Music

We feature local musicians each week at our farmers market and once a month at our Second Saturday craft markets.

If you are interested in performing at the Canal Market District, please contact CMD Market Manager Bailey McCoy at marketmanager@canalmarketdistrict.org

End of Season Performance Schedule - Fridays 4:30-6:30pm

October

Friday October 18: Steve Risbon

Friday October 25: Rocky Fork

MEET OUR MUSICIANS

Here are just a few of the dozens of musicians who volunteer their time and art at the Canal Market District.

Brad Fuller   is a singer and guitarist who specializes in classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. He is a seasoned cover artist and combines classic rock, blues, pop and country all into one engaging set list.

Brad Fuller is a singer and guitarist who specializes in classic tunes from the 60s, 70s and 80s. He is a seasoned cover artist and combines classic rock, blues, pop and country all into one engaging set list.

Mary Miller's relaxed Folk, Country and Gospel tunes highlight her sweet voice. Her joyful presence puts folks at ease and encourages them to two step & sing along to familiar tunes. Mary is also a comedian, inspirational speaker and founder of the charity, "Fill Your Cups".

Singer-songwriter  John Begala  plays a unique combination of originals and covers spanning folk-rock, blues, bluegrass and jazz.

Singer-songwriter John Begala plays a unique combination of originals and covers spanning folk-rock, blues, bluegrass and jazz.

The Rocky Fork Old Time String Band  is an old-time string band, who will transport you back to early American times. Residents of Licking County, they have always had a passion for rural acoustic music and simpler ways. Front porch dance tunes, played on the fiddle and clawhammer banjo, are accompanied by driving bass and guitar rhythms, with Appalachian-style percussive dancing. Their music is taken from generations of original folk musicians, spanning from the American Revolution, all the way through the early 1900s. Rocky Fork is an energetic act, guaranteed to get your toes tapping!

The Rocky Fork Old Time String Band is an old-time string band, who will transport you back to early American times. Residents of Licking County, they have always had a passion for rural acoustic music and simpler ways. Front porch dance tunes, played on the fiddle and clawhammer banjo, are accompanied by driving bass and guitar rhythms, with Appalachian-style percussive dancing. Their music is taken from generations of original folk musicians, spanning from the American Revolution, all the way through the early 1900s. Rocky Fork is an energetic act, guaranteed to get your toes tapping!

Greg Greyson:   A lifetime of playing guitar and crafting original music. Soft rock with a little country, a touch of jazz, and a whole lotta living. You can catch Greyson on Facebook  here .

Greg Greyson: A lifetime of playing guitar and crafting original music. Soft rock with a little country, a touch of jazz, and a whole lotta living. You can catch Greyson on Facebook here.

Crystal City Chorus  sings barbershop music, is part of Sweet Adeline’s International, and loves being part of Newark.

Crystal City Chorus sings barbershop music, is part of Sweet Adeline’s International, and loves being part of Newark.

Simple Man Music   is Randy Williams. The name derives from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song,  Simple Man . Not only do I like the song musically, but the lyrics speak to what I am and how I perform. I have my guitar and my voice. I play the guitar and I sing. My song list runs the gamut from Classic Rock, to Americana, to New Grass, and more. Always the songs are simple, straightforward expressions. One of the advantages of being older is that I have been around to hear over 50 years of great music. If you are present when I perform, you are sure to hear a song from your era.

Simple Man Music is Randy Williams. The name derives from the Lynyrd Skynyrd song, Simple Man. Not only do I like the song musically, but the lyrics speak to what I am and how I perform. I have my guitar and my voice. I play the guitar and I sing. My song list runs the gamut from Classic Rock, to Americana, to New Grass, and more. Always the songs are simple, straightforward expressions. One of the advantages of being older is that I have been around to hear over 50 years of great music. If you are present when I perform, you are sure to hear a song from your era.

If Ernest Tubb Could Sing  - Unplugged Americana Music.  IETCS is a three-member group inspired by the many streams of America’s rich musical traditions. Their repertoire spans classic country, rockabilly, early pop standards, contemporary singer-songwriter ballads, and Appalachian old-time stringband music. With musical roots in Ohio and Texas, the members have performed on college campuses and other venues throughout Ohio and beyond. Howard Sacks and David Suggs play guitar, Judy Sacks is on mandolin, and everybody sings. The group’s name is a fond tribute to Ernest Tubb, country superstar of the mid-twentieth century.

If Ernest Tubb Could Sing - Unplugged Americana Music.

