Submitted by Lorraine Campbell
It has been said when one thing ends another begins, and that is certainly true – March 29, the end of winter, ushered in the first of the new singer/songwriter series.
Sponsored by Terry Heffernan and Susan Edmonstone and held at The Meeting Place, the evening showcased the talents of two of Tobermory’s musicians, Marty Oblak and Paul Campbell, and guest Nic Swales from Sarnia. The audience, a small but appreciative crowd, had an opportunity to enjoy a laid-back evening and really get a feel for the very different styles that each musician employs – Marty’s syncopated sounds and soft throaty voice, Nic’s accomplished picking and gentle folky voice, and Paul’s bending of the harmonics and tenor voice all offered an interesting variety. The musicians offered insights into the origins of each of their songs, which is one of the main features of a singer/songwriter event. Marty has promised that this is just the first of many sessions!
Then Tuesday April 2 saw the last Open Mic of the season, and what a reminder as to the talents that are here on the northern Bruce. Denis LeBlanc played Bach and Beethoven on the piano, John Baker and also Rod Layman played guitar, Arnie Crittenden treated us to the sweet sounds of his harmonica, Ferelith Hoffman-Taylor and yours truly read some of their poetry, Paul Campbell accompanied Brooklyn Hewton on guitar as she got the crowd tapping their toes – and dancing – to the always welcome sounds of her fiddle, Brooklyn and Natalie Rouse sang some songs they had penned, and the evening closed with Marty Oblak, Curtis Lyons, and Paul Campbell playing an extended set. The crowd was not ready to say goodnight! It’s good to know that we’ll all be back next fall.
Thanks go to Nic and Neda for hosting the series this year, and I’d like to also take this opportunity to say “Thank you” to everyone who attends the Open Mic nights. You, the Open Mic audience, are particularly generous and appreciative of all our performers. The event is a success because you are there. AND thank you for pitching in when the music is over, the help in clearing away the chairs and replacing the furniture to the proper places is so very much welcomed.
See you in the fall!