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Nov
17
Fri
Ken Yates
Nov 17 @ 7:30 pm

Since first planting roots within the Canadian music scene in 2011, Ken Yates has steadily grown a reputation as one of the country’s brightest singer/songwriters. He has just been nominated for  “Songwriter of the year” and “New/Emerging Artist of the Year” at the 2017  Canadian Folk Music Awards.  His sound offers the complete package—unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops—all gloriously displayed on Yates’ new album, Huntsville.

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Produced by Jim Bryson (Weakerthans, Kathleen Edwards), Yates’ second full-length effort is a major stylistic step forward, with its 11 tracks capturing his artistic evolution amid extensive touring over the past three years. “Keep Your Head Down,” with its subtle, driving groove, opens the album like a train pulling out at dawn, with vast, open vistas lying ahead. Those come into focus on other key tracks such as “Once More To The Lake,” “Roll Me On Home” and “The Best Part Of Leaving.” Yet, everywhere on the album, echoes of the Canadian songwriting tradition, from Gordon Lightfoot to Bruce Cockburn to Ron Sexsmith, are apparent, proving that with Huntsville, Ken Yates is ready to join that exalted company. A native of London, Ontario (a few hours’ drive south of the actual Huntsville), Yates studied at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. His first release, The Backseat EP, came out in 2011, followed by his full-length debut, twenty-three in 2013. One track on that album caught the ear of fellow Berklee alum John Mayer, who commented in a lengthy blog post, “Ken Yates wrote a song called ‘I Don’t Wanna Fall In Love.’ This song moved me when I first heard it, and it still does today.”

 

Nov
24
Fri
The Rebel of Hungerford
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

The year 1837 was not a happy time in Upper Canada. The young colony was going through some serious growing pains that eventually erupted into open Rebellion. History seems to have made little of this affair. But if you look a little more closely you will find that political dissatisfaction was widespread and particularly violent in our own area. Pierre Lesage was one of those early settlers who were caught in the middle of the turmoil. Arrested for treason, he is eventually acquitted with the help of a young lawyer by the name of John A. MacDonald. Pierre recounts his experiences and, in doing so, helps us to consider the legal foundation of a colony and the role of those who saw themselves as ordained to rule, and those who find that rule contrary to their principles of justice.

Pierre’s great-great-great grandson, Mark Lesage, decided to make a dramatic retelling of the circumstances surrounding these events and the times in which they occurred. Be forewarned, this is not an objective historical narration. Pierre will recount his experiences complete with all the sectarian and political prejudices of the age. So, if you’re ready to “get your Rebel on!”, join us at the Old Church Theatre for this new, very Canadian play.


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Nov
25
Sat
Cris Cuddy
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm

Cris Cuddy is a singer and songwriter who started out in the folkie era, recording two LP’s as Jeremy Dormouse with some talented friends including David “Fiddlin’ Zeke” Mazurek, before becoming leader of popular Canadian indie rootsrock-reggae band Max Mouse and the Gorillas, whose ranks have included such brilliant musicians as Dennis Delorme (Prairie Oyster), Roly Platt (Ronnie Hawkins), Hugh MacMillan (Spirit of the West) and Tony Quarrington (Joe Hall and the Continental Drift).


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Cris has recorded many solo CD’s and his song “Gone Again” is featured on the Grammy nominated CD by Claire Lynch “North by South”. His songs have also been recorded by several other artists including Canada’s perennial Juno Award Winners Prairie Oyster and International Bluegrass Music Award (IBMA) winning bluegrass artists Jim Hurst and the Spinney Bros.
Cuddy’s mentor, songwriting great Mickey Newbury (writer of “American Trilogy” by Elvis) chose his tale of Old Blue Eyes “What if Frankie Doesn’t
Like It” for inclusion as a segue on his masterful “Long Road Home”.  His songs often mirror various regions of his cross-country travels, for example “Paramount Cafe” remembering a much-loved Lethbridge eatery, “Keep the Change” describing the late night joints frequented by travellers of all stripes, “Way out West” reprising his love of the Big Sky country, “The Night the Lights Went Out” in memory of legendary St. John’s singer Ron Hynes, “Song Upon a Winter Day” for the great Willie P. Bennett, “Na-Na-Nanaimo” about being on the skids on those streets and, outside his Canadian roots, a song of longing for “Dear Elvis”, “What if Frankie Doesn’t Like It”, and “Natalie Wood 1963” in praise of the star-crossed beauty as well as many others.
His solo recordings have featured such great musicians as guitarist Albert Lee, Gene Taylor (Fabulous Thunderbirds) on piano and Kevin Breit (Cassandra Wilson, Norah Jones), multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin (Jack White, Tom Russell), Andrew Hardin (Tom Russell), Memphis George Bradfute (Paul Burch, Phil Lee, Webb Wilder, Jason Ringenburg) and members of Mary Margaret O’Hara and Big Sugar.
Check out Cris talking about and playing Long and Lonesome Old Freight Train, a song that has been recorded by Prairie Oyster, Catfish Willie and IBMA guitar star Jim Hurst:

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Dec
2
Sat
Good Night Irenes
Dec 2 @ 7:30 pm

 

Kingston folk group The Goodnight Irenes perform at the Old Church Theatre Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10 advance $15 at the door.

