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March 31, 2015

Sylvia Tyson to Perform in Ontario in April

Sylvia Tyson

Folk & Country music legend and Canadian Songwriter Hall of Famer Sylvia Tyson has three Ontario dates in April. She will also be very busy next winter doing Christmas shows with Quartette, the details for which are available here.

Here is where you can catch Sylvia and her band in April:

Apr 17 London ON Aeolian Hall
Apr 18 Keswick ON Stephen Leacock Theatre
Apr 19 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre

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March 27, 2015

Acoustic Strawbs to Tour Canada
in October of 2016

Apparently there is no stopping the Strawbs. Back by popular demand, the guys will tour Central Canada in from September 29 through October 9, 2016.

Strawbs

Dave Cousins & Co. have been at this game for a very long time, and once did a two week residency at a London club with a brand new group called The Rolling Stones before either band had made a record. But the Strawbs are not content to rest on their laurels. As presenters and fans will attest, their performances today are as strong and passionate as they have ever been.


 

Before we even formally announced this tour, four dates were picked off and a fifth is already on hold. Half of our avails are already gone, but we still have good dates. Don't miss this chance to present one of the seminal UK folk groups who blossomed into a progressive rock band. Original members Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk are looking forward to coming back to Canada.

Dave Cousins
Front man, Dave Cousins

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March 27, 2015

Claire Lynch to Tour Atlantic and Western Canada

Claire Lynch

We are really excited to post the dates for our first tours with Nashville's incredible Claire Lynch. Demand was very high for dates in both Atlantic and Western Canada, and Claire is going to be very busy this May and October, bringing her wonderful band to many Canadian audiences for the first time.



Claire Lynch
Video of Claire performing
Up This Hill and Down (YouTube).

Here's where you can catch her in Western Canada in October:

Oct 15 Dauphin MB Watson Arts Centre
Oct 16 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Oct 17 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Oct 18 Grande Prairie AB Douglas J. Cardinal Performing Arts Centre
Oct 19 Athabasca AB Athabasca United Church
Oct 20 Rocky Mountain House AB Grandview Stage Resort
Oct 22 Red Deer AB Elk's Lodge
Oct 23 Cochrane AB Cochrane Alliance Church
Oct 24 Turner Valley AB Flare & Derrick Community Hall
Oct 25 North Battleford SK Dekker Centre

And as posted in February, Claire and her band will be appearing in the following East Coast markets in May:

May 15 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
May 16 St. John's NL LSPU Hall
May 17-19 Norris Point NL Various - Festival
May 20 Moncton NB The Empress Theatre
May 21 Truro NS Marigold Centre
May 22 Annapolis Royal NS Kings Theatre
May 23 Church Point NS Marc-Lescarbot Theatre

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March 20, 2015

England's Moulettes to Tour in October

The UK's Moulettes first came to our attention as the support act for a massive tour of the UK and Europe in support of Britain's top folk group, Bellowhead.

Moulettes

The band is rapidly emerging as one of Europe's foremost pop/folk acts, drawing comparisons to Kate Bush, Pink Floyd and Pentangle, while making steady inroads into radio and touring non-stop.

Videos and MP3s on the Moulettes' page.

Available in Canada from September 25 through October 15.

Learn more about Moulettes farther down our news page here.

Moulettes are coming to Canada in early October of 2016. They already have three support dates for We Three Friends in Quebec, as follows:

Sept 30 Chicoutimi QC Cabaret La Saguenéenne
Oct 01 Saint-Hyacinthe QC Centre des Arts Juliette Lassonde
Oct 02 Quebec QC Palais Montcalm
Oct 03 Montreal QC Olympia de Montral
Moulettes

JMI will be looking to do CD release dates in a few select markets across Canada, and the dates will be supported by their label, Navigator Records. This is a great chance to get in on the ground floor with a rapidly emerging act that we feel has all the potential of their friends, Bellowhead.

If you are interested in a date with Moulettes, please contact us, and we can discuss particulars. We would also be pleased to send you MP3s for their current CD, Constellations.

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March 12, 2015

World Music Group Baka Beyond
to Tour Canada in the Fall of 2016

There are world music groups, and then there are world music groups. With members from six countries in Europe and Africa, Baka Beyond is truly unique.

Baka Beyond

Baka Beyond will tour across Canada in October of 2016.

After 20 years of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measures Baka Beyond has become one of the finest danceable bands around, creating the sound of the global village. Not just a touring band, Baka Beyond have a unique relationship with their inspiration – the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon – sending royalties to help their development projects, and even touring with Baka musicians.


Watch live video from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

After many mainstage performances at Canadian festivals such As Edmonton and Salmon Arm Roots & Blues, Baka is ready for a concert tour of Canada.

Baka Beyond

Listen to Baka Beyond while you work.

Non-stop dancing, incredible percussion, stunning vocals and incredible musicianship are the hallmarks of this group.

See the Baka Beyond tech rider.

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March 6, 2015

Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span
to Tour Canada in July

There are legends, and then there are legends. Steeleye Span was formed in 1969, and along with Fairport Convention, were one of the seminal UK acts to take British folk music and fuse it with contemporary rock. This group changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold discs 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, 38 years later the band has become an institution in British music.

Steeleye Span

When we announced this rarest of tours, there was tremendous excitement. Because of a tight touring schedule, there were many presenters who not able to to get shows. However, three Canadian festivals and two Ontario venues will be presenting the guys in July.

Here's where you can catch them:

July 4-5 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival
July 7 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre
July 8 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
July 9-10 Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Folk festival
July 11-12 Comox BC Vancouver Island MusicFest

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February 27, 2015

Quartette Christmas Heading to the Prairies

Quartette

Quartette's wonderful Christmas show is heading to the prairies in the fall, with dates in Saskatchewan and Alberta. With two Christmas CDS to their credit, the ladies have no shortage of material to choose from. While we have no more avails for western Canada in 2015, we are still taking offers for southern Ontario from markets within driving distance of Toronto.

