By Wendy Elliott
Old Crow coming
Excitement started building last week when the news was release about a high-profile concert during the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival. Tennessee folk band Old Crow Medicine Show and Blues master Matt Andersen will play Acadia’s Convocation Hall on June 1.
The Nashville-based acoustic Americana outfit has performed from the Grand Ole Opry and A Prairie Home Companion to massive festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo. They invited New Brunswick native Andersen to tour with them after hearing him cover their hit Wagon Wheel in 2010, and together they played several shows across the U.S.
Earlier this year, Old Crow Medicine Show shared a Grammy Award with Mumford & Sons and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros for their concert film Big Easy Express, chronicling a tour where they travelled from California to New Orleans in a vintage locomotive, playing shows along the way. The documentary was directed by Emmett Malloy, who was previously in Nova Scotia making the White Stripes Canadian tour film, Under Great White Northern Lights.
Presented by the Deep Roots Music Cooperative and the Apple Blossom Festival, tickets for this concert are on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.
Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour has its
third season opening on April 20 from 2-7 p.m.
New artists are joining this year. The first show of the season is ‘Art Squared.’ It features an eclectic group of Canadian artists are exhibiting small artworks from April to October.
The gallery is located in Hall's Harbour at 9042 Hwy 359. Phone 679-7073.
On April 27, the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra will bring their spring concert, entitled The Firebird, to Wolfville.
The orchestra, directed by Dinuk Wijeratne, will perform in Denton Hall, Acadia University at 7 p.m.
The program will include works by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Acadia composition professor Derek Charke.
Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students.
Andy & Ariana are going to be releasing their ninth CD, Eye to Eye, on April 20 at the Al Whittle Theatre. The show will start at 8 pm.
They will be joined by Mark Bezanson on bass and several other special guests. Eye to Eye is a collection of 12 songs written, performed and recorded by Andy & Ariana.
Musically, the album draws on a variety of sources for inspiration, from the music of far-off lands to the scene at home in the Annapolis Valley. If a genre can be ascribed to this collection, it might be gypsy-soul jazz-folk. The album features a variety of flavours: jazz, pop, eastern European, ragtime, mid-east and Latin inspired grooves all get melded into Andy & Ariana's distinct sound; Andy's mouth percussion replaces the usual drum kit and Ariana's violin, saxophone and clarinet, along with Andy's guitar, feature as prominent accompaniment to her vocals.
Also on the CD is Mark Bezanson, who contributes bass parts for several of the songs, as well as guest appearances from François Côté, Julia Feltham, Lars Kampe, Angela Forbes and Kamila Nasr.
Andy & Ariana's musical collaborations began 15 years ago in Toronto. The pair have spent the last seven and a half of those years getting to know and love Nova Scotia - Ariana's home-province - which has involved much performing and recording, collaborations with other Nova Scotian acts, and presenting monthly local talent shows in Wolfville, where they make their home.
Tickets are available in advance for $12 from Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville or
Festival coming up
The Annapolis Valley Music Festival, an annual music festival in Wolfville involving over 3,000 competitors of all ages from across Nova Scotia, starts soon.
The festival will run from April 22 to May 3.
The Stars of the Festival Concert will showcase the highlights of festival talent on May 5 at 1:30 p,m. at the Festival Theatre Building, highlighting bands and ensembles, and 7 p.m. at Denton Hall, featuring soloists.
Author signing here
Author Alfred Silver will be at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville on April 28 to sign copies of his new novel Runaway Horses, which was published by Pottersfield Press.
He will be on hand at 1:30 p.m.
Silver will do a reading from his novel the week before, April 21, at the Windsor Regional Library, beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Windsor Regional Library is located at 195 Albert Street in Windsor. For further information, phone 902-798-5424 or visit valleylibrary.ca
Concert on view
Next at CentreStage
Later this month, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville will present Wait Until Dark, a suspense-thriller by Frederick Knott.
Aided by her difficult 10-year-old neighbour, Gloria, housewife Susy Hendrix is learning to cope with recent blindness. She is terrorized in her own apartment by a group of criminals who believe she is hiding something that they want. This intense show features scenes of darkness and near darkness, requiring the lighting of some matches, and is best suited to adults and teens.
