The Brilliant Martyn Joseph from Wales is Coming to Kingston on Sept. 6th!

Martyn JosephMARTYN JOSEPH

From Wales to Canada

Hi friends, neighbours and music lovers! I’m thrilled to help Al Rankin announce that the brilliant Welsh singer/songwriter Martyn Joseph will be coming to Sydenham Street United Church in less than three weeks from now. They are going to use the newly renovated concert hall upstairs, a beautiful 200 seat space that will be the perfect venue for a very special performer. Proceeds from the concert will fund peace and social justice outreach programs at the church. 

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 31 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music. Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognized with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

Martyn Joseph ~ www.martynjoseph.net
Friday, Sept. 6th, 7:30 pm

Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston, ON

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds to fund social justice outreach at SSUC

On sale now at Brian’s Record Option, 381 Princess St.
613 542-2452 for phone orders

info: alrankin@xplornet.ca   613 353-6650

Martyn Joseph is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended. Martyn Joseph. A unique talent driven by passion and love for his trade, continues to write, sing and play from the heart. It’s a road he’s been travelling for most of his life and, as he often tells his audience, ‘you keep turning up and so will I.’

Martyn has won the love of audiences from USA to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey.

PRESS QUOTES

“Stunning, heartfelt music”

Bob Harris BBC Radio 2, October 2013

“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut”

MOJO

“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate”

Tom Robinson BBC 6 music

“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”

Q Magazine

“A profound experience”

The Boston Globe

“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”

Time Out

“Written with craft, performed with passion”

Financial Times

He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines”

Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

“Britain`s best kept secret…a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer”

MoJo 4* review

Wellington Street Theatre Presents Beauty and the Beast for One Performance Only on July 27th!

One performance only!

The Wellington Street Theatre Project presents Beauty and the Beast at Sydenham Street United Church on Wednesday, July 27th at 2 pm.

General seating tickets are $12/per person and are available online at www.wellingtonst.net and www.bottletreeinc.com or at the door.


Beauty and the Beast
has been adapted for the stage by Charles Robertson, with music and lyrics by Michael K. Myers.  This is one of six fairy tales that Robertson and Myers have collaborated on.  These shows have been seen by thousands of kids across Ontario.

Directed by Anne Marie Mortensen and starring Megan Ready-Walters as Beauty.

Beauty’s father is a merchant whose wealth has been stolen by his unscrupulous partners.  Despondent, he seeks shelter during a storm in a magnificent castle.  In this castle lives a fearsome beast who to spare the merchant’s life makes him promise to send his youngest daughter, Beauty, to live with him.  The Beast is actually a handsome prince who has been the victim of a spell by a jealous witch.  In her heart, Beauty holds the key to set him free.

Director Anne Marie Mortensen says,

“Charles and Michael have created a wonderful story for the whole family.  There is comedy with the three clumsy suitors of Beauty and her two sisters.  There is the magic of the Beast’s castle and this is one of the classic romances in literature.”

She went on to say,

“In Megan Ready-Walters, we have a very talented young actress with a marvelous voice. Megan has recently won an award for her acting at the Sears Drama Festival and she was great as Sandy in K.C.V.I.’s ‘Grease.’  Her performance as the beautiful Lucy in Bottle Tree Productions’ ‘Sweeney Todd’ showed off her singing skills.”

For more on The Wellington Street Theatre Project go to www.wellingtonst.net.

The Wellington Street Theatre Project Presents For One Performance Only: Romeo and Juliet

One Performance Only!

The Wellington Street Theatre Project presents Shakespeare’s most popular play at Sydenham Street United Church for one performance only:

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Tickets are $20/adults. $15/seniors & students. $12/children 12 and under.

Group rates available for eight or more. $10/person.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bottletreeinc.com and www.wellingtonst.net or at the door.

Romeo and Juliet is Shakespeare’s popular story of young love set against a back drop of gang violence in Italy.  Two families; the Capulets and the Montagues are battling each other for control in the ancient city of Verona. Romeo and Juliet fall in love despite the fact that their families are sworn enemies.  Their secret romance turns the gears of this tragedy of ‘star-crossed lovers.’

