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).

Merisa Donoghue
Finally Come Home

Moritz Behm My Anthem

Fiddle and Violin blended into a unique foot stomping style of original music in the styles of Rock, Celtic, Classical, and New Age
Thirty seconds into Moritz Behm's CD debut, My Anthem, my six-year-old daughter looked up from her sketch- book. "Daddy," she intoned with unshakable confidence, "this one's a keeper!"

Of course, it's not unusual for Franny to offer strong opinions; whatever it may say on my business card, she's the real music critic in the house, with an unerring ear for sounds that are vital and spirited. But in singling Behm out for praise she's only echoing what the Bowen Island fiddler's friends and neighbours have been saying for years. To them, it's long been obvious that his talents are unique; now, with the release of his first CD, it's time for the wider world to take notice.

Like most first-album calling cards, My Anthem is intended to showcase the diversity of its maker's musical interests. Sprightly jigs and reels nestle up to darker, rock-tinged psychedelic outings; the Central European Inflections of "Sweet Dreams" pay homage to Behm's German heritage, while Squamish First Nations performer Bob Baker's drumming and chanting on "Dark Grace" make it clear that Behm is comfortable honouring the equally ancient traditions
of his family's adopted shore. And although he prefers to sing through his fiddle, vocalists Heidi Anderson, Julie Vik, Samantha Coulter, and Rob Bracken colour his songs with tones that range from fresh-faced folk clarity to gritty bar-band exuberance.

Even in his choice of guest artists it's clear that Behm has eclectic tastes, and over a pot of tea he confides that his ultimate ambition is to be equally comfortable playing with a punk band, a pack of African drummers, and on some sort of new-age soundscape. But careful sequencing and the guiding hand of producer Colin Nairne ensure that Behm's debut is no grab bag; My Anthem flows seamlessly from start to finish, with gripping melodies and emotive fiddling a constant.
Behm-who'll showcase material from his CD at Presentation House on Saturday (November 28)-wasn't always so willing to experiment. He's been playing the violin since he was eight (and added the mandolin to his arsenal during his teens), but his early years were focused entirely on becoming a classical-music virtuoso.

"I was really keen to play, and going through the classical program I showed a lot of talent," he explains. "But I feel like I got pushed a little bit too fast, and my love of music sort of waned as my capacity to play more and more challenging pieces grew. After a while, I didn't know if I was doing it because I enjoyed it, or because somebody was telling me to. I got as far as playing the Bruch violin concerto [the quintessential Romantic showpiece] and went up against Corey Cerovsek at the Canadian Music Competition-where I got 79 percent and he got 94, so that sort of took the wind out of my sails about being competitive in that way. I just sort of broke down at that point, and couldn't find the energy to practise anymore, so I just let it sit for a while."

Burnt-out at 11, Behm might easily have joined the millions of former music-school trainees whose instruments sit, idle and unplayed, in basements and closets everywhere. But Bowen Island banjo picker Jim McConnan showed him a few Celtic tunes, and a new love was kindled. (The two still play together in the Fiddleheads, a Bowen institution, at a variety of community gatherings.)

"I could relate more to jigs and reels than I could to classical," Behm says. "They're just more fun to play."
Of course, the trick in learning jigs and reels is to master a traditional idiom. But to develop a personal voice on one's instrument, it's necessary to go beyond the historical vocabulary-and in this venture, the by-then teenaged Behm found inspiration in an unusual source.

"I really started to like rock as a teenager, and one band in particular: Van Halen," he says. "Eddie Van Halen, the guitarist, had this style where he just reached out into the stratosphere and made some really, really powerful solos, where every note was just right. He was a really big influence on me to go my own
way and just play exactly what I feel".

The other big influence on Behm's musical development was not necessarily musical in itself-unless you take a rather poetic approach to nature, as the fiddler certainly does. The landscape and weather of the island where he grew up are embedded deeply in My Anthem, which pulses with the beat of waves on the shore and soars with the abandon of an autumn storm. In fact, I can't think of any other record that so perfectly distills the essence of this coast; you could write thousands of words explaining what it's like to live here, when one cycle through Behm's songs would suffice just as well.

"I've spent a lot of time around here just in complete quiet: out in the forest, just watching nature, watching the trees and the landscape," he explains. "It's taught me a lot. It's taught me to really see something for what it is, without your mind making something out of it. Nature has a way of doing that. It really puts you in tune, gets you out of your mind and into experience, I guess.

