Summer 2018

Kingsburg Summer Concert Series 2018


Duckworth Real Estate hosts an annual Summer Musical Series in The Barn. Every year, the roster is different.  We try to cater to the various tastes of people of the South Shore.  Our pool of talent is primarily from Atlantic Canada, and largely Nova Scotian.  Sometimes we venture out and bring in people like Mary Barry ( from Newfoundland.  

Full roster of 2018 season is forthcoming.  The following are confirmed:

Ariana Nasr & Curtis Thorpe



Ariana Nasr and Curtis Thorpe will present a musical feast of jazz, funk and soul featuring Ariana's versatile singing and saxophone playing accompanied by Curtis' percussive guitar and harmonica.  Expect to hear jazz songs from greats such as Nina Simone, Cole Porter and Etta James, some of Dave Brubeck's best-loved numbers as well as hits from the likes of James Brown, Prince and Stevie Wonder.  In addition, Ariana will include a couple of numbers from her Édith Piaf show by special request!

Take Five:
At Last:
For Once in My Life:
La vie en rose:


Steve Normandin, accordionist and pianist

Friday, August 24th at 7 pm

Self-taught accordionist and pianist Steve Normandin's extensive knowledge of French songwriting has led him to perform in many different parts of the French-speaking world. A composer and lyricist, he's also a terrific singer who can perform Canadian Folk or French songs with real panache.

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Between the years 2003 and 2007 if you wanted to catch Steve in performance you could do so at various places across the globe—Australia, Singapore, Germany, France, Belgium—as an actor-musician in "The Busker's Opera", a rock opera staged by Canadian heavy-hitter, Robert Lepage. He also worked with great Canadian and French artists, from songwriting to classical world (soprano Suzie LeBlanc, Anne Sylvestre, Gilles Vigneault,  Trois-Rivières and Quebec Symphony orchestras, and many more). 

A collector of 78's from the first half of the 20th century (French Music Hall, Québec singers, old-time jazz, Swing...) Steve regularly salvages those would-be relics from the dust bin of history and revivifies them for both his own pleasure and that of his listening audience. He performs regularly as both a soloist and with the many and diverse ensembles that call upon his talents, including any of several Jazz Manouche outfits. 

Steve makes his home in France since 2015 : Brittany, next to the sea.

Here's what they said about Steve at  "Django in June" in 2017 in Northampton, Massachussets, USA.....

“Well, I’m sorry, I’m not an accordion player, but I can tell you I was absolutely blown away by Steve Normandin (who plays everything, it seems...I think if they did a genetic mapping of the man, they’d discover musical staffs, not DNA strands). Friday night’s concert he did a kind of tragic, histoire-chanson, and finished on one of the most explosively dramatic moments I have ever seen in any music, with any instrument.”




Other barn concert notices are forthcoming....



Lecture Series 2018



Series title: Poetry and Psychoanalysis

Professor Seán Kennedy of Saint Mary’s University

also citizen of Kingsburg


All lectures are on Wednesday night

and at 7 pm

at the Kingsburg Barn


July 11th:

'Something there is that doesn't love a wall': Robert Frost in the Age of Trump

July 25th:

'Hunting the salami: Penis Envy in Carol Ann Duffy's "Frau Freud"'

August 8th:

Me too? Feminist solidarity in Andrew McMillan's "Leda To Her Daughters"

All are welcome.