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RITA COOLIDGE (CA)
Rita Coolidge began her musical career as backup singer for the likes of Bonnie&Delany, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker. A musical partnership (and marriage) with Kris Kristofferson in the mid-‘70s was highlighted by two Grammy awards. These were followed by solo successes with pop hits from her album “Anywhere … Anytime”. In the ‘90s, Rita delved deeper into her Native American music and cultural heritage. Along with sister and niece, she formed singing group, Walele, (Cherokee for “Hummingbird”), releasing several albums. In 2002, with Robbie Robertson, she performed as part of the internationally televised Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics. Rita has been honoured with the Lifetime of Musical Achievement award at the First Americans in the Arts Awards and recipient of a Native American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement.
LUCAS CHAISSON (AB)
Lucas Chaisson, a Cochrane, Alberta native “is an honest and confident writer who isn’t afraid to tread familiar ground with new eyes. Often described as an old soul, Lucas uses the musical stylings of a past generation to honestly and succinctly capture the experiences of a prairie youth. With refined finger picking and gently percussive strumming, Chaisson proves a striking command over the guitar for someone so young. His is a unique blend of country, rock, folk and pop not to be missed.” L.Prost –Calgary Folk Festival
OSCAR LOPEZ (AB)
Chilean-born master guitarist Oscar Lopez moved to Canada in 1979, settling in Calgary in 1981. His signature style combines fiery solos and Latin rhythms with Jazz and Pop sensibilities - and a wicked improvisational wit. His recordings include 12 personal albums – which have garnering 2 Juno awards and numerous nominations - as well as a host of compilations. His friendship and artistic chemistry with singer/songwriter, and fellow “Calgary home-town-boy”, James Keelaghan, resulted in two “Celtino” fusion recordings as Compadres. They have performed scores of live performances at festivals and on stages around the world. Oscar also joined fellow guitarists Pavlo and Rik Emmett (P.R.O.), recorded "Trifecta" and toured extensively in North America, wowing audiences with their rich and energetic music and his free spirit and guitar artistry.
CHRIS RONALD (BC)
Chris Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” (Ken Eisner, The Georgia Straight) have gained him a passionately loyal following, and recent efforts to promote his music have met with increased acclaim and recognition. Achievements since the March 2014 release of Chris’ Timeline album include a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at Canadian Folk Music Awards and a place in the finals of the coveted Kerrville New Folk contest in Texas. His recordings have been aired on CBC and BBC radio, and Timeline was recently selected as “Album of the Week” by Blues and Roots Radio and broadcast worldwide.
THE STEEL WHEELS (VA)
The Steel Wheels
The Steel Wheels have captured audiences with their heady brew of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. The Steel Wheels is an amalgamation of hard work and easy rapport. The band is renowned for its raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they often cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise that The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary folk scene
JOE NOLAN (AB)
Watch Joe Nolan
While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour.
Joe Nolan’s distinctive and intimate vocals stack the deck. From theramin tremors to raw howls, his range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. The songs are fervent, pressing and intense, attuned at once to the world of youthful melodramas in which Joe, an artist in his early 20s lives, and an older, deeper level of human experience. Insight into the latter has nothing to do with age.
STEVE SESKIN (TN)
Watch Steve Seskin
Steve Seskin is one of the most successful writers in Nashville today, with a boatload of songs recorded by such artists as Tim McGraw, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, and Peter Paul and Mary. A Steve Seskin concert will have you wiping away a tear one minute and laughing out loud the next. His songs all have messages that touch the hearts of everyone: from the feelings of a little boy missing his father, to growing up and being true to yourself, to being considerate to and respectful of one another. His song "Don't Laugh At Me", a finalist for CMA "Song of the Year" in 1999, has spurred an entire tolerance movement, launched by the Don't Laugh at Me Project.
