Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Hey, all you amazing jammers....
I’m forwarding some information from Eileen Quinn (you know Eileen, she’s the lady with the harp, a real harp with strings and stuff....) about the ‘Open Mic’ she hosts at the curling club in Marmora on the first Friday of every month. Several of our ‘Amazing Jammers’ have played the ‘First Friday Open Mic’ – Patty, Fraser, Eileen and Bert as solo acts and Hayley, Peter and me (James) as a trio. All of us enjoyed it immensely. The venue works, the audience is great and the whole thing comes together really well.
The format is 2 or 3 songs per act in rotation, followed by a second set (time permitting) of 2 or 3 songs for those who want to play some more. Starts at 7 pm, runs until about 10.
Eileen is terrific (her sound man is getting better....) and everyone has an excellent evening of music in the company of friends and like-minded people. The range of music offered is excellent. The venue is supportive to ‘first-timers’ and experienced performers alike. Performers range from young people in their teens to proto-geezers like myself.
Those of us who’ve played this venue give it an ‘Amazing Recommendation’. It’s really worth checking out. Come to perform or be part of the audience. You’ll enjoy yourself!
Hope to see you there this Friday evening.

PS - Here’s the detailed blurb from Eileen:
First Fridays Marmora Open Mic
First Friday every month
All types of music welcome
Doors open 7 pm
No cover charge
2 Crawford Drive, Marmora Curling Club, Licensed Lounge
Bring your ears, your voice, your instrument, your friends.
Facebook.comfirst fridays marmora

What makes us a bit different from other events and venues in the area is that we are aiming for a broad variety of music and we are a true "open mic", meaning people play solo or as duos, etc. (however they’ve come - there's no backing band).We welcome cover tunes and original material.We've got the stage and the sound system. We've got cold beer! Our format is 2 or 3 songs at a time per performer, cycling through the list again if we've got time.
The first ‘First Friday’ was in December. To date we’ve been drawing about a dozen performers and 40 people (or more) in attendance. A great start. We’ve had everything from alternate rock through folk, grunge and country. We’ve had covers and excellent local songwriters performing their own original work.Performers come back and bring their friends with them.

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