AT THE SQUARE COLUMN BY CARLTON MUNROE
After one of the most intense winters we’ve seen in recent memory, I think most of us are ready to turn the page and jump into spring. With the changing of the seasons, we look back to our last two musical performances of the winter and look ahead to an incredibly exciting spring and summer at Glasgow Square.
Our most recent Green Room performance in late February was one to remember. Carmel Mikol, Kim Wempe and Ria Mae filled the backstage room with their delicious harmonies and a full combination of diverse styles. Listening to some of the comments of those who took in the show, it was truly evident that everyone was emotionally moved by the performance.
And of course, the Pictou County Blues Society presented LA-based performer Candye Kane and Doris Mason a couple of weeks back. We were truly honoured to have “the toughest girl alive” on the Square stage with her band.
Also, we must take our hats off to the cast, crew and everyone at the Pictou County Women’s Centre for a tremendous production of The Vagina Monologues. A fantastic crowd, a truly first class presentation and a good fundraiser for the Women’s Centre.
Now on to spring!
The 2014 Music Shapes New Glasgow music series was announced at baKed Food Café – and if your musical palate is as varied as mine, you will truly enjoy each of the shows we have to offer.
Once again Glasgow Square has teamed up with our friends at The Celtic Circle and Music Nova Scotia’s Bringing It Home program to offer up some of the finest talent Pictou County and Nova Scotia has to offer in an exciting four show series.
Opening night of the series takes place at the Celtic Circle for Celtic Night. The incomparable Fleur Mainville takes to the stage for her first performance of 2014 on March 29 when she teams up with the exciting duo Cassie and Maggie MacDonald. I’m sure everyone in Pictou County is aware of Fleur’s resume, and we’re eagerly anticipating seeing her back on stage where she shines. As for Cassie and Maggie, we look forward to seeing and hearing this dynamic duo, who in 2012 were nominated for a Canadian Folk Music award, and are also past ECMA and Music Nova Scotia award nominees.
The next in the series is at Glasgow Square April 12. The Women’s Blues night has two power house female vocalists with their bands – first Pictou’s Annette Drapeau-Reynolds, who has taken the local music scene by storm since she landed here a couple of years back. Annette and The Full Circle Blues Band will open the show – the band features a star studded lineup that features Greg (Phisch) Fancy formerly of The Dutch Mason Blues Band, Hilton Reddick, Pat MacFarlane and John Muirhead. Then, Kim Wempe returns, this time on the main stage with her full band, on the heels of her two ECMA nominations this year.
The series remains at Glasgow Square on April 19, for pop/hip hop night when Ria Mae also returns with her band to open for Three Sheet. Ria has been teaming up with the one and only Classified in the studio to carve out her latest recordings, and the results will keep you moving. As for Three Sheet, their first performance in New Glasgow, at the 2011 Jubilee, has left people still talking. Simply put, Three Sheet is a five member, genre-bending power house with a firm base in hip hop and backed by 100 per cent beatbox percussion.
The series finale April 26 back at the Celtic Circle is being called Bluegrass Night. Two of the hottest bluegrass outfits in the province team up, opening with Allan Jeffries, who you may know as a member of David Myles’ backing band. Then Modern Grass, past winners of two NS Music Awards, will show why they are being called “The Chieftains of newgrass.” This highly entertaining four piece bee-bops, doo-wops, and yeehaws its way through roots music freely, setting the mood for real life rambling, gambling and heartbreaking storytales.
We hope you enjoy the 2014 Music Shapes series, and remember to take your ticket in to baKed Food Café on the day of the show for a free dessert.
As for the rest of our spring/early summer season, our new brochure will be out around the community next week. Thanks to the great folks at Xerox and Bullrush Communications for their continued support of Glasgow Square Theatre.
As always, keep in tune with what’s happening at the Square, as well as videos and links to some of our upcoming performers,
at www.glasgowsquare.com, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Carlton Munroe is the program manager for Glasgow Square and offers insight into upcoming events and past performances at the local live arts theatre. His column runs monthly in our entertainment section. www.glasgowsquare.com