Here's where you can catch them out west next winter:

Nov 29 Morinville AB Morinville Community Centre
Dec 01 Swift Current SK Sky Centre
Dec 02 Wadena SK Wadena Community Hall
Dec 03 Yorkton SK Anne Portnuff Centre
Dec 04 North Battleford SK Dekker Centre
Dec 05 Spruce Grove AB Horizon Stage
Dec 06 Brooks AB Griffin Park Theatre

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February 17, 2015

Goitse Touring Western Canada in March

Goitse

JMI is very pleased to announce our first ever tour with Ireland's Goitse, which will take place in March of this year in western Canada.

We have a long tradition of working with Irish trad groups and artists such as Danu, Dervish, Sharon Shannon and De Danann, and Goitse easily shares the same shelf with those artists.


Great musicianship and stunning vocals are what Goitse is all about. See for yourself!

Goitse

Here's where you can catch them next month:

Mar 12 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Mar 13 Red Deer AB Elks Hall
Mar 14 Sundre AB Sundre Arts Development Centre
Mar 17 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Mar 19 Oliver BC Medici's
Mar 20 Lake Country BC Creekside theatre
Mar 22 Vancouver BC St. James Hall


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February 9, 2015

Claire Lynch to Tour Atlantic Canada

Claire Lynch will tour Atlantic Canada for the firs time in May, 2015. The Nashville based artist has long been recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, and is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She is the reigning Female Vocalist of the Year for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and a 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Her career has been decorated with many other accolades including two Grammy nominations and three International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist awards in 2013, 2010 and 1997.

Claire Lynch

Dolly Parton credits Claire with "one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today." Her harmonies have graced the recordings of Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pam Tillis, Alison Brown, Patty Loveless and Kathy Mattea. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others.

Here's where you can catch her in the Spring:

May 15 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
May 16 St. John's NL LSPU Hall
May 17-19 Norris Point NL Rails Trails & Tales Festival
May 20 Moncton NB Capitol Theatre, Empress Room
May 21 Truro NS Marigold Centre
May 22 Annapolis Royal NS Kings Theatre
May 23 Church Point NS Marc-Lescarbot Theater
May 24 Hampton NB Venue TBA

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January 14, 2015

Shane Howard Releases Deeper South

Shane Howard has refined his art with 13 solo albums, 3 Goanna albums, two books and a stable of great production credits, that have established him as a significant contributor to Australian folklore.

Shane Howard

His anthemic song, Solid Rock, from the album, Spirit of Place (1982), recorded with his band Goanna, was written after a moving experience at an inma at Uluru in 1981. It has since passed into folklore and the Australian psyche. He pushed on, beyond commercial success, tirelessly pursuing an artist's journey, in order to make sense of the story of a 'whitefella' in an Aboriginal country.

His songs have been recorded by numerous artists as diverse as Ireland's Mary Black and Australia's John Farnham and Troy Cassar-Daley. He has spent much of his musical life working with Aboriginal musicians, as well as touring Ireland and forging Irish-Australian connections.

Shane has just completed his 13th solo album 'Deeper South,' which will be available for general release in February 2015.

Shane will tour the new album 'Deeper South' in 2015 with long time collaborators John Hudson and Ewen Baker as the Shane Howard Trio. He is available for Canadian festivals in the summer of 2015.

Shane Howard

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January 13, 2015

James Keelaghan Touring Western Canada Next Month

James Keelaghan

It's always fun to book a western tour for Borealis recording artist, James Keelaghan. International touring pressures mean that we don't get to do it as often as we would like, but we have a nice tour coming up in February of 2015, in which James will tour as a trio.

Here's where you can catch him next month:

Feb 06 Winnipeg MB West End Cultural Centre
Feb 07 Vancouver BC St. James Hall
Feb 08 North Saanich BC Mary Winspear Centre
Feb 10 Grande Prairie AB Grande Prairie Live Theatre
Feb 11 Camrose AB Bailey Theatre
Feb 12 Rocky Mountain House AB Grandview Stage Resort
Feb 13 Calgary AB Dalhousie Community Centre
Feb 14 Vermilion AB Vermilion Legion
Feb 17 Prince Albert SK E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Feb 18 Saskatoon SK The Bassment

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January 7, 2015

JMI Signs Baka Beyond

JMI is announcing today an exclusive signing for Baka Beyond's Canadian engagements.

Baka Beyond

After 20 years of mixing African and Celtic music in equal measures Baka Beyond has become one of the finest danceable bands around, creating the sound of the global village. Not just a touring band, Baka Beyond has a unique relationship with their inspiration – the Baka Pygmies of Cameroon – sending royalties to help their development projects, and even touring with Baka musicians.

Baka Beyond was conceived in 1992 by British musicians Martin Cradick and Su Hart after a 6 week visit to the Baka Forest People deep in the heart of the Cameroon rainforest. They were struck by the Baka's generosity of spirit and joy of life in hard circumstances which is reflected in their music. Martin and Su wanted to bring the spirit of this music back home so they recorded the album "Spirit of the Forest" released under the name "Baka Beyond" which pushed them into worldwide recognition.

The current touring unit are bringing the Spirit of the Forest to festivals in UK and North America. Martin Cradick (guitar), Su Hart (vocals) and Clyde Kramer (drums) have all spent time living and playing music with the Baka Pygmies in their rainforest home. Ayodele Scott (percussion) brings the rhythms and colour of his native Sierra Leone into the mix, while all these elements are grounded by the solid Congolese grooves of Kibisingo (bass). The lineup is completed by Ellie Jamison (vocals) who is returning to Baka Beyond after a bit of a break to bring 3 children safely into the world.

". . . if you are not dancing, maybe you should have someone check your pulse.
The party atmosphere was irrepressible"
- Evening Standard

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January 7, 2015

Goitse Takes Trad Group of the Year

Goitse

Goitse has established itself as a massively popular band among trad fans the world over. Rightly so. This wonderful quintet released Tall Tales & Misadventures to worldwide recognition in 2015.

Goitse last week took the prestigious Trad Group of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards, no small feat in a country that has produced many of the greatest traditional groups the world has ever known.

They also recently won Group of the Year with the Chicago Irish American News.

