Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018
This tour will feature a young aboriginal Australian sideman, TBA, and will be perfect for medium sized theatres interested in world music, and also for folk clubs. Shane is a consummate performer and a joy to work with. He will tour western Canada in February 2018 and we already have a block of dates in the far north (Feb 4/13), so we are ready to sign contracts. However, the month of February is wide open so we are available for dates pretty much anywhere in Canada.
Quartette Christmas to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2017
Offers are already coming in for this tour, which was announced earlier this week.
Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018
Ray will tour western and central Canada in March of 2018, starting on the west coast and working his way east. This time around, Ray will be traveling with his old bandmate, Richie Lawrence on piano. Watch them performing live here on Youtube. This will mark Ray's first tour in most of these markets in three years, so the timing is perfect. We will start work on this tour early in 2016 but you can let us know now if you would like to put a hold on a date.
Triple Grammy Award Nominee Claire Lynch
JMI is very pleased to announced that Compass Records recording artist Claire Lynch will tour Quebec and Ontario November 9 - 19, 2017. The Nashville-based bluegrass artist has just been nominated for the Bluegrass Album of the Year Grammy. This is her third Grammy nomination and her past awards are too numerous to mention here but include six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. She has also collaborated with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt and Bela Fleck, to name just a few.
Her most recent recording, North by South, is a collection of songs all written by Canadians and has been charting high on both sides of the border. Claire's previous JMI tours of Atlantic and western Canada have been very successful with virtually all of the dates being sold out.
This is a short tour, so please let us know if you would like a date.
Watch Claire Lynch live in concert on YouTube.
December 6th, 2016 – Nashville, TN –– Compass Records recording artist Claire Lynch received a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Bluegrass Album of the Year for her release NORTH BY SOUTH for the 59th Annual GRAMMY awards.
This is Claire's 3rd Grammy nomination and adds to a long list of career acolades that include multiple wins for International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year as well as the prestigious USA Artists Fellowship in music. Long considered a singer's singer, Claire Lynch's resume boasts collaborations with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Rondstadt who described her as a "rare talent" with the voice "of an angel".
NORTH BY SOUTH is the product of a love for Canadian songs and of the love that developed between Claire and her Canadian fan (whom she married in 2014). The songs Claire selected for the project are an exquisite sampling of the rich tradition of Canadian songwriting and, as Lynch remarks,: "it's a collection that only touches the tip of the iceberg".
The album includes stand out versions of Ron Sexsmith's "Cold Hearted Wind" with Jerry Douglas on Dobro, the catchy "Kingdom Come" written by Old Man Luedecke featuring Bela Fleck (banjo) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and the gorgeous maritime ballad "Molly May" written by Cape Breton's J.P. Cormier. Lynch also delivers thoughtful reinterpretations of songs by Lynn Miles ("Black Flowers"), Dave Francey ("Empty Train"), Gordon Lightfoot ("It's Worth Believing") and Bruce Cockburn ("All the Diamonds in the World").
Talking about her role as the album's producer Alison Brown said: "Claire Lynch is a consummate artist and one of bluegrass music's greatest treasures. Having the chance to work with her in the studio was an incredible privilege for me and I'm so thrilled to see her get this recognition from the Recording Academy."
Claire's mother also had a strong affinity for Canada. She explains: "Mom always said things from Canada were just a little bit better. As a New Yorker transplanted to the South, I grew up knowing there was little that separated me from newfound friends. The same is true of this album: roots and branches don't recognize borders. I want to thank the songwriters and musicians on either side of that imaginary line whose cross-pollination brought this project to fruition. I think Mom would agree this collection took "a little bit better" to a whole new level."
Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada's premiere Folk Roots and World Music magazine considered to be the voice of Canadian folk music, has established Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's album AUPRÈS DU POÊLE as the critiques choice for 2016.
40 industry jurors, representing members of the media, folk clubs and festival artistic directors, from across Canada chose the album. "We are truly humbled by this news and are amazed to think that we'd receive such a fantastic acknowledgment." says the group's percussionist, Caleb Gallant. On behalf of the band, he wishes to thank all those who made the album possible including their friend and producer Leonard Podolak, sound engineer Mark Busic, cover artist Karen Gallant and musician friends, the Duhks and Les Poule Au Colin, who guested on the album.
It's been an amazing year and ride for the members Ten Strings And A Goat Skin who continue to receive national and international
awards and accolades, notably, receiving 4 nominations for the
Canadian Folk Music Awards being held today in Toronto.
Quartette's Christmas shows have always been poplar, and indeed, continue to sell out in many markets. This year the ladies will be doing dates in Ontario as well as western Canada. Audiences can expect the same trademark harmonies and reverence for the season as in past Christmas shows, drawing mostly from their two Christmas recordings.
