Thanks to The Fair Wind and all for a fine Open stage on October 19th. For more information about The Fair Wind check out our previous post and performers pictures and their site: https://www.thefairwind.com/. We’ll be back on Friday November 16th with Bob and Sue, “The Pluckin’ Cutlers to start the evening off with a feature set.
In addition to our Feature Performers – “The Fair Wind” – Bob, Carol, Mark & Ruth, on October 19th there were 14 Acts for the Open Stage including 3 Black Walnut first-timers as follows:
Rhubarb Social Club- (NEW) – Michelle, Margaret, Ed, Lorne and Scott
Don and Jim
Nikolai Linden – (NEW)
Cam and Pat
Victor Drawhen – (NEW)
We started off our 25th season of the Black Walnut on Friday, Sptember 21st. Most performers played 3 songs. We’ll be back on Friday October 19th with “Fair Wind” to start the evenieng off with a Celtic traditional feature set. On September 21st, our Open Stage performers were:
Rachel (NEW) with Dan McQuade
Cam and Pat
On Friday December 15th, 2017, Markus Michelucci started off the evening with a feature performance of his original songs. It has been a while since we have seen or heard from Markus who has been in Europe with his group, Sound Refuge” Markus Michelucci & Sound Refuge perform at festivals and events throughout the UK such as Barnival, Greenwich Tall Ships Festival. We are glad that he agreed to do a set for us during his visit back to Canada. After the feature set, we had a full open stage, including some collaborations, some seasonal songs and a “newbie”. We also took a short break from the music, cookies and sweets to hand out some door prizes. After the Open Stage performers has all completed their songs Markus closed out the evening with a couple of seasonal numbers. We’ll be back on Friday January 19th for the next Black Walnut Acoustic Open Stage which is planned to be all Open stage.
On December 15, 2017 the Open Stage performers were, in order of appearance:
Jakki Annerino (with Wayne Cheater)
Doug Peterman (with Jakki Annerino & Wayne Cheater for 2nd song)
Wayne Cheater (with Dan Hergott and Jakki Annerino)
Barb Scott – NEW
On Friday December 15th, 2017 at 8pm we will be back at the Mill Courtland Community Centre for our monthly Open Stage. Markus Michelucci will be back to start off the evening with a feature performance. It has been a while since we have seen or heard from Markus who has been in Europe with his group, Sound Refuge” We are glad that he has agreed to do a set for us during his visit back to Canada.
“Led by Canadian Markus Michelucci, Sound Refuge is an eclectic mix of performers who come together to play engaging, thoughtful folk music from the calm and reassuring to the passionate and cerebral. They create an alluring world of instrumentation with powerful lead moments, harmonies and hopeful, inspiring lyrics. Often likened to Cat Stevens, James Taylor and Passenger.
Markus Michelucci & Sound Refuge perform at festivals & events throughout the UK such as Barnival, Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, Rochester Sweeps Festival, the Minehead Musicians Festival and more. Markus has performed live on BBC Radio, Shoreditch Radio and regularly on the streets of London at Borough Market, Southbank Centre and London Farmers Markets. Having toured France last summer, they’ll be touring Germany later this year to support the new release. The duo also performed for Sofar Sounds in Edinburgh early this year! Watch the video here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep6jhyvdcGg ”
Bring your guitars, accordions, voices, acoustic instruments of all sorts or just your eyes and ears and make yourself feel at home. Do not feel shy because you have not played for us before. The doors will open and sign-up for the open stage will start at 7:30 pm. Remember when you sign up you get to play/sing two songs in a set of 10 minutes or less and you need to be ready to start playing when your turn starts so you won’t lose any of your 10 minutes.
Our Code of Conduct and other details are outlined on our About Page. The parking is free at the back of the Mill-Courtland Community Centre and admission is still $3 at the door. the facility is wheelchair accessible, alcohol, smoke and peanut free and every show is different. If you don’t come, you’ll miss it. The next open stage will be January19th.
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We had a fine turnout with enough time for most performers to do 3 songs each. I like to take photos of first time performers. This time it was Rein Rutnik with his harmonicas, who also joined in on a song with Gord Castle. We’ll Be back with some seasonal treats and even prizes on Friday December 15th when Markus Michelucci will perform a feature set to start the program. The performers on Friday, Nov 17, 2017 were:
1. Neil Light
2. Son & Wilson
3. Scott Abrams
4. Lawrence Cresswell
5. Jakki Annerino
6. Gord Castle
7. Rein Rutnik – NEW
8. Wayne Cheater
9. Ron Hammar
10. Cam, Pat & Carol McMulle
Here we are at the start of a new season. On September 1st we posted a new Code of Conduct for the Black Walnut Acoustic Open Stage. We did that because we need it to continue with our event. This has been prepared in consultation with the Mill Courtland Community Centre and the Cedar Hills Community Group. On September 9th we made two small revisions, one to allow for any future change in the admission fee and another to clarify that we do take photos during our event.
If you ever feel that you have been subjected to behavior that is offensive or which does not comply with the Code of Conduct please feel free to advise one of us who are presenting the program for that evening or you may contact the Community Center directly, if you prefer.