The Heartaches Stringband

Acoustic Honkytonk from Southwestern Ontario

Heartaches Brunch in Stratford!

Hey friends, there’s no better way to relax on the weekend then with some delicious breakfast and acoustic music. We are thrilled to be playing the Stratford Bluegrass Brunch this weekend, Sunday March 26th,  at the Local Community Food Centre! There’ll be music and a hearty brunch, by donation, from 10-1pm.


bluegrass brunch in Stratford


This is the monthly show that is usually hosted by our pals The Blurry Pickers.  We’d love to see you if you can make it. If you have a passion for food and community, you’ll be blown away by what they have going in Stratford.  Us food-loving, music making folks in London could learn a thing or two from these wonderful people! Maybe we can get inspired to start our own brunch here in town.

WOW. “Gem” EP Release thank you!

Amanda Lynn Stubley performing with banjo

Amanda Lynn Stubley launches “Gem” at The SoHo Bar and Grill. Photo by Fred Smith.

Well friends, it’s Amanda Lynn writing, and I’m overwhelmed! Thank you to everyone who came out to The SoHo Bar & Grill for my EP release party on March 5th.  We sold out of CDs in 1/2 hour. We maxed out the room. We sold The SoHo out of food and most beverages.  It was thoroughly amazing!

I think we nearly had quorum for a Home County Music and Art Festival board meeting, and we definitely had enough people in the room to throw a great festival.  Words can’t express what this means to me.  What a joy!

I have more EPs now. You can message me at sweetappalachia AT gmail DOT com if you’d like one.  Or even better, like my new artist facebook page: and ask me there.  Or pop over to Grooves Record Store and buy one there.

Now, onward I go! I’m still inviting you to consider voting for me in the Folk / Roots category of the Jack Richardson London Music Awards, at  Voting is open until March 24th.  I’ve got a couple of solo shows coming up this month – March 11th at Musical Chairs at the St. Regis Tavern . And my first every time playing Fitzrays Indie Wednesday, March 15th, with Martin Horak!

With so much gratitude,   Amanda Lynn


The Heartaches Stringband at the SoHo Bar & Grill

The Heartaches capped off the EP release with a barn-burner. Photo by Andrew Black

EP Release, Jacks nomination for Amanda Lynn!

Gem EP Release poster Soho Bar 466 South St. 5 March

We got some exciting news this week – our own Amanda Lynn Stubley is nominated for a Folk / Roots award in London’s music awards, the Jack Richardson London Music Awards!  We’re thrilled for her! The Jacks are named after esteemed Canadian music producer Jack Richardson, and being associated with him by this nomination is a huge honour.

Big congrats to Amanda Lynn’s fellow nominees too:  The Marrieds, Frank Ridsdale, Andy Chillman, Cat Clyde, and Pete Denomme & the Cosmic Cowboys. That’s an impressive group of folk musicians right there.

You can register your vote by becoming a member of the Jacks Music Academy (very simple!) at  Also, with all this ruckus, Amanda Lynn has finally made her own personal artist page on Facebook (click here) .  Follow her adventures more closely at that site. 

And don’t forget, Amanda Lynn is throwing a party to celebrate her EP release at The SoHo Bar & Grill (the former Victoria Tavern) this Sunday, March 5th, 3pm.  Kids are welcome (and free!), the cover charge for everyone else is $5 or $10 with a CD.  The kitchen will be open and all The Heartaches will be in attendance, so expect a fun party!   

Also, thanks to everyone who pulled together to support us with the CBC Searchlight contest. We’ll let you know when we hear who is advancing to the next round – the competition was friendly but fierce!