2015 Festival Artists

AdamCohen

ADAM COHEN


Three albums into a career that began with his 1998 self-titled debut, Adam Cohen had decided to call it quits, his career as a singer-songwriter not meeting his expectations. But he decided to give it another go, and the wonderful result was his very successful, Like A Man (2011). It has been described as the album through which Adam Cohen “set about a quiet rapprochement with his DNA.” It went gold, Adam went on a long world tour, and anticipation started building for the follow-up.

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AdamCrossley

ADAM CROSSLEY


Singer-songwriter Adam Crossley was raised in South Jersey, had a sojourn in Toronto, and honed his writing and playing in Tennessee. During his time in Canada, a period that significantly influenced the artist that he is today, he wrote for other artists, and for television and film. Adam’s single, Beautiful World (We’re All Here), from his solo album, Anvil of the Heart (2010), hit the #4 spot on the AC Billboard charts in the U.S. and Canada. His song, So She Dances, was recorded by Josh Groban. Adam is currently living in Nashville where he is working on his highly anticipated sophomore album.

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Ariko

ARIKO


Smiles ignite, toes tap and hips swivel when Franco-Ontarian sister group, Ariko, reaches into its quiver of tunes. Their fiddle-based music takes you on a journey through canadiana, jazz, gypsy swing and Celtic, with a repertoire that is energetic, rich in harmonies, and spiced with a mix of bilingual, traditional and original material. Ariko has made numerous appearances at Festival du loup and other festivals, various Métis Nation events, and at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, performing music inspired by influences ranging from La Bottine Souriante and Natalie McMaster, to Stéphane Grappelli. They’re making a return to our Mariposa stages this summer following a well-received debut performance last year.

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AshBloom

ASH & BLOOM


The words ‘incredible harmonies’ and ‘brilliant song writing’ most succinctly describe Ash & Bloom. This powerhouse duo beautifully masters the heart-warming sound of two people playing and singing together in a modern Simon & Garfunkel kind of way. Their debut full-length album, Let The Storm Come, released in North America in 2014, and earlier this year in Australia and New Zealand, has garnered positive press and extensive play. It was followed by an Australian tour, sold-out audiences, and performances alongside artists like Buffy Sainte-Marie and Sinead O’Connor. To our great fortune, their tour of Canada and the U.S. this Spring and Summer brings them to our Mariposa stage.

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BethMcKean

BETH MCKEAN


By bringing out, encouraging and coaching the dancer inside of you so it can shine, manifest and be liberated, Beth McKean will help you find freedom and joy. Discover your authentic self in dance through the love, compassion, care and passion that Beth brings to the experience. Your playful free spirit is just waiting to express itself 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. An inner dancer is inside of you. It’s inside all of us. Let Beth help you to express it in all its glory.

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BlackUmfolosi

BLACK UMFOLOSI


More than three decades on the music scene, Zimbabwe’s a cappella ambassadors, Black Umfolosi, continue to delight audiences around the world. Formed by young school friends, the group was named for the Umfolozi Omnyama River where their ancestry can be traced. Their performances are inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native Africa, and conveyed with unrivaled beauty and passion. With melodic harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping; accompanied by movements from the subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping; every show blends gentleness of spirit with exuberant dance and song. The wonderful result is a completely absorbing performance.

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BramMorrison

BRAM MORRISON


Bram Morrison has been part of the Canadian folk music scene since the early 60’s, developing his performance and song-leading skills in folk clubs and folk festivals. An accompanist and apprentice to folksinger Alan Mills, in 1978 he joined forces with Sharon Hampson and Lois Lilienstein to form Sharon, Lois & Bram, which went on to become a Canadian institution. Bram has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate is inducted as a Member of the Order of Canada. His repertoire is vast and eclectic, singing in English, and with authentic, idiomatic accents in French, Spanish and Yiddish. He is very pleased to be making his first solo appearance at Mariposa Folk Festival after all of these years.

BrianLitvinandJubalani

BRIAN LITVIN AND JABULANI


The uplifting music, driving rhythms, and exotic dancing of Brian Litvin and Jabulani will transport you to South Africa from where most of the group hails. Jabulani is a Zulu word that means “we are happy”, and that is a perfect description of how this group will make you feel. They play a blend of Township Jive, Zulu Maskande, traditional Zulu music, and South African Jazz learned first-hand from street walking guitar players, migrant workers in hostels, and in the townships that bred these wonderful sounds. The group has had the honour of performing at numerous memorial services in memory of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s most famous son.

