Live Wire Music Series Presents Kelli Trottier Trio and Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything on Fri. Feb. 1st

Kelli Trottier Jaron Freeman-FoxLive Wire Music Series Kingston is excited to announce its outstanding 2013 series, starring many of Canada’s finest musicians. It begins on Friday, February 1st at The Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., with a co-bill featuring Kingston’s own Kelli Trottier Trio together with Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything. This will be a high-energy show with two completely different violin virtuosi, each with a superb backing band and an eclectic range of material.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door available at Brian’s Record Option (613-542-2452) and at Tara Foods (613-546-4439).

Our email address and website are livewiremusicseries@gmail.com & http://livewiremusicseries.ca

Originally from the B.C. interior, Jaron Freeman-Fox is now based in Toronto, where he has assembled an ensemble of some of that city’s finest players. Contorting the violin into new traditions, violinist/composer Jaron Freeman-Fox dances down the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, while redefining what the violin can do.

The hyper-kinetic Jaron Freeman-Fox is the Jimi Hendrix of the violin. With the chops of a classical virtuoso and the soul of a wild-eyed punk, he plays world music in the truest sense of the word, leaping from gypsy to klezmer to celtic to country without skipping a beat.” ~ The Ottawa International Jazz Festival 

“As soon as The Opposite of Everything hits the stage, the groove is irresistible and young and old dance in front of the stage – setting the tone with a creative cover of “People are Strange.” Throughout the set, Freeman-Fox bounces and sings while playing his five-string electric violin.

John Freeman plays wicked clarinet solos and Johnny Spence makes the accordion look sexy. Controlled frenzy on stage spills onto the dance floor during the set, especially when the band plays “The Rabid Rabbi.” The band leaves the stage and it’s too soon –obvious that the audience wants more. Haven’t heard of the Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything? See them live and they could possibly be your new favourite band.”  ~ The Walleye

www.theoppositeofeverything.com

Born and raised in the hotbed of musical tradition and innovation that is Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, Kelli Trottier discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home. Now, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far North, making fans and friends at every venue along the way. Kelli’s musical odyssey of dance, fiddle and song began early in life as she studied and mastered the unique and fluid style of step-dance that evolved with the loggers and woodsmen of the historic Ottawa River watershed, and learned fiddle from the senior masters of Celtic and Scottish traditional music. Developing her art from these deep and lasting roots, while allowing the influences of contemporary music to help shape her performing and recording career, has earned Kelli a dedicated and growing following and glowing accolades from promoters, organizers and fans. She has performed for Canadian soldiers in the Middle East and for the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. She has brought twenty thousand NHL Ottawa Senators Fans to their feet many times as the featured mid-game entertainer.

“I wanted you to know how much we enjoyed your concert tonight. It was a wonderful evening and your natural style with the audience made it extra special.  As we listened to you, many of us had the feeling we were witnessing a great Canadian talent about to skyrocket, and we were there to see the launching!

www.kellitrottier.com

The 2013 Live Wire Music Winter/Spring Series

Live Wire Music Series Presents The Krüger Brothers with Special Guest Jeremy Fisher on Fri. Nov. 30th

Live Wire Music Series presents: 

The Krüger Brothers with special guest Jeremy Fisher 
Chalmers United Church, Kingston
Friday, Nov. 30th, 7:30 pm
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available)
@ Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods

Kingston music lovers are in for a rare treat on Friday, November 30th when the great Swiss-born U.S. based trio, The Krüger Brothers bring their unique and powerful brand of acoustic music to Chalmers United Church as part of the Live Wire Music Series. Kingston will be one of only five Ontario cities where they will play. The band, which started as a couple of rag-tag musicians busking for spare change in Munich, is approaching their 40th anniversary with 15 albums under the Krüger Brothers name. Their highly unusual mix of traditional bluegrass, folk, jazz, and classical styles and their joyous and technically accomplished playing on banjo, guitar and bass have made them one of the top touring ensembles in North America.  In addition to their famously innovative instrumental abilities, both brothers Uwe and Jens Krüger are blessed with rich baritone singing voices and their song writing and vocal work are exceptional.

