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Calum Graham & Don Ross

Don Ross is no stranger to fans of progressive fingerstyle guitar. Ever since releasing his debut album, “Bearing Straight”, in 1989, he has been on the forefront of the contemporary fingerstyle movement.  Don won the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Competition in 1988 & 1996. To this day, he is still the only player in the world to have won the competition twice! In addition to acoustic guitar, Don also sings and plays electric guitar, slide Dobro and lap steel guitar, harp guitar, piano, keyboards, bass guitar and drums. It is no exaggeration that Don Ross’ groove-oriented style has influenced a generation of fingerstyle players who came on the scene after him.

One of whom is fellow Canadian Calum Graham, who, though he was born after the release of “Bearing Straight”, began absorbing every lick he heard Ross play, eventually resulting in his own solo debut, “Sunny Side Up”, in 2009.  Calum became the youngest player to win the Canadian Guitar Festival in 2010 at the age of 18. In 2013, Graham released a solo instrumental album titled “Phoenix Rising”. The title track has already generated over 2.8 million views on YouTube, with other songs also notching-up impressive numbers. The success of the album enabled Graham to expand his global fan base and he soon began touring internationally.

Pairing these two artists at very different stages in their careers, the 2013 release “12:34” is not only a really fun album to listen to—it’s also a great story of mentorship and inter-generational collaboration. Now we are treated to the two guitar greats playing together in same show!

Both players use modern fingerstyle playing, featuring lots of extended techniques, alternate tunings, and gorgeous tones—it also creates a soundscape that is larger than the sum of its parts. Oh, and if you think two guys playing acoustic guitars can’t be a rock band, take a listen to the album’s cut, “Hey Ya” and you just might change your mind.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HGmgPGyGm4

Calum has sandwiched his Bragg Creek appearance between solo tours of China and Germany in the fall of 2017, Don leaves for a solo tour of Korea and Japan after the Bragg Creek gig.  We are fortunate to get the two together for one unforgettable night!

http://www.calumgraham.com

http://donrossonline.com

14 October 2017
Bragg Creek Community Centre
23 White Ave,
Bragg Creek. AB

Doors 7pm Concert 8pm
Tickets; $25.00 Seniors $23.00

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MonkeyJunk

The 2008 birth of the Ottawa-based band MonkeyJunk came along just when music fans needed them the most, bringing an accessible and refreshing blend of swamp-rock roots and blues to the table. They haven’t looked back since. MonkeyJunk have won a collective 20 Maple Blues Awards, two Canadian Independent Music Awards, a Blues Music Award (USA), and a JUNO Award.

As one of the hardest working bands on the scene today, these Canadian ambassadors of blues/rock are constantly working to up their game in terms of songwriting and musicianship. “Are we a blues band? Yes, but we’re also a soul band, a funk band, a rock band. It depends on the day,” says lead singer Steve Marriner, pointing to their ability to entertain a theatre audience in Alberta, or a slam-dancing student crowd packed into a greasy rock bar in Poland.

What makes MonkeyJunk’s music so interesting and different is the substitution of a baritone guitar in place of a normal four-string bass. Marriner rolls out a bottom end while at the same time churning out harmonic riffs that act as counterparts for the main guitar lines. By the way the name MonkeyJunk comes from bluesman Son House, who once said “I’m talking about the blues, I ain’t talking ’bout no MonkeyJunk.”

Signed to the respected Canadian roots label, Stony Plain Records, they tour steadily and have a devoted following of fans who call themselves MonkeyJunkies. The band maintains a busy touring schedule, touring across Canada, into the United States and across Europe as well.

MonkeyJunk knows how to have a good time, and they’ll ensure that the Bragg Creek audience does too!

http://monkeyjunkband.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLhqeOit5c4

25 November 2017
Bragg Creek Community Centre
23 White Ave,
Bragg Creek. AB

Doors 7pm Concert 8pm
Tickets $30.00 Seniors $28.00

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Discounted Season tickets with the purchase of both concerts. Adult Season $47.73 Senior Season $44.33

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