…the fall finale of the current season at The Calgary Folk Club will take place this Friday night [Nov 21, 2014], breaking until the new year. Wrapping up this first part of their season will be Winnipeg’s Dry Bones…
A promo before the show:
Dry Bones is an impressive unit combining clawhammer banjo player Leonard Podolak (son of Winnipeg Folk Festival founder Mitch), guitarist, percussionist and throat singer Nathan Rogers, along with JD Edwards – yet another accomplished Canadian musician who somehow finds time between ongoing projects to collaborate with his two colleagues on this project.
Dry Bones has appeared across Canada, the United States, as well as Manchester, UK, bringing a traditional folk sound infused with the diverse developments of the genre over the last 30 to 40 years. Check out Banjo Hustler on their ReverbNation page to see exactly how they achieve a unique sound that bridges all their influences, well beyond the traditional folk spectrum.
And a review afterwards:
To close the night, this Winnipeg trio brought their second generation folk cred to blend humour, musicianship and some similarly different vocal styles to showcase a modern twist on the folk, roots and blues stew they cook up onstage.
Composed of Nathan Rogers (son of the legendary Stan Rogers), Leonard Podolak (son of Winnipeg Folk Festival founder Mitch Podolak), JD Edwards (son of his parents) and supplemented on upright bass by guest Gilles Fournier their extended set pleased immensely as they took turns showcasing skills and songwriting chops, while also reaching back into the folk catalogue as far back at 1927, with the tongue-in-cheek Cocaine Blues by Luke Jordan.
To be honest, a few songs in I felt homesick for the sounds of similar Winnipeg artists, like Al Simmons, and Sandwich Likin’ Man Bob King – all talented artists that preceded acts like The Barenaked Ladies with an abundance of talent and wit enough to appeal to a wide range of ages.
As for Dry Bones, that humour was backed up with great stories and solid artistry in Squeegee Man, Veggie In The Holler Blues, The Jake-Wagon and Banjo Hustler. Then they would turn 90 degrees and take your breath away with Living Skies, Northwest Passage or the encore choice, All The Way Home. While this is a side project to ongoing careers they each juggle, it is a combination that shows the extent and potential of this musical style that underlines there really are no limits to where folk may yet be going.