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Learn About Balfolk Dancing With Fiddlefern

Dancing is still and will always be the best way to enjoy live music.  Proof that this has been case for more than a century awaits your pleasure at St. George’s Church Hall in Owen Sound on November 4th.  It’s your chance to learn Balfolk Dancing.

Balfolk is a tradition from Western Europe (Belgium, France, Germany and The Netherlands) where everyone dances to a live folk band a mish-mash of dances that can include anything from mazurkas to  bourrées or snakey chain dances.  They are the type of dances where partners continually change as everyone forms patterns together on the dance floor.  A caller calls out the moves.

One of the characteristics of Balfolk is that the dancers can range from the very young to the very old.


Following the simple steps is easy. To find yourself in the swirl of dancers following the same patterns is a sensual experience, undeniably heightened by the live music.

It is part of the Balfolk tradition to begin by teaching the steps to the newcomers so that it’s easy to join the dance.

You don’t need a partner.  That’s how Fiddlefern’s evening will start at 7:30 on Saturday, November 4th.

The Thursday Outlook – June 1 to 4, 2017

This is the weekend of the boy/girl combos.  You’ll find them in Meaford, Thornbury, Collingwood and Owen Sound.

Auburn Falling, the duo from Wasaga Beach consisting of James Stephens and Miranda Journey, will be at The Red Door in Meaford Friday evening starting at seven.  They have been steadily gaining fans throughout the area in the past several months since teaming up under this name.

Our Shotgun Wedding is celebrating the release of their new CD, “Shackin’ Up” on Saturday night at the Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound.  They are the husband and wife team Dylan McMullin and Lauren Jewell, who met at Summerfolk in 2010 and have been making  toe-tapping music together ever since.  For the release party  they’ll be joined by Pete Devlin and Alex MacDonald.

Kate Quinn and Tyler Key are at The Huron Club in Collingwood on Friday.  This couple honed their craft on the stage Stayner’s Wharf Pub & Grill, a well-known musical spot in Halifax.  They played together in a band called Twin Bridges which won in 2007 the Adult Contemporary category of the VH1 Song of the Year Contest.

Folk duo Ken Dunn and Anna Green will be at The Garafraxa Café on Saturday night, joined by Randy Martin on bass.  Based on the west coast but originally from this area, Ken Dunn and Anna Green record as Gypsy Starfish.

If original duos are not your thing and you want to shake your booty, there are some options for you as well.

Jane Bunnett with Maqueque, her all-woman Cuban ensemble, will be playing three dates this weekend, starting Friday at Heartwood Hall for a show that’s sold out, wowing a Clarksburg crowd on Friday at The Marsh Street Centre and playing a matinee at The Garafraxa Café in Durham on Sunday afternoon.  If these other two venues aren’t already sold out they will be soon.  This is bound to be an exciting show.

The Gators, a good-time party band that’s kept them hopping regularly at Molly Bloom’s in Blue Mountain Village, will be laying down the Jump Blues and danceable Classic Rock at the Harbour Street Fish Bar in Collingwood on Friday night.

Or catch singer-songwriters passing through town and stopping at The Huron Club, Neil Crowe at tonight and Jimmy Pearson on Sunday afternoon.

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This Week’s Music

One of the things that makes Chris Scerri’s open mic on Tuesday at The Leeky Canoe is that he rotates co-hosts, which makes for a different flavour each week.  This week it’s Jonn Ord, keyboard player.  Jonn has been coming to the jams for a few weeks now and his sensibilities on the keyboard add a new dimension to both Chris’s performance and the jammers that he plays along with.

If you want to drive to Owen Sound on Tuesday night, you can participate in the open mic jam at Heartwood Hall, where they provide a backup band like they do on Wednesdays at Ted’s Range Road Diner.  It starts at 8 p.m., the same time as the jam at The Leeky.

James Stephens and Miranda Journey (Steepsol) made quite an impression when they played at Captains Corner a few weeks ago and now they are back in Meaford to play this Thursday at The Leeky Canoe.

poster-for-benefitThe Marsh Street Centre is the place to be on Friday night for the big benefit on behalf of Raven Taylor, who is waiting in Toronto for a life saving double lung operation.  The program, headlined by Erica and Mike McCarthy and Jim Harrison and The Extractions, and, is hosted by The Bambalamb Kid and includes some Meaford talents, Emma Wright, Doug and Heather Brown, Chris Scerri, and Brianna McGowan.

At Captains Corner on Friday, catch outstanding vocalist Wayne FennellMeaford Hall has The Hit Legends show in which lounge singer Maureen Smith performs a variety of pop standards with her band.  And Heads Will Bang are celebrating an album release at Heartwood Hall.

Saturday night at The Leeky features Zoltan Stewart.  And don’t forget that The Barn has moved its open stage, hosted by Luke Martin, to Saturday afternoons from 2 to 5 pm.

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