WHERE HAVE ALL THE FOLK SONGS GONE?
A singalong tribute, because the songs are so familiar the audience couldn’t be stopped from singing along even if they tried! The group, comprised of Sue and Dwight on vocals and guitars, and Tony Laviola, on double bass, 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, at corporate events, and the Pete Seeger Tribute at Camp Naivelt. The show has been playing monthly to mostly 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!
THE GREATEST HITS OF PETER, PAUL AND MARY
Iconic 1960s folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary created anthems of social change, and their unique harmonies ushered them to the top of the charts. Prominent in the civil rights and anti-war movements, their repertoire included such top 10 hits as 'If I Had A Hammer', 'I Dig Rock 'N Roll Music', 'Blowin’ In The Wind', 'Leavin' On A Jet Plane' and 'Puff The Magic Dragon'. Singer, Henry Lees joins Sue and Dwight as the third voice to recreate the group's innovative harmonies, and Tony Laviola accompanies on double bass. 'The Greatest Hits of Peter, Paul and Mary' debuted in September of 2018.
MUSIC OF BOB DYLAN AND LEONARD COHEN
A tribute to the music of two of the greatest poet songwriters of our time. Bob Dylan arrived on the folk scene in the early 1960's and became a counterculture musical hero and has been called "the voice of his generation". Throughout his long career, that continues today, Dylan's music has crossed many other musical genres including blues, rock, pop, country, and gospel, always pushing boundaries. Leonard Cohen arrived on the music scene later than Dylan, after pursuing a career as a novelist and poet. His songs were complex both in subject and style and not easily defined by genre, however early covers of his music by Judy Collins entrenched him in the folk scene. Cohen died in 2016, leaving a legendary legacy of work. Rolling Stone posthumously referred to him as "the Poet of Brokenness". Musician Shelley Coopersmith joins Sue and Dwight, on violin and mandolin in this show.
Contemporary folk music with a few twists.
Although Sue and Dwight were born a little 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.
“Their lyrics always tell a story and frequently pull at your emotions...asking us to consider what we can do to improve our world and the planet we live on.” – Bruce Hanson, smalltowntoronto.com
Sue and Dwight have released three CDs of original music. The first, ‘Darlings of the Open Stage’, is a tribute to passionate performers everywhere who take the stage each night to share their music. The duo honed their own songwriting at an open stage at Toronto’s Cameron House hosted by the Leslie Spit Treeo. The weekly sessions were a creative incubator for numerous emerging songwriters and spoken word artists. For Sue and Dwight, it spawned a reflection on their prairie roots that also hinted at their new experiences in Canada’s largest city.
‘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 with 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.
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. All three CDs are co-produced with Kevin Quain.
“Their music embodies the spirit of roots music, and too few recent artists can accomplish that.” – Brian Gladstone, Festival Director, Winterfolk
As performers and songwriters, Sue and Dwight like to connect with audiences wherever they are. For the past 13 years, the duo has been a fixture on the Toronto Music Scene performing in clubs, house concerts and festivals in the area, including a six year weekly residency at The Cameron House. Tours have taken them further afield to other parts of Ontario and Western Canada.
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. More recently they have added two more tribute shows, 'The Greatest Hits Of Peter, Paul and Mary', and 'Music Of Bob Dylan And Leonard Cohen'.
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.Tony 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 and performed many shows.
Henry Lees www.soulmaitreds.com
Originally a westerner, Henry fronted Calgary's popular original pop/rock band The Household Saints for a decade. Henry also performed nationwide with actor, musician and Order of Canada honouree Tom Jackson on his Huron Carole benefit tours, sharing stages with exceptional and lauded talents like Shannon Gaye, Kristian Alexandrov, Natalie McMaster, The Rankins, Melanie Doane, and Charlie Major.
Now calling Toronto home, Henry has dived head first into crafting and performing acoustic pop packed with heart and soul, collaborating with notable GTA artists such as Chris Antonik, The Prince Brothers, and along with Lawrie Ingles make up the duo 'The Soul Maitre D's'.