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7
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Rob Lutes
Dec 7 @ 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.”

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11
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Song Circle
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm
Song Circle @ Old Church Theatre

No two song format, no waiting to play. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. 

There will be food available and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

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Dec
14
Sat
Bill Wood & Burke Carroll
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm
Bill Wood & Burke Carroll @ Old Church Theatre

Bill Wood’s songs have been described as “what happens when 30 years of songwriting, honed over decades of hard life experiences, meet the craftsmanship of a career musician who doesn’t know what it means to compromise.” Paired with the sweet sounds of Burke Carroll’s pedal steel and resophonic guitars, these songs take on the aura of old favourites with a brand-new feel.

Bill & Burke perform original songs that range from heartbreaking ballads to classic country shuffle. You’ll swear you’ve heard those songs before.


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Bill Wood

Bill is the songwriter and front man for Bill Wood and The Woodies, a respected roots rock band on the Southern Ontario circuit.

An industry veteran singer-songwriter and former lead vocalist for Juno-nominees EyeEye, Wood became disillusioned with the music industry’s “star maker machinery,” and stepped away from recording and performing in the early 90s to focus on raising his family and making a living. His experiences as a home renovator, woodworker and both employment and volunteer work with marginalized people have informed and infiltrated his songs. Wood has also had his struggles with addiction. But even while deeply immersed in a life of real-world troubles and triumphs, he’s been writing songs, performing and recording. Those experiences and a lifetime of songwriting discipline are audible in the depth and power of Bill’s original music. Even the newest songs often have the feel of a classic.

Bill has recently moved to Prince Edward County where he is quickly becoming a familiar voice at local venues and on the airwaves.

Bill’s most recent releases include the Bill Wood and The Woodies disc, Mumbo Jumbo Tumbo and 2018’s Cardinal, featuring the Wood Family Singers. He is currently recording a new Woodies album— next up is the first Bill & Burke album.

“Some singers, like Nick Lowe and Graham Parker, have the knack of reformatting the punk sneer and growl into something that perfectly fits the roots-rock template of their music. Bill Wood shares this talent.” —Peter Tomkins, R2 Magazine, (UK)

Listen to Bill Wood on Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play Music.

 

Burke Carroll

If you are listening to any Canadian country, folk or Americana record and hear that haunting pedal steel sound, there’s a very good chance you’re hearing the work of Burke Carroll.

Burke, who studied in New York with David Leisner (Guitar co-chair, Manhattan School of Music) to develop playing techniques for the resophonic and pedal steel guitars, is now a teacher himself and an in-demand player. Burke has performed with (and has recorded with) Oh Susanna, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, Nathan, George Fox, The Bebop Cowboys, Kelly Trottier, Justin Rutledge and many more. He has also recorded with K-OS, Ron Hynes, Chris Coole, The Creaking Tree String Quartet, Sarah Harmer, George Canyon, David Clayton-Thomas, Murray McLauchlan and Ian Tyson, among others.

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Dec
15
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Tony Vani & Kenny Pauze
Dec 15 @ 2:00 pm
Tony Vani & Kenny Pauze @ Old Church Theatre

Tony Vani and Kenny Pauze, a relatively new duo in the Quinte area blues scene but certainly not new to the music world; two highly seasoned musicians paired in this sizzling acoustic format for rare appearances. Tony Vani, from Belleville, Ontario, a skilled harmonica player/vocalist has performed in and around the Belleville area as a single act and as a group act for decades as well as the Kinston Blues Festival and the Frankford Blues Festival. Kenny Pauze, a gifted Delta Blues and Folk guitarist from Elgin Quebec, has played at clubs and festivals including the Ottawa Folk Festival and the Tremblant International Blues Festival.  The music focuses on blues and folk styles, yet covers a diverse range of styles from hot and feisty up tempo boogies, to down and dirty blues.


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Dec
18
Wed
Song Circle
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm
Song Circle @ Old Church Theatre

No two song format, no waiting to play. No mics or amps or pedals. No cords to trip on. No banjo or bagpipe jokes. Accordions always welcome.

Join us Wednesday nights at the Old Church when we fill the house with music and good times in the spirit of campfires and kitchen parties and band practice in mom’s basement. Bring an instrument or two to play, a song or two to perform or share, where the band plays along and anyone or everyone is in the band. Or just sit and listen or shake a shaker or hum or sing along. 

