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Ken Whiteley (Photo: Art & Light Studio Gallery)

This summer, Folkway Music (163 Suffolk St W, Guelph) are offering a very special series of Saturday morning music workshops in the store.

The workshops, featuring special guests as well as Folkway staff, kick off on June 12 when master musician and Canadian blues legend Ken Whiteley will be in town to share tips and tricks relating to slide work, chords and open tunings that are often used in blues.

Each workshop takes place from 10.30 – 11.30 a.m. There is no charge and no registration is required.

Attendees are welcome to bring their own instruments.

Promises to be entertaining as well as educational. This sounds like a great deal!

Folkway Saturdays in Summer Series:

  • June 12: Ken Whiteley
  • Jun 19: Finding Your Soulmate (Folkway Music)
  • Jun 26: Cool Hand Chris (Chris Coole)
  • Jul 10: Fingerstyle Fowler-style (Jason Fowler)
  • Jul 17: Finetuning Tunes (Jory Nash)
  • Aug 7: Maintaining The Love (Folkway Music)
  • Aug 14: Finding Your Soulmate (Folkway Music)
  • Aug 21: Ukelele Blues (Manitoba Hal)
  • Aug 28: Tonebuilding (Folkway Music)

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Poor Howard Stith’s 12 string guitar has the solid, propulsive groove of a steady-moving freight train; and he has the uncanny way of singing classic blues tunes as if their hard-luck stories were happening today. Poor Howard will be performing live at Folkway Music on May 28 in an intimate setting that you won’t want to miss.

“His Droll patter, outrageous jokes, tall tales, and bald-faced lies feel as if they grew from the same rich folk soil that the songs did. Somehow, he delivers it all – ancient blues, modern ballad, and wild-eyed pun – in a way that makes you think you’re just sitting around his kitchen table, passing a jug and whiling away an easy Saturday night.” 
Boston Globe

Performance
Friday, May 28, 2010
8:00 Doors, 8:30 Showtime
Tickets $15 (GST incl.)

Poor Howard will also be running a workshop the night before his show. This workshop is intended for intermediate and advanced guitar players interested in further developing their finger picking styles.
 
Workshop
Thursday, May 27, 2010
7:30, Tickets $20 (GST incl.)
Limited to 12 participants

To reserve for either or both events, please phone Folkway Music at: 519-763-5524, 163 Suffolk Street West, Guelph.

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Ivan Rosenberg (Photo: Patrick Satterfield)

Acoustic duo Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg are in  Guelph on Friday April 23 for a CD Release show at Folkway Music. This promises to be an outstanding show featuring two incredibly talented individuals.

“It is only a matter of time until Ivan Rosenberg becomes universally recognized as one of the more prolific masters of the resonator guitar.”  Bluegrass Unlimited

“Chris Coole’s banjo playing is frankly incomparable.” Penguin Eggs

World class Dobro, Clawhammer and Banjo duo, Ivan Rosenberg and Chris Coole may have lots of geographical territory between them, but they are from the same town, musically speaking.

Rosenberg hails from California and is known throughout the United States as one of the top Dobro players on the scene today. Coole is a Toronto native who is perhaps best known for his work with the award winning bluegrass unit The Foggy Hogtown Boys and for his clawhammer banjo recordings with Arnie Naiman.

Chris Coole (Photo: Chris Coole)

Although both musicians make their living playing bluegrass, it’s their love of old-time traditional Appalachian music that has brought them together.

Coole and Rosenberg met in 2004 and have since played together every chance they get. In 2008 they took to the road as an acoustic duo, and have since toured from coast to coast a few times over.

2010 marks the release of their first CD, “Farewell Trion.” The music is a mix of old-time, bluegrass and country blues played on Dobro, clawhammer banjo and guitar – classic parlour picking by two great musicians.

Tickets are moving quickly for this one, so best to phone to reserve as soon as possible: 519-763-5524. $20 per person (GST incl).

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The Henrys

Toronto kona player Don Rooke and his band The Henrys are in Guelph this coming Friday night, March 26, for a show at Folkway Music.

The Henrys are a Toronto-based ‘nearly-instrumental’ group that performs as a quartet (Don Rooke, Michelle Willis, Mark Mariash, Andrew Downing), but records with a larger stable of players. The band’s goal has always been to compose, record and perform original music that has no obvious genre, but draws on a variety of styles in an original, identifiable way.

