Meaford Stomp Featured Local Talents

The 4th Annual Meaford Stomp, once again sponsored by the Lions Club and organized by The Browns, filled the Rotary Pavilion with song on Saturday afternoon, July 23rd.

Wayne Fennell displays superb vocal talents

Wayne Fennell displays superb vocal talents

Wayne Fennell started off the day at 11 a.m. with an impressive set of familiar songs accompanying himself on the guitar.  A veteran musician, he possesses vocal skills well above the ordinary and chooses material that presents challenges to most vocalists, resulting in stirring performances.  If you missed his set there is a possibility that he will be inserted into the scheduling of the Friends of The Library Sunday night concerts in August.  Make a point of catching him if you can; a singer of this quality doesn’t come along often.

Amanda Dorey with The Bam A Lam Kid

Amanda Dorey with The Bambalam Kid

The standout performance of the day came from Amanda Dorey.  She is a gifted natural country singer whose material reflects a feisty attitude she pulls off very well.  She began with a couple of duets with James McLaughlin that were a real delight (covering John Prine and Johnny Cash); their voices blend beautifully.  For the rest of her set she was accompanied by the percussion of The Bambalam Kid, which added energy to the acoustic set.

Other performers of the day included Scott Almond, who does some great renditions of Steve Earle songs among others: Bill Monahan, who did an entire set of his own original songs; and Laurie Zwarich with some folk and country covers, and an original song or two.

Doug and Heather Brown gaining fans

Doug and Heather Brown gaining fans

The Browns, Doug and Heather, performed a set in the middle of the afternoon.  This couple plays at least six days a week and travels all around the area to perform.  All of that practice is showing results in constant improvement.  Heather’s voice, when the material suits it, as on songs like “The Tennessee Waltz”, finds the perfect fit for the material.  They now have fans that follow them from gig to gig, a few of whom came to Meaford specifically to see the Stomp, and they are being asked for CDs.  They hope to put something together soon to meet that demand.

And The Browns will be hosting another afternoon of music next Saturday at The Rotary Pavilion again, this time billed as Lovin’ Meaford.  It runs from noon to 6:30, July 30th.

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