0617 – An Evening with This Way North in Stanstead

An Evening with Aussie break-out alt rockers This Way North at The Brunelle-Newman House in Stanstead QC.

Vegetarian potluck dinner goes at 6-ish. Concert starts 7.30-ish.

$20 at the door or on-line with a RSVP to confirm your spot in the livingroom.

RSVP email: newman.hal@gmail.com

I will provide you with directions and get you hooked-up with the online ticketing link just as soon as it becomes available.

Remember – Our house is dog & cat intensive so even if they’re not hanging out their presence will be felt by any allergy sufferers. Bring your own Benadryl.

This Way North are from Melbourne VIC (Australia). And yeah, I guess it’s true, we’ve got a love affair going with the music scene in Melbourne. Must be something in the water downunder.

Punchy and left of centre, but with a universally appealing groove and melody, This Way North’s live shows are powerful.

Cat brings solid groove based, dynamic power drumming, while Leisha sways with swampy slide guitar, slimmed down soul vocals and compelling alt- pop melodies.

Sometimes likened to The Black Keys, Tame Impala and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, their unique musical connection creates an explosive sound that’s rarely realised by just two artists on stage.

Audiences are drawn in by the powerful performances of these two seasoned musicians. The moment This Way North embrace the stage the audience engage – that’s just how it is.

Recorded with producer Shane O’Mara (Tim Rogers, The Audrey’s, Lisa Miller) the duo’s 2016 debut EP featured singles ‘Pretty Much’ and ‘Don’t You Fly’ with official clips directed by Agostino Soldati, and was followed by shows with Thirsty Merc, as well as Toronto showcases and festivals such as Moomba, Nannup Music Festival, Bendigo Blues and Roots, Swagger Music Festival and Wollombi Music festival.

The duo’s ongoing love affair with Canada saw them flying to Toronto in July 2016 to record with producer Derek Downham (Broken Social Scene, Holy F*ck).

This Way North first met in the north…Canada in fact; at the renowned British Columbian ArtsWells Festival. While hanging at the festival, they discovered that their permanent homes were both north…north-side Melbourne that is…half a world away, but only 500m apart.

Once they’d returned to Melbourne, they treated their post-tour blues by doing what all self-respecting musicians do: playing music and what came out was good…really good.

This Way North began as a means of finding a way back… to find direction again, and it damn well worked.

An evening with Country-Folk Trio – The Secrets – Stanstead QC

Country-folk trio The Secrets – comprised of Newfoundland natives Karla Pilgrim, Terri Lynn Eddy and Renée Batten, all three accomplished singers and solo musicians – met in college while studying performance and recording at College of the North Atlantic. They quickly discovered a natural blend to their voices and musical aspirations, traded jigs and reels for whiskey, mandolins and faded jeans, and haven’t looked back since.

The Secrets launched their trio in Newfoundland, opening for country music legend Alan Jackson’s Freight Line Tour in 2010, and since 2012 have been taking their music across the country with stops at a number of prestigious festivals and events including Saskatchewan’s Ness Creek Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival and the Stan Rogers International Folk Festival, among others. This experience enriched their outstanding vocal chops, helped hone arrangements of their original compositions and furthered their love of country music.

The Secrets headed to Nashville in spring 2014 to record with producer/co-writer, Peter Daniel Newman at the helm. This culminated in the (June 2014) release of The Secrets highly anticipated debut album, Break Even, followed by a summer tour which included main stage performances at the World Pride Festival in Toronto, the Acoustic Maritime Music Festival and Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song in Nova Scotia, the Riverview Band Shell Series in New Brunswick, a coveted spot at the Cavendish Beach Music Festival (Atlantic Canada’s largest country festival) held in PEI, an opening set for Serena Ryder at Newfoundland’s infamous George Street Festival, and capped off with the ultimate dream gig – opening three sold out shows for country superstar Tim McGraw at Mile One Centre in St. John’s, NL.

Citing influences such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Linda Ronstadt (aka The Trio), as well as Johnny Cash, Tricia Yearwood, Terri Clarke and Patty Loveless, to name just a few, The Secrets built their repertoire on a foundation of classic country hits infused with an impressive, and ever-growing catalogue of country-folk originals. With their gift of voice and seemingly effortless, natural harmony coupled with their individual talent and skill as musicians – Karla on guitar and bass, Terri Lynn on guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Renée, an extraordinary musical talent on guitar, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, bass and more – The Secrets fresh delivery of their chosen work is authentic, exciting and thoroughly entertaining for all who see and hear them.

