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CAROLYN HARLEY & THE DAVIDSONS
Our shows are all original music in a wide variety of styles. This is a band of friends who love to have fun!
The songs in our show are all originals and cover a wide range of styles from blues to bluegrass, country rock and country swing to pop and rock and roll. Our shows are lighthearted and high energy. There is always lots of audience interaction and lots of laughs!
Carolyn is a prolific songwriter and plays rhythm guitar and handles the lead vocals. Her husband Joe Harley is the charming bass man. Long time friend Robb Mann features electric and acoustic lead guitar; mandolin and harmony. Craig West offers up his harmony voice and the beauty and energy of the fiddle and mandolin!
I am fortunate to work with musicians who can take all the various styles that I write and make them sound true to the genre. They never cease to amaze me! These are three amazing and talented fellows who love music and love to have fun!
With her band Carolyn Harley & the Davidsons, there is always an energy in the room that is contagious!!
CAROLYN HARLEY BIO
Take an exceptional songwriter who can write in a wide variety of styles: add in a beautiful voice that causes people to say “I could listen to you sing all night!!” and finally add in a sense of humour and engaging stage presence with solid guitar work and you end up with a recipe for an engaging, thoughtful and uplifting evening of original music. Carolyn Harley is a dynamic performer who loves being on stage and interacting with her audience. She believes in writing songs that matter and songs that connect. Whether she is on stage with her full band; with her trio; as part of a duo; or as a solo artist her objective is always to connect with the people who came to hear her music. Carolyn has spent a career of study and effort to create a body of work that is well crafted, varied, entertaining and thought provoking. Her songs have been recorded by a wide variety of artists including Cajun, bluegrass, roots and classic country artists. Through the years of writing Carolyn has crafted her songs and her voice to fit different song styles and moods. As a result Carolyn has developed a versatile voice that is strong in the lower register when she is singing her blues, rock-a-billy or swing tunes. Other songs require a true higher range to fit her folk, jazz, bluegrass or pop songs.
Carolyn’s voice has often been likened to Patsy Cline but also to Alison Krauss and Bonnie Raitt depending on the style of song. This makes for an interesting evening that constantly draws the audience back to full attention. Using a catalogue of over 500 original songs Carolyn creates her set lists with a wide variety of up-tempo songs interspersed with ballads and poignant story songs. Whether performing for a dance; a festival; a concert or for a house concert Carolyn is always looking to give the audience variety, humour, and insight into life. Invariably during the course of the evening there will be laughter, tears, heads nodding in agreement and toes tapping in time. People go home with a bounce in their step and a sense of renewed energy.
ROBB MANN BIO A native of Sydney, Nova Scotia (Cape Breton Island), Robb comes from a very musical family. Robb started singing solo, at age 5, on local television station C.J.C.B. Also performed in School and Church choirs, for many years as well. His first instrument, after voice, was piano. The piano gave way to the ukelele and guitar, and then in High School, clarinet, trumpet and bugle in marching bands. Always coming back to guitar and keyboards, Robb sang and played lead guitar and keyboards with the rock group The Darnells, in Sydney, NS and entertained twice weekly, for several years for local teen dances. After high school, Robb travelled to Ontario with a 6 piece vocal harmony group, The Sus4 Media. This group performed on CBC Radio and Television, for various programs. The group played many venues, including “opening” for Neil Diamond at the Canadian National Exhibition, in Toronto ! Robb “moved” to Calgary from Halifax, in 1997, and has performed in various groups in Calgary, since then. Most recently with Carolyn Harley and the Davidsons. In 2012. Robb (a songwriter, as well), finally completed his first CD, “Livin’ The Dream”. The album was produced in Calgary by Don Kletke, at Encore Studios. Robb’s latest venture has been learning and performing on mandolin. Robb has also become a huge fan, and participant in the local Calgary FAMI Music Camps, (Foothills Acoustic Music Institute). Music means the World,….to Robb !
SAMPLE SET LIST
1. ANOTHER MONDAY UPTEMPO SWING
2. MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT UPTEMPO LATIN FEEL
3. COMPASS OF LOVE UPTEMPO BLUES
4. GET UP AND GO UPTEMPO SWING
5. CRAZY OVER YOU BALLAD
6. HALF WAY TO MEXICO UPTEMPO COUNTRY ROCK
7. CELTIC GRASS UPTEMPO INSTRUMENTAL
8. TOSSIN’ & TURNIN’ UPTEMPO ROCKABILLY
9. SAY IT ISN’T SO BALLAD
10. I CAN’T REMEMBER HUMOUROUS INTERACTIVE
11. WHISKEY IN THE STEW UPTEMPO CELTIC
12. SAIL AWAY RHYTHMIC ADULT CONTEMPORARY
1. PICTURE OF JAMAICA UPTEMPO LATIN FEEL
2. ON THE MOVE AGAIN MIDTEMPO ROOTS
3. SAY GOODBYE UPTEMPO COUNTRY ROCK
4. WEALTH OF TIME UPTEMPO LATIN
5. OLD MONTREAL WALTZ TIME CABARET STYLE
6. OUR LOVE SEEMS WRONG HUMOUROUS DUET
7. GLORY DAYS UPTEMPO ROCK & ROLL
8. GRANDPA’S MAGIC FIDDLE UPTEMPO COUNTRY
9. ST. ANNE’S REEL UPTEMPO INSTRUMENTAL
10. DOORSTEP OF LOVE MIDTEMPO WALTZ
11. RIVER STONES RHYTHMIC ADULT CONTEMPORARY
12. WAITING AT THE STATION UPTEMPO COUNTRY
OUR SHOWS ARE ALL ORIGINAL TUNES UNLESS SOME COVERS ARE REQUESTED
WE CAN ALSO DO A THIRD SET IF REQUIRED