs Concert Series (Voorheesville, NY)
http://oldsongs.org

Sat Mar 11 – Maria Dunn, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks Triple Bill
Walkabout Clearwater Concerts (White Plains, NY)
http://www.walkaboutclearwater.org/music/coffeehouse.php

Sun Mar 12 – Maria Dunn, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks Triple Bill
Valley Folk Club (Corning, NY)
www.valleyfolk.org

Fri Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Maria Dunn Concert followed by Irish Ceili
Castleton Town Hall (Castleton, ON)
http://themillatpipercreek.ca/arts-and-heritage-centre/

Sat Apr 22 – Maria Dunn Trio (with Shannon Johnson, Jeremiah McDade)
Northern Lights Folk Club (Edmonton, AB)
http://www.northernlightsfc.ca

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To set-up interviews and/or for more information, contact:
Marlene D’Aoust | Ph:  (403) 455-3175 | email: mdaoust@shaw.ca

Artist: 
Distant Whisper Music · PO Box 4463, Edmonton, AB CANADA T6E 4T5 · (780) 430-8560 · http://www.mariadunn.com

Publicity & Promotion:  Free Expression · #92, 1845 Lysander Cr. SE, Calgary, AB  Canada · T2C 1X9 · email: mdaoust@shaw.ca · (403) 455-3175

CD Distribution:  Outside Music · (416) 461-0655 · http://www.outside-music.com

Sultans of String Garner JUNO Nomination for World Music Album of the Year

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February 7, 2017

Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING garner 2017
JUNO nomination for World Music Album of the Year for their feast of raucous reels, ragas ‘n’ rumbas, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT

Juno Awards World Music Album of the Year Nominees 2017

[Toronto ON]  Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING garner a JUNO nomination for World Music Album of the Year at the celebratory Junos Press Conference for their feast of raucous reels ragas ‘n’ rumbas, Subcontinental Drift, featuring special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar-winning Life of Pi).

“We are honoured to receive this JUNO nomination for our new album! We could not have made this recording without the support of the whole Canadian roots community, and our special collaboration with Anwar,” states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “there is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

“Together we started writing songs about freedom and equality, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal hopes and journeys towards finding a world peace. This is a message that is needed more than ever at this time.”

The award nomination comes on the heels of the band’s whirlwind North American and UK Subcontinental Drift tours, including a special appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. Distributed by Fontana North in Canada, the album hit #1 in Canada on Earshot’s international charts, top 10 on the American CMJ charts and top 15 on Billboard’s World Music charts in the U.S. It also got picked up for distribution in the U.S. by CEN/SONY and by Proper in Europe.

The band has been on the road non-stop and will make their debut in The Netherlands and mainland Europe this summer. Sultans of String are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band, criss-crossing North America and performing at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall), and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert, and performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

They are currently recording a festive and world music inspired Christmas Caravan CD featuring Canada’s singer to the stars Rebecca Campbell (Bruce Cockburn, Alanis Morissette, Emmylou Harris), 5x Platinum selling Nikki Yanofsky, The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney, JUNO winner Alex Cuba, Cameroon’s Richard Bona, Panamanian 7x Grammy/5x Latin Grammy-winning Ruben Blades, and more!
Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid

CD & HIGH RES PHOTO DOWNLOAD:
http://tinyurl.com/naekrjd

STREAM:
https://soundcloud.com/sultansofstring/sets/subcontinental-drift

VIDEOS:
“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)

https://youtu.be/1oBkM_zpd-M

“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ

“Blowin’ In The Wind”
(Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
https://youtu.be/2CfQOrdOB3U

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/subcontinental-drift/id1031300898

“Sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic.” ~ Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel)

“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show—one of my favorite bands on the planet!” ~ Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY

“You get the feeling this is Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.” ~ Midwest Record, Chicago

 

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Sultans of String Hit Billboard Charts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
January 25, 2017

Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING hit BILLBOARD CHARTS for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, SUBCONTINENTAL DRIFT

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[Toronto ON]  Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING hit the coveted Billboard Charts (World Music) for their feast of ragas, reels ‘n’ rumbas, Subcontinental Drift, featuring special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (Oscar-winning Life of Pi).

“We are honored to make the Billboard Charts for our new album! We could not have achieved this without the support of the American roots community, fans and presenters alike,” states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “Sharing this with Anwar is extra special. There is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”

Billboard World Albums Chart

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

“Together we started writing songs about freedom and equality, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal journeys towards finding a world peace.”

