2014 Deep Roots Festival Artists

Another year with an awesome blend of up-and-coming and tried-and-true performers on festival stages the last weekend of September. Scroll down to find a list of artists participating in this year’s Deep Roots Music Festival with details on when and where they are scheduled to perform.

Go the 2014 Festival Venues page to get the full names of abbreviated venues listed in the profiles below.

Suzie Vinnick

Sat 2pm at Fest Club; Sat 3:30pm at Whittle; Sun 1pm at FT; plus High School BITS Workshops Thurs & Fri
Sponsored by: 89.3 K-Rock

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Suzie Vinnick

10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee and the list goes on…Suzie is a multi-award winning, blues singer-songwriter, possessing a distinctly alluring voice “spun of gold.” Read More…

James Keelaghan

Fri 7pm at FT; Sat 1pm at FT; Sun 10am at FT
Sponsored by: Harwood House Bed & Breakfast

James Keelaghan

James Keelaghan

James Keelaghan, a folk singer-songwriter, with a strong focus on social justice issues, has been sharing his uncanny knack for finding incredible stories and turning them into powerful songs since 1987. Read More…

Rose Cousins

Sat 10am at Whittle; Sat 1pm at FT; Sat 7pm at FT
Sponsored by: the Town of Wolfville

Rose Cousins

Rose Cousins

Rose Cousins’ folk-pop style with a clear nod to her Maritime roots has earned her multiple awards, including a Juno. Her voice is unmistakable. Read More…

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case

Fri 10:30pm at Old O; Sat 2pm at Whittle; Sun 1pm at FT
Sponsored by: Summit Hyundai

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case

Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case have been flooring audiences all across Canada and as far away as Australia with their energetic, entertaining live shows. Read More…

Ryan Cook

Fri 10:30pm at Paddy’s; Sat 2:30pm at FT; Sat 7pm at FT
Sponsored by: The Stella Rose B&B

Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook

Ryan Cook has developed a progressive style of country that is both traditional and innovative … a hardcore troubadour/travelling songwriter, born close to Yarmouth, NS. Read More…

Fortunate Ones

Sat 11:15am at Whittle; Sat 10am (11:45am) at Market; Sun 1pm at FT
Sponsored by: Victoria’s Historic Inn

Fortunate Ones

Fortunate Ones

Fortunate Ones are Andrew James O’Brien and Catherine Allan. O’Brien established himself as a singer/songwriter with his 2011 record, “Songs for Searchers,” which garnered several nominations and awards. Allan found her voice in a musical family and became part of the band formed by O’Brien and her brother. Read More…

Donovan Woods

Sat 1pm at FT; Sat 7pm at FT
Sponsored by: Long & McQuade

Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods, an acclaimed recording artist, performer and in-demand country and folk songwriter from Toronto to Nashville, with a voice as distinctive as his lyrics. Read More…

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Sat Noon at Tent (Parade); Sat 2:30pm at Market; Sat 10:30pm at Old O
Sponsored by: Aaron Allen Web & Media Design

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra

This balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-super-band, a fifteen-piece wave of sound, started as a quartet of buskers in Toronto in 2010. Read More…

Ruth Moody

Sat 7pm at FT; Sun 10am at FT
Sponsored by: Just Us Coffee Roasters

Ruth Moody

Ruth Moody

Ruth Moody is a two-time Juno Award winning singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She is also a founding member of the internationally renowned trio The Wailin’ Jennys and former lead singer of the Canadian Roots band Scruj MacDuhk. Read More…

Dave Gunning

Fri 7pm at FT; Sat 2:30pm at FT
Sponsored by: Acadia University

Dave Gunning

Dave Gunning

Dave Gunning is a captivating, seasoned performer whose writing includes flavours of Irish, Scottish, folk and country musical styles. The prolific Pictou County native has ten acclaimed albums to his credit since 1997, garnering numerous nominations and awards, including ECMAs. Read More…

The Bombadils

Fri 7pm at FT; Fri 10:30pm at Paddy’s; Sat 11:15am at Whittle; Sun 10am at FT | Sponsored by: Herbin Jewellers