Director Charles Robertson says, “Sydenham Street United Church is a great environment to do a classical play.  In many ways it mirrors old European theatres.”  Over the years, Romeo and Juliet has been performed in a multitude of environments, including theatres, parks and bridges.  Robertson went on to say that, “A friend of mine; Lynne Rafter, directed Romeo and Juliet in a former hostel in Toronto as a punk take on the bard’s work.  Many young people write poetry as a way of healing their wounded souls.  Romeo and Juliet rises above other hurting heart tales because the poetry with its rigid rules and rhythms much like a romantic ballad can more easily tug at the emotions.  Prose cannot possibly reach the heights of emotions like poetry can.  In Hannah Smith, who has won 13 awards for acting in her very young career and Alex Whitehead, an accomplished actor who also happens to be the current provincial fencing champion, we have two very talented leads.  These young actors are just the latest in a long line of talented young actors that I have had the pleasure of working with.”

A Wellington Street Theatre Project Production in association with Bottle Tree Productions.

Don’t Miss Irish Singer-Songwriter Andy White In Kingston This Friday Night!

Andy White, one of the great Irish singer-songwriters, tours the world with his 12 string guitar in one hand and a book of poetry in the other. He has worked with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison and Neil and Tim Finn, been musical director at WOMAD UK and won Ireland’s top songwriting awards.

Since his breakthrough single ‘Religious Persuasion’, Andy has produced ten internationally acclaimed albums, the latest of which, Songwriter (Wildflower Records) is widely acknowledged as one of his finest.

Songwriter has many Canadian connections. After working with Po’ Girl in the UK, Andy wrote a series of songs with lead singer Allison Russell including the first single off the album, the duet ‘If You Want It’.

Andy then called up old chum Stephen Fearing to co-write live favourite ‘Turn Up The Temperature’, an emotional highlight of the album Faithful Heart.

Stephen and Andy met at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1998 and have co-written a series of songs for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings including ‘If I Catch You Crying’.

Songwriter was recorded in Vancouver and features Allison Russell on vocals, Paul Rigby (Neko Case/Jakob Dylan) playing electric guitar and pedal steel, and John Raham (Be Good Tanyas/Frazey Ford) on drums. It’s a new rootsier direction for the Belfast songsmith.

As well as releasing albums, Andy is a published poet and writer. His latest book is 21st Century Troubadour (Lagan Press), an On The Road style narrative.

People are fascinated by the world of rock music, and 21st Century Troubadour was written in its hidden corners — backstage, hotel rooms and departure lounges. The reader is introduced to depressive promoters, crazed club owners and diva superstars. There are lists, poems, and advice on topics such as how to how to avoid excess baggage fees, which hand signals to employ when driving in Italy, and what to do when you’re mistaken as one of U2.

You’ll not only find out why Johnny Depp bought Andy a beer at Peter Gabriel’s place, but enter a whole different world of glamour in Andy’s life as a modern-day folk singer.

In concert he’ll be featuring songs from his back catalogue, including Irish classics ‘James Joyce’s Grave’ and ‘Street Scenes From My Heart’ as well as songs co-written with Stephen Fearing for Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, and selections from Songwriter.”

“I love this man and his music. Rave on!” (Janice Long, BBC Radio 2).

www.andywhite.com

Andy White opens for the legendary Judy Collins at Sydenham Street United Church on Friday, April 22, 2011.

Venue: Sydenham Street United Church, 82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3H4
Tickets: $35 plus HST
Available at the Grand Theatre Box Office
613-530-2050
www.kingstongrand.ca

and at:

Brian’s Record Option
381 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
613-542-2452

Find Andy White on his:

Official website
Blog
MySpace
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube

The Legendary Judy Collins To Play Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church!

An evening with Judy Collins
Friday, April 22, 2011 – 8:00 pm
Sydenham Street United Church
82 Sydenham Street, Kingston, ON K7L 3H4
Tickets: $35 plus HST
Available at the Grand Theatre Box Office
613-530-2050
www.kingstongrand.ca

and at:

Brian’s Record Option
381 Princess Street, Kingston, ON
613-542-2452

“Just over a month to go before the legendary Judy Collins comes to Kingston’s Sydenham Street United Church. 75% of the tickets are gone so don’t wait too much longer to get yours. This will certainly sell out. Here’s a video of Judy Collins and her protege Leonard Cohen singing Suzanne, the poem she convinced him to turn into a song – very sweet!

