MIKE HOGG (10:30 am)
Harmonica, voice and guitar are the main instruments that Mike Hogg uses to tell his favorite stories.
Now living in Waterford, Ontario, he is involved with both the Brantford Open Stage and the Hamilton Folk Club, as well as coordinating and hosting the Waterford Old Town Hall Summer Concerts.
Mike taught at Rockwood Centennial Public School in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and hopes to see some of his former students at Mushroom Fest.
ALPHORN DUO (10:00 am)
Bob Messmer was born in Basel, Switzerland immigrating to Canada with his family in 1957. Lyn was born in Toronto. They met in the music room at George Harvey Secondary School in Toronto where Lyn played trumpet and Bob tuba. Both were Military Reserve Musicians until the late 1990 ’s, and continue to perform with community groups and bands.
They Messmers purchased their first Alp Horn in 1979 from a Swiss performer at Caravan and their second Alp Horn in 1991 from a traditional Alp Horn maker when Switzerland was the feature country at the C.N.E.
They have performed for many functions including Weddings, Anniversaries, Swiss Consular functions, Cheese, Chocolate, and Tourism promotions.
The Messmers have lived in Rockwood since 1989 and are looking forward to many more years here.
BROWN ALE ( 2:30 pm)
With Les Smith from Newfoundland and Glenn McFarlane from New Brunswick, it’s obvious where this pair gets their love of Celtic and East Coast folk music.
Les, now living in Mississauga, plays a multitude of instruments, including bass, tin whistle, Irish flute, concertina, bodhran, and is the primary vocalist.
Glenn, who lives in Brampton, plays guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, harmonica, accordion, and also sings.
They deliver a high-energy versatile show filled with songs from both sides of the Atlantic, lively jigs and reels, tender ballads (often a cappella!), and recitations. Their material varies considerably in both content and arrangement, from steadfastly traditional to very eclectic. They have been playing together since 1992.
IAN REID ( 1:30 pm)
Ian Howard Reid is the son of an artist's son and a salesman's daughter. His sensitivity and gift of the gab make his performances indelible. Since returning from years of overseas teaching in 2008, Ian has played nearly 900 shows, earning much respect from his musical peers and fans alike.In May, Ian released his fifth album "Hawkstripe" and did a cross-Canada tour this summer to promote his work, see mountains and oceans, and make some new pals.
"folk music's charmingly talented boy next door" - Hillside Festival Announcer, Jen Rafter
"He is so completely, unapologetically himself on stage. On top of that, he writes good tunes!" -Andrew Craig, host of CBC's 'Canada Live'
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GAYLE ACKROYD (12:30 pm)
Gayle Ackroyd’s musical identity has always been firmly planted in Roots Music or that which encompasses folk, country and blues. An Ontario girl who grew up on a dairy farm played piano as a child then switched to guitar. She wrote her first original songs at age 14, with tunes like "Dear Donna," and in the intervening years her productive pen produced hundreds of songs including:
"Hard Luck Town" 1994, "Anything But Blue" 1997, "Women Be Wise" 2004, and "Give It All You Got" 2008.
Gayle would go on to form her own bands and record her collection of original music. At 17 she enrolled into Oakville’s Sheridan College Musical Theatre Program where she studied Acting, Singing, Guitar, Piano and Dance.
Gayle was influenced by singer songwriters like Carol King, Janis Ian, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. As her interest in becoming a singer developed she listened to Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Besse Smith, and Billie Holliday.
When asked, Gayle is humble about her own work and quick to give credit to her favorite artists: "I guess you could say my music now sounds like Sheryl Crow meets Bonnie Raitt with a bit of Alison Krauss and Emy Lou Harris on the side. My passion is and always has been writing songs and performing!” Gayle has frequently appeared on Television and has won many songwriing awards and grants.
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Gayle Ackroyd Gibson 16 Sherwood Dr. Guelph, ON, N1E1R6
CHURCHILL PARK QUARTET (11:30 am)
The Churchville Park Quartet is an acoustic group that performs old-time country, folk and bluegrass classics.
Members Sherry O'Connor, Mary Bennet, Jason Laprade and George Scott share with their audiences a love of roots music combined with a genuine appreciation of how music connects us all. Known for their beautiful three-part harmonies, this band has a growing following across Ontario.
DAVID STOREY (3:30 pm)
After nearly 25 years of achieving excellence by applying his wit, sensitivity and artistry in the service of others in the fields of directing and production for videos and television, David Storey is coming home to his first love: music.
His debut full-length release, Comin’ Home, contains all the aspects of Storey’s musical gems that fans have loved the most since he resumed composing and performing: wry wit and penetrating insights about life’s changes, characters and passions humorously and powerfully delivered.
Although not strictly autobiographical in nature, the title of his debut full-length album Comin’ Home, being released this summer, is an apt summary of where he stands today. An early musical career saw him get airplay, rave reviews and award nominations for his Roots-Rock songs, which were compared to John Prine and Steve Earl.
After leaving music to raise a family for 20 years, he initially helmed award-winning videos and tv specials for the likes of Tom Cochrane and Stompin’ Tom and Anne Murray. He then moved into comedy productions, eventually developing, producing and directing the hit television show and movie “Corner Gas” before going back on stage with his own songs in 2011 after the series wrapped.Type your paragraph here.
10:00 am - Main Stage Opening Ceremonies
The 121 Red Arrows Squadron Pipes and Drums Band practices on Thursdays from 1830 to 2100 from September to June at the Red Chevron (34 Elizabeth Street, Guelph, ON N1E 2X2) and is open to all members of the squadron regardless of musical skill level. The band participates in many community activities each year including the Remembrance Day Parade and the Guelph Santa Claus Parade. The band also leads the squadron at our Annual Ceremonial Review. Cadets play a variety of instruments including, bag pipes, snare, tenor and bass drums and are able to progress through the cadet music program, earning music levels as they progress. There is also summer training available through the Cadet Summer Training Program where cadets can go to learn an instrument or to hone their existing skills.
An all-day program of performing artists has been assembled to enhance the overall Festival atmosphere. A number of well-known folk and country musicians from the region will perform continuously on the outdoor stage, sharing their art with the many visitors to the Rockwood Mushroom Fest.