Friday, February 20, 2015


Hi all,
This came to me today, from out of the blue....
Vivian Forte, a young singer/songwriter in Madoc, has let me know about an  evening of music this Friday at the Hidden Goldmine Bakery in Madoc. She asked  me to come out an play and to let others, who might want to, know as well. I  know nothing about the format, except that she says it will be ‘acoustic’, so I  presume all ‘unplugged’ no mics or sound system and that it will start at 7 pm. 
I have heard Vivian play and she is excellent. I’ve been trying to get her  out to join us at the Amazing Jam and our Kitchen Party gig at the Train Station  in Stirling, so far without success. I’m planning to head for Madoc on Friday to  check this out. Hope some others may do so too.
See you there, then.    :-)

Monday, February 16, 2015


Sun News Network is off the air after four years of being hounded by everybody.

Power 106.9 Syracuse has switched frequencies to AM 620

Hits 104.3 Kingston is now 104.3 Fresh Radio.

Have been enjoying Bruce Stevens on WBZ.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Hello Everyone
Hope you are staying warm and keeping those instruments tuned!
This Sunday February 15 we will be holding another Support The Troops Open Mic session at the Arts Centre Hastings in Madoc ON.
The doors open at 1 p.m. and the Music Starts at 1:30. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, February 8, 2015


This movie had a good plot, good rapport among the leading members of the cast and even a bit of heart without being too sappy. I found it very enjoyable.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


So sorry about Jim Leek.

Enjoyed Walt Sterling on WPHT last Sunday night.

Picked up WWJ Detroit Saturday night.


The Rotary Club of Stirling & BV Amazing Music present:

Kitchen Party

at the Railway Station

Friday, February 13th at the Stirling Grand Trunk Railway Station

2 ‘Feature Performers’ plus open-mic event

FREE ADMISSION – Doors open at 6 PM – Live Music at 6:30

Delicious chili dinner (meat or veggie), beer and wine available
‘Pay-what-you-can’ donations to support ongoing Rotary Club projects

A not-quite-Valentine’s party in a warm and friendly setting.

Two featured acts in concert plus an open-mic stage!
‘For The Love’

Rob Cook, Joel Molloy and Sean Morphet – a stripped-down, three-piece acoustic version of Stirling’s popular band ‘FTL’. These guys are terrific. They will rock the house!

Patty Timms

Back by popular demand! A powerful voice and stage presence from the village of Hastings – country songs and folk music – Patty brings a rich quality and depth of feeling to every song.


On facebook – BV Amazing Music


Hi  all,
Just a  quick heads-up about 2 special events coming up soon....
• Kitchen Party at the Railway Station (Stirling)   
• Acoustic Song Circle at O’Hara Mills
1) Kitchen Party at the Railway  Station– Friday, February 13th at the Stirling Grand Trunk  Railway Station. Doors open to the public @ 6 pm.
All the details are in the attached    poster. I invite you to print out a few copies: share them with friends, give    them to people who may be interested, post them on community bulletin boards,    in shops, restaurants, laundromats, etc.
We    have confirmed dates with the Stirling Rotary Club to host a series of 5 Friday evening events: February 13,    March 13, April 10, May 8 and June 19.    The program will follow a format similar to the one we ran at the Station in    November:
6    pm – Doors open and food service (Chili    – vegetarian and meat options) Bar    open (wine, beer, coffee, tea and soft drinks).
6:30 pm – Music on    stage:
·Intro:    Host    (3 – 4 songs) 15 minutes
·Open-mic:    2 – 3 songs per performer (max 10 minutes per person)
·Feature    performer #1:    30 minute set
8:30    pm – break/interval – 5    minutes.
8:35 pm – Music on stage:   
·Intro:    Guest Artist (3 – 4 songs) 15 minutes
·Open-mic:    2 – 3 songs per performer (max 10 minutes per person)
·Feature    performer #2:    30 minute set
10:30    pm – Finis
Apparently we got the mix right. Good    feature performers attracted an audience of local people who were there for    the music. The open-mic performers were excellent: a variety of age ranges and    experience offering a broad selection of material. The audience was    appreciative and stayed engaged throughout.It was a tremendous success, very well attended:    standing room only, right to the doors of the hall. Feedback from the Rotary    members, the performers and throughout the community was overwhelmingly    positive.
The ‘Feature Performers’ in February are ‘For The Love’    (Stirling) and Patty Timms (Hastings). Brief write-ups along with a photo are    included on the poster. I will be ‘hosting’ the stage and the ‘guest artist’    (opens the second half of the program) will be Andrew Gardiner (Stirling).   
Stage set-ups can accommodate instruments with or    without internal pickups. There will be 3 vocal microphones plus an additional    2 mics primarily for  instruments. Anyone interested to assist with stage    set-up, sound, or helping out during the evening please contact me in    advance.
2) Acoustic Song Circle at O’Hara  Mills– Monday, February 16th – 11 AM to 3 PM –  Location: O’Hara Mills Conservation Area
I    have been asked to host an Acoustic Song Circle as part of    the ‘Winter    Family Fun Day at O’Hara Mills Homestead’ on the    Family Day holiday. This is an event being held in    support of the ‘Building    Positive Horizons Foundation’ (BPHF) focused on issues surrounding Children’s    Mental Health to provide a low-cost family day out which is fun,    healthy, and predominantly outdoors.
In addition to the song circle – in    the (heated) Visitor Centre building – other activities will    include....

