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October 27, 2014

Juan Martín to Tour New Show Nationally

"2 Guitarras Malagueñas" Features Chaparro de Malaga
Juan Martín &

Flamenco star Juan Martín has performed in the greatest concert halls the world over, including Carnegie Hall, The Sydney Opera House and The Royal Albert Hall. He has also performed many sold out shows in Canada, and will return for the first time in some five years from March 3 through 20, 2016 with a new show featuring Chaparro de Málaga, one of the finest flamenco players from Málaga.

Chaparro de Málaga & Juan Martín
 

A living legend of the instrument, Juan Martin is a celebrated virtuoso of the flamenco guitar who has been voted into the top three guitarists in the world by the US magazine, Guitar Player.

The London Guardian described Martin as 'The leading Flamenco Guitarist of his generation'.

On YouTube: Sevilla (Sevillanas)

Juan Martin

Juan Martín has now launched a new duo project with fellow flamenco virtuoso Chaparro de Málaga - Melodic and explosive, their pieces, composed or arranged by Juan Martín, evoke the visceral power of authentic flamenco in a musical dialogue between two masters of this great and esoteric art.

The program will transport you to the Spain of Málaga, Granada , Córdoba and Jerez on a journey through the diverse cultures of Andalucia; from the Byzantine chants, the Hebraic and Moorish laments, to the sounds of Argentina and Cuba returning from South America , evident in the rumba, guajiras and milonga. Juan and Chaparro also acknowledge the inspirational effect flamenco has had upon so many classical composers, and will perform arrangements of the Malagueñas of Lecuona and other classical pieces.

The tech on this show will be very simple and it is suitable for all sizes of halls.

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October 25, 2014

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in April

Guy Davis

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

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October 25, 2014

Claire Lynch Wins 'Song of the Year' at 2014 IBMA Awards

[From the article by Mark Papadatos in Digital Journal

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.

Claire Lynch

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.

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Nathan Rogers' Ontario Dates This Month

Nathan Rogers

Borealis Recording artist Nathan Rogers has a short run in Ontario this month. Nathan has been dividing his time between solo dates and band dates with his other project Dry Bones.

If you aren't familiar with Nathan, check out this MP3 to know why you will want to catch one of these upcoming shows.

Here's where he will be later this month, into November:

Oct 30 Burnstown ON Burnstown Schoolhouse
Oct 31 Burlington ON Burlington Performing Arts Centre
Nov 02 London ON Aeolian Hall

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Jon Brooks to Release New CD
and Tour Western Canada

Jon Brooks

Borealis Recording artist Jon Brooks will tour western Canada in November, fresh on the heels of his latest Borealis release, The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside (release date October 28th, 2014).

Jon's latest CD is an album of rural Canadian murder ballads, of serial killers, rampage, workplace killers, political protest and dark humour. You can download the track Gun Dealer for free on the Borealis website here.

Jon Brooks

Jon will be touring western Canada in November, and here is where you can catch him.

Nov 21 Chilliwack BC Bozzin's Upstairs
Nov 22 Penticton BC Dream Cafe
Nov 23 Cumberland BC Studio Live
Nov 25 Kelowna BC Minstrel Cafe
Nov 28 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Nov 29 Athabasca AB Nancy Appleby Theatre
Nov 30 Grande Prairie AB Grande Prairie Theatre Live
*There may be more dates added to this tour.

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September 27, 2014

James Keelaghan and Còig
Multiple CFMA Nominees

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.

James Keelaghan

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, Cig 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.

Còig

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.

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September 17, 2014

Bellowhead Plays Hyde Park in London

From BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2

Crowd-pleasing Folk evangelists

Jon Boden and John Spiers' 11-strong party outfit
already have plenty of Radio 2 form.

Bellowhead
Bellowhead perform in London's fabled
Hyde Park Sep 14th

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.

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September 2, 2014

Còig Makes the Cover of Penguin Eggs

Còig

There is a major buzz out there about JMI's Cig 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).

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August 5, 2014

JMI Welcomes The Henry Girls

JMI is very excited to welcome Ireland's The Henry Girls to our roster.

The Henry Girls

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.

Glastonbury

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:

Ol' Cook Pot (Official Music Video)

The Weather (Official Music Video)

The Henry Girls
The Henry Girls in Concert

JMI will tour The Henry Girls across Canada in the summer of 2015.

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July 24, 2014

Claire Lynch Adds Quebec and Ontario Dates

Claire Lynch

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.

Dear Sister - New Civil War Song from Claire Lynch (YouTube)

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July 17, 2014

JMI Signs Ireland's Goitse

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.

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.


Goitse

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.

Goitse mp3s on SoundCloud.

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.

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July 17, 2014

JMI Signs Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span

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

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

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.

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July 11, 2014

JMI Signs Everything Fitz

JMI is very pleased to announce an exclusive Canadian signing with Ontario's Everything Fitz.

Everything Fitz

Everything Fitz is a family band featuring the high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing of four of Canada's finest young musicians. With roots in the Canadian old-time fiddle tradition and Ottawa Valley step dancing, their unique stage show combines a variety of musical styles - everything from traditional jigs and reels, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, Celtic, gospel as well as novelty numbers and choreographed dance routines.

Julie (24), Kerry (23), and Tom (20), are all champion fiddlers and provide intricate 3-part fiddle harmonies as well as solo improvisations on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. Additional instrumentation includes Pat (25) on percussion along with parents Pam and Paddy providing accompaniment on piano and bass guitar. An audience favourite is their award-winning group step dancing.

Everything Fitz
 
Promo video on YouTube


Everything Fitz

These spirited young performers are noted for their polished performances and provide wholesome, captivating entertainment for a diverse audience. Performing in theatres, on festival stages, at fairs and exhibitions as well as corporate and fund-raising events and outreach programs in schools, Everything Fitz has received glowing reviews from promoters, organizers and fans across Canada and the United States.

Watch for tour announcements for this group soon on the JMI news page.

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July 11, 2014

Black Umfolosi to Tour Canada in 2014

Black Umfolosi

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.


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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July 3, 2014

JMI and Your Privacy

With the new anti-spam legislation coming into effect, we thought it was a good time to advise you of our policy on privacy.

The JMI web site does not use cookies. We do not collect any information on the people who visit our site, nor do we share any info from our data with anyone. We take your privacy seriously.

Big Brother is NOT watching you.
Big Brother is NOT watching you.

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July 3, 2014

James Keelaghan Summer Dates

James Keelaghan

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

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June 25, 2014

Quarrymen Member Rod Davis to Tour
Around John Lennon's 75th Birthday

Rod Davis with John Lennon

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.

The Quarrymen on YouTube

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.

Rod Davis
 
Rod Davis

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June 17, 2014

Alpha Yaya Diallo
Solo Maritime Dates Announced

African guitarist and songwriter Alpha Yaya Diallo will tour the Maritime provinces solo in October of 2014.

Alpha Yaya Diallo

While Alpha will be touring with larger bands on the festival and concert circuit in the coming months, including his massive West African Summit, this will be a chance for fans of his guitar work to see him shine.

