Saturday, May 17, 2003

on the same program with

Tim Harrison

TIM HARRISONim is one of Canada's finest singer-songwriters on the folk and acoustic music landscape today, whose poignant themes and vivid images reveal him as a storyteller of our time, an archetypal traveler singing with compassion and hope.

ailing from Owen Sound and now living in Toronto, Tim made his debut in 1979 with the appearance of the much heralded recording, Train Going East. Since then, he has recorded six albums, all of which have garnered accolades at home and abroad. His latest release, Wheatfield With Crows is a signature album of poetic ballads & beautiful melodies influenced by the traditions, yet which have Tim's inimitable stamp.

im is a consummate performer known for his compelling singing, and great guitarwork. What's more is his delightful wit and uncanny knack for storytelling, which makes him an audience favorite. Enthusiastic response to his recordings and performance has led to tours across Canada, the United States, and the UK, where Tim has performed everywhere from the Philadelphia Folk Festival to Toronto's Harbourfront Centre for the Performing Arts, the Stan Rogers Folk Festival to New York's Caffe Lena, and from England's Midland Arts Centre to Scotland's An Lanntair Arts Centre.

im's performance here at his Hard Luck Café debut was exciting for our audience. Tim's celebration of traditional and contemporary folk music was very appreciated.

Link to Tim's web site:     or listen to song clips

and on the same program

Andrew Fortier

ANDREW FORTIER ndrew was born and raised on Long Island in a town called Kings Park, a small town no different than the thousands of small towns scattered across America. Andrew became a carpenter and developed a personal creative style that became highly sought after by people who cherished a romanticism of an era that so long ago was watered down by mass merchants of nostalgia who did not truly have a 'feel' for authenticity. This special and unique creative ability is felt by those who know Andrew's music.

verything about Andrew is a direct reflection of his soul. He never compromises with his beliefs. His musical creations are wondrous journeys into days gone by. He creates his music on a boat, a 1938 cabin cruiser which also contains his recording studio.

or the past 10 years Andrew has recorded albums for Giant/Warner Brothers and Chrysalis records; the A&R reps who signed Andrew also discovered such talents as Tracy Chapman and Michelle Shocked.

ike many artists who felt constrained by the corporate nature of the new record business, Andrew decided to record his new album Come On Home and release it himself. Andrew wrote the songs and recorded the album with his friend, guitarist, arranger and producer Johnny Gale.

ndrew is not the new anybody. He is Andrew Fortier, an artist and true American original. He electrified our Hard Luck Café stage in his first appearance here; you could close your eyes and have the music take you ... and if you were here, you heard him tell about the treehouse inside the periwinkle cottage.

Link to Andrew's web site:     or listen to song clips  

Our open mike tonight featured performances by:

  • Bob Westcott
  • Bob Mist
  • Alan Michaelson
  • Jim Caputo
  • Justine Taormino
  • Tim Atwell
  • Sarah Haddock
  • Bill Lauter
  • Glenn Pettit
  • Scott MacDonald
  • Princess Peapod
  • If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...