Delightful sounds and sights will be filling Cheeky Monkey, Sarnia’s downtown record store, for the December 4 First Friday.
Roland and Mary Anne are very pleased to welcome back talented and versatile musician, Mike Blackmore billing himself as “Blackmore & Blackmore”. Not only is he adapt at playing guitar and d’jembe, but he also has a wonderfully rich voice with a mellow timber to it.
Saying Mike is versatile is a bit of an understatement. He is comfortable playing for all sorts of audiences in a variety of venues and situations. From a bar’s matinee setting to Cheeky Monkey on a First Friday, his ability to adapt his music to suit the surroundings is admirable. As well, he is comfortable with the revolving door of guest musicians who chose to accompany him - and they with him. Sometimes it sounds like they are reading each others minds each being able to take his lead and wrap their own imprint to create thoroughly enjoyable toe tapping music.
Mike’s ever growing playlist is dotted with cover songs he truly does make his own, plus he mixes in his own compositions. His song topics range from sweet to whimsical.
Mike’s enthusiasm for playing is described by local reviewer and blogger Brian Hay as “singer/guitarist Mike Blackmore plunges into his music with the fervour of an individual afraid that he might never have a chance to play the songs that way again.”
During the December First Friday, the art exhibit by W.A. (Bill) Walters called “Just Paint” will adorn the Cheeky Monkey walls for it’s second month.
Bill’s creations are primarily done in Plein Air method (act of painting outdoors), which as you can imagine, can be a challenge when dealing with the elements. Despite this, Bill states it is a very calm and rewarding way to paint.
Besides finding inspiration in Sarnia-Lambton, he makes an annual trip with his wife Jacquie to Ogunquit, Maine. His local subject matters vary from stunning flowering trees in a school yard to the structural beauty of the downriver plants on a cloudy day. On his most recent trip to Maine, he managed to capture the childish joy of flying kites and the majesty hominess of an old country home . His bold use of vivid colours and ability to blend them enhances the natural beauty found in both his preferred choices of locales.
December 4 First Friday at Cheeky Monkey, located at 130 Christina Street downtown Sarnia will start at 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm with the live music of Mike Blackmore. The exhibit and sale of “Just Paint” runs until December 26.