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The ‘Music-folk’ Category

Joe Crookston is back, Wed Nov 13

September 15th, 2019
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Wednesday November 13, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512. A return visit by Joe Crookston, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next. Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired. http://www.joecrookston.com/
Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in.
Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter

Skye Consort & Emma Björling, Sat Nov 2, 3 pm & 8 pm

September 11th, 2019
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Saturday November 2, 2019, TWO SHOWS: 3 pm & 8 pm. $20 reg, $10 students. To reserve tickets (and seating),  Book online BUY_tix_button

or call 905-543-8512, or email artword@artword.net

Skye Consort & Emma Björling perform trans-Atlantic arrangements of traditional Nordic/Celtic/Québecois music as well as original compositions. Voices, fiddle, nyckelharpa, cello, bouzouki, banjo, and percussion. whirling polskas, groovy reels, passionate love songs, breathtaking hymns, and more. www.skyeconsort.org/
Amanda Keesmaat (cello & vocals) is a member of La Nef, a vibrant presence in the Montréal early music community, and has recorded and performed with many prominent singers and renowned ensembles.
Emma Björling (lead voice, shruti box, perc.) is an award-winning Swedish singer, composer, arranger, active in the renowned Scandinavian bands Kongero and Lyy. Both bands have toured the world, and are busy in the European Folk/Trad scene. Emma teaches and conducts workshops all over the world.
Seán Dagher (cittern/bouzouki, banjo & vocals) is the artistic director of La Nef and an active performer, arranger, and composer of music from various folk and classical music traditions. He participated in the Adisq-winning CD, La Traverse Miraculeuse with La Nef and Les Charbonniers de l’enfer.
Alex Kehler (fiddle, nyckelharpa & vocals) is a member of La Nef, Soulwood, a Kehler Williams duo, Les Siffleurs de nuits, and also busy playing with Suzie LeBlanc, Jeremiah McLane, Timmothy Cummings.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

FEATURED POST: Latin Peña: music and poetry with Marcelo Puente, Sat Oct 19

August 30th, 2019
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Saturday October 19, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Join us for a Latin American Peña (coffee house), an evening of poetry and music, featuring Marcelo Puente and friends.
Marcelo Puente [is] one of the outstanding exponents of the “nueva cancion” tradition in this (or any) country. Marcelo Puente came to Toronto in the aftermath of the coup in Chile in 1973, bringing his songs and poetry. In the late seventies he co-founded the popular Chilean-Greek band Los Compañeros, a group of anti-fascist exiles who discovered a common musical language.” [Wally Brooker’s Music Notes Newsletter]

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter, Music-World

Alison Schott & Darrin Schott, Sat Sept 28

August 13th, 2019
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Saturday September 28, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve tickets (and seating),  Book online BUY_tix_button

or call 905-543-8512.
Darrin and Alison Schott are a picking, singing and song-writing duo from Norfolk County. Expect beautiful vocal harmonies, and virtuoso playing on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and dobro. Their original songs are rooted in the life and history of Norfolk County. Darrin has played often at Artword with the New Cumberland bluegrass band, and Alison has appeared with the Sandplains Pickers.
Artword is very pleased to bring Alison and Darrin Schott to our stage for our final fall season!! Please come. They are wonderful!

Event, Music, Music-bluegrass, Music-folk, Music-roots

Ewan Macintyre Trio, Scotland-Quebec, Wed Sept 25

August 10th, 2019
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Wednesday September 25, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512 or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Scottish musician Ewan Macintyre is on tour with his band: Ewan Macintyre: vocals, guitar, mandolin; Karine Bouchard: violoncelle/ cello (from Montreal); Peter Menzies (pronounced mingus): fiddle (from Moray Scotland). They are touring this summer and autumn across the UK, Europe and Canada.
“Cowboy campfire meets Celtic grooves.” Ewan weaves his own blend of folk pop traditions, featuring beautiful string arrangements, ripping solos, soaring harmonies and heartfelt lyrical content.  http://www.ewan-macintyre.org/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Cantrip (Scottish music trio), Thurs Sept 19

