Working closely with producer Leonard Podolak of Grammy- and Juno-winning eclectic roots favourites The Duhks, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have pushed their music into new territory in this video with Coal Not Dole, adding only a B3 and crazed pump organ and taut vocal harmonies for a rich and infectious sound that highlights a call for change.
Skipper's Alley Make Canadian Debut
Skipper's Alley is one of the best trad groups to emerge from Ireland in recent years. The seven piece group incorporates everything from pipes to harp and have a sound that is unique on the trad scene right now. They are about to embark on their first Canadian tour, a run of dates in Nova Scotia. Here is where you can catch them this week and next.
Claire Lynch En Route to the Maritimes
Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin Cover Sylvia Tyson
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Have Busy Summer
*Two shows on August 15, in Fredericton and Miramichi, NB
The British Are Coming!
Còig to Spend Most of July in Ontario
Award Winning Music Executive Bernie Finkelstein
Toronto, Canada – May 31, 2016 - TableRock Media, is pleased to announce award-winning music executive Bernie Finkelstein has joined their Board of Directors. The international music industry icon will be instrumental to developing brand partnerships as TableRock Media gears up to launch their first APP-based content streaming service focused on Guitars later this year.
Bernie Finkelstein has been awarded the Order Of Canada and Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, was elected to the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and received both the SOCAN and Walt Grealis Special Achievement Awards. He has been influential in shaping the music industry as an active board member with the Ontario Film Development Corporation, SOCAN Foundation, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) now known as CIMA and the Canadian Association Of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The founder of True North Records, Bernie and has been one of the leading figures in both the Canadian and worldwide music industry working with recording artists that include Bruce Cockburn, Dan Hill, Rough Trade, Murray McLauchlan, Barney Bentall, Stephen Fearing, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Randy Bachman. His illustrious career at True North Records includes 40 Juno Awards and 40 gold and platinum records. His memoir True North: A Life In The Music Business was released in 2012 with McClelland & Stewart.
"Bernie's well-respected career as a leader in the music industry will be invaluable to our Board of Directors and executive team as we get ready to launch our first App-based streaming service focused on Guitars later this year," said Jeffrey Elliott, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TableRock Media. "His substantial knowledge and expertise will play a significant role in the creation of original, premium content and member experiences."
"Over the last few years, general entertainment streaming services have seen tremendous growth and TableRock Media's vision to offer niche content to passionate audiences is truly next generation thinking," said Bernie Finkelstein, President, Finkelstein Management. "I am thrilled to be part of such a visionary media company that truly appreciates people want authentic and credible content to fuel their passions."
TableRock Media will launch a series of APP-based streaming services focused on key genres including Guitars, Motorcycles and Aviation, all hyper-niche content for passionate enthusiasts. Launching with a Guitar-focused channel later this year, global audiences will have access to premium content, with original documentaries, films and hosted series featuring a combination of original productions and acquired programming. The subscription-based APP will go beyond the screen giving members' access to exclusive events, engagement through social media and forums to build a community around people who are passionate about all things guitar.
TableRock Media is co-founded by Jeffrey Elliott, former founder and CEO of GlassBOX Television, Chief Operating Officer Joseph Arcuri, former CFO at GlassBOX Television and President of AOL Canada and Chief Creative Officer David Hatch, founder of Whistlestop Productions. The TableRock Media Board of Directors is chaired by Ken Murphy, co-founder of High Fidelity, HDTV and former President and General Manager at Discovery Channel (Canada). Henry Eaton, President of Eaton Ventures, Francis MacDougall, Founder of GestureTek and Bernie Finkelstein, President of Finkelstein Management complete the TableRock Media Board of Directors.
The Guitar Channel subscription-based, streaming service APP will be available through Apple and Android devices, set-top boxes, video game consoles and other platforms when launched for a global audience late 2016.
There is always a good buzz when Oysterband comes to Canada, with excited fans emailing us to find out if the guys will be playing in their town. Demand is such in the UK and Europe that we have a hard time getting dates for this legendary English group, but we did manage to secure three weeks in July. This run will see them playing some of the biggest festivals in western Canada – here's where they will be:
|Jul 8-10||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk Festival|
|Jul 13||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place Theatre|
|Jul 14||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Jul 15-17||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Festival|
|Jul 18-21||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival - teaching workshops|
|Jul 22||Duncan||BC||Islands Folk Festival|
|Jul 23-24||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival|
"If at the end of the year the BBC contact me (as they do) and ask me to name my gig of the year (as they do) Goitse at The Dunamaise Theatre would be a country mile ahead of anything I've seen this past five years."
England's Moulettes will tour Canada in July, and oh, what a tour it will be. Not only are they playing many of the biggest festivals in the country, but some of these events are also the most prestigious festivals of their kind in the world. Their ten festival performances will include Montreal International Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
Moulettes will land in Canada after a slew of sold European dates, and with a brand new CD (Preternatural) that just entered the British charts at #2. Stay tuned for information on a Canadian release of Preternatural as well.
Here is the full schedule of where you can find them this July:
|Jul 01-03||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 05||Montreal||QC||Montreal International Jazz Festival|
|July 07||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room (with Ten Strings And A Goat Skin)|
|Jul 08||Orillia||ON||Mariposa Folk Festival|
|Jul 09-10||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk Festival|
|Jul 15||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Music Festival|
|July 16||White Rock||BC||Outdoor show – Five Corners|
|Jul 17||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Music Festival|
|Jul 18||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Jul 19||Duncan||BC||City Square Stage|
|Jul 20||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Jul 21-24||Calgary||AB||Calgary Folk Festival|
JMI is very pleased to announce that Tony McManus, hailed by critics as "the finest Celtic guitarist in the world," will tour western Canada from October 19 - 29, 2017.
Just back from extensive, sold-out tours of Europe, the UK and Australia, Tony is touring Newfoundland at the time of this posting. While Tony's live shows focuses on Celtic guitar pieces, it is liberally sprinkled with songs, and occasionally shows how he can stretch out as an artist, particularly on a 19th Century piano piece called Gnossiennes No. 1 that he has adapted for steel string guitar.
Tony's Mysterious Boundaries has been hailed by his peers as "A masterpiece," (John Renbourn) and "Beyond beautiful – it's perfect," (Tommy Immanuel).
Coig's first tour of western Canada was a resounding success, with virtually all of the dates selling out. The guys will be back in December of 2017, some two years spacing from the previous tour, with something completely different. This time they will take their Christmas show, based on their CD, Carols, to theatres from Manitoba to Vancouver Island.
Audiences can expect the same Cape Breton style that has endeared them to audiences in Canada, America and Europe, with the usual fiddling, step dancing and vocals. This show will appeal to a wide demographic and is perfect for block bookings.
Based on the previous tour and the feedback we have had since, we expect these dates to move quickly, so please let us know if you would like to hold a date or dates.
Vishtèn just gets busier and busier, to the point where finding time frames to tour is a real challenge. In recent years the group has added Australia to their stomping grounds, after performing countless tours across Europe and America.
After some juggling, we have managed to find a time frame for the guys to tour the region they hail from, Atlantic Canada. Vishtèn will tour Atlantic Canada April 5 - 15, 2018. Expect the usual blend of step dancing, fiddling, vocals and humour. All the members of the group are multi-instrumentalists, and we do not hesitate to say that they are the finest proponents of Acadian culture to be found anywhere.
A very easy show to produce, you can view Vishten's technical requirements here:
The Young'uns took a day off from their current sold out tour of the UK last week to attend the prestigious BBC2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Last year they took the award for best group beating out folk giants, Bellowhead, who are the largest selling indie act in England's history.
JMI congratulates the guys on winning again for 2016, Best Group, and no small feat considering the competition across the pond. Also from last week, the guys received a rare five start review for their concert in Coventry, which stated, "It's so bound to leave you feeling better about life that their gigs should probably be available on prescription."
The Young'uns will make their Canadian debut on the festival circuit in July, and we are already planning for a return tour of western Canada in 2017.
While touring in Louisiana last weekend, JMI's Vishtèn learned that they had won the 2016 ECMW Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the year. The band said that they "were floored" by the win in Twitter. So far, 2016 has been a blur of international tours in Australia, America the UK and Europe for Vishtèn, with more of the same scheduled for the remainder of the year.
The group has also released a new promo video, showcasing their many and disparate talents. You can view the new video here.
