Saturday March 25, 2017, at 8 pm, $10. Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful folk-blues duo Jennis. Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. www.jennis.ca www.jengillmormusic.ca
Saturday March 4, 2017, at 8 pm, $15.
Reserve 905-543-8512 or Book online
A new powerhouse band of familiar faces:
Cootes Paradise, a collective of six musicians who chose to play together, combining their many talents. Their music is roots-based: bluesy, funky, and filled with soul. Band members are: Amy Di Nino (drums), Wayne Krawchuk (guitar/vocals), Sue Leonard (vocals), Lily Sazz (keyboards/vocals), Ian Taylor (bass), Mark Volkov (flute, violin, sax).
Friday February 24, 2017, at 8 pm, $10 or by donation. Our favourite troubadour/wandering minstrel Richard Garvey has a new CD in the works. He will play some of the new songs for us! Guest performers: Tom Dusome and Charlie Banjo Bean.
CANCELLED Saturday October 1, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Sorry, but both bands cancelled out of this concert.
Kitchen Orkestra is an acoustic band that likes to dip into many styles, serving up sizzlin’ balkan melodies, cookin’ celtic tunes, and fresh original songs. They are coming to Artword Artbar as a quartet: Hayley Ryerson violin and voice, Felix Mills cajon and percussion, George Chenery upright bass, and Graham Mansfield mandolin. http://www.kitchenorkestra.com/
Opening the evening is Hamilton country singer-songwriter Mackenzie Hunter vocals & guitar, with her original songs, backed by AJ Astle bass, Chris Bray guitar, Sam Goswell drums (all members of the country cover band The Dukes).
Saturday September 24, 2016, at 8 pm, $8 advance (905-543-8512), at door $10, $5 students. Hannah Shira Naiman, singer/banjoist from Toronto, brings you original songs, played on the clawhammer banjo, sung with the appalachian sound. “Songs not from the mountains, but from a rocky, rugged place.” Hannah stops by on her way to a Bluegrass festival in Virginia. http://www.hannahshiranaiman.
Hannah has invited the Niagara String Band (Alex Andrews and Shawn Fehlow, R & L in photo), as special guests for the evening. The duo perform a range of musical styles popularized in the early 20th century, an eclectic repertoire drawn from old recordings and sheet music. They play a variety of instruments including guitar, upright bass, 5 and 6 string banjo, piano, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica. http://www.niagarastringband.com/
Sunday July 10, 2016, from 3 to 6 pm, $15 door / $10 advance 905-543-8512. Book advance tix online
Spend a special Sunday afternoon with blues singer-songwriter Smiling Jack Smith, “Spain’s blues poet”, visiting Canada on tour from his home base in Spain. Jack heads up a celebration of song with his good friends local musicians Sue Leonard, Cindy Dell (of Perfect Strangers) and Michael J. Birthelmer, master guitarist, songwriter and story-teller.
Smiling Jack has been writing and singing his songs in a career that spans five decades and three continents. He has played folk songs with The Smith Brothers in New York (with lead guitar Stan Jay), folk-rock in Vancouver (with players like Joe Mock, Pat Coleman, Ed Patterson and Robbie King), country in Florida (with T.C. Carr on harmonica) and blues in Europe and Australia (with David Gwynn, Antonio Serrano and Jim Finn). http://www.smilingjacksmith.com/
Thursday June 2, 2016, at 8 pm, $15, $10 students/seniors. Big Fat Greek Jewish Music Night: The Horables and Friends of Markos bring you a night of Klezmer and Rebetiko. They will be swapping scales, musical instruments and languages. Come for the Hora and stay for the Hassapiko. The Horables play Klezmer, Django style jazz, polkas, Gypsy dance tunes, rags from the age of steam and the occasional Cajun tune just to scare the horses. The Friends of Markos play an exciting and fun mix of Greek and Aegean-area music, focusing on traditional rebetiko, a Greek style of urban folk that features catchy bouzouki leads and powerful nine-beat rhythms. www.thehorables.com www.thefriendsofmarkos.wee
The Friends of Markos band members: Michael Kaler bouzouki and vocals, Michaelangelo Iafalldano vocals, baglama, clarinet and percussion, Rachel Melas upright bass, accordion and violin, Conny Nowe guitar, vocals and mandolin, Mark Zurawinski percussion.
