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Bijoux Du Bayou Canajun Pardi Gras

Only 1 used cd available

(Near New) Condition

Put on your dancin' shoes!
Bijoux Du Bayou's high-energy music combines Cajun, Zydeco, Swing, Calypso, and a few other flavors to create a sound that would make the Amish want to do the Bugaloo!
From fast-paced infectious tunes to a slow lovers' waltz, you'll love Bijoux Du Bayou's Canajun Pardi Gras.

Bill Johnson Blues Band, The LIVE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Johnson is on the move with his 2nd cd release " The Bill Johnson Blues Band 'LIVE' ".

His first cd "Why I Sing the Blues", is a collaboration between Bill and top US and Canadian poets.
Debuting to sold out shows in Vancouver and Victoria, Bill is beginning to be seen by a wider audience.

When the first version of his band debuted, Victoria's Times-Colonist dubbed him "Victoria's Guitar Flame Thrower" after his performance at the International Jazz Festival. The title has stuck even though Johnson's style has matured. While his contemporaries have pursued FM rock's version of the blues, Bill's style is more that of yesteryear, citing his influences as Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, T-Bone Walker, Eric Clapton, and BB King.

Previously Bill Johnson has been heard with Vancouver Island's Auntie Kate on her debut CD, and then again on a collaborative blues CD featuring Bill. In 1998 Bill teamed up with Grammy Award Winning Texas Bluesman Don Johnson for the CD "Donald Ray". Songs from that CD are currently play-listed on cable's Galaxy Networks blues channels, and on CBC radio, as well as some US stations.

Bill is very proud of his band. Featuring the multi-talented Gary Preston on harp, piano, and voice, Rick Erickson on acoustic/electric bass, and Paul Nixon on drums. The versatility of this band is amazing and sure to please blues fans everywhere.

Bills, The Let Em Run

Produced by Joby Baker, Marc Atkinson and The Bills. Recorded and mixed by Joby Baker at Baker Studios, Victoria, BC
Mastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, CA

Billy Goats Gruff (now 'The Gruff')
The Million Dollar Tip

currently unavailable

The Million Dollar Tip is our first CD. It was released in January 2002. We had a great time recording it with Kate Simms at Bent Sound in Victoria. (Kate has now relocated to Vancouver) It is full of traditional fiddle tunes and vocal hits. There are also a couple of original tunes (the first of many). We had the pleasure of playing with a few other musicians on the disc so there's a nice full sound complete with bass and accordion!

Bottomfeeders
Waterview

Music from the shores of Clayoquot Sound

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just when you thought it was safe to go into the water, The Bottomfeeders have released their inaugural CD, Waterview.
A compilation of lyrical, whimsical, wonderful ballads, Waterview 
has a little something for everyone, from harmonious vocals
to toe-tapping rhythms reminicent of maritime down-home folk.
     For those who enjoy browsing their CD liners while immersed in music, this one will keep you entertained for most of its 50 minutes;
some great photos, words to sing along to, and titles like (My Gal Left Me For A) Geoduck Clam, Spruce Bug, Drunkest Deckhand, and Gooseneck Barnacle Pickers.
    Waterview is the ultimate stocking stuffer for your loved ones. Decorate it with a clam shell and the promise of a clam dinner,and
they'll wonder no longer what mysteries lie at the bottom of the sea.

Marilyn McEwen - The Westerly News

 

... it's the album's diversity that makes it easily one of the biggest sleeper hits in recent indie memory. Graceful harmonies around Coral Palm in Wait Some More ... the tranquil image you instantly visualize around the traditional Canadian folk ballad The Jealous Lover ... make no mistake about it - these guys and gal are serious musicians, with the craftsmanship one naturally gains with music they love to play.

A fisherman's life couldn't be made out more eloquently, capturing one of the country's few 'roots musics'.   A refreshing splash of originality is just what Canadian music needed and The Bottomfeeders give you that splash - and all the fish tales that come with it. 

