Welcome to Newmarket Folk Society!

We’re back! After more than two and half years we are resuming our concerts at the Newmarket Legion. We have missed seeing all of you and look forward to enjoying live music with you again.

Our 2023 Season Concert Line-up:

  • Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023 – Rick Fines with Alec Fraser and Roly Platt
  • Saturday, March 18 – Allison Lupton
  • Saturday, April 22 – Stephen Fearing
  • Saturday, May 27 – Boreal “Songs of Renewal”

Rick Fines with Alec Fraser and Roly Platt

  • Jan. 28, 2022
  • 8 p.m., doors open at 7:15 p.m.
  • Newmarket Legion, 707 Srigley St.
  • Tickets: $30


  1. Visit TicketScene* – to purchase online by credit card.
  2. Etransfer to newmarketfolk@gmail.com – please include your email address in the comment box (no password/security answer is required).
  3. Phone Patty McLaughlin at 705.431.7182 to pay by credit card.

* Please note: we’re no longer using Brown Paper Tickets and selling tickets through Ticketscene, a Canadian-owned (Kitchener) online ticketing and event promotion platform


Canadian roots music vet, Rick Fines, has had a long and storied career as one of the country’s hardest working musicians. He has toured across Canada countless times solo, as a duo or with a full band and has recorded over 14 albums and has been a guest on many others. Steeped in roots music, Rick crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act. First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released six solo albums, another with his own trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick.

“I’m so happy to have my longtime friends Alec and Roly playing with me for one of my favourite audiences – the Newmarket Folk Society. I’ve known these guys for more than 25 years.”

– Rick Fines

Rick’ newest release, Solar Powered Too, was released during a global pandemic, with the bulk of the songs recorded in a little gazebo in the North Kawartha woods, with solar power. You can hear the crickets and cicadas if you listen carefully. This album has received nominations from the Juno Awards, Maple Blues Awards and Canadian Folk Music Awards – a total of 6 nominations!

Learn more about Rick.

Roly Platt has had the pleasure of touring and recording with many greats in the business, including Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, David Clayton-Thomas, Rita Chiarelli, Suzie Vinnick and Ronnie Hawkins. Roly’s distinctive sound has led to over 1,800 individual album cuts, movie scores and national jingles.

Learn more about Roly.

Alec Fraser Jr has been playing bass with international artists such as Bo Diddley, The Drifters, and Kim Wilson, as well as Canadian artists like Jeff Healey, David Wilcox and Ron Hynes. These credits have helped earn him the 2004 and 2009 Maple Blues Bassist of the Year. As a producer and engineer his productions and bass work have won 23 awards ranging from Junos to the American Blues Foundation.

Learn more about Alec.


East Coast singer-songwriter and multi award-winning entertainer Lennie Gallant brings The Innkeeper’s Christmas 2022, a holiday favourite full of his original seasonal songs, Gallant classics, captivating stories, and enchanting visuals in a multimedia presentation to our stage on Nov. 25.

For several years, Gallant has performed new editions of The Innkeeper’s Christmas in Atlantic Canada to sold out crowds. With the release of his first and long-awaited Christmas album, Christmas Day on Planet Earth last November to much praise and critical acclaim along with the formation of his new band – including partner and Acadian star Patricia Richard, multi-instrumental phenom Keelin Wedge, and piano marvel Julien Robichaud – this show promises to be the best one yet!


Offering a diverse mix of traditional, maritime, folk and blue grass music, this group of talented musicians, John Prince, Bruce McDaniel, Joe Sexton and Donny Wood has been entertaining enthusiastic audiences throughout Ontario and the Maritimes and beyond for many years both individually and as members of “John Prince & A Piece of the Rock”.

Their strong vocal harmonies and lyrical melodies as they perform old favourites and original compositions, present a memorable musical experience that leaves audiences yearning for more.