The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as I’ve ever played with…I love to play music with them – Doc Watson

The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent. – Bluegrass Journal

I used to think the banjo was somewhat limited to certain styles, until I heard Jens Kruger. Jens has played some of the most beautiful and expressive banjo I’ve ever heard. – Ron Block, Alison Krauss and Union Station

Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Krüger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of abiding musical influences. The brothers were performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old, and they began their professional career in 1979. Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing, joined the brothers in the early 90s and together they established the incomparable sound that the trio is known for today, built around the playing of Jens Kruger, considered one of the top two or three 5 string banjo players in the world. The Krüger Brothers moved to the United States in 2002, and are based in Wilkesboro, NC.

The Krüger Brothers were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring a sym­phonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Krüger, which premiered in 2007. In late 2010, the Krüger Brothers premiered the Appalachian Concerto, a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. In addition to their regular concert schedule they perform these pieces regularly with select symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the world.

To get an idea of just how good The Krüger Brothers are, take a peek at these two videos – the first, an instrumental and the second a beautiful and touching tribute to their mother. Then read some of the comments.

http://youtu.be/G5qHkxnLtiw

http://youtu.be/wIomLzwaygQ

Opening the concert will be the wonderfully engaging Jeremy Fisher, a Juno nominee and terrific live performer.

“Listening to Mint Juleps, the fifth album by two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter.

That’s not to say that Jeremy Fisher lives in the past. On the contrary, the Ottawa-based musician’s craft is deeply imbued with a modern insight that has made him a strong and enduring musical storyteller. He thus inhabits a one-of-a-kind space in this current musical landscape as a rather timeless troubadour.”

www.jeremyfishermusic.com

Live Wire Music Series Presents Rose Cousins & Jonathan Byrd on Sat. Oct. 20th

On Saturday, October 20th, Live Wire Music Series presents a tremendous double bill concert featuring the multi award-winning Halifax singer Rose Cousins (who was just nominated for 3 Canadian Folk Music Awards!) together with North Carolina’s songwriting genius Jonathan Byrd.  Both these artists are audience favourites who are riding a wave of critical acclaim for their most recent CDs.  Rose’s famously gorgeous vocals have gained her legions of admirers across North America while Jonathan Byrd’s profound and moving tales of everyday life in small town America have critics comparing him to John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.  This will be another very special evening at The Octave Theatre in Kingston.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Rose Cousins and Jonathan Byrd
Sat. Oct. 20th – 7pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave. Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods.

ROSE COUSINS
www.rosecousins.com

It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection… – The Boston Globe

A voice like Carly Simon and a vibe like the Dixie Chicks. – Oprah Magazine June 1 2012

Beautiful songs capped off with a beautiful voice… – Jian Ghomeshi, CBC Radio

AWARDS
Winner 2011 East Coast Music Awards Female Artist & Songwriter of the Year
Winner 2011 Music PEI – Rooted to the Island Award
Winner 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award Contemporary Singer of the Year
Nominee 2010 NS Music Awards Entertainer, Songwriter, Female Artist & Folk Artist of the Year
Winner 2008 East Coast Music Awards Female Recording of the Year
Winner 2007 Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Winner 2007 NS Music Awards Best Folk Recording & Galaxie Rising Star
Winner 2007 PEI Music Awards Best Folk Recording & Female Vocalist
Nominee 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award Best Solo Artist

JONATHAN BYRD
www.jonathanbyrd.com

Jonathan Byrd has crafted a potent canvas as searing as Neil Young’s stripped down masterpieces but with a touch of the laid back Eagles and the timbre one hears in the more haunting runs of a Chris Darrow or Ry Cooder. ~ Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Byrd continues to inspire awe… Rock and roll hasn’t spoken with such integration and grounded perspective for many years indeed. ~ Randy Auxier, WDBX Carbondale, IL

Having recently made WFMT Midnight Special host Rich Warren’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters of the Past 50 Years”, a list which includes giants like Bob Dylan, John Prine, and Joni Mitchell, Jonathan approaches his work on Cackalack with the most ordinary of materials: Chicken wire.  Concrete.  Roofing tacks.  He takes us to real, everyday places. The Outer Banks, where wild ponies still run.  Rockwell, where Byrd sings a song to his father’s ashes.  And 95 South, a great river of humanity that brings us rolling back south from a hard tour.

