Meaford (and area) live music to mark on your calendar. Check out the calendar of events.

Farmer The Band Visits The Barn

This Saturday, June 23rd, catch an early show at The Barn in Meaford featuring Farmer The Band.  This duo plays original folk roots music with a multi-instrumental approach that they call a “two-person-one-man-band” to give a full sound without the aid of looping.  From Southern B.C., they are in the midst of a cross-Canada tour and have added a stop in Meaford primarily because they are intrigued at the idea of playing a venue called The Barn, given that they are called Farmer The Band.  In order to play here, they will be coming straight from an afternoon concert in Waterdown to be ready for a 7 p.m. start at The Barn.

The duo, consisting of husband and wife Glen and Lourine Koide, originally came together after meeting at an open mic.  They chose their unusual name because their mission is to bring communities together the way that farmers do.  Their music is greatly inspired by what they hear of CBC Radio Two, in particular Canadian musicians like Joel Plaskett, Danny Michel, Bahamas, Del Barber, and Amelia Curran. They call it “roots Canadiana”.

Although they started off with just voices and acoustic guitar, they wanted more of a full band sound and they have added instruments as they went along, until now you might hear the two of them playing as many of seven instruments at one time, including kick drum, snare, trumpet, tambourine, hi-hat and harmonica.  The only thing holding them back from adding more is the limitation of their four arms and legs.  Their cross country tours stop at small venues that allow them a direct connection with their audience.

Here are some snippets of their endless Canadian odyssey.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Opportunity for Music Students

by Jim Lang

The Barn is pleased to announce a unique mentoring opportunity for local, music students. As part of hosting their weekly show, Fridays from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Jim Lang and Mary Ackroyd (Lang & Ackroyd) offer developing musicians the opportunity to perform up to 45 minutes of their material in a professional, receptive, and constructive setting. Following the performances, Jim and Mary—and their colleagues, if attending—will offer an informal workshop. Topics can include tips on how to perform for audiences, improve song-writing and instrumental abilities, and how earn an income in music. There is no fee. Contact Jim

By Popular Demand…

by Bill Monahan

We’re back!

I say we because it looks like the future of the website will be a team effort, starting with the help of Vic Michener, who, in addition to being a great writer, creates websites as My Favorite Marketer.  We are talking to other local writers to see if we can’t built a team that will not only give me some valuable help with the work load but will give you the benefit of more than one point of view.

Since announcing that I was closing down the site, many people have approached me to say how much they have appreciated the value of this guide to local music for both performers and fans.  And checking the traffic, it is apparent that people are continuing to visit every day despite there being nothing new, and the archives are still important to readers.

We are looking at a few improvements, including adding a calendar so that you can look into the future to plan your entertainment schedule.  Up to now the site has covered just one week at a time and sometimes when a reader learns about something they’d like to see it is already sold out.

This is still a part-time effort, something that has to be squeezed in between other activities including earning a living.  It’s going to take a few days to pull it all together again.  The events listings will have to be updated and that will happen at the beginning of next week.

In the meantime there are a couple of articles in the works, including a review of Jayden Grahlman‘s great new album “Diving In” (also featured in this week’s Meaford Independent) and a profile of Farmer The Band, an ambitious roots duo from B.C. who have been playing small venues all across the country and are going out of their way to treat Meaford to a concert this coming Saturday at The Barn Co-op.  Advance tickets for that are only $10, so call today to make sure you get a seat.  And stand by for more details.

Thanks to everyone for your support.  Live music is something that has no equal as a form of entertainment and we all have to make it part of our lives if venues and promoters are going to continue to bring the wide variety of talents that we currently enjoy in our area.

Hang in there for a few more days and we’ll be up to full steam again.

Signing Off

Well, I’m winding down this site.  I just don’t have the time to keep up with it.

I see that even though my posts have become less frequent a lot of people still check it out every day and I appreciate that.  I especially appreciate Gillian Gillian who regularly sends comments.  I was going to write up a retrospective guiding you to some of my favourite articles from the past two years (this is post #399) but I haven’t found the time to do that.  The site will still be up for a few more weeks but it will be static;  If you want to revisit some of the articles you can use the search engine.  They cover a lot of ground.

In the two years of writing this I’ve discovered that there is a great wealth of talent in our area.  I hope that you will continue to get out and support them.

If you like my writing you will still find an article of mine in The Meaford Independent once a week.

On Sunday evening July 15th I’ll be playing a concert for Friends of The Meaford Library down at the Rotary Pavilion in Meaford Harbour.  I do that every year and I enjoy the chance to fill an evening with my original songs and stories, so mark your calendar and come by to say hello.  I’m a compulsive story teller, so you’ll also catch me with a new tale to tell at Diana Young’s next Story Slam, happening at Crow Bar and Variety on July 10th (with special musical guest Michael O’Connell).  Hope to see you there.

See ya!