The Billboard news comes on the heels of whirlwind North American and UK Subcontinental Drift tours, including a special Canada Day appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. The album also hit #1 on Canada’s international/world charts, and the top 10 on CMJ in the U.S. It also got picked up there (CEN/SONY) and in Europe (Proper) for distribution.

The band returns to the US and UK this spring and summer and will make their debut in The Netherlands and mainland Europe this summer.

Sultans of String with Anwar Khurshid

STREAM:
https://soundcloud.com/sultansofstring/sets/subcontinental-drift

VIDEOS:
“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)
https://youtu.be/1oBkM_zpd-M

“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ

“Blowin’ In The Wind” (Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
https://youtu.be/2CfQOrdOB3U

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/subcontinental-drift/id1031300898

 

“Sensational. Loved it.” ~ Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“Chris and the boys are fantastic!” ~ Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel)

“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show—one of my favorite bands on the planet!” ~ Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY

“You get the feeling this Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.” ~ Midwest Record, Chicago

“Absolutely brilliant” ~ BBC Radio

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners– World Music Group of the Year
  • 2016 Global Music Awards – World Music / Beats
  • 2015 JUNO nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year
  • 2014 SiriusXM Independent Music Awards Winner – World Group of the Year
  • 2013 ISC  International Songwriting Competition Winner – Instrumental
  • 2013 Festivals & Events – Performer of The Year
  • 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for bandleader Chris McKhool
  • 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards winners – World Music Group of the Year
  • 2012 Festivals & Events – Entertainer of The Year
  • 2011 ISC International Songwriting Competition 2x Finalist –  Instrumental & World Music
  • 2010 JUNO Award Nominees – Instrumental Album of the Year

http://www.sultansofstring.com
http://twitter.com/sultansofstring
https://www.facebook.com/sultansofstring

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Canadiana Singer-Songwriter Harlan Wells Releases “Waiting For June” at The Cameron House Saturday, May 14th

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2016

Harlan Wells

[Toronto, ON]  Why should you be at The Cameron House in Toronto on Saturday, May 14, 2016? One of Canada’s finest singer-songwriters, Harlan Wells, is throwing a CD release party for his latest album, Waiting For June, and it’s “…the sort of album that kind of grabs you by the hand and says “come on in.”

Producer/engineer Peter Hamilton (Blue Rodeo, Leonard Cohen, Steve Earle) and Wells each share the same reverence for the seminal Canadian group, The Band. With this influence and approach in mind, they began recording at Canterbury Studio in Toronto with the intention of producing an all-organic, live off-the-floor, anti-sampling, anti-computer, album of new Harlan Wells songs. Described as Northern Americana, or Canadiana, the new record Waiting for June, is a compelling alchemy of cross-genres such as country, folk, roots rock, and blues. Ultimately, it’s a singer/songwriter’s record. However, Wells’ stellar song writing is not the only reason you should be at The Cameron House on May 14th for his CD release party. His band, which consists of Jillian Mendez (back-up vocals), Peter Hamilton (bass), Eric Morin (drums), Russell Gray (guitar), John Smith (accordion and organ), and the legendary Burke Carroll (pedal steel) are incredible musicians who have worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian music and this promises to be an evening of music that you won’t soon forget.

“Reminiscent of the great Canadian singer/songwriters like Ian Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot” ~ Billboard Magazine

“He’s good, he’s very good.” ~ Gordon Lightfoot

“In twenty years, I turned down a lot of artists seeking management, including Ron Sexsmith and Alison Krauss; I wasn’t about to let Harlan Wells slip by me.” ~ Barry Harvey (Gordon Lightfoot)

“Harlan Wells, a Troubadour in the classic sense.” ~ Lenny Stoute, CASHBOX Magazine

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Harlan Wells began playing music professionally when he was fifteen years old; by eighteen, he had left home for the road. Thousands of miles of highway, hundreds of small towns and antiquated hotel rooms, as well as, the sordid characters which inhabited them, left an indelible impression which would later influence his prolific song writing. Wells affirms that his youth was abandoned and still lies scattered along the Trans-Canada Highway. Most of his twenties were spent playing the Toronto club circuit, including the venerable El Mocambo and The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. One night, while performing in a popular Yorkville club, music legend Keith Emerson lunged at Wells as he stepped off the stage. He grabbed Wells by his shirt collar, looked him straight in the eye, and not so gently offered some wise, yet gin-soaked, advice: “write your own songs or perish.”

