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Fionn excited to play first tour with Royal Wood

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White Rock based  twins Alanna and Brianne Finn-Morris aka Fionn are excited to  begin their first tour, which brings them to the Geomatic Attic, May 22 and 23Fionn open for Royal Wood at the Geomatic Attic next week. Photo submitted.
They couldn’t ask for a best first tour partner than Royal Wood.

“It’s a nice tour. He heard us on CBC and  asked us to tour with him,” said Fionn mandolinist/vocalist Alanna  Finn-Morris. Though they are new to touring, they are not new to playing.

“We started busking (on Granville Island) when we were 12 and we’ve played all over Vancouver,“ she said.

 They have released three singles including “Skeleton” and “Magazine Face,” to build up buzz for their debut album to be released on 604 Records later this year.
 The daughters of Irish immigrants grew up in a very musical family.

“Dad moved here from Ireland and was in an Irish show band called Killarney, but he had stopped playing with them before we were born and our mom is a classically trained pianist who owns a music school,” she said adding they didn’t push them into pursuing music, though traditional Irish music  around their home soaked into their psyches.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2018 14:30 ) Read more...

Get ready for a busy spring

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As we move deeper into Spring, it is  becoming busier and busier for live music.Gabriel Thaine plays the Slice, May 18. Photo by Richard Amery

 If you are staying in Lethbridge for the long weekend, there are a few excellent shows happening.

 Megan Rourke, Gabriel Thaine and James Swinney play the Slice, tonight, May 18 at 9 p.m.

 Things get loud at the Smokehouse with Vancouver theatrical metal band 2 Shadows and fellow Vancouverites This Gun For Hire, May 18. They will be joined by Revanchist, who open the show at 8 p.m. and local metal band Bring Your Own Bodies. Admission is $10 at the door.
Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2018 14:20 ) Read more...

Astral Swans return with new music

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Calgary musician Matthew Swann is psyched to present a new Astral Swans tour at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, May 19.Astral Swans return to Lethbridge this week. Photo submitted
 On May 18, He releases “Strange Prison,” the long awaited follow up to his debut 2015 album “All my Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson.”
 He has released two singles “Controls” and “What Are You Going to Do With Yourself.”

Swan worked with a couple of different producers for the new CD including long time collaborator Dan Mangan, who released the first album on his own record label Madic Records, Paul Chirka, Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra sound engineer and the Preoccupations’ Scott Munro.

 The album also included contributions from fellow Calgary musician Rena Kozak aka Child Actress and several other guests including electronica artist Tigerwing.
“ There‘s a lot more production  on this record, Swann said, adding he recorded the last record in his living room with his friend Brad Hawkins of Ghostkeeper.
 He noted Chirka helped  provide the more orchestral sound of the album.
“He has a lot of expertise in recording,” Swann said, noting he recorded the album last summer at the different studios.
“ And it was great to work with Dan. He put out the last album,” he said.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2018 14:08 ) Read more...

Wildwood blend traditional and alternative country

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Edmonton based singer songwriter Tanyss Nixi is excited to make a long awaited return to Lethbridge to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday May 18 with her new musical project Wildwood.
Nixi has played a variety of music from pop, folk and even punk music, but found connected with traditional country music and outlaw country music.
 She joined forces with Dave Johnston of Edmonton roots rockers the Fuzz Kings and rockabilly band the Confusionaires.Tanyss nixi and Wildwood play the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 18. Photo Submitted
 Wildwood combines elements of all of their influences on their new CD “Laverne.”

After a pleasant chat about what happened to the Slice, Nixi noted she  is looking forward  to bringing  Wildwood to Lethbridge, which can get pretty wild.

“I remember at our CD release party David was playing on a guitar and was soloing standing on  an amp and fell into the drums. But he kept playing, because, you know, the show must go on,” Nixi  reminisced.

“But I’m not promising anything like that or any shenanigans,” she chuckled, adding he was all right.

a. She noted while Johnston is drawn to  Bruce Springsteen and more alternative country artists like Jason Isbel and the Drive by Truckers, the songs he sings on the CD including “Onward through Life,” “Half As Rich As youA re Lonely,” and “Little Girl,” give the band a more Blue Rodeo  feel.

“I don’t think he’d be disappointed by a comparison like that,” she said , adding she is  drawn to older, traditional country music, and indeed sings  a version of “It’s Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels” on the Cd.
“I’m usually known for playing more folk , solo singer-songwriter material which is  very soulful but it’s pretty dirge-like. I love it, but it isn’t exactly foot tapping music,” she said, adding Wildwood allows her to explore her more traditional country orientated side, not to mention her more ‘foot tapping’ side.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 May 2018 13:57 ) Read more...

Jared and the Mill play indie roots rock from Arizona

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 The Slice was surprisingly packed on a Wednesday night for a fun show featuring Phoenix, Arizona indie rock/ alternative country band Jared and the Mill and Edmonton rock band Altameda.Jared and the Mill played their first Lethbridge show, May 2. Photo by Richard Amery
 I missed Ghostwoman’s opening set.

Jared and the Mill played a short, but sweet set of upbeat country rock music along the lines of Wilco and Son Volt.

But, after fighting with a feedbacking banjo, broke up the set to play a couple of songs acoustically in the midst of the chattering audience. But that allowed them to show off some excellent vocal harmonies, which was unfortunately lost in the talk.

Altameda played the Slice, May 2. Photo by Richard AmeryThey returned to the stage to end their set an a peppy note.

Altameda closed the show with a more country-rock tinged set which reminded me of Jason Isbell. They played a loud set of catchy country tinged rock music powered by piano and lots of guitar.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:17 )
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