SHCN is proud to present Aussie-Canadian singer/songwriter Tracy McNeil & Aussie singer/songwriter Dan Parsons in concert in Stanstead QC. Ticketing info will be posted shortly.
“A Technicolor West Coast Dreamscape: the sound of sunrise over cedars and noonday Joshua Trees and high desert dusk” (RollingStone)
About this Event
Melbourne-based singer-songwriter Tracy McNeil was born and raised in Canada by musician parents and she echoes the best of their likely influencers: CSN&Y, Mamas & Papas, Linda Ronstadt. All the elements are there. Catchy and original tunes, seamless vocal and instrumental harmonies, lyrics perfectly matched to the rhythms. While McNeil has been heralded a notable talent in her home country for awhile,her latest single ‘Stars’ picks up at full speed from where they left off with their award-winning album ‘Thieves’ (Best Country Album, The Age Music Victoria Awards 2016), continuing to draw from classic rock, pop and alt country influences, whilst simultaneously broadening her sonic palette.
She is coming our way with bandmate Dan Parsons. In August 2018 he released his new album ‘Sunday Morning Cinema’ and launched across the country on a national tour. The track ‘Dream On Lover’ landed on multiple Spotify-curated playlists around the world (Fresh Folk, New Music Friday), and the first single ‘Here Goes Nothing’ held the #1 spot on the AMRAP/AirIt regional charts for two weeks as well as receiving national rotation on ABC radio. He has released three other critically acclaimed solo albums – ‘Firestarter’ (2010) , ‘Dan Parsons’ (2013) and ‘Valleywood’ (2015) which was nominated for ‘Best Folk-Roots Album’ in The Age Music Victoria Awards and saw him perform in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe.
Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6ish. Concert goes at 7.30 pm. $20 at the door. RSVPs absolutely required. Email – email@example.com / T: 819-238-1470
Our next house concert is going to be pretty special… On Friday, June 1st, at our house here in Stanstead, we’ll be hosting Rachel Beck coming in with a powerhouse folk-roots quartet..with breakout guitarslinger Logan Richard opening. Rachel has already had a CBC Radio 2 Top 20 #1 single this year with the beautiful song ‘Reckless Heart’ … For those of you who have never been to one of our concerts.. we start with a vegetarian potluck dinner at 6-ish and then we all gather in the livingroom for the concert at 7.30 pm. It’s a unique and special experience where you get to meet everyone – including the artists in an intimate environment. We charge $20 for adults, $10 for teens – and kids, as always, are free and welcome.
VOA doesn’t want to be cool, or trendy. The collaborative project wishes to write “good music” for music’s sake. Every note of every work is examined through the lens of “is this what will make the song the best version of itself”. It is a study of the pop rock genre, a conscious effort at creating self-supporting works of musical magic.
Glistening guitar tones over a driving foundation are at the heart of the VOA sound. Since the founding members of VOA are established pillars of their local music scene, regal rock is the term used to describe the musical origins of the project. Music for movies is what they produce: deep imagery to be paired with amazing images.
JF Coley, a fifth-generation musician, songwriter, arranger and producer, has been active in the Canadian music scene since 2002, as a member of Flicker, Coley, and now VOA. A multi-instrumentalist JF‘s demos for an upcoming Coley album are what started VOA.
Pascal Desmarais, also a musician, songwriter, arranger
and producer, was a member of Coley in 2006. He has also played in DelaVoy, Union of Slaves and Fable; as well as performed in a variety of other musical projects. Without Pascal there is no VOA.
Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6 pm. Concert goes at 7.30 pm. $20 at the door.
An evening with Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling in Stanstead.
The Brunelle-Newman House, 18 ch de Fairfax.
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Ellsworth makes no secret that his songs are characterised by a kind of dark optimism that is informed by early influences such as Roy Orbison, Kris Kristofferson and Neil Diamond (he recalls singing “Forever In Blue Jeans” in front of the mirror while brushing his teeth as a child!).
And although he’s refined his sound and approach to writing over the years, some things remain constant. Like his acoustic guitar that he rescued from a 1970’s era cottage in the Catskills – a guitar on which he’s written almost every song he’s put down on tape and believes has a lot to do with his gift for songwriting.
