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Devil's Dozen

Last weekend I found myself in the heart of the Okanagan, steeped in business meetings and such—but did have time to attend a Social that found some of the top local Musical Artists there relaxing and jamming!  Now, I was overwhelmed by the variety of Talent and the caliber.  Some were Veterans, some were just starting out on that long road of establishing themselves—but all are worthy of a story being written, and that is just what I plan to do!  Beginning in September, I will be writing a series of stories on what I’ve always said about this part of our province…stories on the Rich and Varied pool of musical talent!  I would like to say to those that I met and talked with—thank-you for making me feel part of the community and sharing those precious Talents that you all have and filling my evening which such heartfelt Music! 

Now, for this weekend, I’m very pleased to offer up my latest interview with Royal Hunt’s founder, chatting about the brand new album—their thirteenth and perhaps their finest thus far!...

Bruce:  Andre, congratulations on another suburb effort! When did you actually gather everyone to record this your thirteenth album?

Andre: Thank you very much. I´d say the writing started about 6 months ago – more or less usual for our albums –and the last couple of months were spent on the actual recordings.

Q: Now, did you approach these sessions with a set of music pieces already written, or did it develop over the period of the sessions?

A: Usually it goes like this (and last year was no different): I got home after the tour, had a couple of weeks off, went back to the studio to see how many bits I had in store from previous sessions, canned most of it, got the main idea from the book I read ages ago and here you go – an album in the making. Slowly the musical ideas came along, the general sound / atmosphere materialized, guys started coming by to criticize the hell out of it and next thing you know – you´re recording! It´s that simple, really. As far as the sound goes I´ve been toying with the idea of bringing some “modern” production technique / sounds to the party and – in combination with classical instruments – the album ended sounding more contemporary than our previous releases yet still containing all the trademark elements of Royal Hunt. We´re very fortunate to have a recognizable, signature sound today – we worked hard to achieve that… even during the times when it was not to our favor. But after a bunch of years we kind of “crystallized” that uniqueness throughout songwriting, arrangements, production…and most importantly – a special atmosphere on each release.

Q: With “Show Me How To Live”, and “A Life To Die For”, there was a definite theme…Is that the case with “Devil’s Dozen”?

A: There´s a story behind every album... So in this case: some years ago I read a novel (the title escapes me, unfortunately) about man buying an abandoned house in England, around 19th century. A chain of unfortunate events change his life for the worst and one day, while he restlessly walks around the house, he stumbles over a chest full of letters on the attic.  Letters from people he never knew to a previous owner of the house whom he never met. Day by bay, as he gets more and more intrigued, the stories from letters starting to take over his life…Of course, with some mystical and dramatic ending. While working on songs for our new album I remembered the story and tried to write lyrics just as these letters: from one unknown person to another, stories without a beginning and – most of the time – without a definitive ending.  Kai Brockshmidt – our graphic artist –started working on the album cover with “13” in mind (it´s our thirteenth studio album after all) so I suggested using an old idiom (13 = Devi l ´s Dozen) which resonated well with somewhat mystical story my lyrics were based on. So here´s the result: the guy´s burning with a huge XIII behind his back, letters flying everywhere – a strong, almost apocalyptical image that compliments both the lyrical concept and the musical content which – this time around – is quite diverse yet (as usual) large sounding".

Q: DC Cooper’s voice is so strong, does this fact allow you to have more leeway in how you arrange and write…what I’m asking here is simply with each album that you create, you seem to push the envelope, and everyone-not just yourself and Mr. Cooper, but everyone seems to meet all of those challenges with ease!?

A: I strongly believe that an artist has to evolve – it´s not something you can easily pre-program, it should come naturally…yet you have to have a specific mindset. I love pushing the envelope with each of our releases and feel privileged to work with such a bunch of great musicians – Andreas Passmark, DC Cooper, Jonas Larsen and Andreas Johannsen – who all have the same mindset as me: we never settled for a “good enough” result, we always pushed it to the point where we technically/physically couldn´t make it any better… and then 2 weeks after the release we´re all bitching about how we SHOULD have done it better.  That´s the greatest thing of being a part of this band – everybody´s obsessed with getting better so your work is never getting stale.

Q: In previous interviews, we talked about your inspirations; however I never have asked you about your influences. So, who are your influences?

A: As for keyboard players’ it´s been Jon Lord, Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman… giants in my book.  Producers/mixers: Peter Collins, Terry Brown, Chris Lord-Alge. In general: I´ve always stated my main source of influences being Classic Rock (Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, Queen) ,Progressive (Rush, Genesis, Kansas) and Classical music

Q: So here we are with album number thirteen and the obvious question is when can we hear this grand music live?

