Last February I was a part of a winter festival in Halifax (In the Dead of Winter) and I had the pleasure of hearing this woman’s voice, or should I say, FEELING this woman’s voice, warm honey meets soft leather, I don’t know, it’s really smashing though. You should check this American Songstress out, she is truly something.
After years of being on the Canadian music scene, I was finally able to catch K’Naan and his awesome band, at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest this Summer on The Black Sheep Stage. His performance was one for the books, his message powerful and his craft well tended to, he was just so darn good! Later in his set he invited all the kids to dance on stage with him and the chaos behind the scenes ensued shortly when it was time to get off. It is however, OTTAWA and it all came together in the end.
This band is by far my favourite band right now. I saw them play twice this year. Lucky me! They came to The Black Sheep Inn, in Wakefield Quebec and they blew the house down. What a great venue to see such a tight, inventive, precise, crazy wonderful band. I am a strong Lover of harmonies, and they are seriously KICK-BUTT in this department. If you see them coming to a venue near you, RUN like the wind. I promise you will NOT be disappointed.
Craig was a part of a musical showcase that I organized at a music conference called Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. His slot was at 3:30am, yes in the morning! It’s a long weekend of music and conferences and showcases, and by that hour, we are all tired and looking for something new in order to keep us awake! Well, Craig played his heart out, like I have never seen or heard him before. There’s no doubt about it, he’s got the soul and he shares it.
This guy has a voice, and stage presence and the SONGs he writes, no wonder he is Scotland’s gem right now. I had the pleasure of standing on the side of the stage for his show, as it was the same stage I performed on during The Ottawa Bluesfest and what a THRILL!! Run out and get his music, somewhere! He is worth every note.
There are almost no words to describe the best show of the year. Yes, this list is supposed to be in no particular order, but she, her band was unREAL at Monreal’s Metropolis and yes, the best show of the year. I have to thank my brother for introducing me to this band… their live show is outstanding and is not comparable to anything I have ever seen. Google-ing them will not do justice. Since they are from Sweden, chances are, well you might not get the chance to see a live show for quite some time. The stage was covered in old lamps that turned on and off in rhythm with the beats, and their laser show was surreal, floating colours all through the venue. The bass was so load your whole body moved even when you tried to stand still. What a brilliant time spent.
Magoo & C.R Avery
I went to Blueskies Music festival this year, and this show was the grande finale to a beautiful camping weekend. Magoo is the M.C of the festival and has been for many years. C.R Avery is a poetically musical beat boxer who blows most beat boxers out of the water… but when C.R challenged Magoo to a musical duel, he rose to the occasion blowing every single listeners mind. No one had ever seen such an outstanding performance by Magoo, in all the years, I guess he kept his beat boxing secret… but BOY was he phenomenal, I almost fell off my feet, it was the BEST moment of the weekend by far.
Delhi 2 Dublin
Delhi 2 Dublin was the grande opener to Blueskies Music festival. They brought the entire ‘house’ down with every single attendee dancing up a storm to an amazing band from Vancouver. I have never seen such dancing at Blueskies and this is a festival KNOWN for its dancing and dancers. They even had non-dancers jiving and Loving every minute of it (including me!) Check them out, their mix of Indian singing and Celtic music is quite the combo.
This was probably the biggest professional show complete with lights, dancers, and a whole separate sound board, almost bigger than the length of the bar at The Black Sheep Inn, and what a BABE! Divine Brown, what an awesome performer, costume changes, dancing, dancers and craziness! All at a little juke box jive joint on the Gatineau River. What a show!!
I had the pleasure of opening up for Steve Earle at this year’s Ottawa Bluesfest. I got to stand on stage watching him sing solo with guitar, only feet away. It was such an honour to listen to songs like his one’s I have grown up with and made life memories to. What a treat. His voice is still as sweet as ever and his heartstrings still get played and he plays yours too. Singing aloud to Copperhead Road… what a blast.