Tickets - $25 (Unless otherwise indicated.)
In the Greenbank area, tickets are available at:
Blue Heron Books, 62 Brock St West,in Uxbridge, 905-852-4282
P O E Design, 146 Queen St, in Port Perry, 905-985-0060
Tickets are also available by calling 905-985-8351.
The Greenbank Folk Music Society
2017-2018 Concert Listing
October 14, 2017
(Note: For this event, tickets are $ 35.)
The Greenbank Folk Music Society has won great acclaim over its 25 years of shows for showcasing fabulous up and coming young Canadian talent. Probably, the most successful singer/songwriter to perform at Greenbank early in their career was Ron Sexsmith. We are thrilled that Ron will return to help open our 25th season.
From Ron's web site: “Ron Sexsmith’s status as one of the greatest songwriters of his generation has never been in doubt, even from the moment he released his self-titled major-label debut album in 1995. His career arc since then has in some ways been a study in how that pure ability has been handled in the studio. On his 12 albums, Sexsmith has worked with some of music’s most celebrated producers—Daniel Lanois, Mitchell Froom, Tchad Blake, Ray Kennedy, Martin Terefe, Bob Rock and Jim Scott. With all of that experience, it would stand to reason that Sexsmith has learned a thing or two over the years about how to make a record.
That thought indeed struck him as the Toronto-based Sexsmith prepared to make his thirteenth solo album, The Last Rider, where for the first time he, in tandem with his longtime collaborator Don Kerr, has taken matters into his own hands as a producer. For fans, that fact alone should heighten the listening experience in terms of getting to hear Sexsmith’s complete musical vision for the first time. However, it’s not much of a surprise that, as an artist whose music never fails to draw out raw emotions, Sexsmith the producer has made The Last Rider perhaps the most intimate and welcoming album in his catalogue.”
Ron's Greenbank fans, like his multitude of fans everywhere, look forward eagerly to hearing his songs old and new. Pure soul food folks. Don't miss it!
We are delighted that the lovely and talented Annie Sumi also will return to open for Ron. “Annie Sumi wins you over before she finishes her first song,” says Mogens Galberg of the Greenbank Folk Music Society. “Her natural and beautiful voice, smart lyrical ballads and excellent guitar skills make you realize she was born to do this.”
November 11, 2017
Lori Cullen & Kurt Swinghammer
From the website:
It’s a special opportunity when an artist has an entire album written for them. The words, melodies, and jazz-informed chamber pop arrangements of Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs were all specifically created for the distinctive voice of Lori.
After taking a few years off music to raise the child she & Kurt Swinghammer were blessed with, close friend Ron Sexsmith suggested to Kurt that they co-write material to entice Lori back into the studio. In the tradition of the Bacharach and David model, the roll of writing lyrics and music was clearly divided. Sexsmith brought his brilliant ability to personalize universal themes while using common vernacular and applied it to the unpredictable harmonic and rhythmic structures of Swinghammer’s artful tunes. The result is a strikingly original, cohesive body of work that has nothing in common with current trends.
Sexsmith Swinghammer Songs is Lori Cullen’s seventh album. A rewarding collaboration between close friends has resulted in a beautifully presented collection of new material. For Lori’s fans, it will be a welcome addition to their collection, and for others it will be that exciting moment of discovering a brilliant new voice.
December 2, 2017
Old Man Luedecke
"His performances are exciting and totally entertaining. His uncliched banjo playing sparkles beautifully and dynamically. This coupled with his thumping foot creates a complete sound. People are drawn into singing along. His singing is his own. Clear and unadorned it is totally emotive and suits the sincerity of his tunes. In the breaks between songs come wild and charming stories of meeting heroes and easygoing but gripping musings on things ridiculous and sublime that may have a wink of contemporary vaudeville. Equally at home on festival main stages, theatres and living rooms, he can hold court in the occasional indie rock bar. Luedecke has been a featured performer at all the major folk festivals in Canada and Australia and an increasing number of American festivals, like Strawberry in California."
GFMS is thrilled to welcome Luedecke back to Greenbank!
Opener: Ken Yates
2017 Canadian Folk Music Award winner for Songwriter of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year
"Of ... evocative vignettes and melodies that could well be set to roaring rock anthems, but sound so much more powerful in their hushed intimacy and quietly insistent rhythmic pulse.
Merritt’s made his living as a producer in the last 25 years, so naturally it all sounds exquisite, the tiniest gestures resonating throughout his sonic temple."
- Macleans Magazine - Best of 015
February 10, 2018
Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar
"Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion. On first listen, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice. Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions. Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar released the debut album, “Send the Nightingale” to glowing reviews by fans and critics alike. They were nominated for four Maple Blues Awards in 2016." Markham Jazz Festival, 2016
Opener: Ben Sures
Ben has seven cds available through Cdbaby.com and on his website at www.bensures.com. Ben Sures has performed at many festivals in Alberta and Canada, opened for everyone from The Preservation Hall Band to Ray Davies of the Kinks, he has performed at numerous Bluebird North Showcases, NXNE,CMW, WCMA and The International Folk Alliance showcases and has toured as a support act for The Arrogant Worms. Ben has been a contributor to CBC’s The Irrelevant Show, Madly Off in All Directions and The Round up with Bill Richardson.http://www.homeroutes.ca/artists/ben-sures/
March 24, 2018
Lynn Miles with Keith Glass
April 21, 2018
To Be Announced
May 26, 2018
To Be Announced