Final week of HFA’s 26th summer season offers up some Irish and country gems


What started on June 30 with a pre-Canada Day Queen tribute concert will see its finale this Friday, August 17 at a sold-out show featuring Matt Andersen. The Huntsville Festival’s 26th season has been a success in every way with superb main stage performances, an exceptional three-week Music at Noon series, and the always popular Nuit Blanche North enjoyed by over 8,000 residents and area visitors.

Notwithstanding the Andersen sellout, there still is time to catch a couple of great performances. On Wednesday, August 15, the country duo Doc Walker come to town and bring their multiple CCMA and Juno award-winning sound to Huntsville for a one night only performance. Chris Thorsteinson and Dave Wasyliw have been entertaining country fans for twenty years, with nine albums and over twenty top ten singles to their name.

On Thursday, August 16, Goitse (pronounced Gwi-Cha) perform in Huntsville as part of a cross-Canada tour. Named Live Irelend’s Traditional Group of the Year, Goitse (pictured above) have become a leader of the new generation of traditional Irish ensembles. Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from the countryside of Ireland and abroad. The gripping rhythm section sets a powerful drive for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine McGeeney draws audiences into a song the way few performers can.

Doc Walker (supplied photo)

Doc Walker plays in Huntsville on August 15 (supplied photo)

Stay tuned for information about an exciting fall lineup that includes country superstar Brett Kissel, tributes to The Everly Brothers, Paul McCartney and The Travelling Wilburys, and the return to Huntsville of The Celtic Tenors for a Christmas show.

More information is available for all of these shows by visiting or by calling the box office at 705-789-4975.

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