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 Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous is North America's only House Concert Network.
More than 80 acts  toured through 13 regions across Canada during 2015-16, performing for more than 25,000 audience members; all hosted by community minded volunteers, part of a national network of more than 200 concert hosts in over 160 communities from Nova Scotia to BC to Yukon and Northwest Territories.
The innovation of house concert tours provides significant support to musicians who receive all concert revenue. With the number of talented performers by far exceeding the number of places to play, house concerts are a significant part of the music scene. Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous house concerts present professional artists of exceptional talent who would otherwise perform only in theatres, concert halls and folk festivals in large urban markets.
With almost no physical separation between artist and audience, house concerts are intimate experiences for everyone.
Casual, comfortable and unpretentious, house concerts are fun and very often, inspirational events that create lasting memories.

Home Routes 2017-2018

  Two Piano Tornado
October 28, 7:00pm
Host: Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast
Call 705-286-4922
$20 to the artist

Two Piano Tornado hails from Whitehorse, Yukon where they have
one of the most active and prolific music careers in the country.
TWO PIANO TORNADO is an unpredictable vortex that will pick the listener up and deposit them in another realm, surrounding them with swirling riffs improvised completely from what they hear in each other's playing.
The combination of ANNIE AVERY and GRANT SIMPSON will whirl you through a set of swing, rag, and "anything goes" tunes that will have the listener laughing, toe-tapping and relishing in that wonderful sound that only two grand pianos can produce.
Annie finds that making music gives joy that is unequaled in any other format. While studying for an honours degree in music composition, she was able to pursue jazz studies with Jerry Coker, which resulted in an influence that led to many years of playing all over North America.
Moving to the Yukon with its Gold Rush atmosphere was a perfect fit for someone who loved ragtime as much as Annie. Equally competent at piano and organ, Annie has played in many combos, summer shows, and often accompanies Yukon's visiting musicians.
Born at an early age, Grant deduced that earning a living as a musician and vaudevillian preferable to working. He has been a full time – professional musician and vaudevillian for over 30 years. Studying classical piano and guitar in his teens, Grant’s energy and focus began to lean towards folk, blues and traditional jazz, something that still colors everything he plays and composes.
Never the same, always changing direction, and always spinning through both standard and original tunes, Annie and Grant are a true force of nature.
Here's what they have to say about themselves
A message from the band!
Hi there prospective House Concert attendee,
We are Two Piano Tornado – a piano duo that specializes in good fun entertainment.   We have performed at concerts, festivals and venues across Canada many times.  Playing house concerts is one of our favorite ways to entertain people, and we will soon be coming to a house concert near you.
To give you an idea of what you can expect:
Our first set will be our Ragtime Revue – which is a walk, talk, song-filled, piano playing look at the Ragtime era and all the wonderful social history that coincided with this wonderful music.   From the early history of the bicycle, to the days of vaudeville (including banjo and musical saw rhapsodies)  and right through to prohibition, Two Piano Tornado will take you on a journey of living a Ragtime Life.   
Our second set will be the usual eclectic mix of original songs that cover the entire spectrum of human emotion.  Strange things happen beneath that midnight sun in the far reaches of the Yukon -  and the songs reflect it.  Everything from life in the Yukon to adventures throughout Canada, China, New Orleans and many other surprises.  You never know what will be in this set – because we don’t either. But we're confident it will be good!
Above all, we aim to provide a fun-filled evening of variety entertainment that includes a lot of laughs, a few nostalgic tears and a lot of piano playing that we guarantee will have you being a part of the rhythm of the room.   
Back in the Yukon, Annie and work in a full scale vaudeville show “Grant Simpson Vaudeville Productions” which includes magic, comedy, five beautiful cancan dancers, ten person banjo numbers, 10 person musical saws playing Pachelbel’s Cannon in D, and many other vaudevillian delights.  Although we can’t bring you the full cast for the Home Routes tour (this time), we will endeavor to bring the spirit of it with us to every show.   In fact it's worth the price of admission just to see our high-wire act!  .........or was that haywire.....   Anyway, we hope you come!
............and here's a word from the distinguished Lawrence Jones, Professor Emeritus, Brandon School of Music, Professor of Music:
"Two of the most skilful and uninhibited keyboardists I have heard"
............and we always have a book out for people to share comments about our shows.  Here are a few of our favorites:
"Vry fun, amazing concert - good laughs and great music. Thanks !"
"So upbeat - a fabulous fun evening !!"
"Wonderful fun....amazing music.....shouldn't be missed"
"Absolutely amazing ! The pure joy these musicians display as they play makes the music twice as enjoyable !"

"So worth missing Coronation Street and Chicago PD !"
Your future Yukon Friends,
Annie Avery and Grant Simpson
Find us on Facebook   @twopianotornado


Nov 16-29 – Tanglecove: Dave Panting & Dan Rubin, NL
Newfoundland folk recording artists Dave Panting and Dan Rubin play multiple instruments
 and create original songs and instrumentals.

Feb 2-15 – Lotus Wight, ON
Lotus is a banjo folklorist, bluesman, poet, fiddler.

Mar 3-16 – Ken & Brad Kolodner, MD
The dynamic father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating
soundscape on hammered dulcimer, banjo and fiddles
pushing the boundaries of the Old-Time tradition into uncharted territory.

Apr 8-21 – Tower of Song, BC
Tower of Song is a duo-- Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone-- based in Victoria, BC, Canada,
who re-imagine and interpret the songs of Leonard Cohen, as well as present original material.  


Past Home Routes Concerts
Sept 19-Oct 1 – Hard Travelin’ with Woody, NY
A critically acclaimed one-man multimedia play with
the music and artworks of Woody Guthrie written and performed by Randy Noojin.
 EH?! (Anne Lederman, Emilyn Stam, and James Stephens)

Date:Sunday April 9, 7:00pm
Host: Jim and Linda Love
Three fiddlers who not only play the hell out of traditional Canadian and world music but who all compose, who sing in 3-part harmony, who switch off on pianos, mandolins, guitars, accordions, kalimbas and feet and, most importantly, who are absolutely committed to taking new and old music to the far reaches of imagination.

Known for their tight, dramatic ensemble work, impressive singing and musicianship, Eh?! was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2011 as Best Instrumental Ensemble, an Eh?! concert is an adventure in collaboration.

Emilyn Stam: Emilyn is a young pianist and fiddler who worked closely with Oliver Schroer as a founding member of Twisted String. She is quickly being recognized as a brilliant improviser, composer and creative collaborator. She has worked with Pierre Schryer, Daniel Lapp, David Woodhead, Anne Lindsay, Bill Brennan, Casey Sokol, Soozi Schlanger and Jaron Freeman-Fox and
The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, among others. Emilyn has released a solo piano CD: Holding Time.

