Kick off your weekend with a performance by The Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd Vocal Harmonies! On the Fourth Friday of the month, Guelph Museums offers free admission to the Guelph Civic Museum after 5 p.m. Performance by The Brenda Lewis and Gayle Ackroyd Vocal Harmonies Duo at 7 p.m.
Brenda Lewis & Gayle Ackroyd’s vocal harmonies will take you on a journey through the 1940s to 1960s Pop, Rock, Jazz and R&B – to more recent country, folk and bluegrass, and originals written by Gayle!
Brenda Lewis, vocals, percussion – “Her adept jazz sensibility is beautifully displayed; her consummate vocal skill shines throughout “(Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, The WholeNote). A seasoned, versatile jazz vocalist, this past year saw Brenda featured in her “25 Years of Singing” Celebration in Guelph Youth Music Centre’s Series, and, “The Breithaupt Brothers Come Home to Kitchener” at The Registry. Recently presented by Home Smith Bar, The Jazz Room. Jazz Bistro, Niagara Jazz Festival’s “Twilight Jazz” Series, McMichael Gallery, Merrickville’s Jazz Fest, and,1000 Islands Jazz Festival, her latest CD, “Far & Near” garnered rave reviews and airplay on JAZZ-FM and CBC. Lewis’ music career began in the roots and R&B genres. She quickly became a regular feature regionally in the Arkell Schoolhouse Gallery Concert Series, Hillside Festival and more. Her 6-year music partnership with Gayle Ackroyd marks a return to those music genres. More at http://www.brendalewis.ca/
Gayle Ackroyd, vocals, guitar, ukule – A guitar slinger and blues singer, 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 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. Gayle and her husband run a music school from their home “Gibson Music”. More about Gayle at http://www.singingteacherguelph.com/about.php
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 (8 years ago), both families told Brenda and Gayle about each other, so it was only a matter of time before they finally met up. Since then, Brenda and Gayle have been performing their annual Sweet n’ Sassy Christmas Harmonies concerts for five years and will soon begin preparing for year number six … with these kinds of “family ties”, it’s no surprise that their voices compliment each other so well!