MACoustic Folk Club concert series has been a hit in Parksville

Alumni band takes the stage this Friday night at the MAC in Parksville

Local indie rock band Counting Time celebrated the release of their debut album What’s Coming Over Me with a sold out show at The MAC in Parksville on Saturday.

There was a wealth of musical talent on stage at The McMillan Arts Center (MAC) in Parksville March 15 for the CD launch party of Counting Time.

Sharing the bill with the local indie rock band was Fred Saliani whose performance of nuevo flamenco world beat music got the crowd warmed up.

Next on stage was Edward Lee, one of members of Counting Time.

The percussive guitar sensation did a solo performance which emphasized his guitar mastery.

Lee who recently joined the band was also instrumental in the production of the new album.

Counting Time whose members also include Sharon Tomczyk, Meghan Keene, Hugh Yardley, Jey Young and Gerry Bird then treated the audience to a performance of up-beat original tunes, along with a couple of covers to cap off the night.

This Friday night the MACoustic Folk Club Alumni Band is on stage at the McMillan Arts Centre (MAC) in Parksville.

The MACoustic Folk Club concert series which happens on the third Friday of every month at the MAC has been a hit since it began just over a year ago.

The first half of each concert usually has an open stage but this Friday there will be a slightly different format.

Liz Debarros who hosts the folk nights and her singing partner Andrea Jamieson are teaming up with the Alumni band in a fundraising effort for the MAC.

The guys in the Alumni band; Bill Naylor, Dean Williams, John Lundine, Ade Barnum and Larry Levins all went to school at the MAC many years ago and played at the centennial celebrations last year.

Debarros said they are a very talented bunch of musicians and she is looking forward to performing with them.

“As soon as we saw them play last June Andrea and I wanted to get together with them to sing harmonies,” Debarros acknowledged.

She said they managed a rehearsal in December last year and they all really enjoyed it.

“We asked if they would be our backing band for a set of songs for the MACoustic night and they agreed.”

Debarros and Jamieson will be leading on the first set and then they will don their little black dresses and be back up singers for the band.

All of the fees from the evening are being donated back to the MAC.

The doors open at 7 p.m. and the fun starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at the door are $15 for non-members and $10 for OCAC members.

The open stage will be back at next month’s MACoustic Folk Club featuring Wil.

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