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CharlieACourt

CHARLIE A’COURT


Planted at the crossroads of roots and soul, the mighty voice, fierce guitar work and contemporary song writing of Charlie A’Court connect with people, one emotion at a time. He’s a country boy raised on classic R&B, soul, blues, rock and folk ranging from The Band and John Prine to Otis Redding and B.B. King. Charlie is well known for his emotional delivery and strong stage presence, and for fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions. He has toured extensively internationally both as a headlining performer or sharing the stage with greats like James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Martin Sexton, Delbert McClinton, Colin James and Dan Aykroyd.

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CherylWheeler

CHERYL WHEELER


You may not be familiar with Cheryl Wheeler, but you have no doubt heard her songs, which have been covered by artists as diverse as Kenny Loggins, Garth Brooks, Suzy Boggus, Bette Midler, Kathy Mattea, and Holly Near. They think she’s great, so you really ought to check out her live performance for yourself. Cheryl’s songs are often emotional portraits, while others are hilarious situation comedies that make you feel like you’re at a comedy club, not a folk concert. She has released 13 highly-acclaimed albums, including 2012’s Greetings: Cheryl Wheeler Live, and now she’s making her Mariposa return after too many years of absence.

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DanYashinsky

DAN YASHINSKY


A well-known storyteller, author, and community organizer, Dan Yashinsky has received numerous prestigious awards including the Jane Jacobs Prize and a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. He founded the Toronto Festival of Storytelling, co-founded the Storytellers School of Toronto, and has performed at many festivals around the world. Dan has edited several acclaimed collections of Canadian storytelling, and is a renowned author recognized with an Ann Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. He has done much to encourage the renaissance of storytelling in all parts of Canada. His performances are funny, profound, and moving, and they’re delivered with alacrity and panache. Get yourself comfortable and enjoy!

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DougPaisley

DOUG PAISLEY


Doug Paisley has an outsider’s keen perspective. He taps into the social lifeblood of America, gently and reverently, with songs that are steeped in poetry, harmony and sweetness, and performed with a honeyed, craggy, and knowing voice. An artist whose work is not burdened by the trappings of fashion, Paisley ruminates on America’s fate with pleasing authenticity and uncommon clarity. Refreshing modest, Paisley leaves it to others – the music critics, his peers, and a deeply loyal audience – to sing his praises. You’d be hard-pressed to find a lengthy biography or detailed list of music credits about this artist. After all, when one’s body of work speaks so eloquently for itself, little else needs to be said.

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EricAndersen

ERIC ANDERSEN


Eric Andersen’s voice, songs, guitar and piano playing have supported an impressive career that spans five decades. He has recorded 25 albums of original songs, and made numerous tours of North America, Europe, and Japan. The shortlist of renowned artists that have recorded and performed his songs includes Ricky Nelson, Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul and Mary, Linda Ronstadt, Johnny Cash, The Grateful Dead, and Mary Chapin Carpenter, plus many others around the world. A documentary about Eric Andersen – a study on the culture of fame, the fragility of an artist’s career and the integrity of an artist – is currently in production.

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ErinSaoriseAdair

ERIN SAOIRSE ADAIR


Songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer, Erin Saoirse Adair, has become a prominent and popular voice on the national folk scene, with widespread praise for her accessible and deeply relevant songs. In the time-honoured tradition of topical song writing, her work deals with social justice, the environment, sex positivity, worker’s rights, alcoholism, mental health, sexual assault and more. She sings frankly, but often with disarming humour. Co-founder and former member of the feminist folk trio, Three Little Birds, nominated for a 2012 Canadian Folk Music Award, Erin already has a lot of stage experience under her young belt, and it shines brightly in her strong performances.

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Ever-LovinJugBand

EVER-LOVIN’ JUG BAND


There’s something special about a jug band! It’s like comfort food, tunefulness, history and fun all rolled together into one entertaining, wholesome package. The Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band is this and more, with their original tunes in the style of the jug bands of the 1920s, plus some old-time, ragtime, and music of other bygone eras as well. The band features five fine performers that juggle duties between guitar, kazoo, banjolin, violin, washtub, washboard, banjitar, cello, banjo, tuba, fiddle, vocals, and jug, of course. Their first album, Tri-City Stomp, released on CD, vinyl and via download, is a musical romp through tunes and ditties that will really get you’re your juices flowing.

