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London Rocks!

We have a vibrant live music scene here in the Forest City, and I’d like to introduce you some of our own talented musicians. You can check out their CD’s here at the library, and if you like what you hear, check them out live around town!

Zopiclone  released their debut “Marble Sky” in March. The CD combines elements of rock and funk, but what comes through predominantly are groovy bass lines, clever lyrics and some excellent horn solos. My favourite is the lead track, “Superfantastic”, because of the funky bass. An interesting arrangement and some driving guitar make Video Game Machine memorable as well. See them live at The Last Drop on Saturday, September 29. Show time is 10 pm.

An interesting note, saxophonist Troy Neeb adds his talent to several numbers on the CD: Video Game Machine and Laissez Faire. Troy is also part of the Village Blues Band, and, starting October 21st, you can hear them Sunday afternoons from 4pm to 8pm at the Wortley Roadhouse. Check out band leader Chris Murphy’s 1999 release “Blowin’ The Horn”.

take me anywhere album cover

 If you have ever been to the London Music Club  you will remember Leah Morise. She regularly graces their stage. Check out Leah’s recent release “Take Me Anywhere”. The CD is a mixture of folk and blues. Singing in either genre, Leah’s voice is a pleasure to listen to. My favourite, both live and on the CD, is the bluesy number “The Panty Song”, with the sultry “You Wet My Whistle” coming in a close second. (See if you can recognize the bass lines of Zopiclone’s Jeff Parkinson on this CD.)

If you missed bluegrass legends the Dixie Flyers at the Western Fair, you can catch them at The London Music Club in October. The Dixie Flyers have been making toes tap for thirty three years, and their 2005 release “Right On Track” is no exception. Their CD insert quotes the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe, as saying “…the Dixie Flyers play good bluegrass. They play it the right way.” I would have to agree – there is just something about the sound of a banjo’s twang that I can’t resist.