Timmins’ favourite Sons return for Christmas concerts

First time in four years Dave and Don Carroll performing a home-for-the-holidays concert in Timmins

The Sons of Maxwell -- Dave Carroll, left, and his brother Don -- return to Timmins next month for their first hometown Christmas concert in four years. They will be performing in the auditorium at Timmins High & Vocational School Dec. 6 and 7. Supplied jpg, TD

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The Sons of Maxwell’s annual Christmas concert was a holiday staple in Timmins for years until the popular pop-folk duo from Schumacher announced in 2015 they were scaling back on touring and their live performances.

Even though the Sons — comprised of brothers Don and Dave Carroll — have played a couple of spring- and summer-season concerts in Timmins since then, their upcoming shows at Timmins High & Vocational School will be the duo’s first Christmas-themed concerts in their hometown in four years.

The Dec. 6 and 7 shows will be extra special for both fans and the Carroll brothers.

“We perform together on occasion but not as much as we used to because Dave has been busy with other interests for the last 10 years and I’ve been a career firefighter for a while,” explained Don, speaking over the phone with The Daily Press from Halifax where the Carroll brothers reside. “We don’t perform regularly by any stretch so any time we do get together, it’s kind of fun.

“It’s one of those things we built our year around for most of our career, that trip back to Timmins. We’ve missed it, so we’re really looking forward to returning.”

The last two Christmas concerts performed by Sons of Maxwell in Timmins were sold out.

“Historically, it has sold very well, so we’re hoping to see a lot of familiar faces on this trip,” said Don.

“I have to say the biggest thrill I’ve had in my career in music going back to the late 1980s was building the relationships with people in the audience. They became friends very quickly and we keep in touch outside of music. There are some faces we’ve only ever seen when we’re performing and we always take the time to chat afterwards.

“That has always been a big draw for me and I think for Dave too, just the connection with the audience.”

With nine releases under their belts including two Christmas albums, the Carroll brothers will have a lot of material to choose while putting together a setlist for the two upcoming concerts in Timmins.

“The fun thing about these types of shows is it allows us to kind of cherry pick our favourite songs,” said Don. “We put out a few calls to some of our long-time fans and ask what they would like to hear and then we put together a short list.

“It’s not scientific by any means but we get a good sense of what people are hoping to hear and so we kind of mix their list with our list and put a show together that way.

“I know when I go to a show, I expect to hear what brought me to the table and then if they want to serve something extra, then that’s nice. So we try to be true to ourselves and to our fans also.”

The concert, billed as Christmas At Home with Sons Of Maxwell, will be comprised of about 40 per cent Christmas songs, said Don.

“Thematically, it’s Christmas but we will also play a lot of our original stuff, with some original Christmas tunes, some traditional ones and some surprises.”

In the Sons of Maxwell, Don shares vocal duties with his brother Dave who plays acoustic guitar. The Carroll brothers will be accompanied on this tour by a six-piece band.

Both nights, doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the shows are scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door.

Tickets are available at Your Independent Grocer, Alfie’s Cigar Store, Timmins Square customer service desk, and Unforgettables Home & Garden Décor.

 

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