Schedule

July 3

North Hastings Highlanders with Appalachian Celtic

July 10

Sylvan Shore

July 17

Albert Saxby

July 24

Mary Milne

July 31

Nicole Craig & Dave Henman

August 3rd

10:00am Reg Corey

11:30am Kirk Bates

1:00pm John Foreman & Friends

3:00pm The Polyesters

August 4th

10:00am Reg Corey

11:00am Dale Dredge & Jackie Lewis

1:00pm Albert Saxby

2:30pm The Polyesters

August 7

Dustin Bird

August 14

Dave McEathron

August 21

The Makers

August 28

Gary & The Rough Ideas

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Home Hardware | Mineral Capital Concerts
                                                           
                                                  
THE NORTH HASTINGS HIGHLANDERS with APPALACHIAN CELTIC       
The North Hastings Highlanders are a marching pipe band based in Bancroft, Ontario.  The pipes and drums provide stirring rhythms and melodies that will keep your fingers and toes tapping and your heart longing for the Highlands!  The band performs at parades and Highland Games and especially for their own enjoyment. Special guests Appalachian Celtic features Leslie and Ron Hysert, John Mullins and our very own John Foreman, original visionary of the Bandshell they will be performing on.                                         

SYLVAN SHORE

     
Sylvan Shore is an acoustic duo with an alt folk country bent, playing all original songs. During a performance you can expect to hear a few country laments in 3/4 time, a love song or two, some rockin' tunes and a couple of spoken word pieces thrown in for good measure! Kate and Andrew are both songwriters and collaborate to interpret each other's music. Their unique vocal harmonies and stories in song draw audiences in and are the focus of the show.
                                              
ALBERT JOHN SAXBY - THE MAYOR OF ESSONVILLE
Albert is a well know area musician with a quick wit and a ready smile.  He enjoys collaborating with other musicians and shares his talents throughout Hastings County.  His original songs are moving, rhythmic and sometimes haunting.  We welcome him to the concert series.
                                                                              

MARY MILNE

Known as an offbeat & poetic folksinger Mary's songs span mood and genre-- from story-songs about flying turkeys to award-winning piano ballads to finger-picked gems her shows are fun for all ages.  After a long break Mary recently began releasing songs from the small studio behind her house near Bancroft Ontario. Many of them are one-mic versions of her unreleased folk songs-seeking the raw immediacy and acoustic simplicity of so many of her favourite artists. They appear most often on her website & YouTube channel and regularly on all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple).

Mary's songs have made numerous appearances in film and television. In 2012 she won the Canadian Screen Award for best song in a feature film for "Already Gone" from the Trotsky. Most recently her song "On Your Side" was used by Mercedes in their national ad campaign. She has been fortunate to share stages & open for many musicians she admires including Ed Robertson and Jim Creegan of the Barenaked Ladies, Anais Mitchell, Kalle Mattson and Friendly Rich and the Lollipop people.

                                                                                      

NICOLE CRAIG & DAVE HENMAN

   

 

Nicole Lisa Craig is a passionate musician who's goal is to RELAX, INSPIRE, and LIFT people to a better state of mind. Her performances feature pure, angelic vocals over what some call a "magical" electric classical synth guitar. Nicole is classically trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music, she can play more then 5 instruments and can sing in 5 languages.  Formally a Folk singer, her new music has taken an exciting turn into the world of New Age music blending elements from her classical background and love of World, Celtic and Alternative music. Nicole has released 5 studio albums including her 2018 releases The CALM COLLECTION and AVE MARIA. Her songs have been enjoyed at over 100 radio stations across the globe.  
Originally from Nova Scotia, David was one of the founding members of April Wine. David was with the band from its inception in 1969 until 1973. He played on the first three albums, and one of his songs, “Drop Your Guns”, was a top-forty hit in Canada, resulting in David receiving three platinum and two gold albums. David was also a member of All the Young Dudes, who released an album on CBS in the mid-seventies, and performed with many international acts, including a tour of Eastern Canada opening for The Bee Gees. David moved to Toronto in 1986, and became the editor of Canadian Musician magazine for several years.  As a journalist, he has interviewed everyone from Leonard Cohen and Celine Dion to Henry Rollins and Dwight Yoakam.

DUSTIN BIRD

      

                                                              

     At 22-years old, country music singer/songwriter Dustin Bird is already pushing the boundaries of modern country music. His debut single ‘Wake Up’ was released in the Spring of 2019 and quickly crossed over into the Top 100 Canadian Country National Airplay charts where it enjoyed a respectable run. The single ‘solidifies his place in pop country’s wave of rising stars’ (Boots & Hearts NYC).  it was written entirely by Bird and mixed & mastered by Nashville’s Grammy award winning engineers F. Reid Shippen (Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban) and Pete Lyman (Chris Stapleton, Zach Brown). Having performed across Ontario, including at major festivals such as Boots and Hearts & Havelock Jamboree, his live show is a high energy country party that is sure to get everyone on the dance floor.

               

DAVE McEATHRON

                                                                                          

Singer / Songwriter Dave McEathron has independently released two solo albums and two albums with his band The Warped 45’s with label support from Pheromon Records. 

 McEathron-penned the song "Pale Horse" which spent 9 straight weeks on CBC Radio 3's R3-30 singles chart peaking at No 2  and was featured on CBC Radio 1 shows "Q" and "Deep Roots"  and was recently licensed for an upcoming episode of "Lost Girl" on the Showcase network. 

