4th Friday House Concert Series
Between January and June each year, Fiddlehead Soup hosts a house concert series in Kemptville, Ontario where they invite other artists to perform a show in an intimate and supportive listening room.
Reservations can be made by clicking the reservation link next to each performer. There is no cost to attend the concert, but we suggest that you consider a $15-20 donation to the artist in appreciation of their dedication to their craft.
The 2019 series line-up is shown below:
Tom Houston is a singer/songwriter from Scotland who has a keen eye and uncanny ability to observe the intricate details of human activity and record them with a thoughtful and often humerous poetry. On the forefront of the current generation of Scottish folk-singers, Tom is earnest yet approachable, honest yet forgiving.
A tribute to Robert Burns by Doug Hendry, George Hogan and friends
Two native-born Scots with a love for the ploughman poet's work share their favourite poems and songs from his considerable canon on this, the 260th anniversary of his birth.
Northern wilderness adventurer Kate Weekes captures the landscape of her travels in song. Dog mushing above the Arctic Circle on a Norwegian fjord in the winter of 2017 has influenced her most recent body of work. Kate’s live performance is laden with candid stories of human migration and time in the bush. Kate was received the 2017 Songs from the Heart Award from Folk Music Ontario in the political category for her song 'Sing it to the Hills'. Kate has just released her 3rd solo album 'Taken by Surprise'.
Moore & McGregor (and Friends)
Arthur McGregor and Wendy Moore have been performing together for years, touring across Canada, the USA and Ireland performing a potpourri of music from original ballads to traditional jigs and reels.
Wendy Moore is classically trained and played oboe and English horn with the Kingston Symphony for many years. Also experienced in folk music, she created and has managed and led the Celtic Rathskallions, (www.celticrathskallions.ca) her show for school children, for over 15 years. Wendy sings, step dances, plays harp, whistle, oboe, and English horn. She is an award winning writer and has published two storybooks for children.
Arthur McGregor has played and organized folk music for most of his life and is well known as the founder of the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Arthur sings, plays guitar, autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer, bodhran, clawhammer-style banjo, djembe and mandolin. He is also a Rathskallion. Arthur has received ‘The Unsung Hero’ Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, The Estelle Klein Award (Folk Music Ontario) and the Helen Verger Award (Ottawa Folk Festival) for his work in the world of folk music.
Their first recording, ‘Dream With Me’, produced by Paul Mills (Stan Rogers, Sharon, Lois and Bram, Ron Hynes) has been well received and played across North America with journalist Mike Regenstreif writing: "…a marvelous debut album of songs and tunes by a duo who have long worked together (often performing kids’ shows as the Celtic Rathskallions) …includes superb original songs by Arthur, traditional Celtic tunes, and several excellent songs drawn from other writers. A gem of an album to begin the new year.”
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It's a story in music that begins in childhood, with a piano and a violin as faithful companions.
An invitation to the imagination.
Orange Mist, it’s also a story of winds.
Winds sometimes wise, sometimes chaotic.
Occasionally frightening, occasionally trembling.
That fly here, then there. And no, not there.
That give the music a thousand directions.
Shaping a way to write with a thousand influences"
Beautiful atmospheric music from a talented trio.
Jessica Pearson is a Canadian born storyteller with a voice like melting honey on a summer's eve. Accompanied by the melodic bowing of Pat Bigelow on the Stand Up Bass and the sweet fiddling of Maddy O’Regan, they bring to life tales of the past and express the beauty and heartbreak of the world today. Fresh off their second international tour of Ireland, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind are working hard on a new album to be released in 2019.