Billboard advised that the information is tabulated weekly through Nielsen SoundScan. Groups listed in the top ten for the same week included Buena Vista Social Club, Loreena McKennitt and The High Kings.
"That's some pretty amazing news that came right out of left field!", says group percussionist Caleb Gallant. Contacted while on the road in Indiana, USA, he acknowledged the caliber of artists on the list as being "absolutely amazing".
The group is currently on a forty day tour of the Northern United States.
Goitse Wins Prestigious German Award
Goitse also won two major awards in 2015, Trad Group of the Year 2015 - Live Ireland Awards and Group of the Year 2015 - Chicago Irish American News Awards.
Vishtèn Receives ECMA Nomination
Shane Howard Receives the Order of Australia
JMI would like to congratulate Shane Howard, who was recently awarded The Order of Australia for a life spent championing many causes, including aboriginal rights and the environment. Howard said that while he felt honoured in receiving the award, that it was both "lovely and ironic."
In a recent interview with Guardian (London, UK) Shane said, "Australia Day is a complicated day and as a nation we have to deal with that, and it's become a symbol of division and not unity."
"It's lovely and ironic in a way that you are recognised for a song that criticises government policy."
Howard said he would not only accept the honour with pleasure, but would celebrate a little more than most recipients because it was also his birthday.
"How can I not be interested in the settlement of Australia and the complications for Aboriginal people, when it's your birthday?" he said. "This award is not about this particular day."I am grateful and very honoured for my work. I still love playing that song. It means a lot."
February 8, 2016 Quartette Has Two Ontario Dates in February
James Keelaghan to Tour Western Canada in April 2017
Juno Award winning James Keelaghan is one of Canada's most successful and respected musicians, and one of the brightest stars on the world folk scene today. His touring seldom stops, taking him across North America, Europe, the UK and Australia on a regular basis. Keelaghan has an uncanny knack for finding incredible stories and turning them into finely crafted songs. A commanding performer, he develops an intimate rapport with audiences through his stories and sense of humour, and then leaves them spellbound with passionate renditions of songs that touch on universal emotions and relate historical events to the present.
Goitse to Tour Western Canada in 2017
JMI Signs the UK's Young'uns
JMI is very pleased to announce that we have concluded an exclusive booking agreement for Canada with England's fabulous The Young'uns.
Voted 'Best Group' at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Young'uns have fast become one of the foremost groups on the UK folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad.
The guys will be touring Canada in July of 2016, details TBA.
De Danann to tour Canada in March, 2016
The guys will be featuring music from their decades long career, as well as from their current release, Wonderwaltz. For anyone who loves trad, this tour is not to be missed.
*Please note that dates may be added to this tour.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
Following a busy and exciting year, which saw the group touring extensively in five countries, receiving an ECMA for World Recording and being highlighted in the Canada Council for the Arts compilation CD representing the best in Canadian world music, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is booked for numerous major festivals and events on both sides of the Atlantic through 2016.
Invitations for a return to Milwaukee Irish Festival, the worlds largest Irish festival, and Shrewsbury Folk Festival, the second largest folk festival in UK, has resulted in their having been festival favourites in 2015. Additional praise from Shrewsbury came on the announcement that the PEI band had the highest CD sales of the festival, an uncommon occurrence for an artist's debut tour in the country. Further 2016 festival returns and inclusions by major events and festivals are upcoming.
With time spent in late December at Studio4 in Joliette, Quebec with good friend, musician and producer Leonard Podolak [The Duhks], the group had opportunity to finish work on its newest recording project and is expecting a CD release in late spring. Group member Rowen Gallant comments, "This album is overdue and we are proud and excited to be introducing our new music to everyone in early 2016." The trio is hopeful that it will be well received.
Rounding out this year and the holiday season, Ten Stings And A Goat Skin has the great fortune to be guesting in Toronto with host, CBC personality and recording artist, David Myles, at his Massey Hall Presents concert, "An East Coast Christmas", along with The Fortunate Ones, Damhnait Doyle and Stuart Cameron on Dec. 21st just before they head home to the Island. The band will ring in the New Year at a fund raising event for the Summerside Lobster Carnival at Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI and invites Islanders to join them in the celebration.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's 2016 touring kicks off on January 14th. with a twenty date trip across the United States with performances from Rice University Auditorium Performance Hall in Oregon, to the Chandler Music Hall in Vermont and the prestigious Burren Backroom Sessions in Massachusetts. The tour wraps up in Ohio, where the group will headline the inaugural concert at a new performance space, Hensville Park, Toledo Ohio's entertainment epicentre located in a revitalized area associated with the the city's triple A baseball team, the Toledo Mud Hens.
This Winter US tour will be followed by subsequent jaunts through France, Switzerland, Canada, the US and the UK in 2016.
The guys will tour Atlantic Canada September 30th through October 9th of 2016, and Western Canada November 3rd through 20th, also in 2016.
For more information on Ten Strings And A Goat Skin and a complete gig listing please go to TenStringsAndAGoatSkin.com.
WINTER US TOUR DATES
|Jan 15||Rice University||Monmouth||Oregon||US|
|Jan 21||Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club||London||Ontario||CA|
|Jan 22||Michigan State University||East Lansing||Michigan||US|
|Jan 23||Celtic Music Concert Series||Des Moines||Iowa||US|
|Jan 24||Old Town School Of Folk Music||Chicago||Illinois||US|
|Jan 27||Legion Arts CSPS||Cedar Rapids||Iowa||US|
|Jan 28||Concert Farha||Wichita||Kansas||US|
|Jan 29||Lincoln Association for Traditional Arts||Lincoln||Nebraska||US|
|Jan 30||Birdhouse Acoustic||Manhattan||Kansas||US|
|Feb 05||Coopers Glen Festival||Kalamazoo||Michigan||US|
|Feb 12||Happy Days Lodge||Peninsula||Ohio||US|
|Feb 13||University of Minnesota||Morris||Minnesota||US|
|Feb 14||Celtic Junction||St. Paul||Minnesota||US|
|Feb 17||Burren Backroom||Summerville||Massachusetts||US|
|Feb 18||Dana Centre St. Anselm College||Manchester||New Hampshire||US|
|Feb 19||Cabot Performing Arts||Beverly||Massachusetts||US|
|Feb 20||North Madison Congregational Church||Madison||Connecticut||US|
|Feb 26||Chandler Music Hall||Randolph||Vermont||US|
|Mar 16||Sandusky State Theatre||Sandusky||Ohio||US|
|Mar 19||Hensville Park||Toledo||Ohio||US|
Wow, we have to admit, even knowing how busy Gordie and the guys have been in Europe, this came as a pleasant surprise. Last year JMI's Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys were the second busiest act on the highly competitive European festival circuit*, coming ahead of major acts like Billy Bragg.
Here is the break down:
|1||Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar||17|
|2||Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys||16|
|4||Mischa Macpherson Trio||12|
|5||Show Of Hands||11|
|9||Keston Cobblers Club||10|
The guys have spent most of the past two years abroad, touring not only Europe and the UK, but Australia, Malaysia, India and even Borneo. They will be sticking a little closer to home in the coming year, but Canadians can look forward to seeing them in all regions of the country in 2016.
* Source: Spiral Earth, November 13, 2015
Cape Breton's favourite trad act has been busy over the past year touring Canada, Europe and the USA. In the New Year, they will tour western Canada, with dates from Winnipeg to Vancouver and as far north as Prince George.
The guys have just released a Christmas CD and will be touring it in Ontario and Atlantic Canada in 2016.
Here's where you can catch them out west in the new year:
|Jan 23-24||Prince George||BC||Cold Snap Festival|
|Jan 28||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage|
|Jan 29||Calgary||AB||Dalhousie Community Centre|
|Jan 30||Fort MacLeod||AB||Empress Theatre|
|Feb 02||Saskatoon||SK||Then Bassment|
|Feb 03||Prince Albert||SK||E.A Rawlinson Centre|
|Feb 05||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Feb 06||Calgary||AB||Braeside Community Centre|
|Feb 07||Valemount||BC||Valemont Community Centre|
|Feb 10||Cranbrook||BC||Key City Theatre|
|Feb 12||Quadra||BC||Quadra Island Cultural Com Centre|
|Feb 13||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
|Feb 14||Madeira Park||BC||Pender Harbour Perf. Centre|
|Feb 19-20||Winnipeg||MB||Festival Voyageur|
|Feb 21||Morden||MB||Access Event Centre|
Quartette's 2015 Christmas tour is turning into such a big success that we have decided to take it out west again in 2016. Because we are doing prairie dates in 2015 we will be focusing on British Columbia this time but are still available from Manitoba right through to Vancouver Island.
The ladies have two Christmas CDs under their belts, and deliver a unique blend of Christmas music in their trademark harmonies in a show that is truly reverent. This show typically plays 500 to 800 seat theatres and has been a solid draw wherever it has been performed across the country. On the 2015 run, some markets are selling out and having to add second shows.
The shows feature Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford, as well as a three piece backing band, for a total of 7 people on stage.
The shows feature Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford, as well as a three piece backing band, for a total of 7 people on stage.
The tour will run December 2 - 11, 2016.
The 2015 tour booked up extremely quickly, so please let us know if you would like a date, as we are not able to expand the tour beyond the dates listed above.
Backstage at Stanfest in 2010 with Ron and Jerry Jeff Walker
The music of Ron Hynes has been with me most of my life. I first encountered it when me and my buddies would make our annual pilgrimages to the Atlantic Folk Festival in Nova Scotia in the late 1970s. They would always put the Wonderful Grand Band on late at night when people were drinking, and my God, they were fun. Later when I was a D.J. at university I would spin Ron and the WGB, and then later still, like every other folk singer and busker in the country, I performed Sonny’s Dream in bars and on sidewalks from one end of the country to the other when I was trying to establish myself as a folk singer. “Sing Sonny,” someone would shout from the back of the bar. It never failed. It was not possible to do the circuit without knowing that song. And that was 30 years ago.
Fast forward to the 1990s and I had become a booking agent and a huge Ron Hynes fan. Cryer’s Paradise was released in 1993 and I swear I must have played it every day for five years running. It was as brilliant a collection of songs as I had heard from any Canadian songwriter, and that’s saying something in the land of Cohen, Mitchell and Lightfoot. Not only were the songs powerful, but as I would find out later, they were also largely autobiographical. (I remember a gig he did one night where he was in the hole after paying the band, just like the lyric, “Most nights I’m left with less than I get paid.)
I got to know Ron a little while Cryer’s Paradise was making waves. There was a big push from the label and he had a couple of good years, but then, as is often the case in this business, things went a bit south for a while and all of a sudden, Ron vanished. He left his management company and his native Newfoundland and went to Toronto, and nobody heard much of him for some time. Then I went to the East Coast Music Awards, I think it must have been 1996, and I ran into Ron. “Where the hell have you been?” I said. “I want to be your agent.” Things had not been going well, and he was so happy to have someone express an interest in booking him again. I remember his exact words. “Jesus Bob, I need this in my life right now. I need to be working.” And so we shook hands and I signed him to my fledgling agency. That night I remember thinking, “Jesus, I just signed Hank Williams.” To me, it felt like that. It was early on in my career as an agent, and to have an artist of Ron’s calibre was more than I could have imagined.
At that time, Ron’s stature was not nearly what it is today. Despite the success of Sonny and the stunning masterpiece of Cryer’s Paradise, Ron was hardly a household name and getting the gigs was not easy, nor was the money much at first. Ron eventually moved here to PEI and had a house out near Summerside. I was booking gigs, but they were down the road, and Ron needed money now. Sometimes he would call me and say he had no money, no food in the house, and could I send some cash in advance of the bookings I had secured. I did this many times until we got up and running. One night we were talking about the foibles of the music business and he said, “Bob, it’s an industry made up of heartache and broken dreams.” Truer words were never spoken.
There was one funny incident when Ron was going to come to our house for supper and a business meeting. Through the afternoon I had been talking to my wife, who was also my business partner, about the challenges of booking Ron and the small crowds he was attracting. Late in the afternoon I noticed my son, Sam, who about four at the time, standing on the sofa with a crayon and a piece of paper looking out the window. “What you doin’ Buddy?” I asked. “Well you said Ron can’t draw very well so I’m going to show him how when he gets here.” I never did tell Ron that story.
