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Irish Mountain Music concert archives

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
What a lovely night with Mike Feuerstack and John K. Samson. Witty lyrics, carefully turned phrases and tuneful melodies, it’s a night of gentle pleasure. Pure Canadian music at its best.

Saturday, June 02, 2012
Brock Zeman slices through the rainy night with songs that engage us in the the outer limits of everyday life. Love songs with a twist, sad songs and happy endings. Blair Hogan accompanies with confidence. Very cool.

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Beloved Valdy returns to an appreciate audience. It’s a sweet and blissful energy in the room, as we run through emotions that only a musical master such as Valdy can elicit. Reaches into our souls. Oh, Valdy – one of a kind.

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Wil does break strings. Joined by Kevin Haughton on percussion, Wil takes the audience on a journey of sweet lovesongs, historical narratives and blistering bluesy guitar playing. Thrilled, the whole room, is grateful to be part of the experience.

Friday, March 09, 2012
An Irish Mountain favourite, Mark Reeves fires up his sultry ballads and blistering blues, leaving the audience on the edge of their seats and breathless for more. He’s a one man show, the music right through him, and it sinks into our souls.

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Sunny snowshoe, bountiful brunch and magnificent music on a Sunday afternoon. Rob Lutes travels from Montreal to perform his blues for an attentive audience. Dynamic!

Saturday, January 07, 2012
Emma-Lee captivates the audience with her songs. Depth and simplicity and so much movement in such a pure voice. She and Karen bring down the house. Beautiful.

Friday, October 21, 2011
The suave Jason Collett plays to a roomful of fans, singing of heartache and love and politics and wistful times. Special vibes.

Friday, September 23, 2011
It’s a country night with Tim Hus and the Rocky Mountain Two. So many stories of Canada and the road, and we feel connected through songs. Canadiana and roots, and lots of fun!

Friday, September 09, 2011
Who bicycles to a gig then hops up on stage and and presents a high energy totally captivating show with new stories and well-loved favourites? Jeremy Fisher, that’s who. Packs a big musical punch. A star.

Friday, August 26, 2011
Steve Poltz: Entertainer. Steve’s performance is funny, engaging, dynamic. There’s no daydreaming, no chance to think about anything except the man on stage who delivers. He holds us in the present with songs and stories. So many laughs, then it was all over too soon. Special, so special.

Saturday, July 30, 2011
It’s a potluck gathering on a perfect summer’s eve, followed by Scottish newcomer Alexander Hynes. Lots of talent for someone so young! The always charming duo of Patrick Brealey and Rob Fenton complete the night with breezy, swinging songs under the stars. A thoroughly enjoyable night.

Friday, May 13, 2011
It’s an appreciative crowd that comes out for an evening in song by John Wort Hannam and Maria Dunn – two fine musicians. Traditional ballads and stories of love and hard times. A lovely, complete concert.

Saturday, March 05, 2011
Garnet Rogers’s performance is mellow and warm and brilliant and funny, His rich baritone voice fills the room. We await his return, and his memoirs.

Sunday, February 06, 2011
That Anne Lindsay musical virtuosity has the audience spell bound. With the supreme talents of Charles James, Anne performs her finest work as everyone sits back for a lovely Sunday matinee. Perfect (Thanks to Jim Ansell for the photo.)

Saturday, January 15, 2011
On a winter’s night, David Celia heats up the stage with sultry tunes and sizzling guitar playing. A warm, fun and relaxed night, like hanging out with friends – but with an added musical magic (and great entertainment value).

Friday, December 03, 2010
Two shows with the brilliant Luke Doucet – fiery, sultry, mesmerizing. Sweet, sweet sounds.

Friday, November 05, 2010
Patrick Brealey and Rob Fenton wrap the audience around their musical fingers and take us along for the ride. Spectacular, pure harmonies. Delicious.

Saturday, September 25, 2010
Oh Susanna sings the precious songs, about love and heartbreak and tenderness. She captures the characters in stories woven through lives. Well worth the long wait. Beautiful.

Saturday, August 28, 2010
The ever-engaging Danny Michel entertains with songs from the new CD and well known favourites. It’s a hot and sultry August night and there’s nowhere else to be except kicking back on Irish Mountain with Danny Michel.

Saturday, May 29, 2010
Russell deCarle brings along musical phenoms Steve Briggs and Denis Keldie for a velvety smooth night of songs and stories. Mesmerizing. Russell deCarle, what a voice!