James Stephens: James is known both for his work as a performer and as a producer/recording engineer. In performance, he plays a multitude of stringed instruments with an emphasis on fiddling. He has an abiding interest in various traditional styles,and also works extensively with singer-songwriters. He was the principal songwriter in critically acclaimed pop/roots band "Fat Man Waving" and has performed with many Ottawa area singer/songwriters such as Lynn Miles, Ian Tamblyn, Melwood Cutlery and Terry Tufts and was a member of Texas Swing group, The Black Donnellys and neo-traditional Celtic group, Six Mile Bridge. Currently, he performs with The Brian Pickell Band, Finest Kind, Ecosse (Bobby Watt, Duncan Gillis and Rob Graves), renowned clawhammer banjo player Ken Perlman, and JIIG (James, Ian Robb, Ian Clark, Greg Brown) whose self-titled CD won a Canadian Folk Music Award in 2005. James also teaches regularly at fiddle camps throughout Canada and the U.S.

Anne Lederman: Originally from Manitoba, Anne is an internationally-acclaimed fiddler, singer, composer,
multi-instrumentalist strongly rooted in several musical traditions - Celtic, Métis and French-Canadian, Klezmer, Balkan
and African music. Over her 30 year career, Anne has worked with such bands as Muddy York, The Flying Bulgar Klezmer
Band, Siyakha, and LOKA and such artists as Harry Hibbs, Margaret Christl, Don Freed, Holly Cole, Theresa Tova, Tom
Leadbeater and Garnet Rogers, among others. Currently, she performs with Njacko Backo and Lederman/Bell in addition to
Eh?! She has recorded five CDs under her own name: Not a Mark in This World, 7 Cats, Come From Every Way, Fiddlesong and Old Man's Table. Anne also composes and writes for theatre; her own play, Spirit of the Narrows, about the Metis fiddle tradition, was featured at the Blyth Theatre Festival in 2004-05 and recently re-mounted at the Pearl Company in Hamilton where it was called "The Best of 2015" (The View). Anne teaches traditional fiddling at the World Music Centre of the Royal Conservatory and at York University.

“Sublime!”  Brian Pickell
Eh?!  has all that is best in Canadian music. Great instrumentalists seldom sing harmony as well as these three, while humour and enlightened commentary buoy the entertainment“    Enoch Kent
“You guys sound so good"    Bill Garrett, Borealis
“You guys play every note like you mean it”  Gabrielle, teenage fan

 Shari Ulrich
Date: Saturday March 11, 7:30pm
Location:40 Keefer St, Haliburton
Hosts: Greg and Gail Gillespie

Originally a California girl, Shari's 40 year career from Pied Pumkin, through The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has lead to 23 albums-including her collaboration with Bill Henderson and Roy Forbes (UHF), Barney Bentall & Tom Taylor (BTU), and The High Bar Gang, a 7 piece bluegrass band with Barney Bentall.

Her work has garnered 2 Juno awards, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, a 2014 CFMA for English Songwriter of the Year and "an extremely enjoyable life as a musician and songwriter".

Through it all, Shari raised daughter Julia Graff, now 27, and herself an accomplished musician, recording engineer and producer, engineering Shari's most recent solo album "Everywhere I Go", and BTU's new release "Tightrope Walk".

Shari also composes for documentary films and TV, is a songwriting educator (UBC & Humber College), and is the producer and host of Vancouver's longest running songwriter concert series (21 years) "Bluebird North".

She's coming through Ontario on a rare solo tour, performing on piano, guitar, mandolin & fiddle. She's particularly fond of Home Routes concerts! Her concerts are known for their warmth and humour and may call for kleenex.


Friday, February 10
 Sam and Joe Herrmann
Date: Friday, February 10, 7:30pm
Location:1175 Shuyler's Island Rd
Host:Don and Marie Gage
Contact:705-286-5085 or mariegage1626@gmail.com

Since 1975, Sam and Joe have brought traditional American music to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland.  With fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, they tend a stable of songs from the first settlements of Appalachia to the best of contemporary American folk music.  They combine precise instrumentation, melodic interplay, and vocals to create a warm and engaging sound. Their repertoire includes songs that express a range of experience that can make you laugh or make you cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers. Instrumentals that will make you want to get up and dance or sit back and listen.
Sam and Joe have played at numerous folk music venues, festivals, and concerts including Home Routes Canada, the Birchmere , the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Carter Family Fold, the Vancouver Folk Festival, Clearwater's Hudson River Revival, and the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival.  They have appeared on radio shows such as Mountain Stage, Voices from the Mountains, and Live at the Birchmere, and on television shows such as Live at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Music from Home, and the Today Show.  They have 7 CDs: Gather 'round (2008), The Dulcimer Collection (2000), Cowboys and Indians (1995), Great Dreams (1988), By and By (1985), Sweet Home (1983), and Poor Boy (1979).


Thursday November 24
Russ Kelley
Date: Thursday, November 24
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Gaia Farmhouse
                 1032 Cameron Lane, Algonquin Highlands,
                 (off the Barry Line Rd, west of Stanhope Airport Rd)
Hosts: Carol Kilby and Paul Irwin
             Call 705-754-2427 or gaiafarmhouse@gmail.com

Russ has returned to writing and performing after what he thought was a career ending operation on his vocal chords. His background is in folk, blues and rock.

He had his songs charted in Canada and in one case had a #1 chart topper in Quebec on French pop music radio co-written and performed by Renee Martel. He had toured in the US, had a publishing deal with MCA Music Publishing in New York, and performed continually in groups and as a solo artist in Canada based first in Montreal and then in Halfax, NS. This first period of his music life lasted for 25 years before he lost his voice.
Describing himself as an extraordinarily fortunate person, He found a new life with the  funding of the arts in Canada. He worked first as a program officer for the Canada Council for the Arts for five years.  Then he was the founding Executive Director of the first Nova Scotia Arts Council, followed by being appointed to the newly created position of Acting Executive Director of Culture for the Province of Nova Scotia.  Subsequently, he was appointed to the position of Head of Music for the Canada Council for the Arts, the national arts funding body.
He remained in the position of Head of Music for ten years, during which, midway through he began to write and sing again. Slowly but surely much of his voice returned.  It is different than before, not the same range, but it has become an interesting voice, rough and expressive, that together with his fine guitar work has audiences responding very well.
In the summer of 2012, he began performing seriously again, appearing first at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia followed by the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario.  He then spent the last two weeks of September and early October on a 12 date tour of house concerts in Manitoba organized by Home Routes in Canada. Since then he has performed at various gigs, festivals, and many house concerts across Canada.
His first solo CD has been released in Toronto in early January, 2013. “Crazy Shades of Blue” consists of ten original songs recorded on Lake Winnipeg with some of Winnipeg's finest musicians and sweetened by guest artists such as Juno Award winning Jane Bunnett and slide guitar master Doug Cox. Russ continues to write and to perform across Canada and plans to release his second CD of original songs `In Plain Sight” on May 6, 2015 at Irene's Pub in Ottawa, followed by release shows in Toronto and in Quebec.

The Secrets

Date: Wednesday, October 26
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Tamarack Lodge
Hosts: Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold
Contact: info@tamaracklodge.ca

Country-folk trio The Secrets, comprised of Newfoundland natives Karla Pilgrim, Terri Lynn Eddy and Renée Batten - all three accomplished singers and solo musicians - met in college. They quickly discovered a natural blend to their voices and musical aspirations, traded jigs and reels for whiskey, mandolins and faded jeans, and haven't looked back.