There will be food available and the bar opens at 6pm.

 

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Dec
19
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Red Dirt Skinners “Homecoming” Show
Dec 19 @ 7:30 pm
Red Dirt Skinners "Homecoming" Show @ Old Church Theatre

If you were one of the many who were unable to purchase a ticket for the Red Dirt Skinners show at Church on October you’re in luck – we’ve added an extra “homecoming” show for December 19. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative acts to come out of the UK in recent years, the sublime genre-defying sound of the Red Dirt Skinners is created by husband and wife team, Rob and Sarah Skinner.


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“Musically set apart from the mass of bands who are just copying what has gone before” Music News 4/5
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 the Red Dirt Skinners
The Red Dirt Skinners have had significant success in both National and International awards in several genres. The Skinners’ refuse to be pigeonholed; their audiences always describe them as ‘refreshingly different’. Drawing on influences from more genres than would make sense to list, the Red Dirt Skinners’ sound is instantly recognisable.
Comfortably blending exceptional, almost telepathic, harmonies with the unique instrumentation of soprano saxophone and acoustic guitar, audiences fall in love with the Skinners sound.
Hailing originally from the South East of England, Rob and Sarah have both been musicians for the majority of their lives.
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.
“The space where the vocals of Sarah and Rob Skinner meet features two tones existing as a single note”. The Alternate Root Magazine
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.
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.

From small beginnings in small venues, the Red Dirt Skinners swift rise in popularity sees them now commanding theatre audiences across Europe and North America.
A Red Dirt Skinners concert combines captivating storytelling with knowing lyricism and outstanding musicianship.

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Dec
28
Sat
Improvmonauts – “The Holiday Hangover Part 2”
Dec 28 @ 7:30 pm

Join the Quinte area’s premiere comedy troupe, the Improvmonauts, as they return to the Old Church Theatre for “The Holiday Hangover Part 2” on Saturday, December 28th. Fill that gap in between the holidays and New Years with some improv comedy. The Improvmonauts is made up of several local theatre practioners with decades of experience in improvised comedy, theatre, music and musical theatre. Come on out and laugh along with some scenes and games made up on the spot using audience suggestions.

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Dec
29
Sun
Instant Rivalry
Dec 29 @ 2:00 pm
Instant Rivalry @ Old Church Theatre

Instant Rivalry performing songs from their new debut country album, Whiskey and Lead live at The Old Church Theatre. This intimate show will give you a chance to hear the stories behind the songs and the road to creating the record. Tickets are $25.00, each ticket will include a copy of Whiskey and Lead.


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Jan
3
Fri
World of Voiceover – A New Year!
Jan 3 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Kick off the New Year with something a little different.  Voice Acting !!

Come to the Old Church to have a light hearted evening finding out about and trying your hand at something new for the New Year.

The World of Voiceovers is exciting, challenging and very rewarding.  Spend the evening with Peter Wood a Voice Actor of 23 years who has voiced for such companies as Toyota, International Harvester, Indian Motorcycle, Kool Aid and many more. 


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Jan
8
Wed
Song Circle
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
11
Sat
Pub Night
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm

Pub Night at the Old Church Theatre!  

There’s nothing more sociable than getting together at your local pub. We hope you will join us in the relaxed atmosphere of our rural “church” pub and enjoy a friendly night out.

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Jan
15
Wed
Song Circle
Jan 15 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
18
Sat
Po’Boy Jeffreys
Jan 18 @ 7:30 pm
Po'Boy Jeffreys @ Old Church Theatre

Back by popular demand!

Po’Boy Jeffreys is a Toronto-born, blues musician and singer/songwriter, a master finger-picker of early twentieth century roots music and a gifted storyteller who’s been winning the affection of audiences for more than fifteen years. He will be returning to the Old Church with copies of his brand new solo album “Eastbound Blues.”


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Three summers in a row Po’Boy has been busking, gigging and gallivanting his way through Canada. His performance experience offers a unique rendition of vaudeville-style entertainment, stories of the road, big smiles and even bigger laughs. This is an old-time music lovin’ goofball party that you don’t want to miss!

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Jan
22
Wed
Song Circle
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
24
Fri
The Urban Highlanders
Jan 24 @ 7:30 pm
The Urban Highlanders @ Old Church Theatre

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.

