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Jun
4
Sun
The SPINNEY BROTHERS
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm

The SPINNEY BROTHERS

They’ve been touring the world and are back to King’s Theatre by popular demand.  The Annapolis Valley’s own Spinney Brothers are famous for their tight brother duet vocal style & blistering fret work to create some of the hottest bluegrass around.

The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present.

The Spinney Brothers believe in freshness and excitement of traditional bluegrass music. Brother duet singing, backed by supportive and complimentary instrumentation, is the foundation of their tasteful and recognizable sound.

 

 

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From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Spinney Brothers are comprised of Allan Spinney , Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Terry Poirier.

Brothers Allan and Rick debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for it’s energetic and distinctive sound.

The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present.

The Spinney Brothers believe in freshness and excitement of traditional bluegrass music. Brother duet singing, backed by supportive and complimentary instrumentation, is the foundation of their tasteful and recognizable sound. Give a listen, and you are sure to be entertained.


 

_MG_9621Allan Spinney guitar & vocals

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, his family moved back home to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Allan now makes his home in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia with his wife Lynn & step daughters Lindsey(Jamie) & Jennie (grandson Ethan).  Raised in the midst of a musical family, it was country and bluegrass music that played the largest role in his musical up bringing. At a very early age, Allan demonstrated the desire to be a performer. Home recordings have documented his vocal abilities, as early as age six. Shortly after, he took a strong interest in the organ. It was in 1979 however, upon buying his first guitar, that he started down the road to performing on stage. He began studying the guitar works of Smiley Bates, as well as the sounds of Bill Monroe & Flatt & Scruggs. It was the vocal harmonies of the Stanley Brothers however, that really appealed to Allan. He strongly encouraged his brother Rick to explore the music as well.

In 1989, Allan co-founded his first bluegrass band with his brother Rick. The “Bluegrass Student Union” was comprised of Allan, Rick, and their good friend, Steve Jackson. This formation performed at various school functions, variety shows, and benefits. By 1991, Allan was ready to put together a full bluegrass Band. His dream was realized, in the creation of The Spinney Brothers Bluegrass Band. Through out various personal changes, four independent recordings, and years of live performances, Allan continues to craft the Spinney Brothers style of traditional bluegrass music.


 

 

_MG_9626Rick Spinney banjo & vocals

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, one year to the day of his brother Allan. As Rick likes to point out, “he was his brothers first birthday present”. Rick makes his home in Gaspereau, Nova Scotia, with his wife Machaela, son Kasey and his step-son Keegan. Compared to his brother, in his early school years, Rick did not spend as much time on music. Instead, Rick excelled in sports. First in soccer, and then in basketball. His dedication to team sports, found him on championship teams at numerous levels. It was with the persistence of his mother Wava, however, that Rick began examining his musical abilities.

In 1987, Rick obtained his first banjo. After some instruction from local musician Roy Thompson, and Canadian bluegrass great Vic Mullen, Rick was well on his way. Along with his brother, Rick began to study traditional bluegrass music. As a banjo player, the music of Earl Scruggs was very influential. Vocally, Rick and his brother worked on their own style of “brother duet” vocals. With the creation of the Spinney Brothers Bluegrass Band in 1991, Rick has continued to work tirelessly, in shaping the sound and image of the Spinney Bothers music. Rick is the main spokesman for the Band. As well, he handles bookings and promotions.


 

 

_MG_9616Gary Dalrymple mandolin

Gary Dalrymple was born in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. Gary, like Allan and Rick, grew up in a musical family. Gary makes his home in Debert, Nova Scotia with his wife Jackie. His father, Carl was a local Country and Bluegrass musician. Gary was exposed at an early age to the recordings of Country and Bluegrass greats like, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Flatt and Scruggs, and Reno and Smiley to name a few. Gary began attending Bluegrass festivals with his family and soon had an uncontrollable urge to play an instrument. He thought that he would play the 5-string banjo, but intuition steered him toward the mandolin. He bought his first mandolin in March of 1984, it was a “Newfeld” mandolin.

He was encouraged by local musicians at festivals to keep it up, and with the early inspiration of the pioneers of Bluegrass music, he strived to develop his style of Traditional Bluegrass. It was the drones and double stops of Benny Martin and Paul Warren, whom all played with Flatt and Scruggs, that caught his attention. Their style of fiddle convinced Gary that this music was extra special, and Gary decided to take up playing the fiddle as well.

Gary played with several local bands until 1993, when he joined the Spinney Brothers. With his southern bow on the fiddle and lonesome tremolo on his Gilchrist mandolin, Gary adds the final ingredient necessary for Genuine Acoustic Bluegrass Music.


 

 

Terry on bassTerry Poirier upright bass

Originally from New Brunswick Canada, Terry is the youngest son of legendary Bluegrass music pioneer Eddy Poirier. He has been playing upright bass and singing in the Poirier Family band since the age of 5 and has appeared several times, as a youngster and pre-teen, on the Canadian ATV television series, “Up Home Tonight” show. Terry is an in-demand studio musician and is also known for his excellent skills as an audio engineer both in the studio and for live sound. Terry spent 5 years playing bass for the contemporary bluegrass band, Newtown and is also a  DJ, Webmaster and Station Music Librarian for WorldWideBluegrass.org.

