Upcoming events At The Grace

Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre
Creamery Square, Tatamagouche.
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2019 Season – At The Grace

Thank you for a great year. 2018 was a fabulous year of fine entertainment At The Grace. And welcome back for another great year of fine entertainment. We are currently working on a schedule for your enjoyment in 2019. To stay up to date as we move into the new year, please subscribe to our newsletter by providing your email address below. For details as the list grows, please refer to www.gracejollymore.com

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MAY – The Caledonia Orchestra of Nova Scotia

The Caledonian Orchestra of Nova Scotia was formed in 1993 and has evolved into a performance oriented group of musicians dedicated to the promotion of traditional Scottish music. Our Scottish Orchestra has a sound distinctive to the culture of Scotland following the musical compositions and style of William Marshall, Neil Gow, J. Scott Skinner and other composers of this time. The harmonies, timing and tempo all reflect a style of music, unique to a country where history was determined not only by events, but through a developed awareness of dance and song. Scottish music is unique and strives to capture the essence of its people and culture. The type of tunes we play and the use of instruments such as accordions and flutes help to establish and promote the true “Scottish Fiddle Orchestra Sound”.

MAY – Richard Wood with Gordon Belsher

Richard Wood with Gordon Belsher

For more than two decades, Richard Wood has impressed audiences all across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe, Japan and Australia. Highlights include TV guest appearances with Shania Twain on “David Letterman”  and “Good Morning America,” Carnegie Hall with Irish legends The Chieftains, a featured performer on CBC’s Canada Day on Parliament Hill, “Rita MacNeil and Friends,” and with Jean Butler of Riverdance on “Celtic Electric.”

Richard has played for Canada’s Prime Minister and Governor General, the Queen of England (in Toronto), and for the Emperor of Japan in Tokyo. In the late 1990s he toured the UK & Europe headlining concert halls and folk festivals. He’s since played at the Lincoln Centre in New York City, Epcot at Disney World, and was a featured performer in the touring fiddle spectacle “Bowfire.”

Richard is proud to have entertained Canada’s armed forces in Bosnia and twice in Afghanistan. He has five previous CD recordings and has won three Canadian East Coast Music Awards. MacLean’s Magazine named him one of the Top 100 Canadians to watch in the 21st Century.

JUNE – Dan Doiron

Friends say they don’t recognize him without a guitar strapped on, as Dan Doiron has been addicted to the raw energy of the guitar since he formed his first band at age 13 in Port Hood, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. A blazing spitfire guitarist, Dan fuses inventive guitar riffs and grooves with unique lyrics reflecting his views on everyday life, ensuring an emotional, thrilling musical ride at every band and solo show.

He’s profoundly committed to the music, crafting his own style that draws upon over forty years of his traditional and modern guitar studies and experiences as a musician, songwriter, music educator,(B.MUS.Ed from Dalhousie University with a major in classical guitar), National guitar clinician, (Roland Canada), and recording engineer. Dan is also dedicated to sharing that passion and knowledge and has developed a diverse variety of workshops and clinics that focus on guitar technique and improvisation, songwriting, and incorporating technology to assist musical growth. He’s experienced in presenting to all ages and levels and especially enjoys the opportunity to inspire the next generation of musicians through “Blues in Schools” presentations.

After many years as a sideman, in 2011 Dan stepped out as a solo recording artist, earning both East Coast Music Award and Music Nova Scotia nominations for his debut CD,  “Even My Guitar Is In Love With You”. A torrential body of multi award nominated work has followed and in May 2018 he released his fourth album “Livin’ Centre Stage”. In addition to being nominated for a 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award, “Live Centre Stage,” is also the credo of his initiative to inspire others to live their passion regardless of age or stage in life. At the  2018 Start Up Canada convention at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Doiron was honoured as one of the WISE 50 Over 50 award recipientsand also performed at the event. The award recognizes fifty entrepreneurs from across Canada who started their enterprises after reaching the age of fifty, and celebrates their success.

