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Durham County Poets from Quebec at the Oswego Music Hall Jan 27

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Durham County Poets: Kevin Harvey (lead vocals), David Whyte (electric and acoustic guitars, vocals), Neil Elsmore (acoustic guitar, vocals), Carl Rufh (double bass, vocals), Rob Couture (drums) Durham County Poets: Kevin Harvey (lead vocals), David Whyte (electric and acoustic guitars, vocals), Neil Elsmore (acoustic guitar, vocals), Carl Rufh (double bass, vocals), Rob Couture (drums) Submitted photo

Oswego Music Hall will feature the Durham County Poets at the McCrobie Civic Center in Oswego on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $18 (advance sale $16). Hailing from the Quebec area, the Poets “played in various blues, gospel, rock and country bands before joining forces as Durham County Poets in 2012. That shared diversity has allowed the band to move easily from genre to genre.” —Mark Rheum, CBC

The five seasoned musicians— Kevin Harvey, David Whyte, Neil Elsmore, Carl Rufh, Rob Couture— all of whom are songwriters, work together individually and collaboratively, delving into a variety of styles and genres. Their musical influences include a broad range of artists, from The Band to Dire Straits, Leon Redbone to James Taylor and Neil Young. The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the good-time feel that the band creates, which has been captivating their audiences consistently since their inception.

"The Poets lay down a sweet acoustic groove that's subtle, yet captivating. Utilizing strong players on double bass, acoustic guitar, stellar electric guitar, percussion utilizing primarily brushes, they gently work around Kevin Harvey's soulful lead vocals. I think every song I heard from them had at least one intriguing key change, further tenderizing the overall sound. Both acoustic and electric guitars often played together, uttering an almost piano sound with their blend." —Steve Tennant Medium?

"Kevin Harvey’ s rich voice and nuanced delivery covers the scope of life.... with ballads and blues-inflected originals, some swing and genial humour. Guitarist David Whyte’s guitar solos are pure grace. The Poets will get you dancing in the hallways, laughing, and feeling those blues." —Spirit of Rasputin, Ottawa, Can.

They are popular across eastern Canada and the north-eastern US. Following a well- received formal showcase at the 2016 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference, the band is branching more and more into the US market, for example with a concert at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival last June. To learn more about Durham County Poets and listen to a video clip, explore their website at: www.durhamcountypoets.com

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake Street, Oswego. The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage. Desserts and beverages are available for purchase. Performances consist of three stages: The National Stage, Open Mic Fridays, and the Hook. All shows start at 7:30 pm and doors open at 7:00.

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Tickets can be purchased on-line at http:// oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego; also at any Hook or Saturday concert. Children under 12 are half- price and those under 5 are free.

Next up is Driftwood, performing Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018— for an evening of dinner and live music! More info.: www.durhamcountypoets.com. Admission to National Stage concerts is variable with $2 off for advance purchase.

Open Mic Fridays take place on the same weekend as National Stage concerts. John McConnell will guest host the next Open Mic on Jan. 26. All ages and abilities are welcome. Admission is $2.

The Hook debuts this year on Friday, Feb. 16. Sharing the stage will be singer- songwriters Cam Caruso, Corey Paige and the Ghost Town Ramblers. The round robin setting allows the performers an opportunity to interact with the audience and each other and to discuss the songwriting process. Admission is $12.

For a complete performance schedule and ticket information, visit the website at http:// oswegomusichall.org/ or stop at the river’s end bookstore, 19 West Bridge Street in Oswego.

The Music Hall is a not-for-profit community arts organization, founded to provide a performance venue for the community and support for performing artists. It is run wholly by volunteers since its inception 40 years ago. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through various tasks— from running the sound board to making popcorn. Students can also earn credit for community service. Find more information online at http:// oswegomusichall.org/ or email: [email protected]

Concerts are made possible in part with funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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