A band goes through a lot of things together.

In Little Miss Taken, we are very much a family who loves and cares for each other very much and we feel that has always shown in our music. Today, Gerry, Joanne, Rob, and Wayne are profoundly hurting at the loss of our family member, our brother, our friend, Mike Ferris.

Mikey fought a tough battle with brain cancer with determination and no quit. Anyone who knew him knew that he was the nicest person you could ever meet. He was a very talented guy who was always positive, supportive, and easy going even through his fight.

We will share the details of a Celebration of Life that will have music and stories as soon as they are finalized. Our thoughts are with his wife Myrna and his family.

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Gig Alert! Apr 21 & 22 – Blackburn Arms!

Ah! Spring is in the air, so celebrate the end of a long Winter with TWO nights with Little Miss Taken at The Blackburn Arms Pub!

Nestled in the heart of Blackburn Hamlet, the Arms will be movin’ and shakin’ with the sounds of all your favourite classics from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. Hey, you may even hear something *gasp* current!

Get there early and enjoy some outstanding food and ice cold drinks. Make sure to drop by and say hi!

Moving forward, not backwards. Upwards, not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

What’s up, gang? It’s about time for a band State of the Union! What’s going on; what’s coming up and what we’re working on.

We’re spending most of March building our song repertoire and keeping the existing list fresh. We plan on having at least four new tunes in place for our next show; a two-nighter at the Blackburn Arms Pub on April 21-22. We LOVE The Arms and want to bring another fantastic weekend of tunes to the fine folks of Blackburn Hamlet.

Speaking of Blackburn Hamlet, we’ve been asked to close out the Saturday night, June 3rd, at the Blackburn Hamlet Fun Fair! Our half-cracked musical buddy Mike “Jake McCoy” Murphy and all the peeps on the Fun Fair staff work their collective tails off and we’re honoured to have been asked to headline a great day and night of music. There’s rides, games, great food, fireworks, and tons of live music!

As for upcoming shows, we’re always on the lookout for fun places to play, so this list may change. If you want more information on booking, please email lmtottawa@gmail.com.

Here’s what we have in the books in the near future:

April 21-22: The Blackburn Arms – 9PM
June 3: The Blackburn Hamlet Fun Fair, 9PM
June 16-17: The Blackburn Arms – 9PM
June 17: Kemptville Ribfest, 4:30PM
September 15-16: The Blackburn Arms – 9PM
December 8-9: The Blackburn Arms – 9PM

We hope to see you at a show. Come say hi and have a pint! We can’t thank you enough for your continued support as we enjoy our 5th year together. Sociable!

What, me worry?

robkitRob, the resident drummer here!

The other day I had this conversation with my 8 year old:

Her: Daddy do you get nervous when you are getting ready to play for people?
Me: Not even a tiny little bit.
Her: What if you make a mistake?
Me: I make mistakes almost every single time.
Her: Doesn’t that make you scared?
Me: Scared? No. Does it drive me freakin’ crazy almost to the point of insanity where I want to change the beater on my bass pedal to one made of stone, attach it to my ear, and have someone stomp on it over and over and over again thumping me into a state of oblivion? Absolutely! (Ok, I actually just said no to her and the rest of that was just in my head)
Her: Wow, I would be scared.
Me: Making mistakes is going to happen…for me at least, but I believe that the key is recovering from the mistake quickly and not letting it cause a train-wreck.
Her: Why would a train crash???

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Bottom Line on the Bottom End

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‘Sup gang? Ger here.

In my quest to grow as a bass player, I have recently taken to YouTube and other funky corners of the Internet to find tips and tricks the pros use in terms of tone and technique. I’m pretty happy with my gear and where I’m at musically, but there’s always better ways of doing things. Certainly, I have much to learn and many ways to improve.

I fell into bass playing in 2006 out of necessity; the band we were forming were lousy with guitar players (shocking, I know), so as I was never much of a lead guitar player, I decided to lop off two strings and pick up the bass.

I’m really glad I did. I enjoy the instrument more than its 6-string cousin and feel that my style and approach to music fits the bass better. So, what did I learn? Continue reading

Now THAT was fun!

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What a fun time we had rockin’ out at The Brass Monkey!! A great way to welcome Wayne to the band. Thanks so much to all of our family and friends who came out, and thanks to the awesome mALICE and Monsters gang…..great people! We will announce our next show soon!