Saturday night blues with Terry Gillespie

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Terry Gillespie

Saturday, June 09, 9pm, $10 at the door

“Meet Terry Gillespie. He’s been playing blues-based roots music professionally for 50 years. A veteran musician, he makes blues-based roots music fresh again…

Born in Canada, raised in the United States, he returned home in a hurry in the 60s when the possibility of being blown up in Vietnam seemed almost inevitable.

But by the time he came back to Canada, he’d already been infected, inspired and influenced by the blues. He had dug deep into the still- segregated world of the blues by smuggling himself into blues bars to hear — and later play with — Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and a youngster called Buddy Guy.

“I was 17 when I heard those guys, maybe 16. The drinking age was 21, but I was tall, and I’d wear shades and a sports coat and draw a skinny moustache on my upper lip. “Once, a cop checked me out, asked whether I was drinking beer and I said I was. The whole joint fell silent to see what he’d do about it. ‘Get the kid a pop,’ he said, and let me stay. And the crowd applauded.”

Fifty years on, his musical palette is now far wider. And how that happened is another story.

Terry Gillespie has sometimes been called a musical shaman, Canada’s king of roots music and even Mr. Groove — and all for good reason. There is no showboating, no over-the-top guitar pyrotechnics. His live performances are both laid back and powerful and passionate; entertaining and captivating in a way that allows his audience to become involved as listeners — or dancers responding to the groove.”

– https://www.terrygillespie.ca/bio/

 

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2 MORE GREAT SHOWS THIS WEEK!!!

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TUESDAY, JUNE 5 – 9PM, $10 AT THE DOOR
ROXANNE POTVIN & NICK ZUBECK

JUNO nominated singer-songwriter Roxanne Potvin and Nick Zubeck will be touring through the Maritimes for a week in late-May, early-June, each playing songs from their own current albums and collaborating on each other’s material. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear these unconventional songwriters at work in intimate settings across the East Coast!

05/30 Plan b Lounge, Moncton, NB
05/31 Rogue Coffee, Saint John, NB
06/01 Paul’s Hall, Glen Haven, NS
06/02 The Dunk, Breadalbane, PEI
06/03 Trailside Music Cafe’ & Inn, Mount Stewart, PEI Tickets: https://www.ticketfly.com/event/1687951
06/05 The Townhouse Brewpub & Eatery, Antigonish, NS
06/06 The Carleton, Halifax, NS

We’re totally thrilled to be hosting these two super high calibre musicians for their first performance in Antigonish!

Roxanne Potvin:

From the bright, candy-striped grooves that lure us in at the outset of For Dreaming, to the darkling lavender hues of mélancolie that infiltrate the album like stiff spirits in our pink lemonade, Roxanne Potvin reminds us that, not only will she always carry a stash of R&B to hit us up with, but she also has a few other tricks up her sleeve.

Roxanne’s music career grew out of an early love of classic blues and R&B, and she received her first significant attention with her 2006 Colin Linden-produced album The Way It Feels, which earned a JUNO nomination for Blues Album of the Year. Not to be typecast, Potvin experimented with new sounds on her subsequent albums No Love For The Poisonous, produced by Dave MacKinnon of alt-folk outfit FemBots, and Play, recorded in Vancouver with folk/roots producer Steve Dawson.

For Dreaming opened a new chapter for Potvin as a singer/songwriter with pop smarts, undeniable soul, and a ceaseless drive to keep pushing herself in uncharted directions. She’s now finished work on the follow-up EP titled All it Was, to be released in 2018.

https://roxannepotvin.com

Nick Zubeck:

Nick Zubeck is a songwriter, guitarist, singer, teacher and recording artist from Toronto, and is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario. He has recorded and released five full length albums under his own name, and has been involved with many other artists and projects over the last 15+ years.
As a guitarist and sideman, Nick has contributed to many projects including Polmo Polpo/Sandro Perri, Barzin, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Old Maps, and Western Terrestrial. Nick was the guitarist with San Francisco’s Sun Kil Moon from 2014-2016, touring Europe, Asia and the U.S. multiple times, playing Pitchfork Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, La Route De Rock, and many other festivals and concert halls.

http://www.nickzubeck.com


SATURDAY, JUNE 9 –  9pm, $10 AT THE DOOR
TERRY GILLESPIE

This veteran artist offers new takes on standard blues and unusual original songs. With 50 years as a professional musician under his belt he’s played with some of the big ones like Howling Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy.

