About Glenn – Musician, Songwriter… Entertainer!
Glenn hails originally from New Brunswick and now makes his home in Brampton, Ontario. In addition to his solo endeavours, he is also one/half of the Celtic and East Coast duo Brown Ale and one/third of the Celtic-Rock trio Celteclectic. Glenn is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, harmonica, mandolin, accordion, bouzouki) who is the President and co-founder of the Brampton Folk Club, the 2009 Brampton Arts Person of the Year and a songwriter who was honoured with the 2011 OCFF Songs From the Heart Winner (Humour). He has toured his native province of New Brunswick twice and has just released his fourth solo CD, “Bayside” which chronicles his family’s 200 year history.
With Glenn, you get a high energy, well-paced set of primarily fun and funny folk songs from his four CDs. Some have an East Coast feel to them; others are more country, while still others have elements of rock or even world music in them. His well-crafted originals have a sing-a-long familiarity to them that gets the audience involved. You will be entertained!
Like many good songwriters, Glenn writes about things that are important to him in a way that people can easily relate to. Besides his native province of New Brunswick, Glenn likes to sing about family, friends, hugs, sports and Canada. While he likes to keep his tongue planted firmly in cheek most of the time, there’s still plenty of serious Canadian pride in songs like “Hey Canada!”, “To Be In New Brunswick Once More”, and “Newfoundland 9-1-1”. Most importantly, Glenn does a fun, high energy, well-balanced show that includes lots of opportunities for audience participation.
Glenn plays primarily acoustic guitar, with some harmonica (and occasional kazoo) sprinkled in. His brother Keith plays various percussion instruments and adds backing vocals. In longer shows, Glenn will add accordion, mandolin or bouzouki for variety.
“(Dulse! is)…a really fun, happy song…really a good one”
Randy Bachman, CBC Radio
“McFarlane proves to be quite a remarkable songwriter”
Roddy Campbell, Editor in Chief, Penguin Eggs
“I enjoyed the whole collection…but the absolute stand-out is “The Wedding Video” – you’ve captured beauty and honesty in song beautifully and honestly.”
Mike Ford, musician
“(Let’s Talk New Brunswick)…is the perfect mix of history and a fun folk sing-along”
Danelle Cloutier, Canada’s History Cross Country Playlist
“McFarlane's very much a people's folk singer”
Bob Mersereau, CBC music columnist