NOTES FROM THE ‘PORT Vol. 159

A special welcome to Kevin Murphy, an Irish Historian from Forkhill Parish, County Armagh, Ireland. Kevin is co-author of the “out of print book”, A Famine Link, The Hannah, South Armagh to Ontario. Many of the Irish survivors of this ship wreck in 1849 initially settled on Foley Mountain and numerous descendants still live in the areal! His book was the basis and inspiration for documentaries by the CBC and the BBC, articles in the renowned Irish American Magazine and most recently a CD by Declan O’Rourke entitled “Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine” which has been nominated for Ireland’s 2018 Music CD of the year! Kevin will be available at The Cove to autograph your previously purchased books from 3-5pm this Sat.Jun.23! If you wish to join Kevin and other guests for a buffet dinner or a la carte at 6pm, reservations can be made by phoning The Cove at 613.273.3636 in advance. Thanks so much to Jane Murphy for organizing this great cultural memorial event for Westport and it`s descendants!
In case you don`t have TV, a phone, a computer or haven`t watched CBC or any other major World Cup has started! I love Spain, want to see Messi win, don`t want to see Ronaldo win because of his ego, happy that England is looking good, behind Iceland, confused why the Netherlands aren`t in, hoping Canada will be in at some point in the future, picking Belgium to win it all and am silently in love with Uruguay! Robbie Williams was hilarious! Red leopard suit with shave swoop. What can you say…Watching daily, it`s a blast. Like the Olympics or something. Maybe if you are interested in catching a game with some like minded fans and you don`t have a place to watch, come down to The Cove! The atmosphere is great when more folk are out and it gets wild in there towards the end with the rabid shouting and screaming. Find your team and watch your games! www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches
Check out Graven`s new song, Hymnal, produced by Jim Bryson. It`s a musical memoir of life in summer camp and all that you `learn`. Graven, aka Matty McKechnie will
play The Cove patio from 6-9pm on Fri.Aug.3. https://graven.bandcamp.com/album/hymnal
Miss Emily was incredible on Saturday at the Isabel Bader Centre in Kingston! I loved the idea, Miss Emily sings Kingston II! Singing some of her own tunes and some songs by local artists through her interpretation. Some guest artists were there too…Ryan Lewis (who used to sing with Spencer Evans Trio on Jazz Nights) sang one, Jonas Lewis-Anthony (lead singer of The Wilderness) sang one with acoustic guitar, one of my first great teachers and incredible musicians Zak Colbert played some duo 5-string bass work with Emily as did guitarist Cameron Wyatt of Kingston’s indie upcomers Kasador. Sean Jensen was full of nuance on drums as was Van Sheen on guitar and Spencer Evans on piano. I did some soul sister singing and bass playing…Emily was a star. She has risen to a new level that you rarely see. Her vocals are as strong as ever and her confidence and stage presence are so evident because it’s so easy for her to just be on that stage. The music she is performing and writing these days is close to her heart and speaks to her strengths. And that theatre, absolutely world class. So much fun being a part of the night. Great job Margie, Gord, Aaron and everyone else! Fun to see Colleen Brown of Major Love at the end of the show…and Larry and Maggie from Upstate New York who were sitting in the front row! Looking forward to playing CNIB Camp on Lake Joseph in Muskoka with her and the band. Oh Susanna might join for a tune too!
Terry Tufts gave a masterful outdoor evening show on Saturday. His acoustic aural filled the gardens and beyond. Oh, and the Meet the NHL Pros Gala: A Fundraiser for FOTA on Friday. What a howl with the throwback pros 80s Enuff headed by Pat Murphy and friends! We so thank him for his generosity in performing for this event. He certainly knows how to put on a larger than life show! The fundraiser brought in over $6500 for FOTA through silent auction and live auction (which my father did), 50/50 draw, donations and 50% of each ticket sale! Thanks to the NHL Pros for donating their time to this great cause: Rick Smith, Fred O’Donnell, Jay McClement, Chris Clifford and surprise appearance by Chris Phillips. Thanks as always to the FOTA folk, especially Bob Scott and the Scott clan, Mark Herlehy, Rick Smith, Frank Huth and many more. Thanks also to the generous donations by Martin Drevjany and Chris Atack. Finally, thanks to Westport in supporting such an incredible event and being so generous in the auctions!
LeMeow, soul infused indie pop smothered in sass…there is a Concert/Dance at the Chaffey’s Lock Hall Saturday night! They can’t wait to have them back after the amazing time had by all last year. Last year, lead singer Gin was literally singing with the crowd as her chorus as the rest of the band packed up the instruments at the end. According to Gay Henniger who is on the Chaffey’s Lock Board, “The music is always so fresh and they seem to have “it” all together.  Even when they do a cover from the Moetown days they always give it a leMeow twist.” Tickets are still available online @ Onstagedirect/chaffeyslock or at Dave Brown’s Marina.
Shawn McCullough continues to juggle the party on Wednesdays with Rack ‘n Tunes and Open Mic from 7-10pm. Fun, fun, fun. Try the ribs!
Spencer Evans Trio will be back for their 22nd season! What the ….!? I mean, seriously, has the reunion tour to Australia started yet? Should be another blast as drummer/singer extraordinaire Andy Love is back behind the drums with yours truly on bass! 9-11pm every Thursday $5. Party all the time, give us your requests and we will play them. Everything from Sidney Bechet to Ray Charles to James Brown to Gnarles Barkley to Bruno Mars to Elvis to Neil Diamond to Three Dog Night to Zeppelin to The Beatles to Garth Brooks to Beethoven to Simple Minds to David Bowie to Frank Sinatra to INXS to Jackson Brown to whatever else…
Grant Fullerton will be back for his 3rd time to showcase what it means to have a Hawaiian shirt rock and roll party! He is such a googly performer with a wonderful predisposition for self-depricating humour. He used to play for Lighthouse. 7-10pm in the lounge $10.
John Wilberforce will take the patio with his easy, breezy acoustic style from 6-9pm on The Cove patio.
Next weekend is going to be lots of fun too!
Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip’s Campfire Liars Club on Fri.Jun.29 7-11pm buffet and show…
The annual Canada Day Pre-Party with Turpin’s Trail on Sat.Jun.30 6-11pm buffet and show…
Canada Day all day with Head Over Heels…featuring THE Zak Colbert on bass Sun.Jul.1 12:30-3:30 and 6-9pm…
Dwayne Thomas Jr…Mono Neon, Ghost Note. Just massive amounts of fun worth checking out!
Send me your local musical listings folks!
Thanks for reading!