Terry Gillespie Musician
https://youtu.be/MX2732NqQ18

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Welcome to Caitlin & Ryan!

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We’d like to introduce a young couple you’ll be seeing a lot more of around here – Caitlin (MacFarlane) Shimozawa, who grew up here in town, and her husband, Ryan Shimozawa. Things have magically fallen into place over the last month or so, and they have packed up their lives in Vancouver, moved to Antigonish, and will become the new owners of The Townhouse on June 15!

It may come as a surprise to some that we’re selling our business. Terry and I are really, really proud of the Townhouse. We’ve loved getting to know so many new people, and have developed a fierce appreciation for the tremendously supportive Antigonish community – from our much loved regulars and SUDS club members, to our wonderful local suppliers, the other downtown business people we’ve gotten to know, the tourists who land here from all over the world, and especially all the incredible people (students, locals, blow-ins) who have given their time to be part of the Townhouse crew over the years. We’ve always used the Community Supported Pub moniker as it described our start-up funding model, but it really couldn’t be more accurate a description of our experience running the place. We feel tremendously lucky to have had you all as co-creators of the Townhouse – your presence and camaraderie are what’s given this place it’s unique character. 

However, Terry and I have decided we’re ready for a change of pace and lifestyle. We’ve put everything we had into this place, and it’s grown so much over the years (we’ve had 28 employees for the last several years!). Anyone in the industry can tell you what a complex, ever-changing, and all-consuming beast a restaurant can be, and coming in with relatively little experience, there was a definitely a steep learning curve for us! It has made such a huge difference to feel that our efforts, however imperfect, have been appreciated by so many of you. This past year was our best year yet, and we’d like to reassure you all that The Townhouse itself isn’t going anywhere! 

Caitlin and Ryan truly love food and drink, have a strong connection to the area, a tonne of great restaurant management experience, and after getting to know them a bit, we feel so great about leaving the Townhouse in their capable hands! They have been living and working in Vancouver’s lively and diverse restaurant scene for well over a decade, and we feel they’re the perfect fit for this place – they have the right skill set, great ideas, and the right kind of energy to take the Townhouse to the next level. Plus we really like them and we know you will too!

The transition will be gradual – Ryan and Caitlin have started working with us over the last few days and are really looking forward to meeting you all! So if you see them next time you’re in, please introduce yourselves and say Hi! We know you’ll show them the genuine welcome and same generous support you’ve shown us over the last 6 years!

Yours, with an awful lot of respect and gratitude, 

Rose & Terry

LAST WEEK OF MAY…

TOMORROW NIGHT: BIRD CITY, 9pm, $10 at the door

Tuesday, May 29

For nearly two decades, singer/songwriter Jenny Mitchell has been regarded as one of the most original voices within the Canadian indie music scene, and her latest project, Bird City, is her most personal yet.

As a beloved fixture of the music community in and around Guelph, Ontario, Mitchell has been a member of the Barmitzvah Brothers, the Burning Hell, Richard Laviolette and the Oil Spills, as well as performing under her solo alter ego Jenny Omnichord. Bird City is in many ways an evolution of the last concept, with Mitchell trading her Omnichord for the banjo and tenor guitar. Focusing on these instruments finally allowed Mitchell’s songwriting talents to fully blossom, and the exposed and poetic songs of paranoia, heartbreak and self-examination on Winnowing, the debut Bird City album, encapsulate the last 15 years of Mitchell’s life.

