The Monarch Project

The birth of spring is a glorious thing to behold, and this winter has taken a mighty toll on all involved at Barber Shop Podcast. There is a warm breeze afoot around here and salvation has arrived just in time.

The Monarch Project is a collection of twenty-somethings that possess that rarest of qualities, the perspective and embodiment of an entire generation that preceded them while maintaining absolute integrity and originality.  Think of Oasis, Roger Waters and the Beatles spun thru a Billy Joe filter and you might start approaching the plain these guys are travelling on.

Having formed around the nucleus of Jose Batista, Jo Boudreau, Wally London, James Rea Girt and brothers Rob and Tom Nagy, The Monarch Project is something special to behold.  Hamilton has a deep well of musical talent and this episode of Barber Shop Podcast brings you another piece of heaven for your ears and your soul.

No filler, all killer  at Barber Shop Podcast with The Monarch Project.


Sue Leonard and the Perfect Strangers

Sue Leonard has had a true blue life in Canadian music.  Singing around the family piano with the whole clan, she was always perfect pitch even when marching to her own beat.  Hamilton mountain to the inner passages and rugged northern BC, Sue Leonard was making music in a very progressive and individual way.  Hooking up with some of the Western creme, soon she was singing with K.D. Lang and making a name for herself as a legitimate singer songwriter. Sweeping melodies, lush arrangements and a texture of pure silk made her most recent record – Bend – another stellar release in a still thriving career.

Dropping by Barber Shop Podcast with The Perfect Strangers, the core of Michael Hickey, Cindy Dell and Michael J. Birthelmer take Sue Leonard on a sweet ride back to her home – back to the cradle of music in Hamilton Ontario. Never one to let a good time pass, Sue and company had a great time and played a little live music and shared a few life lessons LIVE on Barber Shop Podcast.


The Acoustics

Music is math. Music is science. Music is also an ancient intangible that transcends the first two things with pure emotion. A band with a name like The Acoustics is kinda asking for it. Serious about the business and place of music because North Hamilton parents are paying for, and investing in some lessons from the Ontario Conservatory of Music.
Master accordionist Al Spoto along with nephew Enzo form a familial backbone with Bonnie Bell on violin, Andrew Eckhart on bass and drummer Richard Hone to give birth to a Steel City take on the folk roots ache of Canadiana such as Spirit of the West and The Paperboys.
Still steeped in the traditions that brought them to attention of the masses, the sweet voice and very believable lyrics of Enzo Spoto turn the screws on some of the best music, from the heart, that you might hazard upon in this musical city.
Bringing just the core tonight, Al, Enzo and Bonnie drop by Barber Shop Podcast to bring a little of the real to your cookie cutter day. In the midst of everything so damn phony, treat yourself to something believable.



Al Packham is a Hamilton metal head by way of Smithville who at this stage in the game has to know there’s no real turning back. On hiatus from his most recent vision of Philosofear, the writing and the playing continues in abundance.
Dropping by with friend and Helix guitar player Brent Doerner, Packham gets into the early years and young relationships that still bear some damn sweet musical fruit.
On yet another epic winter day, it’s rather nice to just sit back, spin a couple…tunes..,and give you some videos of a Frankenstein monster that has a lot of life left in it.
Al Packham and Brent Doerner here now for you at Barber Shop Podcast