Matthew Hornell is returning from the East to play the Little Beaver on Tuesday, July 5th! Last time he came through this area with his band “The Diamond Minds” and rocked the house with some great folksy Celtic rock and a high energy stage show. This time he is coming by himself for a solo performance. He told us personally that he is bringing the same energy and flare for the stage as last time.
Matthew Hornell is a singer and a songwriter from Newfoundland and Labrador. After bursting onto the St. John’s music scene with live shows that showcased his unflagging energy, Hornell’s award-winning debut album, released in 2010, firmly established him as a vital new voice in the songwriting community of Atlantic Canada.
On the heels of his debut release, Hornell received four Music NL awards – including Entertainer of the Year and the Rising Star Award. He has shared stages with such talented musicians as Elliott Brood, Sloan, David Francey and Brian Borcherdt and brought his songs to shows and venues all across Canada.
Tickets are $15 and the show will start at 8:00. See you there!
Also, he has recently updated his website, so check it out! www.matthewhornell.com
We are starting the year off right by having two time F.F. Folk Festival veterans the Auditor General be the first act of 2011. If you missed them at the festival, they have always been a fan favourite. They blend folk music and rock seamlessly with singer Jamie Smith writing soulful melodies to tie their sound together. The group explores complex lyrical themes through memorable, simple hooks that will tap your toes and hearts. The boys have opened for the likes of Elliott Brood, Rural Alberta Advantage, The Wooden Sky and Yukon Blonde to name a few. If you want to check out their music ahead of time to see why we love this band so much, Click Here for their Myspace Page.
The show is on Friday, January 28th, and we’ll be kicking off the show at 8:00pm. The price is $15 at the door.
A Little Beaver Disclaimer: This band is awesome and you will love it, but they have a drummer. All of our experiences so far with drummers is that our acoustics at the Little Beaver make drummers loud, even when they play quiet. The Auditor General is by no means a hard rock band, but it may still get a little loud. These guys are so good, I don’t think you’ll mind.
We are open for sliding RIGHT NOW!!
Until January 1st, we are open at 11am everyday. Come on up for Night Sliding after 4pm. Daytime is only $5 per person, and evening is $8. We will be open in the new year, with new hours so check back here for updates.
Come listen to Mitch MacDonald sing his heart out for you Sunday, November 21st, 2010.
Doors at 6 pm
Preformance at 7pm
$15 at the door
Kitchen and Licenced Bar Open during the performance
ALL AGES WELCOME
Mitch MacDonald is a compelling singer, established guitarist and versatile stage performer. He has captivated audiences from small town kitchen Ceilidhs to sold out shows in concert theatres across the country. MacDonald is a Canadian Idol finalist with a national fan-base preparing to burst onto the music scene.
At the age of 25, Mitch MacDonald has reached more musical plateaus that most up and coming artists never accomplish. Having been a seasoned performer since his teenage years on Cape Breton Island, it wasn’t until the spring of 2008 that Mitch reluctantly auditioned for season 6 of Canadian Idol. Over a dozen episodes later, Mitch found himself standing centre stage as a Top 3 Finalist. This afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of platinum selling artist Bryan Adams, as well as the
legendary Sir Tom Jones. Mitch emerged as a small town entertainer and was then catapulted onto the national stage. He then realized that his lifelong passion of being a seasoned performer to fans across the nation could become a reality but he would have to make song-writing his focus to achieve that goal.
His song-writing style is a mix of alternative country, indie-folk, and soulful acoustic, but he has also been experimenting in the studio with new material that has more of a pop-rock feel.
Mitch grew up with a wide range of musical influences such as old country, celtic, and rock and roll. He finally found himself in his teenage years listening to the prodigious Ryan Adams and clever singer-songwriters like Neil Young and John Prine. He learned at a young age to appreciate a well written song which led him to his current favourites, Bon Iver and Mumford & Sons. If there was one artist who truly inspired Mitch – it is fellow Cape Bretoner, Gordie
Sampson, who has written songs for Faith Hill, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and more.
Mitch has had a number of occasions to perform with Gordie and hopes to team-up with him on a couple of songs for his debut album due next year.
Mitch reciprocates his musical influences in his live shows and gives the audience an evening worth remembering.
With summer in full swing, the property surrounding Little Beaver Cultural Centre is in full bloom. Wild blueberries, raspberries and cranberries are ripe for the picking and a wide variety of wild flowers have blossomed making our little landfill into a beautiful place.
We are currently enjoying bucket fulls of the local berries while planning our marketing strategy to get people up here. Sean Ashby played last week and it was a very successful show and we are in the process of booking more talented regional musicians for this fall. We are also gearing up for the Fort Frances Folk Festival which is held on our property August 22nd, 2010 and it looks like its going to be a great line up.
Check back the summer comes to a close and there will be many exciting events happening at the Beavs. Also Art classes and exhibits begin in the Fall as well.