Schedule

July 4

Melanie Peterson

July 11

Albert Saxby Noah Zacharin

July 18

Hungerford Station

July 25

Laura Keating

August 1

Penny's E.Z. Country

August 4th 

10:00am Reg Corey

11:00am Nicole Craig

1:00pm The Jazzm@x

3:00pm Albert Saxby

August 5th

10:00am

12:00pm

2:00pm Ken Ramsden

August 8

The Salt Cellars

August 15

Blue Hazel

August 22

Donna LeClair & Freinds

August 29

Rewind

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Melanie Peterson                                                
 

   Blessed with an ability to deliver quiet, sensitive vocals that are soaked with emotion, Melanie Peterson, a Saskatoon born, Toronto based, singer-songwriter and actress has become one of the bright lights on the Toronto folk music scene. Melanie initially moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting. Between acting jobs, she often picked up the Gibson guitar her father had given her as a parting gift. She then began the second leg of her artistic journey: songwriting and performing her songs live. The feedback she got each time she ventured out to play her songs for Toronto audiences was encouraging. She was invited to host and perform her original songs in a monthly female singer-songwriter night at the renowned Cameron House. The show was called ‘Girls Girls Girls’, held on the second Saturday of every month between September 2010 and December 2012. Melanie, along side many of Toronto's top female singer-songwriters, packed that room. Melanie released a five song EP in 2011 called ‘After The Fall’ and the reviews were encouraging. “A melodically enchanting songwriter and musically adept guitarist” ~ New Moon Magazine. “If you are looking for super live music, check out Melanie Peterson, a terrific singer and songwriter...she sounds just as good live as she does on her album…. She has a beautiful voice and her songwriting is tops, too." ~ Toronto Sun. “Melanie Peterson is destined for great things. With aching vibrato that reminds one of early Joni Mitchell she weaves the stories of her life into her music with effortless ease." ~ Beach Metro.

    Melanie has been referred to as “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by BBC Radio and has been recognized as having “a beautiful voice” and being a “terrific songwriter” by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun. She earned her spot within the global music scene in Toronto March 2012, when she showcased her original music during Canadian Music Week, at the Royal York Library Bar. She was invited back to perform two showcases at CMW 2013. She launched her first full-length album ‘Unbreakable’ in April 2013 at The Piston in Toronto. Melanie followed that up with a triumphant NXNE showcase and a successful southern Ontario tour. ‘Unbreakable’ was well received by critics and fans alike. Many of the songs from ‘Unbreakable’ received spins on BBC, CBC, various indie and college radio stations and Mediazoic Internet radio and is currently available on all digital platforms. “We have very much enjoyed playing a variety of tracks from ‘Unbreakable’, Melanie's first full length CD release and my Saturday morning listeners have been quick to let us know they enjoy what Melanie does!” ~ Monica Winfield BBC Radio Leicester host. Melanie followed the release of ‘Unbreakable’, with a six-song cover EP titled ‘Read It On The Radio’, which was part of a six-week digital download campaign in which Melanie released one new cover song every week from April 28, 2014 to June 1, 2014. Melanie's song “Lucky Me” was chosen, out of hundreds of submissions, to be included in Toronto's Music 311 winter 2015-2016 playlist. Then, with a grant from FACTOR, Melanie Peterson, once again teamed up with producer and band member Mitch Girio to produce her sophomore album ‘Anywhere from Here’, which she released on March 16, 2016 at The Piston in Toronto. “Melanie Peterson is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter with a lovely lilting voice and strong songwriting chops” Kerry Doole FYI Music News “After recently releasing her second full length album, ‘Anywhere from Here’, Melanie and her band came to The Piston wanting to give their dedicated audience a live experience of all of the songs from their new album. The evening was spectacular and the house was packed!” ~ SNAP Bloor West.