I always got on with Ron, but I don’t think I would be talking out of school if I were to say he was a difficult man. He had burned a lot of bridges by the time I came on board, and would burn a few more before he was done. I remember him as being cocky, just like the guys he sang about in Cryer’s Paradise, and I remember thinking that I wanted to be able to wear cowboy boots and a Stetson with that much credibility before I died. He could be so damned difficult but he could also be so incredibly insightful and brilliant. Despite our differences, and we certainly had them, we remained friends over some 20 years.
I remember one time, we were doing a big benefit concert in Newfoundland with Guy Davis, James Keelaghan, Ron and some other Newfoundland artists, and I flew over for the show. When it came time for Ron’s set he did five or six brand new songs that would eventually end up on The Sandcastle Sessions, and I don’t think there has ever been another time in my life when I have been so completely awed by the power of song. I remember he did 1962 and Cape Spear, and I thought, my God, he’s a genius. Ironically, some of his greatest masterpieces are not his most well-known songs.
Ron Hynes, Rick Emmet, Valdy, Jerry Jeff Walker, Canso, NS 2010
There were many adventures and some great moments. I toured him with several other songwriters, including Shirley Eikhard and Sylvia Tyson. We played little cafes and huge festival stages, like Winnipeg, where he would perform to tens of thousands of people. A favourite memory of mine is from the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia in 2010. I had booked Jerry Jeff Walker to headline that year, and Ron asked me if I could introduce him. No other songwriters have ever touched me more deeply than Ron and Jerry Jeff. To be back stage with these guys – it was a thrill to be sure.
Ron knew that The St. John's Waltz was my favourite song and would always play it for me if I was in the house. It captured perfectly how I felt in my late teens and early 20s, the sheer exuberance I felt in those glory years. We had an agreement that if I were to die first, he would sing it at my funeral. Every time I'd run into him he'd say, "I know, I know, St. John's Waltz at your wake Bob." Sadly, Ron has left us too early. He was still creating great music, still performing it despite serious health challenges. I heard someone say yesterday that Ron was Newfoundland's Bob Dylan. I think it goes deeper than that. Ron was Newfoundland's Robbie Burns and they'll be singing his songs 200 years from now. He was a giant, a true artist, like Rimbaud, like Renoir, like Oscar Wilde. He could tear your heart out, make you remember what it was like to be a boy, What it felt like to fall in love at 17, make you think about your life.
There is so much more I could say, but I’ll leave it here. It was a privilege to work with you Ron. Thanks for the tunes. God bless, and God speed.
New York City Bluesman Guy Davis continues to tour the world at a dizzying pace from Russian to China to Europe and Australia, while still finding time to record and even make a movie (See previous post here.)
Guy will be heading to the Maritimes for a brief promotional tour this month around the release of his latest recording, Kokomo Kid, which is quickly climbing up the international blues charts and was sitting at #8 world-wide at the time of this posting.
Here is where you can catch Canada's favourite bluesman this month:
|Nov 20||Lunenburg||NS||Pearl Theatre|
|Nov 23||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|Nov 26||Moncton||NB||Plan B|
|Nov 27||Sydney||NS||Membertou Trade Centre|
For the past 20 years, Canadian audiences have come to appreciate Guy Davis as one of the world's finest proponents of acoustic blues. He has done hundreds of festival and theatre shows in every province in the country, including Labrador, and has toured extensively in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
What some may not know, is that Guy has been bringing blues to young audiences around the world for as long as he has been making music. Not only is Guy an expert on the history of the blues, but he grew up in house that that was often visited by the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Guy's father, the famous actor Ossie Davis, was very politically engaged and connected, and Guy would come home from school as a young boy to find people like Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Paul Robeson and Harry Bellefonte in the kitchen, talking to his father. He also became a lifelong friend of America's greatest musical activist, Pete Seeger.
Guy's background as an actor in television, movies and on Broadway gives him an extra edge as a story teller, and children of all ages, from grade school through grade 12, connect with both the man and the message.
Guy is available for kids shows at both festivals and theatres, and loves to perform in schools. If you are interested in having Guy Davis perform for your young audience, please contact JMI for additional details.
|Guy will be showcasing at IPAY (International Performing Artists for Youth) in Montreal January 27 - 30, 2016|
If you were to ask Ray Bonneville what he'll be doing in 2016, he would likely grin and tell you that he'll be satisfying his strong desire to complete the circle he began a long time ago. He may tell you that he has already formed the band he wants to be performing with. After road dogging predominately solo for a great many years, he will be working with long time friends and collaborators; Sacramento based, keyboards and accordion man Richie Lawrence, and Halifax NS based, drums and percussion wizard Geoff Arsenault.
After playing together in the Ray Bonneville blues band in the 1970s, Ray and Richie lost sight of one another until a few years ago, and Ray and Geoff have known one another for some 25 years, Geoff having played on three of Ray's recordings for the Red House Records label. Ray gets a spine tingling thrill knowing that he will be free to stand up, strap on a guitar and harmonica, and deep-groove his songs on stages all across the land with these extra fine player/friends with whom he has known such a strong connection…!
There lives an obvious and undeniably deep complicity in the personal and musical souls of these three men. They know one another very well both personally and musically, get along effortlessly, and feel the same love for a story told on the darkly lit tight rope of a simple yet hypnotic and soulful groove. Ray's thumb, Geoff's kick drum, and Richie's left hand will be their invisible, yet very real bass player, as these three salts lay down a lean, grainy, black and white film kind of sound that is likely to take them down some unknown roads, where they hope to come across you and move your soul…!
Few people have been more powerful within the Canadian music industry. Bernie was the founder of the seminal label, True North Records. He also managed many artists, including Bruce Cockburn, Murray MacLauchlan and Dan Hill. He was a major concert promoter, the chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984, and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the Order of Canada in 2007. Always colourful and always incredibly honest, Bernie Finkelstein makes for a captivating speaker for anyone interested in Canadian culture of the world of business.
Bernie is available for speaking engagements in Atlantic Canada October 21- 29, 2016.
JMI is very excited to announce that we have signed Ireland's Skipper's Alley on for exclusive agency work in Canada. This seven piece band features small pipes, harp, concertina, whistles, guitar, banjo and more, as well as passionately delivered vocals. Definitely one of the most exciting young trad bands to come out of Ireland since Danu burst onto the scene.
Check them out on YouTube here:
Or listen to MP3s here while you work (BandCamp):
Skipper's Alley has been busy on the other side, winning awards and touring Europe and the British Isles. They have yet to come to Canada, something we mean to fix. The guys will be available for festivals in 2016, with details to follow.
JMI is very pleased to announce that we have signed PEI's young trad group, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin.
|Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Playing both side of the Pond|
Despite their young age, the guy have been at it for a while, and they doing this in a way that can only be described as unorthodox. While Most young groups cut their teeth at home and hope to eventually perform internationally, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin has performed more outside of Canada than in since they became serious about their musical careers. Highlights have included Denmark's very prestigious Tønder Festival and England's Shrewsbury Festival, where they were number 1 in merch sales, despite being up against headliners Richard Thompson and Sharon Shannon.
"A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight,
rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining
traditional music powerhouse."
- The Guardian, 2014
Members of Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a bilingual band hailing from Prince Edward Island Canada, recent winners of the 2015 East Coast Music Association's award for World Music Recording of the Year, multiple nominees for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, East Coast Music Awards and Music PEI Awards, are having the time of their lives as a trad/folk/fusion trio. Weaving the music of the Irish, Acadian, Francophone and Maritime cultures and their original creations with modern and world rhythms, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have created a fiery, contagious and unique sound that has them in demand and touring extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
We will be touring the guys in the festival circuit next summer, and look for a Maritime tour to be posted here soon.
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England's Moulettes recently made their first trip to Canada, performing concerts in London and Toronto, as well as four big shows in Quebec supporting Three Friends. The response has been incredible. They received standing ovations at every show, and we are already getting emails from fans wanting to know when they will be back. Here are a few words from the band on their impressions of Canada, first time around.
It is a great pleasure, and a privilege to be able to travel and play music to people around the world. It is fascinating to be able to explore places and cultures in this way. So much great music has come out of Canada, so it feels like an obvious place to start our adventures across the Atlantic.
As Ollie (Drummer/ Guitar/ Vocals) says;
"My favourite thing about playing with Moulettes is the chance to play in front of different types of crowds. Québec, in particular, is a kind of Prog Mecca. I really felt Gentle Giant's fan's passion for music and their desire for musical detail. Three Friends are a very accomplished bunch with no trace of ego in spite of all their collective achievements."
Everywhere we went, from London to Chicoutimi, we encountered really friendly, helpful, interesting and music-loving people who were the ones that really made the trip. The audiences were so warm and enthusiastic, as were our hosts, and we made some good friends there. For Jim (Bass/ Double Bass & sound engineer for Three Friends), this tour saw him returning to some familiar venues in Quebéc:
"The Palais Montcalm in Quebéc City is one of the best sounding rooms I have ever played in- it was great to return here with Moulettes. Canadian audiences and Québec in particular I have found to be great fun to play to. They are very musically informed and attentive through out. Can't wait to return!"
If life on the road was a pie, the biggest slice would be spent sat in a vehicle watching the world go by. We covered a lot of miles in our Robo-Car, where everything has a button and you have plenty of leg room. Turns out, even long drives can be pleasant if they at no stage include the M25. (The road of doom around London, England )
From our point of view, living on this small Island, Canada is an entirely different proposition in space and distance. We took an impression of vast lakes and wide rivers and vivid red autumn trees from Montreal to Toronto and past the rolling hills of Chicoutimi national park. Excitement in the car reached new heights on the day we saw our first Moose, as Ruth (Co-Lead Vocals/ Bassoon/ Autoharp) recalls:
"Seeing a moose hanging out next to the highway seconds after car-sick Ollie, declared: 'I'd feel a lot better if I just saw one moose' was a definite highlight of the trip"
"Canada was a real treat for us. It's really refreshing to play to crowds completely unaware of our music and have them embrace it wholeheartedly with standing ovations and selling-out of all our merch! Not a sniff of the traditional reserved Britishness about it. Both Ontario and Quebec treated us equally well and we can't wait to explore both regions further, as well as branching out into the rest of Canada."
We did have some time between gigs and travel to explore some of the cities we visited, particularly Montréal, where we enjoyed wandering around the cafés, enjoying the coffee and cakes and soaking in the atmosphere. We were particularly taken with the sociable balconies and wrought iron staircases that curved across many of the buildings.
Hannah (Co-lead Vocals/Cello) says:
"It felt like a good time to read the Leonard Cohen biography "I'm Your Man" and take in the architecture and the feeling of the place and imagine what it was like for this poet, growing up in this city where cultures and languages cross over. As we travelled around Ontario and Quebéc, it seemed we were never far from a comfortable bar with good live music; it feels like such places are really alive."
In summary, Canada is very beautiful and has been kind to us. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response, standing ovations and desire for live music here. Great coffee, great pancakes, great wildlife, great people. We look forward to a long friendship with this place.
(Halifax, NS) – Promoting the release of their new recording, Laugh, Dance & Sing available TODAY, Prince Edward Island roots-traditional quartet, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys will tour the Maritimes and Western Canada this Fall.
Upcoming Maritime shows include:
|Oct 15||Saint John||NB||Imperial Theatre|
|Oct 16||Fredericton||NB||Fredericton Playhouse|
|Oct 17||Charlottetown||PE||The MACK|
|Oct 22||Pictou||NS||deCoste Entertainment Centre|
|Oct 23||Lunenburg||NS||The Pearl Theatre|
|Oct 24||Little Brooks||NS||Elvina’s|
|Oct 30||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|Dec 12||Truro||NS||Marigold Cultural Centre|
*All October shows are a co-headline bill with Acadian traditional group, Vishten with the exception of The MACK, Oct. 17 in Charlottetown.
For tickets and show details, visit: gordiemackeeman.com.
