The Wooden Sky
Moondance now has tickets on sale for The Wooden Sky on Sunday February 25 at the Market Hall at 8pm. Swimming in Strange Waters, the title of The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length album is an abridged quote from Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune: “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.” It’s a phrase that seems especially apt in 2017, as many of us are still reeling from the previous year. For Gavin Gardiner, the frontman of the Toronto-based indie rock band, the way to understand and reconcile these unknowns — from oil pipelines and refugee crises to his own family’s personal history— is through songwriting. The band (made up of Gardiner, multi-instrumentalists Simon Walker and Andrew Wyatt, violinist Edwin Huizinga and drummer Andrew Kekewich) started writing and recording demos in a small farmhouse in rural Quebec in January 2015, but then put them aside as they embarked on a year-long tour in support of their previous album, Let’s Be Ready. The resulting album is a sonic maelstrom that sees the band exploring unchartered waters, where textural psychedelia inspired by the Paisley Underground movement melds into quiet, acoustic cyclical guitar melodies. While Let’s Be Ready found the Wooden Sky writing a pure “rock and roll” album, Swimming in Strange Waters sees the band experimenting once again.
Sunday February 25
Downchild Blues Band
Moondance now has tickets on sale for Downchild Blues Band at the Market Hall on Friday March 2 at 8pm.
It’s tempting and not altogether far-fetched to apply an engine metaphor to the mighty Downchild, one of the planet’s foremost most fêted, longest-running blues outfits with quite possibly the best back story ever told. Roaring through bracing, high-octane performances since 1969, the band founded and continuously steered by harmonica and guitar ace Donnie “Mr. Downchild” Walsh is as vibrant today as when Dan Aykroyd and the late John Belushi were inspired by Downchild for their brilliant Blues Brothers venture back in the 1970s. The pair elevated Downchild’s “Shotgun Blues” and Walsh’s “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” to smash status on their 1978 Briefcase Full of Blues record. Actually, the 2017 iteration of Downchild — with each member boasting a minimum of 20 years of service — might be the most electrifying yet. For proof, simply check out the sextet’s towering, lid-lifting, juke-joint jumping 18th studio album, Something I’ve Done, a bona fide group effort and a sonic highlight in a 50-year career spilling over with them.
Fri Mar 2
The Real McKenzies
Moondance now has tickets on sale for The Real McKenzies at the Market Hall on Sunday March 11 at 8pm. It I can be said, without any exaggeration, that The Real McKenzies are a national treasure.
Founded in 1992 by the larger than life, punkrock poet laureate, Mr Paul McKenzie, this merry band of miscreants has spent a quarter century circumnavigating the globe to bring the McKenzies gospel to an ever-adoring throng of rebels, scallywags and ne’er do wells. There’s not many bands that can boast of a twenty-five year career as staggeringly adventurous, wildly tempestuous and utterly death-defying as The Real McKenzies. It would be a serious mistake to write them off as just another Celtic punk band. They are an unstoppable juggernaut of touring mayhem. A ferocious troupe of insanely talented minstrels, storytellers and entertainers melding traditional acoustic and electric to create a sound like no other. Their list of accolades is long. From sharing the stage with the likes of NOFX, Rancid, Flogging Molly, Metallica and Shane McGowan to appearing in film, books and video games to signing with the legendary Fat Wreck Chords, their story continues to astound.
Sun Mar 11
A Musical Journey with Janis Joplin starring Lindsay Barr
Moondance now has tickets on sale for A Musical Journey with Janis Joplin starring Lindsay Barr at the Market Hall on Friday April 13 at 8pm. Experience an exciting and soulful adventure in a show that chronicles some of Janis’s most exciting songs performed and/or recorded during her very short career. Follow Janis through some of her most influential moments in her musical journey with band mates, festivals, concerts, interviews and tv appearances in small scale theatrical moments throughout the production. This 90 minute show is framed by powerful ballads, booming soul blues and psychedelic rock pieces all delivered with the attempt to capture Joplin’s very unique and distinct voice. In Lindsay’s own words, “Nobody can even come close to the soulful depth of intense personal emotion that is portrayed in every single note sang by Joplin. As a singer and lover of this great artist, all I can do is….Try!!!”
Fri Apr 13
James Keelaghan and Tony McManus
Moondance now has tickets on sale for James Keelaghan and Tony McManus at the Market Hall on Sunday April 15 at 4pm. James Keelaghan has been called “Canada’s finest singer-songwriter” by one of the most respected and lauded music critics/historians, Dave Marsh. Armed with a songbook that has enthralled audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels. He has written some timeless originals like Fires of Calais, Cold Missouri Waters, Jenny Bryce, Hillcrest Mines and Kiri’s Piano. His masterful storytelling, over the course of nine recordings, and his distinctive voice have been part of the bedrock of his success, earning him his share of awards and nominations. Tony McManus has come to be recognized throughout the world as the leading guitarist in Celtic Music, while a master in many other styles. Self taught from childhood, initially through listening to the family record collection, the session scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh provided the springboard for gigs around Scotland. The release of Ceol More in 2002 was when Tony’s stature as a world class musician reached a new level and was the Critics Album of the Year in Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He is invited annually to the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville and has appeared at prestigious guitar festivals around the world. He also plays with the quartet Men of Steel (Dan Crary, Beppe Gambetta and Don Ross).ic critics/historians, Dave Marsh. Armed with a songbook that has enthralled audiences around the world, Keelaghan’s life as an artist is one that is a perpetual journey on so many levels. He has written some timeless originals like Fires of Calais, Cold Missouri Waters, Jenny Bryce, Hillcrest Mines and Kiri’s Piano. His masterful storytelling, over the course of nine recordings, and his distinctive voice have been part of the bedrock of his success, earning him his share of awards and nominations.
Sun Apr 15
Hip to the Groove: a 60's & 70's Tribute
Moondance now has tickets on sale for Hip to the Groove: a 60's & 70's Tribute presented by the Peterborough Pops Ensemble at the Market Hall on Saturday April 28 at 7:30pm. From early rock and roll to funk, folk to disco, these two decades have made an indelible mark in music history. Featuring songs by KC and the Sunshine Band, Bread, The Carpenters, ABBA, Aretha Franklin and more, this show will make you feel like dancing! As part of the Peterborough Pop Ensemble Charity Program, the Ensemble is honoured to support the Kawartha Haliburton Children’s Foundation with a portion of the proceeds from this concert.
Sat April 28
An Evening with Danny Michel
Moondance now has tickets on sale for An Evening with Danny Michel at the Market Hall on Thursday May 24 at 8pm. 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. He is a musical chameleon - able to slip into many genres with ease, an adventurous & fearless artist and a master at striking the right balance between unpredictability and meeting expectations, leaving you wanting more as soon as it’s over. Past critics have praised Danny’s lyrics for having “something to say” without coming off preachy. Topics range from the environment (“Feather, Fur & Fin”) to big questions (“If Gods’ on your side, then who’s on mine”). Others ask “Who’s Gonna Miss You when you’re gone?” a song which explores karma asking “Did you live it right?/did you live it wrong?”. At the moment Danny is sitting in front of a blank canvas contemplating where his next album is going to take him. It could go anywhere from here. Knowing Danny, wherever it goes – it will be an adventure.
Thurs May 24