I hope you are looking forward to the summer every bit as much as I am, I will be getting out to a number of festivals over the course of the next few months, but before that happens I will be featuring a number of interviews that I have conducted for Blues and Roots Radio over the last couple of weeks and also that I will be doing in June .... there is no rest for the wicked they say !
Kayt & The Hard Folks
Toronto based Kayt Lucas popped over to chat with us in beautiful Port Credit a couple of weeks ago, the interview will be airing as part of our Album Of The Week show commencing Friday June 1st ahead of the launch which takes place at The Dakota Tavern in downtown Toronto on June 8th.
Kayt has been a friend for a while, so it was a great to be able to sit down and chat with her and a couple of the band members, Paul Chalmers ( Guitar ) and Richard Begley ( Bass ) ahead of the release.
The Album is called ' The Company Of Kings ' it really is a fantastic mix of Folk, Blues, Rock and Country, here is a glimpse of one of the tracks.
Release event - https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1690677
Hope to see you there.
last weekend we had Suzie and her partner, photographer James Dean, over to chat about her new release ' Shake The Love Around ' I have been a long time admirer of Suzie and her music ever since coming to Canada, I first met her over eight years ago and have had the opportunity to see her perform a number of times, she is a consumate professional, one of the leading singer / songwriter / guitarists in Canada and it was a great honour for me to be able to sit down and chat about her music and in particular this new release, I'll be doing a one hour special on Under The Radar next weekend.
The last track on the new album is a co write with Matt Andersen, here they perform that same song ! Amazing talent I'm sure you'll agree, and demonstrates the league that Suzie performs in.
For upcoming shows near you check out Suzie's website.
I sat down with Mike about a year ago to chat about his new recording ' Go All In ' and since then he has gone on to win award after award for the recording, we've become good friends and I'm looking forward to his visit in June to Port Credit and Toronto, I will be interviewing him about the phenomenally successful year he has had.
Since the release of his third album ' Go All In ', and a packed year of touring and publicity, Mike was awarded the 2017 Music New Brunswick Award for 'Blues Artist of the Year', and in May 2018 he was honoured with the 2018 East Coast Music Award for 'Blues Recording of the Year'
Here is a track from this wonderful recording, look out for the interview coming to Blues and Roots Radio in June
Spring Tour Dates, Ontario and Quebec
Four Chords and The Truth
The premier songwriting event in Toronto since June 2015, I have covered every single one since the inception bringing ' Behind The Scenes ' interviews thanks to host and founder Andrea England.
It has meant that I have had access to over fifty top quality artists from across Canada and have featured them on a special program each quarter from The Dakota Tavern in Toronto.
The next event is June 14th, almost every single one has been sold out in advance, get your tickets at the link below to save being disappointed. I have no idea who I will be getting the honour to chat with, but it's guaranteed to be four or five of the best songwriters Canada has to offer.
I will be bringing those interviews to Blues & Roots Radio in June.
There are previous show archives available at this link
To buy tickets for this and upcoming shows visit this link
Colin MacDonald ( The Trews ) and Serena Ryder sang the song below at the very first four chords event... a special moment, of which there are many at each show.
Last but by no means least... my favourite local band...
I have been a big fan and friends of Jim Jones, Lloyd Banfield and Craig Hustler for many years, Jim and I met about nine years ago at one of my own gigs, and ever since I have been going to see him play whenever I can.
Shore Thing are infectious, they play in the local area, they can be found regularly playing big bar gigs to huge crowds, most of the audience are from the East Coast, as are all the lads in the band.
Multi instrumentalists, traditional and contemporary songs, you name it, they've got it. Over the past few years Shore Thing have been the highlight of many house parties and kitchen parties. They certainly know how to get an audience dancing, singing and on their feet.
With a unique blend of classic rock, Irish folk and traditional Newfoundland music, you can guarantee that everyone will have a great time.
I am delighted to say that I'll be chatting with them before a performance on June 16th and I'll be bringing that interview to Blues & Roots Radio in June.
Check them out
What did I say about ' No Rest For The Wicked ! "
If June is anything to go by, I must have been really bad !
Have a great week