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Orchid Trail Quartet performs an eclectic program

by Sandy Lindsay

October 17, 2016
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Orchid Trail quartet is an unusual musical combination of flute, bass, drums and electric Harp.

On Thursday, October 13th, the quartet performed at Southampton United Church in a fundraiser with proceeds going to the Church and community projects.

Meryl Gilmore on flute and Kerstin Allvin on harp

Meryl Gilmore on flute, Mike Grace on bass, Steven Wood on percussion and Kerstin Allvin on harp played a wide variety of music ranging from Jazz to Classical and Celtic - an eclectic assortment of music to appeal a wide range of musical tastes.

Kerstin Allvin, is an extra harpist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, has frequented Japan and, according to her biography, she is a founding member of the Orchid Trail Quartet.

Mike Grace, an accomplished bass player, also plays the saxophone and, in addition to holding a PhD in music, has been a teacher at the University and elementary school levels.  Grace has also toured world wide winning numerous jazz festival awards and has performed with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Peter Appleyard, Rosemary Cloonery and many more.

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Meryl Gilmore is the principal flute player with the Georgian Bay Symphony and is also a music teacher at G. C. Huston School in Southampton and gives private flute lessons.  A member of the Orchid Trail Quartet, she holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Western Ontario.

Steve Wood is an accomplished percussionist who, with a background in rock has performed with bands such as Sloan and Our Lady Peace.


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