2013 Festival Artists

RANDY BACHMAN WITH THE SADIES

RANDY BACHMAN WITH THE SADIES


It’s a stroke of pure genius from an artistic programming perspective but, for the audience, it’s gonna be one of those exciting musical experiences that stays permanently etched in the memory. Each of these acts is praised on their own for their musical prowess. Together, Randy Bachman, a legendary figure in rock and roll, and The Sadies, one of the hottest indie rock, alt country bands ever, will be cookin’ with gas. This performance will have you bragging that you were one of the lucky ones to be there.

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arlo

ARLO GUTHRIE


Arlo Guthrie was born and bred a musician. The son of America’s most beloved singer, songwriter and philosopher, Woody Guthrie, he grew up surrounded by the giants of American music culture including Pete Seeger, Leadbelly, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee. In his youth, he practically lived in the folk venues of New York, Boston and Philadelphia, grooving with beat poets like Allen Ginsburg and Lord Buckley, and picking with the likes of Bill Monroe and Doc Watson. He learned something from everyone, developed his own musical style, and became a distinctive, expressive performer and political-social commentator.

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Kathleen edwards

KATHLEEN EDWARDS


A musical raconteur, lyrical poet, angelic voice and gifted performer, the music of Kathleen Edwards is beautifully honed artistry. The daughter of a diplomat, she grew up in places like South Korea and Switzerland, training on classical violin. But, when she moved to Canada in her late teens, her musical tastes took a sharp turn towards folk-roots-alternative. The rest is history, as they say.

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Bahamas

BAHAMAS


He’s travelled the world with some of Canada’s greatest musical exports, playing top stages like The Hollywood Bowl, Royal Albert Hall, Ryman Auditorium, Massey Hall, and performing on Late Night With David Letterman, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and Saturday Night Live. In 2009, Afie Jurvanen (a.k.a. Bahamas) decided to go it alone. Two great albums later, he has earned critical praise for his catchy tunes and solid performances from the likes of Spin Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Guardian UK and The New Yorker. From guitar heavy roots, to simple folk, to indie pop, Bahamas’ music is both savory and sweet, leaving his audience completely satisfied.

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MURRAY MCLAUCHLAN


With Ten Juno Awards and more than twenty albums to his credit, including 2011’s Human Writes, Murray McLauchlan is one Canada’s most loved songwriters and performers. His tunes are both catchy and rich, and have figured large on the nation’s airwaves – think Farmers Song, Linda Won’t You Take Me In, Down by the Henry Moore, On the Boulevard, Whispering Rain, Try Walkin’ Away, and numerous other popular gems. Forty years after breaking onto the scene, Murray is in peak musical form, and just as relevant as ever. He’s also a favourite son of Mariposa Folk Festival – even designed the Lion Face Sun Logo in use today. We welcome Murray back to our stage with a big smile and open arms.

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family of the year

FAMILY OF THE YEAR


Familial camaraderie comes naturally to the aptly named Family of the Year. This LA based band literally lives together, sharing a house, and two of them are siblings. The backdrop for their vocal harmonies and catchy melodies is a California sunshine aura and velvety rich sound. Though young, they play together with veteran confidence and artistry, putting on impressive live shows. This, and their strong recordings including Loma Vista (2012), has earned them legions of fans and sold out performances at home and abroad. They have also garnered lots of media attention, heavy rotation on French radio, and glowing reviews from the likes of BBC, Rolling Stone and Spin.

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MAZ

MAZ


This exciting quartet has bridged the space between electric jazz and French Canadian folk with brilliant results. They describe themselves as a bold assertion of Quebec’s traditional identity with a modern edge but, to their audience, they’re pure spirit-moving, fun-loving, aural magic. Their debut album, Telescope (2011), garnered a Juno nomination for Instrumental Album of the Year plus three nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In their dynamic live performances, the band pulls off a daring balance between fervour and trance, and acoustic and electric, on tenor banjo, violin, electric guitar, mandolin, keyboards, bass and podorythmie (footwork like step dancing or flat footing while sitting in a chair).

