Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Kele Fleming Touches Down With no static


Kele Fleming was the founder of the early 90s Vancouver indie pop band Hazel Motes. Her fifth solo album, no static, is an electro acoustic thought piece, awakening inquiries into trails of fading data, and processes for accessing new species of meaning. The songs attain melodic equilibrium  with the help of producer Ron Yamauchi (Insomniacs, Soreheads) to bring us a collection of anthems, antidotes and unanswered questions. 


Kele will be in Corby`s Orbit on Radio Regent Friday (5:00 - 7:00 p.m) to perform, play some tracks and promote her up-coming show at Junction City Music Hall this Saturday at 4:00 with Sarah Greene and The Collette Savard Band.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Winterfolk Springs Us Open Again


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Living La Vida Winterfolk for three days on Toronto's Danforth sure does bring out the inner "folk" in you. Friends grow out of tightly packed corner strangers and random volunteers turn into spirit guides. The musicians wander into the daylight on Saturday and Sunday afternoons with their midnight glow intact. Little wide-eyed kids get their first dose of real music alongside their wide-eyed parents. This year's edition was especially congenial due to aggressively beautiful weather that gave everyone a squinty smile and a boot-free attitude.


For the fifteenth time in as many years, musicians from east of the Don River hosted a six-venue kitchen party for 150 or so acts, invited from the GTA and the nearby peripherals. Lead conspirator Brian Gladstone got the inspiration for this event when he realized that if no folk festival would hire him, he would have to start one of his own.

Beverly Kreller, booker and publicist for Winterfolk, and owner/operator of SPEAKMusic, has her finger on the pulse of emerging talent on the Canadian music scene. SPEAKMusic is only one way talent comes to her attention. She scouts music year round through sonicbids, submissions, and by attending a constant flow of concerts throughout the year. The talent is thoroughly laced with Juno and CFMA winners and noms, local legends, warhorses of the blues, and upwardly-motivated avatars of the new sounds and songs that will pave a path into the future of Canadian music.

Friday night at the Black Swan opened with soul-baring reveries from the life of David Essig, who perhaps came the farthest to participate. Nanaimo-based but of American descent, David is a Mariposa, CBC and record production vet. He retraced his life in a tribute to friends, bars and family in a captivating set, played entirely on electric guitar. It was a huge contrast to his traditional acoustic blues ebullience, not only in tone, but in the pensiveness of his lyrical flow. Standing out brightly were a song about his Blue Valentine, Willie P. Bennett, a single crystalline instrumental, and a fine closer, "One More Song", recounting his father's last days. He threw us into the deep end. Jon Brooks followed up with return fire on the topics of violence, revenge and the end of the planet. "I'm not here to cheer you up friends," he intoned mordantly.


Across the way at Dora K., Louis Simao was restoring calm in zephyrs of Mediterranean sway with repertoire from his recent, brilliant A Luz CD.  And at Terri-O's, folk songster David McLachlan and his band were debuting the songs of Traveling Truthfully, composed and recorded last year in Nashville.

Saturday brought sunglasses weather and a slate of workshops based on harmony, spirit and Canadiana. And more Nashville.
Sue & Dwight were busy rallying the patriotic fervours attendant to 150 Years of Canadian Folk (really needed more time) upstairs at The Swan with Kim Doolittle and accompanists of note Tom Leighton and Conrad Kipping.
 
And downstairs, the Saturday regulars were in full boisterous wakefulness, as local folkers Glen Hornblast Kirsten Jones and Clela Errington sang angelic Americana anthems in the back room, featuring guitar-chameleon champ Bob Cohen. The Nashville vibe continued at a showcase at Dora's and another hour at The Swan with a swing shift consisting of Kevin Bell, Kim Doolittle & Kat Goldman.



