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.
Alpha Yaya Diallo
Here's where you can see him in the fall:
Every time Red House Recording artist Ray Bonneville performs in central Canada, the tours get a little longer and the gigs a little bigger. The veteran Canadian singer-songwriter continues to see steady growth in his career despite decades on the road.
With the recent release of Easy Gone on Redhouse Records, Ray will be featuring new material, as well as favourites from his long career.
Ray will hit the road in Quebec and Ontario from October 15-25, 2015.
Sylvia Tyson is a true legend of both the folk and the country music worlds. JMI is very pleased to announce a rare tour of central Canada, which will take place April 10-19, 2015. She will be touring as a four piece.
Sylvia became one of the music world's most recognizable and respected names in the early 1960's as half of one of the biggest music acts in the business, Ian & Sylvia.
She then established a distinguished solo career, and is also known today as one of the Canadian vocal divas within the award winning group "Quartette". She has graced our country's recordings for four decades, writing classic songs and making music that has made this Chatham, Ontario native an international star, and a Canadian treasure. As one half of the Folk Country duo "Ian & Sylvia", she recorded 13 albums and helped change what the world was listening to. The album most revered today: "Great Speckled Bird" is now acknowledged as the beginning of a Country Rock sound that led to an evolution, still at the core of Country radio playlists.
Sylvia Tyson is a recipient of the Order of Canada. She treasures many awards and is a member to the Juno Awards Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In the mid 70's, Sylvia Tyson went on to release many critically acclaimed solo albums and host award winning radio and television programs such as the Roots series "Touch The Earth".
If you're going to be in London in September, plan to join BBC Radio 2 for a festival in a day as they celebrate the best of the station's music with one special day of live performances from a starry array of top UK and international artists.
BBC has just announced two more artists for Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park to perform alongside Lionel Richie with the BBC Concert Orchestra in what will be an exclusive UK performance for the star.
Joining Lionel Richie will be the amazing James Blunt and The Dutch jazz-star who smashed Michael Jackson's sales records in her homeland, Caro Emerald.
Lenny Kravitz will also perform a set on the night, marking his first UK gig for three years. Plus, Irish vocalist and musician Imelda May will be taking to the stage.
Also appearing will be the superb Beverley Knight, US sisters The Pierces and the best folk live experience you'll ever experience from the incomparable Bellowhead.
Bellowhead live: New York Girls [Official] (YouTube)
Jools Holland and his band will also be performing with special guests Sandie Shaw and Ruby Turner and the event will be hosted by Chris Evans with other Radio 2 presenters.
Sunday 11 September 2011 - Hyde Park, London
Tickets £32.50 plus booking fees (under-3s free)
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
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|
American bluesman Guy Davis divides his summers mostly between Europe, the UK and America. In 2014, he will also be playing several Canadian festivals right across Canada.
Guy's current release, Jube Dance, spent 10 weeks in the number 1 position on the international RMR blues charts this winter and continues to be widely played around the world.
Some Cold, Rainy Day (YouTube)
Here's where he will be playing in July and August:
|Jul 4-6||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 7||Victoria||PE||Victoria Playhouse|
|Jul 8||Halifax||NS||Jazzeast Festival|
|Jul 25-27||Mission||BC||Mission Folk Festival|
|Aug 2-4||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
Because Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford all have busy solo careers and other projects, it can be hard to get them together for dates in the summer.
We were lucky enough to round them all up for a few this coming festival season. The ladies will be performing material from their 20 year career, as well as songs from their brand new CD, Rocks and Roses in the Maritimes and BC in July and August.
Here's where you can catch them this summer:
|Jul 18||Indian River||PEI||Indian River Church|
|Jul 19||New Glasgow||NS||Celtic Cultural Centre|
|Aug 14||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Aug 15||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
|Aug 17||Kamloops||BC||Rainbow Roost|
The globetrotting Vishtèn will undertake a rare western Canada tour this coming fall.
The past year has seen them tour Australia & America, and we've lost count of how many times they have been to Europe.