 

After years of harrassment from their fans,
the band entered the studio in the spring of 2001 and recorded their first cd, Waterview.
It was recorded at Sundog Studios, in Ucluelet, BC, except for the guitars and vocal of 'Estevan Reef' which were recorded in  John's living room in Tofino, BC in 1994, and the drum tracks which were recorded at Wireworks Digital, in Parksville, BC.
The recording was produced by The Bottomfeeders and Rob Thoms, who was also the recording engineer.
Mixing and mastering were done by Regan Myers and John Armstrong at Wireworks Digital.
Graphic design was done by Paul Harris and Bill Morrison at Word Works.

Bremen Town Musicians
The Tales Thus Far

very rare

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bremen Town Musicians are:
Steve Parton - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Kathy Stacey - Cello, Vocals
Ron Wills - Bass Guitar
Aaron Grant - Drums, Vocals

article by Barry Newman-Cosmic Debris Feb 1999

Nanaimo was treated to a wonderful (and historically-unique) concert, which melded original "celtic folk/rock" with the formidable impact and lush embellishments of a fifty-piece symphonic orchestra.

The first set... a blend of traditional Irish and Celtic tunes and works by Hardiman, Arture Lange and Malcolm Arnold... was performed by The Vancouver Island Symphony.

Conductor & Artistic Director Marlin Wolfe has previously directed the Calgary Philharmonic, the Edmonton Symphony, CBC Vancouver & Canadian Chamber Orchestras, the Edmonton Chamber Players Orchestra and the Alberta Pops Orchestra. Wolfe also teaches violin at the Nanaimo Conservatory.

It was Wolfe's idea, after hearing The Bremen Town Musicians perform on Gabriola Island, to approach the band with regard to being guest artists for the Symphony's Pops series, which have recently included Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard, Gary Guthman and P.J. Perry. It took Steve Parton almost six months to complete the score.

Included among the symphony's 50 musicians were percussionist Richard Lang (from Victoria's Perils of Pauline), Nanaimo's standup bassist John Forrest and trumpeter Bryn Badel (a familiar player in Victoria's jazz scene).

The second half of the concert featured The Bremen Town Musicians performing their original material with the Symphony.
Ron Wills (electric bass) and drummer Vince Ditrich (from Spirit of The West) opened with Bremen Town's "Overture". Kathy Stacey, who shares much of the vocals was seated right up front, with her cello and a mic headset.

Shortly into the fanfare, guitarist / vocalist & composer Steve Parton dashed up onto the stage with his acoustic guitar... and big hair... like a latter-day Jethro Tull. Taking a moment to catch his breath at the end of the overture, Parton welcomed the audience, adding, "I'll get a little chatty later in the show!"

This was followed by "If I Did" and "The Man and His Hands" with six young dancers from Pacific Youth Ballet's Harbour Dancentre weaving their way around and with Steve while he performed.

Vince's drum roll opened for Kathy Stacey's "Jordan's Fall"... with climbing tempo changes inspired by her young son's misadventures.

"The Smoke" included some lush orchestral background (Parton wrote all the scores, with the exception of "Drowsy Maggie" by Stacey).

Opening with Stacey's plucking on her cello strings, the intense "Thugs and Perpetrators" brought back memories of "Conquistador", as performed by Procol Harum and The Edmonton Symphony back in the '70s (I've since learned that Marlin Wolfe was that show's artistic director and that Delores Vann (concertmaster / principle 1st violinist) performed with the Edmonton Symphony at the Procol Harum recording).

The fabulous concert ended all too soon with an encore, "Answer The Silence", introduced by a whispering Parton.

Overall, the production was a refreshing foray into the magic of fusion and an generation-bridging blend of tradition with innovation. Hats off to Bremen Town, The Symphony and the show's sponsor, Nanaimo Credit Union!

