Bywater Call (can)

Bywater Call, een van de grote beloftes in de internationale blues scene komt naar Hoorn!

“Hun melange van blues, rock en soul heeft een onopgesmukte puurheid die uit elke noot zweet. Het is Meghan die je met haar op het randje van rafel balancerende frasering recht in het hart raakt, de poten onder je stoel vandaan zaagt of je kloten als castagnetten gebruikt als je haar in de weg staat.” (Lust For Life, jan/feb 2020)

“Bywater Call heeft met dit gelijknamige debuutalbum een ijzersterk visitekaartje afgeleverd dat naar nog veel meer smaakt.” (Festival Info, 30 januari 2020)

“Een alleszins sterke kennismaking.” (Heaven Mag, maart/april 2020)

Megan Parnell is een juweel van een zangeres, met een stem die varieert van fluweelzacht en zuiver tot heel indringend met een ruw randje. Het is zeker ene band met veel potentie.” Track, december 2019)

Toronto-based, 2020 Maple Blues Awards nominees for Best New Artist, Bywater Call saw the release of their debut album on Nov 22, 2019 in Canada, USA, Europe and Australia.

The album received rave reviews across all territories and placed #1 on the Roots Music Report Canada Top 50 for 11 straight weeks. It was featured as album of the month on the International Blues Broadcasters Awards chart, gained repeated top 5 placement on the International/US Rock Blues, and top 20 placement on the International/US Blues RMR charts. They have been featured on Sting Ray, Earshot and the top 30 USA Blues on NACC charts, just to name a few.

Born out of a love for southern soul, blues and roots music and a passion to create a powerful and moving experience for listeners, Bywater Call was formed by singer Meghan Parnell and guitar player Dave Barnes in 2017. The 7-piece outfit is completed by Bruce McCarthy on drums, Mike Meusel on Bass, Alan Zemaitis on Keys, Stephen Dyte on Trumpet and Julian Nalli on Tenor Sax.

In the short time since its inception, and prior to the recording and release of their debut album, the band made waves in the Toronto Blues scene and the Festival Circuit, playing Main Stages at festivals such as Tremblant International Blues, Donnacona Blues, TD Toronto Jazz, Toronto Beaches Jazz and the Orangeville Blues, to name a few… A true testament to the band’s strong, stirring and inspiring live performance.

Bywater Call has just come off their first tour across Europe, playing 39 cities in 45 days to packed houses and amazing responses. The band will return to Europe in spring of 2021.

With elements of jam band, traditional blues, soul and rock and roll, with touches of New Orleans, Alabama and small town Ontario, with influences from The Band, Duane Allman, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, Black Crowes and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, with solid musicianship based in jazz, and with gritty, raw and emotional vocals, Bywater Call seeks to strike to the core of all who listen.

Selected PRESS

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“Some bands take a few years and several albums to find their true voice. Others seem to appear, apparently out of nowhere, with a fully realized sound and vision from their first release. And the particular joy of such bands is their ability to combine – seemingly effortlessly – the freshness and enthusiasm of youth with the mature sounds of experience. Bywater Call is just such a band and their self-titled debut album is one of those releases that makes one really sit up and take notice… The only thing stopping this album from being included in any list of the best releases of 2020 is that it debuted at the tail-end end of 2019…

… Predicting anything will always be an exercise fraught with danger, but there is something special about this band. It will be fascinating to see what they do next.”

  • –  Rhys Williams, Blues Blast Magazine , Mar 12, 2020
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Suport is Emily Hill

“The blues is nothing but a good man feelin’ bad.”. Well, actually the blues is a lot more. More divers. Not only for man. Not just about feeling sad and lowdown. Emily Hill is only 21 years old, obviously not a man and full of life, energy and joy. Selected to start at the Utrecht conservatory, moving to Arts Dept Arnhem. Already a much in demand singer and composer at the famous Wisseloord Studios and talk of the Amersfoort town and far beyond. Handpicked by promotors of the Flirtin’ With The Blues Festival who have a keen eye for talent. Emmelien (her real name) is the daughter of extraordinary musician Tony Hilbers, who died when she was only 1 year old. Musicians around Tony kept in contact with the remaining family. And spotted and fed and nurtured her talent. At the age of 13 she won a school competition with her version of “Jolene”, definitely  not the easiest song to sing. Roland Jenster – seasoned music pro – was one of the friends of Tony. He started teaching and coaching Emily and is now the bandleader of  her band The Blues Explosion. With that band Emily made her big stage debut at the tender age of 16 at the “Rabobank Jazz Festival”.

Enough history: it’s about the voice! Emily can deliver a song with diction, emotion and charisma, very rarely heard from singers at her age. And move & dance across the stage only natural performers have. So all insiders are sure that pretty soon Emily will be the talk of many other towns and countries. She already made her debut in Belgium. What’s next? Emily Hill is looking forward with youthful energy and optimism. She wants to bring that message and attitude everywhere, either with her full band or in a more intimate version


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