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2022
Open Mic
Sep 14 @ 5:00 PM
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Come join us for Open Mic outdoors on the patio, Wednesdays at the Old Church Theatre. We have a bar and wood-fired pizza.

You can enjoy a fun night seeing  local performers and if you want to perform sign up with our host Rick Zimmerman.  Bring your own mic if you can, and check in with our sound tech Dave Cotterell. 

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Sep
16
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2022
Jeff Louch and guest Andy Forgie
Sep 16 @ 6:00 PM

We’re happy to present a special evening of original composition with Jeff Louch with his guest and Belleville’s own, Andy Forgie.  We’re moving this show indoors, as the patio is getting a little chilly in the evenings!  LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE.


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Jeff Louch (of Montreal’s Victory Chimes) will be performing a solo concert as part of his “When The Fog Rolls In” new album tour!

The latest Victory Chimes’ album, “When The Fog Rolls In” was recorded in Banff, Alberta, inspired by the vast mountain landscape and unique energy that exists there.

The new songs, according to Jeff Louch, are “further down the rabbit hole of psych synth layers, sub bass drones, hypnotic hip hop drums.

Lyrical colouring from the macabre to blissful fantasy and styles stretching from narrative to stream of consciousness to absurdity.”

Jeff also shares his talents in The Jake Clemons Band!

Andy Forgie has been a favourite on the scene in varying guises, since the 1970’s.

He has recorded for Quality Records, Buddah Records & Capitol/Parlophone Records: as the lead vocalist/composer for the bands Creed & Photograph

Andy promises a set of “Original Songs of Hope & Love (Both Lost & Found). …and a couple of blasts from his Creed & Photograph past!!

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Sep
17
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2022
Rick Fines
Sep 17 @ 2:00 PM
Rick Fines @ Old Church Theatre

Rick Fines is an engaging storyteller and songwriter. He has won MapleBlues Awards for Songwriter of the Year and Acoustic Act Of The Year  (twice),  won first place in the blues category of 2003 International Songwriting Competition, with B.B. King one of the judges, received nominations from both the Juno and the Handy Awards, played for legendary blues piano player Pinetop Perkins. Rick toured from Newfoundland to B.C. to the Arctic last year alone. 
Rick has just released “Solar Powered Too” – A stunning collection of songs; stories sung in Fines’ richly textured voice, a voyage through blues and folk guitar styles.


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Canadian roots music vet Rick Fines has had a long and storied career as one of the country’s hardest working musicians. He has toured across Canada countless times solo, as a duo or with a full band and has recorded over 14 albums and has been a guest on many others. Steeped in roots music, Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act.  First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released eight albums, including one with long-time collaborator, Suzie Vinnick.  

On Fines’ newest release, the Juno-nominated Solar Powered Too, the bulk of the songs were recorded in a little gazebo in the North Kawartha woods, with solar power. You can hear the crickets and cicadas if you listen carefully. 

“After spending a lot of my time playing on my National Steel, I knew I wanted to make another album for guitar and voice, only this time it would be mostly slide guitar on a steel bodied guitar”, says Fines. “I decided I wanted to return to my little cabin in the Kawartha Highlands and record again with the modest solar powered setup there – two panels and 4 golf cart batteries.”The seclusion of the recording process has paid off immensely – bringing to life the honesty of his lyrics and accessibility of his music. 

With 11 originals and co-writes, and one cover of a Jesse Winchester song (That’s What Makes You Strong), Solar Powered Too is a powerful release, ripe with vivid images of sorrow, optimism, and the complexities of life. Featuring appearances from other respected Canadian artists such as Alec Fraser, Gary Craig, Roly Platt, Melissa Payne, Jimmy Bowskill, Rob Phillips, Suzie Vinnick, Stacie Tabb, Sherie Marshall and Samantha Martin, Solar Powered Too is Rick Fines’ most accomplished album to date. “Releasing an album during a pandemic, when all my gigs are cancelled is a little strange“, he says. “But this album was made with the help of my friends and it carries that strength on its journey.”

