These are the musicians who collaborate with Carolyn Fe, thus the Collective. They are veterans of the stage from different cultural, performance and musical backgrounds make up the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective. 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 sometimes 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 kind of shy but does what has to be done to make things happen. Blues is where her heart is. She bows with deep respect for the classics but writes and performs to bring the musical genre to it's next evolution.

 

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 also 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.

 

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.

 

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 (Details coming soon)

 

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 connected Shun after an online interview that ended up with a collaboration on the title track of “Bad Taboo”. Who knows what the future brings? This connection will certainly grow as time goes on.

 

Tim Alleyne, Sr.

Keyboards and back vocals. The philosopher mind, Tim has the knack of morphing rough-draft riffs into harmonized songs. He’s the custodian of a rare blues sensibility that is not often found in today’s musicians. He takes the Carolyn Fe's lyrics and brings out the feel through music, making sure the lyrics match the notes. Laid back and easy going, chatting with Tim takes you to another world, literally.

 

Rami Cassab

Guitar. Isn’t that enough? Rami is not the typical stage player. The analytical mind of the band, he knows when to push and when to pull back giving a good balance not only on stage but in recordings. His experience with various musical styles enables him to add that extra edge or soften the delivery of a song. In the studio, Rami's technicalities easily compliment Tim’s musings; together they bring each song to a completion.

 

Dan Legault

Drummer, sound engineer, back vocals, rhythm guitar, cigar box guitar (Heck! He makes his own), sometimes bassist and riff writer. Dan is a Zen-man. Whatever happens, he calms the storms. Being the producer of the 3 albums (100%, Original Sin and Bad Taboo), he clarified and established the band’s sound and intent not only in each song but on the whole album.