Produced by Dale Murray, Laugh, Dance & Sing features 13 original songs and traditional tunes that excel in demonstrating the group's infectious high-energy flair, crisp musicianship and rollicking rhythm and roots sound.
The band, featuring Gordie MacKeeman (fiddle, cello, acoustic guitar, feet percussion, vocals), Peter Cann (guitars, banjo, vocals), Thomas Webb (guitars, bass, banjo, steel guitar, vocals) and Mark Geddes (bass, percussion, mandolin, piano) weave together a refreshing mix of invigorating songs, traditional-leaning ideas, and modern influences infused with solid instrumentation, rockabilly-inspired rhythms and toe tapping reels - all polished by MacKeeman's stunning fiddle work.
Gracing stages from Canada to the United Kingdom, from the United States to Belgium, Malaysia, India and Australia, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys are renowned for their high-energy exhilarating live show, jaw-dropping stagecraft and showmanship.
Currently touring India, the group has performed at the legendary Glastonbury Festival, Celtic Connections, WOMAD, Orkney Folk Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival and the Woodford Folk Festival, and received the Galaxie Super Nova Award at the Ottawa Folk Festival (in 2012) for their outstanding high-energy performance. Whether it is performing on a grand festival stage or in an intimate concert hall, the powerhouse group has the magnetic ability to bring audiences to their feet causing standing ovations wherever they go.
With a growing list of notable achievements, the group were recently honoured with the 2015 Music PEI Award for Entertainer of the Year and Touring Artist of the Year and their album, P
ickin n' Clickin was awarded the 2014 East Coast Music Award and Music PEI Award for Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year.
For photos, review copies or interview opportunities, contact:
Wendy Phillips, Phillips Public Relations Ltd.
902-492-0960 / email@example.com
What's not to love about this? Nova Scotia's favourite trad act have just completed recording their first Christmas CD, and will be touring the Maritimes and Ontario with a Christmas show in late November and December of 2016.
|The recording will feature five songs and eight instrumentals. Look forward to original arrangements of O Holy Night, Wexford Carol and Stan Rogers' First Christmas, as well as traditional jigs and reels. As always, expect some great Cape Breton step-dancing as well.|
This tour will take place in late November and December of 2016 and will appeal to the same audience as the Barra MacNeil's Christmas show.
Còig has had a whirlwind year, playing some of the biggest festivals in Canada, and venturing as far away as Europe, where they are touring at the time of this posting.
In November Nova Scotia's favourite trad act will be much closer to home, with a tour of the Maritimes. Count on blazing fiddles, incredible step-dancing and beautiful vocals in both Gaelic and English.
Here's where to catch them in November (2016):
|Nov 12||Mabou||NS||Strathspey Place|
|Nov 13||Chester||NS||Chester Playhouse|
|Nov 14||Little Brook||NS||Elvina’s|
|Nov 15||Truro||NS||Marigold Centre|
|Nov 18||Moncton||NB||Empress Theatre|
|Nov 19||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|Nov 20||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|Nov 26||Membertou||NS||Membertou Trade & Convention Centre|
|Nov 28||Summerside||PE||Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre|
Guy Davis has just released Kokomo Kid (MC Records) to rave reviews and some other great press. While carrying the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, Guy came back with some fresh inspiration and new stories to tell. Kokomo Kidd is Guy's follow-up album to the Blues Music Award nominated "Juba Dance" from 2013. The new release, his second for M.C. Records, finds the blues ambassador visiting fresh territory. "It's a new beginning for me," he says, "The first time I produced myself. What I'm showing here is a side of me that's deep inside. It's needing air and light, and here it comes!
Guy is featured on the cover of the current issue of Living Blues Magazine and recently did an incredibly in-depth interview for No Depression Magazine, which you can read here.
Additionally, there is review of Kokomo Kid Here http://www.nodepression.com/album-review/ghost-pete-seeger and one of his CD release of the one-man play, In Bed with the Blues – the Adventures of Fishy Waters, here.
Guy will tour Canada's Maritime provinces in November of this year and has dates in Ontario and western Canada in April, details to follow. There are also plans for a larger tour of western Canada in the fall of 2016, details TBA.
Earlier on we posted some western Christmas dates for Quartette, but the tour has grown since then and we have also added Ontario dates. With two reverent Christmas CDs to their credit and the sweetest harmonies this side of the North Pole, this is a seasonal show not be missed.
Here's where you can catch the Quartette Christmas show in 2016;
|Dec 01||Swift Current||SK|
|Dec 04||North Battleford||SK|
|Dec 05||Spruce Grove||AB|
It's been another whirlwind year for Guy Davis, with countless dates in North America, Europe, the UK and Russia. Now with a brand new CD coming out, he is ready to get back to western Canada, a place he has been known to say he would like to hang his pyjamas.
The dates will run from September 29 through October 17, inclusive, and this will be a solo tour. Guy will be available from Manitoba to Vancouver Island.
Guy Davis will be in Canada's far north this month and has performed in every province and territory except for Nunavut.
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys have been on the road for two years, virtually non-stop and mostly abroad, performing hundreds of dates in Europe, Australia, India, Malaysia and the UK. They even managed to play Borneo.
With a brand new CD to be released in October (details to follow soon) the guys are going to concentrate on touring in Canada in the coming year. We have a tour of Ontario coming up in April and one of BC this coming November, but it has been a couple of years since they played the prairies.
The guys will be available for dates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta from October 26th through November 6th, 2016. This will be a much shorter tour than the previous ones we have done in Western Canada, so let us know if you are interested in a date as they tend to go quickly
You can watch new video promoting their upcoming CD, Laugh, Dance & Sing here.
JMI's Ray Bonneville is seldom off the road, and in October he will make his way back home to Central Canada from his current digs in Austin, Texas.
Here's where you can catch him in October:
|Oct 17||Kingston||ON||Octave Theatre|
|Oct 18||Kincardine||ON||Kincardine Centre for the Arts|
|Oct 20||Picton||ON||Acoustic Grill|
|Oct 21||Ottawa||ON||Irene’s Pub|
|Oct 23||North Hatley||QC||La Caravane|
After successful launches in the US, France and Québec, Vishtèn heads to PEI and NB to launch their new album, Terre Rouge.
September 24th - Salle Bernard LeBlanc @ Centre Culturel Aberdeen in Moncton, NB 8pm
September 25th - The Pourhouse @ The Old Triangle in Charlottetown, PE 8p
For the follow-up to their award-winning 2012 album Mösaïk, which brought vintage sounds such as Moog and Korg synthesizers and Taurus bass pedals to their hopping Acadian party music, ECMA winners Vishtèn went back to the source: the red soil of the Magdalens and Prince Edward Island and their local characters and torchbearers.
After years of incessant touring, and a brief period living in Montreal, the band's trio of powerhouse multi-instrumentalists, Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc and Pascal Miousse, longed for fresh engagement with their Acadian musical roots – so they took up residencies in their local communities and studied parts of the tradition they had never fully explored.
Emmanuelle decided to study percussive dance, collaborating with local performers and inviting friend and La Bottine Souriante dancer Sandy Silva to PEI. Together, they brought new, more rock-inflected beats into flying Acadian footwork, an approach that shines on "Trois Blizzards," a whirlwind tribute to last winter's fury.
Pascal worked with master Prince Edward Island fiddlers to learn more about PEI tradition and how it related to the fiddle music he grew up with on the Magdalens. "Corandina" is a Vishtèn favorite from the islands that got a revamp for the album.
Pastelle dug into mouth music, a nimble vocal tradition used at dances when no instruments were available. She turned to a local devotee of the practice, Georges Arsenault, a folklorist and historian who had dedicated himself to recording this fast-fading tradition. She listened to his extensive archives, and found herself weaving driving rhythmic vocal patterns into tunes such has "Coeur en Mer" and "Je vous aime tant."
Together, Vishtèn has truly gathered together the fruits of the islands, turning footwork and mouth music, "crooked" fiddle tunes and touching French ballads into dynamic, contemporary pieces. And pulling it all together once again is visionary Montreal producer Éloi Painchaud (Okoumé, Jorane, Stephen Faulkner),
Since the release of Mōsaïk in 2012, the ensemble has scored a second East Coast Music Award for Francophone Album of the Year and performed at the prestigious Woodford Folk Festival in Australia. They've also appeared at the Festival de Cornouaille in Britanny, France and the Festival International de Louisiane. Last November, they performed a concert with Symphony Nova Scotia at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre in Halifax. This year alone, the band has toured Canada, the U.S. and France and made a special appearance at the Canada Winter Games.
Raised in the Evangeline region of Prince Edward Island, co-founders the LeBlanc sisters descended from one of Canada's earliest Acadian settler families. Their father, a music teacher, and their mother, a dancer, helped to nurture the creative spirit that kept tradition alive. Immersed in music and dance practically from birth, Pastelle went on to master piano, mandolin, and accordion while Emmanuelle distinguished herself on bodhràn, Irish whistle, piano, octave mandolin, and jaw harp. Both also excelled at step-dancing. Miousse comes from a musical family of Acadian-Aboriginal ancestry from the Magdelen Islands. He was born into a maritime musical tradition, studying from an early age with master local musicians. A veteran fiddler, guitarist and mandolin player, by the time he joined Vishtèn he had already toured extensively in a variety of musical genres - from rock to jazz to traditional.
The ensemble has received a total of seven East Coast Music Award nominations – winning in 2008 and 2013 for Francophone Recording of the Year – and three PEI Music Awards for Group of the Year, Roots-Traditional Group of the Year and Francophone Album of the Year. They've performed at countless major international festivals and venues, including Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France, Europe's largest Celtic festival, where they were named the "Revelation du Festival" in 2004. They've also performed at the Newport Folk Festival, California Worldfest, the Shetland Islands Folk Festival in Scotland, and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
Two of the region's hottest live acts, indeed, two of Canada's best live trad acts, will be touring the Maritimes together in October. Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys and Vishtèn are both PEI based acts, and will be performing around the Maritimes as a double bill in November. Both acts feature step dancing, great vocals and incredible musicianship, with a an emphasis on fiddling.
If you like east coast roots music, you won't want to miss this one. Here is where you can catch them:
*More dates could be added to this tour
It has been nothing short of a spectacular year for Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, with non-stop touring in North America and Europe, and as far abroad as Asia and Australia. This summer the guys found time in between tours, to record a brand new CD, which will be released next month – more on that soon.
Despite spending an incredible 8 weeks touring western Canada last year, Gordie and Co. are headed back there again in November. Westerners seem to have an insatiable appetite for great music and on-stage hijinks.
Here's where you can catch them in November:
|Nov 04||Chilliwack||BC||Chilliwack Cultural Centre|
|Nov 05||Terrace||BC||Rem Lee Theatre|
|Nov 06||Kitimat||BC||Mount Elizabeth Theatre|
|Nov 07||Burns Lake||BC||Lakes District Secondary School|
|Nov 08||Quesnel||BC||Chuck Mobley Theatre|
|Nov 11||Fort Nelson||BC||Phoenix Theatre|
|Nov 12||Fort St. John||BC||North Peace Cultural Centre|
|Nov 13||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Nov 14||Calgary||AB||Strathcona Community Centre|
|Nov 17||Creston||BC||Prince Charles Theatre|
|Nov 18||Whistler||BC||MY Place|
|Nov 19||Duncan||BC||Cowichan Theatre|
|Nov 20||Courtenay||BC||Sid Williams Theatre|
|Nov 21||Port Hardy||BC||Port Hardy Civic Centre|
|Nov 25||Osoyoos||BC||Osoyoos Secondary Com. Theatre|
|Nov 26||Kamloops||BC||Thompson River University|
|Nov 27||Golden||BC||Golden Civic Centre|
|Nov 28||Calgary||AB||Braeside Community Centre|
Gordie and the boys have been so darned busy, it's hard to keep up with their schedule at times. They have three Ontario plays taking place this week, in Midland, Kirkland Lake and Sudbury, before heading back to the East Coast for their Maritime dates with Vishtèn.
|Sep 25||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Sep 26||Kirkland Lake||ON||Northern College Auditorium|
|Sep 27||Sudbury||ON||St. Andrews Place|
JMI is very excited to announce that England's Moulettes are coming to Canada. While the group has been performing to capacity crowds across Europe and the UK, this is the first time they will be touching down on Canadian soil.
