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Oct
4
Thu
Red Dirt Skinners
Oct 4 @ 7:30 pm

Described by Roots Music Canada as “The Pink Floyd of Folk Music” the Red Dirt Skinners are the multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist husband and wife team of Rob and Sarah Skinner.

The first act in history to achieve accolades at both the British Blues and British Country Awards, the duo’s unique sound also won them folk/roots album of the year in several polls across the UK and North America and saw them nominated duo of the year at the International Acoustic Music Awards.

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With male and female harmonies blending together as one voice and Sarah’s trademark soprano saxophone solos, you will be swept along by the refreshingly different sound of the Red Dirt Skinners.
 
If you like songs influenced by Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Supertramp, Crosby Stills and Nash, David Bowie coupled with some epic storytelling, humour and heartfelt emotions, you’ll love a Red Dirt Skinners concert.

 “Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before” Music News

After winning Instrumentalist of the Year at the British Blues Awards in 2014, Sarah became the first female artist to be endorsed by Trevor James Saxophones, UK. 
“The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note”. The Alternate Root Magazine
 
In July 2017 it was deemed by Canadian Immigration that the Red Dirt Skinners were “performers of a world class level” and they were invited to become Canadian residents. Having already completed several successful Canadian tours, the Skinners were thrilled and honoured at the invitation and took up residency almost immediately. 
The duo’s latest album, Under Utopian Skies, is a testament to their love of Canada and is described by Trevor Oxborrow of Folk At Five as “A masterpiece of audio bliss”.
 
Advocates for finding the positives in every situation, Rob and Sarah spend much of their off-tour time encouraging new artists into the music scene and finding them performance opportunities.
 
A Red Dirt Skinners concert combines captivating storytelling with knowing lyricism and outstanding musicianship. The Skinners have a natural rapport with their audiences and their live shows are a wonderful experience; a musical journey to remember. Be prepared for laugh out loud lyrics, followed by songs sure to pull at your heartstrings. Rob and Sarah Skinner will steal your hearts.  Don’t miss their show!
Oct
6
Sat
The Jellyman’s Daughter
Oct 6 @ 7:30 pm

Scottish duo The Jellyman’s Daughter lands squarely in the middle of a strange crossroads between bluegrass, post-rock, folk and soul. Mixing their unique vocal harmonies with wild and visceral cello, driving guitar and sweet mandolin, Emily and Graham write their songs together with a focus on doing something new.


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After making each other’s acquaintance in the inspiring setting of Edinburgh, the pair soon found a love for playing music with each other, staying up into the wee hours making home recordings. After cutting their teeth busking the streets, playing covers creatively reworked to incorporate Graham’s rhythmic, percussive cello playing and the affinity in the duo’s vocal harmonies, they began writing original material.

The release of their debut album in 2014 saw them receive a huge amount of radio exposure, and reviewers unanimously agreed that something totally appealing had come on to the scene. The Sunday Herald (Scotland) made it one of their Top Albums of The Year while Maverick magazine described them as “fascinating” and said they demonstrated “originality by the bucket­load”. “Heartily recommended” by Folking.com, Acoustic magazine told readers they “kick up a heck of a storm,” while The Daily Express called the duo “a match made in heaven”.

They started 2015 as they meant to go on, winning even more praise following bigger­-exposure live performances, including a nomination for Best Acoustic Act in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards, and spreading their wings much further afield, spending a month touring Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark. After a successful appearance at Folk Alliance International in Kansas City early in the year, Emily and Graham spent 2016 gigging extensively, including a tour of Canada in September. In 2017, after a return visit to Folk Alliance in February with an official showcase, they have been focusing on putting the finishing touches on their second album, while 2018 will see them release the album and tour the UK, Europe, USA and Canada, sustaining the momentum that has earned them exceptional praise so far.

 

“Graham can make his instrument as percussive as a drum, as grounded as a bass or as sweet as a fiddle… when Kelly and Coe sing together, their harmonies squeeze the heart.”

– Alan Morrison, The Herald Scotland

 

“A really original sound… really enjoying that”

– Ricky Ross, BBC Radio Scotland

 

“Their sound is fresh, personal and well worth a listen”

– Folk Radio UK

 

“Music with substance… Chock full of acoustic talent and a husky, smoky lyricism”

– is this music?

 

“A rounded and quality piece of work. Sharing lead vocals ensures that there is variety in delivery with neither of the duo outshining the other although the richness of Coe’s cello is the one constant throughout… All songs stand alone with no weak links” 

– Americana UK, 8/10

Oct
12
Fri
John Young & Astrid Young
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm

John Young of Lifesigns brings his solo show to Canada … 


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John is a British progressive rock keyboardist and singer from Liverpool. Classically trained on keyboard and voice his first major break came in 1985 when he auditioned and became part of Uli Jon Roth’s band (ex-Scorpions). After a World Tour, John spent his time doing studio and session work with artists as diverse as Steeleye Span and Bon Jovi. Subsequently, John Wetton asked him to join Asia for two European tours after which he joined Paul Rodgers and Kenny Jones in a short-lived band called The Law. John played with Bonnie Tyler in the mid-1990s and has since worked with her all over the world. In 2001, he joined the Scorpions for a world tour to promote their Acoustica album. In the same year, he was co-writing the Fish album Fellini Days with John Wesley and appeared on the resulting live album Fellini Nights. He has also worked as part of the regenerated Greenslade, appearing on the albums Large Afternoon and Live 2001.

https://www.lifesigns.me
https://www.johnyoungband.com/

Astrid Young opens, accompanied by the Grand Dame of all things strings, Saskia Tomkins. Astrid is a singer-songwriter with influences that range from classical to heavy rock, with a healthy dose of blues and country in between. Her discography dates back to 1984 and boasts over forty releases, from bands that she has played in, to artists for whom she has sang backup for or played with as a side-musician. Her solo acoustic shows have been compared to “Alice In Chains Unplugged”, and Music Connection Magazine once said she was “More closely related to Angus”. She has played stages large and small all over the world, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood to Paradiso in Amsterdam. Astrid cites her primary influences as David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, and Black Sabbath, she plays a 12-string like it’s a weapon and she isn’t afraid to change strings on the day of a show. 

www.astridyoung.net

FUN FACTS: Though John and Astrid share a surname, they are not related. They met almost 30 years ago at the NAMM show in Los Angeles and bonded over each other’s music while sitting in John’s rental car, listening to their respective CASSETTE TAPES. This little Canadian mini-tour is the first time that they have shared a stage or even been in the same room together since that day. 

