THIS AFTERNOON: It seems like music making has always been part of our family. As kids, my brother Chris Whiteley andI would make up songs and together we became avid music fans and budding musicians in the 1960’s. We began performing together in 1965 and through the years have created a large legacy of performances, recordings shared repertoire and mutual musical understanding. Scheduled appearances together are infrequent but eagerly anticipated. Diana Braithwaite,who is an award winning blues and jazz vocalist, is married to Chris and has a special way with gospel material. She brings her deep knowledge of the traditions combined with her perennial, positive attitude. Jenny Whiteley (Chris’sdaughter) is notable for her multiple JUNO wins in the Roots and Traditional category, her clear, rich vocals and her wonderful songwriting. Her husband, Joey Wright isan outstanding guitar and mandolin player who performs across North America and Europe with Jenny, leading his own ensembles or as a sidemanfor a host of others. Ben Whiteley (myson) has become one of the busiest bass players on the scene, touring over 200 dates last year with the Weather Station, Basia Bulat, Tim Baker (of Hey Rosetta), Sarah Harmer and the Good Lovelies. We began performing together 15 years ago and I’m especially happy he’ll be here because it will be the first live gig we’ll have done together all year. Allin all, it should be a great way to celebrate a December afternoon and arare chance to bask in the glow of some Whiteley family musical magic. Doors open at 12:30pm. Music starts at 2pm. Show only tickets at the door.
2019 GOSPEL BRUNCH LINEUP ANNOUNCED: “Bluegrass to Blues” on January 27. The “Gospel Allstars” on February 24. “Sacred Steel” on March 31. Give the “Gift of Music” this holiday season. Brunch Reservations &/or Show tickets available now from Hugh’s Room Live.
CHRISTMAS CONCERTS: I’m looking forward to joining The Sultans of String’s Christmas Caravan Touralong with guests Rebecca Campbell and Amanda Martinez for shows at theMarkham Flato Theatre (Dec. 13) and Welland J.M. Ennis Auditorium (Dec.15). Go to my Shows tab or click on Sultans of String.