Guelph singer-songwriter Sue Smith has just released a wonderful new album with the Potion Kings, “Tonight We Sail”, a gorgeous blend of rock, jazz, blues and roots. The new recording features nine Sue Smith original songs plus a song each by Tom Petty (“Swingin'”) and Robbie Robertson (“Ophelia”). Recorded live off the floor at Scott Merritt’s studio, The Cottage in Guelph ON, it features Sue Smith (vocals, organ on several tracks) with the Potion Kings – Jeff Bird on bass, Kevin Breit on guitar, Randall Coryell on drums and Howie Southwood on percussion. Vocalists Nick Craine and Gwen Swick also guest on the recording, which was produced by Sue Smith with partner Jeff Bird. To say we love this album is a bit of an understatement… great songs, amazing musicians and a fantastic groove. It’s sure to figure in our favourite albums of 2021! Sue Smith & the Potion Kings will be playing a FREE live-streamed performance direct from the River Run Centre in Guelph ON on Friday March 26 at 8 p.m…. with special guest Gwen Swick. If you’d like to register for the livestream (all you need to do is sign up for the River Run Centre Spotlight newsletter) you can do that HERE. They’ll send you you the link on the day of the show. For more information about the music of Sue Smith, visit suesmith.ca. Photo credit: Dean Palmer. Music: Sue Smith and the Potion Kings “Night Skies”, “1 Step, 2 Step”, “If I am Sleeping” and “Met Him On A Train” from “Tonight We Sail” (2021, Self) CDN.
Guelph ON based singer-songwriter Sue Smith joins us on Episode 570 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about “Tonight We Sail”, her wonderful new album with the Potion Kings. A fabulous recording, it features a gorgeous blend of rock, jazz, blues and roots. It’s sure to figure in our favourite albums of 2021. We wrap up the rest of the episode with more music from female artists as we continue to celebrate International Women’s Day, and this time around we feature Tekla Waterfield & Jeff Fielder, Cinder Well, Loryn Taggart, Laura Mulcahy, Sarah McQuaid and Sloan Wainwright. Check out the full playlist below.
We’re holding back the interviews on Episode 563 of Folk Roots Radio to bring you another hour of great new music – including some wonderful topical songs and Covid tunes, to help you get through these strange times. Join us for new releases from Luka Kuplowsky, Bill Bourne, A.J. Croce, Sue Smith with the Potion Kings, Leahy, Maria Dunn, Bonnie Light Horseman, Raine Hamilton, Alison Brown, The Twangtown Paramours , Karyn Oliver, Scott MacDonald, Madison Cunningham, Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes, Skerryvore and Carolina Story. Remember, if you like the artists you hear on this show, don’t just stream their music – BUY their music and then you’ll really make a difference to their income during this difficult time when it’s much more challenging to find live shows. Check out the full playlist below.
Vocal group The Ondine Chorus are gearing up for the winter solstice with concerts at the Wellington County Museum in Elora on December 13, the newly-renovated Art Gallery of Guelph (formerly MacDonald Stewart Art Centre) (December 17) and at the beautifully-situated Paul Morin Gallery in Alton on December 18. If you’ve not yet seen Ondine Chorus in concert, you’re in for a treat – their performances are fantastic, with a repertoire that features some stunning original work alongside gorgeous reinterpretations of traditional songs. Check out the event and ticket information below. Check out all the details below.
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.
Guelph-based blues musician Dennis Gaumond (Gomo) joined us on Folk Roots Radio on May 24 2014 to chat about Jennis, his new project with Toronto based multi-instrumentalist Jen Gillmor. Jennis release their first album, “The Current”, in Toronto on May 30 and in Guelph (Eden Mills) on June 6. For more information visit jennis.ca.
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
Sue Smith and Shannon Kingsbury joined us in the studio on March 22 2014 to chat about “Towards A Little Light”, the new E.P. from Ondine Chorus. The E.P. features two original compositions and three stunning arrangements of traditional tunes. E.P. launch takes place on Saturday March 29 at 2 p.m. at Guelph’s MacDonald Stewart Art Centre. Tickets are $20 in advance (from The Bookshelf) and $25 at the door. Please note that seating is limited. The CD release will feature Ondine Chorus with special guests Jeff Bird, Gary Diggins, Robert Kingsbury, and Alden Hadwen. For more information on the release party, visit the Facebook event page. (Photo credit: Aidan Ware)
Guelph based Ondine Chorus are releasing their first EP, “Towards a Little Light”. The E.P. features two original compositions and three stunning arrangements of traditional tunes. The CD release party will take place at the Macdonald Stewart Art Centre on Saturday March 29 2014 at 2:30 p.m. (Doors at 2:00 p.m.)
The Season Singers, a theatrical choir for children, present their new musical “Home Is Where Your Honey Is” on Sunday, February 23 2014, at the Guelph Little Theatre. The Guelph Youth Dance Apprentice Company will also be featured during the performance.