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Meaford Summer Concert Series Features Sean Cotton

The Meaford Summer Concert Series wraps up on Friday, August 24th with a concert featuring Sean Cotton and the Muskoka Connection.  Sean has appeared in Meaford before as a solo one-man-band at The Leeky Canoe.  This time he brings his band with him.

Sean Cotton is a veteran musician who was born into the business, son of country singer Neil Cotton.  For many years he toured with Corin Raymond as a duo called The Undesirables built around original songs with lyrics by Raymond and music by Cotton.  After a decade touring as a sideman he relocated to Muskoka to put more emphasis on family time, but he didn’t give up music.  His interest in playing with others led to an involvement in the local scene that evolved into a collective called Tree Ring Records with a mission to promote the local music scene in Huntsville and surrounding areas.

He’s bringing many of his musical cohorts to Meaford, billed as The Muskoka Connection.  The full band will allow him to rock out in a way he’s unable to do as a solo.  He describes his music as having a 70’s, from the stylings of greats such as Bill Withers, Van Morrison and Waylon Jennings.

The free concert on Friday starts at 7 p.m. with the Emma Wright band, fresh from the Boots and Hearts festival, as opener.

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Fraser Melvin will be playing at The Leeky Canoe on Saturday.  If you were lucky enough to catch the performance from Jenie Thai as part of the Summer Concert Series this year, you saw Fraser as part of her crack band.  He is a busy and talented blues guitarist, arranger and singer who, in addition to playing with Jenie Thai, has two other bands that he calls his own:  The Fraser Melvin Band, a quartet that countrifies Jimi Hendrix tunes and plays funk versions of Dylan; and The Melvin-Colacino Band, an 8-piece outfit with a horn section that plays Funk and R & B.  He will be on his own at The Leeky but, if you saw his solo turn during Jenie Thai’s set, you already know that’s something to see.

If you want to make an evening of Meaford live music on Saturday, you can catch Owen Sound duo Anyway Susan, featuring Kevin Ross and Mark Moloney, from 7 to 10 at The Red Door, and then walk up the street to enjoy Fraser Melvin.

Tonight is the big show at The Gayety Theatre in Collingwood, where  Tyler Yarema and Chuck Jackson will be recording a live CD.  It’s a full night with a reception beforehand that will feature Jenie Thai and a second set (after the live recording of the duo) that will be a jam with musical friends that include the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, Virgil Scott.

Whitehorse-based singer-songwriter Kim Beggs will be at Heartwood tonight.  This is a stop on a long winter tour that will take her across Canada in support of her new album, “Said Little Sparrow”.   New Canadian Music calls her “one of the most respected artists on the Canadian roots scene,” adding  “Beggs’ eloquent songs or her strong, supple voice that occasionally suggests Lucinda Williams”.  For this date she will be supported by Corin Raymond, JUNO-nominated Toronto singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by, among others, The Good Lovelies, The Strumbellas, and The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer.  The Globe and Mail has said, “Corin Raymond is a storyteller who by the end of the night you’ll have known your whole life.”  This double bill is a must-see for fans of Roots/Americana music.

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