Makayla Lynn coming to Marigold Cultural Centre stage later this month
Local country music fans will have a chance to enjoy this rising star
Makayla Lynn will perform at Truro’s Marigold Cultural Centre, a highlight of a month of entertainment to kick off the new year.
The teenage singer from Elmsdale has already represented Nova Scotia in the 2016 Canadian Country Music Awards Spotlight contest, won awards after penning hundreds of songs and moved to Nashville, where she produced her new album titled Daydream.
Lynn has spent the last eight years performing in the Maritimes, Ontario and the United States, having first fronted her own band when she was only 12.
Today, she is ranked as Nova Scotia’s premier country artist and second best in Canada by Reverbnation, with a rapidly growing fan base across North America.
Lynn’s Truro show is at 7:30 p.m. on Jan 17 and tickets are $25.
MARIGOLD UKULELE FESTIVAL 2019 (Jan. 12, 8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., registration $125)
Ukulele lovers can learn how to play theinstrument like pros through workshops being held through the day by experts James Hill from Brookfield, Heidi Litke from Prince Edward Island and Cynthia Kinnunen from Ontario.
Hill has released three albums that rewrote the rules of ukuleleplaying, rescuing the instrument from obscurity. In 2009, he collaborated with Anne Janelle to produce the award-winning True Love Don’t Weep.
In 2011, he released Man With a Love Song, followed by his latest album, The Old Silo, that featured Joel Plaskett as producer.
His latest work includes a baritone ukulele riff. But while he takes his music seriously, Hill does not take himself so seriously, entertaining audiences during his shows.
Meantime, Litke has been building instruments since 2007 and was co-owner of The Bean Sprout Banjo Ukulele Company for three years.
Her philosophy is to build new instruments such as banjos using sustainable materials sourced locally.
Kinnunen took up the ukulele after earlier pursuing musical studies in piano, flute, bassoon, oboe and voice.
A basic understanding of how to play the ukulele is recommended for full participation, but all are
welcome to attend.
People are encouraged to register as soon as possible; there are only 75 spots available and the first workshop held in 2017 sold out.
People from out of town can take advantage of the Best Western Glengarry’s preferred rate by calling 902-893-4311 to book a room.
To register for the workshop, call the Marigold at 902-897-4004. Online registration can be completed at https://secure.ticketpro.ca/?aff =mcc&lang=en#def_1312188065.
AN EVENING WITH JAMES HILL AND ANNE JANELLE (Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25)
Music fans can enjoy a show by award-winning ukulele performer James Hill and his colleague Anne Janelle, a cellist-turned-songwriter.
While Hill has made a name for himself as an edgy ukulele expert, Janelle fuses folk, pop and jazz rhythms together with her heartfelt lyrics, having received classical training.
Her album collection includes True Love Don’t Weep, which won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year, as well as So Long at the Fair and her songwriting debut, Beauty Remains.
JANUARY THAW DANCE WITH ASIA AND NUGRUV BEST WESTERN GLENGARRY (Jan. 26, 9 p.m. to 11:45 p.m. Tickets $30 or $250 for a table of 10)
One of Atlantic Canada’s top party bands is coming to Truro at the end of January for a show of Motown, funk, disco and R ‘n’ B hits.
The eight- to 10-piece band boasts strong vocalists and a horn section. Asia and Nugruv has entertained for nightclubs, festivals, weddings and corporate events.
Makayla Lynn will be at the Marigold Cultural Centre this month.