Like many artists before her, singer-songwriter Melissa Payne grew up in an area where musical talent ran deep and was never in short supply. That was Ennismore ON. Inspired by family and friends and fiddle lessons from the internationally acclaimed Leahy family, Melissa developed a love for playing and performing music at an early age.
By 18, she had taught herself to play guitar and began writing songs. With her fiddle and guitar and a batch of original songs, she began building a fan base in the Peterborough On area performing wherever she could. She also managed to land a job as a tour hand on the road with world-renowned fiddler Natalie McMaster. It was during that time she learned first hand about the determination and dedication it takes to be a successful touring artist. The past couple of years have been busy with playing, touring and writing including appearances at Mariposa, the Boots & Hearts festival and the Peterborough Folk Festival.
In 2009, Melissa released a collection of songs she now refers to as her “early demos” It was those songs that caught the attention of the Seventh Fire record label. and a relationship developed which culminated in her 2012 signing to the label and the forthcoming release of her nine-song self-titled debut album.
The album was produced by engineer/producer James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff The Duke, The Spades) and 7th Fire label head, Tom Street. The self-titled album is due out in September 2012 distributed nationally through Fontana North.
Friday, May 15th, The Union Street, welcomes back Melissa Payne (who we first met on stage with Matt Mays last year) with special guests, the Mayhemingways.
Tickets are $20 + tax , Sorry no refunds available.