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Andrews & Lawrence old time gospel way

Brand New CD Release for 2005 from the Gospel Duo 'Andrews & Lawrence'

These boys are kicking up a storm up here on Vancouver Island, Canada. Playing in churches  up and down the island. It won't be long before these boys hit the big-time.

This is their 2nd recording (the 1st cd called 'old time gospel' sold out & went into reprint)

You get what you'd hear at one of their shows. In the great old gospel & bluegrass tradition, here are 2 brothers (as they often were, but not in this case) singing & playing their guitars in front of a single microphone.

A joy & blessing to the ears.

Not available in stores or anywhere else....yet!!!

Bill Johnson Blues Band, The LIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Johnson is on the move with his 2nd cd release " The Bill Johnson Blues Band 'LIVE' ".

His first cd "Why I Sing the Blues", is a collaboration between Bill and top US and Canadian poets.
Debuting to sold out shows in Vancouver and Victoria, Bill is beginning to be seen by a wider audience.

When the first version of his band debuted, Victoria's Times-Colonist dubbed him "Victoria's Guitar Flame Thrower" after his performance at the International Jazz Festival. The title has stuck even though Johnson's style has matured. While his contemporaries have pursued FM rock's version of the blues, Bill's style is more that of yesteryear, citing his influences as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Eric Clapton, and BB King.

Previously Bill Johnson has been heard with Vancouver Island's Auntie Kate on her debut CD, and then again on a collaborative blues CD featuring Bill. In 1998 Bill teamed up with Grammy Award Winning Texas Bluesman Don Johnson for the CD "Donald Ray". Songs from that CD are currently play-listed on cable's Galaxy Networks blues channels, and on CBC radio, as well as some US stations.

Bill is very proud of his band. Featuring the multi-talented Gary Preston on harp, piano, and voice, Rick Erickson on acoustic/electric bass, and Paul Nixon on drums. The versatility of this band is amazing and sure to please blues fans everywhere.

Dan Lameire
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Daniel Lapp
Reunion

Diversity Records
DIV10652

Born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia, Daniel Lapp learned the joy of fiddle music from his grandfather, five uncles and numerous accordion playing aunts. Family events were excuses to play music and he carries this tradition into a new era and contemporary culture.

His new album, "REUNION", was recorded in Edinburgh and Newcastle. It is a celebration of "how fantastic being a musician is," says Daniel... "traveling the world and discovering soul mates from other countries." REUNION is the first fiddle album recorded by Daniel featuring 10 original tunes as well as offering some unusual arrangements of a few old standards. There are a total of 11 extraordinary UK musicians collaborating on this record including: Kathryn Tickell on north Umbrian pipes, Tony McManus on guitar, Simon Thoumire on concertina, and David Milligan on the piano. At times, your toe will be tapping, but all of the music is not what one might expect from a "fiddle" album. The genre is explored a step further with Daniel's unique "folk trumpet" and other musical influences, including jazz, which find their way into the recording.

Between the late 80's and early 90's, Daniel made numerous visits to the UK, touring and doing session work. After forming bonds with a diverse group of musicians over the years, he discovered that "deep images and sounds" of his UK friends still remained long after. In 2001, after a much anticipated reunion with Kathryn Tickell in Vancouver and other surprise musical re-acquaintances in Cape Breton, Daniel was inspired to return to the UK and record an album. In fact, "Sweet Reunion" (the first track on REUNION) summarizes the entire experience, as Daniel explains, 'it's an amazing thing that you can play music with someone once and then many years later just continue on where you left off. The "sweet" bit comes from the intimate, nonverbal and soulful exchange that occurs when people play music together, a unique human interplay without bias or prejudice."

Throughout his diverse musical career, Daniel has learned to play numerous instruments in many musical genres. He studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto and received a BMus degree from the University of Victoria specializing in trumpet, composition and world music. His jazz influences led him to form the dynamic quartet, Lappelectro, in 2001. Lappelectro fuses experimental elements of various influences including jazz, folk, and electronica. Their sound mixes loop based DJ culture and live improvisation with a unifying goal to bridge the gap between the two.

This Victoria, BC resident is the winner of the British Columbia Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies. Subsequently, Daniel was invited to Fiddlesticks, an international meeting of fiddlers in Cork, Ireland to perform selections from his collection of over 1000 indigenous British Columbia fiddle tunes. He also represented Canada in Hanover, Germany at Expo 2000 with Bowfire, an ensemble of eleven critically acclaimed violinists and fiddlers, who were subsequently invited to perform on the Governor-General's Awards telecast. Last October, Daniel performed at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton Island, followed by a one-month tour of the UK performing with the Edinburgh Fiddle Festival.

