Who: Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, F Scott and the NightHawks, RedHill valleys, Melissa Payne
When: August 25, 2018
Where: The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
North Carolina’s Sarah Shook and the Disarmers put on one hell of a show in Toronto, ON at The Horseshoe Tavern. Opening the night were Melissa Payne, The Red Hill Valleys and F Scott and the Nighthawks!
Melissa Payne has truly left her mark on the musical landscape, and she’s just getting started. Her background in old-time fiddle and traditional Celtic music has evolved into a blossoming solo career, including two full-length albums and another coming this April. Her live performances have garnered her critical acclaim, and notable guest collaborators like Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor, James McKenty, Matt Mays, Natalie MacMaster, cellist Nathaniel Smith and Jimmy Bowskill of The Sheepdogs, have her working with some of the biggest names in Canada, and beyond. Her upcoming record, Darker than your Dark explores an entirely different realm from the pages of her songbook. Nine original tracks that take the listener through the peaks and valleys of the life of this highly emotive artist who is just gaining her stride. Her honest and vulnerable approach to the songs that comprise her latest effort are sure to win over her dedicated fans and first-time listeners alike.
The Redhill Valleys are a four piece Alt-Country and Roots Rock band from Hamilton, Ontario. The band consists of Guitarists Tim Allard, Danielle Beaudin, bassist Chelsea McWilliams and Drummer Matt Soliveri. Last summer, they were named runners-up at the 2017 Boots and Hearts Emerging Artists Showcase and have since gained a lot of traction and fans in the Canadian Country music scene. Their influences come from iconic artists such as Neil Young, Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty and The Band while forging a musical path all their own. Their unapologetic stage presence and grit-infused harmonies are putting The Redhill Valleys on the Canadian Country Music map as a band you don’t want to miss.
F Scott and the Nighthawks are good timin’ boys through and through, they might get going a little fast in the dead of night but they sure don’t mean any harm. Northern boys steeped in Southwestern sounds out there bustin’ their humps to make sure you’re havin’ a gas at every show.
North Carolina’s Sarah Shook sings with a conviction and hard honesty sorely lacking in much of today’s Americana landscape. Always passionate, at times profane, Sarah stalks/walks the line between vulnerable and menacing, her voice strong and uneasy, country classic but with contemporary, earthy tension. You can hear in her voice what’s she’s seen; world-weary, lessons learned—or not—but always defiant. She level-steady means what she says. Writing with a blunt urgency—so refreshing these days it’s almost startling—Sarah’s lyrics are in turn smart, funny, mean, and above all, uncompromising. Sly turns of phrase so spot on they feel as old and true as a hymn. Anger that’s as confrontational as it is concise. Humour that’s as wry and resigned as a park bench prophet.
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I shoot live music performances and concerts. I love the excitement of entering a venue, knowing that I’ll be photographing a concert and enjoying the energy of the crowd. There’s nothing like being in a venue and looking at the expressions on the faces of people who are all transfixed by the talent onstage. I shoot about 120 shows each year, averaging 2 bands per show, as well as several all-day and weekend festivals in and around Southern Ontario. From the large venues to very small ones, bright lights or barely lit stages, I hope that my photos capture the enjoyment the artists have in doing what they love to do.