DALA (Ontario): Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic.
TWINBILL: SCARLETT JANE (Ontario): Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire met more than 10 years ago at a Toronto music club and instantly forged a bond and a collaboration of haunting voices and distinctive songs. Over a decade later they are one of Canada's hardest working and most anticipated new duos.
DEL BARBER TRIO (Manitoba): Del Barber sings from the heart about his roots, telling tales from the road, and offering personal and sincere observations of the world around him. He has emerged as one of the next wave in this country's proud tradition of song-writing talent.
IN-THE-ROUND - AMERICANA NIGHT (Tennessee; Texas): DAVID OLNEY: Master craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer, David Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been featured in ABC-TV's Nashville and his songs have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Tim O'Brien, among others.
IRENE KELLEY: Nashville-based Irene Kelley, has had her songs recorded by Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, and other country stars. Her shows are a wonderful mix of bluegrass, country, and folk, showcasing the grace and depth of both her singing and her writing.
KEVIN WELCH: We welcome back to the club and into the round, Kevin Welch, an American country music artist who has charted five singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and released eight studio albums.
GORDIE MACKEEMAN & HIS RHYTHM BOYS (P.E.I.): Hailing from Prince Edward Island, The Rhythm Boys' exhilarating live show instantly enamours audiences with their engaging, sometimes jaw-dropping, stagecraft and showmanship, with flavours of traditional bluegrass and roots music bolstered by their stunning musicianship. In 2014 the group was honoured with the East Coast Music Award for Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year.
***JANUARY 30, 2016 - ALBERTA NIGHT: *** This night is our ANNUAL FOOD BANK DRIVE.
Opening Act: THE CAROLINES: The Carolines are a band fronted by 3 incredible voices. Chloe Lynn, Katie Louise and Lesley Yvonne have been singing together for a decade. Their blend of humour and harmonies will have you smiling and singing along. With tunes from Patsy Cline to the Dixie Chicks this classic country sound will have you tapping your toes to old familiar tunes.
SYKAMORE (DUO): Sykamore is a young singer/songwriter noted for her superior writing skills and raw performance style. Recently, Sykamore received first prize in the ATB Financial All-Albertan Songwriting contest, with her original song, “Heaven In the Pines.”
Her time is now divided between Nashville and Calgary as she is currently working on her second studio album.
THE DOLL SISTERS: Hailing from the rolling foothills of Rocky Mountain House, The Doll Sisters are a fiery Celtic Americana duo who weave haunting harmonies and stellar song-writing together to create an unforgettable experience for their audience.
GUITARS GONE…WONDERFUL - IN-THE-ROUND: JACK SEMPLE (Saskatchewan): Jack, an absolute virtuoso, is one of those rare guitar players who leaves a crowd speechless, in total astonishment of what they have just experienced. Listening to and watching Jack play fills one with a sense of having witnessed an event in time, one not soon to be forgotten.
SUZIE VINNICK (Ontario): Suzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee, a Finalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. "Take an amazing voice, mix slowly with some of the finest writing and instrumental talent around, and the recipe is complete..."- Ballyrag
DON ROSS (Ontario): Don's music borrows from blues, jazz, folk and classical creating a style that he describes as "heavy wood". (-: "Nobody does what Don Ross does with an acoustic guitar." (Bruce Cockburn)
Opening Act: GATES/CHAISSON TRIO: (Alberta) Lucas Chaisson and Braden Gates are two young performers who have rapidly made a name for themselves as song-writers and performers and they join together for our opening set.
HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDERER (B.C.): Shawn 'The Harpoonist' Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer' Rogers evoke more than just grisly nautical imagery. Armed with an arsenal of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn Telecaster, the duo kick out raw/ primal blues in the decades-deep tradition while infusing the genre with a jolt of renewed energy.
2nd Act: COLLEEN BROWN, JENIE THAI, ALEX VISSIA TRIO :(Alberta)This very talented trio of (usually) solo artists join forces for a special blues/roots set for us.
HAIL SASKATCHEWAN! TWINBILL: ROSIE & THE RIVETERS (Saskatchewan): Since WWII, Rosie the Riveter has been immortalized as a symbol of strength and power. This is the force that drives and inspires Rosie and the Riveters. They are 4 fiercely talented women inspired by Rosie, and their compelling performance hosts seductive vocal arrangements, percussion, acoustic instrumentation, scintillating choreography, inviting humour and a whole lot of charm!
LITTLE MISS HIGGINS (Sask.): From the Plains of Western Canada, Little Miss Higgins struts and serenades her way, guitar in hand, lips blazoned red, onto any stage. As if she just drove in off the back-road of another time with gravel dust and a sunset trailing behind her, this pocket-sized powerhouse plays music brewed up in old-time country blues sprinkled with a little jazz and maybe a hint of folk.
TWIN BILL: SWEET ALIBI (Manitoba): Western Canadian Music Award Winners, Sweet Alibi have been captivating audiences across Canada for the past few years. The Winnipeg-based folk/pop trio infuse their signature harmonies with influences of everything from folk to country to soul, without a hint of shame.
FORTUNATE ONES (Newfoundland.): Both from The Rock, the duo, made up of Mount Pearl's Andrew James O'Brien (singer / guitar) and Corner Brook's Catherine Allan (singer, pianist, accordion player), have toured extensively across Canada and the UK. Their music is a combination of beautiful pop melodies, with folk harmonies and infectious choruses that have audiences singing along.
THE STEEL WHEELS (Virginia): The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.