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Jan
29
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Song Circle
Jan 29 @ 6:00 pm
Jan
30
Thu
Thursday Night Tales
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday Night Tales @ Old Church Theatre

Stories are the backbone of our culture. Everyone has at least one great story. Would you like to hear some and more importantly, would you like to tell yours? Whether you’ve admired the radio spots of Paul Harvey, Stuart MacLean or Terry O’Reilly or the tall tales of your great uncle Bill or your favourite hairdresser, a good yarn puts our common humanity on full display. It’s your turn now.

Here at the Old Church we’re going to dedicate as many Thursday evenings per month as we can to the stories that make up the fabric of our experiences. Make some notes, rehearse, embellish, practice your gesticulations or fire straight from the hip. We’re doing this Open Mic style, everyone takes 5 or 10 minutes. Read a passage from your great Canadian novel or your newest play. Any work in progress is welcome. Even if you have a favourite that isn’t your own; a poem, a bit of movie dialogue, song lyric or a ghost story, have at it. We have all and sundry refreshments if you require a ‘wee nip o’courage’ to get you going.

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Feb
5
Wed
Song Circle
Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
8
Sat
Steve & Tyler Wilkinson
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm

Steve and Tyler Wilkinson make up two thirds of the Juno Award winning Country trio The Wilkinsons. The Wilkinsons achieved success late in 1998 with the hit single “26 Cents”, a Number 1 on the Canadian country music Steve and Tyler Wilkinsoncharts and Top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles Charts and co written by Steve Wilkinson. Tyler & Steve’s show will be a mix of great song writing, familiar Wilkinson hits, amazing family harmonies, and the songs that have inspired them over the years.

 

 


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Feb
12
Wed
Song Circle
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
15
Sat
Laugh Off the Heartburn
Feb 15 @ 7:30 pm
Laugh Off the Heartburn @ Old Church Theatre

Heal that Hallmark heartburn with the Improvmonauts.  Quinte’s premier Improv troupe will be at the Old Church Theatre on Saturday, February 15. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 7:30pm. Pay what you will, so if you paid too much for roses or a belt sander, throw in what you have left (no breath mints please).


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Feb
19
Wed
Song Circle
Feb 19 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
21
Fri
Franz Ferdinand Must Die
Feb 21 @ 7:30 pm

  ★★★★ Global News,  ★★★★ Winnipeg Free Press  ★★★★ CBC

Adam Bailey’s twisted, history-based storytelling tackles the improbable events that started a war while asking the question; what leads young men to commit acts of political violence? Using the assassination of Franz Ferdinand as a starting point Bailey dives into the world of his killer, Gavrilo Princip, and creates a theatrical feat that is thought provoking, humorous, and surprisingly empathetic. A contemporary take on an event that has clear implications for a modern audience. With sound design by Alex Eddington, and direction by Tyler Seguin, Franz Ferdinand Must Die has been praised as “a historical tour de force” (Saskatoon Star Phoenix) and is surely an event not to be missed.

 


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Feb
22
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Express and Company
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm
Express and Company @ Old Church Theatre

Express and Company is a folk/pop duo from Peterborough, Ontario. The band is fronted by Dylan Ireland and Melissa Payne and formed in 2013. Since then, the band has been on an impressive rise. They’ve toured Canada travelling as far afield as the Yukon and PEI, appeared at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas. Aside from touring they have won both the Peterborough Folk Festival and Mariposa Folk Festival Emerging Artist awards. In 2013/14 they reached the number one spot on the CBC R3-30, CBC Radio 3’s nation-wide indie music countdown, for the song “Carry Me Along” off their debut album, ‘Ontario’. “Carry Me Along” was then added to CBC Radio 2’s national broadcast spending 14 weeks on CBC Radio 2’s Top 20. Express and Company is now writing and recording their sophomore release due in 2020.


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23
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Franz Ferdinand Must Die
Feb 23 @ 2:00 pm

  ★★★★ Global News,  ★★★★ Winnipeg Free Press  ★★★★ CBC

Adam Bailey’s twisted, history-based storytelling tackles the improbable events that started a war while asking the question; what leads young men to commit acts of political violence? Using the assassination of Franz Ferdinand as a starting point Bailey dives into the world of his killer, Gavrilo Princip, and creates a theatrical feat that is thought provoking, humorous, and surprisingly empathetic. A contemporary take on an event that has clear implications for a modern audience. With sound design by Alex Eddington, and direction by Tyler Seguin, Franz Ferdinand Must Die has been praised as “a historical tour de force” (Saskatoon Star Phoenix) and is surely an event not to be missed.


