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This week on TransCanada Music West, we’re taking a sonic exploration north of 60 with two emerging acts from Whitehorse: rock n’ roll trio The Midnight Sons Band and the roots outfit The Bennett Sun, recorded at Wood Hall in Victoria during Breakout West 2015.

On the heels of their 2015 debut, Traction, The Midnight Sons band are already drawing comparisons to Canadian hit-makers The Sheepdogs. You’ll also hear shades of pop rock influences like Kings of Leon and The Black Keys.

The Bennett Sun lead by songwriter Dana Jennejohn, formed a little over 5 years ago. The group has been meeting weekly to share dinners over jam sessions for some time now. The band describes their sounds as “tumbleweed pop and city folk”, and their live set includes original songs and traditional folk numbers.

Direct download: 20160129_TCMWPodcast_Midnight_Sons__The_Bennett_Sun.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT

This week on the podcast, we bring you live music from Calgary’s own Boreal Sons. You don’t often hear bands boast about people falling asleep at their shows, but Boreal Sons are masters as orchestrating dreamy sonic landscapes. We’ll hear songs from their most recent album Threadbare, and some brand new songs from a forthcoming record that is set for release in the fall of 2016. Recorded live at Metro Theatre at the Victoria Conservatory of Music during Breakout West, featuring Regan Mclean on bass and vocals, Zachary Schultz on percussion, and Evan Acheson on lead vocals and keys, enjoy this set of great live songs by a Calgary favourite.

Direct download: 2016-1-14-TCMWPodcast_Luca_Fogale.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 3:15pm EDT

This week's featured live act is Burnaby folk singer-songwriter Luca Fogale. Luca takes a confessional approach to songwriting, spinning stories from his own rumination on life and identity. Between rapturous applause that punctuate the songs you’ll hear in this week’s set, you could almost hear a pin drop in the Alix Goolden Hall as Luca plays – with just his guitar and his voice.

Since beginning his journey into the business, Luca has shared stages with the likes of Frazey Ford, Jay Malinowski, and Dan Mangan. This past summer, he flew to Eau Clair, Wisconsin to begin work on his debut album. The Burnaby native found himself at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios. S. Carey and and Bon Iver recording engineer Brian Joseph were behind the board for those recordings. It was an experience Luca described as “life-changing”.

Direct download: tb_LucaFogale.jpg
Category:Music -- posted at: 12:45pm EDT

If this week’s show were a party, it’d be one that would keep you dancing til dawn.
With a musical resume that includes show busking across Europe, and a stint performing alongside circus acts in Granada, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra makes folk music with a worldly sound.

In this set, you’ll hear Spanish, Celtic, Roma, and African influences on display as the band shares their unique brand of roots music. The performance you’ll hear tonight was recorded on the weekend of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. And, as you’ll hear, the crowd was in a mood to celebrate.

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is Ian Griffiths on vocals, keys and accordion, Kurt Loewen on vocals and guitar, Paul Wolda on percussion, Mack Shields on fiddle, and Keith Rodger on bass and mandolin.

Direct download: 01082016-Tequila_Mockingbird_Orchestra-TCMWPodcast.mp3
Category:Music -- posted at: 2:53pm EDT

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