Goitse will tour western Canada in March.

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December 19, 2014

De Danann to Tour Canada
March, 2016

JMI is very pleased to announce a national tour today for a true legend of tradition Irish music. Platinum selling De Danann will tour Canada from March 3 - 20, 2016.

De Dannan

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 has once again found itself in high 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 on YouTube
De Danann De Danann
Promo Video
2014 Corofin
Traditional Music Festival

De Danann were formed in 1975 in Galway and became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music. 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.

See their Tech Rider here.

De Danann will be available right across Canada on this tour.

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December 16, 2014

JMI Signs England's Moulettes

JMI is very excited to announce an exclusive signing for Canadian engagements with one of England's most in-demand and progressive folk-pop groups, Moulettes. The band first came to our attention as the opening act for Bellowhead's massive, sold out fall tour of Europe. Once we started listening, it was easy to see why they are creating such a buzz in Europe.

The Moulettes

Many Moulettes met and started playing music together when they were 15 to 17 years old. After a couple of EPs and singles they released an acclaimed debut album on Balling, The Jack/Sotones in 2010, which found its way on to several Best Of The Year lists. They also won an Innovation Award and best group from the prestigious Fatea roots-music website and got nominated for best band by the alternative Brit awards. Their charismatic, idiosyncratic yet poppy brand of progressive, psychedelic neo-classical folk rock has enthralled crowds at many festivals as varied as Bestival, Glastonbury, End of the Road and Cropredy.

'Constellations'

Now Moulettes return with their third studio album, and their first for Navigator Records, 'Constellations' released on June 2nd. Recorded in studios, church buildings, caves and bedrooms in Sussex and Wales over 2013. Brighton dub troubadour Faye Houston, dubstep producer Mike Dennis (Dface) and many of Brighton's finest players complete a supporting chamber orchestra cast that emphasizes the band's desire to blend musical styles and experiment with sound in a way that has been a hallmark of their recordings to date. Thus 'Constellations' crosses varied and expansive musical territory over its ten tracks. As cellist and front singer Hannah Miller notes,

"People can listen to Moulettes and hear Shostakovich, Miles Davis, Pentangle, Pink Floyd, Bjork and Skrillex. That is where we've all come from…everyone shares in over 80 years of recorded music history".

What the press is saying about Moulettes...

"a cross between Pentangle and the Kronos Quartet,
by way of Kate Bush and early Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett."

Reuters

"This is what a modern folk album should sound like." ****
– Evening Standard

"The best music I heard at Latitude was by the Moulettes"
– The Independent

"…songwriting of rare depth and inventiveness" ****
– Songlines

The Moulettes

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December 8, 2014

Everything Fitz Tour Atlantic
and Western Canada, Fall 2016

Everything Fitz

JMI is pleased to announce today our first tours with Ontario's first family of fiddling and step dancing, Everything Fitz. They will tour the Maritimes and Newfoundland from October 6 - 15 and Western Canada November 3 - 20, both in 2016.


Everything Fitz is a family band featuring high-energy fiddling and percussive step dancing. Their unique stage show combines a variety of musical styles, everything from traditional jigs and reels, to bluegrass, jazz and Celtic, as well as novelty numbers and choreographed dance routines. Julie, Kerry and Tom are all champion fiddlers who provide intricate 3-part fiddle harmonies as well as solo improvisations on fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. An audience favourite is their award-winning group step dancing.

Everything Fitz

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December 2, 2014

Còig Wins Canadian Folk Music Award

JMI's Cig has earned its first Canadian Folk Music Award, taking home Traditional Album of the Year honours for its debut album Five.

Còig

The Cape Breton group was presented with the award Saturday, November 29th in Ottawa at the gala event hosted by CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers and musician Benoit Bourque.

 

Celebrating with champagne in Ottawa
 


Cig was also nominated for instrumental group of the year, which was won by Ontario's the Andrew Collins Trio. Earlier in the month Còig also won Trad/Roots recording of the year for Five at the Music Nova Scotia Awards in Truro.

Còig
 
Celebrating in Truro earlier in November

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.

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November 19, 2014

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.

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys

Gordie & Co. have done long tours not only of eastern and western Canada, but have also performed extensively in Australia, Europe, The UK, America and even Malaysia.

If you missed them at Ontario Contact, see here why they are in such demand all over the world.

Photo credit: Lorne Miller  

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November 10, 2014

Two Quartette Christmas Shows in December

Quartette
Quartette
Quartette has a pair of Christmas shows coming up in Ontario this December. The ladies have recorded two Christmas albums in addition to their other CDs.

Here's where you can catch them next month:

Dec 12 Burlington ON Burlington Arts Centre
Dec 17 Toronto ON Hugh's Room

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October 25, 2014

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada in April

Guy Davis

With an international schedule that increasingly takes him to the far corners of the globe, New York City bluesman Guy Davis has not toured western Canada in five years. That will change in April with dates in BC, Alberta and the Yukon.

Touring Russia as this is being written, Guy has performed in South America, Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe and America since he last set foot in western Canada, and says he is greatly looking forward to visiting old friends and traveling down well known highways.

Guy on YouTube: "That's No Way To Get Along"

Here is where he will be in the Spring of 2015:

April 10 Harrison BC Harrison Memorial Hall
April 11 Vancouver BC St. James Hall
April 12 Errington BC Errington War Memorial Hall
April 14 Kelowna BC Minstrel Cafe
April 15 Penticton BC Dream Cafe
April 17 Demmitt AB Demmitt Community Centre
April 18 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place
April 19 Fort St. John BC North Peace Cultural Centre
April 21 Kimberley BC Centre 64
April 22 Fernie BC Arts Station
April 23 Lethbridge AB The Cave
April 24 Cochrane AB Legacy Coffee House
April 25 Calgary AB Bow Valley Music Club
April 26 Sundre AB Sundre Arts Dev. Centre
April 27 Whitehorse YK Yukon Arts Centre
April 28 Dawson City YK Klondike Institute of the Arts

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October 25, 2014

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

[From the article by Mark Papadatos in Digital Journal

Bluegrass sensation Claire Lynch took home the award for "Song of the Year" at this year's International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards.

