Thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage, the Aeolian is able to provide a unique opportunity for a series of free concerts. With people still finding their feet since isolation during the Pandemic, many have not resumed normal routines including attending events. The current economic conditions also prevent many from attending events due to high costs. This series provides an opportunity to change these challenges and welcome the public in to a warm and inviting array of concerts; from classical and folk to Indigenous and songwriter, this series will feature music that can offer inspiration for most.
Come join us during the dark winter days, into the warm, welcoming arms of Aeolian Hall!
Tara Dunphy is an award winning singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist from London, Ontario, Canada.
For over 20 years Tara has been a professional musician, touring and performing across Canada and the United States.
Tara is a 6 time recipient of the Forest City London Music Award, was named to the Forest City London Music Awards “Fantasy Band” as favourite string musician. She is also a 3 time Ameripolitan Award nominee, 2 time Academy of Western Artist Award nominee and winner of multiple national championships for traditional Irish music. Most recently, Tara won the grand prize at the Aeolian Hall Songwriting competition in 2022.
Since founding in 2003 the acclaimed classic country band The Rizdales with her husband, Tom, Tara has gone on to release 7 albums with the group while continuing to be a sought after session musician. She has proudly performed alongside many artists, most notably Wanda Jackson, Dale Watson, Johnny Bush, Sylvia Tyson and Luther Wright and the Wrongs. She is currently working on her first solo album as well as the debut album from her celtic roots band, “Maggie’s Wake”.
After playing in a metal band in high school, studying classical guitar at Western University and flamenco guitar in Spain, London, Ontario singer-songwriter and guitarist Matthew Martin finally discovered his own artistic voice writing indie folk and Americana inspired songs. His songs are story driven, sparked by the people and places around him and liberally peppered with a rich imagination cultivated as a lifelong bookworm. Matthew currently maintains a busy guitar teaching schedule and is working on releasing a full album with his band Trusty Fox before turning his attention to recording his debut EP as a solo artist.
Hamilton-born but now a proud Londoner, Stephen is a multidisciplinary artist, working primarily as a musician/multi-instrumentalist, music director, composer, actor, performer, singer/songwriter, and music educator. Starting end of February, Stephen will be working his first season at the Shaw Festival, apprenticing under the Festival’s music director, Paul Sportelli. He has worked professionally in theatres all around Ontario for the past five years, and has worked as a music teacher when not on the road. He is an avid lover of craft beer, craft cocktails, and sharing plates (really anything ingestible), and writes music and plays extraordinarily long board games in his spare time. Stephen is releasing his debut album as a singer/songwriter, Fridge Magnet Symphony, this year.
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