UK Cellist Michael Kevin Jones very kindly posted a youtube endorsement for Instruments of Change at:
Neil Johnson and Louis Bockner are the spark behind MRP. Although I would say, and I think Neil and Louis would agree, it’s ‘all of us’ who are creating the MRP. Universal consciousness in action, illuminated daily in the ordinary magic of people expressing themselves through music and other existential musings looking for a voice.
Here is an MRP clip featuring myself, Jeremy Behn, touching on the reincarnation aspect of helping souls inhabit or extend themselves into the vessels we know as musical instruments, one aspect of what I do at the Mountain Fruit Folklore Centre.
The work these two are doing is full of passion and inspiration. Their dedication to quality with regards to video/audio and attention to artistic detail is remarkable. It’s film like these two are creating that inspires us to make change in our lives and let that change ripple and overlap into the change of others.
View their first music video;
And go to their Indiegogo page if you’d like to support their project, it’s worth it!
The poster shows the way but let me say; Jim is a true resource on the history of these ‘Old Tyme Music’ genre’s. He is featured weekly on Kootenay Co-op Radio with his show, ‘Liner Notes‘ and always has some rare and intersting songs and info from long ago. It’s a history lesson with someone who is passionate about the music he likes! I might add that he has a wonderful radio voice and endearing stage personna in just being himself, this Capitol Theatre show will be a cozy, funfilled afternoon.
That’s Jim on the left being interviewed by Randy Morse of Radio Free Kaslo about his upcoming show. This interview should be broadcast on Friday, October 4th, 11am on Kootenay Coop Radio.
I took in Saskia Overbeek and Darrel Delaronde’s show for a second time in around a year I’d say. Previously at the Langham and this time at the United Church yesterday evening. As husband and wife they have a wonderful rappore on stage and don’t hesitate to throw in a little gender humour. They’re both great storytellers in song and in between songs. Comfortable Canadiana at it’s best! Next year we’ll be sure to corner them for a Radio Free Kaslo interview.
Michael Guthrie will be performing his eclectic mix of music at the Langham on Sat, Sept 21 at 7:30pm. If you don’t know Michael, visit his website, to find out more about his spearheading the rescue of the very theatre he will be performing in, which took place more than 30 yrs ago! You can also find out more about Michaels musical journey on Radio Free Kaslo’s May 24th show. Only musician I’ve ever seen play ‘Shortnin’ Bread’ on a 2 stringed rebec derived from the arabic rebab, I’ve been learning lots about stringed instrument history from Michael on his visits to Mtn Fruit, thanks Michael!
Kaslo resident Randy Morse (host of Radio Free Kaslo) has a beautiful, cooperative, sustainable and exciting vision for the Community of Kaslo and surrounding area. Come and learn more about this vision Thurs, Sept 19th, 7pm @ the Langham Theatre.
Here is a few minutes of footage featuring Randy Morse interviewing Morien Jones just before his Childrens CD Release Party. The event was well attended despite a few drops of rain and I highly recommend anyone with or without kids make an effort to catch Morien live. Moriens music is very strong rythmically and both kids and adults can’t stay still when he plays. Love your music Mojo!
Morien Jones is a dear friend and wonderful musician who has a gift for connecting with, and enjoying children just as they are! As gifted as he is he has worked tirelessly on all of his musical skills, whether it be performing, recording or songwriting. This is his first full length CD of music for children. Come on out and have a short rest on Sat, Sept 7th from 1-2 PM on the lawn of the Kemball Ctr, while the kids follow the piper!
Blues singer Kirby Sewell (pronounced soul) from Calgary visited Mtn Fruit yesterday for an Radio Free Kaslo interview. Kirby played Kaslo Jazzfest in 2012 and was well recieved. Without giving too much of the interview away Kirby loves to laugh and talk about the business side of music. Look for Kirby’s interview at Nirvanna Chronicles in the coming weeks.
On Saturday Aug 24th I attended the Nimble Fingers Concert with a market booth. Met lot’s of fine folks and heard some great music. I also had the pleasure of meeting Mike and Annie of Clawhammer Press in Fernie, BC. Mike is the creator of the beautiful poster for Nimble Fingers which is printed on ‘turn of the century’ letter press equipment! Love what you are doing Mike!
Ron Wall and Liz Lupton from Penticton have been visiting Kaslo area on and off for years. Liz plays in the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and together they teach violin to kids in their program called ‘fiddlekidz’. They play wonderfully together and enjoy playing for others. They have collaborated on a wonderful beginners fiddle book for kids and adults alike with original mountain paintings by Ron and are in the process of writing a second book. I will post some photo details about the book in the coming weeks and the book can be purchased from Mtn Fruit. We are planning to have Ron back in the fall to teach an introduction to the hammered dulcimer.
