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Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
Saturday, October 21 at 7:30pm
REANIMATE THE NIGHT
Interview with Ellis Paul
By Nina Matti
WNUR: How did you get into the music industry in the first place? You grew up on a potato farm and you wanted to be a social worker, right?
Ellis Paul: Yeah, I mean I didn’t really want to be- I was an English major and it just kind of happened by default. I was playing open mic nights and that’s where I got my start I guess.
Where did you get your inspiration for your song writing?
Paul: Well you know I listened to people’s stories. I feel like everybody’s got some nugget story that kind of defines who they are in the big picture. It might be a chance meeting with somebody or an accident or maybe they won the lottery. This one little nugget story can encapsulate someone and that’s what has me interested in songwriting, because all of my songs are about people.
Do you use your own personal stories too or do you prefer to focus on other people?
Paul: Yeah. If I’m writing about other people, it’s going to be tainted by my own experiences. It’s like if Van Gogh is painting a field of sunflowers, it’s still a field of sunflowers but we see his personality in the painting even though there’s no person in the painting. There’s no way to escape our fingerprint even when you’re writing outside of yourself and your experiences.
Do you have any musical inspirations?
Paul: Like heroes? Well, you know there was an era of music between the mid- to late-sixties up until the mid-seventies where there were a lot of sing-songwriters. Jim Croche, early Billy Joel, Dylan and Joni Mitchell, Neil Young. There was sort of a heyday of folk rock when it was the hippest music. It’s not that way anymore. It’s not like hip-hop or R&B. Not that it’s nonexistent… There was a time when folk music was predominantly in the pop world and heard everyday. That era is what I liked most.
How has that change in popular music culture influenced your work, if at all?
Paul: Well, you know, I keep an eye out for what’s happening, and I listen to people’s music. I bought the Adele record; I bought the Taylor Swift record. And anytime I hear something I like, I try to follow up and see what’s happening. I try to keep up with what stuff I like and try to get inspired. That includes people who aren’t in the popular vein of music, struggling songwriters who are living out of the back of their cars and travelling around the country. Those people are sometimes just as talented as the people on the pop charts. I try to keep an eye out for anybody.
You’ve been in the industry for a while. Do you have something that you consider to be the highlight of your career? What has been your favorite moment so far?
Paul: Tonight is going to be my favorite moment. [laughs] At least that’s what you hope! I don’t really have one; I’ve had a lot of great experiences. I got to go into and write music to a Woody Guthrie lyric, like my music was put to his words. That was a really big highlight. But any night when all cylinders are firing and the audience is completely captivated, it’s a highlight. And I’ve got lots and lots of those.
You’ve written a couple of books, too…
Paul: I’ve written two children’s books and I’ve got one that’s for adults. It’s kind of a sci-fi.
What was that writing process like? Was it similar to your writing process?
Paul: Well the language is kind of the same. It’s really just me spilling my guts on something. It’s not that the medium is that different, but it is drier. When you put music to words, it’s like techicolor, not just black and white. Music is a little more emotional than books, but books are great. I love writing in any medium really.
What’s next for you?
Paul: I just started writing songs for my next project. It might be a year away. It’s going to take a while to get 20 songs, and then we pick the best of the 20. So it’s definitely going to happen, but likely not until the end of the year.
by Nina Matti, Nina Matti; WNUR
Lynn Miles with Keith Glass
at the Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
Friday, September 22, 7:30pm
There’s something to be said for experience, for taking the time to grow into your own skin. All sturdy things need time to root firmly into the ground to and their strength.
Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With twelve albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards (2011 English Songwriter of the Year), and a 2003 Juno award for Roots and Traditional Solo Album of the Year, she has certainly found her strength over time.
Through a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in Nashville and Austin TX., and a healthy touring schedule that regularly takes her through the US, Europe and across Canada, she has always created and performed music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability.
Lynn song “Three Chords and the Truth” was recently chosen as the closing song on the popular BBC TV series “Case Histories”.
Lynn’s new release “Downpour” has been receiving glowing reviews.
Five out of five stars in Maverick Magazine:
“Lynn Miles excels at exquisite melancholy and delivers another aurally addictive course of intensive treatment”.
- Arthur Wood
Rosie and the Riveters
at the Minden United Church
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 7:30pm
Rosie & the Riveters are fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who perform uplifting folk music with a vintage 1940s flair! Ask these spirited femmes to spin a slinky melody, roll out glinting harmonies, or hammer down a swinging beat, and you can bet what the answer is going to be: “We can do it!”. Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, humour, and just enough ooh-la-la to keep your toes tapping long after the show is over.
The band’s reinvention of vintage folk garnered much national attention for their debut album, Good Clean Fun!, released in 2015. It peaked at #9 on Earshot Magazine’s national folk/roots chart, and their single, Ain’t Gonna Bother, reached the #5 spot on the CBC Radio 2’s national Top 20 countdown. In 2016 they won a Saskatchewan Arts Award (Emerging Artist Category) and they also picked up nominations for a Canadian Folk Music Award (Vocal Group of the Year) and a Western Canadian Music Award (Roots Duo/Group of the Year).
Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, the feminist icon who symbolized the women’s movement into the workforce during WWII, the Riveters seek to empower women to be ambassadors for change within their own communities. In support of this vision they invest 20% of their merchandise profits in women’s projects around the world though KIVA.org.
Since the band’s formation in 2011, the Riveters have quickly taken the folk scene by storm sharing the stage with the likes of Arlo Guthrie, Serena Ryder and Fred Penner. They have become media darlings along the way and have been featured in numerous media outlets including CTV’s ETalk Daily’s and were most recently called “one of the best live [acts] you’ll ever see” by CBC Radio 2 host, Rich Terfry. It’s easy to see why these hilarious and charming women are a force to be reckoned with!
ROSIE & THE RIVETERS ARE:
Sweet and soft, Allyson Reigh has been composing melodies since before she could walk. Her ear for a great tune keeps the Riveter’s melodic ideas fresh. When she isn’t chatting up a storm with the local media outlets, the band’s socialite keeps fans updated on social media platforms. Her eye for style goes a long way in making the Riveter’s look polished and stage ready. A self-proclaimed thriftaholic, Allyson finds the cutest outfits to wear for Riveter shows in vintage shops and Value Village where she is a card-carrying member.
Francophone singer-songwriter, Alexis Normand, brings an impressive musical education and uncanny arrangement abilities. Her expertise and flare in composition are what make those Riveter harmonies intelligent and fun! In addition to playing a mean rhythm guitar, Alexis is a grant-writing machine! When she’s on the road, she becomes a backseat business woman and yoga-practicing prankster. When she’s at home, she takes up swing dancing, spends time with her family at the lake and occasionally indulges in a fire-roasted hot dog.
Farideh Olsen is a singer-songwriter whose longstanding obsession with African American spirituals is what founded the idea of Rosie & the Riveters and continues to inspire the music they sing today. Farideh comes from a family of eccentric storytellers and artists and keeps the Riveters laughing on and off stage. When she's not out on the road making music, she's busy taking care of her little girl, running an online marketing company and desperately trying to learn how to cook tofu.
Minden United Church, 21 Newcastle Street, Minden.
Saturday April 22nd 2017 at 7:30pm
“Thoughts of a swaggering Sheryl Crow” — Folk Radio UK
"Unique place where folk, country and pop intersect” — Folk Music Canada
Juno nominee Amanda Rheaume is a Métis singer/songwriter with a powerful voice and an instantly-accessible roots-pop-Americana sound. Her latest album Holding Patterns, produced by Jim Bryson, is a powerful release both musically and lyrically. Though the album has themes of loss and grieving, she doesn’t leave you dwelling in the negative for long. This is about hope, rising up out of your ashes and dusting yourself off to start again clean. On Holding Patterns, blank pages aren’t things to fear, but places upon which to create something new. Pick up the pen and just start over. Get in that car and drive. Many of the tracks are leaving way stations, the regrets remain there in the ruins of what once was, and you ride onward down the unknown highway with both a smile and tear, heading into whatever awaits you on the horizon.
She has also enlisted the support from 2014 Juno Humanitarian Award winner Chantal Kreviazuk for a powerful statement about the role of intergenerational trauma and oppression in the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women with the song “Red Dress”.
Written in a single evening, and set to a gorgeous video featuring dancer Aria Evans, the song is, in part, a reaction to those who blame the victims themselves for the murders and disappearances – without considering how perceived “high risk behaviors” such as sex work or substance abuse are the direct result of Canada’s decades-long attempt at cultural genocide.
It was inspired by Amanda’s disgust with the Cindy Gladue verdict and her participation in MMIWG rallies in Ottawa at a time when she was also beginning to reckon with her own family history – a process documented on her Juno-nominated album Keep a Fire.
In 2013, Amanda released “Keep a Fire” - a varied and evocative collection of personal family stories, many told to her by her grandfather, the late Metis Member of Parliament Eugene Rheaume, and its title track described how Amanda’s Ojibwe great grandmother and European great grandfather lived in exile in northern Manitoba, unwelcome in either the nearby white or First Nations communities.
She has quickly earned a reputation as a generous community-oriented artist and leader who co-organized the Babes for Breasts concerts and recording projects; spearheaded Ottawa’s Bluebird North songwriter showcases; performed for the troops in Afghanistan three times; raised money for the families of military personnel, and sold 6500 copies of a Christmas EP in Ottawa alone to raise money for Boys and Girls Clubs of Ottawa.
To sample Amanda's music, you will find tracks from her most recent CD and videos at
The Winter Folk Camp Concerts
Saturday March 4, 7:30pm
Sunday March 5, 7:30pm
Homemade Stew IV
Where: Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
When: Saturday January 28 at 7:30pm
Come and join the celebration of music of local artists. The evening is filled with local artists showcasing their talents. You will come away with an appreciation of the musical ability of people who live in the Haliburton Highlands.
This year's lineup
In addition to being inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame Johnny Burke has received a multitude of awards for top singles and top group performances. He has performed on the CTV show "Country Music Hall" and "The Funny Farm", as well as at the Grand Ole Opry, Wrap Around Nashville, and Nashville Now. His credentials are far too extensive to list here but, suffice it to say that Haliburton is lucky to have such a respected member of the music community who is so supportive of new talent. Johnny Burke's vocal style gives the traditional country sound a unique flavour. Few can match his talent for song presentation. He has 'twang' and a feel of sincerity that shines through every lyric. The pleasure he derives while performing spills over to his audience and back to the stage. It is always evident that Johnny Burke truly loves to entertain.
Fifth Business is a 5-piece, recreational folk/rock band based in Haliburton Ontario. The band formed in the early winter of 2015. Since then it has played a variety of shows in the Minden and Haliburton area. The repertoire is eclectic and is (mostly) unknown. or little known, cover tunes although two original pieces are, at this writing, part of the show. Two of the band members share lead vocals and b/u harmonies. The band uses a variety of instruments from the commonplace guitar to the unconventional (electric cello, harmonium etc).
Dan Riley has been fascinated by the guitar since the age of 14. Largely self-taught, he explored classical repertoire with Neil Douglas in Kitchener/Waterloo. Since then, he has expanded his interests to include jazz standards. He is most interested in a polyphonic style of guitar playing, always seeking to have more than one voice in motion. A newcomer to the stage, he is always open to new opportunities.
Mike McLellan, known as "Drifter", just began sharing his music with others this past summer at the Haliburton County Folk Society Open Stages. Drifter spent the better part of 10 years travelling the world while exploring it's oceans as a Divemaster. Drifting from country to country; ocean to sea, he embraced each experience with a deep compassion and understanding of the human condition. Over the years, the need to share and communicate this experience grew stronger and he started songwriting as a result. With a style and lyrics that can speak to all ages, the content and messages that shine through his music will move any that share a deep concern for this life and all It holds. He currently resides in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands while preparing for his next adventure.
Gabe Petric is in his final year of studies at Haliburton Highlands Secondary School. He takes music lessons in classical piano from Lauren McInnes and is already performing at a high level. He is planning to attend the Royal Conservatory of Music next year to continue his study of classical music.
David Piercey and The Highlands Trio
Dave Piercey, Mike Clewlow, Jeff Moulton, and Peter Miller, collectively known as "Dave Piercey and The Highlands Trio", love to perform and are well known in the community due to the frequent local performances. A lifelong love of music and entertaining drives their need to perform. Their individual styles led to the blending of the genres of country and rock'n roll, with a large serving of Down East music, creating a unique variety of music, comedy and harmony.
The Hawkins, Parker, Miller Trio
Sheri Hawkins is a multi-faceted personality: singer, songwriter, musician, producer, organic farmer, and proud mother. The streets were not kind to Sheri and she credits music with saving her life. Her love of performing is infectious to the audience. She performs a variety of genres of music and performs frequently. She is a member of a number of bands and will be joined at this show by Mike Clewlow on keys and Peter Mills on bass.
Sage and River Christiano
River and Sage Christiano, some of the youngest performers on this year's program, have lived most of their lives in Carmarvon, Ontario. Although they both play multiple instruments, they have settled on guitar and vocals for River and drums/percussion for Sage. Both were taught by wonderful, local, music teachers, Stan Russell and Lauren McInnes.
Tim Watson is a Toronto singer songwriter who spent nearly every summer as a kid, growing up in Haliburton on Haliburton Lake. Tim released his first full length record "still a young man" in 2015 and completed a cross Canada tour. He is heavily influenced by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Amos Lee and Ray Lamontagne. Tim is looking forward to a year full of writing and new songs to start 2017.
Cassidy Glecoff is a vocalist who will be accompanied by Jadon Bull, Marques Bortolussi, Lucas Bortolussi, and Spencer Devolin: Two guitarists, a bass player, and a drummer. She has just released a new music video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMRlIK3W1HU
Sunday, November 13, 2:00pm
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
* 15 albums, 22 singles, 4 Gold Records, nearly half a million units sold worldwide.
* 2 Juno awards, 7 Juno nominations (Country Male Vocalist & Folksinger).
* "Songwriter of the Year"
"...judging by last night's performance, Valdy's musical magic is alive and well." Beacon Herald
"One of the best evenings of entertainment Confederation Centre has ever seen....a man of formidable talents." Charlottetown Evening Patriot
"Valdy remains one of the country's purest and most credible storytellers." Toronto Star
"He's a master of country, folk, rock and blues, and the catch is that whatever the sound, people know that Valdy is sincere." Saskatoon Star Phoenix
Betty and the Bobs
Saturday, Sept 24
Minden Hills Community Centre
BETTY AND THE BOBS - THE PLAYERS:
SOOZI SCHLANGER (vocals, fiddle) is best known as the voice and fiddle that drives “Swamperella”,
a traditional Cajun band with a devoted following and now a strong CD offering. As one of the Betties, she sings
old-time country and forties jazz with unstoppable conviction.
SUZIE VINNICK (vocals, bass, guitar, and mandolin) is the newest Betty. She is a multiple award-winner (for bass playing, songwriting and singing) including the 2003 Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year. With “Betty and the Bobs”, this talented multi-instrumentalist can play anyone’s part, but it’s her voice, a voice “of spun honey and gold”, and her original rendering of classic songs that knocks peoples’ socks off.
KATHERINE WHEATLEY (vocals, guitar) plays at folk clubs across Canada and in Europe and is currently working on her third CD. Hailed by critics as “a truly Canadian original” and a songwriter with “an uncanny depth of observation”, she always comes up with gems for the band to perform and for the audience to sing along with.
DAVID WOODHEAD (vocals, bass, mandolin) is best known for his creative instrumental work in the folk world, including recordings and/or performances with Perth County Conspiracy, Stan Rogers, Brent Titcomb, Valdy, and Loreena McKennitt. In addition to producing albums and writing music for film and television, he’s released his own CD "Sweets and Conundrums". In Betty and the Bobs, David gets to expose a rootsier side and do some lead vocals.