Here's where you can see him in the fall:

 

Video of Alpha, solo, at the Evergreen Theatre (YouTube)

Oct 19 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
Oct 20 Halifax NS The Carlton
Oct 22 Moncton NB The Empress
Oct 23 Morell PEI Trailside Cafe
Oct 24 Antigonish NS Immaculata Auditorium
Oct 25 Saint John NB Imperial Theatre

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June 12, 2014

Ray Bonneville to Tour Quebec
and Ontario in 2015

Ray Bonneville

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.

Listen to MP3s from Easy Gone here.

Ray will hit the road in Quebec and Ontario from October 15-25, 2015.

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June 12, 2014

Sylvia Tyson to Tour Central Canada

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.

Sylvia Tyson

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

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".

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June 11, 2014

Bellowhead on Star Studded Bill
in Hyde Park in September

Lennie Kravitz, Lionel Ritchie, among performers

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.

Bellowhead

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.

Event Details:
Sunday 11 September 2011 - Hyde Park, London
Tickets £32.50 plus booking fees (under-3s free)

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June 10, 2014

Alpha Yaya Diallo 2014 Festival Dates

Alpha Yaya Diallo

This summer, West African guitarist and singer-songwriter Alpha Yaya Diallo will perform at a number of festivals in Western Canada. Two of them, Edmonton Folk Festival and Mission Folk Festival, will feature Alpha's incredible West African Summit

See the West African Summit Press Release

If you are in Alberta or BC this summer, here's where he will be playing:

Jul 17 Victoria BC Butchart Gardens
Jul 18 Salt Spring BC Artspring
Jul 19 Duncan BC Islands Folk Festival
Jul 20 Surrey BC Surrey Fusion Festival
Jul 25/27 Mission BC Mission Folk Festival
Aug 7/10 Edmonton AB Edmonton Folk Festival
Aug 23 Kelowna BC West Kelowna World Music Festival

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June 10, 2014

Guy Davis Summer Dates

Guy Davis

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

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June 10, 2014

Quartette Summer Dates

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.

Quartette

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.

Quartette videos on the JMI YouTube channel

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 16 Oliver BC Medici's
Aug 17 Kamloops BC Rainbow Roost

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June 6, 2014

Vishtèn Will Tour Prairies in October

The globetrotting Vishtn 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:

Vishtèn
Vishtèn's Pastelle LeBlanc
Oct 02 Athabasca AB Nancy Appleby Theatre
Oct 03 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Oct 04 Okotoks AB Rotary Performing Arts Centre
Oct 06 Grande Prairie AB Grand Prairie Live Theatre
Oct 08 Prince Albert SK E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Oct 09 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Oct 10 Calgary AB Dalhousie Community Centre
Oct 11 Rocky Mountain
House
AB Grandview Stage Resort

La Fougue des Fes (YouTube)

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June 6, 2014

Ray Bonneville Heading West This Fall

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:

Oct 17 Winnipeg MB West End Cultural Centre
Oct 18 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Oct 19 Demmitt AB Demmitt Community Centre
Oct 22 Fort St. John BC North Peace Cultural Centre
Oct 23 Vancouver BC St. James Hall
Oct 24 Cumberland BC Cumberland Hotel
Oct 25 Turner Valley AB Flare & Derrick Com Hall
Oct 26 Saskatoon SK Village Guitar & Amp
Ray Bonneville

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June 6, 2014

Martin Simpson Heading West in November

British Folk singer and guitar hero Martin Simpson will tour western Canada in November of 2014.

Martin Simpson

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.

Martin Simpson

"I Cannot Keep from Cryin' Sometimes" Live (YouTube)

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

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June 3, 2014

JMI Introduces
Speaker's Corner

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 five signings.

Rod Davis
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

Joe Boyd (with hat) with The Incredible String Band
& Maria Muldaur

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 Finkelstein

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.

Bill German

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.

Stephen Maher

Stephen Maher (right) and Glen McGregor
accept National Newspaper Award

STEPHEN MAHER is one of Canada's most respected political journalists as well as a novelist (Deadline), and is currently a national columnist at Postmedia Network Inc. He has received many prestigious awards including the 2012 Canadian Association of Journalists Award, the 2013 Canadian Hillman Prize, the 2012 National Newspaper Award and the 2012 Michener Award for detailed and sustained reporting that exposed the use of "robocalls" to mislead and harass voters during the 2011 federal election campaign. Maher is an Ottawa insider with many insights on Stephen Harper's tenure as Canada's prime minister.

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.

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June 3, 2014

Ray Bonneville to Tour Maritimes
in October

Ray Bonneville

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.

Ray Bonneville
Easy Gone
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

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May 27, 2014

The Strawbs' Dave Cousins Set to Release Biography
in September

Strawbs

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.

Strawbs
Rick Wakeman joins Dave Cousins in Twickenham in 2009

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!

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May 26, 2014

Còig Set to Release New CD

Cape Breton's Cig, 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:

Còig

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

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May 23, 2014

Ed Sheeran and Eagles Bassist
Big Fans of Cara Dillon

JMI's Cara Dillon has been busy doing media around the release of her new CD, A Thousand Hearts. Reviews have been fantastic, but she has also been noticed by some of the music world's pre-eminent artists, both current and vintage.

Cara Dillon
 
Dillon on the cover of
The Sunday Times Culture

Timothy B. Schmit

Last year, Dillon was contacted by Timothy B. Schmit, long time bassist and vocalist for The Eagles. Dillon recently told the Belfast Telegraph, "He was the nicest man and so unassuming and down-to-earth. He told me he was a big fan and would love to sing with me sometime, but I didn't think anything of it. When it came to recording A Thousand Hearts, I wanted to get some distinctive male vocals on the track Bright Morning Star, and sent Timothy an email, not really thinking anything would come of it, but he replied immediately and agreed to do it."

Here's the full story.

Eagles star Schmit performs
on new Dillon CD
 

Dillon has also recently attracted the attention of pop superstar, Ed Sheeran, who yesterday tweeted to his nearly 10 million followers, "Listening to @caradillonsings new album and it's sublime, heavily recommend to anyone." Within less than 24 hours it had been retweeted more than 1000 times and favourited over 4000 times.

Dillon continues to sell out major concert venues internationally. On a recent trip to China, where she sold out all four of the 2500 seat venues months in advance, and was treated like a superstar. She told the Belfast Telegraph, "There had to be crowd control guys during the concerts and one night I had to run to the toilet with a hoodie over my head, so I wouldn't be mobbed. It was like a parallel universe and we had to pinch ourselves to make sure it was actually happening."

You can listen to cuts from A Thousand Hearts here.

JMI plans to tour Cara Dillon on the 2015 festival circuit in Canada.

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May 16, 2014

JMI Signs Legendary De Danann

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.

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February 10, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman Headed for Newfoundland & Labrador

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.

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April 21, 2014

JMI Signs Cape Breton's Còig

Còig

JMI is excited to announce that we have signed Cape Breton's Cig, 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 live
Còig studio sessions on YouTube
Cig 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

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April 21, 2014

Ray Bonneville Releases
Easy Gone on Red House

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."
- The Ottawa Citizen

Easy Gone cover

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.

