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23 : Cousin
Harley will join Brian Setzer's Rockabilly Riot on their
western swing in December. Confirmed appearances to date: Dec 22
- Seattle, WA; Dec 23 - Grand Ronde, OR; Dec 24 - Vancouver, BC;
Dec 27 - Edmonton, AB and Dec 28 - Calgary, AB.
23: The Sojourners sophomore album wins the
Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Contemporary
Chris 'Old Man' Luedecke won the 2011 Juno Award
for Best Roots and Traditional Album Solo this weekend in Toronto
for his most recent recording, My Hands Are On Fire and
Other Love Songs. It was produced by Steve Dawson,
and released on Steve's Black Hen Music label.
Jim Byrnes wins the Juno Award for Blues Album
of the Year for Everywhere West. This is his third
win in the category.
2nd: Jim Byrnes and The Sojourners
were both nominated for Juno Awards for their 2010
Black Hen Music releases.
Canadian Folk Music
winners are announced, and Steve
Dawson picked up a trophy for Producer of the
Year for his Things
About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the Mississippi Sheiks.
14: CD release
concert for Everywhere West at CBC Studio 40 in
5 to 13: Jim Byrnes tours Alberta & BC
with Steve Dawson.
nominations are announced, and Steve
Dawson is nominated for Guitarist of the Year,
and his Things
About Comin' My Way - A Tribute to the Mississippi Sheiks
is nominated for Album of the Year. Jim Byrnes
is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year.
24: Jim Byrnes won Blues Recording of the
Year at this year's Western Canadian Music Awards in Kelowna, BC.
22 to 31: Jim
Byrnes tours the Netherlands with Steve Dawson
and The Sojourners.
19: Jim Byrnes'
new recording Everywhere West is released on the
Black Hen Music label.
21: Black Hen Music releases a DVD documenting the performances
of Steve Dawson,
Jim Byrnes, and many
others as part of the All Star Tribute
to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks at the Capilano
Theatre. It will be released in Canada, the United States and Europe.
19: The Sojourners cast off on a Gospel Cruise
in Vancouver with special guests Kenny 'Blues Boss' Wayne and Candus
Churchill & The Gospel Experience. Jim Byrnes
and Paul Pigat will be aboard too, along with other
surprises. See a poster here.
22 to 31: Cousin Harley
blasts their way through Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy.
9 - August 8: Steve
Dawson takes his Tribute
to the Music of the Mississippi Sheiks
to folk festivals in Winnipeg,
Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton
as well as the Ottawa Blues Festival.
Jim Byrnes and The Sojourners
also appear on some of these dates.
May 18 :
Cousin Harley's fifth album It's A Sin
was released in Canada. As usual, the well-travelled band are continuing
on the road in support of the record in July and beyond. Dates include
a Western Canadian swing and several European tour dates.
Dawson, Jim Byrnes and The Sojourners
appear with over a dozen other musicians and
singers at the Capilano University Theatre in North Vancouver
as part of an All Star Tribute to the Music of the Mississippi
19 to 27: Jim Byrnes tours Germany and Belgium
with The Sojourners.
22nd : Jim Byrnes is nominated for a Canadian
Indie Music Award for Favourite Blues Act.
14 to 17: Paul Pigat performed a series of
acclaimed shows at the NAMM (National Association
of Music Merchants) show in Los Angeles, CA on behalf of Gretsch
10: Paul Pigat
releases his debut solo acoustic CD. Boxcar Campfire
features a collection of songs about love, heartbreak, and redemption;
mostly self-penned tunes along with a handful of creatively arranged
covers. Although laced with tasteful musicianship, this recording
is a departure in the sense that the songs rather than the playing
17-20: The Western Canadian Music Awards will
take place in Brandon, Manitoba. See www.westerncanadianmusicawards.ca
for more information.
14: The nominations for the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards
were announced, and Steve Dawson picked up four.
