The Woodshed Orchestra is a multi-headed celebration emancipation experience. Legendary Toronto drummer Dave Clark (Rheostatics, Gord Downie, Charles Spearin) pilots the band through numerous classic dance music styles including New Orleans Funk and Jazz, R&B, Ska, Soul, Reggae, Punk, Rock, Blues, Country, Surf Rock, Neo-Greek, Ranchero, Polka, Disco, Samba, Afro-Pop, Waltz, New Wave, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Power Pop, Klezmer, Torch Ballads, Tango and Calypso, in an extraordinary celebration. With a five-piece horn section and full-ensemble vocals, this is not your everyday bar-band. It is a funky, uplifting, joyful ride every time.
The Woodshed Orchestra was founded in 2005 by Dave Clark in order to celebrate friendship and love through music. Clark called upon some of the finest folks he knew from Toronto, Montreal and St. Catharine's to make the gumbo boil and the people dance. The band plays Clark's 200 strong original songbook as a full on electric band; drums, bass, guitars, horns and keys as well as in brass band formation a la the New Orleans 2nd line band tradition depending on the occasion. The players learn the tunes on the gig in front of the crowd, hence the name "Woodshed" in the title. They've created their own on stage language to navigate from song to song and to shift gears on a dime to awestruck audiences.
The Woodshed has toured the West Coast and East Coast of Canada, all over Ontario and in Quebec, headlining main stages at festivals from Hillside, Discovery Coast, TO Jazz fest, Guelph Jazz Fest, Cultura fest, Nuit Blanche to Music Des Traditions Du Monde in PQ down to playing sold out shows down in Brooklyn NYC. The Woodshed Orchestra has been bubbling under and over for the past 8 years. 2011 saw their debut cd and an upsurge of festival gig work that lead to playing with Karl Denson's Tiny Universe (USA), Etran Fiatawa (Eritrea) and a impromptu recording with Jon Langford of the Mekons (USA/UK). Their loving ode/video "Geddy Lee" to Geddy Lee of Rush got the thumbs up from Geddy himself! Their latest video "Love Letter to New Orleans" got the thumbs up from legendary New Orleans drummer John Vidacovich (Dr John, Professor Longhair, Astral Project). The band has even parade jammed with "The Screaming Eagle of Soul" himself, Mr. Charles Bradley. October 2013 sees the release of the band's sophmore disc "Buzz". The disc includes 12 songs that traverse the musical map as drawn by the band. The Woodshed hopes you enjoy it!
The Woodshed Orchestra Players & Alumni:
Dave Clark - drums/vocals
*We mix and match to taste