Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd’s 5th Annual “Guelph Christmas Harmonies” Concert ~ Advance Tickets ($10) now available online at: https://guelph.snapd.com/events/view/1108485
or $15 (cash only) at the door.
Cal (519) 836-1126 or email (email works best: firstname.lastname@example.org ) the Red Brick Cafe to reserve your table.
Come for yummy dinner, desserts and drinks.
*Note: Last year it was a full house audience. Although Red Brick have since expanded their music room and now have a few more seats, it’s still a good idea to buy tickets and reserve your table in advance.
Last year, Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd found a new home for their annual concert of lesser-known Christmas Gems and faves – The Red Brick Cafe – and this year they return for Year Number Five! These versatile ladies’ sweet and sassy vocal harmonies will take you on a journey of holiday cheer through 1960s Pop, Rock and R&B – to more recent country, folk and bluegrass. And some mighty fine originals written by Gayle 🙂
Brenda Lewis – vocals, percussion and kazoo
Gayle Ackroyd – vocals, guitars, ukulele, mandolin, percussion
* With Special Guest: Marilyn Alexander – vocals
“Brenda Lewis’ adept jazz sensibility is beautifully displayed; her consummate vocal skill shines throughout “(Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, The Wholenote). For 25 years, Brenda Lewis has been captivating audiences – most recently in concert series in the sold-out 2 night run of Canada’s Gershwins “The Breithaupt Brothers Come Home To Kitchener (in the :Jazz at the Registry” Series), The Jazz Room in Waterloo, in Toronto series at The Jazz Bistro, The Old Mill’s Home Smith Bar and 120 Diner, as well as across Ontario in the Niagara Jazz Festival’s “Twilight Jazz”, McMichael Gallery’s Jazz, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest, Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, and the Midland Cultural Centre, to name a few. Previous to jazz, she performed roots / country blues in Lewis & Molesworth” (aka “Hurt & Run”), and with Nonie Crete. Brenda was honoured to sing in tribute concerts for Jackie Washington and Colleen Peterson and her CDs have received airplay on CBC, BBC and JAZZ-FM 91.1 TO. Currently, she is a busy publicist, teaches singing lessons and her latest jazz CD “Far & Near” is critically acclaimed. More at: http://www.brendalewis.ca/
Guitar slinger and blues singer Gayle Ackroyd “belts out the blue eyed soul with intense energy, grit and class all at the same time”(Lenny Stoute, Toronto Star). Originally from Brampton, Gayle has been writing and making music since her teens. Her musical identity has always been firmly planted in folk/roots, country and blues. A graduate of Oakville’s Sheridan College Musical Theatre Program, she has performed onstage with many greats including Jeff Healey, Jack DeKeyser and Amanda Marshall. A recipient of a Toronto Arts Council Songwriting Grant to live in Nashville, she has also received honourable mention in the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and Colleen Peterson songwriting competitions. Gayle and her husband John run their own music school “Gibson Music” – and she has four CDs to her credit.
Much more at: http://www.gayleackroyd.com/
~ Brenda & Gayle – A Family Connection:
Brenda’s older brother Dave – and Gayle’s sister Mary and brother-in-law Jim toured in a country rock band http://langandackroydband.com/ together across much of Canada and in Europe over most of the 1980’s. After Gayle moved to Guelph (almost 4 years ago), both families told Brenda and Gayle about each other, so it was only a matter of time before they finally met up a year or so back. With these kind of “family ties”, it’s no surprise that their voices compliment each other so well!