Our guests, Garnet Rogers and Archie Fisher, were in fine form on what was one of the last stops on their last tour together. There were a few musicians in the audience for this special concert, including David Woodhead who toured a lot with Garnet when they played with Stan. I was thrilled to hear Garnet read an excerpt from his book “Night Drive – Travels with my Brother” (www.garnetrogers.com); it's funny when I read it myself but not nearly as hilarious as when Garnet reads it.
This was also our Annual Healing Gardens concert and we were really pleased to meet Dr. Carol Redstone, the Head of The Critical Care Unit at The Mackenzie Health Foundation. Her speech was eloquent and from the heart as she told us that public monies only go so far and can only be spent on certain things and without efforts like ours there would be no funding for something as uplifting as a Healing Garden.
Dr. Carol really enjoyed the evening and I think she’ll be coming back to Acoustic Harvest. It turns out that she’s a musician herself and worked her way through university by playing accordion – in a polka band, I think.
For more info on the Healing Garden project, visit founder, Terry Eagan's website: www.patiorecords.com
For this one concert, for the first time ever, we did a 50/50 draw, and it was quite a lot of fun for Judy, Sytske and me to sell armlengths of tickets to the audience. We raised an additional $178.00 for The Healing Garden and one lucky audience member went home with the same – someone told me Garnet’s cousin won but later graciously donated his share to MacKenzie Health.
Obviously, no first event in a new space goes off without a hitch and our first concert at SPUC was no exception. “Helen’s 50th Birthday Party” was taking place in the lower hall and that meant we were a bit squished for space for our refreshments and parking. Thanks to Helen and her birthday celebrants for accommodating us by keeping the sound of their party down as much as possible during our concert, and thanks to Reverend Dan who made a great effort to make sure everybody was happy; it couldn’t have been easy. For the rest of the season we’ll have access to the lower hall for refreshments and the parking won’t be an issue.
Our next concert will be November 17th and we’re pleased to welcome back Lynn Miles accompanied by Keith Glass (www.lynnmilesmusic.com)(www.keithglass.wordpress.com)
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer-songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, Lynn is the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year), a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year and Love Sweet Love earned her multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (best English Songwriter, best Contemporary Singer). She has certainly found her strength over time.
Keith Glass is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (guitar, mandolin, bass), producer and a founding member, guitarist, and songwriter with Prairie Oyster, a group which has received critical acclaim, including multiple Juno and CCMA awards. Prairie Oyster is often cited as the country’s foremost roots/country band. They toured extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Europe over a career that spanned almost four decades. In 2008, Prairie Oyster was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Keith and his band mates are also the recipients of a SOCAN lifetime achievement award.
We don’t often have an opening act but for this concert we’ll have the pleasure of hearing Piper Hayes. I heard her at Winterfolk(www.winterfolk.com) in February and became an instant fan.
“…an album that allows one to reflect on their experiences and get lost in a world of darkness and light.– Bill MacLean, Entertainment Beat (Beach Metro)
“Her on stage demeanour is relaxed, and she looks like, wait for it…she’s actually having fun! Many performers need to take note of this little nugget of wisdom. If you enjoy yourself, there’s a greater chance the audience will enjoy themselves! Mind you, it also helps if you have talent, which Ms Hayes has lots of!” – Bobby Singh, Piper Hayes at Music City North (FOH Photography)
Steve Pritchard has been a strong supporter of Acoustic Harvest and has featured many of our guests on his show Radio Boogie, 4-6pm on CIUT, 89.5fm(www.ciut.fm). On November 14th Steve will be featuring Lynn Miles and it’s also going to be his fundraising show. As you may recall, CIUT.fm is an independent radio station and is run mainly by volunteers (the last time I checked I think they had 2.5 paid staff) and depends on donations from listeners and I’m sure Steve would appreciate your support. Acoustic Harvest will be making a donation to let Steve know we value his support and all the hard work he does to promote acoustic music. Thanks Steve.
By the way, I’m sure you all know Topaz, she’s been running the merchandise table at Acoustic Harvest for many years now. Topaz also volunteers at CIUT and handles the phone lines for Reggae Riddims on Saturday from 10-midnight.
This week, November 7th, Steve will be playing tracks from Tony Quarrington’s new CD “For King and Country” (www.tonyquarringtonsongs.com). Tony has been on the Acoustic Harvest stage many times, he’s everyone’s favourite guitar player, but on Sunday, November 11th, he’ll be presenting his show “For King and Country” at Hugh’s Room. This is a multi-media production about Canadians in WW1 and it’s a tour de force, a really amazing piece of work and I totally agree with Howard Gladstone (www.howardgladstone.com) that this should have a long run at a theatre.
Congratulations to Jory Nash (www.jorynash.com) who was at Acoustic Harvest about a year ago. Jory has been appointed as one of a four person team to book talent for Hugh’s Room. He'll be focusing on singer-songwriters and would like to hear from you about who you’d like to see, so call him. I’m sure Jory will excel at this job, he’s always been very clear-sighted about the business of being an independent musician and, as presenter of 15 Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot shows, has proven to be a good organizer.
Back to the business of Acoustic Harvest, booking starts early and is ongoing and we’re grateful to Lillian for taking on this task. We’d also like to hear who you’d like to see so please send Lillian an email Lillian.Wauthier@gmail.com.
That’s it for this month, see you on November 17th.