Yarns from the Mill Festival - Sept 22, 2018
View our Yarns from the Mill Festival 2018 page for more details and photos.
Red Dirt Skinners - Victoria Hall - May 19, 2018
We are super-excited to bring this group to Cobourg! The Red Dirt Skinners are the British husband and wife musical duo of Sarah and Rob Skinner.
Taking inspiration from the ordinary, and the extraordinary, they will bring their mix of original music and a couple of well-known covers to Victoria Hall, Cobourg, on the May long weekend. The Skinners have recently become permanent residents in Ontario, just an hour from Cobourg, and they’re looking forward to sharing their music with the local community, as well as in larger centres. Sarah says their first Canadian tour took them by surprise.
“We were still in the UK when we were emailed and asked if we’d be interested in playing a festival in a place called Stratford. When they offered to pay our flight costs, we corrected them and said that wasn’t necessary. We assumed they meant Stratford, England!” she recalls.
“They came back and corrected us and told us they were in Ontario and they’d heard us on CBC.” After much planning, the Red Dirt Skinners managed to book a 12-date tour back in June 2015 and they fell in love with Canada from day one.
“It felt like home,” Sarah says. “After a whirlwind tour and the most amazing audience responses we’ve ever received, we went straight back to the UK and started researching whether we could possibly emigrate.”
Where does their name come from? “We were Googling and came-up with a style of music called ‘Red Dirt’” Sarah recalls. “It was described as a blend of folk, roots, rock, country, blues and others – and called ‘more of an attitude than a genre’; also, ‘hard to describe’. We think that suits us!”
‘Hard to describe’ is right when it comes to their music but audiences worldwide fall in love with the Skinner’s sound. The duo have picked-up a huge number of awards through their career including Instrumentalist of the Year in 2014 at the British Blues Awards and Folk/Roots album of the year in several polls across the UK and North America. If you like songs influenced by Pink Floyd, Simon and Garfunkel, Supertramp, Crosby Stills and Nash, or David Bowie coupled with some epic storytelling, humour and heartfelt emotions, you’ll love the Red Dirt Skinners. Sarah says their forthcoming album, Under Utopian Skies, is a testament to their love of Canada; lyrically and musically. It’s due out later this year and the Red Dirt Skinners will be debuting some songs from it at their upcoming show.
The Red Dirt Skinners will blend their exceptional harmonies with the unique instrumentation of soprano saxophone, acoustic guitar and percussion at Victoria Hall, Cobourg on the 19th May. The show, which is produced by The Mill at Piper Creek, starts at 7:30; doors open at 7:00.
Tickets are $25 for Mill members, $30 for non-members. To purchase call or visit the box office at Victoria Hall, 55 King Street, Cobourg. 905 372-2210 or 1-855-372-2210. Tickets are also on-line at http://www.concerthallatvictoriahall.com.
The Red Dirt Skinners: Live at Victoria Hall is brought to Cobourg by The Mill at Piper Creek, a not-for-profit organization with a mandate to foster and grow opportunities for professional artists in Northumberland. As with all events they host, any revenue from this concert will go towards the development of the old Purdy Mill in Castleton.
Ron Sexmith - Victoria Concert Hall - Feb 3, 2017
Scottish Folk Music - Castleton United Church - Oct 13, 2017
"Kick Up Your Heels" Ceilidh - Castleton Town Hall - June 2, 2017
Songbuster, An Improvised Musical - Castleton Sports Field - Aug 6, 2017
Starlight Dinner & Silent Auction - Victoria Hall - April 29, 2017
To see a review of the Starlight Dinner, click here.
Maria Dunn - Castleton Town Hall - March 17, 2017
A Sweetheart Ceilidh - Castleton Town Hall - February 10, 2017
Céili and Kitchen Party, Clan Hannigan - Castleton Town Hal - January 6 2017
The first of our series of concerts and events to fund-raise for the restoration of the Mill
Clan Hannigan are a much-loved local group. They describe themselves as: …a husband & wife duo, who also work independently but LOVE to play together, mostly Celtic music, and with our children as “Clan Hannigan”. We play lots of instruments between us, including Uilleann (Irish) pipes, Whistles, Fiddle, Bodhran, Cittern, Nyckelharpa, DADGAD Guitar. The girls sing and Irish dance, and Oisin plays percussion and is a monster bodhran player. We also perform as the trio “Cairdeas”, with wonderful singer Marsala Lukianchuk.
A céili (as the Irish spell it) or cèilidh (in the Scottish way), is a party in the Gaelic tradition, and is centuries old. Céilis involve live music, dancing, story—telling, a bit of drink, and a bit of blarney. They still happen in more isolated corners of Ireland, and we’re happy to re-introduce the tradition to our corner of Canada. If you are musical, bring along your instruments for some jam sessions between sets. If you’re an Irish dancer, bring long your shoes – and if you’re not, don’t worry! We’ll be doing some teaching and watching and a lot of laughing!
Come celebrate Epiphany and help us launch our season of fund-raising to restore the Mill at Piper Creek!
MANY THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS:
Castleridge Concrete, Pickers Paradise, and Maple Key Tart Co.
Maria Dunn - In concert in the Carriage House - May 3, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm
The Mill at Piper Creek
1742 Percy St, Castleton, ON
Tickets: Sold out
Past Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she sings about the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present. Along with multimedia shows GWG: Piece by Piece and Troublemakers: Working Albertans, developed in collaboration with Don Bouzek of Ground Zero Productions, Maria has five independent CDs, including her 2004 people’s history of Alberta, We Were Good People, and The Peddler (2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee). With producer Shannon Johnson, she most recently released Piece By Piece (2013 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee), a recording of songs inspired by the stories of immigrant women who worked at Alberta’s GWG clothing factory over its 93-year history. Maria performs at folk festivals, theatres and conferences across Canada, Europe (2008 Celtic Connections, Glasgow; Netherlands 2011) and USA (2006 Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Washington, DC).
Mike Ross, Edmonton Sun: “…remarkable singer-songwriter, think of her as a distaff Woody Guthrie.”