Here is where you can catch the ladies in December:
|Dec 06||Trail||BC||Charles Bailey Theatre|
|Dec 07||Oliver||BC||Frank Venables Theatre|
|Dec 08||Daysland||AB||Daysland Palace Theatre|
|Dec 09||Cochrane||AB||St. Andrew’s Church|
|Dec 10||Turner Valley||AB||Flare & Derrick Community Hall|
|Dec 11||Pinawa||MB||Pinawa Community Centre|
|Dec 15||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Dec 16||Brampton||ON||Rose Theatre Studio|
|Dec 17||Orillia||ON||Orillia Opera House|
|Dec 18||Owen Sound||ON||Roxy Theatre|
|Dec 19||Oshawa||ON||Regent Theatre|
|Dec 21||Kingston||ON||Grand Theatre|
|Dec 22||Ottawa||ON||Centrepointe Theatre|
JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin has been very busy touring in America and Europe over the past few months, but will make time for their first theatre and folk club tour of western Canada in November (2016). With their current CD, Auprès du poêle, charting well in North America and Europe, and with their four CFMA nominations leading the pack for this year's Canadian Folk Music Awards, the guys are on a steep trajectory with no signs of slowing down.
Here's where you can catch them next month:
Prince Edward Island's traditional world/folk/fusion music trio, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, has been singled out by Songlines Magazine (UK) for its "Top of the World" top 10 list in the magazine's October 2016 issue. Considered one of the most respected world music publications, Songlines lists Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's new album, AUPRÈS DU POÊLE at number 5 of its October issue. The list, which also features 5 additional track picks from the iconic Quincy Jones, is also presented in a CD attached to the magazine and mailed out to its over 20,000 subscribers. In addition to the magazine listing and feature review of the album, and as part of Songlines partnership with British Airways, the airline will be including the Top of the World and celebrity playlist selections in their in-flight audio entertainment channel for the month of November. This reach extends to a potential global audience of 1.1 million. Group member Rowen Gallant, grateful for the acknowledgement, stated, "We're so thrilled that British Airways is deciding to include new music from young bands like ours on their flights."
The trio has seen numerous and excellent reviews for its new album including a further feature in Canada's preeminent Folk magazine Penguin Eggs for the month of October.
After a very busy summer season the group will continue touring returning to France and western Canada this fall.
For more information please go to tenstringsandagoatskin.com
At JMI we pride ourselves in searching the world for the very finest roots artists. This year we received some 600 solicitations from artists from every corner of the globe looking for representation for the coming season, and we signed one, Denmark's Jonah Blacksmith.
I saw the seven piece Jonah Blacksmith for the first time at fabled Tønder Festival in Denmark this past August, and about 60 seconds into the first song, I knew I wanted to sign them. Their harmonies, their groove, the songwriting put me in mind of The Band. Although they are distinctly Danish, they also have a universal sound that could be described as Americana. Powerful stories are told through brilliant songwriting, featuring beautiful, soulful harmonies. This is a group ready to take the North American folk scene by storm, but also a group that poised to appeal to a much wider audience that just the folk and roots crowd.
Jonah Blacksmith will be touring Canada in July of 2017 and are already being courted by some of the biggest festivals in in the country. The Canadian delegation at Tønder were unanimous in their assessment of this band – all the presenters who saw them want to host them as soon as possible.
Their current CD, Northern Trail, is a showcase of a multi-talented group on the verge of something big. Their Danish single, Off the Track, was produced by the Grammy Awarding winning Tchad Blake, whose credits include Robert Plant, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Waits, and Sheryl Crow, to name but a few.
Borealis Recording artist, James Keelaghan will be touring western Canada in April of 2017, but a private event in October has allowed us to do a handful of public shows for people who could not make April work. You can catch James here in October:
|Oct 25||Kelowna||BC||Private event|
|Oct 28||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
|Oct 29||Calgary||AB||Crescent Heights Community Hall|
And don't miss James at the Stan Rogers tribute show at Hugh's Room in Toronto on November 18th, which will feature a number of great Canadian folk artists!
New York based bluesman Guy Davis toured western Canada in April, but he is headed back this fall for a short run of dates in Alberta and BC, touring his brilliant new recording, Kokomo Kid. Guy will be performing solo and here is where you can catch him.
|Oct 01||Calgary||AB||Crescent Heights Community Hall|
|Oct 02||Banff||AB||Margaret Greenham Theatre|
|Oct 04||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage Resort|
|Oct 06||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi will undertake their first Canadian theatre tour in four years when they cross the country in March of 2018. The a cappella group has sold out theatres from the Atlantic to the Pacific and all the way to the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
One of the easiest world music groups to produce, their tech consists entirely of five wireless mics, which means that they can play huge concert halls, small theatres and virtually everything in between. A typical show will feature at least two costume changes and continuous dancing, including the spectacular gumboot dance.