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FarrucasDuo

FARRUCAS DUO


The stirring rhythms, Latin sounds, and intricate instrumentation of Farrucas Duo paint an exotic musical portrait. The group is a fusion of two musical traditions – Mediterranean and Ecuadorian – brought together through Laura Spada and Jorge Cuamacás, and spiced up by elements of other genres through Arab, Cumbia, rumba, flamenco, salsa and rock influences. Two talents that shine equally well in the recording studio and on stage, this duo has been performing together for nine years. With stunning performances, a variety of instruments, homage to diverse cultures and nationalities, three albums, and legions of fans, this is a musical journey you need to experience.

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GeorgeElliottClarke

GEORGE ELLIOTT CLARKE


Poet, playwright and literary critic, George Elliott Clarke is a seventh-generation Canadian of African-American and Mi’kmaq Amerindian heritage. He has been instrumental in promoting the work of writers of African descent, especially those of Nova Scotia. Clarke has published in a variety of genres including verse collections, verse-novel, verse play, and screenplay for feature film. He coined the term ‘Africadian’ to identify the Black culture of Atlantic Canada; has won many prestigious awards and critical recognitions; and is Toronto’s Poet Laureate. Clarke is also a dynamic spoken word performer, delivering rich and poignant verse that is both thought-provoking and highly entertaining.

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GeorgeLeach

GEORGE LEACH


Songwriters accomplish a strange magic, pulling songs from the ether and giving voice to our feelings and experiences. George Leach is one of these magicians. He’s a consummate showman too. The high energy level of his shows might surprise you. With the first note played on his double neck Gibson, the air in the room changes, the crowd falls silent, and bodies begin to sway. Whether playing a ballad or grinding out some funky blues, George disappears into the moment, taking his audience along with him for the fantastic, wild, transcendent ride. You never know where you might end up.

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GordieMacKeemanHisRhythmBoys

GORDIE MACKEEMAN & HIS RHYTHM BOYS


The exhilarating live show of Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will enthrall you with engaging, sometimes jaw-dropping, stagecraft and showmanship. With flavors of traditional bluegrass and roots music, bolstered by stunning musicianship, these guys are literally taking the world by storm, and making their way to Mariposa’s stages via numerous stops in Australia and the U.K. Featuring fiddle, feet, vocals, bass, drums, percussion, mandolin, banjo guitar and pedal steel guitar, these four blazing musicians know how to turn up the heat and really get a place hopping. It’s a joyful, foot stomping, energetic musical experience, and one you surely don’t want to miss!

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IanKeteku

IAN KETEKU


The poetry of Ian Keteku is an articulation of a generation’s heartbeat. A magician with syntax, he conjures new realities all in an attempt to better understand our existence. Keteku is a two time national slam champion and the 2010 World Poetry Slam champion. He has showcased his poetry and art all over the world and shared stages with some of the biggest names in music and literature. Keteku uses his voice to inspire messages of peace, action and critical thought, and he inspires people of all ages to accept the power of their own voice too. Keteku is also a multi-media artist, producing thought-provoking poetic films.

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IngeAndersen

INGE ANDERSEN


Inge Andersen has always loved poetry and music. Inspired by Dutch poets such as Hans Andreus and Ellen Warmond, the Canadian poet Irving Layton, and songwriters like Phil Ochs, Joni Mitchell, and James Taylor, she has written many poems and songs. She continued to write while performing regularly as a back-up singer. After backing Eric Andersen on his 2005 tour of Japan, and in many subsequent performances around the globe, in 2006 she and Eric got married. Performing back-up gave her a lot of stage experience, but her debut album, Fallen Angel (2011), proved the full extent of her talent.

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IrishMythen

IRISH MYTHEN


A singer-songwriter, musician, and lyrical maven with an immense stage presence and an even bigger voice, Irish Mythen’s performances take you on an emotional roller coaster. Her songs are rooted in myriad places and experiences, expressed through artistry that can only be honed by working with peers like Tom Paxton, The Dubliners, The Pogues, Joel Plaskett, Ron Hynes, and Matt Andersen. Irish is a consummate entertainer who is known for gripping live shows; storytelling that brings you on an incredible and emotional journey; comedic anecdotes that have you laughing; and musical philosophies that get you thinking until long after the performance has ended.

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LomaxProject

JAYME STONE’S LOMAX PROJECT


Lomax Project is the latest adventure of two-time Juno winning musician, producer, educator and collaborator, Jayme Stone. Focusing on songs collected by renowned folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this musical reawakening brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, reinvigorate and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk ranging from muleskinners, roustabouts, sawyers, and prisoners, to homemakers and schoolchildren.

