PORT HAWKESBURY: The Town of Port Hawkesbury is gearing up for its 24th annual Granville Green concert series.
This year’s line-up features an eclectic mix of musicians that will appeal to all ages and musical tastes.
“I think we’ve got a great line-up with a cross-section of performers,” said Paula Davis, director of recreation for the town. “We have some Celtic performers, we have some new and emerging artists, we have national performers, and we have performers for families, so I think it’s a good cross section.”
Several Granville Green favourites will return to the stage this year, including Lennie Gallant, Rawlin’s Cross and Bruce Guthro.
The 2018 lineup also includes several new faces including singer, guitarist, and songwriter Steven Page, a founding member of The Barenaked Ladies. Page will tour the east coast this July before heading overseas to perform in the UK and Ireland. He will be joined on stage by Cape Breton-based singer Jon Hines.
“That will be a great show, I think,” Davis said. “We’re lucky to have him and I think he’ll be bringing someone else with him onstage as well.”
Another new addition to the festival this year is family entertainer and songwriter, Fred Penner, who will headline the finale concert on August 5. Penner is well-known for as an entertainer who appeals to children and grown-ups alike. He is also known for the CBC children’s musical television series Fred Penner’s Place, which ran for 12 seasons.
“He’s a Canadian icon really, and a four-time JUNO award winner, so it’s really great to have him here,” said Davis. “He’ll do a wonderful show and we’re planning other activities around on that day in celebration of it.”
Penner will be joined by special guest, Prince Edward Island singer songwriter Dylan Menzie who is also new to Granville Green. Menzie has been racking up his own share of accomplishments including a recent showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City
The Town Heroes will make their Granville Green debut on July 22. The alternative rock group features Mike Ryan, Bruce Gillis, and Tori Cameron of Cape Breton, as well as Aaron Green of New Brunswick. Their show will also include a guest performance by Halifax-based band, Party Boots.
This year’s schedule also features appearances by Jodi Guthro an emerging pop-inspired songwriter and daughter of Bruce Guthro, as well as the Celtic duo Cassie & Maggie, who will playing the venue for the first time this summer.
“We have lots of emerging artists who have never played here,” said Davis. “It will give them the chance to be in front of the large crowd.
With the free outdoor concert series in its 24th year, Davis said the event owes its success to the many local businesses that have offered their support.
“Hats off to them for their support of this project. It’s quite unique. I don’t know of any other community really who has this anywhere,” she added.
The concerts season kicks off on Canada day with Lennie Gallant. The concerts will run every Sunday at 7 p.m. until August 5. For details and a full listing of performers, visit: granvillegreen.ca.