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Here's what some folks have to say!!!
many musicians over the years have said this, "wow, you're brave"
First gig opening for Bob Wiseman as Van Creeggan in Halifax, Feb '93. Bob said, "Yeah, they're pretty good."
Grandparents 60th wedding anniversary, June '93. They said, "What are they saying?".
CFNY Acoustic Christmas, Dec '93. Audience member said, "I realized I liked them because I was sad when they left the stage".
Tasca (Toronto bar) Spring '95 Audience member said, "Great beer drinking music!" Another audience member said, "It was the best night of my life!".
Earth Day '95 - Toronto. Stephen Fearing said, "That was great! He really goes on that drum!"
Guatemalan People's Memorial Benefit Concert, Spring '95. Bob Snider said, "It feels like we're at church."
Toronto Youth Symphony Orchestra Anniversary Concert, Spring '95. Massey Hall, Toronto. The brothers, who are both alumni, were invited to play a tune and ended up improvising with the orchestra. Jukka-Pekka Saraste said, "VERY GOOUD!!"
Malcolm Lowry Room, Vancouver, Fall '95, with Coco Love Alcorn. She said, as she sipped hot chocolate, "I didn't really like it?. I loved it!"
Glass Slipper, Vancouver, Fall '95 with the Colorifics. Veda Hille said, "Hard Grooves." Another audience member said, "Yeah it grooved so hard it hurt!"
Café Deux Soleil, Vancouver, Fall '95, with the Widdershins. Ike (Hard Rock Miners) said, "After seeing the Brothers Creeggan, I hereby induct Andy into the pancake breakfast club." Andy said, "This is a great honour."
Ultrasound Showbar, Toronto, Dec '95, with Agnelli and Rave. The Creeggan parents sand "Its only a Shanty in old Shantytown?.!" Jason Plumb (Waltons) said, "Holy Kamoley!"
Big brother John and Jennie's wedding, Aug '96, Barrie, Ontario, with Natacha Hébert. Uncle Arnold said, "Hey, before I forget,?.I liked your stuff, it was?different."
Special Christmas Variety Show for the Daily Bread Food Bank, Dec '96, Rivoli, in Toronto. Kevin Hearn remarked, "It was a Christmas miracle."
National interview on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company) radio's Morningside in May 1997 (the last month of the show) Peter Gzowski said, "A shark in your liver?!" He also said, "You'll never be famous, but you should be."
Isart, Montréal, sometime in 1998, one of Andy`s classmates said, "that's what music should be!" Another said, "tight band..." One of Andy's teachers said (taken out of context) "I think I enjoyed it more than anyone else."
C?est What, Toronto, Sept 14, 1999. Ted Dykstra (of 2 pianos, 4 hands) said emphatically, ?people want to hear this!!?
C?est What, Toronto, Sept. 23, 1999. Mom said, ?You remind me of your uncle when you push up your glasses every 15 seconds!?
Zaphod Beeblebrox 2, Ottawa, Oct 16, 1999. The promoter said,?I?d like to check out your record collection.?
Starfish Room, Vancouver, May 3, 2001. Annette Boulanger said, ?it?s fun, it?s Creeg.?
72 year old Native American elder in Acheville North Carolina all he could say upon hearing Trunks was, "wow, that's really tricky, play some more."
ren wrote us with this (aug 2001): "lunacy and piracies. magic and momentary damnations as music raw is tamed; put to peace (in one piece) as it was, ah yes, as it will be."
Centre Cultural d'Aberdeen, Moncton, NB, May 2002. Marc Leblanc said, "One of the best shows i've ever seen or heard at Aberdeen!"
Shai Korman of Montréal band Bear Left said about Sleepyhead: "...a distinct, subtle and beautiful, snap, crackle and pop."
here's a review of a show at Schuba's in Chicago, June 2002. http://www.chicagoartsandentertainment.com/2_27/Music/bros.htm
Chris Kane, web developer, referring to all Bros C. albums said, "it's so dang good."
Matt, a Muppeteer said about Sleepyhead, "it's just so lovely to listen to."