The 25th annual IBMA award ceremony took place in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 2.

Claire Lynch

Lynch won for her song "Dear Sister," the title track of her latest studio album, which was well-received by Digital Journal. She co-wrote the tune with veteran songwriter Louisa Branscomb (who was responsible for writing Dale Ann Bradley and Alison Krauss' collaboration "I'll Take Love.") "Dear Sister" is an inspirational song about human faith, and brevity in the face of adversity. Most impressive about "Dear Sister" is that it was based on letters that were written by Branscomb's ancestors who fought in the Civil War.

In addition, Lynch (Digital Journal article naming her as one of the Top-10 Angelic Voices of Our Time) also won the IBMA award for "Recorded Event of the Year" for "Wild Montana Skies," her collaboration with acoustic bluegrass group Special Consensus and dobro virtuoso Rob Ickes. This song was produced by Alison Brown, banjo player and co-founder of the independent record label, Compass Records.

Throughout her career, she has won the IBMA "Female Vocalist of the Year" honor three times, in 1997, 2010 and 2013; moreover, she has been nominated for two Grammy awards.
For more information on bluegrass star Claire Lynch, visit her official website.

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September 27, 2014

James Keelaghan and Còig
Multiple CFMA Nominees

JMI congratulates James Keelaghan and Còig on their multiple nominations for the upcoming Canadian Folk Music Awards, which will be held in Ottawa November 27th through 29th.

James Keelaghan

A veteran of more than 25 years on the folk circuit, James Keelaghan has picked up three nods; English songwriter of the year, contemporary singer of the year and solo artist of the year, all for his Borealis Records retrospective, History.

Relative newcomers, Cig picked up two nominations in what is turning out be a great year for them. With their photo on the cover of the current issue of Penguin Eggs, the Cape Breton group takes nods for instrumental group and traditional album, both for the newly released, Five.

Còig

Both James and Coig are currently booking up tours both at home in Canada and internationally. When James is not on the road performing, he is busy running the long-standing Owen Sound Summerfolk folk festival.

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September 17, 2014

Bellowhead Plays Hyde Park in London

From BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 2

Crowd-pleasing Folk evangelists

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

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

The first ever band to feature in session on Mark Radcliffe's Radio 2 Folk Show, they also played a storming set for our first ever Festival in a Day in 2011 and opened the show at this year's Radio 2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall.

With bags of charisma, inspired arrangements, and twenty different instruments including bouzoukis, kazoos, melodeons and bagpipes all making up the Bellowhead sound, it's not hard to imagine why they are frequently hailed one of the UK's finest live acts.

Also on the bill were Lionel Ritchie, Lennie Kravitz and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Currently celebrating their tenth anniversary, their return to Hyde Park is set to be one of the highlights of a fantastic year of touring for Bellowhead, and a fantastic day in Hyde Park for Radio 2.

See video and listen to MP3s here.

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September 2, 2014

Còig Makes the Cover of Penguin Eggs

Còig

There is a major buzz out there about JMI's Cig and people are noticing. The group is currently featured on the September cover of Penguin Eggs, one of North America's most influential roots music publications. Other recent covers have featured John Prine, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, etc.

JMI announced a 2016 western tour for Coig in mid-August and had to extend the dates twice within the first week to meet demand. The group will also tour northern Europe and Atlantic Canada in the fall of of 2015. A tour of central Canada will be announced at a later date.

We already have offers coming in for festivals for summer of 2015, so we expect this incredible new Celtic supergroup to be very busy in the coming years.

See what all the fuss is about here (YouTube).

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August 5, 2014

JMI Welcomes The Henry Girls

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

The Henry Girls

The Henry Girls are an Irish folk and roots music group consisting of three sisters; Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin. All three have studied music and are multi-instrumentalists featuring fiddle, ukulele, banjo, guitar, harp, mandolin, piano, and accordion. Their trademark sound is one of stunning three part harmonies on material which is a mix of traditional Irish folk music and Americana. In addition to their own recordings, they have contributed backup vocals to Mary Black's album Stories from the Steeples and have also collaborated with Session Americana, Dónal Lunny, Moya Brennan, Jennifer Kimball, and The Fox Hunt.

Glastonbury

The girls have been touring across Europe for the past 10 years, and this summer performed at the fabled Glastonbury Festival, which is arguably the most prestigious outdoor music festival in the UK and Europe and has featured artists such as The Rolling Stones.

We were immediately stuck by the wonderful songs and the beautiful harmonies of The Henry Girls, which put us in mind of other groups such as The Good Lovelies and The Wailin' Jennies.

Check them out on YouTube:

Ol' Cook Pot (Official Music Video)

The Weather (Official Music Video)

The Henry Girls
The Henry Girls in Concert

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

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July 24, 2014

Claire Lynch Adds Quebec and Ontario Dates

Claire Lynch

Nashville's Claire Lynch has added a week of dates for Central Canada onto her current western tour. She is now available for performances in Quebec & Ontario from October 23rd through November 1st, 2015.

Claire has two Grammy nominations and is the current IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year. Ontario presenters of bluegrass and roots performers will want to take advantage of this opportunity to book one of the most respected American bluegrass artists.

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

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July 17, 2014

JMI Signs Ireland's Goitse

JMI has been putting a fresh coat of paint on our roster, and as such, we are delighted to announce that we have signed a traditional Irish group we've had our eyes on for years, the wonderful Goitse.

Goitse

Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, this quintet has graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music across the globe, with their performances gaining notoriety on four continents. Having won feverish critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second album Transformed, the band has skyrocketed to the forefront of the traditional Irish music scene.


Goitse

Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with traditional tunes from Ireland and abroad, which make each set entertaining and unique. Laying the foundations for the music are World and All-Ireland bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O'Kane, who is fast making a name for himself as one of the finest guitarists of this generation.

Goitse mp3s on SoundCloud.