"Welcome to the world of prog folk…
Moulettes are among the current leading UK practitioners of the sub-genre.
They are like a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet,
by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett."
Moulettes will be touring Quebec in support of Three Friends, who play the music of Gentle Giant, and will be doing a solo show in London, ON.
Watch some very cool videos from Moulettes here.
Here's where you can catch them in September and October:
|Sept 26||Toronto||ON||The Cavern Bar|
|Sept 30 *||Chicoutimi||QC||Cabaret La Saguenéenne|
|Oct 1 *||St Hyacinthe||QC||Centre Des Arts|
|Oct 2 *||Quebec City||QC||Palais Montcalm|
|Oct 3 *||Montreal||QC||Olympia|
|* Supporting Three Friends (playing the music of Gentle Giant)|
We are really excited to announce a fall tour commemorating the 75th Birthday of John Lennon on October 9th of this year.
Rod Davis grew up with John Lennon near Liverpool, and played with him as a small child and even attended Sunday school with the future legend. While in their teens, Lennon formed his first band, The Quarrymen, a seminal group which would eventually have three Beatles in it. Davis was recruited to play banjo in what was mostly a skiffle group, and was eventually replaced by a young upstart named Paul McCartney.
The story of the Quarrymen was a major motion picture called Nowhere Boy. Here's a clip from the movie.
Rod will be touring "John Lennon's Quarrymen Days – Recollections From Original Band Member, Rod Davis" right across the country in October. He will be speaking about his experiences with Lennon and will have a PowerPoint presentation with photos of the guys and the places where they grew up and performed. He will also be playing some of the songs he sang with John Lennon so long ago, and will wrap up the evening with a Q&A from the audience.
This will be a very rare opportunity for Beatles and Lennon fans to talk to one of the people who was there at the very genesis of the most influential pop group in the history of the world.
Here's where you can catch Rod this fall:
|Oct 15||Vernon||BC||Best Western Vernon Lodge|
|Oct 16||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
|Oct 17||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Oct 20||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Oct 22||Milton||ON||Milton Centre for the Arts|
|Oct 25||Hampton||NB||Shiretown Publicans|
While touring Canada this summer with Steeleye Span, Maddy Prior did a brilliant interview, along with Maggie Bell, on Vancouver Island. Stony Plain Records owner and CBC Host Holger Peterson had a long conversation with them about their early days working with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Long John Baldry, Joe Cocker, Jethro Tull and many other British music legends
You can listen to the whole interview here.
This material used with kind permission of Doug Cox.
In between touring, Guy Davis has been busy shooting a movie called The Rhythm and The Blues in Chicago. The movie chronicles the life of blues great Eddie Taylor and his stepson, Larry Taylor. The movie stars Leon Robinson in the role of Eddie and the legendary Sugar Blue as harp man, Eddie Newell. Guy Davis plays the role of one of his musical heroes, the late, great Jimmy Reed, who popularized the harmonica rack.
Guy Davis as Jimmy Reed
Guy Davis and Leon Robinson
on the set at the legendary Apollo
Growing up in 1960s Chicago during the great blues migration period, drummer and singer Larry Taylor wanted to carry on his family's musical tradition. But his stepfather, guitarist Eddie Taylor, was frustrated in playing second fiddle to Jimmy Reed. Cast aside in family feuding and unnerved by the decline of his neighbourhood and the assassinations of his generation's heroes, Larry fell into gang warfare and ended up in prison. Returning to society, Larry could see what his stepfather had been up against in a music business fraught with racism and greed.
Guy & Leon discuss the movie on YouTube.
Watch our news page for more information on Guy's participation in this movie.
Guy Davis' travels are truly remarkable. He has performed not only in Europe, North America and Australia, but also in Asia, Africa and South America.
This October, Guy will get to indulge his northern jones when he heads back to the Northwest Territories for a series of dates in remote communities. Here's where he will be in October:
|Oct 13||Inuvik||NT||School Show|
|Oct 14||Norman Wells||NT||Norman Wells Community Hall|
|Oct 16||Hay River||NT||Riverview Cineplex|
|Oct 19||Fort Simpson||NT||Bompas Elementary School|
JMI is very excited to announce our first ever tour with Quebec's wonderful Les Tireux d'Roches. They will perform across Atlantic Canada from February 2nd through the 12th, 2017.
For the past 17 years, be it in China, Germany, Spain, France or Canada, Les Tireux d'Roches have been cultural ambassadors for Quebec who are revered wherever they perform. Hailing from a region overflowing with creativity, this colourful crew has developed a unique and off the wall folk/trad style. Harmonica, saxophone, flute, accordion, percussions, banjo, bouzouki, foot tapping and guitar make up the band's expressive arsenal. In the studio or live, they dish out effervescent sounds guaranteed to make you dance.
Attention, Les Tireux d'Roches débarquent! Ces dignes ambassadeurs de la culture québécoise sont encensés partout où ils performent. Que ce soit en Allemagne, en Espagne, en France ou au Canada, ils laissent une trace indélébile dans le cœur des gens. Depuis plus de 17 ans, Les Tireux d'Roches offrent une musique inspirée et une présence de scène foudroyante. Harmonica, saxophone, flûte, accordéon, percussion, banjo, bouzouki, pieds et guitare font partie du feu d'artifice musical qui vous attend. Un changement d'air qui vous rendra heureux, rien de moins. Que la fête commence!
This group will appeal to both English and Francophone fans of traditional folk, world music.
Ce groupe unique saura plaire autant à votre public francophone qu'au public anglophone. Les amateurs de musique trad, festive et du monde seront comblés!
If you would like to consider a date, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss specifics with you.
N'hésitez-pas à nous contacter afin de réserver votre date et nous serons heureux de discuter des conditions d'accueil avec vous.
This tour is organised by JMI, in collaboration with COOP Les Faux-Monnayeurs, produceur of Les Tireux d'Roches
Cette tournée est organisée par JMI avec l'accord de la COOP Les Faux-Monnayeurs, producteur des Tireux d'Roches.
It was quite a show in Liverpool, England on July 4th. While Rod Davis and the Quarrymen performed alongside one of the greatest rock legends ever, John Lennon, guitarist James Burton played guitar for Lennon's biggest influence, Elvis Presley.
Burton performed on three songs that were common to both Elvis and the Quarrymen, That's Alright Mama, Don't Be Cruel and Mean Woman Blues. Rod presented Burton with a Quarrybank School tie, like the one Lennon was known to wear both before and after he became famous.
Rods tells JMI that, "He said he enjoyed playing with us very much and next year we'll take time to really work out some stuff."
Rod Davis will tour Canada in the fall, commemorating the 75th birthday of John Lennon in song and story. Dates are booked from the Maritimes to BC – full schedule to be announced soon
Nova Scotia Fans of iconic folk and country singer-songwriter Sylvia Tyson will have a chance to catch her in September.
She has been invited to headline the Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville and we have tacked on a couple of dates in Truro and Cape Breton. You can view Deep Roots' entire 2015 lineup here. Sylvia will be appearing at all performances with a four piece band.
And here is when and where you can catch Sylvia in September:
The biggest problem in being the Canadian agent for Vishtèn is simply finding available dates for them. They are so busy in America and overseas that finding free time frames, especially in the summer, is always a challenge. The guys were busy in Europe in the spring, and while they still have lots of American and European dates on the books for the summer, they have made some time to perform here at home.
Here's where Canadian fans can catch them in July and August:
|July 15||Huntsville||ON||Algonquin Theatre|
|July 17||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Jul 18 - 19||London||ON||Home County Folk Festival|
|Jul 20||Summerside||PE||Green Shore Outdoor Stage|
|Jul 24||Fredericton||NB||N.B. Highland Games|
|Aug 28||North Rustico||PE||Watermark Theatre|
For a full listing of all their dates, including the US and Europe, please click here.
Fans of the legendary Sylvia Tyson will have a couple of opportunities to catch her this month. Sylvia is no less than an icon in Canadian country and folk music. From her collaboration with Ian Tyson (Ian & Sylvia) on stage, studio and television in the sixties and seventies to seven solo albums, her career has earned her a place in the Canadian Music, Country Music and Songwriter's Halls of Fame, not to mention receiving Canada's highest civilian award, the Order of Canada.
|Here's where you can catch her in July:|
|July 18 - 19||London||ON||Home County Folk Festival|
|July 24 - 26||Mission||BC||Mission Folk Festival|
Guy Davis is one of the busiest acoustic blues artists in the world, performing in Australia, Africa, South America, North America and Asia. With agents all over the world vying for dates, it's always tough to find avails for him for Canada in the summer, but we have several festivals on the books for July and August.
|July 3-5||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Aug 8||Kingsville||ON||Kingsville Folk Music Festival|
|Aug 9||Kitchener||ON||Kitchener Blues Festival|
For a full listing of Guy's international dates in the coming months, please check here.
Guy will tour eastern Canada and the far north this coming fall, details TBA.
Summers are a very busy time for James Keelaghan as he assumed the position of artistic director for Owen Sound's legendary folk festival, Summerfolk, several years ago. Read James' musing on the festival's upcoming 40th anniversary here.
|July 10-12||Atlin||BC||Atlin Arts & Music Festival|
|July 17-19||Cole Island||NB||NeelyG Festival|
|Aug 21-23||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
They knew they had to go back. Back to the red soil of their home islands of the Magdalens and Prince Edward Island. Back to the local characters and torchbearers. Back to the simple act of absorbing, then making, music.
Vishtèn, the trio of musicians from the Francophone communities of Maritime Canada, had been on the road for too long. "We wanted to be just musicians again for a while, to think only about the music," reflects multi-instrumentalist Pastelle LeBlanc. They returned to Prince Edward Island, working with local French-speaking researchers, dancers, musicians they had longed to collaborate with for years.
It sparked their imaginations. PEI is home to the group, and a constant source of unexpected inspiration. The island has musical terroir of sorts, a sound shaped by soil and clime, by quiet eccentrics and unsung local legends. Its red earth, the image that guided the ensemble's new album Terre Rouge (release: July 10, 2015), sprouted unique music fed by French, Micmac, and Celtic roots.
Vishtèn has gathered the fruits of the islands, turning footwork and mouth music, "crooked" fiddle tunes and touching French ballads into dynamic, contemporary pieces. Working with visionary Montreal producer Éloi Painchaud to craft and record the new material, they deconstructed the island's intriguing sonic elements, then reassembled them with a keen sense of rhythm, texture, drive. Musicianship abounds, but never overpowers: At heart, it's about the kitchen party, the dance down a starlit road, the wild times traditional music marks.
Vishtèn will perform dates in Canada, the USA and Europe in the coming months.
We are very pleased to announce a national tour for Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi in March 2017. This tour will come 2 ½ years after their previous Canadian tour in 2014.
Black Umfolosi's Canadian tours have been among the most successful we have ever been involved with, usually running five to six weeks with most venues completely selling out. Part of what makes them so attractive to presenters is that they can play any sized venue. Because they dance and sing a capella, no backline is required. Their production consists entirely of five wireless mics. This makes them ideal for smaller community presenters who might not normally be able to bring in world music groups of this calibre.
The tour will run March 1st through April 2nd, 2017.
There is just no stopping Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys. 2015 has been another year of whirlwind of touring in Canada, Europe and Australia. Between commitments in Europe in June and August and the recording a new CD over the summer, the guys did not have much time for Canadian festivals this year, but they do have some great gigs coming up both at home ON PEI and on the festival circuit.
Here's where you can find Atlantic Canada's funnest band this summer:
|June 27||Georgetown||PEI||Georgetown Playhouse|
|July 3-5||Orillia||ON||Mariposa Folk Festival|
|July 24||Indian River||PEI||Indian River Church|
|Sep 17-20||Various||ON||Small Halls Festival|
|Sep 25||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Sep 26||Kirkland Lake||ON||Northern College Auditorium|
|Sep 27||Sudbury||ON||St. Andrew’s Place|
Cape Breton's premiere trad act has a busy summer lined up after a whirlwind year of live dates and numerous awards. Còig combines Gaelic song, step dancing, incredible fiddling and some of the best trad piano to be found on the east coast. Also featured is multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen, who plays a little guitar, banjo, mandolin, wooden flute, Mandola, whistles and bouzouki. Rumour has it that he is currently learning to play the kitchen sink.
