Colorado bluesman Mo’ Kauffey moved to Guelph 15 years ago, and since then he’s become a stalwart of the Guelph music scene, and a perfect example of what a local music scene should be all about. Local musicians getting out there and sharing their musical gifts with the community as often as possible. Well, unfortunately Mo’ has been diagnosed with cancer. And for that reason all of his friends – and they are legion, are getting together to raise money so that Mo’ can get access to the best treatments available, in Canada – and beyond. Join the Mo’ Town team for a very special fundraiser on Tuesday November 17 at the Royal Electric Bar & Public Eatery.
This week’s Folk Roots Radio featured an interview with Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Sarah Beatty. Sarah Beatty describes herself as being both a musician and a scientist. While completing a Ph D in environmental science, she found time to release an off the floor debut album, the stripped down girl and a guitar “Black Gramophone” in 2012. Black Gramophone blurs the lines between rootsy blues and the singer-songwriter genre, while Sarah’s playful and imaginative lyrics and soulful and passionate vocal delivery draws comparisons with Regina Spektor, Ani DiFranco and Billie Holiday. Sarah is now hard at work on the follow-up. As usual, we found time to include some new music we’ve received alongside our mystery theme and guilty pleasure.
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.
The 3rd Annual Sounds of Summer Bluesfest takes place on June 21 2014 at the Arena Bar & Grill, 96 Gordon St., Guelph. Featuring Mo Kauffey, Ian Taylor, Andre Bisson and the J Tones and Chuck Jackson and the Big Bad Blues Band it promises to be a great day out. The MC for the day will be Gayle Ackroyd, who will also play a few tunes between the acts. There will also be a silent auction, a live auction, outdoor patio and a BBQ. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the Arena Bar & Grill. All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics.
Order of Acts
12:30-2:00 Mo Kauffey
2:30-4:00 Ian Taylor
4:00-6:00 Andre Bisson and the J Tones
7:00-10:00 Chuck Jackson and the Big Bad Blues Band
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.
Guelph-based singer-songwriter Gayle Ackroyd will be playing live at the Three Rivers Coffee House, 40 Margaret St, Guelph (River of Life Church) on April 12 2014 at 7:00 p.m. She’ll also be joining us live in the studio on Folk Roots Radio on Saturday April 3 during our second hour. Can’t wait!. This is a demo of a new song from Gayle called “The Rains Came Down”. We really like it. What do you think?