Mid-afternoon,Dora Keogh's became a-jostle with banjo aficionados making elbow room to hoist their barleys while taking in successful frailers Esther Wheaton (Onion Honey), Cara Luft (The Small Glories), & Matt James (All Day Breakfast). Lessons in claw hammer history, journeys to jig-able planets, and a mysterious tune named Johnny Booger kept the throng enchanted, lively, and mostly off their phones throughout.
A collective fresh breath was taken as Tragedy Ann took the stage and emanated romance, harmony and joy with such charm and dynamic interplay that the hush became palpable. The applause rose in wave upon wave throughout their set.They repeated the accomplishment a few moments later to open the SPEAK MUSIC showcase. Isaak Bonk brought Gerdie's Folk City back to life with topical talking blues and a lyrical homage to the song-poetry of the sixties.



Much of the crowd shifted at sunset to the main event, The Harmony Hoedown upstairs at The Black Swan, featuring The Redhill Valleys, who had just finished lighting up Dora`s, the pop-folk sibling conviviality of The Command Sisters, and streamlined Laurel Canyon-style thumpers Johnson Crook.




Emerging from studio seclusion with all the promise of a sun-splattered Wiarton Willie, Trent Severn made everybody`s day with a triumphant set of maple and trilliums and a preview song from their forthcoming album, Portage, a show-stomper called Eh Canada.


Singer Dayna Manning also brought me in a black 64-ouncer of Trent Severn beer from Stratford brewery Black Swan (courtesy of her Dad; gracias papa). Avoiding a legal skirmish with my new B.F.F. Carmine, I had to surrender it to management in order to keep the liquor license safe and also to keep from being removed from the premises. The paparazzi had a field day. 

Sunday was blues church. Our eminent host, deacon Jack De Keyserhaving just committed full scale slaughter on the same stage a few hours previously with his all star band, returned to survey the battlefield, and to welcome a wine list of fine vintage Toronto guitarists to come up and cauterize their blues wounds.
Mike McKenna and Tony Quarrington preceded my arrival, but when I got there, I found the hall packed with highly amusable enthusiasts.  Margaret Stowe was decimating the room with an unprecedented assault upon the modes and measures of the blues that had more to do with Sonnys Greenwich or Sharrock than any of the Kings of the genre. Jack and his rhythm section (Alan Duffy & epic snare slugger Rick Donaldson) held stoicly to the changes as Margaret displayed terrifying leaps of faith over suspensions, extensions and altered dimensions of music. Trust me folks, this is not mere hyperbole.





We all needed a bit of down time afterwards, so D`Àrcy Wickham brought a nice blues twist to David Crosby`s Long Time Coming, followed by ``Danny on the Danny``, a blues carousal with Mr.Gold Digits, Danny Marks, a crowd favourite. He and the De Keyser band set off smiles and sparks with classic Hendrix & Chuck and a cheerful blues camaraderie.






Over on the shady side of the avenue, Tony Quarrington and Wendell Ferguson (``Don`t look for his sensitive side: he`s sitting on it.``) were having an amiable go at acoustical knitting with a lot of insights into their inspirations and processes in between tunes. Tony was having an exceptional day since the live tribute CD The Songs of Tony Quarrington was to be launched later in the day and his old muchacho Joe Hall was playing in the festival too. Random link-ups abounded in the clubs and on the street where fruit markets, a record shop and an L.C.B.O. encouraged all kinds of chance encounters
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The juxtapositionof  hearing Brian Blain, David Essig, Jerome Tucker and Danny Marks on one stage exemplifies the kind of cross pollination that takes place on this fantasy-folk weekend 

Every year Winterfolk manages to scrape a little winter off of all of us lucky enough to attend. This year was particulary thorough. I will not include a picture of the guy who was in his bathing suit. Thank me by private message.









...and what was that last piece that Annie Bonsignore played????

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Playlist For Show Of 17 February

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby 

( Brought To You by The Chord That Rings, The Two Sours, & The Re-tune Of The King 
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5-7 p.m. Fridays online http://www.radioregent.com/ and at tunein.com .  

Guests: David McLachlan, Isis Giraldo and Dayna Manning of Trent Severn

Podcast here https://www.mixcloud.com/paul-corby/
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED. 

5:00 Thelonious Assault

Thelonious Monk ( October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) ~ Hornin' In (1952) ~ Monk's Music

* Trent Severn ~ From Canada ~ Trillium ~ @ Winterfolk Saturday 10 p.m.

