A Canadian, Indie Folk Musician
'He sings from the heart, combining stories and song in a well defined, weaved unison.'
Please take a look around the site and explore what his music is all about.
* * The COVID-19 Pandemic * *
It's very likely some or all of my upcoming shows will be cancelled or postponed.
Watch here or on my social media profiles for updates.
Please do your best for you & your loved ones to stay safe & healthy in this uncertain time. We're all depending on you.
This is likely to be a long road ...
About the Singer
Keeping Acoustic Music Alive
Throughout the course of his musical career that spans 30+ years, Ken McLachlin (who performs as macsmusic) has won over the hearts of many music lovers locally and abroad. Performing at a variety of venues, making dozens of appearances, and recording new singles in his home studio, Ken has garnered a loyal following of folk music fans over the years.
A true Canadian, musician, singer- songwriter and storyteller.
My Musical Influences
I get asked this a lot. Number 1 for me has always been the Canadian folk music icon, Valdy. I've been told you can hear his influence in my music, and also that of the great Canadian singer-songwriter, Gord Lightfoot.
I've always had a great appreciation for John Prine and that of the late Canadian folk artist, Stan Rogers. Stan had an amazing ability to tell his stories in song. I like to think that I tend to write in a similar style.
I'm an admirer of folk, Celtic, country, blues and rock.
There are so many great musicians & songwriters, ... I feel that attempting to list them here, is doing an injustice to the amazing folks making music out there.
Truth be known, I'm a sucker for a good story and a catchy chord progression!
“You know, art is a seed, and some things are quick-growing, fast-bearing of fruit, and other plants are a slow growth, but they'll become the redwood forest, ... don't dismiss the thing that takes longer to germinate. Mountains are not, in fact, grown overnight. But a million and a half years later, Wow, y'know? That range is pretty spectacular to visit.” - Dwight Yoakam, March 17, 2020, GQ magazine.
- macsmusic -
Some Good Stuff to Know
New Release - The Ballad of John Lewis
May 23, 2020 was the 84th anniversary of the death of Constable John Lewis, who was the very first Sarnia Police Officer killed in the line of duty. He responded, with other Officers, to a hold-up call at the local liquor store.
I first wrote this song in 2018 and finally completed a studio version recording of it, released on May 23, 2020.
Sunday Morning Coffee on IGTV!
My COVID-19 solution to keep playing songs for you; I post a pre-recorded show on IGTV called, Sunday Morning Coffee.
Every Sunday at 9am, grab your coffee and I'll perform 2-3 songs for you before you get a start to your day.
You can find the broadcast here: macsmusic's IGTV
Please follow and share along, I hope to see you there!
On Social Media:
Here's some social media go-to-info for you. The links are below.
I'd love to have you join, Like, link and follow along!
( and follow: #macs_music, #thefolkguy )
See you there :-)
Folk Man For Hire - Book Your Own Show!
Coffee houses, folk clubs, house concerts, parties or events. Private, public or corporate - let's spend some time together singing songs and telling a few stories.
Reasonable rates & flexible hours are tailored especially for your event.
Visit my Booking tab here to book your show!
Where Am I Playing Next?
You can find my show schedule here on my website or download the bandsintown app!
Available in the Google Play Store and the Apple Store, bandsintown enables you to keep track of not only my concert dates but other bands and musicians that you enjoy.
Never miss another show with the bandsintown app!
To Hear My Music On-line
Once I finish a song, I upload it to my profile on soundcloud. This enables me to give it a fresh listen later and also provides a sneak peak for you!
You can find my soundcloud profile with my library of songs here: macs-music-3
Hope you enjoy!
Constable Jack Lewis Plaque Dedication
September 30, 2018
I was very honoured to be a part of the Plaque Dedication Ceremony for Cst. Jack Lewis. It was quite ironic that the weather forced us inside, to the very spot where the officer was fatally wounded in 1936. You can see the plaque yourself and visit this historic site at 140 Christina Street South, Sarnia, Ontario.