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Is music a staple in your life? Does it invigorate you one day and soothe your soul the next?

If you love music, get your calendars out and ready, for St. Paul’s Untied Church is continuing their Hooked On Music concerts! Thank you, St. Paul’s!!

April 8th will be The Ingersoll Choral Society presenting 'Seven Last Words' Cantata. They are a community choir whose mission is to inform, involve and inspire our members and our audience in song. The choir performs sacred choral works, Broadway show tunes and modern pop songs. This cantata is in honour of Easter and built around the seven short phrases that Jesus uttered while dying on the cross. It is sure to be a poignant and inspiring performance.

May 27th will be The Uptown Dixieland Jazz Band which has six very talented musicians playing a variety of instruments and performing traditional Dixieland music. This style of music was very popular at the turn of the 20th century and known as ‘hot jazz.’ In fact, the first million selling recording was Livery Stables Blues by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band in 1917. One of the most popular Dixieland style of songs was When the Saints go Marching In by Louie Armstrong (Satchmo). The Uptown Dixieland Jazz Band will lift you out of your seat!

September 23rd’s concert is Andrew Martin with his 70's Revolution, that includes Funk, Soul, Disco and Classic Rock. This is a show which will allow many of you the chance to relieve the greatest hits and artists of the 1970s - The Eagles, Elton John, Journey, Elvis Presley. Whole families will enjoy this performance, although keeping people in their seats might be a challenge for this show. Andrew is an award-winning artist whose ability to connect with his audience emotionally is undeniable.

October 21st is Roy LeBlanc. Roy has won the Elvis contest in Collingwood twice and performed across the world. His voice and resemblance to Elvis is remarkable. In 2003, he was named The World's Finest Elvis Impersonator at the annual Elvis Extravaganza in Las Vegas. Elvis hasn’t left the building yet!

Get thee to St. Paul’s office, 88 Bidwell St., and get your tickets or call the church at 519-688-0011 or Dianne Parnell at 519-688-3280. The series tickets are $80 or individual ticket for $25. All Hooked on Music performances are Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m.

On a very sad note, Michael Toby who has performed in Tillsonburg with his great voice, has passed away at a young age. He was very well known for his Underground Railroad songs and history and superb voice. Michael was also a minister with the Selkirk church. He will be greatly missed.

Another event being celebrated in Tillsonburg is to honour the Scots who braved the Atlantic Ocean to forge a life here in Canada. What clan are you a descendant of? I am a Turner of the Lamont clan and have been to the ruins of Lamont’s castle to see where my Scottish forefathers came from. Alas I have no tartan, but fully expect to dig out the thistles and Lamont clan pins for National Tartan Day. The celebration is at Annandale National Historic Site on April 6th for their Tartan Tea at 2 p.m., with Scottish tea and treats! Alas again, for there will be no haggis, which I love.

The celebration is on the 6th as it is the anniversary of the signing of Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, the Scottish declaration of independence. In Canada, the day originated in the late 1980s in Nova Scotia. In Tillsonburg, Annandale House is a perfect place for the tea as Mary Ann Tillson, E.D.’s wife, named the house after the location of her mother’s family McLeish, in Annandale, Scotland.

Avondale Presbyterian (now United) Church was named by John Scott, a very generous contributor to the church, for his native parish in Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Ye might wish to have $12 tucked in yer sporran or purse for the cost of the Tea, which will be served directly at 2 p.m.! Come, whether ye have a tartan or not, but call Annandale NHS at 519-842-2294 to get yourself book! 

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