Cloak of Civility
BIOGRAPHY Ed McDade Singer/Songwriter Singer and songwriter ED Mc DADE was born in Philadelphia to a music-loving Family. Dad played harmonica, Mom sang and one brother was a professional musician. He began playing acoustic music in high school (during the folk revival), and worked frequently at local clubs in the Philadelphia area. Later, Ed played electric bass, joining many notable bands such as Axis Blues Band. He also played bass for Len Barry of Bristol Stomp fame, Millie Mc Clain, Chicago Blues & Soul luminary and did session work with Barry Goldberg of the Electric Flag. At University during the late 1960's, Ed was an English/social studies major and political activist. By 1974, he had returned to the acoustic guitar, which he found more suited to his voice and musical style. That's when Ed 'moved to the country' and began writing his own songs. Ed has taken his music across the USA and around the world. Performing in Canada, Jamaica, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Italy and the former republics of Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. He has also done extensive studio work in the San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia and New York City. Ed has performed almost exclusively as a solo acoustic act, playing original songs mixed with country blues picking in the style of Mississippi John Hurt and Doc Watson. His ease in live performances, developed in a wide variety of music venues, enables him to reach audiences of all types. He has appeared on radio and television, both in the USA & Europe and performs regularly at Community/Art festivals, Universities, folk clubs, rallies, fairs, Theatres, etc. Mr. McDade has won numerous song writing awards (American Song Festival, Los Angeles, CA; New Song Festival, Kerrville, TX; Hank Williams Song Festival, Avoca, IA) and has received wide acceptance and air play for both of his recordings (*Water Spirit* in 1987 with guest artist Gene Friesen of the Paul Winter Consort and *Radio Songs* in 1995. Two of the compositions on radio songs were recorded in Vienna, Austria with the great Euro band Nugget). His latest project, 'CLOAK OF CIVILITY' is a blend of electric & acoustic music featuring smoldering blues, joyous funk, funny/insightful folk and contagious reggae; dealing with political and cultural issues like corporate corruption, war, environmental destruction, diminished civil liberties, trade policies, dirty $$$$$$$ in politics, media manipulation, GMO foods (IS YOUR COW MAD YET?), too much power in too few hands, etc., etc., etc.-----SO-get ENERGIZED-INSPIRED-and READY for ACTION (even if it's only dancing). 'McD excellent'-Radio Micron-Belgium 'Definitely holds your attention'-Kingston Radio-UK 'Especially good'-Radio Enghien-France 'Great style'-Novaradio A-Italy 'Mucho Feeling'-Radio Turia-Spain 'Powerful'-Radio Ingalstadt-Germany 'Sensitivity and artistic range'-Len Ziemkiewicz-Guild Hall-East Hampton-NY 'Very talented, wonderful performance'-Barbara Roder-Hawkeye College-IA 'Good show'-Larry Knowles-Addison Hall-Ft.Washington-MD 'Excellent'-Chris Caputo-Sundays on Stage-Philadelphia-PA 'Grace under pressure'-DR. Steinhagen-Marietta College-OH 'World veteran of the music scene'-Center Daily Times-State College-PA.