The Bombadils

The Bombadils

The Bombadils are a folk ensemble comprised of four musicians from across Canada who began their journey together while at McGill University, Montreal, QC., motivated by a shared curiosity in Celtic and bluegrass traditions. Read More…

Swingology

Fri 10:30pm at Old O
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Swingology

Swingology

Swingology play light and lively acoustic gypsy swing. Their repertoire includes classic tunes, Django originals and modern tunes adapted to the irresistible gypsy swing style. Read More…

Jaron Freeman-Fox

Fri 1pm at Tent; Fri 7pm at FT; Sat 12:30pm at Whittle; Sat 10:30pm at Old O
Sponsored by: Country Stoves & Sunrooms Ltd.

Jaron Freeman-Fox

Jaron Freeman-Fox

Jaron Freeman-Fox, violinist/composer, redefines what the violin can do while he dances the fine line between the beautiful and the ridiculous, fusing his roots of fiddling with his study of Indian classical music and jazz. Read More…

Little Miss Moffat

Sat 10am at Market; Sat 12:15pm at Tent; Sat 3:30pm at Whittle
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Little Miss Moffat

Little Miss Moffat

Ashley Moffat is no rookie to Canada’s music scene. A native to southwestern Ontario, she did the circuit there for a while but was incredibly drawn to the music scene in Halifax and in 2000, decided to make it home. Read More…

Teresa Doyle

Fri 2pm at Wolfville Library; Fri 7pm at FT; Sat 10am at Whittle; Sat 1pm at FT | Sponsored by: Flowercart

Teresa Doyle

Teresa Doyle

Teresa Doyle is a vocal explorer and has spent her career following her passion for pushing the boundaries of her voice. She has traveled the world, exploring voice and her repertoire has many varied cultural influences, but still remains rooted in the Celtic music and stories of her native Prince Edward Island. Read More…

Thom Swift

Sat 2:30pm at FT; Sat 10:30pm at Paddy’s; Sun 1pm at FT
Sponsored by: Roselawn Lodging

Thom Swift

Thom Swift

Thom Swift’s earnest baritone voice and distinctive original music, with a strong foundation in Americana roots and blues, has brought him to soft seat venues and festivals across Canada, Europe and the United States. Over the past two-plus decades, this New Brunswick-born, Nova Scotia based, singer-songwriter, has enjoyed a career in music that has brought him a multitude of acclaim and awards.

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Geoff Arsenault

Sat 2pm at Whittle; Sat 10:30pm at Paddy’s; Sun 1pm at FT
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Geoff Arsenault

Geoff Arsenault

If you have attended a live concert with Ray Bonneville, Morgan Davis, Carlo del Junco, Mary Jane Lamond, Thom Swift, Rita MacNeil, David Myles or Bill Stevenson, then you’ve probably seen and heard Geoff Arsenault. He’s the unassuming guy tucked in behind the drum kit laying down the solid rhythmic foundation. For most of his life, Geoff has done just that…quietly making other people sound better.
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Mark Bezanson and The Idle Threats

Sat 1pm (3:30pm) at Fest Club; Sat 2pm at Whittle; Sat 10:30pm at Paddy’s
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Mark Bezanson

Mark Bezanson


A big man, with a bigger voice, Mark Bezanson studied Jazz at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, and since then, he has played in many bands all over the valley. Mark is a very respected valley musician.
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Tom Gallant

Thur 8pm at Union St Cafe, Berwick; Fri 3pm at Acadia Library; Fri 7pm at FT | Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Tom Gallant

Tom Gallant


Never idle, with wide ranging interests and enthusiasms, Tom Gallant has produced a large volume of quality work in all mediums. This work is marked by a willingness to take chances, tempered by an understanding of what it means to communicate to an audience. The absence of public accomplishment in the eighties and early nineties is explained by Gallant’s fifty thousand miles of deep water sailing in his Nova Scotian schooner.
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JP Cormier

Sat 2:30pm at FT; Sat 8pm at Paddy’s Kentville; Sun 1pm at FT
Sponsored by: Paddy’s Pub

JP Cormier

JP Cormier


Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording artist, teacher, collaborator, innovator and award winner; no matter what you call him, JP Cormier’s talent is comparable to none.

