My Musicians

Sean Ashby

Sean Ashby

Chances are, if you’ve had a radio on today you’ve heard his guitar playing. As one of North America’s go-to guitarists, Sean Ashby has played and recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, Ginger (former Grapes Of Wrath),and many more. Ashby, is a singer /songwriter/guitarist/producer who released his debut album “Brass and Gold” on Black Sparrow/Universal in April of 2008.

Brass and Gold , Sean’s first solo outing after 10 years as leader of the award winning band Jack Tripper, was an eclectic record which showcased an impressive musical palette. The album received favorable reviews in important Canadian publications such as Exclaim magazine and the Vancouver Province, and received airplay on college radio and across the country on CBC radio.

McLachlan’s guitarist on the original Lilith Fair, as well as the Mirrorball and Afterglow albums , Ashby appeared with her on“Just Like You (Cats In The Cradle)” for D from Run DMC’s solo CD. Also with Sarah, he received two 4 x platinum US discs and one diamond Canadian disc for studio and live CD’s. He has appeared on the Grammy Awards twice, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno five times, SNL and David Letterman three times, as well as other major TV shows. Sean’s guitar playing has appeared on CD’s with sales in excess of 10 million copies worldwide... so far.

When asked about his hopes for his solo future Sean says “ I am working at building an audience for my music, playing shows and improving as a songwriter and performer.” Since Brass and Gold’s release in 2008, Sean has been touring relentlessly, performing over 200 shows a year across Canada and the US, and somehow squeezing in two tours with Delirium as well. He’s making new fans , and being asked to return everywhere he goes. His current album "24 Hours of Daylight" , showcases Sean's guitar skills and earthy vocals on a new set of strong tunes with a rootsy bent. This record also features his amazing technique on lap steel guitar, a highlight of his live shows. The track- “Sweet Tuesday” has been featured nationally on CBC radio. Sean is keeping up a heavy touring schedule again this year, visiting most of Canada and the US in 2011.

 

Kevin Closs

Kevin Closs

Kevin Closs is a Northern Ontario based singer/songwriter from Manitoulin Island, an island in Georgian Bay south of the La Cloche mountain range. Since 1989 he has worked as a recording and performing artist releasing nine independent CDs and playing concerts, festivals and clubs across the country. Many of Kevin's songs have become CBC Radio staples including his solo guitar arrangement of “O Canada”.

He is a sought after producer and engineer having produced albums of traditional Irish music, two records for his rock group The Nobs, and in 2011 the debut CDs of award winning guitarist Jamie Dupuis and the Sudbury jazz group Guitars Alive Trio.

A gifted and accomplished guitarist himself Kevin has been featured on the radio program “Six Strings and a Million Possibilities” on Regina’s CJTR. His contributions to the folk music community won him the prestigious Jackie Washington Award in 2002. His latest CD is entitled Heart's End.

 

Neil Crowe

Neil Crowe

Eyeswide is a musical act in ever changing forms.
It may be a solo act, an acoustic duo, a three piece with electric lead and keys, or full on 4 piece.
Eyeswide has done it all.

The songs range from funky dance grooves, straight up rock songs, slow down and hold your lover songs, to mood driven songs that get heavy and want to make you break things. Eyeswide music is not just one style of music.

Neil Crowe is the creator/songwriter of Eyeswide based around the percussive styles on the acoustic guitar, people have noted likenesses to Dave Matthews, Elliot Brood, and Dan Mangan.

Starting out in 2009, Neil went to local open mic nights in the Toronto area to practice original material. Two years later He is touring, not only Canada, but The USA and the UK!

Ever since the release of In Three Days, Neil has toured extensively, multiple times around Ontario and the East Coast plus going across Canada East to West, twice.
Neil has not limited himself to Canada and has toured the state of New York, twice, as well as a 3 week tour in the UK.

The Festivals Eyeswide has been apart of are M.E.A.N.Y. Fest in New York, The Barrie New Music Fest, That included line ups of The Trews and Big Sugar, Barrie Earth Hour, Music on Main Festival, and The Toronto Independent Music Awards.