JULY – Shannon Quinn

Shannon was born and raised in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia and has been performing as a fiddler/vocalist for the past 16 years. In 2016 Shannon won ‘Roots Traditional Album of the Year’ & ‘New Artist Recording of the year’ at the Music Nova Scotia Awards, and has also been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards. She achieved her music degree from the renowned ‘Humber College’ in Toronto and has for the past two years been touring internationally with the award winning Scottish group ‘The Paul McKenna Band’. This has included many international performances in Canada, The United States, England, Scotland, Germany as well as the Netherlands. Some of Shannon’s past performances have included being featured with Cirque Du Soleil and The Chieftains in Canada as well as being a featured soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia. Shannon has performed at Walt Disney World’s ‘Epcot’ in the United Kingdom Pavilion. She’s also performed with the award winning group ‘Down with Webster’ at Massey Hall and was a featured violinist for the ‘We Day’ concert in Halifax at the Metro Centre, performing for over 10, 000 people. She has also been a featured performer at the ‘Music City Roots’ concert as well as Bluegrass Underground concert; both in Nashville and both broadcast live on WSM radio. Shannon released a solo album in 2008 entitled ‘The Irwin Lake Sessions and now after a few years performing and touring she recently released a second album (recorded in Glasgow) in July 2015 entitled ‘If All the Young Ladies’. This album features Shannon primarily as a vocalist as well as a fiddler. In addition to being a solo artist, Shannon has also been performing with her father Tony Quinn for the past 16 years as a Celtic/folk duo, and has recently done some touring with Joel Plaskett as his fiddle player for his ‘Solidarity’ tour with his father Bill.

JULY – Maxim Cormier – with Gervais Cormier

Guitar virtuoso, composer and producer, Maxim Cormier’s playing has been described as “a revelation”. His genre bending performances include influences from classical, jazz and world music and can change the audience’s perception of what is possible on guitar.

AUGUST – Ivan and Vivian Hicks

Ivan and Vivian Hicks are distinguished for their contribution to preserve and promote old-time fiddling throughout North America. Their music has roots steeped in tradition but their approach to getting it into the hearts and minds of people is modern and innovative.

Whether they are supporting school children to learn the violin or inviting entire motor coaches of intrigued music lovers into their home, their down-home approach means new friends and fans of their music emerge each day.

They blend this with a busy schedule of performances yearly across Canada and the United States and an active interest in recognizing new talented musicians and bringing them to the stage with them.

Ivan Hicks, a member of the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, has been playing old-time music for 70 years, is an accomplished composer, recording artist, performer and mentor and lively ambassador for Atlantic Canada’s heritage.

He believes his musical talent is a gift, a special legacy passed to him from his parents, and he has invested it generously in present and future generations. His contribution was recognized recently when he was awarded the Order of New Brunswick.

Throughout the years he has been a member of various bands including the Marshwinds dance band (1969-1990) and Maritime Express, an old-time and bluegrass band (1979-2005). In the late 1970’s he formed the community fiddle group Sussex Avenue Fiddlers of which he is director.

He continues to attend and perform at numerous fiddling events and has judged many fiddling contests throughout Canada. He is a consultant for various aspects of the music business and is an organizer and promoter of concerts and tours. Within his own community he was a co-founder of the Riverview Arts Centre.

Ivan and Vivian have won many honours and accolades throughout the years, including both being inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame.

They host motor coach tours in their home, bringing about 60 people at a time in to enjoy a full course meal, a home and garden tour, and an old-time fiddling concert. During the Christmas season, they invite hundreds of people into their professionally decorated home to enjoy country Christmas concerts. They offer a full slate of house concerts, workshops and host family and corporate events as well.

Within their home is a memorabilia room that chronicles not just Ivan and Vivian’s story, but the history of old-time fiddling music and it is shared with all visitors to their home. They have also established within their home an impressive music archive and library where old-time music can be heard and researched.