Seats can be reserved via RSVP at 819-704-0662 or Email: newman.hal@gmail.com

Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

An evening with Country-Folk Trio – The Secrets – will be a dinner/concert on Friday, October 28th..at the Brunelle-Newman House – 18 ch de Fairfax in Stanstead QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Dinner will be 6-ish and will be potluck vegetarian. Send Hal an email to let him know what you’re bringing for potluck. E: newman,hal@gmail.com

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.

We hope to see you there.

An evening with Singer-Songwriter – Mark Reeves – NDG (Montreal) QC

Like some kind of caffeinated single malt whiskey, Mark Reeves’ acoustic roots-rock goes down smooth and easy, but packs a powerful kick that can’t help but move you. Mark is one of those artists who’s been around, building steam, making records and touring in support of some of the world’s best-known roots artists.

The past two decades have seen Mark stream through a journey from busker to seasoned performer with masterful chops and the kind of mesmerizing stage presence that most artists never achieve in a lifetime. Turning heads because of youthful talent, he won a scholarship to Boston’s Berklee College of Music at 19, paid his dues in the blues clubs, made a record with Los Lobos producer Keith Keller’s at Keller’s mansion in New Orleans, won a sackful of awards, and warmed up stages for everyone from Robert Cray and Blue Rodeo to Colin James and Jesse Winchester.

Mark is a rare, blazingly talented artist who leaves unsuspecting audiences slack-jawed and eager for more. “Mark is not only at ease performing, he owns the stage,” says Pierre Guerin, former artistic director of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and past president of the North American Folk Alliance. “Even more impressive is the attention and care he pays to his craft as a songwriter.”

Seats can be reserved via RSVP at 819-704-0662 or Email: newman.hal@gmail.com

Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

An evening with Singer-Songwriter – Mark Reeves will be a potluck dessert/concert on Wednesday, September 28th..at SHCN-NDG – 3820 Old Orchard Avenue in NDG (Montreal) QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 25 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

We will be doing potluck dessert during the break between sets – so bring something you’d like to share with friends – old and new. The concert will begin at 7.15 pm.

We hope to see you there.

Another Amazing Evening with John Jacob Magistery in Stanstead QC

13458628_592050654295739_7467502337148231321_o

Another amazing evening with alt-folk-indie band John Jacob Magistery here at our home – at 18 ch de Fairfax in Stanstead QC.

Entry by RSVP ONLY – E: newman.hal@gmail.com | T: 819-704-0662

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Dinner will be 6-ish and will be potluck vegetarian. If you’re coming for dinner, get creative and make something you’d like to share.

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.

Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

We hope to see you here.

Allergy warning – If you’ve got an allergy to cats or dogs, a house concert in our livingroom will be a tremendous challenge. Even if the animals are not in the room, they will be roaming elsewhere in the house.

Watch the video… JJM explains why they loved performing in our livingroom last March…


“Since its relatively recent inception, Montreal-based band John Jacob Magistery has certainly been enjoying a steady impulse. A debut EP, “Narcissism Unto Loneliness” was released in 2014, collecting rave reviews and prompted a grand exposure from rock radio CHOM 97.7 and an Osheaga performance last summer.

This year at the Montreal Jazz Festival, John Jacob Magistery were to show off what they are made of in the intimate rendez-vous that is the Metropolis’ Savoy, for a series of two consecutive concerts. The first night brought in a good number of devotees, half-of them sitting on the floor in order the get the best in the venue.

As the music begins, we can only acknowledge that it would be hard not to share the enthusiasm that the band generates. On stage, the delivery is vigorous, the chemistry between musicians is palpable and the music is of the soft-and-loud contrast, roaring and soaring. Lead by Johnny Griffin, a rock-star aura singer and guitarist, the spirited quintet are going for an energetic folk-pop forgoing orchestral arrangements for a straightforward style. The violin make an rare apparitions on a few titles, the rest of the time, the layered guitars are softened is softened by keys and vocal harmonies.

More than anything The band has a capacity to effortlessly hook you up and carry you along. Songs from album Phantom i/Are you too sensitive? seems to have been written to make you us sing along made to sing with authenticity. For a band that has been getting a lot of attention, it is absolutely justified and also, heartwarming.