Over the past 10 years, Daniel has taught various fiddle styles to dozens of students at workshops across Western Canada and the United States. He has also been a guest instructor at the Universities of Victoria and Newcastle, England. In 1994, Daniel formed the BC Fiddle Orchestra with 10 of his brightest students. This exceptional group was invited to perform in front of an audience of 60,000 people at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. This evolved into the Daniel Lapp Fiddleharmonic. Both ensembles have recorded albums and played extensively throughout B.C. In addition, Daniel is the founder and president of The Victoria Fiddle Society.

Dedicated to this music and the fiddle, Daniel is currently compiling a book entitled "101 BC Fiddle Tunes by 101 BC Fiddlers." He will also be recording a CD to be released in the spring of 2003 entitled "Put 'er in the Woodbox" that will feature 35 compositions by old B.C. fiddlers. Further, Daniel will be touring in much of 2002 and 2003 in support of REUNION.

"I am sure that someday, intimate memories and a mutual fondness will demand another REUNION, perhaps in Ireland or the Appalachians" says Daniel. "When that time comes, we'll grab an instrument, sit down, have a laugh and pick up right where we left off."

Dave Kilbank
MESSENGER

"Dave belted out his first note on June 15, 1954 in Fort William, Ontario. He was raised by a completely unmusical family who moved around a lot, and then got into the radio business which continued his transient lifestyle - that is, until he arrived on The Wet Coast. 

In Nanaimo, he discovered a very creative community, so he settled in, dabbled in theatre, and did some writing. Eventually, he got tired of producing radio advertising, so now he's left that behind to concentrate on his music, and has never been happier.

Dave McCaig
Forever Fourteen

I have been inspired to record "Forever Fourteen" because:

Music is my passion
I want to honor the lives of my parents and my daughter by living my life and following my dreams
My wife has shown me that this is possible
After beating cancer twice I've been given a third chance at life
Despite my daughter's love for life and regardless of her dreams she was not given even a second chance having passed away from a brain tumor at age 14. I need to live in honor of her. She is my inspiration. She will be 'forever fourteen'.
Through pain and suffering, and having lost the will to live, I have come to realize that there is a God.
God is Love
Love heals
The love I gave to my daughter I need to give away to others
Love heals
When you see the light of God in the eyes of those who are in need you are inspired to help - my daughter's life and her loss has taught me this
I am a far greater person for having known her and I have absolutely been blessed to have been her dad
I want to reach people through my music and help those in need
I want to do this because I love my daughter
Love heals
This is my dream

Dennis Lakusta Suusa's Room

Dennis' fourth C.D., entitled " Suusa's Room ", was released in the fall of 2000.

"Suusa's Room", recorded at the CKUA Edmonton Studios, is Dennis Lakusta's third CD. Contributing to the project was a fine line up of Canadian Musicians. Included on the CD are Lester Quitzau, Ron Bankley, Bonnie Gregory, Saskia Munroe, Terry Nasdadia and Mike Sadava. The album was engineered, mixed and mastered by CKUA's own Dan Cherwoniak.

Suusa's Room covers a wide berth of subject matter including road songs '18 Wheels, Little Bit Like A Train", humorous songs "Value Village Song" and "Blackie", songs with depth an intensity "Flying Things" and aboriginal issues "Against All Odds - Sixteen". "Suusa's Room", the title track, was written for a friend of Dennis', who lives on the west coast.

Geoffrey Kelly Gringo Star

All tunes composed, played and recorded by Geoffrey Kelly at Basecamp Studio. Mixed by Colin Nairne with help/hindrance from Mr. Kelly at Basecamp Studio. Mastered & assembled by Colin Nairne at Red Room Studio.

Reviews

  • DIRTY LINEN USA
    Issue #99 April/May 2002 By Tom Nelligan

    "Gringo Star is the debut solo disc from Scottish-born Vancouver raised flute & whistle player Geoffrey Kelly, who's best known for his work as the wind section of the bands Spirit of the West and the Paperboys. The material is all original instrumentals that confirm Kellys considerable compositional skills in creating something of a heady Canadian microbrew from fine imported Irish and Scottish ingredients. In addition to proficiently blowing into various wooden and metal tubes, he accompanies himself with mixes of guitars, keyboards, bass, and light percussion Some arrangements sound very traditional, like the moody air "The Lonely Biker"; others add jazzy backbeats like the cheerful reel "Sunflower Girl" and it's all great exhilarating music.
  • ROCK N REEL MAGAZINE UK
    March/ April 2002 By Martin Gilham

    ".........all instrumental, all highly celtic, and all highly infectious with Geoffrey playing all the instruments - the spirit lives...."

