Sep 21, 2023 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
VOLUME 21 #9
This edition of Folk Lines provides details of our exciting, diverse, and entertaining fall lineup for Weekends at the Opera House.
Weekends at the Opera House:
Fall 2023The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society has programmed five weekends of incredible music! We hope many people will support these hard-working touring musicians by coming out to one or more of these concerts. This newsletter will give descriptions of all the weekends, with particular emphasis on the first two. Further details about subsequent weekends will be provided in the October and November editions of Folk Lines.
WOH Fall 2023 Poster for Folk Lines
Weekend #1—In Recognition of Truth and Reconciliation:
Leonard Sumner and April Martell (September 29) and Morgan Toney (September 30)
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Leonard Sumner
Leonard Sumner is an Anishinaabe singer-songwriter whose storytelling flows directly from the shores of Little Saskatchewan First Nation, located in the heart of the Interlake of Manitoba. His music blends elements of country, folk, hip-hop, R&B, and spoken word. His music addresses truths that have been buried for far too long as he awakens the consciousness of audience members who may have been unaware of their slumber. Leonard released Rez Poetry in 2013, and followed that with his JUNO-nominated sophomore recording, Standing in the Light (2018). Here is a video for “Memories”, the first single from that album.“…one of the most important, vital new voices in the entire Canadian roots music scene.” ~ Island Music Fest
April Martell
April Martell
April Martell is an Indigenous singer-songwriter originally from Cape Breton, NS. After spending years playing cover songs, she began songwriting in 2018. Her lyrics speak of heartbreak, memories, and nostalgia and her songs are delivered with soft and easy folk sounds that can make any room feel intimate. April released her self-titled debut recording in 2022. Here is April with her powerful re-make of “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, a version that brings awareness to Indigenous issues.”…beautiful voice…powerful message…gives us the chills…” ~ Ripple FX Canada
Leonard Sumner and April Martell: Friday, September 29
Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)
Morgan Toney: Saturday, September 30
Mi’kmaq fiddler and singer Morgan Toney brings together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with the old songs of the Mi’kmaq people with brilliance and heart. First Flight, Morgan’s award-winning debut album, celebrates language and heritage in his transformation of traditional songs like the “Ko’jua” and the “Mi’kmaq Honour Song” alongside highly original songcraft. Here is Morgan’s video for “Msit No’kmaq” (All My Relations), a song that expresses the importance of the teachings of the Mi’kmaq.“Toney’s debut album is full of creative fire, a testament to a young artist searching for his voice and overflowing with ideas.”
~ Devon Leger, Folk Alley
Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)
Weekend #2—Sweet and Soulful Sounds:
Allen Snow and the Quorum (October 13) and Sweet Alibi and John Wort Hannam (October 14)
Allen Snow
Allen Snow and the Quorum: Friday, October 13
Allen Snow has lived in all four Atlantic provinces and settled in Halifax in 2010. Throughout all the moving around he did, music was a constant force in his life. He’s been singing for as long as he can remember and picked up his first guitar at age 10 years. An accomplished songwriter, Allen’s music defies genres, containing elements of blues, rock, jazz, folk, and country.For this Weekends at the Opera House appearance, Allen will be joined by his band, the Quorum: Matthew Strugari (percussion), Jay Hamm (bass), Courtney Clark (keys) and Dillon Winter (lead guitar). Allen Snow and the Quorum were the winners of the 2023 ECMA for Blues Recording of the Year for their self-titled debut. Here is Allen singing “I’m All Yours”.“Great new track (“A Coin You Can’t Spend”) — the dark biting guitar
solo gave us goosebumps.”
~ Music Nova ScotiaTickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)
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Sweet Alibi
Sweet Alibi is a Winnipeg-based trio consisting of Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen, and Michelle Anderson. Group members deliver soulful folk-roots-pop songs that feature luminous vocal harmonies supported by layers of skillful instrumentation. It’s not surprising that
the members of Sweet Alibi can weave their voices so magically: they have been playing together for more than a decade, with two members (Jess and Michelle) having been friends since junior high. When they connected with Amber in 2009, they became a band. Part of their success comes from their ability to so effectively leverage the individual talents of each member to etch out a distinctive sound. The group’s fourth album, Make a Scene (2022), features thoughtful and insightful lyrics and Sweet Alibi’s signature three-way harmonies. The album earned the group the 2022 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Duo/Group Recording of the Year.Here is Sweet Alibi singing “Middle Ground” from their album, Walking in the Dark.“… flawless folk and roots-pop filled with oomph galore.”
~ Cory Stumpf , Canad
John Wort Hannam
Albertan John Wort Hannam is a seasoned veteran of the Canadian music scene. He quit his teaching job 17 years ago to pursue music full time. In that span, he has released eight full-length recordings, from his 2003 debut, Pocket Full of Holes, to his recent album, Long Haul (2021). Along the way, he has received a JUNO nomination, a 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award, and a Kerrville New Folk award. John is known for his story telling through music, often writing about the human experience as seen through the eyes of working folk. John previously appeared at the Folk Harbour Festival in 2006, 2011, and 2017.From Long Haulhere is “Wonderful Things”.“If you like compelling story-telling put to beautiful vocals and music, you will enjoy [Long Haul].” ~Richard Barry, Roots Music Canada
Sweet Alibi and John Wort Hannam: Saturday, October 14
Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)
Weekend #3—Cape Breton Roots:
Dave Sampson and Jodi Guthro (October 27) and Pretty Archie (October 28)
Dave Sampson and Jodi Guthro will each bring individual sets to this evening featuring songwriters who celebrate their Cape Breton roots.
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Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)
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Pretty Archie is a five-piece, Cape Breton-based band whose sound is a mixture of folk, Americana, bluegrass, alt-country, and East Coast music.
Tickets: $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under)
Weekend #4—The Story Told in Song:
Ian Sherwood Trio (November 10) and Irish Mythen (November 11)
Ian Sherwood
Ian Sherwood will be bringing his band, Geoff Arsenault (drums) and Mike Farrington Jr. (bass), and his compelling songwriting and irrepressible energy to this show.
Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)
Born in Ireland and now living on Prince Edward Island, Irish Mythen is steeped in the tradition of passing songs and stories down through generations. Her performances are a thing of raw power and emotion that have to be seen to be believed.
Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)
Weekend #5—’Tis the Season:
Reeny’s Family Christmas (November 24) and Lennie Gallant and the Innkeeper’s Christmas (November 25)
With deep roots in the St. Thomas Baptist Church in North Preston, NS, Reeny Smith and family are the perfect performers to deliver soul-stirring and room-silencing renditions of seasonal favourites.
Tickets: $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under)
Lennie Gallant and the Innkeeper’s Christmas is quickly becoming a holiday standard, having been performed to sold-out houses throughout the Maritimes in recent years. Lennie will appear with his band: multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Patricia Richard, fiddle and bass player, Keelin Wedge, and keyboard player, Julien Robichaud.
Tickets: $45 ($22.50 for those 25 years and under)
Weekends at the Opera House, Fall 2023—more details
All shows take place at the Lunenburg Opera House, 290 Lincoln St., Lunenburg
Doors open at 6:45 pm, shows start at 7:30 pm
Seating is general admission
Ticket prices include taxes
All ticket sales are final
Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Folk Harbour office, 125 Montague St., Lunenburg, (902) 634-3180 or online through Ticketpro
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From marking the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to celebrating the holiday season and everything in between, Weekends at the Opera House, Fall 2023 offers the chance to be both entertained and informed. Please join us for these great shows this fall!