A: We´re working on tour dates as we speak, but only some festival´s been confirmed so far: ProgPower USA (Sept 12th) , LoudPark Japan (Oct. 10th) and Rockingham UK (Oct 25th).  But tour we will – come hell or high water … keep an eye on any of our pages for dates: Visit Royal Hunt's Official Site http:/ /royalhunt .com/ , Like Royal Hunt on Facebook: facebook.com/royalhunt, follow Royal Hunt on Twitter:twitter.com/royalhuntmusic and listen to Royal Hunt on Sound Cloud soundcloud.com/royalhuntmusic.  Please subscribe for the Official Newsletter.

Q: Although a “Royal Hunt” show is an event all unto itself, but do you have something different in mind, as far as the performance is concerned?

A: Plenty of ideas as always, but a surprise wouldn´t be a surprise if I told it now, right?

Q: In this day and age I know how difficult it can be with setting up tours and the like, however are you looking at possible places where either you haven’t been yet, or haven’t visited in a long time?

A: In recent years we´ve been able to add a few “new” territories to our tour schedule every time: last year we visited Taiwan and Ukraine for the first time… so let´s see how the next tour will look like, looking forward to visit more countries.

 

ROYAL HUNT “Devil’s Dozen”
( Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

It’s finally here! The new “Royal Hunt” album ‘XIII-Devil’s Dozen’ and it will not disappoint! For the life of me, I couldn’t fathom this group getting any stronger, but they have! This, the group’s thirteenth release smashes every boundary “Royal Hunt” has set in the past!

Opening with “So Right So Wrong”, they set the musical stage with pure muscle and melody! “Royal Hunt” gives us brand new perspectives on what Hard Rock should be, and manages to give us some surprises in the effort! “May You Never Walk Alone” rips it up! Everything from D.C. Cooper’s singing to Andre’s keys, to Andrea’s bass explosions to the six-string flourishes of Jonas’ and the unbelievable pounding pulses and runs of Mr. Johansson’s drums, this one song has it all!

On “Devil’s Dozen” we have eight selections that are pure driving Rock! Each are awesome, and when listened to together, yeah! You guessed it, just off the scale!! For an absolute ocean of sound, full of sophisticated under currents you only need to pick just one track, but picking them all will give you a sonic experience seldom heard! “Royal Hunt - XII Devil’s Dozen” this is what Hard Rock is all about, and then some! BA (93/100)


Under The Lights
Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:  Zamboni Brothers:  August 27th & 28/29th   Linus:  Sept. 3rd   Crosstown Bus:  Sept. 4th & Sept. 5th   Zamboni Brothers:  Sept. 10th    Young ‘Uns:  Sept. 11th & 12th

Barking Parrot (Penticton):  Steve Jones:   August 28th & 29th   Paul Gibbons:  Sept. 4th & 5th/6th            Dustin McGifford & Annie Scott:  Sept. 11th    Paul Gibbons & Joey Richards:  Sept. 12th

Barley Mill Brew Pub & Bistro (Penticton): -Every Sunday-Blues/Rock Jam & Showcase hosted by TR2 (7pm-10pm)     

Dream Café:  Ron Sexsmith:   Sept. 24th

Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub:   The Pistolwhips:  August 27th    House Of David Gang:  August 28th   Invisible:  August 29th   Wild Son:  Sept. 4th

Fernando’s Pub:  Tiger Moon:  August 28th    Floyd Meets Brown:  August 29th

The Green:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:   August 29th

Minstrel Café:  B-Tones:  August 29th   Papa King:  Sept. 5th  Brent Tyler:  Sept. 9th   The Keys:  Sept. 12th

The Naked Pig (Vernon):  Local talent highlighted every Sunday Afternoon!!

O’Flannigan’s Pub:   (every Tuesday it’s a Local Talent Night!)  Rumble 100:  August 28th & 29th           Lefty:  Sept. 4th & 5th   Hank Stallion:   Sept. 11th & 12th

Whiski-Jack’s:   Chuck Norris Band:  August 28th & 29th   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  Sept. 4th & 5th    Papa Dawg:   Sept. 11th & 12th

Notable Concerts:    Cedar Creek Estate Winery:  Tom Cochrane:  August 26th & 27th

Prospera  Place:  Dean Brody/Paul Brandt:  September 26th  Bare Naked Ladies:  October 25th  Shania Twain:  October 27th   Three Days Grace:  November 24th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   “Weird Al” Yankovic:  September 9th   The Tenors:   October 3rd  Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th 

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre:  The Tea Party:   September 29th

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....





