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Paul Abgrall
Smooth Sailing

Paul Abgrall is a true islander. Born in Duncan and raised in nearby Youbou. Paul has resided on the Island all his life.

Ric Lafontaine the Wind Gone Mad

Ric Lafontaine has a west coast sound reflecting the free and independent spirit of Vancouver Island. His songs are reminiscent of Cat Stevens but with the flavor of a seasoned fisherman. His music paints pictures of faeries dancing on water and eagles soaring on one wing. Like a weaver, confident of his craft, Ric takes contemporary themes and transforms them into mystical moments. From his minstrel's bag, he pulls out a melody and a word and takes the listener on a magic carpet ride. Skip a stone on the water and then dance to the moon. Take a pilgrimage and spend some moments with this free-spirited storyteller

Ron Campbell
Pure Blues Guy

Songwriter, award-winning recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, high-energy performer. A 35-year veteran of the stage, Ron Campbell and his resonator guitar present an unforgettable entertainment experience - a show steeped in the traditions of the Delta Blues!"

 Listen to his brand new CD, Pure Blues Guy

Rose Reiter
What I Don't Get

Artist description

Rose Reiter - Singer/Songwriter from Vancouver, BC, Canada. She Captures her audience with her passionate edgy blend of pop, soul and rock. She started playing piano by ear at the age of 3 and started lessons at 4. Although her dad had to sell the piano a few years later and couldn't afford lessons, she continued to play and write music any time she could find a piano. Her natural voice and performing instinct grew after many years of exposure to music, theater and dance. She started playing guitar at the age of 16 and continued her vocal lessons.She released her first album, "What I Don't Get" on her own indie label, Lion Records.
*Rose has been aquiring alot of attention on the internet, Liveartists.com featured her and she is recieving many reviews from a growing fan base, check out her reviews at u-g-a.com, ryze.com, audiosurge.com and a great review at www.musicgiveaway.com (favorites)to name a few.

Music style
Pop

Musical influences
Sting, Sarah McLachlan, Paula Cole, Annie Lennox

Similar Artists
Paula Cole and Sara McLachlan

Instruments
Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums and various Percussion Instruments

Albums
What I Don't Get

Press reviews:

This Rose, a song on Reiter's debut CD, is catching lots of attention by Paul Andrew, The Pique Magazine.
WHO: Rose Reiter WHERE: AlpenRock House WHEN: Feb.19

Why is it that almost every time a singer/song writer recommends a song of theirs, in order to get a good idea of their talent, it isn't the song you think is the best on the CD?

"If you're out of time, please take a quick listen to tracks 3, 5, 6 and 7..." was the message from Vancouver's Rose Reiter when she e-mailed some additions to an interview I had with her a couple weeks back.

Fortunately, I wasn't out of time and discovered a couple other tracks on the CD that probably impressed AlpenRock's management and confirmed a booking for the 25 year old musician. Not that the songs she mentioned weren't good because most of the 13 trackson Reiter's debut CD, called What I Don't Get, are solid compositions for a debut album. But she may not have heard the pseudo Eastern rhythms in HeavenKnows, the disc's second track, or realized the strong harmonies on 8 of Hearts near the end of the CD.

But like any of the arts, beauty is in the(ear) of the beholder."I basically got the gig at AlpenRock House myself, after Gordon Barkerheard the CD, he called and booked our band, "Reiter said on the phone from Vancouver "So it was footwork, I guess."Perhaps. But a few of the songs on what I Don't Get are much more dance-like and energetic than tunes by some of the young Canadian female crooners looking for a major record label. Heaven help any female singer who relies solely on her voice and good looks to break into the music market. The odds are stacked against them. Reiter uses some edgy arrangements behind her strong vocals to give listeners some variety. As a result, it creates energy and a few good tunes."

I had an opportunity to do this with another band, see the world, that kind of thing. And Gordon (Barker) compared me to Ivana Santili, which is nice. I'm really flattered by that. But song writing is my number one gift - and I write a lot of songs. It's a whole different animal. I really want to get recognized as a song writer. Some people think that female song writers all write their own stuff.. but many depend on other writer's material."Although Reiter's voice isn't as much pop music as someone such as Santili,she should be grateful. Her unpolished pipes, and to an extent gritty contemporary arrangements, distinguish her from a swarm of up and comers who all sound like they were all cast from the same cookie cutter. And people have noticed.