August 5th, 2019
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Thursday September 19, 2019, at 8 pm. $15 advance/$20 door.
To reserve tickets and seating, call 905-543-8512
or Book online   BUY_tix_button

Cantrip, a high energy Celtic trio, is releasing a new live album in celebration of their 20 year history. Come enjoy an evening of good humour, companionship and music from the Celtic isles and beyond. Jon Bews (fiddle, vocals), Eric McDonald (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), Dan Houghton (pipes, flute, whistles, guitar, bouzouki, vocals). www.cantrip-music.com/index.html
“Cantrip” is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief. It aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Cantrip sprung from a local session in Edinburgh nearly twenty years ago. With their first album “Silver” (2001) in hand, Cantrip made its way across the water to the United States.  www.ericmcdonaldmusic.com

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-World

Bill Lutes and the Art Crawlers, Supercrawl weekend, Sun Sept 15 at 3 pm

August 4th, 2019
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Sunday September 15, 2019, from 3 to 6 pm, tip jar. Supercrawl Weekend. The original Art Crawl band! Bill Lutes and the Art Crawlers: Bill Lutes guitar, vocals; Lilia Lutes very cool vocals; Kenny Clark guitar, vocals; Hank Paton guitar, vocals; Robert Louis guitar, vocals; Bob Rudy bass, vocals; Phil Dales drums, playing all your favourite tunes.

Event, James North events, Music, Music-folk, Music-pop-etc.

The Vagabond Duet, Thur July 11, EARLY 7:00 pm show

May 23rd, 2019
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Thursday July 11, 2019, 7:00 pm.  *ALL PROCEEDS TO SACHA; Sexual Assault Centre for Hamilton and Area. Pay What You Can!*
The Vagabond Duet brings you cello, harp and two voices. Things are hard and there is beauty in music and that matters.
Music will include original arrangements of 60s & 70s folk, contemporary alternative, and oh, some early 18th century and/or late 19th century genius most likely. And original songs, music for rage, hope and love. Geoff Ball: cello, guitar, voice; Rachel Nolan: pedal harp, lever harp, voice.
Special guests to be announced!

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter

Martin Verrall and Raphael Smith Keelan, Fri June 14

May 9th, 2019
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Friday June 14, 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Local legend singer-songwriter Martin Verrall is doing a full evening at Artword Artbar, with a guest set by singer-songwriter Raphael Smith Keelan. Martin’s band: Michael Williams bass, Joseph Hansen percussion, Chris Wilson guitar,
Martin Verrall is “… a prolific singer/songwriter, painter, and urban wanderer. [He is] a scribe who details the plights and triumphs of the human heart with dark romanticism, and captures the lonesome ambience of a rainy afternoon or a sleepless night.”  https://martinverrall.bandcamp.com/

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter

McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles, Fri June 7

May 6th, 2019
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Friday June 7, 2019, at 8 pm, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
Book online   BUY_tix_button

McCurlie, Doidge and Wiles will perform local story songs and new originals from Caroline Wiles’s new album Living In The Now. Mike McCurlie, Bob Doidge and Caroline Wiles are an Ancaster-based trio who perform original folk-rock music and great story songs, many based on Ancaster’s history. These seasoned musicians are award winning songwriters/artists who sing fabulous three part harmonies. Mike McCurlie and Bob Doidge have been making music together since their early teens. Then along came Caroline Wiles, a songwriter from Montreal. They all start playing together, harmonizing, creating a groove with guitar, mandolin and bass.
www.mccurliedoidgeandwiles.com   and   www.carolinewiles.com.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-rock

James Gordon, new cd “The Heritage Hall Sessions”, Fri May 31

April 29th, 2019
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Friday May 31, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512 or
Book online   BUY_tix_button