Ray Bonneville live

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.

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April 14, 2014

World Music Duo CanadAfrica
to Tour Central Canada Next March

JMI announces today that Borealis Recording Artists, CanadAfrica Will tour Quebec and Ontario March 20 through 29, 2015.

AFRICAN ROOTS MEETS CANADIAN ROOTS With an original sound that fuses world with folk music, CanadAfrica creates a place for the complex interlocking rhythms of Africa with the soulful and rich melodies of the blues. Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso, two passionate musicians from very different backgrounds, bring their talents together with their debut album, "Where is the One?" This innovative record reveals how beautifully the sound of the harmonica complements Ghanaian melodies.

Here is a preliminary video on the project (Vimeo). Password: promo.

Listen to an CanadAfrica audio collage here.

This world music fusion will be perfect for small and medium sized venues, with bare bones tech and easy as pie hospitality.

Please let us know if you are interested in discussing a date for this innovative project.

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April 4, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman Wins ECMA
for Pickin 'n Clickin

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.


Gordie & Co. looking for a lift
yesterday in Vancouver

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April 2, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman and Vishtèn
to Showcase This Weekend

Two of Atlantic Canada's finest live groups will be showcasing on opposite ends of the country this weekend.

Vishtn 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.

Full schedule here.


 

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.

Full schedule here.

If you are attending either of these conferences, we hope you can make one of the showcases - they will not disappoint

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March 15, 2014

Guy Davis to Tour Ontario in October

When it comes to Canada, a place where Guy Davis has claimed he would like to "hang up his pajamas," there's no stopping him. Guy has performed hundreds of shows across the country, performing at theatres and festivals in ten provinces and two territories (He is asking why we have no gigs so far in Nunavut).

See That My Grave is Kept Clean on YouTube.

Here's where you can catch Guy in the fall of 2014.

Oct 02 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Oct 03 Barrie ON MacLaren Arts Centre
Oct 04 Cobalt ON Classic Theatre
Oct 07 Picton ON Acoustic Grill
Oct 08 Wellesley ON Wellesley Community Centre
Oct 09 Parry Sound ON Charles W. Stockey Centre
Oct 10 Gravenhurst ON Peter's Place
Oct 11 Greenbank ON Greenbank Centennial Hall
Oct 12 Burnstown ON Burnstown Schoolhouse

Stay tuned - our western tour for Guy in April of 2015 is nearly completed.

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March 15, 2014

Acoustic Strawbs Tour Central Canada in the Fall
- Western Extension Possible

Booking The Strawbs is always fun. The 1970s progressive folk-rock legends are as busy as they have ever been, and Dave Cousins is still as excited about his group as a 17 year-old kid with a garage band. It is this unbridled enthusiasm that has kept the group performing before near fanatical fans for some 40-plus years.

We have had people come from as far away as Iraq, England and California to catch Canadians dates with the guys.

The Strawbs will be back for a tour of central Canada in the fall. Festival Place wanted to have them back, so we have tacked on an Edmonton date at the end of the run and are currently exploring whether more western dates might be feasible.

Strawbs Live in Richmond BC in 2011


Chas, Dave & Dave

Dave tells us that this might be the last Canadian tour, so don't miss the chance to catch this incredible and iconic group.

Here's where they will be in October:

Oct 17 Hamilton ON Hamilton Place
Oct 18 Gravenhurst ON Peter's Place
Oct 19 Burnstown ON Burnstown Schoolhouse
Oct 20 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Oct 21 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Oct 22 Montreal QC Petit Campus
Oct 24 London ON Aeolian Hall
Oct 26 Kitchener-Waterloo ON The Princess Theatre
Oct 28 Edmonton AB Festival Place

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March 11, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman to Tour Central Canada
in the Fall of 2015

Gordie MacKeeman

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys have been on a wild, non-stop ride. In the past year they have toured Europe several times, performed more than 50 dates in Canada and completed their first ever tour of Australia. They are currently preparing for more touring in Australia, America, Europe, Canada and even Malaysia.

This is the kind of demand there is for the guys in western Canada;

To keep up with demand out west, we are already booking another tour for them there in 2015.

Gordie MacKeeman

The reason they are so busy is simple - their live shows are as good as anything Atlantic Canada has had to offer in the past ten years.

Gordie & Co. on YouTube

Gordie and the guys will tour Quebec and Ontario for 11 days in the fall of 2015. The time frame for this tour is October 1st through 11th (2015).

If you are interested in booking a date with this wonderful group, please let us know and we will be happy to discuss the details with you.

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March 7, 2014

Guy Davis to Tour the Maritimes
in April of 2014

American Bluesman Guy Davis is busier at 60 than he has ever been, touring constantly in Russia, Asia, Europe, Australia, Africa and South America. And of course, he remains a popular fixture in Canada and America.

Guy's current release, Juba Dance, recently spent a total of 10 weeks at the #1 position on the world-wide RMR blues charts.

Guy Davis performs "Goin' Down Slow" (YouTube)

In April of this year, Guy will mount his first full Maritime tour in 4 or 5 years. Here's where to catch him.

Apr 04 Truro NS Marigold Cultural Centre
Apr 05 Chester NS Chester Playhouse
Apr 06 Mabou NS Strathspey Place
Apr 09 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
Apr 10 Charlottetown PEI The Pourhouse
Apr 11 Sackville NB George's Roadhouse
Apr 12 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre

The PEI show will be opened by a very young, up and coming Charlottetown blues/rock band named Ripped Paper.

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February 19, 2014

Remembering Pete Seeger

As a life long fan of Pete Seeger, both as an artist and a prolific champion of so many causes, having the opportunity to work with him was both a great thrill and privilege. JMI booked Pete's last tour of Canada when he was 89, with shows in Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

 
Bob Jensen, Guy Davis & Pete at
Hugh's Room in Toronto

CBC called me the day after Pete's death and asked if I would do an interview on what it was like to meet and work with him, and talk about his legacy. You can listen to that interview here.

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February 10, 2014

Claire Lynch Tour of Eastern Canada

Shortly after signing Nashville's Claire Lynch, we started getting inquiries from around Atlantic Canada, enough to convince us to mount a tour of the region.

Claire will tour Newfoundland and the Maritimes with her band from May 15th through 24, 2015. We are already confirming and contracting dates for this tour, but still have some good avails left.

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January 8, 2014

Caladh Nua to Tour Western Canada in March of 2014

In March of 2014, Ireland's Caladh Nua will return for their third tour of Canada. First time around they did a massive six week festival tour, and the second time out was a very successful of western Canada with many sold out shows.

This time around the band has stops scheduled in Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

Here's where they'll be playing:

Mar 19 Athabasca AB Nancy Appleby Theatre
Mar 20 Peace River AB Athabasca Hall
Mar 21 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Mar 22 Calgary AB Crescent Heights Com. Hall
Mar 23 Okotoks AB Rotary Performing Arts Centre
Mar 25 Rocky Mountain House AB Grandview Stage Resort
Mar 27 Prince Albert SK E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Mar 28 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Mar 29 Lethbridge AB Geomatic Attic
Mar 30 Kimberly BC Centre 64
Mar 31 Trail BC Charles Bailey Theatre
Apr 01 Kelowna BC Creekside Theatre
Apr 02 Vancouver BC Saint James Hall

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December 7, 2013

Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso Release CanadAfrica

Always the innovator, JMI's harmonica virtuoso, Mike Stevens is releasing a world music recording on Borealis.

