940 Bonisteel Rd
Trenton, ON K8V 5P8
Ellis Island Project is Harry Ellis , Andy Earle, and Gary Cassagnol. Harry Ellis is a long standing friend of the Old Church Theatre who you may have seen playing here on a few occasions with the great, Howard Baer. Harry’s impeccable timing and jazz sensibilities make him the perfect bandleader to form this talented Latin trio and put them under our roof for an unforgettable evening.
Harry Ellis – drums
Raised in New Jersey, Harry Ellis has had a long and varied career playing and traveling with such artists as Helen Reddy, Gary Lewis & the Playboys, Maria Muldar, Tanya Tucker, Michelle Wright, and Carol Baker. He has performed in jazz festivals in Europe and Asia with Milt Hinton, Buddy Tate, Warren Vaché, Danny Moss, and Roy Williamson, and in Canada with Peter Appleyard, Norm Amadio, Frank Wright, Michael Stewart, Bobby Fenton, George Koller, Hilario Duran, Luis Mario Ochoa, and Bill McBirnie to name but a few. Harry now resides in Prince Edward County and performs regularly with a wide assortment of players and singers in the area.
Andy Earle – guitar/vocal
Andy currently performs in practically any combination of single duo trio and full band. With a powerful voice, impeccable guitar work and an infectious sense of humour that permeates his performances, Andy Earle is a show not to be missed.
Whether detailing life’s joys or its sorrows, Andy is an utterly engrossing performer. While his fretwork is admirably agile, it’s as a vocalist that Andy truly shines; he caresses a lyric like a lover, his rich baritone a seductive purr both warm and inviting. Yet, soothing though it may be, there’s an ever-present and unmistakable sense of barely-controlled power to Andy’s singing, a raw and unbridled passion seething just under the surface.
Gary Cassagnol – bass
Gary’s background is Haitian but his playing career started in New York City. In the 60s he played with various bands exploring several musical genres. That versatility took him to Montreal in the 70s (during which time he toured with The Platters) and then to Toronto in the 90s …playing all the time as a guitar player.
Gary switched to the bass in the 90s by accident (because the bass player didn’t show up for a gig) and he’s been playing the bass ever since with several different acts, and mostly with Andy Earle for the last 15 years.