2007 Festival Artists

Gordan Lightfoot

GORDON LIGHTFOOT


Mariposa is thrilled to present the legendary Gordon Lightfoot, back home in Orillia where this singer and songwriter was born and raised. He will perform on the Sunday evening main stage along with fellow Canadian folk icons, Ian Tyson, Sylvia Tyson, Murray McLauchlan and special guests.

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Don-Mclean

DON MCLEAN


Icon. Legend. What can you say about Don McLean that hasn’t already been said? He is the writer and performer of American Pie, one of the most famous and popular songs of all time. But Don has been elected to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame for such other songs as Vincent, And I Love You So, Castles in the Air and his recent song called The Grave, which was recorded by George Michael. His many recordings and performances touch audiences the way that few artists can. The Roberta Flack hit Killing Me Softly With His Song is about Don and the reaction he evokes from members of his audiences. We are privileged to have him as our Saturday night headliner.

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Hawksley

HAWKSLEY WORKMAN AND THE WOLVES


A musician of incredible velocity, Hawksley Workman is at the top of his game. With his growing fan communities, Workman evolved from the slight, pin-striped oddball with a critically-acclaimed diamond voice, to a panoramic, guitar-punishing superstar with no performance limits. His newest release is the straight-forward and earnest, “Treeful Of Starling”. In a career of far-reaching achievement, this is a return to what motivated him as a musical artist in the first place. It is truly an album of remarkable depth and breathtaking beauty that clings to home truths and heartfelt emotions.

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SUSAN AGLUKARK

SUSAN AGLUKARK


Singer / songwriter Susan Aglukark is a unique artist and leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life.Singer / songwriter Susan Aglukark is a unique artist and leading voice in Canadian music. She blends the Inuktitut and English languages with contemporary pop arrangements to tell the stories of her people, the Inuit of Arctic Canada. The emotional depth and honesty of her lyrics; her pure, clear voice and themes of hope, spirit and encouragement have captivated and inspired listeners from all walks of life.

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MattAnderson

MATT ANDERSEN


New Brunswick – Accoustic Blues
Matt Andersen wowed the Mariposa audience with his first appearance in 2007, and his career has been growing by leaps and bounds ever since. He is a very real, rare, and raw talent with a phenomenally strong stage presence and incredible drive. His busy touring schedule has seen him playing festivals, halls and clubs across the United States and the United Kingdom, sharing the stage with the likes of David ‘Honeyboy’ Edwards, America, Randy Bachman, the late Bo Diddley, Little Feat and a host of others. This year, Matt won the 26th annual International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, the first ever Canadian to win the top prize.

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LANCE ANDERSON


Lance is world renowned as a composer, producer, arranger and band leader. His passion, he admits, is for his Hammond B3 organ. Joining Lance for the salute to Ray Charles’ music is Michael Sloski, Canada’s pre-eminent roots drummer, a Maple Blues Award nominee and someone who has played with artists such as Bruce Cockburn and Mary Margaret O’Hara. John Mays, Shakura S’Aida, Jesse O’Brien and Al Lerman complete the band for our Friday tribute show. John is the lead singer of the Juno award winning band Fathead and has established himself as a premier soul and blues singer. Shakura is a powerhouse vocalist with a spectacular range. Al, who plays sax and harmonica with Fathead, joins this ensemble for an incredible show that features such songs as I’ve Got a Woman, Georgia, What’d I Say, Hit the Road Jack and many others.

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Njacko-Backo

NJACKO BACKO


It is mastery of the understatement to say Njacko Backo has led a storied life. Grew up in rural Cameroon, moved to Nigeria, studied music in ten African countries, and next, it was off to Paris, France. During eleven years in Europe, he worked with numerous bands and performing arts companies. In Amsterdam, he put out his first two albums. He uprooted again, this time to Montréal, where he formed his group Kalimba Kalimba, and later to Toronto, where he led the band’s reprisal. Njacko has won the Billboard World Song Contest, recorded eleven albums and made a drumming instruction DVD, and he’s in constant high demand to work with other innovative musicians.

