The 11th annual Homegrown Live Music Festival SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019.
Dianne’s Fish Shack & Smokehouse, 195 Ontario Street (Songwriter’s Lounge II)
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Tom Savage is what one might refer to as a triple-threat. One part truth-telling troubadour, one part death-defying guitar slinger, and one part Country Blues howler. Each facet of his formidable on-stage persona carefully crafted over a 20+ year devotion to the composition and performance of song. Tom is a true believer. A disciple of melody and harmony and tempo and timbre. An evangelist preaching to anyone who will listen of the healing and meditative powers of music. Pouring his heart out of his throat every night, while simultaneously shredding his fingertips in his relentless assault on the beat-up 1973 Guild acoustic he adores.More info.ca
Influenced by the music of Mississippi John Hurt, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, John Prine, Leonard Cohen, and Bob Dylan, Jon has entered into the realm of the songwriter with class, abundant talent, and wit, and his soft but smooth voice and elegant finger-style guitar playing are the perfect vehicle for his songs.
Mellow Lily, A.K.A., Kathryn Nemcsok is an award winning singer-songwriter. Her live shows are intimate and real, and she strives for connection with her audiences through her songs and her stories. The songs on “Infinite Night Stand” invoke other artists who have influenced her songwriting, including Feist and Gordon Lightfoot, Sarah McLachlan, and Stan Rogers. Make no mistake though. Her songs are her own. Her music is a passport that will transport you to places you may recognize as well as to places you’ve never been. More info.
Bon and Haley
These two have been working on some new music and are ready to showcase in the songwriters lounge. Haley has recently been accepted into Queen’s Universities Undergrad program and Bon is constantly writing, promoting, and performing new music for Kingston audiences.
I haven’t been performing much in the last 10 years. A recent MAJOR change in life left me with nothing but my acoustic guitar and I reconnected with my music and started playing open mics recently. I play alt-rock mostly from 90’s-2000’s (STP, radiohead, etc), but mix in modern blues/rock/singer-songwriter stuff also (a la Gregory Allan Isakov).
“Pop Punk energy and Alt-Rock smarts of the late 90’s/ early 2000’s with a coat of fresh modern polish.” Dennis Clark is a diverse Singer-Songwriter whose presence and ability to connect with his audience, coupled with a growing repertoire of songs about personal struggle and worldly observations sets him apart from the musical acts of today. Clark’s catalogue, including his latest “Contradictionary” and “Luggage” EP’s released simultaneously in 2018, could be categorized as a sub-genre of Alternative Rock which also incorporates stripped down Acoustic/Piano arrangements and layered Electronic Pop Rock elements with the vocals and lyrics always at the forefront. As of 2019, he has had a strong presence on social media and focused his efforts on growing his youtube and instagram audiences with a series of vlogs and new releases called “Music By Me”, which entails dropping a new song each Tuesday as well as a live performance of that song on Thursdays. As the primary songwriter in the Alternative Rock quartet, Listen Up Kid, Clark released “Minutiae” in 2016. The EP garnered much praise from many publications including Exclaim and CBC and received heavy radio play both on major Canadian stations and Campus Radio across Canada, cracking the Top 10 for several months, peaking at #1 on !Earshot National Charts. More info.
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. More info.
Abby Stewart is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Kingston, Ontario. A true Canadian girl, she fishes, plays hockey and softball but feels most at home on the music stage. She’s achieved some pretty impressive success in her budding career including opening for Hunter Hayes, Dan + Shay, Brett Kissel and many more. She’s played stages at Boots & Hearts, Havelock, RBC Bluesfest and charted singles on country radio. More info.
For two decades Pat Johnson has made his living solely from music as a performer, songwriter, instructor, author, recording artist, record producer etc. He has released four full length albums of original songs and participated in various other recording projects. His most recent release “Stumps” (2018) is a commentary on popular culture regionally, globally, in the cosmos. More info.
Piner is a local artist from Kingston, Ontario. Although she is a young artist, she is an old soul. Growing up Piner was surrounded by musicians who taught her to write her feelings and thoughts on paper and sing them aloud for anyone who cared to listen. One of Piner’s inspirations is her neighbourhood. Growing up in the environs of Skeleton Park she experienced the wealth that comes from community while witnessing the reality of struggle. Piner writes songs that let her empathy and understanding take over, by stepping into the stories of others. Piner released her debut album called ‘The Breaking Point’ last July which has received recognition by Dominionated, a independent Canadian Music blog (https://dominionated.ca/albums/piner-the-breaking-point/). The author Mac Cameron writes that “The Breaking Point is a display of pure confidence and vulnerability.” Currently, Piner is working on a EP with more instrumentation called ‘Root Bound’ which is scheduled to be released in May. Piner hopes that her songs will allow listeners to connect with the complexities of the greater human experience. More info.