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Sep
21
Wed
2022
Open Mic
Sep 21 @ 5:00 PM
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Come join us for Open Mic outdoors on the patio, Wednesdays at the Old Church Theatre. We have a bar and wood-fired pizza.

You can enjoy a fun night seeing  local performers and if you want to perform sign up with our host Rick Zimmerman.  Bring your own mic if you can, and check in with our sound tech Dave Cotterell. 

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Sep
24
Sat
2022
The Michael Schatte Band – Hero Worship Volume I – Album Preview Concert
Sep 24 @ 2:00 PM
The Michael Schatte Band – Hero Worship Volume I - Album Preview Concert @ Old Church Theatre

Following a series of sold-out solo acoustic performances, Michael Schatte is pleased to return to the Old Church Theatre with his electric band for a special Album Preview Concert on September 24th, 2022.


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The new record in question is called Hero Worship, Volume I, the long-promised and hotly anticipated album of Schatte versions of classic songs by artists ranging from the globally famous to the internationally obscure. On September 24th Schatte fans will get to hear the band run through songs from the recording project by Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Richard Thompson, The Beatles, Nick Lowe, Harry Nilsson, David Wilcox, and more! Don’t miss what promises to be a unique and electrifying Michael Schatte Band performance prior to the new album’s release. This matinee concert runs from 2pm – 4pm.

Don’t miss what promises to be a unique and electrifying Michael Schatte Band performance indoors for a limited number of guests.

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Sep
28
Wed
2022
Open Mic
Sep 28 @ 5:00 PM
Open Mic @ Old Church Theatre

Come join us for Open Mic Wednesdays at the Old Church Theatre.

You can enjoy a fun night seeing  local performers and if you want to perform sign up with our host Rick Zimmerman.  

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Oct
1
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2022
Fall Craft Sale
Oct 1 @ 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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2
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2022
Big Little Lions
Oct 2 @ 2:00 PM
Big Little Lions @ Old Church Theatre

NOTE: If weather proves too cold and windy for the band to play on the patio this concert will be moved indoors, where we remain careful. 

Big Little Lions are an award winning duo who were born out of a collaboration that won them a JUNO Award in 2014. Since then they have been cranking out infectious folk pop songs that are jam-packed with emotion and tight harmonies that sound like the product of two people working side-by-side instead of living in different countries.


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They have released 7 albums to date, which have garnered them awards including the CFMA Ensemble of the Year, Independent Music Awards Americana Single of the Year and the John Lennon Songwriting Competition Song of the Year. Their critically acclaimed music has appeared on the CBC’s Top 20 and featured on shows like q and Vinyl Cafe. The duo consists of Paul Otten and Helen Austin, both hugely prolific songwriters – their music has been placed in hundreds of movie trailers, ads, network TV shows and on MTV.

Their latest release, Happy Accident is being released June 3, 2022.

“The music of Big Little Lions — the duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten – is a blissful marriage of new folk and sophisticated pop. The award-winning songwriters have voices that blend like magic and whenever they make music together it’s the cue for a heady mixture of soul, spirit and fun.“ [Mariposa Folk Festival]

“What is truly amazing about Big Little Lions is that its two members, Helen Austin and Paul Otten, were born to make music together, their voices made to combine, but they are in different countries. It just goes to show you, destiny is a powerful force.” [east of 8th].

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Oct
21
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2022
Mike Biggar
Oct 21 @ 7:30 PM
Mike Biggar @ Old Church Theatre

New Brunswick’s Award-winning soulful Roots & Blues artist Mike Biggar is coming to church October 21st, joined by slide guitar master Grant Heckman on their Fall “Back in the Black Blues Tour”. This is Biggar’s inaugural visit to Old Church Theatre!