"Another highlight is the title track, which showcases Dave McEathron as one of our most evocative lyricists. For proof, how about "hectares of hay bales like curlers in an old woman's hair"? No song here is quite as transcendent and gorgeous as "Radio Sky," from the first album, though many come close."   Kerry Dolle, Exclaim! Magazine

"McEathron is clearly interested in actual stories and characters, like the cynic of "Victoria Day", or the put-upon "Blade Throwers' Wife." He asks big questions, like how responsible we are to other people's children in "Talk About Evil," without supplying easy answers.”  Jesse Skinner, Toro MagazinE.

McEathron was born in Peterborough, ON and lived a suburban childhood of street hockey and paper routes before his factory working father moved outside of Bancroft, ON to take over a cattle farm. He spent his High school years playing sports and performing in local bars before moving to Toronto to study music at Humber College.   

               
                                      
THE MAKERS
   The Makers are three friends from Haliburton County who are well known as performers in a number of local bands - Fifth Business, Custom Blend, Slinky & the Boys as well as the Highlands Chamber Orchestra.  Tracey Green, Linda Love and Cathy Salvatori created the Makers as a vehicle to pursue a unique sound with an exciting repertoire featuring music from the 60's to contemporary times. This all-woman band bring their talents and a distinctly melodic approach that brings these songs to life.  You'll want to tap your feet.  You may want to sing along.  Or you just might want to sit back and listen as the Makers make music for you.
                                                    
                                                        

Reg Corey

                                                                

     

      Reg is a seasoned singer/guitarist based in Hastings County in Eastern Ontario. Reg began his musical journey while in his early teens as a lead guitarist performing in many dance halls throughout the County during the 70's. Not content just to be a sideman, Reg embarked on a solo career in front of the mic, perfecting his guitar style three fingered picking and versatile vocals performing songs from a number of genres including Folk, Country, Pop, Soft Rock, Blues and Jazz.  He is a long time member of the Canadian Federation of Musician's Union out of Kingston and a member of the Haliburton Folk Society.Reg started performing in pubs and festivals but admits he prefers more upscale venues where the audience is much more engaged in the music. Reg's music is influenced by many great artists and chose to engage in covers. However, he has recently begun writing his own music and will soon add originals into his repertoire.  Reg  continues to perform in all venues from the Oshawa/Whitby area to the Ottawa Valley/Kingston areas and from South Algonquin to Prince Edward County.  He has also performed live on Trent Radio.  For years Reg has given guitar lessons and continues to do so with  the same passion and enthusiasm. As always, he will continue to seek out and perform in new and interesting venues.

     

                                                        

Nicole Craig

        

     Though she describes herself as super sensitive to the world around her, at 6'3" Nicole Craig stands tall and strong and can belt out a song with so much emotion and passion, taking her audiences on an emotional journey. Her own songs and songs she chooses to cover, have content beyond the typical song topics, offering messages of self empowerment, global awareness and universal connectedness.   Her brand new album LIFT released in January of this year, blends the emotion and dynamics of classical music with the storytelling of folk music, the edginess of alternative rock and the open creativeness of modern day underground pop. It features David Henman (co-founder of April Wine and Juno recipient) and Juno award winner Howard Baer on bass. It is music for our times crossing all borders, carrying a message that Nicole hopes will give listeners a sense of connection and a lift to a better place.  This is especially important to Nicole since she has suffered personally with and has been surviving a winning battle against depression.  We can all use a lift sometimes she says. Nicole's music has been added to playlists in over 100 radio stations across North America and the UK and was in the top 20 in the charts in several radio stations. She has performed at multiple events including recently Lightfoot Days at the Orillia Opera House. She has had the pleasure of performing with such artists as Rick Dutkiewicz Haynes (bassist for Gordon Lightfoot since 1969) and David Henman (co-founder of April Wine). 

JOHN FOREMAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
                                                                

     

THE POLYESTERS
The Polyesters are a 5 piece group based in Hastings County ON. Fronting The Polyesters is lead vocalist, Ester Mayer, who’s bluesy/jazz tinged vocal stylings highlight an eclectic selection of material spanning the decades. Expect to hear classics from Patsy Cline, The Beatles, and much more from this versatile act. Backing Ester are Kevin Goodyear on guitar, Eric Weiner on harp, Michael Cooke on bass and Jesse Hanna on drums. Be prepared to get down and groovy!                                                        

GARY AND THE ROUGH IDEAS

                                                  

The band "Gary and The Rough Ideas" was formed back in 2011 by Gary Baumgartner and Brad Sales primarily to record and promote an album of original songs.  Brad and Gary have been friends since the 1990's when they played together in Brad's band "The Nighthawks".   A longtime Haliburton resident born in Toronto, Gary is a classically trained pianist who switched to rock n roll, with thousands of hours of experience in the music industry, recording, producing, performing, and touring.  He is the lead vocalist and keyboard player for the band.

Brad, another longtime Haliburtonian originally from Toronto, has logged over 40 years on the electric guitar with a variety of Toronto based bands.  Brad provides solid harmony vocals, rich guitar work and tasty solos for the Rough Ideas.

Andy, from Haliburton Ontario, has spirit and enthusiasm for both music and cars.  Anchoring the rhythm section, not only is he adept on bass guitar, he can also play the horn.

Jimmie "Three Stix" Stewart on drums, from Newmarket Ontario completes the lineup with his humour and solid backbeat.  He has used up more drumsticks than a flock of turkeys.
  
The band has an extensive repertoire of original, Rock, Blues and Pop music.  Best of all, there is a special synergy between the four members that you can feel. Yes, it's true, they just "LOVE TO PARTY" !!