$20 in advance, $25 at the door. Limited seating! Book now!!

Oct
13
Sat
Alan Rhody
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm
Alan Rhody @ Old Church Theatre

Award-winning songwriter and touring folk-roots artist, Alan Rhody released his tenth album collection, “Farther On” April, 2017. The new disc includes co-writes with Guy Clark, Murray McLauchlan and others, plus a feast of solo works.

Over his prolific career, Rhody has played thousands of shows and recorded with greats such as John Prine, John Hartford, Sam Bush, David Rawlings and Maura O’Connell.  His music has been featured on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”  And he’s made numerous network TV appearances in the U.S. and Canada.


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His five most recent albums are available on CD. He’s also had poems and lyrics published in “Filtered Through Time,” an anthology drawn from forty-seven writers from around the U.S. reflecting on the 150th anniversary of The Civil War.  The book is available at concerts and at his website.

A Louisville, Kentucky native, Rhody’s music has also been recorded and popularized by a diverse list of artists that includes: Oak Ridge Boys (#1 country classic, “I’ll Be True To You” 1978), Lorrie Morgan (“Trainwreck Of Emotion” 1989) Del McCoury (#1 bluegrass “Trainwreck Of Emotion” 1991).  Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker and Toby Keith have all recorded his “Christmas To Christmas (1985, 1988, 1990 respectively).”  Other artists who’ve done Alan’s compositions include: Murray McLauchlan, Lunch At Allen’s, The Good Brothers and Ricky Van Shelton, Hoyt Axton, Kevin Welch, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Lynn Anderson, George Jones, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper and Michael Martin Murphey.

But as Rhody often mentions during his performances, “Royalties don’t last forever, as many may think.  It’s all about current activity. I was very fortunate to have landed with a great publisher in 1976, staying with them for ten years.  But performing has always been what I love to do best and is also what has kept me going over the years.”

In addition to his music, Rhody, is also an accomplished painter and a graduate of The Art Center School, University of Louisville. He’s won a few awards in painting over the years and exhibits whenever possible and usually has hand-painted T-shirts available at his performances.  His website includes an Art Page with a few samples of his work.

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“Music City troubadour Alan Rhody has a new CD titled Farther On. It features his songwriting collaborations with Guy Clark, Murray McLauchlan and Don Henry, as well as a feast of solo works. Not the least of which is his No. 1 hit sung by The Oak Ridge Boys in 1978. Rhody’s guitar-vocal version is stunning, revealing just how powerful the original, long version of the song really is. This fellow is one of those rare individuals who can hold you completely spellbound with just his axe and his voice.”  -Robert K. Oermann, music critic, author, historian.

 

Oct
17
Wed
Open Mic
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Oct
19
Fri
Lloyd Spiegel
Oct 19 @ 7:30 pm

Returning to the Old Church Theatre, on tour from Australia!

Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer in his field and one of his country’s most recognized guitarists, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the 50 greatest Australian guitarists of all time. A touring artist since age 11, with a relentless tour schedule across the globe, the seven time Australian Blues Award winner has one of the most unique stories in music.  Spiegel blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting, comedy and storytelling that delivers a complete concert experience on the cutting edge of the modern blues genre.

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Spiegel’s 8th release, ‘Backroads’ is a hard edged, personal and brutally honest account of his touring life and follows up from his previous albums, all of which debuted in the top 10 of the Australian independent music charts and holding the #1 spot on the Australian Blues Chart for several weeks.

“A guitarist almost without peer, Spiegel deconstructs how the blues guitar is supposed to operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door” – Australian Guitar Player Magazine.

Video:  https://youtu.be/J7UyX5-30gQ

Video:  https://youtu.be/SP4HJqKn-QE

 

ACCOLADES2016 Australian Blues Awards – Album of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Song of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Artist of the year

2016 Australian Blues Awards – Producer of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Solo/duo of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Song of the year

2015 Victoria/Tasmania Blues Awards – Album of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Male artist of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Producer of the year

2010 Victorian Blues award – Solo/duo of the year

2005 Australian Blues Award – Male artist of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Aaward – Solo/duo of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Award – Male artist of the year

2004 Victorian Blues Award – Song of the year

Oct
21
Sun
Claude Bourbon
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm

Medieval & Spanish blues, Guitar & Songs

 Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout
Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.


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Born in France in the early 60’s, Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland, where he was classically trained for many years. This finger picking guitarist has performed and studied all over the world; He has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O’Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.

Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale; JS Bach….

One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”.  Intrigued ?

 

Claude’s official website : www.claudebourbon.org

“… not a same ole same ole gig…”

“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ – The Hook, Charlottesville, USA

“Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45”, Bob, Tucson, AZ

“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”

Oct
27
Sat
Carlos del Junco & The Blues Mongrels CD RELEASE CONCERT
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Join Carlos del Junco and the Blues Mongrels for a CD Release concert October 27th.

It’s probably a good thing Carlos wasn’t there when the harmonica appeared in North America in the 1860s. Neil Young and Bob Dylan can probably roll with it when he says they are very mediocre harmonica players. Aspiring harmonica players Wyatt Earp and Billy the Kid might have overreacted and pulled out their pistols.

Carlos has been awarded Gold Medals from the Hohner World Harmonica Championship in Trossingen, Germany, as well as multiple national awards in Canada which includes Carlos’ eight time Harmonica Player of The Year wins at the Maple Leaf Blues Awards.


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To say he plays the harmonica is like saying “Jimi Hendrix plays guitar”. He blows the blues harp through a prism — suddenly it seems he’s holding every colour in the musical rainbow right there in his hands. Simultaneously sophisticated and raw, his playing blurs the boundaries between blues and jazz (hence the name for his band “The Blues Mongrels”, they could just as well be called “The Jazz Mongrels”). The emphasis is on blues, but they are not afraid to merrily traipse off in other directions delivering a seamless fusion of New Orleans second line grooves, jazz swing, Latin, hip-hop or ska melodies, to swampy roots rock.