The tour will start in Atlantic Canada and proceed onto Quebec and Ontario, finishing up on the west coast. The entire month of March is set aside for this tour.
This summer England's incredible Moulettes performed at 11 major festivals from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, astounding audiences with their mix of folk, pop and progressive rock. Think Pentangle, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd… Moulettes will tour from Quebec to BC October 4 - 22, 2017. Offers have been coming in even before the tour has been announced, so please let us know if you would like a date.
Live Studio Version
The Young'Uns have played just about every major folk festival in the UK, Europe and Australia, and they hit a few Canadian ones this summer as well, selling hundreds of CDs at each event. They are funny, they are political, they are great writers, and boy, can these guys sing. They are also winners of the BBC2 Folk Awards, Best Group two years in a row. As in the case of Moulettes, we have been getting offers for The Young'Uns before even announcing a tour so let us know if you want a date. They will tour western Canada November 3 - 26, 2017.
You Won't Find Me
on Benefits Street
After three and a half decades at the forefront of British folkrock, Oysterband have earned their status as legends. The most incredible thing about them though, is not that they still sound as good as they ever have, but that they are also writing the best material they have ever produced. Oysters3 is an acoustic trio comprising of founding members Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, and John Jones. This is all the fun with only a fraction of the production and hospitality. Oysterband has been headlining major western festivals for years and selling out western theatres to boot.
It is always something of an event when we bring The Strawbs over to tour Canada. We have had people come from as far away as England, Iraq, South America and all points in the USA not only to see them perform in Canada, but at times, to follow them around like Deadheads.
The Strawbs will be touring Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes in October. This will be the first tour in two years, and once again we will be touring Acoustic Strawbs, compromising of Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, all members from the band's golden period, when they were headlining venues like the Montreal Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
More than 40 years on the road and the guy are still going strong and sound as good as they ever did. Here is where you can catch them in October.
|Oct 02||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Oct 03||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Oct 04||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Oct 05||Oakville||ON||Oakville Centre for the Arts|
|Oct 06||Kitchener||ON||Registry Theatre|
|Oct 07||Gravenhurst||ON||Peter’s Place|
|Oct 09||Wentworth-Nord||QC||Private performance|
|Oct 11||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|Oct 13||Saint John||NB||Steamers|
|Oct 14||Pictou||NS||The Decoste Centre|
Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi is a favourite with Canadian audiences, having performed hundreds of shows from coast to coast and even into the far north. This summer they will be performing dates in BC and Alberta, including the Edmonton Folk Festival.
Here is when and where you can catch them this summer:
|Jul 30||Lake Country||BC||Creekside Theatre|
|Jul 31||Chemainus||BC||Chemainus United Church|
|Aug 03||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|Aug 5-7||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 12-14||Grande Prairie||AB||Bear Creek Music Festival|
England's Young'Uns is a three man group from England who have performed at virtually all of the major festivals in both Europe and the UK. This year, they won they won Best Group for the second year in a row at the BBC2 Folk Awards in London. The group features stunning three part harmonies and fantastic issue-oriented songwriting in the tradition of Billy Bragg. We are very excited that they were able to find a window this summer to come to Canada and will kick off a western tour this weekend in Vancouver. Here is where you can catch them.
|Jul 15-16||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Music Festival|
|Jul 16-17||Harrison||BC||Harrison Festival of the Arts|
|Jul 19||Trail||BC||Gyro Park|
|Jul 21-24||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival|
|Jul 27||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Jul 30-Aug 01||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
It wasn't terribly formal, but it was a great compliment nonetheless. CBC's Tom Power today tweeted that Moulettes was the best thing he saw at this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival. Considering Tom's reputation for knowing good music, coupled with the sheer size of Winnipeg (biggest folk festival in the country), we were delighted to see this affirming tweet. There was a lot of great talent at the festival this year. Thank you Tom, and well done Moulettes!
The longer Vishtèn stays at it, the busier they become, it would seem. In recent years they have added Australia to Europe and North America as markets they frequent. These days they are rarely off the road. One of the highlights of this summer will be performing at the fabled Philadelphia Folk Festival. Here is where you can catch them in North America over the summer months.
