PorchFest brings great talent to town, June 16

PorchFest de Mississippi Mills musical line-up finalized for Saturday, June 16

By Nathan Rudyk

What says “community” more than sharing music with friends, neighbours and visitors on a small town front porch? The musical artists and their hosted porches are now finalized for Almonte’s first-ever PorchFest de Mississippi Mills, with everything from a brass quintet to groovy jam bands to traditional fiddling, singer-songwriters and jazz combos.

Almonte’s latest cultural start-up gets underway on Saturday June 16th starting at 3PM with four acts on four porches. At 4PM audiences will be able to walk or cycle to four more centrally located porch performances, and at 5PM another four acts will round out the outdoor portion for the totally free community music festival.

The music continues throughout the evening with two after-party jams. This first one starts at 6PM at Equator Coffee Roasters co-sponsored with Crooked Mile Brewing at 451 Ottawa St. At 8PM, the second after-party starts at The Barley Mow pub at 79 Little Bridge St., located along the Riverwalk in downtown Almonte, or behind Mill Street through the arched brick alleyway.

PorchFest sponsors include Crooked Mile Brewing, Equator Coffee Roasters, Menzies House 1850 Bed & Breakfast, market2world communications,  Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month, the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, and The Barley Mow Almonte.

Here’s the finalized line-up for PorchFest de Mississippi Mills, which is also available at www.PorchFestdeMississippiMills.com.

3PM – 4PM

Josie Patenaude: For a thrilling acoustic ride from Rockland, Josie Patenaude’s unplugged duo with her guitarist Sébastien Lariviere promises a bilingual musical experience mixed with covers and originals. Every song features Josie’s expressive, powerful voice that alternatively whispers and soars to musical highs! Porch address: 252 William St.

New Sounds: This band of Ottawa-area high school students enjoys playing various styles of jazz and is looking to see what their generation can offer the music. Featuring Matthew Roberts on trumpet, Vincent Ribberink on piano, Adison Rossiter on bass, and Mike Furlong on drums. Porch address: 80 Queen St.

Richocheted: In the beginning a man and a woman came together and found a love of racket making in an attempt to rattle the world’s eardrum. From there the two have known no musical bounds, like a ball ricocheting off a wall. Ricocheted is Elsbeth Farrell on vocals and her husband Pat Farrell on guitar. Porch address: 54 Martin St. N.

The Ragged Flowers: Almonte’s neo-psychedelic folk-rock flower children burst onto the local cafe scene in the 90s. Featuring George Birchall on guitar and melodeon, Ian Douglas on piano and drums, Steve Reside on guitar and rhythmics, Rob Riendeau and bass and Nathan Sloniowski on guitar and electric uke. Porch address: 99 Elgin St.

4PM – 5PM

Alex George: is a 17-year-old fiddler/violinist who has been entertaining crowds since the age of 8. He loves old time fiddle, has a wide repertoire of Ottawa Valley, Maritime, and Celtic tunes and is a recipient of the 2017 Danny O’Connell Memorial Award. 197 Mitcheson St.

Brad Scott: An astounding finger-style guitar player, this talented Pakenham musician and producer has played on dozens of records and singles over the years for artists such as Ali McCormick, The Bowes Brothers, Freddy Dixon, Jamie and Jeff McMunn, and many more! Porch address: 105 Union St. N.

Jen Noxon and The Brindled Cats: This Almonte trio of veteran folk and jazz musicians is made up of Jen Noxon on guitar and suitcase, Rob McMurray on guitar and Brendan Gawn on stand-up bass. They serve up cover tunes and original songs in toe-tapping hip folk, jazz and swing. Opening will be Jen’s Rhythm and Song Choir. Porch address: 255 William St.

​Lost: Pet Pigeon: This full-on harmonies Almonte band showcases original songs of parody and wit from the members of Judge A Book – Mike Wattie on guitar and mando. Steve Martin on guitar and bass and Jonas Barter on bass, djembe, and guitar. Porch address: 93 Queen St.

5PM – 6PM

Christa Lowry Quintet: The quintet plays baroque and classical standards from the brass repertoire as well as light jazz and traditional favourites. Christa Lowry on trumpet, Laurel Ralston on trumpet, Guy Edrington on French horn, Cynthia Yuschyshyn on trombone, and Colin Williamson on bass trombone. Porch address: 65 Mill St.

DLUX: This six-piece sonic powerhouse from the Perth area performs an eclectic mix of known and more obscure material from rock, blues and R&B genres plus some standards. Martin Rennick on stand up bass. Dave Card on drums. Vicki Hanes on guitar, vocals. Diana Smith on vocals. Jerrard Smith on guitar, lap steel, viola, vocals. David Pollard on guitar, vocals. Porch address: 113 Queen St.

Somerset Combo: Mood and groove drive this duo’s choice of songs from the Great American Songbook as well as superb interpretations of pop tunes. Featuring Ric Denis on guitar and Tony Stuart on clarinet/saxophone. Porch address: 140 Brougham St.

umberlune: A singer-songwriter from Perth, umberlune offers her audiences a rich, silky and passionate voice embellished by deep-hearted storytelling. She delivers folk music with side helpings of rock, soul and blues along with her trusty Gretsch Falcon acoustic guitar. Porch address: 258 St. George St.

6PM – 8PM

The After-Party Jam at Equator Coffee Roasters is co-sponsored with Crooked Mile Brewing, with sonic reinforcement courtesy of Brendan Gawn: 451 Ottawa St.

8PM – 10PM

After-After Party Jam at The Barley Mow Almonte: 79 Little Bridge St. located along the Riverwalk, or behind Mill St. and shops like Baker Bobs and Tin Barn Market, through the arched brick alley.