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Kruger

THE KRUGER BROTHERS


Formed in Europe by Swiss brothers, Jens and Uwe Kruger, The Kruger Brothers were later joined by New Yorker, Joel Landsberg, and that’s where this story begins. With their foray into North America in 1997, the group shook up the scene with their incomparable sound, putting them in high demand. Listen to any one of their many albums, including Doc (Remembering Doc Watson, 2013), and you will understand why these guys, with their peculiar origins, are such a big deal on the American music scene. Doc Watson said they are “as fine a band as I’ve ever played with.” Since Doc said it, you know it’s true!

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ANNABELLE CHVOSTEK


A versatile multi-instrumentalist, Annabelle Chvostek immersed herself in Montreal’s avant-garde arts scene, composing for dance and film, playing in bands and performing solo. She released three independent albums, toured Europe and performed across North America before joining up with the famed Wailin’ Jennys for a nearly three-year run. In 2007, she reprised her solo career, putting out three critically acclaimed albums including 2012’s Rise, which takes a decades-old art form, the protest song, and completely re-imagines it for a new era of activism. Annabelle also collaborated with Bruce Cockburn on co-written duets for his Juno winning album, Small Source of Comfort (2011).

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ROSE COUSINS


Following a whole slew of awards from both sides of the border, Rose Cousins is riding on a new high with her 2013 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo. Supported by the thriving Halifax music scene and an equally vibrant Boston artistic community, Rose is making waves and commanding attention. Her stunning new album, We Have Made A Spark, was recorded in Boston along with a veritable roots music ‘who’s who’ of friends and collaborators. It braves weighty topics and, like her first two albums, it is earning critical praise. With regular tours of North America, the U.K. and Ireland, Rose’s performances are as accomplished has her impressive song writing.

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Lennie

LENNIE GALLANT


A widely respected songwriter and performer with nine albums under his belt (two in French), Lennie Gallant’s songs have been recorded by over 30 artists internationally, including Jimmy Buffett. His music is literally out of this world – astronaut Julie Payette shared it with the crew on board the Space Shuttle Endeavour. With hard hitting songs, he chronicles the lives of people dealing with tremendous adversity and serious issues, and at the same time celebrates the beauty of lifestyle and landscape – songs that have appeared in feature films, television series and in numerous theatrical productions. With his intense delivery, Gallant reaches down to the very soul. We think you will be moved and inspired by this truly authentic songsmith.

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JERRY LEGER

JERRY LEGER & THE SITUATION


Jerry Leger is blazing a musical trail on his own terms. With eloquent, roots-based tunes, he is a country-folk troubadour that has earned both an enthusiastic fan base and immense respect among his peers. Ron Sexsmith is known to join him at gigs, and he’s opened for Fred Eaglesmith, Jesse Winchester, Jill Barber, Danny Michel, and Justin Townes Earle. Now, he has a fifth acclaimed album, Some Folks Know (2012), about characters that seem dangerously unsatisfied and pushed to the brink. That’s fitting stuff for a musical voyeur who got hooked on Hank Williams and Hank Snow when he was just a kid.

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OhMyDarling

OH MY DARLING


With a sweet name and an even sweeter sound, Oh My Darling’s prairie roots mixed with bluegrass, Appalachian old time, southern twang, and Franco-folk, is a beautiful melange of musical influences. Infused with dynamic vocals, brilliant claw-hammer banjo, inspired fiddling, and grooving bass, their music will get your hips swinging, toes tapping, and put your heart right into their hands. Individually, each of the members is among the hottest players on the Canadian roots scene. Together, boy can these girls play. Expect dazzling solos, soaring vocals, and unique grooves, along with beautiful arrangements that weave together poetic lyricism and lovely melodies.

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NEW COUNTRY REHAB


Merging the old and new with reverent exuberance, New Country Rehab is a quartet of musicians’ musicians, comprised of John Showman, Ben Whiteley, Champagne James Robertson and Roman Tome. Their musical style has a roots/folk/alt-country high voltage sound that is earning them lots of fans in the U.S., Europe and back at home. Singing of love and loss, they evoke the likes of Hank Williams and Bruce Springsteen, with tunes that keep your toes tappin’ and your heart throbbin’. They’re currently touring in support of their second great album, Ghost of Your Charms (2013), gaining critical praise and attention with every stop.

