The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer blues duo plays Steveston
Published: August 17, 2012 9:00 AM
Updated: August 17, 2012 9:45 AM
Shawn Hall and Matthew Rogers admit their band name might scare some people off. But the duo says they’ve “made their peace with that.”
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer—or HAM as they’re otherwise known—combine blues and rock ‘n’ roll, and have a live show that’s anything but usual. They swing into Steveston Aug. 17.
The Vancouver musicians limit their sound to whatever they can play between them—using only their mouths, hands and feet. Hall provides the vocals and blues harp, and Rogers handles the drums and guitar.
The co-ordination between instruments—and themselves—is a show in itself, and the duo is proud to boast that it takes just minutes to get soaked with sweat.
Music came to Hall when he was 12, living in Toronto. His grandmother gave him a harmonica and a book: Harmonica for the Musically Hopeless. At the same age, on the other side of the country, Rogers was falling in love with the guitar.
The pair met in a studio session for a radio jingle advertising the Jamaican Pizza Jerk and decided to embark on a musical project together. A song by Kris Kristofferson referencing the blues harp inspired the “harpoonist” in the band’s name. Rogers, being the guitarist, became “the axe murderer.”
The band, one of 20 finalists in the Peak Performance Project professional development program hosted by a Vancouver radio station, is now touring in support of their 2011 album Checkered Past. It’s the duo’s third album, addressing classic blues themes of heartbreak, addiction and layoffs.
The band’s Steveston show is part of the Music at the Cannery summer concert series. The concert, organized by The Beatmerchant record store, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Admission is by donation ($5 suggested); arrive early to get a seat.
Coming up in the series: Tommy Alto on Aug. 24, and Swell & Swag and the Swagmen on Aug. 31.
HERE COMES SUMMER ! 2014
MUSIC AT THE CANNERY
Rain or Shine the show goes on !
2013 Summer Open Air Series at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery ~ 4th Ave, Steveston Village. 604 664 9009
Dates are Every Friday evenings in July & August @ 6:30 pm. Admission by Donation. If the weather isn’t good then the show will go ahead inside the Cannery.
~ Don’t Miss ! See you next year !
Admission by Donation at the Door.
Gulf of Georgia Cannery ~ 12138 4th Ave, Richmond, (Steveston Village) 604 664 9009Rain or Shine – The Show goes on! See you there !Open Air Shows ~ Bring a sweater because it can get chilly.Frankie Neilson The Beatmerchant 604 204 0044Brought to you by The Gulf of Georgia Cannery & The Beatmerchant Record Store .Admission by Donation.
Yes folks! It’s that time of year again when we dig out the snow and the Christmas music classics.
MY TOP TWENTY CHRISTMAS FAVOURITES.
1) ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE by BRENDA LEE 1962 : For me this is the sound of Christmas and was one of the first records I owned and I still have it somewhere ~ My all~time fave. Love the Boots Randolph sax solo.
2) MERRY CHRISTMAS ( War Is Over) by JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO 1972 : John & Yoko were so in love and it shows on this record. Great words ‘ So this is Christmas and what have you done ‘ I wonder what John would have to say about the state of the world today. Nothing’s changed really!
3) MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY by SLADE 1973 : Noddy & the Boys with their great Christmas party sing~a~long record. Great loud shout of ‘It’s Christmas’ from Noddy at the end of this record. I can still see them performing it on Top of the Pops in my mind’s eye and let’s not forget Jimmy Saville.
4) DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by CHRIS REA 2002 : My Dad’s favourite Christmas song and great lyrics ‘ Can’t wait to see their faces ~ top to toe in tail lights~ I’ve got red lights all around’. Drive safely your be home soon! Also love the words to Chris’s other great song The JOY of CHRISTMAS.
5) I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS by GREG LAKE 1975 : A magical record from the King Crimson/ELP front man. It was his only UK hit but it gets played every year.
6) FAIRYTALE IN NEW YORK by The POGUES featuring KIRSTY McCOLL 1987 : Kirsty and Shane living it up on this song which always bring a lump to my throat as Kirsty is no longer with us and Shane has had his fair share of troubles but both great talents on a classic performance.
7) The CHRISTMAS SONG by JETHRO TULL 1968 : Tucked away on the B ~ side of their UK single ‘LOVE STORY’ this is a beauty!. Also new version available on the Tull Christmas CD. Hey Santa ~ Pass us that bottle!
8) The WREN in the FURZE by The CHIEFTAINS 1991 : From the great CD ‘ The BELL of DUBLIN ‘ this one makes you want to dance a jig ~ a ~ jig and have a few wee drams.
9) CHRISTMAS IS GOING TO THE DOGS by The EELS 2000 : From the soundtrack to the Dr. Seuss movie ‘ How The Grinch Stole Christmas ‘. The songs rocks along with great words. Love it!
11) WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEW YEAR’S EVE by ELLA FITZGERALD 1960: From the Swinging Christmas album ~ Ella at her melancholy best on this Frank Loesser song. Again the whole album is just great! and a must have! What a voice!
12) JINGLE BELL ROCK by BOBBY HELMS 1958 : Let’s face it! it’s not Christmas without this little gem ~ be sure to play it nice and loud. All together now!
13) CHRISTMAS in PRISON by JOHN PRINE 1993: Love this song and love his voice always takes you there ! like an old friend or a 12 year old bottle of whiskey.
14) MARY’S BOY CHILD by HARRY BELAFONTE 1957 : It’s Christmas eve and time to tuck the kids in bed….Santa’s on his way….everything is peaceful….and the lights shine bright!….sing it Harry. Also hats off to the 1978 dance class classic by Boney M.
15) I YUST GO NUTS AT CHRISTMAS by YOGI YOUGESSON 1947 : Christmas with the relatives who can drive you mad and they often do. Just play this, listen and smile!
16) PARADE of WOODEN SOLDIERS by The CRYSTALS 1963 : You can pick any track from the Phil Spector Christmas album ‘ A Christmas Gift To You’ in glorious Mono, they are all great!, full of goodies from the Crystals, Ronettes, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans. Brilliant from start to finish. A must have for any collection.
18) MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY by CHUCK BERRY 1964 : B side of the 45 ‘Run Rudolph Run’ and Chuck wrote it! It’s getting late, set them up Joe and listen to Chuck sing the blues. very intimate and relaxed!
19) LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! LET IT SNOW! by Dean Martin 1959 : Well the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful and since there’s no place to go……. Baby it’s cold outside. SAY NO MORE!
20) HO! HO! HO! WHO’D BE A TURKEY AT CHRISTMAS by Elton John 1973 : B side of ‘Step Into Christmas’ and Elton and Bernie at their humourous best! It rocks!
Pass us that bottle Santa will yer ! ~ Merry Christmas