JMI congratulates Vishtèn on this latest award and we wish them safe travels as they tour the world.
Arguably the finest Celtic guitarist in the world, Tony McManus will tour Atlantic Canada in mid-May, 2016. Currently touring in Australia, Tony performs around the world, at festivals and concert halls in Australia, Europe and across North America.
Here is where you can catch him next month:
The lineup for the 2016 May Run Music Festival was announced at a press conference in Charlottetown yesterday. The event will take place May 18 - 22, inclusive.
From the JMI Speaker's Corner, Canadian music industry legend Bernie Finkelstein will deliver the key note address at the event. Finkelstein is the founder of True North Records. He also managed many artists including Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Dan Hill. Bernie was the Chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984. Bernie was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2006, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) awarded Bernie the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, Mr. Finkelstein also received the Order of Canada in 2007.
JMI's two PEI acts will be performing at the closing concert. Vishtèn and Ten Strings And A Goat Skin will join fellow Islander Tim Chaisson and other artists at what should be a very exciting show. Last month it was announced that JMI artists dominated the award nominations, taking 14 in total.
Well, not quite, but JMI artists rock, and they are constantly making the covers of some of music's most prestigious and influential music publications around the world. Here are some of the magazine covers our artists have made in recent times.
The last time we toured Nashville's Claire Lynch in Atlantic Canada, nearly all of the shows sold out, despite it being her first time in the region. Claire will be returning in fall of 2017, and is available for dates throughout the region October 5 -15, 2017. This tour will mark two and a half years from the previous one in this area.
Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the Bluegrass genre. She has two GRAMMY nominations and countless other awards among her official accolades. Frequent and enthusiastic standing ovations at her performances with her tight, virtuosic band demonstrate her ability to captivate widely diverse audiences. Critics laud her songwriting as an undeniable gift, and her enthralling "hillbilly angel" voice has landed her spots on recordings from Linda Ronstadt to Ralph Stanley in between.
JMIs' PEI artists were front and centre at Tuesday's 2016 Music PEI Awards nominations announcement in Charlottetown. Gordie MacKeeman, Vishtèn and Ten Strings And A Goat Skin had a total of 14 nods for the awards, which will be handed out in May during Music PEI Week.
Here are all the categories our artists were nominated in – we congratulate them, and all our other friends and colleagues who were nominated
Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year
Entertainer of the Year
Touring Artist of the Year
Album of the Year
Roots Traditional Recording of the Year
Cavendish Beach Music Festival Group
PEI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin seem to be going about things in a backwards kind of way, but the results have been incredible. The young band has toured Europe and America many times, and are already at the point where they are selling out most of their shows abroad. On a recent 40 date tour of America, the band played to capacity houses almost everywhere, something that mirrors their recent European tours. What is unique about this situation is this – the band has established themselves as an act that can sell out venues in America and Europe before they have even played many Canadian festivals and venues.
To be asked to perform at Denmark's prestigious Tønder Festival is a feather in the cap of any emerging group. To be asked to play the festival two years in a row is almost unheard of, but the guys will be heading back to Tønder in August, by popular demand. Last summer they were the top selling act at Shrewsbury in England, despite being up against headliners like Richard Thompson.
And last month Billboard Magazine announced that TSGS's current CD, Corbeau, was charting at #6 internationally for world music, putting them in competition with major artists like Loreena McKennitt and Buena Vista Social Club.
Ten Strings will tour Canadian festivals in July of 2016 and will also be touring the Maritimes and western Canada in the next year. Fans can look forward to a new CD release in June.
Every year since 1986, England's fRoots magazine has tasked a large international panel of experts – over 300 in recent times – to nominate the Album Of The Year. After they announced the results of the 30th annual fRoots Critics Poll for Albums Of The Year in December, the magazine invited the public to vote online for their one favourite album out of all the winners and runners up in every year's Critics Poll since it began in 1986, 120 albums in all. And after a massive entry the Best Of The Best, the placings are:
1. BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit) 1997
JMI congratulates Oysterband and Bellowhead on taking three of the top five spots in this very prestigious and elite list.
Guy Davis will return to Canada for a brief tour in April, with dates in Ontario and out west. He returns in the fall for a larger western tour, but meanwhile, this is where Canadian blues fans can catch him next month.
After more than three decades since its original release, a new version of Shane Howard's iconic Solid Rock is back at #1 on the Australian radio charts. Last week the song was played more than any other on the continent.
Australian recording artist Scott Darlow recreated the Australian rock classic with Howard ahead of Australia Day.
"I realised that this country that I grew up in, that I thought was my country, wasn't," says Howard. "I had to reassess my whole relationship with the land and the landscape, and understand that we had come from somewhere else, and we had dis-empowered a whole race of people when we arrived."
Shane received the Member of the Order of Australia on January 26th, Australia Day. "Our national character is evolving; that's why I think it's really important that we move towards a republic and we stand on our own two feet in the world and identify clearly who we are," Howard recently told the ABC.
"And I don't think you can have a republic without having a treaty with your First Nation's People, if you want to stand as an honourable nation in the world".
JMI's Moulettes will be busy this spring with a UK tour and the release of "Preternatural," an incredible new recording that is poised to take the band to the next level.
Moulettes will tour Canada in July from the east coast through to Vancouver Island. Most of the dates are embargoed until the various presenters announce them but we can tell you that they will be performing at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia on the first weekend in July. Watch this page for tour dates.
Congratulations to The Young'Uns, who have just been nominated for Group of the Year at the BBC2 Folk Awards, which will take place in London, England on April 27th. The guys are also excited to be performing at the event, the venue for which is the fabled Royal Albert Hall.
The Young'Uns took this same honour last year, and this is really an emerging group to watch. Many of their European dates are selling out months in advance, and we are very excited to have them coming to Canada in July. Keep an eye on this page for details. We can tell you that they will be in Alberta and BC next summer for sure.
We always look forward to bringing Ray Bonneville to the east coast, as he loves the tours and it gives us a rare chance to grab a bite and catch up face to face. Ray will be touring Atlantic Canada from November 18th - 27, 2016. This will mark two full years since he has been in the region.
Ray is a Juno Award winning singer-songwriter with a bluesy feel and one of the best solo acts in the country. His tech and hospitality requirements are minimal but his shows are intense and riveting.
Vishtèn are globetrotters and will spend most the next six months in Australia, Europe and America. Arguably the finest proponents of Acadian song and dance in the country, this award winning group is looking forward to their second full tour of western Canada, which will take place between November 9 - 19, 2017. It's a short tour, so make sure you get a date early if you are interested in presenting them.
New York City blues artist Guy Davis will tour Quebec and Ontario from October 25 - November 5, 2017. This will mark Guy's first tour of the region in three years.
Guy Davis is one of the world's greatest acoustic blues artists, having performed in Australia, Europe, Russia, Greenland, the UK, North America, South America and many parts of Asia. He has also performed hundreds of shows across Canada, both at festivals and on theatre stages from coast to coast. He has played in all ten provinces plus the Yukon and the NWT and wants to know when we are going to get him up to Nunavut.
Guy will be performing solo and is perfect for small and medium sized theatres. Don't forget that Guy also does shows for you audiences. After his recent showcase at the IPAY Conference in Montreal, we received inquiries for dozens of shows and tours around the world, as far away as Australia.
JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's album "Corbeau" sits on the World Catalogues Album Chart for international Billboard Magazine in the number 6 spot for the week commencing February 24th, 2016. Notification arrived through Alex Vitoulous, charting associate manager at Billboard Magazine in New York, USA.
Billboard advised that the information is tabulated weekly through Nielsen SoundScan. Groups listed in the top ten for the same week included Buena Vista Social Club, Loreena McKennitt and The High Kings.
"That's some pretty amazing news that came right out of left field!", says group percussionist Caleb Gallant. Contacted while on the road in Indiana, USA, he acknowledged the caliber of artists on the list as being "absolutely amazing".
The group is currently on a forty day tour of the Northern United States.
On January 27th, Goitse won a very prestigious award in Germany. The band had applied as one of over 400 acts for the Freiburg Music Showcase. From more than 400 applicants only 40 were given a slot to perform and from the final 40 acts they were shortlisted for the best in the music category. The final result was decided by a vote after each band performed. Goitse placed first, among some of the best live acts in Europe.
