Friday July 10 ~ Low Country Hill, 9pm, $10
ABOUT LOW COUNTRY HILL:
Low Country Hill is Paul Hogeterp's ambitious solo songwriting project, recorded at Dave King's barn-turned-studio on the outskirts of Hamilton, Ontario. A brilliant cast of friends, family and musical guests (including Pat Sansone from Wilco and Bill Dillon who has worked with Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, and Robbie Robertson) came together to shape a record with inviting sonic architecture and old-fashioned soul. Paul's musical apprenticeship began as fiddle player and co-writer in The Immigrants, a Canadian indie band that enjoyed an active recording and touring career from 1995 – 2003. Low Country Hill was a recent Hamilton regional finalist in CBC Searchlight 2015 and a 2015 Hamilton Music Awards nominee in the Roots/solo category.
Paul is excited to return to The Branch in Kemptville on July 10, after a successful debut appearance in February.
Some thoughts about Low Country Hill from music bloggers:
Low Country Hill...evoke(s) comparisons to such stalwarts as Hey Rosetta and Bon Iver, but yet really does not sound particularly like either. The tracks stand on their own as testaments to superlative songwriting and an album produced to showcase haunting, beautiful music. -Floorshime Zipper Boots
Truly a product of its environment, Low Country Hill is a provocative experimentation in sound and shape...it features sonic sculptures with a sense of experimentation but grounded with heart and soul, and evokes the subdued comforts of a warm abode amidst a cold, punishing but beautiful landscape. -Kent Heberling, Those Who Dig
Check out Low Country Hill online:
lowcountryhill.com facebook.com/lowcountryhill music.cbc.ca/#!/artists/Low-Country-Hill
Saturday July 11 ~ The Split, 9pm, $15
ABOUT THE SPLIT:
Drawing inspiration from the golden age of 60's and 70's soul rock and funk, The Split was formed by brothers Matthew and Curtis Chaffey in Ottawa, Canada. Their new old soul sound is in command of a convincing new wave of old soul revival — an electronic style of soul with the stirrings to be music-changing. Progressive electronica layered to build on soulfulness, The Split’s music is atmospheric and highly danceable.
The Split's duo show on Saturday features:
Matthew Chaffey, Lead Singer
Sharp, clean and disciplined, Matthew Chaffey’s smoky timber fills the room. His breath-filled vocal performance is achingly broody and octave-jumping. With fueled openings and electrifying hooks, Matthew’s energy stirs on stage and carries crowds across wild emotional waves. That and he’s captivating to watch.
Curtis Chaffey, Guitar
Levitating the audience with texture and timing and big sweet guitar sounds, Curtis Chaffey plays with enough electricity to shake your soul. Engaging the crowd and breaking out every now and then to have a moment to himself, Curtis’ fiery and intense delivery shakes all the people dancing in the room.
For many of us, soul music is a fondness we just can’t shake, and finding “new” soul music often means digging deep into the crates for something fresh -- if you’ve found yourself in this situation, might we prescribe checking out THE SPLIT.
For the 7-piece ensemble homegrown in Canada’s capital, new life is breathed into the soulful sound you’ve been yearning for by stark ingenuity. The band’s break-out project Can’t Get Enough is energetically infused with guitar parts, horns and bass reminiscent of 60’s soul rock and 70’s soul funk, and features dreamy synth sequences that render its sound euphoric and entirely distinct.
THE SPLIT's original songs are both vivacious dance tunes as much as they are melancholic reflections on life and love. Lead singer Matt Chaffey’s smoky timbre elicits memories of Chess Records’ golden era, while poignantly expressing thoughts of loss, stress, heartbreak, and starting over. In sum, if you’ve been searching for a sound that reflects and distinctly re-imagines the best of soul music, look no further than THE SPLIT.
Working with the talented and experienced Ken Friesen (MonkeyJunk, The Tragically Hip, Great Big Sea et al.) and Phillip Victor Bova (Feist, Bahamas, Hilotrons et al.), THE SPLIT's debut EP Can’t Get Enough combines the mind-blowing vocals of frontman Matthew Chaffey, hard-hitting bass lines, and incredible horn tracks laid down by the legendary Texas Horns (Austin, TX).
Can't Get Enough was released in March 2014 under Label Records (Ottawa, Canada).
What people are saying about The Split:
“…incredible pipes of Matthew Chaffey and the electric guitar dexterity of Curtis Chaffey…the result was a fresh and upbeat take on modern soul, with songs they’ve written themselves.” - Lynn Saxberg (The Ottawa Citizen’s Digital Lounge)
“Their groove is a melting pot of classic soul and 60s rock, with astonishing results…” – Festival International du Blues de Tremblant
“This region’s most exciting new soul band featuring all-star musicians; highest recommendation possible…” – The Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield, QC)
“This band does not look like they sound. The Split was soulful and surprisingly crunchy and gruff. Their YouTube videos do not do them justice – this band is heavy (and that’s good!). Would recommend.” – Pete Hates Music (www.petehatesmusic.com)
Regional Finalists in the 2014 CBC Searchlight Competition & selected as a "Top Standout" by Grant Lawrence (CBC Radio 3)
Sunday July 5 ~ Open Mic with Peter Johnson, 3pm until 6pm
Friday 17 ~ Maple Hill, 9pm, $10
Saturday 18 ~ Wayne Petti, 9pm, $12
Thursday 23 ~ Ian Foster, 8pm, $10
Friday 24 ~ Chris Culgin Band, 9pm, $10
Thursday 6 ~ Sarah Jane Scouten ft. Derek Harrison, 8pm
Friday 7 ~ Corin Raymond, 9pm
Saturday 8 ~ Tom Savage, 7pm, $5 suggested
Saturday 15 ~ Allison Brown, 9pm
Friday 21 ~ Yvan Volle, 9pm
Saturday 22 ~ Gold and Marrow, 9pm
Friday 28 ~ Sun Harmonic, 9pm
Saturday 29 ~ Lowell Friesen, 8pm
Thursday 3 ~ Liz Stringer, 8pm, $10 suggested
Friday 4 ~ Bryce Jardine & Derek Harrison, 9pm, $10 suggested
Saturday 5 ~ The Shoeless, 9pm
Friday 18 ~ Marta Pacek & Graham Greer, 9pm, $10
Friday 25 ~ Hank's Hangover, 9pm
Friday 2 ~ Ian Reid, 9pm
Saturday 3 ~ Trevor Alguire, 9pm, $15
Thursday 8 ~ Jon Brooks, 8pm
Friday 16 ~ Steve Parisien, 9pm
Friday 23 ~ Cam Penner, 9pm
Saturday 24 ~ The Noisy Locomotive, 9pm
Saturday 30 ~ Lynne Hanson & the Good Intentions, CD Release, 9pm, $15
Friday 6 ~ Meaghan Blanchard, 9pm
Saturday 14 ~ Ginger St. James, 9pm, $15***
NEXT YEAR (2016):
Friday October 28th, 2016 ~ Claude Bourbon, 9pm, $10
***Shows marked with asterisks are expected to sell out, we recommend calling ahead to insure a ticket.
Bolded Artists are on tour from outside of the Kemptville/Ottawa area