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Outlaw Social
a seven song e.p.

Outlaw Social first met years ago at kitchen jams and gigs with other musical partners. But late one night in the fall of 2004, Catherine Black and Pharis Patenaude cornered Oliver Swain in a bar and let him know that they wanted to PLAY - a week later the trio had their first show in Victoria, B.C. They whet their sound with Victoria shows, concerts, and theatres, but they were waiting... Adam Dobres' exceptional and uniquely tasty electric and acoustic guitars joined the mayhem in late summer 2005; Kendel Carson, a "hell-raising fiddler" to be highly reckoned with, now graces the stage with her steel trap bow (because nothing gets past her). The sound of the band gathers high calibre instrumentation, spirited and spiritual vocals, and a sense of deep love and respect for the music they're playing.

The music mixes Appalachian, country blues, and other roots traditionals with a healthy dose of original songwriting to make a show where the urge to dance spars with the serious case of goosebumps on the back of your neck. It might be the most heartbreaking version of Troubling Mind on a nylon string banjo called "the goat", a ripping oldtime fiddle & banjo tune, or an original piece of new song that floats your boat - in any case, audiences fall in love with the dynamic quality of an Outlaw Social performance.

The clan has lifetimes of playing between them, and each one has spent years honing their particular sounds in the festivals, halls, living rooms and bars of North America and Europe. Their past & present incarnations have involved work with phenoms Scruj MacDuhk, The Bill Hilly Band, The Paperboys, The Seams, and Dan Lapp among many others. In this incarnation of kick-assedness, they are: Adam on acoustic and electric guitars, Catherine and Oliver on the banjo, bass & singing, Kendel on the fiddle, and Pharis on guitar & singing.

If a jug band took a day and recorded with a gospel choir, it would be something like Outlaw Social - and on a good day, you’d be closer than if you were standing in a chicken run (not that we don't like the sound of chickens - they're pretty rhythmic).

Robyn Jesson
Bluegrass and Beyond

First reaction…How can someone just 11-years-old hold her own with seasoned musicians through 15 songs in a mix of bluegrass, old time fiddle and Celtic? Robyn Jesson in her first CD does just that and does it with great style. “Bluegrass and Beyond” is a collection of songs that reveals the talent of a rising star on one of the most difficult instruments, the fiddle. This CD is proof that music knows no boundaries such as age or gender…rather desire, talent and persistence are the only requirements.

Robyn teams up with some of the best musicians on the west coast; Craig Korth - banjo and guitar (Craig is a mainstay of Jerusalem Ridge from Edmonton), Rod Backman on bass, (Rod is a veteran bassist from Seattle), John Reischman – mandolinist (songwriter, producer and veteran of many West Coast bands), Robyn’s Dad, Jim Jesson – guitar, (Jim also produced the album)
Recording crew included Michael Donegani from Nanoose Bay near Nanaimo B.C., along with excellent mixing and mastering by Bruce Harvie.

From the opening tune Big Bear to the closing of Wheel Hoss, this is an album to cherish. Big Bear sets the stage…a rollicking fun tune where the musicians cook along in an almost jam session style, lots of innovation and drive. Lead breaks by Robyn, John and Craig are tasty and fun. Sally Anne continues the bluegrass flavour with the musicians getting down and gritty. Ashokan Farewell is a soulful and emotional civil war tune where Robyn’s fiddle delivers passion and emotion. Rod’s bow work on the bass adds a beautiful touch and John’s mandolin is sensitive and supportive. And so it goes…excellent work on each of the 15 well selected tunes, which demonstrates the talent of this rising star.

Being a Canadian fiddler, Robyn is working hard on the old time fiddle which is different style of fiddling than that of American bluegrass fiddling. The first demonstration of her award winning style is heard in the Medley tune and it is easy to understand why Robyn is winning awards in the fiddle contests where ever she competes.

