D'Arcy J.M. Cain - Music

Contact: darcy@BigSmokeMusic.com
D'Arcy's guitars
We always had a piano in the house, even before we had a TV. While I never really learned to play more than a few clumsy chords on it or pick out a few simple tunes, I grew to love music listening to my dad play swing and boogie on that old Heintzman.

In the summer of 1967 I bought my first guitar. It was a six string which I bought for $5 from, of all places, the Russian pavilion at Expo 67. While I played it off and on and even formed a band called the "Purple Moss," I never really got serious about playing back then. I did continue to play and over the years bought other guitars.

In the summer of 2003 I started to play bass with some seriousness. This led to forming The Cain Gang in February of 2005. At first I was the bass player but over time I became the lead guitar player as well as playing some keyboards and harmonica. In 2011 I moved back to bass.

In December 2005, I was invited by Lee Van Leer to form a new band called Trill. Lee has been in the music scene for many years, has toured with acts such as the Platters and was the original organist and arranger for Jack London and the Sparrows, a popular Toronto band in the sixties that later moved to the USA and became Steppenwolf. I left Trill in September of 2006 to pursue other interests but occasionally still worked with Lee.

In October of 2006 I was invited to join a band called Whoover as bass player. I left that band to pursue other interests but stay friendly with the members.

In early 2007 Jeremy Ronson, Voodoo Walters and I formed a new band called Fire in the Greenhouse. That project is currently undergoing some changes as Jeremy and Voodoo have left to work on other projects.

In the fall of 2007 I was invited to join a blues band called Voodoo Walters and the Rhythm Method. Eventually I had to step down as I was spreading myself too thin.

In 2007 I started playing the piano. I'm no expert but I can hold onto a tune and I don't expect everyone to play in C all night. I have been getting better over the years.

In March of 2009 some friends and I started a ZZ Top tribute band called Sharp Dressed Men. In the summer of 2012 we toured the east coast, mainly Newfoundland, as that band as well as H to Oh! and Benny and the Pickups.

In May of 2009 I was invited to join H to Oh! as the bass player. Sometimes H to OH! performs as Benny and the Pickups, a country band. In the summer of 2012 we toured the east coast, mainly Newfoundland, as those bands as well Sharp Dressed Men.

In 2011 I was invited by Mike Nagoda to play bass on his upcoming album "Parliament" We went into the studio in February 2012 to record the album. It was release in May of 2014 by Ropeadope Records. We are currently working on the next album.

I have always played with Lee Van Leer (originally known as C.J. Feeny) whenever he needed me. In 2014 I officially became his guitar player. Sadly, Lee passed away in January of 2016. I organized a tribute to him which was attended by hundreds of people who knew him over the years.

While I have started playing seriously too late to expect to be a superstar in the music scene, I am happy to get out to play. I have found local musicians in Toronto to be very generous with new talent like myself. I have found most of them to be supportive and willing to give me a chance to showcase my playing and help me learn and grow as a musician.

In an effort to return some of that generosity, I have obtained and set up the web site Big Smoke Music as a free community online resource for local musicians. I haven't quite decided what I am going to do with it yet but I have a few ideas. Currently all it has is links to some local bands and the start of a weekly jam listing. It also has a database that allow bands to track their gigs and either link to a Big Smoke page for their schedule or use XML-RPC to extract their schedule for display on their own page.

Here is a recording of me playing Sweet Little Angel with an excellent rhythm section, Dale Harrison on drums and Stan Miczek on bass. Thanks guys.

Here is a recording of Just My Imagination with H to Oh! featuring me on vocals and bass.

Here is a recording of Runaway with myself on guitar and vocals with Benny Sanders on drums and Dylan Gamble on bass. Some other guitar songs are La Grange and Soul Man.

Here I am playing Moondance on bass with Bayview Ghost. I also play bass on Back in the USSR, Flip Flop and Fly, Stand By Me and People Get Ready with Michael Keith.

Here I am playing bass with The Fabulous Rave on Handle With Care, Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon, Stray Cat Strut, Brown Sugar, Ob-La_Di Ob-La-Da and Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress

I backed up Gary Singleton on the keyboard for Unchain My Heart, Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out, Can't Help Falling in Love, Imagine, Wonderful Tonight, Valerie and Witchcraft

Here I am playing harp on Annie Mae's Cafe.