     The album feedback was positive and Melanie toured through Ontario and Quebec in the summer of 2016. She also played shows in Edmonton, Vancouver, St. John and Halifax in March 2017 thanks to the Via Rail ‘Artists On Board Program’, which allowed her to “play her way across the country”. “The songwriting is genuine and self-aware, and there is a positive tone even in the heartbreak. In fact, the progression of the songs on ‘Anywhere From Here’, reads like the life of a romantic relationship.” ~ Cate McKim, Blogger, Life With More Cowbell. In November 2016, Melanie received a FACTOR artist development grant, which she used to record and promote an original holiday single titled “Santa's Sleigh”. The single was produced by award winning producer Chris Birkett (Sinead O'Connor and Buffy St. Marie), and was released to radio stations across Canada in December 2016. In early 2017, renowned SKA artist Susan Cadogan recorded a cover of Melanie's folk song “Truth Talking” and released it as a single. “The legendary Susan Cadogan sings a rootsy rocksteady love song in her unmistakable voice, with a sweet lyric by Melanie Peterson that could have been written a thousand years ago or last week.” ~ SKA’D For LIFE, ska4u.com. Melanie released a summer EP in 2017 titled ‘Two’. Produced by Mitch Girio, released on July 14, Melanie did a Southern Ontario tour in support of the EP which is received community, college and interent radio airplay as well as spings on CBC and BBC and is available on all digital platforms. The EP reach number eight in August 2017 on Earshot, the national campus and community radio report. In November, 2017, Melanie released a digital EP called 'Refresher Vol.1' with remixes of fan favorite tracks from Unbreakable and Anywhere From Here. She also completed a residency at the legendary Cameron House which took place every Monday in November with her full band. In December 2017 Melanie recorded and released a holiday single, produced by Mitch Girio, called “When You Were Here”. Melanie also played a showcase at the Winterfolk festival in Toronto in both 2017 and 2018. And debuted at Hugh's Room in Toronto May 23rd, 2018, as part of a Bob Dylan Tribute night. Contact: www.melaniepeterson.ca

    

 Albert Saxby & Noah Zacharin
     Albert Saxby is a singer/songwriter who has been performing his finely crafted original songs filled with thoughtful lyrics and catchy hooks for over forty years. Albert started writing songs in the 70’s while he was the drummer for the, apocalyptic, country, thrash monsters, the Absolute Whores. Albert chooses not to confine himself to any one genre putting out a country CD, Essonville, spending two weeks at #10 on the European Country Music Association’s most played chart. From there after a few different configurations Albert started the worlds first Conga Billy band, Bucket of Shrimp Ears, writing and releasing their first CD Hillbilly Savant. Bucket of Shrimp Ears recorded but broke up before releasing Crow Riding Turtle on Asphalt. Albert has since written and released a solo CD Bellbottoms Over Liverpool, Amelia and Amelia and the Mayor with singer Amelia Edmunds. Albert is currently writing and performing as a solo artist as well as with his acoustic/folk/ blues/roots entity with, Raven Mad Crow Society.
 
                                              

     Noah Zacharin was born in Montreal and resides in Toronto. He was given his first guitar at age 9, wrote his first song at 13, began performing at 14, and is happy to say that he still loves playing music. He has been called "a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist" (Paul Mills, Borealis Records, Producer (Stan Rogers, Oscar Peterson), a "wonderful, adventurous guitarist" (Blues Bytes), "a poet, a songwriter, a singer we have been waiting for" (Penny Lang), "a great guitarist/singer/songwriter...a wonderfully musical player" (Randy Finney, President and Founder Toronto Fingerstyle Guitarist's Association), "in a league of his own" (Brian Gladstone, AD Winterfolk Festival), "one of the best songwriters this country has produced" (the late great Rick Fielding, recording artist, radio host) and "deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox" (Minor 7th).

   Zacharin's recordings have garnered praise from fans and critics alike. silence spoken here (1997) was called "an understated classic...musical versatility and lyrical depth" (Xpress-Ottawa); Scene Roots and Blues dubbed aLIVE! (2000) "a real gem"; and a review of crow dark wind (2001) in Minor 7th elicited the following: "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar...world-wise songwriting.  Much sought after as a guitarist, he has recorded and performed with some of Canada's finest writers, including Penny Lang, Bruce Murdoch, Lucien Francoeur, Rick Fielding, Danny Marks, etc. As a soloist he has opened shows for the likes of Odetta, David Lindley, Dave Van Ronk, Jesse Winchester, Alex de Grassi, and Fairport Convention. He has twice been runner-up in the OCFF Songs From the Heart Contest, and has consistently short-listed in the competition.

     Zacharin is also a prize-winning poet (with "a remarkable ability to articulate efficient, powerfully condensed ideas": What 18/19). He has published hundreds of poems, translations, and reviews in periodicals and anthologies worldwide, and is currently at work on two volumes of poetry and several children's books.

