Melodies at the Museum returns for a fifth season

Summer concert series features local favourites and first-time talent

Back by popular demand, the St. Marys Museum will be hosting its fifth annual Melodies at the Museum summer concert series during the month of August. Every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8 p.m., a different musical performance will take place on the Museum’s front lawn. With five Wednesdays in August, there are five concerts to look forward to in the month ahead.

Corduroy Gordon will kick off the series on August 3. No stranger to the local music scene, Corduroy Gordon offers traditional and contemporary folk covers, as well as genre-bending renditions of pop, alternative and hip-hop favourites, all sung in three-part harmony. They are sure to keep you entertained!

On August 10, Cat Clyde, a brand new artist out of Stratford will take to the Museum’s front lawn. Clyde offers a fresh take on the classic sounds of yesteryear; breathing new life into the velvety vocal, tack-piano, slide-guitar-style that can instantly walk you through the swinging doors of a packed saloon. Clyde may be a familiar face to locals; she performed at the River Rock festival in 2015.

August 17 brings Steph Martin and the Gals, a group of girls who gather to play music for the fun of it. Working under the leadership of Stephanie Martin of Deep Waters Music, band members include Lori Burlingham, Lisa Turunen, Donna Massey, Kim Anderka, Shelby Harris, Julie Pellizzari and Jessica Damen.

The featured artist on August 24 is Phil Ruthig, a St. Marys native who has been part of the local music scene for over 30 years. During that time, he has taken to the stage with such bands as Too Cool for Choir, Edison Station and Smile Squad.

The August 31 finale features the Gee Gees, four moms who love to play, sing, laugh and have fun. Initially, the band consisted of four girls playing acoustic guitars; hence, the name The Gee Gees (for Guitar Girls). Since then, the members have added bass guitar, mandolin, banjo, eukele, swiss organ and various percussion instruments. The Gee Gees are known for delivering sweet harmonies in their folk, country, and contemporary repertoire. Audience participation is always encouraged, so feel free to sing along!

Admission to the concerts is by donation, with all proceeds going to the St. Marys Museum. Bring a blanket or lawn chair with you. Performances will take place on the front lawn of the St. Marys Museum and will be moved to St. James Anglican Church at 65 Church Street South in inclement weather. For more information, contact the St. Marys Museum at 519-284-3356 or museum@town.stmarys.on.ca

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