Archive for Roots

Martin Simpson

Friday, October 4, 2019 | 8:30PM

Martin Simpson
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There is no doubt that after 45 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, “Love Never Dies” to the profoundly moving “Never Any Good” and “One Day”.

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Hawley, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danny Thompson, Danú, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon, David Lindley, Roy Bailey, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan, Dom Flemons and many more.

Martin has been nominated an astounding 27 times in the fifteen years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – more than any other performer – with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice. The year 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for “Prodigal Son’ and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, “True Stories” and a win for Best Traditional Track, “Sir Patrick Spens”. 2012’s nominations for Martin include, Best Album for ‘Purpose & Grace”, Best Traditional Track for “The Lakes Of Ponchartrain” and Best Musician. In 2014 his album, ‘Vagrant Stanzas’ was nominated for Album Of The Year, but it was a member of The Full English that he collectively took home awards that year, for Best Group and Album Of The Year. 2015 saw him working in a new trio with the wonderful Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr and they also released an album together, ‘Murmurs’, to wide, critical acclaim. He is currently working on new material for his next solo album.

Whether playing American old-time music, blues, a Dylan song or his own material, Martin Simpson is unpredictable, individual and a guitarist of immense subtlety.

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Martin Taylor

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 | 8:30PM

Martin Taylor
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Award-winning guitarist, Martin Taylor, has established a unique musical career as an internationally acclaimed musician, and his inimitable style has seen him recognized as the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz guitar playing. As well as being a true guitar innovator, he is also a master concert performer, dazzling audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, with a strong stage presence. As well as his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genre including, Stephane Grappelli, Jeff Beck, Gary Burton, Chet Atkins, Bill Wyman, George Harrison, Dionne Warwick, Diane Schuur and Jamie Cullum. He spends much of the year travelling the world, playing in concert halls in Europe, North America, Japan, Asia, and Australasia as well as presiding over the uniquely innovative Martin Taylor Guitar Academy online.

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James Hill CD Release

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 8:30pm

James Hill CD Release
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“If you thought James Hill was simply the ukulele wunderkind,” writes Penguin Eggs magazine, “his latest album will convince you that he is also a great songwriter.” Produced by Joel Plaskett in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, The Old Silo invites you into a world of new beginnings, old regrets, beautiful women, horny geezers and gold diggers. Nominated for both JUNO and ECMA awards, the album cuts a winding path through Folk, Roots and Americana, “reflecting the musical maturity of Hill and Plaskett and delivering in every aspect of music-making.” (The Manitoban)

An award-winning songwriter who “gives the ukulele its dignity back without ever taking himself too seriously” (Songlines), James Hill “proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that in the right hands the uke can be a formidable axe” (Ann Arbor News).

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Lance + Jason Fowler

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 | 7:30PM

Lance + Jason Fowler
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Father and Son- Lance and Jason Fowler have been playing together for over 40 years but have never performed together publicly.

Lance was a teacher and school administrator for 30 years. Music has always been a very important part of his life and, since retiring, he has been singing on a volunteer basis in local retirement and nursing homes. Lance has also written many songs over the years and looks forward to performing several of them with Jason.

Jason is a professional singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer. He has released 6 CD’s under his own name and played on more than 100 other albums. He has been the Musical Director & Guitarist for Irish tenor John McDermott since 2001. He has played and/or recorded with a who’s who of the Canadian roots music scene including Lorenna McKennit, Michelle Wright, Valdy, Amy Sky, Marc Jordan, Susan Aglukark, Heather Rankin, Alex Cuba, Quartette, Nana Mouskouri, Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan, Ian Tamblyn, Anne Lindsay and Jory Nash. 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 is very excited to be performing with his father in this one-time-only show (maybe…), as he taught him almost everything he knows.

The performance will also include Burke Carroll on pedal steel and dobro, Drew Jurecka on violin and mandolin and Charles James on bass.

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Diyet + The Love Soldiers

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 8:30PM

Diyet + the Love Soldiers
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Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout and Juno Award winning producer, Bob Hamilton; this multi-instrumental trio from the Yukon has a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room.

Diyet was born in a tent and spent her childhood “in the bush” or rather was brought up on the ancestral lands of her people in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Coming from a family rooted in traditions but tempered with a good sense of adventurous hippie attitudes, Diyet has created a musical presence that is as diverse as her Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Japanese and Scottish heritage.

She got her start singing on the school bus, went on to acquire a degree in music, then became a published songwriter in Vancouver, BC. When the pull of the North was too strong, she packed her bags, and her Dutch husband, moving back to her village without a plan or even a pub to play in. The result of this unlikely career move has been international collaborations; touring in Canada and Europe;and three acclaimed albums. Diyet tours nationally in Canada and internationally in Europe. Performance highlights include major folk, jazz, and multi-disciplinary festivals in Canada, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and Mundial Montreal.

Continuing to live with feet firmly planted in two worlds, Diyet’s adventurous and sometimes chaotic life is on full display in her music. She often says, “Yesterday, fishing for our dinner on the ice, the next day, on the stage singing for you!”

 

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Rant Maggie Rant

Saturday, March 16, 2019 | 8:30pm

Rant Maggie Rant
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Since their 2008 debut, Traditional Folk/Roots Award winners, Rant Maggie Rant, has consistently won over audiences at folk/Celtic festivals, folk clubs, town halls, churches, concert halls and symphonic stages. Traditionalists love their approach, as they respect the time honoured styles of the seven Celtic nations and beyond. New listeners are drawn to RANT MAGGIE RANTS’ fusion of world influences: Latin and Mediterranean rhythms, African hand-drumming and percussion, blues/rock guitar backdrops, revved up tempos and unexpected time changes. Their repertoire combines original and contemporary compositions with traditional tunes, often blending them together to deliver an intoxicating performance.

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