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The Baker Suite (Australia)
The Baker Suite
Adelaide’s beloved jazz-folk ensemble, The Baker Suite is John Baker (guitar/vocals) and Gayle Buckby (accordion/vocals). Their fifth studio album, Still Life (2016), is a quintessential expression of their artisanal, slow music sound: hushed, haunting, wry, cinematic and tender songs that have drawn critical comparisons to Paul Simon, James Taylor and Burt Bacharach. Lean in and discover why they have attracted buzz among critics and garnered a loyal fan base among theatre and festival audiences from Australia to Europe, Japan and beyond.
JENNY ALLEN (AB)
Calgary’s own Jenny Allen returns for her third CFC visit to speak honest truths about hard-won life lessons. With powerful, sultry vocals and driving folk-rock rhythms, Jenny stands and fearlessly delivers.
CONNIE KALDOR (QC)
Recipient of multiple JUNO awards, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal (2002) and the Order of Canada (2007), few Canadian musicians have been as decorated or as celebrated as Connie Kaldor. From prairie roots in Saskatchewan and Alberta, her career has taken her around the world, attracting a devoted following as a riveting performer and as a powerful, unique Canadian icon. Witty, serious, versatile, down-home and urbane, you won’t want to miss Connie in her 12th CFC appearance.
BENJAMIN DAKOTA ROGERS (ON)
Benjamin Dakota Rogers
Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, two-time CFMA nominee, Benjamin Dakota Rogers writes honest, expressive folk music with reflective emotion; and his live performances feature his unique voice, guitar and explosive fiddle.
LINDA TILLERY and THE CULTURAL HERITAGE CHOIR (US)
Linda Tillery and The Cultural Heritage Choir
A perennial favourite with Canadian folk club and folk festival audiences, the Grammy®-nominated Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir (CHC) return for their fourth CFC appearance. Performing since 1992, the CHC is a percussion-driven vocal ensemble that preserves and shares the rich musical tradition of African-American music. They pursue this mission by bringing academic research and historical recordings to life in dynamic, rhythmic, energetic shows. Be prepared to be transported by a breathtaking experience of authentic African-American roots music.
THE BOMBADILS (QC)
Maritimer Luke Fraser and prairie-girl Sarah Frank integrate Celtic, folk, fiddle and other traditions. Story-telling and kitchen parties fuse seamlessly with Luke and Sarah’s vocals.guitar, mandolin, fiddle and banjo.
GORDIE MACKEEMAN and his RYTHEM BOYS (PEI)
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
From that endless source of great music known as Prince Edward Island comes Gordie MacKeeman (fiddle/cello/guitar/feet percussion) and his Rhythm Boys: Peter Cann (guitar/banjo), Thomas Webb (guitar/bass/banjo/steel guitar) and Jason Burbine (guitar/bass/percussion). Hot on the heels of their new album, Laugh, Dance and Sing, the boys crank it way up to serve you electrifying, bluegrass and vibrant, old-timey roots music; so get set for a heapin’ helpin’ of toe-tappin’, foot-stompin’, jaw-droppin’ bliss guaranteed to bring you to your feet.
REBECCA LAPPA (AB)
One of the brightest, fastest rising stars on the scene and recipient of the 2015 CFMA Young Performer of the Year Award, Rebecca’s songs effortlessly merge history, mythology, poetry, genres, and her pure, classically-trained mezzo-soprano.
THE ONCE (NFL)
An indie folk trio, The Once (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) has blossomed since recording their first album in 2009 into one of Newfoundland’s finest musical exports with the release of their latest CD, Departures. Gorgeous, three-part harmonies, versatile acoustic instrumentation and mature song-writing rooted in Newfoundland’s Celtic-inspired musical heritage have already earned them a JUNO nomination and three Canadian Folk Music Awards. Treat yourself to an evening of the enchanting and entrancing signature sounds of The Once.
ROGER ROGER (MB)
There are sibling harmonies and there are the harmonies of Winnipeg twins Lucas and Madeleine Roger, who come by their diverse talents honestly, having grown up in the recording studio of their producer/ engineer/musician father, Lloyd Peterson.
CORIN RAYMOND (ON)
If you’re a CFC regular, you’ll remember Toronto troubadour Corin Raymond from 2012 as the great Canadian Tire money man, and if you like songwriting tales that are tall, dark and slightly nefarious, don’t miss this show. In a rapturous review of his latest album, Acoustic Guitar said this: “romantic, immediate and narcotic, Hobo Jungle Fever Dreams charts an emotional topography in which touchstones from the waking world drop into dreamscapes and resonate, the dead stay reassuringly close, and the fever never breaks.” Enough said.
TREASA LAVASSEUR (ON)
Blending old school R&B with her songs, Treasa Levasseur’s smart, soulful grooves has made her a hot name in folk, roots, blues and jazz circles. Her 2008 album Low Fidelity was critically acclaimed and JUNO-nominated.