John Jacob Mystery were performing at Metropolis at the Savoy during the Montreal Jazz Festival.”

– Christelle Saint-Julien, Reverb.com

July 3 2016

Stanstead House Concerts #37 #38 #39 – Amanda McCoy featuring Pandel Collaros

NDG2IMG_6128NDG1IMG_6127IMG_6122IMG_6120IMG_6119IMG_6118

IMG_611739StJa

“Wow! From rocking out to Amanda McCoy & Pandel Collaros channeling their inner Jimmy Page/Robert Plant for an incredible blow-out-the-jams spine-tingling acoustic cover of Led Zep’s Whole Lotta Love to getting to hang out and share the experience with childhood friends.. The music… wow! Incredible performance by a tight duo of guitarslinger blues/folk singer-songwriters – original tunes mixed with a few covers – and a near-classic version of John The Revelator.. and a searing Deep South revisiting of The Night They Drove Ol’ Dixie Down…” – #37 Montreal QC July 29 2016

“Wow! Amanda McCoy & Pandel Collaros treated us to another beautiful evening of music in our livingroom… with a couple of Neil Young covers added to the mix capping off a great night !” – #38 Stanstead QC July 30 2016

“Amanda McCoy and Pandel Collaros performed tonight in the Cabaret Room at the Catamount Arts Center and blew us all away!” – #39 St Johnsbury VT July 31 2016

 

An evening with Amanda McCoy – St Johnsbury VT

An intimate concert with the wickedly talented bassist/guitar-slinger/songwriter Amanda McCoy – all the way from Nashville TN.

Bassist, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, educator, and artist – these are only a few words that describe Amanda McCoy. Amanda is one of the most in demand musicians working in the Nashville music scene. If Amanda isn’t touring with one of many bands or artists, you will find her performing original material in Nashville, recording in the studio, or getting messy with charcoal and paint.

Since stepping onto the scene in late 2009, Amanda has delivered a power packed punch to Nashville. Since then, she has shared the stage with Tristen Smith, Black Shag, Pavlov’s Dog, Kevin Skinner, George Jones, Clint Black, Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, the Charlie Daniels Band, Cowboy Troy, Little Big Town, Daisy Mallory, Neil McCoy, the Eli Young Band, Eden’s Edge, Lorrie Morgan, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Molly Hatchet.

Amanda has also had the privilege of studying extensively with some of the best musicians in the world. They include Pandel Collaros, Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten, Kenny Aronoff, Frank Gambale, Steve Bailey, Howard Levy, and Molly Pauken.

Ticketing info will be released shortly from Catamount Arts. $15 adults.

An evening with Amanda McCoy will be a dinner/concert on Sunday, July 31th in St Johnsbury VT

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate concert with a max capacity of about 50 folks.

Dinner will be 6-ish and will be potluck vegetarian.

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.

We hope to see you there.

 

An evening with Amanda McCoy – Montreal QC

An intimate house concert with the wickedly talented bassist/guitar-slinger/songwriter Amanda McCoy – all the way from Nashville TN.

Bassist, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, educator, and artist – these are only a few words that describe Amanda McCoy. Amanda is one of the most in demand musicians working in the Nashville music scene. If Amanda isn’t touring with one of many bands or artists, you will find her performing original material in Nashville, recording in the studio, or getting messy with charcoal and paint.

Since stepping onto the scene in late 2009, Amanda has delivered a power packed punch to Nashville. Since then, she has shared the stage with Tristen Smith, Black Shag, Pavlov’s Dog, Kevin Skinner, George Jones, Clint Black, Jo Dee Messina, Tim McGraw, Marty Stuart, the Charlie Daniels Band, Cowboy Troy, Little Big Town, Daisy Mallory, Neil McCoy, the Eli Young Band, Eden’s Edge, Lorrie Morgan, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, and Molly Hatchet.

Amanda has also had the privilege of studying extensively with some of the best musicians in the world. They include Pandel Collaros, Victor Wooten, Regi Wooten, Kenny Aronoff, Frank Gambale, Steve Bailey, Howard Levy, and Molly Pauken.

Seats can be reserved via RSVP at 819-704-0662 or Email: newman.hal@gmail.com / lenny.pinkas@gmail.com

Adults $20, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

An evening with Amanda McCoy will be a dinner/concert on Friday, July 29th..at the Wiedemann-Pinkas Home – 3820 Old Orchard in (NDG) Montreal QC.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate livingroom concert with a max capacity of 35 folks on chairs, sofas, benches – or sitting on the floor.

