Hillside Festival in Guelph, Ont. McGarrigle Sideshow starring The Trapped Family Singers as Jane is calling us.

Posted July 23rd, 2016 by Anna

This evening July 23 Jane and I, Martha Wainwright, Sylvan and Lily Lanken, Vinnie Dow and Kathleen Weldon, GG and Islay McMillan will be doing a strange little gig, a one off. It’s a kind of homage to our grandfather James E. McGarrigle who was an itinerant projectionist early in the 20th century. Apparently a couple of his children, little Jim and Anna both musicians, would sometimes do the opener. Jane and I will do a short reading from Mountain City Girls where it pertains to James E. plus Vinnie and Kathleen have made two short films. One, ‘Cornman’ was shot in Alexandria last year and stars Dane, Arcangelo, Sylvan, Kathleen and Nessie Bonneau, music by Peter Weldon (founding member of the Mountain City Four with Kate and me and Jack Nissenson) and Jane. The second ‘Lost Inn’ was shot two summers ago in St Sauveur and stars GG and Islay, Jane, little Anna, Bob McMillan, Vinnie and Peter Weldon with a cameo by Arcangelo. Music is also by Jane and Peter. Then we’ll all do some songs by Kate and one by me. Oh, and Arcangelo and Francis Albetta will also be there. Let’s hope we can carry it off. I’d say break a leg, but we already have one casualty, Martha. She sprained her ankle rather badly a couple of weeks ago playing tennis with Brad and gets around with a crutch, like Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Photos by Anna Dow.

8 Responses:

  1. Campbie says:

    July 23rd, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    That’s all well and good, but who am I supposed to play with?

  2. anna says:

    July 24th, 2016 at 11:58 am

    chaos from beginning to end. trying to do an acoustic set during what was essentially a rock festival was perhaps not the best idea. we had no direct boxes only open mics. and in direct sunlight the film became invisible..i think we knew this might happen. a couple of the songs later in set came together and sounded nice.

  3. anna says:

    July 24th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    We were able to watch Kathleen and Vinnie’s films later on a big screen TV in Martha’s rooms. They’re really good.

  4. Julien says:

    July 26th, 2016 at 10:30 am

    You should put the films on Vimeo so we can watch them in the comfort of our homes, all of us out-of-Guelph area residents. My best, J

  5. Campbie says:

    July 28th, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I sure hope you met Tommy Hunter or a Reeve,
    Ontario is a place to live and a place to grow.
    Over to Delhi, the tobacco’s done been replaced by soybeans.
    Pa smoked Buckinghams
    this is all obiter

  6. Anna says:

    July 30th, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I don’t own the films. They’re made by my nephew and his girlfriend. They need a screening in a proper setting. Like Centre Phi.

  7. Julien says:

    July 30th, 2016 at 8:14 am

    Centre Phi, that seems like a nice place to bring the family circus.

  8. Campbie says:

    August 7th, 2016 at 6:55 pm

    Centre Hi Fi Surely. Deep Discounts

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