The Roots Rockin’ Rollin’ Revue

 

Created in 2015, this is a band that specializes in rock and roll and its roots, mostly 1950s music : blues, rhythm and blues, honky tonk style country, and rockabilly.

Craig Morrison - vocals, guitar, piano

George Bowser - vocals, guitar

Ray Farquhar - bass, backing vocals

Danick Tardif - drums

The band’s name comes from one of Craig’s CDs, called Live in Montreal - Roots Rockin’ Rollin’. George is well known for being part of the musical comedy duo Bowser and Blue. Ray was a member of Craig Morrison & the Momentz several years ago and has become one of the most in-demand bass players in Montreal. Danick is part of the rockabilly and swing scene of Montreal, both as a musician and dance teacher, and was member of a previous lineup of the Roots Rockin’ Rollin’ Revue. George, Ray, and Danick have all sat in many times with Craig’s Vintage Wine band.

photos at The Wheel Club by Michael Cooper

Pat Loiselle (vocals, guitar, banjo, steel) and Scott Kingsley (upright bass) played with the band in 2015-16. We enjoy it when our friends come and sit in, and we’ve had contributions from :

>Samantha Borgal (vocals)
>Steve Comtois (vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin)
>Martin Boodman (harmonica)
>Alex Nesrallah (piano)
>Sam Boskey (piano).

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

JUNE 2, 2018 (Saturday). Not the usual "2nd Friday of the month" and not the usual lineup of Vintage Wine musicians, but still a Rock & Roll Dance Party. The band will be Craig Morrison (vocals, guitar, keyboards), with George Bowser (vocals, guitar), Ray Farquahar (bass) and Danick Tardif (drums). Fans of Vintage Wine will have seen all of these players sitting in at various time with Vintage Wine, but this is a band called Roots Rockin’ Rollin’ Revue. At the Wheel Club, 3373 Cavendish, in NDG. Where you see the wagon wheel lit up with Christmas lights, take the stairs down to the entrance. Three sets of live music, from 8:30pm to 12:30am. Note new pricing : $15 regular, $10 for students - admission includes a free drink ticket. Free parking in the lot behind the club if you can find your way in.


REPERTOIRE

rock & roll and rhythm & blues
A Certain Girl : Yardbirds (from Ernie K-Doe)
Another Saturday Night : Sam Cooke
Baby Can I Take You Home : the Animals
Blue Days, Black Nights : Buddy Holly
Brown-Eyed Handsome Man : Chuck Berry
C’Mon Everybody : Eddie Cochran
I Heard It Through the Grapevine : Gladys Knight/ Marvin Gaye/ Creedence Clearwater Revival
I’m Tired : Savoy Brown
I’m Walking : Fats Domino
It’s All Over Now : Rolling Stones (from Bobby Womack)
Little Queenie : Chuck Berry
Love is My Business : Cliff Gleaves (rare Sun label rockabilly)
Love Letters in the Sand : Pat Boone
Love Potion #9 : Clovers/ Searchers
Mary Lou : Ronnie Hawkins (from Young Jessie)
Nadine : Chuck Berry
No Reply : Beatles
One After 909 : Beatles
Please Don’t Touch : Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
Poison Ivy : Coasters
Rocket In My Pocket : Jimmy Lloyd
Say Mama : Gene Vincent
Shame and Scandal in the Family
Sweethearts or Strangers : Carl Perkins
Things We Said Today : Beatles
This Time : Troy Shondell
Twistin’ the Night Away : Sam Cooke
Wasted Days and Wasted Nights : Freddie Fender
Wonderful Tonight : Eric Clapton
Willie & the Hand Jive : Johnny Otis
Wipe Out : Safaris
You Can’t Do That : Beatles

blues
Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover : Bo Diddley
Diving Duck Blues : Taj Mahal version
One More Mile : Paul Butterfield (from James Cotton)
Pretty Woman : Albert King (not the Roy Orbison song)
Rollin’ & Tumblin’ : Willie Newbern/ Muddy Waters
You Don’t Love Me : John Mayall (from Willie Cobbs)

country
A Fool Such As I : Elvis Presley (from Hank Snow)
Blues Stay Away From Me : Delmore Brothers
Freight Train Boogie : Delmore Brothers
Ghost Riders in the Sky : Vaughn Monroe
Hey Good Looking : Hank Williams
I Am a Lonesome Fugitive : Merle Haggard
Last Date : Floyd Cramer’s instrumental with lyrics by Conway Twitty
Playboy : Wynn Stewart
Singing the Blues : Marty Robbins/ Guy Mitchell
Sweethearts or Strangers : Carl Perkins (from Gene Autry)
The Most Beautiful Girl in the World : Charlie Rich
Three Days : Faron Young

pop
The Glory of Love
I Remember You : Frank Ifield
New York New York : Frank Sinatra

instrumentals
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

CRAIG MORRISON
is an ethnomusicologist, teacher, author, and musician
based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7 Nights Music Communications, 2006