This is a special podcast – as on occasion, we at InRetro host what is called the “Coffee House Series.” It’s where we choose a city and a favourite neighbourhood venue, and then we invite some of the talented singer/songwriter’s that we’ve either played on the station or written about in our magazine to perform an evening of live entertainment. It’s a fun evening that allows us to get to know our listeners and readers in person…
But the town of Stratford – they’re a bold bunch. Craig Foster of Foster’s Inn invited us to their neck of the woods to host the Coffee House Series there. This same night was also the Dinner Series Finale, featuring music from String Bone, Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning and Jory Nash!
So tonight – you’re in for a treat with this special show recorded live from Stratford, Ontario. Thank you to all involved ~ Enjoy!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the length of this particular show, for ease of listening, we’ve broken down the segments in order of the evening’s turn of events.
PART 1 / Intro / Includes Performance by String Bone / Barry Payne
Special thank you to Barry Payne – as he was the one who had organized the entire evening of music ~ Thank you.
String Bone is a project based around the talents of songwriter, Barry James Payne, of from Perth County, Ontario, Canada. He released his first full-length album in 2009 co-produced by Shannon Lyon, Chris Giesbrecht and himself. Payne currently plays live with Dan Henshall and sometimes Aidan Keeley on upright bass and Steve Wood on Pedal Steel and often has special guests such as Mary Ashton or Lisa Bates join him on-stage on violin.
PART 2 / Includes Performance by Emm Gryner
Emm Gryner began her career on the wings of Toronto’s independent music scene, where after leaving a major record label, started Dead Daisy Records. She’s a multiple Juno Award nominee and has released 11 full-length albums, including her latest, Goddess. Gryner’s performed with the likes of David Bowie and has been praised by Bono (the U2 front man name-checked Gryner’s ballad “Almighty Love,” from her 2006 album The Summer of High Hopes), as having “one of the songs from the past 20 years he wished he’d written.”
PART 3 / Includes Performance by Dayna Manning (Includes Interview toward the end)
Canadian Singer Songwriter Dayna Manning was born to musical parents in the artistic community of Stratford Ontario. Her guitar stylings are not easily matched and her soaring voice is unmistakable. Her songwriting skills are very well known. She has built a career writing unique and accessible takes on everyday life, and delivering them with the utmost sincerity.
PART 4 / Close of Show / Includes Performance by Jory Nash
Jory Nash has crisscrossed North America several times, playing folk festivals, folk clubs, concert series and house concerts. He has built a large, loyal fan-base and he has been fortunate enough to see most of North America in the process. Unusual things tend to happen to Jory on the road, and when not legally bound to silence he will incorporate these events into his onstage storytelling. Jory has a lot of stories.