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Manotick Concerts 2016

A great summer of music with 7 concerts performed by professional musicians. The Claytones perform June 25. The Fifty Five Twenty-Five Music Festival offers six concerts - Lynn Miles, Vince Halfhide, and Terry Gillespie in June and Tyler Kealey, K.E.W.T., and Suzie Vinnick in August.


$30,  Family $80 (2 adults & children under 14)
Festival concert sets: 3/$80,  6/$150,  Family: 3/$225, 6/$400
      10% discount for Members of Watson's Mill

Where to buy tickets:

Office Pro, 5541 Manotick Main St.
Terry McGovern


The Claytones: Manotick United Church 5567 Manotick Main St. 613-692-4576
Festival: Watson's Mill 5525 Dickinson St. 613-692-6455

The Claytones – Manotick United Church

The Claytones Saturday, June 25, 2016 – 8 pm
The Claytones
Manotick United Church, 5567 Manotick Main St.
Doors open at 7 pm
Country roots music from Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup and Pat McLaughlin
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About The Claytones or hover here to read Born in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, The Claytones masterfully spin their melodic, vocal driven, Canadiana brand of country-soaked roots music with old school sensibilities. A true collaborative project, Kelly Prescott, Anders Drerup, Adam Puddington and Pat McLaughlin write and arrange their songs together, effectively making The Claytones sound the sum of its parts. Combining their wide-ranging influences, they have created a unique blend of original and interpreted songs performed with tight, three-part harmonies and a warm stage presence.

The National Post listed them as one of the top 5 Canadian Acts to watch in 2012. "The Claytones are both fresh and classic. Stunning harmonies, beautiful arrangements and three of the nicest people you ever want to meet. They give what so many other groups only promise: exquisite, classic, country soaked harmonies; originals that stand proudly beside the classic songs they cover with conviction; a stage presence that marks them as serious professionals. The Claytones deliver."     – James Keelaghan: Artistic Director, Georgian Bay Folk Society

Fifty-five Twenty-five Music Festival – Watson's Mill

Lynn Miles Tuesday June 14, 2016 – 7:30 pm (open 7 pm)
Lynn Miles
Ottawa singer-songwriter
2003 Juno award: Best Roots & Traditional Album
2013 Canadian Folk Music Award: Solo Artist of the Year
About Lynn Miles or hover here to read Lynn Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters with ten albums to her credit including the stark Unravel, winning Miles a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional solo album of the year and Love Sweet Love earning her multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (best English songwriter, best contemporary singer).

Her album Slightly Haunted, was a Billboard magazine Top 10 pick for the year, while Unravel was praised by All Music Guide as "sounding as if it's been produced by Daniel Lanois in an Appalichian town" and "a diamond in the rough".

Miles recently decided to record a double album of songs, entitled Black Flowers Vol. 1 & 2, both new and old songs, in a simple fashion, accompanying her voice with either solo acoustic guitar or piano. This sparse presentation crystallizes the quality of Lynn's songwriting - highlighting the melody and lyrics in a way that only great songs can be presented. Lynn is finishing up her new album 'Fall for Beauty' and is gearing up for the release this fall. The album will be released in Canada first, available in stores and online, October 12, 2010.

"As director of The Ark acoustic music club in Ann Arbor for forty years from 1968 to 2008, I presented literally thousands of performers, including many wonderful singer-songwriters whose music I now cherish. Of all of these, I find myself listening to the music of Lynn Miles more than that of any other performer who played the club. Her melodies are stunning and I think many of her lyrics are absolute poetry capable of standing alone. If you love good music and you're never really listened to her, you owe it to yourself to do so soon. The point of my writing this is that I can easily say Lynn Miles ranks as my favorite singer-songwriter to have ever played The Ark during my tenure over the last forty years. Flat out my favorite. (This obviously does not include Iggy Pop who played there before I arrived.)" – Dave Siglin
Vince Halfhide Wednesday, June 15, 2016 – 7:30 pm (open 7 pm)
Vince Halfhide
Ottawa singer-songwriter performs blues, roots, R&B, reggae, country, folk
Member of Irene's Blues AllStars
About Vince Halfhide or hover here to read Guitarist Vince Halfhide has been called the "ultimate side-man" by his musical colleagues. Over his 40+ years in the music business, he has been lead guitar for blues/reggae band Heaven's Radio, Sneezy Watters, The Toasted Westerns, The Jivewires, Andrea (Karam) And The Fun Guys, The Mighty Popo. As a member of the Mighty Popo band, Vince received a 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award for "Best Group - World Music" for the CD Muhazi.

