Pete Devlin, Songwriters, Dance and Classical This Week

Fans of Pete Devlin can look forward to this week.  He can always be found on Wednesday nights at Ted’s Range Road Diner in the house band for the weekly jam.   He’ll be at The Leeky Canoe twice this week, once on Tuesday night supporting Chris Scerri who is back from his weekend tour of the north country with The Great Canadian Songbook, and then again as the feature on Thursday night, when he’ll be joined by celebrated Owen Sound songwriter, Larry Jensen.

Larry Jensen

Larry Jensen

Those with a taste for good original songwriting also have something to look forward to.  Although our local guitar stars, including Pete Devlin, Jayden Grahlman and David J. Russell are also impressive songwriters they all tend to focus on cover tunes when they perform, sneaking in an original only occasionally.  Two nights in a row this week, Thursday at The Leeky Canoe and Friday at Captains Corner, will feature performers who see themselves as songwriters first, performers second.  On Thursday, it’s Owen Sound’s poet laureate Larry Jensen with Pete Devlin at the Leeky and on Friday it’s Meaford’s main music booster, Bill Monahan.

Bill Monahan photo by Marissa Dolotallis

Bill Monahan photo by Marissa Dolotallis

Larry is a lifelong Owen Sound resident who has a devoted following of fans in the city.  Bill was originally born in Owen Sound but spent many years in the coffee houses of Toronto, evolving from performer to manager and promoter, and then giving it up until he moved to Meaford and re-awakened his muse.  Now his musical energies are mainly directed at promoting Meaford talents through this blog.  Both have been writing songs for decades and that writing is central to their artistic impulse.  And they both write the kind of songs that jump out at you and give you some meaning to hold on to.  Story-telling and poetry are integral to their approach to songs and on both nights you can look forward to being taken to new places through engaging performances.

The Sweetwater Festival celebrating classical music takes over Owen Sound this weekend and the one venue in Meaford, The Historic Leith Church, presents selections from “Early Music Rock Stars” including Vivaldi, Telemann and others.

Saturday night is a chance to dance to Bored of Education, who are part of the harvest celebration at The Barn.  Or check out another favourite local band, River and Rock, at the Leeky.

And, as always, you can check the open stages (see sidebar) for some surprisingly talented performers that you might otherwise miss.

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