The Horables band members: Rachel Melas has spent decades playing bass in various bands, and decided that she liked Klezmer music so much that she would learn a whole new instrument to play it. Conny Nowe is rhythm guitarist in Swamperella, and has been playing Klezmer and Old Time music on the mandolin for the last 15 years. Rachel Shenin, violinist, leads the Bulgars and Freylachs fearlessly, solos effortlessly on the jazz tunes and sings in Yiddish. Michael Kaler plays upright bass with The Horables, and plays bouzouki with the Friends of Markos.
Saturday May 28, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Back at Artword Artbar! The wonderful folk-blues duo Jennis. Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. “What do you get when you combine some talented songwriting, warm, rich vocals along with a resophonic guitar, cello, jaw harp and even a didgeridoo? A unique and impressive blend of folk, roots and bluesy sounds served up as a fine, entertaining evening of Jennis music.” Debra Thornington, Ottawa Blues Society www.jennis.ca www.jengillmormusic.ca
Thursday May 26, 2016, at 8 pm, $10. Book online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone, a 60s Folk Revival sing-a-long concert, with Sue Peters (vocals), Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening that transforms the Artword Artbar into one of the 1960s coffeehouses of Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true and passionate in solo and in harmony, and the music inspires the audience to join in. Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone recreates the songs of hope and social justice, messages that still resonate today. The show covers the songs of the great singers and poets including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/
Annie Sumi, from the GTA area, released her debut album Reflections last spring. It earned airplay on CBC radio and charted on college radio for 10 straight weeks. In October she received a Best Singer-Songwriter nomination at the Toronto Independent Music Awards. www.anniesumi.com
Rose and Annie play together in the Hidden Roots Collective band and share in this journey of being female singer-songwriters.
Friday May 20, 2016, at 8 pm. $15. Book online
The multi-talented trumpeter-singer Stuart Laughton is back with a new edition of his wonderfully eclectic Radio Dial show. He tells us this will be “an almost entirely new program, and will mark a return to Artword Artbar of ace pedal steel guitarist Burke Carroll.”
The Radio Dial gang coming to Artword May 20: Burke Carroll (pedal steel guitar), Rebecca Campbell (vocals), Martin Worthy (drums), Stuart Laughton (guitar, et al), and Steve Lucas (bass).
Friday, March 11, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 (reservations call 905-543-8512). A special double-bill concert: Edgardo Moreno, electronic composer and video artist, and So Long Seven, a wonderful foursome playing a crazy blend of world, bluegrass & jazz. The whole evening for only $10. For Art Crawlers, we will pass a tip jar as well.
Edgardo Moreno is a composer that has been commissioned for projects in Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, England and USA. He has written scores for films produced by CBC, Bravo, City TV, NFB, OMNI, Ontario Arts Council, History Channel, TVO. He has worked extensively with contemporary dance choreographers creating sound design and musical scores. He is presently working in creating video and live sound pieces that are part of his Fireflyproject. His film Double Exposure has screened in various film festival across Canada and will be part of exhibitions in Ontario in the coming months. www.musicamoreno.com www.fireflyproject.ca
So Long Seven is proud to release their debut self-titled CD featuring 8 tracks of original music. Influenced by bands such as Shakti, Punch Brothers, and Bela Fleck, So Long Seven combines elements of folk, bluegrass, world and jazz music to create an incredibly rich tapestry of sound. The band members include some of Toronto’s finest musicians including Neil Hendry (guitar, mandolin), William Lamoureux (violin), Ravi Naimpally (tabla) and Tim Posgate (banjo). Each player brings a vast amount of experience and talent, that when brought together, leads to a sublime listening experience. www.solongseven.com
Wednesday March 2, 2016 at 8 pm, $15. SOLD OUT!