Saturday, April 03, 2010
All heart and love for this country, Ian Tamblyn regales the audience with stories in song. Entertaining and engaging, Ian captures his adventuring life and brings us into his journey for the evening. A fine addition to an Easter holiday.

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Keith and Renée make a return visit and fill the room with sweet melodies, stories and heartfelt experiences. Much audience singing and everyone leaves with smiles on their faces.!

Saturday, January 30, 2010
Wendell Ferguson and Katherine Wheatley embrace us with the fun and joy that make their shows so special. Heartbreaks and comedy and spirit. They are adored!

Saturday, November 28, 2009
Dala, sweet and glorious. So much beauty on stage, so much joy in the audience. They are grace and heart and talent, and they radiate a joyful love of music. They are absolutely adored….

Saturday, November 14, 2009
Jane’s Party rocks the room with catchy melodies and snappy little tunes, and they capture our hearts with their love of playing. Lots of fun! Genuine musical energy!

Saturday, September 26, 2009
Another lovely evening, rich and full and wonderful. The Marigolds — Suzie Vinnick, Caitlin Hanford and Gwen Swick — put together a perfect show.

Monday, August 03, 2009
It’s an evening of songs with Matt Anderson — a young performer who blows us away with a powerful energy, high notes and stellar guitar playing. It’s full on entertainment!

Click on the photo below to see a short video of the evening.

Friday, June 19, 2009
Brent Titcomb and his son Liam wrap us up in their musical arms for an evening of love and friendship and warmth, and the sweet sounds will linger with the audience for a long time. It’s beautiful and special and pure.

Sunday, May 10, 2009
It’s a Mother’s Day brunch with the hard-working Ken Hamm entertaining us with his blues and stories and music, and the afternoon brings singing along and joining in and lots of fun. A wonderful gift of music for all the moms!

Saturday, March 28, 2009
Earth Hour turns this concert into a special unplugged acoustic evening – cafe tables and candles and the sweet sweet sounds of Madison Violet. Beautiful.

Thursday, March 12, 2009
Colin Linden rocks the house with his raucous blues – delicate tender songs and stompin’ loud tune make it special nights filled with fun – what a joy to have Colin return!

Friday, February 27, 2009
Take three great musicians and put them together and get a lot of magic
happening! It’s an evening of soulful songs – textured, inspired and

Saturday, December 06, 2008
Kerri and Caroline and Susan are more than good and more than lovely as they enchant a room full of appreciative guests. Fun banter, sweet harmonies… and their final song brings people to their collective knees. Not soon forgotten, what a night!

Saturday, November 15, 2008
Steve Poltz – The Return. Fun and wacky and unpredictable. Sensitive and sweet and melodic. Welcome back!

Saturday, October 18, 2008
Kevin Breit works his musical magic for the audience, fingers flying and instruments on fire. An evening of creative songs, textured with the sweet sounds of Russell Boswell on stand-up bass. Impressive and amazing. (Photo courtesy James Dean Photography)

Friday, August 22, 2008
Another outdoor concert on a beautiful summer evening with Steve Poltz. He performs a show filled with tenderness and wild stories and crazy fun moments and it’s entirely memorable – he’ll be back!

Wednesday, July 09, 2008
One of the fastest rising stars graces the outdoor stage and it is sweet – relaxed and fun and perfect. It’s an evening to unwind and kick back, and Justin Nozuka’s songs fill the woods with heart and beautiful melodies.

Friday, June 06, 2008
Toronto singer-songwriters Peter Katz and Rob Szabo provide an evening of sweet music to keep everyone engaged, happy, entertained and relaxed – what a beautiful way to spend a sultry summer evening in June.

Friday, April 25, 2008
Brian MacMillan and Lori Cullen entertain everyone with their music, combining mellow tunes and upbeat songs and all kinds of music with their beautiful presence. And there’s something really sweet happening in the room when people join in on the songs. Niiiiiice.

Friday, February 22, 2008
The concert with Brock Zeman on Friday night is absolutely outstanding – you know the kind of evening where your stomach hurts from laughing so hard for so long, and the energy in the room is electric, and everyone is participating in a dynamic experience? It’s one of those unforgettable nights!

Friday, January 11, 2008
The raw energy of The Undesirables show lasts for days within the walls of the house after this concert! New songs, familiar songs, laughter, tears – powerful and emotive. Absolutely … delicious.

They give us the best they have, and it makes for a heavenly experience. Energy, depth, tears, many laughs. We’re touched by the songs. Brilliant and beautiful.