Harmonic Hatchery Band Leave It All To The Music

Jazz, funk, and more in an album that is ostensibly "for kids", but who's to say what "kids" are, anyway......?

Music and Lyrics by jazz pianist Ron Hadley (ASCAP)

Personnel:

Ron Hadley: piano, all instruments (in real time via midi keyboard), sound samples & voice; Sue Klassen: voice; Gail Heavilin: voice; Jim Cameron: tenor & baritone saxophones; Jack Carder: trumpet & flugabone; Bob Neale: bass; Ray Brunelle: drums

Copyright 2001 by Ron Hadley

All Rights Reserved

Harry Aoki
Wind Song / Haida Dawn

 

 

 

 

 

 

This unique CD "Wind Song / Haida Dawn" produced by Harry Hiro-o Aoki a still-active 78 year old Nisei (Second Generation) who was among the 20,000 Japanese Canadians evacuated from their homes in the 1940s in a disguised agenda of ethnic cleansing. 20 musicians and several composers from all over the world contributed their talents for this project which was completed in 1998.

"Wind Song" is comprised of 13 tracks divided into three sections:

Preludes: The Sounds of Powell Street
Wind Song: A Musical
The Ethnic Cleansing of Japanese Canadians
The sections reflects the oppressive lives of the Japanese Canadians who were evacuated from their homes in 1942.

PRELUDES: THE SOUNDS OF POWELL STREET

From the late 1800s to 1942, Powell Street in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside was the neighbourhood settled by most of the Japanese Canadians of that time.The koto and piano were instruments of choice for the young women of Powell Street.

The three tracks of this section features traditional compositions arranged by Aoki.

WIND SONG: A Musical

On February 24th 1942, the McKenzie King government issued order-in-Council PC 1486 forcing 20,000 Japanese Canadians living in the Vancouver area into exile. They were uprooted and 'dumped' on the sugar-beet farms of southern Alberta.

Track 4 was composed by Hiro-o Aoki. Tracks 5,6,7,8,9 & 10 were composed and arranged by Aoki, Cheryl Kuniko Cooney with Libretto by Carol Briosi-Maier. Aoki was a labourer in the sugar-beet farms of southern Alberta. The libretto was inspired by Carol Briosi-Maier's personal observations and experiences on her family farm in Alberta.

ETHNIC CLEANSING OF JAPANESE CANADIANS

Even after the war ended, the Japanese Canadians were clearly not wanted in British Columbia. The federal government sold all of their property to non-Japanese permitting unconscionable profits to be made. After depriving the Japnese Canadians of all their assets, the government then gave the Japanese Canadians two options. They could be deported to Japan or resettled East of the Rocky Mountains. Many evacuees moved to Ontario to avoid being "deported" to Japan. Initially they experienced hostility in finding accommodations and employment. Unexpected practical assistance came from members of the Jewish communites and the advice was given "go to the Jewish people...they will help you". This took place about the time that a shipload of Jewish survivors from Europe were repulsed from landing in Montreal, Canada. When Aoki spoke of this to New York clarinetist Johanna Hauser she impressed him with her simple answer, "of course, it is a mitzva, our LAW"

The three tracks of this section features traditional compositions arranged by Aoki.

PRELUDES: THE SOUNDS OF POWELL STREET

From the late 1800s to 1942, Powell Street in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside was the neighbourhood settled by most of the Japanese Canadians of that time.The koto and piano were instruments of choice for the young women of Powell Street.

The three tracks of this section features traditional compositions arranged by Aoki.

1. HA-YA-SHO (Hana Gasa) 1.40

In celebration for a bountiful harvest, the specific leaning of which is obscure within Shintoism, might have been in any of the ancient Altaic languages stretching from Finland, Turkey, Japan and from the Inuit peoples to their counterparts in Lapland. It expresses most satisfyingly some obscure but intuitive feeling and also serves to identify the enigmatic position of the Nisei who live within the hyphen of "Japanese-Canadianism" and the hybridity of society.

2. KOJO NO TSUKI 2.49

Virtuoso violinist Stephanie Griffin, recipient of the Lillian Fuchs award as a doctoral candidate at Julliard, while enroute from Tokyo to London was waylaid by the irrepressible Aoki to play this famous Japnese compositions by Taki Rentaro.

3. ROKU DAN NO SHIRABE 6.16
this sound file is an excerpt

Literally "Six Steps (of) Study" is one of the oldest known compositions in Japan. Teresa Kobayashi-Tabo performs on the silk strung KOTO.



