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Rick is a local Newmarket boy who has been carving out his name in the Canadian music scene with his own style of guitar work and smooth, to the point vocals. His towering stature, devilish grin, and soulful touch, melts deep into his guitar, producing an amazing flow of pure energy that ripples back and hits you like a wave of emotion. Heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnny Winter, and David Wilcox, Rick is ready to take you on, what’s sure to be, a very memorable musical journey…
David G. Rose
Hailing from Detroit Michigan, David honed his unique style of bass playing in and around the Detroit area, being heavily influenced by the Motown sounds of his hometown. David’s career took off as bass guitarist for the band “Champion”, featuring Alex Machin of “A Foot In Coldwater” fame. It was at the suggestion of lead singer Alex that David chose to relocate to Toronto and begin another chapter in his musical life. Management at the time asked David to do a quick tour with another one of their acts, Canadian artist David Wilcox, which led to over twenty years of touring and recording with the Canadian icon. David loves performing and work’s with an array of artists, endlessly perusing his love and passion of music.
Born and raised in Wasaga Beach, Lee’s obsession with drums began at a very young age, and he took full advantage of the local music scene, allowing him to develop the hard hitting style he’s known for today. An opportunity to tech for a high profile band, found Lee relocating to Toronto and working with some of the industries best. Legendary drummers like Pentti “Whitey” Glan, (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper), Joŕn Andersen, (Fludd, Alannah Myles), and Garry Peterson, (The Guess Who). Lee got his opportunity to step into the spotlight as drummer for Alannah Myles touring throughout Europe, and has never looked back.
Charlie Hinkel, Wayne Buttery and Gabor Szepesi are back together once again.
This time with drummer Steven K Henry and guitarist Joe Huron. The Hinkel/Buttery Project offer elements of funk, blues, jazz, rock and R&B. Their song list consists of a blend featuring their own signature arrangements of covers and originals.
Charlie Hinkel’s unique and funky bass stylings lend it’s self to his clear and natural lead vocals along with his top-drawer song writing abilities. Charlie’s former credits include: West Avenue, Jennette Brantley, Joey Hollingsworth, Paul Christopher, Retro and The Barrel Works Band. Charlie also performed in the CBC production of Catch A Rising Star.
Wayne Buttery began performing during the mid 1960s. Early in Wayne’s career his appreciation of the blues was established. He performed with a number of local bands at high school dances, parties, etc. It wasn’t until early 1970 when Wayne became one of the founding members of the popular Toronto based nostalgia show band, BANANAS. Later he went on to perform with MIDDLE AGED CRAZYS and “The Bluenotes”. In 1991 Wayne moved to Central Ontario’s, Orr Lake community near the town of Elmvale where he met up with Charlie Hinkel and shortly thereafter, they formed the Groove Project.
Gabor Szepesi went on the road, after graduation to pursue a career in music. Touring for years with bands like Bloodstone, Mango, Justin Paige, Grant Smith and the Power, Lenny Solomon, Charity Brown, Janet Harper, The Ryan Brothers, Laurie Schedler, Atlantis, Better Late, Ultrasound and Sweet Blindness.
Steven K Henry has been performing professionally for 50 years as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Steven plays drums, guitar, piano, bass, Hammond organ, cello lap steal and whatever else he can get his hands on.
Joe Huron is based out of Barrie, Ontario. He’s an accomplished jazz guitarist and has performed with some of the who’s who in and around Ontario including musicians such as Bill McBurney, Pat Labarbera, Ted Quinlan, Lorne Lofsky and Bernie Senensky. Joe’s jazz approach offers an interesting contrast to Wayne’s more traditional blues and bottleneck guitar style.
One of Canada’s Finest Guitarists/Singer and Songwriters
James has performed with over 200 Music Legends
“Mamas and Papas”, “Sam and Dave”, “The Platters”, “Johnnie Johnson”, and many more…
“Soul is Born, Blues is Earned”
“He’s an ‘Italian Segovia’ Wish I met him 30 years ago” – Ronnie Hawkins
“As usual even with just a few solo’s and one or two vocals…he blew the place away…” Donnie Meeker (Sweet Blindness)
“Hey James, Listened to two of your cds on the way down to Texas; both really really good James and the acoustic one I thought was phenomenal, both in picking and singing. James I believe you would have been a star a long time ago in the USA.” – Danny Brooks
“The best! Do you folks have any idea what you have here?” – Sam Moore (Sam and Dave)
Tony “Wild T” Springer has hung with the best of them. David Bowie, Jeff Healey, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Arsenio Hall are just some of the musical acts and personalities that have been blown away by Wild T’s guitar.
Wild T is originally from Tunapuna, Trinidad. Though one may find similarities to Jimi Hendrix, ironically it was T’s first exposure to Steve Howe and classic Yes that inspired him to take up guitar.
Moving to Toronto, Canada, T quickly gained a reputation on the local club circuit. Since then he has recorded two albums (Love Crazy 1991 and Givin’ Blood 1995) with his own group, Wild T and the Spirit for Warner Brothers. He has also recorded an album (Black Tie, White Noise) with David Bowie and has appeared with Bowie on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman and the Arsenio Hall Show.
He has toured with Bon Jovi and Deep Purple throughout North America and has performed thousands of club shows. In ’99 he was asked to portray Jimi Hendrix in Daydream Believers – The Monkees Story because of his resemblance and showmanship.
Back In The Day…
It’s great to be making music again after all these years. After living under the same roof in St. Catherine’s back in 2006, writing and touring, The Funky Truth took time off to pursue other projects but the time came where we could wait no more. We’re excited to say that we’ll be performing a full feature show at Harbour St. Fish Bar on Friday October 4th 2019. Come shake it to the Funk, Soul, RnB, Roots, Reggae vibe. Show starts at 8pm.
Larry Kurtz grew up singing in the church. He started playing harmonica at the age of 15 after hearing Little Walter on the radio. He is a solo artist with his band the Lawbreakers and co-front man in the award winning band Trouble & Strife. They were voted Favourite Blues Band in the Canadian Independent Music Awards and nominated New Artist of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards. Larry is the founder & Artistic Director of The Orangeville Blues Festival. In 2016 he was named Blues Booster of the Year at the Maple Blues Awards in Toronto.
Larry has play hundreds of shows , events and Festivals including The Southside Shuffle, Tremblant International Blues Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival, Canal Bank Shuffle, Lighthouse Blues Festival, Wasaga Beach Blues Festival, Collingwood Jazz Festival, Blues at Blue Mountain, and Orangeville Rib Fest.
Over the years Larry has opened for or performed with numerous artists including James Cotton, Lee Oskar, Muddy Waters drummer, Willie ” Big Eyes” Smith, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Texas Blues Legend WC Clark, Jeff Healy’s Blues Band, Downchild, Jack DeKeyzer, Fathead, David Gogo and many others.