Goitse also won two major awards in 2015, Trad Group of the Year 2015 - Live Ireland Awards and Group of the Year 2015 - Chicago Irish American News Awards.
JMI would like to congratulate Vishtèn on their recent ECMA nomination for Roots/Traditional Recording of the year for Terre Rouge. The East Coast Music Awards will take place in Sydney, Nova Scotia April 13th through 17th of this year.
Vishtèn continues to be very busy with upcoming tours of Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK and America.
JMI would like to congratulate Shane Howard, who was recently awarded The Order of Australia for a life spent championing many causes, including aboriginal rights and the environment. Howard said that while he felt honoured in receiving the award, that it was both "lovely and ironic."
The 1982 Goanna's hit Solid Rock was the first commercial song to use a didgeridoo, and featured lyrics referring to Australia's settlement as 'genocide'.
In a recent interview with Guardian (London, UK) Shane said, "Australia Day is a complicated day and as a nation we have to deal with that, and it's become a symbol of division and not unity."
"It's lovely and ironic in a way that you are recognised for a song that criticises government policy."
Howard has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the performing arts as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, to the recording industry, and to Indigenous musicians.
He has worked on more than a dozen albums with Indigenous artists including Archie Roach, the Pigram Brothers, Joe Geia, Jimmy Chi and Patricia Clarke.
Howard said he would not only accept the honour with pleasure, but would celebrate a little more than most recipients because it was also his birthday.
"How can I not be interested in the settlement of Australia and the complications for Aboriginal people, when it's your birthday?" he said. "This award is not about this particular day."I am grateful and very honoured for my work. I still love playing that song. It means a lot."
Quartette fans in Ontario have two chance to catch the ladies this month. Their December dates were packed, so don't wait to get your tickets. Here is where you can catch Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford this month.
|Borealis Recording artist James Keelaghan will tour western Canada from April 13 - 23, 2017. This will mark his first western tour in more than two years.|
Juno Award winning James Keelaghan is one of Canada's most successful and respected musicians, and one of the brightest stars on the world folk scene today. His touring seldom stops, taking him across North America, Europe, the UK and Australia on a regular basis. Keelaghan has an uncanny knack for finding incredible stories and turning them into finely crafted songs. A commanding performer, he develops an intimate rapport with audiences through his stories and sense of humour, and then leaves them spellbound with passionate renditions of songs that touch on universal emotions and relate historical events to the present.
James is taking some down time to write in early 2016, so don't be surprised if he shows up with some great new additions to his 25-plus year canon.
Goitse's first tour of western Canada was a great success, with many full houses and great audience feedback. The guys will be back for another run in March of 2017, from the 10th through the 19th inclusive. Great playing and incredible vocals, Goitse is one of Ireland's top young trad bands. We only have a week for this one, so dates are expected to go quickly.
|All Ye Lovers (YouTube)|
JMI is very pleased to announce that we have concluded an exclusive booking agreement for Canada with England's fabulous The Young'uns.
Voted 'Best Group' at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Young'uns have fast become one of the foremost groups on the UK folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad.
The guys will be touring Canada in July of 2016, details TBA.
One of the great legends of traditional Irish music will tour Canada in March of 2016. The Multi-platinum De Danann rarely tours here so fans of the genre will want to take note of dates in their towns.
The guys will be featuring music from their decades long career, as well as from their current release, Wonderwaltz. For anyone who loves trad, this tour is not to be missed.
Here is where you can catch them in March*:
|Mar 08||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Mar 09||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Mar 10||Burlington||ON||Burlington Performing Arts Centre|
|Mar 11||Winnipeg||MB||West End Cultural Centre|
|Mar 12||Medicine Hat||AB||Esplanade Centre|
|Mar 13||Calgary||AB||Triwood Community Centre|
|Mar 14||Athabasca||AB||Nancy Appleby Theatre|
|Mar 17||Prince Albert||SK||E.A. Rawlinson Centre|
|Mar 18||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Mar 19||Nanaimo||BC||Port Theatre|
|Mar 20||Victoria||BC||Farquhar Auditorium (U of Vic)|
|Mar 22||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
*Please note that dates may be added to this tour.
Following a busy and exciting year, which saw the group touring extensively in five countries, receiving an ECMA for World Recording and being highlighted in the Canada Council for the Arts compilation CD representing the best in Canadian world music, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is booked for numerous major festivals and events on both sides of the Atlantic through 2016.
Invitations for a return to Milwaukee Irish Festival, the worlds largest Irish festival, and Shrewsbury Folk Festival, the second largest folk festival in UK, has resulted in their having been festival favourites in 2015. Additional praise from Shrewsbury came on the announcement that the PEI band had the highest CD sales of the festival, an uncommon occurrence for an artist's debut tour in the country. Further 2016 festival returns and inclusions by major events and festivals are upcoming.
With time spent in late December at Studio4 in Joliette, Quebec with good friend, musician and producer Leonard Podolak [The Duhks], the group had opportunity to finish work on its newest recording project and is expecting a CD release in late spring. Group member Rowen Gallant comments, "This album is overdue and we are proud and excited to be introducing our new music to everyone in early 2016." The trio is hopeful that it will be well received.
Rounding out this year and the holiday season, Ten Stings And A Goat Skin has the great fortune to be guesting in Toronto with host, CBC personality and recording artist, David Myles, at his Massey Hall Presents concert, "An East Coast Christmas", along with The Fortunate Ones, Damhnait Doyle and Stuart Cameron on Dec. 21st just before they head home to the Island. The band will ring in the New Year at a fund raising event for the Summerside Lobster Carnival at Credit Union Place in Summerside, PEI and invites Islanders to join them in the celebration.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's 2016 touring kicks off on January 14th. with a twenty date trip across the United States with performances from Rice University Auditorium Performance Hall in Oregon, to the Chandler Music Hall in Vermont and the prestigious Burren Backroom Sessions in Massachusetts. The tour wraps up in Ohio, where the group will headline the inaugural concert at a new performance space, Hensville Park, Toledo Ohio's entertainment epicentre located in a revitalized area associated with the the city's triple A baseball team, the Toledo Mud Hens.
This Winter US tour will be followed by subsequent jaunts through France, Switzerland, Canada, the US and the UK in 2016.
The guys will tour Atlantic Canada September 30th through October 9th of 2016, and Western Canada November 3rd through 20th, also in 2016.
For more information on Ten Strings And A Goat Skin and a complete gig listing please go to TenStringsAndAGoatSkin.com.
WINTER US TOUR DATES
|Jan 15||Rice University||Monmouth||Oregon||US|
|Jan 21||Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club||London||Ontario||CA|
|Jan 22||Michigan State University||East Lansing||Michigan||US|
|Jan 23||Celtic Music Concert Series||Des Moines||Iowa||US|
|Jan 24||Old Town School Of Folk Music||Chicago||Illinois||US|
|Jan 27||Legion Arts CSPS||Cedar Rapids||Iowa||US|
|Jan 28||Concert Farha||Wichita||Kansas||US|
|Jan 29||Lincoln Association for Traditional Arts||Lincoln||Nebraska||US|
|Jan 30||Birdhouse Acoustic||Manhattan||Kansas||US|
|Feb 05||Coopers Glen Festival||Kalamazoo||Michigan||US|
|Feb 12||Happy Days Lodge||Peninsula||Ohio||US|
|Feb 13||University of Minnesota||Morris||Minnesota||US|
|Feb 14||Celtic Junction||St. Paul||Minnesota||US|
|Feb 17||Burren Backroom||Summerville||Massachusetts||US|
|Feb 18||Dana Centre St. Anselm College||Manchester||New Hampshire||US|
|Feb 19||Cabot Performing Arts||Beverly||Massachusetts||US|
|Feb 20||North Madison Congregational Church||Madison||Connecticut||US|
|Feb 26||Chandler Music Hall||Randolph||Vermont||US|
|Mar 16||Sandusky State Theatre||Sandusky||Ohio||US|
|Mar 19||Hensville Park||Toledo||Ohio||US|
Cape Breton's favourite trad act has been busy over the past year touring Canada, Europe and the USA. In the New Year, they will tour western Canada, with dates from Winnipeg to Vancouver and as far north as Prince George.
The guys have just released a Christmas CD and will be touring it in Ontario and Atlantic Canada in 2016.