 


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The Goodnight Irenes (Al Duquette, Jon McLurg, and Chris Morris) are a folk trio from Kingston, Ontario. Three singers, two guitars, one fiddle, and over 500 songs at their disposal: Traditional and original folk, classic country, bluegrass, blues, fiddlin’ tunes … no rules, no limits, no setlists!

 

Dec
6
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Dec
8
Fri
Rob Lutes
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

On his seventh album, acclaimed Canadian songwriter Rob Lutes does what he has done for
years: kicks up a little dust, wades into some deep waters and tackles the realities of the world with
depth, humour and a unique musical style.

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Just announced:  Rob Lutes, 2017 Maple Blues Awards Nominee ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR and SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR.

Situated at the intersection of the blues, folk, Americana and contemporary singer-songwriter genres, Walk in the Dark is an exquisite collection of songs that highlight Lutes’s unmistakable voice and literary writing style. Co-produced with celebrated Montreal producer and Cirque de Soleil collaborator Rob Heaney, the album features a group of Canada’s finest roots and blues players, including guitarist Rob MacDonald and keyboardist Bob Stagg along with noted artists Ian Kelly, Guy Bélanger and Joe Grass. It finds Lutes, a Kerrville New Folk winner, Maple Blues and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee, exploring a wide range of subjects and paying homage to some heroes: James Cotton (on There’s No Way to Tell You That Tonight) and guitarist Joseph Spence (on the instrumental Spence).
Recorded mainly over three days in late January in a small studio in Montreal’s Notre Dame de Grace borough, the recording captures the essence of Lutes’s soulful voice and rhythmic guitar style, enveloped by a group of players who are no stranger to his groove. Featuring 12 new originals, including two co-writes with award-winning Americana songwriter Dale Boyle, and the forgotten John Prine gem Rocky Mountain Time, the album digs deep into the roots of Canadian and American music and delivers another strong statement. “This album, of all of them, was a journey into the unknown, which is why I like the title so much,” Lutes says. “With a great co-producer, and a group of phenomenal players and friends, I went in to the studio to find these songs. And I really feel like we did that.”

Dec
10
Sun
Jimmy Bowskill
Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm

Jimmy Bowskill is a multi-instrumentalist whose professional career stared at age 11 when discovered by Jeff Healey.  Immediately his first recording session was set up which let to Jimmy being the youngest Juno nominee ever.


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He spent the next decade plus touring North America and Europe, released 6 critically acclaimed albums and shared billings with Jeff Beck, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Jimmie Vaughan, ZZ Top and dozens more while selling out theatres and halls as a headliner.

Jimmy currently plays lead guitar for The Sheepdogs (the only Canadian group to make the cover of Rolling Stone) and he plays Pedal Steel, Mandolin and Violin for Blue Rodeo, two of Canada’s biggest bands. He is a sought after studio musician as it generally only takes him one take to get his part down (also playing horns, keys, drums and doing string arrangements) and on top of this he has perfect pitch. His latest project was playing on and co-producing the latest Greg Keelor from Blue Rodeos solo album.

Accompanying Jimmy is Ian McKeown, Bowskill’s right hand man. Ian has been playing music with Jim for 5 years, involved in several of his projects, playing  drums  in Jim’s Rock Band, Bass in Jim’s Blues Band and Steel Guitar in Jim’s Bluegrass Band. Ian lives in Toronto and is another sought after multi-instrumentalist.

This will be an incredible evening of original songs, Roots and Blues Classics and some fine pickin’. By the way, all this talent and experience and they are only 25 years old!

Dec
14
Thu
‘Tis the Season
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

‘Tis the season to enjoy the gift of fantastic live music and to give back to the fine musicians who perform it for us.  We are having a “Donations-to-the-Artists” night of seasonal, traditional, folk, original and over all, a top notch variety of music.

Featuring:Saskia Tomkins, Lotus Wight and Luke Mercier.

 

Saskia Tomkins, from the UK, moved to Ontario in 2007 with her family, bringing with them a wealth of musical talent and experience. Saskia’s musical abilities on bowed strings are wide ranging, from classical to celtic, to gypsy-jazz, to songwriter accompaniment. After seeing Stefan Grappelli perform 3 times, she completed a BA in Jazz and popular music.
She has played with countless artists in many genres, including Uriah Heep’s 30th anniversary concert, improvising with dancers at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London and learning cello for Michael Bogdanov and the English Shakespeare Company. She has recorded on over 60 albums for other artists and several with her own groups. Saskia is also the All Britain Champion for Irish Fiddle.

Saskia will be playing Violin, Viola and Nyckelharpa for this concert.

 

 

In the decades which book-ended the turn of our century, Lotus Wight embraced the music over which he had obsessed since his childhood. He traveled and dwelled in the cradles of their conception and birth. The Carolinas, the Mississippi Valley, West Virginia, Kentucky, and New England fed him the sounds of tradition and helped to form his musical life.

Lotus is a songster, poet, fiddler and bluesman. Lotus currently holds the banjo chair for renowned international retro-nauts, Sheesham, Lotus and Son His thought-provoking show includes stories, jaw-harps and his controversial contrabass harmoniphoneum. Lotus has produced recordings for children’s television, animation projects, and JUNO award winner Jenny Whiteley.

