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Allen Dobb Rosetown

Release Date: April 19, 2005
Label: Skipping Stone Music/Pacific Music
Producer: John Ellis

Allen Dobb’s recently produced CD, Rosetown, conjures-up the Canadian landscape and even deeper, more personal realms.  Credit producer/engineer John Ellis, who also plays guitars, mandolin, banjo and pedal steel on Rosetown, for mixing an evocative soundscape that showcases Dobb’s well-crafted lyrics and hook-laden, eclectic music.  

“Some of the songs kind of wrote themselves,” Dobb explained. “We were all in the same room when we recorded, and I think it helped create Rosetown’s intimate, laidback narrative flow.”  In addition to John Ellis, those in “the room” and laying it down live off the floor, were long time Dobb bassist Rob Becker, and drummer Harvey Kostenchuck.   Another beautiful circumstance of the Rosetown sessions was having Katrina Kadoski come in to add her stellar vocal harmonies to four songs.  The timbre, and the emotional attachment combined with restraint was exactly what I was looking for”. 

On Rosetown, Dobb’s vocals inhabit a cast of characters with a master’s grace. One exemplary performance is his reading of “Next Year Country”. On that song he sings both sides of a rural partnership’s longing and caps the tune with a line punctuated with hope. Like the greatest blues, it transcends heartache. Dobb carves to the core of this bond on “Reasons Why”, singing passionately, “I don’t know the reasons why/ Some things live and some things die/ And if I did/ Every one I’d give/ To see our love survive.” “Maggie O’Donnell” is another tale of loss and longing. A simple, hypnotic, acoustic guitar melody frames each finely etched image in this haunting, multi-layered narrative. 

Among Rosetown’s strengths is the recording’s flawless sequencing, and “Maggie O’Donnell” flows like a magic trick into “Magnetic North’s” passionate, dreamlike, CD-capping vision. The eleven originals and a wise reading of Peter Case, Bob Neuwirth and Tom Russell’s classic collaboration, “Beyond The Blues” are rich with piercing, poetic images and hard-won wisdom.  Dobb has created a powerful suite of songs that captures the grandeur of the west and the mysteries of the heart.

Banjo Jim Erkiletian Soulstice Gettin' Down

Jim's band Soulstice and his 1st recording, a rare treat!!!

Damian Graham
Digs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Born in New Zealand ('72) and raised on the west coast of Canada, Damian's musical diversity has led to performances with some of the finest musicians in the country and abroad. (Michael Kaeshammer, David Gogo, Paul Laine, Paul Pigat, Pat Coleman,The Swinging Bachelors, Bob Murphy, Danger Danger, Phil Dwyer, Resin, The Big Band Trio, Tyler Yarema)

Performance highlights have included sharing the stage with Joshua Redman, Albert Collins, Cecil McBee, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Holly Cole, The Shuffle Demons, Buddy Guy, Metalwood, The Paladins, Colin James, The Odds, Junkhouse, Jane Bunnett, Phil Dwyer, Joey DeFrancesco, and numerous festival appearances including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Toronto and Vancouver DuMarier Jazz Festivals, Beilefeld Jazz fest (Germany), High Sierra Music Festival (USA)

As well as playing drums Damian regularly works in the chair of Producer, Engineer, Graphic Designer (this site), Composer and has run his own label Bagel Boy Records for the past 10 years.

Damian's production, engineering and graphic design credits include the bands "Dr. Tongue", "Gypsyland", "Tongue and Groove", his latest release as a band leader entitled "Digs" and the ever popular "Nicol Street Christmas I, II and III" which feature many artists including musicians from The Odds, Wunderbread, David Gogo, Camille Miller, Gerry Barnum, Paul Laine.

As a composer Damian has written a large collection of material encompassing a wide variety of musical genres both on his own and in collaboration with other artists. Many of these compositions have been featured on radio and on his label. In 2000 co-writes with Michael Kaeshammer appeared on the later's Juno nominated album "No Strings Attached" (Alma Records)

The past four years have seen Damian touring extensively with Michael Kaeshammer, a young and talented pianist who is rapidly gaining recognition in Canada and abroad as one of the most exciting live acts around. Damian also maintains a busy live and studio schedule with his own ensemble and as an in demand session player. Having performed all across Canada, USA and Europe, Damian has been busy changing the way people think about the drums.

On Digs Damian is joined by some of the most highly regarded musicians on the west coast, Throughout the album pianist Chad Geekie amazes the listener with his incredible touch and sensitivity. A busy performer Chad is also an accomplished composer. Simon Fisk and Joey Smith hold down the bass chair and demonstrate why they are two of the most sought out bass players going. Other guests include Tina Jones (Wunderbread) singing beautifully, Marty Shepard's lush trumpet tones, and newcomer Jamie Campbell on tenor saxophone. (Received Jazz Report Magazine's Most Outstanding High School Musician award)

Dan Lameire
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Dan Livingstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fingerstyle blues guitarist Dan Livingstone has been receiving acclaim from musicians and audiences alike as an exceptional guitar player and an engaging performer. Whether playing rags, blues or spirituals, his expressive style marks him as a performer with “big ears” and a passion for the authentic. In separate concerts last year, Livingstone opened for international legends Duke Robillard and Buckwheat Zydeco. Audiences at the 16th annual Islands Folk Festival ranked him as one of the top performers of the weekend, alongside such world class players as Carlos del Junco.

