January 28: Jim Bryson, the Piano, and Friends - theHumm January 2023
January 28: Jim Bryson, the Piano, and Friends - theHumm January 2023
By — Sandy Irvin is the Artistic Director of the Folkus Concert Series
We’re opening our 2023 Folkus Concert season with a real treat. January 28 will feature Jim Bryson, the piano, and friends. Jim Bryson jimbryson.org is a songwriter’s songwriter, producer and player, who has worked with Kathleen Edwards, The Tragically Hip and the Weakerthans, among others. Recently, a number of CFMA-nominated albums have come out of his studio down the road in Stittsville, including Ken Yates, The Skydiggers, Suzie Ungerlieder, Caroline Brooks (Good Lovelies), and recent Folkus player Evangeline Gentle.
Why all the fuss about the piano?
Jim will be taking a rare turn on the piano — yes, the Old Town Hall’s beautiful piano — as well as offering a set with some musical friends. Why are we so chuffed about this? Jim is a lifelong piano player1, but he doesn’t usually play the piano in public2. This piano is a very special Steinway Grand, chosen at the Steinway factory in New York City by renowned classical pianist Jamie Parker. There’s even a little plaque to that effect. The piano is owned by Almonte in Concert3, and we are always immensely grateful that they make it available to us and to the local community. In short, this will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Who are these friends, anyway?
Jim’s backing band for this show includes long-time bandmates Peter Von Althen, Philippe Charboneau and Jon Chandler (perhaps a couple of guest singers too).
There’s something special about seeing long-time friends settle into a musical groove together — the relaxed naturalness of the playing, the ease of communication, the vibe. Now imagine all that loveliness hanging in the air in the auditorium at the Almonte Old Town Hall. Maybe you’re there with a special friend and a glass of something cold and local and interesting… it’s going to be quite a night.
Who is opening?
Opening for Jim Bryson will be The Broken Bridges thebrokenbridges.ca , a local fiddle trio with a 2021 CFMA nomination in the young performer category. Fern and Willow Marwood (ages 18 and 14) were a fiddle/banjo duo that turned into a trio by adding Graham Lindsey (considerably older) on guitar. They began by recording three tracks that became “The Porch Sessions” last year, and have played virtual summer festivals as well as “Hogman-eh!”, the Scottish Society of Ottawa’s Hogmanay celebration, on New Year’s Eve.
Our shows are still held at the Almonte Old Town Hall, third floor, in the Ron Caron Auditorium. There’s an accessible elevator you can reach from the side entrance. Doors open at 7:30, showtime is at 8pm. There will be t-shirts and music at the merch table, and beverages and cookies at the bar. We should have a Square for payment, but cash is never a bad idea.
Season’s Passes are still available through our ticketing partner Tickets Please (online at ticketsplease.ca or by calling 485–6434), and single tickets will be available as of January 1.
Please check our website folkusalmonte.com for any last-minute updates! We are looking forward to seeing you at our shows.
1- The AD’s mother-in-law still ask how Jimmy’s piano playing is coming along because she has such fond memories of his recitals.
2- He did, famously, play keys on tour for The Hip in 2009, but this is not that kind of show.
3- Almonte in Concert fundraised for years, and it’s worth more than my house!
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