 

 

 

Luke Mercier is master violin maker / restorer and an accomplished musician / composer residing in Spring Brook On.  His musical interests range from classical piano to Traditional Folk Roots and Country-Blues music where you may catch him playing fiddle, banjo, mandolin or singing with his guitar.

Dec
17
Sun
Soulful Jazzy Family Christmas
Dec 17 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a Soulful Jazzy Family Christmas Concert with Spencer and Oscar Evans. Special Guest Vocalist Savannah Shea,and extra special guest Jack Evans! Spencer plays Piano,Clarinet,Accordion,and Sings. Oscar plays Acoustic Bass,and Trumpet.


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They will play Seasonal favourites from Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, George Winston, Vince Guaraldi, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Traditional Carols and Classics. Savannah is a tremendous young singer who sings Soul and Jazz tunes from Eartha Kitt, and Diana Krall, to modern repertoire. Spencer’s Dad and Oscar’s Grandfather Jack will be on hand to lead a sing a long which he is famous for!

Spencer Evans has performed and recorded with many artists including Pat Temple, Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer, John Prine, Jill Barber, Good Lovelies, Dan Aykroyd, Maria Muldaur, Tragically Hip, Meaghan Smith and has toured throughout Canada,U.S. and Europe. He grew up in Quinte and regularly performs around the Kingston area which has been home for many years.

Dec
20
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan
3
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 3 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan
14
Sun
Dramatic Play Reading Series
Jan 14 @ 2:00 pm

We’re starting something new at the Old Church on the afternoon of January 14th. We will present a series of dramatic readings of new plays by local playwrights.   Come over and hear the words just as they emerge from the page by some of our favourite actors. And if you have a play or want to read with us be sure to come out and see what we’re up to!


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The plays for our first reading are:

“Every Picture Tells a Story” by Lisa Morris will be read by Jana Busse and Judie Preece

“After Graduation” by Beth Milligan will be read by Ian Feltham, Hannah Feltham and Heather Barker

“Nelson and Barbara” by Ian Feltham will be read by Lisa Morris and Peter Paylor

More Than Enough Friends” by Peter Paylor will be read by Victoria Farrell, Brian Weston, Carol Snell and Larraine Milligan

Jan
17
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 17 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jan
20
Sat
Durham County Poets
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm

Durham County Poets are from the Chateauguay valley located in Quebec, Canada. Their influences are varied, from blues to folk, from jazz to gospel, with elements of the Band, James Taylor, Jimmy Reed, even some Leon Redbone. Each member brings a different musical background to the band that marries into a sound that has been labeled as soulful folk.

This show is SOLD OUT.  You can add your name to our waiting list and we’ll contact you if a space becomes available.


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“This group plays bluesy country/folk with a lot of verve. The lead singer sits in his wheelchair and just kills every vocal. The recording on “River” has mostly an ambient sound with very little reverb. It gives the listener a sense of sitting in a living room somewhere, listening to the band crank out one great tune after another.”  Acoustic Live in New York City, album review

 

“The Poets lay down a sweet acoustic groove that’s subtle, yet captivating.  Utilizing strong players on double bass, acoustic guitar, stellar electric guitar, percussion utilizing primarily brushes, they gently work around Kevin Harvey’s soulful lead vocals.  I think every song I heard from them had at least one intriguing key change, further tenderizing the overall sound.  Both acoustic and electric guitars often played together, uttering an almost piano sound with their blend.  Watch for them next time they’re around.”  —Steve Tennant Medium

“Enjoy the groove and good humor of The Durham County Poets.”  John Platt, WFUV, radio (Fordham University Public Media)

“Il ne fait aucun doute qu’on a affaire à un collectif de musiciens chevronnés et talentueux: une des belles découvertes de l’année!”   Pierre Lamontagnele, Le net blues, 2014

“Kevin Harvey’ s rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life…. with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte’s guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues. ”  Spirit of Rasputin, Ottawa, Can.

Jan
27
Sat
The Urban Highlanders
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm

Grier Coppins and The Urban Highlanders are coming back to church!

Bagpipes, whistles, 6-string violin, soprano sax, piccolo, clarinet, acoustic guitar, mandolin, an array of drums and percussion… all join the fray in an inspired musical dust up. Based in Toronto, the URBAN HIGHLANDERS  draw on a broad collection of influences to create original instrumentals, homemade and traditional tunes,  story-based songs and tales.

 


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In 2015 Grier Coppins began a monthly residence at the Cameron House, one of Toronto’s most storied musical venues. Starting as a duo playing mostly original songs, then as a trio adding tunes and instrumentals, the monthly performance spontaneously grew into a five-piece roots, cross-border organic musical adventure.
Thus, URBAN HIGHLANDERS were born.

The Band

Grier Coppins:

Grier  began his musical career on the street in Toronto playing bagpipes at the corner Yonge & Bloor in the mid 1970’s. He was an original member of critically acclaimed Canadian bagpipe/funksters

 

Rare Air in the 1980’s. In 1993 he founded Taxi Chain, a rhythm & blues infused cocktail of song & tune. Coppins has played almost every major folk fest in Canada & the USA.  He released a solo record, ‘The Prince that Nobody Knows’  in 2014 rated one of 2014’s top 10 by Penguin Egg’s Andy Donnelley, and has most recently recorded bagpipes with Al Tuck on his ‘Stranger at the Wake’ CD and on the Paul Gross film, ‘Hyena Road’.

