Category Archives: Music

The Gothard Sisters Put New Fire into Old Embers

Starting in the 1970s, Celtic traditional music began a resurgence that fully hit its stride on the world stage in the 1980s and ’90s. Though it has since faded somewhat from prominence, some bands—The Chieftains, Planxty, Clannad, Altan and many … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of Rock ’n Roll Part 4: Canuck Rock

“There is no such thing as a model or ideal Canadian. What could be more absurd than the concept of an ‘all Canadian’ boy or girl? A society which emphasizes uniformity is one which creates intolerance and hate.” —Pierre Trudeau, … Continue reading

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Catching Up on the Canuck Blues

If you think the hippest, hottest bands are coming out of Los Angeles, you are mistaken! More power to Jack de Keyzer, come show the Americans what we’ve been missing! —Kathy Pellizzi, Los Angeles Film & Music It’s not every … Continue reading

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Queens of the Gutbucket Blues

In case you were wondering what had happened to the long lost ghost of Janis Joplin, she’s alive and well. Well, metaphorically—or is that metaphysically? —speaking. Her whole-bodied, gut-wrenching, full-throated passion has become something of a rarity in singers these … Continue reading

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Bill Lynch releases CD featuring top Kootenay musicians

Some labours of love take a lifetime of experience to create, and are all the better for it. Bill Lynch, the Nelson-based musician best known for his work with blues band Lazy Poker, has just released his first album, Would … Continue reading

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The Blues Rocks On–Discovering Alastair Greene

“Well, it’s a mighty long way down rock ’n roll / from the Liverpool docks to the Hollywood Bowl / ’n you climb up the mountains ’n you fall down the holes / all the way from Memphis…” —All the … Continue reading

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New Jason Ricci album reinvents blues originality

It’s not often I write a track-by-track review so when I do you know that an album has fully captured my attention. (See my review of the Thornetta Davis album Honest Woman: https://chameleonfire1.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/thornetta-davis-a-new-blues-classic/) Approved by Snakes by Jason Ricci and … Continue reading

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