Elly Parker Elly

Elly Parker...and then some! Singer, songwriter, entertainer, storyteller, author, humanitarian and poet, Elly Parker has a natural talent for reaching into your soul and singing your song. Her love of family and zest for life is more than apparent in her songwriting. Elly’s self-titled CD offers the listener an amazing palette of musical stylings from blues, jazz, and gospel to hints of folk, country, and Celtic. Served up on one hot compact disc that only this woman can spin. Her radiant smile, playful nature, and sense of humor, has brought her audiences from Sheffield, England to New Orleans, Louisiana. Her powerful voice has been heard in night clubs, festivals and theatre productions. Elly is currently working on her second album entitled “Lavender Blue.”

Eugene Krauss

Gene Grooms
Sooner or Later







Gene Grooms is a veteran R&B singer and infamous bluesman, as well as a driven songwriter. Just look a him, and you can see that he's been around the block - listen to his gravelly voice, and you get a much deeper understanding of what the blues are all about.

He's crossed the continent with his music, playing in smoky bars, and soft-seater palaces alike. He's comfortable in venues that would scare the socks off the average listener, yet he shines up pretty good when the occassion calls for it.

He's a "blues gentleman", and he's got some tunes that are definitely worth listening to.

Gerry Barnum
Pickin' Up the Pieces

It's the feeling that moves me. Sure there's the technical aspect, but there's something that goes way beyond technique... something honest, something pure. That's where I want to be with my music." *Barnum interview, The Whitehorse Star As a solo performer or much in-demand sideman/session musician, Gerry is both well known and loved in the music community of the West Coast. A seasoned artist, who has played with, or opened for, some of the top acts in the business. His biography reads like a Lexicon - names such as: K.D. Lang; Randy Travis; John Mayall; Mick Taylor; Hot Tuna; James Cot ten; Spencer Davis Croup; Dwight Yoakum; Lyle Lovett; Los Lobos; the Blasters; Idle Eyes; Savoy Brown; John Hammond, and many more. . A dynamic slide guitarist and expressive vocalist, Gerry can also slip into an inspired harmonica solo as smooth as taking a breath. He is confident with an audience and often very funny on stage, making him a pleasure to play with and inspiring to see in concert. To describe his style is to draw from his broad base of influences, most notably Ry Cooder, Elmore James, Taj Mahal, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, and the Delta Blues of Robert Johnson. Influenced from an early age by the traditional blues, Gerry has now stretched into his own definitive style of playing. His songs are familiar to the blues in feel, yet more evolved in texture and lyric content. Lately he has been passing on sideman gigs to work as a solo performer -more specifically, a singer/songwriter. To say his songs have soul is an understatement. They are deep emotional, colourful tunes with a groove that'll make you want to stomp your feet and rock in your chair. He is a passionate performer who is not afraid to laugh or share with an audience his great big love. "Roots and original music steeped in spirit and soul of the blues. Gerry has a knack for creating an intimate atmosphere wherever he performs Blues Review

Jerry Paquette
walkin' slow

a saltwater cowboy and sea farin' man....owner, operator of Raincoast Studio in Nanaimo, BC

Joanna Finch
In The Arms Of Morpheus

Joanna 's debut solo CD

Joanna Finch is a uniquely entertaining singer/songwriter who swings smoothly between jazz/blues and original, contemporary folk. Her songs have been described as tender, biting, quirky and sensual. Her voice conveys spine tingling emotion and she is renowned for her captivating stage presence. Joanna's influences are as divergent as her writing style with comparisons made to Jane Siberry, Cole Porter and Tom Waits. 

Joanna's debut solo CD 'In The Arms of Morpheus' is out and running along side some of Western Canada's most celebrated musicians including Juno Award winners, Zubot and Dawson, Buff Allen, Ken Lister, Miles Black, John Reischman, Ron Thompson, Blackie Du Bois and producer, guest guitarist Pat Coleman. Previous recordings include two CDs with her folk partner, Judy Norbury of Norbury & Finch 'Tease For Two', (2000); 'Circular Motion' EP,(2004) and three compilation CDs,Peace, a compilation of poems stories and songs from Saltspring Island, (2004) 'Rhythm and Green' The Cumberland Musicians Collective,(2002) and The Jewels of The Island, (2001) under the Highland Music label.

pianist Miles Black www.milesblack.com
Zubot and Dawson www.zubotanddawson.com/
drummer Buff Allen http://homepage.mac.com/buff_allen/home.html
mandolinist John Reishman www.johnreischman.com
bass player Ken Lister www.kenlister.com
producer, guitarist Pat Coleman www.roadhouserecords.ca

Ken Hamm Cross the River

Ken Hamm is one of Canada's foremost interpreters of traditional roots and blues music. He has won a wide following for his stellar guitarwork, on both acoustic and steelbody National, as well as for his original material. Along the way Ken Hamm was awarded a Juno for best roots and traditional CD ("Saturday Night Blues"). He was also nominated three years running as best acoustic blues guitarist by "Guitar Player" magazine. Hamm was raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and began his musical pursuits by listening to the old country and blues recordings of Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Willie Dixon, Big Bill Broonzy and other blues greats. After playing in local bands and performing in coffeehouses around Thunder Bay, Hamm began travelling the folk circuit in 1978. Over the past two decades he has performed in venues ranging from house concerts to concert halls to major festivals. Hamm moved to Vancouver Island on Canada's West Coast in 1982. He continues to tour extensively and to write from his experiences as a silviculturalist, fisherman and rural observer. His songs reflect the land he loves and the lives of the people that live there without being sentimental or overstated.

