Phil Lewin, Piano, Helson Gallery, Saturday, Feb 21 around 1:30 pm

There is only one Phil Lewin. Or wait, maybe there are nine!

phil lLong time core member of The Glen Band. Songwriter. Multi instrumentalist. Dealer in musical instruments. Instrument technician. A cornerstone of the vibrant Glen Williams musical community. Pianist. Co-pioneer, with Larry Abela, of the Acoustic Jam at The Copper Kettle. Clearly a man with a finger in many a musical teapot.

But above all else, a real … colorful character.

 

Highly Recommended – Melanie Brulee with Tyler Emond, Cabaret, Country and Surf, Uncorked, Friday, February 20 at 9 pm

mel bWhat`s better than beating the winter blues by tantalizing your tastebuds while listening to great music? Like a shot of vitamin D, straight to your heart.
Melanie will be presenting new material in French and in English, performing with Tyler Emond on lead guitar. Her newest album Débridée will be released this coming May 2015. She is known for her charismatic performances, incorporating elements of cabaret, country and now including a bit of surf-rock. Yum.

Details:
Uncorked on Main
72 Main Street South, Georgetown, ON
Phone: (289) 891-6200

Conor Gains, “Roots Rock, Blues, Folk, Soul”, Uncorked, Thursday, Feb 19 at 7 pm

Conor Gains first picked up his father’s acoustic guitar at eight years old, and began to immerse himself in his dad’s record collection, listening to Eric Clapton, Alvin Lee, Jeff Beck, among others.

At 12, he began performing at blues jams in his home town of Cambridge, Ontario and was soon invited by seasoned musicians to make guest appearances on stage. In 2007, at age 14, Conor made a trip to Nashville and Memphis, where he played with the B.B. King All-Stars. The following year he was invited by guitar legend Les Paul to join him on stage at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City.

He has also played Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, with band mates Vic Freitas (drums) and Jeremy Patey (bass), and has begun to write and perform original material.

Failte, Celtic, The Shepherd’s Crook, Friday, Feb 20 at 8 pm

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The Shepherd’s Crook presents:

Failte originated from a casual collection of musicians in the autumn of 1991 in Waterloo. Failte (pronounced “fall-cha”) means welcome in Irish. Currently the group consists of original member, Stephen Todd (vocals, bodhran, and tin whistle) as well as Jessica Weiler (fiddle, vocals), and Brian Crozier (guitar, vocals). The band plays traditional Celtic music with a Canadian attitude. Set lists include slow airs, ballads, jigs and reels from Ireland, Scotland and Canada.

 

Ablett and Cooper, Fingerpicked Folk, Uncorked, Wednesday, Feb 18 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.

Jam/Fundraiser, Shoeless Joe’s, Sunday, February 15 at 1 pm

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Tracey Delfino is putting this jam together for her friend Stacey Balson-Gallant who has been battling cancer. This is the second time she has had to face this ugly disease and even though this is a horrible situation for her and her loved ones she manages to do so with strength, courage, grace and a great sense of humour. Stacey is a true inspiration and is admired on so many levels.

The wish is to surround Stacey with positivity, love, support and of course … music. Musicians Larry Melton and Rych Mckeown will also be in attendance to help make the afternoon enjoyable for all.

This jam is open to all of Tracey’s friends and their friends, feel free to share this event with others. If you like to sing, play an instrument or just enjoy listening to live music please come out for this worthy cause.

There will be a 50/50 draw with the proceeds going to Stacey to help lessen her financial burden. There will also be a donation box onsite.

Buddy Holly Tribute, John Elliott Theatre, Sunday, February 15 at 3 pm, $32

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“Buddy Holly’s Rockin’ Dance Party” is an audience-interactive show that celebrates the music of Buddy’s famous, final tour called the “Winter Dance Party” in 1959.

You’ll hear hits from Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Ritchie Valens, and more! Song highlights include “Peggy Sue” “That’ll Be The Day” “Chantilly Lace” “Oh Donna” “La Bamba”, all performed by an All-Star cast including international touring artist Jeff Giles from the cast of “The Buddy Holly Story”.

Presented by Bill Culp Productions.

Sunday, Feb 15 at 3pm, Tickets $32 for adults, $29 for Seniors. Group rate for groups of 10 or more. ($29)

Bill Mcbride Fiddle & Co., Violinist, The Helson Gallery, Saturday, Feb 14 at 1:30 pm

bill mcbrideBill McBride is a combination violinist and fiddler, equally adept at Traditional East Coast and Classical music.

With a new instrument he has found new inspiration. On Saturday, his sound and possibly that of some friends will fill The Helson Gallery, and be sound candy for library passersby. Bill’s playing is expressive and well articulated … enjoy!

Bill Craig, Irish/Traditional, The Shepherd’s Crook, Friday, Feb 13 @ 8 pm

You won’t want to miss the music and wit of Bill Craig.

Bill was born and raised in Ireland, and lived in London in 1973. He moved to Toronto in 1974. He first performed as a vocalist for various Rock ‘n Roll bands in Ireland in 1967.

In 1969, Bill began playing guitar on stage and has stayed with it as his main instrument ever since. Throughout this period, he maintained an interest in the music of his native Ireland, and would occasionally confuse, and usually please, rock audiences with a solo voice guitar rendition.

Cead Mile Failte…A Hundred Thousand Welcomes…