Mastering an impressive repertoire of standards mixed with original Blues, Blues Rock as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll compositions, The Ramblers break out as a running fire of successes and performances delivered with such energy that no one can break away from. Triggered by viewing the Stones’ Midnight Rambler clip and by meeting Jim Zeller at Montreal’s Medley Club, Eric Farran’s passion for the harmonica and for the Blues has been further strengthened in 1999 by the birth of “The Ramblers”. Gradually, through hard work, this group evolved to reach a solid level on the Blues scene. Their energetic motions and sound remind of Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones. And Eric is always at his best in songs such as the Stones’ ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ and ‘Honky Tonk Women’. Starting with their first album, standards quietly gave way to original compositions, with even some in French, and always with the same energetic sound, to the satisfaction of their fans spread over all of Quebec.
The Ramblers, now composed of their founding member Eric Farran, vocals and harmonica, Pierre Bouthillier on guitar, Nando Spallone on bass and Dany Spallone on drums offer us a new album, more mature and with decadent Blues- Rock ‘n’ Roll. It starts on the very first track, ‘Electric Sex’, with a very innovative use of the bass, and keeps on with powerful Blues, a bit of country, strong interpretations of the standards, some obsessively psychedelic Blues-Rock, some instrumental music starring the harmonica, for sure, and many guests among which tonight, their guest and mentor, the famous Jim Zeller, the 2006 Lys Blues Hommage laureate, who has been living his Blues adventure since youth, and for over 30 years, has been touring the world.
You can count on attending a Rolling Stones atmosphere show but in a 200-seat bar-bistro, on attending the release of an all new album and on the probable advance disclosure of the first show of our next edition, phase 16 of programming often copied but never matched; that you will be offered by The Ramblers & their guest, Jim Zeller at this last show of Virée Blues Boréale’s 15th edition
Also: Zeek Gross (highly-respected former Sax player for the Tony D Band) will attend towards the end of the evening as well as other great Sax players like Bob Johnson and Brad Summerfield, Rick Rango Trumpet and possibly, if his schedule allows, a special appearance by Johnny Vegas (Mike’s younger brother).
Irene’s Pub, 885 Bank Street
"The All-Day Daddies" are: Ross Murray on Drums; Ken Seeley on Electric Bass; Jeff Devalk on Guitar; Kelly Craig on Trumpet; Brian Asselin on Sax; and, Jeff Rogers on Keyboards and Vocals.
4th Thursday each month @ 8 pm
Terry will open each evening with a set of his music then the guest will follow with a set of their music. Each will accompany the other. Don’t miss a single one.
The Georgian House special musical menu has something fresh and delicious for all budgets.
And - just so you know...we pack 'em in for this event, so come in early if you want a good table.
Carleton University's Kailash Mital Theatre
See you there!
Choose The Blues Productions
Sponsored by the Kingston Arts Council and the City of Kingston
concert 1: Trombone Shorty, recorded at West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg
What does it mean to be a prodigy? In the case of Troy Andrews, a.k.a. Trombone Shorty, it meant getting the call to join Lenny Kravitz and his band when he was still a teenager. Andrews grew up in the Tremé neighbourhood of New Orleans in the 6th Ward. When he was four years old, his older brother James saw him marching in a street parade with a trombone that was twice the size of Andrews. That's when his brother gave him the nickname Trombone Shorty. He quickly developed his musical skills on trumpet and trombone and started playing in his brother's band by age six. Andrews was 19 when he got the call from Kravitz, who continues to be one of his biggest supporters. These days, at the ripe old age of 26, he leads his band Orleans Avenue and travels the world playing his special style of funk and New Orleans music. He appeared at the West End Cultural Centre as part of the 2011 TD International Jazz Winnipeg Festival.