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Aug
16

HONEYMOON SUITE, HELIX ROCK TIMMINS KAYAK FEST-AUGUST 27 2016 REVIEW JOHN EMMS

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Love Changes Everything to quote a Honeymoon Suite song is exactly the way a massive Timmins crowd responded when the band not only pulled out all of their hits but did so with a killer show at The Great Canadian Kayak Festival Saturday night.
This has been a banner year for Timmins music fans and it only got better when Canuck metal bangers Helix smacked the crowd upside the head for 60 minutes with opening sets from local rockers Drivyn and Timmins born A.K. McLeod now out of Hamilton played his hometown for the first time.
HMS had the entire crowd singing Wave Babies, Stay In The Light, Feel It Again and New Girl Now while lead vocalist Johnnie Dee sounding the best I have heard him through the years connected with a rain soaked crowd.
It was as if the crowd was transported back to 1985.
The entire band with killer solos all night from guitarist Derry Grehan, and solid backing from keyboard man Peter Nunn, bassist Gary Lalonde and massive stick work from drummer Dave Betts rocked a very large audience.
A.K. McLeod delivered a very solid blues rock set and local hard rockers Drivyn totally impressed the crowd with originals and covers of Deep Purple and Jimi Hendrix.
After the Fireworks Helix hit the stage at 10 p.m.
The Canuck metal rockers played their hits Wild In the Streets, The Kids Are All Shakin, Rock You and others like the killer Deep Cuts The Knife while lead vocalist Brian Vollmer charmed the crowd with in between song banter.
In a big surprise was the band’s newer songs like Gene Simmons Says Rock Is Dead and Even Jesus Wasn’t Loved in His Hometown drew heavy applause.
Timmins Kayak Fest has continued to evolve with a great roster of artist music bookings and literally thousands of people have responded in a big way.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, Sun Media/Post Media contributor and songwriter/guitarist with THE SHAFTMEN

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26
Aug
16

ROSS NEILSEN-ELEMENTAL-CD REVIEW -BLUE ROUTE VIA ROOTS ROAD-BY JOHN EMMS

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For all the right reasons the best songs on Ross Neilsen’s cd Elemental are songs such as the rootsy Nobody Get’s Lonely, the gorgeous City of Regret co-written with Paul Reddick and the Blue Rodeo vibe of

Step Into the Light.

Though Neilsen is blues infused his roots road serves up the goods time in and time out on Elemental.

Producer Steve Marriner has a ton of experience and puts it to excellent use to pull out the emotion of Neilsen’s voice on tracks like the MonkeyJunk-esque Woman’s Name the jazzy textures of The Arrow and

the funky take on Willie P. Bennett’s Ballad In Low E

Not enough can be said about the great Jimmy Bowskill. His guitar solos, pedal steel work or any for that matter any stringed instrument are simply jaw dropping.

Sometimes music is made for the right reasons and Ross Neilsens’s Elemental is secure in that category.

JOHN EMMS is veteran music journalist, musician, songwriter and Sun Media/Post Media contributor.

JOHN can be heard with Canadian Blues Rockers THE SHAFTMEN

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