Winter 2013

It’s been hoppin’ busy at Wonder Dog Recording so far this year…

This just in: a feature article in The Uniter about Winnipeg producer/engineers. Thanks to Nick Friesen for the kind words and sweet illustration, and also to Dylan Hewlett for the photos.

January started with tracking sessions for a new album by Rinn. This young Winnipeg celtic group recorded their previous album “The Cow That Ate the Blanket” here in 2011. Recorded mostly live, the new record is full of enthusiastic┬átraditional tunes featuring whistles, bodhran, uilleann pipes, mandolin, guitar, piano and more. Mixing is now complete, and the album will be released this spring.

Wonder Dog also hosted sessions for a new band called Say Uncle. We’ve recorded and mixed 6 songs for an upcoming EP. The tunes are written by guitarist/vocalist and head uncle Greg Evans. As is the custom when producing rootsy guitar pop records like this we added a bit of Hammond glue here and there, and tambourine on damn near everything.

Speaking of guitar pop, James Cohen and the Prairie Roots Rockers recently finished recording and mixing 3 new songs. This EP will follow on the heals of their self-titled album recorded in 2011 at Wonder Dog and released on Soccer Mom/Warner. The single “Sweet Lady Jane” will be released in time for Canadian Music Week showcases in Toronto at the end of March.

Also coming out with a new solo album is the wonderful Ruth Moody. She enlisted fellow Wailin’ Jennys chanteuse Nicky Mehta to add some lovely harmonies in a fun couple of sessions this February. The record is produced by David Travers-Smith, and will of course be amazing.

I got involved with an interesting project at this year’s WSO New Music Festival. I packed up the gear for a remote recording of local favourites Royal Canoe. Their midnight concert was a brilliant set of 9 arrangements from the Beck Song Reader project, and was filmed and recorded for later video release…

Upcoming Projects:

On the calendar right now are sessions for Colin Bryce’s soul/R&B-tinged 5-piece combo Driving Wheel, reggae-influenced indie trio Wang the Merciless, and up-and-coming young anti-hipsters Modern Man. Watch this space for more news from Wonder Dog Recording!

 

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