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IMPORTANT NEWS BULLETINS:

THIS WEDNESDAY IS THE LAST TRIVIA UNTIL NEXT FALL! 9PM, TEAMS OF 4, BEER FOR THE WINNERS!

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW FOR CHRISTINA MARTIN. JUNE 2ND!
$25, CASH ONLY, 9PM START

Christina began writing and recording her own music while slogging it out on the Austin, Texas bar scene. She has been relentlessly recording and touring in Canada and in the UK and Europe, building connections online and in the old-fashioned way, at venues big and small, singing songs about loss, love and perseverance. Her songs have been featured in films, on television, and she’s performed at music festivals around the world (Rolling Stone Weekender Festival, Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, International Folk Alliance, Reeperbahn Festival, Canada Music Week).

For more information about Christina and her music please visit: www.christinamartin.net

AND DON’T MISS:
ROXANNE POTVIN AND NICK ZUBECK TUESDAY, JUNE 5TH! 

9PM, $10 AT THE DOOR

Roxanne Potvin:

From the bright, candy-striped grooves that lure us in at the outset of For Dreaming, to the darkling lavender hues of mélancolie that infiltrate the album like stiff spirits in our pink lemonade, Roxanne Potvin reminds us that, not only will she always carry a stash of R&B to hit us up with, but she also has a few other tricks up her sleeve.

Roxanne’s music career grew out of an early love of classic blues and R&B, and she received her first significant attention with her 2006 Colin Linden-produced album The Way It Feels, which earned a JUNO nomination for Blues Album of the Year. Not to be typecast, Potvin experimented with new sounds on her subsequent albums No Love For The Poisonous, produced by Dave MacKinnon of alt-folk outfit FemBots, and Play, recorded in Vancouver with folk/roots producer Steve Dawson.

For Dreaming opened a new chapter for Potvin as a singer/songwriter with pop smarts, undeniable soul, and a ceaseless drive to keep pushing herself in uncharted directions. She’s now finished work on the follow-up EP titled All it Was, to be released in 2018.

Nick Zubeck:

Nick Zubeck is a songwriter, guitarist, singer, teacher and recording artist from Toronto, and is currently living and working in Guelph, Ontario. He has recorded and released five full length albums under his own name, and has been involved with many other artists and projects over the last 15+ years.
As a guitarist and sideman, Nick has contributed to many projects including Polmo Polpo/Sandro Perri, Barzin, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Old Maps, and Western Terrestrial. Nick was the guitarist with San Francisco’s Sun Kil Moon from 2014-2016, touring Europe, Asia and the U.S. multiple times, playing Pitchfork Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, La Route De Rock, and many other festivals and concert halls.

May Music Madness… Flute looping & film, Jerry Leger & Graham Nicholas, Buck Tingley, and Bird City!

First up: We’re looking forward to hosting a truly unusual performance with the uber-talented Rozalind MacPhail. Pro tip: Great Mother’s Day Eve Mom-date opportunity!!!

Saturday, May 12, ROZALIND MACPHAIL: FLUTE LOOPS & SILENT FILM (St, John’s, NL), 9pm, $10 at the door
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Innovative Gemeinhardt Artist/Clinician, Rozalind MacPhail recently took home an East Coast Music Award for Electronic Recording of the Year and MusicNL’s Female Artist of the Year. One of the world’s leaders in flute looping and live film scoring, this classically-trained flutist blends effected flute, electronics, voice, omnichord, field recordings and silent film through Ableton Live. MacPhail creates music for film and live performance and has released several albums of original work. She explores new ways to combine image and sound, in works that speak honestly of place, person and the human experience.

MacPhail is the first-ever Canadian artist sponsored by the Gemeinhardt family, one of the music industry’s largest exclusive manufacturer of flutes and piccolos. Gemeinhardt President & CEO, David Pirtle says, ”Gemeinhardt is thrilled to sponsor the creative artistry of Canada’s looping flutist, Rozalind MacPhail. She is a dynamic and gifted performer who inspires through her lively audio-visual performances and interactive music workshops.”