Where's The One is the meeting and collaboration of two passionate musicians: Canadian Mike Stevens and Ghanaian Okaidja Afroso. On 'where's the one?' these two master musicians have created a place for the complex interlocking rhythms of Africa to meet with the soulful and rich melodies of North American blues and country. The melding of these two musical cultures has created new music that is truly stunning.

For samples of the music, please visit Borealis here.

Mike Stevens – harmonica and vocal.
Okaidja Afroso – guitar, cajon, gyil (wooden xylophone), gourd and vocal.

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December 3, 2013

JMI Signs Nashville's Claire Lynch

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. 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. 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.

Claire is currently signed to Compass Records.

"One of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today."
- Dolly Parton


Claire on YouTube:

My Name is Judas

Up This Hill and Down

While we will be focusing on the summer of 2015 with Claire, she still has a few open spots for the summer of 2014.

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November 21, 2013

Quartette Releases Rocks and Roses

Canadian folk supergroup Quartette is about to release their first recording since 2007's Down at the Fair. Rocks and Roses is now available for purchase from Outside Music.

Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tyson have outdone themselves in this collection of original tunes celebrating their twentieth anniversary as a group. From the gorgeous R&B lament, "Sweet Agony," to the Appalachian hints of "Arkansas Travelogue," and the bittersweet "I'll Keep You in My Heart" and jazzy "Crybaby," these four extraordinary songwriters have circled the songwriting wagon to create a lovely work of art, produced by Danny Greenspoon. Bonus retrospective disc included.

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November 19, 2013

New Western Tour Announced for James Keelaghan

We are always excited here at JMI to announce a western tour for Calgary's native son, James Keelaghan.


This is an exciting time for James, as he releases a retrospective CD entitled, History - The First 25 Years, which contains a both a CD and a DVD. You can sample the music here.

James has been incredibly busy with international touring. The last time he was through western Canada was in November of 2012, so this will mark more than two years since his last foray into home turf. The tour will run Feburary 5 -15, 2015.

Video of James Live:
Message to the Future
Ottawa Folk Festival

Cold Missouri Waters
Central Ohio Folk Festival

If you are interested in booking a date for this tour, we would be pleased to discuss the details with you.

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October 21, 2013

Jon Brooks to Tour Western Canada
in November of 2014

One of the strongest voices to emerge in Canadian songwriting over the past few years belongs to Canadian Jon Brooks. JMI is announcing today that Brooks will tour western Canada from November 21st through 24, 2014.


Regularly named among the ranks of such elite singer-songwriters as Bruce Cockburn, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, it's no wonder Jon Brooks is regularly lauded in songwriting competitions in Canada and abroad. Rod Kennedy, Founder and Producer of The Kerrville Folk Festival says, "You speak and sing words that need to be spoken and sung and you do it beautifully, perfectly, and with absolute finesse."

Jon has toured widely in Canada, the USA and Australia, and has many songwriting awards.

Jon on YouTube:

Mercy

Tajik Boy

Please let us know if you are interested in having Jon as part of your 2014/15 season and we will be glad to discuss a date with you.

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October 6, 2013

New Retrospective Release from James Keelaghan

History - 25 years of Recording and Touring

For a number of years fans have been asking JAMES KEELAGHAN to produce a live recording so that as well as listening to his music they might also enjoy his great song introductions. Instead of recording a live album, James chose to produce a two disc CD/DVD. HISTORY contains eighteen studio versions of James' most beloved songs, while on the accompanying DVD we find James in the comfort of his home telling the stories behind the music.

The new CD/DVD designed by A Man Called Wrycraft also contains 28 pages of pictures and text from James' own pen allowing for a glimpse into this wonderful singer and songwriter's journey over the last 25 years of recording and touring the world.

You can steal a listen to some of the music on the new Borealis release here.

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October 2, 2013

Ray Bonneville Touring Quebec and Ontario in November

Red House Recording artist Ray Bonneville will be back on home turf this fall, with a week-long foray into Quebec and Ontario. Ray will also be busy in the US and Europe before Christmas but here is where you can catch him in central Canada in November:

Nov 15 Pierrfonds QC Pierrefonds Cultural Centre
Nov 16 Val Morin QC Theatre du Marais
Nov 17 Burnstown ON Burnstown Schoolhouse
Nov 20 Ottawa ON Irene's Pub
Nov 21 Gatineau QC Cabaret la Basoche
Nov 22 Barrie ON MacLaren Arts Centre
Nov 23 Kingston ON RCHA Club

Ray on YouTube: Goin' By Feel.

See more Ray Bonneville videos here.

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September 5, 2013

Nathan Rogers Maritime Tour

Nathan Rogers will return to the Maritimes next month after an incredibly busy year and a summer than included a one hour mainstage at Winnipeg Folk Festival, performing "Nathan Sings Stan."

Listen to Nathan's Jewel of Paris.

This time Nathan, who will be touring as a trio, will be performing original material from his two CDs.

Here's where you can catch him in October:

Oct 05 Middle Musquodobit NS Bi-Centennial Theatre
Oct 06 Saint John NB Imperial Theatre
Oct 08 Halifax NS The Carleton
Oct 10 Truro NS Marigold Cultural Centre
Oct 11 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre
Oct 12-14 Cape Breton NS Celtic Colours*
Oct 19 Sydney NS Celtic Colours

* Nathan's Celtic Colours dates between October 12th and 14th are with his band, Dry Bones.

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September 5, 2013

Quartette Christmas Tour

Twenty years on, and Quartette is in the studio, busy working on a new CD.

One of the staples of their touring life has been the group's reverent Christmas shows. With two Christmas CDs under their belts, Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford have lots of material to draw from.

The ladies will be touring the Christmas show in Ontario in December, including their annual Toronto show at Hugh's Room. Here's where you can catch them.

Dec 14 Kingston ON Grand Theatre
Dec 15 Peterborough ON Showplace
Dec 18 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Dec 20 Oakville ON Oakville Centre for the Arts
Dec 21 Nepean ON Centrepointe Theatre
Dec 22 Brockville ON Brockville Arts Centre

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September 5, 2013

James Keelaghan in September

September tends to be a slow month in Canada for folk singers, but James Keelaghan has a little string of dates coming up later this month before heading off for some US dates with his friend, Jez Lowe.


The many faces of James Keelaghan

If you live in Ontario, you have three chances to catch James this month. Here's where:

Sept 19 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Sept 21 Dundas ON Carnegie Gallery
Sept 22 London ON Aeolian Hall

You can find out about all of James' upcoming dates here.

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July 26, 2013

JMI Signs Folk Superstar, Cara Dillon

We are very excited to announce that JMI is now the exclusive Canadian agency for Northern Ireland's incomparable Cara Dillon. Dillon is a folk superstar who's awards are too numerous to mention, but can be viewed here.


