Sounds of the City: Part II
Inside Thunder Bay’s Music Scene If you’re looking for top-notch music in Thunder Bay, look no further than the pages of The Walleye. In July, we profiled 18 artists, and this month we are profiling another 12 artists in the genres of blues, jazz, country, folk, and everything in between. A look at their musical influences will give you a clue to the diversity of music they play and, on any given weekend, there are local bands sprinkled throughout the city cranking out tunes. The state of the local music scene is vibrant and diverse and if we missed your band (or your favourite band), let us know!
Damon Dowbak Trio Erin Junkala Genre: folk/freestyle
Band Members: Robin Ranger - bass Ian McLeod - drums Danny Johnson - piano Damon Dowbak mandolin and guitar
Band members: Erin Junkala - vocals, guitar
How long have you been around? [I’ve] performed as a musician since 1972. Musical influences: Django Reinhardt, Charles Mingus, Fraser & DeBolt, Frank Zappa, Iva Bittova, Bela Bartok, John McLaughlin, Yehudi Menuhin, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Eno What is your favourite song to perform? Our favourite song is the one we’re playing in the moment. What’s new? We’re playing at The Foundry on November 9, and will be releasing a new CD in early 2013. Words to live by: Music is the language of us all. - The Cat Empire Contact info: facebook.com/ DDT-Damon-Dowbak-Trio myspace.com/#!/damondowbak soundcloud.com/damon-dowbak
How long have you been around? About six years, although four of those were spent singing in the bedroom with my door closed. Musical influences: I have many musical influences whether they are big shots or local artists—each one motivates me in their own way. Neil Young holds a special place in my heart. What is your favourite song to perform? One of my own tunes called “Two to Tango.” It’s a catchy one and I love singing it. What’s new? I’m putting out a second album in the new year and moving out to Vancouver Island, and I just sent in a video to The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Fingers crossed. Words to live by: No regrets. Just be. Contact info: Check me out on YouTube, Soundcloud and Facebook. Type in Erin Junkala, it’s as easy as that.
Published on Oct 31, 2012