A lot of behind-the-scenes input and support from the huge talent pool in and around the Hub City contributed to the success of this remarkable production. This included Jim Kent for the house sound - an awesome job which utilized 40 microphones; and recording by Scott Littlejohn from Bastion City (Parton is hoping to eventually produce a CD of the concert).

The main players would have to be guitarist / singer / composer extraordinaire Steve Parton, who maintained a hands-on approach to many aspects of the production; and the vibrant Kathy Stacey, whose cello work, vocal harmonies and composition skills so nicely complimented Parton's performance.

Steve, originally from Montreal, has studied guitar with Don Ross.

Kathy studied cello at the Royal College of Music and performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed in concerts with John Williams and Placido Domingo and for Prince Charles & Princess Diana. Kathy is also the assistant principle cellist with the Vancouver Island Symphony.

(According to Salt Spring's bluegrass band, The Barley Brothers, "Kathy is the only classically-trained musician we know who can rock without a gun held to her head"...!!)

Together, Steve and Kathy also perform as a duo called Ten Strings & A Bow (recently performing for Bill Gates' birthday party).

The Bremen Town Musicians have performed with Valdy, Spirit Of The West, The Irish Descendants, The Barra MacNeills, Leo Kottke, Ken Hamm, Don Ross, Bob Snider, Paul Hyde and Robbie Steininger, The McDades, The Mahones, Thomas Handy Trio, Hugh Fraser and Joe Charron.

Their next shows will be at Legends on Mar 17 and at The Queens on Mar 25 (with Ostera opening). The band is currently negotiating with various orchestras (some as far east as New York) to do a North American tour.

Barry Newman-Cosmic Debris Feb 1999

Butane
Tough Monkey

if anyone has information about this Nanaimo Band please contact ric@cdisle.ca

 

Carsons .CA


"Celtic-Country" - smokin'fiddles, dynamic voices, young artists...


Welcome to the world of The Carsons, two amazingly talented entertainers. This brother & sister duo has already thrilled audiences worldwide, yet they are only in their teens! In their 8 years of performing, The Carsons have

Performed as official Canadian Ambassadors in Japan.
Performed as official Canadian Ambassadors in Thailand.
Performed on the Jerry Lewis Telethon in Hollywood.
Headlined the annual cultural festival in the Cayman Islands
Performed at '94 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada
Performed at Vancouver, Seattle, Mission and Vancouver Island Folk Festivals, Merritt Mountain Music Festival, International Children's Festival, Calgary Stampede and many more.

Performed as featured guest artists with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra for numerous concerts playing fiddle and classical music.
Produced two CDs: Fiddle Fire and .CA

The Carsons have also enjoyed the privilege of sharing the stage with famous performers such as Brooks and Dunn, Prairie Oyster, The Irish Rovers, Ashley MacIsaac, Lisa Brokop, Rick Tippe, Sean Hogan, The Chieftans and Adam Gregory.

From performances of Celtic and traditional fiddle music, to new-country and pop hits, The Carsons' shows are magical. They love their audiences and that love is returned tenfold each and every performance. Tyler and Kendel's greatest passion is performing live! However, even through the eye of a camera they keep attracting new fans locally and internationally, as they are viewed on European, American and Canadian television.

"The Carsons' shows are exciting, energetic and fun. They know how to make an audience have a good time."

Catch Penny 22

Catch Penny 22 has a new CD of Dance/Pop music.
Music by Mo Crossley
Lyrics and vocals by Elle Crossley
produced by Regan Myers, Wireworks Digital

Elle was born, and is now based, in Victoria, BC She has worked with various bands touring throughout Canada as well as overseas.

Celtic Chaos
Chaos in the Kitchen

all proceeds are for the BC Cancer Foundation
 

Celtic Chaos

 

 Celtic Chaos is band of traditional musicians from Qualicum Beach area.  The group consists of Dave Barta on accordion, Emma Beaton on cello, Joyce Beaton on fiddle and les pieds,  Jane Good on percussion, Gordon Lafleur on Irish wooden flute and penny whistle, Jayne Lapper on guitar and Thea Stavroff on percussion and vocals.