Here's where you can catch them out west in the new year:
|Jan 23-24||Prince George||BC||Cold Snap Festival|
|Jan 28||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage|
|Jan 29||Calgary||AB||Dalhousie Community Centre|
|Jan 30||Fort MacLeod||AB||Empress Theatre|
|Feb 02||Saskatoon||SK||Then Bassment|
|Feb 03||Prince Albert||SK||E.A Rawlinson Centre|
|Feb 05||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Feb 06||Calgary||AB||Braeside Community Centre|
|Feb 07||Valemount||BC||Valemont Community Centre|
|Feb 10||Cranbrook||BC||Key City Theatre|
|Feb 12||Quadra||BC||Quadra Island Cultural Com Centre|
|Feb 13||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
|Feb 14||Madeira Park||BC||Pender Harbour Perf. Centre|
|Feb 19-20||Winnipeg||MB||Festival Voyageur|
|Feb 21||Morden||MB||Access Event Centre|
Quartette's 2015 Christmas tour is turning into such a big success that we have decided to take it out west again in 2016. Because we are doing prairie dates in 2015 we will be focusing on British Columbia this time but are still available from Manitoba right through to Vancouver Island.
The ladies have two Christmas CDs under their belts, and deliver a unique blend of Christmas music in their trademark harmonies in a show that is truly reverent. This show typically plays 500 to 800 seat theatres and has been a solid draw wherever it has been performed across the country. On the 2015 run, some markets are selling out and having to add second shows.
The shows feature Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford, as well as a three piece backing band, for a total of 7 people on stage.
The shows feature Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford, as well as a three piece backing band, for a total of 7 people on stage.
The tour will run December 2 - 11, 2016.
The 2015 tour booked up extremely quickly, so please let us know if you would like a date, as we are not able to expand the tour beyond the dates listed above.
Backstage at Stanfest in 2010 with Ron and Jerry Jeff Walker
The music of Ron Hynes has been with me most of my life. I first encountered it when me and my buddies would make our annual pilgrimages to the Atlantic Folk Festival in Nova Scotia in the late 1970s. They would always put the Wonderful Grand Band on late at night when people were drinking, and my God, they were fun. Later when I was a D.J. at university I would spin Ron and the WGB, and then later still, like every other folk singer and busker in the country, I performed Sonny’s Dream in bars and on sidewalks from one end of the country to the other when I was trying to establish myself as a folk singer. “Sing Sonny,” someone would shout from the back of the bar. It never failed. It was not possible to do the circuit without knowing that song. And that was 30 years ago.
Fast forward to the 1990s and I had become a booking agent and a huge Ron Hynes fan. Cryer’s Paradise was released in 1993 and I swear I must have played it every day for five years running. It was as brilliant a collection of songs as I had heard from any Canadian songwriter, and that’s saying something in the land of Cohen, Mitchell and Lightfoot. Not only were the songs powerful, but as I would find out later, they were also largely autobiographical. (I remember a gig he did one night where he was in the hole after paying the band, just like the lyric, “Most nights I’m left with less than I get paid.)
I got to know Ron a little while Cryer’s Paradise was making waves. There was a big push from the label and he had a couple of good years, but then, as is often the case in this business, things went a bit south for a while and all of a sudden, Ron vanished. He left his management company and his native Newfoundland and went to Toronto, and nobody heard much of him for some time. Then I went to the East Coast Music Awards, I think it must have been 1996, and I ran into Ron. “Where the hell have you been?” I said. “I want to be your agent.” Things had not been going well, and he was so happy to have someone express an interest in booking him again. I remember his exact words. “Jesus Bob, I need this in my life right now. I need to be working.” And so we shook hands and I signed him to my fledgling agency. That night I remember thinking, “Jesus, I just signed Hank Williams.” To me, it felt like that. It was early on in my career as an agent, and to have an artist of Ron’s calibre was more than I could have imagined.
At that time, Ron’s stature was not nearly what it is today. Despite the success of Sonny and the stunning masterpiece of Cryer’s Paradise, Ron was hardly a household name and getting the gigs was not easy, nor was the money much at first. Ron eventually moved here to PEI and had a house out near Summerside. I was booking gigs, but they were down the road, and Ron needed money now. Sometimes he would call me and say he had no money, no food in the house, and could I send some cash in advance of the bookings I had secured. I did this many times until we got up and running. One night we were talking about the foibles of the music business and he said, “Bob, it’s an industry made up of heartache and broken dreams.” Truer words were never spoken.
There was one funny incident when Ron was going to come to our house for supper and a business meeting. Through the afternoon I had been talking to my wife, who was also my business partner, about the challenges of booking Ron and the small crowds he was attracting. Late in the afternoon I noticed my son, Sam, who about four at the time, standing on the sofa with a crayon and a piece of paper looking out the window. “What you doin’ Buddy?” I asked. “Well you said Ron can’t draw very well so I’m going to show him how when he gets here.” I never did tell Ron that story.
I always got on with Ron, but I don’t think I would be talking out of school if I were to say he was a difficult man. He had burned a lot of bridges by the time I came on board, and would burn a few more before he was done. I remember him as being cocky, just like the guys he sang about in Cryer’s Paradise, and I remember thinking that I wanted to be able to wear cowboy boots and a Stetson with that much credibility before I died. He could be so damned difficult but he could also be so incredibly insightful and brilliant. Despite our differences, and we certainly had them, we remained friends over some 20 years.
I remember one time, we were doing a big benefit concert in Newfoundland with Guy Davis, James Keelaghan, Ron and some other Newfoundland artists, and I flew over for the show. When it came time for Ron’s set he did five or six brand new songs that would eventually end up on The Sandcastle Sessions, and I don’t think there has ever been another time in my life when I have been so completely awed by the power of song. I remember he did 1962 and Cape Spear, and I thought, my God, he’s a genius. Ironically, some of his greatest masterpieces are not his most well-known songs.
Ron Hynes, Rick Emmet, Valdy, Jerry Jeff Walker, Canso, NS 2010
There were many adventures and some great moments. I toured him with several other songwriters, including Shirley Eikhard and Sylvia Tyson. We played little cafes and huge festival stages, like Winnipeg, where he would perform to tens of thousands of people. A favourite memory of mine is from the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia in 2010. I had booked Jerry Jeff Walker to headline that year, and Ron asked me if I could introduce him. No other songwriters have ever touched me more deeply than Ron and Jerry Jeff. To be back stage with these guys – it was a thrill to be sure.
Ron knew that The St. John's Waltz was my favourite song and would always play it for me if I was in the house. It captured perfectly how I felt in my late teens and early 20s, the sheer exuberance I felt in those glory years. We had an agreement that if I were to die first, he would sing it at my funeral. Every time I'd run into him he'd say, "I know, I know, St. John's Waltz at your wake Bob." Sadly, Ron has left us too early. He was still creating great music, still performing it despite serious health challenges. I heard someone say yesterday that Ron was Newfoundland's Bob Dylan. I think it goes deeper than that. Ron was Newfoundland's Robbie Burns and they'll be singing his songs 200 years from now. He was a giant, a true artist, like Rimbaud, like Renoir, like Oscar Wilde. He could tear your heart out, make you remember what it was like to be a boy, What it felt like to fall in love at 17, make you think about your life.
There is so much more I could say, but I’ll leave it here. It was a privilege to work with you Ron. Thanks for the tunes. God bless, and God speed.
New York City Bluesman Guy Davis continues to tour the world at a dizzying pace from Russian to China to Europe and Australia, while still finding time to record and even make a movie (See previous post here.)
Guy will be heading to the Maritimes for a brief promotional tour this month around the release of his latest recording, Kokomo Kid, which is quickly climbing up the international blues charts and was sitting at #8 world-wide at the time of this posting.
Here is where you can catch Canada's favourite bluesman this month:
|Nov 20||Lunenburg||NS||Pearl Theatre|
|Nov 23||Halifax||NS||The Carleton|
|Nov 26||Moncton||NB||Plan B|
|Nov 27||Sydney||NS||Membertou Trade Centre|
For the past 20 years, Canadian audiences have come to appreciate Guy Davis as one of the world's finest proponents of acoustic blues. He has done hundreds of festival and theatre shows in every province in the country, including Labrador, and has toured extensively in the Yukon and Northwest Territories.