MacPhail grew up in Canada on a small group of islands nestled in the harbour of Toronto, Ontario called Toronto Island. She has lived in many parts of Canada but it was the artistically vibrant city of St. John’s, Newfoundland that stole her heart.
Following years of classical music performance training at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, University of Toronto and University of Ottawa, she has pursued her interest in a wide range of musical genres, while performing as guest flutist with other artists, including Yo La Tengo, Lou Barlow, Constantines, Great Lake Swimmers, Elliott Brood and Pick a Piper.

See her Ted Talk/Performance here.

Tuesday, May 15 – JERRY LEGER & GRAHAM NICHOLAS (Toronto, ON), 9pm, $12 at the door

We’re excited to welcome Jerry Leger back to town, and this time he’s bringing his friend and fellow songwriter, Graham Nicholas!

JERRY LEGER
At heart, Canadian singer-songwriter Jerry Leger is driven by a quest to convey in his own manner the purity embedded in the grooves of the vintage rock, country and blues recordings he so dearly loves. This trait attracted support from fellow singer/songwriters like Doug Paisley, Jim Lauderdale, Ron Sexsmith and his staunchest ally, producer and label head Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies, who signed Jerry to his label, Latent Recordings in 2013. He has been called “one of Canada’s best” by Exclaim! and a “gifted storyteller” by The Toronto Star. His latest release, the Polaris listed ‘Nonsense and Heartache’ is a 2-record set showcasing the two major musical sides of him. The idea was spearheaded by Timmins with ‘Nonsense’ displaying Leger’s rock ‘n’ roll and bluesy grit while ‘Heartache’ is a more folk-roots-melodic expression.
http://www.jerryleger.com/

GRAHAM NICHOLAS
On Dial Tones and Pretty Notes, his latest full- length album, Nicholas has created an emotionally resonant world inhabited by troubled and love-hungry characters. Never alienated for their insecurities, his characters are instead respected by the empathetic voice of an honest songwriter. The album finds Nicholas honing in on his concise form of storytelling and refining his irreverent sense of humor. Coupling the narratives with a backing band that harkens back to the likes of The Heartbreakers, The Travelling Wilburys, and The Byrds, Nicholas’ songs have found the right balance of warmth and grit. Not only has Graham Nicholas maintained an extensive and country crossing touring schedule, he has also shared the stage with the like of Ron Hynes, Catherine Maclellan, Old man Luedecke, Del Barber and Daniel Romano.
http://www.grahamnicholas.ca/

Saturday, May 26 – BUCK TINGLEY & THE HARD LOOKING TICKETS, 9pm, $10 at the door

Hard driving, and oh so swinging blues from the pride of Turtle Creek, NB. You know ’em by now, and you love’s em too! Can’t wait – also, please help us bid “Bon voyage and best of luck!” to Kristina Celli, our Front of House Manager who is heading off to UVic to continue her studies with an MA in History! She has been a huge asset to the Townhouse and we know we aren’t the only ones who are going to miss her terribly!

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Tuesday, May 29 – BIRD CITY  (Guelph, ON), 9pm, $10 at the door

For nearly two decades, singer/songwriter Jenny Mitchell has been regarded as one of the most original voices within the Canadian indie music scene, and her latest project, Bird City, is her most personal yet.

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JENNY MITCHELL OF BIRD CITY

As a beloved fixture of the music community in and around Guelph, Ontario, Mitchell has been a member of the Barmitzvah Brothers, the Burning Hell, Richard Laviolette and the Oil Spills, as well as performing under her solo alter ego Jenny Omnichord. Bird City is in many ways an evolution of the last concept, with Mitchell trading her Omnichord for the banjo and tenor guitar. Focusing on these instruments finally allowed Mitchell’s songwriting talents to fully blossom, and the exposed and poetic songs of paranoia, heartbreak and self-examination on Winnowing, the debut Bird City album, encapsulate the last 15 years of Mitchell’s life.