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What a week. Here are some names that define it. Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Kim Jong Un, Dennis Rodman, Doug Ford, Rafael Nadal, Marco Cechinatto, Alex Ovechkin, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Steph Curry…ok, some have more weight than others but seriously, what a thick week to trudge through. So much information and emotion. I really don’t feel like I ever thought I should get political on this forum but lightly, come on people, what is happening out there in our world with our neighbours to the South with resectt foreign policy and common sense? What kind of message is being sent with the way that world leaders are being revered and not reprimanded for unlawful actions against humanity and questionably unfair treatment towards closest allies! Where is loyalty and coalition anymore? Why can’t people see through this and stand up to what is happening? We have the power to do so if we do! It’s a mess! A travesty! It’s downright scary and we are all in the cars behind the madmen at the head of the roller coaster! Dennis Rodman, the main man who has the closest connection between two leaders who are headbutting with potential nuclear destruction? It’s honestly reminding me of that genius a Hollywood black comedy, Idiocracy with Luke Wilson. I think the most telling thing from our side of the big pond is that in our little tourist town flooded with great American folk, as I feel out the person and question them on the state of US politics, I’m hearing a consistent air of embarrassment and fright. The resistance needs to keep coming.
 
And now from our bubble back in rural Ontario…
Our honourable and overdue tribute to the late great Mr. Tom Petty (and Neil Young), Young & Petty on Saturday was an absolute blast and howl all the same. Playing music with Jason Kent, Eric Lawrance and Rob Radford is a true stroke of luck and genius. I always look forward to it and get those nervous jitters because I always want it to go so well! Full house party too, which was encouraging! Looking to have another one in August, stay tuned. In the meantime, thanks to Cove friend and musician Kevin Head for booking Young Petty Stones at the Joel Stone Park in Gananoque @ 8pm. Bring bug spray and a chair or throw!
Thanks to “princi-pals” Jamie Campbell and Dave Balfour for a great evening on Friday on the patio. Perfect weather.
Thanks to Gary Tregaskis from Tennessee who vacations here throughout the summer for bringing a slew of folk from the Clayton Antique Boat Museum to see Dale Lyons’ carriage house and take in an evening food at The Cove with some east coast folk music by Chris Murphy and Brian Flynn.
Coming this Friday is the 2nd annual Meet the NHL Pros Gala: A Fundraiser for F.O.T.A. (Friends of the Arena)! Thanks to all of the co-organizers and members of F.O.T.A., especially Bob Scott, Rick Smith and Mark Herlehy! There will be a silent and live auction with crazy prizes like pro jerseys and game tickets, 50/50 Draw, delicious buffet dinner and meet and greet/Q&A with NHLers in the house Jay McClement, Fred O’Donnell, Chris Clifford, Rick Smith.Pat Murphy’s 80s tribute band, 80s Enuff will literally blow up this night!!! The full itinerary starts 6pm and goes until after 11pm. $60 + HST per person with half of each ticket going to F.O.T.A.
PC Majority. Discuss!
Farewell to Doug Allen. Wonderful man, tireless proponent of all things Westport. He was the man who helped elevate the women’s shopping experience in Westport with his wife Jude and their store Seasons of Westport, which will continue under new management. He worked closely with the village as a liaison with the government and Valley Heartland securing valuable grants and building strong relationships for our community along the way. We wish him all the best in Ottawa on the next chapter. Thanks for the party to the Chaikowsky’s!
Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup! 46 years in business and their first win with arguable he best player in their franchise history. Two of my ex-Habs Eller and Smith-Pelly were great! Always love to see the mic-less hoisting of the cup. It’s a sacred time.
RIP Anthony Bourdain. This man created a show that stole so many of us away in the cool months to escape on a Sunday evening on CNN to his fantastical world of food, culture, life, death, geography, society…Parts Unknown. Truly remarkable revelations of unknown, under exposed, dangerous, remote places around this planet. I’ll never forget the music he threw in there too. I’ve always love Queens of the Stone Age and the fact that Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme wrote and played the intro tune. Some great shoulder rubs with all kinds of this world’s crazy, creative types! I love the episode in Northern Rhone where he exposes the way children learn to cook from their earliest school experience. Or the trip back home to Japan with his NYC Sushi chef friend. Joel Rose, brother of our local friend Ken Rose of Lake Effects/Pinecone helped to publish Bourdain’s iconic first novel Kitchen Confidential which confesses all things good, bad and ugly behind the scenes in the restaurant kitchen scene. From there, they have continued to keep in touch and be friends. They were just about to release a couple of shows on Netflix which we all will still be released. We who “knew” him will miss him. Thank god he has a wonderfully colourful documented legacy.
Mono Mono is the latest release by my friend and bandmate Jason Kent of Montreal. Jason has such an authentic and soulful voice in music. This record exhibits this in a fine, fine way. His tones are impeccably investigates and produced. A couple of cameos by some of Montreal’s great musical visitors appear on this one too. Damn good record! If you want another incredible record, limited edition physical CDs of Jason Kent’s first self titled record are available at The Cove bar for $10.
The incredibly soulful sister Miss Emily has a show called “Miss Emily Songs Kingston II” at The Isabel Bader Centre this Fri.Jun.16. I’ll be sharing bass duties with one of my great bass teachers Zak Colbert for the evening! I’ll also be doing some backup soul sister impressions on the vocals…Call for tickets today!!! 7pm
The one and only hard working Shawn McCullough is working on a new record! Aren’t you excited?! Chalk full of friends and good vibes, it promises to be historic. See him every Wednesday at Rack ‘n Tunes + Open Mic as he hosts one of the most consistently entertaining nights in the land at The Cove. 7-10pm
Spencer Evans plays weekly under the name Jazz Night! Maybe you’ve heard of it? Maybe you haven’t. Well, it’s been 22 years of Jazz Night at this time of year at The Cove! The band joins in next week. Get ready for some more! 8-10pm Spencer solo this Thursday and next Thursday, it’s 9-11pm weekly until September!
Don’t forget, Head Over Heels plays every Sunday on the patio from 12:30-3:30pm! Bass player extraordinaire Zak Colbert will be joining them for two consecutive shows on Canada Day: 12:30-3:30 & 6-9pm on the patio!
Terry Tufts will be back after a long break to spread his incredibly gorgeous folky tunes on his acoustic guitar this Saturday night on The Cove Patio. Terry has performed with everyone from George Fox to Susan Aglukark, The Arrogant Worms to David Francey, Wayne Rostand to Ian Tamblyn. 6-9pm
Congratulations to Barecat and Lisa on their son Nolan Seed being the first pick chosen by the OHL Owen Sound Otters! Perseverance and dedication personified…from the whole family! It takes a lot of people to build a champ!
Shinnecock Hills hosts the US Open. I’m sure my buddy Al Wyse will walk over to the course in his back yard…
Kevin Murphy, author of The Sinking of The Hannah will doing a book signing at The Cove Sat.Jun.23 3-5pm. Thanks for making this happen Jane Murphy!
Switching to paper straws…

