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Dave is best defined as a master craftsman. Over the course of 23 years and 11 albums, the Nova Scotian folk singer/songwriter has diligently sharpened his skills, developing into a poetic storyteller and emotionally convincing singer with few equals. Along with richly-deserved peer respect, Dave Gunning has earned a shelf full of music industry honours—currently eight East Coast Music Awards, two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno nomination.
Roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a musical tour-de-force planted on the Canadian Prairies. Thrown together purely by accident at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories could almost make you believe in fate. With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and their audiences feel as if they are right there with them on stage.
America singer songwriter, Tom Russell has recorded 35 highly acclaimed records, and published 5 books, including a book on his art and a book of his songs. Russell’s songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, kd Lang, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. “Tom Russell is Johnny Cash, Jim Harrison and Charles Bukowski rolled into one…writing out of the wounded heart of America.” Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Shaye is a throwback to the era when great singers lent their voices to the best material and built their careers on the backs of these great songs. To see and hear Shaye in concert is (as one noted radio personality commented) “like listening to the greatest radio show you ever heard”. Subtle and graceful she sings Bobby Darrin to Lynn Miles to Chip Taylor with an ease and comfort that washes over the listener.
The Russell deCarle Trio plays an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, country & western, Latin music, R&B and western swing, which may surprise those who remember deCarle as the lead vocalist and bassist of the iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster. The truth is, though, that Prairie Oyster was always more than a “country” band, and deCarle’s warm, burnished and intimate voice has always honoured an eclectic range of songs. No stranger to awards and accolades; deCarle’s “Oyster years” earned six Junos, more than a dozen Canadian Country Music Awards and enough gold, platinum and #1 records to fill a living room wall.
T. Buckley’s songs blow across the prairies like a Nor’easter hanging on to their creator as he storms into the Calgary scene. Sprinkling bits of eastcoast lore seemed natural to Buckley, a Calgary native, considering his extended clan was still making music in those parts. Like the wave of Maritimers who’d left home for the promise of the West, Buckley fused those distinct regions of Canada in his early compositions, producing two albums as leader of the renowned T. Buckley Trio.
The Juno Award winning The Ennis Sisters deliver one of the finest family Christmas shows in the country. Maureen, Karen and Teresa combine original songs, holiday classics, humorous recitations and Irish LOCATION Our concert series is held at The Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Association Centre 277 Strathcona Drive SW Calgary, ABstep-dancing to create an exciting evening that will ignite your true holiday spirit. Their tightly-woven harmonies produce a sound that only siblings can achieve. The multi-award-winners move audiences with their hilarious sisterly banter and their poignant seasonal sentiments. This show has become a Christmas tradition you won’t want to miss!
Plaine is a singer, a songwriter, and an inventive musician raised on the Canadian prairies. The ingenuity, lonesome yearning and collaborative work ethic of country life have infiltrated her songwriting, sound and methods. Belle’s reverence for artists who defy categorization has led her to create a brand of roots music that combines vintage blues and swing of the 1940s with classic Grand Ole Opry country. “If Patsy Cline and Blossom Dearie had a love child she would sing like Belle Plaine.” Kelly Jo Burke, CBC
“You have to make people laugh before you have a licence to make them cry,” Kerr explains. Often compared to James Taylor, Kerr’s storytelling is guaranteed to cover the whole spectrum of emotions. His powerful voice and intricate songwriting has earned him praise from thelikes of Bruce Cockburn and Sarah McLachlan, “What a voice! Pristine, measured and beautiful.”
Calgary has become known as a place where local musicians put together wonderful tributes that celebrate the music of artists like Elvis, Dylan and Hank Williams. Last year saw the first ‘John Prine’ tribute and it was great. Tom Phillips, Carter Felker and Emily Triggs will bring a taste of this show, each doing several numbers. John Prine – Alberta style.
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