Cranberry Hall is excited to be sponsoring a stellar line-up of performances over this spring. Here are some of our confirmed performers for 2018.
Mar 16th, 2018 7:30pm – Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley
(with Walter Martella)
$20 ADVANCE @Rockit Music, $25 at the door
As the venerable jazz and blues bible DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE said about Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley: “It’s a rare and good thing when two talented performers join forces”.
Audiences, critics, and blues lovers all over North America and Europe seem to agree. Diana Braithwaite is a descendant of the Wellington County pioneers in Canada. With roots in Florida, Diana’s ancestors escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and lived for four generations in Wellington County, the first African-Canadian pioneer settlement in Ontario. Diana combines elements from Nina Simone, Esther Phillips, Lil Green and others to create her own unique authentic blues style. A forceful presence recognized on the Canadian and American blues scene as an artist with a unique sound who is keeping the authentic traditional blues sound alive in the contemporary blues scene today.
Multi-Instrumentalist Chris Whiteley was born in Kansas. Whiteley has performed on over 200 recordings with the likes of Leon Redbone and Blind John Davis. In January 2018 Diana received the Blues with a Feeling Award, for lifetime achievement in the blues, joining her husband Chris Whiteley who received the same lifetime achievement award in 2010. In January 2014 Chris also won the Maple Blues Award for the top blues horn player in Canada–for the 7th time. For their Cranberry Hall performance Diana & Chris will be joined by our own Walter Martella.