A touch of magic

In Chile, she may be known as a lawyer, in the rest of the world she is becoming known as part of the new wave of strong female vocalists delivering sonic brilliance to the Hard Rock realm!  Caterina Nix also adds a little magic to her talents, this is her story:

Bruce:  First, if we may, let’s talk about your background and where you are from. And I understand that you started singing at an early age…

Caterina:  I’m from Santiago, Chile. I lead quite a normal life I have a day job (I’m a lawyer) but my true passion is music. And yes, I’ve been singing since I can remember!  It has always been a natural way for me to relax and express myself. When I was younger I was always involved in the school’s choir and participated in several bands and contests. I can’t conceive life without music.

Q: Back in 2008, you actually started your recording career with a band called “Aghonya”, and actually wrote all of the lyrics to their album “Oxygen”! A very ambitious feat!  Where do you get your inspiration in the writing department?

A: Just from life itself… the lyrics I wrote for that particular album are very personal, like a photograph of my life at that time, my opinions about the world, relationships and modern times. I like my music to have content, to own an intricate beauty, even if it speaks about how sick the world is, or about painful feelings. If I need a little extra inspiration or need to focus on a particular idea, I go lie on the grass, connect with nature, and reach that transparency of being one with your surroundings.  That helps me a lot.

Q: Let’s talk about your meeting with Timo Tolki, how did that happen and two things—were you already signed to Frontiers, and was your meeting with Timo expressly for his Avalon project?

A: We met many years ago, at a meet and greet for Stratovarius here in Chile. I stared talking to the guys and they were all really nice and approachable. Timo seemed happy to talk to the fans and we talked about life and music for a while. We kept in touch and I sent him my material because I wanted to know what a professional musician with his personal history had to say about it. So, he liked my voice very much and the idea of working together was born, but it didn’t materialize until Frontiers picked me for this project and gave me this chance.

Q: Now, turning to “Chaos Magic”, you have again collaborated with Timo—how has that been constructed. Have you written or co-written the material we here on this debut?

A: The songs and lyrics were all written by Timo this time, but if there’s a second album, I’ll write a few songs for sure. For Chaos Magic, I only came up with the concept, the name of the album and a few names for the songs. I changed a few lyrics here and there, but nothing major.  All the rest was created by Timo, although we talked about how the project should sound like and drew a few guidelines for the context.

Q: Who else is involved with this project?

A: Timo wrote and produced the songs and played all instruments except for the drums, which were played by Jami Huovinen. Timo is like a machine! He can do everything.

Q: “Chaos Magic” is a very strong debut, and the perfect vehicle for your voice, you must be totally satisfied with the end result!

A: I am! I’m very pleased with the final product and for me it was a delight to bring these songs to life. Timo wrote the songs with my voice in mind and that helped me show different aspects of it. On top of that, the songs are beautiful, relatable, and catchy and have powerful and vulnerable moments. I believe this is a very complete album, yet the sound is simple and approachable.

Q: Are there plans for future music within the vision of “Chaos Magic” and are you planning to assemble a performing unit for touring?

A: I really hope people like the project! If it is a successful endeavour, there’s definitely the possibility of releasing a second album and maybe book a tour. For now, I’m organizing a few gigs here in Chile (without Timo), and just doing my best to get the album out there. My hopes are high.

Q: As is my tradition, I like to leave our readers with words from my guest, so please-Caterina would you share with us some thoughts?

A: It may sound cliché, but dreams are there for a reason. Follow them, because if you don’t, you’ll never know if you could have fulfilled them. I really hope you like this album, I participated in it thinking about the fans and with the intention of bringing something beautiful to people’s lives, I hope you enjoy it.

 

CHAOS MAGIC “Chaos Magic”
(Frontiers Music s.r.l.)

What do you get when a vocal force from Chile collides with an extraordinary Finnish composer and guitarist? Pure Magic! The result Caterina Nix and former “Stratovarius” axeman & composer Timo Tolki. Signed to Frontiers, Caterina is launching her solo career with “Chaos Magic”, teaming up with Timo and producing another break-through recorded Work!  The symphonic arrangements and compositions of Timo totally envelope this Soprano and in turn-mesmerizes the listener! The body of music is well suited for the magic spun by Caterina’s voice and at times we will experience an almost spiritual uplifting!

