Online jammin’ with Meghan Morrison – Aaron Millett w Becky Prokova & Jack Walker

It’s been a while since I’ve mentioned Meghan Morrison’s online jam – broadcast online monthly, usually on a Tuesday night – and I was very happy when, after missing the recent live broadcast on September 19, Meghan kindly sent me the link, which I’ve included at the end of the post. Meghan’s guests for the show were Aaron Millett (with Becky Prokova) and Jack Walker, with Josh Gold-Smith assisting with sound/tech and also supplying the keys for the jam.

Aaron Millett started off the broadcast with some smooth, easy folk rock, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. Songs “Friend” and “Winter Rose” featured lovely, poetic lyrics and warm vocals. During the ongoing chat room Q&A, Aaron responded to a query on how he deals with writer’s block: walk, go into the forest, keep the mind active. He added that writer’s block doesn’t really happen, as there’s always something to write about – it may not be good, but write it down anyway. Someone also asked about his thumb tattoos; he has an “A” (for Aaron and Africa – he spent some time living in Ethiopia) and two flowers (memorials for two friends). Becky Prokova, who just started playing guitar over the past year and recently started collaborating as a singer/songwriter with Aaron, joined him for “Heavy Heart,” creating sweet harmonies – and giving us a taste of the upcoming spring record release. You can find Aaron at: http://aaronmillett.webs.com/

Jack Walker featured a fine acoustic set, serving up some driving blues-infused folk rock and lovely lyrical ballads with songs like “Evil is Takin’ Over,” “Poet and the Painter” (in which he also plays harmonica) and “Dance for the Moon” (by request via the chatroom). “Poet” is a favourite of Meghan’s and I can see why – it’s a beautiful ballad – and it may be my favourite too. Jack is heading to England for a month to play some gigs over there – here’s where you can check him out, including links to his SoundCloud site and Twitter handle: http://www.facebook.com/jackwalkertunes/info

This was Meghan’s 85th show and she’s now broadcasting from the attic at her house – which means the tall peeps have to mind their noggins – and had a hand with tech this time: Matt on camera and Josh Gold-Smith on sound (Josh also provided some improv piano during a set change-over and played during the jam). Meghan performed a couple of her own tunes (by request), including “Ball and Chain,” with Aaron playing the thunder chamber, a really cool percussion instrument that looks like a small box, the coil inside providing the resonance. I love the vibe of these webcasts – it’s a laid back, warm and fun atmosphere, with the guest musicians taking turns on the computer keyboard for the chatroom. And, best of all, the show ends with the entire gang jamming – and the audience is invited to jam along at home. In this case, since Meghan revealed that the house is haunted, the theme of the jam was Jack’s ghost – with Becky, Aaron and Jack on guitar (with Jack also on harp), Meghan on bass and Josh on keys, and Becky and Aaron providing vocals. A haunted house, yes. Haunted with magic, that is!

Meghan’s next cyber jam will be on Tues, Oct 23 at 8 p.m., featuring piano player Baj car. You can see that live – and keep up with lovely and talented host Meghan Morrison and all her goings-on, including upcoming gigs – on her website: http://www.meghanmorrisonmusic.com/fr_home.cfm

In the meantime – if you missed this recent webcast live, you can catch it on video here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/25534176

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: In the post about Friday’s opening night of Lisa Moore’s play February at Alumnae Theatre, Trevor Cartlidge’s character Dave was incorrectly identified as Cal’s friend – the character is actually Cal’s father. That error has since been corrected in that post.

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Author: life with more cowbell

Arts/culture social bloggerfly & Elwood P. Dowd disciple. Likes playing with words. A lot. Toronto

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