Thanks to Steve Pritchard for hosting Tony Quarrington and me on his radio show, Radio Boogie on Ciut 89.5 fm (www.ciut.fm)and thanks to Graham Mansfield for being a great interviewer. Graham fills in for Steve when he’s away, and does a wonderful job; our Steve has become quite the globe trotter over the last few years. Graham is truly dedicated to Bluegrass, just like his mentor Steve, but unlike Steve, Graham is a musician amd one half of the duo The Layrite Boys, with Graham on mandolin and Nichol Robertson on guitar.
We were hoping that they’d be part of our Winterfolk Showcase on January 18, but they’re busy that night, so we’ll have to go to The Tranzac to see them at the festival in February.
Anyway, I’m getting way ahead of myself here, before Winterfolk in February, before the WF Showcase in January, even before Christmas there will be an Acoustic Harvest concert (www.acousticharvest.ca) on December 7th. This will be a really special show, For King and Country, written by Tony Quarrington. Tony will joined on stage by Zoey Adams, James Gordon, Roger Clown, Margaret Stowe, Jon Brooks, Alex Sinclair, Tony Laviola and Ed Michael Roth.
“... on the faces of brass plaques and gravestones, in thousands of stone chapels across Canada, the traces remain of lives lost and glories found on the battlefields of Europe. The faint echoes of those lives have regained vivid colour and antic force in a new two-act musical drama. Toronto guitarist Tony Quarrington`s For King and Country is a masterful resurrection of the presiding soldier culture that enveloped Canadian life a century ago, reaching its climax with The Great War of 1914-1918.” – Paul Corby, online Radio Host, Corby's Orbit, Radio Regent Park.
Tony is a force to be reckoned with; over the years he’s been admired for his stellar guitar playing as an accompanist with just about everybody and he’s produced records for, again, just about everybody. Along the way he’s always written songs but it seems to me that it’s only in the last few years that he’s got the acknowledgement that he deserves as a brilliant writer. Howard Gladstone has written this article on Tony for Roots Music Canada (www.Rootsmusic.ca) which you can find here (www.rootsmusic.ca/2018/10/03/songwriter-profile-tony-quarrington/). Howard’s put in a lot more information than I can fit into this little newsletter and it’s worth reading. Also worth reading, and also on Roots Music Canada is the excellent article by Paul Corby from which we took the above quote(www.rootsmusic.ca/2018/06/11/a-generation-fell-tony-quarringtons-for-king-and-country/)
For King and Country is a truly great piece of work and will be a great concert, I hope you’ll come out and see it and hear it. You won’t be sorry.
Some good news to share with you. Terry O’Donaghue has made a generous donation to Acoustic Harvest. As Duncan says “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to grow and enhance our Live Music East concerts.” Thank you Terry.
And that’s it for this month, I’ll be back in January with news about our Winterfolk Showcase and other offerings in the 2020 part of the season. In the meantime, have a wonderful Christmas and from everybody at Acoustic Harvest we wish you all the best for the New Year.