Saturday, July 26, 2014

August In Deep Ontario South

Home County was an amazing success this year as we celebrated 41 years of London's premiere folk-roots event of the year!  Thanks so much to Jedd House, Uncle Dan & Vera Colley for backing me up on the mainstage and to Leah Morise for singing harmonies on the Gospel Stage.  Thanks to the London Free Press for some lovely photos!
August beckons and I'm spending most of it in my deep south Ontario home with TWO FESTIVAL weekends back to back.  Island Unplugged happens on Pelee Island August 2nd and 3rd..!  Fred Eaglesmith, New Country Rehab, Ron Leary, Tara Watts, Harlan Pepper, The Vaudevillian and MORE!  This lineup is amazing folks - get your tickets and your ferry reservation NOW.  Check it out ..!  My set is on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm and I'll be playing at a finale event at the Westie on the Sunday night!
And.... after a week of Pelee Island camping I head to the big KINGSVILLE FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL..!  The lead-up has been over two years in the planning and the folks out in Kingsville have an absolutely spectacular festival for you featuring Bruce Cockburn, David Francey, Valdy, Jane Sibbery and more - my 30 min set is at 2:30 on Saturday and I'll be part of a Beatles Brunch workshop at noon on Sunday.  Me and Uncle Dan will be hanging at the campground jamming at Jack Miner's... check it out!

Coming up later in August I'll be hanging out at the Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic in Alymer at Springwater Conservation Area.. singing some backups for Carolyn Mark!  August 15th to 17th weekend!

And I wrap up the summer with a gig down at Phog in Windsor celebrating the official retirement of my beloved Jeep Cherokee on Friday, August 29th.  Will Gillespie is on the bill and I'll be joined by many friends, Chris Crossroads, Vera Colley, Scotty Hughes and more!

August will be BIG in Southwestern Ontario - get your tickets for Pelee and Kingsville!
See you there - Allison

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Home County Music & Art & Folk Festival is coming up super soon in Victoria Park here in London on July 18th, 19th and 20th! 
I'm kicking off the festival with the first set of the whole weekend at 6:00pm sharp on the Bandshell Mainstage.  Joining me on the Mainstage is Jedd House on upright bass, Vera Colley on accordion and harmony vocals and the ultimately talented Uncle Dan Henshall on mandolin. Stick around for Trent Severn, Jenn Grant and headliners Whitehorse! I'll also be playing as part of the Bluegrass Bonanza tribute to Ken Palmer at 3:00pm on Saturday, leading the Gospel Workshop with Sweet Alibi, The Schotts, Cold Specks and more on Sunday at noon, and Sunday afternoon an all-gals song swap at 4:30.  This Tuesday, July 15th at 7pm on 94.9fm CHRW's Southern Ontario Comfort I'll be interviewing Saturday headliner Ashley MacIsaac! Check out the full mainstage and workshop schedule at:

We Miss You Kenny! Ken Palmer Tribute 3:00pm Saturday July 19th Home County

August 2nd and 3rd;
Island Unplugged on Pelee Island - Book your ferry and campsite NOW!  Spots are filling up fast and the lineup is amazing; Ron Leary, Great Lake Swimmers, Fred Eaglesmith, New Country Rehab, Harlan Pepper... whew - I'm on Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm joined by Scotty "Shooz" Hughes on guitar and Uncle Dan on mandolin. Check it out:

August 8th, 9th and 10th; KINGSVILLE FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Get your tickets and camping for this one NOW too folks - I'm on again 2:30 in the afternoon on Saturday and I'm in a Beatles Brunch with JP Cormier and more on Sunday!
Be there or be square - seriously - Bruce Cockburn is playing.

And - I'll be singing some harmony with Carolyn Mark at this year's Fred Eaglesmith Charity Picnic on August 16th weekend in Aylmer and wrapping up the summer on August 29th with a show at Phog commemorating the official retirement of my beloved Jeep Cherokee.
See you out festivalling!!!