We’re speeding down the Road to Summerfolk and getting closer all the time. On March 15th, 13 youth acts joined a panel of judges, members of the Georgian Bay Folk Society Board, and music lovers from the community at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library. The acts did their best to impress the judges and audience with their catchiest tunes and finest licks. It was fantastic. They performed covers and originals that bounced between genres, had the audience to singing along in multi-part harmony, and wowed the judges. Throughout the afternoon instruments were shuffled as guitars gave way to banjos, drum kits made way for melodicas, and voices filled the auditorium to tickle eardrums and get toes tapping. Home town performers mixed with new friends from as far away as Ajax and everyone circled up for a jam while the judges deliberated.
At the end of the day, six acts earned a spot at the Youth Discovery Finale March 29th at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound. Grace Watson, Sydney Riley, Limberlost, Kyle Fraser, Chicks with Picks, and Max Gauthier advanced from the Owen Sound preliminary. They will share the stage with Meline Hanke, Paige Warner, Sarah Menary, and Braden Phelan who moved on from the March 8th Paisley preliminary.
The Georgian Bay Folk Society exists to promote and encourage folk music and folk arts. The Road to Summerfolk is another way we pursue that mandate and when so many talented young performers show up to take the stage, it’s easy to remember why we do what we do. Don’t take our word for it, though. Join us at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound at 1pm on March 29th to experience the talent first hand and see for yourself. You’ll be among the first to know which of these talented young performers earn a spot on the Summerfolk stage this August. And maybe, when they’re headlining Summerfolk in 10 years you’ll be able to tell your friends you saw them earn their big break.