Another wild and crazy Canada Day in Westport! Congratulations to all those who braved the weather and enjoyed those wide eyed fireworks at the Lions Club Beach. Good reviews on The Dougherty Brothers for sure!
The Cove was an active spot though the party was relegated to indoors…Turpin’s Trail played nary a non-Canadian ditty (not true) though I think they put in a good effort to do so. Their songs are all engaging and their harmonies are binding. It’s a tight band with a loose bridle. Looking forward to Chris Murphy’s return to his solo ways on the patio Fri.Aug.12 on The Cove patio. I personally got extra enjoyment in taking “The Weight” off and getting “Home for a Rest”! Thanks for another satisfying show and we look forward to their return on MUSICwestport Festival day at the Little Rideau Farm Stage at Soho’s Sat.Aug.20.

Old friend and fellow musician in the Bullmoose circles, James McKenty who had a quite successful vintage rock and roll a few years back. I remember first hearing them rip into Words by Neil Young for a sound check at Festival of the Islands in Gananoque. Their original writing was always bang on and though they roamed far and wide of this great country of ours, Peterborough was their stomping grounds. For James, it still is and his is spending most of his time recording and producing. Started things off by getting a call from Blue Rodeo’s co-frontman Greg Keelor He has been working on a sole record and has been doing a bit of work with Melissa Payne. Recently, he recorded the legend Willie Nelson on his tour bus! Don’t ask how or why but he did it. I guess dreams do come true.

Jeff Callery gave a solo session for the ages on The Cove patio on Saturday night. Thanks for that Jeff! Always good to catch up with you too. Jeff is writing songs in tandem with some of Nashville’s great songwriters right now. It’s truly remarkable what you get when you strip a song back to it’s skeleton. Sometimes to be great, it needs nothing more than a universal story and simple bed of chords.

The Inaugural Rideau Thunder Motorcycle Show is upon us this weekend…Get our yer earplugs and get yer motor runnin’ cuz they’ll be headin’ out on the highway all weekend! The organizers with Paul Herlehy at the helm have been outstanding and it plans to be a stellar turnout! Sat.Jul.9 is power trio of in-your-face rock and roll proportions. The Trevor Walsh Group from Kingston are led by none other than Trevor Walsh, a man of stamina, exuberance and an appetite for rock and roll glory. Sun.Jul.10 Mojo Shooter, a self proclaimed Trancendental Boogie Band. Digging deep in the blues with a garage as the church, these boys preach the soul of blues, folk, metal and punk. Both groups are Kingston favourites and this is their first time in Westport. Both shows are from 12-4pm on the stage behind the Firehall. Featuring none other than the road warrior, Geoff Chown on sound.

Mr. Sean McCann of east coast musical giants Great Big Sea sings this Friday to an almost sold out crowd at The Cove. Sean is on a mission with his music to make an even deeper connection with his fans than he ever did with Great Big Sea. This is his true story. It’s his heart on his sleeve and his opportunity to give some love back to those who have given him so much support throughout his creative years. It will be heavy and it will be real.

Shawn McCullough puts a little love in your heart every Wednesday evening at 7pm at The Cove. A nice little regular house band likes to come out and support as well. Weekly. 7-10pm
Congratulations to those in the Twitterverse who helped vault Brea Lawrenson’s new tune Daddy’s Moonshine to a win on Country 94 too…

Jazz Night with the Spencer Evans group comes back to haunt your dreams every Thursday until Thanksgiving. Show us the Agony Stick! It’s getting hot in here. 9-11pm what? Did someone say reservations?

Heads Over Heels sing the great songs of the sixties to now with the power of a tandem team. Enjoy them Saturday night 6-9pm or 12:30-3:30pm on the patio at The Cove.

Coming soon to The Cove!
Fri.Jul.15 The Slocan Ramblers from Toronto! One of Canada’s brightest stars in the Bluegrass department!

Sad about losing the Anson family’s Grampy. It’s a time to reflect on your existence when a family member passes. Sending love to the whole family.

Congrats to the organizers of the Chris “Spanky” Wing fundraiser at The Legion on Sunday. It took in over $3500! Shawn McCullough and local rising country superstar Brea Lawrenson gave a spirited performance to support the local lad. Congratulations for another event of community support!

Send me some of those music listings you been talking about…