The wonderful singer-songwriter James Gordon returns to Artword to promote his new album The Heritage Hall Sessions, which has just been released to a really enthusiastic response. With a fresh-baked batch of new songs, some Hamilton favourites, and an electric car full of instruments, James will use his usual combination of historical, hysterical, politically charged and poignant material to engage with one of his favourite venues!
https://borealisrecords.com/product/the-heritage-hall-sessions/?v=3e8d115eb4b3

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter

60s Folk Revival Sing-along, Sat May 11, TWO shows — 3:30 & 8 pm

April 3rd, 2019
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Saturday May 11, 2019, at 3:30 and 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone (Spring 2019 edition) returns with a two-show Saturday. We had to turn people away last time, so Sue, Michelle, Dwight and Tony have added a second show.
The 60s Folk Revival sing-along concert features Sue Peters (vocals),  Michelle Rumball (vocals), Dwight Peters (vocals, 6 & 12 string guitars) and Tony Laviola (double bass). Imagine an evening in a 1960s coffeehouse in Yorkville or Greenwich Village. The lyrics have meaning, the voices are true 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, from songwriters including Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Ian & Sylvia, Peter Paul and Mary, and Phil Ochs. Song-sheets are provided. http://wherehaveallthefolksongsgone.blogspot.ca/

Event, Music, Music-folk

Cats Cove Media presents Joe Bass, The Do-Gooders, Tim Collins, Thurs May 9

April 1st, 2019
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Thursday May 9, 2019, at 8 pm, door $15 cash only, $12 advanced online. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
Cats Cove Media presents an artist showcase featuring Joe Bass, The Do-Gooders and Tim Collins.
Tim Collins
:  singer-songwriter in the folk and folk-rock genre.
The Do-Gooders:  a hard-acoustic trio made up of Hamilton cellist Geoff Ball, and Burlington guitarists Stu Gritter and Dan Murray. Possessing a penchant for storytelling, they tend to snag bits and pieces from different genres in order to find what best suits their whimsically grim (Grimsical?) tales.
Joe Bass is a guitar, mandolin and bass banjo trio: Sandy James, Eric Marcotte, and Garrett Stratford. Modern folk tales, rootsy genre-bending anthems, and just a dash of small-town nostalgia, Joe Bass offers an adventurous spin on alternative-folk music.

Joe Bass
The Do-Gooders
Tim Collins

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-rock, Music-singer/songwriter

David Essig returns! Thurs May 2

March 20th, 2019
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Thursday May 2, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call Artword Artbar 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online

The wonderful David Essig returns to Artword on his “short and sweet spring tour – it’s a good chance to catch up with dear friends and audiences and to share some new tunes.” (Only 6 other stops in Ontario.)  http://davidessig.com/cms/

DAVID ESSIG was introduced to Canadian audiences in 1971 as a “talented newcomer” at the legendary Mariposa Folk Festival. Now, nearly 50 years later, he continues to pursue an international career as one of Canada’s finest roots music performers. He has appeared at every major folk festival in Canada and at concerts throughout the world. David uses the traditions he grew up with – Bluegrass and Delta Blues – to create timeless original songs. He has released 25 albums and continues to tour across Canada and in Europe, where he has a strong following, especially in Italy. David is a compelling live performer with contemporary original songs that always pay tribute to their roots in traditional country music and Delta blues.  Many of his songs, like “Albert’s Cove” and “High Ground,” are considered classics of Canadian roots music. As a producer, David has done over 60 albums with other artists, including the first three albums by both Willie P Bennett and Fred Eaglesmith.

