Today at the Southside Shuffle Festival! Sunday, Sept. 11th at 2pm Ken Whiteley & his Freedom Blues band heat things up on the Heath & Sherwood Stage 4. Then a blast from the past as The Original Sloth Band reunite on Sept. 30th at Hugh’s Room. For this show, Chris Whiteley (trumpet, harmonica, guitar, vocals) and Ken (guitar, mandolin, piano, accordion, washboard, jug, vocals), along with long time drummer Bucky Berger (Fathead) are putting together a very special night. The show will also feature Chris’ son Daniel Whiteley onguitar, vocals and mandolin, Drew Jurecka on fiddle, clarinet and sax and Ben Whiteley on bass. They’ll pay tribute to their friend Tom Evans and take you on a musical journey that will be quite a ride. Ken’s Sunday Gospel Matinee series at Hugh’s Room kicks off on October 30th. Save the dates and reserved your spot now from Hugh’s Room. For more info click on the Shows tab.
“In Freedom Blues Canadian roots music icon Ken Whiteley has crafted a timeless set of songs that address both contemporary and historical struggles for the freedom endemic to a healthy, progressive society. Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and, for lack of a better word, folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley’s career and Canadian roots music in general.”
~ Grammy Award winning music professor, Rob Bowman
We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube videos “Bring It All Right Down” and “Give Your Hands To Struggle” from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasaka for the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Bucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill, Perry White, Alastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Tell your friends to check this out.