September 26 marks the beginning of a brand new eight-concert FridayFolk Series in Orillia. Featuring Canadian contemporary and traditional acoustic music, the popular series is organized by the volunteer-run Orillia Folk Society.
“FridayFolk provides a unique opportunity to experience live performances by both up-and-coming and well-established artists,” says Deb Gemmell, chairperson of the Orillia Folk Society. “We offer great music in a comfortable setting. Audience members have a chance to meet the artists and purchase their music.”
Gemmell explained that all FridayFolk concerts will be held at Aladdin’s Restaurant, located at 1035 Mississaga Street West in Orillia, at 6:45 p.m., with performances starting at 7:30 p.m. Aladdin’s offers an audience dinner special for $7 (vegetarian) or $8 (with meat).
Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youth (16 and under). There are limited quantities of Season Passes (good for all eight concerts) available for $100. They can be purchased at Ironside Electric Co., 165 Mississaga Street East or at the door on the night of the concert.
This year The Marrieds, a London, Ontario duo comprised of Jane Carmichael and Kevin Kennedy, opens the FridayFolk Series on Sept. 26.
The Marrieds got their start in December 2010 when they posted three snow day songs on YouTube during London’s “Snowmageddon.” The songs received over 10,000 views in a couple of days and captured the attention of CBC Radio, making them “The Sound of the Day” across Canada.
The couple now have two full-length albums (Self-Titled 2011, Saving Hope 2013)
and an EP (Snow Song Trilogy 2011) under their belts, and have shared the stage with Kathleen Edwards, Bahamas, Danny Michel, Treble Charger, The Trews, Lennie Gallant, Colleen Brown, Ian Thomas and Meaghan Smith.
They have showcased in Canadian Music Week 2013 & 2012, NXNE 2013 & 2012, The Toronto Independent Music Awards 2012 and Indie Week Canada 2013 & 2012.Their nominations include a 2013 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Folk/Roots Category, a 2012 Jack Richardson Music Award in the Fan Favourite category, and a 2012 Toronto Independent Music Award in the Folk/Roots Category.
The Marrieds were on The London Free Press’s Top 10 Albums of 2013, were voted Regional Top 20 in CBC’s Searchlight Competition 2013 and Regional Top 10 in 2014. They were the Jury’s Pick for CHRW 94.9′s 2014 Local Album of the Year, and were the 2014 Jack Richardson Music Award winners in the Folk/Roots Category.
The 2014-15 FridayFolk Series features Reid Jamieson and Carolyn Mill on Oct. 31; Doc MacLean, Nov. 28; “Blood and Fire – The Donnelly Project,” featuring Susan Charters and Paul Court, Jan. 26; The Slocan Ramblers, Feb. 27; Suzy Wilde and Scott Cooper, Mar. 27; Gathering Sparks, Apr. 24 and Irish Mythen, May 29.
The Orillia Folk Society is a volunteer-run community organization bringing quality folk music to Simcoe County, and supporting the many talented musicians in the area. For full Society details, check their website at www.orilliafolk.ca