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Last Chance This Week to Catch Hunnay at CROW

Every Wednesday this month, Hunnay has been doing a residency at CROW Bar and Variety.  It’s part of the vision of this new Collingwood venue to help local artists develop an audience and polish their chops, with a new artist featured every month.  Last month it was Austin McCarthy and there is just one more performance this month from Hunnay.  If you haven’t seen this uniquely entertaining duo, you should make a point of getting out to CROW this Wednesday, no cover, to check them out.

CROW provides a nice little room for listening to music.  It’s the shape of a shoebox, longer than it is wide, which is ideal for acoustics and sight lines.  If they continue the practice of featuring developing artists for month-long residencies, it should be on your monthly to-do list to be sure that you catch at least one of the Wednesday night shows.  It could be a first intimate glimpse of someone with a big future.  Hunnay seems to fit that bill.

Hunnay consists of Laura Somers and Karen A. Witt, each of whom worked independently before the two of them joined forces.  Early in their collaboration they attracted the attention of Wasaga Beach drummer Lee Chomiak, who has worked for the past fourteen years as guitar, bass and drum tech for Blue Rodeo, with the last eight years including duties as their road manager.  He was blown away by the duo’s effervescence, humour and harmonies and he worked with them to produce and record their first full length C.D. “The Other Side Of The Coin”.

All Female Lineup At This Week’s Summer Concert in Meaford

The third in Meaford’s Summer Concert Series will take place this Friday, August 4th at the Market Square beside Meaford Hall.  It will be  a full night, and an all-female cast with an exciting lineup of local and visiting talent starting at 7 pm.  As always, the concert is free.

The headliner this week is the impressive pianist and singer Jenie Thai with her trio.  She visited Meaford last winter, playing a solo show to a full house at The Red Door.  She plays energetic  blues and boogie woogie and has a beautiful voice that can range from a raunchy shout to a soaring soprano.  Her original songs, which may find a place in the set, have a unique beauty all their own, full of longing and evocative melodies.

One of the opening acts will be Hunnay, featuring the vocal harmonies of Laura Somers and Karen A. Witt.  The other will be Amanda Dorey, whose authentic country voice is very popular among local fans.  Amanda will also be performing at The Leeky Canoe across the street when she is finished at the main concert stage.