Vintage Wine : retro party band

great songs from the 1950s to the 1980s

We are based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. For bookings or information click here

Vintage Wine (Ryan, Gary, Craig), with Dave Turner and Jeanne Bowser

Vintage Wine : Gary Sharkey, Craig Morrison, Ryan Fleury

We also do Theme Nights :
- 1950s rock and roll : "That’ll Be the Day" : Buddy Holly and Friends Remembered (lots of Buddy Holly songs, and ones by Elvis Presely, the Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and others)
- "She Loves You" : Songs of the British Invasion : Beatles, Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Animals, Peter and Gordon, Yardbirds, Hollies...
- "California Dreaming" : Music From the Golden State, with songs from the ’50s to the ’70s, by Ricky Nelson, the girl groups, the Mamas and the Papas, the Byrds, the Eagles, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Neil Young, and others
- Country Style : the good stuff, from Hank Williams to Dwight Yoakam
- and dinner sets of background music (pop and jazz standards) for your wedding or corporate event

Upcoming shows

Every Monday. Hillbilly Night at the Wheel Club (3373 Cavendish, just below Sherbrooke W. in NDG). For more than 50 years, every Monday night in Montreal, a loyal gang of musicians and singers, amateur and professional, gather to play traditional country music (no song newer than 1969 permitted) for an appreciative audience. It’s an open mic session, so anyone is welcome to get up to sing and play, backed by the house band. Starts at 8pm, ends around 11pm – free admission. I’m one of the regulars and have been participating since the mid-1980s. Good fun, a lovely community too !

The monthly Rock and Roll Dance Party returns ! The hits of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, the Righteous Brothers, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, the Beatles, Animals, Rolling Stones, Temptations, Wilson Picket, Creedence Clearwater Revival and others !

May 12 (Friday) Vintage Wine’s Rock & Roll Dance Party at the Wheel Club, 3373 Cavendish in NDG. Music starts at 8pm until around 11pm. Admission at the door : $10.

June 23 (Friday) Vintage Wine’s Rock & Roll Dance Party at the Wheel Club - special edition : All Dressed/ All Request Night.

June 29 (Thursday). Craig Morrison & Alex Nesrallah play two sets at Randy’s Bistro in Montreal West, 7pm start.

July 12 (Wednesday). Vintage Wine performs a free concert at Trudeau Park in Cote St. Luc, 7pm start.

July 29 (Saturday). Vintage Wine returns to the Piggery Theatre in North Hatley for "Radio Favourites from the 1960s & ’70s."

August 4 (Friday). Vintage Wine returns to Studio 77 in Pointe Claire.

Vintage Wine has played

conventions, office parties, house parties, anniversary parties, benefit concerts, birthday parties, weddings, corn roasts, high school reunions, municipal celebrations, restaurants, night clubs, reception halls...

