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The story behind the name……….
“The meaning of the word “peace” in Greek is the KNITTING together, the unification of what has been broken, unraveled or disrupted. It means wholeness.”
Quote from “The Magnificent Vision” by L. J. Ogilvie.
This band was the result of some jam sessions at the Salvation Army in Maple Ridge, B.C. Coincidentally a knitting club (the kind that uses yarn) met on the same night and the instructor tried to lure them into the class and accused these musicians of being “closet knitters”. And so it began.

This is a group of veteran musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds who love to make music together. They are a gospel blues band performing entirely original material. Gene Murphy is the driving force behind the band with his songwriting abilities and creative guitar licks. But each member has contributed to the arrangement and style of the music as they fuse their musical influences. Their sound is a blend of blues/rock, R & B with a bit of rock-a-billy thrown in. It’s music with a message of hope, freedom and joy.
The band has performed at the “Back to the Blues” concert in Chilliwack for three consecutive years. The response has been very positive “Their music is infectious, joy-filled, heart liftin’, smile bringin’ and more.”
The band has received some encouraging reviews from listeners of the internet radio broadcast at www.indiecharts.com.
"Two words 'hot blues'. You are truly gifted blues artists. Keep up the good work."
AMALA

"I really like the blues and I like the positive message in your songs as well." THE GROOVE MINE

"Love the blues. Keep up the groove."
THE SLUGGER TRASK BAND

"The individual talent in your band is outstanding. Even more impressive is the group chemistry that allows for the blending of all that talent.What a great sound! RICK FROST


BIO





Gene Murphy: Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar, Lead & Background Vocals


Gene is the founder of “The Knitting Club”. His first band was "The Edsells". They released a single in 1981 which got airplay on college radio across Canada. One of the highlights for Gene was playing with "54-40" at The Smiling Buddha in Vancouver, BC. "The Edsells" became "The Rockin' Edsels" and they released a EP in 1984 entitled "Rock Five Screamin' Alive". It got heavy airplay on college radio across Canada and the U.S. Their first major opening spot was with Blue Rodeo in Toronto, Ontario. The band underwent some changes and became "The Last Wild Sons". In 1992 they released a CD entitled "Heart of the Workin'Man". They opened for major recording acts such as BTO, The Kentucky Headhunters, Colin James, Blues Legend Junior Wells, Tom Russell, The Cowboy Junkies, The Blasters and The Beat Farmers.
As a songwriter Gene was influenced by John Lennon and Buddy Holly and his guitar playing has been influenced by such greats as Brian Setzer, Johnny Winter, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eddie Cochran and Dave Alvin.
In 1991 he began to write songs to glorify God and by 2003 the songs were coming fast and furious and thus began The Knitting Club. .




Rick Meadows: Lead Guitar, Keyboard, & Synthesizer

Rick has been playing professionally in bands since the 1970’s at various venues. During the late seventies and early eighties while at UBC studying electrical engineering he played in the Engineering Rock Band. After graduation Rick focused on writing and recording his own music. He joined the band in 2004 as an additional guitar player, keyboardist and guitar synthesis. Rick also added his technical expertise when he produced and mixed the cd “Travellers on the Blackline” and designed and maintains the band’s website. He is also one of the members of the worship band at Burnett Baptist in Maple Ridge.





Carol Keating: Lead & Background Vocals


Carol has been singing her entire life. At the ripe old age of 4 her pastor recognized her unique talent and she traveled with him singing in little country churches in Southern Saskatchewan. She was asked to sing at almost every family function and community event until her late teens when she moved to Regina. She met Barry and soon after was fronting a rock and roll band that played private parties, clubs and lounges. After moving to the West Coast in the 1980’s she continued to perform along with her husband Barry at various venues in the Lower Mainland. In 1987 her music once again became a passion which evolved into leading worship at church, the Gospel Mission in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside, Northview singles in Abbotsford, Women’s Aglow in Maple Ridge, and organizing and performing in Christian musical productions. At the present time Carol leads worship at Celebrate Recovery which is a Christian based twelve-step program that meets in Maple Ridge, B.C. Carol’s passion is evident in her powerful voice as she performs lead and background vocals in the Knitting Club.




Barry Keating: Bass Guitar, Lead & Background Vocals


Barry has been a part of the music industry for many years. Starting in the 60’s in Regina, Saskatchewan when he and some of his buddies decided to form a band. After a few years of playing locally they launched their professional careers recording in Hollywood for RCA under the guidance of well-known producer Gary Paxton. The band recorded under the names of “The White Nights” and “Tomorrow’s Keepsake”. Three of their singles “Love That’s True”, “There She Goes” and “High and Mighty” made the Canadian charts with one of their singles reaching #6. They toured extensively throughout North America with the likes of The Guess Who, The Turtles, and The Dave Clark Five.
Barry’s musical influences include Motown artists like The Four Tops and The Temptations, Stax Studio R & B recording artists such as Sam & Dave, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket, as well as The British Invasion which brought such artists as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to North America.
Barry, together with his wife Carol, has been involved in worship ministry and providing music for several churches, singles’ groups, the Gospel Mission in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside and currently at Celebrate Recovery in Maple Ridge, B.C.
Barry is an integral part of the Knitting Club adding his talent as a bass player and vocalist


Daryl


Still waiting for him to submit his BIo so We can post it



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