The Acoustics have something very special going on, something that is at once familiar and new, traditional and contemporary in roots music today. Framed with the seasoned bones of Al Spoto’s accordion chops, the addition of nephew Enzo Spoto brought the grace and insight of the singer songwriter to the fore along with the beautifully layered refrains of Uncle Al’s wonderful phrasing. Adding both Bonnie Bell on violin and the strong sweet pipes of Ally Jed was a no brainier as they add all the colours of the rainbow tonight (sans bass and drums) to what is a stunning portrait of roots-based Canadiana.
Something always good cooking at Barber Shop Podcast, something good indeed.
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.