Past Concerts 2022
Canadian East Coast songwriter Lennie Gallant has released fourteen albums (11 English, and 3 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes and The East Coast Music Awards. His multimedia show, Searching For Abegweit, ran for 180 shows and toured Eastern Canada to sold out performances. His song Peter’s Dream was recently inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over North America, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the Olympics. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada. His songs have been covered by numerous artists, including Jimmy Buffett, The Rankins, and Opera superstar Measha Bruggergosman, and one of his albums even went up to the international space station and circled the planet 248 times.
(Opening Act) Ben Sures Band –
A singing troubadour, a dazzling acoustic guitarist, a humorous, heartfelt story teller who plays folk, blues, roots, Americana, comedy, and rock? A cheese-ball Canadian trying to play his instrument like a West African, Sinti swing style guitarist? A crooner, balladeer, country picker, funny songwriter, slide player?
These are all true descriptors, but stripped to the core Ben Sures is a talented and distinctive songwriter. Throw in 20 years of festivals, concerts, living rooms, bars, neighbourhood parties, afternoon matinees, parties, outdoor shows, and travel and you’ve got a potent sonic recipe.
“No wonder the song-writing prize juries love Ben Sures. In each guileless tune there is a pure heart. And at the heart of each song is a story rendered with the kind of observed detail that brings your own heart into the story, from tender to tragic, doo-wop to danceable.” – Jowi Taylor, Six String Nation
Stephen Fearing’s music is a mesmerizing blend of roots, folk, and pop. Co-founder of Canadian roots-rock supergroup Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, he is a beguiling teller of tales and master guitarist who delights audiences throughout North America, the UK, and Europe. A multi JUNO and Canadian Folk Music award winner, his ninth solo album; Every Soul’s a Sailor, was named 2017 Worldwide Album of the Year by Blues & Roots Radio.
“Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best songsmiths on the planet. Quality albums…stunning shows.” BBC UK
“…a king amongst minstrels.” Halifax Chronicle Herald
(Opening) Shaye Zadravec (duo)
Shaye is a singer, a sometimes songwriter, but a full time singer, and an exceptional one – 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 Zadravec in concert is (as one noted radio personality commented) “like listening to the greatest radio show you ever heard”. Her repertoire is familiar and unfamiliar at the same time, including songs written by Bobby Darin, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Lynn Miles, Willie Dixon, Shelby Lynne, Gus Kahn, Chip Taylor and Doc Pomus, just to name a few. She sings with an ease and comfort that washes over the listener…. so subtle, so graceful – no big notes, no overwrought star search theatrics, just pure, unaffected performance beauty.
“…this is all this sweet young lady was put on earth to do… just beautiful!”
Mar. 19, 2022 The Slocan Ramblers and Horizon Ridge.
The Slocan Ramblers
The Slocan Ramblers (2020 IBMA Momentum Band of the Year Award Winner & 2019 Juno Award Nominee) are Canada’s bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have become a leading light of today’s acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between.“This is a tight-knit ensemble with a lot of drive, yet with something of a tantalizing “rough edge” to their sound.” – Sing Out! Magazine
Storytellers in song, Horizon Ridge is a group of fine multi-instrumentalists and seasoned singers known for their intuitive, tight harmonies and polished a cappella singing. Based in Calgary, Alberta, band members Helen and Steve Goodchild, Peter May and Dianne Quinton have played festivals, music clubs, gala events, and concerts in Canada, the US and the UK, drawing musical inspiration from their roots and journeys near and far.Horizon Ridge is a versatile and engaging group whose performances embrace traditional and contemporary folk, country, blues, and gospel.Their first CD, Enough Is All You Need, features a blend of original and cover songs and showcases the band’s ability to move effortlessly through musical styles and genres.
Apr. 9, 2022 Leeroy Stagger; Irish Mythen.
Born and raised in British Columbia, Leeroy Stagger is an award-winning singer-songwriter and Producer. He first cut his teeth as a musician singing with punk rock bands in B.C., before making his mark on the Canadian independent music scene at the turn of this century, and then evolving into an Alberta-based singer-songwriter and producer with his own home-studio
Stagger, who demonstrates many similarities to another Canadian icon, the legendary Neil Young, has toured the world, both on his own and with the likes of Steve Earle, Pixies, Modest Mouse and Evan Dando. Among his achievements are winning 102.7 The Peak’s highly competitive Performance Project in 2015, working with legendary U.S. industry mogul Danny Goldberg, and having his songs appear in such television shows as Grey’s Anatomy and Sons Of Anarchy.
Now with years of experience to draw on, Leeroy Stagger pens songs dealing with life’s challenges and questions that are literate but down to earth; thirteen albums to his credit attest to that.
“His honest Americana approach always shines…” The Fire Note magazine
Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. “This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here.” And she did just that.
Her latest release, Little Bones, gained her recognition around the globe, including a 2020 JUNO nomination for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year, seven Music PEI 2020 nominations and two wins — Touring Artist of the Year and Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year, and a Canadian Folk Music Nomination for Solo Artist of the Year.
