A loving tribute to the wonderful songs and musical trail blazing of America’s 1965 answer to the Beatles, BYRDS BYRDS BYRDS recreates the sound of that fantastic quintet that changed the shape of the sixties pop scene.
From their early folk-rock incarnation, anchored by the wonderful songs of Gene Clark and propelled into stardom by their imaginative reworking of Bob Dylans’ songs, through the psychedelic fever of 1966-67 right into the country rock phase that influenced so many of the artists that followed them. As the band matured all the members ended up writing some memorable songs, as well as covering a wide range of other writers, from Carole King to Gram Parsons. We will be playing 32 of their songs including “Mr Tambourine Man’,Turn Turn Turn, 8 Miles High, Wasn’t Born To Follow plus a few bonus Gene Clark songs. Their vocal blend and instrumental invention was in many ways a soundtrack for the constantly evolving musical landscape of the 1960s.
Bringing this music to life are 5 veterans of the Toronto music scene:
TIM BOVACONTI… on the Rickenbacker 12 string is a noted virtuoso on the guitar, playing with many artists ( Burton Cummings, Ron Sexsmith ) as well as handling his own solo career .
FERGUS HAMBLETON… on guitar and vocals has been on the Toronto scene for far too many years…playing all kinds of music from reggae to jazz…. got the Byrds first album for Christmas in 1965 and was hooked
CLEAVE ANDERSON…Torontos’ musical timekeeper for a wide range of music from Blue Rodeo to the Battered Wives….he likes to play in bands that start with a B so he was a natural fit
ANDY MAIZEgives us his soulful singing and dancing…every note a gem
BOB McKITTRICK…plays those Chris Hillman bass parts beautifully drawing on his years playing with a wide variety of Toronto groups
Opening will be Don Stevenson from the great band MOBY GRAPE… Don will be playing some of his new songs plus a few favourites from the Summer of Love…..he was there!