Live music is back home at the Balmoral Kirk for the summer.
Beginning July 14 with a performance by Thom Swift, the former church in The Falls will have at least two other shows.
Swift, a multi award-winning folk, roots, and blues singer-songwriter and guitarist, will open the summer season with a show at 7 p.m.
Over the past 25 years, Swift has toured Canada, the U.S., and Europe, and shared the stage with noted performers such as Rosanne Cash, John Hiatt, Bill Frisell, and John Mayall. His latest album, The Legend of Roy Black, was nominated for the 2017 East Coast Music Award for folk recording of the year. It also received two Music Nova Scotia Award nominations in 2016.
Following Swift, Laura Smith and Kimm Dunn will take to the Kirk’s stage on July 28. Tomato/Tomato will round out the season with a performance on Aug. 25.
Smith released her debut, self-titled album in 1989 after her demo was chosen the year prior for the Variety Recordings competition at CBC. She followed up with her second album in 1995, garnering two East Coast Music Awards. Two years later, her third album saw seven ECMA nominations.
However a series of debilitating injuries put her music on the wayside for 16 years, after which she released her latest album, Everything is Moving, which features Dunn’s song ‘Inspiration’.
Dunn, a North Sydney native, released his own debut album in 2010 after years of playing on other artists’ CDs. His most recent album, Inspiration, was released in 2016, for which he received the Music Nova Scotia award for blues recording of the year.
Tomato/Tomato features husband and wife team John and Lisa McLaggan, writers drawing on traditional folk, bluegrass, blues and swing.
But that’s not all – Lisa performs on an old washboard, featuring tin cans and a cymbal. At the same time, she’s playing bass and snare drums with her feet.
They were regional winners for CBC’s Searchlight competition in 2014, and picked up there Music New Brunswick awards the following year.
All shows start at 7 p.m., and tickets for each are $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the door, and reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the upcoming performances, visit www.facebook.com/balmrkirk.