May 27, 2022 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
|VOLUME 20 #5|
|This edition of Folk Lines is jam-packed with information about recent and upcoming Weekends at the Opera House concerts, news about assistive hearing technology, the announcement of the 2022 Jim Pittman Music Scholarships, and a wrap-up of our workshops in making Mi’kmaq hand drums.|
|Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022|
We have been having a wonderful spring series with the theme of “A Celebration of Diversity”. The photos below are from Weekend #2 (“Mi’kmaw and Mohawk Traditions”) and Weekend #3 (“Music from the Heart and the Land”). The concerts have been entertaining, inspirational, and educational.
|Morgan Toney & Keith Mullins, Garry Woodcock photoJulian Taylor, Garry Woodcock photo|
|Silver Wolf Band, Garry Woodcock photoAmanda Rheume, Kerry Jarvis photo|
|Follow us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see broadcast of the concerts (about one week following the concert).|
Weekend #4: Jazz Vocalists—May 20 and 21
Zamani appears on May 20, shortly after adding two more awards to her name, with wins in the categories of African Canadian Artist of the Year and R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards held earlier this month in Fredericton, NB. A musician whose star is rapidly rising, this concert is a must-see!Here is Zamani singing “I Wish” at the African Nova Scotian Music Assciation’s 2020 awards show.Tickets to see Zamani are $25 ($12.50 for 25 years and under).
|On May 21, Measha Brueggergosman will take the stage. Measha is a renowned opera singer, jazz vocalist, TV personality, author, champion for music education, and an ambassador for several international charities. Here is Measha performing at the 2020 SweetWater Music Festival. For her Folk Harbour performance, she will be joined on stage by jazz guitarist, Stephen Lee.|
Tickets to see Measha are $55 ($27.50 for 25 years and under).
|Weekend #5: Eastern European Roots— June 3 and 4|
Our spring series will wrap up with two hugely entertaining acts: Kubasonics (June 3) and Ben Caplan (June 4). The Kubasonics call themselves “arguably Newfoundland’s finest Ukranian band”, and deliver their music with high energy and authenticity. The band consists of Darren Browne (guitar), Maria Cherwick (violin, vocals), Jacob Cherwick (drums, vocals), Brian Cherwick (accordion, vocals, tsymbaly (hammered dulcimer), and “assorted other Ukrainian folk weirdness”), and Matt Hender (bass, vocals). Let’s give them a warm welcome for their first Folk Harbour performance! Check out this performance of “Kaylna“—did we mention high energy??Tickets for the Kubasonics are $25 ($12.50 for 25 years and under).
|(Jamie Kronick photo)|
Ben Caplan is well known to our audiences and much loved by them. Ben is both the roar of the hurricane and the eye of the storm. He has an uncanny ability to channel both wild abandon and quiet introspection. His songwriting pulls from many diverse influences but both his music and his lyrics regularly draw from his Jewish heritage. Often mixing biblical imagery and klezmer-inflected melodies, Ben re-appropriates ancient sounds and themes with a decidedly contemporary twist. A Ben Caplan concert is always highly memorable. Here is Ben performing “Beautiful“.Tickets to see Ben Caplan are $35 ($17.50 for 25 years and under).
|Details for Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022|
Concerts take place at the Lunenburg Opera House, 290 Lincoln Street, Lunenburg. Doors open at 6:45 pm and concerts start at 7:30 pm. Seating is limited to allow for physical distancing, and masks are required (see COVID-19 policy below).
Tickets for Weekends at the Opera House concerts are available through Ticketpro (1-888-311-9090) and the Folk Harbour Office (902 634-3180, www.folkharbour.com).
|COVID- 19 Prevention Plan for Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society Events|
The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society updated its COVID-19 Safety Plan in April, 2022. This plan provides for limited capacity and physical distancing at the Lunenburg Opera House, and makes masks mandatory for all audience members and volunteers.
|Canada Council for the Arts|
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. Generous funding from this source has allowed us to present Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022: A Celebration of Diversity.
|Music Nova Scotia|
Music Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth, and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry. Music Nova Scotia provided funding to help us present Morgan Toney & Keith Mullins, Zamani, Measha Brueggergosman, and Ben Caplan.
Listen Up! The Folk Harbour Society now offers Assisted-Listening technology at the Lunenburg Opera House. Listen Technologies’ radio-frequency system provides options for concert-goers with hearing issues. The first option features a small, portable receiver on a neck loop that sends an optimized signal directly to concert-goers with t-coil hearing aids or cochlear implants. For those with hearing loss but no aid or implant, a second option uses the portable receiver and a universal ear speaker for an improved audio experience. This new technology promises to greatly enhance the Opera House concert experience. Currently, the service is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Depending on usage, we may require reservations.
The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society acknowledges the support of Canada Council for the Arts for providing funding for the acquisition of the Assisted-Listening technology.
|Jim Pittman Music Scholarships|
The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society is pleased to announce the 2022 Jim Pittman music scholarships. These awards are designed to increase students’ interest in the folklore and heritage of Lunenburg County, while supporting students in taking music lessons. The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society will award scholarships of $300 each to be used by students taking music lessons in Lunenburg County. To be eligible, students must:
– be in grades 4 to 12
– live in Lunenburg County
– want to take music lessons from an established music teacher (if students don’t already have a music teacher, we will help find one!)
Applications forms are available on the Folk Harbour website. The deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2022.
|Mi’kmaq drum making workshopsFolk Harbour recently presented two workshops in making Mi’kmaq hand drums. These were facilitated by Carolyn Landry and were very well received!|
|Funding for these workshops was generously provided by the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage, and the Lunenburg Foundation for the Arts.|
|The Folk Harbour Society has been busy this spring, bringing concerts and workshops to our audience members. Plan to attend one of the remaining spring concerts and stay tuned for more details about Festival 2022!|
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization. They are focused on preserving and celebrating the tradition of folk music through educational programs, youth scholarships and showcasing world-class musicians from across Canada, United States and beyond.