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Donna Konsorado Skylines

Donna Konsorado has made her home on Vancouver Island since 1988 but she first heard frailing-style banjo in 1972 on the porch of a log cabin in the hills of 100 Mile House, played by some wayfaring stranger. Since that time Donna has done her part to maintain this style, as she incorporates it into her accompaniments of her own and others’ songs. She interchanges her banjo for acoustic guitar during her performances, to suit her repertoire which includes country and folk music with a growing proportion of her original material. In the past, Donna’s musical energy was divided between her own music and her intense involvement in hosting local and visiting acoustic musicians at house concerts and the now-defunct Wild Roots Cafe in Nanaimo. Over the past two years, however, Donna has focused on her own music, to the delight of her audiences who get to see her on stage with her banjo and her guitar much more frequently. Donna plays solo as well as increasingly in tandem with Ken Hamm and occasionally with her husband, Bill Konsorado. Donna has been busy with various recording projects. Her debut album, “Skylines” showcases many of her own compositions. As well, she played banjo with the Wake Up Jacob Band, recording on the Rough But Honest Miner project of Richard Wright and Cathryn Wellner, co-produced by Ken Hamm. She also joined Ken Hamm on back-up vocals and banjo for his most recent recording “Cross the River”, which presents one of Donna’s compositions as the title track. Donna’s musical roots reach back to southern Alberta where she grew up, as well as time spent in Washington state. With a rodeo cowboy for a father she listened to country tunes from him around the house and occasionally at one of the local honkytonks. As part of the Trout Creek Pickers in the 70's, Donna was inspired by her sister Sherry, who crammed her short life full of music and creativity, and her first banjo teacher, Lesley Schatz, who went on to be internationally known in the banjo world. Since that time, Donna has developed her own style of music that incorporates her roots but moves on to new places. Some of her influences along the way have been John McEuen, Emmy Lou Harris , Kate Wolf and Nanci Griffith, as well as those musicians that surround her on Vancouver Island and the west coast.

Doug Cox
Life Is So Peculiar

Doug Cox is known as one of Canada's finest slide steel guitar players.Life Is So Peculiar is a rewarding journey for the listener as Cox moves strongly into a new blues sound and style. The title song features a duet with Blues great Amos Garrett. The single My First Bike exhibits both the strength of Cox's songwriting skills and his ability to "rock" witht he best of them.

Genre - Roots/Blues

Track Listing:

  1. Mother Earth
  2. Life Is So Peculiar
  3. Johnny Too Bad/Blackberry Blossom
  4. My First Bike
  5. Born To Be Blue
  6. Brother Bill
  7. The Sun Sometimes Shines
  8. Black Girl
  9. Rope Strchin' Blues
  10. Wake Up Lisa/Mary Grieg
  11. Further Along/Water Too Wide
  12. The Blues Came To Canada

Doug Folkins
Touchstone

Hot off the press for 2003 !!!

Doug's new cd...rocks!!!

Eddy Gouchie
Heart of a Vagabond

Guitar Player, Songwriter Eddy Gouchie, born on the east coast, now living in the Cowichan Valley. Started writing as a child on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. Eddy has travelled the country many times building a selection of songs that are as traditional as they are contemporary. A dedicated family man of simple truths, complex lies and slight exaggerations.

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.”

Fiona Stuart Songs For Mona Lisa

Fiona Stuart, originally with the group Mosaic, releases her solo cd.

Gary Fjellgaard Believe In Forever

Gary Fjellgaard - 'Believe In Forever'. From the intimate theatre to the outdoor stage, Gary Fjellgaard effortlessly bridges the gap between country and folk, drawing his audience in with the magic of lyrical imagery. Stories and songs of wind swept prairies, rushing rivers, the working man, cowboy heroes and romance insinuate themselves in listener's hearts and minds with their sheer honesty and warmth all ringing true as the man himself. Uniquely Canadian, this prairie-raised west coast balladeer is a champion of vanishing values and frontier spirit. Gary's songs about lone horsemen riding through verdant valleys and along moonlit mountainside trails are not fabricated solely from his imagination. He keeps in touch with his roots riding in the Annual Kamloops Cattle Drive, and has entertained at Cowboy gatherings from Calgary to Tucson. After 25 years as a professional musician, with seven of his songs being picked as Song of the Year, Gary Fjellgaard looks back on hundreds of towns and cities, thousands of gigs, and hundreds of thousands of listeners who have been touched profoundly by his music. "He is a poet of the extravagantly good side of human spirit; breathtakingly sane and compassionate.

Gerry Barnum
Pickin' Up the Pieces

Helen Austin

CD Coming Soon!

For nearly 15 years Helen made audiences in the UK laugh with her stand-up musical comedy routine. But now she has decided to follow her first love by singing the serious songs that were behind the comedy she was performing.

Since moving to Comox Valley a year ago, Helen became one the NITHS winners and went on to play at Island Musicfest. She now gigs around the valley regularly playing venues such as Café Blah Blah Blah and Joe Reads.

"Helen is back with her beautiful voice and fine songwriting" - Comox Valley Echo

"Helen Austin has wowed audiences at the Café with her style and her way of bringing her stories to life in her songs" - Comox Valley Record

Henry Locke
Edge of a Dream

 

 

 

 

 

 

BC born singer/songwriter Henry Locke first began strumming the guitar at age six. His first attempt at songwriting came at age 9 when he changed to words to Anne Murray’s hit song ‘Snow Bird’. In high school Henry played lead guitar in his first band, ‘Alter Ego'. Since then he has toured with bands such as Split Second, UROK2, and JC Freeway, winners of the 1982 BC Central Interior Battle of the Bands competition (held in Prince George BC). Henry currently performs live throughout Western Canada both as a solo act and with his band, 'Foul Play'.

Henry’s debut CD, EDGE OF A DREAM (released July 2002) has attracted the attention of listeners in Australia, Netherlands, Illinois, Hawaii, and throughout his home country of Canada. His song 'Rockin' On the Redline' received regular airplay in Illinois on Springfield's #1 talk radio station WTAX 1240 AM morning 'drivetime' show hosted by Don Jackson, aka;'One-Eyed Jack'. EDGE OF A DREAM reached the #2 spot on the CHLY 101.7 FM TOP 50 in August 2002.

Some of Henry's songwriting influences include Don Mclean (American Pie), Eric Clapton, Jim Croce, Van Morrison, Mark Knofler, Valdy, and Glen Fry.