The Heartaches Stringband

Acoustic Honkytonk from Southwestern Ontario

That was fun – now Aeolian Hall!

Hey folks, thanks so much for coming out to see us at The St. Regis Tavern last Friday night.  It felt like coming home, and it was good to so many familiar faces. Thanks to Northland Rail Service for their entertaining set of music, and to young Londoner Devon Nickerson who got up with us in the great big finale.  Scroll down for a few photos from the show, they’re “atmospheric” because we were having such a good time.

Next up!

With that show finished, Martin & Amanda Lynn are moving on to a very exciting opportunity this Friday Feb. 2nd: playing beloved London music hall The Aeolian. They’ll be playing an opening set for Canadian mandolin great Andrew Collins, who’s in town with his trio for the first time.  They made a video yesterday promoting the show which you can see above.

Click here for tickets – use the discount code AEOLIAN2018 for a 20% discount!  

Northland Rail Service with The Heartaches

Uncle Dan never misses a chance to dance!

James Cummins & Devon Nickerson picking some tunes!

James was joined by Devon Nickerson & Keenan Reimer for some tunes.

Amanda Lynn Stubley and Martin Horak play with The Heartaches Stringband

Amanda Lynn & Martin played a set of oldtime music to kick off the night!

Soon: The St. Regis with Northland Rail!

Amanda Lynn Stubley performing at The Soho London OntarioSheesham Lotus and Son at The Soho in London Ontario with Amanda Lynn StubleyWhoa, we had a heck of a fun time at the Soho with our pals Sheesham, Lotus & Son. Thanks to you all for coming out, and helping make it a successful show. And thank you to CHRW DJ What Wave Dave for capturing these great images of the night.

Coming up this week, The Heartaches are back in our old stompin’ grounds at The St. Regis Tavern, for a last-Friday-of-the-month show. Joining us will be Northland Rail Service, a fun and fascinating stringband based in Kitchener. Come out and hear their cello-fiddle-banjo-guitar combinations this Friday, January 26th.  Details about the show are here.

The Heartaches Stringband with Northland Rail Service at the St. Regis Tavern 26 January 2018


Next week on Jan. 31st, Martin & Amanda Lynn are playing the beautiful Acoustic Spotlight house concert series. Then on Friday February 2nd Amanda Lynn is thrilled to be playing Aeolian Hall on February 2nd, opening for Canadian mandolin great Andrew Collins and his trio.  You can get tickets here.  Martin will be joining her for this show, and they are both really excited!

Andrew Collins wsg Amanda Lynn Stubley at Aeolian Hall Feb 2 2018

Whether it’s at a show or somewhere else, we hope to see you soon friends!

This week! Oldtime madness with Sheesham, Lotus & Son

Happy mid-January! We hope that you’re all finding ways to stay warm in one of the coldest winters we’ve seen in a long time, in Southwest Ontario.  The full Heartaches will be back at the St. Regis Tavern this month, Jan. 26th, with Northland Rail Service. This week, there’s something else happening.

Sheesham, Lotus & son with Amanda Lynn Stubley Jan 18 2018

We want to let you know about a show that will heat you up, happening this Thursday night, at the Soho Bar & Grill (formerly the Victoria Tavern).  Sheesham, Lotus & Son have been described as “The Mississippi Sheiks meet Dr. Seuss, as curated by H.G. Wells.”  That’s about the best way we can think of to describe them. Their music uses tuba, fiddle, banjo and homemade amplification devices like the Contrabass Harmoni-phonium. Their show is fun, dynamic and involves many hi-jinx and quite a few antics.

Amanda LynnSheeshloSon is opening the night at 7:30pm with a short set. Tickets cost $10 – email Amanda Lynn for yours at, or get them at the door while they last.  More information about the show here, and information about Sheesham, Lotus & Son here.

You can see what all the fuss is about in their video:

2018 We’re comin’ at ya!

Well, it’s been awhile friends! In autumn we decided to take a little pause in Heartache-land, to let us catch our breath. 2017 was an incredible year for us, both as a group and as individual artists.