"One place in particular that does that is Cape Roger Curtis [Bowen Island's westernmost point], and the song 'Dark Grace' is about that. I had a really amazing experience one night, just sitting there on the beach when the sun went down: it was like your whole body was tingling, and you weren't thinking anything; as soon as a thought entered your mind you just kinda went 'Okay, not now!' It was just amazing. You felt like you were a part of everything.

"That's what that song was about, and I tried my hardest to write it on my own and describe what was happening-but I could only do the fiddle and mandolin part. I knew that it was something I would have to give to other people to finish."

Behm's collaborator on this piece was Heidi Anderson, and her lyrics do a fine job of conveying his ever-increasing awe of, and love for, the natural world. "Lately I've been going out into the forest and just playing," he says. "I've been playing jigs and reels so much in the bars that I've sort of lost contact with, like, 'Why was this song originally written? What original seed caused this song?' And going out to the beach or into the forest really connected me with that again. It keeps that inspiration going, that energy, so you're not just doing it for the show, but you're actually feeling the music while you play it."

Back at home, my daughter is certainly feeling the music. Not long after passing judgment on My Anthem's opening track, she started doing her version of the Highland fling to stompers such as "Anthem" and "The Beast", and now, sweaty and dishevelled, she's curled up beside me for a rest.

Her final verdict? "1 like this CD a lo-but it makes my feet hurt."

"Moritz's depth, passion and versatility are only overshadowed by his talent. Truly, he is among a handful of people with such a gift." - (Jay Bentley, bassist, Bad Religion)

Music that is pure, passionate, and uninhibited. This is the music of Moritz Behm, a Bowen Island artist whose unique style of music is captured on his debut solo album, My Anthem.

Behm uses a variety of different influences, including Celtic, jazz, rock, and classical, to fuse an original sound that crosses many musical genres, including roots, rock, and new-age.

Born in 1970 in Vancouver, he began training as a classical violinist at the age of eight. At ten, he migrated to the fiddle, yearning to expand his musical horizons and to have the freedom to improvise.

Behm"s strongest passion is to compose and perform original work. ìI love to take an idea and see how it develops, and itís very satisfying to see it finally become a reality in front of an audience or in the studio.î His songs vary from solo to full blown band pieces with vocal collaboration (Rob Bracken of Brickhouse)

His strength as a fiddle player has gained him a solid reputation. He has played and recorded with The Paperboys, Barney Bentall and the Legendary Hearts, Mad Pudding, and The Colorifics , and as a recent incarnation with Tom Taylor of She Stole My Beer. Behm also lends his expert fiddle-playing to Juno award winner John Bottomley. and comprises the other half of the Rob Thompson Duo, a regular act at the Dubhlinn Gate Pub in Whistler, B.C.. He has also performed at many fundraising and private functions, including the Aids Walk in Vancouver and the CNIB.

Musical Reflections CELTIC WHISPERS

From the pleasant lilt of the penny whistle to the peaceful beauty of the Celtic Harp, Will Millar (I believe he was of the Irish Rovers) takes you to the green hills of Ireland with these stirring melodies and Celtic Whispers. Songs are: Factory girls (Mo Mhuirnin Ban,By the Banks of the Bann, Factory Girls), Haunted Kenban (Blue Hills of Antrim, Lady McQuillians Lament, The Longships of Dunluce), Spirit of Place (The Banks of Claudy, Curragh of Kildare, Limerick is Beautiful, Spancial HIll), Lark in the Clear Aires (My Singing Bird), Carickfergus (Mary of Dungloe), Slieve Gallon Braes (Sally Gardens), The Irish Brigade - 1864 (Bold Fenian Men, Hills of Shiloh, Skibereen, Ashokan Farewell), The Women of Ireland (Rosheen Dubh, The Women of Ireland, Star of the County Down, Suzie Maguire). Gorgeous music, good quality. ENJOY

Norbury & Finch Tease For Two

This charismatic and quirky duo, offer a unique performing style with their evocative and adventurous songs.

Norbury & Finch swing easily through an astonishingly wide range of styles and encompass numbers in a folk tradition bordering on medieval madrigal, a capella, blues, jazz and rock, all delivered in an easy and unselfconscious manner.
The obvious rapport between Judy and Joanna is a reflection of their mutual admiration and affection for each other. One seems to inspire the other to take risks in their music as well as their personal lives. Finch accompanies Norbury's guitar and dulcimer on a variety of instruments - including the almost famous invisible nose-cornet - and Norbury has mastered the art of 'playing her face' to excellent effect. They create a relaxed atmosphere and easy rapport with their audiences, making even the biggest venue seem intimate and friendly.