Jim Bish:
Jim has is a versatile and wind-driven musical force that has played with such diverse acts as  Screaming’ Jay Hawkins, the Somalian Opera, Toronto Calypso combo Shak Shak, and Taxi Chain.

Ayron Mortley: 
Ayron is a tower of a man and musician that has performed extensively with Taxi Chain, the Mahones and his own band, The O’Deadlys, with his wife Lindsey. He is a graduate of the Humber College Music Program and also teaches guitar.

Chris Bartos:
Chris Bartos is a master class jazz guitarist and violinist and a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. He has played extensively with and/or produced recordings for Kaia Kater, Sarah Harmer, The Ennis Sisters, Jonathon Bird, the Barr Brothers, and Quique Escamilla. He has released one solo recording ‘Fort William’ to critical acclaim.

Larry Graves:
Larry has studied drumming extensively in Ghana, Africa and teaches drums. He is a composer and the musical leader a few local acts:  DRUMHAND, Surefire Sweat and Orkestra Gatigo. He was an original member of Juno nominated world beat orchestra Mr. Something Something.

Feb
2
Fri
Rose-Erin Stokes
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Hailing from Northern Ontario, Rose-Erin Stokes’ music is raw, honest and tells stories of love lost and silver linings. Her debut EP was produced by Juno-nominated Ben Leggett and is full of vulnerable lyrics that give the listener a window into this songstress’ heart. Stokes was a nominee for ‘Best Solo Album’ and the recipient of ‘Best Vocals on a Recording’ at the 2015 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards. Her music fuses together folk and ethereal nuances.

 

 

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Rose has toured throughout Canada and played festivals throughout Ontario. Most recently she received the award for Best Songwriter at the 2017 Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards for her work with songwriter supergroup: Hidden Roots Collective.

Feb
3
Sat
Bill Durst
Feb 3 @ 7:30 pm

Bill Durst is an award winning Canadian Blues Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio hits. The Jack Richardson Hall of Famer has opened for Areosmith, Rush, BTO, Yardbirds, Johnny Winter, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Downchild, David Wilcox, Little Feat and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.


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Born in Wingham and growing up in London, Ontario, Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B, Toronto Psychedelic Soul, British Blues, Hendrix and BBKing. Durst entered the national/international stage with his classic rock band Thundermug who had a number one hit in 1972. Thundermug recorded 5 albums, (3 albums in the 1970s, two CDs in the 1990s), releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill’s first two solo albums came in the eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum.

 

 Awards & Nominations

  • Awarded – Best Canadian Blues Rock Album (Artist) 2014, Blues Underground Network
  • Awarded – Top 10 Blues Rock Albums (International) 2014, Blues Underground Network
  • Fan Voted – “Hard And Heavy” CD voted #2, Top 20 Canadian Blues Albums 2014, Blind Lemon Blues
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2014
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2014
  • Nominated – Electric Act of the Year, Maple Blue Awards 2014
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2013
  • Fan Voted – “Bill Durst Live” CD voted #5, Top 20 Canadian Blues CDs, Blind Lemon Blues 2013
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2013
  • Awarded – Best Canadian Live Blues CD “Bill Durst Live” 2013, Blues Underground Network
  • Awarded – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2012
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2012
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2011s CDs 2011 Blind Lemon Blues
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2010
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2010
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2009
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2009
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, London Music Awards 2008
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2008
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2007
  • Inducted – Jack Richardson Hall of Fame, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006
  • Nominated – Blues / R&B Artist of the Year, Jack Richardson Music Awards 2006
Feb
7
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Feb
11
Sun
Northern Voodoo – Sunday Church Blues
Feb 11 @ 2:00 pm

 

old church theatreRett Wills,  Mike ‘Ace’ Acerra and Ed Quinn are Northern VooDoo. Join them and their special guests at our Sunday afternoon blues series.

“We want to change-up the guests, sound and tunes, so each date is fresh and different.” Rett says. “That way when people come out a second and third time, they see and hear something new. Our first shows had the audience up and dancing.”

Feb 11th’s Sunday Church Blues features  Tim Campbell, Mark Smith and Steve Coupland.

 

March 11th’s featured guests TBA.

This is a ‘pass the hat’ event to support the musicians (suggested donation $10)

 

Feb
17
Sat
Dylan Ireland
Feb 17 @ 7:30 pm

Propelled by raw lyricism and earthy production, Dylan Ireland’s debut solo album Every Other Night is a powerful statement from an artist ready to carve out new folk-rock terrain.

 


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Co-produced by Ireland and James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Michelle McAdorey, Matthew Barber), Every Other Night’s stellar cast of contributors includes guitarists Jim Bryson and Gord Tough (Kathleen Edwards), drummer Loel Campbell (Wintersleep) and bassist Anna Ruddick (Daniel Romano, Bry Webb, Randy Bachman).

Standout tracks like “Hard Enough” and “It Goes Bad” rumble with the force of Kings Of Leon and recent Springsteen, providing the foundation for Ireland’s gripping vocals. Elsewhere, the rough and ready twang of “Time And Again” and “Downtown Habit” reimagines classic Americana, much like Ryan Adams did upon leaving his band Whiskeytown. Then there are the atmospheric ballads “Behind The Scenes” and “Silver Screen,” painted with broad strokes of haunting pedal steel, which reveal the depth of Ireland’s songwriting.

