It's going to be an entertaining evening of music at this edition of Tuesday Night at the Museum. On Tuesday, April 16th at 7pm, Stephen Medd presents If Lilacs Could Sing: Forgotten Stories of Greater Napanee & Deseronto in Song. You'll be captivated with songs about the area – accompanied by photographs, great stories and Jon McLurg on octave mandolin.

Steve's ballads cover the following themes (with connections to the river, Greater Napanee and Deseronto): Tribute to the Indigenous and Loyalist settlers who came before us; The French raid of the Oneida Village of Ganneouse (1687); The ballad of Chief Deseronto (1784); the ballad of Captain Peter Ruttan and the Loyalist exodus from NYC (1783). 

There will be some poem reading interspersed with the songs too! Some notable inspirational figures and events include Mary Matthews Ruttan, Ira Bee, The Murder of Maggie Howie, Sir John A’s Napanee Campaign, The Wreck of the Steamer Quinte, and tales of the Royal Flying Corp in 1918.

Admission is only $3 and tickets are available at the door. 'Tuesday Night at the Museum' is a monthly feature at the L&A County Museum & Archives, located at 97 Thomas Street East in Napanee. For more information about a wide array of programming at the Museum & Archives, please visit or call 613-354-3027.


Stephen MeddAbout Stephen Medd

Stephen Medd's music is influenced by the 60's North American and British folk music he heard playing on his parents' albums as a youngster: musicians like Pete Seeger; The Chad Mitchell Trio; Peter, Paul and Mary; The Clancy Brothers; and Gordon Lightfoot to name a few. The inspiration for Stephen's own songs lies in the peoples who settled the Napanee and Bay of Quinte regions of Lake Ontario; and in the wild and beautiful Canadian wilderness that he traveled as an exploration geologist. Stephen assisted Avril Lavigne in her early development by writing 3 songs for her that were Avril's first-ever studio recordings. In 2017 Stephen performed on the main stage of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival after being chosen as a finalist in a songwriting competition to promote the festival.