ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL EVENTS
If you’re looking for some music to spice up your time in Westport, The Cove is the place for you to set yourself down. We bring in the best we can find and keep a healthy mix on rotation. From Blues to Jazz, Rock to Folk, Country to Bluegrass, Soul to Funk, we love it all. In the warmer months, larger performances and full band shows take place on our Lounge stage while solos, duos and small groups play to the patio crowds. When it gets cooler, all shows happen in the Lounge.
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TERRY TUFTS (Acoustic Folk Guitar Master, Lanark)
June 16, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, repeating indefinitely
The return of TERRY TUFTS, Folk Legend! Terry is an accomplished singer-songwriter and guitarist, as well as working as a session musician and sideman for a variety of artists including Tom Paxton, David Francey, Ian Tamblyn, The Arrogant Worms, Wayne Rostad, Susan Aglukark, and George Fox. He has 7 albums. He blends a well-traveled personal history into music without boundaries. He blew the socks off our place at the Canadian Songwriter Summit with host Kevin Head.
Superb singer, writer and guitarist.
1997 regional winner of Standard Radio’s National Songwriting Competition and one of the three winners of the 1998 Ontario Council of Folk Festival’s Songs From The Heart Awards
Superb singer, writer and guitarist: those are words frequently used to describe Ottawa-based performer Terry Tufts. All of those attributes – and more – are on display in his new album, The Better Fight, which is scheduled for release this fall.
Terry’s songwriting contemporaries refer to him as a musical triple threat. He’s also an avid environmentalist, dedicated dad and loving husband, all elements that colour his striking original material. Terry’s lyrics speak straight from the heart – and from a charged social conscience. His stirring melodies are supported by sophisticated finger-style guitar orchestrations. The result: songs that are often anthemic, and always profoundly affecting.
Born on the shores of Lake Erie the son of a Canadian diplomat, Terry grew up in Denver, Rome, South Africa and Ottawa. He has been playing music since he was nine, starting with the mandolin and later moving on to guitar. He cites influences ranging from Gordon Lightfoot and Red Shea through Keats, Byron and Shelley to Lenny Breau and Tommy Smothers.
Always the brilliant guitarist, Terry spent much of his early career working with other singers. However in the mid-1990s, he released two albums of original material: Walk On and Two Nights Solo. Both were greeted with critical acclaim, and his songwriting was recognized when he was named a winner in Standard Radio’s National Songwriting Competition in 1997. He is also the only two-time winner of the Ontario Council of Folk Festival’s Songs From the Heart competition, taking that honour in 1998 and 2001.
Terry’s latest recording, The Better Fight, reflects his continuing growth as songwriter and musician. In it, he explores the pop, jazz and folk idioms, moving seamlessly through all three in the company of some of the best musicians in Eastern Canada. Apart from the sheer musicality of the new recording, The Better Fight is, as one writer noted “the culmination of Terry Tufts’ career as a gifted and passionate songwriter. Whether he’s tackling the dilemma posed by an unjust war or savouring moments in time, Tufts displays a boxer’s heart wrapped inside a troubadour’s spirit.”
“Call me an American chauvinist, but “country” has always called to mind “Nashville” or “Austin” – not “Ottawa.” Now Walk On from Terry tufts has changed by mind. In a dreamy ramble through 10 originals and covers, Tufts proves that his roots go as deep as those of all the Hanks and Dollys on this side of the U.S./Canadian border. He displays a wry, Nashville-ready wit with lyrics like “You got a habit of bein’ so sweet…the kind of woman any man could wanna meet…hope nobody knows this but me.” Canada’s national treasure Willie P. Bennett wails away on mouth harp and joins Peter von Althen on drums, Ken Kanwisher on bass, and a cast of seemingly thousands to keep the uptempo “Look to Yourself for Heaven” chugging and “Swing Her About” swinging. Every so often, Tufts and company dip into the deeper pool from which all good country music is made, with mediations on death and eternity like the haunting “In the Eleventh Hour” and the homage to his father, Floyd, on “My Father Would Say.” The covers include John Martyn’s “Sweet Little Mystery” and a suitably corny “Deep Purple.”
BLUES ON THE RIDEAU @ THE COVE INN, WESTPORT ANNOUNCES 2018/19 LINE-UP
Choose The Blues Productions in co-operation with The Cove Inn, Westport is pleased to announce the 2018/19 LINE-UP for Blues On The Rideau @ The Cove – our 14th year! In memory of Diane Leduc Doran this year’s Series is being dedicated to her.
BOTR @ The Cove is now recognized as one of the premier Blues Series in the country featuring some of Canada’s best Blues, Soul and R&B artists (all Juno, Maple Blues Award, Western Canadian Music Award and/or Quebec Lys Blues Award winners/nominees). The Cove venue is friendly and intimate located in a beautiful 140 year old country inn in one of the most scenic villages in eastern Ontario – Westport – located on the shores of Upper Rideau Lake on the historic Rideau Waterway (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) – only a 1.5 hour drive from Ottawa, 45 minutes from Kingston, 2.5 hours from Syracuse, 3 hours from Toronto and Montreal.
There are 9 shows this season including one 2 Night Stand – Jack de Keyzer in January. All shows take place from 7-11 pm. The ticket price remains the same – for the fifth year in a row – $65 (plus HST). That includes a delicious full course buffet dinner, dancing, door prizes and a chance to win 2 Grand Prizes at the end of the season. Proceeds from each show go to support different local charities. To date $68K has been raised for the Westport community and the goal is to raise at least another $5K this season.
September 28 – From Hamilton: STEVE STRONGMAN BAND (Raw, powerful Blues Rock)
October 19 – From Toronto: SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR (Fabulous Soul Blues with beautiful harmonies)
November 16 – From Toronto: THE HOGTOWN ALLSTARS (Big time Blues, Soul & R&B from 6 members from 2 of Canada’s most famous Blues bands)
January 18 & 19* – From Toronto: JACK DE KEYZER BAND (Canada’s King of the Blues guitar. One of BOTR’s favourites. *2 Night stand)
February 15 – From Montreal: DAWN TYLER WATSON & THE BEN RACINE BAND (Winners of the 2017 International Blues Challenge – great Blues, Soul & R&B)
March 22 – From Montreal – RIA REECE BAND (More great Blues, Soul & R&B)
April 19 – From Peterborough & Niagara: RICK FINES & SUZIE VINNICK w. BAND (2 of Canada’s best Roots/Blues artists together on one stage)
May 10 – From Ottawa: WICKED GRIN (High energy get-up-and-dance rockin’ Blues!)
Full details on the Series including the artists’ Bios, links to their websites and YOU TUBE videos – plus the charities that are being supported this year – can be found at www.BluesOnTheRideau.ca More info on The Cove at www.coveinn.com
Advance reservations are required for all shows and can be made at The Cove, by phone 1-888-COVEINN 613-273-3636 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Well priced accommodation is available at The Cove and nearby B&B’s and a motel but book well ahead. All the beds in Westport usually sell out on BOTR nights.
Blues On The Rideau is produced by Choose The Blues Productions www.choosetheblues.ca in co-operation with The Cove Inn www.coveinn.com Sponsored by Perth Brewery www.perthbrewery.ca, Jacob’s Creek Wines www.jacobscreek.com, DAWG FM Ottawa www.dawgfm.com, LAKE 88 Perth www.lake88.ca and the Ottawa Blues Society www.ottawabluessociety.com
For more information contact:
James Doran, Choose The Blues Productions, 613-574-0086 email@example.com
Seamus Cowan, Manager, The Cove Inn, Westport ON 613-273-3636 firstname.lastname@example.org