Singer-songwriter Mary Lou Minor fuses classical piano training, her older brother’s jazz collection, a love of country music, and folk sensibilities, into an eclectic style: a blend of alt-country, southern rock, folk and blues. Her award-winning songwriting is imbued with roots-inspired purity and lyrical integrity. As a performer, she engages the audience with an unspoken invitation to share her vulnerability and emotional honesty.
She started her musical career in her 20s with a country-rock band, Fargo, and began writing a few years later. She co-founded a country-roots band, Three Penny Opus that won ‘Gold’ in Havelock and ‘Best Country’ at the Barrie New Musicfest in 2009. Several of her songs have received air play on Live365.com, CKHA 100.9 FM and CIUT 89.5.
Recently returning to the Niagara Peninsula and to complete the circle, Mary Lou is excited to work again with Tom Bruno, the original and incredibly versatile lead guitarist from her first band, Fargo; Jerry Dalcourt, a long-time Niagara musician and equally long-time friend, who provides vocal harmonies and creative bass arrangements to each song; and, the incomparable John “Miggs” Migliaccio on drums and percussion.
In their first season, the band has already garnered nominations for Country Group of theYear and Folk Group of the Year from the Niagara Music Awards 2012.
The original roots music of Mary Lou Minor & Travellers' Fare is decidedly and resoundingly unique.
Mary Lou Minor - Harmonica, Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Tom Bruno - Lead Guitar
Jerry Dalcourt - Bass and Harmonies
John 'Miggs' Migliaccio - drums and percussion
Her debut CD was released in July 2010, with Three Penny Opus, a band she co-founded with another singer-songwriter. The album was entitled, Three Penny Opus, with songwriting shared between Mary Lou and Vince Therrien. The album reached #11 on the charts at CIUT fm soon after release. The band released it's second CD, Somethin' Else, in June, 2011 and both are available on CD Baby.
She is currently working on a solo CD to be released sometime in 2013.
DOUBLE NOMINATIONS at the Niagara Music Awards 2012
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First season out and the band picked up two nominations: Country Group of the Year and Folk Group o...First season out and the band picked up two nominations: Country Group of the Year and Folk Group of the Year! Learned about the Folk Group nomination at the awards ceremony since our name was confused with another nominee in the press. Nice surprise for us.
Two more songs selected from international competition
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August 2011 -- Two songs -- Beautiful Lies and Help Me Find My Way have been selected for a three-mo...August 2011 -- Two songs -- Beautiful Lies and Help Me Find My Way have been selected for a three-month feature on Women of Substance Radio, Live 365.com, commencing early October 2011, and regular rotation immediately.
Three Penny Opus earns ‘gold star’ and spot in jamboree
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"Old school" sound band takes coveted Havelock prize
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< the coveted grand prize at the seventh annual Ontario Country Music Showdown and will appear on stage Sunday at the Havelock Country
band members Mary Lou Minor, Vince Therrien, Andre Paraskevas and
Pam Steingard were nothing short of surprised by their triumph.
“We packed up after the first set,” joked violinist Steingard.
“We had a bit of a unique sound,” guitarist, singer and songwriter Minor
agreed. “But this was a very open audience.”
“We’re really surprised because we’re old school and thought if this is new country this might be a very tough audience,” said Therrien, a guitarist
and singer-songwriter. “We play all originals and are pretty proud of our compositions and feel happy and confident with them that we can play
The Havelock gig was only the band’s fourth live show with much of their time given over to writing, arranging and learning songs.
“We spend a lot of time and care arranging them. Just letting them ferment and stew like a good wine,” says bassist Paraskevas.
The band brings together a diverse stream of musical influences,everything from traditional country and classical violin to roots and
Paraskevas’s “all over the map” exploration of reggae, funk and blues.
“It’s safe to say we’re all very roots oriented,” Paraskevas added. “As an
artist you’re looking for something unique. You’re trying to reinvent something but at the same time you can’t deny what people have done before you. It’s an homage to something that was established and firm.”
Therrien says they can add their victory and appearance at the Jamboree to their promo kit and web site.
“It’s a little golden stamp on the resume.”
“It’s an affirmation for sure,” says Paraskevas. “It’s tough to be objective and know what other people think. It’s nice to hear it from someone else.”
“It’s been a great day and so well-organized. This is the classiest event
we’ve ever attended,” Minor said.
was “magnificent,” said judge Dan Ireland a former
champion whose popular band is appearing Saturday at the Jamboree.
“Their grasp was just awesome. I wish they could write songs for me. Their harmonies and deliverance were tight and clean.
“The whole day was very good. The contest keeps improving. I know what it feels like for these guys. It’s a good feeling. It pushes you in the right direction to achieve more goals in music.”
Sample Set List
Tomorrow is the Day 4:50
Takin’ a Chance on You 3:45
Here We Go Again 3:37
More Than Often… 4:55
Inside Out Again 3:25
I Never Thought I’d Love. 4:00
You Took Me Dancing 3:00
You Draw Me Back 4:55
Can’t Believe I’m Losin’ Again 3:00
Beautiful Lies 4:10
Two Years Gone 5:22