IETCS is a three-member group inspired by the many streams of America’s rich musical traditions. Their repertoire spans classic country, rockabilly, early pop standards, contemporary singer-songwriter ballads, and Appalachian old-time stringband music. With musical roots in Ohio and Texas, the members have performed on college campuses and other venues throughout Ohio and beyond. Howard Sacks and David Suggs play guitar, Judy Sacks is on mandolin, and everybody sings. The group’s name is a fond tribute to Ernest Tubb, country superstar of the mid-twentieth century.

Rob  is a dance music DJ that has been moving dance floors for over 20 years. During his early years of DJing Rob was known for spinning mainly east cost hip hop infused with electro. Influenced by the electro beats the transition to electronic music was seamless for him and he has been rocking clubs, warehouse parties and festivals nationwide. Rob's DJ sets are known for their diversity to include House, Techno, Break Beat, Trance, and Drum and Bass, Soul, Funk, R&B and Hip Hop depending on the crowd response and emotion. Rob will be spinning jazzy, melodic and deep electronic sets for the Market District to enjoy.

Rob is a dance music DJ that has been moving dance floors for over 20 years. During his early years of DJing Rob was known for spinning mainly east cost hip hop infused with electro. Influenced by the electro beats the transition to electronic music was seamless for him and he has been rocking clubs, warehouse parties and festivals nationwide. Rob's DJ sets are known for their diversity to include House, Techno, Break Beat, Trance, and Drum and Bass, Soul, Funk, R&B and Hip Hop depending on the crowd response and emotion. Rob will be spinning jazzy, melodic and deep electronic sets for the Market District to enjoy.

Johnny Jamz  is a guitarist and singer who specializes in a mixture of pop, rock and blues from over seven decades of your favorites and more. Mixed in with some rocking guitar instrumentals, Johnny provides an easy listening set of music entertainment.

Johnny Jamz is a guitarist and singer who specializes in a mixture of pop, rock and blues from over seven decades of your favorites and more. Mixed in with some rocking guitar instrumentals, Johnny provides an easy
listening set of music entertainment.

Steve Risbon is a seasoned singer/multi instrumental performer. With masterful guitar licks and a comfortable baritone voice, Steve presents a wide of array of musical styles carefully crafted to take the listener on a real musical journey. Traveling from folk ballads, classic rock, blues or bluegrass to Americana, even show tunes, the audience will truly enjoy the ride!

Steve Risbon is a seasoned singer/multi instrumental performer. With masterful guitar licks and a comfortable baritone voice, Steve presents a wide of array of musical styles carefully crafted to take the listener on a real musical journey. Traveling from folk ballads, classic rock, blues or bluegrass to Americana, even show tunes, the audience will truly enjoy the ride!

Dave Danforth  has been playing guitar and performing for over 45 years. His music includes Classic Rock, Blues and Acoustic Classics. Originally from Chicago IL, where he played in local touring bands that shared the stage with acts such as Bachman Turner Overdrive and Savoy Brown. He has also played in 2 Rock bands in Wisconsin and an Acoustic Duo in Chicago and Wisconsin. Some of the songs that he plays include artists Bob Dylan (Knockin’ On Heavens Door) The Eagles (Take It Easy) The Beatles (Here Comes The Sun and Norweigan Wood) and John Prine (Angel From Montgomery and Spanish Pipe Dream).

Dave Danforth has been playing guitar and performing for over 45 years. His music includes Classic Rock, Blues and Acoustic Classics. Originally from Chicago IL, where he played in local touring bands that shared the stage with acts such as Bachman Turner Overdrive and Savoy Brown. He has also played in 2 Rock bands in Wisconsin and an Acoustic Duo in Chicago and Wisconsin. Some of the songs that he plays include artists Bob Dylan (Knockin’ On Heavens Door) The Eagles (Take It Easy) The Beatles (Here Comes The Sun and Norweigan Wood) and John Prine (Angel From Montgomery and Spanish Pipe Dream).

Wes Williams:  "Over the years I have sought to select ‘good songs’ for my repertoire. So, what do I consider a ‘good song’? A memorable melody, solid lyrics, emotional content, groove and heart. I listen for songs which are meant to build community, provide comfort, express positivity and always for songs of peace and love. These songs carry what I refer to as hippie DNA! The genre is irrelevant."

Wes Williams: "Over the years I have sought to select ‘good songs’ for my repertoire. So, what do I consider a ‘good song’? A memorable melody, solid lyrics, emotional content, groove and heart. I listen for songs which are meant to build community, provide comfort, express positivity and always for songs of peace and love. These songs carry what I refer to as hippie DNA! The genre is irrelevant."

