The Rose and Kettle Concert Sessions Springs into the season with one of the greatest end-of-season line-ups we have ever had!
Our sincerest gratitude goes to the Cole Harbour Rural Heritage Society who provide us what has become the most welcoming venue in the region for both our musicians and our audiences.
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May 23 - Dan MacKinnon
Hailing from the historic deep-water port of Halifax, Dan McKinnon holds fast to the oral traditions passed down to him through generations of storytellers. Combining a degree in History with his passion for music and a deep respect for the lineage and continuity of his personal past, Dan marries musical elements from an austere sonic palette, emphasizing
gentle melodies and reflective narratives to create “uniformly finely crafted songs”.
“With the concentration on alt-folk, alt-country, contemporary this and nouveau that, it's refreshing
to hear an old-fashioned traditional singer-songwriter.” - Les Siemieniuk, Penguin Eggs, Summer
Preferring a direct style of finger-picked acoustic guitar accompaniment for his exuberant yet warm baritone voice, his songs and performances seamlessly blend the contemporary with the
traditional, making the past and the present come alive for audiences of all ages.
With six solo recordings to his credit, Dan McKinnon is a seasoned musician who has
accumulated a wide-ranging ensemble of stage appearances including: performing as a
featured soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia; appearing in many theatrical productions
including, “A Matter Of Heart”, and “From Fogarty’s Cove”, stage plays based on the life and
music of Stan Rogers; opening for pre-eminent folksingers such as Eric Bogle, Garnet Rogers, Archie Fisher, and Andy Irvine; as well as performances on stages, at Folk Festivals, and in folk clubs throughout Atlantic Canada, the USA, Great Britain, and Southeastern Australia.
"Dan is blessed with a gorgeous baritone voice, and an exceptional command of phrasing, light and shade... You can hear from the moment he steps out in front of an audience that he’s one of the most engaging and genuine performers on the scene.” - David Kidman, The Living Tradition,
In addition to his various appearances, several of Dan’s songs and performances have been
used in television documentaries aired nationally on CBC TV, the History and Discovery
Channels, as well as local television productions. And in 2005, the Maritime Museum of the
Atlantic utilized several of Dan’s songs for their on-line “Rich Media” presentations in cooperation with the Canadian Pavilion during Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan.
Among the scores of radio credits including being played on Folk Radio shows and stations
throughout Canada, the US, Great Britain, Belgium, Holland, Israel, Australia, and New
Zealand, Dan was recently recorded by CBC radio during his mainstage performance at the
2008 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. Also, in 2007 Dan recorded for the Live-to-Air show
“Folkstage” on WFMT in Chicago.
His latest musical venture is appearing in the role of folk music tradition bearer Ben Henneberry in Glenn Walton's musical homage to Dr. Helen Creighton "If I Were a Blackbird".
From the coffeehouses, pubs, and bars of his early beginnings, Dan McKinnon has carved out a distinct and original place in the global roots music pantheon introducing the songs and stories of the people, the tragedies, and the triumphs of his Atlantic Canadian heritage to
audiences far beyond the borders of his origins.
“Dan McKinnon puts so much heart and soul into his music that listening to him, be it live or on CD, is a healing experience.” - Mary Beth Carty, Penguin Eggs, Summer 2006.
May 30 - Ian Foster
June 6 - The Hupman Brothers
|May 2 - Asif Illyas|
April 25 - Thom Swift CD release tour with Brian Bourne
April 18 - Play Around Sing Around