Deanne Hallman is a singer-songwriter who can rock the house, belt the blues or sing a lullaby. When she shares a stage with local music legends Don Buchanan, Paul Danard, and Steve Wood, there's no stopping them. They performed to a sold-out crowd at Massie Hall in the fall of 2017 and have reunited for this Georgian Bay Concert Choir fundraiser.
Doors open at 1:30. Come early, grab a beer and settle in for a glorious afternoon of Deanne's original songs exquisitely enhanced by her musical dream team: Don, Paul, and Steve. Relax to combinations of worldly rhythms, the freedom of jazz, and the colours of orchestra, and revel in the songbooks of others like Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, k.d. Lang and Nina Simone. This will be a wonderful musical treat.
Get your tickets at Heartwood Home. $20 + s/c.
Each musician brings years of study in the pursuit of making beautiful music. Read their bios below:
Deanne Hallman is a local vocalist who, like many natural born singers, had her first solo in a local church — in her case, Amazing Grace, at age 6 in Walters Falls, Ontario. During her teenage years she played bass and blues in the local band, The Benevolent Groundhogs, and was nurtured musically by the breadth and depth of musicians within the local area. While studying classical techniques at York, Wilfrid Laurier, and Waterloo universities, Deanne began privately crafting her own songs. Her debut album, Hello World, is reflective of her musical curiosities and has flavours of rock, orchestral, Africana, and jazz.
A local guitar and bass virtuoso, Paul Danard brings his unique style to jazz playing. Having played and taught locally for many years, Paul is easily one of the most prominent musicians in the area, as well as one of our best! His wide repertoire appeals to many jazz fans, from the beginning of the bebop era right up to the emergence of hard bop jazz.
Stephen Wood is a librarian by day and musician by night. He has performed with many groups including the Noodle Factory Jazz Project, Georgian Bay Symphony, the Danns, Will Currie & the Country French, and the Orchid Trail Quartet. He has been fortunate to share the stage with groups such as Sloan, David Wilcox, the Arkells, Tokyo Police Club, Our Lady Peace, Said the Whale, and Dan Mangan. He holds an Honours B. Of Music Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Don Buchanan has been part of the Grey Bruce music scene for 40 years. He has mostly worked with the local Jazz and Big Band scene but enjoys all forms of music: In addition to performing in a variety of concerts and engagements Don has done extensive work for the OSLT and has written for the Georgian Bay Symphony. He is also honoured to have contributed to several CD recordings of the area’s local artists. Over the last 10 years, Don’s first love has been performing as a pianist with small jazz combos, with his major focus as an accompanist for the area’s finest vocalists and jazz instrumentalists. Don is in his 25th year as organist and co-director of Music and Liturgy at St. Mary's, and continues to perform throughout the area when called upon.