NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol.103
Karaoke, Dj’s, Dominican Dancehall, Bruno Mars on the big screen and tourists packed in around the pool bar so tight they sound like a flock of birds! Another great trip to the Caribbean with family this time on my wife’s side. Congratulations to cousin Robyn on her marriage to Rusty! Great to get to know some extended family and rehash some relations with the immediate ones. The boys were a hit and kept us in line, for sure. The Mama Juana shots on wedding night with the old school classic wedding playlist and vintage hip hop were a perfect backdrop.
This just in…Vote for the song “There But For The Grace Of God” by Henry Norwood in The Canadian Songwriting Competition. He has been in this type of position before and done super well! Henry and friends enjoyed performing for family at The Cove on Saturday. They have so much pride for him!
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Coming this Friday, a man named Chris Douglas from Brockville area will be substituting for Jeff Callery. He is also known as The Valley Shantyman…I’ll let your mind wander. He plays all kinds of new and old rock and country style tunes. Troubadour style…Fajitas are back and wanting to get in your belly on Friday as well! 6-9pm
Saturday at The Cove is Henry Norwood and friends. Always a family reunion and a classic country music extravaganza with Henry, Mr. Vintage Voice.
Don’t forget to support the annual Lions Club Mobility Van Fundraiser and French Toast Brunch at The Cove this Sunday from 9am-12:30pn. Thank you so much for all the help of the volunteers. You know who you are! And of course, thanks to Garter and Delbert’s Sugar Shack for providing delish sausage patties and liquid gold maple syrup! Following the branch at the Legion in Westport will be another in their matinee series with North American bluegrass songs of Bill White & White Pine.
When we’re hungry, love will keep us alive.
NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol.101
NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol.101
What a weekend of music. Have I said that before? What a weekend in American politics. Have I said that before? Man is this year speeding along, like pedal to the metal? Have I said that before? Ha! I’m sure I have. Enjoying the life we have here in Westport and hope everyone is going well…as the Aussies say!
Been watching too much CNN. Don’t know but I have a feeling most of you out there are as well. Most of you, like me, probably skipped out on the last season of House of Cards to substitute it for the reality show that is American Politics which began about a year ago with the presidential campaign. The daily news cycle is ultimately crushingly complicated and confusing and frustrating. Sometimes I throw on some music here and there and just watch Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper lip sync the words.
This past Friday at The Cove “dough”, Blues on the Rideau was surprised by a classic-as-it-gets show with Danny Brooks, the Texasippi bluesman and his partner Lil’ Miss Debi. The band was The Memphis Brothers featuring some of Canada’s blues brass from Toronto area, Dennis Pinhorn on the low end, Bucky “Al Smiles” Berger on the skins and Papa John on the six-string! Upon final analysis, it must be said Mr. Brooks is the Mr. Lucky/John Lee Hooker of Canadian Blues with an evangelist howl reminiscent of soul singer and Daptone King, Charles Bradley. It is such a real and visceral sound that it really makes you cock your head like an animal and wonder how he does it. So glad the man could get over the border and manage to get his green card. Makes things easier and makes Blues fans happy. Chatted with Papa John after the show and he told me about a gig he played in Jamaica in the eighties with the legendary Long John Baldy! After a weeklong gig with him in the sun, at the airport he met one of the Kings blues, Willie Dixon. Willie hired him on the spot for a big gig he needed a guitar sub for after hearing him play a couple notes! Later he wrote a tune that Blues queen Koko Taylor recorded called Save Your Breath. A past fav of mine. Fun connection. Funky. Folky. Rootsy. Bluesy. Floored house, super food. Thanks to James and Diane for the Mr. Lucky dedication painting for The Cove.
Thanks to Georgia Ferrell for writing a piece on my musical story in The Humm. Had a great talk with former music player teacher John Winskell today about the value in having sheer joy in teaching something you love. The article is on page 16 in the March issue! Look for another one on Shawn McCullough in the April issue.
