The Heartaches Stringband

Acoustic Honkytonk from Southwestern Ontario

This week: Back to the Local, plus Amanda Lynn & Dan with Bobby Dove!

We had a beautiful time at the St. Regis Tavern last night with our pals from The Blurry Pickers! Thanks for coming out to support our dive-bar-singing, good-timin’ ways.

It’s a Blurry Pickers / Heartaches Party!  Thanks to Ian Puppe for the photographic evidence.

We’ve got a couple of things coming up to let you know about:  Uncle Dan is organizing a last-minute Halloween matinee at The Richmond Tavern show, on October 31st:  The remarkable country singer Bobby Dove is coming to town and we don’t want to miss it.  Amanda Lynn will play an opening set at 4pm (and then run home to get the kids into their Halloween costumes!)  Bobby will knock our socks off, and then Uncle Dan will play a closing set.  It will be scary-beautiful. Details are here.

Then Saturday, November 4th, Amanda Lynn and James are headed back to Toronto to play at The Local Pub.  It’s becoming our Toronto home-away-from-home, and it feels great! Joining them will be former Goin’ Concern member Shaman Ayerhart on dobro.  5-7pm, pay-what-you-can. Come out to the heart of Roncesvalles and have a great time!  Details here.

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.




Last Week, Beautiful Bayfield, This Weekend Terrific Toronto

Wow that was a weekend to remember, we played every day of the weekend!  Thanks to our pal Thom Coombes for setting up a super fun night of music and antics at The Soho.  And thanks to Western Fair for including us in the I Love Local programming! Sunday saw all four Heartaches on the stage in varying combinations.   Especially, though, thanks to Shaman and Kate for having us play their wedding in Bayfield! It was a great honour to play the music as you walked down the aisle, and a great joy to help you celebrate all afternoon!


This weekend, us Heartaches are hitting the road again, making our first full-band appearance in Toronto! Come on down the 401 to join us at the Local Pub on Roncesvalles Ave. for a friendly room, great food and a relaxed afternoon show.  And if you do come down, make sure to follow us over to the Dakota Tavern where our hometown heroes  The Rizdales are holding court that night!

It’s an all-good-news story for country music from the Forest City, and we’d be much obliged if you’d help us invite Toronto folks to our matinee! Here’s a link with the details.  We’re hoping to make it back again in Fall, so we’re looking to make some new friends in The Big Smoke.