Corby's Orbit

Corby's Orbit
Listening in All the High Places illustration by John Kricfalusi

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Perpetual Music ~ Best That I Heard In 2014

This colourful piece painted by famous Mstera artist Daniil Molodkin

I don’t hear everything, but of the ten disks a week that I DO latch onto, these fifty have given me good reason to dig and dig again -  for certain feels ~ to renew, to review and to recommend. Mostly Canadian. Feels so good.

My 50 Most Adored and Played Albums of 2014
in Orbital Concentric Sequence

Deleted Scenes    Lithium Burn    (Nevado)
Skindred      Kill The Power   (Red River)
Sunparlour Players     The Living Proof
Alejandra Ribera     La Boca
Quique Escamilla    500 Years Of Night

Shari Ulrich      Everywhere I Go
Dodos            Carrier
Keiffer McLean        Drama In The Attic
Beck           Morning Phase
Brody Dalle        Diploid Love

Jasmine Netsena      Take You With Me
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer   
                                     A Real Fine Mess
Ann Vriend    For The People In The Meantime
VA     Bootlegger’s Legacy      Live From Dollar Bill’s  
Jenny Lewis     The Voyager

Megan Bonnell           Hunt And Chase
Fela Kuti          Finding Fela Soundtrack
Peter Rowan       Dharma Blues    (Omnivore)
MTT       Years From Now   (Fishermann Records)
Poor Angus        Gathering       (Borealis)

Julian Taylor                Tech Noir
Joel Johnson               Blues Joose  vol..II
Jadea Kelly                  Clover
Lizzy Hoyt                New Lady On The Prairie
James Hill                The Old Silo

Sarah Jane Scouten     The Cape
Jane Bunnett & Maqueque       Maqueque
Elizabeth Shepherd    The Signal
The Slim City Pickers    The Slim City Pickers
Mitty     Soundtrack

Reuben And The Dark    Funeral Sky
Rory Block      Hard Luck Child
Prince       Art Official Age
Oh Susanna       Name Dropper
Eric Bibb       Blues People

Indian City            Colors
Amelia Curran   They Promised You Mercy
Kacy & Clayton    The Day  Is Past & Gone
Linda McRea        Fifty Shades Of Red
West My Friend   When The Ink Dries

Plumes Ensemble   Folk Songs And Future Loves
Lynn Miles       Black Flowers vol. 4
J.P. Mortier       Songs Of Love And Despair
Monsoon      Mandala
Adonis Puentes & Pancho Amat     Veinte Anos


 Fish & Bird    Something In The Ether
Emm Gryner       Torrential
Billy Childs   Map To The Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro
Ladies In Waiting      Jingle Ma Belle
Boreal          Winter’s Welcome

Epic EP s:  Tara Williamson      ndn summer
Heavyweights Brass Band  Brasstronomical
Jen & John       Jen Lane & John Antoniuk

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Playlist For Show Of 12 December

Commissioner of Selection: Paul Corby

( brought to you by Don`t Flurry, Be Happy, Frosted Fracks, and Snow What )

5-7 p.m. online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.

5:00  Musical Ambush

Georgia Anne Muldrow ~ Uhuru Flight ~ Umsindo @ Rockpile West Saturday
Steel Pulse ~ No More Weapons ~ African Holocaust
Ernie Ranglin ~ Pass The Dutchie ~ Gotcha! @ Seven 44 Sunday 4 p.m.
Birds & Batteries ~ Trouble Makes Three ~ Friends & Friends Of Friends vol.5
Wilco ~ The Late Greats / Hate It Here ~ Whats Your 20? - Essential Tracks 1994-2014 NEW DISK
Loch Lomond ~ Spray Painted Drum ~ Friends & Friends Of Friends vol.5
Small Faces ~ Caravan ~ Ian McLagan (12 May 1945 – 3 December 2014)
Finn Riggins ~ Benchwarmers ~ Friends & Friends Of Friends vol.5

5:40 Scorch Singers

* Eliana Cuevas ~ Nueva Vida ~ Espejos @ The Rex tonight
* Lenka Lichtenberg ~ Rabbatak A Zrairoun Hassan ~ Lullabies From Exile NEW DISK
Valerie June ~ Winter Wonderland ~ An Americana Christmas NEW DISK
* Chic Gamine ~ Take All The Time You Need ~ City City @ Sony Centre for Vinyl Cafe Christmas Friday, Saturday, Sunday
* The O'Pears ~ Dinah ~ The O'Pears @ Distillery District tonight

6:00 The Burning World

* David Francey ~ Evening News ~ Skating Rink @  Massey Hall Saturday 
* Kristin Sweetland  ~ In The Bleak Midwinter  ~ Jingle Ma Belles NEW DISK Ladies In Waiting Christmas CD Release  @  Hugh`s Room Thursday, 18 December
John Hiatt  ~ Here To Stay  ~ Terms Of My Surrender NEW DISK

