Kyra Shaughnessy by Marie-Claudel Chénard.
CKUT’s annual funding drive kicks off on October 22. I’m posting this message in the hope that you might consider pledging a few dollars to my radio show.
When CKUT launched in 1987, I was doing a show called In From The Cold, and in 1988 I had a theme program called This Show Is History. I have been on-air at CKUT every Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. since 1995, spinning tunes and interviewing guests from the cultural communities of Montreal and beyond. I also devoted a year of my life to the CKUT library (back in the 1990s), and put in a couple of years on the Steering Committee (2009-2011).
I’ve always been proud to be part of a community that isn’t about making a profit. Instead, CKUT FM is about consciousness-raising, 24/7, 365 days a year. Playing the music you love, carrying news and information you won’t hear anywhere else – on the topic of social justice, human rights, environmental activism, gender equality, you name it. We do it all on a shoestring budget, so when we come calling for your help during our funding drive, you know we really need it.
My radio show, The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, is about cutting-edge culture. It’s about dreaming beyond the barriers of cynical ‘common sense’ through radical sonic art forms, be they the working blues of the 20s or the avante garde drone of today. I program thematic segments that span all genres and styles of music, breaking down boundaries and (hopefully) opening minds.
This year I interviewed Colin Bryce, the legendary vocalist of Winnipeg’s Dub Rifles; Montreal zine scribe and scene-driver Jeff Miller; Gatineau-based artist / activist Emily Rose Michaud; Halifax underground icon Phollop Willing PA; poet-performer-griot Kaie Kellough; performance artist / activist Dayna McLeod; choreographer / dancer Karen Fennell; powerhouse musician Annabelle Chvostek; longstanding Ottawa folk organizer Chris White; performance artists Adriana Disman and Victoria Stanton; musician and environmental activist Rebecca Foon; and cultural / political cyclone Stefan Christoff.
This year’s funding drive edition of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law will feature Kyra Shaughnessy. Raised with a deep respect and connection to the land, in a multilingual environment, daughter of two alternative medicine practitioners with roots criss-crossing from India to Ireland, Shaughnessy’s identity as an artist is nourished by an uncommon diversity of experience. After her first open mic at Casa del Popolo in 2002 she was invited, at age 15, to participate in the CBC National poetry slam in the Festival Voix d’Ameriques. After several successful years in Montreal’s spoken word scene, Kyra decided to try her hand at song writing.
Often compared to the likes of Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco, Kyra’s music artfully combines elements of political folk and sacred songs to captivate audiences of all ages and all walks of life. Kyra released her first EP, One Step Closer, in 2009. This was quickly followed by a full-length self-titled album in 2010. Guitar and banjo in hand, she took to the road for several tours across Canada by bus and by train as part of the ViaRail Onboard Entertainment program. A song writing workshop on the Aran Islands in Ireland with accomplished singer-songwriter Brett Perkins in 2011 allowed her to further hone her craft and led to performances in Ireland, Denmark and Austria. Inspired by her many travels and an ever-deepening sense of “global citizenry”, Kyra released her third collection, Waiting for the Light, in 2013 before being accepted to the renowned École Nationale de la Chanson in Granby, QC, where she spent 10 months perfecting her French song writing skills. In March 2013 she participated in Manawan 2014, a pilot project led by Peace Partners bringing together Quebec and First Nations artists for a week of collaborative song writing and cultural exchange. It was during this project that Kyra was introduced to producer Dany Placard with whom she is currently working on a new collection of songs, with the support of the CALQ (Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec). You can look forward to hearing her new material in summer 2015!
If you’ve ever listened to The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, please consider pledging some cash during my funding drive radio show. It happens on October 27, from 12 to 2 p.m. Call the PLEDGE LINE during my show, 514-907-9424, and talk to the friendly people at CKUT. OR consider pledging to my show any time, on-line. Go to www.ckut.ca and click on the big green ‘make a pledge’ button!
SPECIAL GIFTS OFFERED ON THE KITCHEN BANG BANG LAW!
Besides all the remarkable gifts available from CKUT for your pledge (which you can see here), for listeners of The Kitchen Bang Bang Law, I’m offering a special selection of vinyl LPs from this year’s crate-digging (all in sweet shape). Evangelista, Rough Trade, rare Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Kate Bush, Dead Kennedys, Public Image Ltd. … something for everyone! (None of the LPs are reissues, they’re all original pressings.)
I’ve also made a couple of CDR compilations of ultra-rare Jamaican reggae singles from the 70s, digitized just for you!
CDR reggae compilation of singles crate-dug by the hands of Vince:
R.G. Phanta-Stick! (vintage Jamaican singles found at the Salvation Army store): Max Romeo, Techniques All Stars, I Roy, Dillinger, Roy & Dillinger, Prince Jazzbo, Leroy Sibbles & The Heptones, Tafari All Stars, The Stingers, Upsetters, Johnnie Clarke, King Tubby & The Aggrovators, Jammy’s & King Tubby’s, Jimmy London, Impact All Stars, Sound Dimension, unknown artists
Lion Tone HiFi (vintage Jamaican singles found at the Salvation Army store): Max Romeo, Techniques All Stars, I Roy, Prince Jazzbo, IM & Sound Dimension, The Beltones, Sil Bell, Mighty Two, Lloydie, Rue-Lloyd, U Roy, Bucky Marshall, Rockingtime All Stars, Big Joe, Augustus Pablo, Youth Rasemung, unknown artists
EACH CDR CAN BE HAD FOR A $10 PLEDGE.
Vinyl LPs (and two CDs) crate-dug by the hands of Vince:
Adam Ant: Friend or Foe LP ($25.00 pledge)
Rough Trade: Avoid Freud LP ($25.00 pledge)
Tracy Chapman: 1st LP with ‘Fast Car’, ‘Talking About a Revolution’ etc. ($25.00 pledge)
Evangelista: In Animal Tongue LP ($25.00 pledge)
Various Artists: Out of Sight! LP – pre-Velvets Lou Reed performances / compositions ($25.00 pledge)
Laurie Anderson: Big Science LP ($25.00 pledge)
Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave LP ($25.00 pledge)
Tangerine Dream: Thief soundtrack LP – American pressing ($25.00 pledge)
Kate Bush: The Kick Inside LP ($25.00 pledge)
Kate Bush: Lionheart LP ($25.00 pledge)
Rickie Lee Jones: Pirates LP ($25.00 pledge)
Public Image Ltd: This Is Not A Love Song 4-track EP ($15.00 pledge)
New Order: Technique LP ($25.00 pledge)
Joni Mitchell: Hejira gatefold LP ($25.00 pledge)
Dead Kennedys: Frankenchrist EP ($25.00 pledge)
Human League: Crash gatefold LP still in shrinkwrap ($25.00 pledge)
Miles Davis: Kind of Blue Columbia Legacy CD ($10.00 pledge)
Sonic Youth: Bad Moon Rising CD ($10.00 pledge)
Klaus Schulze: Irrlicht CD, British pressing ($15.00 pledge)