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 just released his second solo CD, “Music and Friends”, which follows his 2012 release “Food for Thought”.
With Glenn, you get a high energy, well-paced set of primarily fun and funny folk songs from his CDs “Music and Friends” and “Food for Thought”. 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.
The one theme throughout Glenn’s songs is camaraderie. He sings about family and friends (“Music and Friends”, “It’s a Beautiful Day for a Beer”), likes to make fun of himself (“Middle Aged and Overweight”, “Music, Sports, Sex and Beer”), raps about his East Coast roots (“Let’s Talk New Brunswick”, “Lobster Roll”) brings dramatic historical events to life (“Newfoundland 9-1-1”, “The Christmas Truce”), and balances it all out with the odd love song (“The Wedding Video”, “Come See the Stars”). You will be entertained!
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