Eco Folk 2019: Thames Talbot Land Trust Benefit Concertwww.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca/
Please join us for Eco Folk 2019 – annual benefit concert for the Thames Talbot Land Trust – held at London’s Historic Aeolian Hall, Sunday, March 31st, 2 – 4 p.m. This special concert event features noted Canadian musical artists Rant Maggie Rant, Karen Emeny, Coming Up Roses, JR Fillion & the Rap Pack, “Newland, Zegers, Jones”, and Fake Plastic Strings (the music of Radiohead in classical style).
The Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting environmentally significant lands through acquisition, conservation easements, landscape restoration and education – lands and waters with significant natural, scenic, cultural or agricultural value. They currently protect over 1400 acres, habitats of at least 30 species at risk in Middlesex, Elgin, Perth and Oxford Counties. These areas are made available to the public and preserved for future generations. To learn more about the TTLT visit www.thamestalbotlandtrust.ca.
Rant Maggie Rantwww.rantmaggierant.com
Since their 2008 debut Traditional Folk/Roots Award winners Rant Maggie Rant has consistently won over audience at folk/Celtic festivals, folk clubs, town halls, churches, concert halls and symphonic stages. Traditional love their approach, as they respect the time-honoured styles of the seven Celtic nations and beyond. New listeners are drawn to Rant Maggie Rant’s fusion of World influences: Latin and Mediterranean rhythms, African hand drumming and percussion, blues/rock guitar backdrops, revved up tempos and unexpected time changes. Their repertoire combines original and contemporary compositions with traditional tunes, often blending them together to deliver an intoxicating performance.
With her catchy hooks and honest lyricism, Karen Emeny’s sound is one unconstrained by genre. Since releasing her debut EP Finding the Words in 2009, Karen has continued to make a name for herself in Canada and the U.S., connecting with listeners through both her passionate singing and songwriting styles. As a performer Karen has found herself sharing the stage with such names as Chase Rice and Dan Davidson at the London Music Hall, and supporting country heavyweights Thomas Rhett and Dallas Smith at the Trackside Music Festival. When it comes to songwriter Karen is a storyteller, finding inspiration from the world around her – sharing not only her personal feelings but the qualities of life that touch us all.
Coming Up Roses are a London, Ontario musical duo of Justine Jongepier and Noelle Carey. Childhood friends, Justine and Noelle have been performing together since 2016 and endearing audiences with their sunny folk melodies and rich harmonies. In 2017 they released their debut EP and are soon to record their sophomore album. Justine and Noelle enjoy writing original music, finding inspiration in life’s joys, as well as giving their own unique twist to the songs of others. With their soaring vocals, upbeat music and creative acoustic sound, Coming Up Roses are fresh dose of sonic sunshine.
A captivating singer/songwriter, JR Fillion is a performer who takes listeners on a journey through musical worlds where challenge meets achievement. Fillion has won multiple awards for his music and creativity, including a 2016 Jack Richardson London Music Fan Favourite Award and a 2017 award for Hip Hop Artist of the year. JR’s work includes The Missing Link mixtape with Del Reze, Story Up Bud EP with Jux Cain, current solo project Ready to Work as well as sharing the stage with such artists as Peter Jackson, JD Era, Reakwon (from Wu-Tang clan), Sean Price, RA The Rugged Man, Jadakiss, Joell Ortiz and Dead Celebrity Status. With a rich past and promising future JR Fillion aims to bring positive change to the hip-hop community – to inspire those around him to continue to build and grow their craft.
The Rap Pack
Sum-01 has an image all her own, influenced by the strong female emcee’s of the early 90’s. With DJ Hullewud, Sum-01 is a breath of air resonating with Hip-Hop culture purists, and devotes of the old school sound.
Ashley Weisbeck is a London, Ontario singer, actress and model who has garnered a large YouTube following for her blend of soulful pop – with clear heartfelt vocals and an engaging artistic presence. Look forward to upcoming releases from this talented artist.
Alex Ven is a London based independent producer, DJ and musician, active in the regional scene for many years. He’s produced material for various London talent including JR Fillion and Alex Foster-Roman. His powerful performances range from brooding electronic beats to alternative rock with a twist.
Fake Plastic Strings is an innovative musical experience featuring accomplished classical musicians performing the music of famed British band Radiohead. The ensemble reinterprets Radiohead’s progressive sound with sweeping strings arrangements – evoking haunting textures and emotive melodies for a truly unique sound and visual adventure.
Newland, Zegers, Jones is the musical collaboration of cellist Christine Newland, vocalist Stacey Zegers and pianist Brent Jones. The trio create a unique and moving musical adventure blending styles that reflect each’s distinct history. Christine Newland, former principle cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, is a celebrated member of the London musical community, contributing to many projects within the classical and popular music genres. Stacey Zegers is an accomplished performer and songwriter – known for her solo work and as a member of the country music trio Runaway Angel. Musician Brent Jones is an active collaborator and artist, producer and performer, based at Quiet Earth Studios in Dorchester, Ontario – home of the Back To The Garden Music Festival.