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Meaford Hall is Brimming With Live Music This Fall

On Friday night, the last of the Meaford Summer Concert Series ended with a big Tom Barlow concert in the parking lot outside Meaford Hall.  But in the Opera House upstairs a full slate of great music is packed into the next few months.

The biggest show of the fall season, Jann Arden at Meaford Hall in October is already sold out, to no one’s surprise.  Already catching on with advance sales is the next big show from Chris Scerri, this time a tribute to The Last Waltz, a favourite concert movie from the seventies in which The Band featured an array of stars and friends.  For the Meaford Hall show, Chris has assembled the very best local talents to reproduce the excitement of the original, in a band comprised of Drew McIvor, Jayden Grahlman, Jon Zaslow, Beaker Granger, Jared Koop and John Hume .

While The Last Waltz uses local talent to reproduce the sixties, country music shows off our local country stars early in September at Meaford Hall in the Bruce Grey Country Jamboree Meaford Style.  Produced by Bognor Jam, the show is hosted by the True Country Show Band, who hosted last year’s Grand Ol’ Opry at the Music Hall of Fame Auditorium in Hepworth.  In addition to the True Heart Trio, this band of great country players will be backing up local Meaford talent.  Amanda Dorey and Scott Almond will both get a chance to perform in The Opera House with a great band.

The Thursday Outlook – Aug. 24 to 28, 2017

Terrace Thursdays finishes up this summer’s series tonight with Brian Miessner and Melinda Camplin.  This series offers a unique opportunity to enjoy an evening on the  terrace being entertained by the best of our local talents, and fed by the best of our restauranteurs.  For tonight’s meal, Red Hot Catering offers up Moroccan spice rubbed chicken while Melinda helps Brian create a musical serving that is bound to include a fair seasoning of The Beatles given that Brian toured in the original Beatles cover band, Liverpool, before going on to make hits as Aerial.  Brian also plays bass with Bored of Education.  He has promised to give to each diner tonight a copy of his latest EP, “Windows and Walls”

Another exciting Friday in Market Square is lined up as the Meaford Summer Concert Series comes to an end for another year.  The headliner for this concert is pop songwriter Tom Barlow who has a special connection with Meaford live music through Chris Scerri.  Chris got his start as a singer at Tom’s weekly open stage in Port Credit and many of the great talents that he has brought to Meaford in the past year are people he discovered at Tom’s Monday night jam.  Needless to say, Chris has also discovered a lot of talent here locally at the many open stages that music fans are blessed with here, and he has formed a band called Horseshoes and Hand Grenades which features some of the best musicians to be found around Georgian Bay.  They will be opening for Tom Barlow, and carrying on at The Leeky Canoe later in the evening.  Opening for program outside will be the impressive young singer-songwriter Greg Smith.

Tom Barlow Stars in Final Meaford Summer Concert

On Friday, Aug. 25th Tom Barlow will be headlining the final concert in this year’s Meaford Summer Concert Series.  This year’s series has been even more successful than last year’s and it is particularly fitting that Tom Barlow would headline the final show of the season.

Tom Barlow is a Canadian recording artist who has garnered four Juno Award nominations and has released three audio albums. His debut “Barlow” garnered three top ten radio hits and was nominated for two Juno Awards. His politically charged second album was also nominated for a Juno. Barlow has performed in virtually every corner of planet and writes and performs lyrically driven emotionally compelling rock and roll.

Last Monday Tom celebrated eleven years as host of the Monday night jam at The Shore Grille and Grotto in Port Credit.  For over a decade this open mic has been important to developing musicians.  At Tom Barlow’s jam night people can get up and play with the industry’s top musicians as their backing band, a band with a tight groove that can make them feel comfortable and allow them to showcase their talents.

“I love it!” he says, “That kind of mentorship and half butt-kicking that moves people from being terrible to okay, to good, to fantastic, to pro, and they go on to make gold records.  All this stuff kind of feeds itself. You have to get out and play.  It’s okay to be terrible at a jam night, that’s how you learn.  You go and you meet other musicians and you develop.”

When he started the weekly jam a decade ago he had no idea that it would become so important to so many emerging talents.  And he had no way of knowing that his Port Credit jam would become an important part of creating a live music scene three hours away in Meaford on a whole different Great Lake.

Record Review: “Only The Moon” by Jenie Thai

“Only The Moon” by Jenie Thai reviewed by Bill Monahan

When a touring artist makes a debut CD they can go one of two ways:  they can try to reproduce as accurately as possible what they offer as a live performer so that when people buy the CD at a gig it will bring back memories of a good time; or they can, as Jenie Thai has done with “Only The Moon”, record music that can touch a listener in the privacy of their own headspace in a way that a performance in a noisy bar can’t accomplish.

Jenie Thai’s debut CD is emotional, moving and soulfully transcendent.  It might not be what you would expect from a performer who uses her keyboard chops and expressive voice to wake up a live audience and get them bopping to a selection of blues and R&B tunes, albeit done in her own signature style.

The tone is set with the first song, “The Lights Are Low”.  Like all the songs on the CD it is a beautifully engaging melody and has more than a hint of melancholy.  This CD is a testament to loneliness, and the effort to retain optimism through it.  She has a bewitching ability to create an evocative melody that sounds unlike anything else you’ve heard and creates the ideal setting for a voice that manages to soar without losing its inherent sadness.

To preview or download this album, click on the album cover

It’s always a mistake to assume that the emotions related in the songs of a singer-songwriter are autobiographical but it’s very tempting here, partially because of the consistency of emotions and partly because of the nature of the lyrics.  They are not glib.  At first they seem a little awkward, not always the meter or rhyme, or even metaphor that you might expect.  But with repeated hearings they seem ingenuous more than anything, the simple voice of a true heart.  But what a voice!  So vulnerable and innocent, it speaks to your own fears and doubts.