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her famously ethereal voice and her distinctive interpretation of some of the classic songs of our time. Her legendary career began in 1961 with the release of her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22. She interpreted the songs of fellow artists – particularly the social poets of the time such as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and Tom Paxton. Judy was instrumental in bringing other singer-songwriters to a wider audience including Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Randy Newman. Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” on her 1967 album, Wildflowers, which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Her famously moving version of Stephen Sondheim’s Send in the Clowns won a Grammy Award in 1975. Judy has continued an impressive musical career with an extensive catalogue from every decade throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and up to the present. Her latest creative project is a new CD, Paradise, a collection of 10 songs that include duets of Judy with the legendary Stephen Stills and Joan Baez.

Judy Collins is still writing, performing, and nurturing fresh talent and plays 80 to 100 dates a year around the world. She is a relentlessly creative spirit, a modern day Renaissance woman who is also an accomplished painter, filmmaker, record label head, musical mentor, and an in-demand keynote speaker for mental health and suicide prevention. She continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.” www.judycollins.com

Opening for Judy Collins is the very gifted Belfast-born singer-songwriter, Andy White. Andy, who has released ten internationally acclaimed albums since 1986, has just released Songwriter, and a new book called 21st Century Troubadour is also now available. Andy White is currently on tour in Canada with Stephen Fearing and joins Ms. Collins in April in Ontario.

(Stay tuned for a future post about Andy White!)

Live Wire Music Series Presents Lucy Kaplansky & James Keelaghan on Sat. Mar. 5th!

The Live Wire Music Series presents a blockbuster double-bill featuring New York City’s gifted singer/songwriter Lucy Kaplansky together with Canadian folk music icon James Keelaghan on Sat. March 5th at Sydenham Street United Church. This concert brings together two of the most respected voices in contemporary roots music in a beautiful venue that will showcase their enormous talents. Here are the details:

Live Wire Music Series presents:
Lucy Kaplansky and James Keelaghan
Sat. March 5th @ 7:30 pm
Sydenham Street United Church, Kingston, ON

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available)

Brian’s Record Option – 381 Princess Street, Kingston – 613-542-2452
Tara Natural Foods – 81 Princess Street, Kingston – 613-546-4439
Renaissance Music – 1057 Midland Avenue, Kingston – 613-384-9225

Lucy Kaplansky www.lucykaplansky.com

” Lucy Kaplansky is a truly gifted performer with a bag full of enchanting songs”. (The New Yorker)

“New York City songwriter Lucy Kaplansky is becoming the troubadour laureate of modern city folk.” (Boston Globe)

Lucy Kaplansky began her singing career as one-half of a duo with Shawn Colvin. As a solo artist she has released 5 critically acclaimed albums with contributing back-up vocals from such folk luminaries John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson and Richard Shindell. In 2000 she teamed up with Shindell and Dar Williams to form the supergroup Cry Cry Cry and turned out a masterful CD which garnered tremendous critical acclaim. She continues to tour extensively and her latest album, Over The Hills, has solidified her status as one of the most beautiful voices in roots music today.

James Keelaghan www.jameskeelaghan.com

James Keelaghan is a voice in contemporary Canadian songwriting that has helped us define who we are as a people. He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open.” (David Francey)

Called “Canada’s finest singer-songwriter” by one of the most respected music journalists, Dave Marsh, James Keelaghan is an artist who has proven to be a man for all seasons. As the calendar pages have turned, for almost a quarter of a century now, this poet laureate of the folk and roots music world has gone about his work with a combination of passion, curiosity intent and intensity. His masterful storytelling has, over the course of nine recordings, been part of the bedrock of his success, earning Keelaghan countless nominations and awards – including a Juno and acclaim from Australia to Scandinavia.

His 11th CD, House of Cards, is another critical and artistic hit, full of the insight and tuneful songwriting that has made James Keelaghan a Canadian icon.

www.livewiremusicseries.ca