The Guelph Celtic Orchestra Season Finale takes place on Friday May 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Red Chevron, 34 Elizabeth Street, Guelph. The performance (directed by Fiona McCairley) will also feature the orchestra’s award winning step dancers, and, as usual, it will be followed by a ceilidh dance, called by Maureen Mulvey O’Leary. Tickets: Adults $15 advance ($20 at the door), Children 6 – 16 $10. Advance tickets are available at Janus Books (cash only please) or through the Guelph Celtic Orchestra website at guelphceltic.ca.
Jennis, the ‘difficult to categorize but sounds great’ roots combo featuring Dennis Gaumond on dobro and Jen Gillmor on cello are coming back to Guelph for a show at Silence on May 29 with support from Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beatty. They’re also playing together in Hamilton at the Artword Artbar on May 16. I’m not sure if you’ve been to a Jennis show before but for a duo they have an amazingly full live sound. Expect to be regaled by some original songs augmented by early American jazz, reggae, funk, R&B and blues classics re-interpreted in the inimitable Jennis style!
Sarah Jane Scouten brings her unique blend of roots music back to Guelph for a Folk Roots Radio presents… show at Silence on Saturday May 23 at 8 p.m. For this show she will be joined by Alan Mackie (from The Bombadils and Jaron Freeman Fox and the Opposite of Everything) on stand-up bass. The opening act for the evening will be Guelph’s own bluegrass band The Chesterfield Trio, the abbreviated version of Chester Field and The Sofa Kings. It promises to be a great night so get your tickets early!
The Shoeless are back in tour in Ontario with upcoming shows in Hamilton and Kitchener. The Shoeless are Frank Evans (Slocan Ramblers) on banjo, Eli Bender (Hale and Hearty) on cello and Emilyn Stam (Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Beneath the Ice, Eh?!, Té) on fiddle. Their music is a blend of traditional and original tunes/songs, with influences from klezmer, celtic, old time, french, bluegrass and more… they describe it as Bela Fleck meets Bela Bartok in Appalachia! They are lots of fun live, and definitely worth checking out if you get the chance. For more information, visit www.theshoeless.com.
We don’t normally promote classical events on Folk Roots Radio as they are somewhat out with our remit, however, we’re pleased to mention this one because it takes place at Silence, the great community venue in Guelph, and – it is their first classical performance. Silence has been incredibly kind in welcoming our own shows to their wonderful space. It seemed only natural that we extend that kindness and promote this event for them.
The Conor Gains Band and The Kauffey Temple Trio come together on April 2 for a great night of Americana Roots and Blues at the Lancaster Smokehouse (574 Lancaster St. W, Kitchener) at 8 p.m. (Doors 7:30 p.m.). The show is being presented by the Grand River Blues Society and the Lancaster Smokehouse, which is quickly becoming one of Southern Ontario’s best known blues venues. Advance tickets ($15) are now on sale at the Lancaster Smokehouse, Encore Records, Tri City Music aa well as through Ticketscene and directly from the bands involved. Tickets will be $20 at the door (if still available).
Irish Mythen will be at The Rookery in Kitchener for a house concert on Saturday March 28 at 7:30 p.m. If you’ve never been to an Irish Mythen show, you should get there – it’s an unforgettable experience. If you’ve never been to a Rookery house concert, you should go – they put on some wonderful hospitality, and these days, house concerts are a great way to enjoy fabulous music in an intimate atmosphere that allows you to hang out with the artist before and after the performance.
Regular listeners to Folk Roots Radio will know that we are big fans of Hannah Shira Naiman. Hannah will be at The Galt Room above Café 13, 13 Main Street, Galt, Cambridge for a Mill Race Folk Society fundraiser on March 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets $15.00 at the Door & online at www.millracefolksociety.com.
The Guelph Celtic Orchestra’s annual St. Patrick’s Family Extravaganza! takes place at the Italian Canadian Club, 135 Ferguson Street, Guelph on Saturday, March 14 2015 at 7:00 p.m. This year’s celebration of all things Irish features the orchestra alongside championship level Irish Dancers from the Butler Fearon O’Connor School of Irish Dance as well as members of the Guelph Pipe Band. The Orchestra performance will be followed by a ceilidh called by Colleen Mulvey O’Leary. Tickets are $20 (adults), $10 (children aged 6-16) and available through Janus Books, 10 Paisley St., Guelph and through the Guelph Celtic Orchestra website. For more information, visit www.guelphceltic.ca.
Jonathan Byrd returns to Guelph on Friday March 20 for what is expected to be a sold out show at Silence. Joining Jonathan and his band “The Pickup Cowboys” this time around will be Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson, one of the hottest new acts on the folk-roots scene. It promises to be a great night so get your tickets early!
Tyler Wagler has the official release of his latest E.P. “4 Songs” at the Delhi Street Bistro, 64 Delhi Street Guelph on January 15 2015 at 7 p.m. There is no cover. For this show, Tyler will be joined by Thom Hammerton on Keys. Tyler recently joined us in the studio for a feature length conversation about his music. You can listen to that interview again in full here.
