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Steve Dickinson Revisits His Roots at Massie Hall

Local music fans, and particularly fans of Bob Segar, have a real treat in store this Friday at Massie Hall with a concert by Steve Dickinson.  This is a return to his roots for Steve, who grew up in nearby Elsinore, learning his vocal chops by listening to the records of Bob Segar among others.  He was the first performer to play at Massie Hall thirteen years ago when a local non-profit group bought the historic schoolhouse from the school board to create a community centre and local musician Pete Miller (May Contain Nuts) approached them with the idea of putting on concerts there.  “If I remember right,” says Steve, “I sold him the PA there.”

Steve served on the board of Summerfolk and performed there.  “For many people it seems performing at Summerfolk is seen as the pinnacle for them,” said Steve, “but I saw it as a launching pad”.  He went from there to showcases in Nashville and, over the years has recorded four albums of his own songs.

Steve had grown up playing music locally.  “Steve Richie (Tanglefoot and RPR) was the drummer in my first band,” he says.  He played around a lot with a group that included Rob Richie (Tanglefoot and RPR), Sandra Swannell (Tanglefoot and My Sweet Patootie), and Roger Williamson, who will be joining him at this concert.

“He is a great talent,” says Steve, “He and I have done some duos over the years and I feel very fortunate that he will be sitting in with me.”  Performing at Massie Hall this time around was suggested to him by Bryan Leckie (The Kreuger Band) and his is looking forward to the opportunity to play some of his own songs in an acoustic performance.  “I’m glad I’ve got some new material to play,” he says, “I’m going to tell some stories about my escapades and sing my songs.”

He also appreciates that this area is a hotbed of exceptional talent, and it’s changed since he was young, with a lot more venues open to original music.

And he has some great stories to tell.  His most recent adventures include singing on a tribute album of songs written by the legendary Glasgow songwriter Frankie Miller, joining a stellar international cast that includes Willie Nelson, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Joe Walsh, Huey Lewis, Kid Rock and many more household names.  The fact that Steve, the only Canadian and not exactly a household name, was included in the project speaks to his talent, particularly his powerful voice.

A Fist Full Of Glitter Celebrates Community with Music

Let’s hope the weather allows the big concerts at Owen Sound’s Harmony Centre to go ahead when tonight and tomorrow, Rock The Sound choir brings together the community with over a hundred participants to celebrate Christmas with music and dance.

Although there is a suggested ticket price of $15, in the spirit of Christmas, attendees will be allowed to pay what they can at the door, so that no one need miss out on the experience.

Rock The Sound is a large community choir that was started in Owen Sound in 2012 by Tara MacKenzie, one of our areas most phenomenal and influential musical talents.  As lead singer of The MacKenzie Blues Band she is a performer that is on a par with the very best vocalists, whether rocking the house or moving you to tears with her emotive ballads.  For much of this year she has been sidelined from the aftereffects of a bad concussion.  A concert at Meaford Hall to promote the band’s new album was first postponed and then cancelled, and a unique Summer Choir Slam to be held at Heartwood Concert Hall in the summer also had to be cancelled.  It would have been a pretty special evening with the audience learning a rock song with harmonies and producing a video of the results.  It is with innovative initiatives like this that Tara has raised the bar for musicians of all sorts in this community.   The proceeds for the $5 cover charge had been earmarked to provide yearly choir scholarships for those who do not have the means to participate in her choir otherwise.

Tara MacKenzie is so much more than a world class vocalist.  Her passion is helping people understand that music is the essential element of a brave, happy and fulfilled life and she wants nothing more than to inspire people of all ages to pursue their own personal growth through musical studies.  She is focused on vocal mechanics and stage performance and when she has a talented and dedicated student, like our own Emma Wright or Wiarton’s Steenika Gilbert, the results are spectacular.