Date: Saturday 09 June 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Saturday June 9th, 2018, 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!
Thanks to everyone who attended a great show by Raine Hamilton and Nick Sherman. It was a great way to open our 2018 concert series. Keep an eye out for Raine this summer at Home County Music and Art Festival where she will be opening the Saturday Mainstage show at 6:00 PM on July 21 in Victoria Park in downtown London! Check out the rest of Home County’s 2018 lineup here.
In addition to a great concert, we were also honoured to receive a heritage award from the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario – Elgin St. Thomas Branch. We were nominated by one of our lovely neighbours for the award, and it feels great to know that we have the support of our community in this crazy project. You can learn more about the ACO here.
Well, now that the happy housekeeping is out of the way; we are, as always, excited to announce our next upcoming concert. This time we are featuring two of Hamilton Ontario’s finest musicians, Will Gillespie and Alfie Smith!
We’ve known both Will and Alfie for many years, and have had the good fortune to even join them in some great jams and share a stage from time to time. You are in for a great night of music, running the gamut from Blues to roots to rock and jazz and possibly even some show tunes from Will’s very own musical theatre production, Swingin’ In St. John’s.
Alfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals, Alfie is endorsed by several luthiers including Goodman Guitars (who have recently named a guitar model after him) and Goldtone Banjos. He has been nominated for a dozen Hamilton music awards including Best Male Vocalist and Best Guitarist, and has represented Toronto in the Memphis International Blues Challenge. To date, Alfie has released six records, his most recent being Sometimes the Rain. He is currently signed and distributed through Busted Flat Records.
Alfie has played from Sudbury to New Orleans. He has been a featured performer at Mariposa, Festival of Friends, Home County, Festival Borealis, Eaglewood, Mill Race, Red Rock, Brampton, Niagara Blues Festival, Harbourfront Blues Festival, Octoberfolk, Orillia Spring Blues, Barriefolk and Orangeville Blues & Jazz festival.
Alfie just released his 7th album, a collaboration with slide guitarist Nicole Christian, called “Come On In My Kitchen”.
It is available online and at all live shows.
Will Gillespie is an award-winning Singer-Songwriter (musician, actor and playwright) based out of Hamilton, ON.
“From Songwriter to Crooner and Cabaret Man to Power-Pop Genius, Will Gillespie is always evolving his artistry”-(Paul Loewenberg, Artistic Director, Northern Lights Festival Boreal)
Will Gillespie has been described as a “one-of-a-kind, finger-picking, old-time crooning, genuine songwriter you absolutely MUST see perform”-(Matt Thompson, Musician)
With “the soul of a modern folk jazz troubadour…songs unfurl in the unadorned, unhurried way that is the mark of a true master artist…”-(Colin Gibson, Audio Reckoning)
It’s been said “his music has the ability to speak deeply to absolutely ANYBODY” – (Jeremy Brazeau, Cambrian College)
Born and raised in South Porcupine, Northern Ontario, now finding a home in Hamilton, Will Gillespie has developed an elegant and eccentric sound all his own. He is a dynamic performer with a diverse catalogue of original songs, played with a charming and whimsical off-the-cuff approach, combining elements of Folk, Rock & Roll and Cabaret.
Some awards include:
2017 – Best of Venue – Hamilton Theatre Inc. – “Swingin’ in St. John’s”
2016 – (nominated) Best Contemporary Folk Recording – Hamilton Music Awards – “Chasing Shadows”
2008 – Grand Prize – Sudbury’s Musical Playground – “Swords & Dinosaurs”