But while his latest album “Romantic As It Gets” dwells heavily on the necessity of remaining positive, Ellsworth himself says bluntly “I’m hopeful but I’m not a firm believer!”. The result is a seamless blend of modern East Coast folk and rock and roll, with shades of classic Americana, roots and country haunting the edges.
Kinley is a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. While she’s well known as a member of Newfoundland’s indie ensemble Hey Rosetta!. she’s also an emerging singer-songwriter and recently released her solo debut album “Letters Never Sent” in October 2016.
Kinley is one of the most sought after string players when a group decides to make an album, and she has recorded on over 50 records over the span of her career.
She’s also seen multiple appearances with Grammy-winning artist Anne Murray. She has also toured Australia, USA, Canada and Europ multiple times appearing at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Mumford & Sons Gentlemen Of The Road tour.
“This promises to be a magical evening! World class talent, up close and personal! Don’t miss it!”
Oh yeah… Last time they were in the house it was the dead of winter, it was the first time they ever met in-person and the first time they ever played together – and we fell in love with their sound. Since then they’ve toured Oz and have just released a beautiful new single together. Liz Stringer & Tim Moxam will be back at the Brunelle-Newman House on Friday evening, August 18th…
18 ch de Fairfax, Stanstead QC J0B 3E2
Potluck vegetarian dinner at 6 pm. Concert at 7.30 pm.
Bring your own folding chair if it looks like it’s going to be a nice evening and we can all gather on the lawn. If not, we’ll be inside.
RSVP – Tel 819.238.1470 / E: email@example.com
Ontario singer-songwriter Tim Moxam and Aussie export Liz Stringer toured the latter’s home country together earlier this year, and now they’re getting set to embark on a string of dates across the eastern provinces of Moxam’s native land.
Moxam recruited a who’s who in Toronto’s music scene for his 2016 album Soft Summer: former bandmates, Adrian Cook (guitar) and Tony McKnight (bass) of Great Bloomers, Joshua Van Tassel (drums) of Great Lake Swimmers, and Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s Christopher Weatherstone (saxophone.) The songstresses Ivy Mairi (The Weather Station, Bruce Peninsula) and Raffa Weyman (RALPH and formerly Queen of the Fleet) provided accompanying vocals on several tracks. The album was recorded, mixed and produced by Chris Stringer, who has worked with Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, The Wooden Sky and Gentlemen Reg, among countless others. In 2016 Tim shared the stage with The Strumbellas, Donovan Woods, Coeur de Pirate, to name a few. His single Harvest For The Queen was #63 on CBC Radio 2’s Top 100 Songs of 2016 and #76 on CBCMusic’s Essential Songs of 2016.
What’s The Story about Liz Stringer?
Melbourne’s Liz Stringer, one of Australia’s most respected songwriters and musicians, returns to Canada in summer 2017, following a year of international touring to support the release of her acclaimed 2016 LP “All The Bridges”. Recorded in Portland, OR at Type Foundry Studio, with producer Adam Selzer (M Ward, The Decemberists, Jolie Holland) at the helm, and released in North America through Roaring Girl Records, “All The Bridges” has continued to solidify Stringer’s reputation for the highest quality musicianship, creative autonomy and intensely moving live shows.
All The Bridges hit a swag of favourite lists for 2016 in Australia, including the Inside Sleeve’s top five records of 2016 (ABC Radio National) and number one in the Best Australian Releases at Basement Discs record store, Melbourne.
Soulstack delivers a visceral experience; one of seasoned musicians playing the music of their roots with authentic realism. It’s the sound of Staples Singers-inspired southern harmony, tremolo-drenched baritone guitar, with a late-sixties New Orleans-style rhythm section and the gurgle of a Hammond organ driving it along with the unmistakable and distinctive voice of Jon Knight.
Soulstack has recently released a limited edition, live compilation album titled “LIVE CUTS” [January 2017] which features a variety of tracks superbly recorded live in a small club setting, and includes two live tracks from Moulin Blues. The formal release of the long-awaited ‘Live & Acoustic’ DVD/BluRay/CD , capturing the band in a broken down, intimate setting, with acoustic guitars, a grand piano, Hammond organ, hand drums/percussion, and recorded in front of a live audience, will also be released in 2017.