The Secrets launched their trio opening for country music legend Alan Jackson's Freight Train Tour in 2010, and since 2012 have been taking their music across the country, including stops at Saskatchewan's Ness Creek Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Stan Rogers International Folk Festival, the World Pride Festival (Toronto), the Acoustic Maritime Music Festival, Harmony Bazaar Festival of Women and Song, Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and opening three sold out shows for country superstar Tim McGraw at Mile One Centre in St. John's, NL.

The Secrets headed to Nashville in spring 2014 to record at Beech Creek Studios. Their producer/co-writer, Peter Daniel Newman gathered some of that city's finest session players - including Pat McGrath, Gordon Mote, Duncan Mullins, JT Corenflos, Steve Brewster, Andy Leftwich and Dan Dugmore - to support The Secrets in bringing their chosen songs to life. This culminated in the (June 2014) release of The Secrets highly anticipated debut album, Break Even, which features a combination of The Secrets own originals, the album title track and lead single "Break Even", written by fellow east coast musicians Chris Kirby and Tim Chaisson, several co-writes with Peter Daniel Newman (including their second single titled "Big Time"), a tasteful bluegrass cover of the Avicii hit "Hey Brother", and more, all delivered with the natural harmonies that are The Secrets signature sound. Break Even was subsequently named Country Recording of the year at the 2014 MusicNL Awards, and nominated in this same category for the 2015 East Coast Music Awards.

The Secrets ventured south of the border in 2015, for a series of official showcases at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas, MO, and to the welcomed sunny climate of Barbados, where they were invited to participate in the filming of a television special, highlighting a variety of musical collaborations between recording artists from Newfoundland and Barbados.
Citing influences such as Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette and Linda Ronstadt (aka The Trio), as well as Johnny Cash, Tricia Yearwood, Terri Clark and Patty Loveless, to name just a few, The Secrets built their repertoire on a foundation of classic country hits infused with an impressive, and ever-growing catalogue of country-folk originals. With their gift of voice and seemingly effortless, natural harmony coupled with their individual talent and skill as musicians - Karla on guitar and bass, Terri Lynn on guitar, mandolin and harmonica, and Renée, an extraordinary musical talent on guitar, accordion, fiddle, mandolin, bass and more - The Secrets fresh delivery of their chosen work is authentic, exciting and thoroughly entertaining for all who see and hear them.



Thanks to Barb Bolin, Jewelle and Michael Scheidel-Webb, April Gates,
Beth Johns and Norris Turner, Sally Moore (Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast)
 Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold (Tamarack Lodge)
for being such splendid hosts.

 Nudie (AKA Matt Putnam) from PEI http://www.nudiemusic.com/home
Hosts:Jewelle and Michael Schiedel-Webb
When: Friday,  April 15 @  7:30pm

“One of the best of the new crop of country purists. A gem that blends all the classic sounds of real country music, but never feels old and out of fashion.” – CBC’s Bob Mersereau

“When someone recommends an album to you and calls it a mixture of Chris Isaak and Dwight Yoakham, you sit down, shut up and listen.” – The Coast, Halifax

After soaking up musical experiences in Toronto, Montreal, Phoenix, Austin and New York, roaming troubadour Nudie now hangs his Gibson guitar in Charlottetown, PEI. Why so much traveling? “That’s what the world’s for” quips Nudie, whose name is a nod to Nashville’s rhinestone cowboy tailor Nudie Cohn. Nudie’s decades long performing career has landed him on the stages of the Philadelphia & Ottawa Folk Festivals, Willie Nelson’s end-of-tour party in 2006, official showcases at Folk Alliance and Americana Music conferences, and recently earned him a support slot for Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives. His authentic style of music and songwriting is captured on 2014’s self-released album Remember This. It’s the soundtrack of relationships and heartache, delivered with wit and charm, and coated in the sounds of 1960s West Coast country soul. Telecasters and pedal steel abound on the Bakersfield biscuit ‘You Try To Be Right’. Hammond organ pulses on ‘My Sweet Ache’, while mariachi style horns adorn ‘If A Heart Could Tell’ (with guest vocalist Molly Rankin). Nudie continues to captivate audiences with his upbeat and charismatic performances, with plans to tour across North America, and into Europe for the first time in 2016.

More info at http://www.nudiemusic.com/home

Lindy (Vopnfjörð)http://lindymusic.com/
Host:Barb Bolin
When: Friday,  March 11, 7:00 pm

Lindy Vopnfjörð brings his bright-eyed folk tunes and soaring vocals to the Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous circuit. His album “Young Waverer” has garnered heaps of critical accolades, including a string of hit singles on CBC Radio.  This Western Icelandic-Canadian “Gentle Giant” is not to be missed.

Lindy’s 6th album is set to be released before the snow melts.  This collection of folk songs will show a more refined songwriter, capturing courageous stories of freedom champions, Vikings, and the love for his beloved wife.

Lindy Vopnfjörð’s storied history as an Icelandic-Canadian folk artist is well documented. Born into a family of folk singers, he spent his formative years touring Canada, singing traditional Icelandic songs to the delight of many. Over the years, he has continued to reinvent himself to both critical and commercial success: in the iconic Victoria-based band Northern Junk, and his Toronto big noise indie rock group, Major Maker. Most recently, Lindy has revolved to the stripped down folk sound that has endeared him to audiences. Using only his voice and guitar, Lindy now writes songs in the storytelling vein of troubadours that have come before him. His songs tell tales of harrowing escapes from North Korea, to time unjustly spent in a prison in India. He works closely with survivors and heroes from around the world to craft uniquely personal songs, anchored by the weight of true life events.

Onstage, Lindy has had some fantastic opportunities of late. He opened for Whitehorse on a North American tour in 2015, culminating in an unforgettable performance at Massey Hall. Lindy has also become a regular on the festival scene, playing the Reykjavik Folk Festival, and The Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. And 2016 brings the release of a new album featuring contributions from artists in Canada, America and Iceland. The as-yet untitled album is being produced by award-winning composer Todor Kobakov, who has worked with many prominent acts such as Lights, Metric, Stars, and Dan Mangan.

 10 String Symphony     http://10stringsymphony.com/
Two five String fiddles, a five string banjo and voices.
Genre: Americana, Celtic, Contemporary Folk, Old Tyme, Roots
Hosts:Beth Johns and Norris Turner
When: Thursday Feb. 11,  7:30 pm
Where: 1009 30th Line Road
10 String Symphony is an arena for mesmerizing acoustic innovation.  Although difficult to categorize, their music is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices, encompassing “aggressive, almost discordant, celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations” (The Bluegrass Situation).  Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players.

Sedelmyer (who also appears as part of the current Jerry Douglas Band ) and Baiman met in Nashville, and realized a mutual love for the range and depth of the 5-String fiddle.  Their desire to see just how far a two-fiddle, two-vocals instrumentation could take them was the inspiration for the 10 String Symphony project.  By the time their first full-length album was released in November 2012, their instrumentation had expanded to include the occasional clawhammer banjo and resonator mandolin, though still maintaining a stripped down, tightly woven and carefully arranged duo sound.

Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer’s virtuosic improvisation and creative harmonic soundscape ideas alongside Baiman’s old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities. Only two years old as a band, the duo has already gained recognition and attention from some major festivals, landing slots at the ROMP festival in Owensboro, KY, the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA, and a headlining slot at the 2014 Auckland Folk Festival in New Zealand.

You can find samples of their music on their website, Spotify, Itunes,
and Youtube

Weight Of The World /// 10 String Symphony (Rachel Baiman & Christian Sedelmyer) - YouTube

10 String Symphony - "Someone To Be Good For" - YouTube

American Songwriter Live: 10 String Symphony - YouTube

10 String Symphony - On Christmas Eve - YouTube

More about Rachel and Christian
Nashville duo 10 String Symphony began as a partnership of mutual admiration­­ a much needed creative release valve for Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer, two 5­ string fiddle players and veteran sidemen of Nashville’s music scene. Rachel, a former Illinois state fiddle champion in the old time tradition, needed an outlet for the new sort of songs she was writing, while Christian, originally a classically trained violinist, now a current touring member of the Jerry Douglas Band, was looking to get in touch the impetuous spirit of the rock bands he played in before his arrival in Nashville. With the love of the 5­ string fiddle and its musical possibilities as its focal point, the band’s mission statement was as clear as it was expansive:
Two fiddles. Two Voices. Epic music.

And yet, “Weight of the world,” the band’s latest batch of recordings to be released on Oct. 23rd, is not at all the record one might expect from a duo of seasoned Nashville fiddlers. This is not a record of showboating­­ no mere polished showcasing of technical virtuosity. Rather, at its core, “Weight of the world” is raw and intimate­­ a nuanced and patient record with designs to move rather than merely impress its listeners. Rachel and Christian’s musical prowess and chemistry is certainly on display for those in the know, but listening deeply reveals that these flourishes are always in service of reaching the listener emotionally­­ the spiritual earnestness of song­craft which keeps us perennially returning to the roots of American music.

ALL THINGS MUSIC has described the band’s’ sound as a “new take on old ideas,” a concept and tension that the duo continues to explore throughout “Weight of the World.” This is showcased on songs like “Someone to be Good For,” where a timeless fiddle melody is underscored by Rachel’s acutely personal and timely take on the search for romantic fulfillment in the midst of brokenness. Or in the searching harmonies and exploratory fiddle runs of a song like “I’m Not Lonesome”­­ While the title may hearken back to the tradition, Christian’s haunting melodies and searching cadences bespeak of an artist that has spent as much time with Wagner and Pet Sounds era Beach Boys as he has with the Seeger brothers.

And perhaps this is what makes “Weight of the World” such a brave record: Its the soundtrack of a process­­ a picture of a band striving to maintain the purity of purpose of the American old­time tradition, while simultaneously stretching its limitations with unique arrangements, unflinchingly personal lyrics, and a bravely progressive melodic palette.

“Weight of the World” is a snapshot of an impetuous band in mid­stride­­ old­souls who are passionately determined to speak to our contemporary moment. From the sounds of it, this is just the beginning.

Wednesday, November 25, 7:00pm
 Sin & Swoon
Host: April Gates
Location : Blackbird Pottery
Old Donald Schoolhouse

Montreal’s “Sin and Swoon” is made up of Ottawa Valley native Michael James O’Brien and Antigonish, Nova Scotia’s Michelle Tompkins. They love George and Tammy, old time country music, and the harmony singing of the Louvin Brothers and the Delmore Brothers. Recently featured on “The Vinyl Cafe´ with Stuart Maclean” on CBC radio and NPR, their new album is now available!

Singer-songwriters Mike O’Brien and Michelle Tompkins have been performing together for the last few years, after the couple’s post-dinner-table-song-swaps led to the odd pub gig to help make ends meet. Songs were written, and the culmination of the last couple years of work has led to the release of their first record “Did I Turn The Oven Off?”

Both have been busy as backup singers/musicians on the Montreal local scene, lending a hand to such notables as Patrick Watson, The Barr Brothers, Plants and Animals, Blood and Glass, Katie Moore, and Thus: Owls. Mike O’Brien was also a guitar player on the last two Vic Chesnutt tours. Now with the release of their new record, their plans are to get out and play as much as possible.

The house concert at Blackbird Pottery is your chance to catch this up-and-coming duo.

Here's a couple of samples:
Get Your Act Together
Chicken Lil'

"Rarely does a band name suit a sound so well as Sin and Swoon. The duo (made up of Montreal-based Michelle Tompkins and Mike O'Brien) write sinfully sweet old-timey tunes that make you swoon, which are perfectly encapsulated on their first full-length, Did I Turn the Oven Off?."  Sarah Towle

Tuesday October 27 -
Debra Cowan
http://homeroutes.ca/artists/debra-,y /Debra Cowan
Location: The beautiful Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast
Date and Time: Tuesday, October 27,    7:00pm
Host: Sally Moore and Fran Clarke

Debra Cowan was once asked what kind of songs she writes. Her reply? “Bad ones. Besides, there are so many good songs out there written by others and they should be sung.” Her captivating warm alto carries each folk song she chooses with such emotion that you’ll forget that they were written by others. She performs a cappella and with guitar in the great tradition of folk singers like Joan Baez and Judy Collins, with a clear vocal that calls forth the ghosts of long past but can also offer a more modern urban landscape. Her newest release, a live recording entitled Among Friends, she demonstrates her ability to interact with her audience and have them enthusiastically sing along on choruses and refrains.

As a young girl she idolized Julie Andrews and in her teens discovered Jethro Tull and Steeleye Span. At the age of 21 she needed escape out of a small Midwestern town so she threw darts at a map and ended up in northern California where she attended college, sang in bars, and eventually worked as a middle school math teacher. She continued her discovery of folk with English singers like Sandy Denny and Scottish singers like Ray Fisher. Debra started performing in California 35 years ago and began touring in 1998, with frequent stops in the US and UK, from folk clubs to festivals like the Old Songs Festival and Broadstairs Folk Week in England. That led her to where she is now, a full-time singer who bridges the old and new with a refreshing stage presence — she may start with a moving ballad like “Rainbow,” a profile of one woman’s courage, and segue into “Johnny Be Fair,” about a poor lass who can’t marry anyone in town because, well, she’s related to everyone.

When Debra isn’t touring internationally or busy with her activities as American Federation of Musicians Local 1000 Vice-President, she makes her home near Worcester, Massachusetts with her husband and their two cats.

“Debra has a voice which beautifully combines Celtic and Appalachian sensibilities…deeply satisfying,
lyrical and musically elegant.” -Roseanne Cash

“It is truly a gift what she gives her audience.” – The Miami Herald

“It’s always a treat to hear Debra Cowan….”Mitch Park, host “Folk on Sunday”, Radio Kidnappers, New Zealand

“…a pleasure to hear a real singer who can apply her beautiful voice to the best material available
from traditional songs to those by contemporary songwriters. She sure knows how to interpret a song
and wrap her soul and voice around it.” Rich Warren, host, “Midnight Special”, WFMT 98.7 FM, Chicago, IL

Sunday September 27 -
Gathering Sparks
Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis
Location: Tamarack Lodge
Hosts: Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold
Date: Sunday September 27

GATHERING SPARKS is the graceful collision of Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis—musical friends who bonded over finely tuned harmonies and the craft of songwriting. Their inclusive approach embraces folk, pop, blues and gospel influences tastefully played on acoustic guitar, piano, accordion, ukulele, and banjo.

