PORT HAWKESBURY: The Granville Green Outdoor Concert Series is still months away, but those looking for some musical entertainment can have their boots filled at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.
“We have some shows coming in during the next little while,” said Paula Davis, the director of marketing, recreation, tourism and culture for the town. “Evans & Doherty are coming in March 9, and they always sellout. It’s tracking that way for this show.”
The duo will appear at the Shannon Studio, but Davis said moving the act to the Bear Head Conference Centre is possible if the audience grows large enough. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Given that Kevin Evans and Brian Doherty have been mainstays on the East Coast music scene for well over 30 years, local fans ought to be well acquainted with the band’s traditional and contemporary songs, mixed with stories and humour.
After that, the Shannon Studio will welcome Madison Violet on Friday, April 26. That show also takes place at 7:30 p.m. Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac have been making music for 17 years, and the women have been nominations and wins for various folk and pop songs.
“That show is selling very well right now, and we have to opportunity to move it [to the Bear Head Room] if we sell it out,” she said. “Then we have Coig coming in on May 11, and they sold out the Shannon Studio last time.
“They’re a young Celtic group full of high energy – they’re really great musicians. They played here about a year-and-a-half ago, and it was a terrific show.”
Coig emerged in June of 2014 with the debut release Five, and the group has been winning awards ever since. That release earned them the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year, the Music Nova Scotia Award for Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year, and the 2015 East Coast Music Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year. The band will be showing off material from their latest LP Rove. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for all shows can be arranged by visiting the Civic Centre box office or calling 902-625-2591.
“I’m working on a June concert and from there we get into Granville Green,” Davis said. “We do a lot of performance during the summer, and this will be out 25th year. We’ll have a good sprint season too.”