“Ilannaat”, an Inuktitut term describing good friends, is the new Throat-singing duet of Kerri Tattuinee and Kathleen Merritt. The two are indeed good friends, who grew up in the tiny Arctic community of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Since the age of seven, they have been inspired to learn the art of Inuit throat-singing; an ancient practice done as a pass time between two Inuit women.
Over the years, Kerri and Kathleen have undertaken their own paths to discover themselves and their passions, performing separately across Canada and internationally. The two will sing for the first time together on stage as Ilannaat; mixing together Inuit traditional sounds and modern melodies.
Based out of Toronto, this award-winning musical group draws their creative inspiration from various eclectic sources. Their music reflects their love for pop, rock, modern jazz, and dub music, the worlds of sacred and secular Jewish songs, as well as Classical, Arabic and Indian music.
Their first album, Sunplace, received a Juno-nomination for World Music Album of the Year, then went on to be released as a live recording on CBC Radio 2, earn the #1 spot on the CIUT World Music Chart, and win them the Grand Prize and Lennon Award at the John Lennon Song Writing contest.
Their second album is in the works. The band, comprised of Aaron Lightstone, Aviva Chernick, Chris Gartner, Jeff Wilson and Sundar Viswanathan, is ready to give the Wolfville audience a great demonstration of how electric and compelling their live shows can be.
Loudon Wainwright III has had a vibrant 41 year career in the music business that most singer-songwriters only aspire to. MOJO Magazine calls Wainwright “lyrically compelling and emotionally overpowering.” He began his career as a folk singer-songwriter, in the late 60’s, writing humorous, yet honest, autobiographical songs. In 1972, he wrote “Dead Skunk,” in 15 minutes and it landed him in the Top 40 charts.
He has always been a concert favorite with his engaging stage presence and catchy tunes, and has a well established international fan base. During his career, he has released over 25 albums, been nominated for three Grammy Awards, been an accomplished actor appearing in numerous movies and television shows, and watched his children – Rufus, Martha, and Lucy Wainwright – find their own success in the music business.
His songs have also been covered by many other musicians. His 2009 album “High Wide and Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project” won the 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album. With his most recent studio album, “Older Than My Old Man Now”, released this year, Loudon called on family and friends so the list of guest singers is impressive. For Deep Roots, Loudon will be performing a special 90-minute acoustic set on Saturday September 29th in Convocation Hall.
The Willie Stratton band is a howling, seething cyclone of god-fearing folk music. Comprised of the band’s founder, chief writer and namesake Willie Stratton, his half-wolf little sister Grace Stratton and super solid bassist Dave Fultz, The Willie Stratton band has been stomping their feet, gnashing their teeth and belting their lungs out since they were formed in the winter of 2011. Lashing together chilling harmonies, thundering war drums, and a whole lot of soul, The Willie Stratton Band is slightly less likely to make you feel OK than they are to kill your boredom absolutely stone cold dead.
Harvey Marcotte is a singer/songwriter, from Bear River, Nova Scotia, who has his feet firmly planted in the fertile soil of a family musical tradition. Growing up in a French community on Rhode Island and encouraged by musical parents, Harvey learned to sing and play various instruments. At the age of 15, he was performing in a folk trio with his sister and a friend, playing guitar and singing harmony. He was also a member of the famous Acadian band “Blou,” before going solo.
Over the years, Harvey has honed his songwriting skills, and many of his songs reflect strong family ties and a rich ethnic background. His self-titled CD is a collection of original tunes, underscored by Harvey’s warm voice and strong, fresh-sounding melodies. His instrumental abilities also shine through on this recording. As well as possessing strong guitar skills, Harvey is an accomplished fiddle and mandolin player, with a solid repertoire of traditional fiddle tunes to draw on. As a performer, his cheerful, relaxed delivery and eclectic repertoire ensure Harvey is a hit with audiences.
