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March 25 /7:00 pm 9:00 pm

Nicholas Balkou: Vocalist/Guitar
Hap Roderman: Bass Guitar
Michael Fonfara: Piano/Keyboard/Organ
Duncan McBain: Drums
Ed Roth: Accordian/Keyboard

BENTROOTS have been performing and recording with each other in various configurations for a number of years. But it was only when the Chick ‘n Deli, a legendary Toronto night club known for its live entertainment, decided to try a Blue Monday revue that BENTROOTS began to take its present shape. As the Monday house band, BENTROOTS backed a variety of entertainers including Chuck Jackson of the Downchild Blues Band, Al Lerman from Fathead, Johnny Wright, Son Roberts and Errol Fisher to name a few.

Although their stay was cut short, BENTROOTS, led by guitarist/songwriter Nicholas T. Balkou, continued to get together on occasional Mondays to jam and try out some musical ideas. It’s out of these sessions, recorded at the Rhythm Ranch, over the past two years the recordings of “TALES OF A SWAMP KING” were born. The ten songs that are featured on this CD, represents a small percentage of what makes up BENTROOTS. Another 20 tracks have been recorded or are in the process of being recorded for a projected release later.


March 25
7:00 pm 9:00 pm


2152 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M4C1K3 Canada
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+1 (416) 425-4664