WENDELL FERGUSON (vocals, guitar) is the six-time Canadian Country Music Association Guitar Player of the Year and has traveled the globe accompanying a who's who in both the country field (George Fox, Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks) and the folk arena (Quartette, Bob Snider, Cindy Church). As for his own hilarious tunes, well - when the band has a "Wendell moment", everything stops for a sideways look at the world.
RICH GREENSPOON (drums) has played drums with Oliver Schroer's Stewed Tomatoes, Njacko Backo, and Rare Air as well as on recordings in many contemporary styles, including world music and jazz. He's an esteemed drum teacher and has been busy in the last few years producing albums for other artists.
DAVID MATHESON (piano, vocals…) - This guitar, dobro and banjo picking, accordion/keyboard playing, singer/songwriter and one-quarter of the Canadian folk group, Moxy Früvous - is our newest Bob. His songs are original, moving, quirky and perfect for this band.
Remembering Pete Seeger
with Spook Handy
Where: Minden United Church,
21 Newcastle St., Minden, ON, K0M 2K0
When: Saturday June 11 2016, 7:30pm
The following is from Spook's website..........
I had the fortune of performing over 50 concerts and festivals alongside Pete Seeger between 2003 and his passing in 2014. As a result, I have learned many of his songs and the stories behind them – and not only songs he wrote but those of Woody Guthrie and many others. He was a mentor to me not only of music but of how to be a decent human being. I attribute much of what I know about songwriting and performing to him.
Spook & Pete, Beacon, NY 2006 – photo by Econosmith
The “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour
In response to Pete’s passing this past January, I put together a “program” called “Remembering Pete Seeger.” I call it a “program” because it can take the form of a concert, workshop, church service or keynote concert a.k.a lecture/concert. I am presenting it in concert halls, theaters, arts centers, libraries, festivals, summer concert series, churches and college classrooms all over the world. I present the program solo, with The Spook Handy Trio or with the The Spook Handy Band .
“Spook Handy honors the spirit of Pete Seeger, so excellently, by sharing the music with everyone on stage and in the audience in the same way that Pete did. He makes music the star. That’s why Pete loved to play with him so often and why all of us who are still here also do.”
… David Amram – friend, world renown musician and recipient of the second annual Pete and Toshi Seeger Power of Song Award at Symphony Space in New York City.
The “Remembering Pete Seeger” concert is a collection of songs and stories Spook Handy learned directly from Pete plus a few originals that he wrote himself that in some way have Pete’s stamp on them. It is Spook's goal to bring this tribute concert to all 50 U.S. states, all 13 Canadian provinces and territories, all 21 New Jersey counties, and as many other countries around the world as possible by May 3rd 2017, which would have been Pete's 98th birthday.
* Honoring the Memory of Pete Seeger w/ Spook Handy - YouTube
Spook Handy & Pete Seeger "My Rainbow Race" 11.20.10 - YouTube
Dominion Hotel, Minden ON
Friday May 13, 8:00pm
About Shari Ulrich
Born in San Rafael, California, Shari first moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in the early 1970's.
After stints of backpacking and cycling around Canada and the US, (always with a guitar on her back or a flute in her pack) her search for her place and path in the world included performing with her older brother and sister with the San Francisco Free Theatre, finally revealing that music was IT.
In all, Ulrich has released 21 albums - as a solo artist and as part of various "supergroups", which have garnered her 2 Juno Awards, several award nominations, and an induction into the British Columbia Entertainment Hall of Fame.
Shari first hit the stage as one-third of the infamous Pied Pumkin String Ensemble. The Pumkins -- Ulrich, Joe Mock and Rick Scott - embodied joie de vivre and intellectual whimsy and became the foundation of British Columbian music for an entire generation. Die-hard Pumkin fans recall Ulrich's violin, mandolin, flute, dulcimer, guitar, and saxophone playing as well as her incomparable voice - a formidable balance to the wacky and unique songwriting and performance personalities of her cohorts.
Big changes came in '76 when Shari was hired to tour with West Coast folk artist Valdy as part of his backing group, The Hometown Band. Shari was called on every show to step forward and sing Joe Mock's stunning "Flying" and her reputation across Canada was sealed. On the strength of that song, and the eclectic and remarkable musicianship of the members, The Hometown Band was signed with A&M, released two albums and won a Juno award for Best New Group. The top single from the second album was Shari's very first song - "Feel Good".
When The Hometown Band dissolved in '78, Shari embarked on a solo and songwriting career. Her next 2 albums (on A&M) contained her next 20 songs, followed by an MCA US signing. Talk Around Town was released with much success in Canada, but a fateful merge and purge at MCA, on the eve of the record's US release, left Shari suddenly without a label or management.
With her signature determination, Shari marched on to record and release her albums independently (Every Road, The Best of Shari Ulrich, The View From Here, and Find Our Way) and pursued a wealth of new opportunities.These included TV hosting, (including Futurescan with David Suzuki), writing and hosting BCTV's Inside Trax, writing and producing pieces for Sesame Street, scoring themes and documentaries for TV and the NFB, and even musical theatre (Tapestry and Baby Boomer Blues). She also became a role model for women after surviving a near-fatal assault.
1989 marked the start of her collaboration with long-time friends Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes - UHF - the much praised acoustic/vocal trio with whom she continues to record and perform.
As well, Shari resumed touring and recording with The Pied Pumkin in 1999, touring nationally and in 2007 releasing "Pumkids" which won several International awards. (Shari's contribution "Annabelle's Fiddle" won the 2011 John Lennon International Songwriting Contest for best Children's Song). She has also teamed up with the legendary Barney Bentall and Tom Taylor to form a new trio, releasing Live at Cates Hill in 2009, and joined Barney in a new bluegrass band, The High Bar Gang, in 2010, nominated for a Juno Award in 2013.
Shari also produces the Bluebird North concert series for the Songwriters Association of Canada at the Roundhouse in Vancouver and as a long time mentor for Canadian songwriters has taught songwriting in many different workshop settings as well as at Humber College and UBC.
Throughout it all Shari raised a daughter, Julia Graff, along with former husband, songwriter and visual artist David Graff. Julia, now 23 and herself an increasingly accomplished instrumentalist, has joined her mother on stage on violin, guitar, piano, accordion, mandolin & vocals (since she was 12), and as part of her masters in music in sound recording program at McGill University engineered and produced her most recent release, on Borealis Reocrds "Everywhere I Go". Shari tours regularly solo, as well as with Julia and Julia's McGill peer Ted Littlemore. Her music is available from her website www.shariulrich.com, iTunes, CD Baby, True North Records (The High Bar Gang) and Borealis Records.
The Crooked Brothers
Saturday April 16
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
Who says you can't choose your family? The Crooked Brothers are kindred, no question.
Their blend of timeless country classic sounds, back porch blues and stomping scrap yard funk has gained the attention of many folk festival and roots music fans both live and on their carefully crafted albums. As with Deathbed Pillowtalk (2009), their sophomore release Lawrence, Where’s Your Knife? (2011) was self-produced and recorded in a small cabin over a cold Manitoban winter. From the very first track on Lawrence, the Brothers are quick to let us know this is not going to be just another folk album.
A good dance, a good cry, it's all here. Music full of hips and heart. Slinky throbbing bass lines and growling melodies, or a heartache stripped and unadorned. The diversity in instrumentation and vocal arrangements are the vanguard of The Crooked Brothers’ art. Touched first by a three-part harmony, the driving insistence of a strutting funky beat, or maybe the lonesome caterwaul of a lap steel - the listener is drawn in and invited into the true heart of these songs. The poetry. Every word deliberate. Their timbre and lyric summon imagery of resilient souls, of long tough winters, of sadness, sorrow and longing, of sex and mortality. They get lonely and low as low can be, but they are also quick to celebrate. The Crooked Brothers' songs move from sorrow to joy and back with an ageless grace and it is clear they harbor a love and honour for the lows in life just as much as the highs.
Jesse Matas, Darwin Baker and Matt Foster – all three are songwriters and multi-instrumentalists. Banjos, mandolins, dobro, guitar and harmonicas all take turns being juggled from brother to brother. Each having their own style and touch, the arrangements seem limitless, and there is a refreshing sense that they will never write the same song twice. They ring scraps of railway iron like bells. They whistle through their teeth. They sing and shout. Whatever they’re up to, they mean it and it shows.
The brothers are no strangers to festivals and house concerts alike, they feel at home playing in farmer's markets, they love a good rowdy dive bar, or a soft seated theatre with a hushed listening crowd. Whether performing as a trio, or with a backing rhythm section, the Crooked Brothers’ visibly thrive on this versatility, playing any show they can dream up.
For more information check out their website at: http://www.crookedbrothers.com/
Winter Folk Camp Concerts
Saturday, January 30, 7:30pm
Northern Lights Pavilion
This carpenter-turned-songwriter has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.
A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released ten albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.
Francey also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.
"David’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day." Shelter Valley Folk Festival
David Francey was born in Ayrshire, Scotland where he got his first taste of the working life as a paperboy. At age 10 he was devouring the newspapers he delivered, establishing a life-long interest in politics and world events while developing the social conscience that forms the backdrop of his songs.
He was twelve when his family immigrated to Toronto. He says he can trace his love of the land, the history, and the people of his adopted country to weekend family drives exploring southern Ontario. Music played a large part in these family outings. They sang traditional Scottish tunes as they drove through the Canadian countryside. Dad and sister Muriel sang melody, while mother and David sang harmonies.
His attachment to Canada grew with travel. He hitched across the country three times, then thumbed his way to the Yukon. This attachment surfaces in his songs of rail lines, farms, and the St. Lawrence Seaway. He grew to understand the people while working in Toronto train yards, the Yukon bush, and as a carpenter in the Eastern Townships. These experiences colour his first CD, Torn Screen Door, with songs like Hard Steel Mill, Gypsy Boys, and Working Poor and his second, Far End of Summer, with Highway, Flowers of Saskatchewan and February Morning Drive.
In concert David is a singer and a storyteller. His wry humour and astute observations combined with his openhearted singing style have earned him a loyal following.
David lives with his wife, artist Beth Girdler and in the quiet but charming Lanark Highlands in southern Ontario. They are visited often by their son Colin, daughters Amy and Julia and grandson Tristan.
"David Francey is the best Canadian folk writer that I have heard in 20 years. I think that he is going to be a voice in this country for a long time and that his songs will be sung by my great, great, great grandchildren." James Keelaghan
or on Spotify and Itunes
Saturday November 21 2015 at 7:30pm
Minden United Church,
21 Newcastle St
Minden, ON, K0M 2K0
Late breaking news...Laura Bates has been replaced by Lindsay Schindler. Lindsay is a founding member of the Celtic Fusion band Rant Maggie Rant.
Trent Severn is a trio from Stratford, Ontario
comprised of indie songster Emm Gryner,
the multi-talented Dayna Manning and
violin whiz/songbird Laura C. Bates.
When listening to their self-titled 10-track debut album, the first infuence that comes to mind is Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
There is no lead singer in Trent Severn. There are no doubled tracks. There is a guitar or banjo (Manning), a bass and stomp box (Gryner), a fiddle, and a shaker here and there. You can hear the watermarks of greats like Spirit of The West, Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Petty, Joni Mitchell, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard. The sound of this band is CANADIANA based in Folk, Roots and Old Country.
The roots of this trio are deep. These ladies have been intertwined by the same stomping grounds and musical crossroads for a decade.
Emm Gryner is an acclaimed singer-songwriter with several albums to her credit. She won the Canadian Music Publisher’s Songwriting scholarship, the Radiostar Songwriting Contest and has been nominated 3 times for a Juno Award. In Q Magazine’s 20th anniversary issue, U2’s Bono named Emm’s song ‘Almighty Love’ as one of 6 songs from the past twenty years that he wishes he had written. She was a member of David Bowie’s touring band for his album, “…hours”.
Dayna Manning has released three solo records, one Juno-nominated. Her records feature appearances by Sean Ono Lennon, Red Hot Chili Pepper Chad Smith and CSNY sideman Bob Galub. Manning has toured the country with 54-40, Joe Cocker, Burton Cummings and opened for Radiohead. Her songwriting is sincere and superbly crafted, her finger-picking skills are unmatched and her voice is truly unmistakable with a timbre that reminds one of Roy Forbes, Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton all at once.
Laura C. Bates is the first violinist to receive a Bachelor in Jazz and Contemporary Music from Humber College. Her career highlights include performances at Massey Hall, The Glenn Gould Studio, The West End Cultural Centre, on Canada’s Got Talent (Citytv), live on CBC Radio, four national tours and numerous dates at Canadian folk festivals including Mariposa, Hillside, Shelter Valley, Northern Lights, and Blueskies. Her other projects, The Boxcar Boys (dixieland, western swing, Klezmer) and Del Bel (post-rock indie orchestra) have received critical acclaim in The Toronto Star and NOW magazine. She takes joy in fiddling everywhere from concert halls to camp fires.
Gryner and Manning have been co-billing a stage since the very beginnings of their careers. As a teenager, Manning wrote her very first song “A Walk On the Moon”, the song that launched her musical career, while babysitting Laura C. Bates in her childhood home.
Trent Severn are three treasured and talented musicians who have years of experience touring this country, getting to know audiences and creating lasting friendships. This band is a seed that blooms to life on a Canadian stage, and like every modest Canadian, has achievable goals:
-To show a Canadian audience a really great time
-To write songs that touch the hearts and tell the stories of our friends, neighbours and legends
-To o?er an album that sounds just like the concert
– And of course, to be kind, to enjoy a beer at the end of a long day and to talk about – I dunno, maybe how cold it is?
For more information and to sample their music check out their website.
Saturday October 17, 7:30pm
Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion
The hills of the Haliburton Highlands will be alive with the sounds of locally “grown” music on October 17th. For the third year in a row the Haliburton County Folk Society will be showcasing the talents of a variety of local musicians in a concert they call Homemade Stew
. President Barrie Martin is happy to report that “There are so many talented musicians in Haliburton County that we continue to be able to present different, local performers each year with no repeats”.
Eve Goldberg, a well-known Canadian singer-songwriter and 3 time finalist for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting award, performed at a Home Routes concert in the Haliburton Highlands on September 27th. She is a frequent visitor to the Haliburton Highlands and during her opening remarks stated that she believes “that Haliburton County is a very special place and that there are no other small, rural communities that have the strong and vibrant performing arts presence that she experiences in the Haliburton Highlands”.
The vitality of the performing arts in this region continues to attract new musicians to the area. This year’s Homemade Stew includes a duo called “High Winds”. The duo consists of Alana J. Brown and Michael Lindberg.
Alana has been cottaging in the Highlands for 20 years and says “We strive off of the energy that comes from lakes, trees and sunsets, and couldn't be happier about making the decision to have Haliburton as our new home”.
vocal talent has resulted in winning many talent contests, including one in Las Vegas. He is currently the lead singer for a “Bad Company” tribute band called Rock Steady. He has had a lifelong connection with the Haliburton Highlands through his parent’s cottage and made the move to full-time resident status in November 2014. He is looking forward to the local exposure of the Homemade Stew concert and states “We have a great community here: Lots of local support from the public and business community”.
a relative newcomer to the county, may be best known locally as the author of the song “Carolyn and I”. However, Love has been a singer/songwriter for over 30 years. In the 70s and 80s he wrote for a band called “Sphere”. Their first album was nominated for a Juno and second album went gold in Canada. Love also has songwriting credits for a number of musicals.
In addition to the county newbies the Homemade Stew concert is proud to feature many talented performers who have lived in the Highlands for many years, some for their whole lives.
The Shout Sister Choir
will bring a blend of thirty local female voices to the evening, under the leadership of Laurel McCauley
. Shout Sisters takes an unorthodox approach to choral singing, with no auditions and no requirement to read music. Instead they learn from recorded tracks. The choir sings a variety of music from pop and Motown, to folk, country and blues. One of the beliefs of this organization is that singing with others is both powerful and joyful and should be open to everyone.
