Good Old Lanark County Music–From the 70s to now




Photos- Carleton Place Canadian file- Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


So who were these blasts from the past? Please let me know..

Faye Campbell– I think this is Reg Delahunt and his daughter from Ashton at that time

Have you heard of the Claytones from Lanark County? They are from good stock as they say. When I saw Kelly Prescott I almost fell down as her mother Tracey Brown used to shop in my store. If she is that old– how old does it make me? LOL

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The Claytones are ones to watch on the Canadian roots/country music scene.–Claytones website 

Founded in 1824 as a tiny rural hamlet, historic Clayton, Ontario sits quietly in Lanark County, 30 minutes from Ottawa. With a population nestling just under 14,000, it is a community with deep generational roots, attractive to former city dwellers looking for a slower life in the country, and local artists enjoying a peaceful, inspirational place to work and live. It also bustles with musical energy and is home to roots/country act The Claytones.

The genesis of the band goes back to 2009 when vocalist/guitarist Anders Drerup was cast in the lead role of Gram Parsons in the theatrical production “Grievous Angel the Legend of Gram Parsons,”alongside vocalist/guitarist Kelly Prescott in the supporting role of Emmylou Harris. The undeniable chemistry that the two created led to the forming of The Claytones.

The band consists of four musicians all well known in the Ottawa Valley. Prescott hails from two musically renowned family lines. Her mother, Tracey Brown, is a Juno Award nominee, an inductee in the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of the Family Brown. Her father, Randall Prescott, is a Juno Award winner, and one of Canada’s most awarded producers. Drerup has played in many bands and in many different styles, making him much sought-after for recording and live performances. Bassist Adam Puddington is one of Almonte, Ontario’s golden sons, and has been a part of the musical community for many years. In 2013, the band added vocalist/mandolinist Pat McLaughlin to the band to fill out their sound. Bringing all this diverse history together, the band coalesced musically. “Even though we come from varied backgrounds and have listened to everything from Celtic to jazz to blues,” says Prescott. “It was old-time country music and rock that initially brought us together.”

Related reading:

The Musical Talents of Dave Brown

He was a Step Dancing Legend from Up da Line..

Gilles Roy-Step Dancer Extraordinare

Fiddling in Lanark County by David Ennis

The Dawn Patrol on Local Dance Halls

Dance Hall Days with The Coachmen

Fiddler’s Hill— Where the Green Grass Doesn’t Grow in Lanark

Down At the Twist and Shout–Wave’s Inn

Straight Outta Carleton Place High School — Wava McDaniel Baker

Architecture Stories: The Hotel that Stompin’ Tom Connors Saved

All About Lorraine Lemay –Mississippi Hotel

Lanark County Dance Halls 1950s, 60s & 70s


Back to The Future — Twisting Your Dignity Away

The Natives of Carleton Place — Violins and Deer

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Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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