Montreal’s Roots Music Scene - Bands and Artists

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Stephen Barry Blues Band

Stephen Barry Blues Band. traditional blues

Beau Kavanagh & the Broken Hearted. rockin’ blues

Colin Perry & Blind. Hot blues and swing jazz. Perry sings and plays great guitar, backed by all-stars : Stephen Barry (upright bass), Peter Mika (piano, and how !), and Ben Casey (percussion). They have played every Wednesday at Barfly for the past five years. see photo here

Bloodshot Bill. intense, rockin’, humourous, greasy-billy

The Bombadils are a band of four whose songs and tunes draw inspiration from Irish, bluegrass and folk sources. Theirs is a decidedly contemporary sound, blending soaring melodic lines, tight rhythmic energy, virtuosity and strong musical conviction to produce a powerful, charismatic live performance.

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The Bombadils

Michael Jerome Browne. downhome blues

Dale Boyle. folk and blues with a rockabilly edge

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Richard Carr

Richard Carr. rhythm and blues

Ian Cooney & the Rockafellas. retro rock

Crazy Rhythm Daddies western swing, honky tonk, rockabilly, surf guitar, celebrated their 15th anniversary in 2003.

Robert David roots specialist : voice, harmonica, guitar, accordion

Deacon George. vocals, acoustic, electric and slide guitar : acoustic folk, blues, rags, spirituals, and gospel. He also leads Silverdime, with Phil Peters (bass) and Steve Cefaloni (percussions), who do a broad range of "all purpose blues music" from country blues to blues rock.

Echo Hunters folk rock and blues and harmony vocals

Paul Edwards. singer-songwriter

Fat Tuesday Brass Band play New Orleans Brass Band music, a mix of old time Jazz and modern Funk
with a marching band line up. John Dodge leads the band and plays tuba.

Bob Fuller and the Wandering Hillbillies. Traditional hillbilly music with fiddle, upright bass, and acoustic guitar. Fuller is the founder and mainstay of the internationally famous Hillbilly Night, now in its 41st year.

Grouyan Gumbo. Cajun and creole/zydeco with vocals, violin, accordion, guitar, and percussion.

Homebrew Dixieland Band. Based in the Eastern Townships.

Howlin’ Hound Dogs. Real rockabilly 1950s style.

Jet Black. Retro rock and roll. In business 25 years and counting.

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Jimmy James

Jimmy James. Blues rock by one of Montreal’s guitar heroes.

Jitterbug Swing. Downhome blues. Brian Edgar (guitar) and Danielle Lemieux (vocals, washtub bass). Their music comes from the streets of Memphis, the back porches of Alabama, the levees of the delta, and the swamps of Louisiana.

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Gerry Kandestin. Photo by Martin "of Montreal" Coles

Gerry Kandestin Folk rock originals and covers of Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Neil Young.

Kleztory. klezmer music with clarinet, violin, accordion, guitar, and upright bass

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Penny Lang

Penny Lang first lady of Montreal folk music

Lew Dite Skiffle Group. Canada’s Skiffle King !

Little Andy & Karoake Cowboy. honky tonk and western swing

LG and the Blues Drivers. blues rock

Dan Livingstone. roots, blues and ragtime guitarist

Pat Loiselle. from blues to bluegrass : harmonica, guitar, slide guitar, mandolin, lap steel. Elmore James, Stanley Brothers and everything in between. He also teaches how to play all of the above. Here is a link to Pat Loiselle and his Blues Combo.

Rob Lutes. noted guitarist and singer-songwriter

Kevin Mark. (formerly Big Mark and the Blues Express) jump, swing, jazz, Chicago blues

Craig Morrison & the Momentz. Roots rock. They draw their repertoire from rockabilly, blues, rock and roll, folk rock, and psychedelia. For 20 years these roots troubadours have played nightclubs, festivals, and parties around Quebec. Every year they play the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in February for a Roots of Rock and Roll Show.

Katie Moore. sweet country music

Notre Dame de Grass. bluegrass

Mike O’Brien. up and coming singer-songwriter

Derek Olive. composer, guitar and banjo player.

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Replay. Tribute to The Beatles / 60’s.

Riverside Blues. Acoustic downhome blues influenced by Robert Johnson.

Julia Rohan. A Montreal-based writer, musician, and visual artist, she has been performing since the ’70s, including time in Toronto’s community of singer-songwriters. Love & Fear, her first CD, came out in 2003.

Rowboat. Chris Wynn and his cronies play original compositions and classics of country rock.

Silverdime. see listing for Deacon George

Steve Rowe. Blues rock, Chicago blues, Texas blues, jump.

The Shamefuls. Country, pop, and rock done up country style for art gallery openings and taverns.

The Sonny Best Band. original country rock. Hear their Boots, Camera, Action CD.

Steel Rail. Canadian country-folk trio of Dave Clarke, Ellen Shizgal, and Tod Gorr.

Susie Arioli Swing Band. swing, jump

Swift Years. "worldbilly" : celtic/gypsy/bluegrass trio.

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Terry Joe Banjo

Terry Joe Banjo. Banjo, mandolin, harmonica, guitar, vocals : Terry Joe is a superb musician with an uplifting stage presence. The future of old-time music is in good hands !

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United Steel Workers of Montreal

The United Steel Workers of Montreal. Landing just east of Alt-Country, USWM’s original songs mix an urban edge
with old-time musical sensibilities. In equal measures, bluegrass, folk, swing, rock, and blues.

Vintage Wine. Retro rock and roll 1950s-1970s.

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Yonder Hill

Yonder Hill. Bluegrass with female harmony vocals featuring Katie Moore, Angela Desveaux, and Dara Weiss.

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