With a songwriting career that spans more than 30 years, Ron Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner and a past Juno, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. He’s been recipient of both Artist of The Year and the prestigious Arts Achievement Award from the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. John’s Folk Arts Council. Ron Hynes also holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his songwriting and cont ribution to the cultural life of his beloved home province of Newfoundland (Canada).
For the past two-plus decades, New Brunswick-born, Nova Scotia-based,singer-songwriter/guitarist, Thom Swift has enjoyed a career that has brought him a multitude of acclaim and awards.With a strong foundation in Americana roots /folk/ blues, Thom’s reassuring baritone voice, accomplished guitar playing and distinctive original music has brought him to soft seat venues and festivals across Canada, Europe and the United States. Thom’s performances are all about connecting and engaging with his listeners. His songs are full of honesty and integrity that flow through the music he plays and every story he tells. He writes and sings about life’s celebrations and disappointments and the commonality of our human experience. A master finger-style and bottleneck slide guitarist, Thom’s trusty vintage guitars, including a 1930 National Steel Resonator and two acoustic guitars: a Triple O Martin and a Gibson J45, are played effortlessly and driven by his love of open guitar tunings.
Show starts at 8, tickets $20
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Suzie Ungerleider began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills. This Canadian songstress has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. These are tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. These are tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts. ohsusanna.com
Show starts 8 pm, tickets $20
Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie – sweet and nutty – Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. Growing up on everything from old-time country to folk, blues and soul, her music resonates.
Jim Dorie sings about his life and relationships to tell stories that are honest and compelling. After a long industrial career, and after raising and educating three children, it was time for Jim to do something that he had dreamed about for years; become a songwriter. In the last four years, Jim has released three albums of original songs and has performed countless concerts. His first album, “Something Happened” was produced by Dave Gunning, a friend and frequent co-writing partner. His second CD, “Ghosts of Pictou County”, was produced by award-winning musician, JP Cormier. His most recent release is titled “Drop Forge.”
SHOW STARTS AT 8 PM, TICKETS $20
Often described as a “writer’s writer”, Susan Crowe is one of Canada’s most respected singer songwriters in the folk genre. At once complex, challenging and accessible, Susan’s intelligent and moving songs have captivated audiences and reviewers from coast to coast, continent to continent. She possesses, in the words of Britain’s Folk Roots magazine, “that rare ability of crafting a lyric that bears scrutiny on its own terms.” That rare ability has earned her two Juno nominations, and nominations from both the West Coast and East Coast Music Awards. www.susancrowe.com
A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Drawing set lists from her own catalogue and exceptional covers of tunes in performances to appreciative audiences internationally, Church has become renowned for the clarity and emotive precision of her voice and the subtlety of her approach to song interpretation and songwriting.