 

 

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Jun
10
Sat
XARA CHORAL THEATRE – The Hours Turn to Nothing
Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm

XARA CHORAL THEATRE

The Hours Turn to Nothing

Canada’s Premier Choral Theatre Ensemble returns to King’s Theatre!

Named the top women’s choir in the country in 2013 by the National Choral Competition.

 

Nationally acclaimed women’s vocal ensemble Xara Choral Theatre and renowned author Ami McKay are joining forces in the creation of an inter-disciplinary performance called The Hours Turn to Nothing. The show will tell the stories of midwives and nurses in the aftermath of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

The historic blast is being commemorated across Nova Scotia throughout this centenary year. It killed 2,000 people and seriously injured another 9,000. Amid the many stories of death, ruin, and injury, it is lesser know that most pregnant women living within range of the explosion went into spontaneous labour from the force of the explosion, regardless of the gestational age of their unborn children. Midwives from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Northeastern USA boarded trains within hours of hearing the news knowing that their unique skills would be needed.

The Hours Turn to Nothing is now in production and is based on years of research undertaken by McKay when she wrote her award-winning novel, The Birth House. The show is set to premiere with three performances in Halifax on April 28-29 before touring the Maritime provinces. Featuring 24 singers, the work is shaped by seven ethereal choral pieces and several improvised soundscapes. It also includes text written by McKay and will be staged using expressive movement, costumes, and lighting. The choral repertoire includes two world premieres by Canadian composers Don Macdonald and Jenny Trites.

This ground-breaking artistic collaboration is being supported by the municipality of Halifax, Arts Nova Scotia, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the 150 Forward Fund.

 

Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble, Christina Murray, Co-artistic director and Conductor, Claire Leger, Choreographer, Ami McKay, Co-creator, Jenny Trites, Composer in Residence, Matthew Downey, Lighting Design, Jordyn Bochon, Costume Design

 

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Jun
16
Fri
KING’S SHORTS – Festival of 10-Minute Plays
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm

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KING’S SHORTS

11th Annual Festival of Ten Minute Plays

Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday June 18 at 2:00 pm

The world is beginning to notice us with 93 submissions this year. Considering that kind of competition, it’s amazing that of the eight plays chosen for production, five are from Nova Scotia! The eight plays chosen this year for presentation are:

A Second Hand Love Story, written by Glenna Prime, New Minas, N.S.,
directed by Gloria Saesura

Flight of the Cows, written by Rex McGregor, Auckland, New Zealand,
directed by Shelley Vaughan

Funeral Sandwiches, written by Jim Prime, New Minas, N.S. and Ben Robicheau, Hamilton, Ontario,
directed by Freeman Butland

Installing a GPS, written by Margot Bishop, Wolfville, N.S.,
directed by Ron Wesman

OMG! Trump Won!, written by Charles Salmon, Halifax, N.S.,
directed by Miles Leahy

Salty and Sweet, written by Sue Higgs, Head Jeddore, N.S.,
directed by Kelley Pozzolo

Sticky, written by Jean Blaisar, Pasadena, California,
directed by Verilea Ellis

Workplace Wellness, written by Kate Jaimet, Ottawa, Ontario,
directed by John MacEachern

Of the eight plays to be performed, two will be selected by Theatre Nova Scotia as especially deserving and will be awarded first and second place prizes of $200 and $100, respectively. The coveted People’s Choice Award will be determined by those in attendance at all three performances. All awards will be presented following the Sunday performance.

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Jun
17
Sat
KING’S SHORTS – Festival of 10-minute Plays
Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm

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KING’S SHORTS

11th Annual Festival of Ten Minute Plays

Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday June 18 at 2:00 pm

The world is beginning to notice us with 93 submissions this year. Considering that kind of competition, it’s amazing that of the eight plays chosen for production, five are from Nova Scotia! The eight plays chosen this year for presentation are:

A Second Hand Love Story, written by Glenna Prime, New Minas, N.S.,
directed by Gloria Saesura

Flight of the Cows, written by Rex McGregor, Auckland, New Zealand,
directed by Shelley Vaughan

Funeral Sandwiches, written by Jim Prime, New Minas, N.S. and Ben Robicheau, Hamilton, Ontario,
directed by Freeman Butland

Installing a GPS, written by Margot Bishop, Wolfville, N.S.,
directed by Ron Wesman

OMG! Trump Won!, written by Charles Salmon, Halifax, N.S.,
directed by Miles Leahy

Salty and Sweet, written by Sue Higgs, Head Jeddore, N.S.,
directed by Kelley Pozzolo

Sticky, written by Jean Blaisar, Pasadena, California,
directed by Verilea Ellis

Workplace Wellness, written by Kate Jaimet, Ottawa, Ontario,
directed by John MacEachern

Of the eight plays to be performed, two will be selected by Theatre Nova Scotia as especially deserving and will be awarded first and second place prizes of $200 and $100, respectively. The coveted People’s Choice Award will be determined by those in attendance at all three performances. All awards will be presented following the Sunday performance.

Click here for more information about King’s Shorts.

Tickets available now at the Box Office (902.532.7704) or online.
$15  Advance, $17  Door, $8 Youth
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