BarrieFolk is thrilled to host their annual youth showcase on Saturday, June 3 at the Barrie Public Library (60 Worsley St.). The show starts at 7:30 p.m. The show is free but donations to BarrieFolk are welcome. For those who have a BarrieFolk Repeat Attender card, bring it to the show and we’ll stamp it for you!
Here are the eight young musicians who will be performing:
IVAN STILLE is fourteen and lives in Campbellford. He’s been writing original music for many years and has performed over 50 times with his parents’ children’s folk band, the Campfire Crew. He has written many original songs and has even recorded some of them.
A folk/blues/alternative solo artist, often described as a “one-man band,” JONATHAN MARKOV reshapes covers to be his own while still respecting the original, and performs self-written pieces. Often using a loop pedal, he skillfully crafts harmonies, and allows himself to play instrumental and vocal solos, and improvise. At 19, Jonathan prefers to perform with an alcoholic beverage at his side, though he will probably not drink it. He still likes cheese, crackers, making his audience laugh and smile, and celebrating life through the art of his unique style of music.
GREG SMITH is a story-based songwriter from Meaford. Each and every song he writes is a well-crafted piece that reveals a bit more of the bigger picture. Greg began performing in the fall of 2015 while living for a year in Budapest, Hungary. During that time he developed his craft and eventually fell in with the Hungarian indie label Lone Waltz Records. The following fall released his debut EP Iris. In just five songs Iris shares the story of two lovers, from outset to upset.
Armed with an acoustic guitar, and occasionally bands in various forms, JOHN MUIRHEAD performs his lyric-driven songs with everything he has. Inspired by Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and John K. Samson, John hopes to carry forward the legacy of great Canadian songwriters. In 2016 John released his debut Yesterday’s Smile EP and showcased at Folk Music Ontario (Youth Discoveries Program participant and Taylor Mitchell Bursary Recipient). John is looking forward to a summer tour this August and the release of new music in various projects.
Born and raised in small town Fergus, 17-year-old MADISON GALLOWAY is a driven and dynamic multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter with a unique approach to her blend of folk, rock, and blues. Madison began her musical journey at the age of 6 and has been classically trained in piano for the past 11 years. At 15, Madison set out to translate her youth and energy into her debut EP Who Knows Where, which features original songs that flirt with country while retaining Madison’s signature style and attitude. She takes the stage with guitar, harmonica, and ukulele playing live performances which have been described as upbeat, emotionally exhilarating, and riveting.
MISSY BAUMAN is an alternative folk artist. Mixing psychedelic pop with her small town charm, her quirk has charmed audiences across Ontario. At the age of 17, Missy was one of the youngest winners in Hamilton Music Award history to win “Best New Artist.” Missy also took home the “Rising Star” award, and was nominated for “Best Female Vocalist.” After graduating Seneca’s Independent Music Production program with high honours, she has collaborated with Juno Award winning artists on a full length album due 2017. Hailing from Brantford, Missy brings refreshing surprises to the singer-songwriter genre.
MOLLY MCNULTY is a 14-year-old singer/songwriter from Barrie who enjoys singing a variety of musical genres, including country, pop and R&B. She is the ‘go to’ gal for the City of Barrie, performing at City events as well as at a number of bars, open mics and showcases. This summer you’ll see her around Barrie as part of Barrie’s street performer program. Molly genuinely loves singing and the opportunity to perform, learn and grow as a singer and writer.
MELINA MELLE is a 18-year-old pop singer songwriter from Barrie. Her music has influences are Ed Sheeran and Selena Gomez and her attitude is reminiscent of Alanis Morissette. From the growing pains of dealing with parents – to having issues with boys – to the scary reality of becoming a young adult, Melina writes songs about their lives. Currently a senior in high-school, Melina is shamelessly self-promoting on social media and recently received over 230,000 views of her cover of Justin Bieber’s “Cold Water” in a week.
Melina has won various awards and competitions, but she is most proud of winning the “Northern Ontario Singing Competition” at age 13 and “Best Song” at the Songwriter Girl Camp in Nashville in 2015. For three summers, Melina has been busking (performing covers and originals) in downtown Barrie. She has also performed at Hugh’s Room, The Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto, and Horseshoe and Blue Mountain Resorts.