|July 10||Almonte||ON||Almonte CeltFest|
|July 17||Rollo Bay||PEI||Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival|
|July 23||Toronto||ON||Harbourfront Centre|
|July 24-29||St-Come||QC||Camp Violin Trad Quebec|
|July 30-31||Saint-Charles-Barrome||QC||Festival Memoire et Racines|
|Aug 01-04||Goderich||ON||Goderich College (Workshops)|
|Aug 05-07||Goderich||ON||Goderich Celtic Festival|
|Aug 13-14||Mont-Carmel||PEI||Atlantic Fiddler’s Jamboree|
|Aug 17||Dieppe||NB||Mecredi Show Dieppe|
|Aug 19||Lowel||MA||Roots & Branches Festival|
|Aug 20-21||Philadelphia||PA||Philadelphia Folk Festival|
|Aug 25||Boothbay Harbour||ME||Opera House at Boothbay Harbour|
|Aug 26-28||Bangor||ME||American Folk Festival|
|Aug 30||Farmington||ME||Old South Church|
|Sep 02||Great Barrington||MA||Guthrie Centre|
|Sep 04||Randolf||VT||New World Festival|
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have released their first video Coal Not Dole from their newly released album Auprès Du Poêle. The video highlights an anthem penned by Kay Sutcliffe from the UK during the miners’ strike in Britain during the early 1980s. Struck by the power of the piece, as well as its universal theme in trying times for so many in the workplace, the group felt strongly about putting it on their new album.
Working closely with producer Leonard Podolak of Grammy- and Juno-winning eclectic roots favourites The Duhks, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have pushed their music into new territory in this video with Coal Not Dole, adding only a B3 and crazed pump organ and taut vocal harmonies for a rich and infectious sound that highlights a call for change.
|After returning from a recent three week tour of Europe and a very successful album launch, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin head off across Canada and then back to Europe and the USA for a very busy festival season. A video link is provided here. For more information on the group please go to www.tenstringsandagoatskin.com|
Skipper's Alley is one of the best trad groups to emerge from Ireland in recent years. The seven piece group incorporates everything from pipes to harp and have a sound that is unique on the trad scene right now. They are about to embark on their first Canadian tour, a run of dates in Nova Scotia. Here is where you can catch them this week and next.
Nashville bluegrass star Claire Lynch is headed for Nova Scotia and PEI. The Grammy nominated singer songwriter is playing The Stan Rogers Folk Festival for the first time, and will be performing a couple of dates in Nova Scotia and PEI when she is in the neighbourhood. Here is where you can catch her next week:
|June 28||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Café|
|June 30||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|July 2-3||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
To say that Sylvia Tyson is a legend is to state the obvious. Through the sixties and early seventies, Ian & Sylvia produced 13 albums and toured extensively through North American and Europe, sharing their manager, Albert Grossman, with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, The Band and Janis Joplin. Her many accomplishments include membership in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and prestigious Order of Canada.
Sylvia has been covered by many artists over the years, including the smash hit Crystal Gayle had with River Road. We have just learned that two of music's great legends, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin has covered You Were On My Mind on the newly released CD, Colvin & Earle.
You can read about the new recording here, in the London Guardian.
Watch for Sylvia to tour central Canada next year, details TBA
PEI's powerhouse trad trio, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have been touring steadily all year, mostly in Europe and America, where they continue to sell out nearly all of their shows. The guys have a very busy summer coming up with dates all over Canada, the USA and Europe. Here is where you can catch them in Canada this summer:
|Jun 30||Charlottetown||PE||The Old Triangle – CD Release|
|Jul 02||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|Jul 03||Souris||PE||Souris Show Hall|
|Jul 07||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room (with Moulettes)|
|Jul 08||Almonte||ON||Almonte Celtfest|
|Jul 09-10||Orillia||ON||Mariposa Folk Festival|
|Jul 13||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Jul 15-17||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Festival|
|Jul 22||Summerside||PE||Summerside Lobster Festival|
|Aug 04||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|Aug 06||Moncton||NB||Tide & Boar|
|Aug 07||Digby||NS||Festival Acadien de Clare|
|Aug 13||Georgetown||PE||Cloggeroo Festival|
|Aug 14||Caraquet||NB||Festival Acadie de Caraquet|
|Aug 15*||Fredericton||NB||Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne|
|Aug 15*||Miramichi||NB||Waterford Green Park|
|Aug 16||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Café|
|Sep 22-25||Wolfville||NS||Deep Roots Festival|
|Sep 26||Charlottetown||PE||Showcase PEI|
|Oct 12||Rimouski||QC||Showcase Roseq|
*Two shows on August 15, in Fredericton and Miramichi, NB
The guys will also be touring western Canada in November, details TBA. For a list of all their dates, including America and Europe, please click here.
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Toronto, Canada – May 31, 2016 - TableRock Media, is pleased to announce award-winning music executive Bernie Finkelstein has joined their Board of Directors. The international music industry icon will be instrumental to developing brand partnerships as TableRock Media gears up to launch their first APP-based content streaming service focused on Guitars later this year.
