There’s great music all month long in Peterborough and the Kawarthas this March. There’s literally something for everyone: roots, folk, pop, rock, country, bluegrass, blues, and electronica. Here are just a few of the great live music events happening in the area.
Kerry Jayne at The Spill in Peterborough on March 1
Head to The Spill (414 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-748-6167) on Wednesday, March 1st to hear Kerry Jayne and special guests.
Now living in Peterborough, Jayne was a nominee for Roots Song of the Year at the 2014 Vancouver Island Music Awards. Her voice is haunting and intimate, and her songs are ethereal and dreamy.
The show begins around 8:30 p.m. and is $5 at the door (or pay what you can).
VIDEO: “Dreaming” – Kerry Jayne
Brooklyn Doran, Gillian Nicola, and Bethany Brown at The Garnet in Peterborough on March 4
Three lovely lady performers will take the stage at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107) on Saturday, March 4th.
Brooklyn Doran, Gillian Nicola, and Bethany Brown will warm up the room with an intimate performance of songs of love and life.
The show will begin around 9 p.m. and tickets are available at the door.
If you’re in the Bobcaygeon area, you can also catch Doran and Nicola the night before (Friday, March 3rd) at Kawartha Coffee Co. (49 Bolton St., Bobcaygeon, 705-738-1500). The concert begins at 7 p.m. and admission is pay what you can.
VIDEO: “Lansdowne” – Brooklyn Doran
VIDEO: “Unconditionally” – Gillian Nicola
Jack de Keyzer at the Holiday Inn in Peterborough on March 10
Blues fans must go check out Jack de Keyzer in an “up close and personal” solo show at Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront (150 George St., Peterborough, 705-743-1144) on Friday, March 10th.
de Keyzer been nominated for numerous awards and his reputation as a solid blues man is well earned. Tickets are $15 and are available at the front desk (call 705-743-1144). The show starts at 8 p.m.
VIDEO: “Canal Bank Shuffle” – Jack de Keyzer
Lonesome Ace Stringband at the Gordon Best in Peterborough on March 10
Old-timey string band music is a great treat for the ears. It is simplicity personified, with little pushes and pulls on the ears.
Toronto’s Lonesome Ace Stringband will being their very polished brand of this music to the Gordon Best Theatre (216 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-876-8884) on Friday, March 10th.
The band features fiddle player John Showman, banjo player Chris Coole, and bass player Max Heineman. Tickets are $15 at the door and the show begins around 9 p.m.
VIDEO: “Cherry River Line / Gauley Junction” – Lonesome Ace Stringband
Martha and Lotus at Peterborough Square on March 13
Here’s a great way for parents and children to kick off March Break!
Local folk musicians Martha and Lotus will play a morning show on Monday, March 13th in the atrium of Peterborough Square (340 George St. N, Peterborough).
The concert takes place from 10:30 to 11;30 a.m. just outside of the Peterborough Public Library and it’s free.
VIDEO: Lotus Wight
Shari Ulrich at The Loft in Cobourg on March 18
Golden-voiced folk music chanteuse Shari Ulrich will play The Loft (201 Division St., Cobourg, 416-895-1234) on Saturday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m.
Ulrich has been nominated for numerous Junos (she won one in 1981) and has composed music for many CBC programs, Sesame Street, and more. She has had a number of collaborations with artists like Barney Bentall, Bill Henderson, and Roy Forbes. Ulrich has 24 albums to her credit and in 2014 she won a “Song of the Year” writing award.
Tickets are $20 plus fees and are available at the Victoria Hall Box Office or by calling 855-372-2210 or 905-372-2210.
VIDEO:”Rain Rain Rain” – Shari Ulrich
A Tribe Called Red at The Red Dog in Peterborough on March 22
The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough, 705-750-1710) will be bumping on Wednesday, March 22nd as indigenous electronica artists A Tribe Called Red return to Peterborough.
The last show was sold out and this one will too. Advanced tickets look like they may be sold out, but there might be some at the door.
I don’t usually promote DJs in this space, but A Tribe Called Red are a definite exception. The group released their latest record We Are the Halluci Nation in late 2016 and it continues to receive critical acclaim in the music industry. Sweat, indigenous dancers, and sick beats.