The Peterborough, Ontario-based Ireland has already made his mark on the Canadian music scene through his former band Express And Company. Their 2013 album, Ontario, contained the single “Carry Me Along,” which received heavy airplay on CBC Radio 2 and 3, and helped land showcases at the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Peterborough Folk Festival—he earned the Emerging Artist Award at both—as well as South By Southwest.

Overall, Every Other Night marks a new phase in Ireland’s musical evolution, building upon his past work with a fresh and fearless songwriting approach now all his own. As Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor told him, why have a band when you’ve got a rock star name?

 

Feb
21
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mar
3
Sat
Kim Doolittle ~ A Different Kind Of Blue
Mar 3 @ 7:30 pm

Details and tickets TBA

Kim Doolittle has shared the stage with many famous and infamous people from Jeff Healey to Serena Ryder and Rita MacNeil, and worn many musical hats, finally making herself at home with a sound married in roots blues, folk and a hint of alternative country. When you ask her what kind of music she plays, she simply says, “Kim Doolittle Music”, thus leading to the formation of Doo-A-Little Music a decade ago.

“As well as being a personable, engaging performer, she is a musician songwriter and storyteller”

Mar
7
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mar
9
Fri
Shane Cook & Joseph Phillips
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets and Details TBA

Mar
10
Sat
Campbell Wills Duo
Mar 10 @ 7:30 pm
Mar
11
Sun
Northern Voodoo – Sunday Church Blues
Mar 11 @ 2:00 pm

 

old church theatreRett Wills,  Mike ‘Ace’ Acerra and Ed Quinn are Northern VooDoo. Join them and their special guests at our Sunday afternoon blues series.

“We want to change-up the guests, sound and tunes, so each date is fresh and different.” Rett says. “That way when people come out a second and third time, they see and hear something new. Our first shows had the audience up and dancing.”

Feb 11th’s Sunday Church Blues features  Tim Campbell, Mark Smith and Steve Coupland.

 

March 11th’s featured guests TBA.

This is a ‘pass the hat’ event to support the musicians (suggested donation $10)

 

Mar
17
Sat
Seventh Town ~ St. Patrick’s Day Celebration!
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm

St. Patrick’s Day with Seventh Town, Irish Stew and green beer!


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Seventh Town is an acoustic celtic/folk group based in Prince Edward County, featuring Martin Smit on guitar and vocals, Trisha Elliott on vocals and tin and low whistles, Meghan Balogh on fiddle and vocals.

 

Seventh Town was established in 2008 and since then has performed at a wide variety of events, including concerts, historic events, Irish ceili dances, wineries, festivals and private functions throughout eastern Ontario.

Seventh Town draws its musical inspiration from traditional and contemporary folk songs, reels, and jigs from Irish, Scottish, and Canadian traditions.

“The harmony is flawless, the blend is beautiful, and they are absolutely together all the time.”

– Joyce Q., Florida, USA

“These musicians are the real deal — Canadian traditional music at its finest!”

– Suzanne Pasternak, Artistic Director, Kerosene Lamp Concert Series

Mar
21
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Mar
24
Sat
Improv Night
Mar 24 @ 7:30 pm
Improv Night @ Old Church Theatre

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Apr
4
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr
7
Sat
Harpdog Brown
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

 

Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player.  He is a three-time Maple Blues Award Winner (2014, 2015 and 2016), Fraser Valley Music Award Winner, three-time Western Canadian Music Awards Nominee, Juno Nominee and the only Canadian to win the coveted Muddy Award. In 2016 he was nominated for 3 Maple Blues Awards (Harmonica Player, Male Vocalist and Album of the Year) for his latest release Travelin’ With The Blues. The album features a duet with Charlie Musselwhite and was produced by the Beale Street Blues Bopper himself, Little Victor with guest appearances from Kid Andersen, Big John Atkinson and more.

 

HARPDOG BROWN HAS BEEN CALLED A BLUES EVANGELIST:

And Blues Evangelist is a very fitting moniker. “I speak the blues like it’s the truth, and it is” he was recently quoted. “I do feel like I’m a servant of the people. And I do heal people if they pay attention to the good messages in the songs I choose.” He delivers those messages in the traditional sound of early electric blues. Think of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late 40’s and early 50’s. Harpdog says “Blues has a healing power. It’s a beautiful celebration of our perfectly flawed lives. We help people forget about their issues of the moment and then they realize that we all have our issues, and that’s ok.”

Vancouver-based Harpdog Brown was born in Edmonton in 1962, an adopted child who has felt somewhat detached his whole life – “a lifelong battle of not feeling like I belonged. I think I was born for the circus, you know, born to travel. The blues tapped me on the shoulder years ago and said ‘this is where you belong, son’. So the blues became my circus and there’s no better way to travel than with a classic blues band!”

His recent album release Travelin’ With The Blues has hit numerous roots and blues charts including Living Blues and holding steady in the top five Classic Blues Albums on Roots Music Report for North America. This follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).