ROSIE and the RIVETERS
Rosie and the Riveters
Rosie and the Riveters - the WWII name immortalizes the strength and power that is inside every woman. Their compelling performance hosts seductive vocal arrangements, acoustic instrumentation, percussion, scintillating choreography, inviting humour and a whole lot of charm!
SPECIAL EVENT: Songwriting Workshop with Steve Seskin
Steve Seskin is one of the most successful songwriters in Nashville today, with seven #1 hits. He is also a highly respected, veteran songwriting instructor, having conducted hundreds of workshops across the US and Canada for over 20 years. Steve will present a one-day songwriting workshop hosted by the Calgary Folk Club on Saturday, Oct 31, following his Friday night concert at the Club.
Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: The Dallyn Building,
4448 Dallyn Street,
TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA (BC)
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra
The acoustic ensemble, Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (TMO), has wandered from the underground of bohemian Victoria, BC, to a new, refined sound crafted by years of constant performing and touring together. Though drawing on flamenco flourishes learned in Spain, on African percussion, on bluegrass and other roots music from across the Americas, TMO has cycled through far-flung influences and youthful forays into sounds from all over. They discover new vistas of creativity that bring them closer to their own beginnings, to the people and places that have shaped them. Friends and family, ancestors and wild characters are all honoured on ”Follow My Lead, Lead Me to Follow”, the band’s third and most mature studio effort, with a sound that’s distinct, earthy, and solid.
CFMA 2015 NOMINEE: Contemporary Singer of the Year
Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”, and listed as the “2nd best gig” by the major UK newspaper The Independent, becoming the #1 most played artist on Canadian Galaxie Folk/Roots radio, Western Canadian Music Award winning artist Sarah MacDougall is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, passionate performances, and unique voice. Born in Sweden, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden declared her “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”.
EVANS & DOHERTY (NS)
Evans and Doherty
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Kevin Evans & Brian Doherty have been an integral part of the East Coast music scene for thirty years. They have been together as Evans & Doherty for twenty six years. To capture the essence of an Evans & Doherty performance, take a lively blend of traditional, original and contemporary songs, add a liberal sprinkling of stories and humour, then sit back and enjoy these fine entertainers.
As well as performing front and center on stage, Evans & Doherty are involved with many aspects of the music industry. Brian owns and operates Eastern Entertainment Agency, a booking agency and production company which co-ordinates tours of Atlantic Canada for many Canadian and international acts. Kevin owns and operates Modtrad Music, a publishing company, through which much of the material performed by Evans & Doherty is published and licensed. Through Eastern Entertainment Agency, Evans & Doherty have produced recordings for a number of East coast groups, as well as three compilation recordings (A Taste Of The Maritimes, A Taste Of Atlantic Canada and An East Coast Christmas) for national labels.
Lizzy Hoyt is an award-winning Canadian vocalist and songwriter who also happens rank among the top Celtic instrumentalists in the country. With the voice of an angel, Lizzy delivers music and stories with soaring melodies rooted in Celtic and folk traditions.
Lizzy’s music has been recognized on both the national and international level. She won “Best Female Artist” at the 8th International Acoustic Music Awards (a contest that saw over 11 000 applicants), was a Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee for “Traditional Singer of the Year” and has been named a finalist in both the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the USA Songwriting Competition. In addition to these, Lizzy was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada for her outstanding contribution to commemorating Canadian veterans and history through music.
RUTHIE FOSTER (TX)
Those who have felt the spark of a Ruthie Foster concert know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Ruthie’s list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, a 2012 and 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year.
JILL ZMUD (ON)
Jill's rich, soulful voice is the perfect delivery for her "torch folk" - a mix of folk, Americana, gospel, blues, roots and soul.
