$15 Advance / $20 Door *
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Born out of a love for southern soul, blues and roots music and a passion to create a powerful and moving experience for listeners, Toronto band Bywater Call was formed by singer Meghan Parnell and guitar player Dave Barnes in 2017 along with Bruce McCarthy on drums, Mike Meusel on Bass and Alan Zemaitis on Keys. In 2018, a 2-piece horn section was added in the form of Stephen Dyte on Trumpet and Julian Nalli on Tenor Sax.
In the short time since, the band has made waves in the Toronto Blues scene and the Festival Circuit, playing Main Stages at the Tremblant International Blues Festival, Donnacona Blues Festival, The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival and the Markham Jazz Festival, to name a few.
“My favourite thing from this year’s festival … what a beautiful discovery.” – Nathalie Leblond, Poprock
In early 2020 Bywater Call will tour Europe through 9 countries in 45 days.
A true testament to the band’s strong, stirring and inspiring live performance is that this has all come about before the recording and release of their self-titled album, set to debut on Nov 22, 2019.
With elements of jam band, traditional blues, soul and rock and roll, with touches of New Orleans, Alabama and small town Ontario, with influences from The Band to Duane Allman to Aretha Franklin to Otis Redding to Elmore James, with solid musicianship based in jazz, and with gritty, raw and emotional vocals, Bywater Call seeks to strike to the core of all who listen.
“Meghan has a superb voice with just that slight rasp.” – Larry Vidal Hayes FM 91.8 FM – Hayes, UK
“Beauty in simplicity: the real deal.” – John Corcelli CBC National Radio – Music Library / Toronto
“Great voice! Great music” – Kurt Gabriel ECMA-Radio – Austria
In 2019, lead singer Meghan Parnell collaborated with Bill King (Artistic Director Beaches Jazz Fest and former musical director for Janis Joplin and Linda Rondstat), including the recording of a cover of Faye Adams’ SHAKE A HAND which was picked up by over 140 international blues and jazz radio stations and by CBC syndication for morning shows across Canada.
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