Ryan Vanlieshout, Dark is Our Danger (Ryan Dawson, Cedric Butz, and Greg Luck), Melissa Stephens, Lauren Margison, The Joe Bell Quartet, and The McClay Experience
will round out the night with a variety of music from classical to psychedelic blues. These well known, multi-talented local performers are always a joy to experience and the lineup portends an unforgettable evening of music that celebrates the heart of what the Haliburton Highlands is all about: the spirit of community.
Friday, May 8 7:30pm
Minden United Church
Date:Friday, May 8, 2015
Time:7:30 (Doors open at 7:00)
Location: Minden United Church
11 NewCastle St, Minden ON
"This is a tight-knit ensemble with a lot of drive, yet with something of a tantalizing "rough edge" to their sound."- Sing Out! Magazine
"The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I've seen in some time. It's rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore, and a handsome bunch of fellas" - Tom Power - Host of CBC's Deep Roots and Radio 2 Morning
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada's young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, the Slocan Ramblers have quickly become a leading light of Canada's roots music scene, built on their reputation for memorable, energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship. With their debut album "Shaking Down the Acorns" receiving wide acclaim (Sing Out! Magazine, Huffington Post etc...), extensive national and international touring under their belt, and a sophomore release in the works, this fearless four piece is sure to keep garnering attention far beyond the traditional bluegrass fan-base. For more info on the Slocan Ramblers click here
Free Bluegrass Music Workshop with the Slocan Ramblers
Date: Friday,May 8 , 2015
Time: 3:00-5:00 pm
Location: Minden United Church, Minden
For more information or
to book a spot contact Barrie at
Would you like to improve your mandolin, guitar, banjo and stand-up bass skills with one of the best bluegrass bands in Ontario? There will be some one on one instruction followed by a jam with the instructors! Space is limited. This free workshop is being presented by the Minden Hills Bluegrass Festival in partnership with the Haliburton County Folk Society. After the workshop tick around, grab some food at a local restaurant, and hear the Slocan Ramblers in concert at 7:30 at the Minden United Church
Saturday March 28, 7:30 pm
Minden United Church
Born in a storm on a wild Canadian lake, Red Moon Road came into its own on the trails between coast and coast. All credit goes to the chemistry, and to the magic that happens when the Winnipeg band's two Daniels - jazz-trained Daniel Jordan and bilingual prog-rock vet Daniel Peloquin-Hopfner - strum up the strings to support twilight-voiced singer Sheena Rattai.
From living rooms to folk fest stages, the three have charmed fans from coast to coast with their lush and lively take on modern roots, peppered always by bright stage banter, exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories.
As you can hear on their brand-new EP "Tales from the Whiteshell" or their acclaimed eponymous debut album, it's all sort of rich and warm and deeply familiar, like a campfire crackling wherever the microphones stand: even if it's your first time in the audience, you come as a friend of this band. Immediately, after their Haliburton concert, the trio is headed to Europe and the UK for a six week tour.
Winter Folk Camp Ceilidhs
Central Core Bldg
Saturday, March 7, 8:00pm
Eve Goldberg sings music that draws honey from the rock of life. Eve's watercolour voice and solid guitar style has made her a favourite with audiences across Canada and the US. Moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems, she has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues across Canada and the U.S. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang. When she is not performing, Eve fills her time with teaching. Eve is a skilled and enthusiastic teacher who brings out the best in her students. Eve is also one of the organizers of The Woods Music and Dance Camp, a founder of Common Thread: Community Chorus of Toronto, the Artistic Consultant for Winter Folk Camp and the driving force behind The Parkdale Ukulele Group in Toronto.
Jane Lewis has been leading vocal groups since 2008, from "finding your voice" and "how to sing harmony by ear" workshops to various fun choirs and community singalongs. As a singer-songwriter, she is often compared to Carole King, playing piano-based music that draws on her strength as a lyricist and singer. She performs as a duo with her partner, musician Sam Turton. Jane & Sam are also two-thirds of the trio Gathering Sparks (with Eve Goldberg), who were nominated for a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year. Jane released her debut full-length folk-pop CD Stay With Me in September 2014.
Inspired by delta blues and southern gospel, Sam Turton has delivered heartfelt vocals and ringing slide guitar to stages and studios for over forty-five years. Influenced by Ry Cooder, Lowell George, David Lindley, and George Harrison, open-tuning slide is Sam’s style of choice, and his playing has been described as “stunning” (Eric Thom, Penguin Eggs), “supreme,” (Jim Marino, CFMU), and “sassy, stinging, and sweet” (Jan Vanderhorst, CKPC). Based in Guelph, Sam is a musical localist, a primal therapist, and a musician, songwriter, singer, and producer of his own blues/roots music as well as the classic pop work of his partner Jane Lewis and the harmony-rich folk of CFMA-nominated trio, “Gathering Sparks” with Jane and Eve Goldberg.
Sunday March 8, 8:00pm
Roly Platt has enjoyed a long and very musically rewarding career as both a live and studio harmonica player in the Canadian scene for over 35 years. He has toured and recording with many greats in the business, including: Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, David Clayton-Thomas, Suzie Vinnick and Ronnie Hawkins.
His early years on the road introduced him to a wide variety of music including Country-Swing, Country Rock, R&B & Traditional Jazz. This experience of having to incorporate harmonica into some of these non-traditional roles helped form his melodic approach to playing and define his unique style.
Roly’s versatility, and intuitive sense of "what works", has elevated him to "first-call" studio harmonica player in the Canadian recording scene. Roly had been recorded on over 1500 individual album cuts, movie scores and national jingles
Two-time Maple Blues Awards nominee – “Harmonica Player of the Year”.
Two Canadian Double Platinum Record Credits
October has been playing guitar for more than 30 years and singing for 20. She has played around the world in various musical capacities, which range from musical director and band member to accompanist and soloist. October has become known for her intimate, heartfelt guitar pieces, emotive singing, and is one of a small handful of women who have released a solo guitar instrumental album. She has performed and toured with artists such as Oliver Schroer, Owen Pallett, Loretto Reid, Kirk Elliott, The Hidden Cameras, Madlove, The Harbord Trio, Evelyne Datl, Cindy Thompson, Jamie Snider, Pat O'Gorman, Andy Stochansky, Anne Lederman, Brenna MacCrimmon and Laurel MacDonald. Recently she has been touring North America as a solo artist as well as in a duo with P.E.I. jazz singer Teresa Doyle and with Celtic band 'Nollaig'. She has toured Ontario, Western Canada and the Prairies as part of 'Home Routes'. In 2008 she was awarded the CIUT radio "Lenny Breau Porcupine Award" for 'Quetzel', her CD of guitar instrumentals.
Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 7 critically acclaimed albums, including his newest CD Little Pilgrim, which was nominated for a 2013 Canadian Folk Music Award. His 2009 album New Blue Day was named Penguin Eggs Magazine Critic’s Choice Album of the Year and was also nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Producer. He is also a previous winner of the OCFF Songs From The Heart Award. He releases his 8th CD The Many Hats Of Jory Nash in March 2015
Jory is also a sought-after songwriting instructor. He will be part of the 2014 faculty of SongStudio (http://songstudio.ca/), a week-long summer songwriting immersion program held at Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music.
Homemade Stew II
Saturday, December 13, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 15, 7:30 pm
Northern Lights Pavilion, Haliburton
Harry Manx has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues,
switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo
and the decidedly different Mohan Veena, a 20-stringed instrument
invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.
Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man,
because of his expertise in melding both East and West music
together and therefore, “creating musical short stories that
wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas”.
Over the last 10 years, Harry Manx released 11 Albums and has garnered a room full of awards including, “seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations,
the Canadian Folk Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and
won CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007?.
His most recent accomplishment was receiving yet another Juno Nomination for “Blues Album of the Year”, for his release, “Bread and Buddha” in 2010.
Friday September 19, 7:30pm
Northern Lights Pavilion
On the Friday of the Hike Haliburton Festival, lovers of singer-songwriters will have an opportunity to see and hear one of the best. James Keelaghan has been called “Canada’s finest singer-songwriter” and the Haliburton County Folk Society is proud to present him in concert at the Northern Lights Pavilion.
This concert has just been made more special. James will be joined by his long-time touring partner, David Woodhead, the multi-instrumentalist and virtuoso bass player.
In the over ten years since his last performance in Haliburton, Keelaghan has garnered international acclaim for his songwriting and performances, and has taken the main stage at some of the most prestigious festivals in the U.S., England, Australia, Denmark and Hong Kong. At home in Canada, he's a Juno award-winner (and three-time Juno nominee) who's grown from a popular coffeehouse act in Calgary to a festival and concert hall favourite.
He is known for strong acoustic guitar arrangements that support his finely crafted songs, delivered with a textured baritone described as a mix of Gordon Lightfoot and Roger Whittaker.
Many of his songs have their roots in historical events, big and small, with an emphasis on exposing social injustice and political issues.
One of his best known songs, “Kiri’s Piano”, centres around the life of a Japanese Canadian woman who played her piano in an internment camp during World War II. "Cold Missouri Waters," is about the lone survivor of a forest-fire-fighting crew at the Man Gulch fire in 1949. "Fires of Calais," relates the fictional account of a participant rescuing British soldiers across the English Channel in the retreat from Dunkirk.
His latest recording, “House of Cards”, has been described as a fine collection “that is a perfect example of the art of modern folk music.” The songs come out of a songwriters’ retreat at the Celtic Colours Festival in Nova Scotia.
“I was at the Celtic Colors Festival in 2008 and the producers locked six of us in a house for a week, and the company included Dave Gunning, David Francey, Karine Polwart and Rose Cousins. It was an amazing experience. We had to come up with enough material for a show at the end of it ... to go along with a lifelong accumulation of influences, there have been these opportunities to work with equals, whether if be Oliver Schroer, Hugh McMillan, or Oscar Lopez. The sparks of collaboration, batting melodies back and forth, whatever, have produced some wonderful results.”
David Francey has said, "He writes with great humanity and honesty, with an eye to the past and a vision of the future. He has chronicled his times with powerful and abiding songs, with heart and eyes wide open."
Don’t miss this opportunity to sample the art of James Keelaghan, Friday, September 19 at the Northern Lights Pavilion. Tickets are available at the Photoshop in Haliburton, The Organic Times in Minden and online at madeinhaliburton.ca.
Location: Northern Lights Pavilion
Date: Friday, June 6
Sweet Alibi could've gotten away with another soulful, folk-pop blended self-titled album like their first which earned the talented trio a nomination for best vocalist at the 2012 Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus seemingly endless accolades from fans and talent buyers across the country. Instead, despite a tumultuous past few years for Jess Rae Ayre, Michelle Anderson and Amber Quesnel, they created a more introspective and inspirational sophomore album by answering their own nagging question about whether there would be a follow up album at all.
The answer was unanimous: We've Got To...
... share stories genuinely in song that have shaped Sweet Alibi personally since its first album. The result, ten tracks that don't hide from heavy issues including facing mortality ("I'll Wait"), achieving sobriety ("Get it Right") and exploring the intricacies of a father / daughter relationship ("Daddy").
...find a producer who can not only capture the ongoing evolution of the Sweet Alibi sound from folk finesse to a progressing pop presence, but enhance it effortlessly. That would be Rusty Matyas, the creative front man for Imaginery Cities who injected his clever pop prowess while capturing Sweet Alibi's hallmark harmonies and an elevated sense of song writing sensitivity.
...and remain true to the diversity of personalities of Sweet Alibi, that intuitively transcends different backgrounds to form a family of "sisters" that continuously gets adopted by audiences from across Canada.
With We've Got To, you'll definitely want to catch Sweet Alibi as the tenacious trio plans even more extensive cross-Canada touring with its sights set on the United States, Europe and more!
For some Samples of their music go here:
Location: Haliburton Legion
Date: Friday, May 2
If you love smooth harmony, if you enjoy the Good Lovelies,
Sweet Lowdown and The Once, this is your kind of music.
Led by Kelly Prescott of the Brown family fame and lineage,
this quartet brings a broad range of all original folk/Canadian roots material.
Born in the heart of the Ottawa Valley, The Claytones masterfully spin
their melodic, vocal driven, Canadiana brand of country soaked roots music
with old school sensibilities. A true collaborative project, Kelly
Prescott, Anders Drerup, Adam Puddington and newcomer Pat McLaughlin write
and arrange their songs together, effectively making The Claytones sound
the sum of its parts. Combining their ranging influences, they have created
a unique blend of original and interpreted songs performed with tight,
three-part harmonies, beautiful arrangements and a warm stage presence.
Recorded live off the floor around 2 microphones, their second album,
"Reserva" captures the group's signature live feel.
- 2013 recipient of the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Ottawa Folk
- Critic's Favourite New Discoveries of 2013 - Penguin Eggs Magazine
- "Favourite Goosebumpers" Top 5 acts from Folk Music Ontario Conference -
Andy Frank (Roots Music Canada)
"I've had an opportunity to MC a charitable event 4 years running at which
the Claytones performed. Each year they delighted the hundreds of people
in attendance with their beautiful harmonies and terrific musicianship.
They held the audience rapt with their ballads and got people up on the
dance floor too. They are some of the finest young musicians I've ever
come across with a combination of great talent and wonderful
professionalism." Peter Mansbridge
"Being a fan of good vocals, I am drawn to the Claytones like iron to a
magnet. They have touching songs, fine instrumental abilities, and the
sweetest blend of voices to cross my bow in decades." Valdy
An Evening with Corin Raymond
Friday February 7, 7:30pm
Northern Light Pavilion
24th St Wailers
nominated in 3 categories
2013 Maple Blues Awards
Entertainer Of The Year
Electric Act Of The Year
Horn Player Of The Year
The 24th Street Wailers are a band that break all the rules. Lindsay Beaver is a firehaired gut bucket singer/drummer who fronts the band, who at first glance are anything but the norm. Emily Burgess on lead guitar may appear to be shy however her playing is both thoughtful and explosive. Saxophonist Jon Wong is a second generation Chinese Canadian who is a modern day version of a 50's Rock n’ Roller. Rounding out the group is Lindsay’s husband Michael Archer, a country boy at heart that turns his Harmony bass into a sound so big you’ll feel it in your soul. They truly are one of the most original and exciting bands on the scene today, the quartet quickly developed their tight grooves, unadulterated live show, and original repertoire in the three years they have been together. With their 2010 debut album Dirty Little Young’uns reaching #3 (CAN) and #8 (US) on the Roots Music Report and a smashing sophomore CD in 2012 titled Unshakeable, the band is gaining widespread national and international radio play.
“Unshakeable is raw and authentically funky. These players have the natural rhythm and looseness of studied musicians, which is a breath of fresh air.” (House of Blues Radio Hour)
In just a few short years, The 24th Street Wailers have quickly made a name for themselves in the Canadian music scene and beyond. In August 2011, they were the only non-Quebec band to win both the Releve en Blues and the Bourse Air Transat/Blues Sur Seine competitions at Festiblues International De Montreal, which sent them to France to perform at The Blues Sur Seine Festival. In early 2012 they were nominated for New Artist of the Year at The Maple Blues Awards, and Blues Group/Duo of the Year at the Sirius XM Indie Awards. In February 2012, they were semi-finalists in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee where they performed for industry professionals and blues enthusiasts from around the world, further cementing their place among their musical cohorts. In true grassroots fashion, The 24th Street Wailers booked their first coast-to-coast tour that saw them perform in 29 cities in Canada and the U.S throughout the summer of 2012. Tour highlights included an opening spot for legendary blues pioneer Jimmie Vaughan, and performances on prestigious festival stages at the Vancouver Island Music Festival, Harrison Festival of the Arts, Folk on the Rocks festival in Yellowknife, Festiblues International de Montreal and Limestone City Blues Festival.
The release of Unshakeable has brought The 24th Street Wailers much deserved recognition from festival bookers, reviewers and DJs from around the world, including spots on the Roots Music Report and #1 charting on the !Earshot National Campus charts. Music media and tastemakers have embraced them enthusiastically, and the kudos continues to be plentiful for Unshakeable.
