Guitars will be blazing and sweet harmonies will reign at the 8th annual Springfest Concert. This triple bill evening typically sells out each year so early ticket purchase is strongly recommended. The 2018 show takes place Friday, April 20th, 7 pm. at St. Andrew’s Place, Sudbury.
Acts from Alberta and Nova Scotia will be joined by two top level guitarists from Toronto.
The show kicks off with Nova Scotia folk performers Dave Gunning and JP Cormier. Gunning has a strong fan base in Sudbury. Gunning’s latest solo album “Lift” was the number one album on USA folk radio Stations for two months in 2016. His tune “Sing It Louder” from the Lift Album was awarded First Place in the 2017 Great American Song Contest. His song “These Hands” (written in Sudbury), was song of the year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards.
Joining Gunning on stage will be East Coast music giant JP Cormier. JP is a talented multi-instrumentalist/singer songwriter with a slew of albums to his credit. Cormier and Gunning will perform songs from their most recent recording “Two” which is their first full album together. Their guitar work and vocal harmonies in performing songs from “Two” have been described by audiences in Atlantic Canada as musical craftmanship at the highest level.
Cormier began playing guitar at the age of 5 and as a sixteen-year old recorded his first album and began touring on the USA bluegrass circuit. He became a longstanding member of the Grand Ole Opry house band in Nashville performing with country artists Waylon Jennings, Marty Stuart, Earl Scruggs, Bill Munroe and others.
Guitar giants Wendell Ferguson and Steve Briggs of Toronto will be the second act at Springfest. Ferguson’s brilliant wit will be on display as will the amazing guitar talents of this duo. Ferguson won Guitar Player Of The Year so many times (seven) at the Canadian Country Music Awards that he is no longer eligible. He has accompanied top country artists on tour including George Fox, Duane Steele, Shania Twain, Michelle Wright and Tommy Hunter.
Steve Briggs has been well received at Sudbury shows where he has performed with Cindy Church, Quartette and Ferguson. A hard swing/country player, Briggs is the leader of the Bebob Cowboys. Like Ferguson, Briggs is a session player and guitar picker extraordinaire. He frequently tours with country swing artist Russell deCarle of Prairie Oyster.
The Travelling Mabels of Alberta will end the evening program although there is a strong likelihood that all performers in the show will join together for a grand finale. Travelling Mabels is a four piece act with heavenly harmonies. They bring a strong western flavour with their folk/country tunes that are delivered with spirit, honesty and humour. They have played on two prior occasions at St. Andrews Place to standing ovations.
Tickets for Springfest are $37.50 inclusive. Tickets for this reserved seating event may be purchased by contacting Bob Bale at 705-523-6200 or by emailing[email protected].