We’ve had a really great series of songwriters dropping into Onanole, Manitoba recently. And, it does not seem to dropping off any too soon. Which is really great news for anyone who follows and supports the live roots, traditional and folk scene. On June 1, Miss Emily Brown, Sara Ciantar, James Lamb and Richard St. Onge from Vancouver put together a beautiful house concert that was quite mesmerizing – original songs, lap steel guitar, cello, accordion, voice, autoharp, and electric guitar.
On Saturday, June 6th, Stephen Fearing joins us for a house concert. He played the newly renovated West End Cultural Centre in Winnipeg on June 4th. This is very special – to have a multiple Juno award winning songwriter here, in our community. This house concert is almost sold out, by word of mouth. He will have his new CD with him. Call 848.7443 to check for available tickets.
In addition, on Saturday, June 13, another Juno award-winner touches down at Poor Michael’s Bookshop and Café. Ken Hamm, a well-respected guitarist will be playing at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at Poor Michael’s at the door.
We find that the opportunity to be up-close and in a very intimate setting provides an opportunity for some moments of pure joy, awe, and spontaneity. Great songs, unique stories, great guitar work, and putting your life on pause seems to be the order of the day when a house concert happens. The growth of house concerts across the prairies is a recent innovation. One of the innovators of this approach is none other than Mitch Podolak, who was the founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and has created a new concept that is receiving wonderful support and kudoes – the Home Routes House Concert series.