Marigold’s Summer Series offers spice of life

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Marigold Cultural Centre, By Melanie Grant

Variety of concerts ranges from Valdy to pop and jazz

While some of us are just getting used to the heat in town, the Marigold Summer Season is in full swing.

Our annual Garden Party is in full planning mode, Arts & Culture Camps have started with gusto and our excellent Summer Series has begun.

The sun is shining, the new patios are hopping and the Marigold is getting on board with the summer fun. Wednesday nights throughout the summer, the Marigold is offering a series of concerts to spice up your nights in town.

We have an excellent line-up ready for you. It’s so full of variety you could come to every single show and have a completely different experience each time.   

For more of a “full band” experience, with a stage of musicians and lots of interesting instruments, the Marigold is presenting the Paul McKenna Band on July 9. Directly from Scotland, the Paul McKenna Band offers traditional Scottish songs mixed with some original tunes.

This young group is full of energy and has been described as having: “… outstanding vocals, driving guitar and Bouzouki, intense fiddle playing, a warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán and percussion.”

The Paul McKenna Band is talented bunch of musicians coming to share Scotland’s traditional culture with our audience.

Valdy has been part of the Canadian pop and folk scene for more than 30 years. Most people who have bought tickets to his July 16 show at the Marigold have seen him perform before. Best known for his tune “Play Me a Rock and Roll Song,” Valdy is a relaxed and amiable storyteller. He’ll put on a show you’ll really enjoy watching.

Having created two albums with Valdy, Gary Fjellgaard will also be performing on July 16. A Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer, Fjellgaard uses a finger-style acoustic guitar, gentle vocals and colorful stories to enhance his performance.

The Valdy and Fjellgaard show is one of the highlights of the Marigold Summer Series and we are thrilled Mingo Music Sales has come on board as a sponsor. Like Valdy, Mingo Music is deeply rooted in our community’s musical culture. In fact, while Valdy has been providing us with wonderful music for more than 30 years, Mingo Music has been providing Truro with great service for more than 45. Thank you Mingo Music!

A jazz show, a pop show and a rockabilly show, gorgeous sibling harmonies and REAL gospel music are all coming to the Marigold this summer. Check out our lineup online, then come out and get your culture fix on Wednesday nights at the Marigold.

Melanie Grant is the fundraising coordinator and MacLellan and Moffatt Financial Art Gallery curator at the Marigold Cultural Centre. She lives in Truro. www.marigoldcentre.ca

 

Organizations: Marigold Cultural Centre, Garden Party, Moffatt Financial Art Gallery

Geographic location: Scotland, Truro, Country Music Hall

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