The Blues Mongrels are: bassist Henry Heillig (founded the nine piece Latin band Manteca), and guitarist Eric St. Laurent. Get ready to trash all you thought you knew about the harmonica. The Blues Mongrels deliver a no-holds-barred display of fun and melodic virtuosity.

 

 

For more information about Carlos: http://www.carlosdeljunco.com

 

photo - Milton Young

photo – Milton Young

2010 JUNO NOMINATION for STEADY MOVIN’ cd

1997 – 2013 Harmonica Player of the Year – EIGHT time WINNER

2005 “Best Blues” Award – NOW Magazine, Toronto, ON

1998 JUNO NOMINATION for BIG BOY cd

1996 Blues Musician of the Year Award: Jazz Report Magazine

1993 Hohner World Harmonica Championship – Trossingen, Germany Two Gold Medals in both diatonic blues and diatonic jazz

QUOTES:

“…a model of focus and urgency..a true virtuoso..
Brad Wheeler – The Globe and Mail

“One listen to the man who bent his first notes on the harmonica at the age of fourteen and it’s obvious he’s in a class with such greats as Toots Theilemans, Paul Butterfield, and Howard Levy…
Peter North – The Edmonton Journal

“FOUR (out of 4) STARS – Latest Cd Review: MONGREL MASH
It’s not likely that you’ll ever hear the harmonica played so well and in so many different ways than at the hands of Cuban-born Torontonian Carlos del Junco. But what makes his album an especial treat is the sheer let’s-do-it positive energy that radiates from the eclectic collection of nine tracks. Mongrel Mash refers to the crazy mix of styles, ranging from deep, heavy-duty blues-rock (“Mojo”) to Herb Alpert’s slightly cheesy “Slick,” and jivin’ “Lil’ Laptop” to sweet, rootsy ballad “The Field,” which arrives via languid dobro set-up. Del Junco may be the headliner, but the songs and arrangements shine the light on an excellent band of equals who all get some time in the sonic spotlight. There is something here to put a smile on anyone’s face — and it only gets better with each listen. My favourite: Del Junco’s own “My Favourite Uncle,” a gently hip-swinging sweep down Louisiana way.
John Terauds – TORONTO STAR

Oct
28
Sun
Saskia Sundays
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm

On the last Sunday on the month join us at the Old Church Theatre when Saskia Tomkins takes the stage.  Each month she brings with her new and amazing talent!

Saskia Tomkins

On October 28th Saskia’s bringing musicians closer to home; she has intived her husband Steáfán Hannigan and son Oisín Hannigan, both master musicians, for some good solid Irish music with a twist, accompanied by stories and really bad dad jokes.

 

No tickets.  No reservations.  Come early to ensure a seat.

 

Donations to the musicians appreciated.

Oct
30
Tue
Workshop – Music is for Everyone, Round Two!
Oct 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Workshop - Music is for Everyone, Round Two! @ Old ChurchTheatre | Quinte West | Ontario | Canada

Guitarist Brian Legere, educator & performer and bassist Howard Baer, performer & studio veteran, return to Old Church for round two of ‘Music Is For Everyone’, a performance workshop designed for musicians and performers of all levels.  For those who joined us for the first round (held at Old Church during the spring months of 2018) we will be following a similar path but diving in with a little more depth and discussing some new ideas.  For newcomers it’ll be as if you haven’t missed anything at all!  Join us as we explore elements of rhythm, sound and song structure; discover listening techniques and learn how best to share the stage with others.  We will talk about some exciting rehearsal and performance tools.  There will be lots of surprises and plenty of opportunity to try out some of your performance material in a friendly and helpful collaborative setting.  Join us!

 October 30th and Nov 27th. 

Register for one workshop $20 or both dates $30 


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Nov
2
Fri
Durham County Poets
Nov 2 @ 7:30 pm

Recording a Live CD at the Old Church Theatre! 

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.


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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.

Nov
3
Sat
Three Plays and a Couple of Pints with Peter
Nov 3 @ 7:30 pm

The Old Church Theatre presents an evening (and an afternoon) of one-act plays by Belleville playwright Peter Paylor. Together, the three plays are guaranteed to take the audience on both a theatrical and an emotional ride; one’s pure comedy, another’s pure drama, the third walks the fine line in between. At the heart of each is the same basic question: What do we really know about the people we meet or, for that matter, what do we know about the people we see day after day? It’s a simple question, but the answer is not always as simple as it seems.


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The Plays:

“Six Feet of Earth” directed by Mihal Zada, starring Ruth Laliberte and Rebecca House

“A Generous Gift” directed by Lesley Bonisteel, starring Victoria Farrell and Bill Petch

“The Man in 2B” (revised) directed by Lisa Morris, starring Darren Moore, Wendy Roy, Matthew Sheahan and Matt Whiting

Nov
4
Sun
Three Plays and a Couple of Pints with Peter
Nov 4 @ 2:00 pm

The Old Church Theatre presents (an evening) and an afternoon of one-act plays by Belleville playwright Peter Paylor. Together, the three plays are guaranteed to take the audience on both a theatrical and an emotional ride; one’s pure comedy, another’s pure drama, the third walks the fine line in between. At the heart of each is the same basic question: What do we really know about the people we meet or, for that matter, what do we know about the people we see day after day? It’s a simple question, but the answer is not always as simple as it seems.


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The Plays:

“Six Feet of Earth” directed by Mihal Zada, starring Ruth Laliberte and Rebecca House

“A Generous Gift” directed by Lesley Bonisteel, starring Victoria Farrell and Bill Petch

“The Man in 2B” (revised) directed by Lisa Morris, starring Darren Moore, Wendy Roy, Matthew Sheahan and Matt Whiting

Nov
7
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 7 @ 7:00 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Nov
10
Sat
Al Lerman
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm

Al Lerman, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and leader of the two-time Juno Award winning band Fathead RETURNS to the Old Church!


