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The Thursday Outlook – Sept 7 to 11, 2017

The Red Door Pub in Meaford is the place to be on Friday night when John Brownlow will be previewing and selling advance copies (at a discount) of his new double CD called “The Summertime”.  He’s planning an official release party soon with a full band but on Friday he’ll be sharing the evening with a couple of our area’s coolest young performers, Greg Smith and Max Breadner.

“Iris” – 5 song EP from Greg Smith

Greg Smith’s EP “Lily” was produced by John at his Epping Studio.  “He’s a really unique songwriter,” John says, “He’s got an old head on young shoulders.”  Greg Smith writes songs that, taken collectively, tell a long form story and he delivers them with a complex rhythmic guitar and dramatic vocals.  The Red Door will be an ideal setting to be able to follow the tale he weaves.

Max Breadner has impressed local audiences since he was quite young and now that he is a teenager he is getting around more to open stages and is writing his own songs.  He is part of the upcoming youth talent wave in Meaford that includes performers like Emma Wright and John’s son Ted who has his own Ted Brownlow Band.  This small room is also a perfect setting for Max’s talents.

John Brownlow is highly regarded by local musicians not only for his writing and producing skills but for a series of videos he created called The Epping Sessions.

Rob Elder, the subject of one of those videos will be playing this Saturday at Massie Hall, another great little venue to be able to really enjoy the music.  It took just a single Sunday afternoon for Rob to create a multi-track recording of a song for his Epping Session, playing every instrument.  On Saturday night at Massie Hall he promises to bring “smooth acoustic ballads about girls and things, to his ‘jump out of your seats and dance’ multi-layered, live-looping.”

Montreal Blues Guitar Star Cecile Doo-Kingue This Friday at CROW

Cécile Doo-Kingué, one of Montreal’s most respected musicians, will be performing at CROW Bar and Variety in Collingwood this Friday, Sept. 8th.  The daughter of Cameroonian diplomats, Doo-Kingué was born and raised in New York, moving to Montréal at 20. She seamlessly moves between French and English in her singing, often in the same song, and has developed a reputation for blistering live sets in her two decades of performing. Primarily a blues singer, she stretches beyond the limitations of the form to include elements of rock, Afro-folk, soul, and roots.

“Music in general is my music,” she told James Stewart Reaney of The London Free Press in 2015, “I play various styles. They get incorporated in the music I create. So I’m not exclusive to blues. It’s not the only music I listen to or play. It is definitely the strongest influence in my playing.”

All of her music is an outgrowth of her guitar playing, which was her starting point, and she has gained a solid reputation as a blues guitarist, as well as for “her marvellous laugh, quick wit and shapely riffs.”

While she is an openly gay activist and some of her songs reflect concerns about the way gay people are treated, her music is mainly about celebration and her main mission is to entertain.

“It’s as much about that as it is about getting messages across and good music across,” she told James Reaney.

In this video, she tries out a few licks on a Tom Rush Naked Lady guitar at the behest of the manufacturer:

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