The songs of Tony Quarrington at Toronto venue

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The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, is set to present an incredible tribute to legendary guitarist, singer-songwriter and all-round music genius Tony Quarrington. The tribute will be held at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern on Saturday, August 27th and produced by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, it will be recorded live-off-the-floor, for an official CD release at the Winterfolk Festival XV in February, 2017.

Artists include Laura Fernandez, HOTCHA!, Stuart Laughton, Wayne Neon, Isabel Fryszberg, Soozi Schlanger, Wendell Ferguson, Fraser & Girard, Jon Brooks, Joe Hall, Glen Hornblast, Brian Gladstone, David Storey, Howard Gladstone, Sebastian Agnello w/ house band Margaret Stowe, Tony LaViola, Malcolm Gould, and guest MC Heather Fielding. For more information, please visit /

Veteran musician and folk and roots music powerhouse, Tony Quarrington has been a formidable and thriving presence on the Toronto music scene for more than 40 years. He first appeared at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1966, and played at many renowned Yorkville nightclubs and coffee houses in the late ‘60s, performing ballads, blues and his own original tunes.

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Quarrington’s songs are thoughtful, literate, and well-crafted: they display a unique musical style, with unusual twists and turns, both in melody and emotion. Some are funny, some tender and lyrical. He has penned tributes to such musical heroes as Django Reinhardt, Hank Williams, and Lonnie Johnson, and wistful tunes like “The Waltz We Never Quite Danced.” There’s a bluesy tinge to his singing voice that’s both captivating and memorable.

Sideman and studio musician

His relentless career as a sideman and studio musician has seen him appear on literally hundreds of other artists’ recordings, playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano and dobro, and lending his voice as a singer. He spent the ‘70s and ‘80s playing countless sessions, and eventually moved into a new role as a producer, helming dozens of widely varying projects. In 1998, he won a JUNO Award for his work on Willie P. Bennett’s masterful roots recording, Heartstrings. He not only produced, but arranged and played on this seminal album, and also wrote its title song.

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Some of Canada’s top musicians and musical friends will gather together for a night of music in tribute to this wonderfully talented man. For full list of songs and artists covering them, please visit   – CINEWS

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