Joshua Cockerill & Animal Parts in Kingston at Tir Nan Og, Fri. Sept. 28th

Joshua Cockerill & Animal Parts are coming to Kingston on Friday, September 28th at 9:00 pm for a show at Tir Nan Og where the Irish pub will be celebrating Two Fisted Fridays by doubling your Friday fun with awesome deals on beer, liquor and wine!

You may be wondering who Joshua Cockerill is, so I’m going to tell you.

“Toronto songwriter Joshua Cockerill found his country roots growing up in Alberta. After moving to Toronto, he took to writing and performing alternative country music, reflecting his western pride with an eastern big-city sensibility. After kicking around the local music scene for a few years, Joshua decided to break his piggy bank and independently finance his first recordings. “I’ve known I wanted to be a musician since I was ten years old,” says Cockerill, “You could say that everything I saved up over the years was preparing for the making of this album.”

Josh is getting great CBC exposure, along with many other radio stations getting onboard, and this new record (his second) is getting rave reviews everywhere.

“24-year old Joshua Cockerill moved to Toronto at the age of 18 to be closer to his country’s musical pulse. In what he considers his greatest coup, he convinced his favorite local musicians to join his band. In a few short years, they had become staples of the Toronto scene. In 2009, Cockerill moved into the basement of the home of one his most beloved Canadian songwriters, Justin Rutledge. He no longer had to stray far for guidance.

The band’s debut album was released in 2009 under the banner Joshua Cockerill. This kicked off years of touring across Canada, a rigorous endeavor that changed their sound and dynamic. In 2010, Cockerill, by then known for his (proportionally) gigantic green Gretsch guitar, was invited to play alongside musical heroes Ian Tyson and Serena Ryder at the 50th anniversary of the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario, Canada. They also took up residency at downtown Toronto’s historic Cameron House, where Cockerill wrote and performed a new song every week during the band’s weekly shows. At the Cameron House, Cockerill put on shows with renowned Canadian artists Bahamas, Doug Paisley, and Bazil Donovan of Blue Rodeo.

In December 2011, Cockerill returned to the studio to record the band that has since come to be known as Animal Parts. The eponymous album, co-produced with Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, Snowblink), marks a shift in musical and aesthetic direction. “We boiled the songs until everything but the essence had evaporated.”, explains Cockerill, “The solos evaporated. Tradition evaporated. All egos evaporated. Joshua Cockerill evaporated. It opens up room for possibilities.”

View Animal Part’s latest video, for “King of Kings” here: http://vimeo.com/47547977

Press Quotes:

“Animal Parts remind us of big-time acts that skillfully served to the bookish indie-rock crowd in the nineties and the zeros, […] for which they deserve a piece of the alt-country cake.” – The Owl Mag

“The album [Animal Parts] is a must buy that delivers a majestic and emotive sound that highlights Josh Cockerill’s irresistable voice and heartfelt songwriting.” -The Gigity

“Joshua Cockerill [of Animal Parts] is f***ing amazing. Buy his record. Now.” – Serena Ryder 

“As a songwriter, Joshua is one of the bright lights on the Canadian scene, and has one of the best new voices I’ve heard. Both sonically and lyrically, his album towers above any first attempt I’ve heard recently. I’m going to wager that Joshua will be around for quite some time.” – Justin Rutledge 

“Influenced and inspired by legends Neil Young and Leonard Cohen and contemporaries Blue Rodeo and Rutledge, Joshua Cockerill is an alt-country rocker with a poet’s soul.” – Winnipeg Free Press 

“[The Trick With Your Heart I’m Learning To Do] is the 21-year old’s debut disc and it reveals an artist of strong potential. He has a relaxed, melodic vocal style and a deft touch as a lyricist. Boosted by Ryder’s harmony vocals, jaunty opening cut “Dance With You” is tailor-made for radio play. This is a highly promising beginning.” – Exclaim! Magazine

“The future looks bright for Joshua Cockerill” – Rich Terfry, CBC Radio 2 Drive

“With a sound that’s being made popular by artists like Feist, Bahamas and Doug Paisley, there is an ambient folk vibe to this record that will resonate with any fan of a good songwriter. Certainly a step in the right direction” – Paradise Blog, Cameron House Records

Live Wire Music Series Presents Eliza Gilkyson + Special Guest Ariana Gillis on Fri. Sept. 21st

Hello music lovers & Live Wire friends,

Hopefully you already have your seats for the first Live Wire show of the new season. If not, get to Brian’s Record Option or Tara Foods soon as Eliza has built a large and enthusiastic following in Kingston.

