Current Season

Welcome to another great season of Newmarket Folk Society concerts!

Our new committee has put together a great line up for your musical pleasure!

Newmarket Folk Society 2017/2018 concert series:

Neil Young Tribute – October 28, 2017 8PM


Six popular local artists will come together for an evening of music by the legendary, Neil Young.

John Prince, Angie Nussey, Mary Bennett, Lawrence Christopher, John Lemme and Rosanne Speckert are all talented singer song writers who love the music of Neil Young.

Please join us for what is sure to be a wonderful evening of music and laughter.

Tickets for this show are $25.

Good Lovelies – December 2, 2017 8PM


Still merry after all these years, the Good Lovelies will be headed across Canada this November & December with their annual Christmas show. And what better way to celebrate than the way it all began, with classic holiday and winter selections, timeless and original material polished to a warm and welcoming glow!
Accompanying the Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Susan Passmore) is their band of merry men – Steve Zsirai and Robbie Grunwald on upright bass and piano. As a five-piece, this band will have you humming along, laughing, and full of mirth by the show’s end.
The Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and have since compiled a catalogue of studio albums, EPs, a live album and a Christmas collection.  They have toured extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, UK, and Australia and have earned a Juno Award (2010), a Juno Nomination (2012) and four Canadian Folk Music Awards along the way.  Keep an eye out for their new release, Shapeshifters, coming February 2018.

Tickets for this show are $30

Betty and the Bobs – January 20, 2018


BETTY AND THE BOBS was formed as an extracurricular vehicle for a group of Toronto musicians and friends who had worked together in different combinations.  The mandate is to do all the songs they have ever wanted to do, but would never get around to doing in their own
bands.  This includes a bunch of old tunes they grew up with — country, blues, R&B, Beatles,
gospel, old jazz, as well as some wacky original songs.

SOOZI SCHLANGER (vocals, fiddle) is best known as the voice and fiddle that drives “Swamperella”,
a traditional Cajun band with a devoted following and now a strong CD offering.  As one of the Betties, she sings old-time country and forties jazz with unstoppable conviction.

SUZIE VINNICK (vocals, bass, guitar, and mandolin) is the newest Betty.  She is a multiple award-winner (for bass playing, songwriting and singing) including the 2003 Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year.  With “Betty and the Bobs”, this talented multi-instrumentalist can play anyone’s part, but it’s her voice, a voice “of spun honey and gold”, and her original rendering of classic songs that knocks peoples’ socks off.

KATHERINE WHEATLEY (vocals, guitar) plays at folk clubs across Canada and in Europe.  Katherine’s music has been used for television documentaries, series and films. She has been a featured vocalist on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe, as well as a musical guest on TVO’s Studio Two, CBC’s Vicki Gabareau Show and CTV’s Canada AM.  Hailed by critics as “a truly Canadian original” and a songwriter with “an uncanny depth of observation”, she always comes up with gems for the band to perform and for the audience to sing along with.

DAVID WOODHEAD (vocals, bass, mandolin) is best known for his creative instrumental work in the folk world, including recordings and/or performances with Perth County Conspiracy, Stan Rogers, Brent Titcomb, Valdy, and Loreena McKennitt.  In addition to producing albums and writing music for film and television, he’s released his own CD “Sweets and Conundrums”. In Betty and the Bobs, David gets to expose a rootsier side and do some lead vocals.

WENDELL FERGUSON (vocals, guitar) is the six-time Canadian Country Music Association Guitar Player of the Year and has traveled the globe accompanying a who’s who in both the country field  (George Fox, Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks) and the folk arena (Quartette, Bob Snider, Cindy Church). As for his own hilarious tunes, well – when the band has a “Wendell moment”, everything stops for a sideways look at the world.

RICH GREENSPOON (drums) has played drums with Oliver Schroer’s Stewed Tomatoes, Njacko Backo, and Rare Air as well as on recordings in many contemporary styles, including world music and jazz.  He’s an esteemed drum teacher and has been busy in the last few years producing albums for other artists.

DAVID MATHESON (piano, vocals…) – This guitar, dobro and banjo picking, accordion/keyboard playing, singer/songwriter and one-quarter of the Canadian folk group, Moxy Früvous – is the newest Bob.  His songs are original, moving, quirky and perfect for this band.