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In weekly typo news, I should’ve put Glen Allen and I put Doug Allen! I suppose it’s too late to change this says it’s already gone to print but I would just like to send it to you anyway.
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What a week. Here are some names that define it. Donald Trump, Justin Trudeau, Kim Jong Un, Dennis Rodman, Doug Ford, Rafael Nadal, Marco Cechinatto, Alex Ovechkin, Kate Spade, Anthony Bourdain, Steph Curry…ok, some have more weight than others but seriously, what a thick week to trudge through. So much information and emotion. I really don’t feel like I ever thought I should get political on this forum but lightly, come on people, what is happening out there in our world with our neighbours to the South with resectt foreign policy and common sense? What kind of message is being sent with the way that world leaders are being revered and not reprimanded for unlawful actions against humanity and questionably unfair treatment towards closest allies! Where is loyalty and coalition anymore? Why can’t people see through this and stand up to what is happening? We have the power to do so if we do! It’s a mess! A travesty! It’s downright scary and we are all in the cars behind the madmen at the head of the roller coaster! Dennis Rodman, the main man who has the closest connection between two leaders who are headbutting with potential nuclear destruction? It’s honestly reminding me of that genius a Hollywood black comedy, Idiocracy with Luke Wilson. I think the most telling thing from our side of the big pond is that in our little tourist town flooded with great American folk, as I feel out the person and question them on the state of US politics, I’m hearing a consistent air of embarrassment and fright. The resistance needs to keep coming.
 