I’m very happy to have become an official volunteer of the Live Wire Music Series, in charge of social media marketing.  This season’s line-up is stellar so you won’t want to miss a single show!

Cheers,
Christine

Live Wire Music Series begins the new season with one of our favourites – the magnificent, poetically gifted singer Eliza Gilkyson, from Austin, Texas. This is Eliza’s fourth visit to Kingston in the last decade and she always puts on a dynamic, politically charged concert that demonstrates why she is one of the most respected roots musicians in North America. She has appeared on Austin City Limits and Mountain Stage, been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame and received a Grammy nomination for her superb 2006 release Paradise Hotel. Her latest CD Roses at the End of Time “continues to express her vivid vision of the world, full of both beauty and anger, inspiration and struggle, and wrapped in melodies so hauntingly beautiful that they seem to float.”

Opening the concert will be Ariana Gillis from Vineland, Ontario, one of the most powerful new voices in Canadian music today. Chosen as Young Performer of the Year at the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards, she is fulfilling the promise many people have seen since she put out her first EP when she was 17.

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Eliza Gilkyson with special guest Ariana Gillis

Friday, Sept. 21st ~ 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston

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

www.elizagilkyson.com
www.arianagillis.com
www.livewiremusicseries.ca

Eliza Gilkyson Quotes:

Few folk singers, even those from the original folk revival, have been able to combine social consciousness with musicality as well as Eliza Gilkyson. She merges strong songwriting talent with commanding vocals to create music that has immediate appeal as well as lasting intellectual impact. – Vintage Guitar

Like the master writer she is, Gilkyson cuts through the jungle of posturing leftist verbiage and conservative spin…She packs a political punch that is as entertaining and blue-collar as the work of Woody Guthrie” – Houston Press

Intimate, delicate-voiced and given to musical introspection . . . her honest voice and understated, life affirming lyrics remain the core of her songs. – People Magazine 

Gilkyson doesn’t pull any punches. She graces the music with her lush and passionate voice; a dark and lonely sound, hope and satisfaction, and edgy lyrics with piercing imagery round out the whole. – New York Times

Raw, harrowing tales of shattered lives and immoral wars. She continues to make big statements… – Penguin Eggs

Her work is too good to be ignored. She sings with plaintive power and writes with soulful strength. – Dallas Morning News

Our email address and website are
livewiremusicseries@gmail.com  & http://livewiremusicseries.ca/

Up and coming shows


Eliza Gilkyson
Guest, Ariana Gillis

Friday, Sept. 21, 2012
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre


Rose Cousins & Jonathan Byrd Co-bill

Sat., Oct. 20, 2012
7:30 pm
Octave Theatre


The Kruger Brothers
Guest, Jeremy Fisher

Fri., Nov. 30, 2012
7:30 pm
Chalmers United Church

Juno & CCMA Nominated Singer-Songwriter Kirsten Jones is Playing in Toronto

Juno & CCMA nominated, multiple award-winning, Alt-country / Roots / Americana singer-songwriter Kirsten Jones‘ music complements the likes of Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams & Emmylou Harris.

“Kirsten’s Juno-nominated recent release, The Mad Mile, should be nestled comfortably in your CD-changer beside your copy of Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball, since the transition between the two discs will sound seamless”. – Roots Music Canada

My client and friend, Kirsten Jones, has a few shows coming up in Toronto that roots music fans won’t want to miss!

Thursday, May 24th ~ Black Swan Tavern
154 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON – 9:30 PM – Tickets $10
Tin Pan North 13th Annual Songwriters Festival
Songwriter’s Circle with Dave McEathron, John Di Battista, Kirsten Jones & David Neale

Friday, May 25th ~ Dora Keough (I’m going to this one!)
141 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON – 9:30 PM – Pay what you can
Kirsten Jones & Friends with full band, playing covers as well as old favourites. Come and join Kirsten as she celebrates her birthday!

Friday, June 22nd ~ Hugh’s Room
2261 Dundas St. W.  Toronto, ON – 8:30 PM – $25 Advance/$27.50 Door

A Man Called Wrycraft presents IN CASH WE TRUST – 2nd Annual Live Concert Tribute to Johnny Cash…The Man in Black featuring
The Good BrothersDanny BrooksLynne HansonKirsten Jones, Samantha Martin, Massey Harris (featuring Scott B. & Gord Cumming), Tom Wilson / Lee Harvey OsmondPlus a Special Surprise Guest! 