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Outside of his 2X Juno Award winning band Fathead, AL LERMAN has built a solid career touring as an solo blues/roots artist, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar and rack harmonica. Considered among the top harmonica players in the country, his prowess on the instrument has earned him several Maple Blues nominations. His saxophone and harmonica has been heard on countless recordings and live sessions with some of the best in the blues. A full-time musician for over forty years with a stunning catalogue of original material, Lerman casts a magical spell on his audience employing ace musicianship, laid-back humour and plenty of heartfelt soul.
“Lerman’s compositions are, for the most part, quietly unassuming mini-masterpieces. He is an absolute master… every note tempered by experience yet delivered with undiminished energy and enthusiasm, and Lerman has clearly taken the time to get things right – despite being his solo debut, this is the work of a mature and thoughtful artist. Lerman has a winner here – highly recommended!”
-John Taylor, Blinded By Sound

“Lerman, a super harp player, singer and guitarist has assembled a cool all acoustic set he should be proud of.”
-B-Man’s Blues Report, USA

“With no-one to lean on up there, he takes right over, and puts on the kind of show you want as a blues fan, a great voice and fine playing.”
-CBC Radio

“For those looking for great acoustic blues, Al Lerman is a must!”
-Rootstime (Belgium)

“An album in which one of Canada’s best harp players, singer/songwriters sits down and offers up a stunning twelve song performance. One of my favourites so far for this year.”
-John Vermilyea, Blues Underground Network

“One of Canada’s finest examples of how good blues harp should be played… and a solid reminder of his skills as a songwriter. You’ll find many highlights here as Al stuts his stuff. Lerman is a hard-working musician who proves himself worthy of his rightful piece of the pie.
-Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada

Nov
11
Sun
Songs That Won the War
Nov 11 @ 2:00 pm

Lenni Stewart, Michael Monis, Harry Ellis and Howard Baer return to the Old Church Theatre on Remembrance Day.   The afternoon will included an array of the unforgettable ‘Songs That Won the War’ from both World Wars.


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Canadian songstress Lenni Stewart delivers the ‘swing’ every time to the enduring tunes of the American Songbook, Broadway Jazz & Torch.

With class, sass, charm, sophistication and a dose of The Comedienne, Lenni is a stage persona that is compelling to the senses and a tickle to the funny bone.

Critics describe her as “…an amazing talent” having “…a distinctive vocal magic.  Her voice is beautiful, sensual and vibrant.” An evening with Lenni Stewart  is CLASSY, SASSY, SOPHISTICATED …and unforgettable!

 

Comfortable in any musical style, and active in the Toronto music scene for well over thirty years, Michael Monis has toured extensively and worked both in studio and on stage with countless jazz greats from Moe Koffman to Jane Bunnett.  Son of legendary guitar master Hank Monis, Michael currently resides with his family in Millbrook, Ontario.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard Baer, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction. Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.

Nov
16
Fri
Mayhemingways
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm

Mayhemingways are an eclectic and full-sounding duo from the musical hotbed of Peterborough, Ontario. Their music drifts timelessly from folk-rock to traditional to country to something brand new. The band has been described as fuzz-folk with Cajun, bluegrass, and Celtic influences. 


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Tom Wilson of Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Junkhouse writes, “Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk.”

Lead singer Benj Rowland switches between accordion, banjo, guitar, and tenor guitar while holding down the bass with foot pedals. Josh Fewings plays drums, percussion and adds back-up vocals.

Their first full-length album “Hunter St Blues” was just released this Spring and was produced and engineered in Nanton, AB by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). The album is a follow up to their first EP (2013) engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff the Duke, The Weber Brothers) at former school house near Peterborough.
 

Mayhemingways have toured Canada relentlessly since forming in 2013. Coast to coast tours have become common place for the group. Like bands of old, on and off the highways, building a fan base across the nation with each tour. The duo performs in almost every province and territory in 2016. Their tours in Spring and Summer will include appearances at: Trails, Tales and Tunes Festival in Gros Morne, Newfoundland, Paddlefest in St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick, and Wild Oats and Notes in Toefield, Alberta. .

Nov
18
Sun
Kingstown NEW Mississippi
Nov 18 @ 2:00 pm

Kingstown NEW Mississippi’s music is rooted in the blues and sways from punk to rockabilly. We are loud and fast yet everyone from the “college” crowd to “senior citizens” have no problem getting involved and getting excited  about the music. Great dancing happens at any age.


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Earl “Street Corner” Coleman (lead guitar), Freddie Vendetta (vocal and rhythm guitar), Duke Dorey (bass) and Gary Lavallee (drummer) doing a little something new and original to the traditions of the Blues. You’ll like where they are coming from and you’ll like where they’re going, especially, if you LOVE to DANCE. Yes! original music you can really dance to.

 
 

 

Nov
21
Wed
Open Mic
Nov 21 @ 7:00 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Nov
24
Sat
Joey Wright
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

Joey Wright Brings All-Star Ensemble to Old Church Theatre Nov 24!

Joey Wright is a Juno-nominated songwriter, composer and performer from Toronto. Joey is well known for his lyrical and inspired guitar and mandolin playing. He is also highly regarded for his compositions and songwriting.


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Playing music from his album latest album ‘Country, Music’ as well as favorite songs and tunes from the past…

Featuring:

Vocals – Jenny Whiteley (2 time Juno Winning Singer/Songwriter) Pedal Steel Guitar – Mike Eckert (James Barker) Bass – Julian Brown (Apostle of Hustle, Feist) Drums – Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle, Hannah Georgas)

Nov
27
Tue
Workshop – Music is for Everyone, Round Two!
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Workshop - Music is for Everyone, Round Two! @ Old ChurchTheatre | Quinte West | Ontario | Canada

Guitarist Brian Legere, educator & performer and bassist Howard Baer, performer & studio veteran, return to Old Church for round two of ‘Music Is For Everyone’, a performance workshop designed for musicians and performers of all levels.  For those who joined us for the first round (held at Old Church during the spring months of 2018) we will be following a similar path but diving in with a little more depth and discussing some new ideas.  For newcomers it’ll be as if you haven’t missed anything at all!  Join us as we explore elements of rhythm, sound and song structure; discover listening techniques and learn how best to share the stage with others.  We will talk about some exciting rehearsal and performance tools.  There will be lots of surprises and plenty of opportunity to try out some of your performance material in a friendly and helpful collaborative setting.  Join us!