Tickets are $25 at the door and the show begins at 10 p.m.. Here’s hoping you can get in!
VIDEO: “Indian City” – A Tribe Called Red
Basia Bulat at Market Hall in Peterborough on March 24
Basia Bulat is playing at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146) on Friday, March 24th at 8 p.m. in yet another show presented by the Peterborough Folk Festival.
Whether she performs solo or backed up by a great band, Bulat is a big-time talent. It’s not exactly rock and it’s not exactly pop — it’s all her own. Her meaningful lyrics and melodies will stay with you.
Balat’s latest record Good Advice is another feather in her cap, as she has garnered both Juno and Polaris Prize nominations.
Tickets are $25 plus fees and are available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at www.markethall.org. Tickets for Row C are available (cash only) at Moondance (425 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-9425).
VIDEO: “Infamous” – Basia Bulat
Lennie Gallant at Market Hall in Peterborough on March 26
There will be no shortage of great folk and blues music in Peterborough on Sunday, March 26th as two back-to-back shows go down one block from each other. Two of Canada’s great male solo performers take the stage.
Folk Under the Clock presents PEI’s folk hero Lennie Gallant at 4 p.m. at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St., Peterborough, 705-749-1146).
Gallant is full of great stories and emotive songs that bring tales to life. This is Folk Under The Clock’s final concert of their 30th anniversary season.
Assigned-seating tickets are $35 plus fees ($25 plus fees for students) and are available at the Market Hall Box Office or online at www.markethall.org. Tickets for Row C and Tables 8 and 9 are available (cash only) at Moondance (425 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-9425).
VIDEO: “Tales of the Phantom Ship” – Lennie Gallant
Matt Andersen at Showplace in Peterborough on March 26
Another powerhouse musician from Canada’s East Coast returns to Peterborough on Sunday, March 26th, when Matt Anderson performs at Showplace Performance Centre (290 George St. N., Peterborough, 705-742-7469).
If you haven’t seen Andersen perform before, you’re in for a real treat. The Juno-nominated singer-songwriter is not only an amazing acoustic blues guitarist, but he’s got a giant soulful voice that will shake you to the core.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 and are available through the Showplace Box Office or online at www.showplace.org.
VIDEO: “Let’s Get Back” – Matt Andersen
VIDEO: Matt Andersen compilation
Peter Willie Youngtree at The Garnet in Peterborough on March 27
If you like old-school country music and folk story-telling, you should go check out Newfoundland’s Peter Willie Youngtree at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-0107) on Monday, March 27th.
Youngtree is an accomplished, yet still young, singer-songwriter of high quality. His debut album Country Hymns was awarded MusicNL’s Country Recording of the Year in 2016.
Tickets are available at the door, and the show begins around 9 p.m.
VIDEO: “Without Bounds” – Peter Willie Youngtree
Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies with Adam Baldwin at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay on March 28
There will be a big kitchen party at the Academy Theatre (2 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay, 705-324-9111) on Tuesday, March 28th when former Great Big Sea lead singer Alan Doyle and his band The Beautiful Gypsies come to town.
Doyle’s music continues to include Newfoundland-inspired tunes including Celtic, rock, sea shanties, and even some of Great Big Sea’s best-known songs. This show will be big fun for everyone.
Nova Scotia’s Adam Baldwin (best known as a member of Matt Mays’ band) is opening the show. Baldwin released his debut full-length album No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five) last summer.
Tickets are $55 and are available at the Box Office, by phone at 705-324-9111, or online at www.academytheatre.ca
VIDEO: “1,2,3,4” – Alan Doyle and The Beautiful Gypsies
VIDEO: “Daylight” – Adam Baldwin
Lynne Hanson and The Good Intentions at Catalina’s in Peterborough on March 31
Fans of gritty country-rock like Lucinda Williams or Gillian Welch will definitely enjoy the deep driving tunes of Lynne Hanson and The Good Intentions, playing at Catalina’s (131 Hunter St. W., Peterborough, 705-874-5972) on Friday, March 31st.
Hanson is releasing her latest record Uneven Ground, produced by Winnipeg musician Scott Nolan, on April 7th.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $15 at the door.
VIDEO: “River of Sand” – Lynne Hanson and The Good Intentions