Who’s Playing?

3pm – Marleen Fawcett (Soul-Country, duo)

4pm – Steve Stacey (Country, Singer-Songwriter)

5pm – Bruce Enloe (Singer-Songwriter, Americana)

6pm – Moore & McGregor (Celtic, Folk)

7pm – Ali McCormick (Singer-Songwriter)

7pm, Ali McCormick:

Aptly nicknamed “The Lioness of Lanark” for her mane-like hair and powerful vocals… Ali McCormick grew up in the Lanark Highlands just outside of Ottawa, Ontario on an off-grid hobby farm. She was drawn to music at a young age, live music around the kitchen table a common occurrence on the farm. With help & encouragement from her family she began writing songs. When it was obvious that music & song writing came naturally, her folks chipped in for an acoustic cutaway. She brought that guitar back & forth across the country as a youngster playing open mics, coffee shops, basements, attics, around campfires & anywhere else people wanted to hear her music. After many years and many many songs, Ali has developed a musical style all of her own:

“Ali’s right hand demonstrates a mastery of rhythm, alternating between the low and high strings of her open chords in a classic country strumming pattern. The kind of strumming that gets the crowd up out of their seats and onto the the dance floor. The crowd danced furiously until you could feel the perspiration in the air. It must be very rewarding as a musician to see people really moving to your songs. That something they created makes people nod their heads along with it, start tapping their feet, and finally getting up out of the seat to start bopping around.”

-Ramsgate And Hackett

Inspired not only by the grand expanse that is Canada but also by the artists of all sorts she meets “Along The Way”, Ali continues to intrigue audiences with her honest and impassioned art form. Her lyrics reflect relationships with family, friends and places from both dark and light perspective, something that produces a variety of moods on any given set list. When Ali isn’t singing and strumming her heart out on stage somewhere she is happily living and working on a sheep farm. Other activities off the beaten track entail cat sitting, reading, writing and sleeping.

6pm, Moore & McGregor:

Wendy Moore is classically trained and played oboe and English horn with the Kingston Symphony for many years.  Also experienced in folk music, she created and has managed and led the Celtic Rathskallions for over 15 years. Wendy sings, step-dances, plays harp, whistle, oboe, and English horn. She has published two storybooks for children set to music.

Arthur McGregor has played and organized folk music for most of his life and is well known as the founder of the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Arthur sings, plays guitar, autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer, bodhran, clawhammer-style banjo, djembe and mandolin. He has been awarded ‘The Unsung Hero’ Award from the Canadian Folk Music Awards,  The Estelle Klein Award (Folkmusic Ontario) and the Helen Verger Award (Ottawa Folk Festival) for his work in the world of folk music.

Arthur and Wendy tour full time and have been actively sharing their musical talents with audiences on both sides “of the pond” touring nationally and internationally, travelling to Ireland, Europe and throughout the USA. They tour to schools and libraries as The Celtic Rathskallions and Wendy also tours her solo show, The Maddie Show.

5pm, Bruce Enloe:

Bruce Enloe is a singer –songwriter performing original songs that are equal parts folk, Americana and Beatle influenced pop. Bruce has, in recent years, been described as ‘the James Taylor of Kemptville’, but before that Bruce was born and raised in Bryan-College Station, Texas; the town where Lyle Lovett met Robert Earl Keen.  He has since added California, Europe and Canada to his list of both musical influences and travels.  After several years fronting the Burning Sensations, Kemptville Ontario’s largest band, he is now recording his third album and striking out on his own for a series of listening room style acoustic shows.

4pm, Steve Stacey:

Steve Stacey is a throwback to the days of storytelling in song, contemplating life with humour, unique observations and truth that is too obscure to be a lie. Armed with songs about cars, lost love, drinking, the occasional murder ballad, no topic is off limits. Steve will keep you on your toes trying to figure out what will he say next. Working on a new album of original songs, Steve has 2 cd’s of original material “Sounded Good at the Time” and “Tall Tales Fibs and Outright lies” which was described in Exclaim magazine -Steve Stacey and company have carjacked Buck Owens, rear-ended John Prine and made off with (at least) a vat of homemade whiskey to create this set of infectious masterpieces.

3pm, Marleen Fawcett:

Marleen lives in Mountain, Ontario, a rural community just south ofOttawa.  She loves singing the classics of many styles; R&B, Country, Soul, Classic rock, Americana, originals and seasonal favourites.  Entertaining is her gift and her love for people is very evident when she performs.  Marleen has shared the stage with and opened shows for great bands and entertainers such as Kim Mitchell, April Wine, Trooper (Rock), and Tammy Wynette, Ricky Scaggs (Country).

Marleen’s entertaining experience includes performing in Nashville TN (Winner of the Nashville Palace Singing contest), several clubs, and most major festivals and fairs in Eastern Ontario.  She has had many TV appearances, and has performed four times on the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame show.  One of Marleen’s most rewarding experiences was entertaining the Canadian Troops in Bosnia and Croatia as a member of the trio Gal Pals.