Steely Town - A Steely Dan Tribute

Steely Town - A Steely Dan Tribute

Steely Town is a 10 piece Calgary based group devoted to bringing the songs of Steely Dan to music lovers. The group is comprised of seasoned veterans with many years of combined experience in live, studio, and theatre performance. The playlist is a mix of original recorded versions, live versions, and hybrids of both to bring an unforgettable night of entertainment to disciples of Dan.

John Thiel Guitar / Vocals
John has been involved in the Canadian music industry for over 35 years. After performing in western Canada for more than a decade, he toured Canada and the US extensively for another 12 years. Recording became a passion and upon relocating to Calgary he focused on session playing and producing projects for artists, while continuing to perform with many of Canada’s top artists. John studied classical guitar with Jacob Soloman at the University of Calgary and has appeared on over 100 full albums, producing well over half of those projects. In addition, he has played on and produced hundreds of demos, ep’s, jingles, commercials, documentaries and soundtracks, as well as productions of live theatre. Ever since hearing the Can't Buy A Thrill album for the first time, he has had a fascination with this Steely Dan's music. John is the co-owner and engineer/producer at Horizon Music Recording Studios in Calgary, and acts as the band leader and main contact.

Joe McIntyre - Drums

Originally from Calgary, Joe now resides in Edmonton. He began performing with the popular Country group The Honky Tonk Heroes. Joe has also performed with Chris Cummings, Tom Jackson, Beverly Mahood, Duane Steele, Patricia Conroy, Lace, Thomas Wade, and Shania Twain. Joe is currently one of Western Canada's most in demand live and session drummers.

Keith Floen - Keyboards

A native of Calgary, Keith has been playing piano since the age of five. He is one of Western Canada's most in demand live and session players. In addition to hundreds of sessions, Keith has performed with the following artists: Paul Brandt, Tom Jackson, Duane Steele, Lisa Brokop, Beverly Mahood, Farmers Daughter, Joan Kennedy, Patricia Conroy, Amy Sky, Lace, Brad Johner, Michelle Wright, George Fox, George Canyon, and Shania Twain. Keith is also currently recording and touring with The Travelling Mabels.

Brad Steckel – Guitar/vocals

Born and raised in Easton, Pennsylvania, guitarist/producer/engineer Brad Steckel, an alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, has been playing guitar professionally for the past 50 years in as many styles and venues as that period of time has offered, including being a session guitarist since 1974. As well as running his own production company and recording studio, Nevin Park Productions/Recording in Calgary, Alberta, Brad has been the ‘resident guitarist’ at Stage West Dinner Theater Calgary for the past seventeen years, as well as the occasional guitarist for Theater Calgary and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Brad was also an original team member at QSound Labs where he became chief audio engineer. In his ten years at QSound Labs (1988/1998), Brad had the opportunity to work in many of the world’s best studios with artists like Sting, Madonna and Luther Vandross. He has also engineered and produced projects with artists as diverse as Mark Murphy, Benny Green, Joey DeFrancesco, Amos Garrett, Cindy Church and Ron Sexsmith. Brad remains busy producing projects at Nevin Park, playing shows at Stage West and elsewhere. Brad is extremely excited to be a part of this most extraordinary Steelytown project!

Deanna Dubbin - Vocals

Deanna has enjoyed 40 years of singing that has allowed her to travel to exotic parts of the world, spend 15 years in Musical Theatre, sing back ground vocals for recording artists in the studio, perform on radio and television jingles, record two C.D’s, perform with Party Bands, Big Bands, Nightclub Bands, be the featured artist on large fundraising events, host her own nationally televised Christmas Special, create her own
vocal group performance groups, become a regular performer on locally televised Telethons and perform with some of Canada’s top musicians. What a thrill to be involved in this amazing Steely Dan Tribute Band project, Steely Town with some amazing world class musicians and singers.

Phil Hall - Bass Guitar / Vocals

Phil is one o Canada's most recognized bass guitaists. Phil has worked with many mentionable artists including, Colin James, Luke McMaster, The Rankins, Bruce Guthro, George Fox, Michelle Wright, Chris Cummings, Lisa Brokop, Duane Steele, and The Good Brothers. He acted as the Musical Director for Tom Jackson's national concert series The Huron Carole for over a decade, and Phil is a graduate of the Humber College Music Program in Toronto, Ontario.

Shirley Lange - Vocals
Shirley has been performing for over 30 years. She has toured Canada, the US, and Japan. In the 80’s she fronted the pop group “Headlines” which released several Adult Contemporary singles in Canada, and toured extensively throughout Canada and the US. In 2000, she released a country album “This Time” and three nationally charted singles and videos on CMT. She was nominated for several provincial and national awards, and in 2002 won “Best Music Video” at the ARIA awards. Shirley currently teaches music as well as vocal coaching at Horizon Music. She is also very active in the studio recording lead and background vocals commercial voice overs, as well as songwriting and co-writing with various artists. Shirley also is the co-owner of Horizon Music Recording Studios in Calgary.

Gareth Bane - Baritone Sax

Since returning to Calgary from New York City in 2011, Gareth Bane has continued to push the boundaries of the Baritone Saxophone. Modern improvisational Jazz concepts and the roots of Blues combine with a
“take-no-prisoners” approach to the horn thus creating a unique and powerful voice on that instrument. His influences include Nick Brignola, Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber and Pepper Adams . Gareth’s most influential teachers have been Ralph Bowen, Pat LaBarbera, Gary Smulyan, Conrad Herwig, Jim Brenan, Jeremy Brown and Pat Belliveau. He is currently living in Calgary and performing with groups such as the Prime
Time Big Band, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, The Calgary Creative Arts Ensemble and the Ray Charles Project. He is also active with his own projects including a Baritone/Guitar Duo with Keith Smith, Organ Quartet and the Low Blow Sextet. Also in demand as an educator, Gareth works extensively in schools across
Calgary and outlying areas though the Calgary Philharmonic Education Outreach, Clinic Line, Rocky Mountain Music Retreats and as a private contractor. He also teaches privately and through deWaal Music Studios.