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Mike-Stevens

MIKE STEVENS


Purists will tell you that bluegrass should be played on stringed instruments, but Mike Stevens doesn’t see it that way. Some of the bluegrass establishment resented his harmonica at first, but it was just too good to ignore. Eventually, they came ‘round. Before you knew it, Mike had become a regular at the Grand Ole Opry, spurred on by the likes of Little Roy Lewis, Jim and Jesse McReynolds (The Virginia Boys) and Roy Acuff. Since then, his techniques have been copied by many others. Mike is also a humanitarian, and has been recognized for his work with youth at risk including being awarded the YMCA Peace Medallion.

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MO KENNEY


Having laid down her first recordings at the age of fourteen, Mo Kenney is already an eight year veteran of the music scene. However, it was when Joel Plaskett took notice of her, facilitating her participation in the Gordie Sampson Songcamp and producing her self-titled album, Mo Kenney (2012), that things really took off. Now, the buzz around her is palpable. Mo’s emotive voice is the perfect vehicle for her quirky, sometimes witty and always perceptive song writing. Her music is catchy pop with a folky twist, and it’s chalking up lots of admirers including Ron Sexsmith, Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies), Gordie Sampson, and Steve Poltz.

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GURF MORLIX

GURF MORLIX


Innate musicality, keen creative instincts and a well-honed ear for great songs made Gurf Morlix a top ‘go to guy’ in roots music. This includes a storied creative partnership with Lucinda Williams; performing and recording with a veritable ‘who’s who’ such as Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Michelle Shocked, Robert Plant, Jerry Lee Lewis, Steve Earle, Rosanne Cash, David Byrne and John Prine; and numerous production credits. In the late 90s, he changed his musical gears again, this time establishing his own studio. Happily for roots music fans, that led to him making albums of his own, unveiling truly wonderful songs and yet another dimension of his musical prowess.

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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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STEVE PAYNE

STEVE PAYNE


From blues to folk to R&B to punk to contemporary roots, Steve Payne’s song writing transcends musical genres, trends and even the decades. Considered one of the UK’s most unique and versatile guitarists, Steve has ebbed and flowed with the times, always upholding a strong commitment to artistic integrity. He has moved around a fair bit too, with a three year stint in LA and touring regularly with frequent visits to North America. During his impressive career, Steve has played with or shared the bill with a lot of people and some pretty impressive names like BB King, Dr. John, Robert Cray, and Los Lobos.

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Kelly-Thibodeaux

KELLY THIBODEAUX


You might call it Cajun, but Kelly Thibodeaux likes to call it swamp rock. His driving, red hot, shuffling fiddling, mixed with kickin’ southern licks, makes bodies boogie, hearts thump and feet stomp. Described as some sort of musical voodoo priest, Thibodeaux can keep you on the dance floor until you’re transcendent with blissful exhaustion. On top of being a performer extraordinaire, he’s a great teacher, and can have you sawing out a pretty decent Cajun tune in practically no time. After 35 years of touring, playing and teaching, Kelly knows every little trick to keep faces smiling and souls singing.

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ARTHUR RENWICK

ARTHUR RENWICK


A celebrated photo artist, curator, academic and singer songwriter, Arthur Renwick is a modern day renaissance man. Playing the bottleneck slide on a Dobro and Cigar Box guitar with Robert Johnson-like alacrity, he’s been performing for years at festivals and venues across Canada and Europe, yet waited until 2012 to release his superb debut album, the highly acclaimed The Cigarbox Chronicles. Well worth the long wait, it captures the experiences of love, loss, liquor, hope, faith, birth and death in Kitamaat, the small fishing village where he was born and raised within the Haisla Nation. Arthur’s tunes range from bluesy swagger to county-roots that beckon the spirit of Hank Williams.

