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Alicken hue Tidal Treasures

Alicken hue" is a Vancouver Island acoustic, multi-instrumental duo writing and performing their original music with a Celtic / Contemporary Roots Fusion interpretation. Drawing inspiration from life on the island and west coast, their songs reflect their lives and their passion to play music. The name Alicken Hue is derived from their names ... Alice Cebuliak (born on the west coast of Vancouver Island) & Kenny Brault (an Albertan). Both  reside in Nanaimo.  Playing and writing together for 17 years, they continue to pursue their musical journey on the Island. Alice (born on the westcoast side of the island)has a strong passionate voice and plays a 6 string, 12 string, and open-tuned guitars, pennywhistle & an Irish/Native Drum.  Kenny's on mandolin and bass. (They pack alot of hardware)

 "Celtic doesn't begin to describe the sweetness of Ali's voice nor the originality of her lyrics"  the Harbour City Star

Alison Vardy
Apasionada

solo celtic harp

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.

Brad Prevedoros
Celtic Moods

Classical guitar arrangements of many of the most well known Celtic folk melodies are combined with the tranquil sounds of ocean surf to create the perfect ambience for meditation and relaxation. Features Scarborough Fair, Danny Boy, Greensleeves, Wild Mountain Thyme, Skye Boat Song and more.

... a wonderful tranquil feeling ...
Wiccan Rede C.D. Review

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

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."

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.

Coast String Fiddlers All Strings Considered

Just released recording of your favourite Coast String Fiddler tunes !

The Coast String Fiddlers Association, a non-profit association which is committed to promote the understanding and learning of traditional fiddle music through the support of fiddle instruction and related activities. The School and other activities including concerts, workshops and fiddle clubs are organized by volunteers. We are located in Roberts Creek, B.C.

It all began in 1993 with a group of young fiddlers playing in a park. With the help of Michelle Bruce, a local Suzuki violin teacher, weekly practices began. Soon parents became involved in the accompaniment of the fiddlers on piano, accordion, guitar and bodhran. Cellists and violists joined with highland dancers added and now the group boasts a membership of about 20 players from age 9-18 years.

The group has become so popular on the Sunshine Coast in attracting potential young players, two new fiddle groups at the beginner level "Horsetails" and the "Rosin Racers" were formed in 1999 to provide a stepping stone for youngsters wishing to become Coast String Fiddlers.

Daniel Lapp
Reunion

Diversity Records
DIV10652

Born and raised in Prince George, British Columbia, Daniel Lapp learned the joy of fiddle music from his grandfather, five uncles and numerous accordion playing aunts. Family events were excuses to play music and he carries this tradition into a new era and contemporary culture.

His new album, "REUNION", was recorded in Edinburgh and Newcastle. It is a celebration of "how fantastic being a musician is," says Daniel... "traveling the world and discovering soul mates from other countries." REUNION is the first fiddle album recorded by Daniel featuring 10 original tunes as well as offering some unusual arrangements of a few old standards. There are a total of 11 extraordinary UK musicians collaborating on this record including: Kathryn Tickell on north Umbrian pipes, Tony McManus on guitar, Simon Thoumire on concertina, and David Milligan on the piano. At times, your toe will be tapping, but all of the music is not what one might expect from a "fiddle" album. The genre is explored a step further with Daniel's unique "folk trumpet" and other musical influences, including jazz, which find their way into the recording.

Between the late 80's and early 90's, Daniel made numerous visits to the UK, touring and doing session work. After forming bonds with a diverse group of musicians over the years, he discovered that "deep images and sounds" of his UK friends still remained long after. In 2001, after a much anticipated reunion with Kathryn Tickell in Vancouver and other surprise musical re-acquaintances in Cape Breton, Daniel was inspired to return to the UK and record an album. In fact, "Sweet Reunion" (the first track on REUNION) summarizes the entire experience, as Daniel explains, 'it's an amazing thing that you can play music with someone once and then many years later just continue on where you left off. The "sweet" bit comes from the intimate, nonverbal and soulful exchange that occurs when people play music together, a unique human interplay without bias or prejudice."

Throughout his diverse musical career, Daniel has learned to play numerous instruments in many musical genres. He studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto and received a BMus degree from the University of Victoria specializing in trumpet, composition and world music. His jazz influences led him to form the dynamic quartet, Lappelectro, in 2001. Lappelectro fuses experimental elements of various influences including jazz, folk, and electronica. Their sound mixes loop based DJ culture and live improvisation with a unifying goal to bridge the gap between the two.

This Victoria, BC resident is the winner of the British Columbia Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies. Subsequently, Daniel was invited to Fiddlesticks, an international meeting of fiddlers in Cork, Ireland to perform selections from his collection of over 1000 indigenous British Columbia fiddle tunes. He also represented Canada in Hanover, Germany at Expo 2000 with Bowfire, an ensemble of eleven critically acclaimed violinists and fiddlers, who were subsequently invited to perform on the Governor-General's Awards telecast. Last October, Daniel performed at the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton Island, followed by a one-month tour of the UK performing with the Edinburgh Fiddle Festival.

Over the past 10 years, Daniel has taught various fiddle styles to dozens of students at workshops across Western Canada and the United States. He has also been a guest instructor at the Universities of Victoria and Newcastle, England. In 1994, Daniel formed the BC Fiddle Orchestra with 10 of his brightest students. This exceptional group was invited to perform in front of an audience of 60,000 people at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. This evolved into the Daniel Lapp Fiddleharmonic. Both ensembles have recorded albums and played extensively throughout B.C. In addition, Daniel is the founder and president of The Victoria Fiddle Society.

Dedicated to this music and the fiddle, Daniel is currently compiling a book entitled "101 BC Fiddle Tunes by 101 BC Fiddlers." He will also be recording a CD to be released in the spring of 2003 entitled "Put 'er in the Woodbox" that will feature 35 compositions by old B.C. fiddlers. Further, Daniel will be touring in much of 2002 and 2003 in support of REUNION.

"I am sure that someday, intimate memories and a mutual fondness will demand another REUNION, perhaps in Ireland or the Appalachians" says Daniel. "When that time comes, we'll grab an instrument, sit down, have a laugh and pick up right where we left off."

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