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Lethbridge Folk Club presenting Big Dave McLean and outdoor folk festival this summer

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The Lethbridge Folk Club is excited to be back in action this summer with two big outdoor shows planned.
“It’s been a long time,” said Lethbridge Folk Club president Tom Moffatt, noting the last indoor show the Folk Club hosted was the Small Glories last February.


“But last  summer we were doing  curb-side concerts. We did that until September and after that the weather got a little iffy. I think there is a real pent up demand for live music,” he said, adding they are excited to bring back Winnipeg bluesman Big Dave McLean, to play the John Martin Recreational area in Pavan park (110-62 Ave North) Local bluesman Keith Catfish Woodrow will be opening the show at 1 p.m.Big Dave McLean plays a special outdoor concert, July 11  with the Lethbridge Folk Club. Photo by Richard Amery


“ Dave was one of the guys we had to cancel because of Covid, so we’re excited to bring him back,” Moffatt said, adding tickets will be for sale at Casa.
 As it is in an enclosed picnic area, tickets for the show are $35 for Lethbridge Folk Club members, $40 for non- members and $10 for students.

“ We weren’t sure about the regulations changing, so we planned two outdoor shows. Hopefully by September  we‘ll be able to have indoor shows again.”


 The other show will be a free folk festival happening Saturday, Aug. 14  from noon until 7 p.m. at  Legacy Park, featuring three local bands and three out of town acts.


 The Junkman’s Quire will be playing their unique blend of folk/ jazz/ blues and Scottish music, The Steve Keenan Band will be playing some blues music and Celtic Routes will be playing Celtic and roots music.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 June 2021 15:18 ) Read more...
 

Fawns gets serious for summer with “Unsafe”

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While all of the drama happening last year, including riots, elections, protests and Covid -19, has made a lot of people feel unsafe,  it inspired local rock band Fawns to focus on those feelings for their new three song EP “Unsafe” which is officially released, May 14 on all platforms.  Click Here to Hear Fawns.
 The band, including lead singer/ guitarist Mercedes Fawns, guitarist Richard Charlton, keyboardist Cliff Westcott, drummer Chris Morden and bassist Gabi DeLuna wrote most of the new music in 2019, but recorded it last August at the Farm, outside of Lethbridge with Matthew Rederberg in the short pocket between Covid health restrictions with Matthew Rederburg.
“We were working on nine or 10 songs, but these three were the most ready at the time,” said keyboardist Cliff Westcott over Zoom with most of his band mates.
“They’re also the songs we felt worked best together,” added Morden. Charlton noted they also work great as upbeat  songs for summer.
“This EP is  meant to be played loud in the car. They feel like summer,” Charlton said.
“It sounds best loud. This is our big, arena rock album,” he continued.


Though the songs sound big and loud, lead singer Mercedes Fawns said the lyrics are serious.
 She wrote the lyrics to all three songs “ Astraphobia,” “Resist” and “Unsafe.”
“All of these songs are really close to my heart,” she said, adding they were some of her more political songs.
“When I wrote ‘Resist’  there were riots happening in the United States, Covid and protests here. And Jason Kenney was cutting education and health care. So the song is about  using your critical thinking skills to question why these things are happening,” she said, adding the songs are also more complicated musically.


“There‘s a lot more guitar textures,” she continued, adding the band wrote the songs collaboratively.


“ I’d bring in a really simple acoustic  guitar version of the song and Cliff or Chris or Richard would build on it. For example, I’d come up with lyrics and maybe Richard would contribute a guitar riff or melody. This is the first group of songs that we built from the ground up, collaborating as a band so it’s really been exciting,“ she said.


“Mercedes gave us a lot of freedom to play our own  parts,” said Cliff Westcott, noting he also got to play some guitar on the album.
“So we have some duelling guitars,” he said.
“It was 100 per cent collaborative.  Every band member gets a spotlight and gets to be the focal point of the band,” Charlton said.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 14 May 2021 09:52 ) Read more...
 

Adequate put the fun in funk music with eponymous debut CD

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Local  funk trio Adequate put the fun in funk music
It has taken seven years, including an extra year due to Covid, but Adequate are excited for Lethbridge to get funky with their brand new eponymous CD, which drops on June 11.
 But first the high spirited trio of Scott Mezei, Keenan Pezderic and Josh Thorlakson will be releasing two singles from the 11 track CD. Click here to hear Adequate.
“Bike Shorts” is out on April 30 and the follow-up, “Groove,” a collaboration with Calgary musician Mariah Stokes, drops on May 21.