Cross The River
Released: 2001 Format: CD Last Steam Engine Train * Fair and Square * Double Green * Roll and Tumble * Full Moon Night * Robbed in Reno * Cross The River * Blackeyed Suzie * Coureur du Bois * San Francisco Bay Blues * Police Dog Blues * Shortstack * Buckbreak * Oburn

Kevin Hicks
Life and the Drum

...the Road Back Home

I was born in Ottawa, Canada, and moved to Nanaimo British Columbia, a small community on Vancouver Island, Canada, when I was 3. This also happens to be where jazz great Diana Krall went to school.

Being a member of a musical family, my dad and older brother Billy both played drums. I started playing drums in elementary school. Playing the drums became an obsession when I entered high school. Since the age of 14, I had been asked to play with some of the local blues musicians. Because these opportunities to play were in bars, I was asked to spend my breaks in the back hallways. As long as I promised to attend school the next day my mother allowed me to play these gigs. Keep in mind that the city of Nanaimo has a very low crime rate and I am sure that was a key factor in my mom's decision to let me follow my dream of being a musician.

By the age 16, jazz music had found a place in my heart. It was then that my high school band went to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival in Moscow, Idaho. All of my practice and dedication gained me the attention of Wally "Gator" Watson, drummer for Lionel Hampton.

Our friendship remained solid over the next few years as I ran into some serious personal problems. Through these dire times, I constantly found peace in music.

Still tarnished by the past, I began to travel the world, finding more than what I was looking for. In honor of my savior, I spent the turn of the millennium in Bethlehem, Israel. That trip came to a close as I journeyed up through Turkey in order to buy some priceless cymbals.

With my spirit back intact, and the cymbals from Istanbul, I was ready to play again.

Layla EP

Layla Zoe was 4 years old when she began singing and loving it! Born in Victoria, B.C. Layla was raised around "good" music and continued to explore her musical tastes as well as writing poetry and performing at open stages in Vancouver, B.C. at the age of fifteen.

" I taught myself to sing by listening to old records." - Layla Zoe.

Growing up listening to Robert Johnson, Billie Holiday and Muddy Waters, Layla grew up with a good knowledge of the blues. As Layla matured she began to find her own tastes lying more in the 60's-70's genre of psychedelic rock and blues. Listening to artists like the Band, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin and Santana as well as singer/songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Van Morrison, one can hear Layla's major influences. Layla also became a fan of jazz, clasical, even opera and worldbeat. Layla is known for having a diverse taste in music and it can be heard in her vocal inflections.

In 2001 Layla attended the Hornby Island Blues Workshop (BC)where she met David Gogo, Ken Whiteley, Rick Fines, Doug Cox, Ellen McIlwaine and many more Canadian musicians. Layla later worked with David Gogo, and performed to a sold-out audience at the Port theatre in Nanaimo, B.C. for Gogo's "The Evolution of the Blues" concert, which later aired on CBC radio's Saturday Night Blues Show hosted by Holger Peterson.

"Layla Zoe, a young blues siren! She reached deep into her guts to hit some of the notes. She had the audience in the palm of her hands."
-by Walter Cordery - Daily News -(Review from the "The Evolution of the Blues")

Layla also appeared on a pilot episode of the tv series "Canadian Idol"; Layla was "too bluesy" for the pop idol tv competition. Layla has recently released her debut limited edition EP cd "You Will" after working with producer Alec Watson (Production and Engineering credits include Great Big Sea, Spirit of the West, Michelle Wright, Rick Henry) She plans to work with Watson again in early 2006 to release her full length album.

In the meantime Layla is opening for artists such as Juno nominated Amos Garrett, Juno Winner Ken Hamm, critically acclaimed guitarist Bill Johnson and world renowned dobro master Doug Cox. This summer(2005),Layla also performed at the same festivals as Michael Franti/Spearhead, David Lindley, Keb Mo, Bo Diddley and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

Lester Quitzau So Here We Are

Released January 4th, 2001
All songs written by Lester Quitzau, except 1 & 3, written by Morganfield.
Recorded at Wolf Willow Sound, Edmonton
Engineered by Joe Dunphy Mixed by Marek and Joe Dunphy
Assisted by Greg Johnson and Lester Quitzau
Mastered by Andy Krehm at Silverbirch Productions, Toronto, ON
CD-ROM bonus track includes video footage of recording session. Bonus video filmed and edited by Dave Luxton.