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CHUCK BAKER & PETE ARBOUR


Chuck Baker’s original music fractures folk, wrestles rock, brushes the blues and fights with funk. His performances are engaging and infectious and combine his percussive acoustic guitar style with clever, articulate vocals. Chuck is joined at Mariposa 2007 by his songwriting collaborator and fellow guitarist Pete Arbour. To really appreciate Chuck and Pete is to see them play live. They have opened for a long list of Canadian treasures including David Francey, Fred Eaglesmith, The Rheostatics, Catherine Wheatley, Wendell Ferguson, and The Silver Hearts. Chuck is joined at Mariposa 2007 by his songwriting collaborator and fellow guitarist Pete Arbour. Chuck’s debut CD “A Little Piece of Quiet” has been described as an “honest record…all about meaning it.” Check out their honesty and captivating stage presence on our Mariposa stages.

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JILL BARBER


Jill took up guitar around the age of 14 and cultivated a gentle, finger-picking style. Her CD, “For All Time” is a record about things that truly endure – love, family and goodwill. A gifted singer and songwriter, her music stays with you. It warms your heart, touches your soul and makes you want to hum along as you go through your day. Jill most recently appeared in Orillia at a Mariposa event in January, where her impromptu version of “American Pie,” with the entire audience chiming in, was both endearing and memorable. Catch Jill’s charismatic performance and warmth both on our Mainstage and our smaller workshop stages.

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the bills

THE BILLS


Since forming in 1996, The Bills have toured venues and festivals in Canada , the US and Europe, thrilling audiences with their musical performances, their onstage humour and their general charm. Formerly known as the Bill Hilly Band, the boys have forged a musical style that is unique and appealing and their performances have been described as “unique and exciting musical experiences.” This Juno nominated band – comprised of Glen, Chris, Richard, Adrian and Marc – will thrill the audiences at Mariposa. Catch them on the Main Stage on Sunday night…..but don’t wait til then. Look for them on workshop stages all weekend long!

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DavidBradstreet

DAVID BRADSTREET


A seasoned pro who has toured and recorded extensively since the 1970s, David Bradstreet describes himself as a veteran of many coffeehouses, concert halls and folk festivals. He is renowned not only as a performer, but as a producer of such talents as Jane Siberry and the late, great Colleen Peterson. His most recent release, 08.20.10, was recorded live off the floor with Carl Keesee at Dave’s Cave in August, 2010. Carl will be coming up from Austin, Texas, to join David at Mariposa, along with a few guest musicians. We are very pleased to welcome this revered folk warrior back to our stage.

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Don-Bray

DON BRAY


Don Bray is a singer/songwriter/recordist with 4 solo cds and a duo cd with singer/songwriter cellist Alyssa Wright. He fell in love with recording when he watched his first cd being recorded in 1998. He’s been recording for 10 years. Local singer-songwriter Don Bray has been described in no less than Sing Out! magazine as a writer of thoughtful tales and character sketches that are both modern and timeless. Just as importantly, Don brings to the stage adept guitar playing that is praised far and wide. He has a sense of humour that infects his audiences and this is all delivered with a strong and clear voice. Iconic folkie David Francey has this to say about Don: “keen observer of the human condition with sensitivity and wit. A brilliant songwriter…poetry married to an unsurpassed guitar style…lyrics clear as water.”

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David-Celia

DAVID CELIA


Widely recognized by Canadian music critics as a truly gifted musician, David Celia is making his Mariposa return, sporting lavish accolades from critics in Germany and the United Kingdom as well. Considered a roots-pop artist, his wonderful music has hints of folk, some country vibes and a little rockin’ too. David crosses genres naturally and effortlessly, charming lovers of folk music and fans of pop music alike. When the Mariposa Folk Foundation reunited Ian & Sylvia in the entertainment coup of 2006, they chose none other than David Celia as their backup guitarist.

