Tom Wilson, Thompson Wilson


There’s something about Tom Wilson that has always attracted attention. Sure of his destiny at an early age, musical moments from the cathode flicker of Don Messer to the transcendent Frankie Venom formed the foundation for Hamilton’s roots rock chameleon. A singer songwriter bent on showcasing his own material from the onset, the coffee house folkie turned wild eyed frontman rose to prominence with such legendary outfits as The Florida Razors and Junkhouse. His constant musical evolution has Wilson continuing to work alongside some of his favourite artists with  current projects  Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and Lee Harvey Osmond and you know he will always be sharing the stage with someone great, somewhere great in the world.

Dropping by with his talented son Thompson, Tom Wilson has a great conversation with Kevin about some of the colour that paints such a vivid canvass around here.  Hamilton to the bone, talented and smart so the ladies love him, this is one guy who the Barber likes to see come in the door. 3 songs, 1 duet – bonus Thompson Wilson song and a sweet little show – the big 5-0


Black Ozz

There’s a first for everything, and Ryan’s band Black Ozz presents a wicked little tribute to Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osborne. Although we mainly feature original artists, we here at Barber Shop Podcast give heed to the ones who fly the flag if greatness – and Sabbath is the cornerstone of heavy metal.

Born from the gritty streets of Birmingham, Black Sabbath hooked untold legions on the lure of the mystical 5th note tri tone.  You will be hard pressed to find any band who are worth their salt who don’t cite Ozzy and company as a huge influence.

Ryan plays kitchen party style with singer Darren and Luis – and I’m sitting in for drummer Bill on this episode of Barber Shop Podcast. Settle in as we bring the black magic of Sabbath to you with Black Ozz at Barber Shop Podcast.


Trevor Howard

Trevor Howard grew up a fierce individual in a phone booth of expectation and doctrine. Revealed, and relevant, the young Howard grew his chops singing in church choirs  and set pieces that showcased his chops and his discipline but left his fierce individuality wanting. Writing early and often, Trevor Howard made his name fighting the good fight and soldering on in the rough-and-tumble world of singer songwriters.
Hooking up with his Newfie genius pal Gerry and after a magic fueled night – formed Ghosts Of Memphis in 2011. Recording the alt country, roots infused soul music of a genuine treasure. Hamilton Ontario gives birth to great music,and the life of an artist rewards only those who completely buy into their own press. Steeltown eats its young. Concrete kisses from a hard mistress make a good soldier, and if you’re going to stand shoulder to shoulder with someone who believes in the cause.  Trevor Howard walks the walk.



Sarah Beatty

It’s a warm autumn day, the leaves are blazing and so are we at Barber Shop Podcast.

Sarah Beatty has found a following among the music fans who dig the rootsy soul tinged stylings a of a born and trained singer songwriter.

Early fascination with, and immersion in, a wide scope of music made the young Beatty a disciplined singer and a multi instrumental prodigy of sorts.  Gifted at songwriting, early home recordings gave way to a 12 song release BLACK GRAMOPHONE last year, recorded at River 16 studios in Oakville Ontario. Combining deft finger picking, sharp timing and incredible range, these off-the-floor recordings demonstrate a flow and grace that makes for an instant classic.

Things are a lit brighter when a beautiful smile lights the room, and Sarah Beatty is dazzling. Sitting down for an honest and earnest talk about her career and giving three superb live performances, Sarah is in fine firm and looking sharp at Kevin’s Barber Shop Podcast



Gavin O`Sullivan

Hamilton has seen its share of musicians, each a snapshot in time. Some have a singular frame. others have a series spanning years and genres. Gavin O’Sullivan was a music rat from early on, digging into the West Hamilton music scene with so many others who have left their mark. Steve Foster, Mike Trebilcock, Tom Wilson, Tim Gibbons, Ray Ferrugia, Colin Cripps are but a few of the people whose work makes up the formative years of his calling.

All Good Children and the Rayburns saw him chase the dream to its physical limit and soon after the demise of those units, Gavin saw his way westward to British Columbia about 9 years ago, he laid the guitar down and took time to restart the inevitable creative process.  Four years or more passes and the germs of ideas, melodies and rhythms began to form into a new entity, songs that would eventually find their way onto his new CD, A Postcard From The Hammer