The hamlet of Tamworth in Lennox & Addington County has established itself as a sought after tour stop for both up-and-coming and well-established Canadian musicians.
The concerts, presented by the Tamworth-Erinsville Community Development Committee, began in 2009 with a few one-off shows taking place at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 458 when The Good Brothers, Kelli Trottier and Jenny Whiteley and others played to attentive, appreciative audiences. The 'official' series, which features a near-monthly events from September through May, began in 2012. Since then, dozens performers have taken to the stage at this intimate, 120-seat venue, attracting spectators from across Ontario, and from as far away as Pennsylvania, Ohio and Nova Scotia.
Led by committee chair Mark Oliver, concert organizers pride themselves on presenting performers at varying stages of their career. They've featured artists just beginning their music journey like Jadea Kelly, Catherine MacLellan, Sweet Alibi, and Union Duke, as well as many well-established performers in the Canadian music scene including Amelia Curran, the Abrams Brothers, Lynn Miles, The Good Lovelies and Stephen Fearing.
They've also showcased acts that have already made their mark on Canadian culture - Skydiggers, Great Lake Swimmers, David Francey, Jack de Keyzer and Rita Chiarelli have all taken to the Tamworth stage. They've also been able to attract elite Canadian music legends like George Fox, Rik Emmett, Valdy, Lunch At Allen’s, and the Stampeders.
With a population of about 500 people, many wonder how a community of Tamworth's size can draw such a talent-rich pool of musicians. Performers rave about about the sound quality in the space and more than a few have suggested that the sound at the Legion is superior to many of the “soft seat” theatres that they often perform in. While the room itself has great acoustics, organizers have invested in a professional quality PA system and extremely high quality mics, mixer, speakers and related equipment that create an ideal setting for both performers and spectators.
Not to be discounted, performers appreciate the way they are received into the community. Upon arrival, they walk onto a professionally prepared stage. After sound checks, they receive a home-cooked dinner featuring a pre-approved menu. The show sticks to a schedule, always starting on time. At the end of the evening they get help during tear down and receive a to-go bag of food to take with them when they hit the road.
Their experience is real - a quaint, un-presumptuous small town hall full of people who are there to listen to well-crafted, exceptionally presented, Canadian music.
Tickets are now available to their remaining 2017-18 concert dates. To reserve your space, contact Mark Oliver at email@example.com or call 613-379-2808.
Saturday, January 13th
This Toronto-based folk quintet bridges Indie rock with bluegrass and country. Their great songwriting and rich harmonies feature up to five voices. Visit their website.
Saturday, February 10th
He is a three time JUNO Award winner for Traditional Folk Album has also won the 2012 Music Nova Scotia Folk Album of the Year Award. Old Man Luedecke also took home the Album of the Year at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards. Visit their website.
Saturday, April 21st
They play folk songs with an Irish Newfoundland twist. These JUNO & SOCAN Award winners also have multiple Music Newfoundland & Labrador awards to their credit. Visit their website.
Saturday, May 12th
$50 (SOLD OUT - add your name to the waiting list)
These JUNO Award winners have 9 gold and platinum albums and 10 Top Ten hits to their credit, including Sweet City Woman, Carry Me, Oh My Lady, Wild Eyes and Hit the Road Jack. Visit their website.