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JimmyWebb

JIMMY WEBB


American songwriter, composer, and singer, Jimmy Webb, is recognized worldwide as a master of his trade. Some of his platinum selling classics include, Up, Up and Away, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Wichita Lineman, Galveston, and MacArthur Park. His songs have been recorded or performed by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt, R.E.M., and Carly Simon. His last two albums feature duets with Brian Wilson, Keith Urban, Lyle Lovett, David Crosby and Graham Nash, Billy Joel, Vince Gill, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne and Glen Campbell. Webb is the only artist ever to have received Grammy Awards for music, lyrics, and orchestration.

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Kunle

KUNLE


Nigerian-born singer songwriter, Kunle, launched his musical career in Ghana, spent time on the open seas as a marine engineer, and made his way to Toronto where he is currently based. His music employs guitar tapping, harmonica, talking drum, and rich vocals to animate traditional and contemporary songs that guide audiences into a musical place where there are no boundaries, and where traditions from Celtic to blues to rock to African folk meld together. Whether singing in Yoruba, English, Pidgin or German, his sensitivity and kindness come out through his songs and generous performances, leaving his audience basking in beautiful gentleness and optimism.

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LuchoQuequezana

LUCHO QUEQUEZANA


With his music transcending into youthful playfulness – even as an established, internationally renowned artist – conventional descriptions cannot do justice to the story of Lucho Quequezana. Nurtured on Andean Peruvian rhythms, his horizons then expanded to a broad range of Peruvian music, mixed with foreign rhythms. Driven by innate curiosity, he has mastered more than 25 stringed, percussion and wind instruments. He has also toured internationally numerous times, and now adds celebrated composer of sound scores to his impressive list of artistic credits. Nominated for a Latin Grammy Award for his album, Combi (2014), Lucho is riding on a high as he makes his Mariposa debut.

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LucindaWilliams

LUCINDA WILLIAMS


Lucinda Williams has been maneuvering down a path all her own for more than three decades now. Hailing from Lake Charles, Louisiana – a town with a rich tradition in all of America’s indigenous music, from country to the blues – her creative verve is deeply informed by being imbued with a culturally rich, economically poor worldview. After several years of playing the hardscrabble clubs of her adopted state of Texas, Williams gained a solid enough footing to record a self-titled album that would become a touchstone for the embryonic Americana movement.

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MaryChapinCarpenter

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER


Fearless creativity has been the common thread woven throughout the career of Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her music gracefully meanders through influences broader than the country and folk genres for which she is most commonly known, producing a body of work that is spiked with delightful musical surprises.

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MicheleGazich

MICHELE GAZICH


Musician, composer, songwriter and music producer, Michele Gazich, is known for his trademark style on the violin. He has played in orchestras, chamber music groups, and with singer songwriters, and has performed his own songs in Europe and throughout the world. Appearing on more than fifty albums, he has performed with masters of folk, blues and alternative country from Eric Andersen, Mary Gauthier, Tom Russell, and John Hammond, to Michelle Shocked. Gazich has also composed the music scores for several films and live theatre productions, and has released several albums including Folk Rock (2012) with Massimo Priviero, and his Verso Damasco (2012).

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PoorAngus

POOR ANGUS


Poor Angus interprets the music of past and present, performing original and traditional Scottish, Irish and East Coast pieces, and transforming them into thoroughly original, dynamic and entertaining arrangements. This collection of five talented musicians expresses profound admiration for Celtic music in a manner that excites both traditional purists and modern audiences. Featuring masterful highland and uilleann piping, tin whistles, fiddling, bodhran, guitar, mandolin, and bass, they’re a stirring group of players is also known for strong vocal harmonies. These guys are the life of the party. They always get feet stomping, dancers hoofing it, and audiences roaring for more.

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ReubenAndTheDark

REUBEN AND THE DARK


Reuben And The Dark is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists that make chilling, emotive folk and soul driven by dark, introspective lyrics exploring the duality of misery and joy. Boasting a rare chemistry between all of its members, the group has emerged from the independent music scene on the strength of strong compositions that translate emotion into song with haunting clarity. Their debut album, Funeral Sky (2014), has been described as a “…rich, deep, mood-drenched, roots-rock record textured with hymns and hosanna…” It was produced by Chris Hayden (Florence & the Machine) and Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and The Game feat Kanye West).

