Rick Keene Music Scene – Former April Wine Guitarist Joins Forces to Shine on New Disc !

Gary Moffet is a man of few words. He lets his feelings take over within music.

This way of thinking helped propel April Wine to new heights during the band’s most commercially successful period from the mid seventies until the early eighties. Moffet was the principle arranger on the songs from Nature of the Beast. The album which broadened April Wine’s image South of the Border.

That talent has also allowed Gary to work on several projects behind the scenes and allow his gift to shine on.

Now, Moffet has utilized his skills as a guitar player and arranger to produce one great album. Combined with Bianca Ortolano and several guests, the end result is like rose petals pressed into a book.

Please listen below as Gary explains the album and what to expect in the future.

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Visit Gary and Bianca Here !

 

 

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Gary Moffet – Full Circle in His Musical Tastes …

Gary Moffet of April Wine fame did not ‘like to Rock’ as a teenager.

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Although the now sixty – six year old guitar player is better known as a Rock n Roll guitarist, his true passion shines through in his most recent endeavors.

Moffet is a producer, arranger, composer and songwriter. A student of music and a player who has an ear to draw the best out of his contemporaries.

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Gary has two collaborations on the go and both of them return the guitarist ‘ full circle’ in his musical ways.

Please listen below as Gary speaks of his upcoming album, his show on the 24th of October and playing with a guitar player pre – April Wine who ‘ has his chops’ . 

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Visit Gary Here!

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The ‘Two Yoots ‘ Ain’t Bad .​.​.​.

Sometimes – kids can lead by example.

Such is the case with The Record Breakers. A bunch of teens with so much devotion to their craft, it makes adults appear lazy.

This is probably one of the reasons The Record Breakers have played more gigs than most Montreal bands this past year.

Please listen to a couple of songs from two of the members as well as a new tune by April Wine alumni Gary Moffet. Stay tuned tomorrow for my interview with Gary ….

 

 

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A Very Merry Christmas with Gary Moffet and Laurie

On December 17th, 2014Gary Moffet and his dear friend and former band mate Laurie; joined myself and Sean McKeogh on k103.7fm.

It was an honor to have two of the cornerstones of Montreal music to not only play Christmas songs, to also discover some of the history of music in Montreal.

Merry Christmas everyone! Please listen below and enjoy …

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Ask Dave the Bartender; Christmas Special

Dave the Bartender – like everyone, almost everyone; takes some time at the holidays. Moments to unwind and reflect on his past year.

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Before he sets off on an island excursion or a pilgrimage to his pillow, Dave the Bartender is taking away time from his customers in Toronto to answer some musical questions.

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Please listen to one of the most intriguing conversations this side of Streetsville, Ontario.

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Tune in 6:15pm on k103.7fm Dec. 17th – Gary Moffet will be playing Christmas songs in studio!

 

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Robert Stefan; To Afghanistan with Love …

Ste. Anne de Bellevue resident Robert Stefan is no stranger to success …

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Having five top ten French singles on the charts from his debut album to working with former April Wine guitarist Gary Moffet – Robert has seen a lot.

Nothing  prepared him for a rendez-vous with a soldier.

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Please listen below as Robert talks of many things including working with the Moffet brothers.

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Come and join Robert  for a fun night of music this Friday (29th Aug) evening-Show starts 7pm at the Golf Dome West Island-3000 Rue Edmond
Kirkland, Quebec, Canada
H9H 5J5-Reception: 514-695-4587

 

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Gary Moffet – Former April Wine Guitarist … The Future is Bright!

Gary Moffet Joins April Wine!

In 1971, Gary was developing a band for AQUARIUS RECORDS called ALLISON GROSS.
He  had been working with the band as their producer for about a year and a half. Working  on their arrangements with them in their rehearsal space and  using his portable recording rig to cut the band track. Then he would work on the vocals with the singer and finally do a rough mix. In 18 months – the band  had assembled over 25 songs in demo form.
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The group was about to sign with Aquarius and cut their first record, when APRIL WINE suddenly needed a new member to replace original member Jim Henman. They quickly snapped up the lead singer from ALLISON GROSS, who was also the main writer and bassist of the group. His name was JIM CLENCH.
Without Jim in the band, ALLISON GROSS was rejected by Aquarius and subsequently broke up.
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Eighteen months after JIM CLENCH joined AW, with a strong vote from both JIM and AQUARIUS,  Gary was brought in  along with legendary drummer JERRY MERCER, as one of the new members.

After AW broke up in 1984,  Gary  returned to full time producing, which he did until his  retirement in the year 2000.

The Present and The Future

 

Bianca and Gary were introduced by their  mutual friend ROB HEANEY. He thought they would go well together.

ROB is the CO-PRODUCER and ENGINEER for the project

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10632739_10152780924666874_3058557863778490500_n“The  idea was to create MINIMALIST arrangements behind Bianca’s voice …” Says Moffet; ” One acoustic guitar, drums and bass.
Our intention in doing that was to be able to play all our songs as a DUO, TRIO or QUARTET line up and also leave the door wide open, with lots of space, for a musical guest.”
On the album, all the songs except for one have a guest on the track.
The name ALTO CANTINA reflects the  concept of a virtual PLACE, a small cantina, where musicians can go to create with others.
Two examples of these musicians guests would be JIM ZELLER and NANCY MARTINEZ
The great JIM ZELLER appears on a BOB DYLAN track using Dylan’s original zellerinstrumentation (acoustic. harmonica, bass, drums and voice) but with an radically up dated arrangement.
This is a virtuoso piece for JIM on the HARMONICA and he guests on vocal as well.
Gary and Rob are still beaming from the guest shot put in by NANCY MARTINEZ on the song CRYING IN THE RAIN
This is a full VOCAL duet featuring Bianca and Nancy. Our new arrangement reflects how the song might have sounded if the writer CAROLE KING had recorded her own version.
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The final touches of Alto Cantina are being created …. Visit Gary for all the updated information …

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Thanks for Listening !

 

Rick Can Be Heard Thursdays at 6:15pm with Sean Mckeogh on k103.7fm

 

 

This Week on Rick Keene Music Scene …

Just like a household with nineteen children …

There is a lot going on Rick Keene Music Scene.

Kick off your shoes, disconnect the telephone wire and discover a whole bunch of stuff including a couple of new songs and some words from Jerry Mercer of April Wine fame.

Join Sean Mckeogh and myself live on k103.7fm this Thursday @ 6:15pm

We welcome Gary Moffet – formerly of April Wine as he is joined by a special guest to play some tracks off his latest album.

Thanks for listening … talk soon!

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 Play 4 Keeps will be at Annies this Friday @ 8Pm!

The Stone Doctors ( Rolling Stones Tribute) are at Chez Maurice Saturday Night

All Proceeds go to Palliative Care – Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

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The Damn Truth are at Cafe Campus Thursday Night

email Rickkeene2@gmail.com to win Tickets!

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