Here's where you can catch them this summer:
|Jun 14||Georgetown||PEI||Georgetown Theatre|
|Jun 28-29||Cape Breton||NS||KitchenFest|
|Jul 3-5||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 23||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|July 24-26||Duncan||BC||Islands Folk Festival|
|July 29||Golden||BC||Free Outdoor show|
|Aug 1-3||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
|Aug 7-9||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 15||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|Aug 17||Victoria||PEI||Victoria Playhouse|
|Aug 19||Riverview||NB||Caseley Park Bandstand|
|Aug 21-23||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi did massive five week coast to coast tour in 2014 and now they are coming back to play Canadian festivals in July. Black Umfolosi is a legend in southern Africa and they have performed around the world over several decades. One of Africa's very best a capella groups and not to be missed. Here's where you can catch them this summer:
|Jul 02||Fonthill||ON||Fonthill Bandshell|
|Jul 03-05||Orillia||ON||Mariposa Folk Festival|
|Jul 09||Montreal||QC||Nuits d’Afrique|
|Jul 10||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Jul 11||Elora||ON||Elora Festival|
|Jul 15||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Jul 17-21||Bella Coola||BC||Bella Coola Music Festival|
|Jul 22||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|July 23-26||Mission||BC||Mission Folk Festival|
JMI is very pleased to announce that we have secured an exclusive booking agreement with Tony McManus for Canada.
McManus is widely considered the top Celtic guitarist in the world and tours extensively in Europe, the UK, Australia and North America. His work has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world. He is invited annually to the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, has appeared at Guitar Festivals in Soave and Pescantina, Sarzana and Francacorta Italy; Frankston, Australia; Issoudun and Bordeaux France; Kirkmichael, Scotland; Bath and Kent, England; Bochum and Osnabruck, Germany.
In 2004 he appeared at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in the "All Star Guitar Night" featuring Steve Morse, Bryan Sutton, Muriel Anderson, Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten and headlined by the legendary Les Paul.
He is an enthusiastic collaborator both as a leader and as a sideman having worked with, among many others Dougie McLean, Phil Cunningham, Mairi MacInnes, Liam O'Flynn, Martin Simpson, Kevin Burke, Alison Brown, Martyn Bennett, Natalie MacMaster, Patrick and Jacky Molard, Mairead ní Mhoanaigh and Dermot Byrne, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, John Jorgenson, Jean Michel Veillon, Catriona Macdonald, Seikou Keita, Xosé Manuel Budiño, Ewen Vernal and Andy Irvine. He is also in great demand as a studio musician having contributed to over 60 albums.
|With more than 80,000 hits,
listen to Tony on YouTube.
It is remarkable, but more than 50 years after forming, demand in Canada for The Strawbs is as strong as it has ever been. Just over a month ago we announced an October 2016 tour for the guys and already the first two weeks of the month are booked solid. Dave Cousins has given the go-ahead to expand the tour into western Canada, so we are now looking for western dates for the second half of October, 2016.
|If you are wondering what The Strawbs look and sound like in 2015, check out this live performance video shot in Italy just over a month ago.|
Acoustic Strawbs is a very simple show to produce from a technical stance, requiring no backline whatsoever.
Sad news coming out of England today in that the incredible Bellowhead has decided to call it a day and will disband after 12 years with farewell tours of the UK in the fall of this year and spring of 2016.
The following message is posted on their website:
This is a sad message to send but after 11 amazing years we've decided to call it a day.
It's been an incredible journey for us all and we've loved every minute of being Bellowhead but Jon has decided the time has come for him to stand down as lead singer and the rest of us don't feel that we wish to continue without him. We have therefore decided that we should give Bellowhead the send off it deserves and go out with a bang.
So we will be performing a two-part farewell tour (in November 2015 and April 2016) finishing as we started all those years back, with an intimate gig at Oxford Town Hall (on May Day 2016) - the very first venue we ever played as a band.
The tour dates will be announced in full on Friday June 5th and tickets will go on general sale on Friday 12th June. Mailing list members will be given the chance to pre-order on Wednesday 10th.
We are all looking forward to the remaining gigs and intend to make them our best shows yet so we hope you can come along for the party.
We hope you will not be too upset with us for calling time on the band. Of course Bellowhead would have been nothing without the support of our amazing fans over the last decade. We are all incredibly grateful to you for coming with us on this journey and want to thank you all for being part of the Bellowhead story.
We were thrilled to have the guys over to Canada twice, the only times they ever performed in North America.
You can read more about the band's decision and their incredibly successful run here.
England's legendary folk-rock group, Oysterband is returning to Canada this summer for several festivals and a handful of concerts. It has been four years since the guys performed in Canada, so fans will not want to miss the chance to catch them.
Here is where they will be in August:
|Aug||1-3||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
|Aug||5||Golden||BC||Free outdoor show|
|Aug||7-9||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug||12||Kelowna||BC||Blind Rooster Berry Farm
3660 Anderson Road
|Aug||13||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
|Aug||14-15||Salmon Arm||BC||Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival|
Folk & Country music legend and Canadian Songwriter Hall of Famer Sylvia Tyson has three Ontario dates in April. She will also be very busy next winter doing Christmas shows with Quartette, the details for which are available here.
Here is where you can catch Sylvia and her band in April:
|Apr 17||London||ON||Aeolian Hall|
|Apr 18||Keswick||ON||Stephen Leacock Theatre|
|Apr 19||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
Apparently there is no stopping the Strawbs. Back by popular demand, the guys will tour Central Canada in from September 29 through October 9, 2016.
Dave Cousins & Co. have been at this game for a very long time, and once did a two week residency at a London club with a brand new group called The Rolling Stones before either band had made a record. But the Strawbs are not content to rest on their laurels. As presenters and fans will attest, their performances today are as strong and passionate as they have ever been.
Before we even formally announced this tour, four dates were picked off and a fifth is already on hold. Half of our avails are already gone, but we still have good dates. Don't miss this chance to present one of the seminal UK folk groups who blossomed into a progressive rock band. Original members Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk are looking forward to coming back to Canada.
We are really excited to post the dates for our first tours with Nashville's incredible Claire Lynch. Demand was very high for dates in both Atlantic and Western Canada, and Claire is going to be very busy this May and October, bringing her wonderful band to many Canadian audiences for the first time.
|Video of Claire performing
Up This Hill and Down (YouTube).
Here's where you can catch her in Western Canada in October:
|Oct 15||Dauphin||MB||Watson Arts Centre|
|Oct 16||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Oct 17||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Oct 18||Grande Prairie||AB||Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre|
|Oct 19||Athabasca||AB||Athabasca United Church|
|Oct 20||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage Resort|
|Oct 21||Calgary||AB||Ironwood Stage|
|Oct 22||Red Deer||AB||Elk's Lodge|
|Oct 24||Turner Valley||AB||Flare & Derrick Community Hall|
|Oct 25||North Battleford||SK||Dekker Centre|
And as posted in February, Claire and her band will be appearing in the following East Coast markets in May:
|May 15||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|May 16||St. John's||NL||LSPU Hall|
|May 17-19||Norris Point||NL||Various - Festival|
|May 20||Moncton||NB||The Empress Theatre|
|May 21||Truro||NS||Marigold Centre|
|May 22||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|May 23||Church Point||NS||Marc-Lescarbot Theatre|
The band is rapidly emerging as one of Europe's foremost pop/folk acts, drawing comparisons to Kate Bush, Pink Floyd and Pentangle, while making steady inroads into radio and touring non-stop.
Available in Canada from September 25 through October 15.
Moulettes are coming to Canada in early October of 2016. They already have three support dates for We Three Friends in Quebec, as follows:
|Sept 30||Chicoutimi||QC||Cabaret La Saguenéenne|
|Oct 01||Saint-Hyacinthe||QC||Centre des Arts Juliette Lassonde|
|Oct 02||Quebec||QC||Palais Montcalm|
|Oct 03||Montreal||QC||Olympia de Montréal|
JMI will be looking to do CD release dates in a few select markets across Canada, and the dates will be supported by their label, Navigator Records. This is a great chance to get in on the ground floor with a rapidly emerging act that we feel has all the potential of their friends, Bellowhead.
If you are interested in a date with Moulettes, please contact us, and we can discuss particulars. We would also be pleased to send you MP3s for their current CD, Constellations.
There are world music groups, and then there are world music groups. With members from six countries in Europe and Africa, Baka Beyond is truly unique.
Baka Beyond will tour across Canada in October of 2016.
After 20 years of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measures Baka Beyond has become one of the finest danceable bands around, creating the sound of the global village. Not just a touring band, Baka Beyond have a unique relationship with their inspiration – the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon – sending royalties to help their development projects, and even touring with Baka musicians.
Watch live video from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
After many mainstage performances at Canadian festivals such As Edmonton and Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Baka is ready for a concert tour of Canada.
Listen to Baka Beyond while you work.
Non-stop dancing, incredible percussion, stunning vocals and incredible musicianship are the hallmarks of this group.
See the Baka Beyond tech rider.
There are legends, and then there are legends. Steeleye Span was formed in 1969, and along with Fairport Convention, were one of the seminal UK acts to take British folk music and fuse it with contemporary rock. This group changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold discs and international tours. Members have come and gone over the years, but Steeleye has always remained at the forefront of the genre they helped to define, and, 38 years later the band has become an institution in British music.
When we announced this rarest of tours, there was tremendous excitement. Because of a tight touring schedule, there were many presenters who not able to to get shows. However, three Canadian festivals and two Ontario venues will be presenting the guys in July.
Here's where you can catch them:
Quartette's wonderful Christmas show is heading to the prairies in the fall, with dates in Saskatchewan and Alberta. With two Christmas CDS to their credit, the ladies have no shortage of material to choose from. While we have no more avails for western Canada in 2015, we are still taking offers for southern Ontario from markets within driving distance of Toronto.
Here's where you can catch them out west next winter:
|Nov 29||Morinville||AB||Morinville Community Centre|
|Dec 01||Swift Current||SK||Sky Centre|
|Dec 02||Wadena||SK||Wadena Community Hall|
|Dec 03||Yorkton||SK||Anne Portnuff Centre|
|Dec 04||North Battleford||SK||Dekker Centre|
|Dec 05||Spruce Grove||AB||Horizon Stage|
|Dec 06||Brooks||AB||Griffin Park Theatre|
JMI is very pleased to announce our first ever tour with Ireland's Goitse, which will take place in March of this year in western Canada.
Great musicianship and stunning vocals are what Goitse is all about. See for yourself!
Here's where you can catch them next month:
|Mar 12||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Mar 13||Red Deer||AB||Elks Hall|
|Mar 14||Sundre||AB||Sundre Arts Development Centre|
|Mar 17||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Mar 20||Lake Country||BC||Creekside theatre|
|Mar 22||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
Claire Lynch will tour Atlantic Canada for the firs time in May, 2015. The Nashville based artist has long been recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, and is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two Grammy nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2013, 2010 and 1997.
Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Her harmonies have graced the recordings of Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless and Kathy Mattea. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others.
Here's where you can catch her in the Spring:
|May 15||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|May 16||St. John's||NL||LSPU Hall|
|May 17-19||Norris Point||NL||Rails Trails & Tales Festival|
|May 20||Moncton||NB||Capitol Theatre, Empress Room|
|May 21||Truro||NS||Marigold Centre|
|May 22||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|May 23||Church Point||NS||Marc-Lescarbot Theater|
|May 24||Hampton||NB||Venue TBA|
Shane Howard has refined his art with 13 solo albums, 3 Goanna albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, that have established him as a significant contributor to Australian folklore.
His anthemic song, Solid Rock, from the album, Spirit of Place (1982), recorded with his band Goanna, was written after a moving experience at an inma at Uluru in 1981. It has since passed into folklore and the Australian psyche. He pushed on, beyond commercial success, tirelessly pursuing an artist's journey, in order to make sense of the story of a 'whitefella' in an Aboriginal country.
