2015 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.
We are currently in the process of adding profiles – stay tuned!
Matt Andersen…a powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – through word of mouth. With over 2 million views on YouTube, independent album sales of over 30,000, a 2013 European Blues Award, three Maple Blues Awards in 2012 and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge in 2010, it appears the entire world is discovering Matt Andersen.
Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl, Sometymes Why) is known for smart lyrics and emotive singing that’s both “inventive” (The New Yorker) and deeply rooted in American traditional music. Before releasing her new album, Gondolier, Kristin toured the world as a clogger, fiddler, guitarist and singer, sharing the stage and recording studio with such maverick talents as John Paul Jones, Aoife O’Donovan, Dirk Powell, Mark Schatz, Lucius, Son Lux and Jeffrey Lewis.
Andy and Ariana
Andy and Ariana’s performances are “quirky, exotic and enjoyable,” rather like CBC’s Stan Carew’s description of their CD Eye to Eye (2013). An original mix of gypsy, roots, jazz and blues combine Andy’s guitar/bass and beat-box rhythm section with Ariana’s vocals, violin and saxophone. A soulful joyful sound.
The BackYard Devils
The BackYard Devils’ story started about 5 years ago, leading to but not stopping with the release of their self-titled album in May 2011. With a swinging guitar rhythm, doghouse bass slaps, smashing guitar solos and lightning quick banjo and mandolin lines, they have managed to hammer down their own sound in an old fashion style.
The Boxcar Boys
The Boxcar Boys, featuring six inimitable musicians, deliver a veritable gumbo of original old-style jazz and folk music with dashes of klezmer and country thrown into the mix. Their performances are joyous acoustic celebrations.
Jonathan Byrd, seventh generation Carolinian, has journeyed far and wide in his musical career (and dare we say his life experiences) to land where his career stands today. He has constantly evolved in new musical directions and each incarnation has proven to be masterful. His influences include but are not limited to his dad’s bluegrass collection, especially Flatt and Scruggs, four years in the high school jazz big band program, rock and roll … well, really, you have to check his website bio for the nitty-gritty.
The Chimney Swifts
The Chimney Swifts, four musicians with an extraordinary passion for music, have been playing together for over four years, always including a number of original songs in their repertoire, alongside covers of well known songs.
Amelia Curran, whose reputation as an heir to Leonard Cohen’s song writing throne was established with her first Juno Award winning album in 2010 (Hunter, Hunter), is one of Canada’s master contemporary songstresses. She has released a number of albums, in the process garnering several Juno and ECMA nominations, not to mention all the rave reviews along the way.
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 weekend, join Djugdjug Ensemble wherever their joyful sounds will carry you! 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
Durham County Poets
Durham County Poets grew out of the dynamic music scene in Ormstown, Quebec (originally called Durham County). Their debut album Where the River Flows, 2012, came on the heels of their first performance at the Branches and Roots’ Folk Festival in 2011. Their 2nd album, Chikkaboodah Stew, was released last year (2014) in the midst of a year busy with shows, interviews and television.
Quique Escamilla, a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer living in Toronto, has rapidly become a rising star on the Canadian music scene since his arrival here in 2007. He received an award at this year’s Junos for his album, 500 Years of Night (World Music Album of the Year category), and in 2014, he won World Solo Artist in the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Angie Oriana Jenkins
Angie Oriana Jenkins has taught belly dance for many years and has performed in British Columbia, Mexico, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. She fell in love with ‘dance du ventre’ when she watched a dancer flip a coin down her belly using her ab muscles … a feat Oriana still aspires to! In her teens, when she had no luck finding belly dance teachers in NB, she studied yoga instead. By the time she found her first belly dance teacher, yoga had primed her in the most perfect of ways!
Kim Harris’ voice, like the ocean, is vast, and ever changing. She takes listeners on a symphonic journey that soars through constellations, tumbles through storm clouds, and plunges into the underbelly of the sea.
Donna Holmes has worked as a professional clown at Upper Clements Park but her first love is music. Donna sings jazz with the Annapolis Big Band and original folk music at the open mic she hosts every Tuesday night at TAN Café in Wolfville.
The Hupman Brothers
The Hupman Brothers, have created a musical legacy that includes a deep connection to Blues and a respect for an intuitive sense of following the music to where it takes them. As they weave lyrics, melody and harmony into a seamless expression of the wonder, love, and hurt we all share, Ryan’s and Scott’s stories become our stories.
Ida Red plays a rowdy fun mix of old-time fiddle and banjo tunes, mixed in with original songs created by the brilliant and powerful team of Heather Kelday and Kim Barlow. They also play campfire songs you’ll be glad to sing along to and jump around the old barn to … in fact, you might not have any choice!
