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‘Barn’ concerts back in business

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With memories of their opening show still fresh in everyone’s minds, Cornell Farms is pleased to announce Kevin Fox will be the headliner for the next barn concert, which will take place Wednesday, Aug. 5.

A Halifax native, Fox is described as a “revered multi-instrumentalist, sought-after arranger/composer, and recording artist.”

Fox “combines his signature instrument, which he skillfully bows, plucks, taps, and loops, with his charismatic voice to create a lush and captivating musical tapestry of cello-driven folk/pop.”

He has composed arrangements for The Cranberries, Damhnait Doyle, Lennie Gallant, and Kathleen Edwards; recorded with Raine Maida, Sarah Harmer, and Celine Dion; and toured with Chantal Kreviazuk, Shaye, and Tom Cochrane.

Fox is ready to now step from the side stage back into the spotlight.

He also has a wealth of experience writing orchestral arrangements for well-known Canadian popular songs.

For CBC Radio’s “GO!” program featuring Brent Banbury, Fox has written orchestral arrangements for chamber ensembles and performed with them, accompanying Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo and Chris Murphy of Sloan.

Fox also has worked with 30-piece orchestras such as the Niagara Symphony and Symphony Nova Scotia.

Through co-writing and the recording of his songs by other artists, his work has been featured on American TV programs such as “Baywatch” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

After the concert at Cornell Farms, Fox will be performing at the 14th-annual Trout Forest Music Festival in Ear Falls on Friday, Aug. 7.

Opening for Fox at the barn concert will be local music star Sarah Hebert.

Residents from across the district have watched Hebert as she developed and matured as a singer-songwriter.

Whether it was singing at the Rainy River District Festival for the Performing Arts, in “Quest for the Best,” or as a key soloist in Fort Frances High School productions, Hebert’s dynamic voice has become familiar to many.

While completing a music degree in vocal performance at Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., Hebert studied under Paula Rockwell and Andre Haines, and participated in Master classes with opera superstar and Juno nominee Measha Brueggergosman.

Hebert recently released her first album, entitled “The Fall.”

The Cornells, meanwhile, would like to reassure everyone that repairs have been made to the barn floor.

They have a new white pine beam 22 feet long and 13 inches in diameter, which has been properly installed.

Special thanks to Darryl Shute, who provided the beam, and the Paul Blais family for helping to install it.

With the “barn venue” back in business, Aug. 5 will be a musical evening that should not be missed.

Come out, soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy some fantastic music!

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