Eyeswide has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with The Junction, Yukon Blonde, Brett Caswell & The Marquee Rose, Fox Jaws, Richmond Switch and many more.

 

Lyric Dubee

Lyric Dubee

Lyric Dubee is an AWARD WINNING, multi-genre artist born and raised near Toronto, Canada. Proficient and at ease playing ROCK, POP, BLUES, CLASSICAL and JAZZ, his deep appreciation and experimentation with all the genres led Lyric to personalize his own style of music known as REVOLUTION ROCK. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist he performs his own works as a solo artist and fronts his own band.


Lyric Dubee released 4 albums by age 17 which debuted on the rock and AC music charts. He toured internationally and has been signed to a world-wide, multi-album deal with Mascot Label Group. Lyric is endorsed by Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars, DV Mark Amps, Guitar Center and is part of the Brotherhood of the Guitar. He has opened for legendary names such as Buddy Guy, Rik Emmett, Honeymoon Suite, Lee Aaron, and the GoGo’s Farewell Tour with Kaya Stewart.


Another album is in the works... 
“Lyric Dubee is a natural born star, he plays guitar like his life depended on it and sings his own songs with the sincerity needed to cut through a lot of today’s manufactured music”. DAVE STEWART , Eurythmics

 

ALBUM SUCCESSES:
• COMBAT OF LOVE debuted at #11 on the US Top 20 FM Count Down “The World’s NB1 Weekly Top 20 Countdown Show | Broadcast On Over 500 Stations”
• LINGER debuted at #7 on the DRT National Airplay top 50 ROCK Charts and #21 on the National Airplay Top 80 Independent Artists Charts
• WON 2015 Best Young Songwriter at the Toronto Independent Music Award for BRIDGE TO NOWHERE and BLACK ICE
• WHY, LINGER and COMBAT OF LOVE are being spun on radio stations around the world
• 2015 Semi-finalist Unsigned Only Music Competition for LINGER
• WON Honorable Mention with the song THEY SAY in the Teen category in the 2014 Unsigned Only Music Competition
• WON 2015 Award for BLACK ICE best Music Video at PLaYr York Region Film Festival and was featured on Discover Hit Music
• WON 2014 Best Music Video for ALIVE at York Region Film Festival
• WON 2014 Most Promising Youth Award at Barrie Arts Awards
• 2014 Semi-Finalist for BRIDGE TO NOWHERE at International Songwriting Competition)
• WON 2011 Best Young Songwriter Award at the Barrie New Music Festival 2011
• BROKEN DREAMS album was used as a soundtrack for Rogers TV “New Slang”

LIVE PERFORMANCES
He has performed live in over 300 shows and in music festivals such as Malibu Guitar Festival, IndieWeek, NXNE, CMW, Djangofest, SXSW, and headlined the Music By The Bay Festival. 

PRESS AND REVIEWS
Lyric has been featured and interviewed in various media outlets including CBC, CP24, Rogers TV, SIRIUS Radio and has had many articles written about him including being featured in Guitar International Magazine 2015.

“Did you ever just have the feeling you were in the company of greatness? For instance, I wonder what the people in Elvis’s high school thought when they first heard him sing. Chills right? Well that’s what I got when I first heard and then saw Lyric Dubee.” JOHN REIGN – CRANK IT UP MAGAZINE, USA 

“Dubee could well be the next Jon Bon Jovi: equally at home and confident writing his own songs, composing with others, and performing in various genres like the seasoned entertainer that he already is. It’s when he steps out of his comfort zone, however, that he truly lets his genius bloom.” LAURIER TIERNAN – METROPOLIS MAGAZINE, Japan

Combat of Love Album review: “I like this “Combat Of Love!” … It has some damned good guitar work + lyrics set to what I would call a semi – rock beat! … Pleasing to the ear & containing just enough emotion to keep you coming back for another listen! … Can’t wait to hear some more of this guys work!” COUNT, MUSIC DIRECTOR AT WAYOUTRADIO.CO.UK

2014 Black Ice Single Review “Lyric continues to outdo himself with each and every song. He is a lot like Eric Clapton, you never know what is coming, but when it gets there it blows you away… He is going to become a legend.” TOMMY NEAL – STARS2COME.COM..

