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Joel Plaskett looks to the PAST on new CD

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Halifax based award winning songwriter Joel Plaskett is starting to make a name for himself as a producer as well.
He won producer of the year at the this year’s East Coast Music Awards for his work with a variety of musicians including Juno award winner James Hale, Old Man Luedecke, the Great Big Sea’s Sean McCann and  Plaskett’s tour mate Mo Kenney.Joel Plaskett returns to Lethbridge, May 10 to play University Theatre for the Geomatic Attic. photo by Richard Amery

 He plays the University Theatre, May 10 as part of the Geomatic Attic’s university concert series.
 Somewhere along the way he found time to record his latest album Park Avenue Sobriety Test or PAST.

“I’m not sure which project I won for,” he said taking a break from producing before hitting the road in support of the new CD with band mates, bassist Dave Marsh, bassist Chris Pennell and keyboardist John Boudreau and Mo Kenney, who will be opening  all of the shows on the tour.

“I’ve learned a lot from working with all of these people, little tricks I can use in my own music,” he said adding he is pleased so many of the people he has worked with have returned to get second albums done with him and there's always other people, like his friend Shotgun Jimmie, who he’d like to work with.

“It’s been really busy, but I’m going to put a pause on that to support my new album,” he said.

“It’s given me the confidence to record most of this album live off the floor. We’d put six or seven people on the floor and just see what happens. So we recorded two thirds of the album live off the floor and I even kept most of my vocal takes ,” he enthused. He is pleased with the new record, which he released on March 17.
“ I’m really pleased with it. We got a lot of friends and a lot of great players on it,” he said.


Mayhemingways puts their own twist on folk music

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Some of Canada’s best roots music comes from Peterborough.

 Mayhemingways aka multi-instrumentalist Benj Rowland and drummer Josh Fewing will be stopping by the Owl Acoustic Lounge, May 11.Mayhemingways play Lethbridge, May 11. Photo Submitted

“ We play folk influenced music. We mess around with old folk songs and write our own songs,” said  Benj Rowland, who plays bass pedals, banjo , guitar and   sings lead vocals.

Mayhemingways, who have been together for three years, are stopping by Lethbridge  during their annual western Canadian tour.

 “We tour Western Canada  once a year and  then do another tour later in July when we go all the way out the St. John’s, Newfoundland. We do both those each year,” he said adding he and Fewing have been playing  together for eight years and have gone up north to the Yukon.

 They usually tour as a duo, though add a bassist for shows closer to home.


Homecomings and debuts highlight this week

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 There are many highlights, first visits and homecomings this week.The Utilities play with the Ashley Hundred this week. Photo by Richard Amery
The week begins with a one day art show and live music with Edmonton bilingual folk musician Paul Cournyer at the French Canadian Centre La Cité Des Prairies, April 29. There will be a wine and cheese reception at 5 p.m. as Montreal born, Lethbridge based artist Anne Dubord unveils 15 new original acrylics.

 At 7 p.m., Edmonton based bilingual pop singer Paul Cournoyer takes the stage, playing the fourth date on his tour in support of his new EP.

The next day, Winnipeg based Lethbridge raised musician Keri Latimer and her husband Devin come home to Lethbridge as Leaf Rapids to play a show at the Slice, April 30 with Grant Davidson aka Slow Leaves. There is a $10 cover for the show.  

 Jesse Northey also returns home to Lethbridge this week when he brings his band Jesse and the Dandelions to the Slice, May 1 with fellow Edmontonians The Colleen Brown Band and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan favourites PandaCorn. The Owl also brings back Calgary psych folk/ indie folk band the Ashley Hundred, April 30 with local rock band the Utilities.


A whole lot of rockabilly and fundraisers going on this week

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If you didn’t get enough toe tapping, hip swinging twanging rockabilly with Cousin Harley and MonkeyJunk’s two shows at the Mocha Cabana and the Geomatic Attic, or if they left you wanting more, then this is your lucky week with a pair of talented rockabilly acts standing out with Lethbridge shows.

 Young, up and coming Calgary rocGuy Davis returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amerykabilly quartet Peter and the Wolves rock and roll at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, April 24. As well, Hamilton’s Ginger St. James promises to be a foot stomping good time at the Slice, April 23.
 There is a $10 cover for St. James, who draws from the spirits of Wanda Jackson, June Carter and Patsy Cline, with  the modern day outlaw sass of Elizabeth Cook. She was curator and front woman of burlesque group the Steeltown Sirens and View magazine named her  best female artist  five years in a row.

 That is competing with a great blues show at the Cave courtesy of the Lethbridge Folk Club , who bring in New York bluesman and actor Guy Davis. He has starred on Broadway in Finian’s Rainbow, has played major music festivals and has been on the Conan O’Brien  show. He tells stories and plays heartfelt Delta blues. His most recent, sixth album is “Legacy.”
 Ticket sales have been very slow for this show. He’s one of these cats who deserve a lot more love than he gets in Lethbridge. Tickets cost $40 for non-member guests (which also includes the annual membership) or $35 for members and students. It takes place at 8 p.m, April 23.

 It is a good week for Delta blues and folk music.
Whitehorse, Yukon musician Gordie Tentrees comes to The Slice, April 24 in support of his brand new album “Less Is More. As a special treat he will be bringing  multi-instrumentalist Jaxon Haldane, who used to play in Winnipeg punk bluegrass band The D-Rangers.
The show begins at 9 p.m.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge has Calgary songwriter Mariel Buckley, April 25.
If you want to bang your head to the sound of Southern Alberta metal, be at Inferno, April 25 with classic metal act Obsidian Soul who take the stage with Killage and progressive metal band Accalia at 8:30 p.m. sharp. There is a five dollar cover for the show.

 For more mainstream metal, ’80s metal band Def Leppard play the Enmax Centre with special guests One Bad Son, April 25. If you aren’t going to that and want to rock Australian style. The Lazys, who just finished a tour with Danko Jones, will stop by the Slice, April 25.

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