musicNOW – November 2013

Featuring Tarantuela, Karyn Ellis, Kim Beggs, Lee Harvey Osmond, Mayhemingways, Fiftymen, Steve Strongman & more

Jay Swinnerton' s band Tarantuela performs at The Red Dog on Friday, November 1st (publicity photo)
Jay Swinnerton' s band Tarantuela performs at The Red Dog on Friday, November 1st (publicity photo)

It gets chilly in November as we head into winter, but it’s warm inside — especially in venues across Peterborough and the Kawarthas.

Take a peek at some of these upcoming live shows I’ve handpicked.

There are many other excellent shows listed in our Pubs & Clubs and Concerts & Live Music columns, but these are a few I highly recommend.

Tarantuela with The Shabby Dolls (Roots/Rock and Roll)

Peterborough’s Jay Swinnerton moved to Toronto last year, where he plays with musicians like Devin Cuddy and Corin Raymond. His group Tarantuela returns to The Red Dog (189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-750-1710) on Friday, November 1st at 10 p.m.

The show is $5 at the door and will feature Taylor Knox and Dave Tough’s new group The Shabby Dolls.

While Tarantuela has been compared to The Band, their sound offers something that is their own: soul and rock and blues combine to give this hometown band a unique familiarity.

Tarantuela – “I Ain’t Got No Home In This World”

Tarantuela – “Big Flood”

Karyn Ellis and Kim Beggs (Folk/Singer-Songwriter)

Karyn Ellis (photo: Emma Lee Photography)
Karyn Ellis (photo: Emma Lee Photography)
There’s a double CD release concert by songstresses Karyn Ellis and Kim Beggs at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-8463) on Tuesday, November 5th at 8 p.m.

The cost is $5 at the door.

You may remember Karyn Ellis from her years in Peterborough as a musician, artist, and resident. She is supporting her fourth album, More Than a Hero.

Kim Beggs is celebrating the release of Beauty and Breaking.

Karyn Ellis – “Be My Girl”

Kim Beggs – “Mama’s Dress”

Mayhemingways and Fiftymen (Alt-Country/Cajun/Bluegrass)

Fiftymen (photo: David Irvine)
Fiftymen (photo: David Irvine)
You can catch two shows in one at The Spill on Saturday, November 9th: an early show with Mayhemingways from 8 – 10 p.m. (presented by While the Night is Young) and a late show at 11 p.m. featuring Ottawa country group Fiftymen.

For the early show, tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and are available at The Spill (414 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-748-6167). The late show will be $10 or PWYC.

There’s a growing interest in Peterborough for earlier shows, and While the Night is Young is beginning to do just that.

Fiftymen has been a fixture of Canada’s country scene for years and the late show will be a country barnburner, also featuring local artist Grainne Ryan who opens the show at 11 p.m.

Mayhemingways – “Wanderers”

Fiftymen – “Already Gone”

Youngtown Jam “Six” (Neil Young tribute)

Omemee is celebrating folk/rock music hero and hometown boy Neil Young at the Coronation Hall (1 King St. W., Omemee) on Saturday, November 9th from 8 – 11 p.m. with the Neil Young Musical Tribute: Youngtown Jam “Six”.

This is a great annual event featuring guest musicians and the songs of Neil Young, in the “town in North Ontario” that Neil sings about in his classic tune “Helpless”.

Tickets are $14 at Omemee Ace Hardware (24 King St. E., Omemee, 705-799-2233).

The show is in support of Youngtown Rock and Roll Museum (45 King St. E., Omemee, 705-799-2903).

Youngtown Jam “Five”

Jonathan Demme’s Neil Young: Journeys – Official Trailer

Tom Wilson, lead singer and guitarist for Lee Harvey Osmond (publicity photo)
Tom Wilson, lead singer and guitarist for Lee Harvey Osmond (publicity photo)

Lee Harvey Osmond with Tom Wilson (Acid Folk/Roots)

KawarthaNOW is proud to present Lee Harvey Osmond at the Market Hall on Thursday, November 14th at 8 p.m.

Lead singer and guitarist Tom Wilson is an absolute fixture in Canadian music.

As a member of Junkhouse, his song “Shine” was a hit. As a member of the Canadian roots supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Tom has worked with some amazing musicians and recorded some excellent albums.

Tickets are $30 or $40 for premium table seating.

You can get tickets at the Market Hall box office (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146) or Moondance (425 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-9425).

For more info about the show and more videos, see our story Lee Harvey Osmond returns to Peterborough.

Lee Harvey Osmond – Devil’s Load

Steve Strongman (Blues)

Steve Strongman (photo: Matthew Barnes)
Steve Strongman (photo: Matthew Barnes)
Juno and Maple Blues Award Winner Steve Strongman plays in the Nexicom Studio at Showplace on Friday, November 15th at 8 pm.

Steve’s new album A Natural Fact features great tunes and performances that highlight his superb guitar playing and singing.

What better setting to see him than the beautiful newly designed Nexicom Studio?

Tickets are $32 at the Showplace box office (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7089).

Steve Strongman – A Natural Fact promotional video

Stuart McLean and The Vinyl Cafe (Storytelling/Music/Variety)

Stuart McClean (photo: Facebook)
Stuart McClean (photo: Facebook)
CBC personality Stuart McLean and The Vinyl Cafe perform two Christmas-themed shows over two nights at Showplace, on Wednesday, November 20th and Thursday, November 21st.

Both shows are at 7 p.m. Tickets are $54 for adults and $34 for students and those 18 and under.

Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Cafe has become a truly Canadian favourite. You won’t want to miss his excellent stories and musical guests.

Don’t delay, tickets won’t be available for long!

Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe Christmas Special on CBC Television

CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos interviews Stuart McLean

Lindsay Barr (Blues/Rock)

Lindsay Barr (photo: Carl Hoskisson)
Lindsay Barr (photo: Carl Hoskisson)
Peterborough’s favourite raspy-voiced singer Lindsay Barr performs at The Red Dog (189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-750-1710) on Friday, November 29th at 10 p.m.

Tickets will be around $5 and available at the door.

Lindsay Barr puts on a great show that has audiences cheering for more at the end.

Her songs range from folk to blues with a distinct rock and roll sound.

Lindsay Barr – “Time To Let Go” (live at Peterborough MusicFest)

Lindsay Barr – “Riot Queen”

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Josh Fewings
Josh Fewings is a local writer and musician who plays with Mayhemingways, Grainne and the Sons of Birches, Occam's Blazer, and Slim Picket and the Union Cards. He's a regular contributor to kawarthaNOW, covering music, musicians, and upcoming concerts. You can follow Josh on Twitter at @JFew82.