What some may not know, is that Guy has been bringing blues to young audiences around the world for as long as he has been making music. Not only is Guy an expert on the history of the blues, but he grew up in house that that was often visited by the leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Guy's father, the famous actor Ossie Davis, was very politically engaged and connected, and Guy would come home from school as a young boy to find people like Martin Luther King, Malcom X, Paul Robeson and Harry Bellefonte in the kitchen, talking to his father. He also became a lifelong friend of America's greatest musical activist, Pete Seeger.
Guy's background as an actor in television, movies and on Broadway gives him an extra edge as a story teller, and children of all ages, from grade school through grade 12, connect with both the man and the message.
Guy is available for kids shows at both festivals and theatres, and loves to perform in schools. If you are interested in having Guy Davis perform for your young audience, please contact JMI for additional details.
|Guy will be showcasing at IPAY (International Performing Artists for Youth) in Montreal January 27 - 30, 2016|
If you were to ask Ray Bonneville what he'll be doing in 2016, he would likely grin and tell you that he'll be satisfying his strong desire to complete the circle he began a long time ago. He may tell you that he has already formed the band he wants to be performing with. After road dogging predominately solo for a great many years, he will be working with long time friends and collaborators; Sacramento based, keyboards and accordion man Richie Lawrence, and Halifax NS based, drums and percussion wizard Geoff Arsenault.
After playing together in the Ray Bonneville blues band in the 1970s, Ray and Richie lost sight of one another until a few years ago, and Ray and Geoff have known one another for some 25 years, Geoff having played on three of Ray's recordings for the Red House Records label. Ray gets a spine tingling thrill knowing that he will be free to stand up, strap on a guitar and harmonica, and deep-groove his songs on stages all across the land with these extra fine player/friends with whom he has known such a strong connection…!
There lives an obvious and undeniably deep complicity in the personal and musical souls of these three men. They know one another very well both personally and musically, get along effortlessly, and feel the same love for a story told on the darkly lit tight rope of a simple yet hypnotic and soulful groove. Ray's thumb, Geoff's kick drum, and Richie's left hand will be their invisible, yet very real bass player, as these three salts lay down a lean, grainy, black and white film kind of sound that is likely to take them down some unknown roads, where they hope to come across you and move your soul…!
Few people have been more powerful within the Canadian music industry. Bernie was the founder of the seminal label, True North Records. He also managed many artists, including Bruce Cockburn, Murray MacLauchlan and Dan Hill. He was a major concert promoter, the chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984, and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. He was also awarded the Order of Canada in 2007. Always colourful and always incredibly honest, Bernie Finkelstein makes for a captivating speaker for anyone interested in Canadian culture of the world of business.
Bernie is available for speaking engagements in Atlantic Canada October 21- 29, 2016.
JMI is very excited to announce that we have signed Ireland's Skipper's Alley on for exclusive agency work in Canada. This seven piece band features small pipes, harp, concertina, whistles, guitar, banjo and more, as well as passionately delivered vocals. Definitely one of the most exciting young trad bands to come out of Ireland since Danu burst onto the scene.
Check them out on YouTube here:
Or listen to MP3s here while you work (BandCamp):
Skipper's Alley has been busy on the other side, winning awards and touring Europe and the British Isles. They have yet to come to Canada, something we mean to fix. The guys will be available for festivals in 2016, with details to follow.
JMI is very pleased to announce that we have signed PEI's young trad group, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin.
|Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Playing both side of the Pond|
Despite their young age, the guy have been at it for a while, and they doing this in a way that can only be described as unorthodox. While Most young groups cut their teeth at home and hope to eventually perform internationally, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin has performed more outside of Canada than in since they became serious about their musical careers. Highlights have included Denmark's very prestigious Tønder Festival and England's Shrewsbury Festival, where they were number 1 in merch sales, despite being up against headliners Richard Thompson and Sharon Shannon.
"A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight,
rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining
traditional music powerhouse."
- The Guardian, 2014
Members of Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, a bilingual band hailing from Prince Edward Island Canada, recent winners of the 2015 East Coast Music Association's award for World Music Recording of the Year, multiple nominees for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards, East Coast Music Awards and Music PEI Awards, are having the time of their lives as a trad/folk/fusion trio. Weaving the music of the Irish, Acadian, Francophone and Maritime cultures and their original creations with modern and world rhythms, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have created a fiery, contagious and unique sound that has them in demand and touring extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
We will be touring the guys in the festival circuit next summer, and look for a Maritime tour to be posted here soon.
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England's Moulettes recently made their first trip to Canada, performing concerts in London and Toronto, as well as four big shows in Quebec supporting Three Friends. The response has been incredible. They received standing ovations at every show, and we are already getting emails from fans wanting to know when they will be back. Here are a few words from the band on their impressions of Canada, first time around.
It is a great pleasure, and a privilege to be able to travel and play music to people around the world. It is fascinating to be able to explore places and cultures in this way. So much great music has come out of Canada, so it feels like an obvious place to start our adventures across the Atlantic.
As Ollie (Drummer/ Guitar/ Vocals) says;
"My favourite thing about playing with Moulettes is the chance to play in front of different types of crowds. Québec, in particular, is a kind of Prog Mecca. I really felt Gentle Giant's fan's passion for music and their desire for musical detail. Three Friends are a very accomplished bunch with no trace of ego in spite of all their collective achievements."
Everywhere we went, from London to Chicoutimi, we encountered really friendly, helpful, interesting and music-loving people who were the ones that really made the trip. The audiences were so warm and enthusiastic, as were our hosts, and we made some good friends there. For Jim (Bass/ Double Bass & sound engineer for Three Friends), this tour saw him returning to some familiar venues in Quebéc:
"The Palais Montcalm in Quebéc City is one of the best sounding rooms I have ever played in- it was great to return here with Moulettes. Canadian audiences and Québec in particular I have found to be great fun to play to. They are very musically informed and attentive through out. Can't wait to return!"
If life on the road was a pie, the biggest slice would be spent sat in a vehicle watching the world go by. We covered a lot of miles in our Robo-Car, where everything has a button and you have plenty of leg room. Turns out, even long drives can be pleasant if they at no stage include the M25. (The road of doom around London, England )
From our point of view, living on this small Island, Canada is an entirely different proposition in space and distance. We took an impression of vast lakes and wide rivers and vivid red autumn trees from Montreal to Toronto and past the rolling hills of Chicoutimi national park. Excitement in the car reached new heights on the day we saw our first Moose, as Ruth (Co-Lead Vocals/ Bassoon/ Autoharp) recalls:
"Seeing a moose hanging out next to the highway seconds after car-sick Ollie, declared: 'I'd feel a lot better if I just saw one moose' was a definite highlight of the trip"
"Canada was a real treat for us. It's really refreshing to play to crowds completely unaware of our music and have them embrace it wholeheartedly with standing ovations and selling-out of all our merch! Not a sniff of the traditional reserved Britishness about it. Both Ontario and Quebec treated us equally well and we can't wait to explore both regions further, as well as branching out into the rest of Canada."
We did have some time between gigs and travel to explore some of the cities we visited, particularly Montréal, where we enjoyed wandering around the cafés, enjoying the coffee and cakes and soaking in the atmosphere. We were particularly taken with the sociable balconies and wrought iron staircases that curved across many of the buildings.
Hannah (Co-lead Vocals/Cello) says:
"It felt like a good time to read the Leonard Cohen biography "I'm Your Man" and take in the architecture and the feeling of the place and imagine what it was like for this poet, growing up in this city where cultures and languages cross over. As we travelled around Ontario and Quebéc, it seemed we were never far from a comfortable bar with good live music; it feels like such places are really alive."
In summary, Canada is very beautiful and has been kind to us. We have been overwhelmed by the positive response, standing ovations and desire for live music here. Great coffee, great pancakes, great wildlife, great people. We look forward to a long friendship with this place.
What's not to love about this? Nova Scotia's favourite trad act have just completed recording their first Christmas CD, and will be touring the Maritimes and Ontario with a Christmas show in late November and December of 2016.
|The recording will feature five songs and eight instrumentals. Look forward to original arrangements of O Holy Night, Wexford Carol and Stan Rogers' First Christmas, as well as traditional jigs and reels. As always, expect some great Cape Breton step-dancing as well.|
This tour will take place in late November and December of 2016 and will appeal to the same audience as the Barra MacNeil's Christmas show.