WIND SONG: A Musical

On February 24th 1942, the McKenzie King government issued order-in-Council PC 1486 forcing 20,000 Japanese Canadians living in the Vancouver area into exile. They were uprooted and 'dumped' on the sugar-beet farms of southern Alberta.

Track 4 was composed by Hiro-o Aoki. Tracks 5,6,7,8,9 & 10 were composed and arranged by Aoki, Cheryl Kuniko Cooney with Libretto by Carol Briosi-Maier. Aoki was a labourer in the sugar-beet farms of southern Alberta. The libretto was inspired by Carol Briosi-Maier's personal observations and experiences on her family farm in Alberta.

4. TSUI HO (The Outcast) 1.10

The peaceful ambience of life on Powell Street was shattered by the Expulsion Order of February 24, 1942 issued by the federal government and carried out provincially. As a victim who was ordered to "leave with what could be carried" Hiro-o Aoki expresses his bitterness in this composition which came to him while labouring on a sugar-beet field.

5. CHERRY TREES 1.33

In the opening scene at a railway station, the confused evacuees sing "...nothing left...all is gone..."

6. CHILD LABOUR 3.16
this sound file is an excerpt

Undernourished, poorly clothed children as young as five and six had to work up to 12 hours daily for the sake of family survival. The children experienced fatigue, workplace hazards such as fingers amputated by topping knives and accidental drownings in irrigation canals.

7. YOKO THEME 2.22

Two cousins hopefully await their family's reunion "Soon all this sadness will end, we'll be together again..."

8. BEAUTY 1.51

The relationship between the teenage daughters of the landowner and tenant changes from hostility to friendship when they discover their shared artistic interest.

9. WINDSONG 4.17

A young teenager, sung here by Rhonda Newton feels a glimmer of hope during the Chinook winds of Alberta that foretell of the spring to come.

10. SOLILOQUY 4.05

A Zen priest reflects on the human condition. Dale Throness is the soloist. Psychologists have remarked on the mental resilience and endurance of the Japanese evacuees.



ETHNIC CLEANSING OF JAPANESE CANADIANS

Even after the war ended, the Japanese Canadians were clearly not wanted in British Columbia. The federal government sold all of their property to non-Japanese permitting unconscionable profits to be made. After depriving the Japnese Canadians of all their assets, the government then gave the Japanese Canadians two options. They could be deported to Japan or resettled East of the Rocky Mountains. Many evacuees moved to Ontario to avoid being "deported" to Japan. Initially they experienced hostility in finding accommodations and employment. Unexpected practical assistance came from members of the Jewish communites and the advice was given "go to the Jewish people...they will help you". This took place about the time that a shipload of Jewish survivors from Europe were repulsed from landing in Montreal, Canada. When Aoki spoke of this to New York clarinetist Johanna Hauser she impressed him with her simple answer, "of course, it is a mitzva, our LAW"

The three tracks of this section features traditional compositions arranged by Aoki.

11. SIM SHALOM (Bring Peace) 2.56

Despite government policy, many individuals offered help and encouragement to the evacuees. Sim Shalom has been included to acknowledge the kindness of those of like minds.

12. WEDDING DANCE 1.47

Aoki learned about Klezmer music from a Jewish musician born in India. It is now obvious that Aoki's experience touring for Overture Concerts and Columbia ARtists had expanded his musical and cultural experiences to a degree unimagined at the time of his evacuation. Wedding Dance is an example of artistic melding. Aoki challenges us to separate the Arabic, Jewish and Ukrainian contents of this piece and still retain the whole. The earthy unlady-like Klexmer played by Johanna Hauser (winner of the Andrea Goodman Award in New York) goes against all rules of orthodox classical clarinet playing!

13. HAKONE HACHIRI/AR TI CUEN 2.33

During the course of performances with Mary Murphy, harpist-singer from County Sligo, Ireland, Hiro-o Aoki was "noodling" on a Japanese "doina" (soul music). Behind him Ms. Murphy spontaneously joined in with an Irish lament. A performance of this so intrigued Prince and Princess Takamoto of Japan that they sought out the two artist to express their delight at the "unusual example of intercultural connections between peoples of the world."

"HAIDA DAWN"

Comprising the last 4 tracks of the CD, "HAIDA DAWN" is an account of how some Hebrew words and ceremonial rites came to be incorporated into the First Nations languages and religious practices west of the Rocky Mountains. It is also an interwoven web of historical fact and fiction. The distinctions may blur, but the physical presence of Jewish Traders in Kaifeng as well as Hebrew words in the native tongues, as discovered by linguist-priest Father Lejeune, are established fact. The rest is speculation and I leave it to you, dear listener, whether or not this story will in time, become a "truth"?????