A singer songwriter in the Americana genre Mark Ripp’s start was in the coffee houses of Toronto some thirty five years ago. In places like Fat Albert’s Mark befriended great local writers like Sam Larkin and paid close attention. Those folk beginnings we’re followed by a ten year run as front man and writer for powerhouse Toronto roots rockers The Bel-Vistas.
Following the disbanding of the Bel-Vistas Mark embarked on a solo career that is now four albums deep. Along the way Ripp studied recording engineering and has been on both sides of the glass for his last two records. The latest release is called “Quiet Again” and is a completely self-produced effort. It marks a return to the urban folk roots where his creative life began and received great reviews from critics and fans in the US and Europe. This quote sums it up:
“Ripp is a genuinely great songwriter” – Americana UK
Diane has been described as a compelling singer who brings a lifetime of experience to her music. Comfortable in many genres…folk, jazz, country, Broadway and traditional songs from Cuba and other Latin American countries, her powerful and interpretive vocals reach down and touch your very heart and soul.
Thanks to the East End Song Circle, Diane not only started singing again but also found a home and a community of passionate musicians. Since then (some 7 years ago) she has formed a band called The Puck Stoppers (Bob Birnie, Garth Douglas, Ed Crabtree and James Hardy)…truly a highlight and gift. They have since played to sold out house concerts, The Big House on the Hill and Lazy Cat Café.
Another of Diane’s musical highlights was opening at Hugh’s Room with Ed Crabtree for Joanne Crabtree and Paul Mills CD release.
Tonight, with Ed, an accomplished singer, song writer and musician, she brings us her repertoire of songs and stories, to warm and entertain us.