Archive for Roots – Page 2

Andy Irvine

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 | 8:30pm

Andy Irvine
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Andy Irvine is one of the great Irish singers, his voice one of a handful of truly great ones that gets to the very soul of Ireland. He has been hailed as “a tradition in himself.” Musician, singer and songwriter, Andy has maintained his highly individual performing skills throughout his over 50-year career. From Sweeney’s Men in the mid 60s, to the enormous success of Planxty in the 70s, his duo with Paul Brady in the later 70s and then from Patrick Street to Mozaik, LAPD and Usher’s Island, Andy has been a world music pioneer and an icon for traditional music and musicians.

As a soloist, Andy fills the role of the archetypal troubadour with a show and a travelling lifestyle that reflect his lifelong influence, Woody Guthrie. To quote The Irish Times, “Often copied, never equalled”, his repertoire consists of Irish traditional songs, dexterous Balkan dances and a compelling canon of his own self-penned songs.

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Sylvia Tyson

Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 8:30PM

Sylvia Tyson  
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Sylvia Tyson started performing professionally in 1959 as one-half of the internationally acclaimed folk duo, Ian and Sylvia. She wrote her first song, “You Were On My Mind”, in 1962, and three years later it reached #3 on the Billboard chart for a group called We Five, subsequently hitting the British charts as a hit for Crispian St Peter.

Through the sixties and early seventies, Ian and Sylvia produced thirteen popular albums and toured extensively in North America and Europe, sharing their manager, Albert Grossman, with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary, The Band, and Janis Joplin. The duo went their separate ways in 1977.

Sylvia has continued to have a long and successful solo career. She has recorded ten albums, written over two hundred songs and has for the last twenty years also recorded and performed with three other well-known Canadian female singer-songwriters in a group called Quartette. As well, she has had a long and distinguished radio and television career, both in music and in documentaries.

Sylvia is an emeritus member of the boards of CARAS (Canadian music awards) of FACTOR (funding body for Canadian artists), and she is one of the founders and past president of The Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.
She is also a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, and has received Canada’s highest civilian honour, The Order of Canada.

In 1985 she co-edited with Tom Russell a songwriter book entitled And Then I Wrote – The Songwriter Speaks, a collection of quotes from songwriters about their craft (from Stephen Foster to Stevie Wonder).

Her first book, Joyner’s Dream, a work of fiction was published in March of 2011, and a CD of music was released under the same title.

She continues to perform as a solo artist, and as a member of Quartette. She is presently working on her second novel.

 

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Christine Campbell and Braden Gates

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 8:30PM

BRADEN GATES

With the release of his fourth album Pictures of UsBRADEN GATES has proven himself to be deserving of a wider audience and worthy of the attention he’s received in five short years as a performer. Writing layered songs that bounce from those that brim with emotional depth and stark imagery to those that find the humour in life, Gates has quickly created a body of work that is impressive for its sheer volume. More importantly, his growing audience is moved by the poignancy and the poetic turns that bind his material. The touchstones of his talents are many and his influences run from traditional roots music to contemporary singer-songwriters, many of whom he continues to study.

Gates is no hummer and strummer as his guitar playing can earn him as much praise on a given night as the songs that his playing cradles. His foundation came from his father’s love for, and talent as an old-time fiddler. Music is in Gates’ DNA and his early memories of being moved by music are the strong melodies which he would fall asleep to, sometimes as a child nestled side stage or in the kitchen of a funky prairie community hall. Fast forward to his late teens and Gates was impressing audiences with his songs plus a stage demeanour that hangs on a quick wit and a sly grin. In short order Gates was playing roots music haunts like The Blue Chair and the Uptown Folk Club in Edmonton while accepting sought after gigs at regional festivals like Pembina River Nights and the Beaumont Blues Festival. He was invited to play the prestigious Edmonton Folk and Vancouver Island Music Festivals before hitting his 22nd birthday.

Gates has benefitted in his musical education from mentors such as Miles Wilkinson, who produced some of Guy Clark’s best work (Boats to Build & Dublin Blues.) Wilkinson, who has worked closely with Gates on previous studio outings, says, “that his obvious writing and performing talents, stand beside his understanding of roots, in older acoustic music. That’s a rare thing for a young musician. His heroes are Clark, John Hartford, and Townes Van Zandt, all great singing story tellers. And I feel Braden is destined to join them.” High praise indeed.

With talent and dedication to his craft, it is no surprise that Gates was nominated for the 2017 ‘Emerging Artist of the Year’ and ‘Contemporary Album of the Year’ at the Canadian Folk Music Awards – his showcase performance at that event created buzz. With a new album set for release in 2018 on Canada’s premier folk / roots label Borealis Records, this inspired singer-songwriter is destined to win over new audiences at every opportunity.

Christine Campbell
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Christine Campbell launched her second album, Roller Coaster, in March 2017. It is a true representation of her diverse influences – from hard rock and 70’s rock to roots and blues. Christine has attracted top-calibre artists like Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party to add their musical talent to the songs. And Classified’s co-writing and co-production pumps up the radio-ready element. Roller Coaster offers a narrative of a small town Prince Edward Island girl who has become a powerful performer, known for her unapologetic mastery of guitar, piano and rock vocals.

“I’m married to music. It is my life.”

As a musician dedicated to her craft, discerning fans are thrilled by Christine’s live shows, offering a unique mix of old and new original songs in each performance, as well as a bonus cover or two from her rock heroes and impressive jams and solos. Whether playing intimate acoustic shows with her wingman, Blake Johnston (formerly of The Stogies), or rockin’ out, fully electric with her five-piece band, Christine’s live performances always attract loyal fans.

Since her first self-titled solo project in 2013, Christine has gained a devoted following, with the attention earning her opening spots for Bob Seger, Steve Earle, Jann Arden and Lou Gramm of Foreigner. After a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2016, she was able to gather the resources and support necessary to produce this album and make it her proudest work to date.

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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 & Anne Janelle CD Release

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | 8:30pm

When She Met He CD Release
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Four strings and a favourite chocolate bar: that’s all James Hill  “possibly the best ukulele player in the world” (Waikato Times)  and Anne Janelle  “a cellist of true beauty” (Ottawa Citizen)  had in common when they first met. It was more than enough. Today, they’re an award-winning, “utterly world-class” singer-songwriter-ukulele-cello duo (Paul Symes, The Blacksheep Inn).

It’s true: opposites attract. James grew up playing folk, jazz and blues on his ukulele while Anne was exclusively a classical cellist. But the pair’s differences quickly became their biggest asset. The uke is high, the cello is low; the uke plays short notes, the cello long bow strokes; the uke is all about strumming while the cello radiates melody. Like shadows and light in an old photograph, these contrasts are complementary. “We’re like a pair of dancers who can’t step on each other’s feet,” jokes James.

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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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