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NEWS ARCHIVE - Oct-Dec. 2006

Dec. 20/06 -
The Town Cryers' 1990 & 1991 Christmas E.P.s posted - After receiving many many requests, those two "Christmas-ish" E.P.s that The Town Cryers recorded in the Decembers of 1990 and 1991are now available for free download (against our better judgement!). They can be found here. At least one of the songs has a Parental Advisory for mature content, so be forwarned! As the Olsen twins undoubtedly would have said, "How rude!".

Dec. 14/06 - Hear John on CKCU promoting The Town Cryers' reunion show - John speaks with Joe Reilly about the 80s-90s, music biz, etc... and features Town Cryers songs from their albums. Go to the Podcasts section to check out the interview.

Dec. 8/06 - The TOWN CRYERS' holiday reunion show getting press - Ottawa's weekly community newspaper "The News" posted this picture of the band in this week's edition. See the full coverage here. Also tune into CKCU-FM 93.1 to hear an interview with John, and maybe even a couple of tunes on Joe Reilly's "Guest List" 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, December 14th.

The Town Cryers

Nov. 23/06 - HOLIDAY PROMOTION! 'Pay What You Can' for "Thank You Waitress!" CD - Well, it's the holiday season and here at Flat and Black Records we're getting into the spirit of things. So we've decided to LET YOU DECIDE how much you'd like to pay for your very own copy of John's latest CD. That's right, you can now get a copy of the CD that "Penguin Eggs" (Canada's National Folk and Roots Magazine) has called a "landmark disc" and "You can punch any track at random on this disc and end up with a gem" (See the review).

With things being what they are, file sharing, downloading, etc., we just want you to have a copy of the disc and enjoy it - Scrooge be damned! Just make a donation of your choice (a $4.00 shipping charge will be added at checkout) to defray the cost of making music and we'll ship it out to you! No malls, no crowds, no people in huge SUVs backing into your Volkswagen.... just sit back, grab a glass of nog and listen! This offer is only available through THIS WEBSITE! It is a PayPal transaction, but no PayPal account is necessary. Go to the store now!

Oct. 16/06 - John is one of many Canadian artists to be featured in documentary film - John completed his segment of filming this past weekend for the (currently) indie film "The Journey Starts Here". The film, about Canadian music on the international stage, will feature John talking about his experiences as a Canadian musician playing outside of the country, and may feature a new original live acoustic song. John's shoot took place just before the crew interviewed Canadian band Sloan, and the film will also feature Canadian artists such as Neil Young, Bedouin Soundclash, Hot Hot Heat, Metric, The Stills, Sam Roberts, and Controller.Controller, to name merely the tip of the iceberg. Look for the movie in festivals and theatres in the Summer of 2007.

Oct. 2 /06 - US Tour a success - After travelling 5,525 kms, through 8 states, and playing major cities such as New York, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh, with a few small towns such as North Adams MA, and Williamsport PA thrown in there for good measure, John's US tour has come to an end. Crowds were modest in some spots and numerous in others, but all were enthusiastic, and John's music has certainly been well received in America! There are a few articles from the tour posted in the "press" section of the site, and pages upon pages of pictures of his journey. Special thanks goes out to all the clubs and musicians that hired and helped John in September, as well as to Roadie Ted Burch who kept the cameras rolling, the patch cords in place, and the t-shirts and CDs flowing. See the pictures and videos from the tour on the "visuals" page. A somewhat loose tour diary and running account of what was going on during these 18 days in September can be found on the forum message board.

Us tour
John tuning up backstage in Cincinnati

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