Her previous self-titled album, Irish Mythen, garnered awards and nominations from Music PEI, East Coast Music Association, Folk Alliance International and SOCAN. Write-ups in Australian Guitar Magazine, Rollingstone and a plethora of other print and online media world wide have helped plant Irish firmly on the map of Must-See Artists.
Irish’s live performances are a thing of raw power, emotion and a connection with her audience that just has to be seen to be believed.
Apr. 30, 2022 Del Barber with Matt Patershuk.
Del Barber is a Canadian independent folk, folk rock, Americana, and alternative country singer-songwriter, musician, and record producer. With nominations for JUNO Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, and Canadian Folk Music Awards, Barber has shaped the folk music canon in Canada with five critically acclaimed studio albums under his belt, as well as a myriad of fans. His new album ‘Easy Keeper’ (acronym Records), recorded in a cabin during the pandemic, has received critical acclaim from Rolling Stone Magazine and The Bluegrass Situation.
“Del Barber…(is)an artist who is able to marry tradition and modern interpretations of country in a way that honours his musical lineage, lacks cliché, and entertains, amuses and moves the listener.” Sunburnt Country Music, Australia
Matt is a singer and songwriter first. He values simplicity, but also loves to incorporate the small details that bring a story to life, and make it relatable. Though his songs aren’t devoid of metaphor, you’ll not be left guessing about what the song is about when you’re done listening.
Matt lives near the hamlet of La Glace, Alberta, with his wife, 2 daughters, several dogs, cats horses and sheep. He is always willing to give things a good try, and never lets a lack of experience or formal training get in his way. Matt applies the same ethic to his self-taught song writing and music as he does to fixing a furnace, installing a stock water-er, building a jewelry box, or taking a picture. He loves words as much as he does music.
“Somewhere out past where the highway ends, far from the creative meccas of Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver, one of Canada’s best-kept musical secrets has been perfecting his craft.” Black Hen Music
May 14, 2022 Alberta Night with 3 great acts.
Kyle McKearney is making his mark as Canada’s next Americana / Roots export, with the release of his debut solo album, “Down-Home”. Recently named Project Wild’s 2021 Top 12 participant, Kyle’s also garnered 2x YYC Music Award nominations and has amassed over 300,000 global streams in just 8 months.
Born and raised in small-town northern British Columbia, Kyle McKearney grew up immersed in Country and Bluegrass music. He followed that passion by first moving to Nashville upon finishing high school, where he absorbed the city’s atmosphere and learned how much of its classic music was made. Taking these lessons back home, where he’s now settled near Calgary, Alberta, he began applying them to his work on stage and in the studio, all while honing his skills as a singer/songwriter.
After forming a band, Kyle returned to his Americana roots, launching a series of cover song videos that have tallied over 800K views on Facebook alone. From there, he gathered the best musicians he could find to help craft his new signature sound, one in line with the current revolution underway in country music spearheaded by artists such as Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile and Jason Isbell.
Shaela Miller’s spent over a decade in Alberta country, and no doubt, her Joan Jett vibe, song-writing chops, and outstanding vocal tone could have put her on a number of paths, but she’s never bowed to the constant, overwrought attention-seeking bombast so common to today’s country radio.
As one of the Canadian prairie underground’s most respected independent artists, Shaela Miller is playing the music she wants to, adding the elements that progress for her vision, while firmly grounded in that go-to sound generation after generation grew up hearing on AM radio in single-cab farm trucks; picked-up shuffles and sweet, yearning songs depicting both the good times and hard times that only get written by someone who’s lived every minute of them.
The Midnight Blue Big Band
Also known as the Midnight Blue Jazz Band, this lively and entertaining group is much more than jazz. They are a “traditional” big band with 17 musicians and vocals whose repertoire spans a wide variety of styles including swing, blues, latin, funk, pop, classic rock or whatever fits the occasion. They like to have fun and audiences are the happy recipients of their enthusiastic sounds.
The Ironwood Stage & Grill has been presenting Little Big Bands for years; it’s high time the BVMC followed their lead.
A foot-tapping way to close out our season.
June 11, 2022 Royal Wood with Scarlett Butler opening
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Royal Wood has established himself as a true musical talent. Since being proclaimed Songwriter of the Year by iTunes Canada, Royal Wood has continued to evolve and hone his musical craft – maintaining an unmistakable identity while uncovering and reinventing his sound.
Wood has three albums that have debuted in the Top 30, multiple JUNO nominations, multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and a #1 added song at Hot AC Radio. His songs have been heard on high profile sync placements like Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. He has headlined all over the world including iconic venues like Massey Hall in Toronto and has performed his music with major symphonies and opened national tours for legendary artists like Bonnie Raitt and David Gray.
Scarlett Butler is a new Canadian music duo comprised of Troy Kokol and Joni Delaurier. But ask anyone in the Canadian country music industry and they would be known better individually for crafting songs you have probably heard on the radio.
After a decade of writing songs for country artists (250+ songs over the last decade) with and for artists like Shane Yellowbird, Brett Kissel, Tenille Townes, The Higgins, Mike Plume, and others, this talented duo stands on a solid foundation of well-crafted songs backed up by a soul-warming blend of familial harmonies.
As recording artists, both have released solo records with Kokol earning himself solo nods for Male Artist of the Year at the Indigenous Music Awards in 2018.
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