This month we have a mix of local tunes to help get you through this frosty, snowy January. “Song for a Winter’s Night” is the perfect tune for sitting by a warm fire with a good book or loved one; if you want to venture out, “Jump and Drink” will pump you up and remind you that the dance floor is always a great place to warm up, and “Valley Drifter” will bring you back to the days of summer heat, camp fires and lake swimming. Whether you’re a fan of winter time in ygk or not, this month’s list has something for everyone. Hit play on the #ygkPlaylist for January 2018 featuring:
James Wannamaker and Julie Mylks: We featured James and Julie about a year ago with their cover of First Aid Kit’s “Emmylou”. James is a multi-instrumentalist and composer who plays a wide variety of styles. When he’s not teaching flute, sax, piano or clarinet, James can be found soloing with local singer-songwriters, playing in a big band for Georgette Fry or leading his own jazz band, The Downtown Trio. Julie Mylks, is a voice teacher, vocal coach and pianist who teaches voice at Leahurst College. The couple is back at it again with their lovely rendition of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song For a Winter’s Night”. Find James and Julie on Facebook and YouTube.
The Celtic Kitchen Party: Back in September we featured The Celtic Kitchen Party’s video for Amazing Grace just days before their “Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day” celebration. This traditional and contemporary East Coast, Irish and Scottish band also offers up a healthy dose of Pop, Classic Rock and Country. The Celtic Kitchen Party is Andrew Vanhorn (guitar and vocals); Tedd Chew (fiddle); Colin Skinner (bagpipes, tin whistle) and Martyn Piper (percussion) and can be found gigging on a regular basis. Catch them at BluMartini on January 20th, Tir nan og on February 3rd and The Mansion on February 17th. Find The KCP on Twitter and Facebook.
Rocky High and The Northern Lights: Rocky High and The Northern Lights originally hails from Soperton, Ontario. This progressive folk sextet is made up of Josh Mensen (Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Vocals); Adam Mensen (Bass, Guitar, Vocals); Michael Casteels (Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals); Tyler Clarey (Guitar, Manolin, Vocals);
Dane Jonathan (Guitar, Mandolin) and Ryan Moss (Percussion, Vocals) and Drew Hollingsworth (Banjo). Since forming in early 2016 they’ve played a number of shows from local farmer’s markets to country fairs. They’re known for fast-paced, energetic performances, as well as their slower ballads and waltzes. Find Rocky High on Bandcamp and Facebook.
Every month, we comb Soundcloud looking for sounds that are unique to Kingston. We are constantly seeking out active musicians to show off to the local community and beyond. If you’re a musician who wants to be included in a future #ygkPlaylist, the first step is to get your original music up on Soundcloud and then follow us. We promise to follow you back, listen to your work and consider it for the monthly #ygkPlaylist.
Photo credit to Troy Johnson.