Fall Season 2016
Tom Allen and Friends
Tom Allen is the host of Shift on CBC Radio 2 who loves music, stories and especially loves combining the two to bring concerts and broadcasts alive. He’s a great communicator with a casual yet sophisticated style that connects effortlessly with audiences. He brings tremendous insight, emotion, and inspiration to his listeners — and they adore him.
Tom has written a series of shows that mix storytelling, chamber music and original popular songs to bring classical music and the stories behind it to life in an inspiring and accessible format. These “chamber musicals” feature a brilliant and diverse cast and have been presented to great acclaim across Canada.
In Bragg Creek, he will present – “From Weimar to Vaudeville”, the story of two men, both sons of musical royalty. As America emerges from the Great Depression and Germany descends into darkness and chaos, two musical princes – one rich, one poor – reach out to each other across hardship and time as the world tilts again toward war.
Tom Allen’s vivid imagining of the 20s and 30s features music by Richard Strauss, Charlie Chaplin, Kurt Weill, Fletcher Henderson, Mozart, Brahms, and stunning original songs by the cast. If you think of Tom as just a brilliant on-air guy, think again!
The cast for this production is diverse:
- Tom Allen: narration, trombone, voice
- Kevin Fox: voice, cello, guitar
- Lori Gemmell: harp, trumpet, piano, voice
- Bryce Kulak: piano, voice, accordion
- Patricia O’Callaghan: voice, piano, percussion
- Peter Gemmell: woodwinds
Here are their bios:
Tom Allen hosts Shift on CBC Radio 2 and concerts across Canada. He is the author of three non-fiction books, plays the trombone when he can and wrote this show, among many others. Mostly, he’s a storyteller. www.tomtomallen.com
Patricia O’Callaghan is a recording and performing artist with 5 solo CDs and several collaborations. She tours both her own shows, and as a cast member or guest artist, around North America, Europe, and Australia. Patricia last performed in Bragg Creek in April 2008. www.patricia-ocallaghan.com
Bryce Kulak is an actor, singer, pianist and composer who has been performing professionally across Canada since he was 11. His albums Welcome, Tin Can Telephone, and The Man That Got Away are available on iTunes.www.brycekulak.com
George Meanwell has contributed vocals, guitar, cello and mandolin to Short Turn (folk trio) and Quartetto Gelato before becoming a freelance musician/composer. Since appearing regularly on the Stratford Festival stage he has padded his instrumental resume with banjo, harmonica, concertina, fiddle, recorder, melodeon and hurdy-gurdy.
Lori Gemmell is the Principal Harpist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and plays often with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She has 2 recordings of solo harp music, 2 duo recordings and also recorded with Feist. www.lorigemmell.com
Peter Gemmell is a brilliantly diverse woodwind artist who plays saxophones, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, piccolo and recorder with equal passion. He has lived and played everywhere.
Tom Allan and Friends
A cabaret style “chamber musical” Featuring Tom Allen, Patricia O’Callaghan, Kevin Fox, Lori Gemmell, Bryce Kulak and Peter Gemmell in “From Weimar to Vaudeville”
Saturday November 12th 2016
Bragg Creek Community Centre
Doors 7pm Concert 8pm
Youth $5 rush at the door only