With their love of participatory group singing and infectious mix of styles, Gathering Sparks has been making some big waves. Their debut 6-song CD was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, and they have quickly become an audience favourite. Whether they are belting it out a capella style, tugging on your heartstrings with a folky original, crooning a jazzy swing tune, or getting into the spirit with a gospel-inflected singalong, Gathering Sparks performances make fans out of listeners with their stellar harmonies and fine musicianship.

 Sheesham and Lotus
Friday April 17
Location: The beautiful Sunny Rock Bed and Breakfast
Date/Time: Friday April 17 , 7:00pm
Host: Sally Moore and Fran Clarke
Call: 705 286 4922 or email info@sunnyrock.on.ca
Cost: $20 to the artists

There will be light refreshments at the break.

Sheesham and Lotus’ commitment to the preservation of music and tradition of the past is indelible. At the core of the show is a repertoire based on their love of the American fiddle tune, joyously played  with banjo and before long, a startling array of traditional and non-trad instruments make appearances.
Tunes played on jaw-harps, gourd banjos and homemade instruments like the Contrabass HarmoniPhonium add depth and absurdity to their amazing sound, as they sing into their patented Sepia-phonic Mono-phone, an acoustical filter into which they project their voices in stupefying harmonies, while playing ragtime and blues in pleasing mono-phonic delivery.
As a banjo and fiddle duet,  Sheesham and Lotus have established themselves as an act that has it all, combining astounding musicianship and fearless grooves with a show that is dynamic and entertaining.
From Home Routes
"The last act of the series is a traveling medicine show coming to your living room, complete with vaudeville attire, fiddling, banjoing, ham boning, a harmonica welded to a euphonium bell, and their own brand of Appalachian, ragtime and swing music done in the Sheesham & Lotus style. Your audience will love these two. They put on a SHOW. They’ve just come back from a European tour as Sheesham and Lotus & Son, which includes their regular tuba player who won’t be joining on this tour. You’ll still hear stuff like this: http://sheeshamandlotus.com/tracks/F-and-D-Rag.mp3 but without the tuba.
Lovely sepia-tinted music – I absolutely love it! Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
Such an excellent show – those guys really know what they are doing and audience members were stunned – as if they were glimpsing another world Lauren Glasgow, The CatStrand Arts Centre, Scotland
Some examples of their music
Sheesham and Lotus - Old Time Ways - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkYB_ipZJs8
Sheesham and Lotus perform "Darlin' Corey" at the Kingston Farmer's Market - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oupeocWniI&list=PLQP1q8Iuzi5fWguT3oS-BRqAO1oa8c-5q

Nathan Rogers
Location: 40 Keefer St., Haliburton, ON
Hosts: Gail and Greg Gillespie
Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 7:30pm
Contact:705-457-8806 or email gs.gillespie@gmail.com
$20 to the artist

Some say he was born into it, some that he was born with it, while others claim he has earned it. With one foot planted firmly in folk music?s traditional roots and the other reaching into its dynamic future, NATHAN ROGERS isn?t entirely sure what ?it? is; singer, songwriter, guitarist, throat-chanter, percussionist, revivalist, or innovator.
Before he even had an album in hand, Nathan?s reputed vocal ability had him singing on stage with such notables as JP Cormier, The Oysterband, Spirit of the West, John Cameron, Connie Caldor and James Keelaghan. With a degree in comparative religion, an award winning voice and two prized Laskin guitars under his belt, Nathan founded his own record label, Halfway Cove Music. In 2005 he finally released his debut album, True Stories.
Nathan?s performance style leaves the audiences wondering where the rest of the band is hiding. Singing, chanting, playing the guitar and stomping, he fills any stage with ?magnificent powerfully clear lyrics and arrangements.?
Nathan has recently become an adept throat singer, specializing in the Tuvan and Mongolian styles. A cultural tour-de-force in his own right, Nathan now brings a uniquely eastern flavour to a western tradition. Nathan's new album, The Gauntlet is available on Borealis Records and has met with very positive critical reviews thus far.

The Bombadils, QC
Location: Maple Lake United Church
Hosts: Beth Johns and Norris Turner
Date: Tuesday, November 25
Time: 7:30pm
The Bombadils are a four piece folk ensemble that unite an eclectic variety of influences to present a unique interpretation of traditional music. Though the group first connected in Montreal, QC, at McGill University's Schulich School of Music over a shared curiosity surrounding the Celtic and bluegrass traditions, fiddler Sarah Frank, guitarist Luke Fraser, bassist Alan Mackie, and flautist Anh Phung were raised Canada-wide and trained in classical performance and modern improvisation. Endearingly described by those closest to them as “cinematic folk”, The Bombadils have been bringing music and high spirits to the concert halls and Irish pubs of the world since 2009, allowing diverse influences to flow naturally through their compositions, arrangements, and improvisations, all the while bridging cultural and linguistic forms.
“Fill Your Boots!”, the 2012 debut album, displays a concise and spirited overview of the band and the energy that would drive them through to the present day. “Fill Your Boots!” – featuring five original compositions and five standards to which the group lends each of their voices and the roots of their talents as multi-instrumentalists – paved the way for two years on the road spreading their word and honing their craft, culminating in the realization of “Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet” in 2014. Nine originals and three standards highlight the youthful and honest songwriting the four are capable of in addition to the polished performance thereof. Having added mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and a variety of Irish whistles to their arsenal, “Grassy Roads, Wandering Feet” is both a landmark in the band’s constant evolution as well as an experiment in textures and a call to continue to move forward.

David Bradstreet  ON

Location: Tamarack Lodge
Hosts: Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold
Date: Sunday October 26
Time: 7:30pm
Contact: 705-559-5972 or info@tamaracklodge.ca

Born in London, England, DAVID BRADSTREET came to Canada as a child with his parents.
After college, he worked the college circuit in the U.S. visiting most states as a
solo performer and achieving rising star status in Canada on the folk club trail in the early '70s.

This period was marked by having one of his songs, "Renaissance," become a folk standard,
followed by the Juno for Best New Male Vocalist 1977.

The late '70s phase of David's career included two high profile albums, David Bradstreet and Dreaming in Colour.
David opted to go the independent route and recorded another solo album, Black & White in 1981.
His Renaissance CD was released in 1998.