And now from our bubble back in rural Ontario…
Our honourable and overdue tribute to the late great Mr. Tom Petty (and Neil Young), Young & Petty on Saturday was an absolute blast and howl all the same. Playing music with Jason Kent, Eric Lawrance and Rob Radford is a true stroke of luck and genius. I always look forward to it and get those nervous jitters because I always want it to go so well! Full house party too, which was encouraging! Looking to have another one in August, stay tuned. In the meantime, thanks to Cove friend and musician Kevin Head for booking Young Petty Stones at the Joel Stone Park in Gananoque @ 8pm. Bring bug spray and a chair or throw!
Thanks to “princi-pals” Jamie Campbell and Dave Balfour for a great evening on Friday on the patio. Perfect weather.
Thanks to Gary Tregaskis from Tennessee who vacations here throughout the summer for bringing a slew of folk from the Clayton Antique Boat Museum to see Dale Lyons’ carriage house and take in an evening food at The Cove with some east coast folk music by Chris Murphy and Brian Flynn.
Coming this Friday is the 2nd annual Meet the NHL Pros Gala: A Fundraiser for F.O.T.A. (Friends of the Arena)! Thanks to all of the co-organizers and members of F.O.T.A., especially Bob Scott, Rick Smith and Mark Herlehy! There will be a silent and live auction with crazy prizes like pro jerseys and game tickets, 50/50 Draw, delicious buffet dinner and meet and greet/Q&A with NHLers in the house Jay McClement, Fred O’Donnell, Chris Clifford, Rick Smith.Pat Murphy’s 80s tribute band, 80s Enuff will literally blow up this night!!! The full itinerary starts 6pm and goes until after 11pm. $60 + HST per person with half of each ticket going to F.O.T.A.
PC Majority. Discuss!
Farewell to Glen Allen. Wonderful man, tireless proponent of all things Westport. He was the man who helped elevate the women’s shopping experience in Westport with his wife Jude and their store Seasons of Westport, which will continue under new management. He worked closely with the village as a liaison with the government and Valley Heartland securing valuable grants and building strong relationships for our community along the way. We wish him all the best in Ottawa on the next chapter. Thanks for the party to the Chaikowsky’s!
Washington Capitals win the Stanley Cup! 46 years in business and their first win with arguable he best player in their franchise history. Two of my ex-Habs Eller and Smith-Pelly were great! Always love to see the mic-less hoisting of the cup. It’s a sacred time.
RIP Anthony Bourdain. This man created a show that stole so many of us away in the cool months to escape on a Sunday evening on CNN to his fantastical world of food, culture, life, death, geography, society…Parts Unknown. Truly remarkable revelations of unknown, under exposed, dangerous, remote places around this planet. I’ll never forget the music he threw in there too. I’ve always love Queens of the Stone Age and the fact that Mark Lanegan and Josh Homme wrote and played the intro tune. Some great shoulder rubs with all kinds of this world’s crazy, creative types! I love the episode in Northern Rhone where he exposes the way children learn to cook from their earliest school experience. Or the trip back home to Japan with his NYC Sushi chef friend. Joel Rose, brother of our local friend Ken Rose of Lake Effects/Pinecone helped to publish Bourdain’s iconic first novel Kitchen Confidential which confesses all things good, bad and ugly behind the scenes in the restaurant kitchen scene. From there, they have continued to keep in touch and be friends. They were just about to release a couple of shows on Netflix which we all will still be released. We who “knew” him will miss him. Thank god he has a wonderfully colourful documented legacy.
Mono Mono is the latest release by my friend and bandmate Jason Kent of Montreal. Jason has such an authentic and soulful voice in music. This record exhibits this in a fine, fine way. His tones are impeccably investigates and produced. A couple of cameos by some of Montreal’s great musical visitors appear on this one too. Damn good record! If you want another incredible record, limited edition physical CDs of Jason Kent’s first self titled record are available at The Cove bar for $10.
The incredibly soulful sister Miss Emily has a show called “Miss Emily Songs Kingston II” at The Isabel Bader Centre this Fri.Jun.16. I’ll be sharing bass duties with one of my great bass teachers Zak Colbert for the evening! I’ll also be doing some backup soul sister impressions on the vocals…Call for tickets today!!! 7pm
The one and only hard working Shawn McCullough is working on a new record! Aren’t you excited?! Chalk full of friends and good vibes, it promises to be historic. See him every Wednesday at Rack ‘n Tunes + Open Mic as he hosts one of the most consistently entertaining nights in the land at The Cove. 7-10pm
Spencer Evans plays weekly under the name Jazz Night! Maybe you’ve heard of it? Maybe you haven’t. Well, it’s been 22 years of Jazz Night at this time of year at The Cove! The band joins in next week. Get ready for some more! 8-10pm Spencer solo this Thursday and next Thursday, it’s 9-11pm weekly until September!
Don’t forget, Head Over Heels plays every Sunday on the patio from 12:30-3:30pm! Bass player extraordinaire Zak Colbert will be joining them for two consecutive shows on Canada Day: 12:30-3:30 & 6-9pm on the patio!
Terry Tufts will be back after a long break to spread his incredibly gorgeous folky tunes on his acoustic guitar this Saturday night on The Cove Patio. Terry has performed with everyone from George Fox to Susan Aglukark, The Arrogant Worms to David Francey, Wayne Rostand to Ian Tamblyn. 6-9pm
Congratulations to Barecat and Lisa on their son Nolan Seed being the first pick chosen by the OHL Owen Sound Otters! Perseverance and dedication personified…from the whole family! It takes a lot of people to build a champ!
Shinnecock Hills hosts the US Open. I’m sure my buddy Al Wyse will walk over to the course in his back yard…
Kevin Murphy, author of The Sinking of The Hannah will doing a book signing at The Cove Sat.Jun.23 3-5pm. Thanks for making this happen Jane Murphy!
Switching to paper straws…