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Dec
2
Sun
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Dec 2 @ 2:00 pm

 

We’re continuing our tradition at the Old Church and offering a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” with Peter and Carol Snell, Richard and Rita Turtle, Astrid Young, Catherine Langlois and Rick Zimmerman as our readers this year.  Our musical interludes will be played by Howard Baer.

Join us for a unique, Sunday afternoon.  Book a seat for only $15 and please bring an item for the Trenton Care and Share Food Bank if you can.


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Dec
5
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Dec
7
Fri
The O’Pears
Dec 7 @ 7:30 pm

The O’Pears are a Toronto-based contemporary folk trio made up of Lydia Persaud, Jill Harris and Meg Contini, three songwriters who weave stories that stir the spirit and capture the timeless character of folk music. 

Like Those Nights, their debut album, captures soaring harmonies and a seamless blend, evoking the profound intimacy of Nick Drake, the sister-like blend of The Staves and the dynamic harmony of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. Live performances turn the loudest bar into the warmest house concert, with their endearing, unabashed personalities balancing the intimate sincerity of the songs. They recently performed to high acclaim at festivals such as Summerfolk, Great Heart Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, garnered radio play across Canada, including CBC, and have been featured live with Royal Wood, Good Lovelies, Michelle Willis, and Coco Love Alcorn. Each band member a distinctly talented musician with a stand-alone voice, style, and stage presence, when these three come together it is breathtaking. A striking mix of tight a cappella and rootsy instrumentation, Like Those Nights explores lessons learned about love and loss through the eyes and hearts of young Canadian storytellers. The O’Pears continue to bring a strong, honest voice to the modern female perspective.

Dec
8
Sat
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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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
14
Fri
A Weber Brothers Christmas
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm

The Weber Brothers return to the Old Church Theatre for a duo performance. Featuring songs from their 2015 original Christmas album “A Weber Brothers Christmas” and their 2016 holiday comedy film “When Christmas Falls on Peterborough” this show will highlight the best of The Weber Brothers with a Christmas twist.

 

 


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Dec
16
Sun
Christmas with the Colborne Library Ukulele Band
Dec 16 @ 2:00 pm

It’s a Ukulele Christmas!

The Colborne Library Ukulele Band (The C.L.U.B.) taught by David Hayes and Wendy Bellan is a performing group consisting of 40 ukulele players from the age of 10 to 80 years old. Classes are taught for both beginners and advanced every Saturday morning. The group started in 2014 and unlike many ukulele groups this performing group also features solo singers. The group was funded by Mary Norton CEO of the Colborne Library and she also provided the space to hold classes. Other financial supporters of the group have been The Northumberland Veterinary Clinic, The Lions Club and The Rotary Club. The repertoire consists of music from the 1930’s to today’s music.

The group performs at various events throughout the Northumberland and Quinte area.

The philosophy for the creation of the group was to teach people the ukulele and perform concerts with the added bonus of a social group to give, especially older people, an environment to share music together and a reason to get outside of the home. Both the social and musical aspects have grown so that now the performing group is at a very high level of musicianship.

 

Dec
19
Wed
Open Mic
Dec 19 @ 7:00 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Dec
21
Fri
Solstice Ceili- Contra Dance Party
Dec 21 @ 7:30 pm

Come and celebrate the winter solstice with Live music featuring Saskia Tomkins, Steafan Hannigan and Martha Cooper, who will play celtic music and call dances to go with the music, ceili-style.

No experience, and no partner, necessary.
Contra dance is a folk dance characterized by long lines of couples and the caller teaches dances on the spot. You can also just come to watch and listen. Fun for all!

What better way to celebrate Solstice.


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Dec
29
Sat
The Holiday Hangover with The Improvmonauts
Dec 29 @ 7:30 pm

Come on out to the Old Church Theatre for some improv comedy with The Improvmonauts. They say that laughter is the best medicine…so…you know…it’s science. Be there!!! It’s pay-what-you-can at the door.

Jan
2
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 2 @ 7:00 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Jan
11
Fri
Talk Of the Town
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm

Come to Church and relive the fabulous swing era of the 1930s & 40s— the music of Glen Miller, Benny Goodman, Ella, Billie, Duke… and Tommy Dorsey!  Big Band music reimagined by five performers, a perfect band size for the Old Church stage!  Upright bassist Howard Baer is joined by trombonist Andy Sparling, guitarist Michael Monis and drummer David Monis all backing the ‘classy, sassy, sophisticated’ jazz vocalist Lenni Stewart.  Don’t miss this one!


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Jan
13
Sun
Ginny McIlmoyle
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm

Veteran performers Ginny McIlmoyle and Steve Piticco, singers/song-writers and guitar pickers, team up with Howard Baer on Bass for an afternoon of Country & Bluegrass at Old Church Theatre. For this performance they will be joined by special guest, award-winning Canadian Fiddler, Alanna Jenish.


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GINNY McILMOYLE

Ginny is well established in the Country Music Genere and has recently become a part of an up an coming bluegrass band called SWEETGRASS…always aiming high to achieve new music variety, and staying true too her country roots.  
Ginny grew up in rural Ontario working in the fields hoeing, and weeding crops on one of the neighboring farms as a young teen. 
Finding love and settling down in her early 20’s she devoted her time as loving wife & mom, working in health care. As a hobby Ginny often wrote poetry as a way of expressing her thoughts & feelings. It wasn’t until her husband Jim bought her a guitar and with a little encouragement, gave her another direction in life. 
Music became the bond in which the whole family could be involved in, as much or as little as they wished.

STEVE PITICCO

“I truly love Country, Bluegrass & Texas-Swing although I have played almost all kinds of music in my 39 professional years in the music business. I have been truly blessed to play with almost everyone I’ve grown up listening to. I love my 1976 Telecaster I bought new in Jan, 77 & still play it today. I play “Lead, Bass, Steel, Baritone, Dobro, Banjo” & pick an Accoustic & Mandolin. I play with South Mountain which is a band we started in 1989 & still tour Europe & Scandinavia every year. I am the only original, full-time member although most of what I do is, sessions & freelancing, live. I thank all of you, for your interest in my playing :)”

HOWARD BAER

On the heels of a 38yr career in studio recording as composer-arranger-producer creating music for IMAX, CBC-TV, Solitudes and numerous educational music programs for kids, having had over 7000 of his arrangements recorded, and having been honoured with several JUNO nominations for his work, Howard Baer, a Warkworth resident, has changed musical direction. Previously a keyboardist, trumpet player and conductor, Howard now enjoys playing various styles of music:  jazz, swing, blues, country, bluegrass, R&B, folk and classical …as an upright bassist.  His main focus has been playing in various jazz configurations and coordinating music presentations for dining venues, festivals, weddings & special events.  For more information please visit baeronbass.wordpress.com.