6:20 Absolute Blue

* Ginger St. James & The Grinders Please Mr. Driver  Diesel And Peas @  The Cadillac Saturday NEW DISK
Oliver Nelson ~ Straight, No Chaser ~ Sound Pieces Alex Coleman`s Tonight At Noon Mingus Tribute  Sunday The Rex
Charles Mingus  Mysterious Blues In A Soulful Mood  With Perspectives on Toronto Music Listings interspersed
* Jane Lewis ~ Come Together ~ Stay With Me NEW DISK
* Tim Bovaconti Try This (There`s A Battle) @  The Linsmore tonight
Appetite  Tussy Friends & Friends Of Friends vol.5

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Playlist For Show Of 5 December

Host: Paul Corby

This show is dedicated to the living Richard Wayne Penniman (born December 5, 1932), known by his stage name Little Richard. See also >>

( brought to you by A Womp Bomp a Loo Bombs,  She-Bops and Bamboo )

5-7 p.m. online and at .  
Canadians in Asterisk’d RED.
Guests: Phillip Brown and Anne Chung

5:00 The Rich Just Gets Richard

* Jorge Martinez ~ Creencias ~ Carnaval  NEW DISK
* Kate Weekes ~ Feel It In The Morning ~ Frost On Black Fur NEW DISK @  The Central Monday, 8 December 6-8 p.m.

* Lynn Miles ~ Tears ~ Black Flowers vol.4 NEW DISK

* Sarah Burton ~ Don`t Let Me Be Alone On Christmas ~ Jingle Ma Belle NEW DISK
               Ladies In Waiting Christmas CD Release " Hugh`s Room Thursday 18 December

* T.C. Folkpunk (Tim Cameron) Here Crumbles The Bride ~ Lamest Fast Words NEW DISK 

5:20 Penniman For Your Thoughts

* Phillip Brown ~ Drive / Interview / Special Day feat. Anne Chung / Farm Song @ Free Times Cafe tonight
The Blind Boys Of Alabama feat. Hank Williams Jr.~ I Saw The Light ~ Take The High Road  Roy Thompson Hall Monday
* Samantha Martin ~ Low Is The Way ~ Mississippi Sun @ The Cameron house Sunday 4 p.m.
                & Roy Thompson Hall Monday
* Boreal ~ In The Bleak Midwinter ~ Winter's Welcome NEW DISK CD Release @ Hugh's Room Thursday, 11 December

5:45 Adam And Diva

Radiation City x G Force feat. Sam Trump ~ So Long Remix ~ Tender Loving Empire
Maxi Priest ~ Peace Throughout The World ~ Bonafide 
* Cold Spex ~ Absisto ~ Neuroplasticity @ Lee`s Palace Sunday
Reba McEntire ~ The Fear Of Being Alone ~ What If It`s You 
New Country Rehab ~ Lizzy Dying Of A Broken Heart ~ Ghost Of Your Charms Junction City Music Hall tonight

6:10 Macon It All Up 

* Kim Stockwood ~ Now I`m Sixty-Four ~ Back To The Water  Riverdale Share Holiday Concert 
   The Danforth Music Hall Sunday 3 p.m.

* Buffy & Larry ~ Isaiah`s Prayer ~ Surrounded
Coig ~ Miracle At Glencoe ~ FIVE   NEW DISK  Winner ~ Traditional Album Of The Year at CFMA`s

* Steve Bell feat. The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra ~ Lord Of The Starfields ~ Symphony Sessions 
               @ Hugh`s Room Wednesday 10 December
Philip Grass  ~ Enchant√©  Tender Loving Empire

6:30 Rockin`Roller Coaster

* Al Tuck ~ Paid In The Middle Of The Night ~ Stranger At The Wake  Hugh`s Room Tuesday 9 December
* Ginger St. James ~ My Honey ~ Diesel And Peas NEW DISK  @  Full Bawdy Comedy Show - Shelley Marshall's Loft  Saturday December 13th suite 202 (290 Carlaw Ave.)
* David Myles ~ Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo ~ It`s Christmas NEW DISK Enwave Theatre in Harbourfront Centre Wednesday Dec 17
Little Richard ~ Freedom Blues ~ The Rill Thing 

6:45 “Mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce...whoo-hooo!”

* Margaret Stowe ~ Dream On A Theme with a drizzle of Toronto Music Listings  Yellow Jello ~ Mello Jello 
* Anne Lederman ~ Carl`s Waltz ~ Fiddlesong  Hugh`s Room Monday, 8 December with Stringband
* Kacy & Clayton ~ The Downward Road ~ The Day Is Past & Gone Winner ~ Young Performers Of The Year at CFMA`s


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Canadian Folk Music Week 2014, Saturday Workshops, Gala, and After Party

Diverse Diversions

The lively and thriving hive of singers ringing the halls and the basement walls of the Ottawa Folklore Center at 10:00 a.m. Saturday set off a last hurrah in this capital week of concerts, conversation, communion and film >>>>

Gathering Sparks  led an afternoon harmony workshop dedicated to the works of those traditional and influential Beatles folk

The mother of all fiddle jams (we counted twenty) took place down the hill at Patty`s Pub, featuring keening reels and heart-blistering ballads. Also a flying waitress, who, most unfortunately, tripped on a fiddle case in the packed room.