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Couldn’t have bought a stronger solo act to bring a blues party to the Cove in Saturday. Just can’t seem to think of anyone as driving, bright…a real bombshell. Got the hot licks that guy. I had a hang after the show and talked being dads. That was fun. Must say though, this man has enjoyed sharing stages with some of the world’s finest Blues acts. Bizarre times with the carnivorous Buddy Guy, warm and fuzzy with B.B. King. So many flirts with fantasy and success for one person to count. So much that I felt like saying, “I’m proud of you Steve”. He used to be in the 90s hit machine Plasticine and is now off to France for a bout with those music hungry maniacs this summer. I wish him all the best of luck. Thanks for your endorsements. I loved playing tunes with you. Strong connection!
Logan and Taylor won some new fans on the weekend too. Fun to hear. For his age, Logan Brown is so talented on that guitar that it makes me physically ill. Looking froward to some summer reappearances on the patio. Rain, rain, stay away, come again another…day.
 
Building of the new outdoor stage at Lockwood Park has commenced. The work of the Lockwood Park Rehabilitation Group, some local folk and the WAC has made this all possible. Congrats on making it to this final phase of actually building. The work is to be finished by July 1 for the location of the parade to kick off. Scott Blair Construction is at the helm. Future site of outdoor summer events, etc. Stacy Blair
 
RIP Margie Norris. Thinking about Tommy Norris and the whole clan and the folks at Village Green where she worked so reliably for about 15 years. Take your smile with you wherever you go up beyond the stars sweet Margie. It’s so large out there that it’s really quite small.
 
Songsmith Father John Misty is back with another musical rocket ride. Classic sounds and vibes but clearly his own thing. A direct descendent is the last record. It’s all about that 70s Harry Nilsson, Lennon sound. Lyrically quirky as it gets. Right in your face and streaming consciousness with classic snakey jazz vocal melodies. Empowering! God’s Favourite Customer.
 
Not much left in the tank here. Volcanoes. Trump…still. The Ontario Election choices. June weather 2017/18. Daddyin’. Looking forward to letting it all hang out on stage with as much collective strength as we can all muster on Saturday when Young and Petty pay a full tribute to the gentlemen at The Cove Saturday Night.
Friday is the inaugural event of old buddies and present school principals Jamie Campbell (of The You’ve Got a Friend tribute, Roch Voisine touring/writing partner) and Dave Balfour (holy, happy customer, former O’Reilly’s pub jam night leader/Stewart Park Fest MC) pair up for an evening of song and folksy-ness on Friday at The Cove. 6-9pm on the patio.
 
