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Carrol Cafe & CMN keynote…

Next up in the States: Ken and fellow songwriter/storyteller Reggie Harris return for one show only to the Carroll Cafeat the Seeker’s Church in Washington, DC on October 13th. Then the next day, Ken will be giving the keynote address at the 30th annual Children’s Music Network Conference in Hyannis, MA.

Back by popular demand! Sunday Gospel Music & Brunch at Hugh’s Room! Theseries kicks off on October 29th with Sacred Steel guitarist Chuck Campbell (of the Campbell Brothers), The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), bassist George Koller (of the Shuffle Demons) and drummerBucky Berger (of Fathead). Brunch from 1pm with Music from 2pm. Get your tickets and table reservations now from Hugh’s Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483).

For those of you not familiar with “Sacred Steel”, it is one of the mostexciting musical forms on the planet and Chuck Campbell is one ofits greatest exponents. Ken first met the award winning pedal steel guitarist on a Memphis elevator. Even before he heard the African-American Sacred Steel Superstar band The Campbell Brothers perform, Ken sensed that here were musicians he’d love to make music with. The next day after he heard them play, the deal was sealed. Chuck has since played on 2 of Ken’s cds – Listening and Another Day’s Journey. With the Campbell Brothers, Chuck has been featured from Toronto’s Luminato, the Hummingbird Centre and Dundas Square to New York’s Kennedy Centre to LA’s Hollywood Bowl.The last time Chuck appeared on Ken’s Sunday Gospel Brunch, it was standing room only so we suggest you get your tickets early. And check out the music video below.

GOSPEL MUSIC MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT… For more really great music go to Ken’s Gospel page.

What better time to start a discussion on “freedom”. Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind the creation of his recording, “Freedom Blues” and lots of live clips give you a musical taste (in the first video below). This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to diga little deeper. We hope you also enjoy the first three music videos “Bring It All Right Down” and “Omar Khadr’s Blues” 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. Please tell your friends to check these videos out.