Musique Royale’s ‘Cookie Concert’ Series returns this coming Saturday, October 7, 2:00 pm at Lunenburg School of the Arts with the Juno award-winning swing band The Swinging Belles from St. John’s, NF. Cookie Concerts, combining originality, fun and engaging musical and artistic presentations, are designed for the whole family to enjoy….plus a freshly baked cookie! Admission at the door – $5 (4 years and under are free).
About the Swinging Belles:
The Swinging Belles, child educators and performers Laura Winter and Erin Power, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family! The duo is joined by guitarist extraordinaire Duane Andrews. The show is packed with music, interactive storytelling and dance. Both Erin and Laura have recently completed Masters degrees in Education and Folklore respectively. They have been working in the classroom for the past number of years and their love of folk, swing jazz and country music seeped into their pedagogy and is showcased through songs and stories supported by guitars, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles. By night, the two are part of folk/country group The Dilettantes who have recorded 3 albums (The Topsham Cottage Diaries, Otters and Elders, and Roots and Boots) as part of the RPM challenge and perform in the local music circuit. Guitar guru Duane Andrews is an established international performer having performed on stages such as the Newport Folk and Montreal Jazz festivals. He is an accomplished composer and producer as well. This multi-award winning artist is thrilled to be able to bring his passion for Swing Jazz and NL traditional music to an enthusiastic young audience.
With funding support from MusicNL and the NL Arts Council, The Swinging Belles released their debut album More Sheep, Less Sleep in December 2014. The album won a JUNO for Children’s Album of the Year, a Canadian Folk Music Award for the same category, and two MusicNL awards (Group of the Year and Jazz/Blues Album of the Year).
Also to Note: The Swinging Belles are also guests at a special outreach event earlier this Saturday morning, 11:00 am at Cecilia’s Retreat, 1199 Oakland Rd., RR#1 in Mahone Bay, in support of the Indian Point Fire Department which also serves as a locale for Emergency Measures and Preparedness. Brunch follows their hour long performance. $25. Toddlers on knees – free! Please reserve by responding to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2:00 pm at Lunenburg School of the Arts.
Musique Royale gratefully acknowledges the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage, the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, Arts Nova Scotia, Peggy Corkum – major season benefactor, the Lloyd Carr Harris Foundation, The Craig Foundation, anonymous contributors, corporate and individual sponsors, committed volunteers and all patrons for their kind and generous support of Musique Royale.