Music Artists in Cornwall Ontario
Cornwall has produced some very well-known music artists and bands, including the Brigadoons, Glengarry Bhoys, Greenwich Meantime and the Barstool Prophets. Here are some of the most recent musicians to release a CD:
Switchgear exploded on to the Eastern Ontario music scene in 2012 with their debut CD Country in the City. One of the hardest working bands around, the quintet of experienced musicians add more than a little rock'n'roll to their country sound. Their music fuses original bright melodies with arena ready riffs, generating killer anthems and sentimental songs in their purest form.
The acoustic-based Shiners combine folk, Celtic and alt-country influences into their own style and sound. The band's second CD, Not Alone, has landed them appearances on CTV Morning Live, helping to grow their devoted fan base. In true Shiner's fashion, Not Alone is a thought-provoking, fun and sometimes quirky ride that rocks and reels from the East-Coast to the heart of alt-Country and down through the solid foundation of Canadiana.
Winston Marley released their highly anticipated debut album Call off the Search in 2012. Featuring 9 original songs, the disc meshes the three band members' influences - rock, ska, funk, bluegrass - into one sound. One can even hear mariachi influences. Call off the Search was recorded locally at Dreambuilder Studios and mastered by Cornwall's own Roy Nichol, who now drums for April Wine.
The songs may have been brewing for a while, but sometimes good things need time to evolve. Roxanne Delage's debut album The Way I Am was released in 2012, with 10 original songs crafted by the talented songstress, backed up by a great band of Cornwall musicians. The folk oriented disc offers a layered sound with elements of jazz, blues and country.
Co-founders Jean Beaulieu and Marty Boutros have been writing for the last five years. Now with a new rhythm section consisting of Marc Muir on bass and Dan Gadbois on drums their new band Coldrift are ready to rock. Their debut CD The Smoke After Sex offers a classic rock n’ roll sound tinged with southern blues that recognizes the band’s diverse influences, including Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and the Foo Fighters across 8 original new songs.
Four young lads reached a milestone in their music career as their band Elly May opened for Marianas Trench at the 2012 Lift-Off Festival. Elly May's first album is the 5 track EP Everywhere I've Been, which combines elements of rock and roll along with effects-driven melodies, sprinkled with a touch of pop. The songs were written as a collective, with each band member contributing.
After spending over 10 years on the indy rock circuit, Bruce (Liam) Ciccarelli has returned to his acoustic ballad roots with his second CD, Beyond the Illusion. Known for acoustically driven songs with thought provoking lyrics, Bruce has fine-tuned his skills in churches and pubs, and has served as a producer to several local artists who record in his home studio.
Sara Murphy has graced stages from the Ottawa Ex to Disney World and many places in between. Her soothing, sultry style effortlessly blends Indie folk rock grooves with just a hint of roots and world music influence. The 4-song EP “Bites” follows up Sara’s 2003 self-titled LP. “Bites” was produced by Todd Huckabone who has worked with many talented musicians including Cornwall's own Graham Greer.
Cornwall based rock band Gypsy is releasing their second full-length CD titled Now Playing, featuring a great bluesy-rock sound. The album showcases the quartet's individual talents and personal musical influences across 12 original new songs. From inception to release, Now Playing boasts of its Cornwall roots. Recording, producing, printing and photography all took place within the city, making use of local expertise.
The Brigadoons have been performing across Canada and the United States for over 25 years. Now led by original band member Denis Carr, The Brigadoons continue to play traditional Irish, Scottish and Canadian music that have made them popular acts at concert halls and outdoor festivals around the world. The band continues to record, and have recently released their 15th album.
The former frontman for the Barstool Prophets released his second solo CD in 2009. Gone is the nickname, Moonlight Graham, and the new CD is self-titled and produced by Joe Hardy (ZZ Top, Steve Earle, Tom Cochrane), Todd Huckabone and Graham Greer. These days one will often find Greer on the stage with Todd Huckabone (guitar) and Steph McAlear (percussion) as one-third of the Graham Greer Trio.
Trench Town Oddities
Playing an eclectic blend of pop, funk, rock, blues and reggae - often called Caribbean pop or rock reggae - listening to the Trench Town Oddities conjures up images of summer fun, beaches and tropical cocktails. Led by former Ritual lead singer Sean Harley, the Oddities are a crowd pleaser for every age group.
Born in Cornwall, Ontario, Thérèse Motard is an award-winning cellist who has performed with several orchestras and as a soloist with numerous Canadian ensembles. She has collaborated on over 30 CDs, of which Song of the Birds (pictured) is one of the most popular. Still active in music and performing, Madame Motard recently recorded a Christmas CD with several Cornwall artists.
The General Electryk
Melanie McDonald returned from a six-year tour of Australia with a new music partner, Angus Donnelly. Together the duo form the folk-rock band The General Electryk. After a couple of years of honing their songs in front of appreciative audiences, including opening for Chantal Kreviazuk, they have released their debut full length CD, Petty Little Things, which also features Marc D. Muir (lead guitar), Jason Ryan (bass), Noureddine Ismag (conga/djembe) and Eric Sauvé (keyboards).
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