Since last week’s post about Chris Banks’ awesomeness garnered more attention (evidenced by the staggering comment count) than anything I’ve ever put on the internet, I figure it only makes sense to stick to the theme.
Also, the awesome Chris Banks is now in his second week of taking care of the Tranzac for Christine and me while I spend the month remembering how to teach and she spends it playing fantastically cool shows (you can keep up with her here). Chris starts at 7pm and plays until 9, and you should go hear it! Thanks Chris!
This month, Christine and I are taking a hiatus. I’m starting up teaching again, this time at not one, but three schools, and Christine is playing some great shows, including a few in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal with Eliza Gilkyson. You can check out Christine’s latest news here.
The real news, though, is that our good friend Chris Banks is going to be taking over for us while we’re gone. Chris is a wonderful guy and a fantastic musician, and you absolutely must go and hear him play. Chris has just released a beautiful trio recording, with Tania Gill and Brodie West. You should probably go hear him play and buy the record while you’re there. You will regret none of it.
I’ve missed playing with Christine a whole bunch this past month and a half, but I’m also crazy grateful for the opportunity to play with all the folks who have joined in the fun in her absence. Next week, Christine is back (and the following Monday, we’re playing all Hall & Oates with an amazing lineup of singers and a killer band). And to round off this series, Mike Ardagh (see weeks 1 & 2) and Thom Gill are coming in, and maybe even Chris Banks for set 2.
Thanks to everybody who’s played with me: Chris Banks, Mike Ardagh, Chris Gale, Doug Tielli, Mike Evin, Sarah Peebles, Robert Cruickshank, Don Scott, Michael Trommer and Thom Gill!
In the absence of a new picture, I’m reusing the picture from week 1, because it’s awesome:
This week is a visit with old friends: Robert Cruickshank and I will be playing as Little Oak Animal, and we’ll be joined by Michael Trommer, who also performs as Sans Soleil. I can’t stop listening to Michael’s Greyfields 1 record. It’s amazing.
Here’s a bit of Little Oak Animal, recorded for Vague Terrain’s Ambient issue:
I’m not even going to try abbreviating my guests’ names this week. It’s going to be a treat for the eyes as well as the ears, with Robert Cruickshank projecting and mixing slides and Super-8 film while various combinations of musicians make music.
There are two musical guests. One is guitarist Don Scott, with whom I used to play in a band called Methuselah—he says he’s still got CDs and will bring them to sell. They’re collectors items now, and handmade, so they’ll probably be expensive—several dollars even.
Sarah Peebles will be playing Shoh, and possibly recordings of bees. The Shoh is tuned to A430. I’m excited to see if it’s a noticeable difference. I won’t notice, but I’m a piano player; I don’t have to think about intonation.
Well look! Mike Evin shortens just as gracefully as Mike Ardagh (Mardagh!!), though maybe with a bit more Legolas.
This Monday (the 12th), Mike joins Chris Banks and me, and possibly a mystery drummer (Mdrummer!), 7-9 at the Tranzac.
Stay tuned as I wander through another 3 weeks while Christine’s on tour. Featuring (in alphabetical order) Chrises Banks and Gale, Little Oak Animal, the triumphant return of Mardagh, Methuselah, Michael Trommer and Sarah Peebles.
So Christine is going on tour with the most awesome Gretchen Peters, leaving me (Dafydd) with 6 weeks of Monday night programming to deal with. I’m going to have a few different guests; I’ll try to cover a lot of ground, hopefully turntables, projectors and Japanese instruments that don’t play at A440 will all make at least one appearance.
I’m starting off next Monday February 27 with my oldest and dearest friend, Chris Banks on bass and Mike “Mardagh” Ardagh playing drums.
Stay tuned for more as I work out the month.
From this Monday, when Ryan and Mia joined us:
More on the way!
Tomorrow night we’re lucky to have Ryan Granville-Martin and Mia Sheard performing with us! Woo!
It’s Monday, 8:43pm. Why are we not at The Tranzac as per usual?
We’re taking the rest of May off. Dafydd has too much work to do!
The good news is that Live Country Music will be filling in for us. They’re playing right now, and they’ll be playing again on Mondays 16, 23 and 30.
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photo: Heather Goodchild