The Dave Clark Five ~ Any Way You Want It ~ The Best Of...

5:15 Song Mongers

* David McLachlan ~ Down Here In Nashville / Interview / Uncle Buck (live) / Bless This House (live) ~ Traveling Truthfully NEW DISK @ Winterfolk 

* Joel & Bill Plaskett ~ Solidarity ~ Solidarity NEW DISK 

5:40 Chiquita Beat

*  Isis Giraldo ~ Small & Perfect / Interview /
 En Mis Suenos / Toronto ~ Chiquita Magic NEW DISK  @ Burdock Tuesday 21 February

Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) ~ I'm Your Baby Tonight (Dronez Mix) ~ The Greatest Hits

* Melisande ~ Buvons A La Ronde ~ Les Millesimes NEW DISK 

6:00 Winter Focus

^ Trent Severn ~ King Of The Background / Interview with Dayna Manning @ Winterfolk Saturday 10 p.m.

* Lion Bear Fox ~ No Turning Back ~ Lion Bear Fox NEW DISK 

* Harpin Norm Lucien ~ Turn My Eyes Away ~ The World's Smallest Man ~ NEW DISK @ Winterfolk

Elvin Bishop's Big Fun Trio ~ It's All Over Now ~ Big Fun Trio (Alligator)

* Tony Quarrington ~ Hellhound On My Lawn ~ The Songs Of Tony Quarrington ~ NEW DISK CD Release @ Winterfolk Sunday @ 3 p.m.

6:20 Melding Plot

* Kobo Town ~ Guayagayare ~ Where The Galleon Sank ~ NEW DISK ~ CD Release @ Lula Lounge Thursday 23 February 

* Margaret Stowe ~ Floating ~ Mello Jello @ Winterfolk

Bob Marley & The Wailers ~ Work ~ Uprising

6:40 Music For Life

* Jacob Gorzhaltsan ~ Sanctity ~ Fly Softly NEW DISK 

* Denielle Bassells ~ Boy Adventure ~ What About Wool Wishbags ~ NEW DISK @ Winterfolk

* Nathan Hiltz ~ Tempus Fugit ~ Songs Poetic 

* Lotus Wight ~ Midnight ~ Ode To The Banjo ~ @ The Local Saturday

Sons Of An Illustrious Father ~ Love & A 40 Oz. ~ @ The Baby G Saturday

Friday, February 17, 2017

Winterfolk Toronto ~~ Fifteenth Year. Starts tonight @ Danforth & Broadview

Winterfolk Schedule

Winterfolk Wristbands

$20.00 – Wristbands allows admittance to all shows below on a white background.
 Wristbands are available at the door of Winterfolk venues.
Wristbands allows admittance to all performances below on a white background.
A Blue Background indicates separated ticketed events.(Wristbands not required)

Friday February 17, 2017


Black Swan Tavern (2nd Floor) 154 Danforth
Black Swan Tavern (Main Floor) 154 Danforth
Mambo Lounge 120 Danforth
Dora Keogh Irish Pub 141 Danforth
Terri O’s Sports Bar 185 Danforth
Globe Bistro (2nd Floor) 124 Danforth

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Friday Night Dig Yer Roots
8:00 David Essig
9:00 Jon Brooks
10:00 The Small Glories
Doors open at 7:00 Music starts at 8:00 Come early for best seating. $15.00 Advance $20.00 door.
Sebastian Agnello
Songwriters Up Close
Doors open at 7:00 Music starts at 8:00 Come early for dinner & best seating
Friday Night Latino & Swingin’ Jazz at Dora’s
Doors open at 7:00 Music starts at 8:00 Come earlyfor best seating
The McDales

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Tom Leighton
Glen Hornblast
Laura Fernandez
D’arcy Wickham
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Brian Gladstone & Friends
Suzanne Jarvie
Louis Simao Duo
David McLachlan CD release for his new album‘ Travelling Truthfully’
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David Storey
Peter Verity
Lily Frost and Her Kelvinators
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Sue & Dwight
Jerome Tucker Band
Blair Packham
Denielle Bassels
Onion Honey
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Juneyt Yetkiner

