Meet My Father’s Son

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
All Ages

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Meet the Lonesome Ace Stringband

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.

Come see them live on Sat Sept 22

Doors Open 7pm
Music Starts 7:30pm
ALL Ages

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Meet Jessica Pearson and the East Wind

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.

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Sat July 21, 2018
Door Open 7pm
Music at 7:30pm
All Ages

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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.

Opening Night Line-up

We’re very excited to announce our Opening Night line-up:

My Sweet Patootie and Alicia Toner

Saturday April 22, 2017

Do you remember the local band, Tanglefoot?  Well, two of their members, Terry Young and Sandra Swannell along with drummer, Paul Clifford have formed, My Sweet Patootie, a contemporary roots and ragtime band.  They are high energy, lots of fun with great toe-tapping music.  They have performed across Canada, the States and the UK.  Yet they come from our own Grey/Bruce!  They’ve just released their latest album, Pandemonium in August 2016.

Opening for them is, Alicia Toner, originally from New Brunswick and now making PEI her home. We’re lucky she is in town to be able to perform at our opening night.  She is the ultimate “triple threat” (what we call someone in theatre who can sing, dance and act.)  Alicia is that and more as she also plays several instruments including the fiddle.  She has performed in over 30 theatre productions across Canada and Europe.  Now concentrating on her music career, she is releasing her first album in June 2017.

Check out their Event Page for more information.

Desboro Music Hall 2017 Concert Series

All Ages
Doors Open: 7pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm

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Tickets: Advanced: $20 ($17.70 +HST), Regular: $25 ($22.12 +HST)

*Advanced tickets are only available up to the Box Office hours the weekend before the show (Note: there is a limit of 25 advance price tickets)

Get your tickets now and we’ll see you at the Hall.

August: Trent Severn and Leah Mathies

Summer is nearly over as August comes along.  For a little pick-me-up to remember the carefree days of summer, come on out to see Trent Severn and Leah Mathies on Friday August 12.


Trent Severn is comprised of three very talented ladies on their own – Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning and Lindsay Schindler – but put them together and it’s an explosion.  Their songs are quintessential Canadiana. What does that mean? Well, with songs such as “Stealin Syrup” (about the big maple syrup heist in 2012) and references to Mulroney, the Bluenose, William Lishman (the guy who taught geese to fly with his ultralight aircraft), Steven Truscott (who was wrongfully convicted at the age of 14) and of course snowstorms, how could they be singing about anything but Canada?  Some of the ideas for the songs come from experiences with other Canadians and the communities that make up this great country.  They love hearing stories from all parts of Canada.  (Who knows?  Maybe Desboro will make it into their next song…)  They’ve even sung with Col Chris Hadfield!  Their songs are country and folk rolled together with banjo, guitar, bass, violin/fiddle, stomp box and three part harmonies. It’s going to be a fun time!  We’re very much looking forward to hearing their voices echoing through the Hall.

leah mathies

Leah Mathies is another bright light in the world of music.  She’s got a fresh, young voice that hails from a farm from the Owen Sound area.  She’s only beginning her career but is already a prolific writer.  You might have heard her song, “Mesmerized”, which she wrote when she was in Grade 10!  She’s what you might call “a rising star”.  Come out and support our local artists.  We’re excited to have her join us and show off what she’s been working on.

Don’t miss this night of fantastic harmonies, stories and fun.

So come on out on Friday August 12, 2016
Doors Open: 7pm, Music Starts: 7:30pm
All Ages

If you want to read their bios and hear some songs, go to their Events Page

Tickets available:
Buy Tickets online
Box office hours (Saturday August 6: 9am – 12pm)
Phone/text Joe Klages (519) 377-2358
At the Door (if there are any left) the day of the concert