A chance to ask David McLachlan what makes a Folkie go Country | TorontoMoon.ca 180213Tu | Shows for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

David McLachlan @ Dora Keogh, 2017 -GARY 17

David McLachlan 2017 -GARY 17


It’s been just about a year since the formal release of a benchmark album by songwriter David McLachlan, whose Traveling Truthfully disc, as we described it the month before its formal unveiling at last year’s Winterfolk festival, marks an evolution into the Country genre from his roots in Folk.

Of course he continues to write new material and you could always catch up with him to see what he might be sharing these days at this coming weekend’s 16th edition of the Winterfolk festival, where he makes two appearances on Sunday.  But of course you’ll need to get yourself a wristband to do that —which is actually quite a bargain at just $20 to see almost any show involving over 100 artists that are on offer over the weekend.

But if you want to have a listen to his material without paying a cover charge —and in an environment where you can actually ask him some questions about his interesting musical journey— you’ll want to check out tonight’ edition of the weekly ABC Songwriters Circle hosted at Amsterdam Bicycle Club by Robert Pelletier of Felix & The Cats.

As I related last month, the series in the comfy room at 54 The Esplanade near Church St. is not just about hearing tunes by three featured guest songwriters plus the host.  It’s also an opportunity to get to know more about them and their music through the talk-show style conversations Pelletier sparks up between songs, and also actually offers opportunities for audience members to ask questions of the performers.

You might ask David about how his musical journey evolved over the past 15 years from his debut 2003 disc that had echoes of Gordon Lightfoot through two albums in the past three years that have displayed a more radio-ready rustic rowdiness mixed in with the enchanting guitar work for which he’s rightly respected by his peers as well as fans.

I’m surprised, frankly, that there’s not more Country represented at Winterfolk, since to my mind the two streams seem to flow from the same pool of authentic “real folks” story song experience at their root.  No doubt David has some particularly interesting insights into how they’re intertwined.

While you’re there you may also discover other talents that impress you, including the engaging lyrics of the host and/or the other two guests (with whom I’m unfortunately completely unfamiliar) Andre Dantas and G3NERIC (what/who-ever that is).  It kicks off at 9 and runs till around midnight and prices here are surprisingly reasonable given the toney neighbhourhood in which the place is located.

-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
therealgary17@gmail.com * Gary17@TorontoMoon.ca

SHOW LISTINGS for Tuesday, February 13, 2018

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4-6pm> Blues Blast w Ken Wallis @ 101.5 FM or 1015thehawk.ca

**7-8> “Songtalk Radio” songwriters interviews/chat with weekly guest @ CJRU 1280AM Toronto and online

7-9> “Unsung and On The Side” with Carolyn Fe on Rock-Fm.ca

7-10> Bluesday On Tuesday @ CKUW 95.9 FM www.ckuw.ca/listen

10-11> “Howl” with hosts Nancy Bullis & Valentino Assenz on CIUT 89.5FM & online ~profiles of and interviews with poets and songwriters


*noon-3> Alex Radeff of Donkey solo @ True Love Café, 290 Dundas St. E. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals; 0$

6-7:30> Leslie Huyler & Friends @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~indie; $10-$20/pwyc

6:30> Alex Coleman’s A/C Unit @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

6:30> Patricia O’Callaghan Trio & guests Julie Nesrallah, Tian Wigmore; more for Indian River Festival fundraiser @ Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ~Classical; $

*6:30-9:30> Stacie McGregor @ N’awlin’s, 299 King St. W. TO ~Jazz piano

7:30> Magic Giant; The Brevet @ Mod Club, 722 College St.

7:30> Ornate Ornette @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz

7:45-11> “Irie Tuesdays” open mic for singers, rappers & poets @ Harlem Underground, 745 Queen St. W.

*8> open mic night with Michael & Mark Villamor @ The Hideout, 423 College St.

8-10:30> Laila Bialial (recording release for self-titled album)  @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~Jazz; $

8> Art Bar poetry & open stage @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~spoken word

*8:30-12> “Open Mic for the Starving Artist” @ Cavern Bar, 76 Church St. ~with food for songs!

8:30> Thompson Egbo Egbo (recording release for A New Standard); The Executives; Rat Parade; Andrea Nixon @ Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St. W. ~original Rap/Hip-Hop; $0

*8:45> Tyler Yarema & His Rhythm @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $

9> ABC Songwriters Circle with host performer Robert Pelletier & guests in the round David McLachlan, Andre Dantas, G3NERIC @ Amsterdam Bicycle Club, 54 The Esplanade ~songwriters; $0

9> “Crapnation” Issue #7 launch party with High Heels Lo Fi; Frontline Fiesta; Green Girl @ Cherry Cola’s, 200 Bathurst St. ~indie; $8

*9> Game.Set.Trap @ Mrs. Robinson, 574 College St., TO Central ~Hip-Hop covers

*9> open mic @ The Paddock, 178 Bathurst St.