ALANNA JENISH

An award-winning fiddle player, and accomplished classical musician, Alanna grew up in an Irish-Canadian family of traditional music lovers. Her musical journey began at the age of 6 when she started classical piano lessons, and soon expanded to include the fiddle shortly thereafter. With a keen ear and natural feel for the music, Alanna won her first junior fiddle championship after only 9 months of playing, and has since accumulated numerous awards and championship titles.

Now in her early twenties, Alanna has over ten years of performance experience under her belt, and is widely sought after as both a lead and back up musician. She has toured professionally with groups such as the Scott Woods Band, as well as The Great Canadian Fiddle Show,and maintains a busy schedule freelancing for numerous bands and solo artists. As a studio musician, Alanna has completed work for Canadian Country group Runaway Angel, as well as folk artists Hunter Sheridan and County West. This past fall, Alanna was honoured to be nominated as Fiddle Player of the Year (CCBAs).

As a classical musician, Alanna earned her Bachelor of Music with Honours from the University of Toronto in 2017. She completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory Violin Exam in 2012, and has also achieved advanced certification in Music Theory. Alanna has enjoyed playing in ensembles such as the La Jeunnesse Youth Orchestra (of which she was given the honour of sitting as concertmaster for two seasons), and the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra throughout her undergraduate degree.

Alanna’s dedication to her instrument, paired with an intuitive feel for the music has earned her great respect on the Ontario music scene.

Jan
16
Wed
Open Mic
Jan 16 @ 7:00 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Jan
19
Sat
My Father’s Son
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm
My Father’s Son @ Old Church Theatre

My Father’s Son, an indie folk song-writer from Montreal, QC, melds together intricate lyrics with the richness of simplified, acoustic sound. Singer/songwriter Mark Kulmala released his first album, Heart of Wood, in the fall of 2018.. The album’s themes of fleeting innocence, love’s lost and found, determination, and the simple beauty of the landscape are sure to resonate with listeners.  Having played in varying bands, in a variety of genres, over the years this endeavour sees a paired down amalgamation of lived experiences, both personal and musical, poetically creating emotionally complex but subdued, reflective songs. An air of storytelling colours the music with sentimental and wholly relatable verses that immerse the audience in the beauty of shared experiences.

 


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From festivals, to large halls, to living rooms – My Father’s Son has shared the stage with some of Canada’s best artists.

Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers – Townehouse Tavern (presented by Northern Lights Festival Boreal) in Sudbury and at Loplops in Sault Ste. Marie

Dylan Menzie – Guelph, ON

Joey Landreth – Songwriter Series in Barrie, ON. Hosted by Chas Hay

Craig Cardiff – London, ON – London Music Club

NQ Arbuckle and Zachary Lucky – Gravenhurst, ON – Sawdust City Music Festival

Leyla McCalla – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

Belle Star – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern

SloCan Ramblers – London, ON – Aeolian Hall

Carl Dixon (April Wine, The Guess Who) – Gravenhurst, On – Gravenhurst Opera House

Skydiggers – Picton, ON – The Hayloft

My Father’s Son joined Toronto super-group, Dead Flowers, for their set at the 2017 Hillside Festival. 

My Father’s Son is currently recording his sophomore album with Paul Pfisterer (The Beauties, Laser, RHYE) at Freckles Farm Studio in Mono, Ontario. The album features Broken Social Scene’s Lisa Lobsinger and is being mixed by Dean Nelson, who previously worked as Beck’s day-to-day audio engineer. Broken Social Scene and Stars FOH Engineer, Marty Kinack, is mastering the record. “The Greatest Thaw” will be released in June, 2019. 

My Father’s Son – Crying Wolf

My Father’s Son – Oh Brother

 

 

Jan
26
Sat
The Urban Highlanders
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

It’s Robbie Burns’ birthday celebration with Grier Coppins and The Urban Highlanders!

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
Sat
The Lay Awakes
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

The Lay Awakes is a singer-songwriter duo based in Brooklyn, NY, with roots in the Canadian prairies and small town Ontario.


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Anna (piano, vocals) grew up in various states and provinces, but her family ties connect her to rural Manitoba. Her musical roots trace back to classical piano studies and the inspiration of dance and theatre. She graduated from New York University with a masters degree in music composition, and since has collaborated internationally with film directors, dancers, and fellow songwriters. Anna released a solo album in 2013.

Patrick (guitar, vocals) was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Fergus, Ontario. His music lineage goes back to the family campfire and songbook. He studied music at Vancouver Community College and at Hunter College in Manhattan. Patrick has spent many years representing Canada in wheelchair basketball; he is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and largely considered the world’s best wheelchair basketball player.

The Lay Awakes released their debut EP in 2015 and their debut LP “Home Away From Home” in 2018.

The songs on their debut full-length album, Home Away From Home, feature a handful of appearances by Patrick on lead vocals, but more often it is Anna’s hauntingly beautiful voice that takes the lead. It is a voice that, particularly on the softer, more atmospheric songs, is at once darkly sweet, and then instantly light and quiet as if she were right beside you. It is a rare gift to be able to impart such intimacy with the listener, but Anna’s voice, in combination with the emotional openness of the compositions makes songs like the title track Home Away from Home and Babe Are You Sure immeasurably compelling.
Home Away From Home is produced by Jeremy McDonald, a Pittsburgh native, whose production credits include Beyoncé and Kevin Garrett. The mixing engineer is the Grammy Award winning Will Hensley, who has worked with such artists as Coldplay, Regina Spektor, Leonard Cohen, and John Mayer. No doubt, the work of both Jeremy and Will has resulted in an LP that comes across as solid and mature, but still falls fresh on seasoned ears.
The Lay Awakes bring a mature, dynamic, and versatile approach to the singer/songwriter genre, leaning more to the refined adult contemporary pop side than the more acoustic/folk sound commonly associated with the genre.
It is a credit to the duo as songwriters and musicians that Home Away from Home is so diverse in tone, emotional dexterity, tempo, and production sensibilities, going from lush, to evocatively sparse. What ties everything together is Patrick and Anna’s voices, uninhibited lyrical authenticity, and that “X factor” that simply makes you want to be a part of what they’re doing.

