Consisting of Mark Kulmala (from Mountain of Wolves) on guitar and voice and Paul Meadows (from Uisca Beatha, The Beauties) on voice and fiddle, My Father’s Son brings us evocative, paired down songs.
They have released their first album, “Heart of Wood” and are currently working on their next album. The album’s themes of fleeting innocence, love’s lost and found, determination, and the simple beauty of the landscape are sure to resonate with listeners.
It should be a great night of music.
Saturday October 13, 2018
Doors Open 7pm
Music at 7:30pm
Rob Szabo has been in the music business with various hats. He has 6 self-produced albums, numerous Juno nominations and a win, Maple Blues Awards, Canadian Folk Music Award for Producer of the Year and the list goes on. He has been a part of two bands, rock funk, “The Groove Daddys” and alt-rock band, “Plascticine”. His taste in music is very eclectic ranging from metal to synth pop to folk. He has produced and co-written on countless albums.
His own music is honest with wry observations.
“Rob makes wry and sometimes pointed observations, with soulful confessionals often sung with a curious blend of hope and melancholy. It is a voice of clarity and of authority, and reminds the audience that there are core truths to be taken from everyday experiences of life and love.” – Jo Beattie AD Coldsnap Festival (Prince George, BC, CANADA)
But we haven’t seen him in concert in this area for awhile. He’s been busy producing and co-writing on various projects and composing for film and TV while performing at a select few concerts. So that means, we are one of the lucky few who will actually get to see him live and in concert! So don’t miss your chance. It’s the final show of our 2018 Season.
Saturday Oct 13, 2018
Doors Open 7pm
Music at 7:30pm
Graham Nicholas was named one of the “Toronto Musicians to watch for in 2018: Singer-Songwriter Edition” in NOW magazine from Toronto. And you get to see him open for Lonesome Ace Stringband on Sat Sept 22!
He’s just released his latest album, “Dial Tones and Pretty Notes”. With his irreverant humour this is storytelling through thoughtful lyrics within the background of country/folk music. It’s a pleasure to listen to this album and will be even better hearing it live.
Get your tickets to see Graham Nicholas opening for The Lonesome Ace Stringband
Sat Sept 22, 2018
Doors Open 7pm
Music Starts 7:30pm
If you like old time Appalachian music, you should come see The Lonesome Ace Stringband. Three talented musicians in their own right come together and create music that will have you tapping your feet and in awe of their virtuosity and artistry.
Chris Coole on banjo has been involved with over 150 recordings including David Francey, Jim Cuddy and Natalie MacMaster. Chances are he’s playing fiddle on one of your favourite CDs. He has been playing since he was 17 and spent 10 years learning his craft by busking in Toronto.
John Showman has played fiddle since he was 6. He started in classical violin until he was 19 and tired of it. He didn’t play again until he heard Irish fiddle player, Kevin Burke. And since then he hasn’t stopped.
Max Heineman was born into a musical family. By the time he was 12, he was singing and playing bass with his family’s band in a weekly gig. He got his first upright bass in high school and discovered bluegrass in 1998.
In 2009 they decided to form The Lonesome Ace Stringband and we are lucky they are gracing Desboro Music Hall with their amazing musicianship. This is a show you don’t want to miss, especially if you love bluegrass.
These are the kind of guys you want to hang out with. Durham County Poets is made up of Kevin Harvey (lead vocals), David Whyte (electric and acoustic guitar and vocals), Neil Elsmore (acoustic guitar and vocals), Carl Hufh (bass, horn, vocals) and James Preimel (drums, percussion). They tell their story much better than I. Just know that if you like roots, blues, gospel then this is the concert for you.
So for more on the band, watch these two videos and then come out on Sat Aug 11 to see them live:
Expanding our boundaries of what we think of as folk music, we bring to Desboro, Dana Sipos. In fact her album, “Roll up the Night Sky” was nominated for a 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards in the “Pushing Boundaries” category. Her varied life experiences help influence many of these songs. She has lived in Yellowknife, toured full time for four years, performed on a tall boat with The Caravan Stage Company (starting the show off by zip-lining overtop of the audience to the boat!) and been on the Jerry Springer podcast. Come out Aug 11 to hear more of her amazing stories. .Check out her video “Night Sky”.
Pat Maloney is hard to pin down to one genre of music. He likes to play around. As he says, “Considering an endless access to a century of popular music, and my love for a wide variety of styles, it would be unfulfilling to pigeon-hole my creativity into one genre of music. I write what comes out naturally without stuffing it into a box. I’m not really a folk singer, I just sound like one sometimes.” – Pat Maloney
So that’s what’s exciting about his shows. You never know what kind of music you will hear. He’s also a great storyteller so his shows are always an interesting time. Incorporating whistling, his guitar and honest lyrics, Pat has built a following across campuses in Canada, USA, UK and Ireland. In fact, winning the Canadian Organization of Campus Activities Singer-Songwriter of the Year twice!
Come on out on Sat July 21 to see it all for yourselves.
Only 5 more days until our Sat July 21 concert. So time to get to know our next artist.
If you are looking for someone genuine and willing to share their life stories then Piper Hayes is that person. She and her partner, Carson Ritcey-Thorpe are the kind of people that share their love of life through the music. Yet they don’t shy away from the hard times and express themselves in such an honest way, the audience feels like they really get to know them through their music. Piper is a strong advocate for mental health hoping to dispel the stigma around it. Piper has formerly released 3 other EPs that have more of a pop feel to them. This newest release, “Piper & Carson” is a reflection of where Piper and Carson are as a couple in life and song-writing. It has more of a folk feel. Check out their latest video, “Big Red”. This is what Piper calls Carson and she wrote this song about him.
We have a week to go until our Sat July 21 concert. So we’ll talk a little bit more about our artists. We’ll go in a different order this time to change it up. So first up will be Jessica Pearson and the East Wind.
Jessica Pearson on guitar, Maddy O’Regan on fiddle and Pat Bigelow on stand-up bass with all of them on vocals are “Jessica Pearson and the East Wind”. They are an up-and-coming band who live in the Ottawa area. They blend folk, roots and Celtic and their own magic to produce their sound. Their debut EP, “Grave and Garden Songs” was released in 2017 and they are now working towards another album release for 2019. Their shows are lively and fun; everyone has a good time. And we know everyone loves harmonies (especially Desboro) so you’ll all be happy to know we’ll get to hear some beautiful harmonies. Check out their latest video below “Cleaning up My Mess”.
If there is one thing all our bands have in common, it is their love of storytelling. JPEW will entertain you with their stories and get your toes tapping with their music. So come on out on Sat July 21 for a night of storytelling and music.
This was the very first show we fully scheduled for 2018 because as soon as Over the Moon said yes, we knew who would be the perfect opener for them, Doris Folkens. Her music is filled with nostalgia and a sweetness and playfulness that perfectly complements Over the Moon’s songs which are also filled with stories and a feeling of nostalgia. Her songs each tell a story, many from her own history. They reflect where she comes from and were told to her by her mom who were told the stories from her mother. Setting the stories to songs is Doris’ way of preserving them. She won Folk Music Ontario’s “Songs from the Heart – Humorous” in 2017 for her song, “Lonesome in the Grave”, which is actually based on a story from a friend. There is a story behind each and every one one of her songs. Her first album, self titled, comes out, right on our concert date, June 1 so you’ll be one of the first to get your hands on it. Check out the video and then come see her live on Friday June 1.
Friday June 1, 2018
Doors Open 7pm
Music starts at 7:30pm