In the words of Toronto Star reviewer Greg Quill:

“Toronto kona player Don Rooke and his ensemble of like-minded abstract sound architects stand out on their fourth album as the high-minded intellectuals in their class, the quiet scientists scratching away at the borders of the folk/time continuum. ‘Old instruments, new sounds’ is the way Rooke describes what The Henrys do – they extract from a resonator guitar and other plucked acoustic instruments the harmonics, overtones and oblique noises behind the rustic notes to create landscapes that are astonishingly romantic, frightening, sexual, spiritual – and quite beautiful. Brave new music.”

The music features the sound of an antique slide guitar called the kona (and other slide guitars). Manufactured out of Hawaiian koa wood in California in the 1920s, the kona has a rare tonal purity. It’s played slide style, flat, with a small steel bar. Mixed with vocals, organ, bass and drums – and often unusual elements: conch shell, quarter-tone trumpet, pump organ, chordette, odd percussion pieces, sonar zombie, steel drums, creates an original yet very engaging sound.
 
The group’s latest CD, “Is This Tomorrow”, is their fifth. It joins four other internationally acclaimed recordings: Puerto Angel (1994), Chasing Grace (1996), Desert Cure (1998), and Joyous Porous (2002), as well as a solo CD, Atlas Travel, by the band’s leader.

The Henrys at Folkway Music
Doors open at 8.00 p.m., 8.30 p.m. show-time.
Tickets: $20. Call (519) 763-5524 to book. Seating is limited to 75.
Folkway Music is a smoke-free, non-licensed, acoustic venue. Coffee and tea are served with the music.

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Guelph’s Folkway Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary by presenting two concerts by two stellar guitarists: Tony McManus on March 6, and Harry Manx on March 26.

Harry Manx promises to be a great show.  Tickets are $48.09 plus GST. As seating is limited to 75, reservations are strongly recommended.

Call Folkway Music at (519) 763-5524 to book.
The doors open at 8:00 p.m, 8:30 p.m. show-time.

Folkway Music is a smoke-free, non-licensed, acoustic venue. Coffee and tea are served with the music

Listen to Harry Manx, Take This Hammer from Live At Glen Gould Studio 2008:

harry-manx-at-folkaway-music

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ragblogad72Our monthly trip around the arts and cultural scene with the Culture Vultures. This week a new Culture Vulture, Lynn Broughton, joined the team. As always, there is a lot going on in Guelph. We’ve tried to cover as many of the events as possible.

Jan’s Picks (see individual blog posts, where applicable)

Daniel’s Picks:

Lynn’s Picks:

  • Ed Video 2nd Annual Comedy Night – March 7 at the Guelph Youth Music Centre, www.edvideo.org
  • Bookshelf 10th annual Poetry contest, deadline April 5,  www.bookshelf.ca
  • Art on the Street 2009 – July 18. Artist applications are open . For more information visit www.downtownguelph.com
  • Friday Noon Hour Concerts in St George’s Square, June 18 through September 18. Submissions from local musicians are encouraged. For more information visit www.downtownguelph.com
  • The grand opening of the new City Hall is scheduled for June 20. Tours of the facility are also included in Doors Open Guelph

Music:
The Monster Show, Winnipeg And Fargo from And In Our Final Days As Archipelago
Tony McManus, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat from Ceol More
Harry Manx, Take This Hammer from Live At The Glen Gould Studio 2008
Eccodek, Silent Song from Shivaboom
Danny Michel, On My Way from Fur, Feather and Fin

Listen to the show:

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Guelph’s Folkway Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary by presenting two concerts by two stellar guitarists: Tony McManus on March 6, and Harry Manx on March 26.

Tony McManus is one of the world’s foremost exponents of celtic guitar. At $20/ticket this is going to be a great show at a great price. As seating is limited to 75, reservations are strongly recommended.

Call Folkway Music at (519) 763-5524 to book.
The doors open at 8:00 p.m, 8:30 p.m. show-time.

Folkway Music is a smoke-free, non-licensed, acoustic venue. Coffee and tea are served with the music.

Listen to Tony McManus “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” from “Ceol More”:

tony-mcmanus-at-folkaway-music

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