Mike Clark - Tenor Sax

In 1989 Mike’s career as a professional musician took centre stage when he moved to Calgary. Within weeks of his arrival he was hired to perform with the legendary Clarence “Big” Miller. Mike’s huge tone, authentic approach and expressive solos was the calling card he used to introduce himself to the hierarchy of performers in the city and expeditiously established himself as the number one call saxophonist on the blues and roots scene. Mike truly is one of Canada’s premiere blues and roots artists and has been nominated for a Maple Blues Award in the category of “Horn Player of the Year” for three consecutive years. He has performed with Albert Collins, Son Seals, Amos Garrett, The Downchild Bluesband, and Dutch Mason to name a few. He’s recorded with Johnny V (If My Daddy Could See Me Now), Donald Ray Johnson (Pure Pleasure), Tim Williams (Live at Kaos), Ray Montana (Hip October), Steve Pineo (Steve Pineo with Horns) and can be heard on many other sessions. Mike is also the owner of Mikey's Juke Joint, and Mikey's on 12th live music venues in Calgary.

Dave Prentice - Trumpet / Horn Section Leader

As a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (B.Eng.Hons, Chemical Engineering), Dave now lives and works as a Software Engineer in Calgary, Alberta. Dave moved to Calgary in 2007 having served 15 years as the trumpet player and horn section arranger for Edinburgh based 1950s Rock'n'Roll band The Dreamliners. Dave also served almost 10 years as Musical Director of the Edinburgh University Jazz Orchestra from 1998 - 2007 where he continued composing and arranging for large jazz ensemble. Dave has given instruction in school clinics as well as privately through Time Music Studios in Calgary, and continues to write and arrange for the big band format. Dave's charts have been performed by notable bands such as Calgary's Prime Time big Band and the Wednesday Night Big Band, for whom Dave is entering his 10th year as Lead Trumpet.

Steve Pineo

My name is Steve, let me tell you a little about myself. I was born in Ontario (O.K. Toronto) to Nova Scotian parents and moved to Calgary in 1978. I was tought “Stairway to Heaven” at summer camp when I was nine and got my first guitar at age ten. I wrote my first song when I was eleven (it was terrible). When I was in Junior High I was in a garage band with Whitey Kirst who went on to play with Iggy Pop. We were called “The Tomatoes”. In high school, punk and new wave came to Calgary and my friends stopped talking to me. Soon came the preppy thing, electro-pop and the A.I.D.S scare. What a terrible time to grow up. My heart was in the 60’s and I loved Bob Dylan, the Beatles and the Stones. I discovered B.B. King and then Howlin’ Wolf and then Stevie Ray Vaughn came along, which gave me a glimmer of hope amidst all the crap I was hearing on the radio.

I spent three misguided years at U. Vic. Trying to get a degree while playing at every house party and jam session I could find and then dropped out, dejected and heartbroken. So I moved back to Calgary and joined a country-rock band (while hitting all the blues jams I could). At a house party at Tim Leacock’s house, Neil MacGonigill heard me playing some Hank Williams tunes and decided to take me on. I worked with Neil for about ten years and got many breaks, including tours with Jann Arden, having my song “Canadian Man” covered by Paul Brandt, and a trip to Nashville to try to get a publishing deal. Neil also introduced me to Russell DeCarle and Keith Glass of Prairie Oyster, who have become lifelong friends as well as honouring me by recording “Too Bad For Me”. So, thanks Neil!

In the mid 90’s, I was in a band with compadres Tim Leacock and Ross Watson from legendary rock band “The Burners” as well as Danny Patton who was in a great band called “The Unusuals” and owned the recording studio we used to record in and hang out at. Also in the band was a quirky singer songwriter who had just come off the road with “Junior Gone Wild” named Jane Hawley. Together we were called “Beautiful Joe” and we were pretty good on a good night! We had the honour of appearing on the last episode of “Rita and Friends”Every once in a while we would back up another Neil MacGonigill protégé named Billy Cowsill. When Billy moved to Calgary to clean up, he eventually started playing the odd gig with his old friend Tim Leacock, whom he taught to play the bass. I sat in on one of their shows and soon I was in the band. About six months later we added Ross Watson on the drums and the Co-Dependents were born. The co-Dependents was the best band I’ve ever been in and it was really because of Billy. Great leaders and performers like him are indeed a rarity and I’ve worked with a few (especially Willy MacCalder).We were in situation that we knew wouldn’t last and then Billy’s health took a turn for the worse and the Mecca burnt down. The surviving members of the Co-Dependents still play as the Joe-Defendents (which is a nod to Beautiful Joe and the Co-Dependents)

Through all these years I always worked as a solo act as well as having the Steve Pineo Band which has ranged from a three piece to a nine piece. I play every Monday night with Kelly Kruse and Kit Johnson at Mikey’s which has been a godsend.Considering all of the bands I’ve played with and all the styles, it’s nice to know you can go to the same place every week wityh the same guys and work on you stuff in a friendly environment.So music has been pretty good to me so far.

On a more personal note, I have been married since 2000 to my high school sweetheart and have two beautiful kids. I like skiing, golfing cooking, poker, cheering for the Flames and the great outdoors.



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