Notable past shows

- shows since 2015 - too many to mention !
- we did our Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow : Music From New York City show at the Lac Brome Theatre (sold out !) and at the Piggery Theatre in North Hatley (sold out !), 2015
- we did our 50th Anniversary of the British Invasion show at the Lac Brome Theatre (sold out !) and at the Piggery Theatre in North Hatley (sold out !), 2014
- we performed our California Dreaming : Music From the Golden State show at the Lac Brome Theatre in Knolwton (sold out !), 2013
- we performed our That’ll Be the Day : Buddy Holly and Friends Remembered show at the Piggery Theatre in North Hatley (sold out !), 2013
- we performed our That’ll Be the Day : Buddy Holly and Friends Remembered show at the Lac Brome Theatre in Knowlton (sold out !), 2012
- a 1950s style Sock Hop at the Cote St. Luc Aquatic Centre, a benefit for the Cummings Centre
- North Hatley Club summer reunion (two years in a row)
- the President’s Gala for Concordia University’s Homecoming Week
- tribute to the movie Grease, Calistoga Grill (sold out !)
- tribute to Graduates of Sun Records : Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash, Calistoga Grill (three performances, each one sold out !)
- Vintage Wine CD launch of Rock and Roll Dance Party, Calistoga Grill (sold out !)
- New Year’s Eve Party, St. Philip’s Church, Montreal West
- the West Island Crusade Against Cancer Gala at John Abbott College (two years in a row)- see comment below
- free outdoor shows for the municipalities of Greenfield Park, Dollard Des Ormeaux, Dorval, and Cote St.Luc - since 2010
- monthly "Vintage Wine’s Rock and Roll Dance Party," at the Wheel Club, more than 80 times since June 2007
- 18th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow - Music From New York City, 2015
- 17th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : She Loves You - The 50th Anniversary of the British Invasion, 2014
- 16th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : Jailhouse Submarine - Music From the Movies, 2013
- 15th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : Califormia Dreaming - Music From the Golden State, Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, 2012
- 14th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : Blowing In the Wind - A Tribute to Bob Dylan and his Musical World, 2011
- 13th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : Stand By Me : Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Motown, and Soul, 2010
- 12th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : That’ll Be the Day - Buddy Holly and Friends Remembered, 2009
- 11th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : Great Balls of Fire : Memphis Blues, Country, Rock and Soul, 2008
- 10th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall : Blue Moon : Rock and Pop Through the Decades, 2007
- 9th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall : Rock Around the Clock, 2006
- 8th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : Mr. Tambourine Man : Folk and Folk Rock, 2005
- 7th Annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert : British Invasion 40th Anniversary Show, 2004
- Battle of the Bands fundraiser at Metropolis (and formerly the Spectrum and Club Soda) every year since 2005, backing up Gerry Kandestin, and also the special guests Randy Bachman of the Guess Who and BTO (2010), Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees (2011), Robby Kreiger of the Doors (2012), and Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits (2013),
- fundraiser for the Sons of Scotland Society in Verdun
- Lachute Lions Club 75th Anniversary dinner and dance
- two Word of Mouth Singles Club dances
- "a mid-summer’s night dream" house party in Pointe Claire
- WEDDINGS ! in Montreal, Sherbrooke, Dorval, and the Dunany Country Club
- Concordia Alumni Association’s "Rock to the Oldies" dance
- a convention at Le Medley for 800 doctors
- a 40th wedding anniversary at the Forest and Stream Club, Dorval
- a house party in the West Island to honour the Beckett Players
- office party, Hotel de la Montagne
- 85th anniversary party for the Dunany Country Club, Lachute, QC
- convention for the Music Perception and Cognition Society, Le Nouvel Hotel
- BIRTHDAY PARTIES : 65th birthday party in a private home, Eastern Townships, Quebec ; at the Bistro Olive/Orange ; at Club One in Montreal ; a 50th birthday party at the historic Maison Lantier in Kirkland
- New Year’s Eve party for the Montreal Estonian Society, three times - see comment below.
- Mesquite restaurant on Decairie
- a corporate party for the CGI company at the Canada Pavilion (former Expo 67 site)
- three nights at Clint’s Grill in Pointe Claire - see comment below
- Halloween party at the Police Brotherhood Hall
- Office party at the Swimming night club on St. Laurent Boulevard
- Canada Day celebrations, Centennial Hall, Beaconsfield see comment below
- Baie D’Urfe Days, Fritz Farm, Lakeshore Drive
- CGI "Customer Appreciation Evening," - see comment below
- party for Domaine Pinnacle (makers of award-winning ice cider), Frelighsburg, Quebec - see comment below
- Outremont High School Reunion (class of 1975), Holiday Inn, Montreal
- dinner fundraiser for the Montreal Children’s Hospital, at the Food Resto Lounge, Montreal
- Concordia University Part-Time Faculty Association (CUPFA) : Anniversary Gala, Hilton Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal - see comment below
- reunion of Valleyfield area health care professionals, Hotel Grant, St. Timothee, Quebec
- Town of Baie D’Urfe demerger victory party, Fritz Farm, Lakeshore Drive
- HOUSE PARTIES : lots of them !
- Convention of the Canadian League of Poets, Lion D’Or
- reunion party : La Salle Comprehensive High, class of 1978
- three month summer residency at Cajun Blues restaurant in Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue
- two New Year’s Eve parties at Farafalla restaurant in Pointe Claire
- Bistro Louis & Simon, Ste. Dorothee, Laval
- one month residency at the Topaze nightclub in Pointe Claire
- 1950s theme night : Maison de la Reine in the Laurentians
- anniversary party : La Sala Rossa - see comment below
- anniversary party : Le Village Historique de Carignan in Chambly


On Vintage Wine’s performance at the West Island Crusade Against Cancer Gala, at John Abbott College, October 2012, Bob S. wrote "Your music and enthusiasm were so well received at our Gala last year that I have had many requests that you play for us again. Your music seems to fit our demographic perfectly and I have never had so many positive comments about the music before. The number of bodies on the dance floor said it all."

