BY GWEN MACLEAN
FOR THE NEWS
The “Buy Local” campaign has really made folks aware of the many fine products made right here in our own communities.
Monday Music in Alma is hoping the month of August will have many folks appreciating the very fine music that is made right here in our own Pictou County. The first concert of the month featured Paul Tupper on guitars, violin and vocals, who was joined on stage by Dave Pos on keyboard and John MacLeod on bass. The trio delighted the audience with a number of selections written by Paul as well as some cover tunes from years gone by.
Monday, Aug. 13 will see Trad Trio take the stage; this trio played Monday Music in Alma in April last year and won the hearts of many new fans. The trio features Heather Cameron, who recently had a very lively and successful CD release at the DeCoste Centre in Pictou. For this concert Cameron, who plays fiddle and guitar and sings, will be joined by her husband Roger, on mandolin, and friend Kenny on guitar. Monday’s audience will be in for a mix of traditional tunes as the name suggests but will also find some contemporary and new tunes.
Later in the month, one of Pictou County’s busiest and most energetic groups, The Kitchen Criminals, will steal into the little church in Alma and leave the sound of their instruments and voices echoing around the walls and into the hearts of those music lovers who know the value of fine musicians who choose to share their music right here at home. The Kitchen Criminals is a four-piece string slingin' band featuring Bruce Pettipas (mandolin and bass), Hayley MacLeod (fiddle), Sandra DeCoste (bodhrán drum, tin whistle and back up vocal) and Ashley George (acoustic guitar and lead vocal).
“Listen Local” month, will wrap up Aug. 27 with Pam LeBlanc and Friends. Pam first brought a couple of students, Katie Aucoin and Klorissa Farnsworth, to play fiddle with her at a concert in Alma as the season finale back in 2015. The same players have returned with Pam at the end of August each year of the series, joined by their brothers on keyboard and cajón and Bruce Pettipas on guitar. This combination of musicians fills the room with jigs and reels and the joy of making music with friends. The audience is never disappointed.
The concerts are at Green Hill-Alma United Church and all start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is still only $10 or what you can afford.