Mick Flannery’s Ambition: Blues Folk Diversity Oct13

Mick Flannery’s Ambi...

by Carey Rutherford & Paul Verhaegh 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;...

Drummers and Cellists and Beethoven, Oh My: Asian Heritage and the CPO Jun21

Drummers and Cellist...

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 on their website as: “a non-profit, non-governmental...

A Hendrix Experience, via  the Turtle Island Quartet Apr08

A Hendrix Experience...

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 in the quartet’s repertoire. “Because,” I say with...

Gianna Lauren’...

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 2nd Vancouver, The Railway Club; 5th Victoria, GOAT Festival; 7th...

Tamara Lindeman IS T...

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 I did play with a band; more of a sound...

Aerosol Constellatio...

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 tour. It’s...

Lunch with a Pipe Organ Aug02

Lunch with a Pipe Or...

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 putting on with different musical series over the past...

What’s a ‘Mushy Callahan’?  A Hard-Rocking Pack of Albertans Jun02

What’s a ̵...

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 act. A ‘Mushy Callahan’ is one of four brothers...

Soundwalking With Hildegard Pt. 1 Jan25

Soundwalking With Hi...

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, and it began to develop harmonically and...

U2 Night in Canada Jun02

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 landscapes they explore? 30 years of writing and performing and...

All-Ages Gigs and a ...

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 whole Sled Island all-ages portion...

What’re You Do...

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 time as I’ve got available with as much at stake as I have. Got. There are so many entries under...

T. Buckley’s Travelling Revue: Coming Soon to a City Near You Oct14

T. Buckley’s T...

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 one of the tracks off of their upcoming album in The...

The Calgary Folk Festival is not just for Folkies Jul25

The Calgary Folk Fes...

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, but rampant in the musical environment, as well. For example, my first musical...

Holy Cow: You Can He...

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 to disenchantment to avoidance and back to acceptance. It’s like a 12 step...

The Music Festivals are Coming: Kiwanis, Expo Latino & other spicy sounds Mar27

The Music Festivals ...

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 these wonderful events. Right now. The Music Festival...

An Email About Music...

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 & H. Interesting metaphors about...

The Music Festivals are Coming: From the CPO and the Kid’s Fest to the Warped Tour Mar05

The Music Festivals ...

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 actually WANT to be outside in the winter,...