It’s June!

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Although it may not feel like it, spring has definitely sprung! Just wanted to fill you in on a few changes happening around the TH.

1. The patio is up! Thanks to my mother and Pleasant Valley Nurseries for helping with our flowers every spring. We try to mix some herbs, edible flowers and veggies in each year so see what you can find to nibble…

2. We have finished with the daily specials (Caldo, Pad Thai, etc.) as we are starting to get a flood of fresh green things from our local producers! Fiddleheads, wild nettles, ramps (wild garlic), lettuces, pea shoots, spinach and asparagus have been coming in from Seabright Gardens, The Quinns, Bethany Market Garden Training Program, Dave Maybee, & Bill Gunn! Look for all kinds of daily specials featuring local produce while we prepare to switch up the menu for the season! If there is anything you particularly love, let us know as we’re in the planning stages…

3. In the first week of July, The Townhouse will turn 3 years old! Thanks to all of you for your support over the past 3 years! We are so thrilled to be entering our 4th summer, and we hope to keep learning and improving as we go. We’ll hand out the final year of coupons to the SUDS Club, and start thinking about the future and a few changes we’re looking forward to… We’re open to ideas about how best to celebrate about our birthday!

4. We have all kinds of great music coming up! starting with Al Tuck next Wednesday, June 10! See more about Al below, followed by listings for the next several months!

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June 10: Al Tuck (PEI), folk troubadour, 9pm, $10 at the door

We’re very pleased to bring back Atlantic Canada’s best songwriter you’ve never heard of, the inimitable, quixotic, and most charming Al Tuck. Terry and I have both been huge fans of his since discovering his music (independently of one another) in the early 90s, and I have had the pleasure of hosting him at several venues over the years. His songwriting is unique but timeless, brilliant and understated, beautiful and hilarious – his live shows are unpredictable, intimate, and highly entertaining. If you haven’t had the pleasure yet, do join us for the evening of Wednesday, June 10, at 9pm. $10 at the door.

Bio:

Bring up Al Tuck’s name to any Canadian music insider, and you’d better find yourself a comfortable chair. Feist suspects that he might just be a living legend. Jason Collett called him the greatest songwriter of his generation. He is an awesome encyclopedia of popular music, a roving troubadour and after almost 20 years in the business is one of Canada’s true hidden musical treasures.

Tuck was born in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the son of editorial cartoonist and Anglican cleric Canon Robert Tuck. He attended the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia and began appearing in Halifax coffeehouses and college pubs, either as a solo performer or with his first couple of bands, namely The Columbia Recording Artists and The Bluegrass Lawnmower.

His formation of the trio Al Tuck and No Action (with various musicians such as Tracy Stevens, Dave Marsh, Matt Murphy, Charles Austin, Angus Parks, Benn Ross and Brock Caldwell) coincided with increased attention on the burgeoning Halifax independent music scene in the early 1990s. This led Tuck to a recording deal with Murderecords, the boutique music label managed by Halifax pop act Sloan, a nomination for an East Coast Music Award (ECMA) and an appearance at Lollapalooza.

Over the years Al has shared the stage with the Garth Hudson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Vic Chesnutt, Calexico, Feist, Sarah Harmer, Hayden, Oh Susanna, Tom Russell, Superfriendz, Hardship Post, Eric’s Trip, Howe Gelb, Old Man Luedecke, Buck 65, Matt Mays, Joel Plaskett, Julie Doiron, Catherine MacLellan, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson. He has toured the British Isles and played to receptive crowds on the alt-country circuit there, receiving his first mentions in the overseas press including a blurb in the authoritative monthly Mojo Magazine. To date Al performs regularly, never playing the same show twice. As his legend grows he continues to live the life he sings about in his songs, keeping his lamp trimmed and burning.

WORD ON THE STREET:

“(My Blues Away) confirms his place as perhaps the premiere Atlantic tunesmith whose influence continues to spread amongst several generations of alternative and roots musicians.”

-Ron Foley Macdonald

“My Blues Away is a staggering collection of solo ditties, instrumentals, full band moments and tearjerkers.”

-The Hour

“The third album (The New High Road of Song) by one of North America’s least-known exceptional songwriters is a dense, sublime masterwork. The degree of looseness in Tuck’s music is endearing and exactly right. It is neither messy nor sloppy, it is simply candid and honest.”

– All Music Guide

“With his third album, The New High Road of Song, Halifax’s unsung hero has offered an irresistible collection of laid-back, jazz-inflected, indie groove rock…. One of Canada’s best-kept secrets.”

– Chartattack.com

“His stripped down approach makes him sound like a funky white boy from the deep South playing slightly twisted country blues songs in an after hours juke joint session. His songs are wry and endearing and bound to attract him a cult following.”

-Dirty Linen

“Tuck will dominate any venue he so chooses to play. … Tuck single-handedly stole the show at the much ballyhooed SAC National Songwriting Competition Showcase with his music, style and banter. … When he’s not cracking wise in a dryly-sardonic manner, he’s singing with a voice that makes him sound like an authority on everything.”

– Chart Magazine

MUSIC EVENTS COMING UP:

June 10: Al Tuck (PEI), folk troubadour, 9pm, $10 at the door

June 19: Duane Andrews (NL) & Donald MacLennan, gypsy jazz guitar & violin, 9pm, $10 at the door

June 24: Jacques Mindreau (of Krasnogorsk/Halifax), violin, vocals, live looping, 9pm, $10 at the door

June 30/July 1 (TBD): Patrick Reynolds (ON) Formerly of Antigonish and the Johnny Renegade band.

July 28: Mary Beth Carty & Gillian Boucher

August 29: Petunia & The Minimalist Jug Band (BC)

September 29: The Boxcar Boys (TO)

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