Multi-instrumentalist, Cara Dillon

Her career has seen collaborations with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Mike Oldfield and traditional groups such as Solas. Career highlights include performing In 2003 at the Belfast Festival at Queen's Opening Ceremony with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2006 Dillon was honoured with the invitation to perform at the opening ceremony of the 2006 Ryder Cup at the K Club in Ireland. She sang the Irish song Mo Ghile Mear to an audience estimated at 500 million worldwide with Afro Celt Sound System vocalist Iarla Lionird, a 60 piece choir and 23 piece band.


In January 2012 Cara recorded the vocals on a song called "Come Dream A Dream" which forms the closing sequence of the nighttime spectacular show, Disney Dreams!, which was designed to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. In the summer of 2012 she performed two concerts with the Ulster Orchestra. The first was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ulster Hall at an event called the Great Northern Songbook where "Hill Of Thieves" was voted by BBC listeners as one of the "Top 10" original songs to come out of Northern Ireland. The second was a concert where the Ulster Orchestra joined Cara and her band in the Grand Opera House in Belfast.


Hill of Thieves

What Cara Dillon is really about is great live performances delivered with simplicity and passion.

Cara Dillon & Solas - She Moved Through the Fair (YouTube)

Cara Dillon with the Ulster Orchestra - Craigie Hill (YouTube)

Look for Cara to return to Canada in the summer of 2014.

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July 24, 2013

Alpha Yaya Diallo to Tour
Newfoundland and Maritimes Solo

Size matters. Juno Award-winning West African musician Alpha Yaya Diallo loves to tour in a big band, and will be hitting central Canada in 2015 with his large ensemble, West African Summit. On the other end of the spectrum, he has also rediscovered his love of solo performance.

Alpha Yaya Diallo on YouTube

From October 17 through 26, 2014, Alpha will be available for solo dates in the Maritimes and Newfoundland. He has done a number of shows like this over the past year, and audiences have appreciated experiencing Alpha's incredible guitar work without any distractions. The shows have also allowed Alpha to do some traditional songs from his native Guinea that he does not normally do when touring with a band.

This is a great opportunity to host a first class world music artist with a minimal of tech requirements. Perfect for any size of venue.

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July 23, 2013

West African Summit to Tour
Quebec and Ontario in 2015


Alpha Yaya Diallo & his West African Summit

As summer moves along, many of you will already be starting to think about about your programming for 2014/15. We are very pleased to announce today, a second tour for Alpha Yaya Diallo's West African Summit, a large revue of West African dance, song and traditional instruments.

We did a trial run with the show last year and the feedback was tremendous. You can see some highlights from the show on this promotional video taken from one of the actual concerts.

The next tour for the West African Summit will be Quebec & Ontario from February 12 - 22, 2015.

For detailed information on the show, including the individual performers, click on this image:

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July 22, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
CD Launch in Charlottetown

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys are pleased to announce the release of their sophomore album, Pickin' n Clickin', on July 28, 2013 at The Old Triangle, 89 University Avenue in Charlottetown.

Pickin' n Clickin' was recorded at the Sound Mail and partly at The Nest. It was produced by Nathan Wiley and mixed by Dale Murray.

The new CD includes a mix of traditionally inspired songs as well as several written by the group.

Gordon MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will be promoting the album in the coming year while touring Canada, England, Belgium and Australia.

For more information on the group and their schedule, please visit their web site.

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June 17, 2013

Juno Award Winning Roots Performer Ray Bonneville
to Tour Atlantic Canada

The past year has been the busiest ever for groovemaster, Ray Bonneville. He spent 49 weeks on the road, touring Europe, the UK, Australia, Canada and the US, and also had a #1 record on the international blues charts for two weeks.

Ray also has a very busy summer lined up, performing festivals on both sides of the border. See his schedule here.

Always a crowd pleaser, Ray will be back next fall, to tour Newfoundland and the Maritimes from October 2 through 12, 2014. This will be a solo tour, so the tech and hospitality requirements will be minimal. It will also mark two years since Ray's last tour of the region, so the timing is perfect.

Ten live videos on YouTube.

Please let us know if you would like to book a date with Ray on this Eastern tour.

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June 15, 2013

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in 2015

We have recently announced tours of central and western Canada for American bluesman, Guy Davis. Today we are announcing a solo western tour for April 10th/26th, 2015. This will be Guy's first swing out west in years.

Davis is busier now than ever, performing not not just in North America and Europe, but in Asia, Africa, South America and down under. A true ambassador of the blues, this map of his past gigs shows just how far he is taking this great and unique American art form.

At this time, we are just waiting for an announcement on an upcoming recording, to be released very shortly.

Guy has always been a great favourite in Canada and this tour is long overdue. Please let us know if you are interested in discussing a date.

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June 14, 2013

Busy Summer for Gordie MacKeeman

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys will have a very busy summer in Canada before heading off to England at the end of August, and then returning for a massive tour of western Canada in October and November.

The guys combine dance, musicianship and harmonies in what is arguably the best live show coming out of eastern Canada these days. See for yourself here (YouTube).

Here is where you can catch them over the summer:

July 05 Cavendish PEI Cavendish Beach Music Festival
July 06-07 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival
July 10 Edmonton AB Festival Place
July 12/-14 Atlin BC Atlin Arts & Music Festival
July 16 Victoria BC Butchart Gardens
July 17 Kelowna BC Minstrel Cafe
July 18 Penticton BC Dream Cafe
July 20 Grand Prairie AB East Coast Garden Party
July 21 Fort MacLeod AB South Country Fair
July 26 Emerald PEI Emerald Junction Music Festival
Aug 02 Tyne Valley PEI Tyne Valley Oyster Festival
Aug 04 Nashwalk NB Nashwalk MusicFest
Aug 09-11 Lunenburg NS Lunenburg Folk Festival
Aug 17 Fundy National Park NB Rising Tide Festival
Aug 18 Sackville NB The Music Barn
Aug 30 Wallingford UK Wallingford Bunkfest
Sep 01 Birmingham UK Moseley Folk Festival
Sep 03 Cumbria UK Kirkgate Theatre
Sep 04 Galloway UK CatStrand
Sep 07 Isle of Man UK Centenary Theatre
Sep 08 East Anglia UK Stamping Ground Fest
Sep 12 Faversahm UK Faversham
Sep 14 Bromyard UK Bromyard Folk Festival
Sep 15 Ramsbottom UK Ramsbottom Music Festival

After the UK dates the guys have two weeks off before starting the first leg of their western tour.

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June 4, 2013

Ray Bonneville Summer Dates

Canadians roots and blues singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville is busier than ever, having been on the road for 49 weeks last year with tours of the US, Australia, Canada, America and the UK.

Groovemaster, Ray Bonneville (YouTube)

The summer of 2013 will see him jumping back and forth across the 49th parallel. Here is where you can catch him in July and August on the north side of the border.