His songs have been recorded by numerous artists as diverse as Ireland's Mary Black and Australia's John Farnham and Troy Cassar-Daley. He has spent much of his musical life working with Aboriginal musicians, as well as touring Ireland and forging Irish-Australian connections.
Shane has just completed his 13th solo album 'Deeper South,' which will be available for general release in February 2015.
Shane will tour the new album 'Deeper South' in 2015 with long time collaborators John Hudson and Ewen Baker as the Shane Howard Trio. He is available for Canadian festivals in the summer of 2015.
It's always fun to book a western tour for Borealis recording artist, James Keelaghan. International touring pressures mean that we don't get to do it as often as we would like, but we have a nice tour coming up in February of 2015, in which James will tour as a trio.
Here's where you can catch him next month:
|Feb 06||Winnipeg||MB||West End Cultural Centre|
|Feb 07||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
|Feb 08||North Saanich||BC||Mary Winspear Centre|
|Feb 10||Grande Prairie||AB||Grande Prairie Live Theatre|
|Feb 11||Camrose||AB||Bailey Theatre|
|Feb 12||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage Resort|
|Feb 13||Calgary||AB||Dalhousie Community Centre|
|Feb 14||Vermilion||AB||Vermilion Legion|
|Feb 17||Prince Albert||SK||E.A. Rawlinson Centre|
|Feb 18||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
JMI is announcing today an exclusive signing for Baka Beyond's Canadian engagements.
After 20 years of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measures Baka Beyond has become one of the finest danceable bands around, creating the sound of the global village. Not just a touring band, Baka Beyond has a unique relationship with their inspiration – the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon – sending royalties to help their development projects, and even touring with Baka musicians.
Baka Beyond was conceived in 1992 by British musicians Martin Cradick and Su Hart after a 6 week visit to the Baka Forest People deep in the heart of the Cameroon rainforest. They were struck by the Baka's generosity of spirit and joy of life in hard circumstances which is reflected in their music. Martin and Su wanted to bring the spirit of this music back home so they recorded the album "Spirit of the Forest" released under the name "Baka Beyond" which pushed them into worldwide recognition.
The current touring unit are bringing the Spirit of the Forest to festivals in UK and North America. Martin Cradick (guitar), Su Hart (vocals) and Clyde Kramer (drums) have all spent time living and playing music with the Baka Pygmies in their rainforest home. Ayodele Scott (percussion) brings the rhythms and colour of his native Sierra Leone into the mix, while all these elements are grounded by the solid Congolese grooves of Kibisingo (bass). The lineup is completed by Ellie Jamison (vocals) who is returning to Baka Beyond after a bit of a break to bring 3 children safely into the world.
". . . if you are not dancing, maybe you should have someone check your pulse.
The party atmosphere was irrepressible"
- Evening Standard
Goitse has established itself as a massively popular band among trad fans the world over. Rightly so. This wonderful quintet released Tall Tales & Misadventures to worldwide recognition in 2015.
Goitse last week took the prestigious Trad Group of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards, no small feat in a country that has produced many of the greatest traditional groups the world has ever known.
They also recently won Group of the Year with the Chicago Irish American News.
Goitse will tour western Canada in March.
JMI is very pleased to announce a national tour today for a true legend of tradition Irish music. Platinum selling De Danann will tour Canada from March 3 - 20, 2016.
Once described as "the Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music," De Danann returned to the festival stage in 2009 with a new album 'Wonderwaltz' and trips to Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and the USA. The band has once again found itself in high demand by promoters in Europe and North America. Founding member Alec Finn is joined by Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Derek Hickey (accordion), Brian McGrath (banjo/piano), Ronan O'Flaherty (fiddle) and Neill Lyons (bodhrán).
De Danann were formed in 1975 in Galway and became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music. The group released their debut album 'De Danann' in 1975 and in total have recorded 14 albums including 'Anthem', 'Star Spangled Molly', and 'A Jacket of Batteries' and achieved chart success, with many of the albums reaching gold and platinum status.
De Danann will be available right across Canada on this tour.
JMI is very excited to announce an exclusive signing for Canadian engagements with one of England's most in-demand and progressive folk-pop groups, Moulettes. The band first came to our attention as the opening act for Bellowhead's massive, sold out fall tour of Europe. Once we started listening, it was easy to see why they are creating such a buzz in Europe.
Many Moulettes met and started playing music together when they were 15 to 17 years old. After a couple of EPs and singles they released an acclaimed debut album on Balling, The Jack/Sotones in 2010, which found its way on to several Best Of The Year lists. They also won an Innovation Award and best group from the prestigious Fatea roots-music website and got nominated for best band by the alternative Brit awards. Their charismatic, idiosyncratic yet poppy brand of progressive, psychedelic neo-classical folk rock has enthralled crowds at many festivals as varied as Bestival, Glastonbury, End of the Road and Cropredy.
video and MP3s from the Moulettes.
Now Moulettes return with their third studio album, and their first for Navigator Records, 'Constellations' released on June 2nd. Recorded in studios, church buildings, caves and bedrooms in Sussex and Wales over 2013. Brighton dub troubadour Faye Houston, dubstep producer Mike Dennis (Dface) and many of Brighton's finest players complete a supporting chamber orchestra cast that emphasizes the band's desire to blend musical styles and experiment with sound in a way that has been a hallmark of their recordings to date. Thus 'Constellations' crosses varied and expansive musical territory over its ten tracks. As cellist and front singer Hannah Miller notes,
"People can listen to Moulettes and hear Shostakovich, Miles Davis, Pentangle, Pink Floyd, Bjork and Skrillex. That is where we've all come from…everyone shares in over 80 years of recorded music history".
What the press is saying about Moulettes...
"a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet,
by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett."
"This is what a modern folk album should sound like." ****
– Evening Standard
"The best music I heard at Latitude was by the Moulettes"
– The Independent
"…songwriting of rare depth and inventiveness" ****
JMI's Còig has earned its first Canadian Folk Music Award, taking home Traditional Album of the Year honours for its debut album Five.
The Cape Breton group was presented with the award Saturday, November 29th in Ottawa at the gala event hosted by CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers and musician Benoit Bourque.
Celebrating with champagne in Ottawa
Còig was also nominated for instrumental group of the year, which was won by Ontario's the Andrew Collins Trio. Earlier in the month Còig also won Trad/Roots recording of the year for Five at the Music Nova Scotia Awards in Truro.
JMI is currently working on east coast tour and western Canada tours for the band, and expects that they will be busy on the festival circuit in 2015, with several major festivals already confirmed.
We are excited today to announce that Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will tour central Canada from March 31st through April 17th of 2016. The guys recently showcased at Ontario Contact and we have had a steady stream of inquiries ever since.
Gordie & Co. have done long tours not only of eastern and western Canada, but have also performed extensively in Australia, Europe, The UK, America and even Malaysia.
If you missed them at Ontario Contact, see here why they are in such demand all over the world.
|Photo credit: Lorne Miller|
|Quartette has a pair of Christmas shows coming up in Ontario this December. The ladies have recorded two Christmas albums in addition to their other CDs.|
Here's where you can catch them next month:
|Dec 12||Burlington||ON||Burlington Arts Centre|
|Dec 17||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
With an international schedule that increasingly takes him to the far corners of the globe, New York City bluesman Guy Davis has not toured western Canada in five years. That will change in April with dates in BC, Alberta and the Yukon.
Touring Russia as this is being written, Guy has performed in South America, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and America since he last set foot in western Canada, and says he is greatly looking forward to visiting old friends and traveling down well known highways.
Guy on YouTube: "That's No Way To Get Along"
Here is where he will be in the Spring of 2015:
|April 10||Harrison||BC||Harrison Memorial Hall|
|April 11||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
|April 12||Errington||BC||Errington War Memorial Hall|
|April 14||Kelowna||BC||Minstrel Cafe|
|April 15||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|April 17||Demmitt||AB||Demmitt Community Centre|
|April 18||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|April 19||Fort St. John||BC||North Peace Cultural Centre|
|April 21||Kimberley||BC||Centre 64|
|April 22||Fernie||BC||Arts Station|
|April 23||Lethbridge||AB||The Cave|
|April 24||Cochrane||AB||Legacy Coffee House|
|April 25||Calgary||AB||Bow Valley Music Club|
|April 26||Sundre||AB||Sundre Arts Dev. Centre|
|April 27||Whitehorse||YK||Yukon Arts Centre|
|April 28||Dawson City||YK||Klondike Institute of the Arts|
Bluegrass sensation Claire Lynch took home the award for "Song of the Year" at this year's International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards.
The 25th annual IBMA award ceremony took place in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 2.
Lynch won for her song "Dear Sister," the title track of her latest studio album, which was well-received by Digital Journal. She co-wrote the tune with veteran songwriter Louisa Branscomb (who was responsible for writing Dale Ann Bradley and Alison Krauss' collaboration "I'll Take Love.") "Dear Sister" is an inspirational song about human faith, and brevity in the face of adversity. Most impressive about "Dear Sister" is that it was based on letters that were written by Branscomb's ancestors who fought in the Civil War.
In addition, Lynch (Digital Journal article naming her as one of the Top-10 Angelic Voices of Our Time) also won the IBMA award for "Recorded Event of the Year" for "Wild Montana Skies," her collaboration with acoustic bluegrass group Special Consensus and dobro virtuoso Rob Ickes. This song was produced by Alison Brown, banjo player and co-founder of the independent record label, Compass Records.
Throughout her career, she has won the IBMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" honor three times, in 1997, 2010 and 2013; moreover, she has been nominated for two Grammy awards.
For more information on bluegrass star Claire Lynch, visit her official website.
JMI congratulates James Keelaghan and Còig on their multiple nominations for the upcoming Canadian Folk Music Awards, which will be held in Ottawa November 27th through 29th.
A veteran of more than 25 years on the folk circuit, James Keelaghan has picked up three nods; English songwriter of the year, contemporary singer of the year and solo artist of the year, all for his Borealis Records retrospective, History.
Relative newcomers, Còig picked up two nominations in what is turning out be a great year for them. With their photo on the cover of the current issue of Penguin Eggs, the Cape Breton group takes nods for instrumental group and traditional album, both for the newly released, Five.
Both James and Coig are currently booking up tours both at home in Canada and internationally. When James is not on the road performing, he is busy running the long-standing Owen Sound Summerfolk folk festival.
From BBC Radio 2
Jon Boden and John Spiers' 11-strong party outfit
already have plenty of Radio 2 form.
The first ever band to feature in session on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, they also played a storming set for our first ever Festival in a Day in 2011 and opened the show at this year's Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.
With bags of charisma, inspired arrangements, and twenty different instruments including bouzoukis, kazoos, melodeons and bagpipes all making up the Bellowhead sound, it's not hard to imagine why they are frequently hailed one of the UK's finest live acts.
Also on the bill were Lionel Ritchie, Lennie Kravitz and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Currently celebrating their tenth anniversary, their return to Hyde Park is set to be one of the highlights of a fantastic year of touring for Bellowhead, and a fantastic day in Hyde Park for Radio 2.
See video and listen to MP3s here.
There is a major buzz out there about JMI's Còig and people are noticing. The group is currently featured on the September cover of Penguin Eggs, one of North America's most influential roots music publications. Other recent covers have featured John Prine, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, etc.
JMI announced a 2016 western tour for Coig in mid-August and had to extend the dates twice within the first week to meet demand. The group will also tour northern Europe and Atlantic Canada in the fall of of 2015. A tour of central Canada will be announced at a later date.
We already have offers coming in for festivals for summer of 2015, so we expect this incredible new Celtic supergroup to be very busy in the coming years.
See what all the fuss is about here (YouTube).
JMI is very excited to welcome Ireland's The Henry Girls to our roster.
The Henry Girls are an Irish folk and roots music group consisting of three sisters; Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin. All three have studied music and are multi-instrumentalists featuring fiddle, ukulele, banjo, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano, and accordion. Their trademark sound is one of stunning three part harmonies on material which is a mix of traditional Irish folk music and Americana. In addition to their own recordings, they have contributed backup vocals to Mary Black's album Stories from the Steeples and have also collaborated with Session Americana, Dónal Lunny, Moya Brennan, Jennifer Kimball, and The Fox Hunt.
