Còig Wins Canadian Folk Music Award
JMI's Còig has earned its first Canadian Folk Music Award, taking home Traditional Album of the Year honours for its debut album Five.
JMI is currently working on east coast tour and western Canada tours for the band, and expects that they will be busy on the festival circuit in 2015, with several major festivals already confirmed.
Gordie MacKeeman to Tour Quebec and Ontario
We are excited today to announce that Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will tour central Canada from March 31st through April 17th of 2016. The guys recently showcased at Ontario Contact and we have had a steady stream of inquiries ever since.
Two Quartette Christmas Shows in December
Here's where you can catch them next month:
Juan Martín to Tour New Show Nationally
"2 Guitarras Malagueñas" Features Chaparro de Malaga
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.
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.
Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in April
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:
Claire Lynch Wins 'Song of the Year' at 2014 IBMA Awards
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.
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.
James Keelaghan and Còig
A veteran of more than 25 years on the folk circuit, James Keelaghan has picked up three nods; English songwriter of the year, contemporary singer of the year and solo artist of the year, all for his Borealis Records retrospective, History.
Relative newcomers, Còig picked up two nominations in what is turning out be a great year for them. With their photo on the cover of the current issue of Penguin Eggs, the Cape Breton group takes nods for instrumental group and traditional album, both for the newly released, Five.
Both James and Coig are currently booking up tours both at home in Canada and internationally. When James is not on the road performing, he is busy running the long-standing Owen Sound Summerfolk folk festival.
From BBC Radio 2
Jon Boden and John Spiers' 11-strong party outfit
already have plenty of Radio 2 form.
The first ever band to feature in session on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, they also played a storming set for our first ever Festival in a Day in 2011 and opened the show at this year's Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.
With bags of charisma, inspired arrangements, and twenty different instruments including bouzoukis, kazoos, melodeons and bagpipes all making up the Bellowhead sound, it's not hard to imagine why they are frequently hailed one of the UK's finest live acts.
Also on the bill were Lionel Ritchie, Lennie Kravitz and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Currently celebrating their tenth anniversary, their return to Hyde Park is set to be one of the highlights of a fantastic year of touring for Bellowhead, and a fantastic day in Hyde Park for Radio 2.
See video and listen to MP3s here.
There is a major buzz out there about JMI's Còig and people are noticing. The group is currently featured on the September cover of Penguin Eggs, one of North America's most influential roots music publications. Other recent covers have featured John Prine, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, etc.
JMI announced a 2016 western tour for Coig in mid-August and had to extend the dates twice within the first week to meet demand. The group will also tour northern Europe and Atlantic Canada in the fall of of 2015. A tour of central Canada will be announced at a later date.
We already have offers coming in for festivals for summer of 2015, so we expect this incredible new Celtic supergroup to be very busy in the coming years.
See what all the fuss is about here (YouTube).
JMI is very excited to welcome Ireland's The Henry Girls to our roster.
The Henry Girls are an Irish folk and roots music group consisting of three sisters; Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin. All three have studied music and are multi-instrumentalists featuring fiddle, ukulele, banjo, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano, and accordion. Their trademark sound is one of stunning three part harmonies on material which is a mix of traditional Irish folk music and Americana. In addition to their own recordings, they have contributed backup vocals to Mary Black's album Stories from the Steeples and have also collaborated with Session Americana, Dónal Lunny, Moya Brennan, Jennifer Kimball, and The Fox Hunt.
The girls have been touring across Europe for the past 10 years, and this summer performed at the fabled Glastonbury Festival, which is arguably the most prestigious outdoor music festival in the UK and Europe and has featured artists such as The Rolling Stones.
We were immediately stuck by the wonderful songs and the beautiful harmonies of The Henry Girls, which put us in mind of other groups such as The Good Lovelies and The Wailin' Jennies.
Check them out on YouTube:
JMI will tour The Henry Girls across Canada in the summer of 2015.
Nashville's Claire Lynch has added a week of dates for Central Canada onto her current western tour. She is now available for performances in Quebec & Ontario from October 23rd through November 1st, 2015.
Claire has two Grammy nominations and is the current IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Ontario presenters of bluegrass and roots performers will want to take advantage of this opportunity to book one of the most respected American bluegrass artists.
JMI has been putting a fresh coat of paint on our roster, and as such, we are delighted to announce that we have signed a traditional Irish group we've had our eyes on for years, the wonderful Goitse.
Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, this quintet has graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music across the globe, with their performances gaining notoriety on four continents. Having won feverish critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second album Transformed, the band has skyrocketed to the forefront of the traditional Irish music scene.
Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from Ireland and abroad, which make each set entertaining and unique. Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O'Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of this generation.
The gripping rhythm section sets a breath taking pace for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draws audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. When not singing, Áine's energetic style of fiddle playing is complimented hugely by multi-award-winning banjo and mandolin virtuoso James Harvey. His ability to transcend genres, combined with his unparalleled technical ability is a joy to behold. Bridging the gap between melody and accompaniment is the piano and piano accordionist, Tadhg Ó Meachair. The Dublin native is renowned for his unique approach to bass work and accompaniment, while also having picked up national awards for his melody playing.
Goitse will tour western Canada in March of 2015 and Canadians festivals in the same year.
JMI has take great pride over the years in working with legendary acts such as Fairport Convention, Pete Seeger and Jerry Jeff Walker. We very excited today to announce that we have signed England's legendary Maddy Prior & Steeleye Span.
Steeleye Span has been one of the most influential names in British roots music. Pioneers of folk-rock, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold records and international tours. Members have come and gone over the years, but Steeleye has always remained at the forefront of the genre they helped to define, and 45 years later the band is an institution in British music.