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angela desveaux

ANGELA DESVEAUX


A Montreal native, Angela attributes her personal musical roots to her Cape Breton heritage and to growing up in a home where she says, “My parents listened to more country music than residents of Nashville.” While she rebelled briefly, once she heard The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons, she was hooked back into the appeal of country rock. Angela’s evolution as a songwriter has reached the stage where her music is highly sophisticated, tuneful and lyrically impressive. You will walk away from hearing her on stage humming at least one of her incredible songs such as Heartbeat.

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cuff the duke

CUFF THE DUKE


Cuff the Duke’s debut CD Life Stories for Minimum Wage was released in October 2002 to rave reviews. Critics heralded their efforts as “intense” and “timeless.” Emphasis was placed on the maturity of the album…a surprise considering the members (all originally from Oshawa were only 21! They have played to rave reviews and notices across North America. The band has been described as “rollicking…unpretentious…smart cowpunk….hardcore-meets-honky tonk….”and “sonically all over the place.” Decide for yourself when they appear on Mainstage Friday night and throughout the weekend.

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THE FATES


In ancient Greek myths, the Fates were the controllers of destiny. This all-girl group doesn’t go quite that far, but they certainly are destined for great things musically. Labelled a groovin’ female version of Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Fates are Lori Reid, Lin Elder and Jenny Allen, three incredibly gifted singer-songwriters. One reviewer commented, “these guitar slinging goddessses put on a hot show that is chillingly good.” How many musicians can say that? Their unique arrangements and thrilling harmonies will entertain and excite the Mariposa audiences.

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dixie flyers

THE DIXIE FLYERS


Bluegrass veterans return to Mariposa as part of their 35th anniversary together as a band.

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GENTICORUM


Fast becoming one of the most sought-after proponents of Quebecois musical culture, Genticorum is firmly rooted in the soil of their native land. This energetic and original trio also incorporates the exuberance of todays North American and European folk cultures in their music. Weaving wooden flute, fiddle, acoustic guitar, jaw harp, bass, foot percussion with strong vocal harmonies, they produce a brilliant tapestry which gives them their distinctive sound. Genticorum has forged a solid place for itself on the folk festival circuit, playing concerts and dances throughout Canada and the US.

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DAVE GUNNING


What more do you say about someone the Toronto Star ranks on a par with Gordon Lightfoot, Bruce Cockburn and Stan Rogers? This Nova Scotia singer-songwriter won the 2005 East Coast Music Award for Folk Recording of the Year, but his true strength is in his live performance. Dave reaches into the hearts of his audience with his charm, sensitive voice and sense of humour. When Dave sings, every note and every word in his finely crafted songs are delivered with a humility and honesty that touch the listener’s soul.

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STEPH HILL


Orillia’s own Steph Hill is appearing at Mariposa for the fourth time. She performed in 2004 with her band Grey Days and Elliot and then acted as a Mainstage host the past two years. Now she’s here as a solo artist. Steph brings sincerity, humour and strong melodies to the stage, enchanting her audience with her guitar or her piano. Her stage presence is warm and inviting, her songs are tuneful and her lyrics evocative. Catch her all weekend on our workshop stages. Steph is returning from Australia for this engagement at Mariposa.

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THE GOOD BROTHERS


The Good Brothers have gained a worldwide audience over the course of their accomplished career. It started when Bruce and Brian Good formed a folk group known as The Kinfolk and performed at folk clubs and coffeehouses in the mid to late 60’s. Their first gig as The Good Brothers was at the legendary Toronto club The Riverboat, on May 14, 1974. They played simple music, straight from the heart that embraced country, bluegrass, folk and the occasional taste from their rock and roll songbook. The new cd, “One True Thing”, encompasses new originals, old classics like “Old Man at the Mill” and a rock song by Quebec’s Michel Pagliaro. It’s still country, it’s bluegrass, it still works in bars and at folk festivals, and it still gets ’em up dancing

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