On one of Vintage Wine’s monthly Rock and Roll Dance Party nights at the Wheel Club, Robert G, wrote "I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated your show yesterday night. I must say, it must have been 15 years since last I heard "Woolly Bully" ! "Shakin’ All Over," "Bad Moon Rising" and "Rocket 88" are personal faves of mine. You guys enthusiastically played the hell out of the covers you chose. I also enjoyed your guitar style : only the right notes were played."

On Vintage Wine’s performance at the historic Maison Lantier in Kirkland, October 2008, Paul B. wrote : "To Craig & the Band,
Thank you so much for the wonderful music for Stephanie’s party. Sorry I did not get a chance to thank you and the guys on Saturday, it was a busy night for me. Everyone had such positive comments on your music. They all had a great time, and I’m sure you could tell by everyone being on the dance floor at certain times, even my 87 year old father ! Thanks again, and hope to see you on the 31st [at the Corona Theatre] if not, then on the 14th at the Wheel Club !

On Vintage Wine’s outdoor performance at a house party in Frelighsburg, Quebec, in July 2007, hostess Joyce Teiber wrote : "Just wanted you to know how much we all enjoyed your music...wonderful band...just our kind of music...set the tone for the party...could have danced all night. It made the evening the success I think it was. You kept the party hopping despite the sprinkling of rain. We all hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did and so many people asked who you were, where you came from, etc. Lots of compliments on the band from the guests. I would be delighted if you would use my quote on your website."

On Vintage Wine’s performance in the Town of Mont-Royal, New Year’s Eve, 2005, society president Karl Raudsepp wrote : "On behalf of the Montreal Estonian Society, I must congratulate you and the band on a stellar performance this past New Year’s Eve. Vintage Wine was simply perfect for this gathering - a delight to listen to and a pleasure to
dance to. The music was timely, abundant and brought the right mix of memories and nostalgia to everyone present. As the Steve Miller Band sang - Keep on Rockin’ Me Baby
." [They rehired us in 2006 and 2007.]

On Vintage Wine’s performance at Beaconsfield, Quebec on July 1, 2005, organizer Michele Janis wrote : "And the band played on... Thank-you for your enthusiasm and participation in our ’wet’ Canada Day celebration." (The band got rained out from the outdoor stage and so set up inside Centennial Hall and played anyway !)

On Vintage Wine’s performance in June, 2005, at the "customer appreciation evening" held by CGI (the international information technology and business process service firm), organizer Sandra wrote : "Thanks again for your dedication and GREAT music show/concert ! De rencontrer les personnes humaines derri ?re le groupe musical et de mieux vous connaitre a ?t ? tr ?s plaisant. All my best regards." [They rehired us in 2006.]

On Vintage Wine’s performance at Domaine Pinnacle (makers of award-winning ice cider), Frelighsburg, Quebec, June 2005, owner Charlie Crawford wrote : "Thanks for a great show on Saturday. The rave reviews for your performance have been constant. It would not have been the same without you !". We returned for another party there in 2013.

On Vintage Wine’s performance at the Bonaventure Hilton Hotel, October 2004, Maria Peluso (president of the Concordia University Union of Part-Time Faculty [CUPFA]), wrote : "I did not get a chance to thank you myself when I left. Let me tell you this Vintage Wine is wow ! You have a great band. No joke great. There was one of our members with her husband who just bought another bottle of wine and sat there in the back to listen to you guys to the very end. Lot’s of complimentary emails about your music. The comments just keep on coming in. I can still hear the music. Where have you been hiding from me all these years ? I want to personally thank all of you for providing the music for our 15th Anniversary Gala. Everyone—no joke—everyone can’t stop talking about the quality that you guys gave. I think we should hold more parties like we had. Quite an elegant evening and loads of fun. You are all remarkable musicians."

On Vintage Wine’s performance at La Sala Rossa, April 2003, Connie Rose wrote : "I recently threw a surprise party for my husband with a hundred of his closest friends. To a person, everyone raved about the band. We’re already dreaming up another excuse to hire Vintage Wine. They really made the party a night to remember."



