Erin Costelo performs in its entirety, one of the most loved albums of all-time: Carole King’s “Tapestry.” For those of you old enough to remember, Tapestry was Album of the Year back in 1972, and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Erin will cover these songs, as well as draw from her own repertoire of impressive, award winning, songs. With a voice unlike any other in Canada, Erin has the ability to successfully float between genres and stages, her unwavering vision continuously offering the best sound and voice to a feeling, idea or story.
The Deep Roots Music Cooperative experienced a very successful 2017 and we look forward to much more of the same in 2018. Please join us for our AGM, Sunday January 21, 2pm to 4pm, at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market and join the discussion around what has been and what will be!
The 2018 Festival will take place September 27th – 30th, so mark those dates on your calendar. For more information as plans develop over the year, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. [continue reading…]
Although we don’t really need a reason to party, Deep Roots want to acknowledge the volunteers who keep this organization going, and we want celebrate with Dave Carmichael, our Program Director, as he turns 50. He’s coming here from Montreal, where he lives, so we can do that celebration properly!
The Valley Arts Award is presented to someone who has made a significant, long-term contribution to the Arts in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley. This year’s winner is Ken Shorley – a diverse percussionist who specializes in the hand drumming traditions of the Middle East and India. Though he’s been based in Wolfville for over 20 years, his musical passions have taken him around the globe. Ken is also an avid player and teacher of Indonesian gamelan music. His ensemble, Mindful Flower Gamelan, is the first of its kind in the Maritimes and performs traditional and contemporary music for gamelan degung. The group’s first recording, featuring new gamelan music by Canadian and Indonesian composers, is currently in post-production.
In recent years, Ken has been a featured performer at the Halifax Jazz Festival, Sound Symposium, Prismatic Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Sunfest, Mosaiq Festival, here at the Deep Roots Music Festival, and on national broadcasts for CBC Radio 2. Ken is also the co-director of World in Wolfville, a community organization that has, for more than 10 years, focused on presenting world music concerts, workshops, and happenings in the greater Wolfville area. (Watch for a return of their popular “Drum Night” happening this November!).
Some of Ken’s current projects include teaching Gamelan and World Music courses at Acadia University; leading the 10-piece Turko-Balkan dance party band, ORO! Orkestra; composing and touring with his hand-drumming group, Ken Shorley Trio; collaborating with cellist India Yeshe Gailey in the chamber music duo, Bonsai; and sharing the stage with the amazing Nasr sisters (Ariana, Sahara, and Kamila) in the world music ensemble, ASHK.
Ken will receive the 2017 Valley Arts Award at our Festival Finale on Sunday.
The Deep Roots Music Festival is happy to announce its line-up for 2017. The annual festival takes place September 21st to 24th in Wolfville, Nova Scotia and surrounding area. Through partnerships with the Atlantic Presenters Association and RADARTS, and Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Program, the festival will bring in exciting and diverse acts such as Juno winners Alex Cuba, and The Swinging Belles, and to kick off the festival on Thursday, September 21st, Lennie Gallant with his multimedia spectacle, Searching for Abegweit. This incredibly popular show is a fitting introduction to a celebration of our roots, as our region shares the culture, language and traditions of the Mi’kmaq and Acadian people who lived here long before the Canadian confederation. [continue reading…]
If you were one of the audience members who put this dynamic group on your list of “must see again” after their amazing performance at last year’s Festival or if you missed that opportunity, your chance is coming up real soon. Tickets are available through Box of Delights Bookstore (call them or drop by the store). Tickets will also be available at the door. [continue reading…]
The Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival celebrates its 85th year and Deep Roots Cooperative, with Bluesmobile, joins in the revelry to host a dance party. Bluesmobile will provide the rhythm and the blues, some up town funk, a dose of classic rock and yes, a smidgen of disco. [continue reading…]
Just announced … local musician Caleb Miles will play an opening solo set for Corb Lund, Festival Theatre, Wolfville, on April 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM. Going to be a great night! Don’t wait. Get tickets now!![continue reading…]