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Dala: Juno nominees and winners of a Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums and toured extensively across North America. Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda's ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila's velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. "Dala can sing! What beautiful flights of melody and harmony, though Dala can trade a melody line and leave one wondering who is taking the lead and simply leave one behind when the harmonies kick in." -Peterborough Examiner
The LYNNeS: Are Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson. Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters, with 14 albums to her credit and the winner of four Canadian Folk Music awards and a Juno Award. Hanson has been playing her brand of "porch music with a little red dirt" for the past 10 years, has released 6 albums, won the Colleen Peterson Award for song-writing, and been nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award. The two songwriters are not new to working together, having toured and written songs together off and on over the past 10 years. They are multi-instrumentalists who harmonize wonderfully and their live shows are a whole lot of fun.
This musical tour with award-winning performer Lisa Brokop tips its cowboy hat to the talented women of country. Featuring hits from Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris and more, this show includes Lisa’s own favorites from her award-winning albums, like 'Better Off Broken', 'Wildflower', and 'Take That'.
Coyote Moon (CM): The multi-genre band has been hosting the Bow Valley Music Club concert series since 1995. The group features four vocalists who cover songs from folk to blues to pop to rock 'n roll to you name it. They also sprinkle in several originals from four different CDs they have released. CM opens the Oct. 13; Feb. 23 and April 27 concerts and they are the feature act May 11, when it will be Coyote Moon & Friends as the group says goodbye to their hosting days, playing favorite covers and originals from their 25 years.
The Wardens: With performances equal to the mastery of the ranger trade, The Wardens - Scott Ward, Bradley Bischoff and Ray Schmidt - are a Banff National Park-based trio whose stories rise from the very land they've protected. The Wardens' mountain music - blending folk, roots and western styles - is a piece of Canadiana reflecting the pristine wilderness of the Rocky Mountains.
The Once: The Once, a folk trio based in Newfoundland, featuring Geraldine Hollett on lead vocals and vocalist-instrumentalists Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale playing a variety of instruments, formed out of necessity when working a summer theatre festival in the tiny ex-fishing village of Trinity; fourteen years later they are going strong with five albums and a number of awards to their credit. Their mix of original and traditional material features stunning three part harmonies, laid against great playing or simply a cappella. "The Once's use of harmonies are nearly unmatched, especially in relation to their peers, giving them a very distinct sound." Canadian Beats Media
Over The Moon: Suzanne Levesque (Travelling Mabels) and Craig Bignell (Pear, etc.) have joined their considerable talents - vocals, banjo, bass, guitar- together wonderfully. The duo moves from folk to country-swing effortlessly and the rapport with their audiences is immediate and obvious. "We caught Over the Moon at Folk Alliance International and knew we were on to something special; the two play a wide variety of iinstruments, but the real treat here is their tight harmonies and the profound feelings they share through these songs." Elmore Blue and Roots Magazine, New York City
A Quartette Christmas: is a delightful mix of Christmas songs old and new, performed by four of Canada's finest singer/songwriters--Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, and Sylvia Tyson. Their rich harmonies, warm humour, and love for the music will bring back many happy memories of Christmases past, and create wonderful new ones. Traditional favourites like "Silent Night" and "What Child Is This?" blend seamlessly with Quartette originals like "The Perfect Christmas Tree" and "Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love." It is an unforgettable evening that will send you home full of the joy of the season
Don Amero: Don is an engaging storyteller, songwriter and performer who has been touring and speaking all across Canada for over 10 years, with 5 albums to his name that have already garnered eleven national and international awards, including a JUNO nomination in 2013 and two more in 2016. With powerful vocals, a lovable stage presence, and a soulful sound along with his tireless work ethic, ambition, and determination, Don has earned the respect of the Canadian Music industry and has proven himself a much sought after performer who genuinely connects with his audience with an easy and effortless charm.
Alberta Night: featuring:
Amelie Patterson Trio: Hailing from Banff, Alberta, and serving as the town's first Poet Laureate, Amelie Patterson leads as a strong ambassador for women songwriters. The clear-voiced, honest and tenacious troubadour's music traverses territories from blues to folk rock. Her debut album Roll Honey Roll was released at Canadian Music Week, and went on to win YYC Alternative Recording of The Year in 2017. Patterson then took to the road touring across Canada hitting stages at Calgary Folk Music Festival and The Banff Centre for Creative Arts as well as smaller venues across western Canada.
Scott Cook & The Second Chances: A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Scott Cook has distilled the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Joining Scott are Bramwell Park on banjo, mandolin, guitar and harmony vocals and Melissa Walker on upright bass and harmonies. Cook is one of the hardest-working troubadours on the road today, and he believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world. "One of Canada's most inspiring and imaginative storytellers", UK magazine.
The Travelling Mabels: Voted 2011 ACMA group of the year, The Travelling Mabels (Eva Levesque, Lana Floen, Therry Lawson and Keith Floen) are a folk/country group from southern Alberta, Canada. Singularly, each woman can vocally stand alone, but once you hear the combined harmony blend, you will know why these three women came together. Over the last decade, the group has brought their own unique brand of three part harmony, humour and musicianship to Canadian audiences from coast to coast. In addition, they have shared the stage with many notable artists such as Ian Tyson, Tom Jackson, The Elvis Imperials and Gene Watson. Together with Keith Floen (nominated CCMA 2012 Keyboard player of the year) the group magically weave in and out of well known favorite cover songs and original music.
Heather Rankin Trio: Heather Rankin undoubtedly has music running through her veins. From growing up in the tiny community of Mabou on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island, Rankin has had a lifetime of making music. Both as a solo artist or a member of one of the most beloved Canadian groups; the Rankin Family, Heather has always kept her focus on making great music. Now, after over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings, Heather Rankin comes into her own, forging her musical legacy with her own original songs, and an eclectic mix of others.
The Slocan Ramblers: The Slocan Ramblers are Canada's young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans (2015 Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award recipients), have quickly become a leading light of Canada's roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and their uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan. "I love it - smokin' bluegrass!" BBC Radio
Old Man Luedecke: Now firmly established in the top echelon of Canadian folk artists Old Man Luedecke, the recording name of two-time Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and banjo player Chris Luedecke of Chester, Nova Scotia, brings equal measures of warm voice, enthused playing and well-crafted songs to each and every performance. "If I can end my set with a song about sardines and feel like I've done a pretty good show, that's kind of what I live for." OML
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