9:30> Good Enough Band @ Handlebar, 159 Augusta Ave. ~live band karaoke

9:30> Irish Music Night @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.

9:30> Ian Sinclair feat. Kelly Jefferson (recording release for album) @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $

*10-2> The Sattalites @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~original & cover Reggae/Funk; $

10> Michael Davidson @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick St. ~Jazz

10:30> 8> Re.verse @ 416 Snack Bar, 181 Bathurst St.


*6-9> Julian Fauth solo @ Sauce, 1376 Danforth Ave. ~original Blues piano

6-8> open mic & pancake dinner @ Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave.

6> Of Mice & Men; Blessthefall; Fire From the Gods; Cane Hill; MSCW @ Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. ~Metal/Grunge/Hard-core; $

7-9> Fifth Element @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$

7> Machine Head @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~contemporary original; $

7-10> Greg Pilo and guests @ Salty Dog, 1980 Queen St. E. ~mainstream Jazz; $0

7:30> open mic jam with Edward Monzon @ Nomads Restobar, 699 Danforth Ave.

8> FingerStyleGuitar.ca open stage @ Hirut Café, 2050 Danforth Ave. ~Roots

**8-11> open stage hosted by Kyle Duffin @ The Old Nick, 123 Danforth Ave.

8-11> Liv Gains; Derek Mok; T.C. Folkpunk @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave. ~songwriters; 0$

8> Mardi Gras party with Caitlin Wellman & The Fat Tuesdays @ Jam Factory, 2 Matilda St. ~New Orleans Jazz; $20

*8-11> Traditional Irish music @ Ceili Cottage, 1301 Queen St. E.

8:30-10:30> The 501 Band @ Castro’s, 2116 Queen St. E.

*9-1> jam with Mike Sedgewick & The Blue Gurus @ The Duke Live, 1225 Queen St. E.

*9> open mic with host Asha Diaz @ Groove Bar, 1952 Danforth Ave.

*9:30> Peter Verity @ Black Swan, 154 Danforth Ave. ~Folk Roots


7:30-10:30> Ros Kindler with Peter Hill on keys @ Old Mill (Home Smith Bar), 21 Old Mill Rd. ~piano/vocal Pop/Jazz; minimum food/beverage order $20

*8> Groove Stone @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~Rock/Soul

9> Briar & Rob Gusevs with ESA Family & Alumni Vocal Unit @ Maple Leaf House, 2749 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~Jazz/Pop; $0


10> Wayne Ferguson hosts jam & karaoke night @ West Hill Pizza, 4379 Kingston Rd.


5-8> Levi Collins Duo @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

7-10> The Fraser Melvin Band for Mardi Gras party @ Southern Accent, 639 College St. ~Blues/R&B

7:30> Emily Rockarts @ Alchemy, TO West, 890 College St. ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7:30-10:30> Red Hot Ramble with Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. E. ~“Mardi Gras Madness” New Orleans Swing Jazz; $20

8-10:30> Tuesday duos with Jozsef Botos & guest @ La Rev, 2848 Dundas St. W. ~Jazz/Blues; 0$

8-10> Speakeasy @ Absinthe Pub, 4700 Keele St. ~Jazz

*8-11> Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party @ The Inter Steer, 357 Roncesvalles Ave. ~acoustic Folk-Rock originals & covers

8> Operator Music Band; Miles Francis; more @ The Baby G, 1608 Dundas St. W. ~indie; $

8:30> Yasgur’s Farm @ The Painted Lady, 218 Ossington Ave. ~Funk/R&B/Soul; $10

8:30> Swamperella 23rd annual Mardi Gras Party @ Gladstone Hotel (Melody Bar), 1214 Queen St. W. ~Cajun/Zydeco romp

*8:30> Drummers In Exile @ Remix Lounge, 1305 Dundas St. W. ~drums & dance circle

8:30> Tiptoes; Pomes; Harper Bizarre @ Burdock, 1184 Bloor St. W. ~songwriters; $

9> Bluebell; Mercy Flight; Voltzwagon @ The Piston, 937 Bloor St. W. ~indie; pwyc

9> open mic @ Ciros Restaurant, 1316 Bloor St. W.

