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Glen Foster Group

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada | INDIE

Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada | INDIE
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"There's a city in flames, a flag on fire, the streets are occupied. Nations rage, war is waged, and access is denied." So begins the title track off The Reckoning, a new album from local singer/songwriter Glen Foster that he will debut at The Vault on Saturday.
One might be forgiven for thinking Foster refers nostalgically to some past era of political strife -- the late '60s perhaps -- but the song's 'reckoning' is about the exposure of the financial scandal perpetrated by U.S. banks that lead to the '08 stock market collapse.
Vietnam-era folk music used to be saturated in the political climate of the times, said Foster. He laments that though political expression has continued to flourish in environments like the Occupy movement, popular music hasn't followed suit.
"There's a lot of focus on dance and the rhythmic aspect of pop music that has extremely thin lyrical content, to put it mildly," said Foster with a chuckle. "It's a focus instead of the typical 'I love you, baby' love songs."
It is part of what has formed the basis of Foster's decision to stay independent throughout his 30-plus years of music-making.
"There's nobody dictating that you have to go on the road, or that you have to play certain venues, or record in certain places," said Foster. "No one dictating your sound and making you somebody you're not comfortable being," he added.
After studying jazz, Chet Atkins-style guitar and Hawaiian and classical guitar, in part at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Foster took to the road and made a living as a traveling musician for 10 years.
Though he says musically his sound is "all over the place" in terms of genre, he considers Bob Dylan and Neil Young to be formative influences.
He has opened for Sammy Hagar, Dr. Hook, Jose Feliciano, Valdy and Jesse Winchester, to name a few.
In the early '80s, tired of a life on the road, Foster settled down and spent the next ten years teaching at Ferguson Music.
Though he remains creatively 'single,' Foster's albums often feature local performers like blues guitarist David Gogo, blues harmonica player Gerry Barnum, and vocalists The Turtle Doves. He also produces recordings for other artists and operates his own indie record label and publishing company called Rescue Records.
The Reckoning is Foster's fourth CD, and was recorded in Nanaimo with producer Rick Salt. His CD release party is at the Vault, 499 Wallace Street, on Saturday (May 4) from 7 to 9 p.m.. Tickets are $12 and there will be CDs available to purchase.
Julie Chadwick, The Star
Published: Friday, May 03, 2013
- Harbour City Star 2013


"There's a city in flames, a flag on fire, the streets are occupied. Nations rage, war is waged, and access is denied." So begins the title track off The Reckoning, a new album from local singer/songwriter Glen Foster that he will debut at The Vault on Saturday.
One might be forgiven for thinking Foster refers nostalgically to some past era of political strife -- the late '60s perhaps -- but the song's 'reckoning' is about the exposure of the financial scandal perpetrated by U.S. banks that lead to the '08 stock market collapse.
Vietnam-era folk music used to be saturated in the political climate of the times, said Foster. He laments that though political expression has continued to flourish in environments like the Occupy movement, popular music hasn't followed suit.
"There's a lot of focus on dance and the rhythmic aspect of pop music that has extremely thin lyrical content, to put it mildly," said Foster with a chuckle. "It's a focus instead of the typical 'I love you, baby' love songs."
It is part of what has formed the basis of Foster's decision to stay independent throughout his 30-plus years of music-making.
"There's nobody dictating that you have to go on the road, or that you have to play certain venues, or record in certain places," said Foster. "No one dictating your sound and making you somebody you're not comfortable being," he added.
After studying jazz, Chet Atkins-style guitar and Hawaiian and classical guitar, in part at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Foster took to the road and made a living as a traveling musician for 10 years.
Though he says musically his sound is "all over the place" in terms of genre, he considers Bob Dylan and Neil Young to be formative influences.
He has opened for Sammy Hagar, Dr. Hook, Jose Feliciano, Valdy and Jesse Winchester, to name a few.
In the early '80s, tired of a life on the road, Foster settled down and spent the next ten years teaching at Ferguson Music.
Though he remains creatively 'single,' Foster's albums often feature local performers like blues guitarist David Gogo, blues harmonica player Gerry Barnum, and vocalists The Turtle Doves. He also produces recordings for other artists and operates his own indie record label and publishing company called Rescue Records.
The Reckoning is Foster's fourth CD, and was recorded in Nanaimo with producer Rick Salt. His CD release party is at the Vault, 499 Wallace Street, on Saturday (May 4) from 7 to 9 p.m.. Tickets are $12 and there will be CDs available to purchase.
Julie Chadwick, The Star
Published: Friday, May 03, 2013
- Harbour City Star 2013


Discography

The RECKONING (2012)
-Singles: Pixelated Man, Big Man In Town, The Reckoning
TRUSTED, TRIED & TRUE (2010)
-Singles: Destination Desolation Sound, Elevator Music
The FALCON / WALK INTO THE MIRROR (2008)
(A two album compilation)
-Singles: Los Angeles, I Do It For You, Hot Thoughts, 1982

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An accomplished multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, Glen Foster lives on Vancouver Island BC Canada and has been performing professionally for more than 30 years. Glen is equally comfortable on stage with just his guitar, dobro and harmonica as he is playing electric lead guitar in an energetic rock and roll band.

Glen Foster Group was formed in 2009 and also includes drummer Glenn Olsen and bassist Pat Shonwise from Nanaimo, BC. Their original songs range from intricate finger-picking songs and R & B - flavored pop to highly creative electric rock.

Glen was lead guitarist for several years with WEA’s Ray Materick of “Linda Put The Coffee On” fame. Appearances include The Ian Tyson Show, Tommy Banks Show, Massey Hall, El Mocambo, and the legendary Riverboat in Toronto. Glen has toured Canada extensively from coast to coast, opened for Sammy Hagar, Dr. Hook, Jose Feliciano, Valdy, Jesse Winchester, etc., performed at the Richmond Ozone for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and plays regularly at music festivals, pubs and roadhouses in British Columbia.

The Reckoning album was released Sept 1, 2012. Single This That These & Those is accompanied by a feature video and won a ‘Semi-Finalist Award’ in Song Of The Year contest. 13 songs were produced by Foster & Rick Salt (Kerplunks, Rovers, David Gogo).

The Spirit of Christmas and The Twelve Guitars of Christmas, a 45 rpm single on Red Vinyl was initially released in 1986 and received national airplay in Canada. The 25 year anniversary re-release, Nov 2011 features digitally re-mastered mixes.

‘Pixelated Man’ a 4 song EP was released Nov 1, 2010 and includes 3 original songs plus a cover of the 1964 hit single Big Man In Town by The Four Seasons.

‘Trusted Tried & True’ the third album of original material focused on an acoustic west coast sound with current trio GLEN FOSTER GROUP. The single ‘Tenderest Bartenderess In The West’ was released nationally to radio stations in February 2010. Special guests included celebrated guitarist David Gogo, blues harmonica player Gerry Barnum, and vocalists The Turtle Doves. A video production of the song “Destination Desolation Sound” was used on the BC Tourism website for the Powell River area.

A compilation CD of two previous albums, entitled ‘Walk Into The Mirror/The Falcon’ was released in 2008. It contains the previously released singles ‘1982’, ‘Always Rock And Roll’, and ‘Los Angeles’ the song which won a talent contest in 1980 on CKOC Radio, Hamilton ON.

Although continuously giving live performances Glen has also studied jazz, Chet Atkins style guitar, Hawaiian and classical guitar, having been awarded two silver medals from the Royal Conservatory of Music. A qualified music teacher himself, Glen also produces recordings for other artists and operates his own ‘Indie’ record label and publishing company: Rescue Records & Parent Publishing and Productions.