Steve Goldberger & the Fringe Locals | The Niagara-on-the-Lake Rhythm Project

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The Niagara-on-the-Lake Rhythm Project

by Steve Goldberger & the Fringe Locals

The music is mostly acoustic and is sort of world-beat, Celtic, folky, meditational, Latin kind of thing, with shades of Bruce Cockburn meets Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley goes Klezmer or Eric Clapton meets Charlie Brown. You figure it out.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Noise from NOTL
0:57 $0.99
2. Chackra #5
4:59 $0.99
3. Friday at Cuvee
5:00 $0.99
4. St. Valentine's Ayre
4:48 $0.99
5. Tin City
3:38 $0.99
6. Storm Clouds
5:14 $0.99
7. More Noise from NOTL
1:27 $0.99
8. Chakra # 1
5:56 $0.99
9. Everything Gonna be OK
5:32 $0.99
10. Russia-mon
4:52 $0.99
11. Dog & Drum
4:10 $0.99
12. Big Noise from NOTL (Reprise)
2:01 $0.99
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A collection of instrumental tunes of varied styles. The music is mostly acoustic and is sort of world-beat, Celtic, folky, meditational, Latin kind of thing, with shades of Bruce Cockburn meets Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley goes Klezmir or Eric Clapton meets Charlie Brown. You figure it out.

This is a project that began in 2000. We started out planning an "all acoustic world music type of thing" and it evolved over time into this showcase featuring the composing talents and musicianship of my pals here in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The BONUS TRACK, "The Shaw Shuffle" was an impromptu jam that emerged at the end of a grueling session and illustrates the fun we can have when we let loose. All songs were recorded and mixed "on the fly", the old-fashioned way, without the use of computer-aided editing or automation.

Since the early 70's Steve Goldberger has been a band leader and a freelance bass player/vocalist. Today, he keeps very busy with his own band, The Fringe Locals, as well as with a diverse list of folk, jazz, blues, country and roots artists, splitting his time between Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake

After surviving open heart surgery Steve released his first indie CD, "Come From the Heart" which was recorded live over three nights at the Olde Angel Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Feathers Pub in Toronto, where they appear on a regular basis.

In 2002 Steve is releasing two new albums. The first, "The Niagara-on-the-Lake Rhythm Project" is a collection of original instrumental tunes. This is a project that began in 2000. What started out as an "all acoustic world music type of thing" evolved over time into this showcase featuring the composing talents and musicianship of Steve and his pals in Niagara-on-the-Lake.



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Pluse Niagara Magazine

Beautiful free flowing tunes
In the pastoral setting of Niagara-on-the-Lake, it is sometimes difficult to imagine any sort of culture that doesn't jive with the tourist town's corporate vision of a charming and historical destination. Steve Goldberger's subversive project is a collection of music that showcases the talents of many of the fringe musicians in NOTL. The sounds on the disc are beautiful free flowing instrumental illustrations of life in tourist heaven and they were all recorded and mixed on the fly, the old fashioned way.
A sort of mash up of folk, soft rock and jazz combined in the asthetic of a jam band, is a good way to describe most of the music on the album. But for a more accurate description, get your hands on this disc and wrap your head around the sounds."

M. Westerfield / Sysyphus Rolls Radio

I like the spirit of fun
The Niagara-on-the-Lake Rhythm Project is the first of what will be two releases for Goldberger this year; in this case, what started as "an all acoustic world music kind of thing" with Steve and friends has resulted in a collection of instrumental hybrids mixing world, jazz, blue/newgrass, rock, country and blues. What I like most about the record is its spirit of fun, experimentation and cameraderie that runs from beginning to end; instruments range from piano-bass-guitar to oddities like the digeridoo, claves, seashells, whirlies, vinyl siding, tail pipe, flower pots, a salad bowl, and yes - a kitchen sink.

Lauren, Toronto

I listened to your CD, and it was most inspirational. There were a few tracks in particular that really reached me; but the strongest impression was the patent joy you guys obviously experience from playing, and playing together.
I have so much more to say about your CD. I really do think it's lovely. There are two or 3 tracks that amaze me and, as I said before, the playing throughout is beautiful. Especially Dave. And you, of course. Oh, and hang on to that Mahar guy: he's stellar.
The super-special tracks on the CD, as I see them: Tin City, which has the sweet magic of Pat Metheny's finer moments; Storm Clouds, with its hint of Clapton, and its sweet patience; Everything Gonna Be Okay: bittersweet, the hint of sun behind the clouds, that one ray breaking through. But each and every track has its own glow. Congratulations.

Maureen, London Uk

Love it!
Love it! It arrived during the week and I think it's great. It's the only CD I have which lists flower pots in the instrument list. Personally, I think I'd be a wow on the frying pan - must try it some time :-) The tracks are funky. You're a clever lot. It'll give me a lot of listening pleasure. Thanks so much. A friend of a friend from St Catherine's is over in London this week and we're meeting on Wednesday - I can't wait to hear a Canadian accent again!


Clips are great!
Thanks for sharing, i have listened to only 2 clips and my four year old daughter and i are loving it! i will be sure to listen to the rest and get my order in soon.

Rod, Niagara-on-the-lake, Canada

Good Show!
Every 3 or 4 days I replace the discs on our player and I put up your latest
CD for the second time, since it first came home. I want to tell you how much I
love this compilation. There's not a dog in the house and all the lights are turned up (b)right.
I say, good show. Squadron Leader.