Dinner will be 630-ish and will be potluck vegetarian. Send Lenny an email to let him know what you’re bringing for potluck. E: lenny.pinkas@gmail.com

If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.

We hope to see you there.

An evening with Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards at Catamount Arts in St Johnsbury VT

gallery_15_image_lg

Laura Cortese has a vision for her band’s sound: bold and elegant, schooled in the lyrical rituals of folk music and backed by grooves that alternately inspire Cajun two-stepping and rock-n-roll hip swagger. It’s appropriate then that the quartet, featuring Cortese, call themselves Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards.

Since the release of Cortese’s most recent album, Into the Dark (2013), Valerie Thompson (cello/vox), Jenna Moynihan (fiddle/vox) and Natalie Bohrn (bass/vox) have paired their sophisticated string arrangements and rich vocal harmonies to Cortese’s poignant and powerful singing. Seeing the quartet on stage, you get the sense that they might snap some fiddle strings or punch a hole in the bass drum. This is post-folk that seriously rocks. True to their adventurous spirit and wide-ranging influences, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards tour internationally, communicating the depth and soul of American roots music, using their own uniquely modern voices.

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards – will be a potluck dinner/concert on Friday, July 15th..at The Cabaret Room at Catamount Arts in St Johnsbury VT.

Here’s the essential info:

This will be an intimate concert.
Dinner will be 6ish and will be potluck vegetarian.
If you’re coming for the concert only, seating will be open at 19h.
Tickets can be purchased online at Catamount Arts.
Adults $15, Teens $10 – and kids, as always, are free & welcome.

Fair Trade Music

FairTradeMusic.logo

I am at once very proud and astounded to announce we are the first Fair Trade Music 1000* venue in all of Canada.

Right, I know what you’re thinking – I’ve heard of Fair Trade coffee, chocolate and other stuff, but music? What do you mean?

More and more musicians are risking more and getting paid less to work as folk/roots artists and singer-songwriters. The American Federation of Musicians (AFM) believes – and we agree – that musicians should be paid a fair and just living wage and have a good and safe working environment as a right, not a privilege.

I got lucky early in my career as a marketing/business development consultant. On my second interview with a potential client I was introduced to the concept of playing for tips. The experience changed the way I looked at the art and science of creativity forever.

The potential client was in the household goods marketplace. My interview was with the Chief Executive Officer. He wanted guidance on exploring new markets for their products. He was fully engaged in the conversation.

And then we came to the part about my fee.

He suggested that I provide my services for free for six months and if he “liked what he saw” he’d “pay me a certain amount.”

I was taken aback – and yet – somehow I mustered a reply. I suggested his company could send a semi-trailer full of their products over to our street. Everyone could try their products for six months and if they liked what they saw, they could pay the company a certain amount.

The conversation had definitely taken a turn.

He barked at me, “That’s patently absurd.”

With the proviso that I don’t know anything more about the music business than what I have learned in the past 18 months as a house concert host, I have a very difficult time understanding why anyone with a venue thinks it’s appropriate to ask an artist to play for tips.

Musicians are artists and there’s a price to be paid for their creativity. When we invite artists to perform in our livingroom it is because we enjoy the sound – the tunes – the sweet grooves they are crafting.

We instituted a guaranteed minimum fee because our house is out in the country and there’s always a chance the crowd will be on the sparse side. A share of the gate – or playing for tips – can be pretty tough sledding when there are only a dozen folks who braved the cold or the distance to gather in the livingroom.

There’s a cost for an artist to take a chance on us and travel out to our part of the world. We’re two hours from Montreal QC or Burlington VT. The road which leads to our driveway can be lonely – and yet when you arrive at our driveway, there’s always a warm welcome for both our audience – and our musical guests.

I didn’t take the marketing gig for those folks. I vowed to never work for tips. There’s a price to be paid when my brain is engaged on your behalf.

And so it should be with musical artists. They don’t need ‘exposure.’ They need our support – and they need to earn a living wage so they can craft more tunes.

Thanks for your consideration.

Be well. Practice big medicine.

Hal Newman

The Stanstead House Concerts Network is online at www.stansteadhouseconcerts.net and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StansteadHouseConcertsNetwork/

*American Federation of Musicians, Local 1000