“There are bands out there with 20 years experience on them that could not, and have not, produced an album this real and technically proficient. And the music sounds killer too!” Barry Kerzner (American Blues Scene)
“The overall groove of Unshakeable is causal but never sloppy, coy and occasionally slutty-but in a really cool way, One of my favorite outings of 2012”(Gonzo Online)
“A worthy representative for the new face of the blues” -Richard Knechtel (GBFS/Summerfolk AD)
It is apparent when either listening to their recordings or attending one of their raucous live shows that The 24th Street Wailers are a band in every sense of the word. Together they eat, sleep and breathe for their love of music.
and the Travelling Steam Show.
Guest: Chad Ingram with Tim Tofflemire
Location: Northern Lights Pavilion
Date: Saturday, September 21
After playing a great annual festival on Vancouver Island at the end of July, two hard working, diesel-powered Bluebird buses full of gear and talented people are now headed to Ontario. Songwriters Bill Poss and Tiff Ginn, Guitarist and Keyboard player Matty Simpson, Justine the Bass Machine Fischer, Drummer Kori Heppner, and the leader of the band, Singer Songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. You may also see Mike Zinger at some shows, a Mandolin player. This is a "harder than flint" working band with seven professional musicians that travels every month of the year. It's called the Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show. They play everywhere and they have seen a lot of the back roads and highways of North America.
The annual Western Canada tour in the first half of the 2013 summer season has included shows in Alberta flood regions and huge fundraising pie auctions for High River. There have been breakdowns to solve on the side of the road. This summer in B.C., Fred jumped down the slope of a mountain road to help a truck driver climb out of his wreck. Challenging? Interesting? It's more like "hellish" some days. There is a daily schedule to follow and hours of driving to get to gigs, set up, check sound, and get ready for a full evening of roots rock and roll.
The Fred Eaglesmith shows attract many repeat fans, known affectionately as "Fred Heads". Some of this Artist's diehard music fans will travel to several shows every year. Fred's fans want to hear the new and old songs, the new and old jokes, and they want to hear the road stories in person. They like the lore of this band and the music. It's a part of their summer, just like Fred's annual summer charity picnic at Springwater Conservation Area near Alymer and Paris, Ontario. This family event happens every year in the third weekend of August and showcases new bands and a wide mixture of music.
Fred has over 30 years of experience traveling as a musician, and over 19 original albums. He makes himself available to fans after the show every night. His canon of music has been studied, showcased on Youtube, and covered by major artists including Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, Bill Chambers, and Alan Jackson. He is a well respected entertainer and songwriter, and a Juno award winner. Fred's full band has appeared on David Letterman
Eaglesmith said his current show leans on the side of rock'n'roll, which flavours many of his songs.
“After all this time on the road, the show is really tight,” said the 56-year-old alternative country and rocker. “It's good and it's high energy, really rockin’.”
So, when can fans expect a new CD?
“I've got one in the works,” said Eaglesmith. “When I’m finished this tour I'll get back at it. It should be done this year.”
And what can fans expect?
“It's gonna be just rock'n'roll. It feels a lot like 1966, around there. I want to pick up where those guys left off (Bob Dylan, Question Mark & The Mysterians, whose singles included 96 Tears, Need Somebody, Can’t Get Enough of You and Midnight Hour). It was a really cool time in music.”
After the Flood
Concert in support of Minden Flood Relief
Saturday August 3, Kinmount Fairgrounds
Photo: Carol Moffat
Greg and Jim to perform at After The Flood Benefit
AFTER THE FLOOD
Keelor, Cuddy coming to Kinmount
At the height of The Great Minden Flood, it took Blue Rodeo’s Greg Keelor only a moment’s reflection to agree to make music for those who lived through it.
When his Blue Rodeo partner, Jim Cuddy, asked to come along, Keelor’s decision evolved into After The Flood, an Aug. 3 fund-raising concert at Kinmount, Ont. Keelor and Cuddy are donating their performances to the show, proceeds of which will help undo more than $4-million worth of damages to homes and businesses in Minden, Ont.
The province will help out with the repairs but a volunteer fundraising effort will need to contribute at least $1.3-million. After The Flood is part of that effort.
Keelor, who withdraws from the hurly-burly of the music world to a forest retreat not far from Minden, has had a life-long love affair with the Haliburton Highlands. It goes back to boyhood summers spent at the family cottage on Big Bob Lake, not far from the Gull River, which overflowed its banks in April and kept some village neighbourhoods under water for weeks.
Though Keelor and Cuddy both have solo careers of their own, After The Flood will be a rare performance for them together outside the larger context of Blue Rodeo, the country-rock band they founded in 1984.
When Blue Rodeo was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, it had sold more than four million records and won an unprecedented 11 JUNO Awards for its music.
Keelor will bring along some of his musical friends to perform in the first half of After The Flood, which will begin just before dusk and end
under the stars at the Kinmount Fairgrounds.
Kinmount is north of Peterborough, just a few miles down the road from Minden. Moving the show there from Minden makes room for a bigger crowd to raise more money for The Township of Minden Hills Flood Relief Fund.
It’s no surprise that Keelor and Cuddy would come to a little village like Kinmount. You don’t have to come looking for us, Cuddy told a
Haliburton interviewer last summer. Eventually, he said, we’ll come to your town.
Guest: Cedric Butz
Friday, June 21
Haliburton Highlands Museum
Date: Friday June 21
“From the moment I heard the opening notes of the hauntingly beautiful ballad “stranger”, I was hooked. Derek McGrath is a storyteller, reminiscent of Harry Chapin or john Hiatt. He populates his songs with characters we might see every day but have never really taken a closer look at.” - Ron Lea
People will often ask me what kind of music I play. It's been called “roots music” whatever that means. Pretty much all of my songs begin on an acoustic guitar, most of them on my old Taylor. They're songs about longing, dreaming, disappointment, solitude, loves won and loves lost. In short, they're songs about the journey. My music has been influenced by the beautiful pain I've found in the songs of Jackson Browne, the raw poetry of Bob Dylan, the soaring passion of Van Morrison, the rustic sophistication of The Eagles and the brilliant melodies of Crosby Stills Nash and Young.
"I try to tell the truth, or at least a truth. I try to express my truth in away that makes the listener feel it more than conceive it. Where do my songs come from? I'm not sure… But I love going there."
Catherine MacLellan with Chris Gauthier
Guests: Bethany Houghton and Ernie Demuth
Friday, May 24
Minden United Church
Date: Friday, May 24
Tickets: $25/$20 for students and Folk Society members
Matching pure and ethereal vocals with poetic lyrics and her uncompromising songwriting craft, there’s no doubt as to why Catherine MacLellan has become one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada, and around the world, by her contemporaries and media alike.
Voted “Critics Favourite New Discovery” by Penguin Eggs Magazine in 2008, MacLellan has quickly built up a loyal fan base and has been a hit with critics worldwide. Her album Church Bell Blues hit No. 1 on the iTunes Canada Roots charts, received critical acclaim and comparisons to Joni Mitchell from international publications such as Q, Maverick, fRoots, the Austin Chronicle, and the Boston Globe. She toured with Bruce Cockburn in the U.S. and with Steve Forbert in the U.K., and showcased in Paris, Cannes, Berlin, New York, London, and Memphis.
As a child, MacLellan didn’t have to look far for inspiration. She’s the daughter of Canadian music legend, singer-songwriter Gene MacLellan, the writer of such huge international ’70s hits as “Snowbird” (Anne Murray) and “Put Your Hand In The Hand” (Ocean).
After high school and a year in Australia, MacLellan moved to Toronto, and began playing open mic nights in folk clubs. On relocating back to PEI, the passion gradually became a vocation. Through a band, The New Drifts, and then old-time country group Saddle River, MacLellan honed her skills as a performer. With the release of her debut album Dark Dream Midnight, she ventured into the Quebec and Ontario markets, to positive response.
PEI-based MacLellan has certainly been embraced by the Atlantic Canadian audience, as evidenced by two 2005 PEI Music Awards for Dark Dream Midnight and the four 2006 Awards for her second album, Church Bell Blues, as well as multiple East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nominations in 2006 and 2007. Most recently, MacLellan won four more PEI Music Awards in 2010, for folk recording, album (both for Water in the Ground), female vocalist and SOCAN songwriter of the year (for the song “Take a Break”).
Silhouette is the highly anticipated new album from Catherine MacLellan. The record captures her best qualities effortlessly—stitching together elegantly woven songs with her memorable blend of heartfelt and powerfully introspective lyrics and catchy melodies.
Recorded largely at a secluded cabin in rural Prince Edward Island, MacLellan brought together a band of longtime friends and musical collaborators with producer David Baxter to craft the 14-track album that Canada’s Exclaim! Magazine has touted as being “a near-hour-long album devoid of filler…a testimony to MacLellan’s ascent to greatness.” Indeed, the subtle yet steadfast strength of the album is undoubtedly the understated power of MacLellan’s songwriting and performance on the largely acoustic-driven songs.
Her sweet tones weft gracefully throughout pensive and internalized lyrics that ponder, in the most elegant terms, the most relatable of internal dilemmas—balancing work and family, love blooming and fading away, and evaluating one’s own personal strength. Throughout the 14 tracks on Silhouette, it’s felt that you’re listening to the voice of an every-woman with a gift for expressing with poise the most personal of internal conflicts.
A particularly sweet note on Silhoutette hits on the penultimate track “Snowbird”, a stripped down cover version the most lauded song ever written by her father Gene MacLellan, featuring Canadian icon Jim Cuddy (of Blue Rodeo). It’s a meaningful acoustic tribute to the elder MacLellan’s songwriting legacy, and fan favourite re-imagined by Catherine in a whole new light.
Like the person in the room who demonstrates his or her commanding presence without announcing their arrival, Catherine MacLellan’s fine songwriting talent and accomplished performance draws her listeners in with little effort, and without need of any persuasion. Silhouette is a reminder that Catherine’s musicianship is unparalleled among performers of her generation.
Winner at the 2010 East Coast Music Awards:
Female Solo Recording of the Year
Folk Recording of the Year
Four time winner at the Music PEI Awards!
Songwriter of the Year: Catherine MacLellan – “Take a Break”
Female Vocalist of the Year: Catherine MacLellan
Album of the Year: Catherine MacLellan – Water in the Ground
Folk Recording of the Year: Catherine MacLellan – Water in the Ground
Winner for Solo Artist of the Year at 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards
#1 Roots Artist on iTunes Canada
PEI winner for CBC Radio 2 – Canadian Song Quest
Penguin Eggs – New Artist Discovery of the Year
Betty and the Bobs
Saturday, March 2
Location: YMCA Camp Wanakita
Date: Saturday March 2
Time: 7:30 pm
Betty and the Bobs was formed as an extracurricular vehicle for a group of Toronto musicians and friends who had worked together in different combinations. The mandate is to do all the songs they have ever wanted to do, but would never get around to doing in their own bands. - Country, blues, R&B, Beatles, gospel, old jazz, as well as some wacky original songs. The players include:
(vocals, fiddle) is best known as the voice and fiddle that drives “Swamperella”,a traditional Cajun band with a devoted following and now a strong CD offering. As one of the Betties, she sings old-time country and forties jazz with unstoppable conviction.
(vocals, bass, guitar, and mandolin) is the newest Betty. She is a multiple award-winner (for bass playing, songwriting and singing) including the 2003 Maple Blues Award for Female Vocalist of the Year. With “Betty and the Bobs”, this talented multi-instrumentalist can play anyone's part, but it's her voice, a voice “of spun honey and gold”, and her original rendering of classic songs that knocks peoples' socks off.
(vocals, guitar) plays at folk clubs across Canada and in Europe and is currently working on her third CD. Hailed by critics as “a truly Canadian original” and a songwriter with “an uncanny depth of observation”, she always comes up with gems for the band to perform and for the audience to sing along with.
(vocals, bass, mandolin, ukelele) is best known for his creative instrumental work in the folk world, including recordings and/or performances with Perth County Conspiracy, Stan Rogers, Brent Titcomb, Valdy, and Loreena McKennitt. In addition to producing albums and writing music for film and television, he's released his own CD “Sweets and \Conundrums”. In “Betty and the Bobs”, David gets to expose a rootsier side and do some lead vocals.
(vocals, guitar) is the six-time Canadian Country Music Association Guitar Player of the Year and has traveled the globe accompanying a who's who in both the country field (George Fox, Shania Twain, The Dixie Chicks) and the folk arena (Quartette, Bob Snider, Cindy Church). As for his own hilarious tunes ? well - when the band has a “Wendell moment”, everything stops for a sideways look at the world.
Tom Leighton (vocals, keyboards, accordion, etc) A multi instrumentalist, Tom plays piano, accordion, accordion bass, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, jaw harps, mandolin and trombone - sometimes several of them at the same time!
Guests: Phil McMahon and friends
Thursday, February 7
Location: Minden United Church
Date: Thursday February 7
Named for a unique Newfoundland phrase that means ‘imminently’, now is indeed the time for The Once.
From their beginnings as three actors who also loved to sing together, The Once has embraced a different vision of Newfoundland music. Their sounds do not come from the noisy pubs and dockside taverns that fuel so much of the Island’s energy. Instead, their music comes from a quieter and more thoughtful place. Hope and tragedy are intertwined in their music, whether they are singing an old lament from World War I, original songs that speak of love defeated, or tasteful songs from the artists whose music inspires them.
Their title of their new album comes from a poem by poet George Murray, a poem that so inspired them they built a song around it. Song For Memory speaks of the power of words and music to freeze time and emotions, to make small moments large, and large moments small. The song’s climax features the memorable line, “row upon row, of the people you know”, life’s expectations writ both in a personal and expansive way at the same time.
As a trio, the band has kept it uncomplicated, depending on the power of their voices and acoustic instruments. Lead singer Geraldine Hollett, has an instrument of rare power; she is a singer who can still a noisy room, so expressive she can tell a novel-length story with a few words. Accompanied by Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale on guitar, mandolin, fiddle and bouzouki, they create a perfect blend of voice and melody. Sometimes melancholy, sometimes funny, always poignant, The Once sound like nothing else that has ever come from Newfoundland.
Their debut album has built a gradual but fervent following, and their live show is unique in its combination of intimacy and power. They have won several East Coast Music and Canadian Folk Music awards, and the country is slowly waking up to just what an amazing band they are. Since they signed to Borealis Records in 2010, they have toured through out the country and Europe, drawing huge crowds and glowing reviews wherever they go. With Row Upon Row of the People They Know, The Once will take their place amongst Canada’s finest performers.
Some of their Music
“Whether they keep it a cappella or pile on layers of accordion, bouzouki, mandolin and guitar, each track is a treat. Geraldine Hollett’s strong, clear voice and the rich vocal harmonies of bandmates Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale brim with passion and warmth…It’s time for the rest of the country to listen up.”
-Rachel Sanders, Exclaim
“Perfect vocal harmonies thick enough to stand on. Think of the heavenly mix of Alison Krauss,
Emmylou Harris and Gillian Welch, back them up with The Chieftan, and let
Daniel Lanois swim around in it, and you’re still only halfway there.”
Amelia Curran, ECMA Nominated Singer/Songwriter
with the Moontones (Bethany Houghton, Kris Kadwell and Ian Pay)
Friday, November 16
Location: Haliburton Highlands Museum
Date: Friday November 16
Teresa Doyle is a versatile and supple singer. With the release of her latest
album, Late Night Parlour, she’s now qualified to call herself an accomplished
jazz songwriter and guitarist, as well. Teresa has a gift for making
life look easy. You see it in the joy and confidence she brings to the stage
accompanied by a big band or alone with her guitar. Whether singing a
playful flirt of a samba or crooning a heart-rending ballad, Teresa’s vocal
artistry and songwriting are rock-solid.”
— Philly Markowitz, CBC Toronto
Teresa Doyle is a vocal explorer with a lifelong passion for pushing the boundaries of her voice.