In this concert, Vince will step out and play and sing classic blues tunes as well as original songs, accompany himself primarily on acoustic guitar, but possibly electric guitar and Dobro as well.
Terry Gillespie Thursday June 16 – 7:30 pm (open 7 pm)
Terry Gillespie
Canadian blues legend for 40 years (Heaven's Radio) terrygillespie.ca
About Terry Gillespie or hover here to read
"The blues is the root, the rest is the fruit." -- Willie Dixon
Terry Gillespie has been called a musical Shaman, Canada's King of Roots Music and Mr. Groove for good reason - his live performances are fascinating, entertaining and captivating in a way that allows the audience to pay attention and not be distracted from the music by egotistical showmanship and maniacal guitar playing. He is both charismatic and soulful. His guitar is tasteful, his vocals beautifully phrased and he is backed by an energy of sound that pulls people off their chairs. Those in attendance at Terry Gillespie shows are part of the show, with each audience member an integral part of the band; they too become one with the music.

"Terry Gillespie is one of the most sincerely talented musicians in Canada. He's a bluesman to the core, but not in the traditional sense for he has range and influences that take it to a whole new level. His blues is the truth and it comes through with every word and melody he wraps his soulful voice around. This is real." – Sue Foley

"After experiencing Terry’s performance, we would absolutely welcome him back anytime."
    – C. Anderson, Minstrel Cafe & Bar, Kelowna, BC

"It was world-class fun and a world-class performance. What a band! And Terry is a star and a gentleman too." – Paul Symmes, Blacksheep Inn, Wakefield
Tyler Kealey Trio Tuesday, August 16, 2016 – 7:30 pm (open 7 pm)
Tyler Kealey Trio
Piano, drums, bass
About Tyler Kealey or hover here to read Tyler Kealey is a versatile singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, With influences like Elton John and Supertramp, his energy, talent, and story-telling ability have made him a favourite within the Ottawa music scene.

In addition to performing for a loyal fan base as part of Ottawa's popular Duelling Pianos show, Tyler's original music is another step forward, crafting meaningful and emotional songs while still injecting energy into every performance.

A few performance highlights include a six city tour of China, opening for Metric at Ottawa Bluesfest (2011), and playing at the Cornwall Lift-off Festival (2012). More recently Tyler has played shows atthe Black Sheep Inn (Wakefield), the Horseshoe Tavern (Toronto), the Neat Cafe (Burnstown), and opened a sold out show for the Barstool Prophets in Ottawa.

His latest album, And Somehow I Fell Upon This Place, is a journey from the dark to the light, a story dipping into emotion and intensity that's both haunting and hopeful. Recorded at Operation Northwoods with renowned producer Darryl Neudorf, the songs range from gritty to smooth and incorporate pop piano with an indie rock sound.
K.E.W.T. Wednesday, August 17, 2016 – 7:30 pm (open 7 pm)
K.E.W.T. Kathryn Briggs & Terry Tufts
Pianist Kathryn Briggs & Guitarist Terry Tufts
About K.E.W.T. or hover here to read K.E.W.T. is Kathryn Elizabeth (Briggs) + William Terence (Tufts), who have been making music together for close to 20 years.

TERRY TUFTS has been playing music for enjoyment since 1963 and as a profession for four decades. His technique is of the same school that created David Rea, Red Shea, John Fahey, Stephen Stills, and Leo Kottke. Born in Gasline, Ontario on Lake Erie, his talents have carried him all over the world where he has been employed by numerous artists in the studio and in live performance (Tom Paxton, David Francey, Colleen Peterson, Laura Smith, Ian Tamblyn, Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop, The Arrogant Worms, Wayne Rostad, Susan Aglukark, Tracey Brown, and George Fox) for his abilities on a variety of instruments and vocals. He has recorded 6 solo albums, and made several appearances on compilation albums, most notably Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot. He and Kathryn began working together soon after marrying in 1998 and continue to collaborate and perform.

KATHRYN BRIGGS began making music at the age of seven and it gradually became her life's work. She spent her formative years learning from several eclectic teachers and then proceeded to establish a successful teaching career of her own. In October 2000 she released her first album of original piano works entitled Small Awakenings, an instrumental project produced by Ian Tamblyn. Performing her melodic piano creations for receptive audiences across Canada, her talents have also been shared as a keyboard player and backup vocalist with artists such as Laura Smith, the Inuit duo Tudjaat, Kelli Trottier, and of course, Terry. Several years later she arranged and recorded a collection of Christmas music with Juno-winner David Francey - Carols for a Christmas Eve.

"Individually they are well-known and well-respected musicians; Kathryn for her dazzling and lyrical piano playing and Terry for his virtuoso-level finger-style guitar playing. This past year they joined forces to create a new musical entity, K.E.W.T., and released their d├ębut CD Mother Lode, a baker's dozen of acoustic, instrumental compositions that are pure joy to listen to." – Rob Riendeau, theHumm
Suzie Vinnick Thursday, August 18, 2016 – 7:30 pm (open 7 pm)
Suzie Vinnick
Award-winning blues artist
About Suzie Vinnick or hover here to read Suzie Vinnick has 10 Maple Blues Awards, 3 Juno Nominations, was a Finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category in Memphis, TN. She won the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year. She released Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring her parlour guitar, Mabel.

In 2011, her first solo acoustic blues album Me 'n' Mabel charting for seven weeks on B. B. King's Bluesville "Picks to Click" reaching number three. The album received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances.

Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me 'n' Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here.
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