horse drawn sleigh rides

dog sled rides

story telling in the log  house

indoor games in the schoolroom     

‘snow person’ building (I admit to having      trouble with this one: animals, creatures from outer space and monsters do      not seem to be represented here....)


ice skating on the mill pond

cross cut sawing (banjo and accordion      players beware....?)
Directions to O’Hara Mills Conservation Area (638 Mill    Road, Madoc): from Hwy # 62 (north of Hwy #7) to Mill Road,    turn west. Proceed to 638 Mill Road (on the north side).   
Hope we’ll see you at both these events. It’s going to be  a really good weekend for music!
....And a reminder of these regular musical gatherings  (coming up really soon):

Friday, February 6th: First Friday    Open Mic at the Marmora and Area Curling    Club

Sunday, February 8th: the Amazing Jam    at the Black Dog in Stirling.

Monday, February 9th: Beaufort Song    Circle at the Beaufort Pub in    Belleville.
Details about these events and all kinds of  good music connections are posted on the  Facebook page ‘BV Amazing Music’. 
James Reid


It’s that time  again!
(second time this year....) 
The Amazing Jam
This Sunday,    February 8th from 2 pm until  5
At the Black Dog, 227 West Front St. in  Stirling.
*Pssst! And    don’t forget to check the Facebook page ‘BV Amazing Music’ for postings    about more music and events in this area. There’s a lot of good stuff    happening this next 2 weeks....
The ‘Amazing Jam’! Even more amazing music... 
This Sunday afternoon  at The Black  Dog in Stirling. We’ll be playing music there for about 3 hours. Welcomed by both staff and the patrons in the lounge and  restaurant, our music is appreciated. 
Once a month on Sunday afternoons. This Sunday afternoon  (February 8th). Time is from 2 pm until 5.
The format is a ‘song circle’ with  the lead changing from person to person among the group. Everyone has the option  to offer a tune when their turn comes around, or pass to their neighbour if  they’d rather. Depending on the music, the mood, choice of instruments, etc.  some will choose to support whoever is leading a song, others may prefer to sit out and listen.   DSCF1663
We invite you to come out and join us, making music with old friends;  for sure, there’ll be some new faces too.
“Bring your instruments, your voices and your music. It’s  all unplugged  and it’s all good! Guitar, bass,  harmonica, banjo,  mandolin, ukulele,  fiddle, accordion,  flute, celtic harp – the list goes  on.
“There may be only 4 or 5 of us or maybe a whole room full of  musicians. A place for ‘first-timers’ and experienced  players alike. A  good bunch of people playing all kinds of music together.  People in their teens all the way through  proto-geezers. Maybe even an DSCF1647sincipient-geriat or two....
“The blues does not rule. Any acoustic music from punk to polka!”
(Baritone sax and tuba set up in the  parking lot....)
Hope to see you Sunday afternoon in  Stirling.

Sunday, February 1, 2015


I could write a review of this movie but this site did a much better job at getting at what I really wanted to get to than I could.