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Michael Timmins in conversation with Zuoxiao Zuzhou

Monday, April 1st, 2013

I'll be in Berkeley on Thursday night in conversation with the great Chinese musician Zuoxiao Zuzhou (who is featured on Renmin Park and wrote I Cannot Sit Sadly By Your Side). It could be interesting, it could be wierd, it could be enlightening, it could be uncomfortable, it will definitely be different.

So if you are in the San Francisco Bay area and are looking for something to do on Thursday night, drop on by and come up and say hello…..

 

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The Potion Kings / Jeff Bird

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

In case you missed it, our main man, Jeff Bird has just released a new album on Latent Recordings under the guise of his band The Potion Kings. It's hard music to describe, but if you are a fan of some of Miles's eccentric early 70's electric wanderings you should feel comfortable in the hands of The Potion Kings. The band is made up of Jeff on bass, guitar whiz Kevin Bright, mad-man Randall Coryell on drums and percussionest Howie Southwood.  It's a wild and wooly ride, just hold on tight and enjoy.

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On The Road Again…

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

We head out tonight for a 2 1/2 week run through parts of the North and South East. We have lots of songs from The Nomad Series in our repetoire as well as dozens from our catalogue (including the entirety of Black Eyed Man and, of course, The Trinity Session). We hope that we see some of you out there and if you can't make it please follow along on the tour diary that we will be posting as we move along. Check out the tour page to see if we are coming close to your front door…..Northampton here we come.

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Lee Harvey Osmond in Toronto

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Lee Harvey Osmond will be bringing The Folk Sinner to Toronto on March 22 for a concert at The Great Hall. I will be playing along as a guest musician as will Andy Maize, (Skydiggers) Oh Susanna, Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and Paul Reddick. You can get your tickets here: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/event/10004A4CE9A58985.

If you haven't had a chance to listen yet, please do so: http://latentrecordings.com/leeharveyosmond/

Here is some earlier, incredible, praise for the album:

“It’s far too early to begin compiling a best of 2013 list, but The Folk Sinner is a good start. Canadiana cottage-country weirdness at its finest.”
The Record

 

“…this is the first must-have record of 2013. …the music Bob Dylan would have made if he could sing and play guitar like Mark Knopfler.” Berkeley Place

“prime uneasy listening” exclaim – 8/10

“ a beguiling record … jazz, country and American folk music, all filtered through Wilson’s impressive vision and impeccable taste.” Americana UK – 8/10

“Sinners seek salvation. …nocturnal incantations and lamentations.” Sun Media – Four Stars

“ …gathers infectiousness with each play and shines a light on the many facets of LeE HARVeY OsMOND. Consequence Of Sound

“The Folk Sinner is destined to be an underground classic.” Baby Sue

“it’s hard to imagine anyone not finding something on ‘The Folk Sinner’ to help you fly right down the highway to wherever you’re headed.”
No Depression

“Lee Harvey Osmond has just set the bar to an unthinkable apex for 2013 with the release of The Folk Sinner.” Spill Magazine

“The Folk Sinner is one of those rare albums that feels absolutely complete.” Grayowl Point

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BBC Radio Scotland performance and interview

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

You can now check out the interview and video performance that Margo, Jeff and I did  for the BBC program "Another Country" while we were in Glasgow last month. It will only be available for your viewing pleasure for another seven days.

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Alaska trip

Friday, February 1st, 2013

In September we are teaming up again with our pals at Roots On The Rails (the same group who put together our train trip across Canada a few years ago). This time we are heading to Alaska, where we'll be journeying through the mind-bending beauty of Denali Park…and you can join us if you have the time, the inclination and the cash. It's not a cheap trip, but it sounds like it will be amazing. So if you are looking to spend some of your retirement savings, please visit the Roots On The Rails website and check out the details.

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UK Tour

Monday, January 21st, 2013

We'll be in the UK this week playing in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Warwick. If you are in the neighborhood please drop by and say hello. Otherwise, please follow along on the tour diary which I'll be posting here as we move along. This time tomorrow I'll be sucking back a pint of John Smith's bitter…I can hardly wait.

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The Folk Sinner – Available Now!!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

The new Lee Harvey Osmond album is now available through their website and in fine Canadian record stores everywhere. The album features a beautiful duet with Margo and guest appearances by many of Canada's best musicians, singers and songwriters. So far it has been garnering a lot of great press and attention. We think most of you will appreciate it's spooky vibe and contrarian nature….in other words it sounds real cool.Here is the new video for the song "Break Your Body" featuring a beautiful Judy Garland-ess vocal by one of Canada's treasures, Hawksley Workman, and featuring a debut acting performance by Kathleen Edwards. Take a listen (there is a free player below)…if you like it, buy it and/or share it with your friends….we need more people like you.

 

 

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Lee Harvey Osmond – The Folk Sinner

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

We are very excited about an upcoming Latent Recordings release. Next Tuesday we will be releasing Lee Harvey Osmonds second album "The Folk Sinner". The album was produced and recorded by…me….so I may be biased, but it is a folkin' fine piece of work (get it?). It includes performances by many of Canada's musical luminati like Hawksley Workman, Oh Susanna, members of The Skydiggers and The Sadies and a beautiful duet with Margo. You can take a listen to the album for free at Exclaim.ca . And if you pre-order the album before next Tuesday you will get two free bonus tracks (including a very cool version of the Rolling Stones "Dear Doctor" featuring a duet with Mary Gauthier). So please support the burgeoning acid-folk movement and at the very least take a listen. Here is the first video from the album for the song Devil's Load. It is taken from the film "My Father And The Man In Black" which features some LHO music and a film score written and recorded by….me. Enjoy.

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Ivy Mairi makes Top 10 of 2012

Friday, January 4th, 2013

Ivy Mairi's album "No Talker" was picked as one of the ten best local releases of 2012 by Toronto's NOW Magazine. "No Talker" was released by our Latent Recordings label and wass produced by….me. If you haven't had a chance to listen please lend her your ears (the free music player is below), we think you will be pleased. If you like what you hear you can buy "No Talker" and Ivy's first album "Well You" for the absurdley low price of $5.99. Here is what Now said about Ivy's album:

Island-raised, Parkdale-based singer/songwriter Ivy Mairi was struggling with polyps when she recorded her sophomore disc, and there’s a raspy crack to her voice that contributes to the album’s intimate, vulnerable vibe as Mairi sings soulfully about past relationships, a lost musical instrument and hopes for a loving future. It’s a grower of an album that gets better and better with repeat listens.