Special Concert With Honeymoon Phase

Coming up this Sunday, Oct. 1st, Honeymoon Phase will be playing a special concert at The Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood.  This duo, consisting of Laura Conning and Nelson Beattie, have established themselves on the local scene with shows that feature cover tunes but in this concert they will be presenting Laura’s original songs.

“It’s really exciting,” says Laura, “We haven’t done anything like that before, with all original songs.”

The Simcoe Street Theatre offers a series of concerts on Sunday afternoon with a variety of styles represented by an eclectic mix of bands.  After a successful season in 2016, they decided to expand the series to include evening concerts featuring local emerging artists.  Thanks to the support of sponsors, they are able to extend this opportunity to local performers with all ticket sales going to the musicians to further their own musical careers.

For Laura and Nelson, this presented an opportunity to present their original music in a way they are unable to do with their usual corporate and lounge gigs, and Laura has a lot of songs to choose from.

“I was always kind of song writing on the side and I’ve been wanting to get back into it for a while,” Laura says, “We’ve looked at all my songs I’ve written over the years, some that I wrote back in high school.”

With Laura on vocals and guitar and Nelson on sax and clarinet, the duo normally covers songs in a variety of styles with finesse, with a repertoire that ranges through folk, rock, jazz, and blues genres.   When it comes to her original music, Laura says“A lot of my inspiration comes from people like Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Radiohead.”

 Both come from backgrounds in musical education.

Laura holds a Master of Arts in Popular Music & Culture from Western University.   When she moved to Collingwood upon graduation, she wanted not only to get into performing but she was also interested in “exploring opportunities in local arts & culture”.  She founded a blog called Route 26.ca, in which she lists live music events happening around the south shoreline of Georgian Bay.  Along with detailed listings and a reference calendar, the site features video clips of performers listed.

“Moving up here got me more into the musical world.  I thought I might try this.”

Linking up with Nelson was the catalyst for performing.  “Nelson has a soul and R & B background.  We met just  after I moved back to the area.  It was a few months before we actually jammed together.”

When they did, they immediately found common ground.  “We’re sort of connected in the way we feel about music.  We both think that if it’s not adding anything to the song, it shouldn’t be there.”

Nelson  has played with a variety of bands including pop acts Down with Webster and Walk off the Earth.  He also teaches children and adults under the auspices of Brenda Beattie Music and runs two band programs at Beaver Valley Community School for elementary students.

For this concert, Laura says, “We are going to try to create an intimate atmosphere.”  To fill out their sound they have recruited a pair of leading local musicians for a rhythm section, Adam Webster on bass and Mike Weir on drums.

It will be an early evening for concert-goers, which Laura appreciates. “The show starts at seven-thirty and is about an hour long.  People can come out and enjoy the music and still get home early on a Sunday night.”

TICKET INFO: $10  tickets are available at Clerkson’s Home Store, at Blue Mountain Music and the theatre box office. Doors open at 7pm, Lic. cash bar by the Tremont Café

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