This past Friday, January 4th, Windsor Folk Music Society presented the first edition of their biannual showcase concert at historic Mackenzie Hall featuring some of Windsor and area’s best musical talent.
This edition kicked off with relative newcomer and past Windsor Folk performer Maria Goggin. Maria’s set of original compositions evoke Joni Mitchell, but with Maria’s own unique vocal style and story telling of romance and travel. Clearly an emerging talent to watch for, Maria had the packed crowd completely engaged with her lilting vocals and emotional lyrics.
Also performing was the young but veteran Windsor singer/songwriter Max Marshall. Max is one of the best guitar pickers around and he was in fine form this night displaying his great picking skills interlaced with thoughtful story telling, true to the form of great folk musicians past. Max recently wrapped up a cross country North American tour, his longest yet, which included music off of his latest EP Songs About Windsor/Essex Vol.1. Max has a terrific ability to draw the audience into the story of the song, explaining the inspiration and background so that you feel a part of the story as he performs. He performed a particularly beautiful song about being on the road away from his family and missing his 6 month old daughter.
The second half of the show featured some older veterans of the local music scene. Steve Dickson opened with a decent set of cover songs, a competent performer with good musical skills, Steve didn’t have quite the rapport with the audience as the two opening musicians but delivered a solid performance to the appreciative audience.
The final act of the night featured long time veterans of the Windsor music scene and good friends Dave Fox and Denis Bastarache. Dave and Denis played a set of covers and originals and had the audience laughing out loud with their comedic banter during the show. The bond between the two men created a great chemistry on stage. Denis’ wit and stories of coming to Windsor as a young man from Timmins, Ontario, engaged the packed house and made for a delightful ending to a great night of music.
Windsor Folk Music & Arts Society is a non profit organization which survives on donations and “pass the hat” at its monthly open mic and twice yearly showcase concerts. Monthly performances run from Sept. to May with showcase performances twice yearly in Jan. and May. Up to eight local musicians can request to be a part of the monthly acoustic stage open mic performances and will play three songs each.
“For many it is a first opportunity to play for an audience,” explains singer, songwriter, and performer, Martha Renaud, president of the Windsor Folk Music Society. “So we have everything from seasoned professional performers to first timers. It’s a place to share music in a warm welcoming environment.” Fan favourites are invited back to perform longer sets during the Windsor Folk Music Society Showcase series.
For more information about the Windsor Folk Music Society and upcoming shows at Mackenzie Hall visit www.windsorfolk.com
Article and Photos by Dan Boshart
Dan Boshart is a talented photographer from Windsor, Ontario, who is looking forward to spending more time on concert photography when he retires from his full time job in the automotive industry. In addition to shooting bands, he has an interest in travel, architectural and street photography. Some of Dan’s photos can be viewed on Instagram and he can be followed on Twitter.