CÒIG (Ko-ig) is an exciting ensemble of East Coast musicians, and is one of Cape Breton’s most captivating young bands. Originally coming together for a promotional tour for the Celtic Colours International Festival, the formation proved to be something special, and the group decided to continue to tour together as a band. Proving to be a serious force to be reckoned with in the traditional music scene with their driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy, Còig is a treat for the ears of every audience they meet. Fiddlers Chrissy Crowley and Rachel Davis, multi-instrumentalist Darren McMullen and pianist Jason Roach, as solo artists, have a combined total of over 30 nominations and awards; together, their magical fusion has reaped numerous awards, including 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year.
RED MOON ROAD (MB)
Red Moon Road
Watch Red Moon Road
Road-warrior festival veterans Red Moon Road make a much bigger sound than one would expect from a trio. In an impressive, well-choreographed show they manage to incorporate impeccable three-part harmonies, a roots drum kit split entertainingly and pragmatically between two band members, and an acoustic guitar cleverly rigged to also be a bass. A moustached man plays mandolin, lap steel, banjo and organ (often at the same time), and subtle technological wizardry whirls as the unmistakable soulful voice of one of Canada’s most talented singers soars above it all. Their unique show is equal parts polished songwriting, undeniable musicianship, compelling storytelling and engaging showmanship. Making their first appearance at the Calgary Folk Club in support of their brand new full length CD "Sorrows and Glories" (Sept 2015).
LAURA SMITH (NS)
I Built A Boat
Veteran singer-songwriter Laura Smith’s 2013 album, “Everything is Moving”, has been received with wide critical acclaim. The album is filled with magical tunes from her musical heritage, refreshed and reinterpreted with Laura’s impressive stylizations. Her voice is described as “ … a warm but serious lived-in contralto full of strength, experience and emotion …”. Such accolades cap previous career successes including multiple East Coast Music Awards and Juno Awards. Her recording, with the Chieftains, of her creative and soulful rendition of “My Bonny”, was acclaimed “Best Song of the Decade” by Bill Margeson of LiveIreland in 2010. Laura is joined on stage by two pillars of Canadian folk music: Bill Barrett and Paul Mills. both are veteran musician/vocalists, radio host/producers and music producers and co-founder of Borealis Records.
BILL GARRETT and SUE LOTHROP
Bill Garrett & Sue Lothrop
Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop: Two voices in perfect harmony - the hallmark of this folk-music partnership celebrating fine songwriting and a shared history of growing up in rural Quebec.
LENNIE GALLANT (PEI)
Pieces of You
The Bands Still Playin
Renown Canadian singer-songwriter, Lennie Gallant, a native of Rustico, PEI, has recorded ten albums (eight in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations. He was recently honored with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year for his latest recording “Live Acoustic at The Carleton”. Lennie has been busy with a new book,“Peter’s Dream” and theatre show “Searching For Abegweit -The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant”. An international touring artist, Lennie has represented Canada on songwriter events in Nashville, London and Texas, entertained our troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London, and on the world stage at the XXI Winter Olympics
LYNAE OLIVER BAND (AB)
Lynae Oliver , formerly of Barrage, is a Gemini and CFMA award nominated championship fiddler. She has toured internationally and, as part of the duo Pear, is the recipient of numerous song writing and performance awards. Equally comfortable in the country and folk music worlds she brings a wealth of talent and virtuosity to every event she plays.
SPECIAL EVENT: Songwriting Workshop with Lennie Gallant
Prince Edward Islander, Lennie Gallant is one of Canada’s most successful singer-songwriters with a musical catalogue that goes back decades and includes some of the island’s most iconic songs. His award-winning songs have been recorded by many artists and have been featured in films, stage productions, and on television. Lennie will present a one-day songwriting workshop on Saturday, February 27, 2016, following his concert Friday night at the Club. The event is hosted by the Calgary Folk Club and co-sponsored by the Dalhousie Community Association..