The gripping rhythm section sets a breath taking pace for the music while the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draws audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. When not singing, Áine's energetic style of fiddle playing is complimented hugely by multi-award-winning banjo and mandolin virtuoso James Harvey. His ability to transcend genres, combined with his unparalleled technical ability is a joy to behold. Bridging the gap between melody and accompaniment is the piano and piano accordionist, Tadhg Ó Meachair. The Dublin native is renowned for his unique approach to bass work and accompaniment, while also having picked up national awards for his melody playing.

Goitse will tour western Canada in March of 2015 and Canadians festivals in the same year.

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July 17, 2014

JMI Signs Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span

JMI has take great pride over the years in working with legendary acts such as Fairport Convention, Pete Seeger and Jerry Jeff Walker. We very excited today to announce that we have signed England's legendary Maddy Prior & Steeleye Span.

Steeleye Span has been one of the most influential names in British roots music. Pioneers of folk-rock, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold records and international tours. Members have come and gone over the years, but Steeleye has always remained at the forefront of the genre they helped to define, and 45 years later the band is an institution in British music.

Steeleye Span

Steeleye Span formed in 1969, with the vision of playing folk music in a contemporary, electric band format. Taking their name from the song Horkstow Grange, their debut recording Hark! The Village Wait is a pioneering album that set out the blueprint for folk-rock.

The initial line-up was to prove short-lived, with Gay and Terry Woods departing before the band's first gig, to be replaced by Martin Carthy, already a fixture on the folk scene, and classically trained fiddle player Peter Knight. Their 1970 album Please To See the King became a classic while Ten Man Mop made inroads into the rock scene.

Further line-up changes ensued with Ashley Hutchings leaving to form The Albion Band, followed shortly afterwards by Martin Carthy. Steeleye recruited Rick Kemp on bass, Bob Johnson on guitar and Nigel Pegrum as the band's first drummer. With a more rock-oriented approach, it was this line-up that enjoyed the biggest commercial success, with the acapella Latin carol Gaudete achieving a Christmas chart entry in 1973 and a No 5 hit in 1975 with All Around My Hat produced by Mike Batt.

Steeleye Span

Steeleye Span will tour Canada with Maddy Prior for two weeks in the summer of 2015, with inquiries coming in before the official announcement was even made. These will be very special dates and there are no plans to tour Canada beyond next summer.

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July 11, 2014

JMI Signs Everything Fitz

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

Everything Fitz

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

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

Everything Fitz
 
Promo video on YouTube


Everything Fitz

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

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

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July 11, 2014

Black Umfolosi to Tour Canada in 2014

Black Umfolosi

It's always a treat to book a tour for Black Umfolosi, and we are really glad to have them coming back to Canada after a hiatus of several years.

Fans can look forward to the same level of a capella excellence and virtually non-stop dancing as in past tours.


Here's where you can catch the guys this fall*

Nov 05 New Glasgow NS Glasgow Square Theatre
Nov 06 Antigonish NS Immaculata Auditorium
Nov 07 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre
Nov 08 Sackville NB Brunton Auditorium
Nov 09 Montreal QC Cabaret du Mile End
Nov 11 Guelph ON University Centre Courtyard
Nov 12 North Bay ON Capitol Centre
Nov 13 Burlington ON Performing Arts Centre
Nov 14 London ON Aeolian Theatre
Nov 15 Toronto ON Hugh's Room
Nov 16 Kingston ON Chalmers United Church
Nov 18 Winnipeg MB West End Cultural Centre
Nov 19 Flin Flon MB RH Channing Auditorium
Nov 20 Regina SK The Exchange
Nov 21 Lethbridge AB The Attic
Nov 22 Airdrie AB Bert Church Theatre
Nov 24 Grande Prairie AB Grande Prairie Live Theatre
Nov 26 Valemount BC Valemount Com. Theatre
Nov 28 Courtenay BC Sid Williams Civic Theatre
Nov 29 Errington BC War Memorial Hall
Dec 01 Whitehorse YK Yukon Arts Centre
Dec 02 Haines Junction YK St. Elias Centre
Dec 04 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place
Dec 05 Penticton BC Dream Cafe
Dec 06 Vancouver BC Performance Works
Dec 07 Whistler BC My Place
Dec 08 Penticton BC Dream Cafe
Dec 09 Trail BC Charles Bailey Theatre

*More dates may be added to this tour.

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July 3, 2014

JMI and Your Privacy

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

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

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

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July 3, 2014

James Keelaghan Summer Dates

James Keelaghan

These days James Keelaghan divides his summers between performing at folk festivals and running one of his own, as he is the artistic director for the long running Summerfolk in Owen Sound, Ontario.

You can catch James this summer at the following events:

Jul 18-20 London ON Home County Folk Festival
Aug 07 Victoria BC Butchart Garden
Aug 8-10 Edmonton AB Edmonton Folk Festival
Aug 15-17 Owen Sound ON Summerfolk
Sep 26-18 Wolfville NS Deep Roots Festival

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June 25, 2014

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

Rod Davis with John Lennon

Original Quarrymen member Rod Davis, who recently signed on to JMI's Speakers Corner will be touring in the fall of 2015, a time that marks the 75th birthday of John Lennon (October 9th). Rod's cross-Canada tour will take place between October 15th & 25th, 2015.

John Lennon, Colin Hanton, Rod Davis, 1957
 

Rod was raised in Woolton on the outskirts of Liverpool and was a close friend of John Lennon's from a very early age when they attended Sunday school together. In 1956 he and John formed the legendary skiffle group, The Quarrymen with two other friends. Rod played banjo in the group for two years until he was replaced by Paul McCartney. At one time, there were three Beatles in The Quarrymen when George Harrison joined.

The Quarrymen on YouTube

Rod will be speaking about the early days with John Lennon but he will also have his trusty banjo on hand to demonstrate the kind of music played by The Quarrymen. There will also be a question and answer component at the end of the talk.

Rod Davis
 
Rod Davis

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June 17, 2014

Alpha Yaya Diallo
Solo Maritime Dates Announced

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

Alpha Yaya Diallo

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

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

 

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

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

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June 12, 2014

Ray Bonneville to Tour Quebec
and Ontario in 2015

Ray Bonneville

Every time Red House Recording artist Ray Bonneville performs in central Canada, the tours get a little longer and the gigs a little bigger. The veteran Canadian singer-songwriter continues to see steady growth in his career despite decades on the road.

