“We hope this will be the first of many tours overseas.”- Loretta Hale
Loretta Hale manages the Hamilton blues band André and the J-Tones. I’ve been following the fortunes of the J-Tones for a couple of years now. Things got really interesting last summer when I discovered that the band was planning a tour in the UK. In the ensuing weeks and months the band started an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to help raise some extra cash, and then I was glad to see the video blogs of the tour which can be viewed here.
“We use different sidemen. It’s mainly André’s band. He does all the arrangements and horn parts. Last year we wanted to go on some kind of tour to an English speaking country. The UK and Ireland have always been a dream for our band, to perform in Festivals and the many blues venues overseas to make new friends and spread our Canadian touch to another continent! We hope this will be our first of many tours overseas.”
Brad Cheesman (bass) says, “That was probably our best show to date.”
|André and the J-Tones
Photography: Marta Hewson
“We returned to Ireland in September for a rhythm and blues festival. We visited the Guinness factory. There were about thirty bands playing at various venues in the area, and wherever we went the crowds were fantastic and totally into it.”
“A refreshingly, alternative musical experience was provided by the Canadian group André and the J-Tones. Not many blues bands have a song list which includes Do You Love Me, On The Road Jack, and I Feel Good. However, a combination of clever arrangements, tasteful guitar work, and exceptionally talented saxophone and trumpet players, contributed to a jazz, pop, and soul fusion sound which the audience loved.”