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By any measure, Mike Biggar is a natural live performer. With a musical history that stretches back to a gospel music childhood, Biggar is the picture of a lifetime spent in performance. Onstage his style is equal parts gutsy and joyful, reflecting the deep, soulful stamp left by those early musical days.
Rollicking, high energy vocals steam down the line like a soulful, roots-inspired freight train, perfectly paired with the infectious melodies of his acclaimed songwriting and his warm, disarming banter. In his ten year-plus career, Biggar has been honoured with numerous East Coast Music Association and Music New Brunswick awards., including the 2018 Blues Recording of the Year award for his third album GO ALL IN. His music has received glowing reviews, and he is a regular on Stingray Blues radio across Canada.
His latest album, ‘MIKE BIGGAR & BAND – LIVE AT THE BMO THEATRE’, showcases the way Biggar is meant to be heard – live and in person. His signature soaring live vocals punch through as he also joins the songs together with his well known disarming humour in stories and audience interactions.
“He’ll have you in tears with lines of love and regret, and rip your head off with his
powerhouse vocals, delivered with heartfelt emotion; Biggar performs with such sincerity that you could almost say he was singing just to you, and that is
the mark of a great songwriter..” – BLUES & ROOTS RADI0 CANADA
Biggar has been a featured performer on major Canadian East Coast festival stages such as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Kempt Shore Acoustic Festival. He has shared the stage with artists such as Steve Earle, Matt Andersen, Stephen Fearing, Lynn Miles, Dave Gunning, Ron Hynes, Rose Cousins, Del Barber, Joey Landreth, Jay Semko and more.
Hear Mike Biggar at www.mikebiggar.com/discography
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Oct
23
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2022
Spencer & Oscar Evans
Oct 23 @ 2:00 PM
Father and son career musicians Spencer and Oscar Evans once again return to the Old Church for an afternoon of elegant and eclectic songs featuring dynamic vocalist Tyson Sullivan.
 


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With roots in the Quinte area(son of veteran reporter/performer Jack) Spencer has been a sought-after keyboardist/clarinetist and entertainer for three decades, touring around Europe and North America, and regularly in Kingston Ontario, working with Cowboy Junkies, Sarah Harmer, Jill Barber, the Good Lovelies, Jeff Healey, Willie P. Bennett, Pat Temple to name a few.
Spencer and Oscar recently completed original work for the Grand Theatre Arts residency in Kingston as well as performing at the Blue Skies Music Festival last summer.
With Tyson Sullivan(guitar, percussion and vocals)they have an ensemble called the Mourning Doves, with some compelling original material as well as beautiful renditions of Great American Songbook repertoire such as Serenade in Blue, Autumn in New York, Stardust, and Stella By Starlight. Oscar will be playing Flugelhorn and acoustic Bass.
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Oct
29
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2022
Billy MacInnis & Pat Johnson
Oct 29 @ 7:30 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.
 


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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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Nov
5
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2022
Po’Boy Jeffreys & Calamity Jane
Nov 5 @ 7:30 PM
Po'Boy Jeffreys & Calamity Jane @ Old Church Theatre

Toronto based duo, specializing in old-time country blues and jazz.

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 18 or so years. He will be returning to the Old Church patio this year with Calamity Jane!


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You pretty much have to see this duo live to get the real impact, but here’s a snippet to get you ready:

 

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Nov
19
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2022
Rube & Rake
Nov 19 @ 7:30 PM
Rube & Rake @ Old Church Theatre

Rube & Rake’s new album begins with an ode to family and friends— togetherness—as Josh Sandu declares, against a hopeful bluegrass backdrop, “somewhere there’s a place to lay my head.” Nine songs later, over a gently plucked guitar, he sings, “I won’t go picking it up, the weight of the page is just too much.”


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Following the award-winning 2017 debut Back and Forth, the St. John’s- based Sandu and Andrew Laite wanted to keep the core of that album’s artistic successes—musical and collaborative harmony, folk storytelling—while recognizing audience expectations have intensified. “The first album ends up being the greatest hits of what you’ve done so far,” says Laite. “With record number two, you want it to be in the ring with the first one, only bigger and stronger.”

For their sophomore album Leaving With Nothing, Sandu and Laite enlisted producer Adam Hogan, best known for his anthemic guitar work as a member of Newfoundland’s most beloved indie-rock outfit, Hey Rosetta!. Recording in bits in houses around St. John’s, Rube & Rake (& Adam) worked to expand the band’s sound to include more instrumentation, pleasingly surprising time changes, and an overall expansion of intention.