With the recent release of Easy Gone on Redhouse Records, Ray will be featuring new material, as well as favourites from his long career.

Listen to MP3s from Easy Gone here.

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

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June 12, 2014

Sylvia Tyson to Tour Central Canada

Sylvia Tyson is a true legend of both the folk and the country music worlds. JMI is very pleased to announce a rare tour of central Canada, which will take place April 10-19, 2015. She will be touring as a four piece.

Sylvia became one of the music world's most recognizable and respected names in the early 1960's as half of one of the biggest music acts in the business, Ian & Sylvia.

Sylvia Tyson

She then established a distinguished solo career, and is also known today as one of the Canadian vocal divas within the award winning group "Quartette". She has graced our country's recordings for four decades, writing classic songs and making music that has made this Chatham, Ontario native an international star, and a Canadian treasure. As one half of the Folk Country duo "Ian & Sylvia", she recorded 13 albums and helped change what the world was listening to. The album most revered today: "Great Speckled Bird" is now acknowledged as the beginning of a Country Rock sound that led to an evolution, still at the core of Country radio playlists.

Sylvia Tyson

Sylvia Tyson is a recipient of the Order of Canada. She treasures many awards and is a member to the Juno Awards Canadian Music Hall of Fame. In the mid 70's, Sylvia Tyson went on to release many critically acclaimed solo albums and host award winning radio and television programs such as the Roots series "Touch The Earth".

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June 11, 2014

Bellowhead on Star Studded Bill
in Hyde Park in September

Lennie Kravitz, Lionel Ritchie, among performers

If you're going to be in London in September, plan to join BBC Radio 2 for a festival in a day as they celebrate the best of the station's music with one special day of live performances from a starry array of top UK and international artists.

Bellowhead

BBC has just announced two more artists for Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park to perform alongside Lionel Richie with the BBC Concert Orchestra in what will be an exclusive UK performance for the star.

Joining Lionel Richie will be the amazing James Blunt and The Dutch jazz-star who smashed Michael Jackson's sales records in her homeland, Caro Emerald.

Lenny Kravitz will also perform a set on the night, marking his first UK gig for three years. Plus, Irish vocalist and musician Imelda May will be taking to the stage.

Also appearing will be the superb Beverley Knight, US sisters The Pierces and the best folk live experience you'll ever experience from the incomparable Bellowhead.

Bellowhead live: New York Girls [Official] (YouTube)

Jools Holland and his band will also be performing with special guests Sandie Shaw and Ruby Turner and the event will be hosted by Chris Evans with other Radio 2 presenters.

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

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June 10, 2014

Alpha Yaya Diallo 2014 Festival Dates

Alpha Yaya Diallo

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

See the West African Summit Press Release

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

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

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June 10, 2014

Guy Davis Summer Dates

Guy Davis

American bluesman Guy Davis divides his summers mostly between Europe, the UK and America. In 2014, he will also be playing several Canadian festivals right across Canada.

Guy's current release, Jube Dance, spent 10 weeks in the number 1 position on the international RMR blues charts this winter and continues to be widely played around the world.

Some Cold, Rainy Day (YouTube)

Here's where he will be playing in July and August:

Jul 4-6 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Jul 7 Victoria PE Victoria Playhouse
Jul 8 Halifax NS Jazzeast Festival
Jul 25-27 Mission BC Mission Folk Festival
Aug 2-4 Canmore AB Canmore Folk Festival

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June 10, 2014

Quartette Summer Dates

Because Sylvia Tyson, Cindy Church, Gwen Swick and Caitlin Hanford all have busy solo careers and other projects, it can be hard to get them together for dates in the summer.

Quartette

We were lucky enough to round them all up for a few this coming festival season. The ladies will be performing material from their 20 year career, as well as songs from their brand new CD, Rocks and Roses in the Maritimes and BC in July and August.

Quartette videos on the JMI YouTube channel

Here's where you can catch them this summer:

Jul 18 Indian River PEI Indian River Church
Jul 19 New Glasgow NS Celtic Cultural Centre
Aug 14 Victoria BC Butchart Gardens
Aug 15 Vancouver BC St. James Hall
Aug 16 Oliver BC Medici's
Aug 17 Kamloops BC Rainbow Roost

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June 6, 2014

Vishtèn Will Tour Prairies in October

The globetrotting Vishtn will undertake a rare western Canada tour this coming fall.

The past year has seen them tour Australia & America, and we've lost count of how many times they have been to Europe.

Here's where they will be in October:

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

La Fougue des Fes (YouTube)

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June 6, 2014

Ray Bonneville Heading West This Fall

Ray Bonneville will be busy in Canada this October. His Maritime tour takes place early in the month, and after a few days off, he will head to western Canada for dates in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC.

Here is a list of Ray's western gigs for this fall:

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

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June 6, 2014

Martin Simpson Heading West in November

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

Martin Simpson

There is no-one who has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Simpson. His 15 years living in the US were well spent. In addition his own songwriting has produced some real gems, from the truck-stop epic, "Love Never Dies" to the profoundly moving "Never Any Good" and "One Day". Martin has been nominated an astounding 26 times in the twelve years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards - more than any other performer - with 9 consecutive years as nominee for Musician of The Year, which he has won twice.

Martin Simpson

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

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

2013's Vagrant Stanzas
 

Here's where you can catch him this fall:

Nov 06 Prince Albert SK E.A. Rawlinson Centre
Nov 07 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Nov 08 Calgary AB The Nickelodeon
Nov 09 Rocky Mountain House AB Grandview Stage Resort
Nov 12 Grande Prairie AB Grand Prairie Live Theatre
Nov 13 Coquitlam BC Evergreen Theatre
Nov 14 Salt Spring BC South End Grooveyard
Nov 15 Courtenay BC Komox Band Hall
Nov 16 Vancouver BC St. James Hall

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June 3, 2014

JMI Introduces
Speaker's Corner

We are very excited to announce that JMI has added a Speaker's Corner to our roster of folk and roots musicians. While there will be a focus on people with a strong connection to the music world, we will also be adding speakers from diverse backgrounds. Our aim will be to make available speakers who have unique and fascinating stories to tell.

