Archive for Singer-Songwriter

Mary Fahl formerly of October Project

Sunday, October 20, 2019 | 8:30PM

Mary Fahl formerly of October Project
Advance: $30.00 / Doors: $35.00

Mary Fahl makes music that feels timeless, esoteric and ecumenical.“ – B.Forman, CSINDY

Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC- based chamber-pop group October Project. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl’s awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. As a solo artist, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” for V2 Records and her wonderful, original studio album “The Other Side of Time” on Sony Odyssey. She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song (“Going Home”) for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Her most recent album “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House”, winner of the Indie Acoustic “Album of the Year” award, is a collection of twenty-four tracks recorded live at one of America’s oldest vaudeville theaters that captures the soaring, soul-permeating vocals and musical breadth that makes the Mary Fahl concert experience what the Portland Press called “soul-permeating”. The show was filmed for PBS and is currently airing on PBS affiliates around the country. Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms”. Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists.

Fahl, who hails from Rockland County, NY, lives in an idyllic setting in eastern Pennsylvania with her husband. Their 17th century house overlooking the Delaware River – complete with waterfall and surrounded by acres of gardens and woods, inspires Mary’s ongoing songwriting.

Website: http://maryfahl.com
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Twitter: @maryfahlmusic
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Dar Williams

Friday, October 11, 2019

Dar Williams
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Dar Williams has been called “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters” by The New
Yorker. She’s released ten studio albums and authored four books including her latest, “What I
Found In A Thousand Towns,” to be released in September.

Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has
been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting
since the ’90s. Williams’ growth as an individual over her two-decade-long career has gone
hand-in-hand with her evolution as an artist, touring along the way with such distinguished peers
as Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Loudon Wainwright III and Shawn Colvin among
others.

Dar’s most recent album, Emerald, “deals as bluntly as ever with the shadowy, subtle corners of
humanity” according to Rolling Stone, and was recorded with friends such as Richard
Thompson, Jill Sobule, Jim Lauderdale, the Milk Carton Kids, Lucy Wainwright Roche, Suzzy
Roche, the Hooters and others in various studios across the U.S. It is a sparkling collection of
new original material, inspired collaborations and some surprising covers such as B.A.D.’s
“Johnny Appleseed” making this album one of her best yet.

“Dar Williams, one of America’s very best singer-songwriters… Her songs are beautiful. Some
are like finely crafted short stories. They are, variously, devastatingly moving, tenderly funny,
subtle without being in any way inaccessible, and utterly fresh—not a cliché or a clunker in her
entire songbook.” – The New Yorker

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Christine Campbell

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 8:30PM

Christine Campbell
Advance: $15.00 / Doors: $20.00

Christine Campbell launched her second album, Roller Coaster, in March 2017. It is a true representation of her diverse influences – from hard rock and 70’s rock to roots and blues. Christine has attracted top-calibre artists like Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party to add their musical talent to the songs. And Classified’s co-writing and co-production pumps up the radio-ready element. Roller Coaster offers a narrative of a small town Prince Edward Island girl who has become a powerful performer, known for her unapologetic mastery of guitar, piano and rock vocals.

“I’m married to music. It is my life.”

As a musician dedicated to her craft, discerning fans are thrilled by Christine’s live shows, offering a unique mix of old and new original songs in each performance, as well as a bonus cover or two from her rock heroes and impressive jams and solos. Whether playing intimate acoustic shows with her wingman, Blake Johnston (formerly of The Stogies), or rockin’ out, fully electric with her five-piece band, Christine’s live performances always attract loyal fans.

Since her first self-titled solo project in 2013, Christine has gained a devoted following, with the attention earning her opening spots for Bob Seger, Steve Earle, Jann Arden and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. After a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2016, she was able to gather the resources and support necessary to produce this album and make it her proudest work to date.

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Dave Orrett Band

Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 8:30PM

Dave Orrett Band
Advance $25.00 / Door $30.00 *

Layered, melodic, poignant, and authentic. These aren’t words we use lightly, but when we are talking about the music of the incredibly talented Dave Orrett, we must start somewhere. Dave himself would say the music is where words end….and where celebration, healing, and euphoria begin.

It has been 11 years since former Hugh’s room regular Dave Orrett performed original music live but at last the time has come, and Hugh’s Room seems the perfect place. This is the kind of music you want to lean in and listen to. Stories and harmonies that span over two decades are mixed with a wealth of new material.