She is endlessly experimenting 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 from Ireland,
and folk musicians from The Yukon Territory to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Her repertoire reflects her journey but is always firmly rooted in the Celtic music and stories
of her native Prince Edward Island. Her new project, Song Road, with fiddle virtuoso
Jaron Freeman-Fox is a travelogue of her musical explorations.
Teresa moves effortlessly from one musically passion to another. She has five award-winning
Celtic recordings including a collection of Irish Gaelic songs. The birth of her son in 1994
inspired her to create quality children’s music from the Celtic tradition.
Teresa credits much of her recording success to her long-standing relationship
with the now late Oliver Schroer. Her most recent release, Late Night Parlour,
is dedicated to his memory.
There is much more information about this versatile singer/songwriter awaiting at
Monday, November 19
Guests: The Lounge Ghosts (Sheri Hawkins and Jonee O)
“Nathan Sings Stan- the Rogers Legacy Continues”
Northern Lights Pavilion
Date: Monday, November 19
Some say it's in the genes, while others claim the sons of these legendary songwriters went out and earned their own success. Whatever the case may be, Nathan Rogers has managed to carve out his own cutting-edge niche in today's music world while at the same time keeping a foot planted in the tradition so well defined by his father.
For the first and perhaps the only time, Nathan Rogers is touring a full program of his famous father's material. Joining him on stage are Andrew Bryan on fiddle, J.D. Edwards on guitars and harmonicas with David Woodhead or Trevor Mills on bass -- depending on the concert location.
Both Woodhead and Mills had an association with Stan. David toured and recorded with him and Trevor is the son of his long-time record producer Paul Mills.
Nathan will perform on six- and 12-string Laskin guitars -- the same type his father favoured.
The music of Stan Rogers still resonates with all Canadians, and there is no one who could deliver an evening of his music with the integrity and feeling of his son, Nathan.
"Obviously," he said, music was a big part of his family life when he was growing up and it's exciting for him to foster his father's musical legacy, which, he adds, probably doesn't need a lot of help.
Stan Rogers, a Canadian folk musician and songwriter, was noted for his rich, baritone voice and his finely crafted, traditional-sounding songs which were frequently inspired by Canadian history and the daily lives of working people, especially those from the fishing villages of the Maritime provinces and, later, the farms of the Canadian Prairies and Great Lakes.
Stan Rogers died in a fire aboard Air Canada Flight 797 on the ground at the Greater Cincinnati Airport at the age of 33. His influence on Canadian folk music has been deep and lasting.
"People are really very good," he says. "Clearly, there is that curiosity factor because of who my father was, but people also see me for me, my own music and accept what I do," which, he adds, is an eclectic mix of various genres many of which are difficult to label.
But this current show is totally dedicated to his father and he says it's a pleasure to help people relive that music that they've enjoyed all these years.
Rogers said performing his father's music does offer a less nerve-wracking experience than playing his own music for an audience, which he added that most wouldn't believe is the case. This sense of ease is due to the fact that Rogers knows Stan's music will already go over well with crowds.
"A lot of this music has proven people like it. People will come to listen to it and people will be happy to hear it, and that doesn't matter whether it's me or some guy picking a guitar around a campfire," he said.
"This music already has the love of the Canadian people and people in other parts of the world as well."
with Amelia and the Mayor
Sunday, October 21, 7:00pm
Dominion Hotel, Minden ON
"His lyrics and melodies illicit every emotion you can muster as he paints picture after picture of loves lost, towns disbanded, fishermen killed by their trade and the most important moments of his own life. His voice is surprisingly sweet and soft-sounding, completely unexpected coming from his 6’4” frame.
He begins an instrumental on one of the five or six instruments he may have on stage with him and you realize that this man is not just a singer or a songwriter. As his fingers fly, with such speed and precision, upon each instrument in turn, you get another picture—one of pure joy and boundless energy; total spiritual abandon bordering in its execution on genius. It’s a word that is used to describe him again and again.
Then just as you think you’ve seen everything, he begins to speak to the audience. He’s more comfortable now. He’s getting over the shyness he feels when meeting new people. Now he feels he can connect safely. Opening up with a few one-liners, he moves on to amusing anecdotes and true tales from his own past. Some bring a roar of laughter from the audience that can be heard outside the theatre, others bring a tear to the eye. He’s home now, his banter is easy as he draws the crowd into each song and tune. The connection is complete and he is one with his audience. Even behind his dark glasses, you can tell that he too sheds a tear when his audience does."
Amelia,the Mayor, J.P and Emily
Sunday, May 13th, 7:00pm
Wild Moose Restaurant and Pub
1701 Wigamog Road
Haliburton, Ontario K0M 1S0
With a songwriting career that spans more than 30 years, Ron Hynes is a six-time East Coast Music Award winner, a Genie Award winner and a past Juno, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee. He's been recipient of both Artist of The Year and the prestigious Arts Achievement Award from the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the St. John's Folk Arts Council.
Ron Hynes also holds an Honorary PhD from Memorial University for his songwriting and contribution to the cultural life of his beloved home province of Newfoundland (Canada).
Frequently referred to as the "man of a thousand songs", Ron Hynes' songs have been covered by dozens of artists worldwide, including Emmylou Harris, Murray McLauchlan, Valdy, John McDermott, Prairie Oyster and most recently, classical soprano Hayley Westenra. He is arguably best known for the oft recorded unofficial Newfoundland anthem, “Sonny' Dream”.
In the fall of 2010 Ron's new CD "Stealing Genius" was released by Borealis Records to remarkable critical praise. In addition, the feature film about Ron's life "The Man of a Thousand Songs" debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival to capacity audiences
Run, don't walk! Tickets are very limited.
Date/Time:Thursday, April 19, 7:30pm
Location: Visitor's Centre at the Fish Hatchery
2012 Winter Folk Camp Evening Celidhs
Saturday March 3
Sunday March 4
Sunday January 29, 2:00pm
Northern Lights Pavilion, Haliburton
In 2010 the Marigolds were nominated for Vocal Group of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Instrumentally, the lineup features Suzie Vinnick on lead guitar, Caitlin Hanford on rhythm guitar, Gwen Swick on electric bass, and Randall Coryell on drums.
The Marigolds have performed at concerts and major festivals across Canada, including Mariposa, Home County, Blue Skies, Eaglewood, Folk Harbour in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, Northern Lights, Folk on the Rocks in Yellowknife, and the Vancouver Island Music Festival.
The Marigolds pack a diverse repertoire with a winning delivery. Each Marigold brings a unique gift to the musical table and, as a group, they run with it. They have fun on stage, and it shows. The past several years have witnessed the joy audiences have found in the Marigolds music and, thus, their rise in the Canadian roots music arena.
The Marigolds have a genuine affection for the timeless and classic genres of traditional country and bluegrass, Appalachian ballads and the blues. They celebrate this rich history on their second Juno-nominated CD, That's the State I'm In. The fourteen original songs are an inspired journey through lost love, found love, redemption and optimism.
"Such beauty and pure brilliance doesn't come along often... five out of five stars."
- Maverick Magazine, UK roots magazine
All members of the Marigolds also enjoy solo careers. As well, Suzie performs with Rick Fines and Betty and the Bobs, and Gwen and Caitlin perform with Quartette alongside Sylvia Tyson and Cindy Church
Katherine Wheatley and Wendell Ferguson
Sunday December 18, 7:30pm
The Wild Moose
This concert features the wonderful duo of Wendell Ferguson and Katherine Wheatley. They are best of musical pals. Her heartfelt lyrics and stunning voice and his honest yet irreverent humor make their show both moving and hilarious. One presenter said "An absolutely transcendent concert". Another said "She didn't leave a dry eye in the house. He didn't leave a dry seat". One presenter said "An absolutely transcendent concert".
Wendell Ferguson is the six-time Canadian Country Musician's Association (CCMA) Guitar Player of the Year. Wendell Ferguson has traveled the globe and accompanied a veritable who's who in both the country field and the folk arena. He is one of the best loved and most respected guitar players in Canada. Wendell performs his own, very funny songs at folk festivals and concert series.
And according to the Ottawa Citizen, Katherine Wheatley is "a performer to keep you on the edge of your seat."
Arresting vocals, fine guitar playing and a 'down to earth' feel that some attribute to her years working as a geologist, mark Katherine's work. As well as touring extensively, she has written music for film and television documentaries and has been a musical guest on many shows, including CTV's Canada AM and CBC Radio's Vinyl Cafe.
It is impossible not to smile, marvel and be happy in heart.
(translation from Swedish review of Let the Rain Fall)
Sunday, June 19, 8:00pm
Northern Lights Pavilion see map
Funny and upbeat, with just a pinch of sass, the Good Lovelies' textbook three-part harmonies, constant instrument swapping and witty on-stage banter have enlivened the folk music landscape since they joined forces in 2006 for their first show at Toronto's funky Gladstone Hotel.
How the Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore) got together is a bit of a mystery: Sue remembers meeting her band mates during a limbo competition, Caroline thinks they met at a chess tournament, but Kerri is convinced they first crossed paths during a bar fight... Whatever the story may be, the ladies immediately realized they had something special, so they hit the road on a mission to charm Canadian audiences coast to coast.
Their tireless rain or shine outlook and undeniable mutual respect have helped the trio weather years of constant touring. With jaunts to Australia, the UK and the US in their 2011 schedule, the Good Lovelies' road-tested tenacity will bring them further afield than ever before.
Lighthearted songwriting and irresistibly buoyant dispositions have made them the darlings of the summer festival circuit, including spots at the storied Mariposa and Hillside Festivals and the Montreal Jazz Festival. They have toured with Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Café and appeared on stages and in studios with Broken Social Scene, Kathleen Edwards and Jill Barber.
In addition to their acclaimed holiday album, "Under the Mistletoe" (2009), which showcases old and new seasonal tunes (including three original songs), the Good Lovelies' self-titled full-length album (also released in 2009) proved their blithe brand of folk music has year-round appeal. With this record, the Good Lovelies won New Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2010, this same album received a Juno for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year.
"Let the Rain Fall", their third full-length album, is an ode to camaraderie. With equal parts city and country, highway and home, wistfulness and sass, the Good Lovelies' good humour and self-assurance shines through from the toe-tapping start of "Made for Rain" to the sweet final notes in the French-flecked "Mrs. T." In between, you'll hear reflections on urban imperfections with "Backyard", straight-up love songs like "Best I Know" and upbeat numbers like "Kiss Me in the Kitchen."
Winter Folk Camp 2011 Evening Ceilidh
Saturday March 5
Moontones, David Archibald,
Suzie Vinnick, Anne Lederman
Sunday March 6:
Rosemary Phelan, David Woodhead,
Georgette Fry, Eve Goldberg
Friday January 7, 8:00 pm
"A spine chilling talent..."- Toronto Star
"...Funky-Jazzy-Reggae conscious Folk-Pop that enters your ear like cotton candy melts on your tongue."- Northeast In Tune Magazine
"Stunning vocals...Emotionally compelling and multi-layered..." - Monkeybiz.ca
Speaking courageously and tenderly to the hungry hearts of poets, activists, and lovers alike, Folk/Soul songstress Layah Jane is the shy one with head-turning presence; the tall one with the bright blue eyes, tangled blonde curls, and dancing hips. Layah's music is embodied, raw, and disarming.
With a clever poetic and political conscience from teenage years rocking to Ani Difranco, tender vocal phrasing from pressing walkman earphones spouting Sarah McLachlan into her middle-school ears, and an instinctive understanding of harmony and rhythm from in utero exposure to her parents' Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Sade, and Kate Bush records, Layah Jane has studied the grand dames of her musical lineage, and has discovered and developed her own spirited voice.
Layah began crafting songs in her early teens, and has bedazzled, bemused, and bewitched listeners ever since. Don't be distracted by the CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award, the Ontario Independent Music Awards for Best Folk and Best Female Artist, the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Jazz, or the songwriting award for Best Political Song at the Ontario Council of Folk Festival's conference. Resonance bowls over award plaques, and melody sticks stronger than boastful bios or promises from strangers: You won't be disappointed. You'll hum like a bee with honey.
With 4 recordings released in 4 years on the independent Grace Note Records, (Brightness & Bravery in 2008, Patience EP in 2007, and Grievance & Gratitude and Grievance & Gratitude Remixes in 2005), Layah's prolific and passionate songwriting is carving her the kind of music career that is fruitful and long-haul steady. Rumour has it that there's another record on the way. Psst...Pass it on.
The web of self-booked tours that Layah and band mate/guitarist Oliver Johnson embark on criss-cross North America. They add more miles to a little white VW bio diesel-fueled Jetta than the mechanic cares to count, scarf down more almonds and apples than the average touring vegetarian rockstar can stand, and meet many a beaming, weeping, and cheering audience along the way.
The magical silence that holds potent soft notes together and sets roaring ones apart is guitarist and producer Oliver Johnson's specialty. With R&B rhythm dirty from his years on the road with Canada's forefront soul and funk players, and melodic intuition from his Jazz college background and 12 bar Blues-tinged childhood, Oliver's guitars are known to let out softly audible sighs when he plays them. Adeptly playing the range between subtle and raucous, with emotive atmosphere and blistering solo leads, Oliver's sensitive and soulful accompaniment is integral to the dynamic of Layah's live and recorded work. Their onstage chemistry: electric. The product: palpable joy.
When Layah Jane and Oliver Johnson take the stage, we are transported to a place where emotion is raw, reflection is deep, and revolution is not only possible but necessary.
* Ontario Council of Folk Festivals songwriting award Honourable Mention (2009, 2008)
* Ontario Independent Music Award for Best Female Artist (2008) and nomination for Best Song (2008)
* Toronto Independent Music Award nomination Best Folk (2008)
* Ontario Independent Music Award for Best Folk (2007)
* Toronto Independent Music Award nominations for Best Folk, and Best Female Fronted Band (2007)
* Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Jazz (2006) and nomination for Best Live Acoustic Act (2006)
* CBC Galaxie Rising Star Award (2005)
* Ontario Council of Folk Festivals political song award for "Reverence and Ridicule" (2005)
* American Independent Music Award nomination for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter (2005)
Sunday, November 14
Location: West Core Bldg, YMCA Camp Wanakita
Archie Pateman - lead and harmony vocals, banjo, guitar
Matthew Lawson - upright bass, lead vocals
Ben Rogalsky - lead and harmony vocals, mandolin, guitar,
harmonica, banjo, percussion
Lee Watson - lead and harmony vocals, guitar, mandolin
The Breakmen formed in 2005 when four of Vancouver BC's best young songwriters and acoustic musicians got together to work on each others songs. They quickly found an enthusiastic audience for what they were doing, performing to sold out houses and playing a leading role in the flourishing West Coast roots music scene.
The band's sound has matured into a distinct voice in Canadian roots music; Roots Soup to be exact! - well stirred and seasoned to create a blend of roots, americana, vintage country, bluegrass, and delicious rock and roll music. Known for tight vocal harmonies, creative instrumental work, and contagious stage energy the band has attracted both national and international attention.
The Breakmen were nominated twice for the 2009 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Emerging Artist of the Year and Vocal Ensemble of the Year for their second studio effort, When You Leave Town. The Band was also nomiated for a 2009 Independant Music Award for Americana Album of the Year.
With fresh material piling up The Breakmen decided it was time to head back into the studio in March to record a third full-length album to be released in November 2010. The album was recorded under the direction of Juno award winning producer, Bob Hamilton in Whitehorse, Yukon at Old Crow Recording Studios. The Breakmen will be touring throughout Canada, the American North-West and Europe to promote their third studio effort in 2010 and beyond.
with Brigitte Gall
Saturday May 22, 8:00pm
The Carpenter's Inn,
1203 Calico Road Haliburton (see Map)
Jason Fowler is a Toronto singer/songwriter, session guitarist and producer. He has released five CDs under his own name and has played on over 100 albums.
His latest recording, Buckets Of Rain, was released in 2009. It was recorded at his home studio and is a collection of his favorite songs that he's been singing for most of his life; songs by Mississippi John Hurt, Blind Blake, Doc Watson, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, John Prine, Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Waits and Hoyt Axton.
