The love of acoustic fingerstyle guitar brought Don Ablett and Brent Cooper together some years ago. With common influences such as Bruce Cockburn, John Fahey, and Stefan Grossman, they have developed a style that has thrilled fans young and old around Southern Ontario. Both have a strong history of performance, Brent through his former years touring with the rock band, Mankind, and Don through many years of coffee houses and festivals.
Two of the most outstanding features noted by audiences are Brent and Don’s vocal harmonies and the complex and spectacular fingerstyle interplay between the two guitars. They provide audiences of all ages with memorable instrumentals and songs with thought provoking lyrics. Some recent quotes clearly attest to their success:
“Your superb fingerstyle guitar and vocal harmonies are indeed a listening delight. The audience clearly enjoyed every piece you played and sang”.
Becky Ryder, Museums of Mississauga
“Don and Brent have a wonderful sound and the songs stay with you. I find myself singing them around the house and in the car.
Red Rover is destined to become a Canadian classic. The instrumental pieces are moving and evocative”.
Don and Brent are not satisfied to keep their music local. They love playing for audiences large and small. With encouragement from virtually every quarter, their plans include more radio play, magazine coverage and travel around the province.
CAMPFIRE POETS (2)
The duo version of Orangeville’s Campfire Poets band!
Founding Campfire Poets members, Geoff Canlett and Ryan Hancock (also known as “RnG”) have played together for over a decade. The duo has developed a chemistry that is seldom matched. RnG can fill a room with as much sound as most bands, and incorporate the audience like no other.
Covering 6 decades of great music spanning many genres, with strong vocals, great energy and lots of audience interaction. You do not want to miss it.
Loves the Rock
Plays drums for a bunch of bands
Riddim Forward & Joe Mama
Stuff about Ryan Hancock.
Multi-instrumentalist/ vocalist/ and composer. With a songlist of over 200 songs, CampfirePoets (2) can please any audience!
Matt Powell and Domenic Bonaldo, “Young Men At Play”, bring a tasty cross-section of signature jazzy tunes, spiced with a smorgasbord of vocals and keyboard effects.
Matt Powell has a non-musical day job but lives it up after hours playing and singing for local charities such as the Optimist Club and the Saturday Centre, at retirement homes during the holidays and wherever he can get his hands on a piano. Come check this guy out – wethinks you’ll like him.
“Music in the Park 2018” is our second annual benefit in support of the Old Armoury. It is a Musical Revue celebrating our shared love for Musicals; the songs that capture our hearts and minds; and the friendships that we make as part of a community theatre family.
Director: William Reill
Musical Director: David Bernacki
Friday, July 6 @ 8:00pm
Saturday, July 7 @ 8:00pm
Sunday, July 8 @ 2:00pm
The Old Armoury
1A Park Avenue