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GRAYDON JAMES & THE YOUNG NOVELISTS


Graydon James & the Young Novelists play everything from roots-rock barnstormers to heartbreaking folk ballads. Over the duration of three fast-paced years, they have won a Galaxie Rising Star award, toured several times, played innumerable festivals, clubs, house concerts and cafés, and released three recordings. Their most recent recording, In The Year You Were Born (2012), showcases impressive, road-tested musicianship. That musical prowess, combined with excellent song writing – whether about love or loss, the tragedies of high school, the joys of parenthood, small town dreams, or big city truths – makes for a wholehearted, unreserved, rousing connection to their audience. It’s what really good music is all about.

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CÉCILE DOO-KINGUÉ


An exceptional stage presence, guitarist and vocalist that blends blues, African roots and soul, Cécile Doo-Kingué is inspired by her rich background. With Cameroonian parents, and a life lived in New York, France, and now Montreal, Cécile has a lot of interesting experiences to draw upon. Her body of music is a critically acclaimed assortment of stories of life, the world and love, garnering numerous awards including a Lys Blues. Cécile has performed with many notable performers; opened for the likes of Youssou N’Dour; and produced and directed two albums for the alternative country band, United Steel Workers of Montreal.

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UNION DUKE

UNION DUKE


Making a highly-demanded return following their appearance last year as an auditioned Mariposa Showcase act, Union Duke is must see. This dynamic group bridges the divide between big city rock and country bluegrass with alacrity and aplomb. Their entwining, rambling banjos, soaring vocal harmonies, plucking electric guitars, and fast, heel stompin’ beat, along with a rough and rowdy sound and really great tunes, will bring you to your feet or have you bopping in your seat. If you missed them last year, now you can find out what all the ‘cool kids’ are still talking about. These guys are a whole lot of folk rock fun!

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COCO LOVE ALCORN

COCO LOVE ALCORN


Coco Love Alcorn is always in the moment – joyful, genuine, soulful and compelling. With a confident embrace of diverse musical influences including jazz, pop, R&B and folk, the performances of this one-of-a-kind artist are as unique as her beautiful name. She’s playful and witty, loves improvisation, and she engages fearlessly with her audience. Her loyal fan base was earned through numerous tours, appearances at a range of music festivals, multiple television song placements, and work with an impressive list of international artists. Coco Love Alcorn’s seven acclaimed albums include 2011’s Play, a collection of free spirited songs delivered with acoustic intimacy.

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Jory+Nash

JORY NASH


A singer-songwriter and story teller described as having a marmalade voice, Jory Nash is the quintessential folk minstrel. His music weaves together elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul. With thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies, he draws the audience close. With easy humour, engaging banter and colourful stories, he wins them over. A man of many hats, Jory has served on the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Board, as Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and produced the Gordon Lightfoot tribute show, The Way We Feel. Among many other musical credits are six albums, many tours, numerous awards and lots of airplay.

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CIHAT ÖZTÜRK

CIHAT ÖZTÜRK


Born and raised in Istanbul, Cihat Öztürk set out on a musical journey as a young boy, performing in a host of choirs and winning competitions and national notoriety. As his love of Turkish folk song developed, his interest turned to the baglama, a lute-like instrument with seven strings divided into courses of two, two and three. Undertaking rigid training to enhance his vocal and instrumental style and execution, Cihat went on to become a master. He recently came to Canada, and now he’s contributing to our rich musical diaspora as a performer and teacher of baglama, with a mission of supporting cultural diversity and building a community of Turkish music enthusiasts.

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SamBaker

SAM BAKER


Sam Baker’s music is authenticated by experience. He’s a unique voice with an uncommon story told through beautifully crafted songs on a trilogy of albums. 2004’s ‘mercy’ attempts to come to terms with the profound impacts of a violent experience. Through it, beauty appears and prevails. 2007’s ‘pretty world’ explores gratitude, obligation and, again, beauty. 2009’s ‘cotton’ is the last piece of the trilogy. The cost of forgiveness is weighed against the cost of not forgiving. Once again, beauty is a constant. Through the stories of interesting, everyday characters, Baker is an oracle, bearing witness to the frailties and strengths of people.