The girls have been touring across Europe for the past 10 years, and this summer performed at the fabled Glastonbury Festival, which is arguably the most prestigious outdoor music festival in the UK and Europe and has featured artists such as The Rolling Stones.
We were immediately stuck by the wonderful songs and the beautiful harmonies of The Henry Girls, which put us in mind of other groups such as The Good Lovelies and The Wailin' Jennies.
Check them out on YouTube:
JMI will tour The Henry Girls across Canada in the summer of 2015.
Nashville's Claire Lynch has added a week of dates for Central Canada onto her current western tour. She is now available for performances in Quebec & Ontario from October 23rd through November 1st, 2015.
Claire has two Grammy nominations and is the current IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Ontario presenters of bluegrass and roots performers will want to take advantage of this opportunity to book one of the most respected American bluegrass artists.
JMI has been putting a fresh coat of paint on our roster, and as such, we are delighted to announce that we have signed a traditional Irish group we've had our eyes on for years, the wonderful Goitse.
Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, this quintet has graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music across the globe, with their performances gaining notoriety on four continents. Having won feverish critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second album Transformed, the band has skyrocketed to the forefront of the traditional Irish music scene.
Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from Ireland and abroad, which make each set entertaining and unique. Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O'Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of this generation.
The gripping rhythm section sets a breath taking pace for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draws audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. When not singing, Áine's energetic style of fiddle playing is complimented hugely by multi-award-winning banjo and mandolin virtuoso James Harvey. His ability to transcend genres, combined with his unparalleled technical ability is a joy to behold. Bridging the gap between melody and accompaniment is the piano and piano accordionist, Tadhg Ó Meachair. The Dublin native is renowned for his unique approach to bass work and accompaniment, while also having picked up national awards for his melody playing.
Goitse will tour western Canada in March of 2015 and Canadians festivals in the same year.
JMI has take great pride over the years in working with legendary acts such as Fairport Convention, Pete Seeger and Jerry Jeff Walker. We very excited today to announce that we have signed England's legendary Maddy Prior & Steeleye Span.
Steeleye Span has been one of the most influential names in British roots music. Pioneers of folk-rock, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold records and international tours. Members have come and gone over the years, but Steeleye has always remained at the forefront of the genre they helped to define, and 45 years later the band is an institution in British music.
Steeleye Span formed in 1969, with the vision of playing folk music in a contemporary, electric band format. Taking their name from the song Horkstow Grange, their debut recording Hark! The Village Wait is a pioneering album that set out the blueprint for folk-rock.
The initial line-up was to prove short-lived, with Gay and Terry Woods departing before the band's first gig, to be replaced by Martin Carthy, already a fixture on the folk scene, and classically trained fiddle player Peter Knight. Their 1970 album Please To See the King became a classic while Ten Man Mop made inroads into the rock scene.
Further line-up changes ensued with Ashley Hutchings leaving to form The Albion Band, followed shortly afterwards by Martin Carthy. Steeleye recruited Rick Kemp on bass, Bob Johnson on guitar and Nigel Pegrum as the band's first drummer. With a more rock-oriented approach, it was this line-up that enjoyed the biggest commercial success, with the acapella Latin carol Gaudete achieving a Christmas chart entry in 1973 and a No 5 hit in 1975 with All Around My Hat produced by Mike Batt.
Steeleye Span will tour Canada with Maddy Prior for two weeks in the summer of 2015, with inquiries coming in before the official announcement was even made. These will be very special dates and there are no plans to tour Canada beyond next summer.
It's always a treat to book a tour for Black Umfolosi, and we are really glad to have them coming back to Canada after a hiatus of several years.
Fans can look forward to the same level of a capella excellence and virtually non-stop dancing as in past tours.
|Live performance of Shosholoza (YouTube).|
Here's where you can catch the guys this fall*
|Nov 05||New Glasgow||NS||Glasgow Square Theatre|
|Nov 06||Antigonish||NS||Immaculata Auditorium|
|Nov 07||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|Nov 08||Sackville||NB||Brunton Auditorium|
|Nov 09||Montreal||QC||Cabaret du Mile End|
|Nov 11||Guelph||ON||University Centre Courtyard|
|Nov 12||North Bay||ON||Capitol Centre|
|Nov 13||Burlington||ON||Performing Arts Centre|
|Nov 14||London||ON||Aeolian Theatre|
|Nov 15||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
|Nov 16||Kingston||ON||Chalmers United Church|
|Nov 18||Winnipeg||MB||West End Cultural Centre|
|Nov 19||Flin Flon||MB||RH Channing Auditorium|
|Nov 20||Regina||SK||The Exchange|
|Nov 21||Lethbridge||AB||The Attic|
|Nov 22||Airdrie||AB||Bert Church Theatre|
|Nov 24||Grande Prairie||AB||Grande Prairie Live Theatre|
|Nov 26||Valemount||BC||Valemount Com. Theatre|
|Nov 28||Courtenay||BC||Sid Williams Civic Theatre|
|Nov 29||Errington||BC||War Memorial Hall|
|Dec 01||Whitehorse||YK||Yukon Arts Centre|
|Dec 02||Haines Junction||YK||St. Elias Centre|
|Dec 04||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Dec 05||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|Dec 06||Vancouver||BC||Performance Works|
|Dec 07||Whistler||BC||My Place|
|Dec 08||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|Dec 09||Trail||BC||Charles Bailey Theatre|
*More dates may be added to this tour.
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These days James Keelaghan divides his summers between performing at folk festivals and running one of his own, as he is the artistic director for the long running Summerfolk in Owen Sound, Ontario.
You can catch James this summer at the following events:
|Jul 18-20||London||ON||Home County Folk Festival|
|Aug 07||Victoria||BC||Butchart Garden|
|Aug 8-10||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 15-17||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
|Sep 26-18||Wolfville||NS||Deep Roots Festival|
Original Quarrymen member Rod Davis, who recently signed on to JMI's Speakers Corner will be touring in the fall of 2015, a time that marks the 75th birthday of John Lennon (October 9th). Rod's cross-Canada tour will take place between October 15th & 25th, 2015.
John Lennon, Colin Hanton, Rod Davis, 1957
Rod was raised in Woolton on the outskirts of Liverpool and was a close friend of John Lennon's from a very early age when they attended Sunday school together. In 1956 he and John formed the legendary skiffle group, The Quarrymen with two other friends. Rod played banjo in the group for two years until he was replaced by Paul McCartney. At one time, there were three Beatles in The Quarrymen when George Harrison joined.
Rod will be speaking about the early days with John Lennon but he will also have his trusty banjo on hand to demonstrate the kind of music played by The Quarrymen. There will also be a question and answer component at the end of the talk.
Every time Red House Recording artist Ray Bonneville performs in central Canada, the tours get a little longer and the gigs a little bigger. The veteran Canadian singer-songwriter continues to see steady growth in his career despite decades on the road.
With the recent release of Easy Gone on Redhouse Records, Ray will be featuring new material, as well as favourites from his long career.
Ray will hit the road in Quebec and Ontario from October 15-25, 2015.
Sylvia Tyson is a true legend of both the folk and the country music worlds. JMI is very pleased to announce a rare tour of central Canada, which will take place April 10-19, 2015. She will be touring as a four piece.
Sylvia became one of the music world's most recognizable and respected names in the early 1960's as half of one of the biggest music acts in the business, Ian & Sylvia.
She then established a distinguished solo career, and is also known today as one of the Canadian vocal divas within the award winning group "Quartette". She has graced our country's recordings for four decades, writing classic songs and making music that has made this Chatham, Ontario native an international star, and a Canadian treasure. As one half of the Folk Country duo "Ian & Sylvia", she recorded 13 albums and helped change what the world was listening to. The album most revered today: "Great Speckled Bird" is now acknowledged as the beginning of a Country Rock sound that led to an evolution, still at the core of Country radio playlists.
Sylvia Tyson is a recipient of the Order of Canada. She treasures many awards and is a member to the Juno Awards Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In the mid 70's, Sylvia Tyson went on to release many critically acclaimed solo albums and host award winning radio and television programs such as the Roots series "Touch The Earth".
If you're going to be in London in September, plan to join BBC Radio 2 for a festival in a day as they celebrate the best of the station's music with one special day of live performances from a starry array of top UK and international artists.
BBC has just announced two more artists for Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park to perform alongside Lionel Richie with the BBC Concert Orchestra in what will be an exclusive UK performance for the star.
Joining Lionel Richie will be the amazing James Blunt and The Dutch jazz-star who smashed Michael Jackson's sales records in her homeland, Caro Emerald.
Lenny Kravitz will also perform a set on the night, marking his first UK gig for three years. Plus, Irish vocalist and musician Imelda May will be taking to the stage.
Also appearing will be the superb Beverley Knight, US sisters The Pierces and the best folk live experience you'll ever experience from the incomparable Bellowhead.
Bellowhead live: New York Girls [Official] (YouTube)
Jools Holland and his band will also be performing with special guests Sandie Shaw and Ruby Turner and the event will be hosted by Chris Evans with other Radio 2 presenters.
Sunday 11 September 2011 - Hyde Park, London
Tickets £32.50 plus booking fees (under-3s free)
American bluesman Guy Davis divides his summers mostly between Europe, the UK and America. In 2014, he will also be playing several Canadian festivals right across Canada.
Guy's current release, Jube Dance, spent 10 weeks in the number 1 position on the international RMR blues charts this winter and continues to be widely played around the world.
Some Cold, Rainy Day (YouTube)
Here's where he will be playing in July and August:
|Jul 4-6||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 7||Victoria||PE||Victoria Playhouse|
|Jul 8||Halifax||NS||Jazzeast Festival|
|Jul 25-27||Mission||BC||Mission Folk Festival|
|Aug 2-4||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
Because Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford all have busy solo careers and other projects, it can be hard to get them together for dates in the summer.
We were lucky enough to round them all up for a few this coming festival season. The ladies will be performing material from their 20 year career, as well as songs from their brand new CD, Rocks and Roses in the Maritimes and BC in July and August.
Here's where you can catch them this summer:
|Jul 18||Indian River||PEI||Indian River Church|
|Jul 19||New Glasgow||NS||Celtic Cultural Centre|
|Aug 14||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Aug 15||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
|Aug 17||Kamloops||BC||Rainbow Roost|
The globetrotting Vishtèn will undertake a rare western Canada tour this coming fall.
The past year has seen them tour Australia & America, and we've lost count of how many times they have been to Europe.
Here's where they will be in October:
La Fougue des Fées (YouTube)
Ray Bonneville will be busy in Canada this October. His Maritime tour takes place early in the month, and after a few days off, he will head to western Canada for dates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.
Here is a list of Ray's western gigs for this fall:
British Folk singer and guitar hero Martin Simpson will tour western Canada in November of 2014.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, "Love Never Dies" to the profoundly moving "Never Any Good" and "One Day". Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.
His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller and many more.
2013's Vagrant Stanzas
Here's where you can catch him this fall:
|Nov 06||Prince Albert||SK||E.A. Rawlinson Centre|
|Nov 07||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Nov 08||Calgary||AB||The Nickelodeon|
|Nov 09||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage Resort|
|Nov 12||Grande Prairie||AB||Grand Prairie Live Theatre|
|Nov 13||Coquitlam||BC||Evergreen Theatre|
|Nov 14||Salt Spring||BC||South End Grooveyard|
|Nov 15||Courtenay||BC||Komox Band Hall|
|Nov 16||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
We are very excited to announce that JMI has added a Speaker's Corner to our roster of folk and roots musicians. While there will be a focus on people with a strong connection to the music world, we will also be adding speakers from diverse backgrounds. Our aim will be to make available speakers who have unique and fascinating stories to tell.
Please allow us to introduce you to our first four signings.
|John Lennon, Colin Hanton & Rod Davis|
ROD DAVIS was, from a very early age, a close personal friend of John Lennon, and eventually became the banjo player in Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen in 1956. "I lived in Woolton and first met John Lennon at St. Peter's Sunday School when we were very small boys. I lived near (drummer) Colin Hanton and we all used to play street football together." Davis was eventually replaced by a young upstart named Paul McCartney, and was there on the famous day in 1957 when John met Paul.