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Saturday February 18, 2017


Black Swan Tavern (2nd Floor) 154 Danforth
Black Swan Tavern (Main Floor) 154 Danforth
Mambo Lounge 120 Danforth
Dora Keogh Irish Pub 141 Danforth
Terri O’s Sports Bar 185 Danforth
Globe Bistro (2nd Floor) 124 Danforth

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150 Years of Canadian Folk  Sue and DwightKim Doolittle and Leighton & Kipping perform Canada’s most memorable folk songs since Confederation.

Nashville Bound Host Glen Hornblast presents
Hour 1 – Clela Errington, Kirsten Jones
Hour 2 – Kat Goldman,Kevin Bell, Kim Doolittle
Isaak Bonk
NSAI Presents
Nashville Songwriters Association of Canada Hour 1 – Roger Beckett, Brittany Brodie,Karli June
Hour2 – Dan McVeigh, Annie Bonsignore, Aimie Page
End of the Road

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Songs of Spirit and Reality Suzanne Jarvie and Andy Griffiths perform songs of freedom, murder ballads, and more.
Anne Walker
Brampton Folk Club Presents
Hour 1 – Creative Covers with Fiddle and Frets Rebecca Phillips, Carlos Medina Hour 2 – In the Celtic Traditionwith Moira and Elena, Brown Ale, Sylvia Genders
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Music of the World Host Laura Fernandez Juneyt Yetkiner present an international blend of instrumentation, songs, and rhythms.
David Storey
Steve Raiken
Dueling Banjos with Cara Luft (The Small Glories), Matt James (All Day Breakfast), Esther Wheaton (Onion Honey)
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Peter Verity & Friends
Seneca College Independent Music Program Hosts John Switzer and Linda M present Collin Clowes, K.E.V., Cory Feigen, Jake Feeney, Liron, Alexi Halket, Matthew Kelly, Emily Bridle, McKinley Leonard-Scott, Vanessa Persichitti, Connor Duncan, Jana Teovano, Yvanne Dandan
Mary Kelly
Tragedy Ann
The Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show Host Tom Hamilton presentsHour 1- Roger Zuraw, Kirk Felix, Sean Peever, Linda Saslove
Hour 2 – Nadia High, Juha Juppi, Dougal Bichan, Aidan Devine
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Tony Quarrington
Speak Music Showcase
Bev Kreller presents Isaak Bonk, Tragedy Ann, The Redhill Valleys
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Saturday Night Harmony Hoedown
7:00 The Redhill Valleys
8:00 The Command Sisters
9:00 Johnson Crook
10:00 Trent Severn
Doors open at 6:00 Music Start at 7:00. Come Early for best Seating. $15.00 Advance $20.00 door.
Soozi Schlanger
Women Who Write hosted by Kim Doolittle with Denielle Bassels & Suzanne Jarvie
Glen Hornblast & Friends
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Brian Blain
Howard Gladstone
Fiddling Around host Soozi Schlanger with Tom Hamilton & Lindsay Schindler trade their tunes and fiddle styles
Songs of Change and Social Commentary host Blair Packham with David McLachlan and Lynn Harrison
Acoustic Harvest Presents
Mary Kelly, Missy Burgess, Anne Walker, John Prince & Bruce McDaniel (from the End of the Road Trio)
Host Lillian Wauthier showcases artists from her monthly concert series.
Arrive early for dinner and best seating. Doors open at 7:00 pm. Music starts at 8:00. $15.00 Advance $20.00 door.
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Danny Marks
Jory Nash
Smokin’ Guitars Host D’ArcyWickham with Brian Gladstone, and Noah Zacharin
Harpin’ Norm Lucien CD Release
Norm releases his new CD ‘TheWorld’s Strongest Man
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Kim Dolittle
Isabel Frysberg
Melanie Peterson
Sebastian Agnello
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HOTCHA!
Mr. Rick
Harpin‘ Norm and Friends
Brian Gladstone & Tony Quarrington
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Jack DeKeyzer Blues Band
Turbo Street Funk