Bernie Finkelstein has been awarded the Order Of Canada and Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, was elected to the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and received both the SOCAN and Walt Grealis Special Achievement Awards. He has been influential in shaping the music industry as an active board member with the Ontario Film Development Corporation, SOCAN Foundation, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) now known as CIMA and the Canadian Association Of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The founder of True North Records, Bernie and has been one of the leading figures in both the Canadian and worldwide music industry working with recording artists that include Bruce Cockburn, Dan Hill, Rough Trade, Murray McLauchlan, Barney Bentall, Stephen Fearing, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Randy Bachman. His illustrious career at True North Records includes 40 Juno Awards and 40 gold and platinum records. His memoir True North: A Life In The Music Business was released in 2012 with McClelland & Stewart.
"Bernie's well-respected career as a leader in the music industry will be invaluable to our Board of Directors and executive team as we get ready to launch our first App-based streaming service focused on Guitars later this year," said Jeffrey Elliott, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TableRock Media. "His substantial knowledge and expertise will play a significant role in the creation of original, premium content and member experiences."
"Over the last few years, general entertainment streaming services have seen tremendous growth and TableRock Media's vision to offer niche content to passionate audiences is truly next generation thinking," said Bernie Finkelstein, President, Finkelstein Management. "I am thrilled to be part of such a visionary media company that truly appreciates people want authentic and credible content to fuel their passions."
TableRock Media will launch a series of APP-based streaming services focused on key genres including Guitars, Motorcycles and Aviation, all hyper-niche content for passionate enthusiasts. Launching with a Guitar-focused channel later this year, global audiences will have access to premium content, with original documentaries, films and hosted series featuring a combination of original productions and acquired programming. The subscription-based APP will go beyond the screen giving members' access to exclusive events, engagement through social media and forums to build a community around people who are passionate about all things guitar.
TableRock Media is co-founded by Jeffrey Elliott, former founder and CEO of GlassBOX Television, Chief Operating Officer Joseph Arcuri, former CFO at GlassBOX Television and President of AOL Canada and Chief Creative Officer David Hatch, founder of Whistlestop Productions. The TableRock Media Board of Directors is chaired by Ken Murphy, co-founder of High Fidelity, HDTV and former President and General Manager at Discovery Channel (Canada). Henry Eaton, President of Eaton Ventures, Francis MacDougall, Founder of GestureTek and Bernie Finkelstein, President of Finkelstein Management complete the TableRock Media Board of Directors.
The Guitar Channel subscription-based, streaming service APP will be available through Apple and Android devices, set-top boxes, video game consoles and other platforms when launched for a global audience late 2016.
There is always a good buzz when Oysterband comes to Canada, with excited fans emailing us to find out if the guys will be playing in their town. Demand is such in the UK and Europe that we have a hard time getting dates for this legendary English group, but we did manage to secure three weeks in July. This run will see them playing some of the biggest festivals in western Canada – here's where they will be:
|Jul 8-10||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk Festival|
|Jul 13||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place Theatre|
|Jul 14||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Jul 15-17||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Festival|
|Jul 18-21||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival - teaching workshops|
|Jul 22||Duncan||BC||Islands Folk Festival|
|Jul 23-24||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival|
"If at the end of the year the BBC contact me (as they do) and ask me to name my gig of the year (as they do) Goitse at The Dunamaise Theatre would be a country mile ahead of anything I've seen this past five years."
England's Moulettes will tour Canada in July, and oh, what a tour it will be. Not only are they playing many of the biggest festivals in the country, but some of these events are also the most prestigious festivals of their kind in the world. Their ten festival performances will include Montreal International Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Moulettes will land in Canada after a slew of sold European dates, and with a brand new CD (Preternatural) that just entered the British charts at #2. Stay tuned for information on a Canadian release of Preternatural as well.
Here is the full schedule of where you can find them this July:
|Jul 01-03||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 05||Montreal||QC||Montreal International Jazz Festival|
|July 07||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room (with Ten Strings And A Goat Skin)|
|Jul 08||Orillia||ON||Mariposa Folk Festival|
|Jul 09-10||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk Festival|
|Jul 15||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Music Festival|
|July 16||White Rock||BC||Outdoor show – Five Corners|
|Jul 17||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Music Festival|
|Jul 18||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Jul 19||Duncan||BC||City Square Stage|
|Jul 20||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Jul 21-24||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival|
JMI is very pleased to announce that Tony McManus, hailed by critics as "the finest Celtic guitarist in the world," will tour western Canada from October 19 - 29, 2017.
Just back from extensive, sold-out tours of Europe, the UK and Australia, Tony is touring Newfoundland at the time of this posting. While Tony's live shows focuses on Celtic guitar pieces, it is liberally sprinkled with songs, and occasionally shows how he can stretch out as an artist, particularly on a 19th Century piano piece called Gnossiennes No. 1 that he has adapted for steel string guitar.
Tony's Mysterious Boundaries has been hailed by his peers as "A masterpiece," (John Renbourn) and "Beyond beautiful – it's perfect," (Tommy Immanuel).