CBC's Coastal Grooves interviewed Reiter on the radio and played a few of her songs, and even the harder edged CFOX radio in Vancouver gave the disc limited spins.Reiter says she's a full-time professional musician who, on the side, "works as a software consultant and trainer" for a few companies in Vancouver.There are much worse positions to be in when trying to make the transition from one lifestyle to another."Plus, I've owned LionEye Records in Vancouver for two years. And my CD is on the label.

"Reiter is no stranger to Whistler but has never performed here. AlpenRockHouse is a large venue for any established band to fill, never mind an upwardly mobile indie artist from the city, but she seems confident about her chances of a good show."I know DJ Morgan at The Beagle and my stuff has been played in there," Reiter said. "Actually, I dropped off the CD at AlpenRock and Gordon said he'd listen to it. "Two days later he said he called me at 9:15 in the morning, said that he listened to it all day, and when could I come up and play in the nightclub."

Shari Ulrich Every Road


 

Produced by Graeme Coleman
Engineered and Mixed by Bill Buckingham
Co-Produced by Bill Buckingham and Shari Ulrich

Musicians

Graeme Coleman, Dave Pickell
- keyboards, percussion programming
Kat Hendrikse - drums, percussion, programming
Rene Worst, Tom Hazlitt - Bass
Bill Henderson, Harris Van Berkel, Terry Frewer - guitar
Shari Ulrich - violin
Tom Cololough - saxophone
Joani Bye, Sean Hosein, Warren Stanyer, Marc LaFrance, Carlynn Hanney, Jane Mortifee, David Graff - bg Vocals

Tracks:
Legacies - music/lyrics by Shair Ulrich
Someday -
music by Shari Ulrich & Graeme Coleman, Lyrics by Shari
Looking for Me -
music by Shari Ulrich & Graeme Coleman, Lyrics by Shari
Inside Passage -
music by Dave Pickell
The Heartland -
music and lyrics by Shari Ulrich
House up on the Hill -
music and lyrics by Shari Ulrich
Only the Heart -
music and lyrics by Shari Ulrich, Graeme Coleman & David Graff
The Jig -
trad, arranged by Shari
Its not Love -
music and lyrics by Shari Ulrich
Every Road
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music by Shari Ulrich, Graeme Colemen & David Graff, Lyric by Shari

Stack Sisters
Smile!

Producers: Kathy Stack & Greg Pauker
Recorded: Sculptor Systems, Salt Spring Island

Label: Clam Flats Music

Steve Palen
Look Around

Sue Pyper
Before You Learn To Fly

Tammy Fassaert Corner of My Eye

Featuring: John Reischman, Sally Van Meter, David Mosher, Nathan Tinkham, Byron Myhre, Chris Stevens, Jordy Sharp, Paul Bergman and others

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Tammy's second solo album 'Corner of My Eye', (released in 2000) includes four brilliant new songs from Tammy, with impressive playing by a cast of luminaries under the keen direction of producer and mandolinist John Reischman. This internationally acclaimed release has further enhanced an already rich musical pedigree that has seen her perform and record in bands with acoustic music stars such as Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Jeff White, Grammy winner Sally Van Meter and Scott Nygaard. Tammy also hand picks back-up players for tours, who recently have included John Reischman, Michigander David Mosher, Ian Tyson alumnus Nathan Tinkham, and Alberta's popular bluegrass band Jerusalem Ridge.

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".

Terry Boyle

Terry has just returned from his native Ireland where he spent the last three years catching up on tunes, songs and old friends at musical sessions all over the country. His songs reflect the continuing contact with Ireland which he left to come to Canada in 1989.

“ I have come back with basketloads of ideas which I will eventually press into the shape of rough songs. It always takes me a long time to be somewhat satisfied with the final product.”


Terry released a self-titled CD in 1997 which contains a blend of songs written between Ireland and Canada. He is currently working on a second CD of original and Celtic songs.