Local musicians fill the Playhouse with Hometown Sound

IMG_7252Hometown Sound is a new concert series created by Caitlin O’Connor and Rico Browne that will fill the Village Playhouse with amazing live music on Nov. 21 and the local musicians involved are looking forward to a playing the historic theatre for the very first time.

The series started as a single show last summer but the response was great and the local musicians wanted more opportunities to share their music so Hometown Sound was launched.

Caitlin O’Connor, a Bancroft resident who is known for her singing voice, left her home to study at the St. Clair Musical Theatre Program in Windsor. After moving home she found it tough to find opportunities to perform.

“I just wanted to sing,” says O’Connor. “Pop, rock, country, you name it.”

Now joined by her accompanist, Ryan “Rico” Browne on piano, guitar and backing vocals, Caitlin performs a variety of pop, rock, and country fan favourites.

“We were not expecting it to go so well,” says Browne of their show last summer. The summer sell-out show got everyone thinking and planning for more gigs in the Bancroft Region.

Known for his musical abilities, Ryan or Rico, as most people call him, has been part of the Bancroft music scene all of his life. He made a strong impression with his high school band Violent Petal, then with local legends Vertigo.

“With our first Bancroft show going so well, I thought, let’s do another one, but bigger. So we pulled Scott Stewart in on this show because he’s not only local, but very talented,” says Browne. “We needed someone who could play different instruments and styles of music as well as sing and I knew Scott would fit the bill.”

Stewart has been playing music in the Bancroft area since he could first strum a G chord. Aside from playing music, Stewart has been a committee member of the Fort Stewart Jamboree which raises money for the Carlow Community Centre.

Filling out the ensemble is Marcus Browne, Rico’s younger brother, who is most well known for holding the drummer’s seat in The Weber Brothers.

“I’m really looking forward to the show at the Playhouse,” says Browne. “I’ve never had the opportunity to play in the old theatre, and coming from Bancroft – it’s like playing the home turf.”

Hometown Sound takes the stage at The Village Playhouse in Bancroft, Ontario on November 21st. Doors open at 7:30PM. Tickets are $15 and available at Harvest Moon, Posies, and online at http://boxofficebancroft.com. This is a licensed event and dancing is encouraged. For more information call 613-332-8014 or visit: http://bancroftvillageplayhouse.ca/.IMG_7252