Tir Nan Og- Monte’s, 200 Ontario St. (Songwriters’ Lounge Venue)
From the Coordinators: Celebrate Creativity. The Songwriters’ Lounge, the new venue this year with Homegrown, a space and time for musicians to play OUR OWN MUSIC, Homegrown is happy to promote our local songwriters and celebrate their works. Some well known faces, and some new arrivals will join to play our OWN music at Monte’s in the Tir Nan Og pub at the corner of Ontario and Clarence. Join us please, for you will hear music like you have never heard before! No kidding.
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Trevor Strong is one third of The Arrogant Worms and one hundred percent of the solo act “Trevor Strong.” He will be singing songs of hope, fear, and Vikings.
This Kingston band fuse poetic verse with vocal harmony, presently backed by guitars, flute, recorder, bodhran and fiddle. Often compared to Jethro Tull’s sound, their all-original charming melodies and haunting topics are presented in a fun manner, making them a must-see new act for this year’s HomeGrown Live experience.
K P Kooper
Kenneth Paul Cooper is a singer and writer whose songs are lyrical reflections on life, purpose and meaning, embedded in well-crafted melodies. Showing rich and diverse musical influences, Kenneth’s songs draw on the dynamic energy of a life filled with experience. Unlike so many performers Kenneth doesn’t overpower but instead draws the listener closer
This Southern-Ontario gothic-aficionado is a singer/songwriter born and based in Kingston. Growing up listening to the likes of Neko Case and Sarah Harmer he absorbed the sounds of those he loved, played their music, and let it influence his own. Currently studying education at Queen’s University, he hopes to teach music. Find his music and contact information at evanjackson.bandcamp.com.
Mellow Lily (A.K.A. Kathryn Nemcsok) is an award winning singer-songwriter. Her live shows are intimate and real, striving for audience connection through songs and stories. On “Infinite Night Stand” she invokes artistic influences from Feist, Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan, and Stan Rogers. Her music is a passport that transports you to places you may recognize, and places you’ve never been.
Devon Runions is a singer songwriter from Kingston. Beginning his music career as a band geek, Devon has since navigated to finding his hands on a guitar and voice upon words to clear his mind. Combining his somber, yet quirky, lyrics with his multi-instrumentalist approach he is able create feel good melodies.
Cool Guy No. 5
My musical inspirations come from all walks of life. I’m a fan of music from old school classic rock to new alternative indie/rock to punk to folk and a few other genres I’m sure I’m forgetting. I’m never trying to copy a sound specifically, but listening makes me want to write. I post recorded material solely on Soundcloud … firstname.lastname@example.org
R W. Marshall
I’ve taught music at Rideau Heights for two years, teaching drums, bass, guitar and vocals with equipment from Joe’s MILL. This allowed me to reconnect with my music, using original songs. I have decided to put myself and my music back out there, and this seems the perfect starting point. I need to encourage others by stepping up myself.
In Kingston since 1982, John played in a few musical groups over the years, also penning a few tunes, in various genres, including Celtic, Folk, Blues and Jazz. Lately the focus has been show tunes, jazz standards (twenties through forties), and classic blues (twenties and thirties). John plays an informal mixed show most Tuesdays at the RCHA.
Fifteen year old Jessica, fiddler, step dancer, guitarist and composer has an upbeat Celtic, Ottawa Valley and East Coast style. A 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, influenced by Cindy Thompson, she has performed at the Havelock Jamboree, Ottawa’s Marvest for CityFolk, Toronto’s WinterFolk, opened for Ashley MacIsaac, and advanced in the Rising Star Talent Competition at the Toronto CNE. www.JessicaWedden.ca
One part truth-telling troubadour, one part death-defying guitar slinger, and one part Country Blues howler. Pouring his heart out, while simultaneously shredding his fingertips in his relentless assault on the ‘66 Guild acoustic. His music from Townes Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen, but lurking in the shadows are Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page in one corner, and Wes Montgomery and Freddie Robinson in another.
Since 1992, Morgan has been a staple on the Kingston music scene, both performing with multiple bands and in multiple genre, always writing and recording her own original music.
Jon is a member of Kingston-based bands Turpin’s Trail, Frost and McLurg, and the Goodnight Irenes. He also appears in duos with Jessica Wedden and Landon Chatterton (The Swinging Doors). Jon is the host of folk music radio show called The Long Journey which airs on CFRC 101.9FM every Thursday 10-11:30AM.
Jenica studied jazz at Vancouver Island University. Jenica performs across North America, and regularly engages local audiences. Jenica’s music has depth, a wide emotional range and dynamic writing style. Her talent as a singer-songwriter, performer and instrumentalist reaches across a number of genres. Her lyrics are at once honest and direct, powerful and tender. Jenica tells our stories with her music.
Willie P., Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Townes
Jeff J Gaulton
Jeff is a solo acoustic singer-songwriter from Kingston. With over 25 years of stage experience, his passion for music is evident in every raw and emotional performance. Along with original material, Jeff includes respectable covers of Delta Blues, Heartland Rock and Canadian-influenced Roots music.
Hey, I’m Lauren Carson. A singer/songwriter born and raised here. My influences, over the years, range from Mary Chapin Carpenter to Green Day, and just about everything in between. When it comes to my own music, I like to keep it mellow, but I’m usually up for just about any musical endeavour. Shoot me an email at Lauren.email@example.com if you want to talk music.
Erica Bradley with Jay Mittler
Erica Bradley is the sparkplug and Jay is the music behind it. They can be found on Youtube and at EricaBradley.ca or at many venues in the Gananoque area. Their folk harmonies are tight and memorable. Presently they are working on their third album of material. Sun Media says “Her voice in a word is angelic”. www.ericabradley.ca
This local singer/songwriter/guitarist currently performs with keyboardist Derrick Claridge, and lead guitarist Mark Taras. Her original music has a folk-rock feel and her unique vocal stylings and emotionally-driven performances make for a memorable experience. Derrick and Mark complement her original sound with their own distinctive styles, and their passion for doing justice to every note in every song makes for a dynamic trio.
My songwriting pokes fun at people being themselves, warts and all. I have four CDs ‘Venus Envy’,’More Than A Hat Rack’, ‘Snooze Toonz’, and ‘Tree Toonz’, and videos as well, like ‘Smokers On The Train’ an observation of people on VIA’s Canadian. With the perspective of a fly on the wall songwriting lets me voice some quirky things people get up to.
This duo comprises Selina Chiarelli and Shaun Weima. Shaun is a professional musician, producer, teacher, songwriter, and sound designer, and Selina a multi-faceted performance artist and storyteller. Both sing harmonies and trade off leads as Shaun’s expert instrumentation varies between electric, acoustic guitars and some electric looping software. Selina’s soaring vocals can sometimes be complimented by a melodium or a harmonica. https://modernwinter.com
An accomplished singer, songwriter, musical director and actor, he has performed with Valdy, Charlie Major, The Rankins, Gowan, opened cross-Canada for Chris DeBurgh, acted with the late Denny Doherty, and has had lovely musical contributions on his recordings from Ken Pearson (Janis Joplin, Bruce Cockburn), Willie P Bennett, and Kate McGarrigle. Currently Kevin is writing, performing, teaching, living rurally, planting trees, collecting old Volvos, and howling at the moon.