The RabbleBerries: a quartet of musicians whose wide-ranging repertoire includes music for political gatherings and social causes, songs of the sea, songs of workers of all kinds, original and traditional songs, and whatever else tickles their fancy. The RabbleBerries sound is full of tasty vocal harmonies and flavourful guitar licks spiced up with autoharp, flute, keyboard, banjo, mandola, thumb piano, harmonica, percussion, and electric bass. The RabbleBerries are: Karen Gillmore: banjo, guitar, flutes and whistles, harmonica, keyboard, vocals, songwriting Sharon Hazelwood: percussion, autoharp, tenor guitar, vocals Alan O'Dean: guitar, mandolin, autoharp, kalimba, concertina, banjo, vocals, songwriting Ron Gillmore: electric bass, vocals The RabbleBerries first came together for Victoria’s Tall Ships Festival in 2005. They liked playing together so much that they thought up a band name and kept rehearsing! Their first CD, "Jam" (what else could they possibly have named it?) includes many RabbleBerries favourites; you can listen to a few of the songs on their website: http://www.rabbleberries.ca You can also "Like" them on facebook!
Saturday March 31st 2012 Don Chambers
Don Chambers brings his humour, observations of the human condition, and concerns for the world to the James Bay Coffee and Books. Don recorded his first album, Free Falling, here on the west coast, and has sung at the Seattle Folk Life Festival, Norway House, and other venues around the
south Island. Don plays with the local band, Well Strung, as well as having his material (One by One) performed by the 300 piece "Gettin' Higher Choir" Don Chambers weaves his experience as an engineer, cabinet and instrument maker, poet, and novelist into spellbinding tunes of home, history, and humanity. He orchestrates significant historical events, such as Columbus's discovery of the New World, and David Thompson's
exploits in western Canada. His personal narratives chronicle our times, offering words to the shadows, joy, and rage we feel at heart but often find too nebulous to express. A performer who engages his audience,with his rich vocals, smooth guitar and friendly manner. check out Don's myspace: http://www.myspace.com/577507579