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Feb
26
Wed
Song Circle
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
29
Sat
Pub Night
Feb 29 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
4
Wed
Song Circle
Mar 4 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
7
Sat
Lance Isaacs
Mar 7 @ 7:30 pm
Lance Isaacs @ Old Church Theatre

Contemporary folk-soul musician Lance Isaacs is a singer/songwriter born and raised on Six Nations, an aboriginal community southwest of Hamilton, ON.

Recognized and revered for his sultry vocals and soulful, melodic compositions, his live performance is both instantly captivating and emotionally engaging.

“Lance Isaacs has one of those voices, a voice people need to
hear” -Ryan Weber, The Weber Brothers

 


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The power and potency of his voice is starkly contrasted by a confidence and lighthearted disposition that is at once both endearing and comforting. The broad range and spectrum of his music, which presents everything from woeful themes of self reflection to the celebration of seeking ones own place in the world, culminates in a depth of feeling seldom felt, let alone heard.

One cannot help but think that his original composition “Undercover Man” is somewhat auto biographical as he seems to be an undercover observer of the human experience, one with the innate ability to reflect back to us in vivid detail the feelings we were ourselves already feeling, and the emotions we may have been trying to hide from.

 

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11
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Song Circle
Mar 11 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
15
Sun
Billy MacInnis & Pat Johnson
Mar 15 @ 2:00 pm
Billy MacInnis, also known as Stompin’ Tom’s fiddle player, shares the stage with one of the most well-known guitarists in Eastern Ontario Pat Johnson.
 
Billy MacInnis, a third generation fiddler, has been entertaining and wowing audiences since the age of five. His first fans and still his strongest supporters are his parents, Lorraine (Ricard) MacInnis and Bill MacInnis senior, a seasoned fiddler and Billy’s mentor and teacher.
Billy hails from Village Green, a tight knit community on Prince Edward Island, and which provided Billy and his three siblings with a solid foundation and a picture perfect album of fond childhood memories.
He started entertaining the public at age seven; delighting audiences with the skill, devotion and talent of a true professional. Billy has been influenced by many fiddle players such as King Ganam ,Chubby Wise(Hank Snow’s fiddler) Don Rich and Graham Townsend to name a few.
In the Earlier years Billy enjoyed playing at the many dances and concerts and approached each with an eagerness and enthusiasm that would see him through many competitions and subsequent wins throughout the Maritimes and Ontario alike.
Billy has composed many of his own original pieces and recorded his first album at the age of thirteen and went on to record Seven more with his latest album titled “Billy MacInnis “Live at the Trail side Café”. Billy also composed and recorded a feature single, entitled “Wally’s Gold Cup Special,” promoting Island harness racing and honouring famed horseman, 2001 Gold Cup & Saucer Race winner and Prince Edward Island native, Wally Hennessy.
 
 
Pat has become one of the most well-known guitarists in Eastern Ontario. He has built up a big following through playing up to 80 gigs a year since the late 90s. During that time, Pat has also become one of the most highly sought-after guitar instructors in the area, and even put pen to paper in 2005 and authored an acclaimed book on fingerstyle playing. Then there’s the Patunes Studio that he runs out of his home in rural Charleston, where he records everyone from local blues chanteuses to rowdy pirate gangs. And then there are the albums, most notably the solo records Songs From The Town Boredom Built (2003), Pitchin’ Day (2006), and Stumps (2018). 
 
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Mar
18
Wed
Song Circle
Mar 18 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
21
Sat
Jerry Leger
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm
Jerry Leger @ Old Church Theatre

Jerry Leger has that spark in him that all the great songwriters have. He’s the real deal. – Ron Sexsmith

Time Out for Tomorrow has the compelling stories and great energy that I’ve come to rely on from this talented and prolific songwriter. Take the time to listen to Jerry Leger! – Doug Paisley

Time Out For Tomorrow continues Jerry Leger’s run of consistently high output and displays the finely honed artistic vision that has been evident since 2005 when, at age 19, he released the first of nine studio albums, along with three more with his side projects The Del-Fi’s and The Bop-Fi’s. It’s added up to a body of work that was recently celebrated with the European-only compilation Too Broke To Die, aimed at Leger’s growing fan base in Britain and the EU.