Event, Music, Music-Blues, Music-folk, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter

Joe Crookston, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler… Thurs April 18

March 12th, 2019
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Thursday April 18, 2019, at 8 pm, $15. Call 905-543-8512, or BUY_tix_buttonBook online
ANNOUNCING a special appearance by Joe Crookston, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. He’ll surprise you and awaken the cynics. His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.  http://www.joecrookston.com/
HE BELIEVES IN STORIES: Come to a show. Mystical, and humorous roads, twisting through vivid cinematography. Oklahoma towns, rattlesnake tails, turbary thieves, Galway heather, meter maids and drunk roosters. At the end of the night, you’ll leave inspired.
THERE IS A LONG NOTE & JOE IS REACHING FOR IT: “The Long Note”, a phrase in Irish culture, is that place of resonance and transcendence where the music, the voices, the instruments, and the community ALL come together and unite. Whether he’s picking his 48 Gibson, weaving through lap slide songs or looping his fiddle, he will draw you in. It happens every time.

Watch a YouTube video. It’s good, but it’s not the same. You gotta come to a show. With unwavering courage to be himself, he is literate, poignant and funny as hell.

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-roots, Music-singer/songwriter

The Vagabond Duet: Rachel Nolan harp & Geoff Ball cello, Thurs Apr 11 7:30

March 6th, 2019
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Thursday April 11, 2019.
TIME CHANGE, start now 7:30 pm !! $10.
The Vagabond Duet: Geoff Ball on cello, guitar and vocals, and Rachel Nolan on pedal harp, lever harp and vocals. The Vagabond Duet mixes and mashes musical genres with reckless abandon. Cello and harp and two voices come together to bring you folk & baroque, old and new, fierce and lilting, existentialism and hope. In addition to their original compositions, you will hear Simon & Garfunkel, Claude Debussy, The Tea Party, Fleetwood Mac and more, as you have never heard them before.
Featuring an opening set by Teal Booth, song artist and existentialist, serenading on guitar and vocals.

Event, Music, Music-Classical, Music-folk

Emma Elena Grace, Shealagh Rose, Rebekah Hawker, Thurs Mar 28

February 13th, 2019
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Thursday March 28 2019, at 8 pm, $10. Join Emma Elena Grace, Shealagh Rose, and Rebekah Hawker, three rising singer-songwriters, for an intimate evening of stories and songs.
Emma Elena Grace is an alt-country singer-songwriter from Hamilton, Ontario. She walks the line between the genre’s old and new. She grew up with the traditional country music her father used to play her. Yet, labeling Emma Elena Grace is a hard thing to do. She possesses a voice and constantly growing style that stands on its own. Emma Elena Grace graduated from Fanshawe’s Music Industry Arts Program in 2015, and released her debut album, This Side of the Room in August, 2015. Emma also won Best Singer/Songwriter at the 2016 Toronto Independent Music Awards. She is currently working on her second studio album, set to release in 2019. Socials: @Emma Elena Grace
Shealagh Rose: Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, Shealagh Rose is a folk singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who blends storytelling lyrics with sweeping melodic lines and open tunings. Shealagh moved to Toronto where she received her Bachelor of Music (2016) from Humber College as a vocal major. She began performing under the name Shealagh Rose and released her debut EP Island in July 2016. Shealagh Rose brings a new feel to a classic genre, with lush with soulful vocals and beautiful string sections. Socials: www.shealaghrose.com    @shealaghrose
Rebekah Hawker: For the past five years, Rebekah Hawker has been singing for Toronto audiences in crowded rooms. Her accolades in songwriting and vocals include Summerfolk Youth Discoveries, Seneca’s Got Talent competitions and Barrie Folk Society’s Youth Songwriters Showcase. Rebekah transforms the grievances of her peers, her audience, and herself, into something that satisfies our thirst for honest representations of life beyond artifice. In February 2019, Rebekah will journey to Vancouver with the Via Rail Artist-on-Board Program, to make her first solo EP in the folk genre: Careful Women. Socials:  www.rebekahhawker.com   @rebekahhawker

Event, Music, Music-folk, Music-singer/songwriter