His CD Telescope is up for Instrumental Recording
of the Year. His Waiting for the Lights to Come Up
was nominated for Solo Roots Recording of the Year. Steve
Dawson is in the running for Producer of the Year (that's
the third Year in a Row) and his Black Hen Music
is up for label of the Year (also 3rd Year in a Row). Congratulations,
Byrnes' new recording My
Walking Stick was released on Black Hen Music.
26th to May 6th: Jim Byrnes tours Germany
and the Netherlands for the first time ever, with his band, Steve
Dawson and The Sojourners.
24th to 30th: Jim Byrnes, Steve Dawson,
Cousin Harley, Jodi Proznick and
The Sojourners will all be appearing in Ottawa
as part of the National Arts Centre’s BC Scene,
the largest-ever gathering of BC artists outside the province. For
more information please visit www.bcscene.ca.
7th: Jim Byrnes and The Sojourners
joined other environmentally aware performers from around the world
to perform in Montreal at 7 Continents, 1 Earth:
A CBC/Radio-Canada Earth Day Celebration. Listen to it here
on CBC Radio 2 Concerts on Demand.
Let Freedom Sing,
a Time-Life 3CD on the music of the Civil Rights era
is released. It includes a track called Eyes
on the Prize, by The Sojourners. Buy it
Barnes & Noble.
Sojourners were nominated for a MapleBlues
Award in the New Artist/Group category.
The Sojourners were selected to appear at
Awards ceremony on January 19th in Toronto.
Canadian Music Award for Producer of the Year.
nominated for two Canadian
Folk Music Awards for 'Waiting for the Lights to Come Up', in the
'Producer of the Year' and 'Pushing
the Boundaries' categories.
were nominated for a Canadian
Folk Music Award in the Vocal Group
of the Year category.
15 : Steve Dawson was nominated for a Western
Canadian Music Award for Producer of the Year. In addition, Black
Hen Music is nominated for Independent Label of the Year. .
15 : The Vancouver CD release show for Steve
Dawson's 'Telescope' CD took place on November 8th
at the St James Hall.
15: The Sojourners
erformed at the Western Canadian Music Awards festival in Edmonton
on October 18th at The Artery. They have also been selected to perform
on the WCMA show on October 19th.
15: Steve Dawson
and Jim Byrnes head
out on the "Fathers and Sons' tour of western Canada with Doug
Cox and Amos Garrett, November 19th to 30th.
15: Paul Pigat
performs at the Western Canadian Music Awards Festival on October
18th at Jekyll & Hyde’s in Edmonton.
15: Cousin Harley
performs at the WCMA Festival, on October 17th at The Urban Lounge
14: Jim Byrnes emerges from the studio after
recording a new CD, again produced by Steve Dawson.
1: ‘Eyes on the Prize’, a track from The
Sojourners' Black Hen CD ‘Hold On’ was
selected for inclusion in an upcoming Time-Life compilation on the
Civil Rights era.
1: Look for Paul Pigat's
new acoustic CD ‘Boxcar Campfire’ to be released soon.
There will also be a new Cousin
Harley CD recorded this fall.
20 : Steve Dawson
releases the all-instrumental ‘Telescope’ on September
15: Steve Dawson
began work on a tribute album to the 1930's blues band The Mississippi
Sheiks. To be released on Black Hen later this year, it features
acclaimed artists Ry Cooder, Bruce Cockburn, Bill Frisell, Kelly
Joe Phelps, John Hammond, and more.
31: The Sojourners
were nominated for WCMA Roots Album of the Year – Group.
31: Steve Dawson
is nominated for WCMA Producer of the Year and his Black Hen Records
is nominated for WCMA Label of the Year.
8: Jodi Proznick
is the winner of three National Jazz Awards – Bassist of the
Year, Acoustic Group of the Year and Recording of the Year, for
‘Foundations’ on the Cellar Live label.
8: Steve Dawson
released‘Waiting for the Lights to Come Up’
8: Jodi Proznick
was nominated for a Juno Award, in the Traditional Jazz category.
18: Jim Brynes'
'House of Refuge' CD featuring The
Sojourners picked up the Western Canadian Music Awards
trophy for Outstanding Blues Recording.