 

 


COMING UP IN JUNE/JULY/AUGUST

June 2 – Christina Martin (Americana x Euro-pop? NS)

June 5 – Roxanne Potvin & Nick Zubeck (Roots/blues/folk/post-jazz, ON)

June 9 – Terry Gillespie (blues/soul/reggae, ON)

June 18 – Dana Sipos & Devarrow (hypnotic folk/singer/songwriters)

June 26 – Thomas Stacjer & Dave Archibald (sad cowboy/indie baseball rock, ON/NS)

June 30 – Gabriel Minnikin (cosmic country/folk/Americana, NS)

July 14 – Museum Pieces (Brit-inflected folk-pop/insane harmonies, NS)

August 4 – Stand Back (60s-esque rock, NS)

Old-timey folk from BC tonight, Easter Hours, upcoming shows!

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Stories from the Northwest tonight at 9pm!

Don’t miss tonight’s performers, Saltwater Hank & Danny Bell, two musicians coming to us all the way from Northern BC, for an evening of Old-Timey – Folk music! Cover will be $10 or pay what you can!
(See video and all the awesome upcoming shows at bottom of message!)

Saltwater Hank (Prince George, BC)
Historically speaking, many have come and gone before us without broad notice, despite having made significant impacts during their lives. These are the stories that Saltwater Hank sinks his teeth into, spinning them into timeless folk songs with a penchant for a jig. Born in Prince Rupert, BC and a member of the Gitga’at community, Tsimshian folk artist Saltwater Hank resurrects stories of the land, loss and absurd circumstance and shines them through a sepia lens, witnessing ageless characters with hearts and lives on the line.

Saltwater Hank’s debut album, Stories From the Northwest, is a recording built upon the influence of Hanks before him. Saltwater Hank’s father Henry (also known as Hank) was his first and most influential exposure to music, and instilled in him a deep curiosity and love for the craft. From his earliest memories of gingerly strumming his father’s guitar strings, to hearing him, his grandfather and uncles perform the songs of Hank Williams Sr. and other country favourites, the influence of these formative experiences is clear when listening to Saltwater Hank.
Recorded reel-to-reel in the basement of a church in Prince George, BC with some of the province’s best players, Stories From the Northwest is a collection of expertly played tunes with a nostalgic familiarity and a progressive tone. Recruiting Danny Bell and Amy Blanding (fellow members of retired folk-rock project, Black Spruce Bog), to accompany him on the album along with other esteemed Northern artists Naomi Kavka, Big Fancy, Brin Porter and Chloe Nakahara, Saltwater Hank built a sound unique to the Northern rustlings of the Cariboo region. Sustained by quality espresso, Naomi’s famous deer stew and some canned sockeye salmon from the traditional fishing grounds of his family on the Northwest Coast, Saltwater Hank and his crew came together to record Stories From the Northwest all in one night. Together not only as musical cohorts but as friends too, the album portrays their chemistry and camaraderie, all captured through a single ribbon microphone, true to the methods of eras gone by.

web: www.saltwaterhank.com
video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82r052QG5o8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_sMowIlcQA
listen: https://saltwaterhank.bandcamp.com/

Danny Bell Music:
Danny Bell’s songs are pure & simple, sweeping superfluity off of the table so we can stay near the filthy ground. They celebrate the beauty and sorrow of everyday life, in good humour.

“Danny Bell’s lyrics are so real they are irrefutable, undeniable, so honest and powerful and touching.” – Scott Dunbar

video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdVQyhk-PGo


Please note:
We will be OPEN Easter Friday and Saturday,
but CLOSED Easter Sunday & Monday.