Currently, Soulstack is in pre-production for their fourth, full-length studio album, with the working title; “Sweaty Moments”. Releases available on iTunes, indiepool.com and select retailers.
Soulstack is: Jon Knight ( Vocal/Guitar), Mark Wessenger (Vocal/Piano/Organ), Chris Latta ( Guitar / Baritone), Darryl ‘Harpo’ Peterson (Bass) and Tom Bona (Drums), with guest member Matt Weidinger (Piano/Organ/Wurlitzer/Clavinet). Soulstack has been performing recently with a special guest musician, Michael Francis , a 5x Grammy Award Winning Sax Player from ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ fame.
Soulstack has been nominated for a total of 8 Maple Blues Awards , winning 3 of these as Drummer of the Year.
[Nominated as Electric Act, Vocalist 2x, Keyboard Player, and Drummer 4x]
Stanstead House Concerts presents… An Intimate Evening with Harrow Fair at The Haskell Free Library.
Concert begins at 7.30 pm.
$20 Adults | $10 Teens
Harrow Fair is Miranda Mulholland (Great Lake Swimmers, Belle Starr) & Andrew Penner (Sunparlour Players). One part stomping songs that echo early Country and Rock n Roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. This duo’s evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs are utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying. Their debut full-length album “Call to Arms” is out now.
The concert begins at 7.30 pm promptly.
The only entrance to the building is located on the American street side.
Visitors from Canada must park their cars on the Church Street side of the building and walk around the building to the main entrance.
Visitors from the United States may park in our parking lot, on Caswell Ave. or another Derby Line street.
It is expected that all visitors will return to their country of origin.
This almost seems like an impossible dream pairing of two of my favourite artists – Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer – who will – somehow – be performing in our livingroom in Stanstead QC.
Our house can hold 45 people – max. So with Tim & Liz and the band and me and Di and the girls – that leaves about 37 spots available… Potluck vegetarian dinner begins 6ish with the concert getting underway 730ish.. You might want to bring your own folding chair or cushion to sit on the floor for this one.. $20 for adults.. $10 for teens..
Tim Moxam (Toronto ON) –
There’s a comforting sense of familiarity in Tim Moxam’s music, like the feeling of a soft summer breeze after the passing of a cold, grey winter. It’s his soulful voice that floats over twangy acoustic guitar; his vivid storytelling of lost love; his breezy, warm atmospheric tones that swell and crash.
Yet when it comes to conjuring Moxam’s predecessors, contemporaries and influences – no one comes to mind. He exists in a world that deftly explores the space between country-rock and folk, with a talent for carving out memorable melodies in unlikely places. On his debut LP, Soft Summer, Moxam shows he’s a singer-songwriter wholly of his own.
At its core, Soft Summer is a collection of deeply personal songs, organized like a sonic memoir. Many of the songs have lived with the Toronto-based Moxam for years, lyrics being re-worked and re-written in countless journals, while others were birthed in the final months before recording. Some were from the era before his first EP, Blue Son, and some were even penned in the backseat of the van as he toured with his former band, the beloved indie rock group, Great Bloomers.
Despite their disparate origins, the songs fit together with fluidity and ease. This is partially thanks to Moxam’s distinctive point of view, and otherwise to the collaborative recording process.
For the album, Moxam recruited a who’s who in Toronto’s music scene: former bandmates, Adrian Cook (guitar) and Tony McKnight (bass) of Great Bloomers, Joshua Van Tassel (drums) of Great Lake Swimmers, and Lemon Bucket Orkestra’s Christopher Weatherstone (saxophone.) The songstresses Ivy Mairi (The Weather Station, Bruce Peninsula) and Raffa Weyman (RALPH and formerly Queen of the Fleet) provided accompanying vocals on several tracks.
Once settled into Union Sound Co. Studios in Toronto, everything was recorded live off the floor – the vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and drums – and often in one take. Moxam hints that this approach means slight pitch problems, vocal glitches and other idiosyncrasies are out in the open, but it’s a sacrifice he was willing to make for an organic sound. “When you start to really dissect things and make everything perfect,” Moxam says, “you end up with a manufactured product. You have something that’s inauthentic. I gravitate towards a more natural sound.”