As we journey through this debut, we come face to face with power & strength and then whisked away on silky vocal passages that just wipe away any tension we may have! Together, Caterina & Timo create magical movements, some which are just breathless.  From “I’m Alive” on through to “The Point Of No Return”: this debut establishes Caterina Nix as a force to be reckoned with!

“Chaos Magic” should become the instrument that establishes this female vocalist in the higher echelons of singers! And one of international stature! BA (90/100)


Under The Lights
Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:   Linus:  August 20th   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  August 21st & 22nd   Zamboni Brothers:  August 27th & 28/29th 

Barking Parrot (Penticton):  Steve Jones:   August 28th & 29th

Barley Mill Brew Pub & Bistro (Penticton): -Every Sunday-Blues/Rock Jam & Showcase hosted by TR2 (7pm-10pm)     

Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub:   Sweet Leaf and The Blackwood Kings:  August 22nd                           The Pistolwhips:  August 27th    House Of David Gang:  August 28th   Invisible:  August 29th

Fernando’s Pub:  Drew Rouse:  August 22nd   Black Vienna:  August 26th   Tiger Moon:  August 28th      Floyd Meets Brown:  August 29th

The Green:   Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:   August 29th

The Naked Pig (Vernon):  Local talent highlighted every Sunday Afternoon!!

O’Flannigan’s Pub:   Colt 45:  August 22nd   Rumble 100:  August 28th & 29th

Whiski-Jack’s:   Rumble 100  August 21st & 22nd   Chuck Norris Band:  August 28th & 29th

Notable Concerts:   

Cedar Creek Estate Winery:  Tom Cochrane:  August 26th & 27th

Prospera  Place:  Dean Brody/Paul Brandt:  September 26th  Bare Naked Ladies:  October 25th  Shania Twain:  October 27th   Three Days Grace:  November 24th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   “Weird Al” Yankovic:  September 9th    Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th 

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre:  The Tea Party:   September 29th

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



Power of voice

If I may…this review says it all….

She says she is a bit nervous and beyond excited!—well Veronica Freeman should not be nervous—but beyond excited?, yes!—because she is releasing her first solo album which in of itself, is beyond exciting!!

“Now Or Never” is the solo debut of “Benedictum”’s premiere vocalist.  Opening up with “Again”, this effort shows a side of Veronica that we all knew she had but really never heard.  Now we can!  Simply be prepared to be totally blown away!  The vocal chops are razor sharp, gutsy and ballsy!  The title cut “Now Or Never” continues with this type of vocal, and of course, music to match.  This whole album is a showcase of these new vocal styling’s, where Veronica is singing to the max.  The music rocks to the nth degree—and it must, just to keep up with this dynamo!

By her own admission, Veronica has stepped out of her comfort zone—and this scribe says very well done, very well done indeed!  A more melodic but still hard-rock sound, this singer can sure belt them out!  Of course, coupled with the more melodious part of her voice—she retains that strength that we hear on her “Benedictum” performances.  The combination is killer!  There is not a weak song on this debut—even the more “poppy” numbers are sung with muscle.  The register Veronica sings in is completely opened up—treating us with so many outstanding textures and tones.

Always a fantastic singer---and an individual that understands that her Voice is her instrument—we hear on “Now Or Never” she is playing like never before!  As said, there is no weak song on this debut, but “Love Should Be To Blame” is a prime example of how Veronica has mastered her instrument!

Don’t miss out on this one---Veronica Freeman is an absolute force of nature, and “Now Or Never” is hopefully just the beginning!

…however Ms. Freeman has a little more to say:

Bruce: I will begin with the statement taken from your press release,  “Veronica Freeman has stepped out of her comfort zone…” so let me say, that no-one would know that-as “Now Or Never” is just mind blowing! You must be so proud of this recorded Work…

Veronica: I am even more proud now that I read this! I won’t lie to you, the idea of doing a solo project and the process of actually doing it, were two distinctly different things. I had always, in the back of my mind, wanted to stretch myself a bit. I have had many fans ask me if I would ever try something “slightly different” and I had always wanted to but when it came down to defining what that “something different” would be, and when it came time to deliver vocally, it was really interesting to see and hear how invested I have been in my approach up to that point and how hard it was to relax and just let my other side come out. 

Q: Now, I realise this is your first solo album. So being initially titled “The V”, is this the start of a new band fronted by yourself?