Vishtèn just gets busier and busier, to the point where finding time frames to tour is a real challenge. In recent years the group has added Australia to their stomping grounds, after performing countless tours across Europe and America.
After some juggling, we have managed to find a time frame for the guys to tour the region they hail from, Atlantic Canada. Vishtèn will tour Atlantic Canada April 5 - 15, 2018. Expect the usual blend of step dancing, fiddling, vocals and humour. All the members of the group are multi-instrumentalists, and we do not hesitate to say that they are the finest proponents of Acadian culture to be found anywhere.
A very easy show to produce, you can view Vishten's technical requirements here:
The Young'uns took a day off from their current sold out tour of the UK last week to attend the prestigious BBC2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Last year they took the award for best group beating out folk giants, Bellowhead, who are the largest selling indie act in England's history.
JMI congratulates the guys on winning again for 2016, Best Group, and no small feat considering the competition across the pond. Also from last week, the guys received a rare five start review for their concert in Coventry, which stated, "It's so bound to leave you feeling better about life that their gigs should probably be available on prescription."
The Young'uns will make their Canadian debut on the festival circuit in July, and we are already planning for a return tour of western Canada in 2017.
While touring in Louisiana last weekend, JMI's Vishtèn learned that they had won the 2016 ECMW Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the year. The band said that they "were floored" by the win in Twitter. So far, 2016 has been a blur of international tours in Australia, America the UK and Europe for Vishtèn, with more of the same scheduled for the remainder of the year.
The group has also released a new promo video, showcasing their many and disparate talents. You can view the new video here.
JMI congratulates Vishtèn on this latest award and we wish them safe travels as they tour the world.
Arguably the finest Celtic guitarist in the world, Tony McManus will tour Atlantic Canada in mid-May, 2016. Currently touring in Australia, Tony performs around the world, at festivals and concert halls in Australia, Europe and across North America.
Here is where you can catch him next month:
The lineup for the 2016 May Run Music Festival was announced at a press conference in Charlottetown yesterday. The event will take place May 18 - 22, inclusive.
From the JMI Speaker's Corner, Canadian music industry legend Bernie Finkelstein will deliver the key note address at the event. Finkelstein is the founder of True North Records. He also managed many artists including Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Dan Hill. Bernie was the Chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984. Bernie was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2006, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) awarded Bernie the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, Mr. Finkelstein also received the Order of Canada in 2007.
JMI's two PEI acts will be performing at the closing concert. Vishtèn and Ten Strings And A Goat Skin will join fellow Islander Tim Chaisson and other artists at what should be a very exciting show. Last month it was announced that JMI artists dominated the award nominations, taking 14 in total.
Well, not quite, but JMI artists rock, and they are constantly making the covers of some of music's most prestigious and influential music publications around the world. Here are some of the magazine covers our artists have made in recent times.
The last time we toured Nashville's Claire Lynch in Atlantic Canada, nearly all of the shows sold out, despite it being her first time in the region. Claire will be returning in fall of 2017, and is available for dates throughout the region October 5 -15, 2017. This tour will mark two and a half years from the previous one in this area.
Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the Bluegrass genre. She has two GRAMMY nominations and countless other awards among her official accolades. Frequent and enthusiastic standing ovations at her performances with her tight, virtuosic band demonstrate her ability to captivate widely diverse audiences. Critics laud her songwriting as an undeniable gift, and her enthralling "hillbilly angel" voice has landed her spots on recordings from Linda Ronstadt to Ralph Stanley in between.
JMIs' PEI artists were front and centre at Tuesday's 2016 Music PEI Awards nominations announcement in Charlottetown. Gordie MacKeeman, Vishtèn and Ten Strings And A Goat Skin had a total of 14 nods for the awards, which will be handed out in May during Music PEI Week.
Here are all the categories our artists were nominated in – we congratulate them, and all our other friends and colleagues who were nominated
Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year
Entertainer of the Year
Touring Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Roots Traditional Recording of the Year
Cavendish Beach Music Festival Group
PEI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin seem to be going about things in a backwards kind of way, but the results have been incredible. The young band has toured Europe and America many times, and are already at the point where they are selling out most of their shows abroad. On a recent 40 date tour of America, the band played to capacity houses almost everywhere, something that mirrors their recent European tours. What is unique about this situation is this – the band has established themselves as an act that can sell out venues in America and Europe before they have even played many Canadian festivals and venues.
To be asked to perform at Denmark's prestigious Tønder Festival is a feather in the cap of any emerging group. To be asked to play the festival two years in a row is almost unheard of, but the guys will be heading back to Tønder in August, by popular demand. Last summer they were the top selling act at Shrewsbury in England, despite being up against headliners like Richard Thompson.
And last month Billboard Magazine announced that TSGS's current CD, Corbeau, was charting at #6 internationally for world music, putting them in competition with major artists like Loreena McKennitt and Buena Vista Social Club.