 

Apr
8
Sun
Séan McCann
Apr 8 @ 2:00 pm

Séan McCann bought his first guitar in 1989 which he affectionately calls “Old Brown”. Old Brown has been around. He was there for the first song Séan ever wrote. He was there as Séan founded the acclaimed and multi-million selling band that would change his life. He was there to hold Séan up many a night as he struggled with alcoholism, and he has been there to help guide Séan out of the darkness with music as his medicine.

Sean McCann

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John Lennon once sang “You can live a lie until you die. One thing you can’t hide is when you’re crippled inside.” After exiting the internationally renowned folk group Great Big Sea and publicly admitting a secret past in which he used alcohol to mask the pain of sexual abuse by a priest ; Séan stopped lying to himself and found his truth and his own voice. With the release of his 5th solo album, “There’s a Place”, he continues his journey as a singer, songwriter, and now a sought after speaker and mental health advocate with Old Brown by his side and a simple message: “You are not alone.”

His 2014 album “Help Your Self” was a battle cry; a line in the sand which announced that he was ready to change and it resonated with people in a way Séan never could have expected. It helped him understand that he wasn’t alone and that telling his story could help others as much as it helped him. 2015’s “You Know I Love You” was inspired by the love he found in sharing that story and an attempt to find a new and real connection in a world that had turned inward to its smart phones. Now comes “There’s a Place” which was produced by Jeremy Fisher, features the beautiful voice of Nova Scotia singer/songwriter Meaghan Smith, and is a collection of songs from a man who is trying to keep his head up when we are tempted to keep them buried in our screens; it’s the story of a man no longer crippled by a lie and who has changed his narrative by not letting his history define him and never forgetting……that he is not alone. – Matt Wells

Apr
13
Fri
Michael Schatte
Apr 13 @ 7:30 pm

It is no exaggeration to say that Michael Schatte (pronounced SHAW-tee) has emerged as one of the most compelling guitarists and singer/songwriters on the North American roots music scene. Since early 2015, when he was a top-eight finalist at the Memphis International Blues Challenge and performed at Tennessee’s historic Orpheum Theatre, Schatte has appeared on some of the continent’s best festival and theatre stage’s

michael Schattewinning new fans and a reputation for world-class musicianship by way of more than 200 concerts in Canada and the United States. Though Schatte loves the blues (and evidently does it well), it’s just one ingredient in what he calls Eclectic Electric Roots Music, a brew of original rock, blues, celtic, bluegrass, country and rockabilly he’s been writing, recording, and performing throughout his career.

This unique blend of genres is delivered with stunning impact on his latest studio album, Turn Back the Vikings. Recorded in his home base of Toronto and mixed in Austin, Texas by Simon Tassano (the live and studio engineer of choice for folk-rock legend Richard Thompson, whose Sam Jones is the sole cover song on Vikings), the new album is Michael’s finest work to date, prompting Britain’s Blues Matters! magazine to call him “one of the best undiscovered songwriters of our times.” Intelligent lyrics, hook-filled arrangements, and Schatte’s rich singing voice certainly have a way of capturing attention, but it’s his work on a certain six-string plank of wood that ties it all together musically.

Lee, Mark Knopfler and of course the aforementioned Richard Thompson as major influences on both his electric and acoustic fingerstyle playing. Reviewing a recent concert at Aeolian Hall in London, The Beat Magazine described Schatte as “one of Canada’s best-kept secrets and certainly one of its most skilled rock performers,” citing his “masterful manipulation of the guitar” and a vocal style “as polished as his picking.”

 

Apr
15
Sun
Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm

Kingston musicians Tracie Morgan, Spencer Evans , Adam Hodge , Brian Flynn , Christina Tracy, Stu Pike, and special guest Roger James reprise last year’s highly successful performance of the words and music of Canadian singer/ songwriter / poet Leonard Cohen.

Details and tickets TBA

Apr
18
Wed
Open Mic
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Apr
21
Sat
Taylor Angus
Apr 21 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

Judging by the early success of the new EP’s saucy, guitar-goosed focus track, ‘You’re Gonna Wish I Stayed,’ it looks like Taylor Angus’ desire to “shoot for the moon and land among the stars” is very much on track.

​Recorded over a few intense days in winter 2017 at Hamilton’s Catherine North Studios with bassist Oscar Ansetti guesting, Sympathy For You is a snapshot of Angus and Brown’s total convergence as a duo after performing solo: she at Ottawa Bluesfest and recording a demo with legendary producer Thom Panunzio at Interscope Studios in Los Angeles, and he winning multiple guitar and songwriting awards across Ontario.

​The duo’s easy harmony is palpable in songs like ‘Cry Me A River’ which finds Angus’ voice draped like a shawl across Brown’s supple acoustic guitar, and in the earwormy and sprightly ‘Your Choice’ which, along with plaintive ballad ‘Lay Down,’ features Brown sharing lead vocals for the first time.

​Though they tend to write songs separately, Angus and Brown confirm their status as a couple impacts their music. “There is a chemistry people pick up on,” Brown says. “We love each other and we love the songs and, without getting too cheesy, that’s prevalent whenever we perform. People just seem to get into a good mood… whether we’re playing a pub or a concert hall.”

 

​That Sympathy For You comes with 3D glasses to better enhance its cover image is further proof the couple follows their instinct no matter what. “It is an undertaking to include the glasses in the CD,” Angus laughs. “But we thought it would be cool.”

