Their latest album – In Sink – captures all the best parts of Canadian roots-trio Dirty Dishes- rich harmonies, clever songwriting, country-tinged ballads and killer charm- but reflects a musical maturity, ease and playfulness that a band only achieves after a decade of playing together. Blending roots, folk-rock, bluegrass, gospel and country music, these sassy Dishes take the stage with extraordinary energy and flare, leaving you in stitches one minute, and reaching for your handkerchief the next!
The Wakami Wailers transport audiences back to simpler times, through music and humour, telling the stories of Canada’s trappers, miners, settlers, and lumberjacks.
In 1981, four employees at Wakami Lake Provincial Park, near Chapleau, Ontario, formed the Wakami Wailers to interpret Canada’s colourful history through songs and stories.
In 1984, Mark Despault, Rob Hollett, Mike Bernier, and Jeff Allen were commissioned by the Government of Ontario to develop a musical interpretation of the province’s rich white pine lumbering heritage. They developed the interpretive showcase “The Last of the White Pine Loggers”, and toured extensively throughout Ontario. This show has since been enjoyed by audiences throughout North America, from Epcot Center in Florida, to Expo 86 in Vancouver.
In 1985, they were retained by Parks Canada to develop a musical play depicting 100 years of Canada’s National Parks history.
They have performed on the soundtrack of two award winning films: The Winter Camp, a depiction of life in a turn of the century lumber camp, and Places Out of Time, an exploration of the first 100 years of Ontario Parks. They have also contributed music to a documentary project produced in Simcoe, Ontario, examining the unique alligator tug boats used for logging since the late 19th century.
To date, the Wakami Wailers have produced three releases: Recording for their first release, The Last of the White Pine Loggers, began in 1986 in North Bay, Ontario, and was completed two years later at Studio 29, near Campbellford. The album went on to sell over 10,000 copies and received a wonderful response from folkies, reviewers, and historians. Their second recording, Waltz With the Woods, is a salute to Ontario’s heritage and its Provincial Parks. It features, for the most part, original songs penned by the band members. In 1999, they recapture the feel of their original album with a third release, River Through the Pines, revisiting the lumberjack theme.
Grand Opening Night at the Tipsy Vicar Pub in the Old Church Theatre!
We’re open 5-10 PM with authentic Irish Pub music by No Great Mischief between 6-9PM. We’ll be featuring Steak and Veggie pies by Chef David Correa.
No Great Mischief is a Kingston-based Celtic trio featuring Meghan Balogh on fiddle, Erik Coleman on bouzouki and guitar, and Ian Leslie on uilleann pipes and whistles.
The music of No Great Mischief belies their enthusiasm for the tunes of Ireland and other Celtic traditions, and their unabashed enjoyment of each other’s musical company.
Meghan Balogh spent years studying classical piano and violin before becoming addicted to Irish fiddle music. Now, nearly two decades after attending her first Irish session, she regularly plays at local sessions and for Irish ceili dances, as well as shows with various groups including No Great Mischief, The Gertrudes, Seventh Town, and the Seventh Town Ceili Band.
Erik Coleman is a multi-instrumentalist with 25 years of musical experience. He plays guitar, bouzouki, piano and bass and has performed as a member of various folk and Celtic bands such as Night Sun, Dog Tooth Violet, Lagavulin and Boru’s Harp at events across Canada, including the Winnepeg Folk Festival and Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife.
Ian Leslie started out on the highland bagpipes, and has been studying uillean (Irish) pipes for more than 20 years. He has been a fixture on the Irish music scene in the Kingston area for 15 years, playing in sessions at various pubs in Ontario, for traditional Irish ceili dances with the Seventh Town Ceili Band, and at events such as the Homegrown Music Festival in Kingston with The Sessioneers. He’s featured on the albums of regional folk musicians such as Brian Flynn and The Wakami Wailers.
The sounds of a lonesome fiddle echo off of the walls of an old church…
The banjo and the mandolin weave a story that is familiar, calming and imperative…
Joey Wright and Luke Mercier are back and teaming up to make alchemy in music again! They’re adding Julian Brown (Feist, Apostle of Hustle) to the bill!
Fiddles, Banjos, Mandolin and Guitar are the raw ingredients that make up the tasting menu of sonic delight that is their musical feast. In the midst of recording their second album, this trio will treat you to the sounds of Satie on the Beach, Luke and Joey’s first album, as well as some new offerings and other delicious delights from Lotus and gang.
“Lotus Wight is a Banjo Jedi…”
“Listen to Joey Wright’s mandolin dance on Big Baby….knock you on your ass beauty “
A little taste:
We had lots of great Open Mic Wednesday on the patio at the Old Church Theatre for the past two years. Many of you performed or attended for which we are grateful and will continue next spring.
Moving indoors, we’re taking a different approach in order to keep safe and avoid congestion and excess moving out of seats. We will offer 5 people a spot each week to participate in more of a “Jam” style evening with the assistance of Peggy Voigt who will keep the music flowing! If you’re a musician you’ll be able to play as much as you like throughout the evening. If you’re an audience member you’ll hear lots of great music with musicians doing that amazing thing they do, free form and impromptu collaboration.
Performers can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. We’re now taking performer reservations for Dec 8th.
We have a new “Pub” atmosphere indoors at the Old Church and look forward to seeing our wonderful patrons and performers alike!
Come to Pub Night at the Old Church Theatre. The “Tipsy Vicar” is open at 5PM with music from 6-9PM
Join us on December 11th for some Christmas music, old favourites and original tunes with String Mashup!
There’s no admission charge but we will “pass the hat” (or maybe the offering plate) for donations to the band.
Their name says a lot about them. They all play a variety of string instruments and take turns at singing lead at various times. The mashup part refers to “a mixture or fusion of disparate elements”, which perfectly describes how they blend different ages of women and men; blending different styles of music and harmonies from old 40s classics to 50s and 60s pop and country, through to today’s folk and some original tunes written by Lisa Gilmore.