For our fortieth wedding anniversary I wrote a song for my wife called It's All Over Now.

The following list shows various dates that I have performed or will be performing either with one of my own bands or else sitting in with someone else. Following that is a partial list of songs that I perform on one or more of bass, guitar, harmonica, keyboard and vocals.

Here are Some YouTube appearances.

Partial list of songs that I play

Upcoming gigs

Date & Time Location Band Details
  • 36-22-36
  • 634-5789
  • A Fool for Your Stockings
  • A Love to Last a Lifetime Long
  • A Nickel and a Nail
  • A Quitter Never Wins
  • A Rainy Night in Georgia
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale
  • Act Naturally
  • Ahead by a Century
  • Ain't No Sunshine
  • Ain't No One Here But Us Chickens
  • Ain't No Use
  • All Along the Watchtower
  • All Right Now
  • Almost Cut My Hair
  • American Woman
  • And I Love Her
  • Angel Eyes
  • Annie Mae's Cafe
  • Another Brick in the Wall
  • Another Saturday Night
  • Around and Around
  • Asleep in the Desert
  • Back in the USSR
  • Bad Girl
  • Bad Moon Rising
  • Bad Things [True Blood theme]
  • Badge
  • Ballad of John and Yoko
  • Bang A Gong
  • Because
  • Beat It
  • Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
  • Before You Accuse Me
  • Beyond the Sea
  • Big Boss Man
  • Billie Jean
  • Birthday
  • Black Magic Woman
  • Blame it on the Boogie
  • Blue Angel
  • Blue Bayou
  • Blue Christmas
  • Blue Jean Blues
  • Blue Light Boogie
  • Blue on Black
  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Bony Moronie
  • Born in Chicago
  • Born on the Bayou
  • Born Under a Bad Sign
  • Born to be Wild
  • Brand New Key
  • Breakdown
  • Breaking Up is Hard to Do
  • Bridge of Sighs
  • Bring it on Home to Me
  • Brown Eyed Blues
  • Brown Eyed Girl
  • Brown Sugar
  • Built for Comfort
  • COD
  • Caldonia
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • Can't Get Enough of Your Love
  • Can't Help Falling In Love
  • Can't You See
  • Can't No Grave Hold My Body Down
  • Car Wash
  • Cause We're in Love
  • Chain Gang
  • Chain of Fools
  • Chantilly Lace
  • Cheap Sunglasses
  • Checkin' Up On My Baby
  • Chest Fever
  • Choo Choo Ch Boogie
  • Cinnamon Girl
  • Cissy Strut
  • City of New Orleans
  • Cocaine
  • Cold Shot
  • Cold Sweat
  • Come Together
  • Comfortably Numb
  • Coming Up
  • Copperhead Road
  • Cottonmouth
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love
  • Crazy Train
  • Crosscut Saw
  • Crossfire
  • Crossroads
  • Cruel Little Number
  • Dance the Night Away
  • Dancing in the Streets
  • Dark End of the Street
  • Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
  • Day Tripper
  • Daydream
  • Dead Flowers
  • Dead Presidents
  • Diggin' a Hole
  • Dirty Love
  • Do You Love Me
  • Do You Want to Know a Secret
  • Don't Be Cruel
  • Don't Mess With My Man
  • Don't Stop
  • Down in the Boondocks
  • Down on the Corner
  • Downtown Came Uptown
  • Dreams
  • Duke of Earl
  • Dust My Broom
  • Eight Days a Week
  • Empty Arms
  • Every Day I Have the Blues
  • Evil
  • Evil Ways
  • Feeling Alright
  • Feels Like Rain
  • Fever
  • Fire
  • Fire ['Cause When We Kiss]
  • Fire on the Bayou
  • Flip Flop and Fly
  • Fly Me to the Moon
  • Folsom Prison Blues
  • For What It's Worth
  • Four Strong Winds
  • Foxy Lady
  • Freddie's Dead
  • Free Falling
  • From Memphis
  • Funk Number 49
  • Gangster of Love
  • Georgia On My Mind
  • Get Off of My Cloud
  • Get Ready
  • Get Up Stand Up
  • Gimme All Your Lovin'
  • Gimme Some Lovin'
  • Gimme Three Steps
  • Girl You'll Be a Woman Soon
  • Goin' to New York