Saturday, December 08, 2007
Bob Egan warms the audience with his stories and songs, life experiences and musical journeys. It’s a treat to sit back and experience an evening with such an engaging and skilled musician.

Friday, November 02, 2007
Opening with Corin Raymond, Jonathan Byrd captures the audience quickly and maintains the attention throughout his sets, capturing snippets in time with astute perceptions delivered in song. So many stories, so many characters!

Friday, October 19, 2007
Unfortunately we miss this concert, but from all accounts it’s a gentle and sweet evening from Penny Lang, Canada’s first lady of folk. Kind of like sitting around a campfire relaxing in the musical atmosphere.

Saturday, May 05, 2007
An evening of deliciously rich music – mellow and soothing and comfortable – kind of like sinking into an easy chair. Accompanied by the equally charismatic and masterful Steve Briggs of The Bebop Cowboys, Russell deCarle treats the audience to original sultry ballads and vintage country standards. Gently… mesmerizing.

Saturday, April 21, 2007
Just a week before winning the prestigious 2007 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest, John and Michele Law grace the stage of Irish Mountain for a night of exquisite bluegrass melodies, tender country songs and snappy lyrics delivered with passion and heart. Lots of fun, and nice to have the Laws back before their move to Nashville.

Friday, April 06, 2007
Irish-born Andy White makes Australia home, so he has the distinction of being the only non-Canadian to play the series – passionate and sensitive songwriting delivered with grace. The audience listens, relaxes and even learns – and experiences a wonderful evening of music.

Saturday, March 31, 2007
What a pleasure to host one of my favourite songwriters. Each song captures the feelings and moments of everyday life, so it’s a joy to sit back and take in the stories and their charming characters. Accompanied by the extraordinarily capable Darcy Yates and Christine Bougie, Greg Hobbs leaves the audience thoroughly entertained.

Saturday, February 17, 2007
Who can capture an audience better than these two?! The Undesirables – Sean Cotton and Corin Raymond – bring characters to life with textured and visual images, taking us through lives and tales and situations with an animated energy – making for a uniquely sensory experience for a satisfied audience. Aaaaaah …

Saturday, January 27, 2007
Pure grace. Thats the evening of music with Anne Lindsay and Jason Fowler. They make the songs dance and drift and settle into our hearts, filling us up with music, each note finding a place within us on an especially poignant evening. It’s beautiful.

Friday, November 17, 2006
What’s not to love about these two?! Back to back special evenings of delicious blues, delivered with genuine passion and warmth. Stellar concerts, lots of fun, and a true honour to share an authentic musical experience with Rick Fines and Suzie Vinnick.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Beautiful and melodic, Winnipeg’s Jodie Borlé’s sweet musical presence fills the room with heartfelt ballads, jazz standards and pop songs. Making a return visit, Mark Reeves brings a high energy, textured set and feverish guitar playing, adding to a complete evening of music for the Irish Mountain audience. Something for everyone to enjoy!

Thursday, September 07, 2006
Jeremy Fisher – Hamilton-raised and British Columbia based. A bare-footed Jeremy Fisher enthrals the audience with his acoustic-pop sounds, brilliant lyrics and funky rhythms, entertaining with stories of cycling across the country three times, busking on the streets, and doing his own thing. It’s an absolute thrill to host this talented young musician.

Friday, June 16, 2006
One of Nova Scotia’s quietly beguiling musicians has the audience’s undivided attention with skilful songwriting and stories. The audience is treated to a joyous and intimate performance from beginning to end, from Stompin’ Tom to the Prince of Pictou and everywhere in between. It’s a deeply touching evening.

Friday, June 02, 2006
Aaaaaah, Valdy. The quintessential musician. Powerfully entertaining, engaging and full of musical spirit. It’s a soulful night from one of Canada’s most beloved musicians and already an Irish Mountain favourite.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Sunday, March 26, 2006
It’s a thrill to host the most talented Luke Doucet and to introduce him to the Irish Mountain crowd. He holds the audience rapt in musical wonderment, song after song, with gentle and touching stories and sweet humour. What a joy to experience!

Saturday, February 18, 2006
Sheila and Amanda experience a ferocious Grey County storm, and stay to entertain appreciative audiences for two nights. Their harmonies are delicate, the songs sometimes profound and sometimes light, and these talented young women exude charm, wit and brilliance. What a beautiful treat for a wintry evening.

Saturday, January 14, 2006
When a musician begins the evening with an instrumental piece written for his son, you know you’re in for a treat from a warm and giving soul. With Dave Celia’s outstanding musical gifts and Joan Besen’s endearing presence, the audience experiences another evening of beautiful, rich sounds and connections.