“We knew that this grouping of songs deserved a different treatment and wanted to introduce somebody with different instincts and tendencies,” says Laite. “We were confident that Adam would shed the right light on these songs while also maintaining our methodology.” “He’s a very engaged person,” adds Sandu, “who had a lot of thoughts on every aspect of the recording process.”

Sandu and Laite have always maximized the duo configuration—even singing together at a single condenser microphone, allowing for space and patience within the songs—but this is the first time they’ve consciously pushed outside it, to fill in that air with new tones and textures in the form of a full band. The resulting record evokes Blue Rodeo at its most rollicking, Great Lake Swimmers at their most thoughtful, and The Tallest Man On Earth at their most gently contemplative.

The best distillation of all these themes, music and expectation and place, comes at the album’s midpoint, in the five-minute “10-33”—CB radio code for “mayday”—where Rube & Rake reveal themselves to be ready for anything. “This ain’t a common road, but you already know,” sings Sandu, “I will be leaving with nothing, a-dead-head I will go.”

The collection of 10 songs comprising Leaving With Nothing fits comfortably in the folk tradition of road-worn tales and lost love laments told across an ever-changing, often lonely landscape. Rube & Rake is for late-night wind-downs, long drives, a walk by the water: solitary and steadfast, honest and true.

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Nov
26
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2022
The Magpies
Nov 26 @ 7:30 PM
The Magpies @ Old Church Theatre

It has only been a short space of time since The Magpies burst onto the UK folk scene, but they have already made a huge impression with their fresh brand of transatlantic neo-folk and have been ‘making waves wherever they play’ (Phil Beer, Show of Hands).

Based on a deeply felt musical friendship, The Magpies work collaboratively, arranging material led by powerful vocals and glittering instrumental ornamentation. They each draw on their wide-ranging influences to create a unique blend of transatlantic folk, transporting audiences to distant lands and capturing imaginations with their enthralling live show.


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Three accomplished musicians in their own right, The Magpies is a combination far greater than the sum of its parts. Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winning guitarist, banjo-player and singer Bella Gaffney is known for her folk inspired songs which she performs along with her own original arrangements of traditional pieces. Said to be ‘one of the best banjo players in the country’ (Dan Walsh), clawhammer banjo player and singer Kate Griffin’s compositions fuse influences from the British Isles, America and India. And acclaimed fiddle-player Holly Brandon is an ‘ingenious tunesmith’ (Living Tradition), with roots in traditional English music, but with influences from Eastern Europe to Quebec, she creates a distinctly borderless and progressive sound.

In their live performances The Magpies have been exceptionally well-received. Their first year as a band in 2018 saw them perform at festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and on main stages at Wickham Festival, Towersey Festival and Deer Shed Festival. 2019 saw their first international shows, with showcases at Folk Alliance International in Montreal, a successful tour in Ireland and performances at Costa del Folk in Portugal. And the summer saw many more festival performances including Glastonbury, Larmer Tree, Warwick and Shambala.

Their debut album – Tidings – was released in June 2020 to critical acclaim. A rich and varied showcase of their live sound, the album draws on a range of influences and delivers a sound that can only be described as contemporary. A huge range of exquisite instrumentation on mandolin, guitar, fiddle, cello, bouzouki and banjo provide a thrilling canvas on which they paint their stories. The album is full of songs which explore uniquely female experiences in unpredictable and surprising ways. From the transformation and sorcery of the traditional ballad The Two Magicians, to lost love, murder and suicide in the original Run River Run, The Magpies bring a fresh voice to the current milieu. As well as drawing on their experiences as women, the material is also deeply rooted in the traditions of their native Yorkshire.

‘One of those effervescent albums you’d be happy to recommend to people who might not consider themselves folk fans’ – The Sunday Times

‘Folk with finesse’ – The Daily Mail

‘Check that album out! Really good mix of songs and instrumentals – they’re great players!’ – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

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