 


***COMING UP IN 2018***

April 7 – Morgan Davis
(Classic blues with occasional cigar box guitar, NS)

April 14 – 2pm – Squawking Crows Poetry Collective Reading (Janette Fecteau, Anne Simpson, Stacy Doiron)

April 17 – Zachary Lucky (thoughtful folk/country from SK)

April 21 – Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes
(fiesty, greasy blues/R&B, full band, TO)

May 5 – The Vaudevillains (Vintage, ragtime trio, ON)

May 12 – Rosalind MacPhail (flute loops & film, NL)

May 15 – Jerry Leger & Graham Nicholas
(folk-rocky/Americana from TO)

May 26 – Buck Tingley & The Hard Looking tickets
(swinging blues/rockabilly attitude, NS)

May 29 – Bird City (Indie-folk-banjo-tunes, ON)

June 2 – Christina Martin (Americana x Euro-pop? NS)

June 5 – Roxanne Potvin & Nick Zubeck
(Roots/blues/folk/post-jazz, ON)

June 9 – Terry Gillespie (blues/soul/reggae, ON)

June 26 – Thomas Stacjer & Dave Archibald
(sad cowboy/indie baseball rock, ON/NS)

June 30 – Gabriel Minnikin (cosmic country/folk/Americana, NS)

 

 

St. Patrick’s Day & incredible spring music line-up!

Although we’re often mistaken for one, we have never claimed to be an Irish Pub. True, I’m a Murphy, and my father’s family boarded a boat in Cobh, Co. Cork, to emigrate to Nova Scotia in the 60s. And Terry grew up in a place called Irish town in Newfoundland. But ours is just a cozy little, non-denominational pub – inspired by the classic public houses of Ireland, yes – but also by those excellent pubs found in Scotland and England.

However, the Irish session we host every Sunday evening is a true highlight of the week for us, and so many of our regulars. And this St. Patrick’s Day, we’re happy to host our very own Townhouse Session Players for an extra-special session. They’ll be starting at 6:30pm, and singing lots of traditional Irish songs, as well as the incredible instrumental tunes they’re getting well famous for. The kitchen are working on a bunch of Irish inspired specials for your pleasure, and we’ll be pouring creamy pints of Terry’s dry Irish Stout all night. However, please rest assured – THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO GREEN BEER HERE!

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The Session players after recording their debut album, A Sunday Session, in 2016 – it is a fundraiser for the Antigonish Foodbank that has made over $10,000 so far!

The song session will also kick off an incredible spring full of excellent music coming to us from near and far! Check out the line-up below and mark your calendars! Details for each show will be announced in due time.

***COMING UP IN 2018***

Mar 24 – Reggae Night with Won-Love Soundsystem (DJ Agassou Jones)

Mar 27 – Saltwater Hank & Danny Bell (Bluegrass & old-timey folk, BC)

April 7 – Morgan Davis (Classic blues with occasional cigar box guitar, NS)

April 14 – 2pm – Squawking Crows Poetry Collective Reading (Janette Fecteau, Anne Simpson, Stacy Doiron)

April 17 – Zachary Lucky (thoughtful country/folk, SK)

April 21 – Bad Luck Woman & Her Misfortunes (fiesty, greasy blues/R&B, full band, TO)

May 5 – The Vaudevillains (Vintage-obsessed ragtime trio, ON)

May 12 – Rosalind MacPhail (flute loops & film, NL)

May 15 – Jerry Leger & Graham Nicholas (folk-rocky/Americana, TO)

May 26 – Buck Tingley & The Hard Looking tickets (swinging blues/rockabilly attitude, NS)

May 29 – Bird City (Indie-folk-banjo-tunes, ON)

June 2 – Christina Martin (Americana x Euro-pop? NS)

June 5 – Roxanne Potvin & Nick Zubeck (Roots/blues/folk/post-jazz, ON)

June 26 – Thomas Stacjer & Dave Archibald (sad cowboy/indie baseball rock, ON/NS)