David's most recent acoustic release, 08.20.10, was recorded live-off-the-floor (vocal, guitar and bass) in four days, August 17 - 20, 2010 at Dave's Cave in Toronto, Canada with Carl Keesee. In 2011 he travelled to Antarctica as artist-in-residence aboard the MS Expedition.
 “Armed with the perfect voice, blessed with an elastic range and always accompanying himself with an elaborate, distinctly neo-classical guitar sound, Bradstreet's debut was less a solo venture than it was a collaboration of like-minded artists that, quite remarkably - some 37 years later - hasn't met the same fate as most of the era's music”  Eric Thom, Roots Music Canada
"Renaissance, about the endurance of love, remains one of the best songs ever written by a Canadian." - Robert Reid, The Record, March 2013
 "... It explains why Bradstreet’s work has proven so ageless. Quality. Focus. Talent. At the core of it is a man, his voice and his guitar – which explains why his work has so much validity to this day. His is a voice which is, to me, Canuck bedrock and his mercurial guitar-playing has become even more central to his music. So, when he sings, he always sounds familiar. Familiar special. And when he picks up his Mississippi-birthed Composite Acoustics OX guitar, the magic happens as it always did – except better. A zillion live shows later, today’s David Bradstreet is a master of his skills – the voice, deeper and more richly seasoned in all the right places­ – and as range-friendly as ever; his fingerstyle guitar-playing abilities simply jaw-dropping in their complexity and overall tone – both parts together creating an hypnotic aural weave of intricate, satisfying parts."   Eric Thom, April 2014
click here to sample some of David's Songs
live performances on YouTube

The Cumberland Brothers, BC

Location: Home of Marie and Don Gage
Date: Saturday, Sept 27
Time: 7:30pm
Contact: 705-286-5085 or mariegage1626@gmail.com

THE CUMBERLAND BROTHERS are Archie Pateman (co-founder of Vancouver roots band, The Breakmen) and side-man fiddle sensation, Jack Roland. The two young men specialize in brother harmony style country music and present it with the simple but proficient support of guitar, banjo and fiddle. Their sets include a mix of old country songs by artists like The Louvin and Delmore Brothers, and original (but timeless) music penned by Pateman.
Since releasing their debut album, Gamey E.P., in July 2013, their unique sound has been heard on Galaxy Roots Radio, CBC, and countless college and independent radio stations. The album was #5 on the Canadian Earshot Charts in September, 2013 and two tracks were recently used in a promo video by a popular west coast mountain bike company.
Though new to the "scene," these guys are off to a great start!      


Special thanks to Sally Moore, Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold,
Beth Johns and Norris Turner, Don and Marie Gage for being such splendid hosts.

Thanks to the staff in Winnipeg for putting it together.
 100 MILE HOUSE   Alberta
September 28
Location: The beautiful Sunny Rock Bed Breakfast (Directions below)
Date/Time: Saturday Sept 28,  7:00pm
Host: Sally Moore
Call: 705 286 4922
Cost: $20 to the artists
There will be light refreshments at the break.

To all our musical friends:
on Saturday Sept 28th, at 7 pm, the Sunny Rock B & B will host and help kick off the 2013-14 Home Routes season with the 100 Mile House, a trio of folks are from Edmonton –
husband and wife duo Peter Stone, originally from UK, Denise MacKay and multi instrumentalist Scott Zubot.

They have shared their unique brand of original transatlantic folk at festivals near and far. Their beautiful harmonies, rich arrangements and captivating lyrics make their sound truly distinctive.

Edmonton-based husband and wife duo Peter Stone and Denise MacKay, plus multi-instrumentalist Scott Zubot,
have shared their unique brand of original transatlantic folk at shows and festivals near and far. Their beautiful
harmonies, rich arrangements and captivating lyrics make their sound truly distinctive.

The new 100 mile house release, Wait With Me, is their
third full-length album, packed with the lyrically driven roots tunes that gained this band a
devoted following in the Canadian music scene and beyond. This haunting and highly personal
song collection is the follow-up to Hollow Ponds, their award-winning 2011 release.

Hollow Ponds won the Edmonton Music Award for Folk/Roots Album of the Year in 2012
and was nominated for a 2012 Western Canadian Music Award for Roots Duo/Group
Recording of the Year. It was featured in CBC’s Key of A - Best of 2011 and CKUA’s Top
100 of 2011. The track “Better, Still” won the Calgary Folk Festival songwriting contest
Grand Prize, which led to the group performing at the festival in 2012.

Career highlights include performances at the 2010 Winter Olympics (Alberta House), the
Calgary Folk Club and the Canmore Folk Festival, as well as showcasing at the 2012 and
2013 Folk Alliance International conferences.

A live recording of their show at the Ironwood in Calgary is available on
CBC Radio 2’s Concerts on Demand.

 JAXON HALDANE  from  Manitoba/Oklahoma Hosts: Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold/Tamarack Lodge
October 28
Location: Tamarack Lodge
Date/Time: Monday, October 28, 7:00pm
                      You're invited to come at 6 if you would like to look around  
Hosts: Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold
Call: 705-559-5972 or
Email: info@tamaracklodge.ca

Cost: $20 to the artist
There will be light refreshments at the break.
Although reverent of traditional North American music, Jaxon
Haldane is a distinctly contemporary musician. His ability to
combine the visceral intensity of punk rock or dixieland, with the
soul stirring emotion of vintage country and blues is emboldened
by his songwriting. Haldane’s music is a gumbo - rich and spicy.
Earthy, yet sweet. Rustic, but refined enough that you know
a real chef is in the kitchen. One who cooks with love.

Jaxon once led Winnipeg’s now defunct mutant-bluegrass legends,
the D.Rangers. Years of touring with the likes of Fred Eaglesmith,
the Sadies, Corb Lund, Old Reliable and Corin Raymond, took him
across the country cementing his reputation as a respected figure
in Canada’s roots music community. More recently, as an engineer and producer, Haldane
has recorded such artists as Little Miss Higgins, Romi Mayes, the F-Holes, Dry Bones,
Jonathan Byrd, The Undesirables, as well as the yet-to-be-released final recordings of the
late Willie P. Bennett.

Jaxon’s performances are eclectic and energetic, often employing numerous instruments
from the banjo to the saw. His songs range from rousing party anthems to somber
murder ballads, scathing political commentary to hilarious romantic folly, As unpredictable
as he is entertaining, Jaxon is bound to liven up your living room.

 BILL BOURNE    Alberta  
Wednesday  November 27, 2013
Location: The beautiful Sunny Rock Bed & Breakfast
                       at 1144 Scotts Dam Road off the Gelert Road
Date/Time: Wednesday November 27,  7:00pm
Host: Sally Moore

Canadian Juno Award winner Bill Bourne has received
international acclaim for his recordings and live performances.
A veteran of the international blues & roots music scene, life on
the road is reflected in Bill’s music – powerful rhythms and soulful
songs, steeped in blues, world beat, cajun, celtic, folk, latin, funk,
poetry and more.

Bill Bourne was raised in a musical family in rural Alberta.
When he was 2 years old, he was known to sleep behind the
piano at country dances. His parents played dance music in
community halls in beautiful farming country. The love of nature
and of music and of people gathering for celebration has been
with him for his whole life.

Bill Bourne began his professional music career in 1975. In 1982 his first album was
released by Radio Canada International. He has toured and recordeded solo, and with
Scotland’s Tannahil Weavers, Bourne & Macleod, Shannon Johnson, Hans Stamer
& Andreas Schuled, Tri-Continental, Eivor Palsdottir (Faroe Islands), Bop Ensemble
and the Free Radio Band.