9> Monkey Junction @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Country Blues trio

9-12> Kule Tarder-Stroll Trio @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz

8:30> Midnight Vesta; Quirks @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~indie; $10


6> open mic @ Manhattan’s Guelph, 951 Gordon St., Guelph

*6-8:30> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Galt, Queen’s Square at 1 North Square, Cambridge

*6> open mic @ The Ridge Social Eatery, 3215 Roseville Rd., Ayr

6:30-8> Ukulele jam & workshop @ Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St. E., Cambridge

*7-10> open mic with Andy Hughes @ The Joint Café, 43 Cork St. E., Guelph

*7-11> Waterloo Wellington Bluegrass Association holds Bluegrass jam @ Galt Legion RCL #121, 4 Veterans Way, Cambridge

*7-9> Juneyt @ Easy Pour Wine Bar, 1660 Blair Rd., Cambridge ~Flamenco guitarist

8> acoustic song circle jam with host Terry Golletz @ Café Crêperie, 40 Mill St. W., Elora

9> open mic jam @ Sip Club, 91 Wyndham St. N., Guelph

9-11:30> open jam with John McKinley Band @ Churchill Arms, 355 Erb St. W., Waterloo

10> Chalkline @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W., Waterloo


7> open mic with Randy Hill @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough

*9> open mic night @ Red Dog Tavern, 189 Hunter St. W., Peterborough

905 EAST

*6:30-11> The Woodshed jam with Don Niblett & Frank Zochodne @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

7-9> Cobourg Poetry Workshop @ The Cat & Fiddle Cobourg, 38 Covert St. Cobourg ~spoken word

*7:30> Don Owen & Bruce Longman @ Arthur’s Pub, 930 Burnham St., Cobourg ~tribute to The Beatles

*8:30-12:30> open mic @ The Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W., Whitby

9> The Dukes @ The Corral, 433 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa ~Country Rock

*9-1> open acoustic jam @ The General, 21 Celina St., Oshawa

*10> open mic with Josh Beaven @ The Atria, 59 King St. E., Oshawa


7-10> open song circle with Patti McLaughlin @ Aw Shucks, 15474 Yonge St., Aurora

*8> open mic @ The Tickled Toad, 330 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill

*8-11> jam with Matthew Kane & The Brews Brothers @ The Crown, 9580 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*8:30-12:30> open mic @ Falcon & Firkin, 10300 Yonge St., Richmond Hill

*9> open mic with Manny D, Andy Earle & Dave Breckels @ Big Chris BBQ, 17380 Yonge St., Newmarket


7> songwriters open stage with Deeps/Dave Pomfret @ Lukaya Café, 592 Upper Wellington St., Hamilton

7> The Two Pioneers @ Stonewalls, 339 York Blvd., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

7:30> Atomic @ The Pearl Company, 16 Steven St., Hamilton ~Scandinavian Jazz; $15

8-11> Jonny & Shari @ The West Town, 214 Locke St. S., Hamilton ~songwriters; $0

*8> Chris Chambers @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton ~acoustic Pop covers & originals

*8> LMT Connection @ 33 Bowen, 33 Bowen Ave. ~Funk/R&B/Soul

*8> Chris Clause @ Thirsty Cactus, 2 King St. E., Dundas ~acoustic

9> Songwriters Lounge with Gillian Nicola; Lori Yates; Mimi Shaw @ Casbah Lounge, 306 King St. W., Hamilton ~original Rap/Hip-Hop; $?

*9:30> Ten Gallon Cat @ Cat ‘n’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton ~Country?

*9:30-1> Traditional Irish jam @ Corktown Pub, 175 Young St., Hamilton

10> jam night @ Lazy Flamingo, 19 Hess. St. S., Hamilton

905 WEST

*7> Rob Reed @ Max Resto Lounge, 102-2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington

*7> Chris Partland & guests @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington ~songwriters

8-11> Dale & Cody & guests @ The Port House, 139 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit-Mississauga ~acoustic Pop duo

*8> The Phil & John Show @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic Pop Rock

8-12> Fiddlestix Duet @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~acoustic fiddle Rock

*8> open stage (signup at 7:30) with host Neil McNaughton @ Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St., Oakville; $2

*8-12> open mic night with Chris Partland @ Fionn MacCool’s Burlington, 2331 Appleby Line, Burlington

*8:45> open mic with Matt Zaddy @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga

9> open mic with Chuck Coles @ The Dickens, 423 Elizabeth St., Burlington


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