A brief history starts over 15 years ago when the Dave Orrett Band toured Southern Ontario and Quebec. His poignant acoustic music earned him regular airplay on CBC radio as well as TV spots in Toronto and Ottawa. In 2008, stepping away from composing, Dave focused his energy on the production of dozens of other artists. He also spent a decade developing a major music academy in his name on Bloor Street; Orrett Music Academy, which has already inspired thousands of young musicians.

On June 8, Dave returns with what can only be called an absolute All-Star Band of all new musicians featuring:

Composer and Pianist – Dave Orrett

Singer – Oliver Pigott (Canadian Idol, The Celebration Army)

Guitarist and Singer – KC Roberts (KC Roberts and the Live Revolution)

Bassist – Alex St. Kitts

Drummer- Isaiah Gibbons

Singer – Malak Sound

Cellist – Sam Bisson

Synth – David Hollingshead

Each member of this formidable band leads their own successful band in the city. Bringing them together is a testament not only to Dave’s music and positive spirit, but is also a sign of the musical excitement this night will surely bring.

Expect a bold fusion of styles from classical to pop, funk to folk, even jazz and rock. Book tickets now for an evening of brilliant music among friends. Due to demand, ticket purchases are highly recommended in advance.

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James Hill & Anne Janelle CD Release

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 8:30pm

When She Met He CD Release
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Four strings and a favourite chocolate bar: that’s all James Hill  “possibly the best ukulele player in the world” (Waikato Times)  and Anne Janelle  “a cellist of true beauty” (Ottawa Citizen)  had in common when they first met. It was more than enough. Today, they’re an award-winning, “utterly world-class” singer-songwriter-ukulele-cello duo (Paul Symes, The Blacksheep Inn).

It’s true: opposites attract. James grew up playing folk, jazz and blues on his ukulele while Anne was exclusively a classical cellist. But the pair’s differences quickly became their biggest asset. The uke is high, the cello is low; the uke plays short notes, the cello long bow strokes; the uke is all about strumming while the cello radiates melody. Like shadows and light in an old photograph, these contrasts are complementary. “We’re like a pair of dancers who can’t step on each other’s feet,” jokes James.

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Leela GIlday Single Release

Friday, May 10, 2019 | 8:30PM

Leela Gilday
Advance $15.00 / Door $20.00 *

If you’re from the North, Leela Gilday’s music is home. If you’ve never been, it will take you there. Born and raised in the Northwest Territories, she writes about the people and the land that created her. The power in her voice conveys the depth of her feelings of love and life in a rugged environment and vibrant culture, as if it comes straight from that earth. Leela’s family is from Délįne on the shore of Great Bear Lake and her rich vocals dance across the rhythmic beats of traditional Dene drumming as smoothly as a bass line onstage the largest venues in the country. And she has played them all.

Leela has toured festivals and concert halls with her four-piece band through every province and territory in Canada. She has played in the United States, Greenland, Denmark and New Zealand and this year embarked on an ambitious European tour. Her live shows are where she connects with fans who have followed her on a 20-year career and where new fans are born. She reaches into their hearts and feels the energy of every person in front of her as she guides them on a journey through song and experience. She believes music has an inexplicable effect on people. It is a place where she can share light and dark and the most vulnerable moments, with a clarity and genuine purpose that reassures her listeners through every word. She is a storyteller, and through this, reflects the world onto itself.

Five years after her last album was released—five years of growth, healing and head-down work— Leela’s fifth album will be released this year and she will be releasing it at Hugh’s Room Live in Spring 2019. It is more raw, more intimate and more Leela than anything you’ve heard from her before. Tickets on sale right now.

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Martyn Joseph

Martyn Joseph
$25 Advance / $30 Door

Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 8:30PM

Martyn Joseph is a performer like no other. Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives…” – Bob Harris, BBC Radio

Martyn Joseph is a completely unique and mind blowing artist. Take everything you think you know about singer songwriters….and rip it up. For one man and a guitar he creates a performance with a huge far-reaching sound that is energetic, compelling and passionate. Be it to two hundred people or twenty thousand, he blows the crowd away night after night.

He is gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics and has a career spanning 35 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances.

Often compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, he’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”

In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC Radio 2’s primetime series on Singer-Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition, underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.

There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

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Raine Hamilton + Campbell Woods

Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 8:30pm

Raine Hamilton + Campbell Woods
Advance: $20.00 / Doors: $25.00

Raine Hamilton
Raine’s new album, Night Sky (March 2018), tips between the earthly and the otherworldly; it is anchored in relatable lived experience, while reaching into the space just beyond, thinning the veil between here and there, affording safe passage to the rough and beautiful places.

