Kemptville Folk Club does the Street Piano


by Peter Johnson

The Kemptville Folk Club took part in the Street Piano series at the North Grenville Public Library patio last Saturday. It was dry and windy, so playing outside meant lots of clothes pins on the music pages.

Impromptu Collaborations: Anne Lyon, Susan Hanson, Paddy Gaffney and Peter, doing some John Denver

We had lots of talent show up: Sue from The Grateful Kids, Donnie Higgins, from The Donnie Higgins Experience, Ross Templeton, Mich Leflar, Reinder Kuntz, Paddy G. from ‘Pugilists R Us’…she has a broken wrist, Anne Lyon (formerly of The K‑Towne Trio, David Butler (resident historian), and myself (also a K‑Towne Trio alumnus).

On a day when it looked like most of the ‘out‑and‑about’ people were at the campus for Poutine Fest, or down in Prescott at The Upper Canada Folkfest, I thought we might have a sparse turnout, but I was very wrong‑‑‑and gladly so.

All in all, a wonderful two hours of many talented people with lots of collaborations. Thanks to those who came out to provide the entertainment, and of course to the enthusiastic audience. So, our third and final gig for the Street Piano is in the books. We kicked off the season on Canada Day, and finished it off yesterday at the season finale. It was a lot of fun and we got some welcomed exposure.

Thanks to all who helped set things up and tear it all back down. My back is happy for the help.


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