 

MORE RAVE REVIEWS FOR KIRSTEN JONES:

“Smooth-as-buckwheat-honey vocals…a bona fide comparison to Emmylou Harris is not out of order…” – Eric Thom, Exclaim Magazine

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Kirsten Jones had only one producer in mind for her sophomore album, The Mad Mile: former Jayhawks front man Gary Louris. “I knew I wanted to try getting in touch with Gary before even trying to think of anyone else, so I looked up his management online and just sent them a package.” A few months later, Louris’ management e-mailed Jones, saying Gary was interested in the project. By summer, Jones and Louris were writing in her Toronto living room, where they also finished all the preproduction for the recording in three days. They hit the studio later that fall. Creating a sound that combined her alt country and folk influences with her own unique writing style came naturally, thanks to Louris’ firsthand experience with some of Jones’ favourite artists (The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks).

“She has interesting lyrics, pretty heavy duty lyrics and a hook sensibility. She has it, you know? I’m jealous – I wish I had written these songs… – Gary Louris

In what proved to be a banner year, Kirsten also received a coveted FACTOR award for over $20,000 toward the making of the new CD. The Mad Mile was released on May 11, 2010, and is distributed through Fontana North/Universal. Guests include pedal steel player Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss), Oh Susanna, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Bob Egan.

“The end result of their fruitful partnership (Louris/Jones) is ‘The Mad Mile,’ an alt country/roots record which could very well do for Jones what ‘Failer’ did for Kathleen Edwards”.  – Jason MacNeil, spinner.com

Throughout the last two years, several aspects of Jones’ career have fallen into place. She was chosen by Billboard Canada as one of five artists to watch in 2010, and The Mad Mile was nominated for a 2010 Juno Award, thanks to an early iTunes release. Jones has been a finalist two years in a row in the International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category (out of over 15,000 entries), a Top 3 finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the country category (alongside Canadian success story Gordie Sampson), was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Contest, and has received honourable mention in both the Billboard and Nashville Songwriter’s Association songwriting competitions. The Canadian Country Music Awards invited Kirsten to perform two years in a row at the prestigious Songwriter’s Cafe, alongside such celebrated songwriters as Victoria Banks, Lisa Brokop, Jamie Warren, and Jessie Farrell. Kirsten wrote or co-wrote every song on The Mad Mile, and two songs were co-written with producer Gary Louris.

“The music of Kirsten Jones combines the best elements of alt-country and contemporary folk. She’s also an engaging live performer, bringing both introspection and high humour to her shows”. – Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

“The talented singer-songwriter is now busy winning the hearts of fans and breaking genres with her unique style of alt-country that she sings with heartfelt sincerity and catchy hooks”. – Blue Rodeo

www.kirstenjones.com
www.facebook.com/kirstenjonesmusicpage
www.youtube.com/kirstenjonesmusic

Kirsten is currently writing material for her next CD.

The Rankin Gallery Presents the Shari Ulrich Trio on Sat. June 2nd!

Hello friends, neighbours and music lovers!

As you know, I often pass along information about Al Rankin’s music productions and concerts and this is one that I’m particularly excited about because his next Rankin Gallery show features a particularly talented and impressive client of mine!  So without further ado, here’s Al’s note to you:

Wow! It’s another great one with one of Canada’s finest roots musicians.  I’m excited to announce that Juno Award winner Shari Ulrich, from Bowen Island BC, will be onstage at the Rankin Gallery less than one month from now, on Saturday, June 2nd at 8 pm.  You may know Shari from the supergroup UHF with Roy Forbes and Bill Henderson.  Before that she was one-third of that wonderful and influential BC trio Pied Pumkin.

During her illustrious career Shari has won countless awards including 2 Junos.  Shari will be bringing along her trio (Shari, Julia Graff & Ted Littlemore), so onstage we’re likely to have guitars, violins, a cello, a mandolin and an accordion and of course great 3-part harmonies featuring Shari’s unmistakable and ethereal voice.

This will be another very quick sell-out so if you’d like a seat or 2 please email me quickly.  Come and spend a beautiful spring evening in the country listening to some sublime music!

