Monday, April 29, 2013

Art Ceilidh

About: Art Ceilidh

ART CEILIDH was founded in 1998 by Mikhael Smirnov (vocal, & accordion) and Sergey Klevenskim (wind instruments), from the infamous “Ivan Smirnov's Quartet”.

ART CEILIDH is influenced in Celtic traditional, but eventually moved in experimental directions that have garnered them a unique sound and place in music genres. Their music fuses both eastern & western folk traditions together with heavy Celtic influences to create a unique sound that drew immediate attention in the music industry and with fans alike. The groups name speaks for itself: the spirit of tradition - the “Ceilidh”, In modern usage, a céilidh or ceilidh is a traditional Gaelic social gathering, which usually involves playing Gaelic folk music and dancing.

The repertoire of ART CEILIDH combines a diverse sound from Celtic to jazz, thus forming the group's own recognizable style and niche.

The Bands first international tour was a grand success at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland 1999. The result of their success inspired a Collection of Celtic tunes and the album CELTOMANIA, produced by Mikhael Smirnov, on the SKETIS label under the wing of a project called "All Tribes".

In 2001, bass guitarist Alexei Raspopov, then an art director of the Moscow club Vermel, joined the duo of Mikhael Smirnov and Sergei Klevensky and Art Ceildh, found their sound. The band then toured extensively through the folk rock festival circuit and became a mainstay and fan favorite.

Past members of ART CEILIDH have been, Dimitry Sevastyanov and Boris Lifshits (drums), Andrey Zvonkov and Nikolay Sarabjanov (guitar), Anton Revnjuk and Peter Dolsky (bass guitar), and also, during the period from 2000 to 2003 the groups vocalist was Ljubov Erdenko. ART CEILIDH’s first album in 2006, "Ceilidoscope Being European", was a compilation of music performed over the years. However, with the sudden, and tragic death of Alexey Raspopov ART CEILIDH went on hiatus until 2010.

In 2010 the musicians decided to continue the bands legacy and soon after, recorded their second album. Have a listen to ART CEILIDH here and find out what they are up to by subscribing to their official page.

The Current Band Members of ART CEILIDH are:

Mikhael Smirnov - keyboard, accordion, percussion, vocal.
Sergey Klevensky - clarinet, whistles, bagpipes, other wind instruments, vocal
Leonid Gusev - drums
Vadim Bedov - acoustic guitar
Alexander Sharashenidze – electric guitar
Ivan Dorokhov - bass guitar

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Friday, April 26, 2013


About: Patriark

Patriark is an up and coming alternative rock band from northern Sweden. Drawing most influences from the post-Britpop movement of the late 1990s and mixing it with a 1960s Beatlesque tone, the band summarizes it with their own interpretation of modern arena rock. Session guitarist Georg Wadenius (Blood Sweat & Tears, Saturday Night Live Band, Aretha Franklin, Steely Dan) admired their sound claiming Patriark to be a “new” Spencer Davis Group.  Although Patriark certainly has been influenced by the 1960s-era, bands like Oasis and Coldplay has been their key influences since the start in 2009.

The name ‘Patriark’ is controversial; many led to believe it’s a statement of the Patriarchy. However the name derives from Zen-Buddhist leaders who communicate through meditation.  

Patriark won the biggest music-competition in Sweden 2011 (Musik Direkt)

Band Members: 

Kristoffer Olofsson – Vocals, Keyboards
Viktor Olofsson – Guitars
Martin Höög – Bass
Andreas Hemmingsson – Drums, Percussion

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Sunday, April 14, 2013


About: Laztozia

Laztozia (Ian Gordon) is a Musician, writer and amateur filmmaker with a passion for travel. Ian Gordon is from Bolton, UK.



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About: Zemmy

Zemmy puts her own unique twist on the pop genre, writing songs filled with rich, instantly memorable melodies and smart lyrics. Influenced by artists such as Sade, Lauryn Hill, Sia, Dido and Imogen Heap, she creates intelligent pop songs which span across the wide spectrum of the genre.

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Alexander Harmer

About: Alexander Harmer

Alexander Harmer is a multi-instrumentalist, musician, producer, engineer based in Christchurch NZ. Harmer has just finished his debut album; an album which is full of lush arrangements and concise catchy songs. Heavily influenced by the music of the Beatles, Queen, and the 70’s, Harmer’s music touches a wide variety of sounds. The new album “Eliptical” will be released in May 2013.


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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Soul of the River

About: Soul of the River

Making listeners slap themselves black and blue out of pure eargasmic joy since your momma was born.

Created around freestyle songwriting sessions around a fire pit, Soul of the River was formed in June 2002, out of Southern California, Soul of the River has a unique sound coupled with great songwriting is guaranteed to make even the harshest critic get down with the get down.

Soul of the River completed their first full length album late 2011. Soul of the River were voted “Best Roots” at the 2010 Inland Empire Music Awards and “Best Classic Rock” band at the 2009 Inland Empire Music Awards. Soul of the River have been featured on X-103.9 Alternative Radio, KUCR Good Morning San Diego, and the Internationally syndicated “On the Horizon” Radio Show.

Soul of the River are strong supporters of the American Cancer Society, and perform at several “Relay For Life” events every year as well as hosting and performing their annual “Rock for the Cure” concert to raise funds for the Riverside, Perris, and Hemet Relay for Life events.

“A three-piece progressive (yet chill) rock band, with sounds best heard with a drink in hand (whether it’s a diet coke or a margarita) gets the hips swaying and the feet tapping”
-Tina Bold - The Vinyl Hours, IE Weekly

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Legends of Rock: Ian Thomas

About: Ian Thomas

Ian first hit internationally in 1973 with "Painted Ladies". With a Juno award, four SOCAN classic awards for Painted Ladies, Right Before Your Eyes, Hold On and Pilot, a UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian award, Juno and Gemini nominations,15 albums and nearly as many top twenty records later, Ian has now added author to the mix with two novels, Bequest (Manor House 2006) and his latest The Lost Chord (Manor House 2008).

Ian’s lyrics have been utilized in English textbooks while his songs have found international success with many artists such as Santana, America, Manfred Man, Chicago, Bette Midler and Ann Murray. He also records and tours the country regularly with good friends Murray McLauchlan, Marc Jordan, and Cindy Church in a band called Lunch At Allen’s. From 1990 to 2000, Ian wrote &recorded four albums and toured with his band “The Boomers” who were comprised of some of the Canada’s finest musicians - Peter Cardinali, Rick Gratton and Bill Dylan. When you add twenty movies as a film composer, six seasons on the Red Green Show as character Dougie Franklin and over a thousand commercials voicing characters from Clive Firkin of Firkin Pubs to Snap the Rice Crispie, the credit list starts getting ridiculous.

2009 saw Ian touring both as a solo artist and with Lunch At Allen’s, while completing the music for the animated series The Adventures Of Bob and Doug McKenzie and scoring two Hallmark Movies, The National Tree and Fairfield Road. With the new Lunch At Allen’s CD completed and 2010 underway Ian is currently writing and recording a long awaited new solo album. To hear him live is to spend time with a master songsmith and humorist. Ian lives with his wife of nearly 40 years in the Niagara wine region of Ontario because he likes both wine and his wife.

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