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An afternoon at Owen Sound’s renowned Heartwood Concert Hall, featuring performances from Basset, Rob Elder. and One Night Band! Basset will be playing from 1pm – 2pm, followed by Rob Elder from 2pm – 3pm, and capped off by One Night Band from 3pm – 4pm. One ticket is valid for all three sets! Please remember to bring a mask. Gates open at 12pm.
Basset is an all-acoustic group from Toronto admired for their “fresh and distinct sound”. Co-writers Yasmine Shelton and Sam Clark draw on folk traditions from both sides of the pond, with songs that will take you from a beekeeper’s fields to the haunted basement of a second hand store. Young and imaginative, their inventiveness is on full display in their use of fiddle, harmony, and Shelton’s commanding lead vocals. From tender ballads to driving blues, Basset’s style has been called “cinematic” and “full of timeless heart”.
Yasmine and Sam met at university in 2016 while studying philosophy, and bonded over their shared love of creative writing and traditional music from America and the UK. By the time they left school, they had landed a spot at the Summerfolk festival in 2018, and were quickly swept into a life of music. Since then, they have performed across Ontario including The Cameron House, Lee’s Palace, and Heartwood in Owen Sound, alongside NEFE, The Lifers, The Pairs, and more. They released their debut EP in June 2019, recorded in the snowy woods of Grey County and funded by a FACTOR grant, with features in Music Talks and Indiesource. They are preparing to release their debut LP in spring 2022 and are booking tours and showcases across Canada and the US.
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Owen Sound’s Rob Elder caught the music bug as a kid on the family farm where classic country & western songs, the Beach Boys, and Bob Seeger were the sound track to barn chores. Back then, picking up a guitar was an easy way to wind down at the end of a long day. Turned to music, his farm boy’s work ethic led to quick growth and an early creative blossoming, his festival debut at the age of 20, and the release of two self produced albums shortly afterwards.
By his mid-twenties, Rob was chasing the Canadian dream. He got married, had two kids, and was advancing in a straight-laced career while gigging tirelessly in Toronto. There wasn’t much time for recording back then and Rob and his wife knew that they didn’t want to raise children in the city. So in 2012 they moved back to Grey County where a vibrant musical community welcomed them wholeheartedly. Rob put together a band, started mentoring younger musicians through the Georgian Bay Folk Society, and – as always – filled every available moment with music.
Check out their website here