Dalhousie Community Association
Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time: 9am - 2 pm
Venue: The Dallyn Building,
4448 Dallyn Street,
MARY GAUTHIER (TN) / SAM BAKER (TX)
Alt-country singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier exploded onto the scene in 1999 album, “Drag Queens in Limousines”. The album, winning her IMA award for “Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter” and a four-star rating in Rolling Stone, had critics comparing her to Steve Earle, John Prine, and Lucinda Williams. Embraced by critics, folkies, and No Depression fans alike, Gauthier's warmly candid treatment of her fringe-dwelling subjects rings true, as it never verges on sentimental; her characters' downtrodden lives are never coldly exploited. Her latest album, 2013’s “Trouble and Love”, reflects a human story of love, loss, and a life transformed.
MARY GAUTHIER (TN) / SAM BAKER (TX)
Sam Baker, perhaps the most captivating songwriter in America, is a man of few words. Always beautifully chosen, and fully wrought. Words placed like plants and objects in a Zen Garden. You’ll probably never catch yourself singing one of his songs in the shower, because his melodies generally tend to be as bare-bones serviceable as the raspy scratch of his singing; but by God, you listen to what he has to say, hanging on for every line. Songs on his latest (2013) album, “Say Grace”, create tight masterpieces that range from poignant, sorrowful, to surprising humour: “My wife God bless her and for what it’s worth/thinks she and Taylor Swift/were twins at birth/separated at birth/Earth to wife/wife to earth!”
DAVID ROTH (IL)
A songwriter's songwriter, David Roth combines a keen social sensibility, quick wit and sense of mirth, with dazzling musical ability and a strong voice to produce songs that are light-hearted, thoughtful, uplifting. His music has been performed by dozens of other top musicians, the likes of Christine Lavin, Anne Hills, and Tom Chapin. His appearances have ranged from singing the national anthem in front of a sold out Chicago Bulls/New York Knicks game, to intimate house concerts and innumerable workshops, to singing for the United Nations, 40th Anniversary celebration. "David has reached our hearts. With voices like his still singing, there's a certainty that the candle will remain lit, the hope reasserted and the dream still sung..." Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul, & Mary)
THE YOUNG NOVELISTS (ON)
the young novelists
Simon & Garfunkel meet Johnny & June, The Young Novelists are known for their exquisite harmonies and energetic live performances.
TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA (AR)
Trout Fishing in America
Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing and yet seemingly unlikely musical partnership of Keith Grimwood(bass) and Ezra Idlet (guitar and banjo). As individuals, they are about as different as one can imagine. Together, they blend seamlessly in a way that has captured the imagination (and hearts) of audiences of all ages for over three decades. Their recordings have garnered three National Indie Awards, multiple Parents Choice and NAPPA Gold awards, the American Library Award, as well as four Grammy nominations. Their willingness to make fun of our most annoying habits in one song, then touch our hearts with tender and passionate images of family life in the next is what makes the connection between Trout Fishing in America and their audience so real.
THE DOLL SISTERS (AB)
The Doll Sisters
Special Event: Children`s Concert with Trout Fishing in America
This is music for people who take their fun seriously. Four-time Grammy award nominees (for Best Music Album for Children), Trout Fishing in America has been creating and performing family-oriented music for 3 decades. Their 10 Family albums get kids and adults alike singing and bouncing along. In addition, the duo’s creative output includes two hilarious “Chicken Joe” childrens books with CDs. On stage, they delight children with their arresting physical appearance: Ezra Idlet stands at a whopping 6’8″ tall, and Keith Grimwood remains roughly 14 inches shorter than his bandmate. Playfully creative, their outstanding music has won multiple Parents Choice Gold and American Library awards. With songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “When I Was a Dinosaur”, Grimwood and Idlet are “the Lennon and McCartney of kids music” – Kathy O’Connell, NPR.
Come and see/hear some of your folk club table neighbours strut their musical stuff at our Patrons Night event. This entertaining extra concert evening is provided at no charge to our season passholders. The closing set will be an opportunity to “Sing-Along” in the old Colonial Boys tradition.
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