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Caindawg at the end of my chain

Born in rural Eastern Ontario, Rick heard his first country blues circa 1969 via the powerful FM station CHOM, Montreal. The classic Blue Thumb label album "Memphis Swamp Jam" and especially the haunting sound of then 100-year-old Nathan Beauregard doing "Nathan's Bumblebee Blues" was a favourite with  late night DJ's."  The soul-etching had begun.

In 1970 Rick was sent to the University of Hard Knocks at Burritts Rapids, Ontario, for disagreeing with the Queen on which naturally occurring plants are permissible for consumption. There, Rick taught himself guitar, learning to play on an old Hofner archtop salvaged from the trash and Stephan Grossman's first instructional book "Delta Blues Guitar".

After "graduation" in the early 1970's, Rick moved to Ottawa and now reveled in constant jam sessions and  his growing record collection. Influences from Johnny Winter, classic blues artists  Furry Lewis, Bukka White and Fred McDowell, bluegrass wizards Tony Rice and Doc Watson and especially his adopted mentor John Paul Hammond, Jr. were added to the stew. He bought his first good guitar, a Gibson Southern Jumbo. String popping pull-offs and back beat thumb rolls now combined to define the hypnotic grooves that were happening. Rippin' acoustic versions of "Mean Town Blues," "Highway 61," "Mona" and "Who Do You Love?" began to solidify. Delta blues, bluegrass and rock blues combined and morphed into the hard-driving, fast picking tunes that now poured out from under the steel finger pick's and slide tubes.

Fast forward to the late 1990's and Rick, now living on northern Vancouver Island, decides it's time to get a little more serious about his music. After nearly 30 years of playing around street corners, campfires and coffee house's from coast to coast, he starts organizing regular performances in the cozy lodge of the small community ski hill of  Mt.Cain. "Caindawg" is born and the moniker applied to his first independent CD release,  2002's    "at the end of my chain.

Co-produced with Ken Hamm, the CD was recorded in three sessions at Raincoast Studios in Nanaimo in the spring of 2001. Session players were Todd Sacrety on bass, Billy Hicks on drums, and Gerry Barnum on harp and electric slide guitar. Ken drops in the mandolin on "Untrue Blues" and long time Ontario buddy John Little adds the electric solos to "I'm A Man."

Doug Folkins Signs Along The Way

Doug Folkins Singer/Songwriter/Performing and Recording Artist
“Folkins is both a rock artist and a folk troubadour.  He follows in the footsteps of east coast artists; but has embraced the more modern aspects of contemporary Canadian roots rock music” –Rachel Jagt - Canadian Bands.com.
Folkins has released 2 independent CDs to date; Black and Brown 2000 and Signs Along The Way 2001.
Listen Loud Publishing BMI from Texas recently signed a publishing deal for 8 of Folkins’ songs
Folkins was one of the winners of the 2002 North Island Talent Hunt contest and preformed at Musicfest on July 6th.
Folkins’ songs have be heard on CBC Radio’s Richardson’s Roundup, On The Island, Main Street, North by North West and Basic Black.
“His lyrics are insightful, simple and poetic; and they are accompanied by solid musical arrangements.  He has what it takes to make his mark on the increasingly diverse Canadian indie market.” – Rambles – a cultural arts magazine, 2001
“He is a real contender in the singer/songwriter folk/pop scene” – Eliot Popkin – The Muse’s Muse.com
“We are impressed with the quality of his material and encourage Doug to send us more” – Jhan Beaupre – Listen Loud Publishing BMI, 2002.
“The lyrics are genuine and sincere.  One of the best indie CDs that I have heard” – Toby Nilsson – Cosmic Debris Magazine, 2002.

Eric Benson Close the Door

Recently, one of Eric's songs from this CD was picked up by Neil Young  and put on his website "Living With War Today". It's called "Writings of Holy Men".

Shortly after its release in 1997, Eric Benson’s first CD “Close the Door”, gained accolades from veterans in the music world, and received airplay on FM, college radio and AM stations here in BC, and on budding internet radio stations and music sites worldwide. The “Door” is actually a window into the soul of this gifted artist. Eric is known for his ability to put pure emotions onto paper, and capture an audience within the songs striking melodies, and his soothing vocals. He has shared the stage with music icons Amanda Marshall, Ian Tyson, Juice Newton, Valdy, Queen of slide guitars Ellen McIllwain, and Roy Clark, to name a few.

Now, come and experience Eric’s latest mix of truly heartfelt and stirring songs on the “Eric Benson and Urban Legend White Horse” album. Released to an audience of over 200 who braved the only snowstorm of the year in Campbell River to hear not only the new songs, but also the music of his new band, “Urban Legend”. With the sultry vocals of Cathy Kalyniuk on harmony and taking the lead in some songs, and the smooth angelic vocals of back up singer Johanne Abbis, each of Eric’s songs was and continues to be showstoppers. From the medieval settings of both “The Rain God” and “White Horse”, the incredibly beautiful love ballads, “More” and “Just One More Time”, to the haunting reflections of “Angel in Mid Flight”, you will want to play this CD over and over again. Eric’s first appearance in Nanaimo at the Lighthouse Pub Songwriter’s Circle in May was nothing short of electric, and everyone waiting for his return.

Jennifer Shires Dreams

Jennifer Shires is a 19 year old Campbell River, BC born and raised artist who sings like an angel. She writes much of her own material and often accompanies herself on the piano.

Jennifer's most recent accomplishment is her recently recorded CD, entitled Dream, now available through Young Hearts Music. Four of the ten songs on the CD are Jennifer's own, while others are cover tunes, revealing her versatility and interpretive ability.
Jennifer's earliest musical influences were from her mom's music library of Reba McIntyre, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, to name a few. Now, Jennifer especially admires Jann Arden and Jewel as well, although she enjoys all types of music, from light opera to funk.

Her younger siblings (two brothers and one sister) love to listen to her play piano and the flute and like all of her family, are great supporters of her talent. Jennifer graduated from Carihi Senior Secondary School in June, 2000 and will be attending Malaspina University College this fall, participating in their Vocal Jazz program. J

Roy Ashdown After The Fall

co-produced by Roy Ashdown and Geoff Edwards
all words & music by Roy Ashdown