“Recorded Live at the Silverton Gallery” CD Release wine and cheese, 7 pm at Silverton Memorial Hall, Saturday, November 29th.
It is finally ready! A compilation of tracks from BC musicians (most of them locals), recorded at the Silverton Gallery while performing for live audiences. Artists include Certified Mango, Mikul Dorsey Band, Jan Van Gold Band, Holly and Jon, Michael Guthrie, Dirty Grace, and pianist Adrian Wagner. The project was professionally recorded and mixed by J Buttle, and has a beautiful sound. Only 100 CD’s in print so far, so come get your copy at the event!
The CD offers a wonderful journey into the music of a diverse selection of artists. From the rich, improvised, piano pieces created by Slocan’s Adrian Wagner, to six-piece orchestra Certified Mango’s all-original compositions.
One of BC’s most intriguing up-and-coming bands, Victoria-based Dirty Grace sing in three-part harmony, and play “apocalyptic folk songs and ‘beat-box incantations’ with humour and originality.
Holly & Jon (Winlaw/Lemon Creek) bring expert guitar and superb vocals to traditional and original blues compositions. Their talent has been recognized far and wide.
Jan Van Gold band is becoming known in the Kootenays and beyond, Their highly danceable funky rock numbers were recorded at a Valentines dance last February.
Silverton’s Mikul Dorsey is known as a formidable guitarist, with fifty years experience composing and playing music. He appears on the CD with band mates Leah Main, Mike Magier, and Norbert (Charly) Maucher .
And finally Michael Guthrie plays a mix of delightful Country Blues, Folk and his own compositions using slide guitar, banjo-lin, rebab, lap steel, tambura. He is the”real deal” when it comes to roots music.
Producing this CD is the first venture of its kind for Slocan Lake Galley Society (SLGS). The idea came up after the Society acquired its brand new sound equipment in 2012, replacing a mixing board, speakers and cables dating back to the early 1970’s.
The CD project was conceived by then SLGS president, Sue Mistretta and former Board member J. Buttle. J is a bass player with local bands Shades of Loud and Dark Fire Cloud and sound technician. Inspired by the wealth of fine musicians living or playing in the area, and wanting to do a meaningful project with the new sound equipment, the CD project was born. J recorded all the artists, and did the final mix on five out of the seven bands/solo artists who appear on the CD.
Thanks to grants from the Columbia-Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), Recreation Commission #6, Kootenay Savings Credit Union and a bequest from the late Chie Kamigaya, the Gallery society was able to purchast the 24-channel soundboard, which allows each instrument to be recorded on individual tracks, simultaneously. This makes for a much cleaner sound with which to work in creating the final product.
Further funding from CKCA subsidized the recording, mixing and mastering of the CD, the pressing and jacket design.
Mistretta says she hopes that with the successful completion of this CD, the SLGS will be able to produce a second one in the future.