Steeleye Span formed in 1969, with the vision of playing folk music in a contemporary, electric band format. Taking their name from the song Horkstow Grange, their debut recording Hark! The Village Wait is a pioneering album that set out the blueprint for folk-rock.
The initial line-up was to prove short-lived, with Gay and Terry Woods departing before the band's first gig, to be replaced by Martin Carthy, already a fixture on the folk scene, and classically trained fiddle player Peter Knight. Their 1970 album Please To See the King became a classic while Ten Man Mop made inroads into the rock scene.
Further line-up changes ensued with Ashley Hutchings leaving to form The Albion Band, followed shortly afterwards by Martin Carthy. Steeleye recruited Rick Kemp on bass, Bob Johnson on guitar and Nigel Pegrum as the band's first drummer. With a more rock-oriented approach, it was this line-up that enjoyed the biggest commercial success, with the acapella Latin carol Gaudete achieving a Christmas chart entry in 1973 and a No 5 hit in 1975 with All Around My Hat produced by Mike Batt.
Steeleye Span will tour Canada with Maddy Prior for two weeks in the summer of 2015, with inquiries coming in before the official announcement was even made. These will be very special dates and there are no plans to tour Canada beyond next summer.
JMI is very pleased to announce an exclusive Canadian signing with Ontario's 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.
Promo video on YouTube
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.
It's always a treat to book a tour for Black Umfolosi, and we are really glad to have them coming back to Canada after a hiatus of several years.
Fans can look forward to the same level of a capella excellence and virtually non-stop dancing as in past tours.
|Live performance of Shosholoza (YouTube).|
Here's where you can catch the guys this fall*
|Nov 05||New Glasgow||NS||Glasgow Square Theatre|
|Nov 06||Antigonish||NS||Immaculata Auditorium|
|Nov 07||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|Nov 08||Sackville||NB||Brunton Auditorium|
|Nov 09||Montreal||QC||Cabaret du Mile End|
|Nov 11||Guelph||ON||University Centre Courtyard|
|Nov 12||North Bay||ON||Capitol Centre|
|Nov 13||Burlington||ON||Performing Arts Centre|
|Nov 14||London||ON||Aeolian Theatre|
|Nov 15||Toronto||ON||Hugh's Room|
|Nov 16||Kingston||ON||Chalmers United Church|
|Nov 18||Winnipeg||MB||West End Cultural Centre|
|Nov 19||Flin Flon||MB||RH Channing Auditorium|
|Nov 20||Regina||SK||The Exchange|
|Nov 21||Lethbridge||AB||The Attic|
|Nov 22||Airdrie||AB||Bert Church Theatre|
|Nov 24||Grande Prairie||AB||Grande Prairie Live Theatre|
|Nov 26||Valemount||BC||Valemount Com. Theatre|
|Nov 28||Courtenay||BC||Sid Williams Civic Theatre|
|Nov 29||Errington||BC||War Memorial Hall|
|Dec 01||Whitehorse||YK||Yukon Arts Centre|
|Dec 02||Haines Junction||YK||St. Elias Centre|
|Dec 04||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Dec 05||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|Dec 06||Vancouver||BC||Performance Works|
|Dec 07||Whistler||BC||My Place|
|Dec 08||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|Dec 09||Trail||BC||Charles Bailey Theatre|
*More dates may be added to this tour.
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These days James Keelaghan divides his summers between performing at folk festivals and running one of his own, as he is the artistic director for the long running Summerfolk in Owen Sound, Ontario.
You can catch James this summer at the following events:
|Jul 18-20||London||ON||Home County Folk Festival|
|Aug 07||Victoria||BC||Butchart Garden|
|Aug 8-10||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 15-17||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
|Sep 26-18||Wolfville||NS||Deep Roots Festival|
Original Quarrymen member Rod Davis, who recently signed on to JMI's Speakers Corner will be touring in the fall of 2015, a time that marks the 75th birthday of John Lennon (October 9th). Rod's cross-Canada tour will take place between October 15th & 25th, 2015.
John Lennon, Colin Hanton, Rod Davis, 1957
Rod was raised in Woolton on the outskirts of Liverpool and was a close friend of John Lennon's from a very early age when they attended Sunday school together. In 1956 he and John formed the legendary skiffle group, The Quarrymen with two other friends. Rod played banjo in the group for two years until he was replaced by Paul McCartney. At one time, there were three Beatles in The Quarrymen when George Harrison joined.
Rod will be speaking about the early days with John Lennon but he will also have his trusty banjo on hand to demonstrate the kind of music played by The Quarrymen. There will also be a question and answer component at the end of the talk.
African guitarist and songwriter Alpha Yaya Diallo will tour the Maritime provinces solo in October of 2014.
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:
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.
• Shane Howard Releases Deeper South (January 14, 2015)
• James Keelaghan Touring Western Canada Next Next Month (January 13, 2015)
• JMI Signs Baka Beyond (January 7, 2015)
• Goitse Takes Trad Group of the Year (January 7, 2015)
• De Danann to Tour Canada in March, 2016 (December 19, 2014)
• JMI Signs England's Moulettes (December 16, 2014)
• Everything Fitz Tour Atlantic and Western Canada, Fall 2016 (December 8, 2014)
• Còig Wins Canadian Folk Music Award (December 2, 2014)
• Gordie MacKeeman to Tour Quebec and Ontario (November 19, 2014)
• Two Quartette Christmas Shows in December (November 10, 2014)
• Juan Martín 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)
• 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 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)
• 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)
See News page for more JMI news.