Robyn’s treatment on the Celtic flavored tunes is beautiful. Memories of Shetland and Flowers of Edinborough will stir the hearts of the Scots for sure. Two waltzes get great treatment by Robyn and the band…Tennessee Waltz and Golden Memories.

A strong opening deserves an equally strong finish and this happens with the powerful presentation of the Bill Monroe classic, Wheel Hoss …talk about getting down! Robyn kicks it off with authority and the rest of the band gets up and goes. This tune is hot with gutsy picking from John and Craig. It would make old Bill proud.

Bluegrass and Beyond is a wonderful statement that Canadians are producing good music. This CD is first class, from the music presentation, recording, mixing, album layout and pictures. Robyn Jesson is just 11-years-old and has delivered up a mighty fine project. She is a credit to herself, her family and to the music she plays so well. Thank you Robyn!

by George McKnight - Bluegrass Canada Magazine

Romi Mayes
On The Road In 2 days

Romi Mayes, female Country Blues and Bluegrass player, sings songs that tell the stories of her travels across Canada and the people she met along the way. Anyone close to Romi will tell you she is a straight ahead character with no fear of the truth. A little bit of grit and the road less travelled are a part of her and her performances. With an acoustic guitar and a voice true and simple, Romi breathes fresh new life into her genre and helps us find hope with her subtle sarcastic humour and witty stories.  All political correctness aside, Romi isn't just a chic with a guitar- she plays guitar like a guy but sings sweet and heartfelt like only a woman can. Her songs contain a kind of sympathy and honesty that are true to Country Blues and Bluegrass but they maintain a contemporary to appeal to all ages, as well.

Ron Mason
Move The Earth

Diverse, rootsy, blues, bluegrass and folk weave through strong story based songs about real people working in early twentieth centruy factories. Joy, struggle and art connects our lives to those who came before us.
The inspiration for Move the Earth came as a result of being immersed in the historical surroundings of the Historic Clay District, a national historic site highlighting early 20th century industrial pottery in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. As the Education Coordinator at the site I continue to research its heritage, I have had the opportunity to interview and befriend many former employees who worked in the industry from the late 1930s to the 1980s, I spend my workdays in the inspiring spaces of the 1912 Medalta Potteries factory buildings. I continue to learn the art of pottery from many extraordinary contemporary ceramic artists. These experiences have been deeply moving and have given me a true appreciation for the rich heritage of my chosen home and the people who founded, built, and continue to make it great.

Many of the songs on the Move The Earth CD were born after meeting former employees of the industry or people deeply committed to preserving its heritage. I hope these songs will enlighten, entertain and inspire others to find the magic in their own heritage whatever it may be.

Saskia Munroe
Saskia

Saskia Munroe - Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals & Bass

Nathan Tinkham - Guitar & Dobro

Molly Newman - Percussion

Caridwen Irvine - Fiddle

Michael Brooks - Mandolin

Tammy Fassaert
Just Passin; Through

Used in very good + condition

very Rare

Featuring: Scott Nygaard, John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, Barbara Lamb, Mark Schatz and others

An accomplished musician with a healthy sense of humor and a strong grasp of human nature, Tammy Fassaert has developed over the years into a fine songwriter and compelling performer. Tammy has gone well beyond her original roots in traditional bluegrass and is now a welcome figure in contemporary folk and acoustic circles as well.

Billboard Magazine recently dubbed Tammy "one of the leading figures in Canada's vibrant West Coast folk music scene". "She has grown into a mature and confident singer/ songwriter and song interpreter" declares the Vancouver Province newspaper. Tammy has a strong, clear unadorned singing style; The Victoria Times-Colonist describes it as "the sound of wood smoke and clear mountain streams, ancient echoes of folk and country music before the business men in designer cowboy boots stole the music ..." Bluegrass Unlimited comments on her musical depth: "She's incorporated all manner of sophisticated and earthy American musical influences into her own superb vocal style".

With a strong family background in stage performance Tammy plays the role of host with ease. She lights up the stage with her powerful energy and humorous candor, and will completely draw in her audience. Tammy, who took up the guitar at age 8, adds texture and variety to her lively shows with versatile guitar accompaniment that is by turns rhythmic and punchy, or melodic and pretty.

