Swing­ing into fall with new West­ben sea­son

The Barn’s up­com­ing sea­son in­cludes a ben­e­fit con­cert Sun­day

The Peterborough Examiner - - Arts & Life - EX­AM­INER STAFF

CAMPBELLFORD – The three­time Juno-nom­i­nated Sul­tans of Swing will soon usher in a se­ries of fall con­certs at West­ben’s The Barn near Campbellford.

The en­er­getic party quin­tet will per­form as part of the fifth an­nual At Your Ser­vice ben­e­fit con­cert on Sun­day, a fundraiser for the Wark­worth Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and Ro­tary Club of Campbellford.

The Sul­tans play ev­ery­thing from Celtic reels to fla­menco, with fiery vi­o­lin dances with rumba-fla­menco gui­tar, while bass and per­cus­sion lay down “un­stop­pable grooves,” or­ga­niz­ers stated in a press re­lease.

The band, which has recorded live for the BBC, Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio and Sir­iusXM, has been on the Bill­board world mu­sic and New York Times Christ­mas Hits charts and re­ceived eight Cana­dian Folk Mu­sic award nods, win­ning in­stru­men­tal and world cat­e­gories.

The show starts at 2 p.m. with a bar­be­cue at noon at The Barn. Tick­ets are avail­able at www.west­ben.ca or from a Ro­tary mem­ber.

The Que­bec power trio De Temps An­tan come to The Barn on Septem­ber 23.

Éric Beaudry, David Boulanger and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been ex­plor­ing and per­form­ing time­honoured melodies from the stomp­ing grounds of Que­bec’s mu­si­cal past – rooted in the Celtic di­as­pora, or­ga­niz­ers stated.

Us­ing fid­dle, accordion, har­mon­ica, gui­tar, bouzouki and a num­ber of other in­stru­ments, “they blend bound­less en­ergy with the un­mis­tak­able joie de vivre found only in tra­di­tional Que­bec mu­sic,” or­ga­niz­ers stated.

The first Fri­day Lunchtime Tick-Talk re­turns to the Clock Tower Cul­tural Cen­tre in Campbellford on Oc­to­ber 5 with Se­crets of a Sym­phony Con­duc­tor with Michael Newn­ham, con­duc­tor of the Peterborough Sym­phony.

He will de­mys­tify the life and work of a mae­stro dur­ing the pay-what-you-can event from noon to 1 p.m., or­ga­niz­ers stated.

A wine tent and food raf­fle ta­bles all sup­port West­ben, pro­mot­ers stated.

The new house con­certs con­tinue this fall with Newfoundland folk mu­si­cal sto­ry­teller Ian Foster on Oc­to­ber 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Clock Tower.

Of­ten likened to Cana­dian song­writ­ing icon Bruce Cock­burn in both writ­ing and gui­tar style, and artists like Daniel Lanois for his at­mo­spheric ap­proach to sound, Foster’s mu­sic has been de­scribed as thought­ful, in­tro­spec­tive, cine­matic, hope­ful, at­mo­spheric, and cathar­tic by crit­ics and fans alike, or­ga­niz­ers stated.

He has nu­mer­ous awards, nom­i­na­tions and co-writes to his credit, in­clud­ing SOCAN Song­writer of the Year nom­i­na­tions, lyric fi­nal­ist for the In­ter­na­tional Song­writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion in Nashville, TN, and a co-write with Cana­dian song­writ­ing leg­end Ron Hynes.

On Oc­to­ber 13, lo­cal per­form­ers from Have­lock, Nor­wood, Wark­worth and Campbellford will present Friends with Bag­gage fea­tur­ing Dan Foster, Kim MacNeil, De­bra Richard­son-Edge and Tom Sharpe with Brian Finley at the pi­ano.

West­ben, now in its 19th sea­son, presents more than 50 events an­nu­ally at The Barn, Clock Tower and other venues in the area of Campbellford and Wark­worth.

The Barn is lo­cated three kilo­me­tres north­west of Campbellford at 6698 County Road 30 while the Clock Tower is lo­cated at 36 Front Street South in the vil­lage.

For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion, visit west­ben.ca or call the West­ben Box Of­fice 705-653-5508 or toll free 1-877-883-5777.


The Que­bec power trio De Temps An­tan come to West­ben's The Barn on Septem­ber 23.

The Sul­tans of Swing will per­form at West­ben Theatre's The Barn near Campbellford on Sun­day.

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