Raine’s ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of these powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French. Alongside cello + double bass, and with Raine on violin or guitar, these songs have a moving string quartet feel with a cosmic reach.

Raine is also a charming and funny storyteller, pairing her vulnerable tunes with engaging story intros. Raine believes that music is for everyone, and that we all have something to share. An experienced educator, Raine offers workshops in songwriting and fiddle tune writing (EN/FR). Raine also offers concerts with American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation, to help make live music and the community that comes with it accessible to the Deaf community.

Raine has toured Canada extensively, driving, flying, and floating her way coast to coast. Highlights include: Performing songs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (3 times!), playing a concert in a cave (10 stories below the earth!), playing festivals across Canada (Home County, Filberg Fest, Lilac Fest, The Works, Harvest Sun, Harvest Moon, Trout Forest), playing for her passage on Via Rail, and meeting so many amazing humans along the way. She reports a full and smiling heart <3.

Campbell Woods
Campbell Woods released his debut record, “Oxford Street” in the spring of April 2017. He’s been on the road ever since, performing everywhere from Vancouver to Halifax to Nashville to Austin. As a songwriter he’s been compared to Townes Van Zandt and John K. Sampson. Powerful songs, simply delivered. “Oxford Street” debuted at no. 4 on the Canadian folk radio charts and was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award.

The last two years have brought some exciting things: a new record, an opportunity to participate in the Banff Singer-Songwriter residency, music festivals from Halifax’s In The Dead of Winter to Vancouver Island’s Vancouver Island MusicFest, and ever more touring across Canada. Campbell is looking forward to releasing a new record in 2019, recorded in Montreal at the mythic hotel2tango.

“Campbell is one of the truest songwriters I’ve heard come out of Canada in a long time. His writing comes from the soul of an ancient spirit; he is a poet with a flair for haunting images. Campbell has done his homework when it comes to the craft of songwriting. His is a new, shining light!”

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David Newland CD Release

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 8:30pm

David Newland CD Release
Advance $25.00 / Door: $30.00 *

Featuring Inuit cultural performers Siqinuip Qilauta (Sunsdrum)

David Newland is a writer, musician and adventurer, and a familiar face at Hugh’s Room Live, as the longtime host and performer of the Gordon Lightfoot celebration The Way We Feel and many, many other events.

David’s musical presentation, Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song has been selling out venues across Canada for 3 years. The show has been recorded as a live album and David will be releasing the CD on this special night.

The Northbound! CD release will include stunning photos, video and original songs from David’s Arctic adventures. He’ll be joined by his band, Uncharted Waters (Saskia Tomkins, Sam Allison, Steafan Hannigan and Oisin Hannigan), featured performers, Siqiniup Qilauta—Sunsdrum, and special guests including Kirsten Jones, Alex Cheung, and more to perform Northbound in its entirety!

In November of 2015, David was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a distinction that reflects a lifelong engagement with landscape and story. David Newland’s last album, Give It A Whirl, (launched at Hugh’s Room in 2012) has been played on CBC and on roots radio shows from coast to coast.

It’s an honour to help launch David Newland’s latest record and hope that the entire city can join in us in celebrating its release.


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Lennie Gallant

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Lennie Gallant
Advance $25 / Door $30 *

“Lennie Gallant is one of my favorite Canadian Songwriters.” … “I have always wanted to bring his music to the forefront.” – 
Jimmy Buffett

Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released twelve albums (10 in English and 2 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes, and The East Coast Music Awards, including 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year. His double CD of the 22 songs from his multimedia hit production, Searching For Abegweit, which ran for 140 shows, also won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year for 2016 and his song Peter’s Dream was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time.

A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over the continent, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the XXI Winter Olympics. He has toured with Symphony Nova Scotia, Symphony New Brunswick, and with Symphony PEI. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Jimmy Buffett, The Rankins, and Measha Brueggergosman and have appeared in feature films and TV shows. One of his albums, When We Get There, even went up to the international space station with Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette (now the Governor General of Canada) for the crew to enjoy and orbited the planet 248 times. How about that for high rotation!

Fresh on the heels of his 2017 ECMA wins Gallant buried himself in the studio with producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, David Miles) to record his new album, Time Travel. In addition to performances from his own stellar band, Jeremy Gallant, Patricia Richard and Sean Kemp, the album features guest appearances by Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, The Fretless, and The Atlantic String Machine, among others.

Lennie Gallant has been involved in numerous charity events, and he recently received the PEI Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work and support of many worthwhile causes.

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