It’s here! It’s here! The first box office of the year! Why are we so excited about this? Because it means our first concert is in A WEEK! We’ve been working hard over the winter: fixing things, making things better and finding our amazing acts. We think we’ve improved the Hall. (See if you can figure out what we’ve done.) We also think we’ve found ourselves some world class musicians.
We are very proud of our opening show, consisting of My Sweet Patootie, a local band and Alicia Toner, from the East Coast. Both feature fiddle players but with different styles. Come on out for the first concert of the Season to check out My Sweet Patootie and Alicia Toner on Sat April 22, 2107.
See you at our first Box Office on Sat Apr 15, 10am – 12pm. Then we’ll see you at our first show in A WEEK! In the meanwhile, here’s a little more about our acts to get a taste of what you’ll hear on Opening Night.
My Sweet Patootie is made up of Sandra Swannell on fiddle, Terry Young on guitar and Paul Clifford on drums. Their style can vary from traditional Irish reel to contemporary ragtime swing. “Swing, folk, country and nostalgia collide head-on in a most pleasing fashion”, Maverick Magazine gives My Sweet Patootie 4 out of 4 stars! The band is heavily influenced by the likes of Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau, Les Paul & Mary Ford and the Andrews Sisters. Throw in a penchant for light-hearted satire and their love of artists like Patsy Cline and Hank Williams and you get a sound that Young likes to call “Green Acres for the New Millennium”. “MSP released their Latest album “Pandemonium” in August 2016. The CD was produced, arranged, engineered and mastered by Young & Swannell at their own Nowheresville Studio located in an historic one-room school house near Meaford, Ontario. “Pandemonium” is their most ambitious project to date and features each member’s skills as multi-instrumentalists, yet still remains true to their live sound as a trio.” No matter what music they’re playing, you know you’re in for a fun time.
Opening for them is Alicia Toner who is also a master of everything she tries. “A critically acclaimed singer, fiddler, actor, musician, Alicia Toner has been wowing audiences with her diverse skill set for years. An East Coaster at heart, Alicia felt the pull of the Maritimes and, in 2014, made Charlottetown her home. Since then, she has shifted her attention to her first love; music. In June of 2015, Alicia went into the studio with Stuart Cameron, Peter Fusco and Blake Manning to record her first four track EP. The following Spring, with the help of FACTOR Canada, she completed her full-length debut album “I Learned the Hard Way” to be released this September, 2017.”
It’s going to be a great start to our Season.