 

Tom Fyfe

Dr. Tom’s Travellin’ Medicine Show

Tommy Fyfe grew up listening to the pop, rock, and folk hits of the fifties and sixties, and enjoying the swing dance music his parents played at their parties. In the late sixties he discovered Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, and all of the great blues based rock that prevailed at the time. This eclectic love of music has been a life long passion. After a successful stint coaching national level gymnasts and serving as a member of the Canadian National Men’s Gymnastic Team Elite Planning Committee, Tom finally got around to playing music professionally. Playing in venues ranging from six nighters in Country Bars to weekend shows in Rock and Blues bars, large Festivals and small Cafes Tommy loves to perform for audiences large or small. His first CD,(Dr. Tom’s Blues Tonic) landed him a spot as a finalist in the Maple Blues Canada Wide Talent Search and since then he has played with and backed up many great artists such as Jack De Keyzer, Paul James, Michael Pickett, Kim Simmonds, Lee Oskar, Chuck Jackson, Dutch Mason, and Jerome Godboo to name a few. The second CD, (From The Porch – Acoustic Blues ) has been well received, and Tommy is currently working on a third CD. Tommy always connects with and engages his audience whether large or small and plays all over Ontario from Toronto and Port Credit to Sudbury, the Sault, North Bay, Timmins and points in between. When performing the Travellin’ Medicine Show Tommy plays a small kick drum, high hats, harmonica, and guitar all at once, along with singing a variety of Blues, Folk, Roots, Pop, Swing, Country, and Original Tunes.

“Tom Fyfe rocks the blues the way they were meant to be rocked. A high energy guitar riffer and expressive vocalist Tom Fyfe connects with audiences in their ears and in their feet” – Jack De Keyzer.

“Tommy at the Hard Luck Bar in Toronto.”

Discography:
Dr. Tom’s Blues Tonic
From The Porch – Acoustic Blues

 

Graham Greer

Graham Greer

Canadian singer/songwriter Graham Greer is the former lead singer/guitarist/songwriter of Barstool Prophets, who toured Canada and the US through much of the 1990's in support of one 1993 indie release and two major-label releases while signed to Mercury/Polygram (1995's "Crank" and1997's "Last of the Big Game Hunters").

'Paranoia', the second single from 'Crank', was featured in the Alliance/Atlantis major motion picture "Never Talk to Strangers" (starring Rebecca Demornay and Antonio Banderas) and helped spur ‘Crank’ on to a successful worldwide release in 1996 through Polygram.

After Barstool Prophets parted ways in 1999, Graham got as far away from the music business as he could, becoming a mechanic’s apprentice and learning the trade. Bruised knuckles and gritted teeth soon followed and Greer found himself sending home-recordings to his friend, veteran US producer Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Steve Earle, Tom Cochrane) to get some input and salvage his sanity.

Graham has since released one solo CD under the name ‘Moonlight Graham’ entitled “Palookaville” (2003) which he co-produced with Joe Hardy and released a self-titled solo CD in 2009. This CDs production was shared between Graham, Joe Hardy and Graham’s long-time friend and multi-instrumentalist Todd Huckabone.

Graham & company are currently working on a new batch of songs tentatively scheduled for release in the spring of 2012.

In his musical career Graham has opened for artists ranging from David Lindley to Dave Matthews… but having someone named David involved is not his only criteria for choosing what shows he does.

