November, 2012

As the chill of the winter descends upon us, we are warmed by the company of our friends and family in the presence of music... Party!!!!

Wasn’t That A Party!!

On November 23rd we had our 2nd annual Coyotes and Musical Friends party at Sergeant Peppers. And it was a blast!

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The evening opened with some fine folksy feel offered up by Boris Mischenko and Gerry Jorens, accompanied by Brian Colborne on guitar. Then Brian, with bass support from Paul Snelgrove, started his set by riveting the audience with his gentle and flawless rendition of “Carmelita”.

Bruce Williams, joined by Wayne Nichols on guitar, opened his set with a wonderful version of a Van Halen song, replacing Van Halen’s slide guitar with a beautiful syncopated mandolin accompaniment. Some kids in the audience were surprised to see their teacher (“Hey, that’s Mr. Williams!”) in this other mode.

Donna, Wayne, Bruce, Peter
Donna, Wayne, Bruce, Peter

Then The Coyotes took the stage driven by the solid backbeat provided by Jim Devries on drums. During this set Geoff Dawe, “The Mayor of Margaritaville” (and also Mayor of Aurora), joined us to do his rendition of what has become his signature song when sitting in with The Coyotes: “Margaritaville.”

Next, we were honoured to back up “The Man Of A Thousand Songs”, Freedom Chuck, balladeer extraordinaire. His song lamenting the relegation of a man to being the mere operator of a particular household appliance had audience members (and those sharing the stage) both laughing and blushing…

Jim Devries led us through his arrangement of “Runaway”, again amazing us with his ability to simultaneously sing and play drums – not a common skill. (Wish I could do that…)

Sudden Mischief then took the stage and opened by taking us into a psychedelic voyage with the 1962 hit “Louie Louie” and continued to entertain with a variety of bluesy, folksy and country sounds.

Sari
Sari

The incredibly versatile and talented Sari Featherstone came forward and contributed yet another very different and wonderful flavour to the evening. By far the most experienced and fine-tuned entertainer in the evening’s line-up, her performance opened with Frankie Valli’s “I Love You Baby”. She followed this with a stunning vocal performance of Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”. Carrying the audience to yet another world, Sari did a delightful performance of the show tune “Cabaret”.

Continuing to expand the already amazing range of music for the evening, Patty McLaughlin and Paul Snelgrove served up a powerful acoustic set. Espousing the peace and love of the 60’s, Patty opened with “Put a Little Love In Your Heart.” One of the songs Paul sang mentioned something about buying “Beer for My Horses”… which makes me wonder if this would please or horrify the animal rights activists… ;)

Dalton joins The Coyotes
Dalton joins The Coyotes

There was a very special moment when Dalton Kehoe (vocals) and Kevin Droughan (drums) joined The Coyotes on stage. This was the first time in more than 20 years that Dalton, Kevin and Peter have shared a stage together since they used to play in a 12 piece R&B band in the early 1990s.

Kevin
Kevin
Dalton (“Dr. D”) toyed with the heart of every blues lover in the audience with his incredibly energetic and emotionally powerful offering of “Stormy Monday”. Dalton then brought Buddy Holly back to life with “That’ll Be The Day.” Continuing the variety, he wrapped up with “Under The Boardwalk” and “When A Man Loves A Woman.” All in all a magical experience.

Wayne Nichols, accompanied by Donna Gingras on violin, Peter Paolucci on bass, and Bruce Williams on guitar, had the crowd bouncing, dancing and toe-tapping with his unique style of acoustic energy. Within his set he treated us with his ironic and (to me) scary song he penned a few years ago “Nursery Rhymes”, a clever exposé of the dark side of the lyrics of our favourite nursery rhymes.

Esko
A lot of party for Esko

The grand finale featured Coyote Burke inviting all of the evening’s musicians to the stage and leading us in a rousing rendition of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released”.

The crowd wasn’t quite ready to go home yet, so we played a few more before calling it a night. Braedon Garret who did sound for us and relieved us of all of that distraction for the evening, joined us on stage to play drums during the encore.

It was such a joy for us to be joined by so many friends (musical, and other) for the evening. We were asked by several in attendance when the next party like this would be. Well… stay tuned!

The Coyotes
(Burke Cullen, Mark LaVigne, Eric Mattila, Peter Paolucci)

Plectrum