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Greg Joy
Celtic Secrets

very very rare

Highly decorative "folk-baroque" guitar compositions combined with the beautiful sounds of flutes, dulcimer and viola da Gamba weave a magical spell upon these enchanting traditional Celtic melodies.

Gruff, The
A Goat On Every Floor

currently unavailable

A Goat on Every Floor was made possible by the Canada Council of the Arts and has been awarded The "100.3 The Q! Album of the Year" award at the 3rd Annual Island Music Awards in Victoria May 2004. We recorded A Goat on Every Floor with our good friend Adrian Dolan who plays with The Bill's (formerly The Bill Hilly Band). It was mastered by Joby Baker at Baker Studios. I can honestly say that it's the best CD ever. The most exciting thing about this CD (besides the influence of Adrian, and the greatest graphics ever seen) is that unlike our first CD, A Goat on Every Floor is full of original music!

Harry Warner
Galway to Ganges

"I left Galway in 1967 and soon after realized that the Irish heritage of music and song would be precious to me forever. On this CD I have tried to emphasize the singing of songs. The CD features songs of my youth - Irish songs - Gaelic and English; also some Country and Western songs. There are some songs from my 'new' home on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada.

"I inherited a love of performing from my father Claude . As a shy youth of 12 years, I sang in public for the first time on condition that 'everyone had their eyes closed!' During my drinking years I often grabbed an opportunity to burst into song. My folk music hero was Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners.

"In 1990, I bought a small farm on Salt Spring and resigned from my job as Professor of Mathematics and Business Computing at Ryerson University in Toronto.

"In 1993, at the age of 50, I joined my first group, Spanner in the Works, based in Ganges, Salt Spring Island. Derek Duffy, Myranda O'Byrne, Terry Warbey and I had a lot of fun performing Celtic music.

"In 1994 Denise McCann, Jo Lundstrom and I formed Black Velvet Band and travelled far and wide singing and playing."

—Harry Warner

Irish Rovers The Best of the Irish Rovers

(Remastered)
Released in 2003 by UNIVERSAL MUSIC .

Ivonne Hernandez
Playing With Fire

As one of Canada’s hottest young performers, Ivonne has performed with or opened for Alan Jackson, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, The Paperboys, Barachois, Natalie MacMaster, Jann Arden, Julian Austin, Ben Heppner and Oscar Lopez. Her talent, passion and charm have taken her all over North America.

A consummate entertainer, she is constantly in motion, whether dancing, fiddling or singing...an energy that is passed on to the audience wherever she performs.

About Ivonne's debut cd 'Playing With Fire'

Guests include Scott Henderson on saxophone and Daniel Lapp on keyboard and guitar. As Daniel writes in the liner notes, " Enjoy this album, the first from a young fiddler whose splendid technique commands attention and deserves accolades but which never interferes with a spirited and soulful performance, which is at the heart of all great fiddling."

 

Musicians on the CD include: Ivonne Hernandez (Fiddle, Stepdancing, Vocals, Percussion) Adam Dobres (Guitar, Bass, Percussion) Jessamy Zeeman (Keyboard, Percussion) Mike Alton (Drum Kit) Daniel Lapp (Keyboard - tracks 2 & 6, Tenor Guitar - tracks 7 & 11) Scott Henderson (Tenor Saxophone - track 3) Produced by: Ivonne Hernandez Recorded and Mixed by: Bill Crappelle Mixed and Mastered by: Hugh McMillan Recorded at: The Recordists Workshop, Victoria, BC, 2001

Jaime RT
REACH

Jaime RT hails from the Kootenay’s where she began her performing career at 12-years-old with family band “The Huscroft Family Fiddlers”. She took her love of music and created a career after university with teaching, establishing the Salt Spring Fiddle Workshop that draws fiddle lovers from all over the globe to the founding of Fiddleworks, a teaching series of music books and CDs.

