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The Show
The legendary ‘Folk Revival’ of the Sixties happened over 50 years ago but the songs of hope and social justice that defined it, still resonate today. Toronto folk roots duo ‘Sue and Dwight’ have created a series called ‘Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone’, a sing-a-long tribute to the songs of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

It’s a sing-a-long tribute because the songs are so familiar the audience couldn’t be stopped from singing along even if they tried! A four piece ensemble comprised of Sue and Dwight, Michelle Rumball, and Tony Laviola. takes the audience on a musical journey sharing stories and providing historical context highlighting the importance of the songs, which are performed in the style true to the period.

Audiences are transported back to the coffeehouses of the 1960's Folk Revival. The show includes folk classics like 'If I Had A Hammer', 'Blowin In The Wind', 'Walk Right In', ‘Turn Turn Turn', 'Tom Dooley', 'Five Hundred Miles' and many many more.

‘Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone’ has been enthusiastically received at The Winterfolk Festival (2012 - 2014), at the Big On Bloor Street Festival, and the Pete Seeger Tribute at Camp Naivelt. The show has been playing monthly to full houses at The Free Times Cafe since January 2013. Please visit this YouTube Link WHERE HAVE ALL THE FOLK SONGS GONE to see the group in action!

The Performers
Sue and Dwight www.sueanddwight.com

Although Sue and Dwight were born too late to be part of the folk revival of the 1960’s their music embodies the spirit of that time. Both are songwriters who write and perform compelling music and lyrics with themes of peace, courage, and social justice. At their live shows they share, without pretention, their stories of the prairies, life in the big city, and travels in East Africa, creating a warm and intimate atmosphere.

Sue and Dwight have released two CDs of original music. Their first, ‘Darlings of the Open Stage’, is a tribute to passionate performers everywhere who take the stage each night to share their music. Their second CD, ‘Little Child Big World’, is a collection of songs inspired by Sue and Dwight’s experiences visiting small villages and meeting courageous, resilient people in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Malawi. Both CDs are co-produced with Kevin Quain.

For the past 10 years, the duo ‘Sue and Dwight’ has been a steady fixture on the Toronto Music Scene performing in clubs, house concerts and festivals in the area, including a six year weekly residency at The Cameron House and seven appearances at the annual Winterfolk Festival. Tours have taken them further afield to other parts of Ontario and in Western Canada from Winnipeg to Banff.  During this time, they’ve also successfully auditioned and held licenses to perform within the subways of Toronto as part of the highly competitive TTC Subway Musicians Programme. Yes, they actually perform for the commuters who pass thru the system. It’s not a gig for the timid but it is great for perspective on society.  The experiences of a subway busker provide a rich source of stories that Sue has compiled in a book called ‘Attention All Subway Riders – A Busker’s Eye View’.

In 2012 Sue and Dwight launched a unique show called 'Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone'. Every month, folk enthusiasts fill the music room at the Free Times Cafe in Toronto and for two hours are transported back to the coffeehouses of that era.

Michelle Rumball www.michellerumball.com

All you really need to know is Michelle Rumball is a great singer. Plays guitar, writes songs, gathers incredible musicians around her, but it is her voice you want to hear.

Early on she co-founded and fronted roots music darlings THE GRIEVOUS ANGELS. Their release, ONE JOB TOWN, gained critical and popular attention. Rumball left the band in 1991 to find her own voice, her own songs. Part of that discovery led to two years in musical, magical New Orleans.

Upon return to Canada, Rumball released 'Terrain', a quiet, comforting record.
Through years of touring and playing the club scene in Toronto, she has been slowly strengthening her solo sound. It has matured into the sounds of fall 2011 release 'Welcome To The Beauty Saloon', produced by Toronto musical barfly, Kevin Quain.

Tony Laviola
Tony Laviola has been playing in and around the Toronto music scene for almost 45 years. With roots in R&B and the Beatles his playing has encompassed everything from weddings and Oktoberfest to pop, country and jazz.

He has been a road musician and a ship musician. He continues to pursue his love of music and plays in all band formats with electric and acoustic bass.

He has played with singer songwriters Marc Jordan and Ron Nigrini for many years. He also has a long standing musical relationship with veteran guitarist Tony Quarrington with whom he has written many songs as well as having played gigs with him.