Ten Strings will tour Canadian festivals in July of 2016 and will also be touring the Maritimes and western Canada in the next year. Fans can look forward to a new CD release in June.
Every year since 1986, England's fRoots magazine has tasked a large international panel of experts – over 300 in recent times – to nominate the Album Of The Year. After they announced the results of the 30th annual fRoots Critics Poll for Albums Of The Year in December, the magazine invited the public to vote online for their one favourite album out of all the winners and runners up in every year's Critics Poll since it began in 1986, 120 albums in all. And after a massive entry the Best Of The Best, the placings are:
1. BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit) 1997
JMI congratulates Oysterband and Bellowhead on taking three of the top five spots in this very prestigious and elite list.
Guy Davis will return to Canada for a brief tour in April, with dates in Ontario and out west. He returns in the fall for a larger western tour, but meanwhile, this is where Canadian blues fans can catch him next month.
After more than three decades since its original release, a new version of Shane Howard's iconic Solid Rock is back at #1 on the Australian radio charts. Last week the song was played more than any other on the continent.
Australian recording artist Scott Darlow recreated the Australian rock classic with Howard ahead of Australia Day.
"I realised that this country that I grew up in, that I thought was my country, wasn't," says Howard. "I had to reassess my whole relationship with the land and the landscape, and understand that we had come from somewhere else, and we had dis-empowered a whole race of people when we arrived."
Shane received the Member of the Order of Australia on January 26th, Australia Day. "Our national character is evolving; that's why I think it's really important that we move towards a republic and we stand on our own two feet in the world and identify clearly who we are," Howard recently told the ABC.
"And I don't think you can have a republic without having a treaty with your First Nation's People, if you want to stand as an honourable nation in the world".
JMI's Moulettes will be busy this spring with a UK tour and the release of "Preternatural," an incredible new recording that is poised to take the band to the next level.
Moulettes will tour Canada in July from the east coast through to Vancouver Island. Most of the dates are embargoed until the various presenters announce them but we can tell you that they will be performing at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia on the first weekend in July. Watch this page for tour dates.
Congratulations to The Young'Uns, who have just been nominated for Group of the Year at the BBC2 Folk Awards, which will take place in London, England on April 27th. The guys are also excited to be performing at the event, the venue for which is the fabled Royal Albert Hall.
The Young'Uns took this same honour last year, and this is really an emerging group to watch. Many of their European dates are selling out months in advance, and we are very excited to have them coming to Canada in July. Keep an eye on this page for details. We can tell you that they will be in Alberta and BC next summer for sure.
We always look forward to bringing Ray Bonneville to the east coast, as he loves the tours and it gives us a rare chance to grab a bite and catch up face to face. Ray will be touring Atlantic Canada from November 18th - 27, 2016. This will mark two full years since he has been in the region.
Ray is a Juno Award winning singer-songwriter with a bluesy feel and one of the best solo acts in the country. His tech and hospitality requirements are minimal but his shows are intense and riveting.
Vishtèn are globetrotters and will spend most the next six months in Australia, Europe and America. Arguably the finest proponents of Acadian song and dance in the country, this award winning group is looking forward to their second full tour of western Canada, which will take place between November 9 - 19, 2017. It's a short tour, so make sure you get a date early if you are interested in presenting them.
New York City blues artist Guy Davis will tour Quebec and Ontario from October 25 - November 5, 2017. This will mark Guy's first tour of the region in three years.
Guy Davis is one of the world's greatest acoustic blues artists, having performed in Australia, Europe, Russia, Greenland, the UK, North America, South America and many parts of Asia. He has also performed hundreds of shows across Canada, both at festivals and on theatre stages from coast to coast. He has played in all ten provinces plus the Yukon and the NWT and wants to know when we are going to get him up to Nunavut.
Guy will be performing solo and is perfect for small and medium sized theatres. Don't forget that Guy also does shows for you audiences. After his recent showcase at the IPAY Conference in Montreal, we received inquiries for dozens of shows and tours around the world, as far away as Australia.
JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's album "Corbeau" sits on the World Catalogues Album Chart for international Billboard Magazine in the number 6 spot for the week commencing February 24th, 2016. Notification arrived through Alex Vitoulous, charting associate manager at Billboard Magazine in New York, USA.
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.
On January 27th, Goitse won a very prestigious award in Germany. The band had applied as one of over 400 acts for the Freiburg Music Showcase. From more than 400 applicants only 40 were given a slot to perform and from the final 40 acts they were shortlisted for the best in the music category. The final result was decided by a vote after each band performed. Goitse placed first, among some of the best live acts in Europe.
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.