Wait Until Dark, stage managed by Nancy Henry, is directed by Peter Booth and George Henry, and is produced by Linda Levy Fisk. It features Sharon Churchill Roe, Stephen Abbass, Mike Bulter, Alex Trimper, Paul Abela, Aria MacDonald, Annelise Smith, Kaia Goss, Ryan Trimper and Ryan MacNab.
Wait Until Dark opens April 19 and runs weekends until May 25. Showtime is 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on May 5 and 19.
Fundy Film screens A Late Quartet on April 21.
When the cellist of a renowned string quartet receives a life-changing diagnosis, the group's future falters. Inspired by and structured around Beethoven's Opus 131 String Quartet in C-sharp minor, the film pays homage to power of music.
Showings are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on April 21.
On May 1, at 7 p.m., Fundy Film will be screening Drowning in Colour: The Art of Wayne Boucher. There will be a reception and a question and answer period, moderated by Laurie Dalton, with Boucher, Alan and producer Violet Rosengarten participating, at the Harvest Gallery after the screening.
Tickets for both shows are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screening at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.
Sunday Music Concert
The classical chamber music concert series, Sunday Music in the Garden Room, presents a free piano and horn concert on April 21, at 2 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Irving Centre in Wolfville.
The concert will be performed by two Nova Scotian favourites: principal horn of Symphony Nova Scotia - and Wolfville native - David Parker and the accompanist at Acadia’s School of Music, Jennifer King.
The final concert of the season will be on June 30, when the series will co-host a concert of string quartets performed by the four string instructors of the Acadia Summer Strings Festival. The festival will follow for young string musicians during the following week at Acadia. The concert will occur, as usual, in the Garden Room at 2 p.m.
Matt Balsor is doing a second fundraising concert for Horton High School's Safe Grad Program on April 21.
Hosted by Balsor, it will also feature Graham Moorehead, Ruth Manning, Chet Brown, Jo-Ann Newman, and Wendy Manning. Music starts at 7 p.m. at Horton High School (Greenwich) Admission: $10.
In celebration of Al Whittle’s 60-year contribution to the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, he is being honoured with a gala event of live performance and film on April 26.
The program will feature musicians like the Hupman Brothers and Andy & Ariana, musical theatre notables Edalene Theatre and Donna Holmes, sketch comedy artists The Dead Sheep Scrolls and chanteuse Suzanne Balcom, with Lisa St. Clair on piano.
“It will be a real variety showcase of the kinds of local groups who present at the theatre. We’ll also feature a showing of the 1953 hit musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe, one of Al’s favourites,” said theatre manager Mary Harwell.
In addition, two locally/produced film shorts will premiere prior to the feature length movie.
Whittle is still a fixture at events. He can often be found taking tickets for matinee screenings.
Tickets for the gala celebration are $15, or $12 for students, and on sale now at the Box of Delights 542-9511.
Live on screen
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, originally scheduled for April 5 at the Al Whittle Theatre, had satellite problems which affected a number of theatres involved in the broadcast. It has been rescheduled to April 27.
The World in Wolfville series showed Bolshoi Ballet's Swan Lake instead.
Everyone with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland tickets can use them to attend the rescheduled April 27 screening of Alice, plus this special screening of Swan Lake. Those wishing for a ticket refunding instead can do so though Just Us.
In the galleries
• At Harvest Gallery from April 6–28 is an exhibition of work by painter Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith of West Brooklyn.
• Jack’s Galleryhas a group exhibition of paintings, drawings and digital imagery by Valley women artists, ranging from the young emerging to older established artists. Featured is artwork by Isobel Leidl Wilson, Emily Clark, Eliza McGuire and Judith Leidl. Leidl Wilson is enrolled at Horton High, while Clark and McGuire are Acadia University students. The exhibition closes on April 28..
• The Coming Through the Fog exhibit of the art of Matthieu Brouillard and Donigan Cumming is on display at the Acadia Art Gallery, Wolfville.
• South Shore artist Barbara Carter has a show on at theDesigner Café in Kentville until May 2.