Over 35 bands to perform free concerts at 2018 Hudson Porchfest


PHOTO BY KEITH FORD

Brian Gallagher is one of the many musicians scheduled to play at the second edition of Porchfest taking place in Hudson September 15 beginning at noon. See hudsonporchfest.ca for the full line-up.

Whether your tastes run to folk or bluegrass, punk or country, plan to hit the streets and take in some great music at the second edition of the Hudson Porchfest from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 15.

Something for everyone

“More people registered to play this year and that gives the audience many styles of music to choose from,” says Tim Walsh, who co-founded the festival with three other Hudson artists last year.

“It’s exciting to see such enthusiasm and growth after just one year!”

Walsh, who has been a fixture of the local music scene for over two decades, will join friends and co-organizers for several of the sessions. For a full lineup, please see the event website at hudsonporchfest.ca.

Taking It to the Streets

“The musicians that will be coming out are all really good,” says Walsh, “but Porchfest is not about chops so much as about the universality of music. It’s about sharing it, making it together, taking it to the streets. We hope to repeat last year’s experience, when the town really came alive. The atmosphere can range from really high-energy to cool and laid-back depending on the porch and players and it is great to see people out and about, enjoying the sounds and each other’s company.”

Community Support

Seven generous homeowners with properties a stone’s throw from the village’s Main Road were happy to have their front porches transformed into stages for the occasion. Everyone involved in organizing, staging and playing does so on a volunteer basis. The concerts are free, but donations are accepted, with each stage having a pot or hat in which to deposit money. All proceeds go to Le Pont Bridging, the local food bank.

See you on September 15 (rain date Sunday, September 16) for a taste of true community spirit and to enjoy performances from some of the area’s most gifted musicians.

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