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Great wooden trio

THE GREAT WOODEN TRIO


Distinctive performance of song, story and music is the stock-in-trade of The Great Wooden Trio, four (yes, four) independent artists dedicated to reviving the lost art of listening. Comprised of a guitarist, percussionist, singer and storyteller, they mix lyrical acoustic grooves, rich harmonies and world beat rhythms in brilliant, pleasing artistry. Their creative blend of material ranges from original compositions to new interpretations of classics, all threaded together by myths, legends and ballads, and spiced up with tales of enlightenment, personal experience and healthy doses of embellishment.

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Ron-Nigrini

RON NIGRINI


Rambling through his fifth decade on the music scene, Ron Nigrini still plays for the love of the music, and it shows. A singer songwriter, guitarist, craftsman, poet and performer, he’s on a life-long musical odyssey. He opened for The Mama’s & the Papas, had the most played Canadian single, formed his own record label, wrote commercial jingles, and has entertained in countless coffee houses, bars, auditoriums and music festivals across Canada, the United States and Europe. The sweet style of this ‘worker in song’ is reminiscent of Jim Croce and Harry Chapin, and is guaranteed to quench anyone’s thirst for really good, easy listening tunes.

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FOLK QUIZ WITH RICHARD FLOHIL AND A MAN CALLED WRYCRAFT


Richard Flohil and a Man Called Wrycaft are two absolutely silly buggers whose Folk Quiz is chock full of laughter, crazy improvisations, ridiculous trivia, some of the world’s worst music, and insane antics. Two teams of folk musicians assemble on the stage, and the audience forms a third team. Obscure knowledge of folk music is tested, songs are composed on the spot, alliances are formed, and judges are bribed, all through howls of laughter. Richard Flohil and Michael Wrycraft are well known figures in music industry circles, and there’s almost no limit to what they can get an artist to do for laughs.

StompinTom

A STOMPIN' TOM TRIBUTE FEATURING BIDINIBAND


Bidiniband explores Canadian themes, so it is only natural that the group would lead a tribute to the late Stompin’ Tom Connors, himself a quintessential Canadian musician. Stompin’ Tom was a prolific and well-known country and folk singer and songwriter who expressed his dedication to Canada through music. He wrote more than 300 songs, released four dozen albums, played innumerable shows, and is immortalized by songs that are part of the Canadian cultural landscape such as Sudbury Saturday Night, Bud the Spud and The Hockey Song. Bidiniband will be joined by guest artists in honouring the memory of Stompin’ Tom.

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LiWang

LI WANG


Following studies in Chinese hammered dulcimer (Yang Qin) under the tutelage of a renowned master, Li Wang took first place at the North China Yang Qin Competition in 1978. She went on to win numerous other awards in national competitions. Li earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Shanxi, and became a Yang Qin teacher before immigrating to Canada where she continued her Yang Qin teaching career. She has performed in various ensembles across Canada, at festivals and galas, and has been broadcast live on CBC. Li revels in bridging cultures and thrilling audiences with her Yang Qin musical mastery.

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SHELLEY BEAN & THE DUCKETY MUDS


Children’s entertainer Shelley Bean (a.k.a. Shelley Chase), draws upon a colourful repertoire of Atlantic Canadian folk music and songs. Weaving joy and community through every lively performance, she gives young people the chance to be heard, the courage to sing aloud and the freedom to dance however they like. The Duckety Muds, Shelley’s fun and exciting band, reside in zoos and ponds, except when they are playing fiddles, accordions and whistles with her. In a previous incarnation, Shelley was lead singer with east coast band, The Banshees. She has also performed for the Canadian Forces in Dubai, the North Pole, France and Afghanistan.

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THE MACKENZIE BLUES BAND


Mix equal parts of soul and blues, raw talent, and a dash of retro style, and you get a pure musical tonic. The Mackenzie Blues Band is Tara MacKenzie, a powerhouse with a three-and-a-half octave range delivered with a ballsy and sultry swagger; Trevor MacKenzie, a versatile guitarist who shifts between styles with grace, all the while staying faithful to the blues genre; and bassist Joel Dawson and drummer Mike Weir, who glue the band together with snappy, funky, pulsing grooves. Their debut album, Back Road Revelation, has garnered significant airplay and rave reviews in Canada, the US and Europe. Check it out.

