I have to confess that this venue is my sentimental favourite.  This jam (at its previous location) was the first place I played in public since my youth

On Tuesday nights the usual restaurant layout is rearranged into one long table surrounded by chairs for musicians. Listeners and friends sit in cozy booths or the remaining tables in the large, Mediterranean themed dining room.  Terry Golletz is the host for this acoustic open jam. Voice, guitar, banjo, fiddle, flute, mandolin, and accordion are among the instruments that come together here.  No stage, no sign-up – musicians take turns leading a song and this turn-taking moves around the room to include everyone.  Musicians and friends often come from Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Orangeville and Cambridge.

The music mix is fairly eclectic: I have heard Ukrainian folk songs, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, fiddle tunes, original compositions, and Edith Piaf all on the same night.  Where else will you hear a Jimi Hendrix song played on the ukulele?  There is a wide range of musical proficiency.  Relative beginners or people resurrecting old musical skills play alongside seasoned performers.  The atmosphere is welcoming and supportive. This is not a quiet venue.  Restaurant patrons may be conversing, multiple instruments often join in on songs, so be prepared to sing out boldly!

Delainey’s has not always been the gathering place for Fergus musicians.  To learn more about the Old Copper Kettle and the founder of the Fergus Tuesday night jam check out my interview with Nonie Crete.

[NOTE: This venue is moving to The Creperie in Elora as of November 22, 2011; Delainey’s, 793 Tower Rd,  Fergus, every Tuesday 8 – 11 pm]