Please allow us to introduce you to our first four signings.

Rod Davis
John Lennon, Colin Hanton & Rod Davis

ROD DAVIS was, from a very early age, a close personal friend of John Lennon, and eventually became the banjo player in Lennon's first band, The Quarrymen in 1956. "I lived in Woolton and first met John Lennon at St. Peter's Sunday School when we were very small boys. I lived near (drummer) Colin Hanton and we all used to play street football together." Davis was eventually replaced by a young upstart named Paul McCartney, and was there on the famous day in 1957 when John met Paul.

Rod Davis will be available to tour Canada around the 75th birthday of John Lennon in the fall of 2015.

Joe Boyd

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

JOE BOYD is a true pop music pioneer. After graduating from Harvard in 1964, he staged some of the first UK tours for blues giants such as Muddy Waters, and was at Newport in 1965 where he supervised Bob Dylan's electric debut. He has produced the likes of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd & Fairport Convention, and as head of music for Warner Brothers Films, organized the scoring of Deliverance and A Clockwork Orange and made the feature-length documentary Jimi Hendrix. In 2006, Joe published his memoir "White Bicycles: Making Music in the Sixties" which sold 75,000 copies world wide.

Bernie Finkelstein

Bernie's autobiography, True North

BERNIE FINKELSTEIN is both a giant and a pioneer of the Canadian music industry and the founder of True North Records. When only 22, he was invited by the legendary Albert Grossman (Bob Dlyan's manger) to collaborate on managing The Paupers. He also managed artists such as Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Dan Hill and rubbed shoulders with the likes of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and The Grateful Dead. Bernie was the Chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984. He was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2003. Mr. Finkelstein also received The Order of Canada in 2007.

Bill German

Keith Richards, Bill German and Ron Wood

BILL GERMAN Author and Rolling Stones insider Bill German discusses his ups and downs with "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world." His first book, Under Their Thumb, chronicles his friendship with the Stones (forged when he was still a teenager) and how he became the band's official historian for two decades. He traveled the world with them, stayed at their homes and witnessed their private jam sessions, decadent parties and vicious in-fights. Bill is currently working on a second book about The Rolling Stones.

These speakers will be available for theatre tours, corporate work, conferences, and in the case of those connected to the music industry, festivals, where they can give workshops and talks about their experiences.

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June 3, 2014

Ray Bonneville to Tour Maritimes
in October

Ray Bonneville

Red House recording artist and Juno Award winner Ray Bonneville will tour the Maritimes in the fall of 2014, just in time to promote his new CD, Easy Gone, which is steadily climbing up the international Blues charts.

For a taste of the new CD, you can listen to MP3s on the Red House website, here.

Ray will blaze through the Maritimes, take a couple days off and then head out west for more dates. Stay tuned for news on the western dates.

Here's where you can catch Ray in eastern Canada in October of 2014.

Ray Bonneville
Easy Gone
Oct 03 Chester NS Chester Playhouse
Oct 04 Annapolis Royal NS Kings Theatre
Oct 05 Truro NS Marigold Cultural Centre
Oct 06 Halifax NS The Carleton
Oct 07 Antigonish NS Townhouse Brewpub
Oct 09 Mount Stewart PEI Trailside Cafe
Oct 10 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
Oct 12 Little Brook NS Elvina's

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May 27, 2014

The Strawbs' Dave Cousins Set to Release Biography
in September

Strawbs

Dave Cousins' long-awaited biography Exorcising Ghosts is to be published on September 1st, 2014.

How did a working class boy from West London come to discover Sandy Denny and Rick Wakeman, work with iconic figures like David Bowie, Dickie Attenborough and Dame Vera Lynn, meet royalty, change the face of commercial radio, and be granted God's abundant blessings by The Pope?

'Exorcising Ghosts', written by Strawbs singer and songwriter, Dave Cousins, tells an extraordinary story from the revivalist folk scene of the 1960s, through chart-topping albums and singles, to stadium rock shows of the 1970s. Cousins spares no punches in the untold story of his discovery of Sandy Denny in a folk club in Earls Court and their time together in Denmark. He invited the unknown Rick Wakeman to join Strawbs, and within six months they moved from playing in folk clubs to headlining the Albert Hall.

Strawbs
Rick Wakeman joins Dave Cousins in Twickenham in 2009

The subsequent incarnation of Strawbs found pop stardom with the notorious hit, 'Part Of The Union', which ended in an acrimonious bloodbath in Los Angeles. Undeterred, Dave Cousins recast Strawbs as a prog-rock band, playing stadium shows across the USA and Canada.

In 1980, Dave Cousins turned down the chance to sign to Elton John's record label and entered his secret life, the nascent world of commercial radio. Like a roller coaster, Dave Cousins' life has had its ups and downs, but what a ride!

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May 26, 2014

Còig Set to Release New CD

Cape Breton's Cig, already booked for dates in Europe and Canada well into 2015, are about to release their debit CD, Five.

The recording was done by Mike Shepherd at lakewind Sounds Studios in Nova Scotia and mixed and mastered by Dave Gunning, with production and arrangement credits going to the band. You can listen to a cut from the new CD here.

And there is brand new video from the band here.



Còig is the best trad act we have seen come out of Nova Scotia in a decade, mixing driving instrumentals in pure Cape Breton fashion, with stunning vocals and three stepdancers.

They will be launching the new CD in June in the following markets:

Còig

June 12 Sydney NS Flavour 19
June 15 Judique NS Celtic Music Interpretive Centre
June 17 Charlottetown PE The Pourhouse (Old Triangle)
June 24 Halifax NS The Carleton

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May 16, 2014

JMI Signs Legendary De Danann

JMI is very proud to announce that we have signed Ireland's legendary, multi-platinum selling De Danann.

