Newmarket Folk Society brings back live concerts

John Prince and A Piece of the Rock kick off the series on October 29 at Newmarket Legion with a diverse mix of traditional, maritime, folk and bluegrass music

The Newmarket Folk Society returns with live music concerts, starting with fan favorite John Prince & A Piece of the Rock on October 29.

“We are absolutely delighted to be hosting live concerts again,” said Andrew Strauss, Artistic Director of the Newmarket Folk Society. “We have a wonderful lineup for our 2022/23 season with talented musicians from across Canada. And we couldn’t be happier to start our series with Prince’s band who have performed for us many times in the past.

Delivering a diverse mix of traditional, maritime, folk and bluegrass music, Prince, Bruce McDaniel, Joe Sexton and Donny Wood have been entertaining audiences across Ontario and the Maritimes and beyond for many years – both individually and as as members of John Prince & A Piece of the Rock.

Originally from Princeton, Bonavista Bay, NL, Prince moved to Ontario in the mid-1970s. He performed with various East Coast artists, including Dick Nolan, the Bay Boys and the late John Allen Cameron. A gifted composer, his songs have been performed by many artists across Canada, and his Newfoundland Blessing was featured in the musical No change over time.

Born and raised in Toronto, McDaniel began playing guitar at age 12, choosing fiddle tunes learned from a friend of his father’s. His flowing guitar style, “flamboyant” mandolin licks and powerful harmonic vocals are integral to the band’s sound.

Sexton’s musical career began early in his hometown of Tilting, Fogo Island, NL, where he played accordion and harmonica in the 1966 film National of the movie. Children of Fogo Island. Over the years, Sexton continued to entertain family and friends with his accordion, harmonica, acoustic guitar and harmony voice.

Originally from Oxford, Nova Scotia, Wood began playing the piano at the age of six with his father, a violinist and accordionist. Equally skilled on bass and piano, he has toured North America and the UK extensively with the Cape Breton Symphony Fiddlers and the Scottish Accent Band.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. and takes place at the Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley St. Tickets, $25, can be purchased online here or by calling 705-431-7182 (leave a message).

The rest of the 2022/23 lineup includes:

  • November 25 – Lennie Gallant, an East Coast sensation who has won numerous awards, including 19 East Coast Music Awards; Lennie will bring his innkeeper’s Christmas pageant
  • January 28 – Rick Fines with Alec Fraser and Roly Platt
  • March 18 – stay tuned for more details
  • April 22 – Stephen Fearing
  • May 27 – Boréal with its show Songs of Renewal

Comments are closed.