Nora Galloway Obituary – Nora Galloway leave this world. Her family and all of her close friends have our sincere condolences. 2019 Hall of Fame Inductee: NORA GALLOWAY Nora Galloway made her music debut in London the same year she left her hometown of Stratford to enroll at the University of Western Ontario.
She got her start in music by playing in a duo with Trish Colter, another student (who just recently retired from her teaching position at Humber College.) The basement of Fryfogles was home to Uncle Billie’s Folk club, where the Colter and Galloway duo first performed together. They then moved on to Smales Pace and The Change of Pace, which was Smales Pace’s successor.
She was a member of Prairie Wing, a country/rock band with a touch of rockabilly, in the latter half of the 1980s. Along with playing in neighborhood places like JR’s, Town and Whole, and the Embassy, they spent eight years touring the country of Canada and recording a live album. She occasionally performs with other members of that band (Ronnie D and Rod Perkins.) She then collaborated with Donna Creighton and Jo-Anne Lawton to create the folk ensemble “the Sirens.”
After recording two albums with the Sirens, she moved on to form her own band, “The Galloway Band,” with Rod Perkins and Kieran Kane, and toured Europe with them. The Decorative Knobs, a classic country band, was the second project she started. This band released one album and went on tour in Europe. This group included guitarist Jerry Fletcher, who is now a member of the London Music Hall of Fame.
After that, she joined the Ontario-based bluegrass group Foxtail, which was well-known throughout the world. They traveled extensively through Michigan and other southern states. She spent ten years as a Foxtail member. She later went on to win the 2005 Central Canadian Bluegrass Award for female vocalist of the year after they released two CDs. She won a prize at the BX 93 Country Awards the following year, and in 2011 she received the Jack Richardson Bluegrass Award.
She has performed with the band the Dixie Flyers and served as an opening act for artists like Conway Twitty and Jeannie Shepherd. She performed twice with Orchestra London in their Jeans and Classics series (once was with London Music Hall of Famer & CCMA Hall of Famer Marie Bottrell.) The Home County Folk Festival, the Festival of Friends in Hamilton, the Summer Folk Festival in Owen Sound, the Tottenham Bluegrass Festival, and the Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival in Nanton, Alberta are just a few of the bluegrass and folk music festivals where she has performed. She co-founded The Tearjerkers with Rod Perkins and Kurtis Kane, and the group has released a CD titled “Songs From an Empty House.” A few years have passed since the release of this CD. She is referred to as “the little lady with the enormous voice,” and despite her serious approach to music, she is not as serious about herself.