We’ve just discovered fabulous Americana – Blues songstress Kerri Powers who hails from Connecticut. Check out some beautiful slide guitar on “Buttercup” from her new self-titled album “Kerri Powers”. We’ll be playing more music from Kerri on Folk Roots Radio. For more information on Kerri Powers visit kerripowers.com.
Spring Awakes! – An Art Performance Hike Adventure featuring Song, Music, Prayer and Dance takes place on Sunday May 25 2014 from 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. Rain or shine.
Admission is by advance ticket only, available from The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. Tickets: Adult $25, children free (children must be able to hike with a group). Please note that attendance is limited.
The adventure begins at the Orchard Park Parking lot (Ignatius Jesuit Centre) at 1:30 pm. A potluck picnic reception will follow.
Spring Awakes is produced by Shannon Kingsbury and Sue Smith for SKSS Productions. Proceeds will support the Plant An Old Growth Forest project.
Photo: Ondine Chorus at Spring Awakes! 2013 by Aidan Ware
The Brian Pickell Band will be visiting Guelph on Monday April 28 2014 for a show at St David and St Patrick’s Church, 520 Speedvale Ave. E at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance ($20 at the door) and are available from Rick Avery/Judy Greenhill (from local trad folk combo Relative Harmony), 519-763-2494. Rick Avery joined us by phone to chat about the Brian Pickell Band and why you should come out to Monday’s show. For more information on the Brian Pickell Band check out this Folk Roots Radio post and Brian’s website at www.brianpickell.com.
Folk Roots Radio on April 19 2014 (Episode 146) included a couple of interesting interviews – Mark Logan from Encore Records in Kitchener discussing Record Store Day and Sam Baijal, Artistic Director at the Hillside Festival discussing the performers appearing at Hillside 2014.
Drew McIvor has made it into the regional semi-finals of the CBC Searchlight contest with “45s and 33s”, a slice of nostalgia with an upbeat rocksteady / R&B groove that’s the perfect song to soundtrack your summer. He also has a great video to go with it! Vote for Drew here. Drew will be releasing his latest album in May. We’ve been promised a studio visit. Stay tuned.
Lovers of traditional and celtic music will have two opportunities to catch the Brian Pickell Band on tour this April. They will be appearing in Waterloo at St Colomba’s Church, 250 Lincoln Road on April 25 2014 at 8 p.m. and in Guelph at St David and St Patrick’s Church, 520 Speedvale Ave. E on Monday April 28 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
David Celia will be bringing his own brand of folk to Magnolia Café, 88 Yarmouth St in Guelph on Thursday April 24. The support act will be Guelph’s own Tricia Brubacher. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 (or PWYC). Due to the intimate size of the venue, reservations are recommended. Call 519-766-4663 to book your place. The perfect idea for date night!
Renowned fingerstyle guitarist Bob MacLean will be bringing a whole selection of guitars and mandolins to Magnolia Café on Saturday April 26 2014 for an intimate evening of trad tunes, songs & finger style guitar. The show kicks off at 8:00 p.m. and the price of admission is just $10. Due to the intimate size of the venue, reservations are recommended. Call 519-766-4663 to book your place.
Rockwood’s own, singer-songwriter Ian Reid will be releasing his latest album, “Delivered on Delhi Street” in May. We’ve been given a sneak listen to the album, and are pleased to bring you the title track which documents the birth of a certain baby at Guelph General Hospital. We’re sure you can guess who. Ian will be joining us live in the studio in the run up to the album release. For more information on Ian check out his website at ianreid.ca.
Let’s all raise a “Little Glass of Wine” to Jesse Winchester. Rest In Peace, Jesse Winchester (1944 – 2014).
Jack Cooper joined us on Folk Roots Radio on April 5 2014 to chat about a fundraiser for singer-songwriter Mary Anne Epp, at the ANAF in Guelph on April 12 at 8:00 p.m. Even if you can’t make the show, you can donate online here. Funds raised will help Mary-Anne get back on her feet and allow her to complete the album “Precious Girl”. To learn more about Mary-Anne’s story, read this article in Chateleine.
Guelph singer-songwriter Gayle Ackroyd joined us in the studio on Folk Roots Radio on April 5 2014. Gayle plays the Three Rivers Coffee House, 40 Margaret St, Guelph (River of Life Church) on April 12 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
For more information on Gayle Ackroyd, visit gayleackroyd.com.
To buy music, visit Gayle’s page on CD Baby.
Singer-songwriter and storyteller David Francey returns to the Elora Centre for the Arts, 75 Melville St in Elora on Saturday April 12 2014 at 8:00 p.m.. David was nominated for his 4th Juno for his most recent album, the fabulous “So Say We All”. Tickets are $30 in advance ($35 at the door) and available from Box Social in Elora, Magnolia Café in Guelph or by contacting Claire at [email protected]. As usual, this promises to be a very special experience.