Stratford’s new Live at Revival House concert series
kicks-off October 22 with dynamic line-up of Canadian musicians
Stratford String Bone Presents! Live at Revival House. This new concert series kicks-off October 22, 2015 at Stratford’s newly renovated and reimagined Revival House, formerly the Church Restaurant. Curated and directed by Canadian singer-songwriter Barry James Payne, who also performs with the Celtic-fusion band Rant Maggie Rant, the concert series will feature a dynamic line-up of award-winning Canadian musicians. See line up.
The first show in the series takes place October 22, featuring Canadian singer/songwriter Danny Michel. With nominations for three JUNOs, the Polaris Prize, The CBC "Heart of Gold" and a pile of albums under his belt, Danny Michel is unquestionably one of Canada’s finest songwriters. His thoughtful lyrics & earnest performances have earned him a devoted fan base.
Opening for Danny Michel is well-known Canadian artist Emm Gryner. She has been nominated three times for a Juno Award, twice for Best Pop Album. Her fiercely independent spirit has helped her weather the lows and the highs a brief and generally unfruitful stint on Mercury Records and a glamorous year-long sideman gig at the age of 24, playing keys and singing backing vocals in David Bowie's band. One of the first artists in Canada to cultivate an independent label and stick to it, Gryner has never looked back, recording dozens of records funded out of her own pocket with the support of a small but loyal fan base.
Madison Violet takes to the stage November 19. This Canadian duo of Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac are notable for their folk-pop sound with an alternative country edge, as well as their numerous award nominations and wins. Opening act: Canadian singer-songwriters Ginger St. James and Series Host Barry James Payne will perform as a duo while trading each other’s songs.
The series continues January 28, 2016 with New Country Rehab, one of the most exciting acts in Canada. This Toronto-based, high-energy quartet meshes roots rock, old-school country, bluegrass, folk with a touch of pop. Opening act: Series Host String Bone.
February 18, 2016 spotlights multilingual Alejandra Ribera. Shifting from jazz to folk to pop, Ribera and her three-piece band will light-up the stage with songs from her critically acclaimed album “La boca.” Opening act: London-based, folk-country duo The Marrieds, well-known for their playful lyrics and sweet harmonies.
Newfoundland-born singer-songwriter Amelia Curran graces the stage March 24, 2016. The National Post describes this Juno Award-winner’s velvety-smooth voice and carefully crafted lyrics as “a bit like Leonard Cohen being channeled in a dusty saloon by Patsy Cline.” Opening act: Jory Nash, an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends folk, jazz, blues, pop and soul into an original stew of sound.
On April 21, 2016, the Rizdales will perform their tribute show “Blue Ain’t The Word A Tribute to the Music of Ray Price.” Special guests will join in throughout the night to perform a Ray Price song. The Rizdales showcases the talents of Tara Dunphy (fiddle, vocals), Tom Dunphy (guitar, vocals), Rob Clarke (bass), Mark Duff (drums) and Blair Heddle (electric guitar).
The concert series concludes May 19, 2016 with Digging Roots and special guests Sweet Alibi. Sweet Alibi's Jess Rae Ayre, Amber Nielsen and Michelle Anderson infuse their signature harmonies with influences of everything, from folk to country to soul. Juno award-winning Canadian folk-roots duo Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish beautifully blend folk-rock, pop, blues and hip hop influences. This husband-and-wife song-writing team’s music is rich with the sounds of their Indigenous roots, singing in both Anishinabemowin and English. Opening act: Series Host String Bone.
“The new concert series was born from my love for roots music and good song writing and performance. I’ve always had a desire to program another concert series in Stratford and the newly renovated and reimagined Revival House gives me this opportunity," said Artistic Director Barry James Payne. “I'm very excited to bring these national award-winning musicians to Stratford. These are great artists coming to play in a spectacular venue that I think will become a roots music fan’s mecca in a short period of time.”
Revival House, formerly the Church Restaurant, is one of Stratford’s most iconic buildings. A former Baptist church-turned-fine dining restaurant, Revival House is located at 70 Brunswick Street in Stratford. Owned and operated by Stratford native Rob Wigan, the 1,676-square-metre property was gutted this past spring and its majestic interior transformed into a “smart casual” restaurant and lounge. Renowned London chefs Kyle Rose and Byron Hallett run the expansive kitchen and embrace the local farm to table concept.
Tickets for the Live at Revival House concert series, which are $25.00 each, are available at www.stringbonepresents.com. The concerts will be held Thursday evenings from 8:00 10:30 pm at Revival House, located at 70 Brunswick Street in Stratford.