Folkus 2023 Series Pass


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Enjoy all four of this season’s concerts at a special discounted price.

Our first show, on January 28, will feature Jim Bryson, the Steinway piano and friends. Jim Bryson is a songwriter’s songwriter, producer and player, who has worked with Kathleen Edwards, The Tragically Hip and the Weakerthans. Recently, a number of CFMA-nominated albums have come out of his studio down the road in Stittsville, including Ken Yates, The Skydiggers, Suzie Ungerlieder, Caroline Brooks (Good Lovelies), and recent Folkus player Evangeline Gentle. Jim will be taking a rare turn on the piano — yes, the Old Town Hall’s beautiful piano — as well as offering a set with some musical friends.

Opening for Jim Bryson will be Broken Bridges, a local fiddle trio with a CFMA nomination in the young performer category.

On February 18, favourite Folkus alumna Suzie Vinnick returns with her Australian colleague Lloyd Spiegel in tow. Vinnick needs no introduction to our audiences, as she is a long-time friend of the series, beloved for her blistering bluesy guitar and bass chops and honey-sweet vocals. Suzie has won ten Maple Blues Awards, one Canadian Folk Music Award and is a three-time Juno nominee. She has also twice won the International Songwriting Competition — Blues Category. She has just released her seventh solo album entitled Fall Back Home.

Lloyd Spiegel is almost Suzie’s Australian counterpart, with fourteen Australian Blues Music Awards under his belt. He blends jaw-dropping guitar chops with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting, storytelling and comedy. A touring artist since age 11 and with ten albums to his name, Lloyd has squeezed more into his 40 years than many do in a lifetime.

On March 25 we are so excited to bring The Gravel Project to the Folkus stage! Thanks to some funding from Ontario Presents, we were able to establish a residency for two local artists, Vicki Brittle and Brock Zeman. They have never collaborated before, although they have competed against each other in the International Songwriting Competition Finals. They are, at press time, setting up a collaborative project with some community elements and some really interesting side players. So even though they may occasionally play local venues, this show will be like no other. Stay tuned through the Folkus website <> and social media for sneak peeks of the work in progress!

Then on April 29 we finally get to bring A Leverage for Mountains to our stage. Originally scheduled for 2020, A Leverage for Mountains have been honing their chops at home in Val-des-Monts, and recently released a new EP entitled Love Out of the Dark. They are stunning singers, and we expect their voices to soar here in the Almonte Old Town Hall.

Opening for A Leverage for Mountains will be Mia Kelly, a Gatineau-based singer with strong Lanark County connections. Blessed with a knockout voice, Mia’s material ranges from sweet folk to blues-inflected pop. We expect bright futures for both acts — this will truly be an “I saw them when” show.

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