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.

 

Big East

Big East

Big East is an ORIGINAL Canadian Folk / Rock Band that lives and works in Muskoka, Ontario. The duo consists of James Jones (guitar and vocals), Kip Daynard (piano, guitar and vocals). Big East writes and performs their own original songs and covers artists like "The Eagles", "Five for fighting", Neil Young, Tom Petty, The Beatles and others. Both artists are gifted musicians and vocalists on their own, but something special happens when they combine their talents.

Daynard has a long history of making music and has distinguished himself on guitar and piano as a singular talent in Muskoka. He is in high demand as a vocalist, pianist and solo performer. Jones is an natural talent that has wowed audiences in Muskoka with his amazing vocals and catchy songwriting.

The partners have combined their talents in the last couple of years as "Big East". A folk/rock duo that could be compared to Simon and Garfunkel for their clear, compelling vocals and catchy melodies, combined with thought provoking lyrics.

Be sure to check out their website HERE: www.bigeast.ca for videos of some their live performances as well as current studio recordings and demos. Also... check out their video on youtube that has over 100,000 views. HERE: youtube.com

Here's what they are saying about "Big East" on SOUNDCLOUD... "Great vocals delivering lyrics well heard! Brilliant lyrics!:)", "Powerful vocal with a powerful message" Beautiful in every way possible! Fav 4 sure! Great performance and production!:) "That's some very fine singing. And a beautiful song, too." "Great vocals delivering lyrics well heard! Brilliant lyrics!:)

 

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 a rock/pop/blues/jazz artist, from Barrie, ON. Although he can be classified by so many different genres of music, he’s created his own personalized style called Revolution Rock. Lyric, at the age of 15, has already released 2 full length albums and has performed at benefit concerts and large music festivals such as NXNE (North By North East), Canadian Music Week and headlined The Music By The Bay Festival in Pickering. Lyric is also involved in fundraising events and many charities.

Many people consider Lyric to be an old soul with a sound that is new and refreshing. Lyric is influenced by many different genres of music which shape his unique sound appealing to a variety of all ages. Lyric also writes all of his own music and lyrics.

Since picking up a guitar 6 years ago, Lyric has come a long way. His first album, 'Broken Dreams' was released when he was just twelve years old and the CD release party was a huge success and brought over 150 people out to listen to the new performers sound. With his second album “Alive”, the CD release party in April 2013, sold out with 350 people in attendance.

Lyric has been featured and interviewed in various media outlets. Lyric’s music has been featured on Rock 95’s “New Music Hour”, he has had numerous live performances on Rogers TV and his first album was used as the soundtrack for an episode of the show “New Slang”. His video for the song “Hello Beautiful” is in regular rotation on Pizza Pizza TV in Southern Ontario. Lyric performed LIVE on K Rock’s Humble and Fred Show in Kingston, interviewed on CBC radio, and won the BEST YOUNG SONGWRITERS award at the Barrie New Music Festival 2011 and recently won the La Musique Circle music competition at The Rockpile in Toronto.

Lyric has opened for artists such as Walk Off The Earth, David Usher, Wide Mouth Mason, Steve Strongman, Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and Lee Aaron. Lyric takes his guitar playing seriously and has guitar lessons every day before school. He is currently studying for his grade 8 RCM exam and loves to perform live.

A few music reviews…

“Canada over the years has brought about some great superstars of music, like Shania Twain and Justin Bieber. Now we have another great artist coming from Canada, and he has the ability to be the greatest yet. Lyric Dubee will be, “Canada”s Newest Superstar”!” TOMMY NEAL – STARS2COME.COM

“Alive by the young Canadian is an album full of emotions and adrenaline. Crossing bands like Linkin Park with artists like John Mayer, it is something to enjoy alone or with others.” - The Grateful Web

