Mimi Shaw

Some of the greatest finds come from looking a little harder for that certain thing. Mimi Shaw was always wrapped in music, deep Scottish roots providing the familial sustenance and the unfolding Canadian musical scene serving to frame the style and sensibilities of an important contributor. Toronto born and bread, Mimi Shaw came to Hamilton in 1990 to live with her sister Sandy and her rock star husband Tom Wilson. A clear and present insight into this musical wonderland was front and centre as the desire to write and record grew along with her personal journey. From the rock n billy sounds of Rat Bastard to the sublime partnerships with Wilson and Colin Cripps, her sweet songs of timeless emotion, the heart of a poet shines through in the most musical of ways.
Gathering her wit and wisdom in a hauntingly beautiful fashion, Mimi Shaw has brought her music and her magic to BOXO Studio and Barber Shop Podcast for a great night of music and a great time had by all.




Tomi Swick and Andy Griffiths

On any given night in Hamilton you can find incredible original music. Native son Tomi Seick has been playing out since his youth and the sepia tinged images he delivers with sonic integrity made him someone to watch from that early age. Developing quickly into his own vision of a modern day troubadour, Swick has managed to curry the favor of record labels and coffee houses at the same time. Growing his repertoire and reputation over the years made for a strong and gentle soul that is not afraid to stand up and be counted.
Andy Griffiths is another singer songwriter who hails from Burlington but delves deeply into the Hamilton scene.  Hooking up at an open mic, the brotherhood bore fruit as Griffiths was able to blossom with the help of a tight knit musical community, no one more prominent in the transformation than Tomi, and the genuine affection and appreciation is evident as  both men move towards their next albums.
Never doubt the ability of Barber a Shop Podcast to bring you the very best of real music from Hamilton. No matter the hour, regardless of circumstance , the tunes will get through.
Late night/early morning shenanigans with the very talented Tomi Swick and Andy Griffiths on your screen, courtesy of Kevin , Ryan, and Barber Shop Podcast




Dead End Sessions

Hamilton draws from a wide swath of real estate in Southern Ontario and Dunnville. Nate Waldes packed up his guitar, girlfriend and talent and took his music to the Steel City in 2012 looking for a band of brothers.  Dead End Sessions was a hard rocking band wrapped around drummer Adam Plasko and bassist Troy Mosley and guitarist Benning steeped in the waters of Tool, Rage Against The Machine and classic rock like Zeppelin. The addition of Waldes brought with it a myriad of influences, not the least was the fold, funk and most importantly, reggae. Suddenly the sound of freedom had a definite made-in-Hamilton sensibility to it and it’s really good.
Dropping by to share the music, the love and a few beers, the boys are in fine form with some great live performances and a few choice cuts from their new CD, SLAM PHUNK.
Happy to hang five on a gorgeous July night, the Deaf End Session boys bring it hard and sweet, an intoxicating combination.
Sit back and groove to the sounds of Dead End Sessions on episode #85 of Barber Shop Podcast




Exile on King Street

BOXO Studio is the place where broadcast from each and every week. We do good things here, really good things with music as an agent of change. Music should be powerful and evocative, teaching and healing. Music tells a story of yesterday, today and tomorrow, always a perfect snapshot.
There is an album by the most famous rock and roll band ever that stands one as a testament to the overlooked greatness of 1972. Sprawling and dangerous, EXILE ON MAIN STREET was never meant to be anything other than a snapshot of time, heroin soaked and resplendent in it’s messy glory. Eighteen songs in total and clocking in at an hour and a half, EXILE ON MAIN STREET is considered among the greatest rock albums of all time – and nobody has ever heard of it!!!  Precious little exists in a vacuum, but this album has kept legitimate and credible for all these years, and it was the perfect vehicle for BOXO Studio to put into an incredible live music performance featuring over 20 of our past and future guests from the musical hotbed of Hamilton Ontario on Thursday July 3, 2014 at The Casbah, 306 King St. W. In Hamilton.
Never let it be said that we at Barber Shoo Podcast don’t put out mouth where our money is, as we sit down the night before the big rock show with just a few of the players and talk about this album, this project, this thing we do.




Flamingo Bay

It’s the story of another hardscrabble band out of the Hammer, nothing special there, for there are many. Flamingo Bay is a pretty damn hard rocking three piece, belying the rather tame sounding name. Comprised of Dillon Henningson, Kris Gies and Vince Rankin, the long traveled evolution of the band has settled on the formula for making their own brand of northern swamp rock.