Here's where they will be in October:
La Fougue des Fées (YouTube)
Ray Bonneville will be busy in Canada this October. His Maritime tour takes place early in the month, and after a few days off, he will head to western Canada for dates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.
Here is a list of Ray's western gigs for this fall:
British Folk singer and guitar hero Martin Simpson will tour western Canada in November of 2014.
There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, "Love Never Dies" to the profoundly moving "Never Any Good" and "One Day". Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.
His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Danú, Martin Carthy, Martin Taylor, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller and many more.
2013's Vagrant Stanzas
Here's where you can catch him this fall:
|Nov 06||Prince Albert||SK||E.A. Rawlinson Centre|
|Nov 07||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Nov 08||Calgary||AB||The Nickelodeon|
|Nov 09||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage Resort|
|Nov 12||Grande Prairie||AB||Grand Prairie Live Theatre|
|Nov 13||Coquitlam||BC||Evergreen Theatre|
|Nov 14||Salt Spring||BC||South End Grooveyard|
|Nov 15||Courtenay||BC||Komox Band Hall|
|Nov 16||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
We are very excited to announce that JMI has added a Speaker's Corner to our roster of folk and roots musicians. While there will be a focus on people with a strong connection to the music world, we will also be adding speakers from diverse backgrounds. Our aim will be to make available speakers who have unique and fascinating stories to tell.
Please allow us to introduce you to our first five signings.
|John Lennon, Colin Hanton & Rod Davis|
ROD DAVIS was, from a very early age, a close personal friend of John Lennon, and eventually became the banjo player in Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen in 1956. "I lived in Woolton and first met John Lennon at St. Peter's Sunday School when we were very small boys. I lived near (drummer) Colin Hanton and we all used to play street football together." Davis was eventually replaced by a young upstart named Paul McCartney, and was there on the famous day in 1957 when John met Paul.
Rod Davis will be available to tour Canada around the 75th birthday of John Lennon in the fall of 2015.
Joe Boyd (with hat) with The Incredible String Band
JOE BOYD is a true pop music pioneer. After graduating from Harvard in 1964, he staged some of the first UK tours for blues giants such as Muddy Waters, and was at Newport in 1965 where he supervised Bob Dylan's electric debut. He has produced the likes of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd & Fairport Convention, and as head of music for Warner Brothers Films, organized the scoring of Deliverance and A Clockwork Orange and made the feature-length documentary Jimi Hendrix. In 2006, Joe published his memoir "White Bicycles: Making Music in the Sixties" which sold 75,000 copies world wide.
Bernie's autobiography, True North
BERNIE FINKELSTEIN is both a giant and a pioneer of the Canadian music industry and the founder of True North Records. When only 22, he was invited by the legendary Albert Grossman (Bob Dlyan's manger) to collaborate on managing The Paupers. He also managed artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Dan Hill and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and The Grateful Dead. Bernie was the Chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2003. Mr. Finkelstein also received The Order of Canada in 2007.
Keith Richards, Bill German and Ron Wood
BILL GERMAN Author and Rolling Stones insider Bill German discusses his ups and downs with "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world." His first book, Under Their Thumb, chronicles his friendship with the Stones (forged when he was still a teenager) and how he became the band's official historian for two decades. He traveled the world with them, stayed at their homes and witnessed their private jam sessions, decadent parties and vicious in-fights. Bill is currently working on a second book about The Rolling Stones.
Stephen Maher (right) and Glen McGregor
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.
Red House recording artist and Juno Award winner Ray Bonneville will tour the Maritimes in the fall of 2014, just in time to promote his new CD, Easy Gone, which is steadily climbing up the international Blues charts.
For a taste of the new CD, you can listen to MP3s on the Red House website, here.
Ray will blaze through the Maritimes, take a couple days off and then head out west for more dates. Stay tuned for news on the western dates.