Jeff Putnam and Martha Morss play an eclectic mix of traditional and modern folk, Celtic, and pop music. Originally from suburban Columbus, they have lived outside of Mount Vernon for 30 years. A set list might include music by Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers, Peter and Gordon, the Delmore Brothers, Roy Orbison, the Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Beatles, the Stanley Brothers, Paul Simon, and James Taylor, along with Irish, English, and Scottish traditional songs and instrumentals.

Jeff Putnam and Martha Morss play an eclectic mix of traditional and modern folk, Celtic, and pop music. Originally from suburban Columbus, they have lived outside of Mount Vernon for 30 years. A set list might include music by Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers, Peter and Gordon, the Delmore Brothers, Roy Orbison, the Searchers, Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Beatles, the Stanley Brothers, Paul Simon, and James Taylor, along with Irish, English, and Scottish traditional songs and instrumentals.

No Turn on Red  feature local musicians Bonnie Humble and Peter Burling. The duo sings an array of Americana, Popular and Country music.

No Turn on Red feature local musicians Bonnie Humble and Peter Burling. The duo sings an array of Americana, Popular and Country music.

Ukeladies is a Licking County based quartet performing folk and popular music from the 1800’s through the 1970’s. Members include Margaret Judge and Mary Wiard (vocals and ukulele), Mary Kay Martin (ukulele) and Amy Kobe (vocals and percussion). Included in their repertoire are popular social commentaries such as Woody Guthrie’s, “This Land is Your Land”, Bob Dylan’s “Too Much of Nothing” and “Blowin in the Wind”, Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Teach Your Children”, cowboy songs such as “Cowboy’s Lament”, “Little Brown Jug” and “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”. Audiences will find themselves singing along to these and many other familiar tunes.

Ukeladies is a Licking County based quartet performing folk and popular music from the 1800’s through the 1970’s. Members include Margaret Judge and Mary Wiard (vocals and ukulele), Mary Kay Martin (ukulele) and Amy Kobe (vocals and percussion). Included in their repertoire are popular social commentaries such as Woody Guthrie’s, “This Land is Your Land”, Bob Dylan’s “Too Much of Nothing” and “Blowin in the Wind”, Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Teach Your Children”, cowboy songs such as “Cowboy’s Lament”, “Little Brown Jug” and “Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys”. Audiences will find themselves singing along to these and many other familiar tunes.

Dave Hawkins  is a Nashville singer-songwriter who started his music career in Columbus in 1975. In 1979 Dave was a founding member of Central Ohio ‘s TAYLOR STATION BAND then, during the mid 1980s he spent 5 years performing with GENERAL GUINNESS band. After leaving the band Dave re-connected with his musical roots as a Folksinger, Songwriter. Dave has moved back to the area to be close to family, and now lives in Newark. Dave enjoys playing area venues when he’s not on the road or down in Nashville

Dave Hawkins is a Nashville singer-songwriter who started his music career in Columbus in 1975. In 1979 Dave was a founding member of Central Ohio ‘s TAYLOR STATION BAND then, during the mid 1980s he spent 5 years performing with GENERAL GUINNESS band. After leaving the band Dave re-connected with his musical roots as a Folksinger, Songwriter. Dave has moved back to the area to be close to family, and now lives in Newark. Dave enjoys playing area venues when he’s not on the road or down in Nashville

Rachel Clemente  From when she began playing harp at the age of five, Rachel has had a passion for both classical pedal harp music and traditional and contemporary Scottish clarsach music, which ultimately led her to studying both genres in Scotland. She is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and holds a bachelors degree in Scottish Traditional Music. She started her studies with harpist Candyce Dunham until attending the renowned arts boarding school, Interlochen Arts Academy under Joan Holland. Her time at the Royal Conservatoire was spent studying under harpist and composer, Corrina Hewat. Rachel won the title of U.S. National Scottish Harp Champion in 2016. She has recently released her debut EP, A Quiet Uniqueness, and moved back to her home in Granville, Ohio. She currently is traveling the Midwest performing, teaching, and holding workshops for Scottish music.

Rachel Clemente From when she began playing harp at the age of five, Rachel has had a passion for both classical pedal harp music and traditional and contemporary Scottish clarsach music, which ultimately led her to studying both genres in Scotland. She is a recent graduate of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and holds a bachelors degree in Scottish Traditional Music. She started her studies with harpist Candyce Dunham until attending the renowned arts boarding school, Interlochen Arts Academy under Joan Holland. Her time at the Royal Conservatoire was spent studying under harpist and composer, Corrina Hewat. Rachel won the title of U.S. National Scottish Harp Champion in 2016. She has recently released her debut EP, A Quiet Uniqueness, and moved back to her home in Granville, Ohio. She currently is traveling the Midwest performing, teaching, and holding workshops for Scottish music.