Livingstone is inspired by the magic of the Piedmont, Delta and Texas blues traditions, and one of his aims as a musician is to immerse his audience in the music of Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Fred McDowell, and Robert Johnson. Livingstone’s originals – very popular with his fans – reflect a mix of these influences as well as a highly developed, lyrical style.

Now living in Montréal, Livingstone is a regular performer in the clubs around that city and toured Quebec this year to play various festivals, including Carleton International Maximum blues festival and Rimouski en blues. Over the past few years, Livingstone performed in different cities across Canada, including festivals and clubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto. A cross-country tour this year took him from Va ncouver Island to the Magdalens. Born and raised on the west coast, Livingstone developed his early musical awareness through exposure to the music of John Fahey, Ken Hamm, and Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. Livingstone has spent the last few years travelling and performing in different cities across Canada, including festivals and clubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, and Quebec City. At the 1999 Pan Am Games he performed with Winnipeg guitar wizard Tim Butler; he has also shared the stage in other events with wel-known Canadian musicians Dave Gogo, Ken Hamm, Dave McLean and Rick Fines.

Livingstone’s debut CD was released in June 2000 and is entitled, Dan Livingstone. A new CD highlighting his original songs will be released later this year.

Dan Politano
Back Where I Started

Dan Politano's debut CD, Back Where I Started introduces a young rocker with a knack for writing Beatlesque pop hooks. Another of Politano's influences is Bryan Adams, and you can hear it in the 24 year old, self-taught musician's raspy, evocative vocals. Goo Goo Dolls, Third Eye Blind and early Elvis Costello are influential echoes in the young, Victoria musician's stripped-down, trio sound on Back Where I Started.


Recorded at Scott Henderson's fabled, Collwood basement studio, the self-produced, ten song collection of originals features Dan's twin brother Mike on Drums. It's an eclectic series of autobiographical pop narratives about love, lost and longing. New Zealand is a hook-laden, achingly beautiful song for a girlfriend down-under. Givin' It all offers a glimpse into the life of an HIV-infected street girl. It's powered by another of Politano's anthemic pop/rock melodies.

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."

Dave Kilbank
MESSENGER

"Dave belted out his first note on June 15, 1954 in Fort William, Ontario. He was raised by a completely unmusical family who moved around a lot, and then got into the radio business which continued his transient lifestyle - that is, until he arrived on The Wet Coast. 

In Nanaimo, he discovered a very creative community, so he settled in, dabbled in theatre, and did some writing. Eventually, he got tired of producing radio advertising, so now he's left that behind to concentrate on his music, and has never been happier.

Dave McCaig
Forever Fourteen

I have been inspired to record "Forever Fourteen" because:

Music is my passion
I want to honor the lives of my parents and my daughter by living my life and following my dreams
My wife has shown me that this is possible
After beating cancer twice I've been given a third chance at life
Despite my daughter's love for life and regardless of her dreams she was not given even a second chance having passed away from a brain tumor at age 14. I need to live in honor of her. She is my inspiration. She will be 'forever fourteen'.
Through pain and suffering, and having lost the will to live, I have come to realize that there is a God.
God is Love
Love heals
The love I gave to my daughter I need to give away to others
Love heals
When you see the light of God in the eyes of those who are in need you are inspired to help - my daughter's life and her loss has taught me this
I am a far greater person for having known her and I have absolutely been blessed to have been her dad
I want to reach people through my music and help those in need
I want to do this because I love my daughter
Love heals
This is my dream

David Carl Vollrath
Unfailing Love

Style: Christian
Released: 2002
Producer: Ramesh Meyers & David Carl Vollrath
Recorded: On Salt Spring Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfailing Love, a CD of Christian praise and worship, is the first CD by Salt Spring musician David Carl Vollrath. Vollrath wrote all of the CD's music and lyrics, plays acoustic guitar and sings lead vocals on all 12 tracks.

Vollrath and his family worship at the Community Gospel Chapel, where he is involved with the praise and worship music ministry. He has held the same position with the Salt Spring Baptist Church, and wrote the CD's title track for the occasion of his baptism at that church. Vollrath began playing guitar at age 13 and says he "immediately had a desire to write his own music and lyrics." In 1994, two years after "accepting Jesus as his Lord and Saviour," he "began writing songs to glorify the Lord."

Unfailing Love was produced by Vollrath and Ramesh Meyers of Allowed Sound Studio, engineered by Meyers and mastered by Paul Brosseau at Nomad Music. Contributing musicians are Meyers, Marlene Cormack, Laurent Boucher, Paula Vollrath and Susheela Dawne. Before moving to Salt Spring, Vollrath attended the Salvation Army's Highpoint Community Church in Victoria, and before moving to the west coast was also involved with the Salvation Army's Sault Ste. Marie Corp. in Ontario.

As a student of the craft of lyric writing, Vollrath hopes to encourage and assist others in writing original Christian songs for praise and worship by offering songwriting workshops at churches. Unfailing Love is released by Vollrath's own record label called Living Water Music.