BIOS






THE PLAYERS



Leigh Cline plays guitar, synthesizers and Eastern Mediterranean stringed instruments such as saz and tambura.

He has lived in the Eastern Mediterranean and played in nightclubs, concerts and at festivals throughout the Balkans and Turkey and recorded with many folk musicians of the area.

Leigh has played with leading musicians such as Kostikas Tsakalidis, the legendary master of Pontic/Black Sea kemenche; with Chrysanthos, the finest exponent of Pontic singing; as well as with every major Pontic musician and singer. He has also worked with the renowned Cretan singer and lyra player Nikos Xilouris, various members of the Halkias, Soukas and Zervas musical families of Epirus, and with singers such as Yiota Lydia, Ilias Klonaridis, Stratos Dionysiou, Annoula Vassiliou, Stelios Perpiniadis and many other musicians of the region.

As a performer and mix engineer in the North American folk scene throughout Canada and the United States (including technical director and World Music researcher for the Toronto-based Mariposa Folk Festival), Leigh had the opportunity to learn directly from many legendary performers. Among these were Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, blues men Bukka White and Skip James, and country singers such as Maybelle Carter and Doc Boggs.

His critically-acclaimed solo CD, "Orient Express", is licensed in many Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East and Central Asian countries.







Mihalis Kaliontzidis: Greece's foremost kemenche player, Mihalis Kaliontzidis was born in Dipotamos, Kavala, Greece. His family hails from the Matsouka area of the Black Sea region. He is a self taught musician who plays the 3-stringed upright bottle-shaped fiddle called kemenche (or lyre), the zil kemenche, which is a smaller version of the same instrument and the kemane, a larger instrument of the same family with up to four main strings and four sympathetic strings. As well as in Greece and Turkey, he has performed all across Europe, North America and Australia as a soloist and with such notable Greek musicians as George Dalaras, Vangellis Papathanasiou and Petros Gaitanos. He has appeared on approximately 25 albums - solo and with other musicians. He currently has 8 music schools throughout Greece and has composed music for Greek Theatre, mostly for Ancient Greek Tragedies.



Mark Kelso: Born In Belfast, Northern Ireland, Mark is one of Canada's most sought-after drummers having performed or recorded with Pete Townsend, Shania Twain, Holly Cole, Gordie Sampson, Jane Bunnett, John Allen Cameron, Mary Jane Lamond, among others. Mark's theatre credits include such well-known shows as "Needfire - A Celtic Celebration (alongside fiddler Sandy MacIntyre), The WHO's Tommy and Les Miserables. He has been a featured clinician at many clinics including The Cape Breton Drum Festival. His "Lost Kingdoms" solo CD is a blend of African, Brazilian, Celtic and Pop.



Sandy MacIntyre: Director of the fiddle program at the Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia for the past 15 years, Sandy MacIntyre has championed the traditional style of Cape Breton for more than 40 years. Originally from Inverness, Cape Breton, now living in Ontario, Sandy grew up in a Gaelic-speaking home with his mother Cassie, the well-known fiddler and his father Ronald, known for his Gaelic singing. Sandy performs and conducts workshops internationally, in the U.S. and throughout Scotland and Canada. He has represented Cape Breton at the Scottish International Festival at Eden Court in Scotland, fiddled his way into the hearts of theatre goers in "Needfire" and performs annually at the famed Celtic Colours Festival. Sandy teaches violin privately and to groups. His four solo albums, including the most recent "Steeped in Tradition" showcase his traditional style.



David Woodhead: Bass player David Woodhead has worked with top performers such as Loreena McKennitt, Mary Jane Lamond, Gordie Sampson, Murray McLaughlin, Stan Rogers, Oliver Schroer, Cedric Smith, Perth County Conspiracy and Valdy. In addition to his playing, David has composed or produced music for programmes for Nelvana, CBC Radio and TV, BBC and the National Film Board of Canada. As well, David has recorded "Sweets and Conundrums" his own solo instrumental CD.



Bob Worrall: Bagpiper Bob Worrall is seven-time winner of the North American Professional Solo Championship and the Ontario Championship Supreme title for 12 of his 13 years in open competition. He was also the 1977 winner of the March and Strathspey/Reel events in Inverness, Scotland. He now adjudicates, having done the World Pipe Band Championships on 10 occasions, conducts piping workshops, and still finds time to perform in concerts and recitals throughout North America, as well as in New Zealand, Brittany, South Africa and Uruguay. His piping compositions appear in several contemporary piping collections. He has published "The International Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music", Books 1,2 and 3. He recorded "The Classical Bagpipe" and was featured in the Piping Centre's 1997 recording series. Bob also performs live with his own band "Scantily Plaid" and on their CD "just checking in...".



THE ENGINEERS



Joćo Carvalho: Mastering engineer and owner of world class facility Joćo Carvalho Mastering Corporation, Joćo has mastered recordings by such artists as Choclair, Cowboy Junkies, the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, Sarah Harmer, Anne Murray, Jimmy Rankin, Sarah Slean, on labels such as Aquarius Records, EMI, Maple Music Recordings, Nettwerk, Orange Records, Warner Music, Sony Music, True North Records and Universal Music. Joćo has become known internationally for producing such artistically and commercially successful acts such as By Divine Right, Hawksley Workman, Hayden, Pilate, Sarah Slean and the Skydiggers. He was nominated for the 2004 Producer Of The Year Juno Award for the album "Into Your Hideout" by Pilate.



Jeremy Darby: Originally from England, Jeremy Darby, owner and engineer of Canterbury Music, has worked as both a live sound and recording mixer. Among his clients are Van Morrison, Lou Reed, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, Kathy Mattea, Laurie Anderson, Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Barenaked Ladies, and Steeleye Span, as well as the Juno Awards. His Music TV credits include the Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live and over 85 MTV "Unplugged" including those with Lenny Kravitz, Melissa Etheridge, Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Mariah Carey and the Allman Bros. He has also worked on the design and installation of sound systems such as Magazine Street Studios in Nashville, as well as many projects in New York City including Lou Reed's 48-track home studio, The China Club, Winter Garden Pavilion, and the Dolby Surround Sound and HDTV Projection systems for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Uris Pavilion.















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