Ablett and Cooper, Contemporary Fingerstyle Guitar, Uncorked, Thursday, Aug 2 at 7 pm

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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”.
Jeannine Farrar

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.

Recommended – Pipe Bands!, Georgetown Highland Games, Georgetown Fairgrounds, Saturday, June 9, All Day, $20

By Alexandra Heck Independent Free Press…

Have you ever heard 700 pipes playing the same tune in unison?

According to Adrian Miller, president of the Georgetown Highland Games, it’s one of the most moving experiences imaginable.

“When you hear a song played by 700 people, the same song at the same time, it’s riveting,” he said. “There’s no way to describe it unless you see it.”

Over 30 different pipe bands come out for the events, including a number of individual musicians.

The Highland Games are one of Georgetown’s oldest and largest community events, drawing crowds of over 4,500 people to come and watch the Scottish inspired festivities.

From pipe music, to dancing and heavyweight challenges; the Georgetown fairgrounds have a steady stream of action throughout the day on June 9.

“It’s certainly a family tradition,” said Miller, whose parents helped start the games back in Brampton before bringing it to Georgetown in 1975. “It’s a fixture of the town.”

This year marks the return of sheepdog demonstrations, where a trainer will be showing off the traditional Scottish methods of herding sheep.

“We’re actually bringing something back that we haven’t had in over 10 years,” he said. “It’s always entertaining, especially for kids, they love it.”

The Georgetown event is one of the first of the season for Highland Games in the area, which draws competitors from all over North America.

“Regardless of where you’re from, we’re all the same, we’d like to share our heritage, our Scottish roots,” said Miller. “Come out and enjoy, be part of that family. Be a Scot for a day.”

 

Events & Competition Schedule Times

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Highland Dancing Competition -Online Registration Form- Visit http://www.hdaontario.com/
Dancing Competition Begins at 8:30 A.M.
Massed Highland Fling after Opening Ceremonies and Opening Massed Bands
Highland Dancing Awards Presentations at 5:00 P.M.

Individual Piping and Drumming Competition
Solo Piping and Drumming Competition Begins at 8:30 A.M.

PPBSO Pipe Band Competitions- Grades 1-5 – Visit http://www.ppbso.org
Opening Massed Bands 12:45 P.M.
Pipe Band Competition Begins at 1:30 P.M.
Bass, Tenor & Drum Major Competition Begins at 4:30 P.M.

Georgetown Highland Games Final Massed Bands and Awards Presentations
Scheduled to begin at approximately 5:15 P.M. 

Men’s and Ladies Scottish Heavyweights Competitions

Men’s Events (approx. times)
22 lb Scottish Hammer – 10:00 am
16 lb Scottish Hammer – 10:40 am
22 lb Stone Putt – 11:20 am
56 lb Distance – 1:40 pm
28 lb Distance – 2:20 pm
Caber Toss – 3:00 pm
56 lb Height – 3:40 pm
Farmers Walk – 4:20 pm

Ladies’ Events (approx. times)
12 lb Scottish Hammer – 8:30 am
28 lb Distance – 9:00 am
14 lb Distance – 9:30 am
Stone Putt – 10:00 am
28 lb Height – 10:30 am
Caber Toss – 11:00 am
Sheaf Toss – 1:40 pm

Other Attractions

The Clan Parade starts at 12:00 noon followed by the Official Opening at 12:15, the Massed Bands at 1:00 P.M. and the Massed Highland Fling at 1:15 P.M.

The 78th Fraser Highlanders York Garrison – Historical Regimental Reinactment

Retail and Food Concessions 
Traditional Scottish fare available along with a wide range of Celtic products for sale

Cheer Garden Open from 11:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M. – ‘ 
Take a break from the events of the day to enjoy a refreshing beverage with both old and hopefully new friends

Clan Village
Visit the clan village to learn about the history of the Scottish Clans and perhaps learn about your own heritage as well.

Children’s Activities 
An entertaining variety of children’s activities are available throughout the day.

Young Men at Play – Domenic Bonaldo & Matt Powell, Duelling Pianos, Uncorked, Thursday, July 5 at 7 pm

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,matt powell 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.

domDomenic Bonaldo has a background in professional music that originates in his teen years. A beloved community supporter and entertainer with the ability to produce a big, clean sound.

Barry Mulcahy, Folk Rock, Uncorked on Main, Thursday, July 19 at 7 pm


Blues/Rock/Folk/Celtic

Barry Mulcahy is an accomplished singer/songwriter/performer originally from Ireland.

He performs soulful originals and covers by numerous established singer/songwriters such as Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot.

Barry’s strong vocal and guitar style display an interesting blend of North American and Irish, Folk and Contemporary music. His most recent performances include opening for Canadian icon Valdy as well as appearances at Brampton’s Garden Square and Mississauga’s Bradley Museum.