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Community Helps Launch Talent of Jayden Grahlman

By Bill Monahan

Jayden Grahlman, a young local talent familiar to anyone who checks out the open stages, or catches live music in area venues, has a crowd-finding campaign in place to help him create a new album to be called “Diving In”.  He is well on his way, with most of the bed tracks completed, working with producer Craig Smith.

“He’s got amazing ears and he really knows what he’s doing,” Jayden enthuses, “He’s super easy to get along with and he has great ideas, and he really brings the best out of whatever we’re doing.”

Jayden will be benefitting from the help of several musical friends to make the album a reality.

“There’s going to be some great people playing on it,” he says, “We’re just getting the core tracks done on their own and then we’re going to have people come in on their own once everything’s totally ready.”  Not everyone has been lined up yet, but He mentioned that Tyler Yarema is “going to come and play piano on some tunes,” and he will be heading to Guelph at the end of March to add drums and bass with Adam Bowman and Tyler Wagler respectively.

“It’s something that’s been a long time coming for me and I’m having a lot of fun in the studio,” he says.

Jayden has guitar skills that put him in the top echelon of local players, something that developed from a passion he discovered at a young age.

“The first time I remember actually learning guitar and playing stuff was me and my brother.  I think I was twelve and he was thirteen and something like that and we had a contest to see who could play the most riffs.  It was like, ‘Smoke On The Water’ and ‘Seven Nation Army’, and whatever many little riffs you could learn.  So I just learned a whole whack of them and at that point I just got into it.  I was like, ‘Oh! I can learn songs!’  It was just fun so at that point I started playing more.”

Drew McIvor To Celebrate CD Release at Heartwood

This Thursday, Drew McIvor will be launching his second CD, “Through The Tangle of Trees” with a release party at Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound that will feature a full band performing songs from the CD, plus an opening set from Luke Martin.

Drew’s first CD, “Porchlight”, released in 2014, made an impact in CBC’s Searchlight Contest which led to a lot of spins on CBC radio as well as local and campus stations.  He wants to build on that initial radio exposure with this release, but he’s approached it with a different focus.

“The first one was more of a smattering of everything up to that point,” he says, “This one is more about my songwriting.”

While his repertoire has always included a lot of original material, he felt that his first album was more like a sampling of genres (he likes to call it “international folk”) and he approached this second album with the clear intention of taking these wide ranging influences and making something more personal with them, “instead of mimicking those styles, embrace them.”

“This album represents the next three years of my life after the first one,” he says, “It’s important for me to consolidate what I’ve done, to document the journey.”  He has also taken a different route in terms of the sound of the new CD.  “We tried to make it sound more like a session with a band rather than everything set perfectly in place, tried to give it more of an organic feel.  We wanted to bring out the songwriting.”

Andrew McPherson Unpacks The Realities of His Age

Andrew McPherson will be celebrating the release of his fourth solo album on Saturday night at The Bicycle Café in Flesherton.  The Bicycle Café has been gaining a reputation as a great little venue to enjoy some high quality music, a warm friendly atmosphere and great food.  Andrew McPherson has enjoyed a reputation for a few decades as a composer, arranger, producer, session musician and architect of the Juno-nominated world music project he calls Eccodek.  Founded in 2002 Eccodek has released seven albums.  Although the music of Eccodek originates from his laying down basic tracks and inviting musicians from different cultures around the world to add their own flavour, he also has a six-piece band of top quality musicians that tour under the same name.  This concept of “a revolving door of guests from around the world” means that every Eccodek release has new surprises for fans and it has allowed Andrew to explore his many varied musical interests.  But with this new solo release, “Bardo”, he says it’s “just me kind of working the singer-songwriter thing again.”

There has been a transition through his four solo albums, with the first being more electronic, “cheekier”, showing the influence of his Eccodek work.  But each has become a “more serious affair”, culminating in this latest release, which he feels has more of a “statement of purpose, more direct, less BS.”

“I’m doing so much of this for me now,” he adds, “living life a little more authentically.  This is a chance for me to unpack the realities of my age.  It has a strong sense of artistic identity.”  It also allows him to stretch as a lyricist, something that was never a part of Eccodek.

Among his many other musical adventures, Andrew collaborated with bandmate DJ Deliveryboy to create a soundtrack for the silent classic, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis.

He’ll be accompanied at The Bicycle Cafe by top Humber-trained musicians, Adam Bowman on drums, Marc de Vos on bass (Eccodek’s rhythm section), and Thomas Hammerton on keyboards.  Mixed in with his original songs, the band will be performing several David Bowie songs.  They had thrown together a Bowie tribute just after that artist’s passing and enjoyed it so much that they have rehearsed and polished it, “trying to own the material”.