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Matthew Barber

Matthew Barber is at Singhampton Community Centre on Feb. 7.

Barber is currently on tour promoting his 2018 album Phases of the Moon, the follow-up to the 2016 Juno-nominated collaboration with his sister Jill Barber, The Family Album. 

Barber’s sweet voice and romantic sentiment lends well to ballads, in this intimate venue. The hall is an old church and the stage is set against stained glass windows. 

Tickets cost $20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

The show is put on in partnership with Side Door, which connects artists and venues. 

Tickets available at shows.sidedooraccess.com.

Reuben and the Dark

Reuben and the Dark will be at Avening Hall on Feb. 23 and 24.

The band is touring its 2018 album Arms of a Dream. 

Readers may know the band’s cover of the Tragically Hip song Bobcaygeon.

“I wanted to release our version of Bobcaygeon for the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund to support and engage with Gord’s vision of reconciliation,” said frontman Reuben Bullock.

“The Downie Wenjack Fund is important because of its focus on youth, its active education on Indigenous history, and the creation of connections with this land’s rich Indigenous culture. I am compelled to be a part of this action, to be both a listener and a participant in these conversations, a student of these issues, and a proponent of progress.”

The first Reuben and the Dark show was an instant sell-out so a second show was added and tickets are still available. 

Hermitage Green, coming all the way from Ireland, will be the opening act on Sunday, Feb. 24. The two bands played together in Ireland and now Hermitage Green is joining the Canadian tour, for select dates. 

Tickets cost $30. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

Royal Wood

Royal Wood is at Avening Hall on March 23.

Wood tells a good story and tends to set up each song in the set with a story about his inspiration, be it time spent in an Irish village, the loss of his father or meeting his new wife. 

These are the themes on his latest album, Ever After The Farewell.

“I wanted the title to encompass the polar opposite emotions I felt in my life while creating the music. I said farewell to my father, but I started the journey of ever after with my wife,” said Wood.

Tickets cost $40. Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.

The band Wintersleep is playing Avening Hall on April 12 and the interactive experience of Choir! Choir! Choir! is booked for April 27 (both shows are sold out).

For Avening Hall tickets, visit aveninghall.com.

All events have a cash bar. Proceeds go to support the halls.

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