The Halifax Urban Folk Festival is all about songs and the people that write them and, for our money, there is no better songwriter in this country than Ron Hawkins (The Lowest of the Low, The Rusty Nails, The Do Good Assassins). We’re very pleased that Ron could come back to the festival this year to headline The Carleton with The Halifax All Stars on Thursday, September 3rd. Opening the show is Edmonton‘s Colleen Brown and young Halifax local Kayleigh O’Connor.
Show time is 8 PM and tickets are $17.50 + booking fee
I’ve been saying it for years but over the course of his career with bands The Lowest of the Low, The Rusty Nails and most recently, The Do Good Assassins, there really isn’t a better, consistently excellent songwriter in Canada than Toronto’s Ron Hawkins. His latest effort – Garden Songs – might just be the best record of his storied career and that’s saying a lot. If you don’t know this artist’s work, you really should and it goes without saying that if you’ve never seen him live, you’re doing yourself a grievous disservice. Take this rare opportunity to see him at HUFF with a Halifax All Star band, it’s not like that happens every day.
As The Globe & Mail points out, “the talents of this Edmonton-based musician shine like a beacon” and they’re not kidding. We’ve been a fan of Colleen’s for many years and are smitten with her latest project, Direction (which contains 3 tracks produced by Joel Plaskett). We honestly think she’s got a lot of Joni Mitchell in her – and Gordon Lightfoot, and Carole King and… well, you get our drift – she’s wonderful!
At just 17 years old, Kayleigh O’Connor has brought a surprising depth to her take on indie pop music. From Halifax, she’s already becoming one of the most promising young talents in the province. Her songwriting began early, starting with a piano and a unique ability to craft haunting melodies around her lyrics.
Having just completed her debut EP in Nashville, in collaboration with Grammy-nominated songwriter/producers Rusty Varenkamp and Nicole Witt, the project displays Kayleigh’s brilliant poetic sense as an indie pop lyricist. Whether the songs are fragile or strong in their emotional state, the EP remains powerful and passionate.