A two-time winner at the Walnut Valley National Guitar Championships in both the Fingerpicking and Flatpicking categories, Jason is acknowledged as one of Canada's most gifted guitarists.
He holds a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from McGill University and was the inaugural winner of the OCFF (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) Instrumental Composition of the Year Award.
He has toured with Irish tenor John McDermott since 2001. He is a member of The Anne Lindsay Band and has also accompanied April Verch, Amy Sky, Marc Jordan, Susan Aglukark, The Cottars, Quartette, Susan Crowe, Nana Mouskouri, Murray McLauchlan, Brent Titcomb, Ian Tamblyn, Jory Nash and many other artists in Canada's roots music community.
He is the 2003 recipient of the CEC McEachern Award for Outstanding Musical Accompanist. He has produced CD's for David Bradstreet, John McDermott, D'Arcy Wickham, Blake Papsin and has composed/produced a number of CDs for Avalon Music.
The poster-girl for the Comedy Network, Brigitte Gall was born in Creelman, Saskatchewan, and is proud of her Prairie roots - in fact, a lot of her funniest material is based on her years growing up in Regina.
Brigitte is a trained actress who has appeared in several short films, but she is best known for her hilarious brand of Prairie girl comedy. She has performed in comedy clubs all over North America and adapted her comedy show to television for the Comedy Network and CTV.
In 1998, Brigitte Gall found herself listed in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women. Her comedy show utilizes her abilities to sing and play acoustic guitar.
In her own words:
"Brigitte Gall will be bringing her unique brand of observational humour to the stage. A child of the 70's where Ginsu Knives and High Karate reigned supreme, Gall hails from the small Saskatchewan farming community of Creelman. Population 101. Former Actor, comedienne - Brigitte and her husband Michael have just bought a 100 year-old house on the Gull river. Brigitte's career has taken a neck snapping turn and she is now focusing on being a mother to two small girls, writing less film and television scripts and more literary work. She has set her sights on running for Minden Hills Council as an active and avid supporter of the arts, families, agriculture and eco-tourism."
Folk Camp Concerts/Ceilidhs
Camp Wanakita Central Core
Saturday March 6, 8:00pm
Ian Tamblyn, Cindy Thompson Butineau, Rodrigo Chavez
with Albert Saxby
Sunday March 7, 8:00 pm
Paul Mills, Eve Goldberg, Linda Morrison,
with Thom Lambert, Sue Shikaze, Myrna McBrien and Ed Poropat
Friday, January 22, 8:00pm
Opening: The Moontones (Bethany Houghton, Kris Kadwell and Ian Pay)
Haliburton Highlands Museum
66 Museum Road, Haliburton (See Map)
My Sweet Patootie is more fun than drinking martinis at a tractor pull! They are the “li’l big band” that’s busy ripping up the pea-patch with their very own strain of hayseed jazz. Armed with fiddle, finger-style guitar and two voices, My Sweet Patootie is an old-fashioned shotgun wedding of cool uptown swing and rural Ontario grit. Mark S. Tucker of the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME) describes them as “a world of string wizardry”.
Based in Mount Forest, Ontario, Terry Young (guitar & vocals) and Sandra Swannell (fiddle & vocals) met as soloists touring and recording with Canadian Folk Music Award winning veteran roots-group Tanglefoot. They soon discovered a mutual love of big bands and swinging country blues. Thousands of miles and shows later, when Tanglefoot made the decision to trade in a life of touring for shuffleboard and wearing pants up to their armpits, Terry and Sandra changed into their zoot suit and party dress to re-emerge as My Sweet Patootie. They had one goal, to produce fun music with deadly playing. While their new sound is a complete departure from Tanglefoot, Terry and Sandra deliver a stage show packed with the same amount of energy, charm, wit and humour.
Sandra and Terry are both long established artists in the Canadian folk-roots community. Terry Young's dexterity and aggressive approach to his finger style guitar work is described as a "virtuosic" by BBC critic James Harrox, and "jaw dropping" by FAME's Mark S. Tucker. He is a skilled multi-instrumentalist (mandolin and banjo) and holds a bachelor of music degree in voice from the University of Western Ontario.
When Sandra Swannell recorded with the legendary Stompin’ Tom Connors in 2005, she was in the middle of writing a suite of musical sketches for string orchestra. After years of juggling the folk world with classical (principal violist of the Georgian Bay Symphony), she finally grabbed her fiddle and jumped the fence into the roots music world for good.
Terry and Sandra’s highlights and accomplishments include performing at Roots of American Music Festival in New York, the Canadian High Commission in London, and the internationally-syndicated WFMT Midnight Special Festival in Chicago and winning 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2007 they performed with Tanglefoot at the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge and rededication of the restored memorial at Vimy, France.
My Sweet Patootie uses a light-hearted satirical approach to their song writing as a vehicle to explore life in rural and small town Ontario. Material is drawn from the unknown and unsung characters and obscure events that explore the quirky side of rural Canadian sensibilities, such as self-deprecation, understatement, eccentricity and principle. They tackle everything from urban social-political pressure on rural areas, poverty, the environment, all the way down to singing dogs, aging and how to get rid of someone you don’t like.
Saturday, November 28, 8:00pm
Laura’s songs speak to the strength, grace and truth she finds in the extraordinary and the everyday. Drawing inspiration from a mosaic of musical influences beginning with early folk roots and bluegrass to old jazz standards, her songs tug at the familiar; contemporary set against the backdrop of a traditional musical panorama. Through the keen eye of the observer her songs are sensitive, compassionate and heartfelt often drawing visual references from a childhood spent growing up in small town Ontario along the St. Lawrence River. With her warm, relaxed stage presence, finely honed guitar work, a painters' eye for lush images and sultry, smokey voice, you'll want to close your eyes and watch the mind movies inspired by Laura’s soundtrack.
THE WATER IN BETWEEN
"A beautiful collection of fourteen original compositions painted on a colourful canvas of sultry vocals and stellar musicianship"
Engineered and co-produced by Gene Gouthro (North To Ontario) at Athlone Studios in Everett, the project was mixed by 'Mixmama' Karen Kane in Wilmington North Carolina, mastered by Joao Carvalho Toronto and manufactured by Digital Media Alliance Vancouver. The CD Cover painting 'Amour Amour' was painted by Creemore Artist Sue A. Miller (www.sueamiller.com).
"Laura Bird's sophomore release The Water in Between is a delight in every way."
Robert Reid Guelph Mercury November 2008
"What a delight it is! I love your voice and the songs and here's the bonus: it's one of the most gorgeously produced albums I've heard in quite a while! Just my cup of tea: clean, musical, lush and real."
Paul Mills Musician-Producer The Millstream Toronto, ON
"A warm, rich, fresh voice, …great songwriting, …fabulous musicianship - these are all perfect reasons to get your hands, and ears, on Laura Bird's new CD, The Water In Between ... it all comes together so beautifully; the CD is great! .. a wonderful blend of gentle and upbeat songs, all written, sung, and produced brilliantly. I love this album."
Pat Moore Host: Weekend Warm-Up CKCU FM 93.1
"A fine, folky, warm-sounding effort with Bird's engaging voice taking centre stage, surrounded with some fine bluegrass-influenced picking by herself, Dave Clarke, and especially, Emory Lester. She has a bit of that classic sound made popular by someone like Susan Crowe, but manages to forge her own personality through a strong songwriting ability. A solid release that certainly sounded good on my stereo. Heavy Load, When It Comes My Time and Miracle were standout tracks.
Barry Hammond Penguin Eggs Magazine Spring 2009
Saturday, October 30, 8:00pm
Haliburton Highlands Museum
66 Museum Road, Haliburton (See Map)
So... for those still unfamiliar with Mose's work, here are some words and quotes taken from his record company's website:
"Mose Scarlett is, unarguably, one of a kind. While he draws on a wide range of musical sources from the early 1900's through the 40's, his style defies categorization or comparison - the blend is unique. He bills his music as 'Jazz, Blues, Ragtime and Swing' because, as he says, "those are the four things I've been accused of most often".
His self-taught, original technique of fingerpicking, dubbed 'stride guitar' by Canadian music journalists, delivers a syncopated punch and features simultaneous chords, melody and bass line, smoothly executed, without seeming effort.
Over top of the resplendent guitar backing rides a big bass-baritone voice, warm and rich, with enormous emotional range. As the Glasgow Herald recently said, "Mose Scarlett is back, with a voice of Robeson depth, Glencoe cragginess, and kitchen-range warmth...lending the authentic ring of the ancients with his own original stamp, and much spontaneous repartee..."
His eclectic repertoire includes Hollywood classics like 'As Time Goes By', raunchy blues like 'Key to the Highway,' and nearly-forgotten gems like 'The Moon Is a Silver Dollar'. Blind Blake's 'Diddy Wah Diddy' will bump up against Irving Berlin's 'Marie', and be followed by the turn-of-the-century sentimental favourite 'Wait 'Til the Sun Shines Nellie'. Although his pieces are performed only with his voice and acoustic guitar, one might almost believe a big band or parlour orchestra is playing in the background. He at once breathes new life into old songs, and preserves the integrity and emotion of the originals for a new generation of admirers.
Once, when asked who his influences were, Mose replied "I've probably been influenced, one way or another, by everybody whose music I've liked - or disliked". In fact, the Scarlett guitar style was pretty much forged in isolation. "Basically," he says, "I made up my own way of playing before I heard anyone trying to do similar things...but later on, various people helped me to refine it."...people like his friend and mentor the late Lonnie Johnson, who played with Eddie Lang, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong...like modernist musician Bruce Cockburn, who produced Mose's first album...like Doc and Merle Watson, whom he used to watch with rapt attention from 5 feet away...and like Jesse 'Lonecat' Fuller, one-man-band extraordinaire, the first artist Mose remembers buying a record by. Mose himself, conversely, should be credited with influencing many other musicians over his 33 years in show business, a fact which has not gone unnoticed in several music journals and artistic autobiographies. Juno winner John Bottomley is a former guitar student of Mose's, and many other musical friends, like Canada's irrepressible Big Rude Jake and America's inimitably eccentric Leon Redbone, allow that Mose had a big impact on their performing styles. He is widely respected among his peers, both for his talents and his wide generosity.
A Mose Scarlett performance is much more than mere instrumental and vocal display. Mose's sets, at times, seem like finely executed pieces of theatre (albeit, sometimes, the theatre of the absurd). His patter includes entertaining and topical commentary on the foibles of the world (who else would think of introducing the 'Sheik of Araby' with a dissertation on oil prices?). In Mose's vicinity the unexpected is never far off - no one knows what is going to happen next (particularly his sidemen). He is deeply rooted in musical history - to give but one example, he performs 'Sweet Georgia Brown' with the rarely-heard verse and extra lyrics (though without a basketball). A keen observer of the contemporary scene, he is a trenchant social critic and a droll raconteur with many stories to tell.
Though Mose is a fixture on the Canadian scene, performing throughout the country at festivals, clubs and theatres, he has also toured widely through the United States, as well as in England, Scotland, Germany and Australia.
Besides performing solo or with various accompanists, he also appeared in a well-loved trio with Jackie Washington and Ken Whiteley, all three of whom were nominated for a 1993 'Roots and Traditional' Juno award. "
Saturday, October 3. 8:00pm
They have created the soundtracks of 2 award winning films, “The Winter Camp”,depicting life in a “turn of the century” lumbercamp, and “Places Out of Time”, which explores Ontario Park’s first one hundred years. The Wailers have produced 3 recording. “The Last of the White Pine Loggers” was recorded in 1987. The recording has since received wonderful responses from folkies, reviewers and historians alike. “Waltz with the Woods”, recorded in 1990, is a salute to Ontario’s heritage and to its Provincial Parks. Their most recent release, “River Though the Pines” revisits the lumberjack era with a wonderful selection of traditional songs and stories for the turn of the century.
For samples of their music see:
Sunday, September 6th, 8:00pm
Opening: Bethany Houghton and Ernie Demuth
Wintergreen Maple Syrup and Pancake Barn
#3325 Gelert Road (formerly County Road #1)
In a recent review of a show in Thunder Bay, Hubert O'Hearn of The Chronicle Journal wrote "Katherine Wheatley gave an absolutely transcendent concert. She is able to take minor observations in life and find their soul. On stage...she exudes sheer kindness and love. Blessedly, refreshingly, Katherine Wheatley is a truly Canadian original".
With offhand wit, vibrant lyrics and an infectious passion for performing, Katherine has been captivating audiences everywhere she performs. According to the Ottawa Citizen "This is a performer to keep you on the edge of your seat."
Katherine graduated from Queen's University with a geology degree and spent five seasons roughing it in the bush, gathering not only rock samples but material for her songs. It was only a matter of time before she left her tent and recorded her first CD, Straight Line. Produced by John Switzer, it spent 17 weeks on Sam's Top Ten Independent Charts. Katherine's second CD, Habits and Heroes, was produced by David Travers-Smith. It has garnered praise from fans and critics alike and has helped her to launch a strong touring career.
Katherine grew up in Parry Sound, Ontario. Her passion for songwriting began with a $13 guitar ordered from the Sears Catalogue. Years later, after four seasons working north of Flin Flon, Manitoba, she headed to Africa. It was there that a new found sense of adventure prompted her to write a journal and discover her own inner lyricist.
Katherine has been a regular at folk festivals, concert series and clubs across Canada since the release of her first CD. As well as her own career, she is a member of the Toronto band, Betty and the Bobs; is a guitarist in Wendell Ferguson’s trio “The Smoking Section”; she presents songwriting, vocal and independent music career workshops at schools, folk clubs and music stores across Canada; and she is the currently the ambassador for the campaign to raise six million dollars for the new hospital in her home town of Parry Sound, Ontario.
Katherine's music has been used for documentaries, tv series and films. Among numerous radio and television appearances, she has been a featured vocalist on Stuart McLean's Vinyl Cafe, as well as a musical guest on Morningside with Peter Gzowski, This Morning with Bernard St. Laurent, TVO's Studio Two, and CBC Radio's Vicki Gabareau Show. She performed her song "On A Beach In France" on CTV's Canada AM and Good Morning Canada to commemorate the anniversary of Dieppe.
According to the Toronto Star, Katherine Wheatley “turns pebbles of every day life into dreamy mountains of song”. Warren Footz from SEE Magazine in Edmonton wrote “As a listener, it's hard not to sit back, close your eyes and watch the movie play. And man, can this serene red head ever play guitar”.
Katherine Wheatley is also part of Yours Outdoor’s Haliburton Rocks! adventure.
For more information or to register click here
Friday, August 14, 8:00pm
"Quiet, thrilling, acoustically designed songs of breathtaking beauty - and some personal tragedy. Hardly ever has alternative country/ folk sounded more intriguing"
Madison Violet (aka Madviolet) are a Toronto based duo, consisting of Lisa MacIsaac (vocals, guitar, fiddle, mandolin) and Brenley MacEachern (vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica). Together, they've been touring the globe non-stop for 9 years, from Antigonish to Australia, Geneva to Grenada. Collectively they've racked up a fan following who love their shows because of their way to make people feel like they're sitting at a campfire, roasting marshmallows with their friends.
Madison Violet started out as Madviolet (which was only to be confused as an 80's psychedelic band The Mad Violets one too many times) so they extended their name to something a little sweeter. Their 1st two albums were recorded in London, UK with legendary producer, John Reynolds (Sinead O'Conner, U2, Damien Dempsey) and they came with great success: 4 ECMA nominations (Best New Artist, Group Recording of the Year, Folk Album of the Year and Pop Album of the Year) , a Canadian Folk Award nomination (Best Vocal Group) and a Top 40 Hot AC single in Canada.
In 2008, Madison Violet released their 2006 album Caravan in Germany after having signed to label, Big Lake (Rough Trade). This proved to be successful, with German radio picking up on their first single 'Worry The Jury' and audiences growing exponentially at each show. September, Madison Violet spent touring Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. October will find Brenley and Lisa in Europe once again, supporting Ron Sexmith in the UK, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Holland and Norway.
