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Upcoming Acts

Friday July 28th and Saturday July 29th – 8pm to 11pm

Rick Taylor

” I used to sneak into an old blues and jazz bar across the border in New York State when I was 13. I heard some of the best music in the world there. I was hooked…!”

As a singer-songwriter and guitarist, Rick has been featured on CBC television and radio programs Touch The Earth with host Sylvia Tyson, The Entertainers with host Bill Garrett, Peter Gzowski’s 90 Minutes Live, City TV’s Music City and Intimate Evenings with Songwriters on Rogers Cable TV.

Rick’s dynamism on guitar has led to session and sideman work with Willie P. Bennett (guitarist on “Hobos Taunt” album), Stan Rogers, Doug MacArthur, and a highly acclaimed tour with Colleen Peterson, which culminated in a nine evening engagement as opening act for Gordon Lightfoot at Massey Hall in Toronto. He also fronted his own band The Torpedoes with legendary brother Steve Taylor on drums in Southern Ontario, as well as the Rick Taylor Band which featured some of the finest blues and jazz musicians in Vancouver, and a 3 year run with Vancouver’s HARD 8; a roots-acoustic trio featuring guitar virtuoso Paul Pigat and harmonica legend Monte.

February 2010 sees Rick Taylor returning to his blues roots with his definitive CD release of “Lucky Room”. This solo collection of 11 songs covers the road from Mississippi to Chicago, paying homage to the blues masters from the late 1920’s to the early 1950’s that have helped shape Rick’s music over a 40 plus year career. This critically acclaimed work has garnered heavy rotation achieving radio chart hit status –  reaching #3 on Roots Music Report charts – Canada and #10 on the U.S.A. Roots Music Report – Blues charts. http://www.ricktaylormusic.com/Rick_Taylor_Music/Rick_Taylor.html

To listen to Rick’s music go to https://www.reverbnation.com/ricktaylor

 

Friday August 4th and Saturday August 5th — 8pm to 11pm

 

Larry Smith

Larry has been a professional guitarist since 1973 and has accompanied on guitar Symphony Orchestras in London, Toronto, Quebec City and Edmonton.

“Larry Smith, one of London’s best known musicians, uncorks fine rootsie jazz, swing and blues. A good vintage music of exceptional taste, strong legs, aged and proven with a just a hint of nutty.”

 

Friday August 11th and Saturday August 12th — 8pm to 11pm

Oliver Whitehead

Oliver Whitehead earned a degree from Princeton University in 1970, as well as two from the University of Toronto (Ph.D., 1978). His jazz album Free for Now was nominated for a Juno Award as the best jazz record in 1984, and he has released 5 other disks with the Oliver Whitehead Quintet. His list of compositions includes works for orchestra, a world-music mass for 2 choirs and instruments, an oratorio, ballets, TV soundtracks, radio themes, and theatre works.

Friday August 18th and Saturday August 19th — 8pm to 11pm

Larry Smith and Tara Dunphy

Larry has been a professional guitarist since 1973 and has accompanied on guitar Symphony Orchestras in London, Toronto, Quebec City and Edmonton.

“Larry Smith, one of London’s best known musicians, uncorks fine rootsie jazz, swing and blues. A good vintage music of exceptional taste, strong legs, aged and proven with a just a hint of nutty.”

Tara Dunphy is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician from London, Ontario, Canada.  Now known as primarily traditional country artist, she is the co-founder and co-lead singer of acclaimed Canadian country group The Rizdales, but Tara began her music career at the young age of 3.  She began playing traditional Irish music under the guidance of Paddy Fagan, first with the tin whistle and then moving on to the wooden flute.  After winning multiple championships for those instruments, Tara turned her focus to the fiddle.  Though she was classically trained, her interest in improvisational playing took over and Tara soon discovered a passion for traditional country music.

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