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Roberto López’s Afro-Colombian Guitar: ‘It is all about the groove….’

Roberto López was one of the surprises of Calgary’s 2018 Folk Music Festival. Born and raised in Colombia, living in Montreal, his website describes his music style as modern Latin music with hip arrangements. Under Colombian grooves he unabashedly adds jazz, funk and electronic music to the mix.

Mick Flannery’s Ambition: Blues Folk Diversity

Mick Flannery’s Facebook page says that he bridges the gap between folk and blues rock. Well, he doesn’t fit in a box, that’s for sure. Still working as a stone mason, he’s touring all over the world as an artist: Canada this summer; Ireland in September; New Zealand and Australia later this year.

Drummers and Cellists and Beethoven, Oh My: Asian Heritage and the CPO

by Carey Rutherford May was Asian Heritage Month in Canada, did you know that? Well, you missed it! Unless you actually took in one of the events they organized around the city through the Asian Heritage Foundation, who describe themselves… Continue Reading →

A Hendrix Experience, via the Turtle Island Quartet

by Carey Rutherford Your faithful Writer can’t help but ask, right off the start, if orchestras, or other musicians the Turtle Island Quartet encounter, harbour a strong dislike for the freedom which the TIQ exhibit in their choices of music… Continue Reading →

Gianna Lauren’s comin’ fer pancakes!! Yee-haw!!

by Carey Rutherford Quick!! Non-Stampede Music’s Comin’! Gianna Lauren is on the phone from Vancouver, just before her first show of the tour that takes her across Canada to her home on the east coast. It goes like this: July… Continue Reading →

Tamara Lindeman IS The Weather Station

by Carey Rutherford Tamara Lindeman IS The Weather Station. But it’s a different Station than it used to be. “I originally started with (the band name) The Weather Station because I was making experimental music that wasn’t at all singer-songwriter, and… Continue Reading →

Aerosol Constellations: Dark and Cheerful Drone Noise? Sure!

by Carey Rutherford The really interesting thing about Jeremy Van Wycks’ partnership with Bill Batt (in Aerosol Constellations) is that, though they’ve been working together musically for years, they have just released their first “double-sided, full-lengthish LP” (yep, vinyl) and… Continue Reading →

Lunch with a Pipe Organ

by Carey Rutherford I’m learning from Tim Pyper, Concert Co-Director of the Organ a la Carte Series: If you’ve been in the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in downtown Calgary (perhaps for one of the many excellent concerts it’s been… Continue Reading →

What’s a ‘Mushy Callahan’? A Hard-Rocking Pack of Albertans

by Carey Rutherford I never asked Joel: “What’s a Mushy Callahan?” On the other hand, I also never asked “Are you like/Do you like/inspired by/nauseated by/etc. the Jonas Brothers?” Oh, sorry Joel. I wasn’t supposed to mention that other family… Continue Reading →

Soundwalking With Hildegard Pt. 1

by Carey Rutherford What would you do if you were sitting in a formal concert hall, dressed for a night of highly educated performances by acclaimed composers, and you began hearing a cricket, very clearly, and no-one seemed particularly perturbed,… Continue Reading →

U2 Night in Canada

by Carey Rutherford What is there to say? How much has been written about the music of this Irish politicizer? How many words have lingered over the poeticism and sweeping imagery of the Irish history they inhabit, or the musical… Continue Reading →

All-Ages Gigs and a Random Task Collective

by Carey Rutherford “And what’s their name?” “Random Task Collective.” “Random Task?” “Collective, yes.” “Interesting.” “It’s a group of kids that’ve REALLY taken the initiative in the all-ages scene in this town. They’ve put a lot in: They programmed the… Continue Reading →

What’re You Doing This New Year’s Eve?

by Carey Rutherford Like the song says, I’m wondering . . . . Sorry for the lack of poetic extrapolation, but I’m wanting to give you as much notice of as many options as I can find in as little… Continue Reading →

T. Buckley’s Travelling Revue: Coming Soon to a City Near You

by Carey Rutherford Tim is back! Not that he’s ever been really gone, but Tim Buckley and his crew are setting up a little tour in western Canada this December, starting here in Calgary. He and co-Tim.buck.two’er Derek Pulliam recorded… Continue Reading →

The Calgary Folk Festival is not just for Folkies

by Carey Rutherford Irony is the great equalizer in most parts of life, and it is always apparent in good art. Music offers many opportunities for irony, and the best part is when it’s not just hidden in the songs,… Continue Reading →

Holy Cow: You Can Hear Good Music at the Stampede. Since When?

by Carey Rutherford We know it’s coming. Anyone who’s been in this city for a decade has it carved into their forehead by now, and if you’ve lived in Calgary for your whole life you’ve moved from love to ecstasy… Continue Reading →

The Music Festivals are Coming: Kiwanis, Expo Latino & other spicy sounds

by Carey Rutherford In an effort to make up for my incomplete summary of Calgary’s music festivals, after having declared the huge number and variety of them, the need has arisen to describe, expostulate, enthuse, and clamor about more of… Continue Reading →

An Email About Music: There’s Lots Around

by Carey Rutherford Carey, I would like to take someone somewhere different. Where can we go to see a play/opera, or hear some classic music, on a budget? –Kevin Hey Kevin: Just getting back from finally seeing “Avatar” with T… Continue Reading →

The Music Festivals are Coming: From the CPO and the Kid’s Fest to the Warped Tour

by Carey Rutherford Isn’t it too early to be thinking about festivals? Isn’t the ‘festival’ intimately associated with the summertime, or at least the growing warmth of spring? Sure, there’s a winter festival, but that’s just for crazy Canucks who… Continue Reading →

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