Saturday was another special evening for music at The Cove. Campfire Liars Club. Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip, Greg Ball solo artist/co-owner of Pan Chancho and Chez Piggy, Joe Carscallen guitarist in Greg Ball band on supportive Pedal Steel and guitar/vocals and local songwriter Jim Tidman. This whole night was on account of Paul’s wife Joanne’s 50th birthday party. It was a mix of passing the song around the circle to getting friends, wives and girlfriends up for some duo plus sing-alongs. There were a lot of originals and some colourful covers as well. It’s always so great to hear the real story behind a song done by an artist! Can’t wait to do it again, who knows what will happen!
Heard Ambush rocked the Legion! Happy birthday Beth! Steve Lynn! Debbie Barclay too!
Looking forward to working on the new Tom Savage record with Bonz Bowering and Tony Silvestri in Kingston. With a new direction and slightly more pop rock sound, should be great to be a part of this introspective affair.
Check out Paul Renz’s annual Jazz Camp on the Rideau this summer with former Manhattan Transfer Jazz Legend Cheryl Bentyne from Aug.3-6 on Upper Rideau Lake property. Contact Paul at email@example.com.
Looking forward to a big week in Westport with some traditions…Wings ‘n Tunes with Shawn McCullough continues to ride on the wings of sustainable energy. John Wilberforce is back to entertain post-Jr. B Awards banquet 9-11pm on Friday and Chris Murphy of Turpin’s Trail will be entertaining some celebratory groups Saturday what’s is well articulated and stirring Celtic/East Coast sounds 6-9pm.
Forging ahead in a coal-less future, see you at the next venue!
Huge congratulations to all those who supported the epilepsy fundraiser at Farrell Hall in Perth on Saturday night! I know Henry Norwood was entertaining…I understand it was an incredible success from a fundraising perspective as well as a community one too.
#campfireliarsclub #wingsntunes #covemusic #rideau #thehip
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It was the Weekend of Spencer at the Cove. Long time host of Jazz Night Spencer Evans and newbie to open the 12th season of Blues on the Rideau Spencer MacKenzie. Spencer Evans has a story behind him in our area but MacKenzie is as fresh as the new fallen snow. Nice to meet the band, friends and groupies…and family too! The Davies, Edwards, MacKenzies. Seems the boys in the band met each other while jamming at a club in their native Ridgeway area just outside of Fort Erie. It’s like a young guns crew but surprisingly well read and trained. Miles on Keys was chit chatting with me about a fav Jeff Beck record Blow by Blow. I don’t know how we got onto it but I love it. Reminds me of the hours and hours and hours my brother and I would spend pouring our drooling mouths and strained eyes over Classic rock and Jazz vinyl at Brian’s Record Option in Kingston’s Hub. Back to the show though, the kid can really play. He can sing too. Want to hear more of what he will write so that his musical voice will come to the fore. His band is hot with juicy keys licks backing. Was fun to get up for a couple tunes with the boys too. Vankleek Hill blues king Terry Gillespie joined us on a couple numbers. Caught up with Terry and his love of roots reggae and connections to east Jamaica. Seems we both love Dub! And Spencer’s mentor and Hamilton blues extract, Brant Parker came, saw and slayed a chunk of both sets. First time hearing him though he has been a mainstay. All in all, was a great way to start the 12 Blues on the Rideau season! Feelings of relief to promoter James Doran’s wife Diane now knowing what’s been up with her health over the past year or so…And what a buffet put on by Chef Jojo and staff. Absolutely delish. Next month, a cabaret blues show for the ages in Westport, Laura Rain and The Caesars from the big town of Detroit. Last time we had a Detroit native was when Electro-Fi Records artist Harmonica Shah recorded a live one at The Cove with Canadian blues legend Jack DeKeyzer. Keep in touch with the season and Canada’s blues scene in general with the commander-in-chief James Doran on DAWG 101.9 online.