 

Sometimes, cool is enough… especially when you boast the inimitable sound and style of Taylor Angus.

Apr
26
Thu
Red Dirt Skinners
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

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Sublime, genre-defying musicianship.  The Red Dirt Skinners are the first band in history to succeed at both the British Blues Awards and the British Country Music Awards.

Drawing on influences as diverse as Acker Bilk and ACDC, this unique duo are breaking all the rules and creating a whole new sound.
Without fail, audiences are on their feet at the end of a Red Dirt Skinners show, and all are saying the same thing…”that’s refreshingly different”.

Here’s what people are saying about their album called BEHIND THE WHEEL :

“Divine Harmonies, the Red Dirt Skinners just keep getting better and better. I love them to bits. Quality music”. Dave Raven, the Raven and Blues Show

“Now five albums to the good, Sussex husband and wife combo Rob and Sarah Skinner have reached a career zenith with Behind The Wheel. Its nine songs exude confidence in writing, performance and production” David Innes, Blues And More Again

“This album is delightful. I’ll be listening to this for some time to come”. Andy Snipper. Music News.

“Behind The Wheel is a beautiful, mature piece of work by two class musicians. Make sure you put it on the top of your shopping list.” The Blues Man in the Hat. Blues in Britain Magazine.

“A glittering ride of originality full of integrity, inspiration and individuality.” 10/10 Bluesdoodles.

“Simply get this CD ASAP and listen to the accomplished musicianship and cool vocal harmonies and try not to force it into any other category than “excellent”” Ian McKenzie, Blues In The South

“Is there a genre called Damn Fine Music? If so, that’s where you’ll find this.” Paul Stewart, Pablo and the Blues show, My Rock Radio

“Fantastic! The harmonies stick out a country mile in a very good way. Thanks for sharing with me and my audience”. Paul Smith The Blues Show. Harbour Radio

“I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish and I love the diversity” Allan Watkiss, UK Country Radio

“I have it on continuous play in my car at the moment. I simply love the whole album. Every song is so well crafted. The recording is superb. Every song has depth and meaning. It truly stands head and shoulders above anything around at the moment.” Nigel Thorne, Blue Horizons, Radio Vera Ireland.

“I love the album. That saxophone melts my spine!” John Brown Lionheart FM

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Apr
28
Sat
Suzie Vinnick
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

Suzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee was aFinalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category inMemphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.

A little history…in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me ‘n’ Mabel to Bill Wax and the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click” reaching number three. This gave Suzie exposure to wider markets and very positive feedback on Me ‘n’ Mabel from fans. In November 2011, as part of a two week tour in the US, Suzie and Mabel spent a few hours recording at the Sirius/XM Radio studio with Bill and his team. Suzie felt so good about the recording session that she wanted to share it with her fans.

Suzie’s album Me ‘n’ Mabel received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances – opening for John Hammond at the Madison Square Park Conservancy inNew York City and performing in Germany at the Women in (e) Motion Festival in Bremen.

Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me ‘n’ Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here. Suzie’s music is available on her website and on iTunes.

May
2
Wed
Open Mic
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
May
5
Sat
Lynne Hanson
May 5 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

Lynne Hanson

Photo: Brittany Gawley

Roots music, rough-around-the-edges folk. Canadian songwriter Lynne Hanson prefers “porch music with a little red dirt.” Lynne’s songs are like a favourite pair of jeans. They’re faded and worn through in spots, with a bit of honestly-acquired grit ground into the seams. Lynne is a winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, has been been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and has toured Canada, the US, Europe and the UK. Lynne has toured in support of Grammy nominated songwriters (Gretchen Peters, Steve Forbert) as well as guitar legend Albert Lee.

 

 

 

May
12
Sat
Citizen Jane
May 12 @ 7:30 pm

Citizen Jane is a Canadian folk-pop duo that evocatively weaves powerful vocal harmonies with innovative string textures to create an emotionally charged soundscape. Hailed a “delight” by Folk Radio UK, Reenie and Lea spark a uniquely intimate connection with allaudiences.


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Their debut album, In the Storm (Oct 2017), is a reflection on the value of human connection, touching on themes of war (internal & literal), displacement/isolation, self-doubt.. and an urge to
embrace differences, unite, and act with love to make the world a little brighter. From sweet, hopeful viola & guitar melodies, to darker mandolin & cello musings, each song takes on a new character in their sonic journey. “exquisitely performed… an accomplished chamber folk-pop album of grace and elegance”

–  Folk Radio UK

Though primarily a song-driven project, CJ is delving into the fiddle world with a couple of
instrumental tunes as well. Brought to life by mixing engineers Adrian Dolan
(The Bills, The Wailin’ Jennys) and Jon Kaspy (Emily Rockarts).
The duo consists of married couple Reenie Perkovic (vocals, guitar, mandolin) and Lea Kirstein
(viola, fiddle, cello, vocals), who met while studying classical music on the west coast of
Canada. The ladies have since made a home in Toronto’s vibrant music scene, as well as doing
multiple cross-Canada tours.
Reenie grew up in the Toronto area, after her family escaped the civil war in her birthplace,
Sarajevo, Bosnia. She then moved out west to study percussion and composition at UVic,
where she wrote contemporary classical works that were read by the Victoria Symphony, and
ECM+. While studying, she continued to play guitar and lead pop bands, booking small tours
and playing festivals. Reenie was a semi-finalist in the 2016 UK Songwriting Contest, and has
released 3 solo albums. She has opened for Juno-nominated Alysha Brilla, and Annabelle
Chvostek (Wailin’ Jennys).
Lea is an acclaimed violist and fiddler, who grew up in Victoria, BC, where she studied viola and
music education at UVic. Classical musician by day and fiddler by night, Lea discovered new
ways of melding the two styles into one. Her passion for these genres took her across Canada
& the U.S. with the Folk Arts Quartet. She has recorded with Juno-nominated artists Oliver
Schroer and Teresa Doyle.
The duo is passionate about building community & education, and frequently offers workshops
at schools, camps, and festivals.

