Rae Palmer

Rae began her musical career at the age of 4, as a member of her family band ‘Ray’s Trio’. Her major influences as a country music singer, were Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton but she also combined some rock and roll along with 60’s music in her song repertoire. She performed as a solo artist, duo, trio, four piece and five piece band throughout the 80’s and 90’s. As a songwriter/recording artist, she released an album entitled ‘A Dream Come True’ in 1985. Eight of her songs were charted in the national RPM Country Hit list. Her album was also heard and sold in the UK . In 1986, Rae was nominated for the ‘ Rising Star ‘ category with the Canadian Country Music Association. She has made appearances on The Tommy Hunter Show, as well as the Irwin Prescott Show. She was also featured as the opening act for Mel McDaniels in 1991. Rae was absent from the music scene for several years, however she continued with her songwriting. In 2006, she released a CD entitled ‘Ode to the Animal Shelters’, a project she had undertaken to help in raising funds for animal shelters to save lives of abused and unwanted animals. She has since rekindled her passion for music and for the past three years, she has been performing at various Retirement Homes, Home Extended Care Facilities, Charity events, festivals and other venues in the Ottawa Valley and surrounding area. Rae has expanded her song list to include other genres of music such as jazz, soft rock, folk, and pop music.

Michel Gallant

Michel has been playing guitar and singing vocal harmonies for over 50 years starting with pop bands in high school in the early '60s. He has performed solo and with several groups ranging from rock, jazz, blues, classical, surf and folk in duos, trios and quartets. In 2014 he forged an eclectic classic pop duo Straight Up with long time musical partner Ian Jones. From 2015 to 2017 he undertook a two year musical project to learn all instrument parts and vocal harmonies along with Ian Jones and home-record half of The Beatles standard songbook, dubbed FAB50%. His passion for Beatles music inspired him to form A Beatles Tribute band to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. The Tribute band has performed at various venues and special events in the Carleton Place, Smiths Falls and surrounding regions during 2017. Through his extensive multitrack home recording experience, Mitch has coached several vocal artists in recording, mixing and mastering their favourite songs. He has recently hosted an Open Jam in Carleton Place and backed many local musicians on guitar. Mitch's musical influences include The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Ventures, Jimi Hendrix, The Cream, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and many other artists of all genres from 1950 to the present.