MUSIC SCENE: Putting 2013 to bed, and looking forward to next year

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The fabulous JD Edwards performing at Lola’s, a couple of weeks ago.

Roxanne Delage

Well, the 2013 music scene in Cornwall has certainly ended on a high note (C above high C) with a wave of great, live music acts, both local and from away, hitting the stages, large and small, in our community.

If you weren’t at the JD Edwards show at Lola’s at the end of November, then you missed something magical. As I stood (I just couldn’t sit) and listened to this fabulous band from the prairies, I couldn’t help but think how lucky we were to be witness to such an incredible performance in such an intimate space. It was like when I lived in Toronto in the 80s and would see the likes of David Wilcox and Blue Rodeo in small clubs before they made it big. Check out JD Edwards at http://www.thejdedwardsband.com.

Our very own Graham Greer, who opened up the evening, gave a wonderful, entertaining, classy, acoustic performance. I highly recommend you get out and see him next time he makes an appearance.

Kudos to Lola’s - truly making its mark as a venue to see quality live music - for getting such great acts in, both local and from out of town.

The week after that show, I found myself among a couple of thousands of my fellow community members, kicking my heels up at the “biggest kitchen party Cornwall has ever seen,” when Great Big Sea made a stop at the Civic Complex, as part of their 20th anniversary tour. What a great show! Again how lucky are we to enjoy such a fabulous concert in such an intimate setting, as far as arena shows go. Even far back, the action isn’t far away at all, not like ants on a stage at the big city arenas.

Rumour has it that because of such favourable ticket sales for the GBS show, the Complex is in talks for something really big. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear something.

Here’s what’s going on this month

On Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:00, Nancy Beaudette is celebrating  the Canadian launch of her all-original, all-Christmas music CD, Fa La La, at St Andrews United Church in Williamstown. I’ll be joining her for a few songs, including my new single Christmas Night (shameless plug).

Also on the 14th, A Tribute to the Everly Brothers will be on stage The Port. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show starts at 8:00 with opening act, local, award-winning Elvis tribute artist, TJ  Jackson.

As well, on the 14th, James Green and The Blues Electric will be at Lola’s. “Montreal's finest Blues Bands, and a favourite at Montreal's Smoked Meat Pete's.” No cover charge.

Easy listening, instrumental jazz guitarist, Robert Cote, will be at NavCanada on December 15, for brunch (10 am to 2 pm); at Schnitzel’s on December 18 from 6 to 9.

The best artist showcase around, Barstock, is back at Lola’s on Saturday, December 28. If you’re interested in playing is asked to contact Sean Harley on Facebook.

Local band, Alison Wonderland, is out and about, proudly representing our music community at a number of corporate parties this holiday season, and return to town on Jan 11 for a “Post-Christmas Bash” at La Maison. They will be launching a new website and going into the studio in the New Year. Visit them at www.AlisonWonderlandBand.com

Here’s a cool, novelty-type version of a Christmas favourite, Angels We Have Heard on High by the Piano Guys http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n543eKIdbUI#t=224.

Merry Christmas to all and a very Happy New Year!

Organizations: Great Big Sea, St Andrews United Church, Everly Brothers James Green

Geographic location: Cornwall, Toronto, Montreal Williamstown

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