July 10 Surrey BC Private event
July 12 Harrison BC Harrison Festival
July 13 New Westminster BC Hyack Festival
Aug 09-11 Lunenburg NS Lunenburg Folk Festival
Aug 12 Victoria PE Victoria Playhouse
Aug 13 Halifax NS The Carleton
Aug 16-18 Owen Sound ON Summerfolk

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June 3, 2013

Jon Brooks to Tour Central Canada
in March 2014

We recently announced that Jon Brooks would be touring Atlantic Canada. We are also looking forward to touring Jon in Quebec and Ontario. The dates will run from March 21 through 30th inclusive, 2014.

Borealis Recording Artist Jon Brooks is one of the most thoughtful voices on Canada's roots music scene right now. We look forward to discussing a date with you.

Jon Brooks on CBC's The National (YouTube)

Hudson Girls (YouTube)

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May 31, 2013

Australian Richard Perso's Summer Tour

After seeing Richard Perso perform at the National Festival in Canberra, we offered him a signing on the spot.

With more than 100 Australian festivals under his belt, the 21 year old Perso is ready to turn some heads in Canada. A brilliant slide guitarist and a fan of John Lee Hooker, Richard trades in a rack harmonica for a rack didgeridoo. On stage, he performs solo, with three giant didgeridoos and four guitars, including lap steel.

You'll be able to catch Richard from Nova Scotia to British Columbia over July and August - here's where:

July 05-07 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival
July 08 Halifax NS The Carleton
July 13-14 Ottawa ON Bluesfest
July 19-21 Perth ON Stewart Park Festival
July 24 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Aug 03 Canmore AB Canmore Folk Festival
Aug 04 Calgary AB Calgary International Blues Festival
Aug 05 Canmore AB Canmore Folk Festival
Aug 15 Kelowna BC Minstrel Cafe
Aug 16-18 Salmon Arm BC Roots & Blues Festival

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May 29, 2013

The Danes Are Coming!

Best to keep an eye out for Viking longboats. Denmark's Habadekuk will be touring across western Canada this summer, touching down in Winnipeg and making it all the way out to Salt Spring Island. Inspired by Canada's own Bottine Souriante, Habadekuk plays a fusion of traditional Danish folk music, jazz and pop. Prepare to dance.

Habadekuk in Concert (YouTube)
Habadekuk Performs... (YouTube)

Here is where you can catch the guys in July and August of this year.

July 10-14 Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Folk Festival
July 16 Moose Jaw SK Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
July 17 Edmonton AB Festival Place
July 19 Salt Spring BC Artspring
July 20-21 Vancouver BC Vancouver Folk Music Festival
July 25-28 Calgary AB Calgary Folk Festival
July 31 Golden BC Outdoor show
Aug 03-05 Canmore AB Canmore Folk Festival

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May 27, 2013

Boreal Recording Artist Jon Brooks
to Tour Atlantic Canada in April, 2014

JMI is very pleased to announce that multi-award winning recording artist Jon Brooks will tour Atlantic Canada from April 23 through May 1, 2014.

Brooks is a hard hitting songwriter who has won both the prestigious 2010 Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Award and the 2010 International Songwriting Competition. He has also been nominated three times at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and is signed to Borealis Records.

Upon his return from a 1997 trek throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon quit writing songs and performing, claiming, "I'm at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone." 8 years later – at the suggestion of one of his Canadian literary heroes, Austin Clarke – Jon wiped the dust off his Taylor Jumbo 615.

Since then, Brooks has turned a lot of heads in Canada, the US and Australia. His songs are peopled by characters from the fringes of society and delivered with raw emotion.

Jon Brooks' Mercy (YouTube)

If you are interested in a date with Jon Brooks next April, please contact us and we will be happy to discuss specifics with you.

HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

  • 2010 Winner Earth Day International Songwriting Competition
  • Winner: 2010 Kerrville New Folk
  • 2010′s People To Watch – The Toronto Sta
  • Nominated: 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award – 'English Songwriter of the Year'
  • Winner: 2009 US National Public Radio's Mountain Stage New Song Canadian Region
  • Winner: 2008 The Mac Beattie Porcupine Award (for musicians who are proud to be identifiably Canadian).
  • Nominated: 2007 Canadian Folk Music Award – 'English Songwriter of the Year'
  • Winner: Ontario Council of Folk Festivals 2007 'Songs From The Heart'
  • Winner: International Green Man Review's '2006 Songwriter Of The Year'

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May 23, 2013

Martin Simpson Coming
to Atlantic Canada in July

One of the folk world's greatest guitar players is coming to Atlantic Canada in July. There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. His solo shows are intense, eclectic, spellbinding and deeply moving.

Martin will make his Newfoundland debut at the George Street United Church in St. John's on July 3rd, and will then to Nova Scotia for the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. He will also make his PEI debut at the Victoria Playhouse in Victoria by the Sea on Monday, July 8th.

His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, Steve Miller and many more.

Martin performing She Slips Away (YouTube)

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. 2008 saw an incredible 5 nominations for "Prodigal Son' and 2 wins, whilst in 2010 he had an unprecedented 6 nominations for his CD, "True Stories" and a win for Best Traditional Track, "Sir Patrick Spens". 2012's nominations for Martin include, Best Album for 'Purpose & Grace", Best Traditional Track for "The Lakes Of Ponchartrain" and Best Musician.

Martin will also tour Western Canada in the fall of 2014.

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April 25, 2013

JMI Signs Jon Brooks

At JMI, we go out of our way to find great singer-songwriters and have worked with some of the very best. In that tradition, we are very pleased to announce a Canadian exclusive signing with Jon Brooks.

Jon on YouTube

Upon his return from a 1997 trek throughout war ruined Bosnia-Herzegovina, Jon quit writing songs and performing, claiming, "I'm at least a 1000 books and emotions shy of earning the right to stand behind a microphone." 8 years later – at the suggestion of one of his Canadian literary heroes, Austin Clarke – Jon wiped the dust off his Taylor Jumbo 615.

Though Jon's music is filled with grey and morally ambiguous characters living on the outskirts of approval, his mandate is unequivocal: "I'm not interested in 'happy songs' – I've chosen to write healing songs and, for that reason, I'm obliged to reveal a wound or two now and then. I'm even less interested in writing unhappy songs: I want to write hopeful songs, inspiring songs and I expect I owe today's listener some hopeful argument – some legitimate reason – as to why we should believe our present world could be improved, or healed. The highest aim of song is to invoke empathy – to offer that rare sight of ourselves in others. In this sense, the folk singer is simply trying to politicize love, hence, my contention that today's songwriter should be a lobbyist for compassion to be our principle representative in government office."

In 2006 he released NO MEAN CITY, a portrait of Toronto homelessness vis a vis Toronto history and architecture. Inspired by Eric Arthur's book, 'No Mean City', these 13 songs are a weighty and conceptual exposition of the modern urban soul's homelessness and moral fatigue. 2007 afforded Jon further acclaim with the release of OURS AND THE SHEPHERDS, a CD of Canadian war stories inspired by James Loney, Senator Romeo Dallaire, Sgt. Tommy Prince, and John McRae among others. The collection earned Brooks Songwriter of the Year nomination at the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Penguin Eggs deemed it "a thoroughly wonderful and truly important addition to the canon of Canadian folk music." OURS AND THE SHEPHERDS is now among the collections of The Canadian War Museum and The John McRae Society.

