Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Bad news and waterfowl

For Day 2 of Megaphono I went back to St. Alban's to see a trio of acts who I'd only heard of Fiver, Merganzer and Andy Shauf. As it turns out, two of the major players are not entirely unfamiliar: Fiver is the solo project of One Hundred Dollars from Simone Schmidt, and Merganzer is fronted by Mika Posen of Timber Timbre and Last Ex (who I shot at last year's Megaphono outing). I've always loved One Hundred Dollars' hardnoised country-noir, and Fiver is, if anything, even bleaker. Simone's voice makes me think a bit of Karen Dalton.

Fiver at St. Alban's

Blue-ish action!

Fiver at St. Alban's

Merganzer is also a solo project, but the now Ottawa-based Posen is backed by a trio live. Here's keyboardist Katie Hurdon.

Merganzer at St. Alban's

Mika has her hands full.

Merganzer at St. Alban's

Pascal Delaquis from Hilotrons keeps the beat.

Merganzer at St. Alban's

Scott McCannell handles the low end.

Merganzer at St. Alban's

Mika sings!

Merganzer at St. Alban's

Pascal applies some mallet.

Merganzer at St. Alban's

Singalong action!

Merganzer at St. Alban's

I confess that prior to this show I'd never heard of Andy Shauf (barring a brief notice in the my shows notices for an Elmdale gig back in 2011), but the Regina singer-songwriter seems to be getting quite a lot of attention for his rustic lyricism. He'll be back in the area in just a few days, performing at Gatineau's Salle Jean-Despréz on Feb. 20.

Andy Shauf at St. Alban's

Keyboard action!

Andy Shauf at St. Alban's

Bass action!

Andy Shauf at St. Alban's

Olivier Fairfield makes his mandatory Megaphono appearance.

Andy Shauf at St. Alban's
 

And so on!

Andy Shauf at St. Alban's


Another very pleasant night out.

Spreading the gospel

Another year, another Megaphono festival. Once again Jon Bartlett and Co.'s Ottawa-music-promoting extravaganza brought a bunch of great acts to the capital, in addition to various folks with knowledge to impart about the music business, and with several shows a day it was possible to spend very little time sleeping. I didn't get out to all the acts I wanted to see (I was feeling abit under the weather) but still managed to catch a bunch of good stuff, starting on Tuesday at St. Alban's with Pipahauntas. For this gig she was backed by Patric on turntables.

Pipahauntas at St. Alban's

Blue action!

Pipahauntas at St. Alban's

Sam sings!

Pipahauntas at St. Alban's

Adjusting action!

Pipahauntas at St. Alban's

Emilie & Ogden come from Montreal, Emilie being Kahn and Ogden being her Lyon & Healy 34-string lever harp.

Emilie & Ogden at St. Alban's

And so on!

Emilie & Ogden at St. Alban's

The Acorn finished things off; it's been quite a while since I saw them (Bluesfest 2008 to be precise), but I've seen Rolf and Pat performing since then in Silkken Laumann and backing Jon Hynes. Here's Pat, shaking things up.

The Acorn at St. Alban's

Rhythm section action with Martin Charbonneau!

The Acorn at St. Alban's

Rolf sings!

The Acorn at St. Alban's

And speaking of Silkken Laumann, here's Adam Saikaley.

The Acorn at St. Alban's

More Martin!

The Acorn at St. Alban's

Nutty action!

The Acorn at St. Alban's

Guest vocal action with Caylie of Boyhood!

The Acorn at St. Alban's

That done, I took the bus down to Ottawa South for a show at the House of Targ (and some perogies, I was getting a bit hungry). I missed the first act of the night, local art-rockers High Waters, so the next combo in front of the lens was Réglement 17, a metal-prog outfit named after Ontario's anti-francophone legislation of the early 20th century. Here's Cathy Vallières and Daniel Sauvé, along with Kevin Daoust, back left.

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

And here's some more Cathy with bassist Xavier Bélanger and violinist Patrick Pharand.

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

Extra Patrick, and drummer Éric Pitre!

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

Faceoff action!

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

Xavier sings!

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

Guest vocal action with Le R!

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

Regulated action!

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

And so on!

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

Singalong action with Kevin!

Réglement 17 at House of Targ

Now would be a good time to say that the lineup for the late show was a little odd, since it went from industrial prog to francophone rap. Patchostars - a.k.a. - Ken Patcheli Likiti - comes from Congo via Herault, France, and started things off with a rap about child soldiers.

Patchostars at House of Targ

And so on!

Patchostars at House of Targ

An interesting end to the day.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Gift of the Gabba

There's been a sad gap in thelocal music scene for the last few months as Gabba Hey, one of the few decent spots for an all ages show, underwent renovation. Well, the fixing-up is done, so now the youngsters can get down again. The first band back on the Gabba Hey stage was Soft Drugs, but I unfortunately arrived too late to snap any photos. The next band up was a new one, and also featured at least one Weed Mom vet. Spell have got a krautrock-goes-to-New Zealand thing going on and started off with some very motorik sounds.

Spell at Gabba Hey

Headless action!

Spell at Gabba Hey

Danelectro action!

Spell at Gabba Hey

Tyrin hits!

Spell at Gabba Hey

Vocal action!

Spell at Gabba Hey

Keyboard action!

Spell at Gabba Hey

More guitar!

Spell at Gabba Hey

Is Peterborough Canada's new music capital?!? Well, they've got Mokomokai, The Silver Hearts, Faux Cults and Beef Boys going for them, so it's at least punching well above its weight. The Beef Boys were in trio form for this hard-hitting set. Here's Germ Sperman, Brandon Root and Luca Mo!

Beef Boys at Gabba Hey

Infectious vocal action!

Beef Boys at Gabba Hey

More Mo!

Beef Boys at Gabba Hey

Singalong action!

Beef Boys at Gabba Hey

Brandon hits!

Beef Boys at Gabba Hey

Another shouty bit!

Beef Boys at Gabba Hey

Faux Cults capped the evening  with some ramshackle poppage. Here's Will, Charlotte, Luca again and Riley on drums.

Beef Boys at Gabba Hey

Will frets!

Faux Cults at Gabba Hey

Charlotte sings!

Faux Cults at Gabba Hey

Riley hits!

Faux Cults at Gabba Hey

Extra Charlotte!

Faux Cults at Gabba Hey

Singalong action!

Faux Cults at Gabba Hey

And so on!

Faux Cults at Gabba Hey

Faceoff action!

Faux Cults at Gabba Hey

An excellent return.