These are the musicians who collaborate with Carolyn Fe. She calls them her "Stage Hubbies". They are veterans of the stage from different cultural, performance and musical backgrounds, each with their own influences; they meld to bring out the Blues in different shades evolving the genre and bringing the sound to wherever they want.


Carolyn Fe

Singer, lyricist, manager and booker. Carolyn has a foot in both artistic and business worlds. She’s a Type-A personality, always thinking of what is next, opening doors and if such doors don’t open, creating opportunities so the band can keep moving forward. Although she’s up front on stage, she prefers the one-on-one contact when she's off stage. Believe it or not, she is shy but does what has to be done to make things happen. She bows with deep respect for the classics of the Blues but writes and performs to bring the musical genre to it's next evolution and according to the critics, she certainly does! Although she has been managing the band on her own since the death of her Agent/Manager in 2013, she is open to working with like-minded agents and/or managers.

 

Oisin Little

Bass, back vocals, songwriter and envelope pusher. Oisin seemingly the quiet one of the band but underneath, there’s a wealth of vocabulary and a way with words that goes beyond the norm. He is a walking encyclopedia of the marginal and not-so-marginal who’s who and what's what of musical history. Be careful, his apparent reservedness pushes the band’s envelope when the ache to return to comfort zones rears its ugly head. Oisin has been with Carolyn Fe from Original Sin to Bad Taboo and now, Sugat Ko

 

Brandon Goodwin

Drummer and Back Vocals, Brandon is a jazzman at heart keeping the sure and steady no matter what musical genre he’s playing. Taking his inspirations from legends like Art Blakey, Ari Hoenig, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Tony Williams, and Paul Motian; Brandon can rock as much as we can roll, and gives a mean shuffle to our swing. His groove includes tasteful fills and when needed, steps it up with complex time measures and hard hitting beats. When all is said and done, he sits back and drinks his tea.

 

Ivan Garzon

Guitar, Ivan honed his skills at Madrid's Escuela de Música Creativa, later on developing his craft in various jazz styles; Gypsy jazz, contemporary and traditional jazz. He has played with renowned jazz artists from Canada, USA and Europe, establishing himself as a solid jazz player having won the Montreal Guitar Grand Prix twice (2008 and 2009), a nomination for the TD Grand Jazz Award as well as The Galaxie Rising Star Award. But let's not put him in a box because one thing for sure is that Ivan definitely breaks the jazz mold when he plays the blues.

 

Jean-François Hamel

Guitar, JF started off in classical guitar, earned his “Prix du Conservatoire de musique de Québec". He refined his pop & jazz experience throughout his 25 years of performance traveling all over Quebec and the Asian continent. Jean-Francois is a dedicated teacher and is frequently invited to sit on the panel of judges in contests such as the "Montreal Guitar Grand Prix" (for which he was the Jury President from 2007 to 2012), "Concours de musique Clermont-Pépin” and the Festival concours de musique de Sherbrooke. All this boils down to JF playing a mean slide guitar that gives a hot, sticky and swampy sound to the repertoire.

 

Sami Joensuu

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and artist from Finland who grew up with a suitcase in his hand hitting the road, Sami Joensuu draws on soul with hints of roots and country. Carolyn Fe was intrigued by his sound when he was half of "Joensuu Riihimäki", a blues-based group. When that partnership ended, Sami and Carolyn decided to collaborate on a song. Stay tuned for the outcome.

 

Shun Kikuta

Shun Kikuta was the guitarist for Queen of the Blues, Ms. Koko Taylor and dubbed “The Asian BB King” by BB King himself. He left Chicago and now resides in Asia. Carolyn Fe connected Shun after an online interview that ended up with a collaboration on the title track of “Bad Taboo” (released 2013). Since then more song collaborations have happened. Who knows what the future brings? This connection will certainly continue to grow as time goes on.

 

Chito Salazar

Guitar, Acoustic Guitar. Chito played lead guitar in numerous blues, rock, jazz, country and Celtic bands since 1994. He has led 3 bands of his own: Spillback, MoSayk and fonograph (with a self-produced 2013 CD, “I'm into fonography”). Chito joins Carolyn Fe’s Acoustic format. There is a word in Tagalog (Filipino language) that has no English translation but when you see and hear Chito play, you will understand the meaning of the word, “Gigil”.

 

Mike Leipe

Bass Mike is still scratching his head trying to figure how, in 40 short years, he's gone from playing Kiss and Nazareth covers in his hometown of Smithers, B.C., to playing some of his favourite Blues tunes with one of his favourite singers. Somewhere along the way he played in The Maple Street Shed Band, The Science '87 Blues Band, docweissband, and Rothwell & Moffat; and is currently enjoying putting together an R&B/Soul/Blues act with Chito. Mike joins in on Carolyn Fe's Acoustic format. The pocket is everything.

 

Tim Alleyne, Sr.

Keyboards and back vocals. Tim has the knack of morphing rough-draft riffs into harmonized songs. Laid back and easy going, chatting with Tim takes you to another world, literally.

 

Rami Cassab

Guitar. Rami's analytical mind and experience with various musical styles enabled him to add that extra edge or soften the delivery of a song.

 

Dan Legault

Drummer, sound engineer, back vocals, rhythm guitar, cigar box guitar, sometimes bassist and riff writer. He engineered Carolyn Fe's 3 albums (100%, Original Sin and Bad Taboo).