Wow! This has been a fantastic summer so far for the the band.  We just got back from the Trout Forest Music Festival, in Ear Falls Ontario.  Big love to all of the performers, volunteers and staff out there for making our first trip such a wonderful experience.  I have to start off with the FOOD!  Pulled pork sandwiches at midnight around the campfire, butter tarts and peanut butter chocolate squares at EVERY MEAL, smoked turkey, smoked chicken, delicious salads and all served with a smile and made with love.  The food alone is enough to make us want to come back.

We started the festival with a rainy parade led by Al Simmons on his trusty bike/horse clip clop, and it was the perfect way to begin the weekend.  Our workshop on Saturday with Jarvis Church and Soul Station was SOOOOOOO fun.  Man, those guys can sing, and they were really fun to share the stage with.  True professionals!  Our main stage set playing to all of the people on land and in the water was the highlight of the weekend for us.  The family environment at the festival was really great.  All the guys brought their kids and spouses out to camp, ride bikes, swim in the river and eat smores.  

 Al and Clip Clop

Al and Clip Clop


Along with Hollerin' Pines, Andrew Neville,  Kieran West and His Buffalo Band, Erenberg , Inman, McKillop and The Mushroom Cowboy, Jamie Buckboro and Claire Morrison we were blessed to be Camp Ground Minstrels.  We started off by playing to the campers on Wednesday at 7am(!).  Other highlights of the festival for us included a couple of late night parades (with light up horns!!!)  through the festival campground, and a knock down, drag em' out sweaty set at 2am in the Times Change(d) tent on Saturday night.  It was also the first year for Dirty Catfish Brass Land, the new name for our folk fest site, complete with trombone bell tiki torches:)


We had three great sets at the Cube in the Exchange District this summer as well.  Our Winnipeg Jazz Festival set always feels like a kickoff to the summer in the city, and this year's show was very memorable.  There was a HUGE crowd due to all of the FIFA Women's World Cup fans in the city.  It felt great to play for the tourists and show them what Winnipeg is really like in the summer.  We were back at the cube for a noon hour set for the Kids Fringe, which was super fun!  Shout out to our host Captain Braggadocio!  We love to get all of the day campers in their different coloured shirts competing to see who can dance the most.  Everyone wins that contest.  We performed a second set at the Fringe Festival for the "grown ups" on Saturday night.   The vibe in the exchange district in the summer is the best.  Beer definitely tastes better when you can drink it outside:)


We've got our sights set on The Harvest Moon Music Festival in September.  We have a set on the Saturday evening before the Bros. Landreth, and then the two bands will be joining forces to close out the evening with The Hot and Dirty Dance Party.  For those of you that didn't see this spectacle back in the spring, let me paint a picture for you.  16 musicians, 2 bands, 1 set of the best funk and soul music including Tower of Power, James Brown, Stevie Wonder and The Jackson Five. 

For you Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans, we've been playing all of the home games again this year. It's so great to be a part of the community that loves and supports the Blue and Gold.  Hopefully a late playoff push, and a healthy Drew Willy will see us hoisting the Grey Cup at home this year!!!!!!

Stay tuned for some more videos too.  We've had great responses to 3 of our newer videos: Shake it Off, Electric Lady and Countershot, and we've got more left to release this month.  Check them out on our YouTube channel here: DCBB ON YOUTUBE

As always, keep an eye out for us at our favourite busking spot on the corner of River and Osborne.  We'll be playing outside until the ice and snow drive us back indoors.  

See ya soon!


Tickets: tickeyfly.com | Facebook Event Page: facebook.com/events | West End Cultural Centre: www.wecc.ca

Todd Martin - Vocals/Harmonica/Mellophone  Joey Landreth - Guitar/Vocals  Dave Landreth - Bass/Vocals  Aaron Shorr - Guitar  Aaron Edgar - Drums  Cody Iwasiuk - Drums  Scott Senior - Percussion  Jason Sapinsky - Keys/Vocals  Aaron Chodirker - Organ  Andrew Littleford -Trumpet  Simon Christie - Trumpet  Marleau Belanger - Trumpet  Joel Green - Trombone  Kyle Wedlake - Tenor Sax  Graham Dion - Bari/Alto Sax  Steve Oberheu - Sousaphone

Winnipeg may sometimes be referred to as one of Canada’s dirtiest cities, and it is rarely thought of as a destination popular for its heatwaves, but on April 16th it’s going to get real hot, and real dirty, in a really good way.  Combining two of the city’s most exciting performance groups, The Dirty Catfish Brass Band and Dr. Hotbottom are teaming up to form a 15 piece funk monster and are presenting Winnipeg with it’s first “Hot & Dirty Dance Party”.  Both groups have a passion for the music of the past and a desire to excite audiences with music of their own.  They will fill their two set night at the West End Cultural Centre with some original compositions and with music made popular by the great soul groups of the past; including but not limited to, Earth Wind and Fire, Tower of Power, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson.  It’s sure to be an unforgettable night featuring an 8 piece horn section and a 8 piece rhythm section, including 2 drummers!


DCBB has had a very busy month working our first full length album, BRASS RIOT! It's a 9 song collection featuring 6 origional compositions and 3 arrangements of familiar classics. Tracking was finished within a week from the first press of the record button! And after about three weeks of mixing and edits the tracks are ready to be pressed!  


The muisc on BRASS RIOT! is a great representation of what you can expect from a live DCBB party; a lot of great improvised ensemble sections, some hip solos, and some really energetic and exciting original arrangements.  From start to finish it's a total dancer! Great sing along sections and some real hand-clappin'-thigh-slappers. 


Our release party is going to be on JUNE 28th @ THE WEST END CULTURAL CENTRE. If you don't have your ticket yet you can follow this link: TICKETS 

DCBB is really looking forward to sharing this with all of our friends and fans!  


What a fun way to spend a couple of days! Dirty Catfish Brass Band had the great pleasure to play for all of those coming into Winnipeg on Thursday and Friday afternoon/evening. We saw many different travellers. Some were coming home from a vacation in Mexico and some were making their way down to take part in all of the upcoming Juno festivities. It was amazing to surprise all of the unexpecting commuters and to see them dance while they waited for their luggage.  Winnipeg's own, Fred Penner sat in on a few tunes and played tambourine with us. Too bad his harmonicas were trapped in his bags. 

We would like to say thank you to everyone at the airport.  You were all very helpful.  Also, thanks is due to Manitoba Film and Music for setting the whole thing up. 

Have fun at the Junos everyone! 



It's been a busy weekend for the DCBB boys, playing around Winnipeg Venues. We had an amazing time putting The CYRK to rest on Friday night, as Winnipeg says farewell to a truly unique performance space. You will be missed!

Andrew Littlefore lead his trio at the Current Lounge on Saturday night and Kyle Wedlake joined the JD Edwards Band for a packed house at the Times Change(d). 

If you're looking for something to do with your Sunday night you can check out a few of our boys (Joel Green, Andrew Littleford) with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra at 7:30pm. 



We've had a great start to 2014, heating up the stage all around Winnipeg.  We've seen some great events so far, including a few awesome nights at The Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, a fantastic party at The Winnipeg Folk Exchange and an amazing time sharing the stage with The Lost Bayou Ramblers during Winnipeg's beloved Festival du Voyager!  Big thanks to everyone who came to party.