Steve Marriner: is a dynamic and powerful performer. His incorporation of various styles of blues, roots and soul come together to form an original sound that is both deep and genuine.
Steve has toured internationally and performed at prestigious festivals, concert halls and music clubs throughout Canada, The US, Europe and Australia. While he currently dedicates most of his time to fronting the acclaimed roots sensation “MonkeyJunk”, Steve can often be found performing intimate solo shows and joining other artists as a dynamic sideman.
During breaks between tours, Steve has developed a sterling reputation as a studio musician and producer. He has an extensive discogrpahy and has recorded with the likes of Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Harry Manx, Richard Bell (The Band, Joplin), Gordie Johnson (Big Sugar, Grady), Paul DesLauriers, Steve Dawson and David Gogo. Not yet thirty years old, he has already produced ten full length studio albums. The man doesn’t stop.
Originally renown for his prowess on the harmonica, Steve has become a multi-instrumental force in recent years adding bass, guitar, drums, and keys into the mix. He’s won multiple Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player and Male Vocalist of The Year. As well as a 2012 Juno Award for Blues Album of The Year with MonkeyJunk.
Chris Caddell: Who would’ve thought that Belleville, Ontario could produce a musician with the southern vibe and bluesy reverence of a Stevie Ray Vaughan or Doyle Bramhall II?
Chris Caddell’s raw soulful voice and emotive guitar skills were an instant hit when the then-teen made the big move to Toronto. Within no time, his versatility was sought by various acts. He landed a lengthy gig touring with platinum-selling pop singer Fefe Dobson and also played with more rock-driven artists like Thornley and Rex Goudie. His primary current gig is as the other guitar player in Colin James’ band, and Chris also tours theatres in the fall acoustically as the other half of Colin’s duo.
His 2008 debut solo album, Chris Caddell & The Wreckage, was produced by Casey Marshall, and included collaborations with Ian Thornley. He supported it with many coveted gigs, such as opening for Colin James at Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall; Grady and The Trews at the Queen West Musicfest; and, perhaps most impressive of all, winning the fan-voted contest to open for Bon Jovi and Kid Rock at Toronto’s massive Rogers Centre in July 2010. July of 2012 included a major hometown show in Belleville opening for the Steve Miller Band.
Enjoying working as a sideman and front-and-centre, Chris says, “I just want to be known as a hard working musician. I make a living playing with other people, but I’d like to be my own boss eventually.”
Jesse O’Brien: played his first gig, with his father, at the tender age of 12. A few years later, Dad introduced Jesse to Ronnie Hawkins, and the teenager launched into a much-lauded career as a keyboardist. He was inspired by the late, great Buffalo-area keyman Stan Szelest (one-time member of The Band), whose ability to play any style of music was something O’Brien took to be a prerequisite for a music career. “You have to play everything to get by,” he says. “Half the time when you show up at a studio, you don’t even know if you’re walking into a country session, a jazz session, or a pop session.”
O’Brien has indeed played everything – with the likes of The Band, King Biscuit Boy, Juno-winning bluesicians Fathead and young singer-songwriter Matthew Barber. Recently he has toured with Colin James, with whom he will play the London Blues Festival. It was at this festival, five years who, that O’Brien’s most memorable moment occurred when he was invited on stage to play a set with Levon Helm, legendary drummer for The Band.