On Saturday, Dec. 29 from 9 p.m. until midnight, Acoustic Martin and Company will perform at the Old Antlers Inn at 3591 U.S. Route 6 in Gaines, 12.5 miles from Wellsboro and 8.1 miles from Galeton, Pa.
Singers Billy Martin on guitar and Monique Cannière on keyboard, mandolin, violin and penny whistle will be joined by singer-songwriter Chuck Cook on cajón (a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru), bongo and guitar, in playing an eclectic mix of songs, including rock, country and blues favorites along with Irish tunes, a few holiday songs and some originals.
For this performance, Cook is filling in for Martin’s son Justin Jay of Langhorne, Pa. who normally performs with Acoustic Martin but is unable to attend. Cook resides in Willow Grove, Pa. He recently returned to the Philadelphia area from Charleston, South Carolina. In the mid-eighties, Cook was the drummer for Martin’s band.
Cannière is bringing Acoustic Martin to her hometown to perform at the Old Antlers Inn. She was raised in Gaines Township, graduated from Galeton Area High School in 2000 and Mansfield University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance and now lives in Philadelphia where she is an educator, performer and member of Acoustic Martin. She is a poet and lyricist, often incorporating her own words into her songs described as “an artful hybrid between jazz, classical, rock and pop.” Cannière also performs and teaches music in the Philadelphia area, is a featured soprano and chorister in the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and a violinist in the baroque ensemble Vox Ama Deus.
While growing up in Gaines, Cannière developed strong roots in traditional Celtic music beginning at age six when she and her father Vic performed in competitions and folk festivals. While a student at MU, she gave classical and jazz recitals in Mansfield, Wellsboro, Corning, N.Y. and surrounding areas, was concertmaster of the MU Symphony, violinist and vocalist with the MU Jazz Ensemble and a member of the Williamsport Symphony. She received a full tuition scholarship to the 2003 Henry Mancini Institute at UCLA in California and attended the Masters in Jazz Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia as a student of jazz violinist John Blake.
Martin also resides in Philadelphia. He formed Acoustic Martin and Company in 2015. For 36 years, he has been touring and performing in many different venues. He is the lead singer and guitarist for Think Pink Floyd, the Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute Band and has opened for many performers, such as Sebastian Bach, Ace Frehley of Kiss, and Tommy Conwell of the Young Rumblers.
This year, Martin formed Electric Martin, a new five-member band. It includes Martin, Cannière, Cook, Jay and Ted Arnold.