Record-holding The Country Four barbershop quartet retires

Have voice, will travel: Jack, Don, Merrill & Glenn in 1955. Photo by Ray Carson from the Roy Forrester collection.

Have voice, will travel: Jack, Don, Merrill & Glenn in 1955. Photo by Ray Carson from the Roy Forrester collection.

It’s time to say “Hats off and farewell!” as The Country Four barbershop quartet retires. All they’ve ever needed is a pitch pipe and each other. Fifty-six years after they first began, their voices are still strong and their hearts light, as the members of The Country Four barbershop quartet gather around the kitchen table of Glenn Allin and his wife Jean in Newcastle, for a spontaneous rendition of the gospel standard, “He Touched Me.” Continue reading

The Sadies take the scenic route to Orono

photo Amanda Schenk/Derek von Essen effect

John Doe & The Sadies. Photo by Amanda Schenk/Derek von Essen effect.

If this is Tuesday, it must be Chicago – again. That was the refrain two weeks ago from Travis Good, the guitarist and co-frontman of the Sadies, when reached by phone in the midst of yet another road trip across the United States. The hard-working Sadies have seen a lot of Chicago and a number of other American cities lately, promoting their own album, New Seasons, as well as their latest collaborative recording. Continue reading

OS2L: the time is now

One Second 2 Late

Newcastle's OS2L (front, from left): Rob Henderson, Brian Pisani, Steve Leca; (back) Derek Knox and Adam Wishak. Photo by Ryan Fujiki

The timing couldn’t be better for Newcastle band One Second 2 Late (OS2L). Having released their debut CD World Time Bomb on the SonyBMG indie label Red Ink on August 26, the band members just started a two-week, six-city tour opening for the JUNO-nominated group Hedley, flying out to play Winnipeg last night. The tour will bring the local punkpop outfit to Massey Hall in Toronto this Saturday, Oct. 18. Continue reading

JUNO-nominated Sadies play Orono

The Sadies: Travis, Mike, Sean, Dallas

The Sadies: Travis, Mike, Sean, Dallas. Photo by Beth Hammill.

Less than three weeks after being nominated for a JUNO Award, the Toronto-based group, The Sadies, will be gracing the stage of the Orono Town Hall this Saturday, February 23.

Band members Travis Good, Dallas Good, Mike Belitsky, and Sean Dean learned that they were nominated for the Canadian music industry awards, in the category of “Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group” while touring Spain.
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