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CHUCK BAKER AND SARAH LICHTI

CHUCK BAKER AND SARAH LICHTI


Chuck Baker and Sarah Lichti’s sound erases the lines between blues, rock, jazz and traditional, throwing caution to the wind with dynamic composition, beautiful harmony, erudite song writing and a punctuating, edgy and percussive style. Their songs are like conversations written by a duo for a duo. Their recent release, In a Room (2012), is direct, honest, raw and straightforward. Their video, Blind, is like an art film with a hot, swinging soundtrack. And, their popular house concerts are compelling, intimate experiences that have the audience hanging on every note and every word in the performance.

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NICHOLAS KEAYS AND THE NORTH RIVER


After he moved on from a ten-year stint as the front man of a touring rock band, Nicholas Keays spent time writing and stockpiling a bunch of great songs for a rainy day. When it came time to make his next move, he went in a new direction, joining Justin Rich and Jason Turner to form Nicholas Keays and the North River. The trio has crafted a stripped down, harmony filled, sound that is gracefully carried by a standup bass, acoustic guitar, banjo, and a kick drum fashioned out of an old suitcase. They play tunes of home and family that are hook-filled, simple, and of the foot stompin’ variety.

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THE FRETLESS

THE FRETLESS


With three fiddles and a cello, Fretless reinvents the traditional with a 21st century modern twist. While their music is exciting and beautiful, it pays all due reverence to the musical history that inspires it. But, don’t fret, the music of these innovators is a pleasure to the palate of any musical taste. On violin and viola are Ivonne Hernandez, Karrnnel Sawitsky, and Trent Freeman, and on cello is Eric Wright. Together and individually they have won numerous awards, including for their debut album, Waterbound (2012), which took home Instrumental Album of the Year (Western Canadian Music Awards), and Ensemble of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards).

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Relative-Harmony

RELATIVE HARMONY


Relative Harmony’s feel good folk songs bring out the toe-tapping, voice-raising, joyously smiling ‘folkie’ in everyone. Rick Avery and Judy Greenhill, backbones of the children’s folk music scene for decades, formed the band with their son Jonathan, and the result is pure musical jubilation. It has a strong traditional Anglo/American, Celtic influence, and features fiddle, piano, guitar, banjo and percussion. Their vocal harmonies are uplifting and contagious, and it’s a good thing too, because they revel in audience participation. On top of all that, they play both country and contra dances, and Judy calls dances on both sides of the border. Their recent album, Rolling Home (2012), is a gem, to boot.

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THE TORONTO MORRIS MEN


Traditional morris dancing is usually associated with seasonal celebrations such as the arrival of spring or the turn of the year. Its origins are believed to date before 1400’s, although its precise history is not known in the absence of documentation of the pastimes of common folk. The Toronto Morris Men has been presenting this exuberant and visually exciting dance form since 1985. They see their dance as an expression of the joy of being alive, of being here now. They also love to sing, and have a repertoire that reflects a zest for good company and good sustenance.

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Todd-Crowley

TODD CROWLEY'S MUSICAL PETTING ZOO


Ever pluck a harp or drum on a djembe? Ever womp-womp on a didgeridoo or buzz into a shofar? Ever strum a mountain dulcimer or frail a banjo? All of these traditional folk instruments and about 100 more are part of Todd Crowley’s Traveling Musical Petting Zoo. It is a fully interactive, hands-on exhibition for musicians, young and old, novice to professional. The instruments tell a story of their own each time a child connects to the folk tradition by trying an instrument for the first time, or an adult rediscovers the joy of making music. Check it out – you will be surprised how much fun it is.