Multi-award-winning Celtic band The Outside Track is touring Canada with a new CD, and Artword Artbar is their Hamilton stop! Hailing from Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton, the five members are united by a love of traditional music. They blend fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, whistle, step-dance and vocals with breathtaking vitality. http://www.theoutsidetrack.com/ Band members:
* Mairi Rankin, from Cape Breton, one of the legendary Rankin Family, plays fiddle, sings and also step-dances up a storm.
* Teresa Horgan, from Co. Cork, sings and plays flute.
* Ailie Robertson, from Edinburgh, is one of Scotland’s leading young traditional musicians and clarsach (celtic harp) virtuoso.
* Fiona Black plays accordion, intertwining her native Scottish style with Irish, Swedish and Cape Breton repertoire.
* Simon Marion, from Montreal, plays guitar on the Ontario tour. Read more…
Wednesday February 17, 2016, at 8 pm, $10 (or by donation). Singer-songwriter Richard Garvey is launching the new year with a new EP I found a box of beer in the snow. The title song is “a tragic Canadian classic song that I wrote on a snowy morning with a hangover-of-magical-proportions. It explores some very deep themes.”
At Artword Artbar, the featured guests are:
* Harebrain (Alan Mackie & Anh Phung) from Toronto, “the coolest bass/flute improvised tunes and songs to bust your jam too!”
* Milo & Otis (Claire and Nicki), from Hamilton. Bestfriendcore – ukuleles and joyful noises.
* Richard Garvey, from Guelph, ukulele sing-a-longs and stories.
PS: There will be a dance-off! Wear your favourite scarf! http://www.richardgarvey.ca/
Saturday February 6, 2016, at 7 pm. $15 at the door. https://www.facebook.com/events/968480229909687/.
An evening of Latin American music by Nano Valverde + Ayekan Ensemble, an ensemble of quena (bamboo flute), flute, guitars, violin, double bass. Band members Nano Valverde, Peter Dean, Tim FitzGerald, Irena Josipovic, Samantha Chang, and Miguel Vasquez will be playing Nano Valverde’s compositions. Special guest for the evening is Marcelo Puente, Chilean singer-songwriter. For more information about Ayekan: https://www.facebook.com/ayekanensemble/?fref=ts
Nano’s compositions and arrangements are grounded in South American Folk music, but also show the influences of a wide variety of other traditions, most importantly the minimal music movement most closely associated with the composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass. In bringing together these different styles and traditions in their performances, Ayekan seeks to break down the barriers that still separate musical styles and cultures: folk and classical, Latin American and European, traditional and contemporary.
Wednesday November 25, 2015 at 8 pm, $10. North of Nashville: 3 Alt-Country songwriters in the round: Danny Medakovic, Nudie, and Chris Altmann. A night of great musical discovery and storytelling.
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, Danny Medakovic has been gathering the respect of fellow musicians and music fans since moving to Hamilton 20 years ago. Danny will play tunes from his newest album, Jolley Cut. http://www.jolleycut.com/
Roots troubadour Nudie is touring through Ontario in November from his current home base of Charlottetown, PEI. His authentic style of music and songwriting is captured on his 2014 album Remember This. It is the soundtrack of relationships and heartache, delivered with wit and charm, and coated in the sounds of 1960s West Coast country soul. http://nudiemusic.com/
Pedal steel player and songwriter Chris Altmann was born in Adelaide, Australia and has been living in Hamilton for three years, where he is an in-demand session player and touring musician. He is currently working on his third solo album. http://chrisaltmann.com.au/
Reviews: Read more…
Friday November 20, at 9:30 pm, after Toller. $10 cover. Three Guitars, second edition, hosted by singer-songwriter Will Gillespie, with guests Robin Lee and Sarah Beatty, in a workshop-style concert, playing their original folk, jazz & blues tunes, trading songs and stories. You will be treated to a wide range of styles, songs and subjects, taken on an emotional journey by three musicians who have finely honed their skills and craft as both songwriters and as guitarists. Read more…
Sunday November 8, 2015, at 3 pm (doors 2 pm), $10. Spend a family-friendly Sunday afternoon with some talented musicians who want to sing you some songs. Singer-songwriter Megan Hamilton is touring with her new album Forty Warm Streams To Lead Your Wings. The album was produced by Jim Bryson and features Hamilton’s own Danielle Lennon, who is joining her on tour. www.facebook.com/MeganHamiltonMusic https://meganhamilton.bandcamp.com/
Some like-minded musicians are joining in to make the event into something really special: Shawn William Clarke (Toronto) https://www.facebook.com/shawnclarkemusic
(couldn’t make it) Anthony Damiao (Guelph) https://www.facebook.com/Anthonydmusic
Neil Kostecki (Grimsby) https://www.facebook.com/firekisser
Daniel Dell (Hamilton)
Concert starts at 3 pm, Artword Artbar’s doors will be open about an hour before that.