The album was recorded, mixed and produced by Chris Stringer, who has worked with Timber Timbre, Ohbijou, The Wooden Sky and Gentlemen Reg, among countless others.
The single “Bones” is a languid and emotive love song, narrated over an intricate guitar line that weaves between Moxam, Mairi and Weyman’s joint vocals. “Meant To Be” is densely layered with wistful guitars and pedal steel, culminating in beautiful melodic peaks. The title-track Soft Summer is a languid summer anthem; Honey from the Hive is a slow-burner, complete with a stinging saxophone interlude, and sung from the perspective of an arrogant lover.
Soft Summer is at turns passionate and tender, sorrowful and solemn, uplifting and rollicking. It’s a look inside Moxam’s own life, encrypted in metaphors and melodies.
Liz Stringer (Melbourne VIC) –
Liz Stringer was playing piano before she could talk. The dye was cast young. Some argue that she still communicates better with music than with conversation. She grew up in Melbourne, Australia, the youngest of three kids. Her Dad was a music teacher, her Mum a literature and history teacher. The house reverberated with music of some kind constantly. There were instruments and books on every surface. And the backyard was littered with Aussie rules footies, cricket bats and tennis racquets. Ball sports and art. It was a good way to grow up.
At thirteen Liz won a music scholarship to an elite private girls school. She spent a few years there, making the most of the grand pianos and the sports facilities. It was a supportive, but rigid, environment. It was against school rules for students to eat in their uniform when not on school grounds. What the actual fuck. At fifteen she started playing guitar. At sixteen she went to Germany, started a band and recorded her first demo with those boys. Onto cassette. She’s declined to divulge the name of that band. Too embarrassing, she reckons. She cut her performing teeth in Germany. And learned how to drink beer and smoke cigarettes. Everyone smoked back then.
She returned to Melbourne, went to her local high school, and began to write more and more songs. Tripping on acid in her mates’ shed, drinking cold beers on hot summers days in the park next to her school. The guitar went everywhere with her.
After she finished high school she went back to Germany, picked up the band where they’d left it, borrowed a black Fender Stratocaster and a Bassman amp, secured a rehearsal studio in a World War II bunker and rehearsed religiously over the next three years. They played a few gigs. And had a lot of fun.
Then she went to England. To follow love, and obtain enough work to sustain her continuing life in Europe. She learned how to barkeep, she wrote more and more songs, played some solo shows and began to focus on the acoustic guitar again.
2003 she was back in Melbourne. And by 2006 had made her first album, “Soon” with her best mate, drummer Adam May. Ten years later it’s 2016 and she’s released four subsequent albums and is about to release her 5th studio record. She recorded it in Portland, Oregon. She wanted adventure again. She needed it. And she also fell in love. With Canada. So she started to plant roots and now she has a record deal and a bunch of beautiful friends there. She also gets back to her mob in Germany as often as she can.
She’s toured around Australia perpetually for years. She’s played every major festival. She’s revered by her musical peers for her inherent musical talent and low tolerance for bullshit. She neither has, nor wants, industry attention and validation. She’s a musician. It’s pretty simple, really.
An evening with country-crossover artists The Record Breakers in Stanstead QC.
The Record Breakers are from the West Island of Montreal. They play original music with elements of blues, rock, country and pop. And then they add something that is all their own. The Record Breakers also play covers of songs by The Beatles, Blue Rodeo, and other iconic bands.
These young musicians all attended the same music school and found their way together by their love of, and dedication to music. Since they formed in 2014 they have performed at impressive venues such as the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, The Crowley Art Centre, and Club Soda in Montreal.
2016 has shown itself to be another great year for The Record Breakers; they released their debut extended play (EP) album, which dropped on March 25, 2016, and was celebrated with a sold-out EP launch show at The Rialto – Piccolo Hall. They were featured on Breakfast Television on City TV, played Porchfest NDG, Lachine Canal Folk Festival, Landmark Event at Paradox Theatre, DDO Canada Day Celebration and Zone Musique in Old Montreal and on Sept 10, 2016 they received first place in the LME finals at Club Soda. They recorded a music video and released a Rockumentary on the band off-stage. And through it all they continue to be great friends and have lots of fun. The next goal for The Record Breakers is to get back into the recording studio to lay down the tracks for their second album.