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September’s Top 5 Videos

It’s fun to look back at the end of each month to re-visit some of the live music we enjoyed here in Meaford.  This site is often illustrated with video links to You Tube, to give you a sense of what to expect when you go out to catch someone live.  Although the songs included here were all performed in Meaford in this past month, the videos (with one exception) are from previous performances or produced music videos.

#5 – “Bonnie and May” by Allison Lupton. It was just last night that Allison performed with Ian Bell and Shane Cook at the Historical Leith Church, providing a taste of virtuoso traditional folk music.

#4 – “Cold Fish” by Zoe Young.  Count yourself lucky if you get to see Zoe perform live.  She’s a young woman just graduated from high school who hasn’t made music her prime objective, but this original song is witty and charming and deserved to be shared.  We recorded it in the sunroom of her home in Meaford.

#3 – “Carolina” by Larry Jensen.  An Owen Sound based singer-songwriter who has earned a great deal of respect over the years for his original songwriting, Larry Jensen visited Meaford this month for an evening at the Leeky Canoe.  In this clip he is accompanied by Pete Devlin, a local guitarist who has also gained respect locally for his inspired and sensitive guitar work, usually on display at the Wednesday jams at Ted’s and often featured at The Leeky Canoe.

#2 – “All The Time” by Bahamas.  Playing to a sold out crowd earlier this week at Meaford Hall, Afie Jurvanen, who goes by the name of Bahamas, delivered sensitive songs with some ethereal guitar work.  This beautiful song was featured in a TV ad that boosted his profile in the U.S. and Canada.

#1 – “Cows Around” by Corb Lund.  It’s impossible to pick a Corb Lund song that is better than the rest.  He played a rollicking show to a boisterous crowd this month at Meaford Hall.  He’s played here before and chances are he won’t be back, not because he doesn’t love playing the Opera House (who wouldn’t?) but because he is gaining popularity so fast he is likely to move to much larger venues before long.

This Top 5 video list has become a monthly indulgence on this site.  If you want to revisit some of the great music from the summer, check out August’s Top 5 Videos and July’s Top 5 Videos.

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Allison Lupton

The Leith Historical Church is a fitting venue for a concert this Friday evening with Allison Lupton, Ian Bell and Shane Cook.  All three are renowned practitioners of traditional folk music.  Allison is admired for her sensitive vocals as well as her songwriting.  She won the English grand prize for her song “One More Day” in the Songs From The Heart competition of 2015.

Shane Cook, Allison Lupton and Ian Bell

Shane Cook, Allison Lupton and Ian Bell

She started her career as a traditional folk singer in the band Killiecrankie which was regularly featured on CBC Radio’s legendary Max Ferguson Show and she has performed at various festivals and venues including Mariposa and Lunenburg.

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Ian Bell

Multi-instrumentalist and composer Ian Bell

Ian Bell is a multi-instrumentalist with a stellar reputation among folk aficionados as a songwriter and composer as well as sideman.  He has released several CDs, the most recent of which is a collection of traditional songs and chanteys from the age of commercial sail on the Great Lakes, called “Forget Me Not”.  His compositions are part of many CBC radio and TV broadcasts and he even played a small role in “Road To Avonlea”

Award winning fiddler Shane Cook

Award winning fiddler Shane Cook

Shane Cook’s fiddle playing crosses cultural boundaries representing Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, Texan and Bluegrass styles in the old time fiddle tradition.  As a Canadian he is the only foreigner ever to win the U.S. Grand National Fiddle Championship.  He has release six solo recordings and toured extensively not only in Canada and the U.S. but in the U.K. Ireland, Germany, China and Taiwan.

Allison’s song “Bonnie and May” was included in the repertoire for the 2016 Kodaly Choral Festival, which included approximately 1000 children from the Waterloo Region District School Board with 500 students performing each night.  Allison’s band was given a guest spot to lead the choir for “Bonnie and May.”

The concert, Fri., Sept. 30th starts at 7:30 p.m., general seating $20.  Tickets are available at the Roxy Theatre box office or the door.

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Canadian Folk Music Highlights This Week In Meaford

The highlight of this week’s musical offerings in Meaford is a performance by the Allison Lupton Band on Friday night at the Historical Leith Church.  Although it isn’t her full band, it does include two stellar players, Ian Bell and Shane Cook.  The three musicians are acclaimed for their instrumental prowess (flute, accordion and fiddle) and Allison is praised internationally for her combination of songwriting skills with interpretations of traditional folk songs.  Tickets for the concert, available at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound, or at the door, are $20.  For fans of traditional folk music performed by expert players, this is a great opportunity to enjoy it in an exceptional venue.

Craig Smith at The Leeky Canoe

Craig Smith at The Leeky Canoe

In downtown Meaford, some familiar faces are returning this week.  Singer-songwriter Craig Smith will be at the Leeky Canoe on Thursday, where he will be joined by Chris Scerri.  Craig and Chris are both popular at The Leeky and both had sold-out shows at Terrace Thursdays this past summer. And on Friday evening, during the dinner hour, Wayne Funnell, renowned for his vocal chops, will be at Captains Corner.  Saturday, Canadian Idol finalist Drew Wright will be performing at The Leeky.

Although it is sold out, worth mentioning is the Bahamas concert on Thursday night at Meaford Hall.

Drew Wright

Drew Wright

mossy-gatheringsOver in Owen Sound, Friday night marks the final performance from Mossy Gatherings, a cooperative music phenomenon that has been promoting local musical talent and education for the past three years in a variety of Owen Sound venues.  This final night takes place at Heartwood Hall and will feature folk singer Ken Dunn accompanied by Anna Green on keyboards.  They have returned to the area recently after a few years making music on the west coast.

Augmenting these performances there are almost daily offerings from live stages in Meaford and surrounding areas.  While any live stage offers a grab bag of talent those in this area are also graced with hosts whose individual talent makes attendance worthwhile.

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