Acapella vocal group Ondine Chorus are gearing up for their traditional Winter Solstice concert tour. If you’ve not yet seen Ondine Chorus in concert, you really should check them out. Their performances are fantastic – featuring stunning original works, gorgeous reinterpretations of traditional songs and mesmerizing sonic thematic improvisations, it’s a magical journey of subtle and rich harmonies that will live long in the memory. Ondine released their debut E.P., “Towards A Little Light” earlier this year. The E.P. featuring two original compositions and three arrangements of traditional songs has been called “stunningly beautiful with an ancient and wise feel”, and “a beautiful and wondrous thing”. This time around Jeff Bird, Gary Diggins and Robert Kingsbury will be the featured special guests. Check out the event and ticket information below.
Phil Elsworthy and Ed Koenig are releasing The Crooked Path, an album of mostly Celtic and Appalachian tunes using guitar, fiddle, mandolin and tambourine at The Albion 2nd Floor in Guelph on Sunday November 30 at 7:30 p.m. There is no cover for this event. Phil Ellsworthy and Ed Koenig joined us in the studio for Folk Roots Radio Overtime from 10-11 a.m. on Saturday November 29.
Hillside Inside takes place on the weekend of February 6-8 2015 across Downtown Guelph. The musical portion of the Hillside Festival’s younger sibling kicks off on Friday February 6 with a cabaret style show featuring Oliver Mtukudzi with special guest Alex Cuba at the River Run Centre at 7:30 p.m. Later that night at 10 p.m., Kid Koala will take to the stage at St. George’s Church (Mitchell Hall) with bizZarh. Saturday February 7 features two shows, Owen Pallett with special guest Jennifer Castle in the Sanctuary at St. George’s Church at 3 p.m. and The New Pornographers with special guests Operators in St. George’s Church (Mitchell Hall) at 9:15 p.m. The festival concludes on Sunday February 8 with Stars and special guests Hey Rosetta! at the River Run Centre at 7:30 p.m. Details of community events taking place during the festival are yet to be announced.
Jazz-roots vocalist Brenda Lewis & blues roots singer-songwriter Gayle Ackroyd will be back at Magnolia Café, Guelph on Saturday, November 29 at 8 p.m. for their 2nd annual concert of lesser-known Christmas songs. Expect to be regaled with holiday favourites from 1960s Pop, Rock and R&B – to more recent country, folk and bluegrass, as well as one or two Gayle Ackroyd originals. Tickets are $15 advance purchase, $20 at the door. Ticket & dinner reservations are highly recommended, as this is a small, intimate venue. For reservations, please call: (519)766-4663.
We don’t normally focus on the activities of the Guelph Chamber Choir on Folk Roots Radio but they do have an interesting seasonal concert coming up on Sunday November 30 at 3 p.m. at St. George’s Church, Downtown Guelph. “Carols for Christmas” features special guests “Winter’s Eve Trio” with Sharlene Wallace on Harp, Joe Macerollo on Accordion and George Koller on Bass. This is your opportunity to sing a variety of seasonal songs and carols with the choir in one of Guelph’s finest acoustic spaces. Between choral works and numbers by the trio, choir members will present seasonal readings and poetry.
Three fabulous Guelph-based singer-songwriters Tannis Slimmon, Jude Vadala and Katherine Wheatley come together each Christmas to put on some fabulous concerts “Songs For The Snowy Season” in collaboration with Folkway Music. This year’s Guelph show (the 8th edition of this holiday tradition) takes place at Guelph Little Theatre, 176 Morris St, Guelph on Saturday, December 6 at 8:30 p.m. (Doors, 8:00 p.m.) This year, the performance will be that little bit more special as they’ll also be releasing their first album under their new group name Boreal, “Winter’s Welcome”. Tickets $22.60 (includes HST) / $25 at the door and available from Folkway Music by phone (855-772-0424), email, or in person (22 Dupont Street East, Waterloo), The Bookshelf (41 Quebec Street) and online through Event Brite HERE.
“The Shoeless” are Frank Evans (Slocan Ramblers) on banjo, Eli Bender (Hale and Hearty) on cello and Emilyn Stam (Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Beneath the Ice, Eh?!, Té) on fiddle. They’ll be in Guelph on Thursday November 13 for a show at Magnolia Café at 8 p.m. Their music is a blend of traditional and original tunes/songs, with influences from klezmer, celtic, old time, french, bluegrass and more … they describe it as Bela Fleck meets Bela Bartok in Appalachia! The show starts at 8 p.m. The cover is $10. Magnolia Café is a licensed cafe and restaurant that also doubles as one of the area’s most intimate listening venues. Because of the size of the venue, reservations are highly recommendeded especially if you’d like to enjoy a meal before the show! For more information, visit www.theshoeless.com.