“There are some really great sounds coming out of Canada and Lyric Dubee is leading the pack. He has always brought great music to his fans with his outstanding guitar playing and his gift for writing songs, he brings enjoyment to all. The great skills he has as an artist really showed through on his CD, "Broken Dreams', but now he has out done himself with his new CD, "Alive".” - Stars2Come

“Like any future rock star, Dubee has a passion for the stage and produces a personality of electric energy that pleases an audience.” – Kid Scoop News

“Like his Debut album this new CD is another gem that must be heard! Each track is a masterpiece that truly demonstrates just how talented young Lyric is in his writing and arrangement skills. In addition to this, Lyric’s vocals are now more mature as his vocals have dropped dramatically.” ROD JOHNSON, RIVENMASTER.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

 

Kris and Dee

Kris and Dee

Kris and Dee are Kris Abbott (The Pursuit of Happiness) and Dee McNeil (The Strap-Ons).  In 2013 this Kingston-based contemporary folk-pop duo released their second album Bloom, which features guest performances by Colin Cripps (Blue Rodeo, Kathleen Edwards), Mauro Sepe (Paul Langois), Tim Welch (Images in Vogue, Carole Pope), Ron Hawkins (Lowest of the Low), Al Cross (Jane Syberry, Big Sugar) and Trevor Henderson (Music Maul, Hell Billys).

Kris and Dee's Bloom was chosen on CBC Radio as a Top Pick for 2013 and featured on several Radio One programs including Fresh Air, Bandwidth, Ontario Morning and All In A Day. Bloom is the follow-up to their 2011 debut, Still Here Inside, which was selected for the Starbucks World Wide Playlist.  With poetic melodies woven through pop hooks and lush grooves, their sound is described as "deep, powerful and poetic".

Visit www.krisanddee.com for videos, pictures, press, music and social media.

 

Sarah Melody

Sarah Melody

Sarah Melody is an emerging Pop/Urban-Rock artist and songwriter on the Canadian music scene. She has been focused on studio recording and live performance for the past several years, sharpening her skill. With support from her 4-piece band, she launched her full length CD, “Side Two”, in the fall of 2007.

Sarah’s style of music is a form of smooth R & B, pop, and rock with an eclectic diverse creative edge to it. The creative side allows her to embellish and create music that has meaning and has impact on the world around her. “I’ve been writing a lot of different style of music these days. As a songwriter, I write for my audience and want my music to be relatable”, states Sarah. Sarah uses her music as a tool to speak out on human rights issues. Her storylines influence listeners through her musical arrangements and content leaving a lasting impression.

Sarah is happy to announce the release of “Stand Back” (rock mix) featuring Snow. The original was more of an R & B song from her debut CD “Side Two”. This version has more of a pop/rock style to it. Her interest in re-mixing the song was primarily due to her working with a live band. “Stand Back” is a story about a woman’s intolerance to her boyfriend cheating on her. She follows him without him knowing. This song carries a serious message all set to a hot hip-hop beat. It has a smooth rhythm, great lyrics, and has a great catchy verse.

Sarah plans to release her latest EP this July (2013) titled “Simple Things”. Co-writers on the EP include Brian Allen (Toronto, HEART, Lee Aaron), and Greg Keyes (Neverest, Fefe Dobson). “Whatever comes out of the pen and on to the paper will be the new sound for the album. I don’t want to be an artist that sits down and just writes songs for radio, I want to write music for all audiences.”

Sara Melody has worked with award-winning producers Luke McMaster (Canadian Idol winners Ryan Malcolm & Kalan Porter), Boomtang (dance remixes for The Philosopher Kings, Bif Naked, Corey Hart, and Ashley MacIsaac), Perry Alexander (Keshia Chanté, Shawn Desman, George) and Marcus Kane (Snow, Gary Beals, X-Quisite).

This is one Melody you won’t forget. Contact Info:
Sarah Melody
info@sarahmelody.com
Ph: 647-824-8325
www.sarahmelody.com
www.youtube.com/sarahmelody
www.facebook.com/sarahmelodymusic

 

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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