 

Hungerford Station

      

                                                              

     Hungerford Station is a high energy cover band playing favorites from multiple genres including new and old country, and classic rock.  They  are experienced with all venues from your kitchen table and bonfires to fairs, festivals and dances. A favorite in the Quinte area for years. The core band members are Francis & Jen Woodcock and Travis & Gayle Newman.  They have been playing together around the kitchen table for 23+ years and have been formally a band playing Belleville and area for more than 10 years. With 4 vocalists in the band, 2 being  female singers, the material covered is of a great variety and have all been made their own with incredible harmonies and tantalizing instrumentals. Joining the band and playing the bass for  2 years now is Spencer Newman, son of Travis & Gayle.  Hungerford Station will give you a crowd pleasing,  down home, kitchen table comfort show that will have your hands clapping and feet moving.
Visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/HungerfordStation/
Contact for bookings and info; gaylenewman@hotmail.com Gayle 613 848 6402 

    

               

Laura Keating

                                                                                          

     The world around her is suddenly in closer view. She writes about the things she sees, the things she hears and the things she feels. It goes deep.  Laura Keating is a Hamilton-born singer-songwriter who engages audiences with her personal stories which are the framework of vibrant melodies. When Keating plugs in her acoustic guitar, away she goes, on a journey to the heart of life; soothing the soul and waking up the mind.

     The music of Laura Keating runs the gamut of emotions. In true, singer-songwriter style, this folk-rock artist has built a collection of songs which wins the hearts of those who embrace tales of love, life and the world around us. With energy and passion, Laura likes to preface her songs with the hows and whys it came into existence. And so, her music paints a picture, often exploring human experiences through the eyes of nature. Always engaging. Always thought-provoking. You can bet there`s a message in her songs and each is delivered acoustically with compelling percussive guitar rhythms and vocals destined for power and gentleness as each song demands.

     Sometimes mellow and reflective, sometimes raw and edgy, Laura's music is always emotional to the core.  It can be the simple turn of a phrase, or a gaze at a rippling wave, that triggers a song into existence. Finding beauty in unexpected places entices her to write words which provoke thoughts about our own lives.  Honesty is everything and Laura Keating exposes this fragility on stage and in her debut album Let Me Tell You, recorded at the iconic Phase One Studio in Toronto; produced by critically acclaimed Charles Cozens and released November, 2017.  Being the youngest sibling surrounded by musical brothers, music was always in front of her. From the early age of seven, Laura was toting around a guitar; then playing the piano to death in her teens; not surprisingly, writing her first songs at the tender age of fifteen. It was her passion then and is again, today.  Music found Laura when she needed it most and her songs speak volumes. Her music is the sum of her parts and she wants to share it with you.

Watch Laura Keating stir passion into performances at live music venues, patios, fundraisers and house concerts in Hamilton and surrounding areas.  

For a copy of her debut album Let Me Tell You, visit laurakeatingmusic.com. or email laurakeating.music@gmail.com.  Downloads available on most digital platforms.

    

               
                                      
 Penny's E.Z. Country

                                                     

     Penny's E.Z. Country is a small country band that started about 8 yrs ago, founded by Douglas Carnahan ( who has passed away , my love) . We started playing for senior's dances in Maynooth - they love the old country classic music -  and also square dances. We now play different events and dances in the Stirling , Marmora and Tweed area. We are extremely excited to be asked to play my home town of Bancroft for music in the park. We love watching people enjoy themselves, tapping toes, singing along. Band members are Penny Scaife - lead rhythm and singer,  Maurice O’Connell - lead guitar and singer, Eric Davis - bass player and Nathan Koster - fiddle and harmonica player. Guests with us this time - Sid Prescott, steel guitar, fiddle and singer and Brad Young, banjo player and singer.

     

                                                        

Reg Corey

                                                                

      Reg is a seasoned singer/guitarist based in Hastings County in Eastern Ontario. Reg began his musical journey while in his early teens as a lead guitarist performing in many dance halls throughout the County during the 70's. Not content just to be a sideman, Reg embarked on a solo career in front of the mic, perfecting his guitar style three fingered picking and versatile vocals performing songs from a number of genres including Folk, Country, Pop, Soft Rock, Blues and Jazz.  He is a long time member of the Canadian Federation of Musician's Union out of Kingston and a member of the Haliburton Folk Society.Reg started performing in pubs and festivals but admits he prefers more upscale venues where the audience is much more engaged in the music. Reg's music is influenced by many great artists and chose to engage in covers. However, he has recently begun writing his own music and will soon add originals into his repertoire.  Reg  continues to perform in all venues from the Oshawa/Whitby area to the Ottawa Valley/Kingston areas and from South Algonquin to Prince Edward County.  He has also performed live on Trent Radio.  For years Reg has given guitar lessons and continues to do so with  the same passion and enthusiasm. As always, he will continue to seek out and perform in new and interesting venues.