Saturday is full up for Young + Petty for seating but you can still walk in for less.
 
Wednesday is Rack ‘n Tunes with Shawn Shawn Mccullough, Thursday is Jazz Night with Spencer Evans and Sunday is Head Over Heels on the patio with Kevin and Vanessa Head.
See y’all soon there!

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Last weekend was a patio weekend at The Cove! Tom Watson was a fun factor and Jeff Callery had them all turning their heads out there on Saturday. The weather pulled it out for all shows!
Rack ‘n Tunes and the open mic continues to be out of control good clean fun with Mr. Shawn McCullough piloting the charge. Weekly 7-10pm. Unreal ribs. We make ‘em, you eat ‘em. www.reverbnation.com/ShawnMcCullough
Spencer Evans is solo schizophrenic, robotron, soul brother number one every Thursday! The band will join on Thursdays on Jun.21. 8-10pm weekly ‘til then. Some new wild and crazy tunes on the playlist. Some deep ones. And that is more than just the vault I’m talking about. Spencer Evans. A true one of a kind.
This Friday on the patio if it’s nice out, Logan Brown and Taylor Angus will transform the outdoors to a coffeehouse theatre of sorts with their brand of acoustic soul with a swift undercurrent of funk. Logan alone is worth the price of well, there actually isn’t any admission to see him. His next level finger style always make me turn my head. 6-9pm
Saturday will be another acoustic evening to be reckoned with. Hamilton’s Steve Strongman is the man, and with that laser focused acoustic guitar picking and banging down doors style of strumming. The man sings a driving vocal too. He has played with international blues royalty and is now national Blues royalty. Pretty honoured to have him our house on Saturday as a solo show. He is a multiple JUNO award winning and nominated fellow. He also has enough Maple Blues awards for one guy. This isn’t officially a Blue on the Rideau show but it is a Blues show on the Upper Rideau. Quality Blues is what we love to present here. Quality blues is what you will get if you come! “Raw, powerful. Straight up.” 7-11pm Buffet and show $45. Call for reservations. www.stevestrongman.com
Never ceases to amaze me of the endless free fall of musical wormholes that you can travel through in a lifetime. If you’re like me, you find this supremely satisfying and sobering all at the same time. It’s something you do when you’ve gone around the block and felt there were some more rocks to unearth. Great songwriting will never, ever die folks. It is the thing that connects an integral firing of a neurone to another in order to continue the songwriting language. Jackson Browne was my latest. I’ll forever be finding this journey satisfying.
Westport Heritage Festival Presents: Heritage Day this Sat.Jun.2 9am-4pm at Westport Public Library. The day’s activities include archival displays, build your family tree, research materials and friendly advice, access records online and in archives, food available, pick up a new Westport Walking Tour Guide, launch of the Westport Arts Council “Westport Chairs”.
Thanks for the info and hard work to everyone including Jacky Brady!
Anna Ruddick! Nice to hear about here motherdom! Former musical mate of Montreal days. Played with everyone from Amanda Rheaume to Randy Bachman to Bry Webb to Ben Caplan and Colin Cripps.
Mark Palmer and Shelly are parents of humans now! Twins of boys! Congrats guys. A legacy not to tread lightly upon.
Vote wisely. Read up!!! It’s important. I don’t think enough youth realize this.
Short and sweet. Find a wormhole! Open up your mind and enjoy!

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Whew! Quite a little ride this weekend on the old hamster wheel at The Cove and in Westport! I must say, it`s so great to have that feeling back in the air with the patio full, the staff running, the calm warm air, the screaming vibrant colours and music flowing from the outdoor stage. (although we didn`t actually have that this weekend, it will come soon)

The weekend started with Sara McCullough winning the Long & McQuade donated acoustic axe on Wings `n Tunes night this past Wednesday. Thanks again to Nathan and the folks at the generous music store!

