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The Wolfgang Brothers In Concert at The Barn

By Bill Monahan

On Friday, March 23, The Wolfgang Brothers will be performing in a special concert at The Barn in Meaford, with opener Bill Monahan.

 

Brian Wakelin (a.k.a Wolfgang) and Delbert Metherel, who form the duo The Wolfgang Brothers, have evolved over the years a performance style that combines great musicianship with a dry laid-back humour, mixing their own originals with songs selected for their pleasure rather than to pander to jukebox tastes.  The result is always a fun night.

The band has opened for Ronnie Hawkins, Johnny Paycheck, Doug Kershaw, and Valdy, among others.

They have been playing together since the mid-1970’s.  Through all those years their groove has solidified into something unique, a special communication that shows every time they play.  They’ve gone through several phases, including show bands, rock bands and jazz, settling into their own brand of “hillbilly jazz” combined with “comedy songs”.

“We were in our early twenties,” says Delbert, “We did go to high school together but we played in rival bands.  It was about 1974 when we first started playing, the Wolfgang Brothers took off about ’76 I guess.

“I came back from the west coast about 1974 and played in a show band called Tucker with Virgil Scott.   It was my project basically and I just lined everybody up. There were two fellows from the west coast that I had played with out there, a fellow named Mike Bush on keys and Terry Murphy on guitar.”

The Thursday Update – Oct. 12 to 16, 2017

Two new open stages are starting up in our area this weekend.  On Saturday afternoon, Amanda Dorey will be hosting an open stage at the Riverside Community Centre, and at Bridges Tavern in Thornbury, Josh Fletcher will be hosting an open stage on Friday starting at 8 pm.  These additions mean that aspiring performers and fans of the surprising grab bag that an open stage can be now have the opportunity to enjoy one every night of the week except Saturday and Monday.

In chronological order, the open stages nearby are The Barn Coop on Sunday at noon; Heartwood’s bi-monthly open mic Tuesday at 8; The granddaddy of all open jams at Ted’s Range Road Diner, and Bruce Wine Bar with Drew McIvor both on Wednesdays at 8; Chris Scerri at The Leeky Canoe Thursdays at nine; also on Thursdays, Dave Russell at The Corner Café and Craig Smith at CROW; Friday afternoon, at the Bleeding Carrot, Kelly Babcock hosts the open stage, and now on Friday evening there is Josh at Bridges and on Saturday afternoon Amanda at Riverside.   That adds up to a lot of free entertainment that mixes the best musicians in the area with undiscovered talents.

Jake Feeney Is Clearly a Star in Development

Jake Feeney is visiting the south shore of Georgian Bay tonight and in a single evening he’ll be joining up with other musicians to play for audiences in Meaford and Owen Sound.  In Meaford he’ll be opening for Culture Reject at The Barn Coop.  While he is there  Missy Bauman, Andrew Nunno and Marshall Veroni will be playing at Heartwood Hall and Jake will be joining up with them later in the evening.

Son of country record producer and songwriter Joel Feeney, Jake has always been a musician and songwriter.

“Every day, music has always excited me,” he says, He started at the age of six, on the piano and then guitar.  By the time he graduated from the Etobicoke School of The Arts a few years ago, his music had impressed his principle as well as his classmates.

 

“Jake was a regular contributor to our once-a-month drop-in arts show, ‘Miscellaneous,’” his principle Mr. MacKinnon told www.radixonline.ca at the time. “He was always well-rehearsed and played and sang cover tunes as well as original compositions. His quiet energy was engaging for everyone in the audience and whenever he would go up, the chatter would go down and the cameras would come out.”

And so Mr. Mckinnon entered him in the RBC Emerging Artist contest, which he won, hitting the ground running in a career he already knew he’d been born for.

“It can be a little bit isolating,” he says, “I knew when I was six years old what I wanted to do.  It was strange to see my friends going off to university with no clear idea of what they were going to do.”

The Thursday Outlook – June 15 to 18, 2017

It’s always special when Victoria Yeh joins Chris Scerri at the Thursday Night Leeky Open Stage as she will tonight.  She is usually willing to play along with anyone who asks and she is so talented and adaptable she adds a sheen to anything she accompanies, no matter what the style.  The Leeky open mic starts at 9 now instead of 8 pm.

Don’t forget the other open stages that happen throughout our area every week.  There are so many talented musicians locally an open stage is always a good bet.  It makes for a great night out during the week, and there’s never a cover.  Also on Thursday, Dave Russell regularly rocks out at the Corner Café open stage in Thornbury.  Sunday afternoons at The Barn Coop are always inspiring, and on Tuesday nights Brianna McGowan hosts at Molly Blooms in The Village at Blue.  Wednesday’s at Bruce Wine Bar is always crowded with Drew McIvor hosting an open mic.

Then there’s the granddaddy of all open mics every Wednesday at Ted’s Range Road Diner, the place where our area’s most impressive musicians learned their chops over the many years it’s been happening.  Last night was a particularly auspicious night because Tara Mackenzie, indisputably the best vocalist for miles around (many miles, including the GTA) was able to perform again after being sidelined for many months by a concussion.  This is good news for fans of the Mackenzie Blues Band, which may soon see them back in full force, with the combination of killer guitar from Trevor Mackenzie and those incredible vocals from the Tara.

Other legendary local favourites, Tinman and The Flying Monkeys, will be at The Leeky on Saturday night.

Saturday night also brings some impressive artists, fresh from European tours, to some out-of-the-way venues in the area.  Christina Martin will be at Massie Hall on Saturday night, with a special appearance from Matt Epp.  And in Desboro, Ben Kunder and Sarah MacDougall join forces at the Desboro Music Hall.  They toured Ireland, Italy, UK, the Netherlands last fall and now they are in our area.

Friday night the place to be is Heartwood Hall to dance to K.C. Roberts and the Live Revolution, an 8-piece funk band that has excited fans and critics for years, being  compared to  Earth, Wind and Fire, Sly and The Family Stone, Tower of Power, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Review the listings on the right side of this page to find a long list of favourites who play often in our area so you can go check them out for the first time or revisit what you know will be a great performance.

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