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KNECHTEL & MCLEAN

KNECHTEL & MCLEAN


Some musical acts get long in the tooth. Some are famous for their break-ups. Some are corporate automatons churning out the ‘hits’. Some are awkward pairings in duets conjured by record company executives. Others, like Knechtel and McLean, are the real deal. Richard Knechtel is a former festival artistic director and respected singer songwriter. Rob McLean is a music director and writer/producer. Two talented guys pondering their next move, they could have banded together to rob liquor stores. Instead, they chose the honest path of working musicians. Between them, these guys have thousands of hours of stage time, countless songs and two jokes. It all adds up to a truly wonderful audience experience.

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Tethera

TETHERA


Tethera is known for its traditional English music on guitar, banjo, fiddle, viola and cittern (stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance period), but the group is also known to explore other music traditions during their spirited performances, including Irish, French, Belgian and even Canadian. So steeped in tradition are they, they named themselves for the Celtic numerology for counting sheep – yan is one, tan is two and tethera is three. After honing their performance style with appearances in pubs and festivals nearer to home, the group hit the road (crossed the pond actually), mounting a very successful English tour that took them to the Fylde and Bromyard Folk Festivals and numerous English pubs.

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DICKIE BIRD

DICKIE BIRD


Children’s entertainer, Dickie Bird, has an ample supply of up-beat music, a suitcase full of magic tricks, and amazing gizmos like his bubble machine. His performances are fast-paced fun with singalongs, action songs, magic tricks, the Everybody Joins In Jug Band, and many opportunities for audience participation. His puppet pal, Doug the Wug, also makes an appearance. Dickie Bird’s show has been described by critics as “Personable, enthusiastic, talented, appealing” and “The perfect combination of music, magic and fun!” Dickie Bird is also known as Richard Knechtel. You can see him perform in that incarnation at the festival as half of the duo, Knechtel & McLean.

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EMILEE NIMETZ

EMILEE NIMETZ


A spoken word performance artist with a background in musical theatre, Emilee Nimetz is a multi-talented creator who also teaches dance. Prior to her Mariposa appearance, Emilee ventured to Vancouver with some of Canada’s top poets to compete in the Verses Festival. Her spoken word performances are moving, engaging, though provoking and inspiring, so sit back and be transported to someplace new, or even someplace familiar. In her spare time, Emilee likes to drink tea, act in musicals, laugh loud and work on getting a strong back. Her collection of poetry – I’m big but I’m little. (the ones) – is available at www.magcloud.com.

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Tammy-Frederick

TAMMY FREDERICK


Tammy Frederick is a creative maven and generous nurturer of talent. She opened her own studio, developing the voices of hundreds singers. She hosts open mics, leads singing workshops, and has produced many concerts exploring various genres and themes with titles such as Rock Spirit Revival, Something Celtic and Broadway: A Musical Theatre Cabaret. On top of all that, she’s a contributing columnist for Canadian Musician magazine, and an actor in leading roles including Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Hedy La Rue in How to Succeed in Business, Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sally Brown in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde.

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Beth

BETH MCKEAN


Beth McKean will help you to find freedom and joy by encouraging and coaching your dancer self to shine, manifest and be liberated. It’s not just in some of us – it’s in all of us. Discover your authentic self on the dance floor through the love, compassion, care and passion that Beth brings to the experience. Your playful free spirit is waiting to be expressed and go on a journey of the heart. Beth is a gifted guide who will lead you through a creative exploration of the body, mind, heart and soul.

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THE KEMPENCELTS


A dynamic group of accomplished Celtic musicians, the Kempencelts performance on Mariposa’s dance stage is not to be missed. Fiddle players are Cheryl Wilson and Carol Kline. On guitar and bodhran are Chuck MacLeod and Brian Gogarty, and on stand up bass is Peter Cox. Dancing, toe tapping and foot stomping are strongly encouraged, so kick off your shoes and dance up a storm!

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THE KENNETTS


Well-known dance callers David and Ann Kennett are noted for the traditional Canadian content of their program. They call regularly for the Orillia Folk Society, Wye Marsh Heritage Day, Celtic Roots Folk Festival, and they call with The Kempencelts at Mariposa Folk Festival. Retired teachers, they are frequent visitors to area schools, teaching and advising staff on the dance component of the physical education program.