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Ep. #76: Jessy Bell Smith

Jessy Bell Smith is a Guelph-based musician with one of the most remarkable singing voices I’ve ever heard. She’s been playing her own songs live for a long time, was a member of a band called Beautiful Senseless, and is currently in the Skydiggers. She recently released her highly-anticipated debut album, The Town and will be playing Kazoo! Fest in Guelph between April 9 and 13. Here, beyond some friendly bickering and badgering, Jessy and I discuss my reputation as a totalitarian bandmate (sometimes we play together), artists in Guelph who need an encouraging push, the long-gestating history of Jessy’s first album, happenstance and J.J. Ipsen and Andy Magoffin, fate, confidence and productivity, a Gary the cat interruption, musical eras and nostalgia, Watergate comes up somehow, Kate Bush and Tom Waits and singing in a musical family, burnt rice, deliberation and re-recording The Town, her role in the Skydiggers, how you are not going to die, turning anxiety into antagonistic anger to conquer an annoying audience, the song “Douglas St.” and more.

Related links: choosemymusic.org/jessy-bell-smith/ kazookazoo.ca vishkhanna.com


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Every Thursday in Guelph!
KYEO & CFRU 93.3 FM Present:

Peter Elkas
Very Special Guests for Each Show!

In honour of the February 22nd release of his new album, Repeat Offender (out on Joel Plaskett‘s New Scotland Records), acclaimed, Toronto-based artist Peter Elkas is playing in Guelph every Thursday night in March.

The shows feature an impressive list of opening artists and guests (most of whom have their own brand new records coming out soon) and the first four will take place at the Ebar.
The final show will be a completely acoustic, no P.A. performance at Folkway Music.

Here’s the complete line-up of shows and special guests:

In Support of Out on the Shelf
KYEO & CFRU 93.3 FM Present:

Peter Elkas
In Guelph Every Thursday in March!

Thursday March 3rd – Ebar* w/ Daniel Romano

Thursday March 10th – Ebar* w/ Sisters Euclid & Christine Bougie

Thursday March 17th – Ebar* w/ Shotgun Jimmie & Jay Crocker

Thursday March 24th – Ebar* – Kazoo! Fest Launch w/ Glory Glory Man United & Pat LePoidevin

Thursday March 31st – Folkway Music – UNPLUGGED w/ Jessy Bell-Smith and Rich Burnett

*w/Special Guest:
DJ Charless

The Ebar – 41 Quebec St. – Guelph
9:30 PM – AA/LIC

Folkway Music – 163 Suffolk St. – Guelph
8:00 PM – AA

Each show:
$8 with non-perishable item for the Guelph Food Bank
$10 without

Tickets Only Available at the Door!

All proceeds benefit Out on the Shelf
All food items collected will benefit the Guelph Food Bank.




SUNDAY APRIL 10, 2011: BABY EAGLE – RICHARD LAVIOLETTE – EBAR – 41 QUEBEC ST. – GUELPH – EARLY, EARLY SHOW – 8 PM – $6 w/FOOD DONATION/$8 – AA/LIC – http://www.myspace.com/dreambabyeagledreamhttp://www.myspace.com/richardlavioletteandtheoilspills

SUNDAY APRIL 13-17, 2011: KAZOO! FEST – VARIOUS VENUES IN GUELPH – MORE INFO TBA – http://www.kazookazoo.ca/

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KYEO/CSA Present: Old Man Luedecke – Jessy Bell Smith – Pat LePoidevin – April 15, 2010

Thursday April 15, 2010
KYEO & The CSA Present:


Old Man Luedecke

One man alone on stage with his banjo. A driving rhythm punctuated by the stomping of his boots on a wooden floor. Old Man Luedecke’s name and choice of instrument may suggest a world gone by, but the lyrics and melodies that he creates are contemporary. His last album,  Proof of Love won the Juno award for the best roots album of 2009, and hot on the tail of that release comes the March 30 release of My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs.
With Steve Dawson once again assuming production duties, the results sing for themselves, and the chemistry of the musicians soars and crackles on every tune. Over the course of three days, the pair – aided and abetted by Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, Bill Frisell) on bass, John Raham (Be Good Tanyas, Po’ Girl) on drums, and Grammy award-winning bluegrass legend, Tim O’Brien (Hot Rize, Steve Earle) on fiddle mandolin and vocals laid down the tracks for the eleven new songs that make up My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs.
Intense, committed and blessed with a purity that can’t be faked, Old Man Luedecke is the real thing. Honouring, but not trapped by tradition, My Hands are on Fire and other Love Songs is music for the ages. Keep your ears open for when this old man comes rolling into your town. 

Jessy Bell Smith

Surely one of Canada’s greatest unheralded musical treasures, Jessy Bell Smith is a young woman with enormous soul and generous spirit that fills grateful spaces whenever she sets her dynamic voice around her charming, compelling songs. Raised in Guelph, Ontario, Bell-Smith has been playing music publicly for nearly 10 years, starting with open stages at 19 years old and then joining acclaimed, hometown band, Beautiful Senseless, as a core member. With a vocal style informed by the likes of Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, and Etta James and songwriting touched by John Prine, Tom Waits, and Bruce Springsteen, Bell-Smith is a bright musical force. She’s appeared on recordings by Tannis Slimmon, Lewis Melville, Richard Laviolette, Nathan Coles, and Evan and Geordie Gordon to name a few and, as an open, enthusiastic collaborator, she often joins such aforementioned friends on stage, where she’s a seasoned performer. As evident on her own rare releases, Kitchen Music (2002), Tiny Lights (2004), and more recent recordings overseen by gigantic fan Andy Maize, when Bell-Smith sings, something lovely and vital is added to the air—an urgent, timeless sound, which reassures and reminds listeners of our collective heart. It’s sweet but subtle, just like every performance by a real original like Jessy Bell-Smith.

Pat LePoidevin

Pat LePoidevin began his interest in music at the age of 10 when he started playing the bagpipes while living in Scotland for a year. Although his interest in the pipes has continued, he has branched out into other forms of music in recent years.
Lately, Pat’s music speaks of childhood experiences and animals that are frequently seen in forested areas. Using a looper pedal, Pat now enjoys mixing vocals, ukulele, guitar, fiddle, a Chinese wind instrument, and whistles of sorts to create a fresh and satisfying sound.
His latest work Moonwolves is now available.

Special Guest:

DJ Charless

Thursday April 15, 2010
The Ebar 41 Quebec St. Guelph
Doors at 9:30 PM

$8 with non-perishable food item
$10 without

Tickets Available: 
The Bookshelf – 41 Quebec St. – Guelph
Orange Monkey – 005 Princess St. – Waterloo
CSA Office – University of Guelph – UC Room 274
(non-perishable food items will be accepted at ticket outlets)

All proceeds benefit Out on the Shelf
All food items collected will benefit the Guelph Food Bank.

musicprogramming [at] gmail [dot] com

THURSDAY JUNE 24: JIM GUTHRIE & HIS LITTER – NATHAN LAWR & THE MINOTAURS @ Ebar – 10:00 PM – $8 w/food donation /$10 – AA/LIC benefit for: www.outontheshelf.ca


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