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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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What’s Coming In September

Now that summer vacation (hopefully not summer weather) is over, the Opera House at Meaford Hall is getting back into a heavy concert schedule with some exciting offerings.  There’s no point in mentioning the most exciting, which is a concert with Bahamas and Jason Collett coming September 29th, because it is already sold out.  If you have tickets you’re one of the lucky ones.  But if you act quickly you can still get tickets to the other great concerts coming up, all of them in the third week of the month .

Corb Lund coming to Meaford Hall

Corb Lund coming to Meaford Hall

Corb Lund will be here at Meaford Hall on Tuesday, September 20th.  “Fans have come to not only expect toe-tapping hits from Corb Lund, but also sidesplitting laughs,” according to a review in Exclaim! Magazine.  This former bassist for The Smalls is described by Mike Devlin in Nanaimo’s Times-Colonist as “alt-country all-star, Prairie poet, rock ’n’ roll raconteur and barroom bad-boy”  Pick any adjective and it sounds like a show worth seeing.

Joel Plaskett at Meaford Hall

Joel Plaskett

Two days later it’s another alt-rock band graduate Joel Plaskett, one time lead singer of Thrush Hermit.  Patrick Langston of the Ottawa Citizen says “the sincerity, gangly charm and touch of east coast accent that make Plaskett a perennial favourite on the tour circuit”.

Johnny Cash Tribute at Meaford Hall

Johnny Cash Tribute

So that’s the west and east coasts represented respectively.  Both artists have been known to dress in black on stage but the original man in black is represented two days after Plaskett in a show called “We Walk The Line” featuring Ward Cornforth as a 1960’s era Johnny Cash and a dynamic performance by Shanya Lynn Dawson as “June Carter”.