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Most of those listeners didn’t discover Leger until his 2014 album Early Riser, his first with Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies handling production duties, as well as the first to be released on the Junkies’ label, Latent Recordings. The combination of Timmins’ capture-the-moment production aesthetic and the Rolling Thunder-esque chemistry of Leger’s longtime band The Situation (plus a few special guests) now appears unbeatable. And although Time Out For Tomorrow may not be as expansive as Leger’s previous Timmins-produced effort, the acclaimed 2017 double album Nonsense And Heartache, its more concentrated dose of everything Leger does best is just as potent.
Songwriters such as Ron Sexsmith, Doug Paisley and outlets such as Rolling Stone, PopMatters and the Toronto Star have sung Leger’s praises. He’s also shared stages with The Sadies, Justin Townes Earle, Deer Tick, Tift Merritt, Dawes, and others.

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25
Wed
Song Circle
Mar 25 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
26
Thu
Ladies Of Jazz
Mar 26 @ 7:30 pm

Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee— three Ladies Of Jazz whose music impacted the lives of millions for over 70 years.  On Thursday, March 26th we pay tribute.  

Carin Redman explores the music of Sarah Vaughan, Lenni Stewart sings Ella Fitzgerald, and Karen Oxorn pays tribute to Peggy Lee— all accompanied by guitarist Michael Monis with Howard Baer onBass, and all on stage at Old Church Theatre.

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Carin Redman

Sarah Vaughan

Carin Redman has performed her rich repertoire of jazz, pop and R‘n’B for over 20 years. She ran the beloved Toronto jazz venue Ten Feet Tall and has been a performer at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, the Beaches Jazz Festival and many of Toronto’s prominent venues.

Recently Carin has moved to the Kawarthas area and is thrilled to be performing in many of the local and very charming venues with some of Canada’s finest musicians.

 

Lenni Stewart

Ella Fitzgerald

Canadian songstress Lenni Stewart delivers the ‘Swing’ every time to the enduring tunes of the American Songbook, Broadway Jazz and Torch.  Class, sass, charm and sophistication with a dose of the Comedienne, Lenni is a stage persona that is compelling to the senses and a tickle to the funny bone.  Critics’ remark on her “vibrant beautiful vocals,” “excellent phrasing” and “emotionally honest interpretation of the lyrics”.

Lenni has completed two Canadian tours, from Whitehorse in the West to the Sydney in the East, with Hollywood legend Mickey Rooney and his wife Jan as their opening act for “Let’s Put on a Show” with tenor Julian Gallo.  Her continued collaboration with Gallo brings audiences to their feet with their themed concerts Hits of the Blitz, Broadway Serenade and Sounds of Ireland.  Lenni has appeared with Lenny Graf’s Platinum Orchestra, the Harry Ellis Trio, and numerous other respected Jazz musicians, as well as her Jazz trio Manhattan Rouge. 

 

Karen Oxorn

Peggy Lee

Karen Oxorn’s musical journey began later in life when she discovered that singing along to Ella Fitzgerald helped her deal with the heartbreak of a failing love affair. The romance ended but her love of performing has been going strong ever since. Karen has developed a dedicated following and has performed at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival, GigSpace, the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage, the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest and the Buckingham Buzz Festival as well as at local jazz clubs.

Noted jazz historian Ron Sweetman describes Karen’s singing as having “real feeling and a subtle swing in a deep, rich voice.” Jacques Emond, founding artistic director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival, commented: “Talented and versatile Karen Oxorn is a very interesting vocalist. She has a warm and swinging straightforward voice skilled with ballads as well as upbeat songs.” In addition to singing and producing concerts, she enjoys supporting the music community in a variety of ways— She hosted “Swing Is In The Air” on CKCU-FM radio for a couple of years and is the Artistic Director of Merrickville’s Jazz Fest.

 

Howard Baer onBass

 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. Howard has acted as Musical Coordinator of the Westben Jazz Fringe Festival for the past four seasons.

 

Michael Monis

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.