Multiple Juno-winning artist Bill Bourne is on his Home Routes Journey to the Haliburton Highlands and will be coming in from his home in Edmonton to do this tour. As well as being an eight-time Juno Award nominee, Bill has received international acclaim for his recordings and live performances. A mainstay on the international roots scene, life on the road is reflected in Bill's music - powerful rhythms and soulful songs, steeped in World Beat, Blues, Cajun, Celtic, Folk, Flamenco, Funk, Poetry and more.

Really, Bill is a total chameleon, fitting in to almost any musical style you can think of.
Bill Bourne was raised in a musical family in rural Alberta. When he was 2 years old, he was known to sleep behind the piano at country dances. His parents played dance music in community halls in beautiful farming country. His mother played the guitar for many hours while she was pregnant with Bill, resting the instrument on his little body. The love of nature and of music and of people gathering for celebration has been with him for his whole life.

"Music is a dance; a happy heart. Music is the great teacher. The life in Music is its power of transcendence: Music is a healing force that benefits all living things." - Bill Bourne


Thursday February 13, 2014
Hosts: Beth Johns and Norris Turner

Location: home of Beth Johns and Norris Turner
Date/Time: Thursday  February 13   7:00pm
 Hosts: Beth Johns and Norris Turner
Call: 705-754-9558

Meaghan Blanchard is a singer/songwriter from Hunter River
PEI. Her latest album “Chasin’ Lonely Again” won a 2011 ECMA
award. Her first album “Changing Things” won four Music PEI
Awards in 2009. Her newest CD "She's Gonna Fly"
2013 for which she won Music PEI Award for Female Solo Recording of the Year.

She has performed for William and Kate during their Royal Visit
to PEI in the summer of 2011 and played 47 shows in 15 days
at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC in 2010.
She has toured in Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario as well as select
Maritime dates.

For 2012 Meaghan appeared in her first television special
The Songs Of Gene MacLellan” airing nationally on the CBC in Canada this summer.
She played the Mariposa Folk Festival for the first time this year, as well as, the Deep
Roots Festival in Wolfville NS in September .

 Her musical heroes include her grandparents, Dolly Parton, Patti Griffin, Patsy Cline
and Aretha Franklin.

 Friday, March 14       
CHARLIE A’COURT  from Nova Scotia  
Hosts: Marie and Don Gage
Friday March 14, 2014
Location: home of Marie and Don Gage
Date/Time: Friday March 14  7:00pm
 Hosts: Marie and Don Gage
Call: 705-286-5085

Charlie A’Court is synonymous with impassioned performances
that grip an audience the very moment he takes the stage. Planted
at the crossroads of roots and soul, Charlie’s mighty voice, fierce
guitar work and contemporary songwriting, have earned him a
loyal following and a host of awards from Music Nova Scotia and
the ECMA. His latest release, Triumph & Disaster, was recognized
with 2013 East Coast Music Awards for both R&B/ Soul Recording
and Blues Recording of the year. Fearlessly bridging genres and
challenging stylistic conventions, Charlie A’Court has secured his
place as one of Canada’s fresh generation of artists poised to take
the international stage by storm.

 THE LAURA CORTESE DUO  (Laura Cortese and Mariel Vandersteel) from Massachusetts   
Saturday  April  12, 2014
Location: Tamarack Lodge
Date/Time: Saturday April 12, 7:30pm
 Hosts: Barbara Kraus and Reiner Arnold

Ambition often follows talent, and Laura Cortese has an
embarrassment of both. Her open-armed approach to her art
reveals a determination to spread the word about folk music
and dance without watering down their distinctiveness.
~ The Denver Post
Propelled by inspired fiddle playing, warm vocals, and arresting
original songs, Laura Cortese has emerged as one of the most
intriguing, versatile, and refreshing musicians in the bountiful New
England post-folk scene. There is nothing timid about Laura
Cortese (cor-TAY-zee). She wields a fiddle like a rocker slings
his guitar, and sings with even more swagger. A native San Franciscan, Cortese moved to
Boston to study violin at Berklee College of Music and has since immersed herself in the
city’s vibrant folk music scene. She has made appearances with Band of Horses, Pete Seeger,
Patterson Hood and Michael Franti, and Jocie Adams of the Low Anthem.

Laura tours internationally with Mariel Vandersteel.

Mariel Vandersteel grew up in the redwoods of California playing for local contra dances,
at Irish sessions and spending summers at fiddle camp. Her love and curiosity for other
musical cultures led her to study music nationally as well as in Ireland and at a hardanger
fiddle school in Norway. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Mariel has participated
in the Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar studying under musicians
including Mike Marshall, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile and Zakir Hussein.

 2012-2013 Season

 Linda McRae and James Whitmire
with Christina Zaenker on cello
Monday, October 29

Location: home of Marie and Don Gage
Date/Time: Monday October 29, 8:00pm

Linda earned a Juno nomination and double Platinum triple Gold recording status as bassist and accordionist with Celtic/Roots group Spirit of the West. Departing the band after eight years she resumed her solo career consecutively producing three critically acclaimed recordings: Flying Jenny, producer Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Emmy Lou Harris), Cryin' Out Loud, producer Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier) and Carve It To The Heart producer Marc L'Esperance (Po' Girl, Headwater).

In 2007 Linda met and married her manager and co-writer James Whitmire.He urged Linda to go to Nashville to work on her music.Their time there lead her to the study of traditional roots music, studying clawhammer banjo with Brad Leftwich, and Appalachian vocal styles with Ginny Hawker & Tracy Schwarz (New Lost City Ramblers, Hazel Dickens) and finger style guitar with Juno winner Ken Hamm. She has also studied songwriting with Grammy winner Jon Vezner.
Performing on clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar, accordion and porchboard stompbox, Linda combines old-time sounds with universal themes of heartbreak & redemption offering an intriguing sepia postcard from the past that is vibrant and alive in the present.Recordings and performances with musical luminaries include Bruce Cockburn, Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo, Gurf Morlix, and Ray Waylie Hubbard.
Recent performance highlights include The Carter Family Fold, VA, The Hank Williams Museum, AL, Barbican Theatre, UK, Maverick Festival, UK and New Folsom Prison, California's infamous maximum-security prison performing in concert and facilitating songwriter workshops for the inmates.Her workshops and concerts were so well received, she'll return to participate in the program in March 2012.The concert and workshops permitted inmates freedom of expression while giving Linda a rare opportunity to assist in that expression.
Linda also writes a column for BC Musician's Magazine entitled "This Winding Road". She is endorsed by EnRoute Music makers of the PorchBoard and Schatten Design Acoustic Pickups.