- Act Naturally
- All My Loving
- Anna
- A Hard Day’s Night
- Bad Boy
- From a Window (hit for Billy J. Kramer)
- Help !
- Hey Jude
- I Feel Fine
- I Saw Her Standing There
- I Should Have Known Better
- I Want to Hold Your Hand
- Please Please Me
- She Loves You
- Slow Down
- Twist and Shout
- Yesterday

Chuck Berry

- Brown Eyed Handsome Man
- Johnny B. Goode
- Memphis
- Rock and Roll Music
- Roll Over Beethoven
- You Never Can Tell (C’est La Vie)

Creedence Clearwater Revival

- Bad Moon Rising
- I Heard It Through the Grapevine
- Proud Mary
- Suzy Q

Bobby Darin

- Dream Lover
- Splish Splash
- Things

Dion & the Belmonts

- Runaround Sue
- Teenager in Love
- The Wanderer

Bob Dylan

- Blowing in the Wind
- It Ain’t Me Babe
- It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
- Like A Rolling Stone
- Make You Feel My Love
- Mr. Tambourine Man : Byrds
- My Back Pages
- Seven Days
- The Times They Are A-Changing

Everly Brothers

- (All I Have to Do Is) Dream
- Bye Bye Love
- So Sad
- Wake Up Little Susie

Buddy Holly

- Blue Days, Black Nights
- Down the Line
- Early in the Morning
- Every Day
- Heartbeat
- It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
- It’s So Easy
- Learning the Game
- Listen To Me
- Maybe Baby
- Not Fade Away
- Oh Boy
- Peggy Sue
- Raining in My Heart
- Rave On
- That’ll Be the Day
- True Love Ways
- Well…All Right
- Wishing
- Words of Love

Roy Orbison

- California Blue
- Crying
- In Dreams
- Only the Lonely
- Pretty Woman

Elvis Presley

- All Shook Up
- Blue Moon of Kentucky
- Can’t Help Falling in Love
- Don’t
- Don’t Be Cruel
- Good Rockin’ Tonight
- Hound Dog
- I Forgot To Remember To Forget
- It’s Now Or Never
- Jailhouse Rock
- Little Sister
- Mystery Train
- Return to Sender
- She’s Not You
- That’s All Right
- Tryin’ To Get To You

Rolling Stones

- The Last Time
- Paint It Black
- Satisfaction

Simon and Garfunkel

- El Condor Pasa
- I Am A Rock
- Mrs. Robinson

Wilson Pickett

- Land of 1000 Dances
- Midnight Hour
- Mustang Sally

Ritchie Valens

- Come On Let’s Go
- Donna
- La Bamba

British invasion classics

- Because : Dave Clark Five
- Bring It On Home : Animals/ Sam Cooke
- Brown-Eyed Girl : Van Morrison
- Bus Stop : Hollies
- Do Wah Diddy : Manfred Mann
- Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood : Animals
- Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying : Gerry & the Pacemakers
- Ferry ’Cross the Mersey : Gerry & the Pacemakers
- Gimme Some Lovin’ : Spencer Davis Group
- Gloria : Them
- Groovy Kind of Love : Mindbenders
- Heart Full of Soul : Yarbirds
- House of the Rising Sun : Animals
- I Go to Pieces : Peter and Gordon
- I Only Want to Be With You : Dusty Springfield
- Just One Look : Hollies
- Love Potion #9 : Searchers
- Needles and Pins : Searchers
- Pretty Flamingo : Manfred Mann
- Sunny Afternoon : Kinks
- There’s A Kind of Hush : Herman’s Hermits
- When You Walk In the Room : Searchers
- Wonderful World : Herman’s Hermits-
- You Really Got Me : Kinks

country classics

- Big River : Johnny Cash
- Crazy : Patsy Cline
- Folsom Prison Blues : Johnny Cash
- Guitars, Cadillacs : Dwight Yoakam
- Hey Good Lookin’ : Hank Williams
- Ring of Fire : Johnny Cash
- Sea of Heartbreak : Don Gibson
- Singing the Blues : Marty Robbins/ Guy Mitchell
- Six Days on the Road : Dave Dudley