Còig has had a whirlwind year, playing some of the biggest festivals in Canada, and venturing as far away as Europe, where they are touring at the time of this posting.
In November Nova Scotia's favourite trad act will be much closer to home, with a tour of the Maritimes. Count on blazing fiddles, incredible step-dancing and beautiful vocals in both Gaelic and English.
Here's where to catch them in November (2016):
|Nov 12||Mabou||NS||Strathspey Place|
|Nov 13||Chester||NS||Chester Playhouse|
|Nov 14||Little Brook||NS||Elvina’s|
|Nov 15||Truro||NS||Marigold Centre|
|Nov 18||Moncton||NB||Empress Theatre|
|Nov 19||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|Nov 20||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|Nov 26||Membertou||NS||Membertou Trade & Convention Centre|
|Nov 28||Summerside||PE||Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre|
Guy Davis has just released Kokomo Kid (MC Records) to rave reviews and some other great press. While carrying the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, Guy came back with some fresh inspiration and new stories to tell. Kokomo Kidd is Guy's follow-up album to the Blues Music Award nominated "Juba Dance" from 2013. The new release, his second for M.C. Records, finds the blues ambassador visiting fresh territory. "It's a new beginning for me," he says, "The first time I produced myself. What I'm showing here is a side of me that's deep inside. It's needing air and light, and here it comes!
Guy is featured on the cover of the current issue of Living Blues Magazine and recently did an incredibly in-depth interview for No Depression Magazine, which you can read here.
Additionally, there is review of Kokomo Kid Here http://www.nodepression.com/album-review/ghost-pete-seeger and one of his CD release of the one-man play, In Bed with the Blues – the Adventures of Fishy Waters, here.
Guy will tour Canada's Maritime provinces in November of this year and has dates in Ontario and western Canada in April, details to follow. There are also plans for a larger tour of western Canada in the fall of 2016, details TBA.
Earlier on we posted some western Christmas dates for Quartette, but the tour has grown since then and we have also added Ontario dates. With two reverent Christmas CDs to their credit and the sweetest harmonies this side of the North Pole, this is a seasonal show not be missed.
Here's where you can catch the Quartette Christmas show in 2016;
|Dec 01||Swift Current||SK|
|Dec 04||North Battleford||SK|
|Dec 05||Spruce Grove||AB|
It's been another whirlwind year for Guy Davis, with countless dates in North America, Europe, the UK and Russia. Now with a brand new CD coming out, he is ready to get back to western Canada, a place he has been known to say he would like to hang his pyjamas.
The dates will run from September 29 through October 17, inclusive, and this will be a solo tour. Guy will be available from Manitoba to Vancouver Island.
Guy Davis will be in Canada's far north this month and has performed in every province and territory except for Nunavut.
JMI's Ray Bonneville is seldom off the road, and in October he will make his way back home to Central Canada from his current digs in Austin, Texas.
Here's where you can catch him in October:
|Oct 17||Kingston||ON||Octave Theatre|
|Oct 18||Kincardine||ON||Kincardine Centre for the Arts|
|Oct 20||Picton||ON||Acoustic Grill|
|Oct 21||Ottawa||ON||Irene’s Pub|
|Oct 23||North Hatley||QC||La Caravane|
After successful launches in the US, France and Québec, Vishtèn heads to PEI and NB to launch their new album, Terre Rouge.
September 24th - Salle Bernard LeBlanc @ Centre Culturel Aberdeen in Moncton, NB 8pm
September 25th - The Pourhouse @ The Old Triangle in Charlottetown, PE 8p
For the follow-up to their award-winning 2012 album Mösaïk, which brought vintage sounds such as Moog and Korg synthesizers and Taurus bass pedals to their hopping Acadian party music, ECMA winners Vishtèn went back to the source: the red soil of the Magdalens and Prince Edward Island and their local characters and torchbearers.
After years of incessant touring, and a brief period living in Montreal, the band's trio of powerhouse multi-instrumentalists, Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc and Pascal Miousse, longed for fresh engagement with their Acadian musical roots – so they took up residencies in their local communities and studied parts of the tradition they had never fully explored.
Emmanuelle decided to study percussive dance, collaborating with local performers and inviting friend and La Bottine Souriante dancer Sandy Silva to PEI. Together, they brought new, more rock-inflected beats into flying Acadian footwork, an approach that shines on "Trois Blizzards," a whirlwind tribute to last winter's fury.
Pascal worked with master Prince Edward Island fiddlers to learn more about PEI tradition and how it related to the fiddle music he grew up with on the Magdalens. "Corandina" is a Vishtèn favorite from the islands that got a revamp for the album.
Pastelle dug into mouth music, a nimble vocal tradition used at dances when no instruments were available. She turned to a local devotee of the practice, Georges Arsenault, a folklorist and historian who had dedicated himself to recording this fast-fading tradition. She listened to his extensive archives, and found herself weaving driving rhythmic vocal patterns into tunes such has "Coeur en Mer" and "Je vous aime tant."
Together, Vishtèn has truly gathered together the fruits of the islands, turning footwork and mouth music, "crooked" fiddle tunes and touching French ballads into dynamic, contemporary pieces. And pulling it all together once again is visionary Montreal producer Éloi Painchaud (Okoumé, Jorane, Stephen Faulkner),
Since the release of Mōsaïk in 2012, the ensemble has scored a second East Coast Music Award for Francophone Album of the Year and performed at the prestigious Woodford Folk Festival in Australia. They've also appeared at the Festival de Cornouaille in Britanny, France and the Festival International de Louisiane. Last November, they performed a concert with Symphony Nova Scotia at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre in Halifax. This year alone, the band has toured Canada, the U.S. and France and made a special appearance at the Canada Winter Games.
Raised in the Evangeline region of Prince Edward Island, co-founders the LeBlanc sisters descended from one of Canada's earliest Acadian settler families. Their father, a music teacher, and their mother, a dancer, helped to nurture the creative spirit that kept tradition alive. Immersed in music and dance practically from birth, Pastelle went on to master piano, mandolin, and accordion while Emmanuelle distinguished herself on bodhràn, Irish whistle, piano, octave mandolin, and jaw harp. Both also excelled at step-dancing. Miousse comes from a musical family of Acadian-Aboriginal ancestry from the Magdelen Islands. He was born into a maritime musical tradition, studying from an early age with master local musicians. A veteran fiddler, guitarist and mandolin player, by the time he joined Vishtèn he had already toured extensively in a variety of musical genres - from rock to jazz to traditional.
The ensemble has received a total of seven East Coast Music Award nominations – winning in 2008 and 2013 for Francophone Recording of the Year – and three PEI Music Awards for Group of the Year, Roots-Traditional Group of the Year and Francophone Album of the Year. They've performed at countless major international festivals and venues, including Festival Interceltique de Lorient in France, Europe's largest Celtic festival, where they were named the "Revelation du Festival" in 2004. They've also performed at the Newport Folk Festival, California Worldfest, the Shetland Islands Folk Festival in Scotland, and the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
JMI is very excited to announce that England's Moulettes are coming to Canada. While the group has been performing to capacity crowds across Europe and the UK, this is the first time they will be touching down on Canadian soil.
"Welcome to the world of prog folk…
Moulettes are among the current leading UK practitioners of the sub-genre.
They are like a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet,
by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett."
Moulettes will be touring Quebec in support of Three Friends, who play the music of Gentle Giant, and will be doing a solo show in London, ON.
Watch some very cool videos from Moulettes here.
Here's where you can catch them in September and October:
|Sept 26||Toronto||ON||The Cavern Bar|
|Sept 30 *||Chicoutimi||QC||Cabaret La Saguenéenne|
|Oct 1 *||St Hyacinthe||QC||Centre Des Arts|
|Oct 2 *||Quebec City||QC||Palais Montcalm|
|Oct 3 *||Montreal||QC||Olympia|
|* Supporting Three Friends (playing the music of Gentle Giant)|
We are really excited to announce a fall tour commemorating the 75th Birthday of John Lennon on October 9th of this year.
Rod Davis grew up with John Lennon near Liverpool, and played with him as a small child and even attended Sunday school with the future legend. While in their teens, Lennon formed his first band, The Quarrymen, a seminal group which would eventually have three Beatles in it. Davis was recruited to play banjo in what was mostly a skiffle group, and was eventually replaced by a young upstart named Paul McCartney.
