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A New Ground explore new ground in Lethbridge

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A dismal audience was on hand at Average Joes, Thursday, July 11 for Kitchener based multi-instrumentalist duo a New Ground.A New Ground  Claryssa Webb and  Ryan Dugal at Average Joes, July 11. Photo By Richard Amery
 Granted they were competing with Shakespeare in the Park’s production of Macbeth, and  the always popular Thursday open mic at the Slice , but most particularly the first night of Street Wheelers at Exhibition Park.

 But they deserved a bigger audience, especially considering how good they are.
 The duo, consisting of fiddle player/singer/ drummer/ mandolinist and guitarist Claryssa Webb and singer/guitarist/drummer Ryan  Dugal.
They began their second set with Webb playing fiddle and Dugal  accompanying her  on “the D Set, because it is in the  key of D,” which included a handful of Celtic and French Canadian fiddle powered instrumentals.

They followed that up by Dugal giving his guitar to Webb for a Fleetwood Mac cover that showed Webb was a talented as a vocalist as she was a fiddle player and everything else.

 Dugal added harmonies and drums for that song.
 He picked up guitar again for one of several more pop tinged originals, this one called “The Maze.”

 They took advantage of the pretty much empty room to try out a few new originals form their upcoming new CD.
 These were also more in the pop vein, with Dugal singing in his impassioned tenor voice, which was reminiscent of the likes of  Dan Mangan and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. He even hit some impressive falsetto notes.

 But even more impressive was Webb playing fiddle and then a weird looking mandolin while simultaneously playing drums and singing harmonies.
They wound down the show with a  couple of spirited covers  of Yo Yo Ma and then some Bjork, which showcased Webb’s impressive fiddle and her voice on the Bjork cover.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 11:52 )

Sean Burns warms up for Casino shows at Windy City Opry

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A lot of shows end early, but especially the  Windy City Opry at the Slice, which begins at 8 sharp. and ends around 10:30 unless the bands do an encore.Sean Burns playing the Windy City Opry at the Slice, July 10. Photo by Richard Amery

 I missed Carolyn Mark and only caught the last couple songs from Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns.

 Burns was just finishing up his cover of Hot Rod Lincoln and ended his set, without an encore with an upbeat honkey tonk number.

He was also at Casino Lethbridge for the weekend.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 11:23 )

Latin Rev celebrate Latin fest and more

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I missed Latin Fest in Galt Gardens, Saturday, July 6, but caught a taste of the Caribbean with Latin Rev, who played the Slice after playing Galt Gardens.

Ashley Thomson performing with Latin Rev, July 6 at the Slice. Photo by Richard Amery
 I only caught the end of their set. But it was a lot of fun despite being short a couple of horns and Bente Hansen’s keyboards, not to mention  Erica Hunt’s powerhouse vocals.

 But Marmol Hernandez Eleazar and Victoria Officinalis capably handled lead vocals, with Ashley Thomson adding harmonies, though I didn’t hear her sing leads.

 But they set a Latin atmosphere and the band had a lot of Latin flair, leading to an enjoyable night for the audience,  happily showing their best Salsa dancing moves. I expected a lot more people for the show.

They played an interesting selection of Latin music as well as some  R and B and soul.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 11:11 )

Silkstones play psychedelic acoustic set

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The trimmed down, acoustic Silkstones were channelling their inner Pink Floyd spirit at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Saturday, July 6.

A trimmed down Silkstones playing acoustically at the Owl, JUly 6. Photo by Richard Amery
 Hidden in the shadows, the trio strummed guitars and  harmonized in spite of a chattering crowd.

They played a really laid back set of music really reminiscent of Pink Floyd’s mellower moments.

 Webb was up next with an electrifying set of indie rock.

— by Richard Amery, L.A, Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 11:00 )

Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra play exotic early show

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Victoria based exotic roots collective Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra always put on a good show. But their Friday, July 5 show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge was surprisingly done before midnight.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 5. photo by Richard Amery
 Nonetheless, they played a hot set of fiddle powered set of toe tapping folk, jazz and even klezmer tinged music for a good sized crowd, especially considering much of their audience was likely in Twin Butte For Soulfest.

They featured a whole lot of fiddle, accordion, guitar and bass solos and tight vocal harmonies.

 They had most of the people on their feet and clapping gleefully along with the more uptempo numbers like “Annalee”.

 They slowed things down slightly to lay down a sultry , jazzy groove in places and showed off some delightful multi-part vocal harmonies.
 They segued into a more traditionally Celtic number which showed off their  vocal harmonies.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 July 2019 10:49 )
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