‘Two-man Folk festival’ releasing new album at Hugh’s
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I haven’t actually heard banjo player Chris Coole perform before that I’m aware of and I’ve certainly not had the pleasure of enjoying his much talked-about prowess on the instrument in conjunction with acclaimed dobro player Ivan Rosenberg.
But based on what the Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Unlimited specialty publications have to say about this pair and their debut album Farewell Trion, and the fact that they’re holding a release tonight for the follow-up recording, Return to Trion, at august venue Hugh’s Room, I have to believe they’re pretty damn fine old-timey “Rootsabilly”-style entertainers.
The Banjo Newsletter calls the pair a “two-man Folk festival” and compares them to iconic duo Doc Watson and David Holt. The promotional write up for tonight’s 8:30 p.m. show in the dinner-concert venue at 2261 Dundas St. W. goes even further, calling them “the only clawhammer and dobro duo act anywhere”!
(Clawhammer is a distinctive style of banjo picking that emphasizes the melodic aspects of the instrument. Coole is known for his prowess with the style as a member of Bluegrass band The Foggy Hogtown Boys and, when not touring in support of his albums, also does a weekly 5 p.m. Sun. show at The Local on Roncesvalles Ave.)
If you’re ready for something a little different and highly entertaining on an otherwise rather ordinary, drab looking Monday night, this show might just be it! Tickets are $22.50 or a little less if you’re still able to get them in advance.
-Gary 17, www.torontomoon.ca
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5-8> Adriana Galic @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
*5> The Cosmotones @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO East ~Rockabilly
6> tba @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
*6-9> Calliope’s Nest open stage/jam for women @ Lola Pub, 40 Kensington Ave., TO
6:30> U of T Jazz Ensembles @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
*7> Hard Time Mondays with Rick & Gailie @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
**7:30> M Factor Mondays with host Elana Harte & features Hicks & Dawe; Kate Gilbertson @ Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave., TO East
7:30> Mega City Swing Band @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road, TO North ~R&B/Swing
8-11> Music of The Mediterranean Stars @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave., Toronto East ~smooth romantic classical/Jazz
8-12> open stage with Julian Taylor & 9:30 feature by Dora’s Explorers @ Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave. TO East
**8-1> open stage with host Dave Plank @ Free Times Café, 320 College St., TO
*8-11> open stage @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave., Scarborough
**8-12> BBQ & jam night with Shawn Brush @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; ($8.95 with BBQ dinner special starts at 6)
*8-12> open stage @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
8:30> Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg album release for Return to Trion @ Hugh’s Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., TO West ~original Rootsabilly; $22.50
**9-1:30> jam with No Band Required @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave., TO
*9-1> Hamstrung Stringband @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Bluegrass
9> blueVenus @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.. TO East ~original Pop
9-1> tba @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave., TO West ~Jazz
*9-1> eclectic open stage/jam @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave., TO West
*9-1> jam with Tom Barlow @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit
*9:30-2> Sebastian Agnello & friends @ Black Swan (ground floor), 154 Danforth Ave., TO East
9:30> John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W., TO ~Jazz
10> Jordan John @ The Orbit Room, 580 College St., TO ~R&B/Blues
*10> open mic (2 songs; signup starts 8p.m.) @ Tranzac Lounge (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave., TO
10> The Stonetrotters @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W., TO
*10-2> Kimberley & Company @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore E., Port Credit
10:30> Big Otter Creek Unplugged @ The Hideout, 484 Queen St. W., TO ~indie Rock
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