• Stuart Benson

Musical Mondays are back

Live music fans of the Hills rejoice! Fairbairn House’s Musical Mondays will return to a real, non-virtual audience on July 12, with a performance by Greg Paul Stone’s band Stone Age Man playing songs from his new album ‘Handbook for the Recently Chaotic.’


“We’re super excited to be back on stage,” said Helen MacKinnon, a coordinator at the Fairbairn House Heritage Centre in Wakefield. “ Musical Mondays is a tradition but we've had to make some changes because of the health guidelines.”

Musical Mondays’ artistic directors Chris MacLean (left) and Pat Maher (right), along with Fairbairn House coordinator Helen MacKinnon record a promo ahead of the concert series first live show in two years with a performance by Greg Paul Stone’s band Stone Age Man on July 12. Stuart Benson photo

To comply with the remaining COVID-19 health restrictions in place for outdoor performance spaces, this year all eight shows will sell tickets to respect a 120-person site capacity. The grassy hill that serves as seating for the audience has been adorned with two-metre diameter circles in order to help groups social distance.


While health restrictions have forced MacKinnon and Musical Mondays’ artistic directors Chris MacLean and Pat Maher to work quickly to adapt the venue to comply, they have also presented opportunities when it comes to booking acts.


“This year, because of COVID, we've been able to book performers that otherwise we probably couldn't because they would be on tour elsewhere,” MacLean said, pointing to acts like Twin Flames on July 26, and Rebecca Noelle on Aug. 16.


The full line up for this years’ Musical Mondays includes:


July 12 - Stone Age Man

July 19 - Alise Marlane with James Stephens & Brian Sanderson

Jul 26 - Twin Flames

Aug 2 - Hezekiah Procter & The Hash House Serenaders

Aug 9 - Derek McKinley

Aug 16 - Rebecca Noelle

Aug 23 - David Taggart

Aug 30 - The Sweet Potatoes


Tickets are $20 each per show, with the exception of the kids show with Derek McKinley on Aug. 9th, which, thanks to the support of Les Serres Bourgeon Greenhouses, will be offered at $5 per ticket. Gates open at 6 p.m. for the 6:30 p.m. show. To allow access to the greatest number of families, there is a four-person ticket limit. As in previous years, audience members are invited to bring a blanket or chair to watch the show.


Tickets are available via the Fairbairn website through Eventbrite in two waves. Tickets for the first four shows will be made available to the general public June 30. A tip jar will be passed around to audience members to support the artists. For more information or the line-up of performers, visit fairbairn.ca/lmm2021