JMI would like to congratulate Vishtèn on their recent ECMA nomination for Roots/Traditional Recording of the year for Terre Rouge. The East Coast Music Awards will take place in Sydney, Nova Scotia April 13th through 17th of this year.
Vishtèn continues to be very busy with upcoming tours of Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK and America.
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."
The 1982 Goanna's hit Solid Rock was the first commercial song to use a didgeridoo, and featured lyrics referring to Australia's settlement as 'genocide'.
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 has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the performing arts as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, to the recording industry, and to Indigenous musicians.
He has worked on more than a dozen albums with Indigenous artists including Archie Roach, the Pigram Brothers, Joe Geia, Jimmy Chi and Patricia Clarke.
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."
Quartette fans in Ontario have two chance to catch the ladies this month. Their December dates were packed, so don't wait to get your tickets. Here is where you can catch Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford this month.
|Borealis Recording artist James Keelaghan will tour western Canada from April 13 - 23, 2017. This will mark his first western tour in more than two years.|
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.
James is taking some down time to write in early 2016, so don't be surprised if he shows up with some great new additions to his 25-plus year canon.
Goitse's first tour of western Canada was a great success, with many full houses and great audience feedback. The guys will be back for another run in March of 2017, from the 10th through the 19th inclusive. Great playing and incredible vocals, Goitse is one of Ireland's top young trad bands. We only have a week for this one, so dates are expected to go quickly.
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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.
One of the great legends of traditional Irish music will tour Canada in March of 2016. The Multi-platinum De Danann rarely tours here so fans of the genre will want to take note of dates in their towns.
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.
Here is where you can catch them in March*:
|Mar 08||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Mar 09||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Mar 10||Burlington||ON||Burlington Performing Arts Centre|
|Mar 11||Winnipeg||MB||West End Cultural Centre|
|Mar 12||Medicine Hat||AB||Esplanade Centre|
|Mar 13||Calgary||AB||Triwood Community Centre|
|Mar 14||Athabasca||AB||Nancy Appleby Theatre|
|Mar 17||Prince Albert||SK||E.A. Rawlinson Centre|
|Mar 18||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Mar 19||Nanaimo||BC||Port Theatre|
|Mar 20||Victoria||BC||Farquhar Auditorium (U of Vic)|
|Mar 22||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
*Please note that dates may be added to this tour.
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|
• Ray Bonneville's Song Family (May 17, 2017)
• James Keelaghan Heading West in April (March 19, 2017)
• Goitse Western Dates in March (February 22, 2017)
• Quartette has Two Northern Ontario Shows in February (February 15, 2017)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Part of Official State Visit to the Kingdom of Sweden (February 13, 2017)
• Two Major Award Nominations for Ten Strings And A Goat Skin (February 11, 2017)
• Three New Central and Western Canada Tours from JMI! (January 25, 2017)
• Quartette Christmas to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2017 (January 23, 2017)
• Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018 (December 20, 2016)
• Triple Grammy Award Nominee Claire Lynch to Tour Central Canada Next Fall (December 14, 2016)
• Grammy Nomination for JMI's Claire Lynch (December 6, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Awarded Album of The Year With Penguin Eggs Magazine (December 5, 2016)
• Quartette Christmas Set to Tour Ontario and Western Canada (October 30, 2016)
• Coig Christmas to Tour the Maritimes (October 22, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Headed West in November (October 15, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Flying On Top Of The World (October 14, 2016)
• JMI Signs Denmark's Jonah Blacksmith (October 3, 2016)
• James Keelaghan in Alberta & BC in October (September 25, 2016)
• Guy Davis Returns to Western Canada in October (September 24, 2016)
• Black Umfolosi to Tour Canada in February 2018 (September 24, 2016)
• Three Fantastic New Tours! (August 26, 2016)
• Strawbs to Tour Central and Eastern Canada in the Fall (August 15, 2016)
• Black Umfolosi Coming to Alberta and BC (July 22, 2016)
• Young'uns Are Headed to Canada (July 13, 2016)
• CBC's Tom Power Picks Moulettes as Best Act at Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 12, 2016)
• Vishtèn has Busy Summer in Canada and America (July 9, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin’s New Video Pays Homage to the Worker (July 9, 2016)
• Skipper's Alley to Make Canadian Debut (June 28, 2016)
• Claire Lynch En Route to the Maritimes (June 22, 2016)
• Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin Cover Sylvia Tyson (June 22, 2016
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Have Busy Summer (June 22, 2016)
• The British Are Coming! (June 22, 2016)
• Còig to Spend most of July in Ontario (June 13, 2016)
• Oysterband Coming to Canada in July (June 9, 2016)
• Dublin's Irish Music Magazine Gives High Praise to Goitse (June 7, 2016)
• Moulettes to Tour Canada in June (June 6, 2016)
• Vishtèn to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2018 (May 2, 2016)
See News page for more JMI news.