GRETCHEN PETERS (USA)
Based in Nashville, Gretchen Peters is one of music city’s most beloved, respected artists, writing and singing deeply moving, poetic songs drenched in beauty and mystery. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rodney Crowell said upon inducting her that her song The Matador moved him so greatly he cried from the soles of his feet. Whether for her solo work or collaborations with the likes of Bryan Adams, kudos follows from fans and critics alike, most recently for her double album The Essential Gretchen Peters.
These daredevils from the Columbia Valley all wear the pants. The harmonies of Brian Rogers (percussion), Kurt Reichel (guitar) and Bill Cropper (guitar, harmonica) will leave you undone while their repartee leaves you in stitches.
DAVE GUNNING (NS)
Returning to the CFC for his fourth appearance, Pictou County’s favourite son completed his 11th and most recent solo album, Lift, at home in Nova Scotia with a stellar supporting cast of co-writers and musicians. Dave’s trophy case overflows with awards, including multiple East Coast and Canadian Folk Music Awards and a JUNO nomination. Fans of his finely-crafted stories of Maritime life and his endearing stagecraft won’t be disappointed, but if you’d like to request These Hands, you’ll have to take a number!
SHAWNA CASPI (ON)
Shawna Caspi sings of love, travel, home, and heart, distilling her experiences into finely-crafted vignettes with humour and grace. Her latest release, Apartments for Lovers, showcases her rich voice and accomplished fingerstyle guitar work.
THE BILLS (BC)
Fans of The Bills, in other words anyone who has heard them, know that it’s no overstatement to call this Victoria-based quintet Canada’s acoustic music super-group. As the Glasgow Herald enthused, they are: “the biggest blast of fresh air to come out of Canada since The Band.” Their 2016 album Trail of Tales offers 14 originals showcasing their evocative songwriting, instrumental genius and indefinable sound. Folk? Roots? Jazz? Rock? Classical? World music? Genres need not apply. We’re welcoming The Bills back for their fourth CFC appearance.
SARAH JANE SCOUTEN (QC)
Sarah Jane Scouten
By age five, Sarah Jane Scouten was singing a Willie P. Bennett song. Today she is arguably Canada’s premiere purveyor of old-timey and bluegrass, channeling Hank Williams and Iris Dement in her superlative songs.
JEFFERY STRAKER (SK)
Since his acclaimed debut at the CFC in 2014, Jeffery has added extensive media work to his prolific touring and writing schedule. His dynamic live shows combine showmanship, cabaret, finely-wrought songs and acrobatic vocals that have drawn comparisons to Freddie Mercury. Critics have called North Star Falling (2015) a record “of the kind Elton John made in his peak early period,” and Vagabond (2012) “a flawless work of art” and “one of the most faultlessly conceived and meticulously executed [Canadian] albums in a long time.”
THE DEAD SOUTH (SK)
The Dead South
Regina’s The Dead South serve up a gumbo of hard-driving bluegrass with Nate Hilts' gritty vocals and guitar, Scott Pringle (harmonies and mandolin), Colton Crawford (banjo and kick drum), and Danny Kenyon (cello).
Leahy (LAY-he): a family of eight siblings raised without a television on a farm in Lakefield, ON; a story so compelling they became the subject of an Oscar®-winning documentary—The Leahys: Music Most of All; winners of three JUNOs; a style of music; powerhouse musical brothers and sisters who have played together their entire lives. However you define Leahy, they will wow you. Find out for yourself what brought 175 audiences to their feet when they opened for Shania Twain on her inaugural world tour.
BIG LITTLE LIONS (BC)
Big Little Lions
THE EASTERN BELLES (CATHERINE MACLELLAN, ASHLEY CONDON, MEAGHAN BLANCHARD) (PEI)
The Eastern Belles
No strangers as individuals to Canadian festival and folk club stages (including the CFC), PEI’s own Catherine MacLellan, Ashley Condon and Meaghan Blanchard are touring together as The Eastern Belles while they simultaneously pursue their flourishing solo careers. Three fine solo performers with distinct, stunning voices that can stand alone powerfully and then combine to create some of the sweetest harmonies you could wish to hear, the Eastern Belles share their love for old country, folk and Americana in the heavenly gift of their musical collaboration.
TRENT SEVERN (ON)
Unabashed boosters of all things Canadiana, Trent Severn: Emm Gryner (bass), Dayna Manning (guitar/banjo) and Lindsay Schindler (fiddle) encourages you to wear plaid or flannel to their shows, be kind to each other and enjoy a beer at the end of the day. Tight harmonies, stories about the people and the land they love and know so well, devotion to their craft and a passion to add to the great Canadian songbook are the hallmarks of this rising star in the musical firmament.
KEN STEAD (AB)
After being sent to the Edmonton Folk Festival by his mom as a punishment, Ken Stead never looked back. His superb album Fear Has No Place Here is our reward for his punishment!
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