“We like to consider ourselves the missionaries of funk,” Mezei chuckled over a Zoom call with the band.
“ Yes. Do you have time for us to tell you about the word of the funk,” added Pezderic.


 The trio are experienced musicians and veterans of the Lethbridge scene who have known each other since around 2002 and who have played in a variety of different bands including country, pop and even heavy metal bands, but decided to bring the funk out seven years ago.
 Pezderic and Mezei are familiar faces with New West Theatre. But they have carved out a unique “groove” together playing funk music.


“We feel we were born in the wrong generation,” Mezei observed.
“We love  the funk music of the ’60s and ’70s but not a lot of people were doing it. Though bands like Five Alarm Funk really paved the way for us” he continued.


“ We find our music reminds them a lot of their childhoods, because we have fans who are in their 20s but also people in their 40s and 50s,” Pezderic added.


“It’s a lot of fun to play and it’s fun for the audience to listen to,” Pezderic continued.


They chose “Bike Shorts” as the first single because it is a fun song to play.
“It’s a nice, short, fun, upbeat song. And it’s a crowd favourite when we play it live. Besides who doesn’t want to shout out ‘Bike Shorts,’” Mezei said.
“And it really showcases all three of our playing,” Thorlakson said.


“We’ve all gone to different music schools,”  he noted.


 They recorded most of their CD last year with Ryland Moranz producing at Leeroy Stagger’s Rebeltone Studios, just before Stagger moved to Victoria.
“We were one one of the last artists he recorded before he moved,” Pezderic said.
“We recorded most of it live off the floor except for the solos and some of the vocals,” Thorlakson recalled.


 They wrote most of the songs together as a group, though  Kennan Pezderic wrote  ‘Leana,’ and ‘Highway 5.’
“ There’s lots of instrument swapping on the CD,” Mezei added, noting they wanted the CD to capture the feel of their live show as closely as possible.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2021 20:56 ) Read more...
 

Trevor Panczak excited new single ‘Where I Go to Come Back’ has found a home in the Top 40

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Trevor Panczak’s latest  single “ Where I Go To Come Back”  has found a home in the Top 4
 The title track of the Lethbridge based country singer’s last album has been enjoying a slow burn on the Top 40 on the Mediabase Canadian Country Music Chart since October.
 Since Panczak released the Steve Bogard, Jeff Stevens, Dustin Lynch  penned song, Aug. 31 last year, it has resonated with a lot of people who appreciate the pastoral sentiments it echoes. Trevor Panczak’s new single Where I Go to Come Back is a Top 40 hit. Photo submitted


“As soon as I heard the song, it felt like me,” Panczak said, adding though he recorded it pre-Covid, people really seem to relate to it even more now. He released the album three years ago.


“It has really resonated with people. They really relate to it. It’s been amazing to see the life we’ve got out of this song,” Panczak said.


“Because usually the life span of a song is eight to 12 weeks,” he observed.
 “So it’s been a nice slow burn. It’s getting more exposure to a lot of different people and now it’s in the Top 40.”

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 April 2021 19:56 ) Read more...
 

Stars of the Festival participants to perform classics and original compositions

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After a lot of work, Lethbridge and District Music and Speech Arts Festival general manager Megan Wittig is excited to see this year’s online Stars of the Festival show at 7 p .m., April 16.
Organizers announced the 19 performers last week. But copyright issues narrowed the pool of available performances.

Megan Wittig has put in a lot of work for this years’ online Stars of the Festival concert. Photo by Richard Amery
“We were only able to feature performers performing original compositions or composition from the public domain. So we couldn’t have any bands,” Wittig said.


This year‘s online festival provided extra challenges because the participants not only had to learn their selected pieces, but also had to submit a video of their performances to the adjudicators.
 There are two original compositions, two selections from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Midsummer Night’s Dream  and selections from Schumann, Mozart, Brahms, Beethoven, Bach and Chopin.
Aaron Richardson, Alexandra Morgan and Daniel Kim will be performing in the chamber music category.
David Oler and Masataro Tatsuno will be performing original compositions.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 April 2021 15:47 ) Read more...
 
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