Ian Janes, singer, songwriter and guitarist with an old soul, draws from years of experience across all genres of popular music. His songs have depth and relevance, performed with effortless musicality.
Terry Kelly’s enthusiasm for life and sheer determination has gained him international recognition as an accomplished athlete, an award-winning singer, songwriter, and entertainer, a professional speaker, and a lover of life.
As a musician, this Newfoundland native has released seven full-length recordings, resulting in seven East Coast Music Awards and nominations for four Canadian Country Music Awards and a JUNO. Terry has shared the stage with Symphony Orchestras, and has performed his original music in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and for the troops in Afghanistan. He is most recognized for his inspirational song, “A Pittance of Time”.
Dan MacCormack is a Halifax-based songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist performing in a variety of contexts on pedal steel, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. As a songwriter Dan has performed with Grassmarket, releasing three award-nominated albums. In his multi-instrumentalist/producer persona, he has performed on film and television scores and produced music for various other artists in addition to his own.
Catherine MacLellan won immediate critical acclaim after releasing her debut album in 2004. Her music has been a perennial fixture at the top of Canada’s Roots Music charts, and she has taken her distinctive sound to stages all over the world.
Kimberly Matheson has been crafting songs inspired by the people, places, and events of her life over the past 20 years. Sung with a pure folk-singer’s voice, Kimberly’s songs have a beautiful ring of truth and honesty; and three collections of original songs: “Never Enough” 2011, “Just As I Am” 2014, and the soon to be released “Sweet Spot” 2015, attest to this. Many of her songs reflect the people and the special place that Wolfville represents. [continue reading…]
Old Man Luedecke
Old Man Luedecke, an award-winning roots singer-songwriter, now based here in Chester, NS, continues to hone his cunning lyrical flair, tenderly pushing the boundaries of his storytelling with his unique mix of folk, bluegrass and pop hooks. Luedecke’s strong penchant for language results in narrative-driven folk songs that are playful, coy and soul warming.
Alycia Putnam and family come together to create a dynamic, high energy band that blends tradition with modern influences. Family joining Alycia include her dad, Robert, on guitar and her mom, Kelly, on electric bagpipes. Alycia plays a variety of styles of fiddle music, ranging from foot stompin’ Celtic to more eclectic music, and incorporates these diverse influences into her shows.
Shannon has been performing as a fiddler/vocalist for the past 16 years. Although Halifax, NS, born and raised, Shannon has been touring internationally the last couple of years with the award winning Scottish group, ‘The Paul McKenna Band’.
Tony has been in the entertainment business for over 30 years. His show is versatile and performing for a wide variety of audiences, he easily adapts to the mood of any group.
For thirteen years, Tony played a weekly musical comedy matinee to capacity crowds on the Halifax Waterfront. He was an MC and feature comedian at the Halifax Comedy Festival, and has been a special guest of the Royal Canadian Air Farce. Tony has also co-hosted the CBC radio show Atlantic Airwaves with Natalie MacMaster. He writes and performs a wide variety of character voices for television and radio as well as industrial videos.
Ian Sherwood – musician, storyteller and a continual creator – has penned tunes for many other artists, as well as for theatre, film and television. His unique musicianship, combined with his tales of heartbreak, victory and adventure, have established him as a solid performer, lyricist and player, with an impressive list of nominations and awards to his name.
Sin and Swoon
Sin and Swoon, based out of Montreal, love George and Tammy, old time country music, and the harmony singing of the Louvin Brothers and the Delmore Brothers. Singer-songwriters Mike O’Brien (Ottawa valley native) and Michelle Tompkins (Antigonish, NS) have been performing together for the last few years.
Andy Stochansky, Canadian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire, now living in Los Angeles, started his musical career as a drummer (seven years with Ani DiFranco) and embarked on his solo career in 1999. He released 3 albums independently and 2 with RCA Victor. During his time with RCA Victor, Stochansky signed a publishing deal with Chrysalis Music where he stayed after making the career transition to that of songwriter.
Sylvia Tyson – very few artists have created a musical legacy that has achieved such long-standing international success, and “magical” is just one of the words used to describe Sylvia and her work.
She 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. One of the 13 albums recorded by Ian & Sylvia during those duo days, “Great Speckled Bird” has been acknowledged as the beginning of a country rock sound that led to an evolution still at the core of country radio playlists.
The Wilderbeats perform original songs about nature for the young and young-at-heart. Halifax songwriters Joyce Saunders and Shannon Lynch and percussionist Glenn Fraser created the group in 2001 and since then, The Wilderbeats have been inspiring children of all ages with high-energy performances that are not only a pile of fun, but also educational.
The Worry Birds
The Worry Birds – take equal parts Celtic and folk, add a dash of classical, a pinch of pop and you have the sing-able melodies, the driving tunes that are the unique vibe of this group.