 

 

 

 

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28
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Melissa Payne
Mar 28 @ 7:30 pm
Melissa Payne @ Old Church Theatre

Ennismore, Ontario’s Melissa Payne has truly left her mark on the musical landscape, and she’s just getting started. Her background in old time fiddle and traditional celtic music has evolved into a blossoming solo career, including two full length albums and another coming this April. Her live performances have garnered her critical acclaim, and notable guest collaborators like Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor, James McKenty, Matt Mays, Natalie MacMaster, cellist Nathaniel Smith and Jimmy Bowskill of The Sheepdogs, have her working with some of the biggest names in Canada, and beyond. Her upcoming record, Darker than your Dark explores an entirely different realm from the pages of her songbook. Nine original tracks that take the listener through the peaks and valleys of the life of this highly emotive artist who is just gaining her stride. Her honest and vulnerable approach to the songs that comprise her latest effort are sure to win over her dedicated fans and first time listeners alike.

 


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Apr
1
Wed
Song Circle
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
3
Fri
Jabbour
Apr 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Jabbour @ Old Church Theatre

A love of musical collaboration, Cajun music and travel brought them together. These four musicians bridge gaps and draw parallels between the musical genres that drive their own songwriting. Having played in various musical projects (Grouyan Gombo, Les Flâneurs, Dave Gossage, La montagne secrète, The Durham County Poets), they combined their creative abilities forming a project focused on original works. That being said, Jabbour has learned and arranged tunes from the traditions that inspire them such as Louisiana cajun music, Irish fiddle tunes, chansons francophones from Québec and France, and franco-Manitoban folk songs.


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A Québécois chansonnier, PEI singer songwriter, fiddler rooted in Irish tradition and jazz and blues bassist, the members of Jabbour invite you to experience the musical universe of Saint Bernard, their second studio album featuring 14 songs in french and english, as well as a selection of folk and roots tunes from their varied repertoire. As an added Cobourg connection, three of the tracks on Saint Bernard feature Cobourg resident Saskia Tomkins and one tune features her son Oisin Hannigan. Since summer 2015, Jabbour has toured coast to coast from BC to Nova Scotia, they played throughout central Saskatchewan and Manitoba October 2019 and look forward to returning to southern Ontario for this special evening of contemporary roots music at the Old Church Theatre.

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Apr
8
Wed
Song Circle
Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
9
Thu
Claude Bourbon
Apr 9 @ 7:30 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”

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Apr
15
Wed
Song Circle
Apr 15 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
16
Thu
Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band
Apr 16 @ 7:30 pm

Canada’s Classic Bluesman, Harpdog Brown’s album For Love & Money is unlike anything you’ve heard from Dog! It’s a little bit Chicago and a lotta New Orleans and it’s guaranteed to move ya!

Harpdog Brown has grown a reputation as a real-deal purveyor of classic electric blues. Photo of Harpdog BrownThink of the old Chess Records and Sun Records of the late ’40s and early ‘50s. These days he’s been touring more and more as Harpdog Brown & the Uptown Blues Band – a vintage New Orleans Blues sound featuring slide trombone, keyboards, bass and drums and often a sax and clarinet. Still a vintage vibe, just a different vintage! This music will move you! They perform mostly originals yet they often include great songs of the masters from that era. Think Louis Jordan, Satchmo, Sonny Boy Williamson, Wynonie Harris, even Duke Ellington. Audiences are raving about this new show!


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He’s been called a Blues Evangelist, and that’s 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. A missionary if you will. Music can heal people if they pay attention to the messages in these songs.” He delivers those messages using the vintage sound whether it be with his lowdown classic blues band the Travelin’ Blues Show or with his Uptown Blues Band. 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 feel like 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 band!”

Harpdog Brown is a gifted vocalist and an imaginative harmonica player. Piano man Dave Webb has been working with Harpdog over the years and they share an intuition that only comes with many hours and miles shared on and off stage. Joseph Abbott (Clarinet) and Brandon Lin (Trombone) are the newest and youngest additions to the band Rounding out the band is Rick Jacobson from the state of Washington on the tubs.

Harpdog has won three consecutive Maple Blues Awards for Harmonica Player of the Year (2014/2015/2016), the Fraser Valley Music Award, has three consecutive Western Canadian Music Awards Nominations, a Juno Nomination and is 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.
Travelin’ With The Blues released in 2016 is still sitting in the top roots and blues charts and follows his Top 20 charting 2014 release What It Is (Roots Music Report International Blues Albums).