The story of the Quarrymen was a major motion picture called Nowhere Boy. Here's a clip from the movie.
Rod will be touring "John Lennon's Quarrymen Days – Recollections From Original Band Member, Rod Davis" right across the country in October. He will be speaking about his experiences with Lennon and will have a PowerPoint presentation with photos of the guys and the places where they grew up and performed. He will also be playing some of the songs he sang with John Lennon so long ago, and will wrap up the evening with a Q&A from the audience.
This will be a very rare opportunity for Beatles and Lennon fans to talk to one of the people who was there at the very genesis of the most influential pop group in the history of the world.
Here's where you can catch Rod this fall:
|Oct 15||Vernon||BC||Best Western Vernon Lodge|
|Oct 16||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
|Oct 17||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Oct 20||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Oct 22||Milton||ON||Milton Centre for the Arts|
|Oct 25||Hampton||NB||Shiretown Publicans|
While touring Canada this summer with Steeleye Span, Maddy Prior did a brilliant interview, along with Maggie Bell, on Vancouver Island. Stony Plain Records owner and CBC Host Holger Peterson had a long conversation with them about their early days working with the likes of Led Zeppelin, Long John Baldry, Joe Cocker, Jethro Tull and many other British music legends
You can listen to the whole interview here.
This material used with kind permission of Doug Cox.
In between touring, Guy Davis has been busy shooting a movie called The Rhythm and The Blues in Chicago. The movie chronicles the life of blues great Eddie Taylor and his stepson, Larry Taylor. The movie stars Leon Robinson in the role of Eddie and the legendary Sugar Blue as harp man, Eddie Newell. Guy Davis plays the role of one of his musical heroes, the late, great Jimmy Reed, who popularized the harmonica rack.
Guy Davis as Jimmy Reed
Guy Davis and Leon Robinson
on the set at the legendary Apollo
Growing up in 1960s Chicago during the great blues migration period, drummer and singer Larry Taylor wanted to carry on his family's musical tradition. But his stepfather, guitarist Eddie Taylor, was frustrated in playing second fiddle to Jimmy Reed. Cast aside in family feuding and unnerved by the decline of his neighbourhood and the assassinations of his generation's heroes, Larry fell into gang warfare and ended up in prison. Returning to society, Larry could see what his stepfather had been up against in a music business fraught with racism and greed.
Guy & Leon discuss the movie on YouTube.
Watch our news page for more information on Guy's participation in this movie.
Guy Davis' travels are truly remarkable. He has performed not only in Europe, North America and Australia, but also in Asia, Africa and South America.
This October, Guy will get to indulge his northern jones when he heads back to the Northwest Territories for a series of dates in remote communities. Here's where he will be in October:
|Oct 13||Inuvik||NT||School Show|
|Oct 14||Norman Wells||NT||Norman Wells Community Hall|
|Oct 16||Hay River||NT||Riverview Cineplex|
|Oct 19||Fort Simpson||NT||Bompas Elementary School|
It was quite a show in Liverpool, England on July 4th. While Rod Davis and the Quarrymen performed alongside one of the greatest rock legends ever, John Lennon, guitarist James Burton played guitar for Lennon's biggest influence, Elvis Presley.
Burton performed on three songs that were common to both Elvis and the Quarrymen, That's Alright Mama, Don't Be Cruel and Mean Woman Blues. Rod presented Burton with a Quarrybank School tie, like the one Lennon was known to wear both before and after he became famous.
Rods tells JMI that, "He said he enjoyed playing with us very much and next year we'll take time to really work out some stuff."
Rod Davis will tour Canada in the fall, commemorating the 75th birthday of John Lennon in song and story. Dates are booked from the Maritimes to BC – full schedule to be announced soon
Nova Scotia Fans of iconic folk and country singer-songwriter Sylvia Tyson will have a chance to catch her in September.
She has been invited to headline the Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville and we have tacked on a couple of dates in Truro and Cape Breton. You can view Deep Roots' entire 2015 lineup here. Sylvia will be appearing at all performances with a four piece band.
And here is when and where you can catch Sylvia in September:
The biggest problem in being the Canadian agent for Vishtèn is simply finding available dates for them. They are so busy in America and overseas that finding free time frames, especially in the summer, is always a challenge. The guys were busy in Europe in the spring, and while they still have lots of American and European dates on the books for the summer, they have made some time to perform here at home.
Here's where Canadian fans can catch them in July and August:
|July 15||Huntsville||ON||Algonquin Theatre|
|July 17||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Jul 18 - 19||London||ON||Home County Folk Festival|
|Jul 20||Summerside||PE||Green Shore Outdoor Stage|
|Jul 24||Fredericton||NB||N.B. Highland Games|
|Aug 28||North Rustico||PE||Watermark Theatre|
For a full listing of all their dates, including the US and Europe, please click here.
Fans of the legendary Sylvia Tyson will have a couple of opportunities to catch her this month. Sylvia is no less than an icon in Canadian country and folk music. From her collaboration with Ian Tyson (Ian & Sylvia) on stage, studio and television in the sixties and seventies to seven solo albums, her career has earned her a place in the Canadian Music, Country Music and Songwriter's Halls of Fame, not to mention receiving Canada's highest civilian award, the Order of Canada.
|Here's where you can catch her in July:|
|July 18 - 19||London||ON||Home County Folk Festival|
|July 24 - 26||Mission||BC||Mission Folk Festival|
Guy Davis is one of the busiest acoustic blues artists in the world, performing in Australia, Africa, South America, North America and Asia. With agents all over the world vying for dates, it's always tough to find avails for him for Canada in the summer, but we have several festivals on the books for July and August.
|July 3-5||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Aug 8||Kingsville||ON||Kingsville Folk Music Festival|
|Aug 9||Kitchener||ON||Kitchener Blues Festival|
For a full listing of Guy's international dates in the coming months, please check here.
Guy will tour eastern Canada and the far north this coming fall, details TBA.
Summers are a very busy time for James Keelaghan as he assumed the position of artistic director for Owen Sound's legendary folk festival, Summerfolk, several years ago. Read James' musing on the festival's upcoming 40th anniversary here.
|July 10-12||Atlin||BC||Atlin Arts & Music Festival|
|July 17-19||Cole Island||NB||NeelyG Festival|
|Aug 21-23||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
They knew they had to go back. Back to the red soil of their home islands of the Magdalens and Prince Edward Island. Back to the local characters and torchbearers. Back to the simple act of absorbing, then making, music.
Vishtèn, the trio of musicians from the Francophone communities of Maritime Canada, had been on the road for too long. "We wanted to be just musicians again for a while, to think only about the music," reflects multi-instrumentalist Pastelle LeBlanc. They returned to Prince Edward Island, working with local French-speaking researchers, dancers, musicians they had longed to collaborate with for years.
It sparked their imaginations. PEI is home to the group, and a constant source of unexpected inspiration. The island has musical terroir of sorts, a sound shaped by soil and clime, by quiet eccentrics and unsung local legends. Its red earth, the image that guided the ensemble's new album Terre Rouge (release: July 10, 2015), sprouted unique music fed by French, Micmac, and Celtic roots.
Vishtèn has gathered the fruits of the islands, turning footwork and mouth music, "crooked" fiddle tunes and touching French ballads into dynamic, contemporary pieces. Working with visionary Montreal producer Éloi Painchaud to craft and record the new material, they deconstructed the island's intriguing sonic elements, then reassembled them with a keen sense of rhythm, texture, drive. Musicianship abounds, but never overpowers: At heart, it's about the kitchen party, the dance down a starlit road, the wild times traditional music marks.
Vishtèn will perform dates in Canada, the USA and Europe in the coming months.
We are very pleased to announce a national tour for Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi in March 2017. This tour will come 2 ½ years after their previous Canadian tour in 2014.
Black Umfolosi's Canadian tours have been among the most successful we have ever been involved with, usually running five to six weeks with most venues completely selling out. Part of what makes them so attractive to presenters is that they can play any sized venue. Because they dance and sing a capella, no backline is required. Their production consists entirely of five wireless mics. This makes them ideal for smaller community presenters who might not normally be able to bring in world music groups of this calibre.
The tour will run March 1st through April 2nd, 2017.