A child prodigy … JP taught himself the guitar at 5, won his first guitar competition at 9 against 30 other players three times his age, and by his mid-teens, played almost any stringed instrument he picked up. However, it was his guitar playing that shone with flawless executions of tunes he learned by ear from records of giants like Chet Atkins and Doc Watson.
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Darrin Harvey

Darrin Harvey

Darrin Harvey


Darrin Harvey is a veteran broadcaster with over twenty years experience in both radio and TV. His radio career has been largely in the Annapolis Valley with the exception of his role as a producer/researcher on the syndicated blues show, The Blues Own. He is the mid-day host on 89.3 K-Rock and also is the host of East Coast Music Unplugged on Eastlink TV. East Coast Music Unplugged is Darrin’s second series with Eastlink and his third role as TV host including his duties on The Fight Network series, Wrestling Reality. Season two of East Coast Music Unplugged starts in October.
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Kim Barlow

Fri 1pm at Tent; Fri 10:30pm at Paddy’s; Sat 10am at Whittle; Sat 11:45am at Market; Sat 3:30pm at Whittle; Sun 10am at FT
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Kim Barlow

Kim Barlow


Playing guitar and claw hammer banjo, Barlow creates rich and unexpected settings for her fables of lost children, allegories for love and loss, and examinations of the natural world and the otherworldly.
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Shawna Caspi

Sat 10am at Whittle; Sat 10am (11:45am) at Market; Sat 3:30pm at Whittle; Sun 10am at FT | Sponsored by: Capflex

Shawna Caspi

Shawna Caspi


Shawna Caspi sings of love, travel, home, and heart, distilling each experience into a series of vibrant snapshots, coloured with humour and grace, and arranged with care and craft. With a powerful voice and serious guitar chops, a commanding stage presence and an inviting charm, she doesn’t need a band to deliver her engaging and energetic shows. She has all the sound she needs under her fingertips.
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Scotty Marsters

Sat 10am at Market; Sat 1pm at Tent
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Scotty Marsters

Scotty Marsters


He’s too shy to say so himself, but at just 21 years old, Scotty Marsters is a pillar of the Wolfville music scene. When he’s not laying down lead guitar, bass, and background vocals in numerous other Nova Scotian bands, Scotty steps into the role of songwriter.

Scotty is in the process of recording his first CD so be on the look out for this up and coming songwriter. And look for him at Deep Roots this year hosting the Open Mike session on Saturday afternoon and being part of the Deep Roots entertainment at the Farmer’s Market.

Michael Milne

Fri 1pm at Tent; Sat 10am at Market
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Michael Milne

Michael Milne


Michael Milne is a life-long Annapolis Valley native whose love of music can be heard as soon as he opens his mouth. Whether he’s belting out an acappella tune or promoting local musicians and events, his passion is evident.
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WineHardt

Fri 1pm at Tent; Sat 4pm at Market
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

WineHardt

WineHardt

An acoustic jazz project, based out of Wolfville, brings five musicians with a shared passion for fine red wine and Gypsy Jazz together to create an infectious groove of upbeat tunes based on the melodies of the inimitable Django Reinhardt.
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Wee Giant Theatre

Sat 10am at FT; Sat Noon at Tent (Parade); Sun 1pm at FT
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Wee Giant Theatre

Wee Giant Theatre

Festival goers love the enormous, whimsical puppets that make an appearance at the Fresh Beats Rhythm Parade and at various events during the Festival weekend. Monika Wildemann, Artistic Director of Wee Giant Theatre, specializes in puppets that energize spaces and create a carnival-like atmosphere. Dedicated to offering creative activities for youth, Wildemann creates puppets, props & costumes (all made from recycled materials) to help people celebrate living in peace and harmony, and show that it’s possible to create beauty without causing destruction.
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The Funtime Brigade

