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Thursday November 27, 2008

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Hi everyone

We just heard from Don Ross this morning to say that he's bringing his amazing bass-playing buddy Jordan O'Connor tonight. Jordan plays some stunning heavy wood bass solos and adds extra funkiness to Canada's funkiest guitarist (Don himself) so this is an added bonus, and a totally unexpected one!

Don't miss the stringed frenzy at the Rogue tonight!!

Don Ross with Brooke Miller and Jordan O'Connor - almost 20 strings a-groovin' with fountains of syncopation at St. James Hall, 3214 West 10th Avenue at 8pm. Tickets are still available at Highlife, Rufus', and online. There will probably still be some available at the door, too, but don't be late. This is going to be a blast! Concert details...

See you tonight, I hope!

Saturday November 29th 8pm
St. James Hall

Acid Croft Music returns to the Rogue, with the pulsating beats and exhilarating fiddle / mandolin driven Celtic groove of Scotland's Shooglenifty. This band boasts - in my opinion - the finest drummer in Celtic music (James MacIntosh). Far from overpowering the tunes with heavily-laden square kick drum beats, James adds an infectious bounce to the tunes, not giving a leaden rock and roll corset to the music, but giving it wings and a spring in its step that's unmatched in the genre. With Angus Grant prowling the front of the stage like a caged lion with an eagle-eyed fiddle on soaring wings, and Aussie Luke Plumb adding compelling mandolin licks, and Gary Finlayson scorching the edges of the sound with his electrifying banjo and banjax, this is an amazing band to watch and to groove on.

Whatever you're thinking of doing this Saturday, it would have to be pretty bloody amazing to come close to the Shooglenifty experience. Concert details...

I'll be spinning a few tunes by the band on The Edge On Folk this Saturday morning from 8am to noon. Plus a whole bunch of Roots music from all around the world, including a tribute to the winners of last week's Canadian Folk Music Awards. Please join me on CiTR fm 101.9 or