David Matheson said about Sleepyhead, "...A tightrope wonderfully walked."
Mary, a cyberwayfarer wrote, "...You deserve high praise."
Vankleek Hill Collegiat Institute (Nov. 2002), Jennifer Morrison gr. 9 wrote,"I say it was a crowning performance." Sarah Duncan gr.10 wrote, "...an amazing instrumental group, which arrange the composition of their music for their particular instruments to make music people aren't exactly accustom to."
??Kevin Gallagher from the Carolinas wrote about Sleepyhead (Jan 2003): 'put [it] in the stereo while you lay in bed, and funky weird pleasant dreams fill the head'
Annie (of Cardiff Wales) through the second playing of Sleepyhead asks what are we listening to. reply: "Brothers Creeggan, do you like it?" Annie's response "Abso Bloody Lutley!!"
Burn Creeggan, (Father Creeggan) says, "can`t you compose something recognizable?"
THE Lorraine Bowen wrote, "Blimey I was listening to "sleepyhead" on the bus, got off and was nearly run over by a taxi last night - and it's all your fault!!!" (Aug 2003)
Ginette Fournier St-Jean-sur-Richelieu (Québec), wrote this about Sleepyhead, 'C'est un vrai petit chef-d'oeuvre.'2002
Valerie's Story: So a couple of weeks ago I got the bright idea to drive to Kansas City, MO with a couple of friends to catch the last BnL peep show. To make an insanely long story short, we got in a wreck and totaled the car about an hour outside of Kansas City. There were no major injuries and a friend of mine from Colorado was able to come rescue us (she was meeting us at the show). The next day we eventually got a rental car to get us back to Indiana. I spent the 8 hour drive home absolutely terrified. Any time a car would merge onto the highway or I saw break lights (about every 30 seconds), I'd get all tense and just freak out. I couldn't look away because I was really sore and it hurt to move, and when I closed my eyes I just saw the accident happening again. Words just don't describe how horrible it was. But then we put the Sleepyhead CD on...and that somehow calmed me down. I don't know if it was the music itself or the memories of all the fun I had at the shows when you were on tour (probably a combination of both), but it worked. Thanks.
CD BABY website review of Andiwork II (Sept. 2004): Distinct in his innovation, Creeggan starts with a jazz base, as a common, grounding foundation while the winding, rebellious extremities of melody and theme wander into odd, mischievous, discolored rooms and off-the-wall territories with ease, conviction and curiosity. From smoky, weaving lines of experimental classical gems to gorgeous, reverberating thought-pinchers to the thunk of the udu to electronic play and smeared harmonies over rubberband textures to hiccuping tavern songs and circus like crazes, each individual track steps forward with confidence into a sound world of unknowns, a kind of dream world shared with Danny Elfman and Claude Bolling, but never is this adventure undertaken with a hint of tenuity. It's a clever, adult sized screenplay for the ears, a cartoon that stabs you in the funny bone one moment then has you awestruck the next. Absolutely brilliant. Adjectives in motion.
Xclaim Review of Andiwork II, Dec. 2004 by Vish Khanna. 'Taking a break from his stint as one half of the Brothers Creeggan, Andy Creeggan has composed a wonderfully textured instrumental album that is as lively as it is introspective. A collection of both prepared and improvised ambient pieces, Andiwork II draws from classical, jazz, world music, baroque, and even period film scores for its unique sound. The dreamy rhythms of "Attendance" soon give way to the suspenseful plodding of "Lullaby," which is itself followed by the cartoon chase scene that is "Prelude." Creeggan's playfulness here has a familial bent to it, as brother Jim knowingly plucks a sly bass on jazz romps like "Izzy" and "Foups." Their father Burn also gets in on the action with an amusing discussion with Andy during the session to capture the elder Creeggan's voice for "Green." Far from irreverent though, this is an accomplished effort for Andy Creeggan who continues to boldly expand his musical horizons and inventively fulfil his artistic vision.'
Tom Semioli,(2005)All Music Guide, about Sleepyhead. 'the Brothers Creeggan have slipped a contemplative masterpiece into our midst.'