     

                                                        

Nicole Craig

        

     Though she describes herself as super sensitive to the world around her, at 6'3" Nicole Craig stands tall and strong and can belt out a song with so much emotion and passion, taking her audiences on an emotional journey. Her own songs and songs she chooses to cover, have content beyond the typical song topics, offering messages of self empowerment, global awareness and universal connectedness.   Her brand new album LIFT released in January of this year, blends the emotion and dynamics of classical music with the storytelling of folk music, the edginess of alternative rock and the open creativeness of modern day underground pop. It features David Henman (co-founder of April Wine and Juno recipient) and Juno award winner Howard Baer on bass. It is music for our times crossing all borders, carrying a message that Nicole hopes will give listeners a sense of connection and a lift to a better place.  This is especially important to Nicole since she has suffered personally with and has been surviving a winning battle against depression.  We can all use a lift sometimes she says. Nicole's music has been added to playlists in over 100 radio stations across North America and the UK and was in the top 20 in the charts in several radio stations. She has performed at multiple events including recently Lightfoot Days at the Orillia Opera House. She has had the pleasure of performing with such artists as Rick Dutkiewicz Haynes (bassist for Gordon Lightfoot since 1969) and David Henman (co-founder of April Wine). 

The Jazzm@x
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jazzm@x (pronounced Jazzmatics) are from Kintore and Mitchell, Ontario, Canada. Our music is an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, pop and rock. We  perform at private parties, banquets, fundraisers, music and arts festivals, and churches.
                                                                

     

                                                        

Ken Ramsden

                                                  

Ken started his musical career as a 'busker' - playing on street corners in New Orleans, Atlanta, San Diego, Nashville and Memphis. Later on in Canada  Ken became a musical visitor to the 'Tommy Hunter Show', the 'Elephant Show, 'CBC Halifax "Switchback' kid's show. He was featured in the Canada and Ontario  pavilions at Expo in Vancouver and on countless radio programs. Whether he is playing fiddle with his family band 'The History Buffs at the Museum of Civilization  or leading sing-alongs at seniors residences with his guitar, folks enjoy Ken's  good-natured  approach to musical performance.

The Salt Cellars

         The Salt Cellars are Virginia de Carle, Rob Bersan and Ron Kapitain.  Virginia and Rob are singer/songwriters who played together for several years in the early 00's as members of The Folk Rock Trio, based out of the Perth area.  In the winter of 2016, they re-formed as a duo and christened themselves as  the Salt Cellars.  They started writing a new crop of songs together and began performing in the Wilno and Bancroft areas, getting great feedback from audiences who attended their gigs.  Their original songs were going over well and people loved the harmonies and musicianship. In the summer of 2017, Virginia asked Ron Kapitain, an accomplished harmonica and accordion player from Bancroft, to join the band.  Ron said, of course and the Salt Cellars became a trio.  In late 2017, they met producer Richard Joudrey and in early 2018, started production of their first CD, 'Truth' at Richard's Anax Junius Music Studio in Maynooth, Ontario, Canada. The band has grown to include Rick Joudrey on bass, Anne Wilde on backing vocals and most recently, Brendon Burgess on percussion and drums. You can follow them on Facebook.

Contact them at : thesaltcellars@hotmail.com.

    

               

Blue Hazel

Blue Hazel is steadily growing a reputation for their wide variety of music featuring strong vocals & sultry harmonies, sometimes fun & danceable, sometimes soulful & intense. Started in July of 2016, Blue Hazel is Caitlin O’Connor & Meisha Browne. Caitlin & Meisha grew up in Bancroft, a small rural Ontario town. Caitlin brings flavors of her Musical Theatre background to the duo while Meisha shares her love of intertwining melodies. Some of their musical influences include Sam Cooke, Fleetwood Mac, The Dave Mathews Band & Marcus Mumford. Blue Hazel currently enjoys entertaining audiences from small intimate gatherings to large stages. They are excited to continue this journey and have been thinking about writing their own material in the near future.     

    

               

Donna LeClair & Friends

                                    

Donna LeClair

Jim Eadie

Patricia Liverseed

Mais Lee

A diverse and eclectic group of friends who come together to create their own unique sound.... A little bluesy, a little folky, a little rootsy and a lot of soul.

                                                                       

Rewind

Rewind is a Kingston band with Bancroft roots, whose passion is classic rock (late 50's to 90's). They pride themselves on their harmonies. Always a great night of toe tapping, sing along fun! The band's members are Paul Olmstead, Steve Stenman, Rick Taylor and Richard Harden.