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CJSW_Music on 08/23/2013 at 09:30AM

John Wort Hannam's Remarkable Songwriting Chops

Born on the island of Jersey, John Wort Hannam brought the independent spirit of his birthplace with him when he settled in Fort Macleod, Alberta. Releasing albums on his own and with Black Hen Music, he has been spinning tales of the working man that resonate with each listener. Every songwriter has a tale to tell, and John Wort Hannam has a gift for weaving narratives about his new home in Western Canada.

Our team at CJSW's The Morning After are proud to claim him as an Albertan, and as an incredible talent very close to home.

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CJSW_Music on 08/15/2013 at 01:30PM

Hunter-Gatherer Psych-Pop Magic on CJSW

Hunter-Gatherer at Republik Night Club for Sled Island. Photo by Nathan Ross.

Calgary has seen many bands come and go, but for many, there remains a special place on our iTunes playlist for psych-pop experimenters Hunter-Gatherer.

Taking the swirling cacophony of Animal Collective and channeling it through the fuzz of early-90's guitar pop, Hunter-Gatherer quickly amassed a devoted following, playing Sled Island and other high-profile gigs, before members went on to other projects (including The Cable-Knits, an outfit with a similar sound). On their sole release, a four song cassette from 2009, the band's pairing of dreamy vocals and spiky guitars laid the groundwork, along with Braids and Women, for many of Calgary's young indie bands (Gretchen, Faux Fur, et al). You might have to "hunt" for their tape, but once you find it, I "gather" you'll fall in love.

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CJSW_Music on 07/19/2013 at 06:00AM

Chris Gheran's Hard Folk Stylings Live On CJSW's Mind Grapes & House Blend

Chris Gheran live on CJSW's The House Blend, March 25th, 2011

Chris Gheran is a name you’ll hear often as you begin to plunder the depths of Calgary’s folk music scene. He’s a child of two worlds who brings a fresh take on old-timey folk sensibilities. He manages to bridge the gap between popular culture and music from the days of yore, and it’s a beautiful synthesis. He’s written tracks about our fair city of Calgary, encapsulating the culture beyond the logo-adorned skyscrapers of downtown. As part of the Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Musicians in Motion, he collaborated with Ian Tyson while performing live on the Calgary public transit. There’s really no telling what he’s got up his sleeve for us next, and that’s just the way he likes it.

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canada, hard folk, folk, live, country
CJSW_Music on 07/18/2013 at 08:12PM

The Haggard Beat Drop In on CJSW's Halfway Home

The Haggard Beat busking on the corner of 17th Ave and 7 St SW (photo by Cathy Billington)

Looking for a riotous night of music but a laid-back band you can have a few drinks with? The Haggard Beat is Calgary's answer. Comprised of four travel loving gents, these boys know how to rock a party, or a radio studio. They can be found lazing about the Canadian Rocky Mountains, playing festivals happening in abandoned lots surrounded by pines and on stages at city bars where the old regulars jab and a young crowd dances with bellies full of Albertan barbecue. It's hard not to have a good time when this Haggard Beat starts playing.

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CJSW_Music on 07/08/2013 at 10:30PM

Bonjay's Best Blend Live on CJSW's Mind Grapes

Photo by May Truong

The voice of Alana Stuart glides around and through beats by Pho as Bonjay takes you on a ride through dancehall, R&B, and electronica. As you listen, you can hear influences from all over the globe, picking out rhythms from Africa and the Caribbean with the pop and rock influences of North America and Europe. They’re a high-octane experience, and they’re not quite like anything else. Other bands have tried to sound like what’s happening in New York, London or Los Angeles, but Bonjay’s put Ottawa on the map.

Download their live set from CJSW's Mind Grapes from April 20th, 2010 here.

Bonjay - "Stumble" (03:40)
Bonjay - "Stumble" (03:40)
Bonjay - "Creepin" (04:04)
Bonjay - "Creepin" (04:04)
Bonjay - "Jamelia" (03:47)
Bonjay - "Jamelia" (03:47)
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canada, rb, dancehall, live, indie-rock
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