Wells believes, “At the end of the day, you have to be true to yourself and believe in what you do. To tell you the truth, I write these songs for myself. My music has always been my catharsis; it’s what has kept this world from driving me stark raving mad.”

Waiting for June is available now on iTunes but there’s nothing quite like getting a CD autographed by the artist on the night of his very special CD release party. Saturday, May 14th at The Cameron House, is where every roots rock fan in the Greater GTA ought to be.

www.harlanwells.com

Glenn McFarlane Releases New CD “Music and Friends” Available October 10th, 2014

Glenn McFarlaneFor Immediate Release:
October 9, 2014

[Brampton ON]
Brampton Folk Club President and long-time member of the Celtic and East Coast duo Brown Ale, Glenn McFarlane, is proud and excited to be releasing his second solo CD. As the title implies, “Music and Friends” is a collection of original songs celebrating two things that are very important to him. The songs are fun and lively folk songs that reflect his East Coast roots, along with strong elements of country, folk-rock and world music, with an underlying theme of camaraderie throughout the album. Like his last release “Food for Thought”, the CD was engineered and co-produced by Wendell Ferguson, James Gordon and Jon Grant, to better capture the diverse musical styles on the album.

Also reflective of the CD title is the long list of special guests on the album, which includes Ferguson, Gordon, Grant, his Brown Ale bandmate Les Smith, his brother Keith McFarlane, Jason LaPrade, Don Ablett, Peter Jellard, Alec Fraser, Mike Shotten, Mark Rolland, and two large groups of backup singers. Some of these guests appear in cartoon form on the album cover in a jam session.

To help launch the album, Glenn has released a YouTube video of his song “Offense Scores, Defense Wins Games”. Arranged for commercial country stations, the song is a light-hearted country-rocker, about what it takes to win, regardless of sport. Another song, “Let’s Talk New Brunswick!” was released last year with a video collage of photos taken in Glenn’s native province. Many of the photos were shot during his “Prodigal Son(g)s Tour” last year, where he sang songs about New Brunswick in New Brunswick, even performing on New Brunswick Day. (A song documenting the tour is included on the CD.) Both YouTube videos can be accessed through his new and improved website www.glennmcfarlane.ca, under the Videos page. Samples of all songs, as well as their lyrics are also posted.

Glenn is celebrating his CD release with a series of concerts in Southern Ontario. He will be performing all shows with his brother Keith on percussion and backing vocals. Keeping in the spirit of the CD, he will be joined by special guests on some of these shows. For example, his Celteclectic bandmates Les Smith and Jon Grant will join him at the November 1st concert in Brampton. Other guests include finger style guitarist Don Ablett (who performs on the album) and Steve Kossen, who organizes a popular open stage event in Bolton.

For more information, please visit Glenn’s website at www.glennmcfarlane.ca.


“Music and Friends” – Track Listing

1          It’s a Beautiful Day for a Beer – up-tempo country song about summer long weekends

2          Come See the Stars – romantic acoustic folk waltz

3          Middle Aged and Overweight – whimsical up-tempo acoustic country piece

4          Offense Scores, Defense Wins Games – hard driving country rocker

5          I Am the Kyle – slow dramatic accordion based song about a Newfoundland steamship

6          Let’s Talk New Brunswick! – high energy “Maritime Rap” piece

7          The Prodigal Son(g)s Tour – Acadian style account of my New Brunswick tour

8          An Instrumental Break – a medley of three instrumentals, from lullaby to flamenco

9          Music and Friends – Music Hall style sing-a-long waltz

10        The Christmas Truce – dramatic story song about the 1st Christmas of World War 1

11        The Ballad of Kwakiutl – cheesy country parody about Brampton’s infamous statue

12        Jerry and Jim – mellow rock song saluting April Wine’s bass player and drummer

13        Decompress – parody of Bob Dylan circa 1965

14        Stan Rogers – dramatic folk rock piece about the Canadian folk music icon

 

Live Appearances in Support of “Music and Friends”

Saturday, October 18th, 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  • Folk Music Ontario Conference, Mayfair Room, Westin Bristol Place, Toronto
  • Featured as part of the Brampton Folk Club Sponsored Showcase

Saturday, November 1st, 8:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Brampton Golf Club, 7700 Kennedy Road, Brampton
  • A Fundraiser for Brampton Civic Hospital

Saturday, November 15th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

  • Bolton United Church, 8 Nancy Street, Bolton
  • A Fundraiser for Bolton United Church

Saturday, November 29th – 11:15 a.m. to 12 noon

  • Freewheeling Folk Show, Hamilton, 93.3 FM
  • 45 minute interview, featuring live performances and tracks from the album
  • Podcast available at http://cfmu.msumcmaster.ca/

Friday, December 6th, 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Paul’s United Church, 30 Main St. South, Brampton
  • Opening for Boreal’s “Songs for the Snowy Season” concert

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Sherman & Lee Were Just Meant To Be: Lost and Found on CD Baby Now

Sherman and LeeSome things are just meant to be.