Jon is also a published essayist with Guernica Editions' BARRY CALLAGHAN: ESSAYS ON HIS WORKS (2007) with contributions by Margaret Atwood, William Kennedy, Joyce Carol Oates, and others.

His latest CD, MOTH NOR RUST , looks inward to all that neither moth nor rust can touch: love, hope, trust, memory, inspiration, justice, and faith. MOTH NOR RUST earned Jon his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Songwriter of the Year and its lyrics were published by Canada's esteemed literary quarterly, Exile Editions.

Whether about the times we live in, its past or its future promise, Brooks' songs are underscored throughout by his gently weather-beaten voice, the singular beautiful sound of hand on guitar, and his uncanny ability to press his ear against the heartbeat and the soul of the times we live in – transforming, inspiring and uplifting us as we bear witness.

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April 8, 2013

Alpha Yaya Diallo to Perform
Maritimes and BC Dates This Month

African music star Alpha Yaya Diallo will perform a handful of dates in the Maritimes and BC in April (2013). For the eastern dates, it will be a very rare opportunity to catch Alpha performing solo.

Here is where you can see Alpha in April;

April 10 Halifax NS The Seahorse Tavern
April 12 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre
April 13 Mount Stewart PE Trailside Cafe
April 19 Nelson BC Capitol Theatre
April 20 Princeton BC Riverside Community Centre

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March 23, 2013

JMI at Winnipeg and Stanfest in 2013

At JMI were are working on one of our busiest summer in years. It will be a while before all of the festivals have announced their line-ups, but we can now confirm that we have four wonderful artists booked into the 40th anniversary of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. From the world music front, Denmark's answer to Bottine Souriante, Habadekuk will take to the massive stages in July.


Denmark's Habadekuk

Closer to home, we have two outstanding Canadian artists also locked in. Nathan Rogers will perform a very special and unique show at the Winnipeg Folk Festival this year, something he will not be doing at any other festival. To help Winnipeg celebrate their 40th, he will be performing a full concert of his famous father's work. The late Stan Rogers gave some of his most memorable concerts at Winnipeg Folk Fest, and as Nathan has chosen Winnipeg as his home, this seemed to be a great fit. Nathan will do this concert with a full band, just as Stan would have.


Nathan Sings Stan - The Rogers Legacy Continues


Sylvia Tyson

Last but not least, Sylvia Tyson, who helped organize the first Winnipeg Folk Festival, and who also performed at it, will be appearing with a full band. All four of these artists are looking forward to being in Winnipeg in July.

We can also announce that five JMI artists will be performing for the first time at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia in early July. Martin Simpson was not planning on touring Canada next summer, but his schedule lined up with Stanfest, so he is looking forward to his debut performance in Canso, as well as one in St. John's just prior to the festival. A little closer to home, Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys are very much looking forward to shaking it up in Canso in July. Australia's Richard Perso will also perform his first Canadian festival ever in Canso.


The incomparable Martin Simpson

We will have many other festival announcements in the weeks and months ahead, and complete tours with dates and cities will be posted here over the spring. Stay tuned for more.

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March 22, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Set to Invade Alberta and Saskatchewan

JMI's Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys are set to do 35 dates in Alberta and Saskatchewan in November 2013 and April 2014. What makes this tour remarkable is that it does not even include any Manitoba or BC dates yet.

At the time this was posted, the guys also had offers for additional dates, which will be posted as they are confirmed. For now, here is where they will be on the prairies over the next year.

Oct 02 Toronto ON (Hold)
Oct 04 Slave Lake AB Spec Centre
Oct 05 Vermilion AB Lakeland College Alumni Theatre
Oct 06 Stettler AB Settler Performing Arts Centre
Oct 10 Consort AB Consort High School
Oct 11 Calgary AB Dalhousie Community Centre
Oct 12 Calgary AB Braeside Community Centre
Oct 13 Camrose AB Bailey Theatre
Oct 14 Open    
Oct 15 Olds AB Trans Canada Theatre
Oct 16 Fort Macleod AB Empress Theatre
Oct 17 Fort Macleod AB Empress Theatre
Oct 18 Open - a Friday    
Oct 19 Red Deer AB Red Deer Elks Lodge
Oct 23 Prince Albert SK E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Oct 24 Moose Jaw SK Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
Oct 25 Wainright AB Wainright Comuniplex Theatre
Oct 26 Wainright AB Wainright Comuniplex Theatre
Oct 28 Brooks AB Griffin Park Theatre
Oct 30 Daysland AB Daysland Palace Theatre
Nov 01 Coronation AB Coronation Community Centre
Nov 02 Drayton Valley AB The Max Centre
Nov 03 Fort Saskatchewan AB Moyer Recreation Centre
Nov 07 Barrhead AB Barrhead Composit High School
Nov 08 Westlock AB Westlock Cultural Arts Centre
Nov 09 Demmit AB Demmit Community Centre
Nov 10 Holden AB Beaver Regional Arts Centre
Nov 12 Lloydminster SK Vic Juba Community Theatre
Nov 14 Wadena SK Wadena Community Legion Hall
Nov 15 Tisdale SK Tisdale RecPlex
Nov 16 Kamsack SK Kamsack Playhouse
Nov 17 Yorkton SK Anne Portnuff Theatre

And in 2014, the guys also have the following dates

Apr 14 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Apr 15 Moosomin SK Moosomin Community Theatre
Apr 16 Bengough SK Bengough Community Centre
Apr 21 Assniboia SK Prince of Wales Cultural Centre
Apr 22 Shaunavon SK Plaza Theatre
Apr 23 Kindersley SK Norman Ritchie Community Centre
Apr 24 Biggar SK Majestic Theatre
Apr 25 Watrous SK Watrous Civic Centre
Apr 26 Langenburg SK Langeburg Community Theatre

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March 11, 2013

Vishtèn Takes ECMA Award for
Francophone Recording of the Year

Congratulations to Vishtèn who last night won the ECMA Award for Francophone Recording of the Year for the current release, Mosaïk. The group was in Austria when they heard the news, in the middle of a 16 date European tour. The 25th East Coast Music Awards are being held in Halifax this year.

Here is a great example of what makes Vishtèn such a great traditional group:
La Fougue des Fées (YouTube)

You can view all of Vishtèn's European dates here.

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March 6, 2013

JMI Welcomes Black Umfolosi and Guy Davis
Back to Our Roster

We are very pleased and excited to announce today that we are welcoming some old friends back into our musical family.

Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi was one of the most successful groups we ever had the pleasure to represent, with tours that stretched into five and six weeks from coast to coast. JMI has signed a five year contract with the group, exclusive to Canada, and we are very much looking forward to putting them back on the road.

Watch "Summertime" live (YouTube)

Their first tour will be the festival circuit in July of 2014, with the possibility of moving into August if demands warrants. We will also be doing a cross country theatre tour in November, 2014, commencing in Atlantic Canada November 1st, and moving right across the country to the west coast. Part of the beauty of of this group for presenters is that not only are they absolutely outstanding in concert, but the shows could not possibly be simpler to produce. Their tech requirements consist of five mics - period.

