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Up-and-coming stars set to shine at Midland Cultural Centre

Australian singer/songwriter to perform Friday night; electrifying Irish band will take the stage Sunday night

This weekend, the Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) is excited to bring local audiences two concerts featuring internationally renowned up-and-coming artists.

On Friday at 8 p.m., Australian singer-songwriter Nigel Wearne graces the stage as part of the MCC's Intimate Spaces Concert Series. Opening for him will be The Sean Patrick Trio.

Rolling Stone magazine describes Nigel Wearne's music as “Warmth flecked with grit… beauty awaits." Wearne is an Australian singer-songwriter, luthier, poet and gleaner.

Equipped with personally handcrafted instruments, his music melds fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer banjo, folk and honest storytelling.

Gleaning diverse influence from Kelly Joe Phelps, Townes Van Zandt and Sun Kil Moon, he tells stories of forgotten rebels, wandering poets and his love of eggs.

Wearne has toured extensively throughout Australia and New Zealand and has performed at a long list of Australian music festivals.

In his first Canadian tour, Wearne will spend three weeks on the road touring his current album Drawing Circles, a solo record that’s raw, compelling and reflective. Tickets are $25. More here.

This Sunday night, at 7:30 p.m., electrifying Irish band Moxie will take over the stage with what The Irish Times describes as ”Irresistible, revolutionary energy."

The Irish Examiner laud them as being “Streetwise, fast moving, clever…full of superb moments."

These are five musicians with traditional backbones, but delivering a new brand of Irish music heavily influenced by electro, jazz, house and rock placing them at the forefront of new music from Ireland.

Delivering an energetic, wild and unique live show, Moxie have been inspiring audiences and musicians with their new palette of 21st-century Irish music.

The band includes Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar/electric guitar), Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion/percussion/keyboards), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/electric tenor guitar) and Josh Sampson (drums). Tickets are $25. More here.

Midland Cultural Centre - Rotary Hall
333 King St.
Midland, Ont.
Box Office: 705-527-4420