At a time when most Baby Boomers are looking to retire, David Sherman and Nancy Lee packed up the van and hit the road, touring towns in Ontario to share their love of music — and each other.

A former journalist and editor, Sherman, 62, saw the writing on the wall when newspapers began downsizing and used his love for words to propel him into becoming a successful playwright and a songwriter musician Lee, 55, had been a professional musician songwriter in her early 20s, until settling down to raise a family. But when her husband died a few years ago, she picked up her guitar and began playing in cafes near her home.

That’s when serendipity stepped in — Sherman met Lee one frozen February night two years ago as they shared a bill playing a gig in farm country outside of Montreal.

“I just found her looks and soulful singing mesmerizing,” said Sherman, of the woman with whom he now shares his personal and professional life.

“And I found his songs and voice fascinating,” said Lee.

After exchanging email addresses, they met again, and again, and soon started performing together.

The result has been the creation of Sherman & Lee, a creative, collaborative team where they compose and perform songs of the magic and misery that is love, of disintegrating cities and broken dreams, of lost souls and magic moments.

“One night, at a sold out dinner show in Montreal, Guy Sprung, the artistic director of Infinitheatre where I am the writer-in-residence, suggested Nancy and I string the stories together into a narrative and do a musical theatre piece,” recalls Sherman.

“He called it ‘docutheatre.’”

The idea resonated with the couple; they had come from hard times, they were older and a little wiser and there were stories to tell.

“Mixed with a little fiction, we created Lost and Found,” explains Sherman of the 90-minute musical that will be directed by Guy Sprung and performed in Montreal next winter.

“We were lucky to have some of Montreal’s best musicians — Stephen Barry and Andrew Cowan of the Stephen Barry Blues Band and John McColgan, a former member of the band, a drummer and producer — who workshopped the play in front of an audiences. Lost and Found is the soundtrack CD to the play,” says Sherman.

Lost and Found is available now on CD Baby. A captivating and bluesy blendLost and Found by Sherman & Lee of folk, roots, country and pop that combines the sweet vocals of Lee and the edgy vocals and soul-touching lyrics of Sherman, creating an original sound that lingers long after the last note.

Whether they perform as a duo or are backed up by some of Montreal’s finest musicians, Sherman & Lee entertain with an entrancing combination of blues, folk, roots, and pop.

Their love is real, their stories are true and audiences are drawn in by their lyrics, their haunting harmonies and the duo’s captivating stage presence. A Sherman & Lee show makes them laugh, makes them cry and makes them come back for more.

Check them out at www.shermanandlee.com, LIKE their page on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @ShermanandLee.

Live Wire Music Series Presents The Claytones and The Slocan Ramblers on Fri. Jan. 24th

There is a tremendous co-bill coming up soon to kick off the Live Wire Music Series at the Octave Theatre. On Friday, Jan. 24, The Claytones, a great new alt country group from the heart of the OttawaValley, will share the evening with The Slocan Ramblers, a dynamic young Toronto foursome that plays bluegrass and old-time music flawlessly and with an uncommon flair. These two enormously talented groups will give a spectacular show at The Octave!  Remember – you can now buy your tickets online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca.
The Claytones

The Claytones were born a few years ago when Anders Drerup and Kelly Prescott were cast in the acclaimed theatrical production, Grievous Angel -The Legend of Gram Parsons. Anders played the title role and Kelly was Emmy Lou Harris. Their undeniable chemistry led to the formation of The Claytones — together with bass player Adam Puddington, they have been wowing audiences with superb vocal harmonies and impressive instrumental prowess ever since. The National Post named them one of ‘5 Canadian bands to watch for in 2012’. Take a look at this live video to get a taste of what they do:

 

