Never before in 136 weeks have Ryan, Gary, and Kevin left the confines of BOXO Studio…. Not till this week anyway.
It’s Wednesday July 1 and that means Canada day round here.
This night was a Wednesday two weeks prior wherein we captured some area songwriters bringing forth songs in the most beautiful but vulnerable stage. Hamilton nightclubs are regular haunts for top notch songwriters but the venue and location of the ancient mason’s lodge brings with it a great mystique and provenance that bars can’t buy.
Attempting to film as the fly on the wall, we basically crashed the monthly event hosted by Jay Burr and Danny Medakovic with the unknown as our only assurance.
Faith it is, and faith it shall be.
Happy Birthday Canada from Barber Shop Podcast.
The Castor Troys are a driving punk rock / hard rock 4-piece out of Hamilton/Burlington, Ontario, Canada. Accessible, melodic, catchy, yet uncompromising. Peddlers of true stories and truer fiction.
Formed in 2009, The Castor Troys mix storyteller lyrics and a relentless sound that nevertheless comes from careful crafting.
With decades of experience under their collective belt, The Castor Troys draw influences from all different styles of rock and blues. Influences of Social Distortion, the Headstones, Bad Religion and the Offspring are definitely present here, but the scope of the sound goes well beyond those confines. With most members being multi-instrumentalists and song-writers, there’s always a wealth of creativity to draw on. The band has played stages such as the CBC Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, Sound of Music Festival, Burly Calling, PouzzaFest, and Canada’s Largest Ribfest. Members have shared the stage with many well-known bands including Finger Eleven, the Headstones, the Hanson Brothers (of puck-rock fame, not the mmmbop kids…) Theory of a Deadman, Propaghandi, The Marble Index, The Planet Smashers, LimbLifter, The Reason, Guttermouth, illScarlett and Silverstein, among others.
The Castor Troys are
Aaron Walsh – vocals
Chris Ledroit – guitar, vocals
Brothers are not always blood, but what runs through the veins of Trevor Howard and Gerry Finn is as strong as the steel city they make their music in. Both men were busy with their own direction, Trev the fabulous lady killer in pink with the golden soul and Gerry the slick sideman and singer, both doing enough to grab the attention of the other.
When invitations turned to jams and jams turned to sessions, the foundation and structure of Ghosts of Memphis began to rise with a certain reserved grandeur.
Recording their debut CD, Devil in the Details in 2013, the boys made a big impact in showcases and festivals with their tight, evocative brand of heartbreak roots rock. Hard to pidgin hole but do easy to love, both Howard and Finn have made a case for themselves as the troubadours of pain and redemption, champions of the tender moment.
If you love a good story, good friends and great music then you will adore this very special episode of Barber Shop Podcast.
Theirs is a sound to Hamilton that you know when you hear it. Long considered a hotbed of great music, this city has history on display on a regular basis in one musical form or another. One of the great pieces of Hamilton history is TRICKBAG, the devil spawn kids that were drawn to our greatest blues ambassador of all time, Richard Newell aka King Biscuit Boy. Hooking up with all the greats, learning about all the legends, the nucleus of TRICKBAG was constantly orbiting the core of blues with a feeling. Twenty five years later, TRICKBAG is still writing, recording and performing their particular brand of music, paying homage and giving respect to the bedrock of modern music.
We ventured out to Bay City Music Hall on a beautiful Saturday evening to record some of the 13th annual King Biscuit Boy “Blues with a Feeling” show and we play four live recordings featuring TRICKBAG with a few special gusts along for the ride. Add to that four in-studio gems, and you start to get a feeling that this show is going to rock, roll, swing and bounce all night long.
Cuz that’s what we do –
At Barber Shop Podcast.
Leonard Burns and Dell are no strangers to these walls, having played with, and alongside, many of the greats from these here parts. What they are however, are The Perfect Strangers, a trio who all write and sing some of the most beautiful music around. Fresh off the release of their debut CD, the girls bring guitar whisperer Andrew Aldridge along to Barber Shop Podcast and they certain did not disappoint. Despite some under-weatherness and in the last quarter of the episode losing the video feed for a minute, it still manages to capture the unique majesty of this trio.
Warm, funny and oh-so-real, Leonard Burns and Dell show just why they are the such a bright light in a dazing night sky.
The Acoustics have something very special going on, something that is at once familiar and new, traditional and contemporary in roots music today. Framed with the seasoned bones of Al Spoto’s accordion chops, the addition of nephew Enzo Spoto brought the grace and insight of the singer songwriter to the fore along with the beautifully layered refrains of Uncle Al’s wonderful phrasing. Adding both Bonnie Bell on violin and the strong sweet pipes of Ally Jed was a no brainier as they add all the colours of the rainbow tonight (sans bass and drums) to what is a stunning portrait of roots-based Canadiana.
Something always good cooking at Barber Shop Podcast, something good indeed.
Way back in week 9 we went video with Steve Sinnicks and never looked back – until now. Long regarded as one of the premier drummers in town, Steve Sinnicks has been playing brilliant guitar and writing poignant tomes for a very long time. His last CD, Last Irishman in Corktown showcases his talents when setting the tone for insight and enlightenment. Deep set in Hamilton folklore and sensibility, the spirit evoked from his spirit and sensibilities are a touchstone for the listener and a window into his world.
Never shy on the mic, both Steve and Kevin weathered a grueling studio reboot, forced to consume beer while Ryan and Gary played Apollo 13 in the studio. 2 hours after the scheduled start time, the cameras rolled as the scene unfolded before your eyes.
If fun were a commodity this show breaks the bank wide open with more delight than you’d thought possible. But then again, nothing is impossible on Barber Shop Podcast.
From the early “sofa days” to tonight, The Human Orchestra has come a hell of a long way. Born from the ashes of an early spark, the present line up is as taught as a drum, loose as a cannon. Bringing their brand new full length album for it’s world debut here at Barber Shop Podcast.
Throwing in three live numbers is the bonus that only we can bring.
All real. All good. All the time at Barber Shop Podcast.
J.P. Reimens was a victim of circumstance and his last minute reversal of fortune left the show short on talent. Never one to be dissuaded, Kevin grabbed some very random vinyl while Ryan hooked up the platter in anticipation of the very first “Barber’s Cuts” episode.
Funny how an hour flies by when friends have a few while playing records in somebody’s basement.
Take me back – to Barber Shop Podcast.
It’s been 2 years since the mighty Burnin’ Ethyl has been to the Barber Shop, but you can tell they’ve kept up appearances. Long considered one of Hamilton’s missing musical links, the rock n’ roll has been coming from the boys since the 70’s. Bringing a 50’s feel to the current era and sensibilities, blues, country and rockabilly all get filtered through these golden threads, as unique as it is real. High hair, tailored duds and wry smiles bring every note and verve to attention, showing off the bands chops and mission. Playing together since the age if 17, Trevor Rogers and Craig Koshul make drummer Steve Sinnicks’s job easy with room to spare. Rarely do you get treated to a trio with such excess of musical talent and fearless nature.
Playing and spinning some brand new material as well as a few classics, the boys show that they’re good, they’re real, and they’re real good.
Every week at Barber Shop Podcast.