 

The band plays energetic reels and jigs from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, mournful Gaelic airs, French-Canadian dance tunes, and Swedish and Appalachian tunes. Vocalist Thea Stavroff, with her powerful vocals, delivers traditional songs from Scotland and Ireland.

 

Their recently released  debut cd, Chaos in the Kitchen, has been well received. 

The cd sounds great and hats off to Emma (Beaton) for some stellar cello work. Very nice fiddling from Joyce (Beaton) and Trent (Freeman) and……..love Gordon (Lafleur)'s flute playing.” January, 2004.

Rodney Miller, renowned fiddler, composer and violin maker from New England.

 

"Nice to see a mix of ages...exceptional and unique use of cello with an authentic flavour. The group has a good, rhythmic catchy feel..... in music, "Groove" is everything, and Celtic Chaos has it!"

~ John Capon, Freelance Musician and Conductor  from Gabriola Island, B.C. , Jan 26, 2004.

 

“Fine fiddling…..hauntingly beautiful flute playing….rich, dark vocals.…highly expressive….a mostly kick-up-your-heels program of music.”

Richard De Candole, Editor, Qualicum Totem, March 2004.

 

The cd has 10 tracks of Celtic music....reels from Cape Breton, Irish jigs, a slow Gaelic air, French-Canadian tunes, a track featuring  BC fiddle champ, Trent Freeman, percussive cello playing by Emma Beaton, the song Raglan Road and more, and all proceeds are for the BC Cancer Foundation.

 

INFO ABOUT BAND MEMBERS
Dave Barta is a multi-talented musician who has played keyboards most of his life. He particularly enjoys sharing traditional celtic music. His pleasure in playing with the band is obvious to audiences, who can't help but  respond to his infectious joy in the music.
 
Emma Beaton (14) has been playing traditional cello for 3 years now, having listened to various members of her family playing traditional music at home over the years. She has a distinctive rhythmic style. She has studied in California with well-known cellist, Natalie Haas, has performed with the San Francisco Fiddlers  in their concert series, in May 2004, and has been invited to join them on their Pacific Northwest Tour in Spring 2005.  She is also a member on the Vancouver Island Youth Group, Twisted String, under the direction of Oliver Schroer.
Joyce Beaton has been playing traditional fiddle for 8 years although, having grown up in Scotland, traditional music has been very much part of her life. She has travelled extensively with her fiddle and has performed in Nashville (Tennessee), Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Port Townsend, Lake Tahoe (with the San Francisco fiddlers), Aberdeen (Scotland) and this past summer, on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.  She loves to play on Vancouver Island in a variety of different settings. She is described as having "the gift of the gab" and is the spokesperson for the band.
Trent Freeman (15) is a special guest on this CD.  He is a BC Old Time fiddle champion who lives in Courtenay, and is lots of fun to jam and perform with.  He is also a prolific composer and we have included on the CD,one of his tunes,a reel he composed and dedicated to his dad (Chef Supreme).
 
Jane Good learned bodhran playing at the Gaelic college on the Isle of Skye, and has been playing traditional music for a few years, most notably in St. Lucia for a year, with the band, Celtic Wind. 
 
Gordon Lafleur is a skilled player of the wooden Irish flute.  His playing has been described as "haunting".  He is a student of Chris Norman's having attended his Boxwood flute camp in Nova Scotia on several occasions.  He adds a smooth melodic quality to the Celtic Chaos sound.
 
Jayne Lapper is the guitarist with the band.  She enjoys performing in a variety of settings but loves to play for dances.  She is orginally from Yorkshire and has a strong background in traditional music.
 
Thea Stavroff is an experienced singer, actress and percussionist.  She has performed with Bard to Broadway and has created children's plays and musicals which she directed.  She runs her own children's theatre company in the summer.  She started her singing career with a blues band and has most recently developed her love for traditional ballads.