Fri 1pm at Tent; Sat 1pm at Fest Club
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

The Funtime Brigade

The Funtime Brigade


The Funtime Brigade was ignited into existence when two singer songwriters who share a passion for music, Peter Adams and Jesse Potter, reunited. They also share a long time friend, Oliver Lund, with whom both had worked with on projects in the past, and before he knew it, Oliver was in the band. Then, to the band’s delight, a Wolfville music hero, Jamie Loughead, joined the band as bass player, and the songs that Jesse and Pete were concocting began to come to life.
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Caleb Miles

Sat 2pm at Whittle; Sat 10:30pm at Paddy’s
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Caleb Miles

Caleb Miles

Since moving to the Annapolis Valley in 2005, Caleb Miles has established himself on the local scene as a formidable guitarist, singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His stylistic diversity is exhibited on three self-produced CDs that blend blues, folk, country, roots-rock and pop.
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Bob Snider

Thur 8pm at Union St Cafe, Berwick
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Bob Snider

Bob Snider


Bob Snider is a folk musician who grew up in Toronto and now lives in Bear River, NS. He’s been called a “national treasure”, a “living legend” and “author of some of the best Canadian songs of the decade”. Bob’s songs have been covered by Ashley MacIsaac, Meryn Cadell, and Leslie Spit Treeo (to name a few).

Over the years he’s been nominated for ECMAs and a Juno. His latest CD “A Maze in Greys” was recorded live from the floor and features quintessential Bob Snider songs that are direct, beautiful, sometimes quirky, sometimes funny, and above all, songs that go straight to the heart.

For more visit: borealisrecords.com/artists/bob-snider/

Marilyn Manzer & Shannon Lynch

Sat 10:30am at Church
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Marilyn Manzer & Shannon Lynch

Marilyn Manzer & Shannon Lynch


Marilyn Manzer has taught and performed music in Wolfville for 23 years and taught Kindermusik® for ten. Shannon Lynch is an actor, comedian, and musician who is also a member of The Wilderbeats – an award winning children’s band that performs original songs about nature for the young and young-at-heart. Marilyn & Shannon are putting on a children’s session called ‘Kids Play Music’. Check out page 24 for more details about this fun Saturday morning Take Root! workshop.

For more visit: www.wilderbeats.com

Halifax Swing Crew

Sat 4pm at Market
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Halifax Swing Crew

Halifax Swing Crew


This group is dedicated to expanding the swing dance scene in Halifax. Two of their instructors, Jesse Litven and Mark Pavlovski, will be at the Market on Saturday afternoon to help you learn how to swing!
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Djugdjug Ensemble

Sat 11am at Tent
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Djugdjug Ensemble

Djugdjug Ensemble

Propelled by the pulsating power of purple, Djugdjug Ensemble combines traditional West African songs, rhythms, arrangements, and at times, dance with other musical and theatrical ideas to provide energetic and eclectic performances.

Booming with the sound of djembes, dununs, horns, bells, shakers, and voice, the ensemble will again be part of Deep Roots this year. Led by Bruno Allard, the members provide drumming workshops (almost) every Saturday afternoon at the Wolfville Baptist Church or Clock Park.

On Deep Roots Saturday morning, join Djugdjug Ensemble at the Clock Park, or wherever else the joyful sounds will carry! find your “beet” and be part of the excitement and fun that is the pulse of the festival!

For more visit: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PObk1nVPNY

Brent Mason

Thur 8pm at Union St Cafe
Sponsored by: Friends of the Festival

Brent Mason

Brent Mason

Brent has been called “the godfather of Saint John music” and is something of a contradiction. He’s a folk singer who shuns that label, a solo performer who cares deeply about community, and a singer-songwriter whose guitar chops have grown over many years. Mostly he’s a storyteller.
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2014 Festival Artists – Sneak Peek!

The lineup for this year’s festival is really starting to shape-up! The Early Bird Special– a ridiculously low price of $79 for a festival pass–is ongoing until June 30th. Still undecided? Here’s a sneak peek at our lineup confirmed so far.

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