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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”.

Saturday Live Music In Meaford and Surrounding Towns

This Saturday and Sunday Ormsby’s Garden Centre is holding an Artisan Fair.  On Saturday they have large Kimberly Ferns and Alocasia Plants to give away free on a first come/first serve basis, so get there at 9 when they open.  Then stay for the day to enjoy live music from our towns’s ubiquitous crooning duo Doug and Heather Brown.

Heading in toward downtown, stop at The Barn Co-op for the Saturday open mic running from 2 to 5.

David Francey tonight at Meaford Hall

David Francey tonight at Meaford Hall

In the evening if you’re in to contemporary folk music, or just good songs about real life in our Canada, make a point of getting over to Meaford Hall tonight to see Canada’s troubadour David Francey.

If you prefer danceable covers, ranging from Del Shannon to Sam Roberts, The Handsome Hooligans are coming to The Leeky Canoe tonight and they’ll be ready to party.poster

Trish and The Tractors

Trish and The Tractors at the Woodford Community Centre

If your dancing style leans more toward country, head over to the Woodford Community Centre which will be lit up tonight with the sounds of Trish and The Tractors.

Amanda Dorey with The Bambalamb Kid

Amanda Dorey with The Bambalamb Kid

Good weather is predicted so you might want to head out of town, roll down to Fire and Ice in Markdale where Meaford’s favourite country singer, Amanda Dorey, will be performing with The Bambalamb Kid.  Head out early enough to enjoy the fall colours that are still in full display.

Go west for jazz and east for more jazz plus reggae.

Joe Huron, with Tim Moore Dennis McAndrew tonight at The Huron Club

Joe Huron, with Tim Moore Dennis McAndrew tonight at The Huron Club

At The Huron Club in Collingwood catch Joe Huron, a great jazz guitarist who played the Leeky a few months back with Virgil Scott  Joe is a full-time musician who has been living and working in Barrie for the last twenty years.  Tonight he’ll be playing in a combo with drummer Tim Moore and sax player Dennis McAndrew.

Jason Wilson and the Perennials

Jason Wilson Perennials at Heartwood Hall tonight

Thomas Hammerton , Tyler Wagler, and Dave O’Neill form a classic jazz trio (Piano/Bass/Drums) and play original tunes created by the three of them along with their takes on songs by the likes of Radiohead, the Beatles, Tears for Fears, Genesis, Tom Waits, and favourite songs from the massive ‘standards’ catalogue .  They’ll be at Heartwood Hall opening for Jason Wilson’s jazz-styled reggae.

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