A: That’s a great question and I indeed wanted to leave the door open for that a new band a new start but actually a new concept. To play all of the music and put on a great show embracing both the new stuff and the Benedictum tunes. Something that would allow me to do these tunes and also my first love which would be the Benedictum music. And the secret reason is this… Most people for one reason or the other, just can’t remember my name. I get called Virginia, Victoria etc etc. So I would go around and say “just call me V I will answer to it” and so there it started. But you must know how much I laughed until I cried when one of the first reviews I read, which was quite glowing I might add lol, was a diatribe about how great and wonderful Vanessa Freeman was. OMG….How funny is that? I loved it!

Q: Who is involved with this recording?

A: Pete Wells, Jimmy Durkin, Garry Bordonaro, Peter Tentindo, Jeff Pilson, Mick Tucker, Mel Brown, Michael Harris, Tony Martin, Leather Leone, Meliesa McDonell, Kenny Lewis, Michael Sweet, Derek Kerswill, Rikard Stjernquist, Aric Avina, Mike Lepond, John Herrera… ya feel me?? Lots of folks… And I thank them all so much! 

Q: How did this solo effort come about?

A: Mario and Serafino from Frontiers were in Los Angeles a few years back and I wanted to meet them in person. While there they asked if I would want to do a solo record and I was thrilled to say yes. The rest was a long, long, long journey, but usually those are the most rewarding kind. I have to give a shout out to the many people on kickstarter who helped me to complete this passage because there was a point where I couldn’t.

Q: Being that “Now Or Never” is being promoted as your solo debut, are we to assume that you will also continue with Benedictum?

A: You know how tough it is I am sure, so I can only speak for myself at this time. For me personally I plan to continue flying the flag of Benedictum so I guess that is the answer in a way. I am not sure what the specific line up will be since that will depend on who wants to do what… but I for one am all in. I love the music and plan on keeping it going whether through new music or getting out there and playing that which exists.

Q: Now, if not, what can we expect from “The V”…

A: If for some reason a straight out Benedictum line up isn’t realized I plan on including that music in whatever else I may do live to some extent. Would be a fun show.

Q: Now, let me go back to the actual album. Did you write all the material or team up with someone else? 

A: Pete Wells and I wrote quite a bit of the material, but there are quite a few great writers whose music we were proud to play.  Nigel Bailey, Michael Sweet, Age of Evil and a few more.

Q: With exploring new ground, is there anything you have discovered about yourself as an Artist?

A: So many things, more so as a person than as an artist. That is how personal this all is to me. My strengths that I didn’t know I had. That sometimes forging ahead is warranted and other times just let God and the Universe do its thing.. I just have learned to tell which is which! To trust my gut a little more and trust some people a little less. To be willing to realize that I may not be able to please everyone but I MUST allow myself to be happy. Not as easy as one may think!


Under The Lights
Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:   Zamboni Brothers:   August 13th  Young’Uns August 14th & 15th

Barley Mill Brew Pub & Bistro (Penticton): -Every Sunday-Blues/Rock Jam & Showcase hosted by TR2 (7pm-10pm)    Boom Chicken:  August 15th

Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub:  Speaker Box:  August 15th

Fernando’s Pub:  Octobers with Tigerchild & Kieran McCaffery:  August 14th

The Naked Pig (Vernon):  Local talent highlighted every Sunday Afternoon!!

O’Flannigan’s Pub:   Radio Lifeline:  August 14th & 15th   Rockaholicks:  August 15th 

Notable Concerts:   

Cedar Creek Estate Winery:  Tom Cochrane:  August 26th & 27th

Prospera  Place:  Dean Brody/Paul Brandt:  September 26th  Bare Naked Ladies:  October 25th  Shania Twain:  October 27th   Three Days Grace:  November 24th

South Okanagan Events Centre:   Brit Floyd:  (it is the closet to the real thing)   August 12th    “Weird Al” Yankovic:  September 9th    Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band-(featuring Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie plus others!!)   October 10th 

Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre:  The Tea Party:   September 29th

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 





Gypsy souls

Four years or so ago, I was honoured to have the opportunity to review this unique album release from the very down to earth and talented English group “The Quireboys:

The Quireboys “Halfpenny Dancer” Vol I
JCPL Recording
Review by: Bruce E.J. Atkinson

For the life of me, I do not know why Spike and The Quireboys are not a household name around the musical world!  The expanse of talent seems to know no bounds.  The Quireboys are simply a top drawer group and ‘Halfpenny Dancer’ cements that notion.

