Posts Tagged ‘banjo’

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TWN says Saturday should be sunny and warm. I hope so, because I’m going to be standing in whatever weather happens from 12-2 at the corner of Quebec and Dundas for the Junction Music Festival. Standing and playing banjo and singing, of course.

If you’re in town and want to catch a few minutes, please come on by and say hi. With over 60 other performances happening in venues all over the Junction, including a number of well known and up-and-coming indie artists – there will be some great listening whatever your tastes in music, .

There are also over 20 local eateries putting on special menus and street food. The Junction has become a real foodie strip in recent years – if you haven’t sampled it yet, you’ll be in for a big treat.

Click HERE to see the festival writeup.

And, yes, I’ll have some CD’s for sale if you need one …

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Never surrender. The schools may be full, the roads may be full, the leaves may look a bit less green than last week. But we shall prevail – summer is not yet done. Help us make it linger by joining us for some musical spell casting next Thursday at Graffiti’s. The more people, the more likely summer will last at least another few weeks; these spells require participation.

For this fine evening, we will be joined by Lost in Sparse, namely Neil Kitagawa on saxophone and bass, and Martha Aykroyd on percussive things and background vocals. As usual, we have a unique 3-set grouping of tunes, 36 to be exact, that we have never played in this way before, nor will again. Some new very cool tunes, too.

First set starts at 7:30, we’re probably done by 10:30 or so. So come on down – it’s Thursday night and you’ll be fine on Friday, even better because you will know deep inside you have helped extend summer.

September 11th, 2014
7:30PM until 11 or so
Graffiti’s Bar & Grill
130 Baldwin Street (Corner of Kensington, in The Market)

here’s a living room take on a favourite tune from my late friend Wayne. Even the dog liked it – she watched, and then just curled up to listen to us. This is my old friend and mfab Tom Gilmore on harmonica – it’s hard to hear him so we will definitely have to make another recording – he was in fine form. Given how hungover we were, that’s saying something.

Nephew Bill got it on his iPhone, hence the low-res style. But the sound’s pretty good … thanks Bill

A nice writeup

Posted: June 30, 2014 in music
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Click HERE – a nice writeup of me from Kayt Lucas of the Kayt Lucas Band

I have been fortunate enough to get to know Kayt, and she has asked me to back her up on some of her songs. On her recent live streaming contest, I helped her open her show for the first two tunes. She’s also working on doing some of my tunes with me – we’ll see how that turns out – stay tuned.

In the meantime, she is doing some research for a songwriting project, interviewed me, and wrote the following article.

Thanks Kayt!

Another video experimentation with a track off Unassumed Sideroads. This is called Lizard Crossing, because I like lizards, I like seeing them run, and I love the high deserts where you get to see them fairly often. I also shared my home with Al for well over a decade. I rescued Al from unhappy circumstances, and he loved banjo music. Anyway – here it be

Ain’t No Laughing Matter is one of my favourite tunes written by my friend, the late Wayne Sorge. Here’s my official version, from my CD Unassumed Sideroads. I’ve had so many requests for the lyrics for this that I’ve added them to the video, over a slideshow of run down or abandoned buildings in Virginia and South Carolina. The photos were taken by my Friend Joan in Charlottesville – thanks Joan!

Please have a gander and tell me what you think.

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Don’t know about you, but I need to party this winter into a distant memory. There are just too many people I didn’t get to see being cooped up in the cold and ice. So on the 28th – remedies shall be had! I want to see your mugs and say hello, and help you wash this winter right out of your boots.

Friday the 28th, at 8:30 after dinner, we will be rocking the roof down at Graffiti’s. We’ve worked up some killer sets, including the legendary one what had ’em pounding the floor at the Old Nick in February. Me, Doc on The Gibson, Neil on sax and bass, and Martha holding down some beats with various percussive mechanicals.

Hope you can make it.
Loren

March 28th, 2014
8:30PM until just after midnight
Graffiti’s Bar & Grill
130 Baldwin Street (Corner of Kensington, in The Market)

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Hicks & DAwe at The Old Nick


On Monday February 3rd, We have been honoured to be invited back to do a set at Elana Harte’s M-Factor Mondays at the Old Nick. With one set, we’ve compressed a whole night’s worth of goodness into a dozen tunes that will literally blow you away.

A rare east-end appearance for us, so all you East Yorkers and Scarberians get your dancing shoes on for this one! Get out of the house – you’re used to winter now …

Elana is kicking it off with some of her excellent rock, and we’ll be trading sets with Bri-Anne Swan after that. Come early and have a pint while we’re watching Elana.

Hicks on banjos, Dawe on guitar, Kitagawa on sax and bass. No cover.

The Old Nick
123 Danforth (south side just east of Broadview)

This has long been one of my favourite holiday sings. Written by Tommy Thompson and performed by him with The Red Clay Ramblers, I almost wore the vinyl out (I know I’m dating myself there). I finally got around to learning it properly for the Hicks & Dawe 2013 Holiday Party, and decided it might be nice to record it just very simply with the Gold Tone dojo in my living room. With a little Kraken Spiced Rum, just to ease my vocal cords of course. Hope you like it.

Ready for the Holidays

OK – it’s a week away – the Hicks & Dawe Holiday party at Grafitti’s:

Wednesday, December 11thm from 7 to 10 PM, so you can be home happy and still rested for Thursday.
170 Baldwin in Kensington Market …

Mitchell is going to let us decorate the place in a holiday way (for those of you that know Grafitti’s – just imagine!).

We’re planning some snacks – most of the prizes and giveaways are in my hands already – we’re up to snuff on some obscure but delightful holiday tunes – this will be just pure fun all evening (well, until 10, anyway) —

Is that Deerslayer hiding behind the cat door?