Date: Saturday 09 April 2016
April 9th, 2016, at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30)
Suggested donation (100% goes directly to the artists): $15-$20 per person
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. We can then keep track of how many people to expect, and send you our address so you can find us for the show (and have snacks ready)!!
Hi everyone! Happy Spring!!!! Hard to believe we are about to start our THIRD year of our little series. Seems like yesterday we were unloading a U-haul up the front steps and painting (and painting, and painting, and painting).
This year we are going to change things up a little bit, since we are learning as we go. We are probably not going to have any shows in July or August, since a lot of people who want to come are away on vacation (sometimes we are too). Everyone seemed to enjoy the Spring and Fall concerts, both as a way to say goodbye to Winter, and as a way to put off saying goodbye to Summer!
That aside, we are excited to kick off our 2016 series with Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band. Get ready for some great harmonies and amazing instrumental talent. We’ve been lucky enough to see each of these performers in different projects over the years, and since seeing this group last year have been excited to share them with you!!
We’ve attached their bios below, as well as some videos if you scroll on down!
Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected ‘roots’ musicians. He’s won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement Awards from Folk Music Ontario and from the Mariposa Folk Festival and has been nominated for seven JUNO Awards and 15 Maple Blues Awards. Drawing on his incredibly rich background in blues, gospel and folk styles he’s played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, Basia Bulat, The Campbell Brothers, Guy Davis, Raffi and countless others. A prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and a powerful singer, Ken’s music communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment. His participatory performances are presented with humour, grace and energy.
Last year’s collaboration, Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band was the number two folk recording of the year on Stingray Music streaming. Banjo player Frank Evans and fiddler Rosalyn Dennett add their rich vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity.
Rosalyn was a founding member of Winnipeg’s “Oh My Darling” and has a great feel for not only old time music but also swing and blues fiddle a la Stuff Smith.
A master of both “clawhammer” and bluegrass banjo, Frank is one of the finest players on the scene today. Together with Ken they are creating exciting original music that unites a deep respect and understanding of traditional folk forms with new songs and attitude.
In 2016, Ken has already performed in the Caribbean, the United States and the Beulah Band has toured in the Prairie provinces. He continues to host his long running series of Sunday Gospel shows at Hugh’s Room in Toronto. Whether performing solo or playing with any of his large circle of musical friends, as one critic has said, “with Ken Whiteley our enjoyment is virtually assured.”
Ken Whiteley is a busy musician who is always involved in a number of projects. He is an active record producer, having worked on more than 135 albums. His productions have resulted in eleven Gold or Platinum albums, 22 JUNO nominations, two JUNO winners and two GRAMMY nominations, with total sales in excess of eight million copies. He has written the music for a number of films and television programs. Whatever he does, it reflects his “brilliant musicianship and high test passion.” In the words of Sing Out! magazine, “Ken Whiteley is one of the best.”