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Delaware Stringband & The Noisy Locomotive

Hot Times Happening at The Garnet with the Delaware Stringband & The Noisy Locomotive on Wednesday, June 17 

Two of the province’s leading stringband groups will be joining forces to present a dizzying array of tunes from the past and present at The Garnet, 231 Hunter St. W. at 9 p.m.  on June 17. The bluegrass group, Delaware Stringband, is made up of Peterborough area natives now based in Toronto and Port Hope. The group’s members are Jimmy Bowskill on flatpicked guitar and vocals, Peter McMurtry on banjo and vocals, Aaron Hoffman on mandolin and vocals, Sam Whillans on upright bass and vocals, and Ian McKeown on dobro and vocals. Admission is $5 or pay what you can. 

The group will play a mixture of traditional music and other classic and modern tunes in captivating four-part harmonies and arrangements. They have performed in many venues including Toronto’s Lucy Brock, Cameron House, and at various Ontario music festivals. The group was born when five old friends, all string musicians living together on Delaware Avenue in Toronto, decided to form a bluegrass band. The members come from classic rock, jazz, pop and folk, all sharing a love for bluegrass. 

Second on the bill will be folk and old time band The Noisy Locomotive, made up of brothers Trevor and Corey Pool and childhood pal Ben Nesrallah, who bring a unique blend of original and traditional stringband music that recalls the drive and debauchery of an old-time kitchen party. Mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, and their signature three-part harmonies unite are sure to bring a down-home, boot-stompin’ performance. 

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Earlier Event: June 16
Liftlock Cruise Ladies Night
Later Event: June 18
Kawartha Youth Orchestra Auditions