ENSEMBLE Kids!, Youth Musical Theatre, John Elliott Theatre, Sunday, January 11 at Noon, $22

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ENSEMBLE Kids! is a series of programs designed to bring the world of musical theatre and improvisation to the youth of Halton Hills.

Ensemble Kids! recital is set to take place on Sunday, January 11th at 12pm at the John Elliot Theatre!  Selection of songs and themes that are fun for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now through the box office.  (905) 877-3700,  http://www.haltonhills.ca/theatre/jet-box-office.php.ens5

Recommended – Sarah Frank and Luke Fraser, Eclectic Acoustic, Uncorked, Saturday, January 10 at 7 pm

luke sarahThe newly wed Sarah Frank and Luke Fraser are one half of The Bombadils, an outstanding group of musicians performing original Bluegrass/Classical/Jazz compositions. They have worked and toured extensively with Sarah Jane Scouten. Recently they were spotted in Georgetown on a house concert tour, and dare I say it was one of the finest shows I have taken in.

Sarah and Luke will blend in Traditional and Celtic selections incorporating five-string fiddle,  mandolin, guitar and excellent vocal harmonies for garnish.

Bon appetit!

 

 

Highly Recommended – Wendell Ferguson, Songwriter/Comedian/Guitarist, Uncorked, Friday, January 9 at 8 pm

Wendell Ferguson – Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame

“Wendell Ferguson is recognized by his peers as one of the top pickers in the country and known best as having one of the quickest wits in the game. A talented and funny guy to say the least.” (Country Music News)
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What do you give an overweight, asthmatic 7-year-old boy for Christmas? Model airplane? Etch-A-Sketch? Erector set? Well lucky for us Wendell Ferguson’s folks gave him a guitar. From the first time he heard Chet Atkins’ recording of “Mister Sandman” he was hooked, and only one thing ever held his interest…the guitar. He’d already been taking lessons for 3 years when The Beatles came on the scene and he was soon hard at work lifting their licks, along with Ventures, the Stones, Les Paul and of course the aforementioned Mr. Atkins.
  Fast forward to today. Wendell has won the Canadian Country Music Association’s “Guitar Player of the Year” 6 times. Along with 3 more wins for “Back-up Band of the Year,” plus a Ontario Country Performer and Fan Association award for “Career Musician”. To quote Ferguson “Not bad for a guy who hasn’t worked a day in his life”.

 

Jeff Aul, Soft Acoustic Covers, The Helson Gallery, Saturday, January 10 around 1:30 pm

imageYou can drift, relax, unwind, chat, do whatever you want. The music is soft, relaxing, background, and will coexist just as easily with your best friend as with your favorite Group of Seven artist.

Take it Aul in.

Visit Georgetown’s library again today, sparkling after its multi-million dollar renovation. One of the main features is the Helson Gallery, named after a local philanthropist who gave the town $700,000 of art, which is hanging on the walls of an old Methodist church that became the town’s library 100 years ago, and is now neatly integrated into the new building. The gallery is dominated by a magnificent stained glass window, dedicated in 1876 to Maria Barber, wife of the town’s founder.

Highly Recommended – Juneyt, Nuevo Flamenco Guitar, Uncorked, Saturday, January 3 at 7 pm

He didn’t even pick up a guitar until the age of 18 – but it seems that Juneyt was destined from birth to be a musician. His name means “Soldier of Music” in his native tongue, and has proven to be a true foreshadowing of his life path.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Juneyt is self-taught and has been playing Flamenco guitar for 13 years. Drawn to the passion and raw emotion of the music, Juneyt plays mostly in the Nuevo Flamenco style popularized by Jesse Cook while staying true to the techniques of the more traditional flamenco guitarists. He has been especially influenced by Paco de Lucia, Tomatito and Vincente Amigo.

Juneyt got his start playing alongside many well-known musicians in Europe and performing as a studio guitarist on more than 15 albums. Since moving to Canada in 1999, Juneyt has composed music for two television documentaries, and has built his career as a professional musician playing in and around his hometown of Kitchener-Waterloo and the GTA. He is very active in the community, regularly donating his time and talent to worthwhile organizations like the United Way, Parkinson Society and Make a Wish Foundation.

An impressive guitarist, held in high esteem by his peers, Juneyt possesses a rare talent and an energy that electrifies the audience making him an exceptional performer to watch. His charismatic style and incredible finger work have earned him an enthusiastic following throughout Southwestern Ontario.

Ambre McLean, Singer/Songwriter, Uncorked, New Years Eve, Wednesday, December 31, $60 with …

ambreAmbre McLean is an undiscovered gem in a sea of music mediocrity.
Her lyrics are dripped with tales of love, loss and struggle. If you want to hear one of Canada’s truly independent singer/songwriters look no further.
Ambre can seem small on stage, but it doesn’t take long for her talent to make her seem larger than life, a giant filling the room with the kind of songs that make you remember lost loves and abandoned dreams.
Uncorked on Main: Ambre McLean Live. Three Seatings – 6, 8 and 10 pm – $60 per person includes 4 course menu and glass of bubbly. Open late.

Bill Craig, Irish/Traditional, The Shepherd’s Crook, Friday, January 2 @ 8 pm

bill craigBill Craig, the Irish Musician and Entertainer, has been well received by audiences at The Shepherd’s Crook.

From his Website:

“Bill Craig’s performance is relaxed eclectic, thought provoking, goofy and entertaining. His casual attitude is designed to include, not exclude his audience, be it eight or eight hundred people. Bill puts all his energy into his songs and makes a point of having a good time on stage. This usually translates to his audience having a similar experience.”