Thursday continued with the unbeatable, unflappable, unreal, individual pianist Spencer Evans! It`s been 21 years of musical mayhem with that man since my twin bro and I started Jazz Night together with him. Never the same show, set or jokes twice. It`s just incredible how that man`s mind works. I urge you to check him out every Thursday until Canadian Thanksgiving weekend! Spencer will be doing it solo until Jun.21 then the band kicks in behind him…with Andy “Treebot” Love and yours truly.

Friday brought Monsieur Jesse Stone in from Montreal. An old school troubadour type with some drawl and swagger. Definitely a performer and knows his goal. Did an all acoustic set with his harmonica a guitar on the patio then moved it inside to Looking forward to seeing him here again at the end of the summer.

Saturday was snuggie with our east coast folk hero Chris Murphy, reelin’ them in.

Sunday was the return of Head Over Heels for another season of pretty patio ditties. Weekly matinees until Thanksgiving. Sunday night was a full on rock and roll show featuring everything from prog-rock radio friendly b-sides to absolute pop classics of the 60s and 70s. It’s always such an all out musical experience with Tony Silvestri and his band featuring Westport’s Tom Savage on guitar! Thanks for bringing it boys! Hope to have them back in the summer as well!

Fun playing in the Miss Emily band for a big Princess Margaret Cancer Fundraiser on Wednesday downtown. Kirt Goodwin, James Wannamaker and Ben Vandergaast were the wild cards on this one. Kirt just got off tour playing guitar with Sate, James plays sax in You’ve Got a Friend/Downtown Trio and Ben recorded keys/etc. on the latest Miss Emily record In Between as well as touring with his group Moon Sugar. Pretty fun to play with such pros of the game! The next Miss Emily show is Sat.Jun.16 @ The Isabel Bader Centre of Queen’s University on the shore of Lake Ontario in Kingston. The evening is all music written by Kingston area musicians called Miss Emily sings Kingston II (the sequel to last year’s performance).

On Friday at The Cove is hard working, big music singer Tom Watson. This kid loves his east coast music, is super proud to have done some jamming with The Mahones and throws about anything and everything at you. No lack of variation here! Patio 6-9pm

Powerhouse singer/songwriter Jeff Callery will be back in action on the patio solo on Saturday night! Jeff quitely has a pedigree that you wouldn’t imagine! He has been writing with some of Nashville’s finest over the last couple of years, but he would never tell you that. He has so many great tunes up his sleeve. Get him to play one. Request one! Come on! 6-9pm

Steve Strongman is coming back to The Cove next weekend! This time, he’ll be back with he and himself only…That’s right, a Strongman solo show is in our midst. He is a complete demon on the guitar when the flood gates open. He can literally and has literally played with the best in the blues world on this planet. Congratulations to him on his 2018 JUNO Nomination! He won Best Blues Album with A Natural Fact. Guy can play the blues. Strong slide! He is right on it. From the Hammer! Never misses a beat and you don’t feel like you’re missing a band either…although when he comes, it’s like that Rotundo thing. $45 for food and show on Sat.Jun.2 @ 7-11pm. Call for reservations!

One of my lifelong brothers, Chris Atack has moved on from The Ottawa Senators. Some of you might know about him through the Carkbus when we used to catch those wild Ottawa Senators games when local Matt Carkner played for them. He is now moving on but will most likely be utilizing his talents learned as ticket sales director of an NHL team. You’re one of the most talented, hard working kids I know Chrissy! Best of luck on the new venture whatever it is and if it’s in the same realm, maybe we will catch some games…

Heard the Walkin’ Hawks really walked the hawk and rocked around the clock on the weekend at Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall. Keep an eye out for more shows…Tom Savage plays there this summer Sat.Jul.21.

Stress. Keep them down. I hear too many stories. Life is just too, damn, short. Believe in your happiness and avoid letting the daily struggle get under your skin. It’s like Trooper said…”If you don’t like what you got, why don’t you change it? If your world is all screwed up, rearrange it.”

Raise a little hell?!

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