May
16
Wed
Open Mic
May 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jun
2
Sat
2ish
Jun 2 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

Saskia Tomkins and Brandon Besharah  began playing as ‘2ish’ because they wanted to explore the passion, intensity and excitement that playing together brought and to share it with others.
Introduced in 2007 by Saskia’s husband Steafan Hannigan, he2ish publicity photo told them they should work together because they “would create magic.”  After one gig,
they knew they were well matched in talent and ability, and the music seemed to connect on a much deeper, spiritual level.  They began
bringing their own compositions to the table and exploring them together, finding creative common ground; then writing together, a very personal
experience which neither  had successfully done with another musician before.

“A lot of work (and pleasure) goes into rehearsing the pieces. When on stage, we have the freedom to push limits as far as we are able, sharing the deep connection and fun that we have with our audience,” says Saskia.
Both Saskia and Brandon are professional musicians. Saskia trained in classical violin and celtic fiddle, graduated with a Jazz degree, and has balanced the books by teaching privately. She has played and recorded for many songwriters, rock bands and dance companies, and frequently works in theatre. She also leads the viola section in an
orchestra. Brandon spent many years playing saxophone in jazz big bands and quartets. He worked on cruise ships and had carved a name for himself in the 1990s as a solo guitarist, which was cut off by a car accident after
which he had to relearn how to walk and play. Brandon is also a graphic designer and cartoonist – he designs all of 2ish’s posters and CDs. 2ish is being recognized for their vibrant live performances.

Saskia and Brandon bring the listener closer to all aspects of their show with playful banter and improvisation. Their music has found a home in both Folk and Jazz roots idioms. 2ish has released 2 Cd’s: “Really” and “Whoteva”
For inquiries, please check us out at: www.2ish.net.

Jun
6
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jun
16
Sat
Gregory Hoskins
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm

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Gregory Hoskins’ career has spanned 25 years, eight albums, and recording contracts in Canada, the U.S., Germany,
and Asia. Critically lauded since the release of Moon Come Up (True North/Sony) in 1991, he has flown faithfully and agilely under the radar. In addition to collaborations with Toronto’s renowned Art of Time Ensemble (most recently in 2014’s The Poem/The Song with Margaret Atwood), he has worked to develop and facilitate a creation process with First Nations artists and collaborated with incarcerated women as part of “Why The Caged Bird gregoryhoskins-studioSings”, a collection of songs written and recorded in prisons. His latest recording, The Map of Above, The Map of Below, was released in August, 2013. “On his marvelous new album…lyrics are real and bittersweet, arrangements are nimble, and the overall effect evokes a rum-based half dream involving Paul Simon, Joe Henry and truth.” (Brad Wheeler, The Globe and Mail). In 2015, he appeared as the feature vocalist on 11 tracks of Quiet Industry, the newest recording from Toronto’s cult faves The Henrys. “…the alliance of his high, tremulous vocals and the strangeness of the band’s instrumentation and playing is nothing less than a revelation.” (Ian Keary,fROOTS)

Jun
20
Wed
Open Mic
Jun 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jun
23
Sat
Ellis Island Project
Jun 23 @ 7:30 pm

Ellis Island Project
with Harry Ellis PERCUSSION, Andy Earle GUITAR/VOCAL, Gary Cassagnol BASS

Tickets TBA

Jul
4
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jul
18
Wed
Open Mic
Jul 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Jul
27
Fri
Rachel Beck
Jul 27 @ 7:30 pm

Tickets TBA

Canadian songstress Rachel Beck comprises one half of PEI’s award-nominated duo The Beck Sisters. Rachel recently partnered with producer Daniel Ledwell (David Myles, Jenn Grant) to record her debut solo album, set for release in March, 2018. Glowing with catchy pop hooks, it lures the listener into an ethereal and enveloping soundscape, as the songs take one on trek across a wide emotional range – from regret and grief to wonder and joy. Beck’s rich, clear vocals gracefully dance above distinctive piano to create a fresh and compelling folk/pop sound.

Press quotes:
“Here’s the voice we need on those days when nothing’s right and everything sucks and people are lousy. Rachel Beck’s compassion and heart shine through each song, a little musical healing for us all. Gentle, made mostly from piano, strings and voice, the power’s in the humanity and understanding she puts in her songs.”  – Bob Mersereau, Top 100 Canadian

“Rachel really knows how to jam with her contemporaries and how to bring an audience together, as she gives her all on both musical and personal levels, creating an atmosphere that is at once seductive and celebratory–an invitation to joy.”  -Lynn Ann Bradley, Lulu Demaine