Here's where you can catch Ray in eastern Canada in October of 2014.
|Oct 03||Chester||NS||Chester Playhouse|
|Oct 04||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|Oct 05||Truro||NS||Marigold Cultural Centre|
|Oct 06||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|Oct 07||Antigonish||NS||Townhouse Brewpub|
|Oct 09||Mount Stewart||PEI||Trailside Cafe|
|Oct 10||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|Oct 12||Little Brook||NS||Elvina's|
Dave Cousins' long-awaited biography Exorcising Ghosts is to be published on September 1st, 2014.
How did a working class boy from West London come to discover Sandy Denny and Rick Wakeman, work with iconic figures like David Bowie, Dickie Attenborough and Dame Vera Lynn, meet royalty, change the face of commercial radio, and be granted God's abundant blessings by The Pope?
'Exorcising Ghosts', written by Strawbs singer and songwriter, Dave Cousins, tells an extraordinary story from the revivalist folk scene of the 1960s, through chart-topping albums and singles, to stadium rock shows of the 1970s. Cousins spares no punches in the untold story of his discovery of Sandy Denny in a folk club in Earls Court and their time together in Denmark. He invited the unknown Rick Wakeman to join Strawbs, and within six months they moved from playing in folk clubs to headlining the Albert Hall.
The subsequent incarnation of Strawbs found pop stardom with the notorious hit, 'Part Of The Union', which ended in an acrimonious bloodbath in Los Angeles. Undeterred, Dave Cousins recast Strawbs as a prog-rock band, playing stadium shows across the USA and Canada.
In 1980, Dave Cousins turned down the chance to sign to Elton John's record label and entered his secret life, the nascent world of commercial radio. Like a roller coaster, Dave Cousins' life has had its ups and downs, but what a ride!
Cape Breton's Còig, already booked for dates in Europe and Canada well into 2015, are about to release their debit CD, Five.
The recording was done by Mike Shepherd at lakewind Sounds Studios in Nova Scotia and mixed and mastered by Dave Gunning, with production and arrangement credits going to the band. You can listen to a cut from the new CD here.
And there is brand new video from the band here.
Còig is the best trad act we have seen come out of Nova Scotia in a decade, mixing driving instrumentals in pure Cape Breton fashion, with stunning vocals and three stepdancers.
They will be launching the new CD in June in the following markets:
|June 12||Sydney||NS||Flavour 19|
|June 15||Judique||NS||Celtic Music Interpretive Centre|
|June 17||Charlottetown||PE||The Pourhouse (Old Triangle)|
|June 24||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
JMI'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.
Dillon on the cover of
The Sunday Times Culture
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."
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.
JMI is very proud to announce that we have signed Ireland's legendary, multi-platinum selling De Danann.
Once described as 'the Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music', De Danann, returned to the festival stage in 2009 with a new album 'Wonderwaltz' and trips to Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and the USA. The band have found themselves once again in demand by promoters in Europe and North America. Founding member Alec Finn is joined by Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Derek Hickey (accordion), Brian McGrath (banjo/piano), Ronan O'Flaherty (fiddle) and Neill Lyons (bodhrán).
De Danann were formed in 1975 in Galway and became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music before going their separate ways in 2003. The group released their debut album 'De Danann' in 1975 and in total have recorded 14 albums including 'Anthem', 'Star Spangled Molly' and 'A Jacket of Batteries' and achieved chart success, with many of the albums reaching gold and platinum status.
De Danann will be touring the Canadian festival circuit in the summer of 2015.
After a winter that has already seen Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys tour Australia, Europe, the UK and western Canada, the guys are getting ready ready for their first tour of Newfoundland & Labrador in May, before heading off to Malaysia in June and Europe again in July. The guys also have one Nova Scotia date in May and a hometown show in June.
