Black Walnut Folk Club

Acoustic Open Stage

Eckert, Gail Karen 1953-2011

Posted by on May 30, 2011 | 0 comments

This message from Jakki is important to members of our folk music community. GK was an important member of the Black Walnut Folk Club from way back in the early days. Jakki posted this on Facebook:
“I just received the sad news of the passing of my friend, G.K. (Gail Karen Eckert). She was a singer/songwriter, music teacher, writer, mentor and a lovely woman. She will be missed by many. I’m so glad I got to spend a bit of time with her in the last few weeks. For those of you who knew her, she has some videos on youtube about finding your creativity. Sing with the angels, G.K.!!”

From The Record on May 28,: “GK passed away at Freeport hospital, in Kitchener, on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at the age of 58. Beloved friend and companion of Byron Leis of Waterloo. Loving sister of Gudrum Reichert of Lucknow and Linda Eckert and Arthur Hutchison of the Yukon. Lovingly remembered by her nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by her parents, John and Berta Eckert. Special thanks to the doctors and staff of Grand River Hospital and Freeport Hospital.
To celebrate GK’s life, a memorial reception will be held in the Fireplace Room of the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home, 171 King Street S. Waterloo on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 where friends and family will be receved from 7-8 p.m. and eulogies shared after 8 p.m. Any expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Grand River Hospital Regional Cancer Centre by contacting the funeral home at or 519-745-8445.”

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The Black Walnut Folk Club on May 20th Featured Jakki Annerino

Posted by on May 27, 2011 | 0 comments

The Folk Club for the “second homeless” on the May 24 long-weekend was extremely well attended. Thanks to all who turned out for the show and all who helped set-up, run the production take it all down and take it home at the end of the show.

Jakki Annerino’s six song set started with a solo with self accompanied dulcimer of a traditional “Shady Grove” followed by four of her original songs and closing off with a Keb Mo cover.  Her usual band accompanied on acoustic  and electric guitars.  We put up a photo on the “performers’ pictures” page (Thanks Franki).

Next month the plan is to go back to the all open stage format.  We found that even though Jakki’s songs were short and she finished 6 or 7 minutes early, we could not give everybody who signed up time to play two songs.  Some people who arrived before 8 pm found that the open stage was full and did not get to play at all.

The 17 Open Stage performers (Random order) were: Jay Collins, Jay Linden, Dave Maranta, Dan Hergott, Randy Ouillette, Geoff Lewis, Lynn Kirby, Tom Massiah, Jay Moore, Dan Kearney, Terry Golletz, Jack Guest, Ted Shapiro – NEW, Nathan Few, Scott Abrams, Adam Lang (almost 12 years old!) – NEW, Wayne Cheater (With Jim Galway, Terry Golletz & Dave Maranta)

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The Shenanigans Were Great on April 15th

Posted by on Apr 20, 2011 | 0 comments

On Friday, April 15, “The Shenanigans”: Charles Lemon, Dan Patterson and Tanya, treated us to a lively and sweet sounding performance for the first half hour of the folk club. We put our best photo of the Shenanigans on our Performars Pictures page.  Next month on May 20th Jakki Annerino will be the featured performer.

The open stage performers were: Nathan Few, Tom Massiah, Dan Hergott, David Maranta, Lynn Kirby, Bob Dyke, Jakki Annerino, Randy Ouillette, John Stroud, Wayne Cheater, Terry Golletz, Bruce Williams, Jake Willis & Richard Reinhardt, Jim Galway

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March 18, 2011 Black Walnut Folk Cub Was All Open Stage

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 | 2 comments

We had a fine evening of all Open stage.  There were great songs and a good audience turned out to appreciate the show.  Next Month, April 15th, we will welcome “Shenanigans” to start the evening with a feature set.  They are a great Celtic band that we herd a few months ago.  They are also playing at McCabes on King Street on Saturday, March 26.  Then on May 20th we will once again feature Jakki Annerino.

On March 18, our open stage performers were:

Will Spzegl – NEW, , Nathan Few, Dan Hergott,
Lynn Kirby, Scott Abrams, Randy Ouillette,
Jakki Annerino, Dan Kearney, David Maranta,
Wayne Cheater, Cam & Pat, Jim Galway,
Loretta Fullerton

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February 18th Folk Club Was All ‘Open Stage”

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 | 1 comment

Well we finally tried it with no featured performer.  We did have a full list of 17 open stage performers.  A special thanks to the crew that helped out big time, including Jim Galway who engineered the sound.  NEXT MONTH: We plan to do the same, all “Open Stage” format.  As a result we will start the Open-stage at 8:00 p.m. sharp and we will have time for a short half-time break.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE:  on the need to ensure that when you perform that you are expected to be fully prepared in advance, with your musical instrument tuned and your songs ready to go. All of the performers averaged out to less than 10 minutes. We were able to hear every performer who signed up, perfom 2 numbers if they wished and finished the program by 11:00 p.m. because of that.

On Friday February 18, 2011 the Open stage performers were:

David Maranta, Nathan Hew – NEW, Dan Hergott, Jay Collins, Don Sawchuk – NEW, Randy Ouillette, Jakki Annerino, Barry Cull, Lynn Kirby, Dan Kearney, Then we took a short Break.
After the break we heard from: Bob McLean, Bob Dyke, John Stroud, Jim Galway, Cam and Pat, Wayne Cheater, Nicole Coward & David Skura – NEW

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