Born in India and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada, Judy spent much of early adult life participating in the west-coast music scene. She has played at concerts and folk festivals throughout British Columbia, Canada, primarily on Vancouver Island where she has made her home for the past 25 years. With two albums, and a vast repertoire of original songs ranging from bluegrass to folk-rock, Judy is an established and respected artist throughout Vancouver Island.

Judy Norbury is a blithe spirit that knows no limitations. Through her songs she extols the abundance of love, laughter and whimsy that has propelled her along her journey of life. Judy plays guitar and Appalachian mountain dulcimer and sings, with a voice that is both rich and sweet, songs with humour, melancholy and courage. The lyrics in her songs document her personal experiences in a way that is both powerful and intimate.

Raised in Victoria, BC, Canada, Joanna Finch spent most of her life living in various B.C. coastal villages until she moved to the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island in 1990. A humorist by nature, Joanna enjoys playing with words and vocal mimicry to add a dramatic flair to her compositions. Trained in classical voice at the Victory Conservatory as a child, and in jazz as an adult, Joanna's broad range of styles is reflected in her music.

Inspired by Judy's provocative songs, Joanna first started performing seven years ago as an accompanist to Judy, adding harmony and rhythm with flute, viola, penny whistle, hand drum, and singing some of her own folk compositions. As the duo developed, Joanna's jazz background contributed to the duo's eclectic and unusual style. Her knack for creating harmony and interesting arrangements, coupled with the duo's blending of voices, make them renowned for their a capella songs. With a voice that moves from sultry blues and soothing Celtic, to the nasal whine of her own special nose cornet, Joanna's vocal gymnastics are an intriguing compliment to Judy's sure, clear voice.


Paperboys , The Molinos

Release Date: Oct 21, 1997
Label: Stony Plain (Canada)
World Music
Molinos was produced by John Webster (Tom Cochrane, Pure, Rymes With Orange). A rock producer was an unlikely choice for a Celtic band, yet John’s pop sensibilities allowed for a seamless fusion of contemporary drum loops and electric guitars together with traditional instruments and original songs. Although the celtic flair dominates the album, influences from Spain (the album title is Spanish for windmills), Eastern Europe (Ray’s Ukrainian Wine Cellar Polka) and South Africa (Crashing Down, with guitarist Alpha Yaya Diallo making a guest appearance) can be heard throughout the fourteen songs.
"Boasting at least four potential radio hits, Molinos is a palatable yet challenging masterpiece... One of the best albums of the year." - Mike Devlin, Victoria Times Colonist
The Paperboys combine Celtic, Bluegrass, Ska, Eastern European, Soca, Folk and Pop music in a delicious Rootsy stew. Thier album Molinos won them a Juno award (Canadian Grammy) and garnered them rave reviews from critics and fans alike. England's prestigious FRoots magazine had this to say about the album Molinos.
"The most exuberant record I've heard in ages.....breathtaking"

Rattle the Bag
Vancouver Island's Own

The members of Rattle the Bag perceive a gap in the mid-Island music scene, where modern developments such as Singer-songwriter, Celtic rock and 'World/fusion' (which tend to use jazz chords and rock guitar-licks) now pass as 'traditional' or 'folk', and we endeavour to fill that gap with real traditional music! We sing and play traditional dance tunes and songs from the British Isles, Western Europe, and North America - including Vancouver Island. We mostly play a mixture of Irish, Scottish and English music, with some from Scandinavia, Switzerland and Canada's East Coast thrown in; and we always play some traditional-style tunes written by our accordionist, Eric Oscar. This is music of the people - the only chords we use are majors, minors and sevenths!
Dawn Hoebee learned flute in her highschool band, and today her range of playing styles includes Celtic, Scandinavian, Renaissance and Medieval music, on a variety of flutes, recorders and whistles. She has also recently added the Jew's harp to her range of skills, a rare novelty that never fails to draw attention! Dawn is an accomplished sight-reader, and carries a veritable library of music wherever she plays. Since finishing this CD, Dawn has left us to pursue a new life in the USA.
Eric Oscar plays by ear, composes traditional-style music, and plays various button accordions including the Swiss Schwyzerörgeli, the Jeffries Duet concertina, and fiddle. A native of Crofton, Eric is proud of his Vancouver Island roots and has named many of his tunes for events and places on the Island. Crofton's recent 100-year celebration was honoured with his 'Crofton Centennial Waltz'. 'Pipers Lagoon Morris' and 'Trip to Sayward' are Morris-type tunes, the former named for the location of its first public performance, and the latter named for a RTB gig in that town.
John Morrison was raised on the island of Cumbrae, Scotland, before immigrating to Canada. John has been singing songs since childhood, and comes from a family where all four brothers sing. He started playing the bodhran (Irish drum) and the bones several years ago. John also currently plays with the Orange & Green Band of Chemainus. He sings, plays harmonica and provides percussion for both bands.
Bob Bloodsworth was recruited at the last minute to play bass for this CD, but has recently been contributing his skills as a fiddler and guitarist to our live performances as well. He was born and raised in New Brunswick and now lives in Nanaimo.

