Lynne Chwyl Band
After a few years "leave" to deal with some medical issues, Lynne Chwyl is back with an all new "all-star" line-up of Edmonton's most accomplished musicians and a new collection of of tunes that will reach into the pit of your stomach and tickle your toes! We just dare you not to dance -- or stay in your seats without tapping your toes!
THE LYNNE CHWYL BAND - Member Biographies
Lead/Rythm Guitar: Ben Sures
Ben Sures has been playing guitar with people since the early 90s. He has played and or recorded with Paul Reddick, Harpdog Brown, Rita Chiarelli, Tim Williams, Rusty Reed, Backalley John, Corin Raymond, Maggie Mae, Big Dave McLean, Dave Mowat and many more. His electric guitar style can best be described as sloppy and old fashioned with a traditional raw tube style guitar tone.
Drums: Dean Pierno
Dean Pierno, drummer, percussionist, bandleader, has been making his living in music for over 30 years. Having recently moved back to Edmonton, Dean’s musical journey has included gigs and performances with Tommy Banks, Gary Guthman (Harry James Tribute),The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Don Rickles Orchestra, The Louie Armstrong Tribute, Ekos (Edmonton Kiwanis) Singers, Ian Stewart, Ashley MacIsaac, The Legendary Platters, Andrew Glover, Tyler Hamilton, Edmonton Musical Theater, Bjorn Thoroddsen (Iceland guitarist) and Rollanda Lee, just to name a few. Fluent in all styles of music, Dean is passionate about providing the perfect groove for any song.
Bass: Jeff Bartlett
Jeff started playing at 19 years old and toured professionally from 1982-1993 playing in country bands, rock bands, dance bands, and top 40 bands. He has played with Vancouver recording act "Juan Trak", and has toured and recorded on his first album with Bobby Cameron. Jeff has also played with blues legend "Studebaker John". Jeff is a working member of several local Edmonton bands, including the Joint Chiefs.
Keyboards: Dennis Meneely
Since Dennis Meneely’s first band 'Why Us' in 1965, his musical journey has included numerous bands, musicians, recordings, and tours. Dennis recorded his first single at 18 in Clovis, New Mexico, with producer Norman Petty (Buddy Holly, The Fireballs). Since then he has played with some of Canada's most respected bands and alongside some of the world’s more recognized artists, opening in the early days for 'The Tom Northcott Trio' , The Guess Who, The Youngbloods, Witness Inc., The Fireballs, Lighthouse, Crowbar, Whisky Howl, and King Biscuit Boy. In the following decades, Dennis was a member of 'The Kenny Shields Band (Streethart) ', 'Toronto with Holly Woods' and Tacoy Ryde/Jato doing shows with artists as varied as Joan Jett, The Third World Band, Steel Pulse, The Soweto Gospel Choir and Royal Southern Brotherhood, and performing at numerous Canadian festivals featuring Canada's most revered acts (Chilliwack, Headpins, Trooper, The Tragically Hip, Monkey Junk, Big Sugar, and more.) Now as a veteran, Dennis freelances locally and regionally with a new generation of artists such as Angela Mackenzie, Paula Perro, and Lynne Chwyl. In addition, Dennis is looking forward to finishing his current recording project under his own banner.
Lead Vocals: Lynne Chwyl
Lynne began performing professionally with live blues bands only 6 years ago. She was a member of local Edmonton bands Bluesface, Insomnia, Forty Below, and The Collective R&B, as well as a member of the Calgary band, Gunn. She enjoyed rapid local success, performing at both the Beaumont Blues Festival and at the Calgary International Blues Festival and by personal invitation in Calgary at the Kelly Jay (Crowbar) benefit and the Amos Garrett 2013 flood relief benefit. She has also enjoyed sharing the stage with notables such as Bruce Conte (Tower of Power), MonkeyJunk, Studebaker John, Russell Jackson, Rusty Reed, Arsen Shomakhov, Dave Babcock, Tim Williams, and Mike Clark, as well as gigging in many venues throughout Alberta. She is a popular returning performer at the annual Edmonton Women of Song breast cancer benefit, and has recorded a track on the 2016 Edmonton Women of Song compilation CD. Her film credits include a small role as the legion singer in the Corkscrew Production of the CBC special “Balletlujah” featuring kd Lang. Lynne’s national anthem credits include the first ever anthem singer for not only the Beaumont Chiefs Junior B Hockey club, but also as the Capital Junior Hockey League’s first league anthem singer, and she has performed the national anthem at the Winspear to open the Alberta Body Building Championships, and twice for the Alberta Saskatchewan Toastmasters Convention in Edmonton. Lynne is currently co-writing material for her own debut CD with plans to record in the spring.
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