Feb
6
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 6 @ 7:00 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Feb
9
Sat
Nigel Wearne
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm

Nigel Wearne is an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner. Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds finger-style guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling.

Nigel WearneGleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs. 


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Nigel has toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and he’s performed at a long list of Australian music festivals, including the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Cygnet Folk Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival. He’s also shared shows with the likes of All Our Exes Live in Texas (AUS), Lindsay Lou (USA), Tennyson King (CAN), Jordie Lane (AUS) and the late great Billy Thorpe (AUS).

From stories of social justice and observation, to emotional reflection and historical tales, Nigel draws inspiration from everyday people from all walks of life. Some songs are autobiographical and personal, but many are other people’s stories. For Nigel, music is a candid, human and important messenger for stories and moments in time.

Almost a decade ago, he spent 3 months travelling across Canada from west to east. From the Rocky Mountains, to the mosaic of Montréal and back to the graffiti adorned streets of Toronto, it was a trip marked with poetic meanderings and self-discovery. By the time he got to Halifax he had a bag of new songs that became his 2012 album ‘Black Crow’. ‘Black Crow’ garnered wide critical acclaim including a 4 star review in Rolling Stone Magazine, a nomination for Best Country Album at The Age Music Victoria Awards and it debuted at #1 on the AMRAP Great Southern Charts.

In his first Canadian tour, Nigel will spend 3 weeks on the road touring his current album ‘Drawing Circles’, a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. With songs born of shadows and lucid reveries, the 14-song double album explores the dark corners of creativity and the irregular swells of life. A storyteller at heart, he paints lyrical pictures with “the narrative-fuelled prose of Paul Kelly” – Beat Magazine. “One of Australia’s emerging songwriters” – Tone Deaf. “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits” 4 Stars – Rolling Stone.

Feb
10
Sun
The BIG F’n Quiz
Feb 10 @ 2:00 pm

Who said: “Most pub quizzes are crap. Let’s not kid ourselves – no one ever learned anything useful from a pub quiz. If you want to learn something useful, ask Google or Alexa or that blowhard who sits at the bar and thinks he knows everything. And while most pub quizzes have almost no educational value whatsoever, they are, if anything, less entertaining than they are educational. They are sad and boring and dreary. They exist only so that one sad, boring, dreary person can call themselves the champion of the sad, the boring and the dreary.”


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  1. Albert Einstein, blowhard physicist
  2. Henry David Thoureau, blowhard writer
  3. William Shakespeare, blowhard Elizabethan writer
  4. Doug Ford, blowhard Ontario Premier
  5. Peter Paylor, host of the BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre

 

The BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre is not like most pub quizzes. It is neither sad nor boring nor dreary. It’s not your grandmother’s pub quiz either (unless your grandmother was a potty-mouthed sailor). Hosted by Peter Paylor and Lisa Morris, the BIG F’n Quiz lets you compete against two highly-skilled special guest teams of non-blowhards – Rob and Sarah Skinner from Marmora and Ed Hamstra and Brian Weston from Hornchurch via Chipstead and Caterham—for the title of “Big F’n Champion”. It’s also okay just to come and watch. You’ll have fun.

 The BIG F’n Quiz at the Old Church Theatre. It’s not crap.

Feb
14
Thu
S/Ain’t Valentine’s Day
Feb 14 @ 6:00 pm

Randy Stewart Live at Old Church Theatre for SAin’t Valentine’s Day.

Randy’s mantra has become familiar to music fans throughout the region: Sad Songs & Funny Songs, I DON’T PLAY LOVE SONGS. He’s done for music what Anthony Hopkins did for romantic comedy.

Now he’s got his sights set on Valentine’s Day. There will be nothing but oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide in the air when Randy takes the stage at the Old Church Theatre on behalf of the lovelorn, the lovesick and the romantically skeptical.  He’s hidden the roses, eaten the chocolates and, for good measure, he’s tied Cupid up in the shed for SAin’t Valentine’s Day, a ‘Valentine for the Rest of Us’, something to sing about – that doesn’t wear its heart on its sleeve.

SAin’t Valentine’s Day, will be presented at Old Church Theatre on Thursday, February 14 with a prix fixe dinner beginning at 6 PM – and the performance starting at 7 PM.


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Randy Stewart is a Canadian singer/songwriter who has been performing professionally for more than 30 years. He has been seen on television, heard on radio and recorded by the CBC. His recordings can be found in the delete bins of some of the country’s finest record stores – and his new song Buck-A-Beer is currently an internet sensation on Youtube. Originally from Northwestern Ontario, he now lives on a small farm outside Trenton Ontario.

“I’ve heard many times over the years, that Valentine’s Day isn’t necessarily a day that everyone looks forward to,” he grins. “Well maybe I’ve found my calling.”

His set list is an eclectic mix of country, folk, jazz standards and pop – along with some originals – all skillfully avoiding matters of the heart.

“There’s a lot of performers out there singing about love and relationships – I’m just not one of ‘em”.

Tickets for this one-of-a-kind evening are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Or, for only $20, include dinner of Old Church chili, homemade biscuits and a choice of heavenly desserts.

Doors – and dinner – start at 6 PM. Show starts at 7 PM.

Feb
16
Sat
Dylan Ireland
Feb 16 @ 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. 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).


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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?

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Feb
20
Wed
Open Mic
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

 

Feb
23
Sat
Roxanne de Bastion and Megan Palmer
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

Roxanne de Bastion from London, England and Nashville, Tennessee based singer-songwriter Megan Palmer are two talented singer-songwriters  teaming up for a short tour of Ontario. We are fortunate to have them stop by the Old Church Theatre.