The Heartaches at the London Brewing Coop July 2017

We developed as artists

Each one of The Heartaches saw significant development in our musical and artistic profiles:

James has been a guest player with many London bands, and is now a regular with our friends in Myrtle Earle, in addition to supporting Amanda Lynn at solo shows in the Home County Festival and The Local in Toronto. Uncle Dan has continued developing his solo and side-man work, as well as our cousin-band The River Valley Stringband, and you can now find him behind the bar at venerable London watering hole The Richmond Tavern. As always, Martin has been supporting Amanda Lynn in her musical adventures; beyond that, in 2017 Martin and Amanda Lynn began exploring a new repertoire and playing some very successful house concerts and other intimate shows.  Martin is the fiddling professor, and in July he kicked off a sabbatical year, which gives him a release from his teaching duties and shifts his job to all-research. We’re excited to see what new ideas he offers up to the world, and which fiddle tunes he might learn in his spare time!

Amanda Lynn had so many new opportunities it’s been hard to keep track. Her solo EP Gem charted for more than a month at 94.9 CHRW, as well as in several other college stations across Canada! Her release show at The Soho was a magical afternoon that involved all The Heartaches and many of our supporters. She was nominated for a JRLMA music award, joined the Jack Richardson Orchestra for July 1st celebrations, played at the legendary Home County Music and Art Festival! And all that in addition to starting a contract at CHRW as a fundraising coordinator and also teaching a class at Fanshawe College! Yikes. You can see why we needed a rest!

We got busy!
The Heartaches Stringband London Ontario posters for 2017

Posters and images for a few of the shows we played in 2017

For the band itself, we had a phenomenal year that involved our first shows in Stratford and Toronto, a recording session where we created a mobile studio in a church, and the growth of our last-Friday-of-the month residency at the St. Regis Tavern! We played some beautifully memorable shows in 2017 – a gorgeous wedding on the beach at Lake Huron, shows at both the London Brewing Coop and Anderson Ales in Old East Village’s brewing district, the absolutely magical Woodfield Community Porch Concert Series.

Coming soon:

As 2017 has drawn to a close, we’ve been reflecting on who we are as a band and where we want to take our music.  We’re excited about the growth and change, the magic and the surprise, that a new year brings.  We’re eager to share some of the recording we did last year, so stay tuned for a release in the near future.  And the lineup of gigs is already beginning to shape up:  March 23rd, we’re playing in Melborne, ON at The Harvest Table, we’ll be back to The Local Tavern in Toronto, and we’re back at the St. Regis Tavern the last Friday of this month – January 26th with our friends from Kitchener, Northland Rail Service!

Amanda Lynn has two special shows coming up this month – on January 13th, she’s kicking off the Building Better Fest, a fundraiser for The Chippewa Sustainable Living Project, a wonderful and important project looking to pair anti-poverty work, sustainability and reconciliation with First Nations.

poster Building Better Fest 2018 London Ontario

Sheesham Lotus & Son at the Soho London OntarioOn January 18th, she’s playing an opening set for the remarkable Sheesham, Lotus & Son at The Soho. This Canadian band is a legend and promises raucous and energized performances on fiddle, tuba and banjo.

Thank you for your support friends! We can’t wait to see you.


Wow! Where’d that month go?? & Blurry Pickers Oct 27th!

The Heartaches and the Blurry Pickers at the St. Regis Tavern Oct. 27 2017

Hey friends, we’re experiencing life at 100 miles per hour right now at Heartaches Central Command.  We missed telling you about a whole show and we’re really sorry about that! Amanda Lynn, The Heartaches chief communications strategist, head blog writer and main DingDong is especially regretful about that.

BUT all is not lost, because we have another show to tell you about, and it’s a good one! Our friends The Blurry Pickers are coming back to play a Halloween extravaganza with us at our regular last-Friday show.  We’re playing Friday, October 27th at the St. Regis Tavern.  The Blurry Pickers love their progressive JamGrass, so expect a big ole party.

And please note: we are going to be easing off the monthly shows for a little while, so we can catch up with ourselves, so this might be your last chance to see us in the comfy atmosphere of the Regis for a little while. Catch us while you can, we’d love to see you!

PS. On a more serious note, Amanda Lynn appeared today on CBC London Morning, on CBC Radio One. The topic was the #metoo campaign.  It was an important topic, and you might be interested in listening back here.

Amanda Lynn Stubley with Romayne Fullerton Smith and Jasmine Jasani at CBC London Ontario

Thanks to host Rebecca Zandbergen for snapping this photo of Amanda Lynn with fellow panelists Jasmine Jasani and Romayne Fullerton-Smith.