Rev. Thomas Manning
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Anderson and Brown, Celtic music duo
Anderson and Brown were a musical folk duo from Stratford who played festivals and craft shows throughout Ontario. They also recorded some albums during the 1990s.
With Mary Anderson on harp and Ken Brown on guitar, flute and vocals, they explored the lyrical edges of the traditional Celtic repertoire.
Mary was the daughter of John and Shirley Anderson of Stratford, who lived at 5 Manning Avenue. John Richard Anderson (1913-1980) was a respected lawyer and Queen's Counsel with the firm Gregory, Anderson Ehgoetz and Bell. He later headed the firm, as did his son Bob (1941-1982) after him. The family was deeply involved in the community, and in the 1950s were staunch supporters of the Stratford Indians hockey teams (see Sports Wall of Fame McCarthy Road).
The musical work of Anderson and Brown was described as never rushed or frenzied, as they worked their way inside the loveliness and beauty of traditional music, presenting it in fresh, frequently dreamy, arrangements.
On Off on a Tangent (1990), they said, "Like many Canadians, we were not brought up in the Celtic music tradition; we drifted into this music and fell madly in love." They also recorded More Than Just Live in 1990, Crimson in 1991 and Alone with a Dream in 1994.
The l1994 album is primarily instrumental, with harp and guitar, and occasionally harp and flute. "Brown's soft, gentle voice accords well with Anderson's harping." - Northern Journey.