Saturday, December 03, 2005
Inspiring, energetic, touching and funny …. Irish Mountain is blessed with the Michael Johnston experience! We’re charmed by the songs, captivated by his presence and stirred by the love. And The Grandmother is a moving and beautiful highlight to a perfect evening.

Friday, November 11, 2005
Our bonus musician Brian Byrne performs a fabulous opening set, capturing attention with his versatile voice and engaging lyrics. It’s an absolute delight to host him as he finalizes his solo CD – watch for more Brian Byrne!

Justin Rutledge – mellow, soulful, and poignant – earns our attention with his music and keeps it with his charming stage presence (“I’ve been working on my banter”) right up to the Jelly Bean sing-along with hand-outs and a creative Sun Down finale.

Sunday, October 02, 2005
Mark Reeves enthralls the Irish Mountain crowd with a return performance and quickly makes a genuine connection with everyone. There are songs of yearning and agonizing heartbreak balanced with sultry ballads and lively gospel tunes, and the ever-so-original version of ‘The Bearcat’ will be etched in memories for a long time! His humour, raw talent and authenticity are appreciated by everyone and make for a wonderfully entertaining and fulfilling evening.

Saturday, August 13, 2005
Owen Sound student Amanda Gillies opens for a huge crowd and takes our breath away with her beautiful music. Then, joined by brilliant and accomplished musicians Rob Lamothe on guitar and dad Brent on percussion, Liam takes to the stage and blows us away with his tunes and captivating stage presence. We all relax in the woods like there’s no place we’d rather be this night. It’s an incredibly warm and special performance. Check out the blog at and for photos of the concert, and listen for more Liam songs on the radio. He’s a natural star!

Sunday, June 19, 2005
The weather is beautiful for a concert among the maples with Christine and her fellow musicians. Leanne Zacharias warms us with her haunting cello, and we’re treated to a set by John K Samson and Jason Tait from The Weakerthans (listen for their song “Aside” in Wedding Crashers). Christine follows with her unique and lilting songs, taking in the quiet of the woods to entertain the Irish Mountain crowd. The fun continues around the campfire as the Winnipeg musicians hang out after their performance.

Saturday, March 12, 2005
On a clear and starry evening, Stephen Fearing ventures to Irish Mountain to enthrall the audience with his storytelling and heartfelt lyrics. We journey with him across Canada, into our past and into the lives of others, and then immerse ourselves in the richness of life through his music. Stephen’s gentle humour and effortless guitar work are a pure joy to experience, up close and intimate.

Friday, January 28, 2005
It doesn’t take long for the audience to recognize that they are part of something very special on Irish Mountain as Jory Nash and Jason Fowler keep the audience mesmerized from the first song to the very last notes. Soft and sweet, warm and melodious, humorous and witty, inspiring and awesome – a wondrous evening from two phenomenally talented musicians.

Saturday, November 20, 2004
It’s a night of raw blues, presented with heart and soul by a performer who lives the music. Michael Pickett’s powerful songs and rhythms, interspersed with stories and history, fill the room. With three guitars, rack harmonicas and rich vocals, Michael shows us the depth of the blues. It’s a smokin’ acoustic evening!

Saturday, October 02, 2004
What a powerful evening from a musician whose fingers are on fire! Lots of energy, original instrumental music and even some cover tunes for the Fred-heads in the crowd from Joël Fafard. An engaging show from a creative performer.

Thursday, July 08, 2004
It’s an outdoor concert of distinction under the giant blue tarp in the woods, with Taught by Pat opening for Easily Amused. Armed with two acoustic guitars and two uniquely distinct voices, Keith MacPherson and Renee Lamoureux as Easily Amused intrigue us with their original lyrics and captivating stories set to song. Folk, rock, pop intertwine and leave the audience relaxed on a beautiful evening outdoors.

Friday, March 26, 2004
The Wailin’ Jennys give an impressive performance, from their opening song “One Voice” to the touching encore “Parting Glass”. The harmonies are exquisite and the songs compelling, leaving the Irish Mountain audience filled with admiration for this talented trio. Nicki, Cara and Ruth provide warmth for a chilly night, and fond memories of their performance remain.

Friday, January 23, 2004
Katherine Wheatley and Wendell Ferguson return to Irish Mountain (does
this make them our house band?!) to offer an evening of beautiful
music. It’s obvious that the musicians enjoy their time on stage,
performing in front of a large and appreciative audience, some of whom
haven’t seen Wendell and Katherine perform before. There’s much
laughter, there are some tears, and there’s great admiration for two
of the best in the business. It’s a magical evening!

