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The Thursday Outlook – Sept 7 to 11, 2017

The Red Door Pub in Meaford is the place to be on Friday night when John Brownlow will be previewing and selling advance copies (at a discount) of his new double CD called “The Summertime”.  He’s planning an official release party soon with a full band but on Friday he’ll be sharing the evening with a couple of our area’s coolest young performers, Greg Smith and Max Breadner.

“Iris” – 5 song EP from Greg Smith

Greg Smith’s EP “Lily” was produced by John at his Epping Studio.  “He’s a really unique songwriter,” John says, “He’s got an old head on young shoulders.”  Greg Smith writes songs that, taken collectively, tell a long form story and he delivers them with a complex rhythmic guitar and dramatic vocals.  The Red Door will be an ideal setting to be able to follow the tale he weaves.

Max Breadner has impressed local audiences since he was quite young and now that he is a teenager he is getting around more to open stages and is writing his own songs.  He is part of the upcoming youth talent wave in Meaford that includes performers like Emma Wright and John’s son Ted who has his own Ted Brownlow Band.  This small room is also a perfect setting for Max’s talents.

John Brownlow is highly regarded by local musicians not only for his writing and producing skills but for a series of videos he created called The Epping Sessions.

Rob Elder, the subject of one of those videos will be playing this Saturday at Massie Hall, another great little venue to be able to really enjoy the music.  It took just a single Sunday afternoon for Rob to create a multi-track recording of a song for his Epping Session, playing every instrument.  On Saturday night at Massie Hall he promises to bring “smooth acoustic ballads about girls and things, to his ‘jump out of your seats and dance’ multi-layered, live-looping.”

Canada Day Weekend of Live Music in Meaford

From Friday night to Sunday night, there is music almost non-stop in Meaford and most of it is free.

In addition to a whole lot of music, Canada Day in Meaford will be buzzing with activity including a pancake breakfast, a parade with a military display, the Golden Town Cruisers classic cars, the apple bin race on the river, and fireworks when it gets dark.

Romney Getty has toured he has Canada, USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, garnering reviews like “Wow, can this girl deliver a song or what!  Romney is a singer-songwriter from Canada and her very personal and soulful deliver of country and blues is totally spellbinding, ”  from Guitar Techniques Magazine and “…Truly the complete package…With enough sheer guts and charisma to cross virtually any genre barrier, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Getty became the next major breakthrough from the Canadian roots rock scene,” from  Exclaim! Magazine.  She’ll be at The Red Door Friday from 7 to 10, along with Tim Irvine. No Cover.

A triple bill, with Bry Webb, Fiver and Jiants happens at 118 Algonquin Drive, starting at 7 pm and running until around midnight, a unique backyard concert with three unique and intriguing folk artists.  There’s no cover but they ask you to pay what you can, suggesting $10, and bring along a chair or a blanket, as well as the kids.

 

Two young bands that have made their mark both at the high school GBSS Idol and at last year’s Meaford Summer Concert Series will be playing at Market Square on Saturday afternoon.  Cry For Ophelia and The Ted Brownlow Band will each be doing sets between 1 and 3 in the afternoon.  No cover, bring a chair.

Tin Man and The Flying Monkeys, Meaford’s own supergroup, with Martin Rice on guitar and lead vocals, Stuart Narduzzo on lead guitar and harmonica, Johnny Roy on bass and Beaker Granger on drums.  They’ll be playing in the tent beside Meaford Hall from 3 to 5 on Saturday afternoon, where the Rotary Club will be providing beer, wine and hot dogs.  No cover and there are chairs provided.

Later in the afternoon at the Rotary beer tent, country music reigns with Scott Almond playing from 5 to 6 pm and Amanda Dorey from 6 to 7.  Both of these local performers possess vocal talents that have the authenticity of classic country and their repertoires range over all the favourites from that era as well as more contemporary selections.

