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Clap For The Sinners Choir

This Saturday, CROW Bar and Variety in Collingwood is bringing The Sinners’ Choir to town.

The best bands are always those that evolve naturally from a shared love of the music they play.  That’s the case with this trio, in which players from three generations have come together to blend their talents.  They also blend their voices, with an easy harmony that falls sweetly on your ear.

Working as a full-time musician, as with any job, can wear on you.  The thing about musicians, though, is that more often than not when they take a break from their regular gig, their idea of relaxation is to get together with somebody else and play something different.  That’s how this band came together.  Their shared joy in what they do is so infectious that it has led to another regular gig for them.  Their private jam sessions became public with a longstanding residency at The Rex in Toronto.  As the public caught on to their sound, they found themselves having to set aside the occasional date at the Rex to take other offers, for which they are increasingly in demand.  And now they are bringing their sweet harmonies to the sweet air of Georgian Bay.

The most seasoned pro of the group is bass player Terry Wilkins, whose name will be familiar to any fan of 80’s Toronto rock and blues.  He was already established in Australia in the 60’s with a popular band called The Flying Circus.  When they tried their luck in San Francisco, a chance meeting with members of McKenna Mendelson Mainline brought them to Toronto.

Making Toronto his permanent home, Terry played bass with Rough Trade from 1978 to 1982 and did stints with Lighthouse and David Wilcox.  At the same time he played with a variety of visiting artists of wide-ranging styles, including Dr. John, Maria Muldaur and Levon Helm.  Consistently working through the decades, he has worked more recently with Freeman Dre and The Kitchen Party.

Drummer Adam Warner has a similar history of being an in demand player, except he started a couple of decades later.   He’s been around, playing at legendary clubs like The Cavern in Liverpool, CBGB’s in New York, and has played at a command concert for Paul Anka and birthday celebrations for the Queen of Holland.  As a writer and composer, he has released solo works, composed musical backdrops for David Suzuki, and performed or recorded with various members of The Barenaked Ladies,The Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Sloan, Great Big Sea, Big Sugar, and Moist.

Guitarist Adam Beer Colacino was busy growing up while his bandmates were making their  international reputations.  He’s worked with Devin Cuddy, Whitney Rose and members of Downchild Blues Band.  He’s teamed up with blues guitarist Fraser Melvin and an 8-piece horn section in the The Melvin-Colacino Band.

The band takes turns on lead vocals, with the other two providing harmonies, as they mix it up with originals that reflect the wide-ranging experience and tastes of the players.  When a band loves playing together as much as these three obviously do, it is always a delight for the audience.

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Pat Maloney Brings the Campus Sound to Bruce Wine Bar

Pat Maloney will be at Bruce Wine Bar this Friday, stopping by between St. Jacobs on Thursday and St. Catherines on Saturday on his latest southern Ontario tour.  In just a few short years he’s made quite a career as an itinerant musician, constantly bringing his combination of guitar, whistling and singing to another room to cheer the inhabitants.  He’s built audiences on campus throughout the U.K and Canada.  In the UK he’s there for the week long party they call Fresher Week for campus newbies, and the rest of the year he’s visiting Canadian campuses.  One of his songs, “Repotting” has been a hit on Campus radio across Canada.  COCA, the Canadian Association of Campus Activities, voted him “Singer-Songwriter of the Year” in 2015.

In 1991 The Barenaked Ladies had the first ever certified-gold cassette of a demo tape because they sold so many while touring the campuses.  Patrick Maloney’s focus on that market in his short three year history has already made him one of the busiest touring musicians in the country.  That in turn has made him one of the most comfortable and engaging performers on a small stage, whose music has been described as “soulful, honest, hilarious and smart”

His first two full-length albums, “Root Rot” and “Repotting” quickly sold out of their first printings as he toured.  With three albums in three years, his latest is “Right There”, a live studio album featuring just his voice, a guitar, a bass drum, and lots of whistling.  The recording offers nine songs about touring in England’s rugged midlands, his travels across Canada and his life in Ontario.

Inspired by Canadian songwriters like Danny Michel, Hawksley Workman and Joel Plaskett

Inspired by Canadian songwriters like Danny Michel, Hawksley Workman and Joel Plaskett, Pat Maloney has been writing songs since he was growing up in Greely, south of Ottawa.