Here are the details: 

SHARI ULRICH TRIO

 

www.shariulrich.com

Sat., June 2nd, 8 pm
Rankin Gallery, 3248 Round Lake Rd., Inverary, ON
Suggested donation: $20
By reservation only: alrankin@xplornet.ca


Rankin Gallery

For the last 8 years or so I’ve put on intimate concerts at the gallery space in my home near Inverary.  I have been able to host some wonderful touring musicians such as Valdy from BC, The Wailin’ Jennys from Winnipeg, Bill Bourne from Alberta, Coco Love Alcorn and Kate Reid from BC, Marc Atkinson Trio from BC, The Dust Poets from Manitoba, Eliza Gilkyson from Texas, Fruit from Australia, The Pacific Curls from New Zealand, Jez Lowe from the UK, Maeve Mackinnon from Scotland, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, Chuck Brodsky and Jonathan Byrd from North Carolina, Alan Gerber from Quebec, Amelia Curran from NFLD, James Hill from NS, Rose Cousins from PEI as well as great Ontario musicians such as Rick Fines, Lynn Miles, The Marigolds, Dala, The Undesirables, Claire Jenkins and Treasa Levasseur and The Good Lovelies and New Country Rehab.

People bring something to drink, maybe a snack, and a donation for the musicians. The audience loves the intimacy of the space and getting to talk to the artists.  The musicians love it too, as it allows them to connect in a way that is different than a large concert hall.  It is open to anyone on my mailing list and works on a first come first served reservation-only basis.  I have 60 spots and it always fills up very quickly shortly after I send out a message about a month before the concert.

See you at the music!
Al

Live Wire Music Series Ends The Season With Ottawa’s Brilliant Lynn Miles!

Live Wire Music Series is finishing the season with one of its all-time favourite musicians, Ottawa’s brilliant Lynn Miles. Lynn has won countless awards including a Best Female Vocalist Juno in 2003 and a Canadian Songwriter of the Year Award in 2010.  She will be accompanied by another great Canadian musician, Prairie Oyster’s Keith Glass.  Opening the evening will be Ottawa musician Lynne Hanson, whose newest CD “Once The Sun Goes Down” has had much critical acclaim across North America. 

Live Wire Music Series presents:

Lynn Miles with special guest Lynne Hanson

Friday, May 4th – 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston
Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Available now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452) and Tara Foods

Lynn Miles ~ www.lynnmilesmusic.com

“With her crystal-clear voice and an insightful songwriting style, Canada’s Lynn Miles is one of the most acclaimed singer/songwriters to cross the border since Joni Mitchell.” – Dallas Morning News 

“Lynn Miles’ startling insights about bad choices and desperate needs in songs like “Wrong” and “Rust” make her a captivating performer.” – USA Today

“Lynn Miles delivers it all with an every-woman expressiveness in a voice that combines Lucinda Williams and Shawn Colvin.  Her poetic, insightful portrait of the human spirit – upbeat despite its difficult honesty, is truly inviting.” – Tim Roland, The Tennessean

“Lynn Miles makes being forlorn sound like a state of grace.” – New York Times

“Canadian songbird Lynn Miles sings lusciously…smart lyrics abound as she expounds on love lost and gained, sketched with dark hues and rising tempos.” – Billboard Magazine

Lynne Hanson ~ www.lynnehanson.com

2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award winner
2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee New/Emerging Artist
2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist
2008 Mountain Stage New Song Regional Finalist

“[Once the Sun Goes Down] certainly is a remarkable piece of work … Hanson is a superlative craftswoman … her fabulous voice is clear as a bell.”  John Conquest, Third Coast Music, Austin

“Killer third by Canadian songbird…more in common with the assured touch of Gillian Welch or Lucinda Williams. “Riptide” could easily be the best song Welch has yet to write”. – UNCUT (UK)

The Wailin’ Jennys at Chalmers United Church in Kingston on Thursday, May 5th!

The Wailin’ Jennys, one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning groups on the North American roots music scene, will perform a very special one night only concert at Chalmers United Church on Thursday, May 5th. Since their sold out Live Wire show here in Kingston six years ago, The Jennys have captivated audiences around the world with their exquisite, breathtakingly beautiful voices and their dynamic live shows, winning Juno Awards and international acclaim across four continents. This will be an intimate concert in the acoustically superb Chalmers United Church and tickets will be snapped up quickly. What a deal at 20 bucks!

