By Michelle Fortier
(LEAMINGTON, ON) – In a first time joint fundraising effort, Kingsville Folk Music Festival and The Bank Theatre presented six-time Juno winner Russell deCarle and his Trio at the beautifully renovated Bank Theatre and Meeting Place, playing to a sold out house.
Russell deCarle, a founding member, lead vocalist, bassist, and contributing songwriter to the multi-gold and platinum, Juno award winning, 11 time Canadian Country Music Awards country roots group Prairie Oyster. The trio includes accordion master Denis Keldie and guitarist vocalist Steve Briggs.
The trio returned to the area following their appearance at the inaugural Kingsville Folk Music Festival in August 2014.
This concert, the first in a series, co-produced by the two organizations, is a fund raising project of the non-profit Sun Parlour Folk Music Society and the registered charity Sun Parlour Players Community Theatre.
Leamington Mayor John Paterson opened the show, encouraging the continued building of the partnership the two clubs have formed to bring the two communities together to share the arts and high calibre entertainment.
The Sun Parlour Folk Music Society announced a scholarship opportunity for a Leamington or Kingsville high school student. An arts student will be chosen from one of the schools and scholarship awarded to a student pursuing further education in the arts.
The mandate of the society is to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged youth to access the arts via scholarships, lessons, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities.
Society Vice President Barbara Martens spoke about her organization saying that Sun Parlour Players Community Theatre is a vibrant organization where everyone can experience the performing arts.
Sun Parlour Players Community Theatre is committed to bringing to the community a performing arts centre, The Bank Theatre, with the highest quality of planning, design, and functionality to accommodate all age groups and all appropriate aspects of liberal arts.
John and Michele Law, Artistic Directors of the Sun Parlour Folk Music Society and Kingsville Folk Music Festival were thrilled with attendance and the bonding of the two clubs and are looking forward to future concerts. Plans are underway to host six concerts each year, in addition to the annual Festival.
The next concert, on May 23, features Annie and Rod Capps with Jason Dennie, all award winners from the Michigan area and another fan favourite from the Kingsville Folk Music Festival.
The Bank Theatre is located at 10 Erie Street South in Leamington. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the show begins at 7:30.
Patrons are urged to purchase tickets in advance as there is limited seating. Tickets are just $20 per person, and available at Rebel Cowboy Music at 5 Main Street East in Kingsville or by phone at 519-997-7777 or at Counter Effects at 2 Iroquois Road in Leamington or by phone at 519-326-4014.
Tickets will also soon be available at Dr Disc in Windsor, and at Guardian Drugs and Fletcher’s Cleaners in Leamington.