 Instrumental in its musical success were Quinn Bachand and  Lizzy Hoyt,  and passing through for a listen were Kacy & Clayton, OFC director Arthur McGregor  and a relaxing banana.

Photo by Graham Lindsey

And across the street a song circle with Amanda Rheaume, & John MacDonald, Kacy & Clayton and James Keelaghan, amongst many others, was holding a crowd of its own over the course of the afternoon.

 The Gala

Traditional Solo Artist nominees Amanda Martinez and Susan Aglukark cheer on the category winner, Quique Escamilla.
A complete list of winners can be found here >

Perhaps to accommodate fans of the Grey Cup, the awards ceremony was held on Saturday this year. It was a brilliant evening, with excitement levels running high for the 500-plus attendees and artists. The venue for the previous nights' nominee showcases was used as a cloakroom  and schmooze-atorium with Beaus Lugtread beer and a dry pinot noir available to burnish and galvanize those more retiring personalities.

And there was a choir there too, thank-you very much.

The Siamsa Singers from Montreal, led by CFMA recipient Sarah Burnell (Young Performer of the Year, 2007).

Meanwhile, at the main event, The Bytown Throwdown...

 Benoit Bourque and Shelagh Rogers were the hosts with the most cheery toasts. Their combined energy and charisma seemed inexhaustible. Benoit shouted out the quality of the backstage wine.

 Finest Kind won over the crowd with an excruciatingly honest (and therefore, funny) reworking of John Barleycorn in which they confided the secrets of their musical success.

Ian Tamblyn  gave a heartfelt and hilarious testimonial to his old friend and Unsung Hero honoree,

Harvey Glatt

Laura Smith, with accompanists Bill Garrett and Paul Mills, gave a masterful vocal performance that demonstrated the very essence of Folk Canada's heart and soul.

And then, at the urgent insistence of De Temps Antan, we danced.

An after-party at the Marriott featured the instantaneous consumption of two full tables of food that had cost, as Grit Laskin said,"enough to buy a small car." Fortunately, the bar was well stocked, and spirits remained high until the last twinkle.

And then things got warm and fuzzy, as the photographic records indicate.

Buffy and Larry set up and played fiddle music in one corner of the room and Jorge Martinez jammed soulful flamenco with Ventanas at the opposite end, modeling the familiar diversity and flexible social fabric that consistently holds this community and the nation itself together, despite the economy, the government and cold weather in general.

 Kacy & Clayton and Quinn Bachand were amongst the winners and wanderers caught up in the celebrations.

It was a great 10th anniversary life event for the CFMA's and for all us folk.

Photos by Leonard Poole 
and Paul Corby

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Canadian Folk Music Week 2014, Friday Night Showcase of CFMA Nominees

At the Bronson Center again, the culture continues >>>>>

Set One:
Three sets of highly focused instrumental ensembles with MENSA-level arrangements covering Appalachia, Minor Swing, Celtic Groove and Nuevo Flamenco, with a side order of rock posing, step dancing and hair pageantry.

Multiple Nominee for his album, BRISHENQuinn Bachand carried his trio over some complex but fascinating melodic uplands with lightning clarity and speed.

Coig managed not only to negotiate a drive from Cape Breton Island but delivered a superb and sprightly set of dance and Acadian fiddle shimmer immediately upon arrival.
Their album, FIVE, went on to win Traditional Album Of The Year

Whirlwind fingers and  fervent soulfulness elevated Jorge Martinez's performance to a thrill-ride of extreme guitar and breath-taking Spanish vocal pyrotechnics. His fiercely gorgeous album, Carnaval was a strong contender for World Solo Artist Of The Year.

Carlos Marcello Martinez

Set Two : Contemporary songwriters bending and blending the echo of tradition into the currency of the modern momentum.

Shari Ulrich earned her iconic role in Canadian folk legend by touring and recording with Valdy, but her daughter, Julia Graff, earned her Masters at McGill and a CFMA for her mom by recording a delicately insistent album called Everywhere I Go.
Julia Graff

Eve Goldberg                                                                             Sam Turton

Gathering Sparks, nominated for Vocal Ensemble, gave the audience a chance to participate in their rousing songs of Urban Americana.

Jane Lewis

And finally the Folk-Tronica of M√©lisande transported the room into a folk future of batterie, basse profonde and harmonic trompe l' oreille. Lead vocalist M√©lisande was named Traditional Singer Of The Year at the awards gala on Saturday.

Photos by Leonard Poole and Paul Corby