String Bone Presents! Live @ Revival House
70 Brunswick St. Stratford, ON
Oct. 6, 2017 - 8:00pm - Jeremy Fisher + NQ Arbuckle (solo performances)
Nov. 8, 2017 - 8:00pm - Hawksley Workman
Nov. 17, 2017 - 8:00pm - Jully Black (unplugged)
Feb. 2, 2018 - 8:00pm - A Tribute to Willie P Bennett
Mar. 2, 2018 - 8:00pm - Sarah MacDougall + Megan Bonnell
Apr. 6, 2018 - 8:00pm - Irish Mythen + Harrow Fair
May 4, 2018 - 8:00pm - Sunparlour Players + Oh Suzanna
June 1, 2018 - 8:00pm - Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Barry James Payne - Artistic Director | Photo: Mark Maryanovich
Aside from being a singer-songwriter and guitar player, one of my loves is programming live music. In 2014, my friends Rob & Candice Wigan purchased the iconic Stratford fine dining restaurant, The Church Restaurant and rechristened it REVIVAL HOUSE. They asked if I would be interested in presenting my concert series there, to which I agreed. Their vision for a contemporary music room was what I have been waiting for in Stratford since I moved here in 1999. This venue is simply perfect, with a large beautiful sanctuary for shows that can hold 140 seated, an upstairs bar called The Belfry, which is nicely separated and an outdoor patio for those hot and warm summer days and nights. The venue is comfortable, with great mood lighting, wide open spaces and comes with sound and lights for live music. Not to mention the food and the bar, it's perfect for these events.
Musically speaking, I like finding artists that excite me, move me to tears, bring me to laugh, make me want to dance and who's stories are filled with heart, hope and honesty. The first two years at Revival House, I thought we had some incredible performances by some of Canada's best singer-songwriters, artists, story-tellers and fine folk who embrace community with love, laughter and thoughtfulness. Some of those artists who got things off the ground for our first year in the larger environs of Revival House were: Danny Michel, Emm Gryner, Mary Gauthier, Eliza Gilkyson, Gretchen Peters, Linda McRae, Shari Ulrich, Amelia Curran, Alejandra Ribera, Digging Roots, The Good Lovelies, Madison Violet and Trent Severn among several others. Last year's list of artists you will see below.
I want to thank every person who has attended one of the String Bone Presents! concerts over the past 8 years (since 2009 - can you believe it!). Also, all of my friends who have helped me during the concerts to look after various things like selling merch and taking tickets or just answering questions, your help has been immeasurable. You all have helped to create a fantastic music community where visiting artists feel welcome and then show it with incredible performances that we all will remember for years to come.
This coming season 2017-2018, will be announced very soon and no later than the end of August, with the first show on Oct. 6th. There are still a few i's to dot and t's to cross. I am very excited and can't wait for announcement day. Stay tuned!
Please make your choices and buy your tickets early as many of these show will sell out. If you can, buy a season's pass. It will truly be worth it as every show is a winner.
I hope you will join me in supporting these fantastic artists, who have agreed to come to our beautiful city for a great live experience and who with their music will enrich our lives beyond measure.
And if you haven't been to a String Bone Presents! show yet, come join us at one of Ontario's newest, coolest, most intimate concert experiences anywhere! It's an atmosphere that will blow you away.
I truly look forward to welcoming you!
Barry James Payne
String Bone Presents!