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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

Amoral Minority
Swordfish Cafe

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Rock Band has a 10 year history and evolved into 3 bands, comprising of some of Nanaimo's best musicians.

Andrea Smith Sweet Embrace

With 'Sweet Embrace' Andrea has experienced a surge in popularity and recognition for her songwriting skills, not to mention her fabulous vocal work on the album. The album features the best of west coast musicians including, Phil Dwyer, Pat Coleman, Ken Lister, Pat Steward, Dave Gogo, Todd Sacerty, Rick Salt, Miles Black and Tina Jones.

Birgit Running With The Wolves

Contemporary Folk singer, Birgit writes songs that touch hearts and souls and she creates melodies that lift spirits. "Birgit's music is pure and honest and thankfully free from cynicism in a world that needs more hope. She writes songs that make you feel glad to be alive", says Juno Award nominee Mae Moore about Birgit's songs. Having starting singing and song writing, just a few short years ago, Birgit has come a long way in a very short time. A two time BC Festival of Arts delegate for songwriters "who show promise for a professional career", Birgit's recordings from her second CD "Running with the Wolves" are part of a soundtrack for a documentary film slated for the 2002 Sun Dance Film Festival. She was invited to sing back up by Chloe Goodchild, artist director of V-Day 2001, held in Madison Square Gardens, New York City. In March she opened for Juno Award Winner and International Recording Artist, Susan Aglukark at the West Coast Women's Music Festival. 

Quotable Quotes “Birgit’s voice touches a deep vein of longing and beauty for the inexpressible which arrests and nourishes the hearts of her listeners. Her singing brings healing balm to the hungry soul” - Chloe Goodchild, singer, musical director and producer Vday 2001, Madison Square Garden, N.Y. “Birgit’s music is pure and honest and thankfully free from cynicism in a world that needs more hope. She writes songs that make you feel glad to be alive.” - Mae Moore, singer, international recording artist and Juno award nominee “This girl has a deadly voice and a way with a lyric that is truly charming” - Ron Hynes, singer, international recording artist and East Coast Music award winner “Birgit’s music fills my space with love and joy” - Ann Mortifee, singer and officer of the Order of Canada “Birgit sings sweetly and plays with intensity. When she sings she opens herself right up. It’s quite awesome because she reveals what a lot of people are afraid to look at and does so with humor and aliveness. Her songs are very catchy and you find yourself humming them. They infiltrate your psyche” - Joanna Finch, music reviewer, The Voice Magazine

Brad Prevedoros
Firedance

An album of original music with a Spanish/Latin feel. Nylon and steel string guitars combine with mandolin, bass and percussion to weave a vibrant fabric of rhythm and melody.

A fine passionate recording....
The GIG Record Review

Brent and Woofy Shine Shine Shine

14 original songs by Brent and his good pal Woofy A collection of songs about counting, making CHOAST, Halloween, a rock 'n roll rabbit and lots more!

Camille Miller SHE KNOWS

B.C. based Rock/Pop artist Camille Miller has signed a licensing with Synergy Records Inc. of Vancouver, BC Canada. The terms of the deal will allow Synergy Records to manufacture, market, and distribute her debut album "She Knows" worldwide. Synergy will market the album themselves in Canada, and will utilize it's partner labels for releases in other territories around the world.

Camille Miller was born in Germany, and was raised in Victoria, BC Canada. She has performed live for numerous years, and is an accomplished guitar player. She toured Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain for 10 months in 2000, which allowed her to write many songs for "She Knows". She recorded the album at Superpest Studio's in North Vancouver, BC Canada, and it was Produced by Doug Elliott (The ODDS). Musicians that lent their talent to the recording include Nick Haggar with Guitars/Keys, (Camille's co-writer for the album), Doug Elliot on Bass, Tina Jones with Background Vocals/Trumpet/Percussion, Craig Northey with Guitars/Background Vocals, and Pat Steward on Drums (Bryan Adams/Colin James).

Her sound has been compared to artists like Sheryl Crow, K.D. Lang and a female version of Crowded House. A prolific writer, Camille also wrote and recorded 4 songs for the L.A based Electronica group, "Balligomingo" and their album will be released worldwide on BMG/RCA in Jan 2002.

Colleen Eccleston In Essence

Colleen is 1/3 of the celtic trio "The Ecclestons". In Essence is a collection of Colleen Eccleston songs to provide listeners with a representative cross-section of Colleen's work, which had been either unreleased or in limited production, up to 1997. Recorded and mixed primarily in-house by musician/producer/ husband Hugh McMillan, the styles range from almost prog-rock through to nearly country and on to acoustic folk, and features guest appearances by James Keelaghan (harmony vocal), Oscar Lopez (nylonstring guitar), Vince Ditrich (drums and percussion), Brent Gubbells (acoustic bass), Eugene Oschadsky ('cello and arrangement), and Louise Rose (piano).

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.