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In addition to The Wintergreen Concert Series, Hello Darlin' Productions presents a myriad of other concerts from a number of musical genres.  Click on the buttons on the left to learn more about the artists performing in upcoming shows.

 

Dustbowl Revival

Sunday, January 25

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$13.80

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The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.

 

 

Named "Best Live Band in LA" by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage. Call it the new old-timey dance hall sound made fresh by some of the best soloists in the business. After placing several songs on ABC and Fox and having tunes featured in independent films like "Made In China" (winner of SXSW) winning Americana song of the year from the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits judging), playing festivals like Outside Lands and Live Oak and opening for bands like Lake Street Dive, Rebirth Brass Band, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty, the band began barnstorming more extensively across the USA.

 

Steel Rail

Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop

Saturday, February 7

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$20 / $10 students

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Steel Rail has released three albums: River Song (2005), The Road Less Travelled (2000) and A Thousand Miles of Snow (1995). The Road Less Travelled was a finalist in the Country-Roots category of the 2000 Crossroads Music Awards in the U.S., and spent time at the top of the CBC-Galaxie folk-roots radio charts in Canada. The band's debut album, A Thousand Miles of Snow, also garnered critical praise in Canada and the U.S. and airplay on country, campus, community and public broadcasting stations across Canada.

 

A national treasure and a local Montreal favourite, Steel Rail has not performed locally for a number of years.  Hello Darlin' is so pleased to be able to welcome them back to the Montral stage!

 

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"Two voices in perfect harmony."

That's how one music writer described the Montreal-based duo of Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop. That rich vocal blend is the hallmark of a folk-music partnership that celebrates fine songwriting and a shared history growing up in rural Quebec.

Bill and Sue began their musical relationship after recording Bill's last solo CD, Seems To Me in 1999. The vocal magic and the distinctive musical approach that resulted have continued to evolve and these days, their tight harmonies, fine guitar picking and tasteful repertoire are winning over fans across the country.

 

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Jesse Stone CD release

Po' Lazarus

Friday, February 20

Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent)

Doors 8:00 pm - Show: 8:45 pm 

$10 at the door

New Newfoundland sensation!

Fortunate Ones

Thursday, March 5

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$10

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Fortunate Ones is a Canadian pop-folk duo made up of singer/guitarist Andrew James O’Brien and singer/pianist/accordion player Catherine Allan – endearing audiences with wide-eyed energy, pragmatic optimism, and an earnest mission for connection.

 

Andrew and Catherine grew up on opposite sides of the island of Newfoundland – Mount Pearl and Corner Brook respectively. It was in St. John’s where the pair met and began to sing together. One night in 2010, Andrew heard Catherine sing harmony with her brother at a private gathering in downtown St John’s. He had to sing with her. The next day he got up the nerve, left her a note, she acquiesced, and within 48 hours they were singing together on stage. While it was a road from that evening to the formation of Fortunate Ones in 2013, their beginnings are in keeping with one of the core messages they carry. That sometimes the most important decision you can make is to just say YES.

The Once

Sarah Macdougall

Wednesday, March 11

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$25

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Jon Brooks

Sunday, March 15

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$15 / $10 students

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Dave Gunning

with Lizzy Hoyt

Saturday, March 21

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$20 / $10 students

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“Dave Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.”  — Greg Quill, The Toronto Star 

There are stories that wash over you like a tide, and then there are stories that grab you by the heart.  Dave Gunning has made a point of finding the latter and wrapping them up in song since he broke upon the East Coast music scene in Canada back in 1997.  The Pictou County, Nova Scotia born and bred singer-songwriter and working class hero has built up from humble beginnings to a point where his name is regularly included in conversation with artists such as David Francey, James Keelaghan, Ron Hynes, Stan Rogers, Bruce Cockburn and Gordon Lightfoot.  Writing from a sonic menu that includes flavors of Irish, Scottish,  folk and country musical styles, Dave transcends genre with songs that fill your senses and touch your soul.

 

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One of last year's most popular shows - not to be missed!

Session Americana

with Jefferson Hamer and Dietrich Strause

Friday, March 27

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$20 / $10 students

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Craig Cardiff

Oh Susanna

Thursday, April 2

Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$20

 

ABOUT CRAIG CARDIFF

For the past two and a half years, Craig Cardiff has been passing around a Book of Truths during his shows and asking his fans to share something truthful in it — a story, a confession, a hope, a secret.  The book gives fans a chance to write down something they might be too afraid to say out loud, and it gives Cardiff an opportunity to connect with the people who come to his shows.

Those entries aren’t always easy to read. The stories can be heartbreaking, and they can leave Cardiff wanting to do something, to find the person who wrote in his book and tell them to hold on for tomorrow, that things will be OK.

