"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wellington County's Underground Railroad Music Festival returns this August to Drayton

ELORA, Ontario July 20, 2011 – Explore the soulful music at the Underground Railroad Music at Centennial Park in Drayton, Ontario. Join us as we celebrate the history of early Black Pioneers through world class folk, blues, jazz, blue grass and gospel music.

“The festival is held in the region of Ontario that was a main terminus on the Underground Railroad. It is the only one of its kind in North America,” stated Diana Braithwaite, Chair of the Underground Music Society.

This year’s line up of performers includes national and international well-known musicians:

...Pastor Tim Bailey - Guest Speaker from Mississippi – “The Long Road to Freedom”
...Harrison Kennedy – Award winning King of Acoustic Blues, www.harrisonkennedy.ca
...Curley Bridges – North Carolina’s Mr. Rockin Soul! www.electrofi.com/curleybio.htm
...Kevin Breit – Juno and Gemini Award winning folk singer and guitarist, www.kevinbreit.com
...Chris Whiteley and Jesse Whiteley’s Big 40’s Swing Band,
...Diana Braithwaite’s Gospel Revue and Underground Railroad Gospel Tribute
...The Mississippi Singers - gospel
...Miss Angel – Mississippi Delta Queen of the Blues, www.missangelbrown.com
...Donovan Locke – The Next Nat King Cole Crooner
...Doug Watson – King of the Chicago Blues Belters, www.douglaswatson.com

Don’t miss this fantastic live music event at Centennial Park in Drayton!

August 13 from 12 to 7 pm

Festival admission price is $30 Adult and $10 Youth (14 – 17 years).

Tickets can be purchased at the event or online at www.braithwaiteandwhiteley.com. For more information contact the UR Music Society at info@braithwaiteandwhiteley.com

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