Friday September 25, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. A return visit by dynamic folk-blues duo Jennis. Jennis brings together award-winning Guelph-based Dennis Gaumond‘s decades of experience writing and performing original blues and folk and the diverse musical experiences of veteran Toronto indie-scene multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. The unique blend of cello and dobro is also augmented by unusual sounds, such as didgeridoo, custom-tuned harmonicas, flute, wah-guitar, jaw harp and wazinator. It makes for a very entertaining performance, filled with energy, passion and humour. “What do you get when you combine some talented songwriting, warm, rich vocals along with a resophonic guitar, cello, jaw harp and even a didgeridoo? A unique and impressive blend of folk, roots and bluesy sounds served up as a fine, entertaining evening of Jennis music.” Debra Thornington, Ottawa Blues Society www.jennis.ca www.jengillmormusic.ca
Friday June 26, 2015, at 8 pm, $10 (call 905-543-8512 to reserve). Back at Artword Artbar! The Allen Family Reunion is a five-piece bluegrass and folk band from London, Ontario. The original Allen Family Reunion, four members of the Allen family, brought their bluegrass music to many festivals in the early ’80s. Today, the band has reunited three of the original members, siblings John, Joe and Julie plus two of the next generation.
Band members are: John P. Allen on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals; his daughter Beverly Allen on autoharp and vocals; Joe Allen on banjo and trumpet; Julie Allen on string bass and vocals; and her son Paul Hickling on guitar and vocals.
John P. Allen is a country, rock and bluegrass fiddler, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame group Prairie Oyster, winning six Juno awards. Read more…
Thursday June 11, 2015, at 8 pm, $10. “3 Guitars: Will Gillespie, ‘Mo Kauffey & Robin Lee: Pickin’ & Grinnin’ “ is a song-trading, in-the-round, workshop-style concert featuring these three singer-songwriters, together for the first time in a show, playing their original Folk, Jazz & Blues tunes, trading songs and stories, creating a casual, off-the-cuff jam-session atmosphere. You will be treated to a wide range of styles, songs and subjects, taken on an emotional journey by three men who have finely honed their skills and craft as both songwriters and as guitarists.
Will Gillespie has been described as a “one-of-a-kind finger-picking old-time crooning, genuine songwriter you absolutely must see perform” He calls his sound “Jazzed-Up Folk-Rock”: Original Rock & Roll with an air of Old-World Romance, taking Folk-Rock from the Barn to the Ballroom. www.willgillespie.ca
‘Mo Kauffey is among other things a Bluesman from Guelph, ON. Describing his approach to songwriting, he says “It is about the story, which is told by the lyrics. The lyrics are borne by the melody. The chord progression gives the melody a path. The rhythms are the ‘driving wheel’. And that is how it all makes sense to me.” www.mokauffey.com
Robin Lee is one of the smoothest pickers around. Hailing from Hamilton, Robin has a laid-back delivery both in his Chet Atkins-style finger-picking and almost conversational singing style. www.youtube.com/user/robinlajoiemusic