We’re so excited to share our news with you. Welcome to our 2019 season.
Folkus season’s passes will go on sale Monday, November 12, both here on our website and at Mill Street Books. Season’s passes bought at Mill Street Books come in a beautiful package suitable for gift-giving.
Individual tickets will be available the first week of January. All our regular season shows are held at the Almonte Old Town Hall.
January 26, Connie Kaldor & James Keelaghan
Fantastic Folk Double Bill Frolics
We have such a short season, it’s sometimes hard to cram all the great talent in. Which is why we’re starting off with a double bill featuring both Connie Kaldor and James Keelaghan. Both these luminaries of Canadian folk are known for their ringing voices, their clever songwriting, their artful storytelling. They will make you laugh. They may make you cry. They may even make you sing along. It’s going to be an incredible night.
February 23, Greenbank
with special guest Moonfruits
We sort of found Greenbank by accident — they can’t stay away from a piano, and neither can we. We’re looking forward to having their sweet harmonies, smooth piano chops, and mellow 70s vibe in our hall. The duo, featuring Jimmy Breslin and Craig Smyth, hail from Thunder Bay.
Moonfruits, a sweet harmonizing duo from Eastern Ontario, will be opening for Greenbank. Partners on and off stage, Alex Millaire & Kaitlin Milroy are practitioners of “folk bilingue”. Their latest project, Ste-Quelquepart, (Saint Somewhere), is an elaborate fiction, telling the tales of an imaginary village in Eastern Ontario.
March 23, Betty and the Bobs
with special guest Beth Tufts
Who??? Betty and the Bobs started as a fun side project by some excellent musicians and friends who had worked together in different combinations. Many of them have also won Junos and CFMAs. These are players at the top of their game, playing for their own amusement; that the audience gets to enjoy the show is a bonus. Why did we book them? Member Suzie Vinnick is our most-requested past performer; she’ll be bringing her pals, including Katherine Wheatley, Wendell Ferguson, Soozie Schlanger, David Woodhead, Rich Greenspoon, and David Matheson. Come prepared to laugh, clap, and sing along.
Our opener for this show will be Beth Tufts, a talented young performer from Elphin, Ontario, Canada’s JUNO capital. Beth is the daughter of two musicians, and has been singing ever since she can remember. Her clarion voice is all her own, as is her talent.
April 27, David Myles
with special guest susan o
David Myles is a Halifax-based roots performer. An independent artist, he is currently touring album number 10. Myles’ work is characterized by thoughtful lyrics, sweet melodies, and a sense of fun. Genre is flexible in his hands, and he’s been called folk-jazz and nouveau pop, but we prefer to call it good music. Myles has garnered Juno awards, ECMAs, SOCAN awards, and his single, ”When I Get My Turn’, won international songwriting awards.
Our opener for this show will be susan o, an Ottawa-based singer-songwriter folk-rocker. 2017 marked her return to the Ottawa music scene after a 13 year hiatus for family and life. But her time away from music performing was rich in experience and this informs her songwriting.
A big thank you to our major supporters, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Canada, the Town of Mississippi Mills, and our lead sponsor, Mill Street Books. They make it possible for us to bring in great artists, to support local performers, and to take risks in our programming.
We feel really lucky when we get to help our friends, right?
We got to help out Jim Bryson.
He’s coming to town for a special, intimate, show at Equator.
His new EP, recorded just down the road from Almonte at his Fixed Hinge Recording Studio, is a gem. It shows off his songwriting, his musicality, and the fun he and his bandmates had in the recording.
Bryson has been touring this EP in a series of intimate concerts. He’ll be stopping by Equator Coffee in Almonte for a stripped-down show. Capacity is only 40, so don’t put off getting your tickets.
Equator is hosting this evening with a little help from us. Their usual selection of delicious fair trade coffees, fine local beer, and wood-fired pizza will be available.
Doors open at 7:00. Equator is open for regular service prior to the show.
Amanda Rheaume has been a stalwart of the Canadian Roots scene for a number of years, and she is a touring veteran, having played across Canada (coast to coast to coast), Europe, The United Kingdom, Faroe Islands, the USA, and Central America. She has even played for Canadian Forces troops in Afghanistan (three times!). Amanda Rheaume won a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award was nominated for a Juno in the same year. She is blessed with a warm, pure, voice, an ear for a melody, and a strong sense of storytelling.
Her latest album, Holding Patterns, was in the player is one of our Artistic Director’s favourites from the last year: moving from the pure folk storytelling of The Day The Mountain Fell to the bluesy rock of Blood From A Stone, the music is consistently uplifting. The songs are touching, heartfelt, and delightful, and the production is outstanding.
Rheaume will be joining us shortly after a return from a songwriting trip to Nashville, and she promises a few new songs to share with us. We just confirmed that Rheaume will be joined by longtime sidemen Anders Drerup (guitar, pedal steel, vocals — you may remember him for his work with the Claytones, with Kelly Prescott and on the Grievous Angel project) and Leonardo Valvassori (bass and assorted sounds — Valvassori has been a Muffin, a Hawk and a Homewrecker!). This will be one of her last trio shows before her next tour, so it promises to be especially intimate.
Pakenham native Bradley D. Scott will be opening for Amanda Rheaume. He’s a versatile player, lending his talents to local bands, singing originals and covers all over the Valley, and writing scores for video games, among other gigs (such is the life of a modern musician). He released his first solo album, New Frontier, in 2017.
Individual tickets for this concert on January 27th, 2018 at Almonte’s Old Town Hall are now on sale.