Shane CloutierAs evening of Canada Day arrives, you can enjoy another free concert by a great band, this time at the Rotary Pavillion down by the harbour.  The great guitarist Shane Cloutier will be playing from 7 to 10 with his band that includes Johnny Roy and Clayton Skinner.  There will be a licensed bar.  Then head over to the Leeky Canoe for River and Rock from 9 to midnight, Beaker Granger‘s band that features a lot of his original songs.

On Sunday afternoon, for the first time in recent memory, there will be live music at Memorial Park to entertain campers and locals from 2 to 5 with some old-fashioned country.  Bill Monahan has a special set of songs that include songs from Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, and Patsy Cline with some Elvis and Carl Perkins thrown in, while Amanda Dorey is back with her beautiful renditions of a spectrum of country songs from the past to the present.  It’s another free concert, bring a chair or a blanket.

Cap off your weekend on Sunday evening back at the Rotary Pavilion at the harbour where the second in the annual Friends of The Library summer series features the sentimental sounds of The Browns Music Time Machine starting at 7.  There is no admission but they’ll be passing the hat to collect donations that go toward Meaford’s library.

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Looking Back At Meaford Live Music in 2016

This website was launched on Canada Day in 2016, and in the half year since then more than 7,500 visitors like you have made more than 12,500 visits to find out what’s going on with live music here in Meaford.  In the 264 posts archived here since then you can read about our local musicians and remember summer nights of music here in town. (Try the search engine on the right).

The kickoff on Canada Day had a whole day of music arranged by Johnny Roy, with the evening to kick off the Meaford Summer Concert Series that Chris Scerri had arranged.  It turned out to be a rainy day so the Market Square had to be abandoned.  A stage was set up in the Rotary tent and an afternoon of evening led to a great evening concert with Tyler Yarema and his Rhythm.  Following rock bands River and Rock and the Shane Coulter band, Emma Wright was the first of Meaford’s young people to participate in the summer concert series.

 

The rain couldn’t dampen Canada Day

Shane Cloutier Band

Beaker Granger with River and Rock

 

 

As the Summer Concert Series continued through several summer Fridays the young performers were consistently impressive.  Two high school bands, The Ted Brownlow Band and Cry For Ophelia, played to enthusiastic crowds and singers Abby Woodhouse and Max Breadner took some impressive solo turns.  The visiting bands that came to play at those events fell in love with Meaford and returned later in the summer to play a night at The Leeky Canoe.

Cry For Ophelia

The Ted Brownlow Band

Max Breadner with a little help from his friends, performs at the Meaford Summer Series

Open stages at various venues around town kept a steady stream of local talent before Meaford audiences.  The long standing Wednesday jam at Ted’s Range Road Diner rocked on but now other times were available for fresh talent to take the stage.

A Celebration of Youth and Summer at Market Square

Last night’s concert at the Market Square was everything it was meant to be: a celebration of Meaford, of summer, and of local young talent.

from the stage

At one point in the evening, Chris Scerri, host and organizer of the event, told the audience that he had conceived of this Meaford Summer Concert Series as a way to bring the community together on a Friday night in the downtown core and he thanked all of the sponsors who had helped make it happen, noting that, in addition to the many sponsors who’s names are on the advertising, there are others who contributed without acknowledgement, like Bill’s Valumart, who provided food and drinks for the performers and The Scarecrow Invasion who lent their public address system for the occasion.  But most of all, he thanked all the people who came out despite the threat of rain to enjoy the music and be part of a summer celebration.

The unsung here of the event was local bassist extraordinaire, Johnny Roy, arguably the hardest working volunteer of the evening.  He arrived early, sorted out the available equipment and helped the bands with their set up, mixing and matching equipment from several sources to make sure it met everyone’s needs.  He tweaked the levels all through the show, running back and forth between the mixer and out front to make sure the sound was good.  And he stayed to help pack everything up at the end of the night.  He had even brought along his guitar when he heard that the headliners might be late in arriving and some fill-in might be required.