Summer of 2008, Madison Violet recorded their 3rd album, No Fool For Trying; this time in Canada, with producer Les Cooper at the helm. He's taken them in a much rootsier direction. Guest appearances by Paul Mathew on upright bass (Hidden Cameras, Sarah Harmer) Joel Stouffer on drums (Dragonette) and Chris Coole on banjo (Foggy Hogtown Boys) have helped to bring this album to a new level. The songs were all written near the water, either on the Caribbean Island of Grenada or Australia. There is a bit more of a sombre tone to the album, with both Lisa and Brenley having dealt with loss in the past 2 years, but it's lifted musically with the sound of Lisa's fiddle and the bluegrass mandolin played by producer Les Cooper. No Fool For Trying has finally captured the essence of Madison Violet, one that's been described as a cross between rootsy Gillian Welch, gritty Steve Earle and bluegrassy Alison Krauss.
Saturday July 4, 7:00pm (note early start time)
2718 Wilkinson Rd. (old S.Kennisis Lk. Rd)
Wilkinson Road (The former South Kennisis Lake Road) is the first road on the left past Haliburton Forest.
Ian Tamblyn began writing songs, short stories and plays at the age of seventeen. Since that time he has recorded twenty- nine albums, cassettes, and CDs and written over 1500 songs. Many of these songs have been recorded by other artists and he has received and been nominated for several awards, most recently a nomination for Best Artist by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2007 as well as being honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University. Since 2004 Ian has conducted numerous songwriting workshops and was instrumental in beginning Writer’s Bloc , an ongoing writer’s workshop that has bee meeting since the late 1980’s in Ottawa.
Currently Ian is working on a new CD of songs and has just returned from a teaching and guiding position in Antarctica with a group called Students on Ice. He has just finished producing a double CD celebrating the songwriting of William Hawkins. This September, Ian will be guiding on the ice breaker Polar Star from Iceland to Newfoundland. In August of 2008 Ian released the second of his Four Coast project CD - Raincoast set on the Northwest coast of B.C. and Alaska.
Review from Penguin Eggs
"With a body of work that goes back many, many years, Ian Tamblyn consistently makes music that stands along side the best Canada has ever produced. Voice in the Wilderness adds more to the muscle and blood of that body. Building on past work, Tamblyn again focuses his painter's eye to describe the details of the land, the animals and the characters that populate this earth of ours
And although he is intensely and unmistakably Canadian, "Cowhachin colours ache in the cold but the Tim Horton's donuts always fresh." He is also the most international of our artists.
Having included Antarctica in his musical pictures in the past, here he poignantly and politically veers through the Fields of California and then settles to paint a gentle and nostalgic landscape of the isle of St. Kilda
Several songs, such as The Birds and Paul Kustra's Vision , are sparse lyrically and dense in musical atmosphere. Others like Tiger Lilly Road are so jam-packed with words that there seems no more room for one syllable. And the oral painting, Yellow Iris Yellow Raincoat, plays tricks with the eyes almost as much as the ears.
Tamblyn, perhaps, is the most underrated songwriter in the country. The term national treasure is often bandied about carelessly. Not in this review. Ian Tamblyn is a national treasure."
"As a singer / songwriter, Tamblyn is quintessentially Canadian and a class act."
with Ross Daniels opening
May 29, 8:00pm
Haliburton Highlands Museum
The Good Lovelies
- Sharp, sassy, funny and building a following across Canada
The Good Lovelies are not your run-of-the-mill "all girl" band. At a time when too many of us are affected by gloom, doom and advancing recession these three women are the perfect antidote.
Armed with a pile of instruments, a repertoire of sassy and sophisticated songs and an effervescent sense of humour they never fail to charm even the toughest audiences.
The aptly named Good Lovelies are Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, all of them best friends and refugees from solo careers. Described as "flirty-bluegrass" and "the mischievous Andrews Sisters" the Toronto-based trio rely on unerring three-part vocal harmonies, clever songs and, onstage, convulsively funny repartee.
The trio started as a group only two years ago. Since then, they have quit their jobs (or successfully begged for leaves of absence), played countless clubs and coffee houses and half a dozen folk festivals, completed a 40-date tour from Montreal to Vancouver Island and back (by car and without quarrelling) and released a five-track EP with the playful single, and CBC Radio favourite 'Taboo.
To boot, the Good Lovelies can be heard backing Jill Barber on her latest release, "Chances."
More highlights include performances alongside The Arrogant Worms, Old Man Ludecke, Dala, Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite, Catherine MacLellan, Bill Bourne, Ray Bonneville, Rose Cousins, Peter Katz and Rob Szabo.
The monkeys who make up this fun-loving, light-hearted, quirk-folk trio don't stop for sleep and won't stop until the air goes out of their tires.
January 30, 8:00pm
Northern Lights Pavilion
Haliburton Highlands Secondary School
“Stan Rogers meets Van Halen” is how one fan described them, and Tanglefoot is indeed a mix of sweeping Canadiana and rampaging enthusiasm.
Perhaps best known for their exquisite vocal polish and relentless energy, they’re also a band with substantial instrumental agility and are a noteworthy group of songwriters. “Masters of the storytelling tradition, (with) elegant, sensitive musicianship and an impressive range of talent”, according to BBC Yorkshire, while Robert Reid of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record called them “Canada’s most accomplished musical mythologizers”. Their monumental acapella song “Vimy” (The Music in the Wood, 1996) led to their taking part in the dedication of the restored memorial at Vimy, France on April 9, 2007 (at the same time, the Canadian Celtic Choir was performing the same song on Capitol Hill in Ottawa).
Opening: Albert Saxby with April Gates
Haliburton Highlands Museum
66 Museum Road
“… alternatively wistful and playful songs… collection of acoustic gems” Chris Neal, Nashville Scene (Critics Pick)
“ .. duo’s close-harmony singing, a deeply affecting blend that harks backs to the impeccable like of the Davis Sisters and Delmore Brothers...” Bill Friskecs-Warren, The Tennessean (Get Out Americana Pick)
“ …. begins with this languid, swaying, romantic melody that recalls The Everly Brothers in their prime. Yes, the harmonies really are that good. The mandolin and accordion solos are utterly lovely. Michele adds a third vocal part on “Go Easy” and swings lightly in “Put Some Love In It.” John dazzles with his mandolin instrumental “Texacadia.” They both hypnotize you on “Whiskey and Gasoline” and delight you with finger-popping “Getting Over You.” Heartily recommended.”
Robert Oermann, Music Row Magazine
“John and Michele Law's songs seem to be the lost essence of country music which has now become so commercial and formulaic sounding.” Randy Bachman
“You've got the sound.” Tom Russell
"If Gram Parsons married Alison Krauss their music would sound a lot like John and Michele."
Willie P Bennett
Opening:The Moontones (Ian Pay, Kris Kadwell, and Bethany Houghton)
Described as "Disarmingly Artful" by The Toronto Star, and "A Travelling Archivist" by Saturday Night Magazine, maverick balladeer Aengus Finnan writes story-style songs that explore the beauty, grace, grit and sorrow of time and humanity.
He is a new voice on the international music scene, but his work reveals honest and potent observations of life, inspired by a dramatic and dynamic past. Born in Dublin Ireland to performing parents, and raised in Shelter Valley Ontario on an organic cooperative farm, Aengus studied Visual Arts on Vancouver Island and Drama Therapy in Montreal, worked as a research diver, actor, and ornithologist, before eventually taking a position as a schoolteacher on the remote Canadian James Bay coast. At 27 Finnan decided to leave the security of a teaching career in favour of writing songs about the triumphs and struggles of the underdog, of the wonder in day to day life, and the long forgotten tales of the past. Since the independant release of his 1999 debut album "Fool's Gold" he has been quietly garnering some mighty high praise, including the prestigious New Folk Songwriters Award at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and a national decoration in the form of the "Medal in Honour of The Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II" for his artistic and humanitarian work in Canada.
Aengus has performed at venues and festivals across Canada, the Arctic, and throughout the US (including the Kennedy Center in Washington DC), as well as performances in Japan and Australia, sharing stages and marquee's with the likes of Ian Tyson, Garnet Rogers, James Keelaghan, Stephen Fearing, Valdy, Beth Nielsen Chapman, Tish Hinojosa, Sarah Harmer, Lennie Gallant, and John Renbourn.
Most recently Aengus has spearheaded the Arts Alive Community Outreach initative for the Ontario Council of Folk Festival, organized a series of Gordon Lightfoot Tribute concerts in Canada and the US, had an original song included on the first-ever Gordon Lightfoot Tribute album, and is founder and Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival.
Acoustic Eidolon with Thomas Loefke
and Hannah Alkire
have combined their musical talents to create an exciting new acoustic instrumental sound. Joe plays an instrument he invented: the double-neck guitjo, a custom acoustic guitar with two necks, built exclusively for him. This one-of-a-kind instrument has incredible range and tonal qualities, sounding at times like a piano, dulcimer or beautiful harp. Combine that with Hannah's stunning tone and impeccable cello-playing, and you have the ingredients for some very moving music. Acoustic Eidolon's recordings are a rich blend of both artists' musical influences and have been described as pure musical poetry.
The bell-like quality of Joe's unique double-neck guitjo provides a lovely counterpoint to Hannah's elegantly inspired cello. It is truly a different and enchanting sound. Their live shows are very entertaining and include a few vocal selections, as well as pieces that borrow from Celtic, contemporary, bluegrass and Latin influences.
Dalis Allen - Producer Kerrville Folk Festival - "Acoustic Eidolon gave an excellent performance at the Kerrville Folk Festival. I enjoyed every minute of their set. It was delightful to watch Joe and Hannah's music and presence on the stage be so be unanimously embraced and supported by our audience. I have already invited them back to Kerrville."
Georgia Good Life Magazine - "The irreplaceable sound of the guitjo in conjunction with Joe and Hannah's musical ability, creates some of the most beautiful music on the scene today. It is truly a different and enchanting sound."
Thomas' music easily spans the confines of both style and time. From the sounds of the Celtic Middle Ages, the centuries-old music of Ireland's nomadic bards and the lively dances of Irish folk music, to his own original compositions, each of Thomas' works has its own special sound, texture, atmosphere and story to tell. Thomas is also the leader of the pan-Celtic group Norland Wind (which includes Maire Breatnach, and the Duggan Brothers from Clannad).
Acoustic Eidolon (Joe Scott, Hannah Alkire) & Thomas Loefke have recently toured in Colorado, Idaho, and Germany.
Two of Joe Scott`s composition Walking Stones and Beyond Words are on Thomas Loefke's new CD "Northern Isles".
Acoustic Eidolon’s sixth CD "Barefoot" features a collaboration with Thomas Loefke on his composition Tor Mor.
Here are some web links
Friday, March 7, 8:00pm
Imagine a kitchen party where Mother Maybelle Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and Patsy Cline show up, and you begin to get a sense of what it feels like inside songwriter Eve Goldberg's head. Never one to restrict herself to one genre of music, Eve has performed her trademark mixture of folk, blues, country, bluegrass, old time, and jazz in venues ranging from small house concerts to the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC since 1990.
Eve was born in the Boston area but has called Toronto, Ontario home since 1981. As a child, she was dragged to folk concerts by the likes of The Weavers, Doc Watson, Arlo Guthrie, the Watersons, and countless others. Eventually it sank in, and as a teenager she began to devour all kinds of contemporary and traditional roots music. She began performing in 1990, and hasn't looked back since. Along the way she's earned the respect of legendary musicians like Peggy Seeger, Geoff Muldaur, and Penny Lang.
Her watercolour voice and solid guitar style has become a favourite at festivals, folk clubs, and concert series across Canada and the US. With an equal passion for traditional music, and for the art of songwriting and interpretation, Eve's performances are intimate and relaxed, moving effortlessly from folk classics to original gems, all wrapped up in her clear, pure voice and dynamic guitar playing. She has released two albums to widespread acclaim -- 1998's "Ever Brightening Day" released on her own Sweet Patootie Music label, and 2003's "Crossing the Water," released by The Borealis Recording Company. Her instrumental tune "Watermelon Sorbet" was used for years as the opening theme to the popular CBC national radio show "Richardson's Roundup."
Her new album "A Kinder Season"was released in September on Borealis Records
(US Release: Jan 9, 2007). Recorded in the months after her mother's death, the album is a remarkable personal testament to the joy and hope that lurks somewhere beyond the heartache, and the sweetness that can be found even in the bitterest seasons of life.
Produced by Ken Whiteley, "A Kinder Season" features twelve new originals that firmly establish Eve as a compelling and thoughtful writer whose songs draw honey from the rock of human experience. As legendary blues musician Geoff Muldaur put it, "As far as I'm concerned, Eve Goldberg is on the verge of riches. Big name folks would want to get hold of this stuff."
You can listen to some of her songs and find out more about Eve at:
About Cass Marie and the Black Feather Band
This fine-feathered quartet combines a relaxed, comfortable folk sound with anything from rock 'n roll to country to jazz and soft pop, and even dips a toe in a gospel-inspired song. Their tunes are as unique as they are individuals and their talent is just as diverse. Songwriter/vocalist Cass Marie explores issues of dependence, independence, self-actualization, body image, the trials of love and the search for happiness in the band's first full-length independent album entitled Love's Uncertain (release date to be announced.) The music combines dynamic vocals and gritty, honest lyrics with haunting cello lines, upbeat fiddle reels, grounding guitar rhythms and jazzy bass lines. There is something for everyone in this poetic, non-traditional "feather-folk." Some performances of note include an opening act for Canadian folk legend, Willie P. Bennett, and for PEI's up-and-coming folk sweetheart, Rose Cousins. " You would never know that this brash singer has any stage fright as she exudes confidence...Cass Marie is an exceptional example of the home grown talent that is flourishing in the Highlands." -Erin Lynch, The Highlands Communicator "To quote one of her songs, there is "Nothin' Sweeter" than the sound of her voice..." -Kris Kadwell, 100.9 CANOE FM
Jory Nash and Buddy Mondlock
Friday, January 25, 8:00pm.
Jory Nash and Aengus Finnan have been organising an annual Gordon Lightfoot tribute show
at Hugh's Room
for several years now. Buddy Mondlock is coming to Canada to take part in the 3 night run of the tribute. We are fortunate to be able to have him and Jory come to Haliburton.
Jory Nash blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, soul and pop into an original stew of sound. He has recorded 5 critically-acclaimed CDs. His most recent CD is called "FolkJazzBlues&Soul", which was released in 2007.
A master storyteller and a lover of hats, Jory tours across North America, playing mostly solo. Acoustic guitar, piano and banjo are Jory's main instruments. Jory is a fixture on the summerfolk festival circuit, having played at Hillside, Summerfolk, Mariposa, Winterfolk, Toronto City Roots, Home County, Live From The Rock, Shelter Valley. Jory's music can often be heard on CBC Radio, and on college stations across North America. Listen to some of Jory's songs at
Buddy Mondlock's songs have been recorded by Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Garth Brooks, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, Janis Ian, David Wilcox, Edwin McCain, Art Garfunkle, Cry, Cry, Cry... the list goes on. He has recorded five CD’s including “Everything Waits To Be Noticed,” a songwriting and recording collaboration with Maia Sharp and Art Garfunkel. His most recent is “The Edge of the World.
Here's what others have said of him:
“Buddy Mondlock is the most startling new songwriting talent I’ve heard this year.
This guy is an American Original, a folk poet whose vision veers effortlessly from
wild witticism to soul-piercing insights. Living proof that the troubadour tradition sings on.”
Bob Sniderwith Thom Lambert
Singer-songwriter Bob Snider has played on the street and in the concert hall. He's been called a "national treasure", a "living legend" and "author of some of the best Canadian songs of the decade". After a hiatus from performing and recording, Bob Snider returns with a new album "A Maze in Greys". Produced by David Baxter, the new CD contains 13 new songs that are quintessentially Bob. Songs that are direct, beautiful, sometimes quirky, sometimes funny but above all, songs that go straight to the heart.