 

Cardiff’s new album, Love Is Louder (Than All This Noise) Part 1 & 2, has turned into a response to those stories. This double album, released November 19, 2013, offers 21 tracks that are connected by an underlying sense that there are better days to come.

 

“I didn’t realize it at first, but this collection of songs is just really to help people be OK and to let them know to just wait until tomorrow, stay here and push on through,” says Cardiff. “Every song has that kernel of hope and joy, even if it’s not apparent at first.”

 

ABOUT OH SUSANNA

Suzie Ungerleider began performing as Oh Susanna in the mid-1990s, crafting a persona that matched the timeless qualities of her music, sounds that drew from the deep well of early 20th Century folk, country and blues, yet rooted in her finely-honed storytelling skills. This Canadian songstress has a voice that can pierce a heart of stone. Her superbly crafted songs often tell stories of troubled souls who rebel against their circumstances to attain a quiet dignity. These are tales of longing and love, of small town joys and pains, of our simple feelings and strong passions. These are tales that look into our beautifully flawed human hearts.

 

Birds of Chicago

Wednesday, April 8

Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$15

 

Birds of Chicago, "This year's biggest roots surprise" says L.A. Times, is a collective built around husband and wife duo JT Nero (Chicago, IL) and Allison Russell (Montreal, QC). Since forming in 2012, they’ve toured internationally 10+ months of the year.

 

Their brand of rock and roll poetry can be a little hard to categorize, for people that insist on categorizing... their voices are undoubtedly the centerpiece - Nero's fractured country soul croon is wrapped in Russell's silver and gold tones for a harmony blend that is like nothing else in music today. Fired by the band it’s a full tilt revival - streamlined poems, deep grooves, sharp hooks and joyful singing straight from the gut.

 

Birds of Chicago’s self-titled debut album, released at the beginning of 2013, was a critics' darling – with glowing praise rolling in from both sides of the Atlantic for Nero and Russell's evocative poetry and simmering vocals. The decision to put their respective bands (JT’s “JT & The Clouds” & Allison's "Po' Girl") on hiatus and tour together was a pivotal move, applauded by their fans, and growing numbers of new listeners.

 

 

Jeff Davis

Saturday, April 18

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$20 / $10 students

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plus

an afternoon workshop on the Warner Collection

 

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has traveled far to visit “source singers”--farmers and miners who remembered the old songs and tunes--and closer at hand to libraries and archives, always look for the best of the music that was once common in out towns and villages.

Jeff plays fiddle, banjo, mandocello, guitar, spoons, jaw’s harps and a few instruments hand-made by some folk craftsmen.

 

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Graydon James and the Young Novelists

Saturday, May 23

Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur East)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$15 / $10 students

 

In the span of five fast-paced years Toronto’s The Young Novelists have won a Galaxie Rising Star award and been nominated for two Colleen Peterson songwriting awards. As a band and a duo (Graydon James & Laura Spink) they have toured across Canada and into the northeast States, and played numerous festivals from the Mariposa Folk Festival to the Halifax Urban Folk Festival. They have shared the stage with such iconic artists as Cuff the Duke, the Strumbellas, NQ Arbuckle, and Craig Cardiff. In and amongst it all they have released three albums that have all been warmly received by audiences and critics alike. Their new album with producer Carlin Nicholson (Zeus, The Golden Dogs) is set to be released in Spring 2015.

Romi Mayes

Saturday, May 30

Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent)

Doors 7:30 pm - Show: 8:00 pm 

$10

 

If Keith Richards, Joan Jett and Ray Charles could somehow spawn a love child, it'd be Romi Mayes (suitably pronounced RAW-ME). Hailing from Winnipeg, Canada, and renowned as one of the hardest working independent musicians touring the globe today, Mayes has chipped away at the rock and roll stone over the past couple of decades, and now, this Juno nominated, five time WCMA award winner, has done it again. 

 

Recently winning her third Songwriter of The Year award at The Western Canadian Music Awards, Mayes' latest and fifth full length album, 'Lucky Tonight' stamps one more victory in this bad ass guitar playin lady's discography. Featuring guitar demon Jay Nowicki of the well known rockin blues band 'The Perpetrators', Mayes chose to record a rare electric duo album. Not unique enough for ya? Inspired by what another Winnipeg raised artist, Neil Young, did with his 1973 release 'Time Fades Away', Mayes and Nowicki recorded an album of all unreleased and unrecorded brand new songs live and in one take at a sold out concert in Winnipeg in the middle of winter.

 

All brand new tunes. All live. And in one take.

 

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