Craig Morrison & The Momentz : roots rock band

This Montreal band formed in 1985
 

Every Monday. Hillbilly Night at the Wheel Club (3373 Cavendish, just below Sherbrooke W. in NDG). For more than 50 years, every Monday night in Montreal, a loyal gang of musicians and singers, amateur and professional, gather to play traditional country music (no song newer than 1969 permitted) for an appreciative audience. It’s an open mic session, so anyone is welcome to get up to sing and play, backed by the house band. Starts at 8pm, ends around 11pm – free admission. I’m one of the regulars and have been participating since the mid-1980s. Good fun, a lovely community too !

The monthly Rock and Roll Dance Party returns ! The hits of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, the Everly Brothers, Fats Domino, the Righteous Brothers, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, the Beatles, Animals, Rolling Stones, Temptations, Wilson Picket, Creedence Clearwater Revival and others !


Craig Morrison & the Momentz’ Annual show 2023 edition (the 23rd Annual Roots of Rock & Roll Concert) was a smash success with 11 performers on stage. The Annual will return in 2024. In the meantime, here are Craig’s upcoming shows :

May 12 (Friday) Vintage Wine’s Rock & Roll Dance Party at the Wheel Club, 3373 Cavendish in NDG. Music starts at 8pm until around 11pm. Admission at the door : $10.

June 23 (Friday) Vintage Wine’s Rock & Roll Dance Party at the Wheel Club - special edition : All Dressed/ All Request Night.

June 29 (Thursday). Craig Morrison & Alex Nesrallah play two sets at Randy’s Bistro in Montreal West, 7pm start.

July 12 (Wednesday). Vintage Wine performs a free concert at Trudeau Park in Cote St. Luc, 7pm start.

July 29 (Saturday). Vintage Wine returns to the Piggery Theatre in North Hatley for "Radio Favourites from the 1960s & ’70s."

August 4 (Friday). Vintage Wine returns to Studio 77 in Pointe Claire.


Band recordings :

Roots, Rockin’, Rollin’ : Live in Montreal 1988-2011

Blowing In the Wind : A Tribute to Bob Dylan and his Musical World

Stand By Me : Blues, Rhythm & Blues, Motown and Soul

That’ll Be the Day : Buddy Holly and Friends Remembered

Live at the Oscar

Rocket Radio

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with guests at the 9th annual show, 2006
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Craig, Momentz, and guests - on stage 2006.

FROM THE ARCHIVES :

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The Momentz in 1986 : Rod Booth, Steve Leblanc, Pierre Gauthier, Craig, Claudette Blouin
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Pierre Gauthier, Steve Leblanc (Steve Solo), Guy Labelle, Craig

Craig’s notable Momentz alumni members have included :

- background vocals : Marianne Brousseau, Bet.e
- violin : Rod Booth, Gilles Losier
- keyboards : Claudette Blouin, Gilles Losier, Bob Stagg, John McDiarmid
- saxophone : Jeff Taylor, Chris Savage, Richard Welsh
- guitar : Jeff Taylor, Gary Farrell
- bass : Steve Leblanc (Steve Solo), Guy Labelle, Ray Farquhar, Paul Lifsches, Bill Gossage, Lloyd Dallaire, Darren Lindsay Pugh, Stuart Patterson
- drums : Pierre Gauthier, Greg Smith, Robert Harris, Ryan Gassi

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