In Bob's own words:
"The devil does not drag you kicking and screaming into hell. The devil makes you a deal. I don't believe in the devil. I'm just using it as a metaphor, OK? But nobody's forced. People make deals. They're talked into it. Everybody around them is nervous and worried about the future and security and all this stuff. So you get sucked into the machine. But I was never tempted. It just revolts me, the whole thing. I guess that's why I'm a folk singer."
Bob's songs have been covered by a who's who of Canadian musicians including Ashley MacIsaac, Meryn Cadell and the Leslie Spit Tree-O. His earlier recordings include two cassettes, "Live at the Free Times Cafe" and "You" and three CDs, "Caterwaul and Doggerel", "Words and Pictures" and "Stealin' Home". "Poetreason", a Bob Snider tribute concert recording dating back to 1996, includes performances by the likes of The Barenaked Ladies, Change of Heart and Moxy Fruvous, to name a few.
Bob is an exceptional live performer with his warmth and wit putting just the right off-beat spin on his live shows.
Jonathan Byrd with Corin Raymond (Undesirables, Sundowners)
"So come take a chance on a nationally touring singer/song-writer who will take you on a magical musical tour and see if he speaks to you like he speaks to me."
We are really proud and excited to be bringing Jonathan Byrd
to Haliburton. It's a real bonus having Corin Raymond
doing an opening set.
Jonathan is a Kerrville New Folk winner, 2003.
Previous Kerrville competitors include Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle.
"This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine's gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark's lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett's wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey's knack for the revealing image." - Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
"Jonathan Byrd doesn’t sing songs;
he sings truth."
- performingsongwriter.com -
"Jonathan's delightful, substantive songs are rich with imagery and textures of influences from Appalachian, country, early American balladry, modern atmospheric Mideastern, urban and old timey folk music. A stalwart of modern folk music, Jonathan is constantly evolving in new musical directions and each incarnation has proven to be masterful. Like a gourmet chef, Jonathan does not create the same dish twice, so we're not sure what he will bring to the table tonight. But if music were a meal, Jonathan would prepare us a banquet. Catch this Kerrville New Folk winner as often as you can; you'll never get 'full', your appetite will only grow." -Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX
Folk legend Tom Paxton discovered Jonathan Byrd's music and sent him a quick email, saying, "What a treat to hear someone so deeply rooted in tradition, yet growing in his own beautiful way." He had just released "Wildflowers," in late 2001, simple tales of love and death that seemed to be a hundred years old or more. In 2003 Byrd released his second album, "The Waitress" and won the prestigious New Folk competition in Kerrville, TX. That year, he set CD sales records at the festival.
For his third album, Jonathan approached his friends, the critically acclaimed world-music duo known as Dromedary, often featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. "The Sea and The Sky" is the result, a vast, poetic suite of music that weds world sounds to deeply rooted folk balladry.
A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Jonathan grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to Chapel Hill to play in rock bands in that legendary underground music scene. A friend of Jonathan's invited him to an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia, where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style.
One of those first songs was "Velma," a murder ballad based on the true story of Velma Barfield, the last woman to be executed in North Carolina (in 1984) and the murderer of Jonathan's own grandfather. This was the track that prompted Tom Paxton to respond so eloquently to Byrd's music.
As Jonathan grows into a contemporary artist of increasing influence, his traditional roots are always evident in his simple, poetic storytelling and classic flatpick guitar style. But, as quoted in a recent interview for Dirty Linen magazine, Jonathan says, "Everything I do is a departure from what I've done." "The Sea and the Sky" is certainly evidence of that. Keep an ear out for an upcoming electric album, sure to take us further out on a limb without forgetting our roots.
"I thought I was listening to a young Doc Watson." - Jay Moulon, Southeast Performer Magazine -
Sunday, May 20
Juno-award-winning guitarist Ken Hamm brings his repertoire of original and traditional blues and roots material to town for a concert at the Rails End Gallery. Over the past 34 years Ken has built an international reputation through extensive touring in Canada, Africa, the UK, and continental Europe. He has 8 CDs to his credit and is currently touring to promote the release of Live '05, a double CD set of live recordings of blues and original favourites.
"He got up and introduced his first song and started playing on an old Gibson acoustic and I think I said to Brian sitting next to me 'man this guy can play'. He did a few more on the Gibson then grabbed his 1927 National Steel, put on his slide and I swear I saw sparks as he moved it up and down the neck of the guitar."
- Keith Rodger, 'Blues News - MBS Newsletter'
"Ken Hamm opened the evening with a classic Leadbelly number "Bourgeois Town". It was immediately apparent why he is in such demand across this country, as well as in Europe and Britian, for his accomplished steel and acoustic guitar playing. In the third piece of his set, "Northwind Blues", his National 1930 steel guitar seemed to be singing on its own. Ken Hamm has a voice that resonates deeply of the south, with crooning richness that flows out of him as he smiles and nods and bends into chords and notes that roll from his guitar like a conversation."
- From the book MANY VOICES "Finding Our Roots" 2004
Ken will offer a guitar workshop on Sunday morning May 20, 9:30-12:30 at the Rails End Gallery
$50/person. Call 457-8902 to register
Ken is also well-known as a guitar instructor, offering courses from two hours to five
days in length. His hard-driving fingerstyle and slide techniques are the envy of many
players and he is pleased to share his knowledge in a workshop setting.
For more information on Ken's music and to hear sound bites, visit www.kenhamm.com
"Ken's inclusive approach in workshops, combined with his remarkable skills, have drawn students back again and again."
Friday, April 20, 8:00pm
House concert with Bill Houston, Thunder Bay Singer/songwriter
at the home of Fay Martin and Michael Fay
1166 Horseshoe Lake Road
take Hwy 35 north out of Minden
immediately after the Gull River bridge, turn right
within 1 km ~ first house on the right
Tickets: $10 at the door
For information call 705-286-3668
There's space for 20-30 chairs. It might be wise phone ahead to get a seat.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Last summer, members of the Folk Society had the good fortune to see
perform on the summer folk festival circuit. We were impressed and
wanted to see more. You have an opportunity to join us to see and hear
this amazing duo on
When asked to provide a little self promotional material, Corin Raymond
sent an email that he said was coming Muhammid Ali style. It started:
“Folks of Haliburton,
On Saturday, February 10th THE UNDESIRABLES come
to Haliburton. My name is Corin Raymond, I am one half of THE
UNDESIRABLES. I sing and my partner, Sean Cotton, plays the guitar and
sings with me. We play songs we've written together over the past
fourteen years. Doesn't sound too extraordinary, does it? One guitar?
Two voices? How good can it be? We've seen it before. Well, I'll tell
you right now, you've never seen anything like us. We deliver an evening
that will defy any expectations you might have. And one of the best
things about my job is that I get to say these outrageous things because
He goes on to say,
“It's folk-theatre-- it's a SHOW, it's real entertainment, it's
beautiful harmonies, a guitar player's guitar player and two guys who
were BORN to sing together, BORN to write together. It's a marriage.
It's till the grave and it's unstoppable. It's two guys who bring a
performance ethic that has been mostly forgotten in the world of folk
music. The Undesirables is about asking for an inch and giving ten miles
back. The inch is just showing up to see us. We take care of the ten
miles. What more can I say?”
A bit brash... sounds over the top...but it is true. They make sure you
get your money’s worth.The Undesirables have been honing their songs and
their music for 14 years, paying their dues, and are now getting
recognized for the fine performers that they are.
The Undesirables have been busy the last two years playing summer
festivals, headlining concert series, as well as opening shows in
theatres and concert venues for many top-notch acts including Prairie
Oyster, Jesse Winchester, Fred Eaglesmith, The Rheostatics, and Stephen
Fearing. In February 2006 they showcased (unofficially) at the Folk
Alliance conference in Austin, Texas.
In July of 2006 The Undesirables won The Toronto Blues Society's annual
Blues Talent Search.
This month they will be opening for Serena Ryder.
"Sean Cotton and Corin Raymond are the Undesirables. Together, they have
the most riveting stage presence I've seen in a long time..."
Rachel Jagt's review after seeing them at Hugh's Room.
"A refreshing folk duo led by the inimitable Corin Raymond, a generous
performer who, by the end of the night, you'll have known your whole life."
The Globe and Mail
The Undesirables are a refreshing and infectious songwriting duo who kick out heat like an old woodstove. Guitarist/harmonist Sean Cotton and lyricist/singer Corin Raymond deliver a brand new vibe with roots clout.
It all began in Sean's basement in Georgetown, Ontario. Corin & Sean met while still in high school, and their fast friendship was sealed by a mutual love of raw, unadulterated American roots music. Pouring over album liners of small-town staples like The Doors and The Rolling Stones led them to the songwriters that would truly rip their hearts out; guys like Howlin' Wolf, Blind Willie McTell, and Slim Harpo. They discovered the blues together, and soon were on a steady diet of southern sounds: gospel, old-school R&B, rag and the music of New Orleans. To ask The Undesirables to list their influences is to spark a conversation that will leave you smiling at their enthusiasm and knowledge, and respect for those who came before.
It was in Georgetown, 10 years ago, that they wrote their first song, California Wine - still a requested favourite. As a songwriting team, they each brought an ingredient the other lacked. Sean, who was playing lead guitar in his father's country band at age fourteen, brought the music - a unique style of guitar playing that provided solid rhythm, rich colour, and an unexpected fullness of sound. Corin brought the words. His childhood was filled with stories, poems and the songs of Broadway wordsmiths. In his adolescence he devoured Dylan Thomas, Robert Frost, and Edna St. Vincent Millay. He brought a respect for words and a workman-like attitude to writing lyrics. One goal occupied both their minds: to write good songs.
In performance, The Undesirables are a mesmerizing unit. They perform with total commitment. Corin hand-delivers each lyric with entrancing conviction while Sean digs into the guitar with mastery and taste and their voices blend with sibling harmony.
Their sound fills the room like the smell of onions frying on an iron skillet. Hips start swaying accidentally. Spirits rise.
Sunday, November 5, 2006 7:30pm
Northern Light Pavilion for the Performing Arts (see map)
"Just when you think you've got it all figured out, something roars in and it turns you about."
wrote this and more about the unexpected twists and turns of life and love for her album Love is a Truck. She could well have been writing about her personal artistic complexities. Music pundits have tried to define the essence of the prairie-born acoustic performer for over two decades but even the most eloquent have fallen short of perfection.
Fact is, Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. A contradiction in terms. She is a Juno-award winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary.
She is an artist of substance without pretension, witty and urbane without condescension. She is a fearless chronicler of the human experience without the folksong angst. She has recorded nine albums, sold tens of thousands of copies, but has never had a commercial hit.
Her live performances are legendary and her fan base broad and fiercely loyal. People come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings.
She has travelled prairie back roads to visit modest community centres and sold out concert halls in major cities. From Bejing to New Dehli to Saskatoon to Washington, Connie has triumphed with a mix of song and spoken word honed in pacing and tone by the many years she spent performing.
Like many prairie girls in the 50s and 60s, Connie grew up singing in the church choir and listening to Patsy Cline and The Beatles on her record player. But it wasn't until the 1980s after four years spent performing with an avant-garde theatre company in Toronto that Connie turned to music full time and was welcomed by the folk scene.
A musical bard whose music and lyrics have diverse appeal-appropriated for everything from anger management workshops for men to economic newsletters to soundtracks for film. "She's tough and she's tender. She sings with love and with anger…indecently talented. " Toronto Star.
Friday, July 21st, 2006 8:00pm
26 York Street
Jory Nash is a Canadian contemporary singer-songwriter based in Toronto, Ontario. His primary instrument is the acoustic guitar, which he both finger picks and flat pick strums with regularity. Jory also plays piano and banjo and often incorporates a variety of sounds on his CD's and during his live shows. Jory has traveled extensively throughout much of North America playing house concerts, club gigs, folk festivals and radio shows which has resulted in the creation of large, fiercely dedicated grassroots following. His music has been played on over 200 radio stations across North America and his CD's have sold over 2,000 copies, all independently.
Wednesday May 31,2006 8:00pm
Northern Light Pavilion for the Performing Arts (see map)
David Francey's list of achievements in the folk music industry keeps on growing.
Hot on the heels of consecutive JUNO awards in the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year - Solo category for both Far End of Summer and Skating Rink, David's fourth CD, Waking Hour earned him yet another nomination in the same category!
David's song "Saints and Sinners" from his debut CD, Torn Screen Door, took first place in the folk category of the 2004 USA Songwriting Competition.
David has also been the proud recipient of the Penguin Eggs Magazine's Album of the Year award for Skating Rink, Far End of Summer and Waking Hour.
This January David appeared on CMT in the television documentary, Four Strong Winds, celebrating Canadian singer/songwriters and their impact on the world of popular music. David's song "Skating Rink" aired during the 2004 nationwide CBC broadcast of the Canadian Heritage Classic Hockey Game and aired before the Montreal vs Toronto game as part of Hockey Day in Canada.
Saturday April 22, 2006 8:00pm
Northern Light Pavilion for the Performing Arts (see map)
puts her heart into a song the way a great actor throws herself into a role. Her supple, soulful alto charms with an infinite range of expression. She can even sing several notes at once, her own brand of throat singing she calls vocal hydroplaning. Savoca is also a gifted songwriter, drawing you into her world with humor and compassion, telling her stories with such grace and ease, you feel as though you've been invited to her table for supper. Though she composes and records on a variety of instruments, Savoca opts for the primal combination of voice and drum in live performance, and her groove is wide and satisfying.
Pete Heitzman can make his guitar sound like a cello, a pedal steel, a rutting elk, and some things only imagined. With this broad pallet of tones and textures he paints the ideal landscapes for Savoca's songs. An innovative and sensitive acccompanist, Heitzman is so full of surprises that he has been called “a human aurora borealis”.
Saturday, February 25, 2006 8:00pm
Northern Light Pavilion for the Performing Arts (see map)
For almost 17 years now, Stephen Fearing has been penning some of the most literate, stirring and emotionally charged "folk" music on this planet. Couple this with stunning guitar work, and a smooth intimate voice, and you have the elements of the unique performer that is Stephen Fearing.
After a year of touring throughout Canada and the United States singer/songwriter and guitarist Stephen Fearing is back with a new studio album. “That's How I Walk” is the sixth solo album for this four time JUNO nominee, and follow up to the critically lauded "So Many Miles."
Fearing’s new work blends a raw, streetwise edge with evocative soul-searching imagery to produce music of quiet passion and depth. Ranging in subject from love's loss to poverty, from faith to sexuality, Fearing's work taps the full spectrum of human experience.
For information about Stephen Fearing visit:
Two Maple Blues award winners on the same stage!!
Sunday, January 22, 2006 8:00pm
Northern Light Pavilion for the Performing Arts (see map)
Rick Fines has been on the road playing for 23 years now. At 41, he is a veteran of the folk and blues circuits in North America. He won the MapleBlues Award for Acoustic Act Of The Year twice (98, 99) and was nominated three times for the MapleBlues Songwriter of the Year award. In 2004 Rick was nominated for the third time for MapleBlues Songwriter of the Year, as well as the Best Male Vocalist award. His 15 years with Jackson Delta won recognition from both the Juno and the Handy Awards.
Suzie Vinnick is an award-winning singer, songwriter and musician. She recently won 1st place in the Blues Category of the International Songwriting Contest (ISC) for her co-write entitled "The Honey I Want", was awarded the 2003 Canadian Maple Blues Female Vocalist of the Year, and was nominated again as the 2004 Canadian Maple Blues Female Vocalist of the Year.
Suzie has been featured nationally on CBC Radio on Holger Petersen's show Saturday Night Blues, on Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Café, and has performed across Canada and the US, and for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She performs powerfully as a solo act or with her tasteful side players, and is also a member of the groups Betty & the Bobs, the Marigolds (with Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford of Quartette), and the folk-pop trio, Vinnick Sheppard Harte (VSH).