Here's where you can catch them in Atlantic Canada in the coming weeks.
|May 09||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|May 21||Happy Valley-Goose Bay||NL||Labrador Friendship Centre|
|May 23/24||Norris Point||NL||Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival|
|May 26||Bonavista||NL||Garrick Theatre|
|May 28||St. John's||NL||LSPU Hall|
|Jun 10||Charlottetown||PE||Victoria Park|
|Jun 20||Kuching||Malaysia||Rainforest World Music Festival|
For more details about Gordie's schedule including his July dates in Europe, please visit their calendar page.
JMI is excited to announce that we have signed Cape Breton's Còig, the best trad act we have seen come out of Nova Scotia in a decade. With incredible instrumental prowess, beautiful vocals and three step dancers, Còig is demonstrating that traditional Cape Breton music is not going away any time soon.
CÒIG ("Ko-ig". Gaelic for '5') is an exciting ensemble consisting of five solo acts, and is definitely Atlantic Canada's young band to watch. The group consists of Chrissy Crowley, Darren McMullen, Rachel Davis, Colin Grant and Jason Roach.
Còig studio sessions on YouTube.
With a combined total of over 30 nominations and awards, each of Còig's talented musicians have released their own successful solo albums, and have toured both at home and abroad before coming together as this exciting super group.
"Five acclaimed, award winning solo musicians in their own right,
in one explosive 'coming together'...
Collectively they are a Cape Breton trad triumph..."
- Davie Gardner, the Shetland Times, UK
Redhouse Recording artist Ray Bonneville is set to release Easy Gone amidst a hectic touring schedule that increasingly sees him performing overseas.
"a master of the slow burn, the gentle funk, the infectious rhythm."
On Easy Gone, Bonneville delivers 10 reasons why longevity pays off. On each song, his taut guitar work shimmers like the scales on coiled rattler, menacing and confident. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time and his harmonica rhythms add an extra dollop of grit to his streetwise sound. Produced by Bonneville and Justin Douglas, Easy Gone wears the faded work clothes of a man who knew when he "said I do to a highway," as he sings in "Who Do Call the Shots," that it wasn't going to be an easy marriage. But he also knew divorce was not an option, and affirms his vows in soulful lyrics that balance thoughtful observation, impassioned emotion and the restless soul of a wanderer.
You can listen to mp3s from Easy Gone here.
Ray will tour the Maritimes and western Canada in October of this year (2014).
Full details, including dates and venues, will be announced on the JMI news page in the near future.
JMI 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.
JMI congratulates Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys for winning Roots/Traditional Group Recording at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown last night, April 3rd.
The guys were in British Columbia showcasing at Pacific Contact when the news came in and the award was presented to Mark Geddes' father. The band will tour western Canada, Newfoundland and Malaysia this spring, before heading off to Europe for a summer packed with festivals.
Two of Atlantic Canada's finest live groups will be showcasing on opposite ends of the country this weekend.
Vishtèn will fly into Charlottetown from Germany just in time for an ECMA showcase on Saturday, April 5th at the Rodd Hotel, 75 Kent Street from 8:55 to 9:15, headlining the Francophone showcase.
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys will be showcasing on the other side of the country in Burnaby, BC at the Michael J. Fox Theatre on Friday, April 4th from 9:15 to 9:30 p.m.
If you are attending either of these conferences, we hope you can make one of the showcases - they will not disappoint
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.
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.
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|
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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."
While we will be focusing on the summer of 2015 with Claire, she still has a few open spots for the summer of 2014.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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|
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.
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.
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.
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 Ó Lionáird, 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.
What Cara Dillon is really about is great live performances delivered with simplicity and passion.
Look for Cara to return to Canada in the summer of 2014.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Please let us know if you would like to book a date with Ray on this Eastern tour.
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.
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 07||Isle of Man||UK||Centenary Theatre|
|Sep 08||East Anglia||UK||Stamping Ground Fest|
|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.
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|
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)
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 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|
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.
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|
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
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.
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.
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.
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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 Còig Multiple CFMA Nominees (September 27, 2014)
• Bellowhead Plays Hyde Park in London (September 17, 2014)
• Còig 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)
• 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)
• Vishtèn 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
• 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)
• 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)
• 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.