Every year the Village of Kaslo has a small birthday party on the lawn of the Kemball Memorial Centre (right below the window of Mtn Fruit). There was cake, shade, speeches, social cheeriness amongst a small crowd and this year a live performance from Ron Wall and Liz Lupton from Pentiction. Liz plays violin and Ron plays fiddle, hammered dulcimer, harp and I am sure a few other instruments as well. Thanks to Liz and Ron for their short notice ‘goodwill to Kaslo performance’, I’m sure they would be welcomed here anytime!
As seen on the poster a few days ago in front of Mtn Fruit, local band the Lichens hosted and collaborated with the Slocan Ramblers in a small lawn concert. The sun was pushing everyone to the one corner of shade but the show went on. This is the first of a series of outdoor concerts coordinated by Mtn Fruit and Radio Free Kaslo, stay tuned for the next date and enjoy this new tune from SR written while visiting Kaslo and titled ‘Coffee Creek’!
Torontos Slocan Ramblers were in Mtn Fruit for a Radio Free Kaslo interview and performed two songs. One of which was a new arrangement of an old song titled “ramblin sailor”. Magic to hear such beautiful music in such an intimate setting. These young lads make it look easy but to my ears they are all masters and real craftsmen in the musical sense of the word. Unpretentious and sensitive to the details that take take us deeper into the listening journey.
Thanks for sharing guys!
Margaret, the gypsy from Israel, wandered into the store after following others to a purported ‘Rainbow Gathering’ in Meadow Creek, BC. The gathering never happened but Margaret stuck around Kaslo a few days and sang some songs for me in the shop. Her travelling guitar had been backed over by a truck while she was picking fruit in the Okanagan so I gifted her a ukelele that needed a home. She had a lovely voice and some lovely songs, made a little money busking and then moved on! But not before an interview with ‘Radio Free Kaslo’ from the pew at Mtn Fruit.
These country bumpkins, Darrin Herting, Alton Gowan and John Flemming, hail from Salmon Arm, BC and put on a good ol show with lots of banter. They got some funky tenor banjos, nice harmonies and a washtub bass (aka gut bucket). Very amicable hillbillys! Go see em whenever they’re in yer neck of the woods, we hope to have em back real soon!
Buckman Coe and his friend Rika dropped by Mtn Fruit for a chat and some tunes yesterday. They are on a fundraising tour for the Dogwood Initiative’s efforts to stop proposed plans for the Enbridge pipeline and increased tanker traffic on BC’s coast, power to them! Rika is accompanying Buckman with his beautiful oceanscape art and together they are a very soulful team! Hope to see them again soon. In the photo, from left to right are Buckman, Randy (our intrepid Radio Free Kaslo host) and Rika. Doesn’t matter how you arrange their names, you’ve always got a band name.
In photo 1 the new railroad spikes can be seen and the screw holes from 2 previous capo systems on the side of the neck. After the screws for these intrusive systems were removed I drilled them slightly oversize to ensure roundness. Then proceeded to make a triple layer lamination of black and white celluloid with curly maple. The layup was too fragile to turn in my micro lathe so I quickly rounded the affair with a file and tapered each plug to get a snug fit in each hole.
In photo 2 the final touch up has been done. The curly maple stained, lacquer built up, leveled and buffed. This photo is up close but the end result is quite effective when viewed slightly farther away.
These two played a concert at the Bluebelle Bistro on Friday night that I wish I had been at. The song, The Promise, is what they sang during an interview on the Pew at MtnFruit and had me close to tears and lamenting a missed performance. Christina and Dale share a creative intimacy that is rare and beautiful.
I’d wish these two luck but they don’t need any, the next step is the path they’re on!
We have Christinas latest CD, Sleeping With a Stranger, for purchase at the Mtn Fruit.
Cellist, Michael Kevin Jones played a wonderful concert on Friday night past at the United Church as part of the Kaslo Concert Societies 2013 program.
It doesn’t matter whether the program is familiar, as with his Bach solo repertoire or unfamiliar, as with the rediscovered Rodrigo solo cello piece, when someone plays with the emotional intensity and skill that Michael does one can’t help but be transported into another world called the beautiful present.
Rick wandered into Mtn Fruit the day before he played two wonderful concerts at the Langham on April 20th. He had a look on his face as if he had just opened the door into Narnia, a ‘what is this place?’ kind of look.
He chatted about the usual musician on the road ponderings; espresso machines that reveal themselves through a small door in the back of your double bass, kids who laugh at fart jokes, adults who laugh at fart jokes, you know how it goes.
Thanks for sharing yourself Rick, and thanks to Valley for getting him to the shows on time!
I have seen Jeff play a few times now and he really has a unique sound. Certainly rhythm features prominent in his all original songs but it’s such an intense, strong, driving rhythm that nods back to his metal roots. Combined with his raspy, dreamlike vocals he gets you into a trance like state, like listening to good electronica played live on an acoustic guitar. Jeff bought a hammered dulcimer by Dusty Strings on this visit to Mtn Fruit and I can’t wait to hear how he incorporates it into his music!