Scott Almond and Eden Young Featured at Meaford Summer Concert Series

When this year’s Meaford Summer Concert Series kicks off this Friday, opening for Tomi Swick and The Strummers Union will be Meaford’s country star, Scott Almond.  Like all of the opening acts in the series, he will be playing at the Leeky Canoe afterwards.

Born and raised in Meaford, Scott Almond has been playing country music in the area for about twenty years.  He was in his early twenties when he took up the guitar, inspired by Stompin’ Tom and Hank Jr., as well as by his uncle and his cousin who would play around Christmas time.  He learned from them and played some fall fairs with his uncle.  His starting point was at open stages, at Ted’s Range Road Diner, at The Gateway in Collingwood and at The Dark Side in Owen Sound.  Eventually he played around campgrounds, house parties, and assorted jamborees.

In 2004 he put together a CD called This Hard Land and it led to a gig at The International Plowing Match that year as well as distribution in Europe.  He had a band at the time called The Nighthawks but he was advised to put out the record under his own name.  He had to pass up an opportunity to go on a European tour when his songs were getting airplay in the Netherlands because, as a working man, he just couldn’t afford to leave his job.  He’s still hoping to get another chance to record, especially a song he wrote about the attack on the World Trade Centre called “End of Humanity”.

“You never know what kind of energy you’ll see around me when I’m playing on stage,” he says, “It’s all about entertaining people and seeing the smile on their face.”

Every show in the Meaford Summer Concert Series will include a local young performer and Friday night it will be Eden Young, lead singer of Cry For Ophelia, a band that was included in last year’s Summer Concert Series and went on to win the GBCS Battle of The Bands earlier this year.  In that same contest, Eden won special mention for her guitar playing.  Eden will be performing solo, doing a few of her favourite covers, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar.  She says, “I’m a little bit nervous but I’m really excited about it.”

This and all the shows that are part of the Meaford Summer Concert Series are free in the Market Square beside Meaford Hall running from 7 to 10 pm.  Bring along a camp chair and a non-perishable food donation for the Golden Town Outreach.  A space has been set aside inside Meaford Hall so that the concert can still go on if it rains.  Afterwards, head across the street to enjoy more music from Scott Almond.

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