 Tim Williams (AB)
Wednesday, November 28
Location: home of Beth Johns and Norris Turner
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 28,  7:30pm

Tim Williams began his career in the folk clubs and coffee houses of 1960s Los Angeles, developing a blend of blues, honky-tonk, Hawaiian and Mexican music on guitar while developing keen instincts as a storyteller and songwriter. Good teachers helped out : guitarist John Fahey, songwriter / actor Hoyt Axton, blues guitarist Pee Wee Crayton and others helped along the way. Tim has appeared with B.B. King, The Earl Scruggs Revue, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Lightnin' Hopkins, Taj Mahal, and countless others , in a career which has seen him play in Morocco, Australia, The UK, Cuba, Mexico, Canada and the United States.Major festivals include the Glasgow Jazz Festival (UK), Kerrville Folk Music Festival (Texas), and the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg Folk Festivals among many.
As a producer he has three JUNO nominations to his credit, including work with Ray Bonneville and Little Miss Higgins (that cd did win a WCMA award); studio sessions with Eric Bibb, Guy Davis, Mae Moore, Valdy, Sonny Rhodes and more ; five Betty Mitchell awards as a sound designer/musical director for theatre ; while touring Mexico this past winter he was also named "Blues Guitarist of the Year" by the Calgary Blues Music Association. Onstage, he has performed sideman chores as a guitarist/multi-instrumentalist for Maria Muldaur, Ian Tyson, and the late Dutch Mason, among others (and sadly had to decline offers from Amos Garrett and Rita Chiarelli due to schedule conflicts). Playing a multitude of instruments, but mostly slide guitar, finger-style guitar and mandolin, Tim has frequently been compared to Ry Cooder and David Lindley.
Praised by music publications including Sing Out !, Penguin Eggs, Living Blues, and Bluesprint (UK), the Mission Folk Festival wrote in its' program : "Tim Williams is one of the reasons why folk music will never die."


 Richie Stearns & Rosie Newton
Thursday,  February 14
Location: home of Lisa Barry and Matt Mihilik
Date/Time: Thursday,  February 14, 8:00pm

Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns' kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including the Horse Flies and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music.
Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer at the beginning of her music career. She recently graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in viola performance, and has become an integral part of the Ithaca old-time music community. She has performed in various bands including her own project called the Pearly Snaps, and Ferintosh, an internationally touring Celtic music band. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition.
Donna Claire aka Donna Drifter was moved to write this about this duo.
"There is no finer pairing than the banjo and fiddle in the world of Old Time and Appalachian Folk Music. Whether it is played today or heard in recordings of days gone by, the banjo and fiddle belong together and form the very heart of traditional, acoustic music as created on this side of the Atlantic in the south.
These two fine players both hail from New York State and have been creating music with other accomplished, traditional players such as The Horseflies (Richie) and The Pearly Snaps (Rosie) and are now together playing as this incredible duo. Their sparse and unsullied approach to their music creates a sound that pulls the listener in to an intimate realm that is lilting, driving, urgent and soothing all at the same time. Richie's use of syncopation and rhythm creates musical tension and release that is complimented by Rosie's flawless fiddling that is pure and sweet one moment and raw and stinging the next.
Anyone who hears these two will feel the strength of the music as alive and breathing right now while honouring all of the fiddle and banjo players who have gone before and those who will come after. I had the good fortune of meeting Richie Stearns in July of 2012 after seeing him perform with several bands at The Grassroots Festival outside of Ithaca, NY and have seen live footage of Rosie Newton playing and am delighted that The Haliburton Folk Society is bringing them to the Highlands.
This house concert will be a unique opportunity for those who attend to be moved and transported to a time and space before technology and modernism....to a time and space of wire and wood and sound. Don't miss Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton."

 The Sweet Lowdown (BC)
Friday, March 15
Location: home of John and Thea Patterson
Date/Time: Friday, March 15  7:00pm

The Sweet Lowdown is an acoustic roots trio from Victoria, B.C.Drawn together by mutual passion for old-time groove, graceful drive, sweet harmonies and well-wrought songs, The Sweet Lowdown (Amanda Blied-guitar, Shanti Bremer-banjo and Miriam Sonstenes-fiddle) blend original song-writing with old time roots music to create a sound that is unique and timeless.

Originally conceived as a duo in 2008 by Blied and Bremer, The Sweet Lowdown recorded an EP with Adam Iredale-Gray (Fish & Bird) and performed and toured in British Columbia, Washington and Oregon States. In the spring of 2010, the duo was joined by fiddler Sonstenes, and the trio quickly refined their new sound.
In January 2011, the trio traveled by train to Parry Sound, Ontario, to record their self-titled debut album with musician and sound engineer Andrew Collins (Creaking Tree String Quartet, Foggy Hogtown Boys). By the early spring of 2011 the trio had garnered quite a local following and won the Monday Magazine M-Award for Favorite Roots/World Music Group. In June they released their debut album which has since been nominated "Album of the Year" by the Vancouver Island Music Awards.
Shanti Bremer grew up in Olympia, Washington, where she began learning bluegrass banjo at the age of 11. After moving to Victoria, BC, Bremer continued to refine her bluegrass sound and also discovered--and became smitten with- -clawhammer banjo. Today, she has a busy teaching schedule in both styles and continues to diversify as a banjo player.
Coming to Canada from Germany at the age of nine, Miriam Sonstenes is a classically trained violinist-turned-fiddler. She has plays with Victoria groups The Moonshiners, The Yiddish Columbia State Orchestra and Shearwater Bluegrass Band.She is also a sought after violin and fiddle teacher, and has taught at fiddle and bluegrass camps throughout BC and the Northwest Territories.
Amanda Blied, the only Victoria-native, fell in love with old time music in 2000 upon hearing the recordings of Doc Watson and Clarence Ashley. She has since traveled throughout North America tracing the roots of music she loves and she brings to an old time feel to her guitar playing. She sang for years with Victoria's eastern European vocal ensemble, the Balkan Babes, winners of the Best Pan- Cultural Traditions Choir in 2008 in CBC's Radio's National Choral competition.

Terry Penney (NL)
Saturday, April 13
Location: Home of Fay Martin and Michael Fay
Date/Time: Saturday, April 13, 7:30pm

"With a great sense of humour, personal tales, audience interplay, and a love of music and performing,
 Terry Penney’s live shows are not to be missed."

"A well-rounded artist. A stage presence like no other. It’s hard not to be impressed by a man who continually challenges himself through song. A gem of an artist. You can’t help but look forward to what Terry Penney releases next"
Terry Penney is a Newfoundland singer/songwriter whose songs are so vivid and image-driven they have been likened to '3-minute movies'. He is a world class storyteller and performer with the uncanny ability to `put you there' in his songs and for the past decade he has done just that. Penney is an old soul who has always had a penchant for the past. Consequently, his songs are often set in a by-gone era when little boys dreamed of helping the Lone Ranger and World War veterans still walked the streets as young men.
Not surprising, the first music Penney was drawn to as a child were records from his parents' collection: Buddy Holly's Greatest Hits, Elvis, and The American Graffiti Sound Track. These discoveries started a lifelong appreciation for artists from that era. "There's just something about the rawness and honesty of those early recordings that I've always been drawn to and those are elements that I strive for in my own music." From there he gravitated towards artists like Steve Earle and John Prine, and it's with the afore-mentioned that Penney aligns himself stylistically. "All my favorite artists today are mavericks who don't neatly fit into one genre of music."
Terry Penney is a commanding artist with four full-length albums and numerous awards and honors (most recently 2009 SOCAN Songwriter of the Year). His extensive touring experience includes major events like the Kerrville Folk Festival and South West Regional Folk Alliance in Texas, the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, the 2010 Canadian Corner tour in Ireland, and the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Nova Scotia. Penney's highly anticipated fifth album, The Last Guitar, was released on February 14, 2012.