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers started turning heads in early 2009 while playing casual gigs in the Toronto ‘roots music’ scene. Their weekly local pub gigs became a staple of the city’s thriving acoustic music activity. The Ramblers quickly earned a reputation across Canada for energetic live performances, impressive musicianship and uncanny ability to convert anyone in their path into a fan. The Slocan Ramblers have moved far beyond their pub origins.  Career highlights include standing ovations at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival, opening for Steve Martin on the main stage at Toronto Jazz Fest, and a popular West Coast tour last summer.  The intensity and drive forged in their early bar-room gigs continue to set them apart — they are outstanding!  Check out the Ramblers live in the two songs in this video:


Live Wire Music Series presents
The Claytones and The Slocan Ramblers
Friday, Jan. 24, 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave, Kingston (Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. & the 401)

$20 in advance and $25 at the door — available now at Brian’s Record Option, Tara Foods or online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca

 The Claytones give what so many other groups only promise.  Exquisite, classic, country-soaked harmonies.  Originals that stand proudly beside the classic songs they cover with conviction.  A stage presence that marks them as serious professionals — The Claytones deliver!

James Keelaghan,  Artistic Director, Georgian Bay Folk Society

The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore…and a handsome bunch of fellas.

Tom Power, Host of CBC’s Deep Roots, and Radio 2 Morning

 

Stephen Fearing Presents Roots on the Wire – 3 Live Streaming Concerts

Stephen Fearing Roots on the Wire Live Streaming Concerts

I’m a big fan of multiple Juno winning, Canadian singer-songwriter Stephen Fearing, (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Fearing & White) so it is a real thrill for me to be able to work with him and to help him promote this fantastic gift to his fans and to music lovers in North America.

Roots on the Wire allows you to enjoy Stephen Fearing in a live-streaming format from the comfort of your own home, cottage, or wherever your computer takes you. The online series will be broadcast (in real-time) in three parts. Concert #1 (June 26th) – Features Fearing’s current touring show. Concert #2 (July 31st) – A complete solo performance of the Juno Award winning album Yellowjacket. Concert #3 (August 28th) – will be a set of songs chosen and voted on by you, the fans.

All shows will take place at 9:30 pm EST.

Each show is available to anyone, anywhere. For more details, visit www.stephenfearing.com

You can join the Facebook events for these concerts at the following links.  Be sure to invite your friends!

Concert #1 – June 26, 2013 – Fearing’s current touring show including songs from his new album, Between Hurricanes.

Concert #2 – July 31, 2013 – A complete solo performance of the Juno Award winning album Yellowjacket.

Concert #3 – August 28, 2013 – A set of songs chosen and voted on by the fans.

In a very stressful, busy world we don’t often take time to enjoy the little things and yet it’s so important to focus on beauty and those things that bring us joy. Stephen’s music brings me joy and I hope that if you listen in, that you will feel the same way.

Live Wire Music Series Presents Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders and Ruth Moody Trio on Fri. Apr. 12th

Live Wire Music Series shows for April and May 2013Live Wire Music Series Kingston presents: 

A Juno Award Winners Extravaganza!

Jayme Stone’s Room of Wonders with very special guest The Ruth Moody Trio

FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2013 AT THE OCTAVE THEATRE, 711 DALTON AVE., IN KINGSTON, 7:30 P.M.

Two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone thrives on unexpected inspiration: Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, instruments he found while traveling in remote Malian villages. His Juno Award winning albums, most notably Africa to Appalachia, both defy and honour the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. Jayme’s ROOM OF WONDERS 4 piece group is a polyrhythmic journey to Mali with stops at other mysterious and wondrous parts of the world.

Ruth Moody is a Juno Award winning songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Although best known for her work with The Wailin’ Jennys — Ruth was a founding member and is still an integral part of the popular trio — she is an artist of exceptional depth and grace in her own right. Critics have lauded her ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and her masterful songwriting. Written with a maturity and wisdom that belies her age, her songs are timeless, universal, and exceptionally well-crafted, all sung with an intimacy and honesty that is unmistakably hers. Ruth has performed in sold-out venues around the world, made numerous critically acclaimed albums, and appeared more than a dozen times on the U.S. radio show A Prairie Home Companion.

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door, available at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods.

www.ruthmoody.com
www.jaymestone.com

Live Wire Music Series is a totally volunteer not for profit group that brings exciting and diverse musical acts to Kingston, Ontario from across Canada and around the world. We also bring many of these musicians into local schools for concerts and music workshops. We present 6 public concerts (at The Octave Theatre and Chalmers United Church) and 20–25 school concerts per year throughout Frontenac County. We hope you will add this exciting concert to your entertainment listings.