  • Good Morning Blues
  • Good Times, Bad Times
  • Got Me Under Pressure
  • Got My Mojo Working
  • Great Balls of Fire
  • Green Onions
  • Green River
  • Gypsy Woman [Impressions]
  • Handle With Care
  • Hang On Sloopy
  • Happy
  • Hard to Handle
  • Harlem Nocturne
  • Have a Cigar
  • He's the Greatest Dancer
  • Hear That Guitar Ring
  • Heard it on the X
  • Heart of Gold
  • Heartbreaker
  • Hello Mary Lou
  • Helpless
  • Here Comes the Sun
  • Hey Joe
  • Hey Pocky A-Way
  • Hi Fi Mama
  • High Heel Sneakers
  • Hit the Road Jack
  • Hold On I'm Coming
  • Hollywood Swinging
  • Honky Tonk Woman
  • Hot Legs
  • Hotel California
  • Hound Dog [Thornton]
  • House Is Rockin
  • House of the Rising Sun
  • Hypnotized
  • I Can Hear You Calling
  • I Feel Good
  • I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  • I Put a Spell on You
  • I Saw Her Standing There
  • I Saw the Light
  • I Shot the Sheriff
  • I Thank You
  • I Try
  • I Wanna Be Sedated
  • I Want to Hold Your Hand
  • I Will Survive
  • I Wish
  • I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water
  • I'll Be There
  • I'm Not Your Stepping Stone
  • I'm Tore Down
  • I'm a Believer
  • I'm a Man
  • Imagine
  • In the Jailhouse Now
  • In the Midnight Hour
  • In the Still of the Night
  • Instant Karma
  • It's All Over Now
  • It's All Over Now - original
  • It's So Easy
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • Jenny Jenny
  • Jesus Just Left Chicago
  • Johnny B Goode
  • Jumping Jack Flash
  • Just My Imagination
  • Just a Little Bit
  • Kansas City
  • Keep Your Hands to Yourself
  • Keep On a Rockin' Me Baby
  • Keep on Rocking in the Free World
  • Key to the Highway
  • Killing Floor
  • King of the Road
  • Knock on Wood
  • Knockin' on Heaven's Door
  • Knocking at Your Back Door
  • La Grange
  • Lady Madonna
  • Lady Marmalade
  • Land of a 1000 Dances
  • Last Two Dollars
  • Late in the Evening
  • Lay Down Sally
  • Layin' in the Alley
  • Layla
  • Let's Dance
  • Let's Get it On
  • Let's Stay Together
  • Life is a Highway
  • Linda Lou
  • Little Sister
  • Little Wing
  • Lodi
  • Lola
  • Lollypop Mama
  • Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
  • Long Train Running
  • Looking Out My Back Door
  • Louie Louie
  • Louisiana Blues
  • Love Me Two Times
  • Love Potion Number 9
  • Love Will Keep Us Alive
  • Low Rider
  • Lucille
  • Lucky Man
  • Lunatic Fringe
  • Mack the Knife
  • Magic Carpet Ride
  • Make Me Do Anything You Want
  • Manic Depression
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb
  • Matchbox
  • Maybellene
  • Me and Julio
  • Memphis Tennessee
  • Mercury Blues
  • Mercy Mercy Me
  • Mercy Mercy Mercy
  • Messin' With the Kid
  • Miss Ghost
  • Miss You
  • Money
  • Money [That's What I Want]
  • Money for Nothin
  • Moondance
  • Move it on Over
  • Murder on Your Hands
  • Mustang Sally
  • My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble
  • My Girl
  • My Love is Alive
  • Nadine
  • New Kid in Town
  • New Orleans is Sinking
  • Night Train
  • 19th Nervous Breakdown
  • Nobody Knows You
  • Nothing Can Change This Love
  • Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da
  • Oh Carol
  • Oh Darling
  • Oh Pretty Woman
  • Oh What a Feeling
  • Ohio
  • Old Love
  • Old Man
  • Old Time Rock and Roll
  • On Broadway
  • One of These Nights
  • Outskirts of Town
  • Oye Como Va
  • Papa Was a Rolling Stone
  • Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling
  • Pearl Necklace
  • Penny Lane
  • Peter Gunn Theme
  • Pick Up the Pieces
  • Picture
  • Pink Cadillac
  • Pink Panther Theme
  • Politician
