NOTES FORM THE PORT Vol. 111

NOTES FORM THE PORT Vol. 111

One of the most underrated acoustic guitar fingerpicking masters around was in Westport on Friday night. Terry Tufts is his name and terrifying new listeners and hippie folk lovers alike is his game! His fingers equipped with essential false fingernails danced all over a Gordon Lightfoot romp called (That’s what you get) For Lovin’ Me. A man with a certifiably strange yet clear sense of humour which translates into some of the lines and rhythms he plays. His vocal style peaks beautifully with his falsetto so pure and the jumble of lyrically packed teams he has in his set remind you of a hip-hopper. Looking forward to his return to The Cove this year.

Guts and God, Brea Lawrenson’s new music video is charting quite well according to friend and fan, Jeremy Barr. Brea has been working with players and writers out of Nashville as well as her band here in Canada. We wish her well and she climbs up the ranks in the Canadian country music industry…

Super special day for me on Saturday with a whole day of rock ‘n’ roll activity with Young Petty Stones. At one point I thought things might get stagnant but the beauty of the music keeps every night as good as the next or better than the last! Under the guitar/keyboard/Vocal leadership of Jason Kent, the band of myself, Eric Lawrance and Rob Radford thrives on a deep, well written tune with heavenly harmony and guitar uncontrollability. On top of the musical church which we celebrated, it was fun to see the house full of other milestone celebrations.

Weekly at The Cove:

Rack ‘n Tunes continues to roast people’s minds at The Cove from 7-10pm with Shawn McCullough on thunderous acoustic guitar and a whole hosts of great guests, stragglers, locals and passers by.

Jazz night will be dialled up with the solo, hungry Spencer Evans goat boy music machine from 8-10pm.

Head Over Heels looking to need to provide the engagement music soundtrack for your Sunday Cesar afternoon patio stop. 12:30-3:30pm. They have a new website in the works too!

Thu.Jun.15, unless you’ve been living under a proverbial rock, the NHL Meet the Pros Gala and FOTA (Friends of the Arena) fundraiser with Jazz Night featuring Emily Fennell will be happening. 50% of the proceeds go to the arena! Thanks to Bob Scott, Mark Herlehy and Rick Smith for working with me on this! It will be a silent auction, 50-50 draw and door prizes. But the the highlight of the night will be hosting five NHL stars/alumni who will be in the house to help fund raise. Thanks to the players like Carkner and Helmer who have donated items but I can’t be present. Some of the alumni in attendance will be Chris Phillips, Doug Gervis, Rick Smith, Rob and Murphy and Fred O’Donnell. Meet and greet and autographs at 6 PM, dinner at 7 PM and shoe around 9pm. www.facebook.com/friendsofthearena

Coming this Friday to The Cove is a special old-time country/Bluegrass show with the immortal Mike O’Brien and his wife Michelle. Romantically tight harmony, either opening acoustic fingerpicking and a sweet couple of people from Montreal. 6-9pm No charge. www.sinandswoon.com

And this Saturday, it’s John Wilberforce from up north of the seaway around Kemptville. You get the good feeling when John comes around again. Folks, rock, blues and a well curated song list.

www.johnwmusician.com

Learned last night that my new friend Mike was a DJ on Electric Circus on MuchMusic circa early 90s.

Gearing up for Summer Concert and Dance Chaffey’s Lock Community Hall? Sat.Jun.17, Old Man Grant comes through. These Bytown Swamp Stompers have a definitive greasy bluegrass style that as the trio going in all hands on deck. Gritty, it’s nice to see they are playing in dives where they fit in so well like Grumpy’s. $20 advance or $25 at the door if available. Doors open at 7pm. Contact Cindy Crank for tickets. www.oldmangrant.com

Don’t forget about the literally one and only Morgan Davis. A pot of acoustic blues Sun.Jun 16, 7-10pm

Talk to you next week!