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This Sunday! Folk Gospel Matinee…

Hard to believe that this Sunday will begin the 14th year of Hugh’s Room Sunday Gospel Matinees! It would be so great if you could join us for the fabulous lineup of musicians I’ve got coming on Oct. 30 (details at the bottom). It will definitely be the most “banjo friendly” of any of these shows with Grammy Winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and 2016 CFMA nominees Kathy Reid Naiman and Arnie Naiman. The always delightful Cheryl Prashker (Celtic Roots band RUNA) will be sitting in too. I’ve played with her many times, she recorded on the Kim & Reggie Harris album “Resurrection Day” that I produced and I can’t think of a more banjo friendly percussionist to have join us! Rounding out the lineup, the great string bass player, Alastair Whitehead (Slocan Ramblers, Ken Whiteley, etc.) will be holding down the bottom end. I’ll have to see which banjo(s?) I choose to bring. Music from 2pm to 4pm. Lunch served from 1pm. Contact Hugh’s Room. For more gospel series info click on Ken’s Gospel page.

I will be joining a group of concerned musical friends at a fundraising event to support the work of Partera on Nov.15th at Hugh’s Room. I hope to see you there!

Coming Soon! Digital downloads of the 3 classic Original Sloth Band albums – 1978, Whoopee After Midnight, Hustlin’ & Bustlin’. Email to be notified when they are available.

NEW CD: “In Freedom Blues Canadianroots 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 Funasakafor 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.