This release sees the group rework some of their finest compositions and breathe in to them some fresh air.  Coupled with some new gems, ‘Halfpenny Dancer’ is certainly a ‘must have’ for any serious music lover.  Now, being that this cd is subtitled ‘Volume One’, we should expect more from the lads along this stunning vein of musical expression.

Exploring the acoustic side of the Quireboys allows us to further appreciate the high talent of Spike’s song writing and the poignant slant of his lyrics…and his interpretation of others.  Everything this group writes about is genuine---they have lived through every moment.

Let the Quireboys take you on a musical voyage that will tear at your heartstrings…and let you in, just a little, to their world of musical adventures and halfpenny dancers!

 

Now, as the musical voyage continues, with the group releasing critically acclaimed albums in 2013, “Beautiful Curse”, and in 2014: “Black Eyed Sons”, it seems like they have got their second wind, or maybe it is their third!  2015 sees “The Quireboys” releasing their most ambitious project yet!  “St. Cecilia And The Gypsy Soul” is a four disc set, including “Halfpenny Dancer”—long out of print, in its original form—with two discs featuring live performances of these special versions.  The fourth disc?  It is the actual “St. Cecilia…” disc, with brand new material from these veteran English blues-rockers!  With titles like; “Land Of My Father”, “The Hurting Kind”, and “Out Of Your Mind”, we can only expect an exceptional and deep musical experience from ‘Spike’ and the boys!

So, what is the point of this project?  Well, “Halfpenny Dancer” in its first go round, saw the group lay down the electrics and take up acoustical instruments—including banjo, fiddles and such!  The live discs capture the same in exclusive shows the group did in ‘09 and 2010.  The actual “St. Cecilia…” set is more of the acoustic direction, and utilising some interesting acoustic instruments—the vocals being more powerful and all in all…a side of “The Quireboys” we really haven’t heard or seen!  Of course there are some rockers on this set, set in the traditional Rock n’ Blues that this group is famous for.  The band totally believes in this new direction, as they are currently on the road delivering a killer combination of hard hitting electrics with deepening acoustic explorations that will leave you breathless!

Truly a band of gypsy souls, “The Quireboys”…where the rivers of sound run pure and deep!


Under The Lights
Upcoming Club/Concert Highlights:

The Blue Gator:   Zamboni Brothers:  July 24th & 25th  July 30th & 31st – Aug. 1st

Barley Mill Brew Pub & Bistro (Penticton): -Every Sunday-Blues/Rock Jam & Showcase hosted by TR2 (7pm-10pm)    Surf Cats:  August 8th  Boom Chicken:  August 15th

Dream Café:  Devin Cuddy Band:  August 6th

Doc Willoughby’s Downtown Pub:  Michael Wood Band:  Aug. 2nd  Devon Coyote:  August 7th

Fernando’s Pub:  Tanner James:  July 29th  The Fallers:  July 30th

The Naked Pig (Vernon):  Local talent highlighted every Sunday Afternoon!!

Memphis Blues:   Poppa Dawg:   July 23rd & July 30th

O’Flannigan’s Pub:   Young’Uns  July 31st & Aug. 1st   Rockaholicks:  August 7th & 8th plus August 14th  Radio Lifeline:  August 14th & 15th   Rockaholicks:  August 15th 

Whiski-jack’s Pub:  Jimmy LeGuilloux Band:  August 7th & 8th

Notable Concerts:   

Penticton Peach Festival (68th) Music Highlights:  Judy Rowe…Aiden Mayes & Mandy Cole…Gypsy And The Rose…Marty Edwards & the Revival…Barney Bentall & The Legendary Hearts: August 5th    Nikita Afonso…Cosmic Brew…54-40:  August 6th   13 Broken Bones…Dale Seaman & Hwy 97…King & Cash…George Canyon: August 7th   Halfway To Hollywood…Legg ZZ…High voltage: August 8th   Yard Katz…The Legendary Lake Monster…The Phonix: August 9th (for complete line-up please click on www.peachfest.com for a list of all events and talent!! Annual Peach Festival-Penticton August 5th to 9th

   …if you have a musical story or news and would like me to write something… drop me a line at:  [email protected]  and let’s celebrate Kelowna’s rich and varied music community together!!.....

 



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We call him the Professor of Rock: With a career in music, television and media arts spanning 30 years, Atkinson knows music. He's traveled as a professional musician and he loves Rock 'N Roll. He is a music journalist who writes internationally for Frontier Records' Melodic Rock magazine and he owns FBA International a multifaceted management, consulting, promotional entity.









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