  • Polk Salad Annie
  • Poor Johnny
  • Poor Side of Town
  • Powderfinger
  • Pray for the Devil - original
  • Pride and Joy
  • Proud Mary
  • Purple Haze
  • Ramblin' Man
  • Red House
  • Rescue Me
  • Respect
  • Riders on the Storm
  • Riding With the King
  • Rip it Up
  • Roadhouse Blues
  • Rock and Roll Music
  • ROCK in the USA
  • Rock n Roll Hoochie Koo
  • Rocky Mountain Way
  • Roll Over Beethoven
  • Rollin' and Tumblin'
  • Rough Boy
  • Route 66
  • Ruby Baby
  • Runaway
  • Saturday Night Fish Fry
  • Season of the Witch
  • Secret Agent Man
  • Sea Cruise
  • Sex Machine
  • Shake Rattle and Roll
  • Shakin' All Over
  • Shaky Ground
  • Sharp Dressed Man
  • She Ain't No Use to Me
  • She Ain't Pretty
  • She Caught the Katy
  • She Loves My Automobile
  • She's Just Killing Me
  • Shed Song
  • Shoop Shoop Song
  • Shotgun
  • Shotgun Blues
  • Signed Sealed Delivered I'm Yours
  • Sitting on Top of the World
  • Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
  • Sleepy Time Time
  • Slow Down
  • Smoke on the Water
  • Smooth
  • So Into You
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Something You Got
  • Son of a Preacherman
  • Soul Kitchen
  • Soul Man
  • Space Truckin'
  • Spiderman Theme
  • Spirit in the Sky
  • Spooky
  • Stand By Me
  • Start Me Up
  • Starting Over
  • Statesboro Blues
  • Stay
  • Stormy Monday Blues
  • Stray Cat Strut
  • Sultans of Swing
  • Summertime
  • Summertime Blues
  • Sundown
  • Sunshine Superman
  • Sunshine of Your Love
  • Super Bad
  • Superstition
  • Suzie Q
  • Sway
  • Sweet Caroline
  • Sweet Home Alabama
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • Sweet Little Angel
  • Sweet Little Sixteen
  • Sweet Soul Music
  • Sweet Thing
  • T-Bone Shuffle
  • TV Dinners
  • Take it Easy
  • Take Me to the River
  • Takin Care of Business
  • That'll Be the Day
  • That's What I Like About You
  • The Bluest Blues
  • The Cisco Kid
  • The Girl from Ipanema
  • The Hoochie Coochie Man
  • The Hustle
  • The Joker
  • The Last Time
  • The Letter
  • The Man Who Sold the World
  • The Message
  • The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
  • The Only Thing That Looks Good
  • The Sun is Shining
  • The Thrill is Gone
  • The Twist
  • The Weight
  • The Wind Cries Mary
  • The Word
  • Them Changes
  • They Were Swinging
  • Thirty Days
  • Three Hundred Pounds of Joy
  • Time is Tight
  • Tin Pan Alley
  • Tipitina
  • Tightrope
  • Trampy Boy
  • Try a Little Tenderness
  • Tube Snake Boogie
  • Turn the Page
  • Tush
  • Tutti Frutti
  • Twist and Shout
  • Twisting by the Pool
  • Twisting the Night Away
  • Unchain My Heart
  • Under My Thumb
  • Under the Boardwalk
  • Up Around the Bend
  • Up On Cripple Creek
  • Up On the Roof
  • Use Me
  • Valerie
  • Vehicle
  • Voodoo Child
  • Waiting for the Bus
  • Walk on the Wild Side
  • Walkin' Blues
  • Wang Dang Doodle
  • Watermelon Man
  • We're Here for a Good Time
  • We've Gotta Get Out of This Place
  • We Are the Champions
  • What's Going On
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • When I Lay Down
  • While My Guitar Gently Weeps
  • White Rabbit
  • White Room
  • Who Do You Love
  • Who'll Stop the Rain
  • Whole Lotta Love
  • Wicked Game
  • Willie and the Hand Jive
  • Witchcraft
  • Wipeout
  • Wonderful Tonight
  • Working in a Coal Mine
  • You Can't Do That
  • You Can't Judge a Book by its Cover
  • You Don't Love Me
  • You Never Can Tell
  • You Sexy Thing
  • Young Blood
  • Your Precious Love


Created and Maintained by D'Arcy J.M. Cain <darcy@druid.net>
Last Update: 28 March 2014
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