Recent news:
named ‘Best Male’ at 2009 Barrie New Music Awards
named ‘Canadian People’s Choice’ in 2009 NPR Mountain Stage Newsong Contest
Graham’s song ‘Wire-Walker’ received ‘Honorable Mention’ in prestigious 2009 New York Songwriters Circle
‘Wire-Walker’ also received ‘Honorable Mention’ in (equally) prestigious 2010 Nashville Songwriters Association Song Contest

 

Hotcha

HOTCHA!

High-energy hillbilly swing duo blends old-time Western, bluegrass, early swing and country gospel delivered with the energy of a runaway train. Soaring vocals, lively accordion, gritty guitar, wailing harmonica and big-beat bodhran. Debut CD Dust Bowl Roots: Songs for the New Depression, intended as a true tonic for the times we live in. Top 40 CBC Galaxie Folk/Roots Year end Chart 2009!! CBC, campus radio, internet airplay & press x-country!

Highly entertaining and can get a crowd going!

Highlights:
• OCFF Alternate artists for Official Showcase
• Hamilton Music and Film Fest 2011
• Via Rail selected artists 2011
• Included in the Penguin Eggs 10th Anniversary issue as “New Discoveries” by both Mike Regenstreif (SING OUT! Magazine) and CFMU radio host Jim Marino.
• 4 features in the Toronto Sun
• 4 star (out of 5) review in SING OUT! Magazine
• 4 star (out of 5) review on Amazon.com
• Top 40 CBC Galaxie Folk/Roots Year end Chart 2009!
• Three months in CBC Galaxie Folk/Roots Top 10 charts peaking at # 4
• CBC, Campus radio airplay and print media across the country
• CBC Fresh Air featured disc of the month with Mary Ito & Mark Rheaume
• Home Routes House Concert Circuit MB / SK Feb 2010
• CMW (Canadian Music Week Showcase) 2010
• NXNE Festival 2008 & 2010, 2011
• Indie Music Week (Toronto) 2010
• Junction Arts Festival 2010
• Toronto City Roots Festival 2006-2010
• Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival 2008 & 2009, 2011
• Barrie New Music Festival 2009 & 2010

 

Ed Roman

Ed Roman

The many faces of Ed Roman are revealed through his creative, inventive, animated type form of thinking. His music writes reads and delivers like a fusion between a children’s book and a musical – full of wonder, delight, adventure and expectations.

Since Ed began playing, studying and writing music in the early 80’s he had diversified into many fields of music. You can say he’s had his hand in every facet of the creative process; from studio musician, songwriter, live performer and teacher. He has also been part of several bands including Brotherhood, Family Tree, Soup, Big Beat Collective and Special Ed and the Musically Challenged.

On May 26, 2011 Ed Roman released his latest CD titled “Oracles & Ice Cream”. The single “So I Breathe” leads the way with an upbeat, hand clapping song. “It’s a song that was written to uplift everyone in troubled times…” states Ed. In fact, listen to the lyrics and you’ll realize that life is great in spite of obstacles that one may face. Sung with emotion, free spirited with an almost floating feeling, this song truly makes your soul soar.

As a composer Ed Roman is clever in placement of lyrics and sound. As a musical arranger, it takes innate skill to blend so many different types of sounds and textures together. Whether he writes funky jazz or fusion rock or urban folk music, there is one of many common threads that run through his songs, creativity, innovation, strong rhythms, layered vocals and harmonies and professional productions. He has crisp vocals with a playful type of animation to it which is the icing on this fabulous cake.

“Intellect in music has its own sexiness”, states Ed Roman. “Music is missing that ‘change the world’ feeling. I don’t think we’ll ever see another John Lennon, but with my soon to be released CD “Oracles and Ice Cream” music is intelligent and sexy again…and may just change the world after all”.

Ed Roman prior releases include:
Special Ed and The Musically Challenged – “Are You OK”
Special Ed and The Musically Challanged – “Uncle Ed’s Farm”
Special Ed and The Musically Challenged – “Electric Beauty”
Bit Beat Collective – “Move Into the Sound”
Big Beat Collective – “Fingerprints”
Brotherhood – “Happy”

 



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