Tickets for this show are $25

Lance Anderson’s Blues & Gospel Night – March 3, 2018 8PM

Lance Anderson and an all-star lineup of musicians and vocalists hits the stage for an amazing evening of music:

Michael Dunston – Singer with, Crack of Dawn, Soul Stew, The Lincolns

Michael Dunston

“This is someone who can light up a room like almost no other performer.  He can energize a crowd in the thousands with his enormous talent and boundless energy.”
Given Dunston’s pedigree—a veteran of the club scene, a man who recorded for the legendary soul label Atlantic Records, played Bo Diddley in the film Mr. Rock n’ Roll: The Allan Freed Story and who grew up singing in the churches of North Carolina—such well-honed talents are, perhaps, not surprising.


Quisha Wint – Gospel singer with my ‘Last Waltz’ and ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ Shows. A Hit at the 2017 Mariposa Gospel Concert.

Quisha Wint‘As one of Toronto’s sought-after session vocalists, Quisha is a rising star in the tight-knit music community.  A career highlight is when Quisha was asked to sing with Jane Siberry on her hit song ‘Calling All Angels’ in the 2000 film ‘Pay it Forward’ with Haley Joel Osmond.  Quisha has sung on tour with Jacksoul and background on recordings by Matt Dusk, Maestro and Snow, to name only a few.”

(Photo by Miranda Biggs – MB Photography)



Spencer MacKenzie

18 year old ‘New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award winner, Spencer MacKenzie, has an insightful musical expression emerging from his body, and the only explanation is an old soul residing within! He has a deep, soulful, true to the blues sound, with an electrifying twist that captivates his audience. There is no question that musicians should be judged by ability and not by age, and that is certainly the case with 17 year-old blues artist Spencer MacKenzie…his guitar playing is crisp and clean even as it delivers some down-to-the bone licks…He’s got the blues power in his soul…” – Blues Blast Magazine (USA)


Ben Riley – Drums
A graduate of York University (Honours BFA), Ben Riley has been actively engaged in the Canadian music scene for over fifteen years.  He has played alongside many luminaries such as Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, Michael Burgess, Molly Johnson, Joe Sealy, Doug Riley, Jake Langley, NOJO, Marc Jordan, Amy Sky, Moe Koffman, Domenic Troiano, Joshua Nelson  (gospel singer/ Oprah Winfrey guest), Matt Dusk, Wynton Marsalis and Gary Burton among others.

Collin Barrett – Bass


Musician, producer, engineer, mixer, composer and educator Collin Barrett’s diverse playing of many musical styles keeps him in demand on the Toronto music scene. Collin produced, co-wrote, recorded and mixed two records for Sonia Collymore that won the Juno for Best Reggae Recording in 2003 and 2005 respectively. Other productions include Melanie Fiona, Snow, 3 Deep, Drop 4, Simone Denny and The Dammage.

Lance Anderson – Musical director/ pianist/ Hammond organist.

Lance is a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and the 2014 national Maple Blues Award winner for Keyboardist of the Year.  In 2015, Lance was music co-producer and performer on ‘Oscar With Love’ a critically acclaimed 3CD package that commemorated Oscar Peterson’s 90th birthday.  May 4th, 2017 was the premiere of Lance ’s orchestral arrangement of Oscar Peterson’s The Canadiana Suite with the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.  Lance is currently the executive producer of the Boquete Panama Jazz & Blues Festival and music artistic director of  GATHERING: Music and Dance  Festival in Orillia ON.

Tickets for this show are $25


Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier – April 21, 2018 8PM


J.P. Cormier and Dave Gunning, both individually celebrated and critically acclaimed, have just finished a new recording and will be bringing it to Newmarket! These two comrades have been playing and writing together for over 20 years including two cross Canada tours in the late 90’s when Dave was J.P.’s bass player and the 2002 Stompin’ Tom Connors tour. Over the more recent years they’ve been known to show up at one another’s shows and to share their stages together and on days off at home in Pictou County are often seen hanging out together. They have a vocal blend and ability to play the guitar together that very much parallels their brotherly bond and somehow the sum becomes greater than the parts. After all the miles and twists and turns on the road one thing is for certain: their love of travelling together and singing and playing together.

Tickets for this show are $25

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