Rig-A-Jig Celtic Street Band







"Enthusiastic Celtic" is what this band personifies - 6 piece ensemble of excellent musicians and tight arrangements makes this CD an all-season, all generations product.
A great Band with roots in the music of the British Isles and Canada
Now at the Blethering Place Restaurant Friday Nights 7-9pm
Rig-A-Jig's fiddle, banjo concertina, guitar, bass and washboard rhythms make it the perfect band for an upbeat, fun time for everyone!
Jigs, reels, waltzes, polkas
combine with songs from the traditional past and from contemporary Canadian songwriters. Sing along, dance, enjoy the music!
Phone 250 384 9046 for booking information. E-mail to mail@rig-a-jig.com or mnewman@netcom.ca for a FREEE
SAMPLE of Rig-A-Jig's music.

Add a dance caller to Rig-A-Jig's merry musicians and you have the perfect formula for a community or school dance!
Everyone dances with everyone as the dance caller gives easy instructions for all to follow. It's all very fun and inclusive of all at the dance - grandmothers dance with their grandchildren, dads with daughters and moms with sons...everyone gets into the act. Phone 384-9046 for more information on community and school functions.e-mail to:
mnewman@netcom.ca or

Sandy Jasper and the Westcoast Whistle Co.

Put on the C.D., sit back and take a journey!  Haunting whistle tunes take you deep into the forest where elves and forest creatures play.  Slide out onto the plains with Steve Tozer as he sings an original song "The Buffalo Run"  Take a trip to Ireland or Scotland with one of their lively Celtic Tunes or revisit lost or forgotten love as Sandy Jasper sings one of her original songs.  Each piece is chosen for it's beauty and ability to take you away from the everyday, each piece chosen to take you on a journey, a journey into Elfsong!
Sandy Jasper is a multi-instramentalist who both plays and builds her own Irish Whistles.  She writes her own songs, teaches and writes books.  Steve Tozer is a British born Songwriter, poet and musician.  Together they are members of the Band "The West Coast Whistle Co."  Featuring Original music and Traditional Celtic tunes.  They have performed on T.V. Radio, in Theatres and on tour with Will Millar of the Irish Rovers.  For more information on upcoming events, C.D.'s or their hand made Irish Whistles, check out their web page at:  http://www.angelfire.com/music2/WestCoastWhistleCo/
Or e.mail them at WhistleCompany@Shaw.ca

Sheila Ryan
Samrad Linn


Born in Limerick, Ireland, Sheila Ryan is from a very musical family. Growing up to the sounds of Irish music & dance, she developed her wonderful voice. Singing with her father as they worked their family farm, she learned to appreciate the great traditional Celtic heritage. As a teenager, Sheila played in folk groups, with a country band, & toured with a variety show in Ireland. This experience taught Sheila to enjoy working with the public and brought out her ready wit. Sheila has performed on radio and television in Ireland & Britain.

Sheila plays Irish Harp & Guitar, and since coming to Canada she has written & performed in BC, Alberta & the Yukon in concerts & lounge acts.

Sheila Ryan - harp vocals
Born in Limerick, Ireland, Sheila Ryan is from a very musical family. Growing up to the sounds of Irish music & dance, she developed her wonderful voice. Singing with her father as they worked their family farm, she learned to appreciate the great traditional Celtic heritage. As a teenager, Sheila played in folk groups, with a country band, & toured with a variety show in Ireland. This experience taught Sheila to enjoy working with the public and brought out her ready wit. Sheila has performed on radio and television in Ireland & Britain.