Melanie Peterson
Western Swing with Pat Temple and the Hi Lo Players with Pineapple Frank Barth

Noah Zacharin
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Sunday February 19, 2017


Black Swan Tavern (2nd Floor) 154 Danforth
Black Swan Tavern (Main Floor) 154 Danforth
Mambo Lounge 120 Danforth
Dora Keogh Irish Pub 141 Danforth
Terri O’s Sports Bar 185 Danforth
Globe Bistro (2nd Floor) 124 Danforth

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Famous Jack de Keyzer Guitar Jam Jack is joined by guitar aces Mike McKenna, Tony Quarrington, Marg Stowe, Danny Marks, D’Arcy Wickham and more. Best of the Moonshine Cafe
Hosted by John Marlett 
with 
Neil
MacNaughton
Danielle Donville
Martin Rouleau
Alex Antinori
Rick Furtado
James MacKay
John Marlatt
Sebastian Agnello
The Bridge with Lynn Harrison: Space and Timewith Soozi Schlanger, Noah Zacharin, Wendell Ferguson, Tragedy Ann, Glen Hornblast, Steve Raiken, Laura Fernandez Songtown Presents host Pete Otis presents Paul Cross, Pat Little, Michael Bar, Stephen Court, Romas Project 

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Joe Hall
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Spotlight on Youth John Marlett presents new and emerging talent Quinton Cochrane, Ben Robinson, Sawyer Dundas,
Sarah Campbell Mills
David McLachlan
6 String Wizardry
Wendell Ferguson and TonyQuarrington go nuts.
The Blues Campfire with host Brian Blain
Hour 1 – Danny Marks, David Essig, Jerome Tucker
Hour 2 – Mr. Rick, Kim Doolittle, Julian Taylor
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The Songs of Tony Quarrington Live CD Release– featuring Heather Fielding, Glen Hornblast, David Storey, HOTCHA!, Wendell Ferguson, Seb Agnello, Brian Gladstone, Wayne Neon, Isabelle Frysberg, Laura Fernandez, Noah Zacharin, Soozi Schlanger, Howard Gladstone, Joe Hall, Stuart LaughtonDoors open at 3:30 pm. Music starts at 4:00. $15.00 Advance $20.00 door. CDs sold at the venue.

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Melanie Peterson 
David Storey
Wayne Neon
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 David McLachlan

Andy Griffith
Soul  Maître’D’s
 Lawrie Ingles & Henry Lees
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A Long Way From Home host Jory Nash with David Storey, Pat Temple play their songs of the road and places far away.
The McDales
Songs and Stories for a Better World host Danny Marks with Blair Packham, Stephanie Braganza present themes of animal rights, human spirit, the earth, and more.
All Day Breakfast String Band
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Andy Griffith
Finger Picking the Blues host David Essig with Brian Blain & Mr. Rick share their tunes, acoustic blues guitar techniques and sounds.
Howard Gladstone & Noah Zacharin
Steve Raiken & Friends with Sharron Katz, Roger Zuraw
Guyz HarmonizeFreeman Dre, Lonny Knapp, Johnson Crook

Gals Harmonize Command Sisters, Suzanne Jarvie, & Isabel Fryszberg
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Stuart Laughton & Friends
Hoof and Mouth Organ – guys who play harmonica and stomp their feet Norm Lucien, Glen Hornblast, Isaak Bonk
Lynn Harrison
Electric Guitar Taste and Tone Danny Marks  and Mike McKenna (don’t miss this one folks!)
Sue and Dwight
The Guitar Boys of Alderon reunite with Noah Zacharin, Mr. Rick, & Brian Gladstone as part of their Milky Way Tour
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D’arcy Wickham
Wayne Neon and Friends
 Soul Maître’D’s
Lawrie Ingles & Henry Lees
Americana Pie HOTCHA!, All Day Breakfast, Mr. Rick, Tom Hamilton
Stephanie Braganza
Julian Taylor
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Tony Quarrington & Friends
Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party

Wendell Ferguson

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