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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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Bluegrass, Jazz, Soul and Folk Pop – July 16 and 17

An executive meeting of the Queen's Bush Bluegrass Club

An executive meeting of the Queen’s Bush Bluegrass Club

A whole weekend of Bluegrass music is already underway at the Meaford Fairgrounds and will carry on through Sunday night, courtesy of the Queen’s Bush Bluegrass Club.  Tickets are available at the gate to suit your preference.  Saturday afternoon and evening: $25; Saturday evening only: $15; and Sunday afternoon only $10.  There’s a big barn dance in the Chicken Shed on Saturday night, and a Gospel show on Sunday, along with a good slate of pickers, food vendors and craft tables.

Multi-iinstrumentalists Our Shotgun Wedding

Multi-iinstrumentalists Our Shotgun Wedding

If you lean toward folk music that’s more in a pop vein, check out Our Shotgun Wedding, gracing the patio at Captains Corner from 6 to 9 on Saturday.  There’s no cover, $5 beers and you won’t be asked if you’re with the bride or the groom.

James McLaughlin and Chris Scerri

James McLaughlin and Chris Scerri

Later Saturday night, Chris Scerri shares a gig with James McLaughlin at The Leeky Canoe.  If you’ve never heard James McLaughlin sing you’re missing a treat.  He’s our own authentic soul singer, with a vocal style that hovers somewhere in the neighbourhood of Van Morrison and Matt Andersen.  He might not look much like a soul singer, and covering songs of the likes of Elvis Costello and John Denver wouldn’t lead you in that direction but, as they say, you can’t judge a book…  that voice don’t lie.  His original songs  take you there, accompanied by some pretty impressive guitar work.  He’s a guy to watch.

One of the great things about the Friends Of The Library Series is the way it spotlights musical styles of bygone eras from performers that have a lot of respect for their sources.  That’s the case with Waverly Rice, who performs country songs from the fifties in that smooth, classic way.  Later this month and next there will be The Beaver Valley Concert Band reviving the Sunday night bandshell tradition that brightened up every little town on a Sunday night in the first half of the last century.  And Georgian Sound will bring back swing, the sophisticated music of the Depression and War years.

Beverly Taft_0This Sunday, Beverly Taft pays tribute to the great jazz standards with the kind of smooth vocal style that made that era great.  Many singers taint these exquisite classic tunes by oversinging them, adding a touch of Aretha where she doesn’t belong.  It’s a rare treat to hear a vocalist who appreciates the value of understatement, and Beverly Taft is that vocalist.  She is one of those artists who makes an annual pilgrimage to perform in Meaford because she likes it here.  How lucky we are!  It happens from 7 p. m. to whenever, down at the Rotary Pavilion by the harbour.

And don’t forget the Sunday open mic at The Barn, noon to two, hosted by David J. Russell. Great food, great coffee, great music!

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Our Shotgun Wedding In Meaford

Folk Pop duo, Our Shotgun Wedding, based in Owen Sound, consists of Dylan McMullin and Lauren Jewell, a husband and wife team who met in 2010 at Summerfolk.  CIljLSUWgAAjMsiAlong with their own originals (and a few covers of local area songwriters such as Kelly Babcock) they mix in some old standards. Their single “Hello Beautiful” garnered airplay coast to coast on CBC Radio, and they opened for Buffy Ste. Marie at Summerfolk.  They are noted for their infectious interplay on stage and their music has been described as “warm, textured and honest, yet provocative and searching”.  Sounds like just the thing for a warm summer night on the patio.  They’ll be playing at Captain’s Corner from 6 to 9, on Sat., July 16th.

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