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RVeillons

RÉVEILLONS


Québecois quartet, RéVeillons, sweeps audiences off their feet with rousing arrangements that are rooted in the traditional, yet are curiously avant garde. With stunning musicianship, and tunes that lilt, howl and rumble, their music is like comfort food for the aural senses. They are four cool dudes who will dance you to the soul of Québecois music, and demonstrate what joie de vivre truly means. Playing bodhran, concertina, guimbarde, guitar, banjo, fiddle, and even suitcase, they step, stomp, sing and harmonize with swaggering panache. This is a melodic, percussive, stirring sound that will get your spirit moving, toes tapping and hips swinging. Amuse-toi bien!

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ReverendRobertJonesSr.

REVEREND ROBERT JONES, SR.


Singer, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., uses folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture. A lifelong Detroiter, he has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years for festivals, schools, civil rights organizations and churches. Rev. Jones grew up immersed in a wide variety of music, especially the blues. By his mid-twenties, he was hosting an award-winning radio show called “Blues From The Lowlands”. Although he is a respected traditional acoustic blues musician, Rev. Jones considers his greatest honor to be his call to the gospel ministry.

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RickFines

RICK FINES


Rick Fines refuses to be pigeonholed. Steeped in roots music, he crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres. A veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. Rick’s storied career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act. First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released four solo albums, another with his own Rick Fines Trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick.

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RUNA

RUNA


Recognized as one of Irish music’s new super-groups, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, and jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. The group has been honoured internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song. They combine vocals, step-dancing, guitar, percussion, mandolin, bodhrán, and fiddle for a sound that is at once mystical, lyrical, unique and exciting.

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RuthMoody

RUTH MOODY


Ruth Moody is an artist of exceptional depth and grace, whose ethereal vocals, impressive multi-instrumentalism, and insightful song writing evoke maturity and wisdom well beyond her age. Her songs are timeless, universal, exquisitely crafted, and performed with intimacy and honesty. A founding and current member of the internationally renowned trio The Wailin’ Jennys, Ruth has leased two critically acclaimed albums on her own. She toured world-wide with her last album, These Wilder Things (2013), including a string of dates in Europe opening for Mark Knopfler who also guested on the recording. The Ruth Moody Band features fiddle, mandolin, viola, mandola, guitars, ukulele, upright bass and vocals.

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SingAlongTim

SING ALONG TIM


Sing Along Tim loves performing music for children. His repertoire includes folk songs from around the world and original material drawn from his own experiences as a father. He performs at festivals, street fairs, parties, daycares, drop-ins and picnics from Victoria to Fort McMurray to Toronto – anyplace where really real, rockin’ funny children’s folk music is needed. Tim started writing children’s folk music when his son, Sing Along Tim Junior, was born. The songs in his repertoire are arranged to give every child the opportunity to join in, express themselves and share in the joy of making music together.

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SteveAddabbo

STEVE ADDABBO


Grammy nominated Steve Addabbo set the standard for the singer songwriter genre with his acclaimed production, recording engineering, writing and arranging acumen. He’s also a notable stage performer, and recently released his first full-length album of his own recordings, Out of Nothing (2015), after testing the songs on the NYC scene. It’s a powerful collection that addresses the spirit of life’s trajectory. Steve was very instrumental in launching the careers of Suzanne Vega and Shawn Colvin, and has produced or engineered for a wide range of artists including Bobby McFerrin, Eric Andersen, Loudon Wainwright III, Jeff Buckley, Olivia Newton-John, The Manhattans and Dar Williams.

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TajWeekesAdowa

TAJ WEEKES AND ADOWA


Taj Weekes and Adowa unite social consciousness with a Reggae groove, then blend in elements of acoustic roots-rock and Afro-folk. Theirs is a rich and vibrant sound that defies genre and has garnered critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences around the globe. The band members hail from Jamaica, Dominica, Barbados and St. Lucia, providing a rich base of experience on which to produce a unique yet veritable pan-Caribbean sound. Their performances are soul stirring and ‘rootsy’, delivering beautifully enchanting vocals and thought-provoking messages. Musically, lyrically and rhythmically, this exciting group reflects the best from the past while elevating the Reggae genre to greater musical heights.

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TeresaDoyle

TERESA DOYLE


A vocal explorer who pushes the boundaries of her voice, Teresa Doyle experiments with new vocal colours, extended vocal techniques, and vocal textures from other cultures. Her exploration has taken her around the world singing with Kenyan farm women, a Japanese lute player, Tibetan overtone singers, soca musicians from Tobago, improvisers in New York, South Indian yogis, traditional Gaelic singers in Ireland, and folk musicians everywhere from the Yukon Territory to the Blue Ridge Mountains. The repertoire of this gifted artist reflects her meandering musical journey but is always firmly rooted in the Celtic music and stories of her native Prince Edward Island.

