Burnin’ Ethyl

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.



Alfie Smith

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 Plain Steel

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.





Doug Feaver

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.



Alabama Clam Hash

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.