Here is the TV spot I did on Daytime Toronto. I was joined By Harpin Norm Lucien on harmonica and Nicholas ‘Downward’ Dimitriadis on bass. The show aired Monday March 24. The sound was great and everyone liked the tune. I will be doing a second session to promote the CD release party this summer.
Photo credit: Gary 17
About a year ago a high-profile Roots promoter approached to ask “What do you think about James Sloan?”
My honest answer was that while I was a fan of the Roots Pop songwriter’s thoughtful lyrics and very tasty and versatile guitar playing, I felt he did himself a disservice by being so laid back and not projecting himself more when on stage.
I’m not at all sure that my comments had anything to do with it, but this powerful songwriter’s approach certainly has changed over the past few months. He seems to be everywhere these days, jumping on opportunities to do feature sets at open stages, mini-festivals or other events and usually recruiting various people to play with him when he does.
Sloan has also been spending a lot of time in the studio with some of these folks recording a new album (he already has a couple out). While hatching new product makes some performers reluctant to get out and play as much, it only seems to have fueled Sloan to want more live exposure.
Tonight he has another spotlight on him as he’s the feature act for Julian Taylor’s 8-12 (new earlier hours due to noise regulations) Monday open stage at Dora Keogh, 141 Danforth Ave., doing a showcase set (no doubt backed by at least a couple of other players) starting at 9:30. -Gary 17
**Original Article by Gary 17 can be found here: http://www.torontomoon.ca/james-sloan-showing-more-forceful-presence-in-the-spotlight-lately/
Well Winterfolk is done. What an awesome weekend of friendship, music and a whole lotto love. I’ll be at Sebs open mic at the Black Swan tomorrow but I know it will be a while before I out do this weekend. Thanks to all for the support and kind comments. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it all possible. I met so many new musical friends that right now it’s all a blur. Sue and Dwight it’s been a long time since I sat in as part of an audience and did not need a song sheet to sing along. If you like to sing along at concerts you need to see their group play. They play at the free times caffe on wednesdays but not every Wednesday so I hope Sue or Dwight will add a comment and let us all know what Wednesday they play. I’m going to see them again so what more can I say. Keep it up you guys you are totally awesome. Harpin Norm Lucien, Seb Agnello and Peter Verity Thanks for the help and support and I look forward to hearing and playing with you again and again and again. Remember March 1st I’m at the Black Swan for the entire evening starting at
9:30Pm and the last time I played at the Swan I played until after last call. If you guys are singing and dancing I’ll keep playing until they pull the plug. See you march 1st. I’ve invited Jubilani to take the stage that evening for a while. I hope they show because their South African music is out of this world. I saw them play at the Ocff ( now the FMO Flk Music Ontario) conference and their music stuck with me. This reminds me of Christmas Eve when I was a kid. How am I going to get to sleep after this. WOW.