Another old JMI friend is American bluesman Guy Davis, whom we booked hundreds of Canadians dates for, and who was always one of our most in-demand artists.

"Railroad Story" live (YouTube)

Guy is one of the busiest bluesmen on the planet, touring North America, the UK, Asia, Europe, South America and Australia relentlessly, and the reason is very simple - there isn't a finer proponent of acoustic blues to be found anywhere. We have just signed an exclusive contract for Canada with Guy, and are planning on touring all regions of the country over the next two years.

Our first run will be Atlantic Canada from April 2- 12, 2014, and we can't wait to have him back in the region. Guy has played just about every venue in all three Maritime provinces, and has also been to Newfoundland. His second Canadian tour is slotted for Quebec and Ontario from October 2 -12, 2014. These are both short tours and we expect demand to be brisk, as Guy has not been in these markets for some time.

A western tour is also being planned for spring of 2015, with details to follow.

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March 6, 2013

Ray Bonneville to Tour Western Canada
in October of 2014

The last two years have been nothing short of remarkable for Ray Bonneville, who at one point had the #1 blues recording on the international charts, and who spent 50 weeks on the road last year, touring Australia, Canada, the US, Europe and the UK.

Watch "Roll It Down" (YouTube)

Ray has less and less time to tour in Canada these days, but we have secured 10 days in October of next year. He will be available for solo dates from Manitoba to BC from 16th through 26th, inclusive, 2014. We have no hesitation in calling Ray one of the best roots songwriters working in Canada today.

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March 5, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Showcasing at ECMAs This Weekend

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February 20, 2013

Catch Australia's Richard Perso
Showcasing at Folk Alliance This Weekend

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February 20, 2013

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys Showcase Spots
at Folk Alliance This Weekend

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February 16, 2013

Bellowhead's "Broadside"
Album of the Year at BBC 2 Folk Awards

Bellowhead was back on the podium last week to accept the award for Album of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The group, which has been together for nine years and continues to sell out large concert halls across the UK and Europe, including The Royal Albert Hall, took the honour for their current CD, Broadside. This award is all the sweeter as it was chosen by the public.

John Spiers accepted the award on behalf of the band last Wednesday at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. JMI sends our congratulations to all the members of Bellowhead.

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JMI HEADLINES:

Juan Martn to Tour New Show Nationally (October 27, 2014)

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in April (October 25, 2014)

Claire Lynch Wins 'Song of the Year' at 2014 IBMA Awards (Oct 25, 2014)

Nathan Rogers' Ontario Dates This Month (October 9, 2014)

Jon Brooks to Release New CD and Tour Western Canada (October 9, 2014)

James Keelaghan and Cig Multiple CFMA Nominees (September 27, 2014)

Bellowhead Plays Hyde Park in London (September 17, 2014)

Cig Makes the Cover of Penguin Eggs (September 2, 2014)

JMI Welcomes The Henry Girls (August 5, 2014)

Claire Lynch Adds Quebec and Ontario Dates (July 24, 2014)

JMI Signs Ireland's Goitse (July 17, 2014)

JMI Signs Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span (July 17, 2014)

JMI Signs Everything Fitz (July 11, 2014)

Black Umfolosi to Tour Canada in November (July 11, 2014)

JMI and Your Privacy (July 3, 2014)

James Keelaghan Summer Dates (July 3, 2014)

Quarrymen Member Rod Davis to Tour Around John Lennon's 75th Birthday (June 25, 2014)

New Cara Dillon addition to Caught in the Act

Alpha Yaya Diallo Solo Maritime Dates Announced (June 17, 2014)

Ray Bonneville to Tour Quebec and Ontario in 2015 (June 12, 2014)

Sylvia Tyson to Tour Central Canada (June 12, 2014)

Bellowhead on Star Studded Bill in Hyde Park in September (June 11, 2014)

Alpha Yaya Diallo 2014 Festival Dates (June 10, 2014)

Guy Davis Summer Dates (June 10, 2014)

Quartette Summer Dates (June 10, 2014)

Vishtn Will Tour Prairies in October (June 6, 2014)

Ray Bonneville Heading West This Fall (June 6, 2014)

Martin Simpson Heading West in November (June 6, 2014)

JMI Introduces Speaker's Corner (June 3, 2014)

Ray Bonneville to Tour Maritimes in October (June 3, 2014)

The Strawbs' Dave Cousins Set to Release Biography in September (May 27, 2014)

Còig Set to Release New CD (May 26, 2014)

Ed Sheeran and Eagles Bassist Big Fans of Cara Dillon (May 23, 2014)

JMI Signs Legendary
De Danann
(May 16, 2014)

Gordie MacKeeman to Tour Newfoundland in May (April 28, 2014)

JMI Signs Cape Breton's Còig (April 21, 2014)

Ray Bonneville Releases Easy Gone on Red House (April 21, 2014)

World Music Duo CanadAfrica to Tour Central Canada Next March (April 14, 2014)

Gordie MacKeeman wins ECMA for Pickin 'n Clickin (April 4, 2014)

Gordie MacKeeman and Vishtèn to Showcase This Weekend (April 2, 2014)

Guy Davis to Tour Ontario in October (March 15, 2014)

Acoustic Strawbs Tour Central Canada in the Fall - Western Extension Possible (March 15, 2014)

Gordie MacKeeman to Tour Central Canada in the Fall of 2015 (March 11, 2014)

Guy Davis to Tour the Maritimes in April of 2014 (March 7, 2014)

Remembering Pete Seeger (February 19, 2014)

Claire Lynch Tour of Eastern Canada (February 10, 2014)

Caladh Nua to Tour Western Canada in March of 2014 (January 8, 2014)

Mike Stevens and Okaidja Afroso Release CanadAfrica (December 7, 2013)

JMI Signs Nashville's Claire Lynch (December 3, 2013)

Quartette Releases Rock and Roses (November 21, 2013)

New Western Tour Announced for James Keelaghan (November 19, 2013)

Sylva Tyson to Tour Western Canada (November 11, 2013)

Jon Brooks to Tour Western Canada in November of 2014 (October 21, 2013)

New Retrospective Release from James Keelaghan (October 6, 2013)

Ray Bonneville Touring Quebec and Ontario in November (October 2, 2013)

Nathan Rogers Maritime Tour (September 5, 2013)

Quartette Christmas Tour (September 5, 2013)

James Keelaghan in September (September 5, 2013)

JMI Signs Folk Superstar, Cara Dillon (July 26, 2013)

Alpha Yaya Diallo to Tour Newfoundland and Maritimes Solo (July 23, 2013)

West Africa Summit to Tour Quebec and Ontarioin 2015 (July 23, 2013)

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys CD Launch in Charlottetown (July 22, 2013)

Juno Award Winning Roots Performer Ray Bonneville to Tour Atlantic Canada (June 17, 2013)

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in 2015 (June 15, 2013)

Busy Summer for Gordie MacKeeman (June 14, 2013)

Ray Bonneville Summer Dates (June 4, 2013)

Jon Brooks to Tour Central Canada in March 2014 (June 3, 2013)

Australian Richard Perso's Summer Tour (May 31, 2013)

See News page for more JMI news.