This isn’t the first time Johnny has contributed greatly to successful events.  He arranged all of the bands on Canada Day except for the last one, played in two of them, and shepherded every one of them through the sound set ups.  He is another great local talent who deserves Meaford’s gratitude for his contribution to live music in our town.  Chances are you’ll catch him one night at Ted’s jam.  If you see him say thanks!

There was a celebratory feel about the evening.  Many people arrived early and stayed late, and were happy they’d come.  Some had responded to the advance promotion, many no doubt came to support their kids who were among the performers, and there were others who were drawn to the music when they were driving by or emerged from one of the downtown restaurants after dinner.  People were nestled under the trees or out in the open on camp chairs and picnic tables; some enjoyed the concert from their cars, like a drive-in.  Near the front a few vintage cares, bright and beautiful, added a nostalgic decoration to the evening.  Some went across to Captains Corner to bring back some take out fish and chips.  Grownups and kids were inspired to dance and Zoe Young, with a hula hoop, swayed like a candle flame in a breeze at the edge of the crowd throughout the entire evening.

Openers, The Ted Brownlow Band, despite their youth, are making a name for themselves with a sound that is still evolving as they build a following through local gigs.  They put on a confident and impressive set with material that ranged from The Pixies to Arcade Fire.

The Ted Brownlow Band

The Ted Brownlow Band

The Honeyrunners had come up through the weekend commuter traffic from Toronto, and they played two sets of music that seemed to stretch and grow as the evening progressed.  They like to vamp on a rhythmic riff, create a groove that the audience can fall in with, and then change it up with dynamics that alternately inspire foot tapping and head swaying.  Never overpowering they created the perfect mood for this night and this venue.  The rain imitated them, playing its part perfectly.  It came and went, never strong enough to send everyone running for shelter but offering a refreshing respite from the heat.

The Honeyrunners inspired dancing

The Honeyrunners inspired dancing

Cry For Ophelia, an all-girl band, performed a relaxed set that brought a strong audience response.  Lead singer, Eden Young, at one point sat on the front edge of the stage to introduce and perform a song, her legs swinging below her, but she brought up the energy level with vocals that swelled and subsided with the mood of the songs.

Cry For Ophelia

Cry For Ophelia

Max Breadner was the only performer who stood alone as a solo act on the stage, with just a voice and guitar.  There is something unique in his vocal talents and he managed to inject emotion into his delivery despite the general party atmosphere of the evening.  For his last song, he was joined on stage by Chris Scerri and members of The Honeyrunners to bring the crowd back to the bigger sound.

Max Breadner with a little help from his friends

Max Breadner with a little help from his friends

When the Honeyrunners returned for their last set they had clearly caught the mood of the evening, which was both upbeat and casual, with songs that highlighted the blend of their three voices and gave lead guitarist Marcus Bucci and keyboard player Dan Dwoskin a chance to do some impressive solos.  They also let their guest, Victoria Yeh, stretch out on a few solos on the violin.  She is such a malleable performer, at times sounding like a lead guitar and at others bringing out the real emotive qualities of her instrument.  Although she can shred a solo with fiery arpeggios, she also has that rare ability to draw out a single note with a tone that tugs at your heart.

As the night wore on and the audience drifted happily away bit by bit, the band brought it to a close with a version of The Weight that encouraged the crowd to sing along, and impressed enough that there were calls for an encore, which they happily provided.

When the music ended, more music could be heard from The Leeky Canoe directly across the street.  There was Gracie silhouetted in the window, with her acoustic guitar and her amazing voice wafting out over Sykes street.  She was playing there with Tyler Yarema and almost everyone who hadn’t left to take the kids home streamed across to carry on the party. It was a summer night to be remembered.

Don’t miss the final show in the Meaford Summer Concert Series happening two weeks from now on Friday August 26th.  It will feature Marshall Dane’s rocking country music with a special set by Abby Woodhouse, winner of this year’s GBSS Idol.

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