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Adham Shaikh
essence

electronica
Shaikh's music is a blend of many different styles and techniques, fusion, dub, world beat, tech house, ambient, and jazz. Growing up listening to Indian ragas & classical western music he developed an ear for a fusion of sounds from around the world.

Al Beeler Keepin' the Old Cowboy Music Alive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al was born on a farm near Ridgeville in southern Manitoba, Canada. At 8 years of age he started singing and yodeling Wilf Carter tunes. He learned from listening to old 78’s on a crank gramophone. A year later his dad bought him a guitar for two bucks! During his younger years he played at local community events and dances. Al’s love of music and horses has always been with him.

Al took a 40 year “coffee break” from performing, and in the fall of 1996 he fulfilled a life long dream. He met Shirley Field and joined her for a concert at the O’Keefe Ranch, near Vernon BC, and following that concert he toured with Shirley for a year. He rekindled his interest in performing the old “Cowboy Music” and you can catch Al at various Cowboy Festivals throughout Western Canada.

Alan Miceli
the spaces between

Released: 2002
Producer: Jordy Sharp
Recorded: Salt Spring Island
An instrumental album of original songs played on steel string and classical guitar.

Alan Moberg Home & Dry

Released: 2001
Producers: Dan Rudick
Label: Meadow Mountain Music
Recorded at: Jack 'n Lefty's, Salt Spring Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home and Dry, the latest CD by singer/songwriter Alan Moberg , was released January 2002. A superb collection of 16 songs, the vision for this project has been "The man, his guitar and the song". Other instrumentation has been added sparingly to enhance the original renditions without altering their simplicity and integrity. This CD has truly been a Salt Spring production. Local musicians Bob Delion, Charlie Erck, Dan Rudick, Garry Macpherson, Jeannine Munn, and Terry Warbey all contribute their skills to this album. Valdy sings harmony on the song that bears his name ("Song for Valdy") and Bill Henderson (Chilliwack) appears on three songs. Bill expressed interest in playing on this CD after hearing Alan perform at the Salt Spring Fall Fair. The only non-resident musician on the album is Daniel Lapp, a close neighbour on Vancouver Island. All the recording and mixing was done "on island" by Dan Rudick and Jeannine Munn (aka Jack N Lefty) and the beautiful CD cover was painted by local artist Jill Louise Campbell.

The Musicians
Guitar - Alan Moberg
Violin - Daniel Lapp
Guitar - Bill Henderson
Guitar - Dan Rudick
Guitar -  Garry Macpherson
Bass - Bob Delion
Mandolin - Jeannine Munn
Harmonica - Dan Rudick
Dulcimer - Terry Warbey
Dobro - Charlie Erck
Harmony Vocals - Alan Moberg
                            - Valdy
                           - Bill Henderson
Spirit of Fulford Valley vocal 
                           -Jeannine Munn

Allen Dobb Bottomland

Released: 2002
Label: Skipping Stone Music / Pacific Music
Producers: Blair Calibaba / Allen Dobb

The path leading to Victoria-based musician, Allen Dobb's latest CD, Bottomland (Skipping Stone/Pacific Music), has been a long and varied series of adventures. His quest has led Dobb from his youth in rural Alberta farm country, to several years in southern Africa using his agriculture degree from Washington State University and another land management stint on an Apache reservation in Arizona, to singer-songwriter showcases on stages of roots music hotbeds in Austin and Nashville. Dobb has documented his path of eclectic experiences with several recordings including a pair of CDs with his brother Cameron as Dobb and Dumela and 1998's Horses and Hills (Resource/Festival), his acclaimed solo debut.

The Kingston Whig Standard's Greg Burliuk wrote, "His exceptional songwriting skills make Dobb's CD, Horses and Hills extraordinary." The Georgia Straight's Tony Montague wrote, "Dobb skirts deftly past the temptation of cliché to create a highly individual album."

For all of Horses and Hills' lyrical gifts, it merely laid the groundwork for Dobb's musical achievements on Bottomland. Stony Plain Records' Holger Petersen, one of the world's most knowledgeable roots music authorities, enthused, "I'm a huge fan of Allen's work. His writing, arrangements, playing and singing have taken a big step forward with Bottomland."

Co-produced by Dobb and Blair Calibaba at Vancouver's Mushroom Studios, Bottomland features a host of Canada's finest musicians (drummer Pat Steward, bassist Rob Becker, Luke Doucet on electric guitar and pedal steel, organist Dave Kershaw, Jesse Zubot on mandolin, and harmony vocals by Robyn Carrigan), to produce a muscular, powerful soundscape reminiscent of Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen's most compelling work.

Finely-drawn characters like Della the two-step queen and "that ole hayseed Jimmy Roy…the hippest cat in Hollywood" populate Dobb's lyrical narratives, but the most fully realized writing are the descriptions of the vivid landscapes that frame the songs on Bottomland. Dobb takes the listener deep into those varied worlds, from the dusty Sonora desert, to the Canadian prairie's "big wide open", to the title track's broken and littered shadows.

It's an exquisite song cycle, fueled by a rich and varied life and a poet's eye for detail. The songs feel lived in and real. Roots music never sounded better.

