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.
This is a blues town as sure as the day is long and hard. Raised a stones throw form this very Studio, Alfie Smith was Hamilton’s prodigal son, born to make his mark deep in the hearts of those who hear him whisper and holler. This episode visits a family where music flowed, a disability was harnessed, and yearly sojourns to Gage Park to see the early versions of Bill Powell’s homegrown music festival, all set forth the steps that makes Alfie Smith so highly respected and regarded in this crowded field. Standing out as fiercely original while still holding true to the tenants of blues music is often aspired to but rarely executed. It’s always a pleasure to hear a performer treat a standard like they wrote it while laying an original song on you that sounds like it’s been around longer than you have. Alfie Smith is the real deal, tried and true, all here just for you – on Barber Shop Podcast
The mix of Celtic and Canadiana with a stiff shot of punk make The Plain Steel not only marketable, but also magical. Formed a decade ago, the current line up of Ross Lizotte (guitar/vocals), Tim Friezen (stand up bass), Louis Waters (drums), Jason Sanislo (banjo), and Geoff Ball (cello) make wonderful, evocative music that smacks of early Genesis one second and a St. Paddy’s day bender the next. Fast and furious, the intricate interplay between these accomplished players paints a unique tapestry that sets the hook early and deep. Dropping in on a gorgeous spring night, the boys play a few cuts off their 2012 LP “Folk ‘n’ Roll” and their beautiful 7 inch “Navigators Song” as well as blessing BOXO Studio with a slew of live tunes.
A nicer bunch of guys you will not meet, true to their craft with an ear to the street. Sweet.
Great stuff, every week, at Barber Shop Podcast.
Some guys don’t make it to the Barber Shop very often, if ever. Maintaining a youthful outlook, let alone the locks is a hard gig for most of us, but Doug Feaver has been writing, singing, and playing the kind of music that defines both this city and this country. Musically gifted, relentlessly curious, the Grimsby born, Montreal raised Feaver has developed a sound and a performance level that never seems to get old. Born from the ashes of Dixieland and George Martin, the kid in the man remains in his every note, always a bit beyond expectations.
Cold and rainy a sad day might begin, not forgotten the stories that unfolded in the lives as the sun travels the sky. As forlorn a start it was, the gift of music, and truth, rang true this very evening, as serendipitous alignments transpire right before your eyes. Lives that touched briefly for years came full cycle, proving that, as ever, that things that are meant to be, become real.
Tune in, turn on, and drop what you’re doing because you and this April 8th episode makes beautiful music together.
Being fearless and finding your own voice is crucial if a young band is to get noticed in this mean ol’ town.
Keegan Early (drums) and Clive Dickson (bass) had an early and passionate affair with music, robbing their parents record collections of all the Sabbath and Stones they could carry. Clive has always been a disciple of the four string, playing in outfits throughout high school and taking the highly regarded Mohawk music program for almost three years. Keegan on the other hand, found the need for drummers paramount in his musical direction, eventually playing his way through the course, becoming increasingly proficient in the styles of many genres.
Founding a band and playing out as a three piece, the two lads found themselves staying late after rehearsals, the freewheeling bass and drum arrangements growing in complexity and eccentricity. Always groove conscious, the seemingly inflexibility of these two instruments soon sprouted wings and as songs were formed, so was the DNA of Alabama Clam Hash.
These boys are quietly fierce and their knowledge and respect of music as a life force sustains the growing pains that something so uniquely special warrants. It’s not always that Ryan raises his eyebrow of approval, but from the first note of sound check, their sheer will of aural audacity made him smile.
We’re going to know them for a long time, they liked it here and we love a good regular as much as the next guys.
Alabama Clam Hash, right here, right now, at Barber Shop Podcast.
You’ve arrived here either by direction or accident, but either way it’s going to change your life. BOXO Studio is the mother ship of Barber Shop Podcast, and like the carrier you take flight from, there is precious little to hang your toothbrush on if it’s gone.
BOXO Studio is not like other places, it’s mission is always to show faith and support to those who might never see their just due.
Existing strictly as a recording space for over a decade, BOXO Studio crafts musical missiles of insight and change, providing voices for those so often judged and excluded. Brainchild of Kevin Barber and executed by chief engineer Ryan Cannon along with Alek Bromke and Quentin Brillinger, BOXO Studio has carved a niche for itself through vision and execution.
This episode sees Gary at the desk and Kevin providing both an insight, and an offering, of the greatest mental health playlist ever devised.
If you believe that music is salvation, you need to listen, if you think that this is bunk, then you need to listen even more.
Just when you think that Kanye has won, something like this comes along and screws you up. It’s more precious than dollars, more special than gold – it’s 12 stories culled and fired to perfection.
Brad Hails – Expand
Dave Pomfret – Funeral for a Girl
Jessica Blake – Falling
Duane Rutter – Glory
George C.W. Douglas – Living on the Moment
Maggie Ciere – Reformation
Cindy Dell – The Trouble With Alvin
Jamie Shea – No Place To Go
Kevin Barber – Crazy Pay
Roxanne Flett Campell – Mr. Hoot Owl
Grace Darlin – Scarlet Skies
Hannah Bakalar – Stay in the Light
A natural performer from the get-go, Sammi Morelli was singing and dancing her way up the ladder until she recorded her first record while still a pre-teen. Hailing from the Vancouver suburb of Langley, the friends and family members who joined her on stage and in studio helped flesh out her songs into a cohesive collection, never settling in one place too long. Elements of jazz, pop, dance, and indie folk find their way into her substantial body of work over the subsequent years, each take a personal and singular vision come to life. Possessing killer pipes and an electric stage presence, this vivacious and engaging chanteuse came to Ontario a bit over a year ago and set up shop in St. Catharines. Writing and recording music and doing her gig as a weekend radio jock brought her to the attention of more than a few folks, and one of those people were pretty sure we’d want to have her on Barber Shop Podcast – and they were right on the money.
Fun, fresh and friendly is the only way to go through life, and with a lite help from Jeff Craig on guitar, Sammi Morelli makes the most of her time in the chair.