Photo: Scott Woodhouse

Photo: Scott Woodhouse

Photo: Scott Woodhouse

Photo: Scott Woodhouse

Saturday, November 15, 2003
Trevor Mills opens the evening with his creative and unique songs, quickly
captivating the audience with compelling lyrics and melodies. Trevor
stays on stage and adeptly backs up Alfie Smith, who wows the
audience with his rich and textured voice. This is a bluesman with
heart! Trevor and Alfie leave the audience asking for more and the
evening is over too soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2003
Suzie Vinnick impresses us with her sweet voice and delightful melodies. She treats the audience to an evening of blues, pop, and rock, from original tunes to Led Zeppelin covers. It’s a special evening from a truly warm and incredibly talented woman.

The pictures are from next morning’s “sugaring off”.

Note: Suzie was
recently selected as the Maple Blues Awards “Female Vocalist of the

Sunday, February 09, 2003
Mark has us listening, laughing, and yes, singing along.

His songs and stories are captivating… his voice and guitar playing are stirring. And some of the subject matter… well, apparently he’s considered renaming one of the songs on his current CD to “The Sex Song”.

Friday, November 15, 2002
A fine group of music lovers come out on a cool November night to enjoy an evening of laughs and songs.

Young Ariel Nadler, accompanied by her mom Nora on piano, opens the evening by entertaining us with some lovely tunes. Ariel’s voice is clear and sweet, and it’s a joy to sit back and watch this 11-year-old sing with such poise and confidence!

Connie Kaldor starts her set with advice that all of us could heed … Relax! (?!) It sets the tone for the rest of the concert, as Connie entertains us with her music and humour. There are lots of laughs, some tears, and banter with the audience. With Bill Gossage as back-up and harmonies, Connie proves why she has been in the business of writing and performing for over 20 years. It is a most memorable show!

Sunday, September 01, 2002
John and Michele Law entertain the Irish Mountain crowd with their tight harmonies and clear voices. With Michele on bass and John on guitar and mandolin, they showed us the best of their songwriting and talents. Matt Smith joins in like a veteran on a variety of instruments, despite the fact that this is only his second gig with The Laws.

The jamming carries on into the wee hours, and picks up again in the morning before breakfast on the deck on a glorious fall morning.

The Laws tour Australia in January and February and will return to Canada for more tours. Keep listening for them!

Thursday, June 20, 2002
The concert is great. First, we’re entertained by the very talented Tyler Wagler, who opens the evening with stellar guitar work and vocals, as he performs his original songs. This is someone to watch out for in the future!

And what can I say about David Francey and Dave Clarke. They have us captivated with the first song, and hold our attention throughout the evening. Heartfelt lyrics, poignant storytelling and awe-inspiring guitar playing move us to laughter and tears. We sing along (and David compliments us on our work), and people snap up David’s Juno-award-winning CD. A delightful evening, and Dave, David and his wife Beth enjoy meeting the Irish Mountain group.

Friday, January 18, 2002
The Rick Fines Trio put on an excellent show! The sell-out crowd enjoys an evening of blues at its best, with Rick’s wonderful adaptations of blues songs and captivating originals. The talents of Rob and Richard don’t go unnoticed, either. They performers are relaxed and personable, mingling with the audience and signing CDs at intermission, honky-tonking on our piano after the sets, and even inviting Rich in on a little jam.

Meaford’s Edmund Baxter opens with some beautiful classical guitar. He has us enthralled with his flawless playing. (Edmund teaches guitar in the Meaford/Owen Sound area, and gets rave reviews.) A memorable evening for everyone!

Wednesday, October 17, 2001
Our first sell out! The show is packed, with 55 people gathering to hear Eileen McGann and David K. It’s a wonderful performance and Eileen has such a pure voice …wow!

Tuesday, June 05, 2001
By now, Rich has built a small riser, and the “bonus room” has taken on the look of a real performance venue. The sound is great, too, with the high cathedral ceilings. This time, we welcome Aengus Finnan and Jory Nash, two powerful young singer- songwriters, who capture everyone’s attention with their powerful voices and lyrics.

Saturday, April 14, 2001
A little nervously, but with great excitement, we hold our first concert, featuring Katherine Wheatley and Wendell Ferguson. It’s amazing… lots of great music… and humor. Local — and getting-noticed-all-over — boy Joel Morelli also plays a wonderful set.

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