Nathan Rogers, Folk, HomeRoutes House Concert, Saturday, February 7 at 8 pm, $25

nathan rNathan Rogers, son of Canadian legend Stan Rogers, performs on Saturday, February 7 at 8 p.m. at the home of host Frank Loreto. For tickets, $25, you can reach Frank at: loreto@sympatico.ca

Some say he was born into it, some that he was born with it, while others claim he has earned it. With one foot planted firmly in folk music’s traditional roots and the other reaching into its dynamic future, Nathan Rogers isn’t entirely sure what ‘it’ is; singer, songwriter, guitarist, throat-chanter, percussionist, revivalist, or innovator. Whatever it may be, “Nathan has the ability to turn the folk world on its ears.”

Like many, it all started at home but what a unique home it was. Nathan’s first experience picking up the guitar was an attempt to copy the challenging riffs his brother David created after studying with celebrated virtuosos Don Ross and Preston Reed. His sister Beth demanded perfection in all vocals as any self-exacting classical voice teacher would, while his mother initiated him into the business side of the music industry. His father and uncle informed both his writing style and an ethos of Canadian people that shines in his lyrics.

While others were hiding their braces behind their hands, Nathan was already up high on stages of all sorts. In winter, he traveled with and won solo vocal awards as part of the Appleby Boys Choir. Summers were saved for his first love – appearances at folk festivals and the opportunity to meet, perform with and learn from outstanding musicians. Before he even had an album in hand, Nathan’s reputed vocal ability had him singing on stage with such notables as JP Cormier, The Oysterband, Spirit of the West, John Cameron, Connie Kaldor and James Keelaghan.

With a degree in comparative religion, an award winning voice and two prized Laskin guitars under his belt, Nathan founded his own record label, Halfway Cove Music. In 2005 he finally released his debut album, True Stories. Produced by Rick Fenton (former AD of Winnipeg Folk Festival), distributed by Festival and studded with such outstanding roots musicians as Nikki Mehta, JP Cormier, and Murray Pulver, True Stories was met with critical acclaim both at home and abroad. If multiple encores at every show are any indication, Canadian audiences coast-to-coast seem to like it too.

Nathan’s performance style leaves the audiences wondering where the rest of the band is hiding. Singing, chanting, playing the guitar and stomping, he fills any stage with “magnificent powerfully clear lyrics and arrangements.” Described as ‘intelligent and witty’, Nathan will ‘move men and women to tears with his sound and conviction.”

Nathan continues to earn his place in the Canadian folk and blues canon. As Fenton noted, “I have never seen any musician Nathan’s age who works so hard on his singing and guitar playing.”.

Nathan has recently become an adept throat singer, specializing in the Tuvan and Mongolian styles. A cultural tour-de-force in his own right, Nathan now brings a uniquely eastern flavour to a western tradition.

Nathan’s new album, “The Gauntlet” is available on Borealis Records and has met with very positive critical review.

Luke Hunter, Eclectic Vocal and Keyboard, Uncorked, Saturday, February 7 at 7 pm

Luke pictureLuke Hunter, formerly with Stereola, journeys solo to Uncorked on Main. Classic Fender Rhodes, Hammond Organ, Clav, Piano, and Spacey Synths: what will he pull from his eclectic music. With a thick, soulful voice Luke has toured across the world with various acts, but is now concentrating his efforts on a solo career – avec  looping pedal and built-in drum machine! Mixing rock and roll with modern electronic sounds and psychedelia  is part of what gives Luke his unique sound. Inventive lyrics, funny stories, tripped-out scenes that truly captivate the listener… Check out Luke singing The Wind Cries Mary with his homies:

Rebecca Binnendyk, Jazz Vocalist with Guitar Accompaniment, Uncorked, Friday, February 6 at 8 pm

So … what’s your story, Rebecca Binnendyk?


“I studied voice at Wilfrid Laurier University, recieving my degree in Music Therapy and recording a Contemporary Christian CD in Nashville in 2004.

After university, I taught English in Shandong, China and traveled through Southeast Asia. In 2006, I started to build my practice in Music Therapy, before returning to school to complete my Bachelor of Education. When I graduated, I was able to backpack through Central and South America, gaining a love for the culture and language and have added many songs from this culture to my repertoire.