Rod Davis will be available to tour Canada around the 75th birthday of John Lennon in the fall of 2015.
Joe Boyd (with hat) with The Incredible String Band
JOE BOYD is a true pop music pioneer. After graduating from Harvard in 1964, he staged some of the first UK tours for blues giants such as Muddy Waters, and was at Newport in 1965 where he supervised Bob Dylan's electric debut. He has produced the likes of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd & Fairport Convention, and as head of music for Warner Brothers Films, organized the scoring of Deliverance and A Clockwork Orange and made the feature-length documentary Jimi Hendrix. In 2006, Joe published his memoir "White Bicycles: Making Music in the Sixties" which sold 75,000 copies world wide.
Bernie's autobiography, True North
BERNIE FINKELSTEIN is both a giant and a pioneer of the Canadian music industry and the founder of True North Records. When only 22, he was invited by the legendary Albert Grossman (Bob Dlyan's manger) to collaborate on managing The Paupers. He also managed artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Dan Hill and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and The Grateful Dead. Bernie was the Chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2003. Mr. Finkelstein also received The Order of Canada in 2007.
Keith Richards, Bill German and Ron Wood
BILL GERMAN Author and Rolling Stones insider Bill German discusses his ups and downs with "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world." His first book, Under Their Thumb, chronicles his friendship with the Stones (forged when he was still a teenager) and how he became the band's official historian for two decades. He traveled the world with them, stayed at their homes and witnessed their private jam sessions, decadent parties and vicious in-fights. Bill is currently working on a second book about The Rolling Stones.
These speakers will be available for theatre tours, corporate work, conferences, and in the case of those connected to the music industry, festivals, where they can give workshops and talks about their experiences.
Red House recording artist and Juno Award winner Ray Bonneville will tour the Maritimes in the fall of 2014, just in time to promote his new CD, Easy Gone, which is steadily climbing up the international Blues charts.
For a taste of the new CD, you can listen to MP3s on the Red House website, here.
Ray will blaze through the Maritimes, take a couple days off and then head out west for more dates. Stay tuned for news on the western dates.
Here's where you can catch Ray in eastern Canada in October of 2014.
|Oct 03||Chester||NS||Chester Playhouse|
|Oct 04||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|Oct 05||Truro||NS||Marigold Cultural Centre|
|Oct 06||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|Oct 07||Antigonish||NS||Townhouse Brewpub|
|Oct 09||Mount Stewart||PEI||Trailside Cafe|
|Oct 10||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|Oct 12||Little Brook||NS||Elvina's|
Dave Cousins' long-awaited biography Exorcising Ghosts is to be published on September 1st, 2014.
How did a working class boy from West London come to discover Sandy Denny and Rick Wakeman, work with iconic figures like David Bowie, Dickie Attenborough and Dame Vera Lynn, meet royalty, change the face of commercial radio, and be granted God's abundant blessings by The Pope?
'Exorcising Ghosts', written by Strawbs singer and songwriter, Dave Cousins, tells an extraordinary story from the revivalist folk scene of the 1960s, through chart-topping albums and singles, to stadium rock shows of the 1970s. Cousins spares no punches in the untold story of his discovery of Sandy Denny in a folk club in Earls Court and their time together in Denmark. He invited the unknown Rick Wakeman to join Strawbs, and within six months they moved from playing in folk clubs to headlining the Albert Hall.
The subsequent incarnation of Strawbs found pop stardom with the notorious hit, 'Part Of The Union', which ended in an acrimonious bloodbath in Los Angeles. Undeterred, Dave Cousins recast Strawbs as a prog-rock band, playing stadium shows across the USA and Canada.
In 1980, Dave Cousins turned down the chance to sign to Elton John's record label and entered his secret life, the nascent world of commercial radio. Like a roller coaster, Dave Cousins' life has had its ups and downs, but what a ride!
Cape Breton's Còig, already booked for dates in Europe and Canada well into 2015, are about to release their debit CD, Five.
The recording was done by Mike Shepherd at lakewind Sounds Studios in Nova Scotia and mixed and mastered by Dave Gunning, with production and arrangement credits going to the band. You can listen to a cut from the new CD here.
And there is brand new video from the band here.
Còig is the best trad act we have seen come out of Nova Scotia in a decade, mixing driving instrumentals in pure Cape Breton fashion, with stunning vocals and three stepdancers.
They will be launching the new CD in June in the following markets:
|June 12||Sydney||NS||Flavour 19|
|June 15||Judique||NS||Celtic Music Interpretive Centre|
|June 17||Charlottetown||PE||The Pourhouse (Old Triangle)|
|June 24||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
JMI is very proud to announce that we have signed Ireland's legendary, multi-platinum selling De Danann.
Once described as 'the Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music', De Danann, returned to the festival stage in 2009 with a new album 'Wonderwaltz' and trips to Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and the USA. The band have found themselves once again in demand by promoters in Europe and North America. Founding member Alec Finn is joined by Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Derek Hickey (accordion), Brian McGrath (banjo/piano), Ronan O'Flaherty (fiddle) and Neill Lyons (bodhrán).
De Danann were formed in 1975 in Galway and became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music before going their separate ways in 2003. The group released their debut album 'De Danann' in 1975 and in total have recorded 14 albums including 'Anthem', 'Star Spangled Molly' and 'A Jacket of Batteries' and achieved chart success, with many of the albums reaching gold and platinum status.
De Danann will be touring the Canadian festival circuit in the summer of 2015.
After a winter that has already seen Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys tour Australia, Europe, the UK and western Canada, the guys are getting ready ready for their first tour of Newfoundland & Labrador in May, before heading off to Malaysia in June and Europe again in July. The guys also have one Nova Scotia date in May and a hometown show in June.
Here's where you can catch them in Atlantic Canada in the coming weeks.
|May 09||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|May 21||Happy Valley-Goose Bay||NL||Labrador Friendship Centre|
|May 23/24||Norris Point||NL||Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival|
|May 26||Bonavista||NL||Garrick Theatre|
|May 28||St. John's||NL||LSPU Hall|
|Jun 10||Charlottetown||PE||Victoria Park|
|Jun 20||Kuching||Malaysia||Rainforest World Music Festival|
For more details about Gordie's schedule including his July dates in Europe, please visit their calendar page.
JMI is excited to announce that we have signed Cape Breton's Còig, the best trad act we have seen come out of Nova Scotia in a decade. With incredible instrumental prowess, beautiful vocals and three step dancers, Còig is demonstrating that traditional Cape Breton music is not going away any time soon.
CÒIG ("Ko-ig". Gaelic for '5') is an exciting ensemble consisting of five solo acts, and is definitely Atlantic Canada's young band to watch. The group consists of Chrissy Crowley, Darren McMullen, Rachel Davis, Colin Grant and Jason Roach.
Còig studio sessions on YouTube.
With a combined total of over 30 nominations and awards, each of Còig's talented musicians have released their own successful solo albums, and have toured both at home and abroad before coming together as this exciting super group.
"Five acclaimed, award winning solo musicians in their own right,
in one explosive 'coming together'...
Collectively they are a Cape Breton trad triumph..."
- Davie Gardner, the Shetland Times, UK
Redhouse Recording artist Ray Bonneville is set to release Easy Gone amidst a hectic touring schedule that increasingly sees him performing overseas.
"a master of the slow burn, the gentle funk, the infectious rhythm."
On Easy Gone, Bonneville delivers 10 reasons why longevity pays off. On each song, his taut guitar work shimmers like the scales on coiled rattler, menacing and confident. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time and his harmonica rhythms add an extra dollop of grit to his streetwise sound. Produced by Bonneville and Justin Douglas, Easy Gone wears the faded work clothes of a man who knew when he "said I do to a highway," as he sings in "Who Do Call the Shots," that it wasn't going to be an easy marriage. But he also knew divorce was not an option, and affirms his vows in soulful lyrics that balance thoughtful observation, impassioned emotion and the restless soul of a wanderer.
You can listen to mp3s from Easy Gone here.
Ray will tour the Maritimes and western Canada in October of this year (2014).
Full details, including dates and venues, will be announced on the JMI news page in the near future.
JMI congratulates Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys for winning Roots/Traditional Group Recording at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown last night, April 3rd.
The guys were in British Columbia showcasing at Pacific Contact when the news came in and the award was presented to Mark Geddes' father. The band will tour western Canada, Newfoundland and Malaysia this spring, before heading off to Europe for a summer packed with festivals.
Two of Atlantic Canada's finest live groups will be showcasing on opposite ends of the country this weekend.
Vishtèn will fly into Charlottetown from Germany just in time for an ECMA showcase on Saturday, April 5th at the Rodd Hotel, 75 Kent Street from 8:55 to 9:15, headlining the Francophone showcase.
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys will be showcasing on the other side of the country in Burnaby, BC at the Michael J. Fox Theatre on Friday, April 4th from 9:15 to 9:30 p.m.
If you are attending either of these conferences, we hope you can make one of the showcases - they will not disappoint
• Bernie Finkelstein's True North Available for the First Time in Paperback (February 13, 2016)
• The Young'uns Nominated as BBC2 Folk Awards Group of the Year (February 13, 2016)
• Ray Bonneville to tour Atlantic Canada in November (February 9, 2016)
• Vishtèn Heading West in the Fall of 2017 (February 9, 2016)
• Guy Davis to Tour Quebec and Ontario (February 8, 2016)
• Shane Howard Receives the Order of Australia (February 8, 2016)
• Quartette Has Two Ontario Dates in February (February 8, 2016)
• James Keelaghan to Tour Western Canada in April 2017 (Jamuary 30, 2016)
• Goitse to Tour Western Canada in 2017 (December 21, 2015)
• JMI Signs the UK's Young'uns (December 17, 2015)
• De Danann to tour Canada in March, 2016 (December 15, 2015)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Jump into 2016 (December 14, 2015)
• Gordie MacKeeman Europe's Second Most Popular Festival Act (December 5, 2015)
• Coig to Tour Western Canada in the New Year (December 5, 2015)
• A Quartette Christmas Available for Western Canada in December, 2016 (November 30, 2015)
• Remembering Ron Hynes (November 22, 2015)
• Guy Davis Headed for the Maritimes (November 9, 2015)
• Guy Davis Brings the Blues to Young Audiences Around the World (November 3, 2015)
• Ray Bonneville Available with Band for 2016 Summer Festivals (November 2, 2015)
• JMI Signs Ireland's Skipper's Alley (October 27, 2015)
• JMI Signs PEI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin (October 13, 2015)
• Moulettes Reflect on their First Trip to Canada (October 10, 2015)
• A Còig Christmas to Tour the Maritimes and Ontario in December of 2016 (October 9, 2015)
• Cape Breton's Còig to Tour the Maritimes in November (October 4, 2015)
• Guy Davis Releases Kokomo Kid, Makes the Cover of Living Blues (October 4, 2015)
• Quartette Christmas Headed fo Ontario and the Prairies (October 4, 2015)
• Guy Davis Heading Back to Western Canada Next Fall (October 3, 2015)
• Ray Bonneville Touring Quebec & Ontario in October of 2015 (September 30, 2015)
• Vishtèn to Launch Terre Rouge in PEI & NB (September 28, 2015)
• Gordie MacKeeman and Vishtèn Double Bill Touring the Maritimes in October (September 23, 2015)
• Gordie MacKeeman Headed Back Out West in November (September 22, 2015)
• Gordie MacKeeman Performing Three Ontario Dates (September 21, 2015)
• Moulettes Coming to Canada! (September 16, 2015)
• Maddy Prior & Maggie Bell Interviewed by Holger Peterson (August 22, 2015)
• Guy Davis in Movie with Leon Robinson (July 31, 2015)
• Guy Davis to Tour Canada's Far North (July 30, 2015)
• Les Tireux d'Roches Tour Atlantic Canada in 2017 (July 26, 2015)
• Les Tireux d'Roches seront en tournée dans les provinces atlantiques en 2017 (26 juillet, 2015)
See News page for more JMI news.