Here they are at The Shrewsbury Festival in the UK singing their anthemic “One Voice”, a song now covered by hundreds of singers, community choirs and vocal groups around the world:

Following are the details and some more info about this superb group:

The Wailin’ Jennys
Thursday, May 5th – 8:00 pm
Chalmers United Church, Barrie at Clergy St., Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance at Brian’s Record Option, $25 at the door (if available)

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse—three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.

Starting as a happy accident of solo singer-songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta along with New York-based Heather Masse continue to create some of the most exciting and exquisite music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically-lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.

In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys released their first full-length album 40 Days in the to great critical acclaim, and in 2005 it won them a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene in the U.S.A, performing at packed venues across Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world. Their next CD Firecracker was a powerful follow-up to their debut album and found The Jennys stepping out of the folk realm and into the world of alt-country, pop and rock. Garnering much attention, it was nominated for a Juno Award and won a 2007 Folk Alliance Award for Contemporary Release of the Year. It charted for over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts and was followed up by their 2009 release Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House, which also spent over a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts. It captured the magic of their live performances with show-stopping harmonies, impressive instrumental prowess, breathtaking songs and witty stage banter. Now, The Wailin’ Jennys join the ranks of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, recording their new studio album Bright Morning Stars with award-winning producer Mark Howard. The album combines fresh and innovative sounds with the band’s signature harmonies–a perfect mix of Americana, pop and traditional folk that is certain to be an instant classic.

Press Quotes:

“Imagine if the crazy scientists from Jurassic Park put Gillian Welch, EmmyLou Harris, and the Dixie Chicks in a blender, and then formed a musical trio from the resulting puddle of DNA. That’s where we’re going to start talking about the stunning songwriting, sweet harmonies, and sultry sound of Canada’s The Wailin’ Jennys.”
Music Online USA

“One of the most dynamic contemporary groups of the 21st Century.”
Sing Out Magazine

“Vocal trio the Wailin’ Jennys have developed into one of the most exciting and polished acts in music today.”
Dirty Linen Magazine

“Winnipeg folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys are making no mistakes as they progress with grace, harmony and assurance — and a great deal of industrial smarts behind the scenes — to inevitable musical stardom.The Wailin’ Jennys are the darlings of the North American roots music arena.”
Toronto Star

“The three-part harmonies of Winnipeg’s Wailin’ Jennys should be considered some kind of national treasure. …”
Hamilton Spectator

See you at the music!
Al

Live Wire Music Series Presents Rick Fines & Girls With Glasses on Fri. Feb. 11th!

The Live Wire Music Series is kicking off the 2011 season on Friday, February 11th with a double-bill featuring two of Canada’s finest music acts, Peterborough’s Rick Fines and Toronto’s Girls With Glasses.

RICK FINES

He’s an all-time Live Wire favourite who has won countless awards for his spectacular guitar playing, his wonderful songwriting and his expressive, bluesy vocals. Rick Fines is a musical powerhouse – whether he’s fingerpicking a Mississippi John Hurt number or doing a bottleneck slide guitar rendition of one of his own tunes, you can be sure that Rick will be both authentic and entertaining. And that’s just the first half of the evening!

GIRLS WITH GLASSES

EVE GOLDBERG, EVALYN PARRY, & KARYN ELLIS

It’s true, they proudly wear glasses, and they are girls, but Girls
With Glasses
is much more than a gimmick. Begun in 2004 as a “one-time-only” concert collective, Girls With Glasses has evolved
into an ensemble that combines rootsy folk and blues, edgy pop, and
spoken word with luscious harmonies and original arrangements. Bringing together the prodigious talents of three of Ontario’s finest songwriters – Evalyn Parry, Eve Goldberg, and Karyn Elllis, Girls with Glasses performances are hilarious, poignant, provocative, and fun. They have performed across Ontario for five years straight, selling out many venues and steadily growing a fan base eager for more.

Rick Fines and Girls with Glasses
Friday, Feb. 11 – 7:30 pm
Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston, ON
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (if available)

On sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613) 542-2452, Tara Foods and Renaissance Music.

www.livewiremusicseries.ca