The legendary ‘Folk Revival’ of the Sixties happened over 50 years ago but the songs of hope and social justice that defined it, still resonate today. Toronto folk roots duo ‘Sue and Dwight’ have created a series called ‘Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone’, a sing-a-long tribute to the songs of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
It’s a sing-a-long tribute because the songs are so familiar the audience couldn’t be stopped from singing along even if they tried! A four piece ensemble comprised of Sue and Dwight, Michelle Rumball, and Tony Laviola. takes the audience on a musical journey sharing stories and providing historical context highlighting the importance of the songs, which are performed in the style true to the period.
Audiences are transported back to the coffeehouses of the 1960's Folk Revival. The show includes folk classics like 'If I Had A Hammer', 'Blowin In The Wind', 'Walk Right In', ‘Turn Turn Turn', 'Tom Dooley', 'Five Hundred Miles' and many many more.
‘Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone’ has been enthusiastically received at The Winterfolk Festival (2012 - 2014), at the Big On Bloor Street Festival, and the Pete Seeger Tribute at Camp Naivelt. The show has been playing monthly to full houses at The Free Times Cafe since January 2013. Please visit this YouTube Link WHERE HAVE ALL THE FOLK SONGS GONE to see the group in action!
Sue and Dwight www.sueanddwight.com
Although Sue and Dwight were born too late to be part of the folk revival of the 1960’s their music embodies the spirit of that time. Both are songwriters whose work focuses on themes of peace, courage, and social justice. At their live shows they share, without pretension, their stories of the prairies, life in the big city, and travels in East Africa. Their warm harmonies, nesting on a bed of acoustic instrumentation, create a warm, intimate and memorable experience.
‘Little Child Big World’, the follow up CD, is a collection of songs inspired by travels to small villages in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. While there, Sue and Dwight met small farmers, people living with AIDS, night commuters and other courageous and resilient individuals. They also met the dedicated rural aid and health workers engaged in the communities. While underlining the injustice of the disparity between the developed and developing world, the CD’s focus is on the individuals the duo met. Their stories paint pictures of a world so familiar yet so afar. Both CDs are co-produced with Kevin Quain.
Their newest release 'For A Moment' is a collection of songs that reflect the diversity of moments that make up our everyday lives. Some moments are fleeting glimpses into the lives of people we pass by. Others can be deeply personal...leading to epiphanies that give us a whole new outlook. Still others can lead to significant social or historical change at some unforeseen point down the road. Our lives are full of these and other moments.
During this time, Sue and Dwight have been a part of Toronto’s Subway Musicians Programme. The experiences of a subway busker have provided a rich source of insights and stories that Sue has compiled in a book called ‘Attention All Subway Riders – A Busker’s Eye View’.
In 2012, Sue and Dwight developed a musical show that pays homage to the duo’s folk heroes like Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and Peter Paul and Mary. ‘Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone, a 1960′s Folk Revival’ tribute show transports audiences back to the coffeehouses of that special time. The era’s songs of hope and social justice still resonate today and continue to influence Sue and Dwight’s own writing and world view.
Michelle Rumball www.michellerumball.com
All you really need to know is Michelle Rumball is a great singer. Plays guitar, writes songs, gathers incredible musicians around her, but it is her voice you want to hear.
Early on she co-founded and fronted roots music darlings THE GRIEVOUS ANGELS. Their release, ONE JOB TOWN, gained critical and popular attention. Rumball left the band in 1991 to find her own voice, her own songs. Part of that discovery led to two years in musical, magical New Orleans.
Upon return to Canada, Rumball released 'Terrain', a quiet, comforting record.
Through years of touring and playing the club scene in Toronto, she has been slowly strengthening her solo sound. It has matured into the sounds of fall 2011 release 'Welcome To The Beauty Saloon', produced by Toronto musical barfly, Kevin Quain.
Tony Laviola has been playing in and around the Toronto music scene for over 45 years. With roots in R&B and the Beatles his playing has encompassed everything from weddings and Oktoberfest to pop, country and jazz.
He has been a road musician and a ship musician. He continues to pursue his love of music and plays in all band formats with electric and acoustic bass.
He has played with singer songwriters Marc Jordan and Ron Nigrini for many years. He also has a long standing musical relationship with veteran guitarist Tony Quarrington with whom he has written many songs as well as having played gigs with him.