Cape Breton's premiere trad act has a busy summer lined up after a whirlwind year of live dates and numerous awards. Còig combines Gaelic song, step dancing, incredible fiddling and some of the best trad piano to be found on the east coast. Also featured is multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen, who plays a little guitar, banjo, mandolin, wooden flute, Mandola, whistles and bouzouki. Rumour has it that he is currently learning to play the kitchen sink.
Here's where you can catch them this summer:
|Jun 14||Georgetown||PEI||Georgetown Theatre|
|Jun 28-29||Cape Breton||NS||KitchenFest|
|Jul 3-5||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 23||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|July 24-26||Duncan||BC||Islands Folk Festival|
|July 29||Golden||BC||Free Outdoor show|
|Aug 1-3||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
|Aug 7-9||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 15||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|Aug 17||Victoria||PEI||Victoria Playhouse|
|Aug 19||Riverview||NB||Caseley Park Bandstand|
|Aug 21-23||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi did massive five week coast to coast tour in 2014 and now they are coming back to play Canadian festivals in July. Black Umfolosi is a legend in southern Africa and they have performed around the world over several decades. One of Africa's very best a capella groups and not to be missed. Here's where you can catch them this summer:
|Jul 02||Fonthill||ON||Fonthill Bandshell|
|Jul 03-05||Orillia||ON||Mariposa Folk Festival|
|Jul 09||Montreal||QC||Nuits d’Afrique|
|Jul 10||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Jul 11||Elora||ON||Elora Festival|
|Jul 15||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Jul 17-21||Bella Coola||BC||Bella Coola Music Festival|
|Jul 22||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|July 23-26||Mission||BC||Mission Folk Festival|
JMI is very pleased to announce that we have secured an exclusive booking agreement with Tony McManus for Canada.
McManus is widely considered the top Celtic guitarist in the world and tours extensively in Europe, the UK, Australia and North America. His work has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world. He is invited annually to the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, has appeared at Guitar Festivals in Soave and Pescantina, Sarzana and Francacorta Italy; Frankston, Australia; Issoudun and Bordeaux France; Kirkmichael, Scotland; Bath and Kent, England; Bochum and Osnabruck, Germany.
In 2004 he appeared at the famous Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in the "All Star Guitar Night" featuring Steve Morse, Bryan Sutton, Muriel Anderson, Béla Fleck and Victor Wooten and headlined by the legendary Les Paul.
He is an enthusiastic collaborator both as a leader and as a sideman having worked with, among many others Dougie McLean, Phil Cunningham, Mairi MacInnes, Liam O'Flynn, Martin Simpson, Kevin Burke, Alison Brown, Martyn Bennett, Natalie MacMaster, Patrick and Jacky Molard, Mairead ní Mhoanaigh and Dermot Byrne, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra, John Jorgenson, Jean Michel Veillon, Catriona Macdonald, Seikou Keita, Xosé Manuel Budiño, Ewen Vernal and Andy Irvine. He is also in great demand as a studio musician having contributed to over 60 albums.
|With more than 80,000 hits,
listen to Tony on YouTube.
It is remarkable, but more than 50 years after forming, demand in Canada for The Strawbs is as strong as it has ever been. Just over a month ago we announced an October 2016 tour for the guys and already the first two weeks of the month are booked solid. Dave Cousins has given the go-ahead to expand the tour into western Canada, so we are now looking for western dates for the second half of October, 2016.
|If you are wondering what The Strawbs look and sound like in 2015, check out this live performance video shot in Italy just over a month ago.|
Acoustic Strawbs is a very simple show to produce from a technical stance, requiring no backline whatsoever.
Sad news coming out of England today in that the incredible Bellowhead has decided to call it a day and will disband after 12 years with farewell tours of the UK in the fall of this year and spring of 2016.
The following message is posted on their website:
This is a sad message to send but after 11 amazing years we've decided to call it a day.
It's been an incredible journey for us all and we've loved every minute of being Bellowhead but Jon has decided the time has come for him to stand down as lead singer and the rest of us don't feel that we wish to continue without him. We have therefore decided that we should give Bellowhead the send off it deserves and go out with a bang.
So we will be performing a two-part farewell tour (in November 2015 and April 2016) finishing as we started all those years back, with an intimate gig at Oxford Town Hall (on May Day 2016) - the very first venue we ever played as a band.
The tour dates will be announced in full on Friday June 5th and tickets will go on general sale on Friday 12th June. Mailing list members will be given the chance to pre-order on Wednesday 10th.
We are all looking forward to the remaining gigs and intend to make them our best shows yet so we hope you can come along for the party.
We hope you will not be too upset with us for calling time on the band. Of course Bellowhead would have been nothing without the support of our amazing fans over the last decade. We are all incredibly grateful to you for coming with us on this journey and want to thank you all for being part of the Bellowhead story.
We were thrilled to have the guys over to Canada twice, the only times they ever performed in North America.
You can read more about the band's decision and their incredibly successful run here.
England's legendary folk-rock group, Oysterband is returning to Canada this summer for several festivals and a handful of concerts. It has been four years since the guys performed in Canada, so fans will not want to miss the chance to catch them.
Here is where they will be in August:
|Aug||1-3||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
|Aug||5||Golden||BC||Free outdoor show|
|Aug||7-9||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug||12||Kelowna||BC||Blind Rooster Berry Farm
3660 Anderson Road
|Aug||13||Vancouver||BC||St. James Hall|
|Aug||14-15||Salmon Arm||BC||Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival|
• Black Umfolosi Coming to Alberta and BC (July 22, 2016)
• Young'uns Are Headed to Canada (July 13, 2016)
• CBC's Tom Power Picks Moulettes as Best Act at Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 12, 2016)
• Vishtèn has Busy Summer in Canada and America (July 9, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin’s New Video Pays Homage to the Worker (July 9, 2016)
• Skipper's Alley to Make Canadian Debut (June 28, 2016)
• Claire Lynch En Route to the Maritimes (June 22, 2016)
• Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin Cover Sylvia Tyson (June 22, 2016
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Have Busy Summer (June 22, 2016)
• The British Are Coming! (June 22, 2016)
• Còig to Spend most of July in Ontario (June 13, 2016)
• Oysterband Coming to Canada in July (June 9, 2016)
• Dublin's Irish Music Magazine Gives High Praise to Goitse (June 7, 2016)
• Moulettes to Tour Canada in June (June 6, 2016)
• Vishtèn to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2018 (May 2, 2016)
• The Young'uns Take Best Group at BBC2 Folk Awards (May 2, 2016)
• Globetrotting Vishtèn Wins Awards, Releases New Promo Video (April 19, 2016)
• Tony McManus to Tour Atlantic Canada in May (April 16, 2016)
• JMI Roster Figures Large at May Run Event (April 12, 2016)
• On the Cover of The Rolling Stone? (April 11, 2016)
• Claire Lynch to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2017! (March 30, 2016)
• JMI Artists take 14 Music PEI Award Nominations (March 26, 2016)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Take Offer Internationally (March 21, 2016)
• Bellowhead and Oysterband Make the Top Five Records of the Past Thirty Years (March 21, 2016)
• Guy Davis Will Be Back in Canada in April (March 8, 2016)
• After Three Decades, Shane Howard's Solid Rock Back at #1 on Australian Radio (February 18, 2016
• Moulettes to Tour the UK in April and May "Preternatural" to be Released in April (February 14, 2016)
• Bernie Finkelstein's True North Available for the First Time in Paperback (February 13, 2016)
• The Young'uns Nominated as BBC2 Folk Awards Group of the Year (February 13, 2016)
• Ray Bonneville to tour Atlantic Canada in November (February 9, 2016)
• Vishtèn Heading West in the Fall of 2017 (February 9, 2016)
• Guy Davis to Tour Quebec and Ontario (February 8, 2016)
• Shane Howard Receives the Order of Australia (February 8, 2016)
• Quartette Has Two Ontario Dates in February (February 8, 2016)
• James Keelaghan to Tour Western Canada in April 2017 (January 30, 2016)
• Goitse to Tour Western Canada in 2017 (December 21, 2015)
• JMI Signs the UK's Young'uns (December 17, 2015)
• De Danann to tour Canada in March, 2016 (December 15, 2015)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Jump into 2016 (December 14, 2015)
• Coig to Tour Western Canada in the New Year (December 5, 2015)
• A Quartette Christmas Available for Western Canada in December, 2016 (November 30, 2015)
• Remembering Ron Hynes (November 22, 2015)
See News page for more JMI news.