Having recorded their debut album at Porcelain Records in Hamilton, the 9 song LOCO PONY is full bore and full value. Always ready to play and be heard, the sound of earnest blue collar rock n roll will always find an audience, certainly in a place like Hamilton.
Stopping by on a summers night, the guys in Flamingo Bay play acoustic, spin a few tunes and ride the buzz at Barber Shop Podcast





Troy Harmer and the Persuaders

Right around that magic age of 12 or 13, Troy Harmer fell hard for the sound of the electric guitar and the creation of music. Living, breathing music that sprung from fingers and mouths, not from the television or radio was the music environment that quickly saw the love of rock guitar lead to the honest strut of the great bluesmen in our past and present world. Writing original music and stretching his wings, Harmer melded the polished chops of a legitimate guitar slinger with a myriad of personal musical influences on 1999′s Troy Harmer and Infinity.  Focusing today more on the strong polish of a front running blues outfit, the combination of Harmer and  bassist Alyssa DuPuis and Steve Tomalty bring the confident groove of Freddie King, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy to bear on some of the most appealing original blues to ever come out of the Hammer.
Wrapping up production on their new CD – Born to Sing the Blues, Troy Harmer and the Persuaders drop by Barber Shop Podcast with an early copy to play as well as ripping up the joint with some searing live rockin blues and a treat for our fans.
The real deal, honest and goodness – every week at Barber Shop Podcast



Lee Baby Sims

Just when you think all your regulars are too bald to come by much anymore, and the young guns just don’t care – the door opens and in walks the future.Born from the fertile ground of Sauce Rocket, Porcelain Youth, Sebastian Paige and The Virginia Wolves and Gentlemen Spectres, the trio of Pete Moss, Scott Marsh and Adam Cannon were playing real gigs in real bands before they could drive. Bloodlines from The Florida Razors, tutelage from the Jennings, and many shows served to make them great players and now make Lee Baby Sims a legitimate Hamilton supergroup.

Funny, smart, and hot on the heels of their recording at Rattlebox North, the boys stop in for a late show and deliver six live performances in addition to world debuting their first single – Stick in the Mud – just for is here at Barber Shop Podcast.
These guys still have they new band smell, and boy-oh-boy, does it ever smell good.
Awesome goodness with Lee Baby Sims – at Barber Shop Podcast



Social Animals

Way, way back in the early days of the show – before the time of video, we had a couple names Bradbury and a bass player named Orange come in and tell us their typical story. Girl meets depressed ex-pat Aussie at Canadian house party and sparks ensue along with deportation and redemption. Busking to eat, doing odd jobs, the music was always there, when times were tough they were always together and  the dream never died. Songs that had soul and purpose grew into three demos and the attention of a few in the know, including producer Jordan Abraham. Both Abraham and drummer Dave Guild began turning a powerful folk duo into a rock band with texture and edge.Long hours and much passion went in, and what came out is electric. Pure, honest and so very real, Chris and Christa Bradbury have made a great record. Titled INNOMINATE, from the Latin word for no name, this 10 song effort does indeed speak for itself. Full of sweeping guitars and Christa’s signature vocals, INNOMINATE is Hamilton Gold.






Sometimes guys get a but shaggy between visits to Barber Shop Podcast but TOMMYGUNN has been keeping things tight since his first visit 66 weeks ago. Tommy Grasley knew he had built something really good with the release of 2013′s Unleash The Hounds. Recorded by Georgie Fab and mastered by Nick Blagona, the record served as an effective lure to snag some great Hamilton hounds. Legendary axe god Ludger Bourassa and the tasty Bob Barnes handle the guitars while Al Thompson grooves to the beat of Chris Mills, making the sound come alive in a big, big way.
Never one to shy away from important issues, Tommy writes about important things but makes it funny, naughty, an easy, honest, positive message that’s good to hear.
On the first summery night of the year, after a long, cold winter we’re all fired up and ready to go on Barber Shop Podcast





The Human Orchestra

For a band that’s only been around for a couple of years, The Human Orchestra has turned a few heads in and around the musical hotbed that is Hamilton.  Diverse in nature and large in number, the off hand mixing and meetings of like minded souls gave birth to a unique musical collective in 2011. Voxy siren J.B. Reed and bassist Luke Michaels saw every free flow of incarnations eventually settle on the shoulders of guitarist and vocalist Dean Labute, keyboardist Paul Cino the saxy Ms. Emma Borsellino , trumpeter Denis Spellen Ty Howie on guitar and Shawn Kerr keeping time with panache.

A big band with a big sound. Never sure of their place in a pre fab world of music, these 20 somethings have managed the perfect crime – being true to themselves, totally original, and widely appealing.

Dropping by on a sweet Wednesday spring night, 6 of the 8 members push us to the limit, roll some stories and share a few songs in the key of real.

No shame in sounding good and looking good, and no shame here at Barber Shop Podcast as we rock and roll, laugh and cry for all the right reasons.

Another jewel from the treasure chest that is Barbet Shop Podcast