Get off the couch and some see some seriously vintage blues that’s lots of fun!

“This band could play anywhere in the world, in any venue, large or small, and blues fans of all stripes would love this show.” – Holger Petersen, SiriusXM, CKUA and CBC broadcaster and President of Stony Plain Records

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Apr
18
Sat
Texassippi Soul Man’ Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi
Apr 18 @ 7:30 pm

Danny Brooks has long been referred to as ‘The Real Deal’ and after years of honing his writing and performing skills in Canada, picking up nominations and awards along the way, Brooks is at home in the Texas music scene and traveling throughout the USA. Mixing Southern Soul, Americana, Blues and Gospel, he is quickly being recognized as a prolific writer and dynamic live performer, and is constantly on the road. 


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Making Llano Texas his home (just west of Austin), ‘Texassippi Soul Man’ Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi are releasing their second ‘Texas’ studio recording ‘This World Is Not Your Friend’, at Larry Nye’s La-Z-L Studio, slated for a January 15th release. This recording will please those who have long expressed a desire to hear a ‘stripped down’ approach to Brooks music, in that it will feature the duo he has with his wife Debi Middlebrook Brooks who sings and plays cajon/percussion while Brooks plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar-box/stomp-board and harp-rack.

Brooks has worked with Legendary producers Jim Dickinson on ‘Its A Southern Thing’ which received high praise fromCub Coda (Smokin’ In The Boy Room/All Music Guide), Johnny Sandlin, (Capri

corn Records Producer) on ‘No Easy Way Out’, that featured the legendary Muscle Shoals musicians David HoodSpooner OldhamBonnie BramlettFrazer Mohawk (Elektra) and bassist Tim Drummond (Bob Dylan/Neil Young/James Brown) referred to Brooks as the Real Deal on NorthernBlues recording ‘Saved! The NorthernBlues Gospel Allstars’. On the first two Soulsville recordings, Brookscredits Richard Bell, (Janice Joplin/The Band/Colin Linden) who produced and played keyboards as preparing him for the world stage.

‘Texassippi Soul Man’ Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi hit the road January 31st on their ‘Blue Highway Tour’ (they make a good racket on assorted guitars/stomp-board/harp-rack/cajon/percussion and singing with all their might, with an Elite 3 way Yorkville PA System). As situations dictate, they perform with both Canadian and American bands. Info on the Canadian andAmerican bands is available on the website. T

heir duo live show has drawn comparisons to White Stripes/Black Keys/Keb Mo/Allman Bros.

Crucial Music in Studio City California is representing Brooks’ music to film/tv/commercials and has had ‘You’ll Find A Way’, a soul ballad from Rock This House aired on ABC’s TV Show The Fosters.

“He’s that special musical jewel that we’ve never really had in Canada … he’s our Solomon Burke, Otis Redding, Taj Mahal and Ralph Stanley rolled into one performer”. Chris Darton/Maple Blues Magazine

“Listening to Danny Brooks is like driving out of Memphis, TN on a sunny Saturday morning into the Mississippi Delta listening to WDIA. It’s one of those things where time stands still. A dash of Eddie Hinton, Solomon Burke, Rev. James Cleveland and Howlin’ Wolf are all ingredients in Danny’s soulful musical stew’” states Greg Martin of the Kentucky Headhunters.

“Son for a white boy, you sho’ nuff got a sun tan on the inside” Brownie McGhee

Maybe Greg Quill, noted musician and arts writer for the Toronto Star, sums it up the best: ‘This is Roots music of great distinction.’

 

 

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Apr
22
Wed
Song Circle
Apr 22 @ 6:00 pm
Apr
29
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Song Circle
Apr 29 @ 6:00 pm
Jun
27
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Strumming Stories
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm
Strumming Stories @ Old Church Theatre

Strumming Stories consists of band members Jason Hamilton on bass/guitar Jonathon Villeneff on lead vocals/guitar, Sean Morphet on lead guitar and Jeff Shortt on drums; seasoned songwriters looking to share their stories about love, cars and everything in between.

Driven by their passion of storytelling, and connected by their small town deep roots, the group of writers have spent the last few years developing music that best narrates a melodic memoir of growing up in rural Ontario. By pulling their influences from muscle cars, blue collars and Friday nights, they are able to create music and lyrics that audiences can connect with in their own communities and throughout their everyday lives.


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