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April

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    We're so pleased to announce that tickets are on sale for Moorelands' Gala 2016 starring singer/songwriter Andrew Cash - Cash for Moorelands at the Palais Royale, May 26th. All proceeds raised will benefit Toronto kids affected by poverty. Tickets are $150 with a $75 tax receipt available. Buy your tickets now! http://www.moorelands.ca/cash-for-moorelands/
    Apr 18, 2016 12:42 pm | Ontario, Davenport
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    For a few years straight starting around 1990, the Skydiggers’ debut album rarely left my cassette player. (That’s right – I said cassette. LOL.) I had been introduced to lead singer Andy Maize’s voice through his backing vocals for Andrew Cash, while Andrew’s brother Peter Cash was the other lead singer and guitarist – lead guitar player/singer Josh Finlayson rounded out the three up front. Hailing from the same Toronto folk/roots music scene that gave us Blue Rodeo, Cash, and the Grievous Angels, (among others) the Skydiggers weren’t as poppy as some of the others. In fact, I’d say they were alt. country before there was such a thing (or at least before it was given that label), often bringing in pedal steel player Lewis Melville to play on their songs, which made me realize it had a place outside of “classic” country. The Skydiggers was that they were really two separate writing teams – they did occasionally write as a full band, but for the most part, Maize/Finlayson wrote together, and Peter Cash wrote on his own. Even after Cash walked in 1996, the The Cash Brothers continued to collaborate with the Diggers from time to time and released an acoustic album together. I chose this video because it was the first Skydiggers song most of us ever heard, because it is kind of raw, and because it has Peter back in the group, as he joins them for gigs from time to time. Enjoy!
    Apr 06, 2016 10:25 am | Ontario, Davenport

March

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    Finally some Canadiana! Andrew Cash is a guy most Americans won’t know, but whose songwriting and performance I fell in love with from the first note of Smile Me Down. There is a rich legacy of Canadian singer-songwriters, and Andrew channeled them all as he took his rightful place among them. His look was…curious. His stage presence captured the high energy zeitgeist of the 80s Toronto alternative folk punk scene he had come from. (Andrew has a close association with the Skydiggers, which featured brother Peter, and Charlie Angus, with whom he was in L'Etranger.) But his music and lyrics retained a folk sensibility that was so familiar to me because of the music I’d grown up with. It was tenderness tinged with toughness and sometimes outright outrage at political and social injustice – I’ve reached for that in my own songwriting. Andrew Cash went on to serve as a Member of Parliament for Canada’s NDP / Le NPD du Canada alongside Charlie Angus...think a couple of young Bernie Sanders' with guitars. I once drove through a snowstorm from Kapuskasing to North Bay to see him play at a little bar. (He thought I was nuts, and I’m pretty sure I scared him a little…even a lot. LOL.) Could have died, but I still have the signed ticket stub! **A note about this video - it's pretty bad quality, I know, but as a guy who has devoted more time to politics than music these past many years, there isn't as much kicking around on YouTube as I might like performance-wise, for Andrew, and this is, after all, a video series. In a way, though, this takes me back, as it is, after all, the first way many of us saw him - on MUCH Music. (Love the video of a video thing - reminds me of taping music off the radio. LOL.)
    Mar 31, 2016 9:31 am | Ontario, Davenport
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    Mar 25, 2016 8:39 am | Ontario, Davenport

January

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    Throwback Thursday! Here is a CBC doc on Blue Rodeo in 1993 during the making of Five Days In July, with guest appearances by Andy Maize and Josh Finlayson of the Skydiggers, Sarah McLachlan, Anne Bourne, Andrew Cash, Ian Blurton and others. Features performances of songs from Five Days, Nowhere to Here and Tremelo in their nascent form, shot at the Horseshoe Tavern and Greg's farmhouse. This captures an important moment in the band's evolution and a great celebration of music.
    Jan 14, 2016 12:53 pm | Ontario, Davenport

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