Ray Montford - Guitarist / Composer
Ray Montford is one of those rare guitarists who, like Jeff Beck and David Gilmour, does not consider virtuosity as a means in itself, and who knows how to make his instrument sing, creating wild and simple beauty while wringing emotion from every note. Inspired by his love of the open road – he’s an avid motorcyclist - the one-time accompanist for the Rankin Family and Mary Jane Lamond, composes stirring instrumentals and with eight albums to his credit, has built a repertoire that plays like a series of magical sonic pictures.
On November 7, 2012, Ray released Vintage Is Now, the much anticipated release by the guitarist. An evocative collection of tunes engaging and inviting the listener into a visceral and melodic odyssey, Vintage is deeply rooted in the guitarist’s distinctive compositional sound and celebrates his early rock/blues influences, while creating a journey of depth and character. Produced by veteran Terry Brown (Rush/Max Webster/Klaatu), Vintage Is Now finds the band, rounded out by ace musicians Ben Riley and Tom Lewis, fusing together a mystical and collective interplay, with great grooves and delicious tones.
Ben Riley - drums
Currently working on his Master’s Degree in Composition at York University, Ben has been in demand as a touring and session drummer for over fifteen years. He has played alongside many luminaries such as Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, Bowfire, Michael Kaeshammer, Sophie Milman, Molly Johnson, Joe Sealy, Doug Riley, Marc Jordan, Amy Sky, Moe Koffman, Domenic Troiano, Joshua Nelson, Matt Dusk, Wynton Marsalis and Gary Burton among others. He has been touring with a number of these artists extensively throughout Canada, Europe, the U.S., China and Japan. Ben also co-leads an original soul/R&B project in Toronto, Planet Earth, which has opened for Maceo Parker as well as for the Toronto International Film Festival. Having played on dozens of albums and hundreds of commercials, as well as music for film and TV, Ben also composes, arranges and produces in many styles of music including classical, jazz, singer/songwriter and R&B. He has composed works for string quartet, world music ensembles as well as for symphony orchestra.
"The ever-tasteful musician has a gift for grand musical moments that retain their intimacy... an atmospheric, emotional road well worth travelling."
"Ray Montford is a sensitive and exploratory musician who combines traditional techniques with
" shed your skin is a brilliant record... incredible playing... singular musical voice ... and one of the best recorded guitar records I've ever heard in my life!"
"As hypnotic as a highway at night, always-moving, always-changing scenery, the kind of music
photos by Rick O'Brien (band) & Cam Maclennan