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Ol' Savannah


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Band members: Speedy Johnson (guitar/harmonica/vox); Bartleby J Budde (banjo/bazouki/vox); Kevin Labchuk  (accordion/harmonium/vox); Ram Krishnan (drums/mandolin/vox); Bass Player (bass)

Ol’ Savannah are a Top 5 “Best of Montreal” Country/Folk Act as voted by Cult MTL readers poll, 2013, 2014, 2015. Led by songwriting duo, Speedy Johnson and Bartleby J. Budde, the band plumbs the depths of old time mountain music and Americana roots music.

Budde and Johnson began performing together in the Winter of 2009, performing Piedmontese acoustic tunes on smaller stages, while honing in on a style of blues influenced first by Mississippi John Hurt and Fred McDowell.

Now consisting of 5 members with 3 albums, a single, and an EP, Ol’ Savannah have exchanged the quieter sounds of Piedmont for the violent tides of the Delta and the haunting airs of the Appalachian mountains.

Discography: “Ol’ Savannah”, 2011; “Underneath the Old Red Barn”, 2012; “Death on the Mountain”, 2013; “Don’t Let It Reign” (single), 2015; “On A Trip To Normal” (EP), 2015


Ol’ Savannah, Top 5 “Best of Montreal” Country/Folk Act (2013, 2014, 2015),  a vu le jour à l’hiver 2009, alors que Speedy Johnson et Bartleby J Budde formaient un duo roots-blues. À cette époque, ils montaient sur les petites scènes pour proposer des mélodies acoustiques piémontaises, tout en puisant leurs inspirations dans l’univers blues, influencés pricipalement par Mississippi John Hurt et Mississippi Fred McDowell.

Fort de trois albums (“Ol’ Savannah” – 2011, “Underneath the Old Red Barn” – 2012, “Death on the Mountain”- 2013), un single (“Don’t Let It Reign” – 2015),  et un Ep (“On A Trip To Normal” – 2015) et d’une solide expérience acquise sur scène, le group respecte avec finesse ses origines, tout en rendant le tout actuel et captivant pour l’auditeur.


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Events of Note

Date Venue City Time
Tour: Death on the Mountain 2013
06/28/13 Festival du Folk Sale Events of Note in Ste-Rose du Nord, QC
Tour: “Underneath The Old Red Barn” Summer Tour 2012
07/26/12 The Rose & Thistle Events of Note in St. John’s, NL 10:00pm
05/04/12 Cabaret du Mile-End – CD RELEASE Events of Note in Montreal 9:00pm
w/ The Unsettlers, Richard King Rigby & White Lighter, and a guest performance from Gern f!!! What a way to celebrate the release of “Underneath the Old Red Barn”.
03/23/12 The Dakota Tavern Events of Note in Toronto, ON 9:00pm
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Technical Requirements

Instrument Requirements
1. Lead vocals
Acoustic guitar
1 x vocal mic (Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent) 1x DI
2. Banjo
Backing vocals
1 x vocal mic (Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent) 1x DI (own Fishman Pro-EQ provided)
3. Accordion
Backing vocals
1 x vocal mic (Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent) 1x instrument mic (Shure SM57/β57 or equivalent)
4. Bass guitar
Backing vocals
1 x vocal mic (Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent) 1 x XLR (line out from bass amplifier) 1x DI
5. Drums 1 x Kick Drum mic (AKG D112 or equivalent)
1 x Snare Drum Top mic (AKG C418 or equivalent)
1 x Snare Drum Bottom mic (AKG C418 or equivalent)
1 x Hi-Hat mic (AKG C430 or equivalent)
1 x Tom mics (Shure SM57 or equivalent)
2 x Overhead mics (AKG C430 or equivalent)
 Totals: 4 x Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent
2 x DI
2 x Shure SM57/β57 or equivalent
1 x XLR
1 x AKG D112 or equivalent
2 x AKG C418 or equivalent
3 x AKG C430 or equivalent
 Backline: All band members provide their own backline equipment
 Own sound engineer:  No

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