August 3rd - George Meanwell
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In the late 1970's, George Meanwell was guitarist and vocalist with the Toronto acoustic folk trio Short Turn which performed throughout the then extensive 416 area code, garnering invitations from Morningside, 90 Minutes Live, and George Hamilton IV. Until 2002 he was Quartetto Gelato's cellist, guitarist and mandolinist (as well as webmaster, sometime arranger and liner note writer) in concerts throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Since then he has returned to songwriting, releasing Another Street in 2003 and Late (recorded with The Loss Leaders ) in 2008.
George continues to be busy as a cellist. He was featured on the soundtrack of the documentary film A Murder of Crows shown on CBC's The Nature of Things in the fall of 2009, and appeared on stage as both cellist and guitarist in the 2010 Stratford Shakespeare Festival productions of As You Like It and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. More recently he supplied cello and mandolin for Sylvia Tyson's 2011 release Joyner's Dream.
Since the fall of 2010 he has collaborated with Anna Atkinson in a series of concerts throughout southern Ontario, and in 2011 returned to the stage of the Stratford Festival in The Grapes of Wrath. In 2012 he brings his Guthrie Award funded concertina, as well as cello and guitar, to the Stratford Festival production of The Pirates of Penzance, and performs a solo set of his own material every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am at Rundles restaurant (Stratford) for the Stratford Summer Music festival (July 16 to August 26).
For the Noon Hour Concert, George will be accompanied by Eric St-Laurent on the guitar.