We are a determined 5 piece Rhythm & Blues band from Hamilton, Ontario Canada. We love traveling around playing festivals, private functions, and venues and sharing the classic Rhythm & Blues sound!
Andre Bisson the frontman, guitar player, writer, and arranger of the band started this band while in college so that he could play his favourite classic 60's & 70's Rhythm & Blues songs along side other musicians just like him. He has made 3 CD's, with his originals on "Rhythm & Blues Experience" (2009) which was nominated for "Blues Recording of the Year" for the Hamilton Music Awards. "Rhythm & Blues Christmas" (2010) which is a collection of Christmas songs in the style of R&B, Swing, Funk, and Soul. "Beyond the Covers" (2011) is a collection of great songs by the Beatles, CCR, The Temptations, and more, arranged by Andre Bisson. He is now working on 2 more CD projects for another cover CD and a Blues CD of his originals to be released in 2012.
The band members are all graduates of Mohawk College for the Applied Music program and exceptional musicians here in Ontario. Our tenor saxophone player Francis Smith is still continuing his education at University of Toronto for a Music Degree, and our drummer Matt Burns and bass player Brad Cheeseman are continuing at Humber College in Toronto for their Music Degrees. Our trumpet player Loretta Hale continues study the music business, teach, and perform.
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 1st of many tours overseas.
We will be going to the UK August 13-23, 2012 to perform for the Bentworth Blues Festival in Bentworth, Hampshire UK, The Sunflowerfest in Hillsborough, Lisburn (Northern Ireland), Cardiff, Wales UK at the Blue Dragon Club, the Worcester Beer, Cider & Perry Festival, Worcester, Worcestershire UK as well as other venues across the UK.
We are also going to Ireland from September 7-9, 2012 for the Harvest Time Blues Festival in Monaghan, Ireland! www.harvestblues.com/
We hope to raise enough money to help cover the large costs for the flights and accommodations to and from the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland. This would give us the amazing opportunity to give this band a great beginning to tour extensively and bring our music to everyone that has supported us. We would like to share Andre's music to as many Rhythm & Blues lovers possible!
What We Need & What You Get
This would take some of the heavier weight off of what we are raising total for this trip. Our main costs are listed below and thats why we are also having a fundraising concert!
- Round Trip plane tickets to the UK for the 5 members of the band
- Accommodations for places to sleep in the UK
- Meals through the week
- Vehicle Rental - Will Help us get around to each event.
- Gear rental (sound system, amps, and drums)
We will also be having a fundraiser in Burlington, ON at the Boston Manor on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at 9:00pm $10 Tickets. www.andreandthejtones.com for more information. Cogeco will be there recording the 1st Set of Andre's originals. http://www.facebook.com/events/156341897826572/
PERKS! Make sure you check out the American Stratocaster just like the one Andre plays, as well as an opportunity to get have the band perform at your private event, CD's, tickets, and more!
Other Ways You Can Help
- Spread this page to anyone you think might be interested in supporting this Canadian bands tour this summer.
- Come listen to us perform at one of our upcoming events http://www.andreandthejtones.com/upcominggigs.htm
- Sponsor the band via a business or product
- Write an article about the band and the tour!
- Post on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, your blog, and of course,...
- Word of mouth - Tell everyone!
Team on This Campaign: