Country musician Addison Locke will hit the stage of the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre for a performance on May 5. Submitted photo

A cross section of local, regional, and Canadian entertainment is scheduled for the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre this year.

Managed by the Creamery Square Arts Society, the schedule will include the likes of Sean McCann, of Great Big Sea, Alan Sylliboy and The Thundermakers, Tomas Kubinek, and The Land Lady, a theatre production that tells the story of artist Emily Carr. In August, Shakespeare will return in Bard By The Bay.

In May, watch for a couple of Nova Scotia treats.

Born and raised in Lunenburg County and a former resident of Pictou County, Addison Locke has been entertaining audiences throughout the region and beyond since 1984.

Locke has recorded in Nashville, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia, and began offering full length concerts in 2008 after launching his first long playing CD titled ‘Addison Locke…What Have You Done.’ He recorded his CD in Dave Gunning’s studio.

Locke, a country musician, knows the key to joy in the music industry is found ‘on the ground’ singing for live audiences. He holds to his idea that the finest artists are also fine people filled with genuine affection and respect for their fans.

Quiet and humble by nature, Locke offers sincere and wildly true stories about where his songs originate and the characters that inspired them. Those who attend his live concerts leave knowing him and feeling he genuinely loves each one of them.

Locke will perform at the Grace Jollymore Joyce Arts Centre on May 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are only $15.

Then, on May 12 at 7:30 p.m., The Grace will host Celtic Rant. Tickets are also $15 each.

Drawing on the rich repertoire of East Coast Celtic tradition of intricate instrumentals, sea shanties, Irish and Scottish songs, and original compositions, Celtic Rant has forged a polished sound around the guitar, fiddle, pipes, mandolin, and robust vocal harmonies. They have been performing in festivals and clubs throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and P.E.I., and have been building a steady base since 2006 – the year the band started.
They recorded the debut “Celtic Rant” and follow up recording “Encore” with producer Don Chapman. The newest CD, A Clancy Rantcy, is a tribute to the legendary Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.

Celtic Rant consists of Victor Fraser on vocals, guitar, tenor banjo and fiddle, Rob Wigle on vocals, guitar, mandolin and bouzouki, and Rob Greene, who also does vocals and plays bass guitar, fiddle and pipes.

For a complete list of upcoming events at The Grace, including Open Mic Nights and some local and well-known acts, visit www.gracejollymore.com.