Dobb's sophomore release Bottomland (Skipping Stone/Pacific Music) was released to great critical acclaim. Stony Plain Records' Holger Petersen, one of the world's most knowledgeable roots music authorities, enthused, "I'm a huge fan of Allen's work. His writing, arrangements, playing and singing have taken a big step forward with Bottomland." The album features a host of Canada's finest musicians (drummer Pat Steward, bassist Rob Becker, Luke Doucet on electric guitar and pedal steel, organist Dave Kershaw, Jesse Zubot on mandolin, and harmony vocals by Robyn Carrigan), to produce a muscular, powerful soundscape reminiscent of Steve Earle and Bruce Springsteen's most compelling work. ". Indeed, the word has spread. Bottomland is slated for release in the UK through Pinnacle on October 14, with a major promotional push from Frontier. The album has also recently been released in the USA through Burnside Distribution. A rigorous fall tour schedule will see Dobb perform across Canada, the Northwest US and the UK to further support the release of Bottomland. For the WISE Hall show Paul Rigby will accompany Dobb on guitar, lap steel and mandolin, and Rob Becker on bass and vocals.

Andrew Oye
& The Wankin' Family

Andrew Riggs
Axiology

Jazz and Blues influenced original Guitar Rock, including three Blues, two of which are covers - "Broke Down Engine" by Blind Willie McTell and "Trouble in Mind" by R.M. Jones. 53 minutes of music, 14 tracks, 12 with vocals, 2 instrumentals.

The band is called AXIOLOGY, same as the CD title. We perform music from the CD as well as covers of Blues, Jazz-Rock and some non-commercial classic rock. Improvisation is an important element of the bands performing style. Current band members are Danny Suen - Drums, Don Connolly - Bass, Albert Stasiulis - Keyboards, Andrew Riggs - Vocals and Lead/Rhythm guitars.

My guitar playing has been influenced by many of the rock guitarists from the 1960's and 70's - Santana, Clapton, Steve Howe(Yes), Hendrix, Allman Bros., Andy Powell(Wishbone Ash), Jeff Beck and numerous others, as well as players from the jazz and blues genres. However, I don't attempt to imitate anybody. I consider myself to be a musician first and songwriter second, the songs I write partly to challenge myself as a musician. The Jazz-Rock song "Opportunity" is the one on the CD that I consider the most challenging because of its multiple key changes. I try to find musical ideas that have not, (or at least have not often) been explored, within the rock genre. ...Andrew Riggs

I'm English born, my parents moved to Montreal when I was about 2 years old, then we moved to Powell River B.C. when I was ten. I started playing guitar when I was 14, bought my first electric guitar(the telecaster) when I was in grade twelve with money earned from working weekends in the local paper mill. I start jamming with other musicians when I was about 18 or 19, but I didn't have a steady band.

I moved to Calgary myself when I was 20, where I've lived ever since.

For the next 6 or 7 years I played and sang with three "power trio" type bands covering material by Cream, Hendrix, Doors, Allman Bros., Lynyrd Skynyrd etc. We had occasional community hall gigs and played at parties.

I've never had an interest in playing "Top 40" type music, and my bands have always been weekend, part time groups.

About the same time as moving to Calgary I started to write songs, most of the early songwriting attempts will never, I hope, see the light of day, although I also started doing recordings about this time, and still have all my material on tape. None of the original material was added to my bands repertoire at the time, by my choice.

What I consider to be my current, mature writing style didn't start to gel until I was about 28. About this time I formed an original music band with another songwriter/guitarist. We played occasionally in some local bars that featured original music but these generally featured "alternative" type bands, we didn't really fit in that well.

Keeping drummers was a major problem, we'd rehearse until we were ready to play gigs, do a few, then the drummer would quit. The music wasn't simple so it would take a number of months rehearsing, one or two nights a week to get a drummer up to speed.

The other songwriter was a prolific lyricist, but a marginal musician, I have a surplus of musical ideas but am slow producing lyrics. This might seem an almost ideal situation, but the other songwriter felt that any of my music that didn't have lyrics was free for him to use without my permission and without requiring him to give me credit for it. This issue brought that musical partnership to an end.

It was never my ambition to become a "solo artist" I wanted to be part of a band; sharing songwriting, vocals etc. I'm uncomfortable with the term "artist", it sounds pretentious to me, but I'm getting more used to the idea as time goes on.

The CD "Axiology" was released in the fall of 1998, the recordings on it were done over a period of about 4 years prior to that.

My guitar playing has been influenced by many of the rock guitarists from the 1960's and 70's-Santana, Clapton, Steve Howe(Yes), Hendrix, Allman Bros., Andy Powell(Wishbone Ash), Jeff Beck and numerous others, as well as players from the jazz and blues genres. However, I don't attempt to imitate anybody. I consider myself to be a musician first and songwriter second, the songs I write partly to challenge myself as a musician.

I didn't start writing songs until I'd been playing about 6 or 7 years. The Jazz-Rock song "Opportunity" is the one on the CD that I consider the most challenging because of its multiple key changes. I try to find musical ideas that have not, (or at least have not often) been explored, within the rock genre.

Andrew Schmidt Movin' On

Andrews & Lawrence old time gospel way

Brand New CD Release for 2005 from the Gospel Duo 'Andrews & Lawrence'

These boys are kicking up a storm up here on Vancouver Island, Canada. Playing in churches  up and down the island. It won't be long before these boys hit the big-time.

This is their 2nd recording (the 1st cd called 'old time gospel' sold out & went into reprint)

You get what you'd hear at one of their shows. In the great old gospel & bluegrass tradition, here are 2 brothers (as they often were, but not in this case) singing & playing their guitars in front of a single microphone.

A joy & blessing to the ears.

Not available in stores or anywhere else....yet!!!

Andy Ruszel 'grass

a classic debut album by island songwriter Andy Ruszel

"bluegrass, reggae and other musical traditions blend to make this original cd one of the finer musical products to come from Vancouver Island. One of my all-time favorite songcrafters"
Ric Lafontaine
Cd Isle