Micah O’Connell came to the East Coast from Ontario three years ago to follow his dream of pursuing a music career. And he is doing just that! He’s been honing his skills playing with the Bruce Street Bandits, performing locally and across Canada. He also plays saxophone and bass as a member of a six-piece instrumental group, Northwest Arm, out of Halifax.
His debut album, Big Mouth and The Old Oak, recorded with the Bruce Street Bandits, came into being with some help from Wolfville’s Andy and Ariana. He currently lives in Halifax, and a second album, to be released in the upcoming year, is in the works.
The Mud Creek Boys, an acoustic trio based out of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, play an eclectic mix of old-time country, bluegrass, blues and swing. They especially seek out those “old tunes that everyone remembers but no one plays anymore”. J.P. Huang plays guitar and mandolin, Peter Williams plays guitar and bass, and Ian Spooner plays banjo and guitar.
The Mud Creek Boys have performed in many different venues across western Nova Scotia, and been part of a showcase at the Lunenburg Folk Festival. To a great extent, their repertoire draws from traditional sources, such as the Delmore Brothers, the Carter Family, and Woody Guthrie, but numbers by contemporary artists, such as Alison Krauss and Union Station, Peter Rowan, The Beatles and The Dillards, also find their way into the mix.
Special guest Gary Ness, now a retired professor who was with Acadia University for many years, joins the Mud Creek Boys, for the “train show.” Gary is a historical train enthusiast and has written two books on the Dominion Atlantic Railway. As part of the “train show,” he will tell stories about trains and share from the vast collection of train photos he has collected over the years.
This engaging acoustic duo, Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser, has developed a beautiful balance between singing songs with depth and lyrical imagery, and performing them with a sense of humour and rich harmonies. They are both from the Shelburne, NS, area and have been a musical duo since 2008.
Robbie is an extremely talented songwriter; his inspired lyrics capture the essence of life lived by and on the sea, and, as one audience member noted, “Rob’s superb guitar skills stopped us dead in our tracks.” Kath’s clear engaging voice and vocal harmonies help to breathe life into those lyrics…she’s a natural with a great sense of harmony and timing.
Their repertoire of originals and familiar favorites never fail to please and they don’t just sing, they entertain. They love to interact with their listeners and they’ll sing their hearts out for you.
The Modern Grass has been creating quite a stir in the Canadian music scene since this group of five musicians came together in 2011. They’ve already had a successful Canadian tour and their debut album, The Modern Grass Quartet, was nominated for Music Nova Scotia’s Best Country/Bluegrass album of the year in 2011. They followed that up with a second album, High on the Mountain, earlier this year. The Modern Grass features Donald Maclennan, Adam Pye, Andrew Sneddon, Dan MacCormack and Tom Terrell.
The Quintet plays tribute to various musical traditions putting an acoustic spin on a mix of jazz, bluegrass, gypsy, blues, classical, and folk music. Seamlessly translating complex arrangements, adding their own innovation and improvisation, and then including Terrell’s down home songs and lyrics result in a distinctive and reassuring contrast. The Modern Grass in a breath of fresh air.
Charlie Wilson and Jude Pelley are Littlehouse, an acoustic duo focusing on original instrumental compositions with a Celtic twist. Charlie plays Irish flute and whistles and Jude plays guitars, mandolin, and Appalachian dulcimer. Traditional and contemporary influences are combined to create atmospheric music that has depth and complexity. They’ve had an exciting first year together, on the road performing across Canada and working on their first full length CD of original music. Look for its release date coming soon.
Charlie originally hails from the northwest of England, and when adventure called her to travel, she took her childhood passion for the flute with her, and over the years amassed quite a collection of her own compositions. Jude started life in Carbonear, Nfld. His life long interest in music could in part be attributed to his father’s involvement in the seminal Canadian folk rock group, Figgy Duff. Charlie and Jude now call southwestern Nova Scotia home.