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TheBarrelBoys

THE BARREL BOYS


Featuring luscious vocals and barn-burning instrumentals, The Barrel Boys are a new staple on the bluegrass scene. Appreciated for their versatility and eclecticism, their repertoire ranges from bluegrass to classic country, old-time, folk, and roots rock. Their debut full-length album of entirely original tunes features the superb song writing of all five members, and demonstrates the uniqueness of their sound while staying rooted in tradition. Recorded live off the floor in the space of just a few days, it is both spontaneous and authentic sounding. Always entertaining, these guys churn out toe-tapping tunes that pair perfectly with good times and discerning music fans.

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TheEastPointers

THE EAST POINTERS


The three members of the freshly formed trio, The East Pointers, are accomplished musicians in their own right, each of whom – Banjoist Koady Chaisson, fiddler Tim Chaisson, and guitarist Jake Charron – has an exuberant love of traditional Celtic tunes that belies their youth. This union of skilled players proves the old adage that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts – in this case, much greater. Their lively slew of tunes all share an undeniable ability to get hands clapping, feet stomping, and bodies bouncing, and their performances are the kind of wonderful down home fun that will leave you yelling for more.

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TheGriddlePickers

THE GRIDDLE PICKERS


Acoustic country and bluegrass band, The Griddle Pickers is dedicated to producing organic, homegrown music steeped in the area’s diverse mix of musical traditions. They’re a tight and close-knit group, with brothers Sean and Dale Patrick providing lightning-quick pickin’, supported by bassist Mike Milner and his guitar-strummin’ daughter, Sarah. With vocal talent ranging from bass to soprano, all four members sing, blending their voices to create rich harmonies. Playing traditional and original bluegrass, country and folk tunes, they’re willing to break the rules and take risks and produce delightful musical surprises. They have been performing across the region, and were recently interviewed for Bluegrass Canada Magazine.

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TheJerryCans

THE JERRY CANS


They are“… what would happen if The Clash had grown up speaking Inuktitut…” according to Penguin Eggs. Fast rising northern stars, The Jerry Cans perform a delicious mix of Inuktitut alt-country, throat singing, and reggae. Calling them unique is as much of an understatement as calling the universe big. Let’s just say they’re wonderfully exciting, fantastic, and fun. Passionate about preserving Inuktitut, they perform many of their songs in that language. But it’s not their political or cultural motives that have grabbed people’s attention. It’s the way that people, ranging from elders to young folk, cannot resist dancing to their high-energy tunes.

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TheKempenceltsandtheKennetts

THE KEMPENCELTS AND THE KENNETTS


Grounded in traditional Celtic music, The Kempencelts perform heel kicking, toe tapping reels and jigs that are guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and get your body moving. The musicians are Carol Kline and Cheryl Wilson on fiddle, Chuck MacLeod on guitar, Brian Gogarty on banjo and bodhran and Amanda MacLeod on keyboard. The diverse musical backgrounds of these talented players, paired with the dynamic, yet accessible, dance calling of Dave and Ann Kennett, creates an exciting and fun dancing experience. Once you get started, you won’t want to stop. Come to the Dance Stage and find out what good times are all about.

TheRailsplitters

THE RAILSPLITTERS


High energy, bluegrass roots quintet, The Railsplitters, shines with vocal clarity, unclouded song writing, and an exceptional musical range. Calling upon genre influences ranging from Roots/Americana, Country Twang, 50′s doo wop, modern pop, to good old Rock ‘n’ Roll, this Colorado outfit wows audiences with dynamic, tight, and powerful performances. Their music draws on the craft of icons like Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs, but with a hint of the modern that comes out in rapid tempos, unusual instrumentals, and good-time breakdowns! With powerful female and male vocals, enchanting harmonies, and masterful instrumentals, these folks have raw power that can raise mountains.

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ToddCrowleysMusicalPettingZoo

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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TurboStreetFunk

TURBO STREET FUNK


Whether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or even on a busy corner, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk get people moving and grooving. Discovered by jazz legend, Richard Underhill, they have grown from a street savvy busking crew to a collection of dynamic showmen. With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, this collection of musical talents draws inspiration from R&B, disco, jazz, funk, rock, Colombian porro, electronica and even classical, arranging every piece for a fun-loving ‘street jazz’ sound. These guys are exuberant, highly entertaining and loads of fun. You don’t want to miss them.

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