Performing with numerous players over the years such as Kettle of Fish, Song of the Isles and The Billy Goats Gruff, Jaime has honed her dynamic live performance and has established herself as one of the top fiddlers in the country. Summers find Jaime teaching and performing at fiddle camps across Canada and the US, sharing the stage with fiddlers such as Oliver Schroer, Pierre Schryer, Jerry Holland, Gordon Stobbe, Ian Fraser, & Catriona MacDonald. Sharing her talents in Canada’s arctic and northern communities with Andrea Hanson and Strings Across the Sky, an organization committed to restoring the historic fiddle legacy among youth, is another one of Jaime’s passions.

At home on Salt Spring Island Jaime can be found performing at community events and teaching fiddle, violin, piano, theory and composition in her unique straw bale music studio.

Reach is a rich combination of sounds, a merging of the classical with a folk soul that takes listeners on a journey of melodic pathways. Imaginative, joyous, and rich with stylistic mergings, this album establishes Jaime RT as an innovative artist willing to bring fiddle music to new palates. A contemporary folk album, Reach blends new and old music, celtic and Jazz, classic and Acadian to create a uniquely west-coast inspired world approach to the fiddle. Woven with the support of mandolin, guitar, accordion, bass, cello and tabla, Jaime’s violin and viola take us on a journey that keeps us wanting more. Reach brings a stellar line-up of some of the best talent in folk music today such as the prodigious, cutting-edge fiddle composer Oliver Schroer on violin, Canada’s top mandolin player John Reischman along with Juno-nominated musicians Glen Manders and Andrian Dolan of The Bills. Reach is a fresh new canvas that has allowed Jaime RT to create a picture of fiddle music that is both new and familiar, a sound that is “out-of-the-box” and ultimately captivating.

Jaiya
Firedance: Songs for Winter Solstice

Celebrate the yearly return of the light with songs full of Celtic soul, poignancy and fire.

This collection of songs celebrating Yule is a fresh alternative to the usual seasonal fare. The album consists of five original songs and five rare traditional tunes. All original pieces and musical arrangements are written by band members.

Songs range from warmly good-natured party tunes, such as To Drive the Cold Winter Away, and the quirky 15th century English tavern ditty, Bring Us in Good Ale, to tender ballads such as Gaia’s Lullaby, with its yearning for communion with the earth.

The album’s title track, Firedance, is a slowly-building dervish, with modal, arabic flavours. Swirling accordion riffs and hypnotic vocals invite us to "Cast the old year into the flame." The instrumental jig, The Turning Tide, poignantly conveys the transition from old year to new.

A highlight of the album, Yule is Come, literally turns historical precedent on its ear. In this exuberant piece, a haunting fragment of medieval plainsong chant, "Gaudete, Christus est Natus" (Christ is born) is abducted and transformed into a timeless call to celebrate Yule.

Jeremy Walsh
Self-Titled Debut

A talented entertainer and songwriter in the tradition of Paxton and Guthrie, Jeremy Walsh draws from many different traditions of folk music including Celtic, Appalacian, French Canadian, Bluegrass, Irish, Maritime and Newfoundland. Produced by High McMillan of "Spirit of the West", "Self Titled Debut" follows Jeremy's successful stint as a key performer, vocalist and writer in the Canadian band "Scruj MacDuhk." While his music ranges from lilting celtic to furious folk rock, all is delivered with passion and a highly infectious energy. It's no wonder he has shared stages with Eileen Ivers, Lunasa, James Keelaghan, Dervish, The Paperboys and Great Big Sea.

Kerry Joy Moilliet
Kerry On

With Stars In Your Heart

 
Kerry was born and raised on Vancouver Island and has Island life passionately in her heart. Her amazing singing voice has been recognized in coffee houses, lounge acts and childrens festivals since 1980.

In '88 the release of her first recording appearded and entertained families of all ages. Most recently, Kerry has released "Kerry On, With Stars In Your Heart", a thirteen song CD with powerful and emotional vocals - the hallmark of her eclectic portfolio.

Kerry's wide variety of vocal and writing talents embrace an amazing range of emotion and experience.

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."