Once described as 'the Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music', De Danann, returned to the festival stage in 2009 with a new album 'Wonderwaltz' and trips to Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and the USA. The band have found themselves once again in demand by promoters in Europe and North America. Founding member Alec Finn is joined by Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Derek Hickey (accordion), Brian McGrath (banjo/piano), Ronan O'Flaherty (fiddle) and Neill Lyons (bodhrán).

De Danann were formed in 1975 in Galway and became one of the most influential bands in traditional Irish music before going their separate ways in 2003. The group released their debut album 'De Danann' in 1975 and in total have recorded 14 albums including 'Anthem', 'Star Spangled Molly' and 'A Jacket of Batteries' and achieved chart success, with many of the albums reaching gold and platinum status.

De Danann will be touring the Canadian festival circuit in the summer of 2015.

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February 10, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman Headed for Newfoundland & Labrador

After a winter that has already seen Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys tour Australia, Europe, the UK and western Canada, the guys are getting ready ready for their first tour of Newfoundland & Labrador in May, before heading off to Malaysia in June and Europe again in July. The guys also have one Nova Scotia date in May and a hometown show in June.

Here's where you can catch them in Atlantic Canada in the coming weeks.

May 09 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
May 21 Happy Valley-Goose Bay NL Labrador Friendship Centre
May 23/24 Norris Point NL Trails, Tales & Tunes Festival
May 26 Bonavista NL Garrick Theatre
May 28 St. John's NL LSPU Hall
Jun 10 Charlottetown PE Victoria Park
Jun 20 Kuching Malaysia Rainforest World Music Festival

For more details about Gordie's schedule including his July dates in Europe, please visit their calendar page.

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April 21, 2014

JMI Signs Cape Breton's Còig

Còig

JMI is excited to announce that we have signed Cape Breton's Cig, the best trad act we have seen come out of Nova Scotia in a decade. With incredible instrumental prowess, beautiful vocals and three step dancers, Còig is demonstrating that traditional Cape Breton music is not going away any time soon.

CÒIG ("Ko-ig". Gaelic for '5') is an exciting ensemble consisting of five solo acts, and is definitely Atlantic Canada's young band to watch. The group consists of Chrissy Crowley, Darren McMullen, Rachel Davis, Colin Grant and Jason Roach.

Còig live
Còig studio sessions on YouTube
Cig studio sessions on YouTube.

With a combined total of over 30 nominations and awards, each of Còig's talented musicians have released their own successful solo albums, and have toured both at home and abroad before coming together as this exciting super group.

"Five acclaimed, award winning solo musicians in their own right,
in one explosive 'coming together'...
Collectively they are a Cape Breton trad triumph..."

- Davie Gardner, the Shetland Times, UK

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April 21, 2014

Ray Bonneville Releases
Easy Gone on Red House

Redhouse Recording artist Ray Bonneville is set to release Easy Gone amidst a hectic touring schedule that increasingly sees him performing overseas.

"a master of the slow burn, the gentle funk, the infectious rhythm."
- The Ottawa Citizen

Easy Gone cover

On Easy Gone, Bonneville delivers 10 reasons why longevity pays off. On each song, his taut guitar work shimmers like the scales on coiled rattler, menacing and confident. His voice carries the rich, natural timbre of time and his harmonica rhythms add an extra dollop of grit to his streetwise sound. Produced by Bonneville and Justin Douglas, Easy Gone wears the faded work clothes of a man who knew when he "said I do to a highway," as he sings in "Who Do Call the Shots," that it wasn't going to be an easy marriage. But he also knew divorce was not an option, and affirms his vows in soulful lyrics that balance thoughtful observation, impassioned emotion and the restless soul of a wanderer.

Ray Bonneville live

You can listen to mp3s from Easy Gone here.

Ray will tour the Maritimes and western Canada in October of this year (2014).

Full details, including dates and venues, will be announced on the JMI news page in the near future.

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April 4, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman Wins ECMA
for Pickin 'n Clickin

JMI congratulates Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys for winning Roots/Traditional Group Recording at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown last night, April 3rd.

The guys were in British Columbia showcasing at Pacific Contact when the news came in and the award was presented to Mark Geddes' father. The band will tour western Canada, Newfoundland and Malaysia this spring, before heading off to Europe for a summer packed with festivals.


Gordie & Co. looking for a lift
yesterday in Vancouver

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April 2, 2014

Gordie MacKeeman and Vishtèn
to Showcase This Weekend

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

Vishtn will fly into Charlottetown from Germany just in time for an ECMA showcase on Saturday, April 5th at the Rodd Hotel, 75 Kent Street from 8:55 to 9:15, headlining the Francophone showcase.

Full schedule here.


 

Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys will be showcasing on the other side of the country in Burnaby, BC at the Michael J. Fox Theatre on Friday, April 4th from 9:15 to 9:30 p.m.

Full schedule here.

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

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JMI HEADLINES:

Sylvia Tyson to Perform in Ontario in April (March 31, 2015)

Acoustic Strawbs to Tour Canada in October of 2016 (March 27, 2015)

Claire Lynch to Tour Atlantic and Western Canada (March 27, 2015)

England's Moulettes to Tour in October (March 20, 2015)

World Music Group Baka Beyond to Tour in the Fall of 2016 (March 12, 2015)

Maddy Prior and Steeleye Span to Tour Canada in July (March 6, 2015)

Quartette Christmas Heading to the Prairies (February 27, 2015)

Goitse Touring Western Canada in March (February 17, 2015)

Claire Lynch to Tour Atlantic Canada (February 9, 2015)

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)

Cig 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)

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 Cig Multiple CFMA Nominees (September 27, 2014)

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

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

JMI Welcomes The Henry Girls (August 5, 2014)

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

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

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

JMI Signs Everything Fitz (July 11, 2014)

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

JMI and Your Privacy (July 3, 2014)

James Keelaghan Summer Dates (July 3, 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guy Davis Summer Dates (June 10, 2014)

Quartette Summer Dates (June 10, 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Remembering Pete Seeger (February 19, 2014)

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

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

See News page for more JMI news.