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Roxanne de Bastion reminds us that great lyrics do have a place in pop music. With a nod to 1960’s psychedelia, Roxanne delivers thoughtful social and personal commentary soaked in piano and cello arrangements. Born in Berlin to a musical, bilingual family, she began composing and performing at the age of 15. Soon after, Roxanne moved to London equipped with her guitar, her songs, and a one-way ticket. She has been touring non-stop in Europe for the past ten years, recently played the Main Stage at Canterbury Folk Festival, has opened for Lucy and Martha Wainwright, Thea Gilmore, Hayes Carll, and many others, and has performed on The Acoustic Stage at The Glastonbury Music Festival!!

 

“One of the most perfect voices I have ever heard!” -Tom Whalley, BBC 6

“I was completely bowled over by Roxanne. As well as performing, she converses with the audience, charming everyone in the room. If you ever get the chance to go and see her live – definitely do!” -BBC Introducing Coventry

 

When Ohio-born Megan Palmer began writing songs in earnest somewhere around 2004, she was a violinist gigging with Ontario-based Luther Wright & the Wrongs, known for their bluegrass reworking of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall.” This exercise in genre twisting serves as well as any to hint at the range of stylistic territory spanned in Palmer’s own music, which straddles the Americana and adult alternative radio formats while drawing from an even wider-ranging palette of influences that she blurs into original hues. Her voice, attractively austere and affectation-free, is nonetheless versatile enough to suit the varied styles housing her intelligent lyrics and deft melodies.

“She expertly communicates in her songs her sense of kindness and compassion even when there’s good reason to behave otherwise. It’s not just something she says, it’s also who she is as an artist and person.” -Aaron Lee Tasjan

“She treats her words with such a welcoming tone that the listener can’t help but be drawn in like a child to the Pied Piper” -Wannabe

Feb
24
Sun
Ryan Cook
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the wool country. He has shared stages with the likes of Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, and Travis Tritt and has compiled an impressive list of awards and nominations over the year, including three Album of the Year Awards from Music Nova Scotia. His latest album is 2017’s acclaimed Having a Great Time.


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As an independent artist Ryan has received over 20 nominations in Canada, three Album of the Year awards in Nova Scotia, and written, produced and published music in Nashville, TN. Ryan has performed on many big stages including the Ryman Auditorium, Ernest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree, CMA Music Festival, Music City Roots, Maverick Music Festival (UK), Stan Rogers Folk Festival (NS), and Cavendish Beach Music Festival (PE). Online Ryan has over a million YouTube views, 5000 Facebook followers, and 2000 Twitter followers. Ryan regularly performs a theatrical musical tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and has performed tributes to Merle Travis, Merle Haggard, and Johnny Cash. Beginning in 2007 Ryan has performed over 1000 concerts in North America, Europe, and Southeast Asia.

Mar
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Surefire Sweat
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm

Surefire Sweat, is made up of a diverse and multi-generational roster of Toronto-based artists. The music, composed by Juno-nominated drummer, Larry Graves, is original, drawing on an amalgam of Funk, Jazz, Brass Band, Blues and Afrobeat. Inventive arrangements act as a vehicle for the all-star cast of musicians to engage listeners through improvisational explorations and danceable arrangements.


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In this age of electronic dance music and digital wizardry, Surefire Sweat forges ahead with an old-school music-making approach. Full of memorable melodic hooks and toe-tapping rhythms, listeners are carried along by a revolving door of Toronto finest, sweating it out on drums, percussion, guitars and various horns. Sometimes we even sing. Despite being dominantly instrumental in nature, each of the group’s unique pieces is propelled by a narrative: colourful journeys that emote real time metaphors of the human condition.

The band has been active on the Toronto music scene performing at various festivals, music series and in clubs and concert venues. Currently the group is developing some new music (with support from The Canada Council for Arts and The Ontario Arts Council).

 

 

 

 

Mar
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Over the Moon
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm

Canadian roots/swing duo Over The Moon’s Suzanne Levesque and Craig Bignell are awarding multi-instrumentalists/vocalists that met, fell in love, got married and discovered their voices blend so well together that people often tear up upon hearing them sing.


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Living on a ranch in the foothills of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, it’s inevitable there will be a strong sense of place- and the rhythms of the land when you start to make music. When the couple released their debut album, the resonances were there for all to hear. reflecting the pulse of life, lived in a territory that is both dirt-hard rugged and beautiful.

Their music is a wild ride from 40’s sounding western swing and Appalachian old-time, to cowboy blues. Simple and sweet, all of their material has a common thread that speaks of the Canadian west and on their UK release, reviews were glowing. American Roots UK saying it was “Exceptional” and Country Music People adding “There’s so much to enjoy here.” The editor of Maverick Magazine told readers “You will love this” Elmore Magazine, New York “We knew we were on to something special”

Mar
6
Wed
Open Mic
Mar 6 @ 7:00 pm

Open Mic is held every first and third Wednesday.  Everyone is welcome.

We are opening earlier now at 6PM and have  some food available so you don`t have to cook!

 

Mar
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Jenie Thai
Mar 8 @ 7:30 pm
Mar
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Fri
Jerry Leger
Mar 15 @ 7:30 pm

33-year old singer-songwriter Jerry Leger has received praise in Rolling Stone, Pop Matters, Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, No Depression, Americana UK, Exclaim! and from fellow songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith and Michael Timmins (of Cowboy Junkies, who is also Leger’s producer/label head at Latent Recordings), yet he’s remained somewhat under-the-radar. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind commercial success but perhaps the career as a cult artist suits him better, as in the same fashion as songwriters like John Prine and Tom Waits. Both sold modestly but were highly-regarded artists for half of their careers before becoming musical legends; and like these writers, Leger is prolific, uncompromising and fixated on artistic success.


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The examples are throughout his already large and impressive body of work. Leger has toured Canada and the States multiple times and in 2018 made his European debut with two tours in support of his acclaimed double LP Nonsense and Heartache (Latent/Warner/Proper). They included dates with Trampled By Turtles, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers and the Take Root Fest, sharing the bill with artists such as Neko Case, Kurt Vile, Father John Misty, Shakey Graves, Alejandro Escovedo and more.

http://www.jerryleger.com