Ken Johnson
piano and nature interludes


Independant release
The debut release from Victoria’s hard rock outfit Kincaide is a double edged sword, the musicianship is tight, gripping and uncompromising, the vocal range is strong, but on the other hand the band has yet to find its own signature sound, often coming off as some sort of Tool cover-band or finding itself wreaking of trendy hard rock stereotypes to the point that I can almost envision the over-the-top pantomime gestures that are taking place with every scream or guitar solo. When the band strips away the façade and it’s genuine and impassioned intent shows through, the songs impact jumps significantly but these occasional cracks aren’t prominent enough to redeem the over-all lack of originality throughout this six track release. - Jesse Ladret Making their music heard over the ocean from Vancouver Island, this is a band who's clean parts easily match up with the distorted, and might even be a little bit better. The very first song of the album, The Indecision Of A Child, Ladies & Gentleman, opens undistorted and returns to that sound periodically during the song between heavier parts. The same goes for most of the others. There's screaming and distortion on every single track but a good part of the CD is pretty mellow. There's lots of switching from clean to equally catchy distorted riffs throughout all the songs, and the singing and screams take turns too. Trigger Time is the only track on here without much clean guitar at all, but there's a good mixture of speed and rhythm changes, and the kind of combination of shrieks and singing that you can definitely expect to hear from Kincaide. The vocals are pretty smooth and easy to understand. I can even make out most of the screams, which is good because a lot of other bands can't seem to scream actual words. Most of the songs have a pretty good length. The chorus in the almost ten minute long Failing To Recognize is the one that stuck in my head the most. Maybe it's the way it's sung or maybe it's what I think are the words "She's like a knife broken in my neck and digging in." Whatever the reason, it stands out. There aren't many other parts on the album that let the songs stand out overly much, at least not against each other. They're all on pretty much the same level. I'm not saying any of the songs are bad; they're all actually pretty good. And I'm not saying they all sound the same either. There's just not really anything that pushes any far beyond the rest. If you like one song, chances are you will like them all. The CD is slightly more than half an hour long, but only 6 songs. Maybe with a few more songs on it they could have really shown what they've got, 'cause it definitely sounds like they have a lot to offer. If you're ever in Victoria, or if they happen to play near you, I'd say Kincaide is worth checking out. review by Cory  at  punkcanada.net

Low Down Rattles of Rhythm

The Wild Man (James McRae): drums, vocals
Marc Atkinson: guitars, vocals, mandolin
Scott White: Upright & Electric Bass, Vocals

Lori Pappajohn
Celtic Harp Of Dreams

Poetic music inspired by first snow, friendships and loves that could have been, landscapes, ancient Greece and distant shores. "The water is wide, I can't cross o're, neither have I the wings to fly. Build me a boat to carry two and I will row, my love and I."

Louise Eldridge

Mosaic - original compositions with piano, cello, flute and violin

In the Mosaic, Louise shares her complex and soulful compositions - music that was inspired by many moving experiences over the last few years. Louise has not only composed the music for Mosaic but has written the instrumentation as well.

“I hope you may choose this album to be among your favorite CD’s; to listen to while spending some quiet time with yourself or loved ones; in front of a fire, reading a book, sailing on calm seas or in your special warm retreat. Find your favorite place, close your eyes, relax and absorb the strong emotions that are woven into my reflective compilation”. Louise Eldridge

Musicians: S. Stoikva, violin – Ms. Stoikva has performed for numerous symphonies throughout Europe. Her exquisite weaving of melody and harmony enhance the quiet passages of this album. Paula Kiffner, cello - Her supple motions of the bow denote her artistic ability. This Salt Spring, B.C. resident has been a member of many symphonies, including Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. She is currently the head cellist for the Victoria Conservatory. Paula’s cello may be found on Celine Dion’s latest Christmas album. Alan Cottell, flute - Alan has given this album a unique sound, creating a style reminiscent of light jazz accompaniment. Alan is a resident of Victoria and is a teacher of music, voice and film.

Produced by TC Eldridge Productions

Marc Atkinson Trio II

The trio’s new CD-The Marc Atkinson Trio II, recorded at Vancouver’s Mushroom Studios pursues a direction similar to that of the first. But the group interplay displayed on tunes like the intricate arrangement of Bix Beiderbeck’s, In A Mist and the dazzling original, Fredrick’s Closet, heralds a new level of musicianship and creativity for the trio. Whether finessing the beautiful jazz standard Tenderly, segueing from Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique to The Sunshine of Your Smile or pounding out the playful power chords that begin Boilermaker, one of seven Atkinson originals that grace the CD, the trio maintains its exciting, unique musical identity.

This is jazz that is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of The Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

Mildly Psychotic

Kilt by Death

Celtic punk. “Celtic rock is more that soft, kind of east coast-y stuff,” muses lead singer, guitar, mandolin and tin whistle-r Mike Walker, “so Celtic punk is more applicable.”

McGnarley's Rant
Fisherman's Pride

last CD
has punch hole on front insert
otherwise in like-new condition

The band's music often uses odd time signatures and scales, a trademark of gypsy music, and uses unique, atypical instrumentation (for a rock/punk band) to shape their dynamic sound (the band features members on violin, mandolin, drums, bass, vocals, and guitar).

Left With Nothing