r&b, soul, Motown classics

- Ain’t No Sunshine : Bill Withers
- Ain’t Too Proud to Beg : Temptations
- Dock of the Bay : Otis Redding
- Get Ready : Rare Earth
- Higher and Higher : Jackie Wilson
- How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) : Marvin Gaye
- I Feel Good : James Brown
- Just a Little Bit : Roscoe Gordon
- Knock On Wood : Eddie Floyd
- Mercy Mercy Mercy : Don Covay
- My Girl : Temptations
- Spanish Harlem : Ben E. King
- Stand By Me : Ben E. King
- Under the Boardwalk : Drifters
- Walkin’ the Dog : Rufus Thomas
- When a Man Loves a Woman : Percy Sledge

rock and roll classics

- Blue Monday : Fats Domino
- Blueberry Hill : Fats Domino
- Boogie Woogie Country Girl : Big Joe Turner
- But I Do : Clarence Frogman Henry
- California Dreamin’ : Mamas and Papas
- Cara Mia : Jay and the Americans
- Chantilly Lace : Big Bopper
- Cupid : Sam Cooke
- Do You Believe in Magic : Lovin’ Spooonful
- For What It’s Worth : Buffalo Springfield
- Fortune Teller : Bobby Curtola
- Goodnight Sweetheart : the Spaniels
- Hello Mary Lou : Ricky Nelson
- I Fought the Law : Bobby Fuller Four
- I’m a Believer : Monkees
- I’m Walkin’ : Fats Domino
- It Hurts To Be In Love : Gene Pitney
- It’s In Her Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) : Betty Everett
- It’s Too Late : Chuck Willis
- Kicks : Paul Revere & the Raiders
- Last Train to Clarksville : Monkees
- Let’s Twist Again:Chubby Checker
- Little Red Riding Hood : Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs
- Louie Louie : Kingsmen
- New Orleans : Gary US Bonds
- One Fine Day : Chiffons
- Real Wild Child : Johnny O’Keefe
- Rip It Up : Little Richard
- Rocket 88 : Jackie Brenston
- Runaway : Del Shannon
- Sea Cruise : Frankie Ford
- Secret Agent Man : Johnny Rivers
- Shake Rattle and Roll : Big Joe Turner
- Shakin’ All Over : Guess Who
- Sheila : Tommy Roe
- Smoke Gets in Your Eyes : Platters
- Summer in the City : Lovin’ Spoonful
- Surf medley : Walk Don’t Run/ Wipeout/ Pipeline
- Sweet Caroline : Neil Diamond
- The Letter : Box Tops
- The Stroll : the Diamonds
- This Diamond Ring : Gary Lewis & the Playboys
- This Magic Moment : Jay & the Americans
- Tossin’ and Turnin’ : Bobby Lewis
- Turn ! Turn ! Turn ! : Byrds
- Twilight Time : Platters
- Twist : Chubby Checker
- Unchained Melody : Righteous Brothers
- Wooly Bully : Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs

rockabilly classics

- Believe What You Say : Ricky Nelson
- Break Up : Charlie Rich
- Honey Don’t : Carl Perkins
- It’ll Be Me : Jerry Lee Lewis
- Lonely Weekends : Charlie Rich
- Rockin’ Record Hop : Carl Perkins
- Summertime Blues : Eddie Cochran
- Twenty Flight Rock : Eddie Cochran
- Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On : Jerry Lee Lewis

70’s and newer

- Black Magic Woman : Santana
- Get Down Tonight : KC & the Sunshine Band
- Into the Mystic : Van Morrison
- I Shot the Sheriff : Biob Marley/ Eric Clapton
- Kiss : Prince/ Tom Jones
- Lay Down Sally : Eric Clapton
- Little Green Bag : George Baker Selection
- Listen to the Music : Doobie Brothers
- Long Train Runnin’ : Doobie Brothers
- Maggie May : Rod Stewart
- No Matter What : Badfinger
- Red Red Wine : UB 40
- Riders on the Storm : Doors
- Take It Easy : Eagles

standards and social dances

- Blue Tango
- Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White Cha Cha
- Could I Have This Dance
- Over the Rainbow
- St. James Infirmary
- Summertime
- Tennesse Waltz : Patti Page

is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, author, and musician
based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Nights Music Communications, 2006