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Emma Wright and Victoria Yeh Added to Rockin’ The Hall

Victoria Yeh

The Meaford Hall Cultural Foundation has just announced that two outstanding musicians, familiar to Meaford audiences, have been added to the cast of this year’s Rockin’ The Hall show, coming up on December 3rd.  Violinist Victoria Yeh and vocalist Emma Wright are two young women who have moved us with their exceptional talents.

Victoria was invited to Meaford by Chris Scerri early this year when he began his campaign to fill our town with great music.  She joined him at one of his Tuesday night open mic jams and everyone in the room sat up and took notice.  As a classically trained violinist, she knows how to pull emotion out of her instrument, but she has also been improvising since she was in high school.  That first night at The Leeky Canoe, everyone who came up on stage after she played with Chris asked if she would join them as well, and she added a real dimension to every song.  No matter what the style, she made it sound as if she’d been playing it forever.

Born in Winnipeg, her family had moved to Nepean before she started school.  The first time she saw someone playing the violin she didn’t know what it was, but she knew it was what she wanted to do. “When I was four,” she says, “I remember seeing someone playing violin on TV and immediately in my mind I thought ‘Oh! I need to do that!’.  I didn’t know how to ask for it because I didn’t know what it was called, and then a few days later my mother was flipping through the paper and there was a picture of a girl playing a violin and I was like I want to play that!”  That December her father bought her a scaled down violin.

Marshall Dane Will Close The Summer Concert Series With A Bang!

The Meaford Summer Concert Series at the Market Square has been getting better with each one and the final concert, starting at 7 on August 26th, is going to top them all.  Especially if you like country music.  Dynamic country rocker Marshall Dane will headline, and the local youth element of this show features the best in town.

Performing since he was 15 years old, Marshall Dane was already gaining fans with his own soulful blend of roots and rock music. Later he moved to Toronto and began making his mark as an accomplished singer/songwriter and as word caught on of his dynamic vocal abilities, Marshall started earning radio play and commercial work and built ongoing demand for over 300 shows annually.

marshal daneHis pilgrimage to Nashville, obligatory for any aspiring country star, resulted in co-writing credits with the likes of Jason Matthews and Willie Mack as well as Canadian country superstar Paul Brandt. Following a 2014 performance at Boots and Hearts, his career continues to erupt on the country music scene. Celebrated by his fans and peers, he continues to receive critical acclaim, touted by Cashbox Magazine Canada as a fan favourite; “The cool thing about Marshall Dane is women love him – men want to be like him. This guy is the real deal.”

Abby Woodhouse at GBSS Idol

Abby Woodhouse at GBSS Idol

The contributions from young local performers stick with the country flavour.  Abby Woodhouse has a tender country style that won her this year’s GBSS Idol competition.

Emma Wright

Emma Wright

And Emma Wright did an outstanding performance, as she always does, at this year’s Canada Day celebration, which coincided with the first in this summer concert series.  These two performers exemplify the future stars that are being nurtured in our town, partly due to the teaching of Patrick Delaney at GBSS (and in Emma Wright’s case tutoring by the amazing Tara McKenzie) and partly because of the great supportive audiences of Meaford.

So circle the calendar – August 26th – bring along a camp chair and a non-perishable food item and join the community party!

Ok, all set?  Now form a line and start step dancing to this lively Marshal Dane tune:



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