Her 1994 debut CD Just Passin' Through has done very well for Tammy. Bluegrass Canada Magazine says "it has the maturity, stability, and evenness of a fourth or fifth release".

Tania Elizabeth
This Side Up

Released: 1999
Produced by: Tania Elizabeth & Paul Brosseau
Recorded at Nomad Music, Salt Spring Island, Canada

How many 18-year-olds can boast that they have produced two solo albums, released those albums on their own independent record label, and have toured internationally to promote them? Only Tania Elizabeth. Tania was born December 22nd, 1983 in Melbourne, Australia, and before she was three and a half, she was playing songs on a tiny violin. By age nine, she knew that she wanted to pursue a career as a fiddle player - and pursue she did.

By age 10, Tania was playing in the prestigious Calgary Fiddlers and had recorded on their most recent album - "Imprint". In the following year, Tania recorded with Calvin Vollrath and became familiar with the styles of the Metis. In mid 1998, she released her first solo album - "Something, the CD before the next one". 1998 was a year that was marked with more than amazing record sales and exciting new creative ventures for the young, rising star. It also marked her biggest accomplishment thus far - the birth of her record company and label, SwanSisters Records.

In December 1999, Tania Elizabeth released a second CD, "This Side Up" which featured her high-energy Celtic-based sound. Known and respected for her ability to improvise, Tania Elizabeth shines on this album, which she co-produced with Gemini-Award winner Paul Brosseau of Nomad Studios. During the days preceding the CD release concert and the concert itself, YTV filmed what would later be one-half of an episode called "YTV To the M@x"

Everyone had something to say about this young woman, but the highest compliment came from one of her all-time heroes, Mark O'Connor - "Tania - your CD is very good and a great production too. Nice arrangements and Forrest (his son) liked it a lot too."
Another new development that year was the beginning of what will be a long relationship with Save The Children Canada. Tania has committed her name and $1.00 from the sale of This Side Up to Save the Children Canada's "Out from the Shadows and Into the Light" Program. The Program is aimed at alleviating what Tania calls, "One of the world's worst crimes; the sexual exploitation of children." Tania also acts as an advocate on behalf of the cause.

A grueling month and a half tour across Canada in the summer of 2000 brought her from her home in Victoria, BC, all the way to PEI and back. If you didn't see her in concert, you may have caught her on CBC Radio and Television, Canada AM, CityTV, and many local television and radio stations, as well as local newspaper and magazines.

Tania spent February 2001 through April in Australia, opening for the Furey Brothers and headlining at major festivals, as well as playing several blissful gigs with Ember Swift and Lyndell Montgomery. May, June, and July saw Tania playing at Disney World (with the band Fiddlestix), the Butchart Gardens, and teaching at the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp in Nashville, TN (as the Celtic instructor). August was spent in rehearsals with the Martin Mayer Band, and September to November, touring with them across China.

In late November, Leonard Podolak, the leader of Winnipeg-based band Scrüj MacDuhk, contacted Tania and asked her to join what James O'Connor of the Winnipeg Sun called "An innovative new Celtic band that's blowing the town apart."

Founded in 1995, Scrüj MacDuhk (nominated in 2000 for a Juno Award in the Roots-Music category) has played everywhere from the smallest pubs to the largest music festivals around the world. Manfued Jaeger of the Winnipeg Free Press calls Scrüj ".Among the best in the business. The players rip you out of your seat and get you toe tapping with Jigs and Shanties, delivered with volume, conviction, and split second timing" Tania is currently touring and preparing to record with Scrüj on their upcoming album.

Her new album, This Side Up, was recorded in September 1999 at Nomad Studios on Salt Spring Island. It is an innovative recording that reflects the new path she is exploring. She worked with co-producer Paul Brosseau and co-arranged the album with her fellow band members. The results are outstanding and the reviews are magnificent.