Since returning from these travels, I have been  actively pursuing a singing career in Jazz and Entertainment. In 2011, I was awarded a FACTOR grant and was able to record an eight-song album of Jazz standards, produced by Rick J. Hutt. These are found on my website, www.rebeccabinnendyk.com.

In 2012 I played the lead role in the musical, RENT for Kitchener-Waterloo Musical Productions. My schedule has been busy with performances at corporate functions, weddings, private parties, and community events, including international performances in New Zealand and Australia in the first half of 2014.

Singing is my passion 🙂 “

Neil Cotton and Hawk’s Nest, Country Rock, The McGibbon, Friday, February 6 at 9:30 pm

Hawks-Nest-600-2Guess who’s back at The McGibbon… our own Neil Cotton and Hawk’s Nest. Named after rockabilly hero Ronnie Hawkins, the band proudly bears the country rock banner.

Neil took his first music lesson (lap-steel) when he was 8 years old but didn’t take up performing until he was 27. He has been with three bands over the years, and we’re lucky to call him one of our own. Pop in and tip your cap to a local music legend.

Recommended – Taylor Abrahamse and Bryn Scott-Grimes, Beatboxing Guitar Duo, Uncorked, Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm

Taylor and Bryn took its sweet time to form, simmering towards perfection since 2010, when they met while pursuing their BA Music Degrees from York University. In 2014 it occured to them to solidify their musical energies in a tight, powerful duo. It is now clear that these boys are on a musical journey to make tasteful, elaborate and enduring pop music.

Despite their distinctly different songwriting styles, both are passionate about making songs the best they can be, and grew up being fascinated by all forms of music that resonate with pure imagination.

There is an uncanny similarity in the elements that comprise their sound – innovation, musicianship, and unforgettable melodies. Each song swirls with shades of anything from Jazz Standards, to 70’s Pop, to Hip Hop, and beyond – creating a sound that is tremendously refreshing – and yet, still accessible to any set of 21st Century ears.

Taylor & Bryn’s live shows are exciting, accessible, unpredictable, humorous, and uplifting–enough to garner the attention of reputable musical judges and label A&R representatives. Recently picked for 1st place in the Ontario-wide Landmark Events Showcase Competition out of hundreds of entrants, Taylor & Bryn are gearing up to release their first EP in 2015.

With 2 acoustic guitars, 20 harmonicas, beatboxing chops, and two voices of distinct blend at their disposal, Taylor & Bryn are poised for launch.

Wendi Hunter and Friends, Folk, Uncorked, Wednesday, February 4 at 7 pm

wendi_hunterWendi Hunter’s voice is filled with the pure joy of music and singing. Clear, lyrical and expressive, every phrase holds a story on its own. Her soft, steady guitar style, and occasionally her banjo or mountain dulcimer provide a happy blend of voice and instrument suited to the ballads, love songs, gospel and spiritual songs that fill her repertoire.
Wendi performs regularly in and around Halton Hills as part of folk bands and as a solo performer. Her favourite performing event is the annual “Songs for Hope” concert organized by her family to raise funds for research into childhood cancer.
Her first song, which was short-listed by judges at the OCFF Songs from the Heart contest, is a lament about the long journey back to her late daughter.
Wendi is very happy to announce that she will be playing at Uncorked On Main in Georgetown on February 4 at 6:30. She will be opening the show by playing the first set on her own. For the second and third set she will be joined by Neil Sharp (guitar and vocals), Mac Hunter (bass extraordinaire, vocals and percussion) and Hugh Hunter (on the old 5 string). Their repertoire ranges from sing along covers to Wendi’s originals.

So, come out for a mid-week dinner that will be accompanied by a night of great music and good friends. You’ll be glad you did . . .

Recommended – Pas de Deux, Violin and Piano Concert, Edwin Huizinga and Ronald Griedanus, Sunday, February 1 at 4 pm, $45

edwin huizingaIn the corner of the ballroom of 157 Main Street you will be enveloped in the sultry tones bowed by magical violinist Edwin Huizinga as he and virtuoso pianist Ronald Greidanus weave their way through Brahms’ idyllic Sonata No. 1 in G Major and Prokofiev’s wintry Sonata No. 1 in F Minor.

Delicious gourmet stews, cheeses and bread will be served following the concert, before listeners venture back into the frosty depths of February.

Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4 pm.  157 Main Street South Georgetown.  $45 in advance only.