The Funtime Brigade is an exciting new band from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. They take folk, hip-hop, funk, rock, and a dash of jazz and blend it all together into a sound unlike any you’ve ever heard. With powerful original songs, and jaw dropping harmonies, you’ll definitely want to make time for a good time with the Funtime Brigade this year at Deep Roots.
Georgette LeBlanc is a contemporary culture maker in her work as a multidisciplinary artist and educator. She is a dancer, an actress and a writer. Born in Pointe-de-l’Èglise in Nova Scotia’s Baie Saint-Marie region, she continues to live and work in that area. Georgette’s projects move through poetry, performance, humour, acting and theatre design, while winning numerous award nominations and prizes along the way.
Georgette completed her master’s degree on the evolution of traditional music at Université Sainte-Anne (BA 1999) and holds an MA (2003) and Doctorate (2007) in French Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, US, where she studied under the direction of the poet and Cajun ethnomusicologist Barry Jean Ancelet.
She has been a professor at Université Sainte-Anne, Nova Scotia since September 2007 and has hosted writing workshops in various other educational institutions. Georgette has taught creative literature and popular Acadian theatre, lectured and presented her own poetic work.
In 2010, Georgette LeBlanc was presented with the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. The jury noted that her original poetic works Alma (published in 2007) and Amédé (published in 2010) “present the Acadian communities of Baie Sainte-Marie, mainly from the perspectives of two memorable characters. Written in a simple yet vivacious and lyrical style, reflecting the “Acadjoune” speech of the region, these poem-stories move well beyond an Acadian folkloric cliché to attain a mythic ambience, and have been favourably compared with the work of Antoinine Maillet, Michel Tremblay and anglophone Nova Scotian writers such as Ernest Buckler and George Elliot Clarke.” Both books have become bestsellers in Quebec and the Atlantic region, and have won acclaim in poetry festivals in France, Belgium and Canada. Alma earned her the Prix Félix-Leclerc et Price Antonine-Maillet-Acadie Vie. In 2011, Georgette was awarded the Emile Ollivier Prize.
Deep Roots is delighted to welcome Georgette back as part of our 10th Anniversary festival, and to have her host our Cajun Heat show at the Rafters Heritage Barn, Old Orchard Inn on Saturday night. Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Musician, composer and educator Ken Shorley, and author, dancer and print-maker, Heidi Kalyani have brought many wonderful musical and cultural experiences to our area. Deep Roots is proud this year to highlight Ken and Heidi’s ORO! Orkestra.
ORO! Orkestra plays the wild and beautiful folk dance music of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey and is made up of community members and Acadia University students. Their sounds are uplifting, easy, and social.
Ken Shorley is a musician comfortable in many styles and informed by multiple influences. He has studied (and continues to study) South Indian, Indonesian, Arab, Turkish and Western European musics. As a percussionist, he is drawn to forms of music that have a strong sense of groove or rhythmic drive. “My favourite instruments are the Turkish darabuka, Arabic riq, Sundanese kendang, and several types of frame drum, from tar to bodhran to kanjira.”
In recent years, Ken has appeared on stage with many of Canada’s finest performers, including vocalist/composer Suba Sankaran, mezzo-soprano Paula Rockwell, percussionist Patrick Graham, Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan, Autorickshaw, El Viento Flamenco, Sanctuary Trio, Zingara, the Acadia Gamelan Ensemble, and the South Indian mrdangam virtuoso, Trichy Sankaran.
Ken is an active instructor and educator; as a member of the music faculty at Acadia University, he teaches courses in world drumming, gamelan, and advanced rhythm. Ken’s instructional DVD, Exploring the Drum, has been adopted as an “official” resource by Nova Scotia’s Department of Education.
Heidi Kalyani, the dance leader of ORO! Orkestra, doesn’t always play by “the rules”. Self-taught and self-expressing, Heidi values freedom, creativity, curves, beauty, depth and innovation.
The ORO! Orkestra members are:
Joe Armstrong (violin)
Marc Blumberg (accordion, mandolin, flugelhorn)
Cailun Campbell (double bass)
Eugene Cormier (guitar)
Liam Elliot (accordion, hand drums)
Susan Hauer (voice)
Heidi Kalyani (dance leader)
David Mangle (tuba, trombone)
Sarah McCabe (violin)
Ariana Nasr (soprano sax, voice)
Ken Shorley (saz, cittern, davul, darabuka)
Nicole Stanson (trumpet)
Come prepared to move and be moved by the captivating and sensual rhythms of ORO! Orkestra at the Market on Saturday afternoon and the finale at Festival Theatre Sunday.
Up Dog, a three-piece band based in the Annapolis Valley, came together in 2012 and consists of Jack McDonald (vocals & guitar), Alex Porter (drums), and Kory Bayer (bass).
Up Dog play Americana, roots, folk, country, blues, jazz originals, and Jack McDonald’s original music, including songs from his two solo CDs, Domestic Acoustic and The Blues Was Settlin’ In. Up Dog’s self titled debut album, recorded at Sound Market Recording Studios, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is being released this summer (2013).
Deep Roots look forward to welcoming Up Dog to our festival.
A new acoustic-jazz project based out of Wolfville brings together five musicians with a shared passion for fine red wine and gypsy jazz. Together they create an infectious groove of upbeat tunes based on the melodies of the inimitable Django Reinhardt.
The group consists of Nicholas Tipney and Jesse Potter on guitars, Amy Lounder on violin, Cailun Campbell on upright bass and Bruno Allard on drums.
Stirred into the mix is a hearty blend of originals and covers of classics such as “The Muppets Theme” and “Caravan.”
Wine Hardt: Django Uncorked will perform at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market, as well as a couple more spots during the Festival weekend. So grab your beret and a baguette and come experience the music of pre-war Paris!
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 performs on the stage, in the park, on the street, and wherever else sound will carry! Led by Bruno Allard, the members provide drumming workshops (almost) every Saturday afternoon at the Wolfville Baptist Church or Clock Park.
At the Deep Roots Music Festival this year, Djugdjug Ensemble will conduct our All Ages Rhythm workshop and then lead us in the Fresh Beats Rhythm Parade. On Deep Roots Saturday morning, join Djugdjug Ensemble at the Clock Park, find your “beet” and be part of the excitement and fun that is the pulse of the festival!
The Deep Roots Music Festival is excited to introduce Montreal-based Cajun/Zydeco band Grouyan Gombo at this year’s Cajun Heat evening. They will be a treat for all who love Cajun-Acadian music and they are sure to have us shaking on the dance floor.
Grouyan Gombo presents a savory gumbo of southern and northern traditions. Their sound constitutes a unique blend of Cajun, folk and Creole tunes, grooves and songs, including lots of originals. The group’s members, who hail from Quebec, Acadian and Maritime parts, were drawn together by their intense experiences listening to and playing Cajun and Creole prairie music down south.
For their performances at Deep Roots, they will be a four-piece band composed of Bernadette Fortin: fiddle, Harlan Johnson: accordion and vocals, Shawn Pitre: guitar and vocals, with Marcel Weaver on the upright bass.
Grouyan Gombo will be part of a licensed late-night dance party, ‘Cajun Heat,’ at the Old Orchard Inn Barn, Friday Sept. 27th, that also includes Unisson, David Greely, and Georgette LeBlanc as emcee.
Operatic voice in babelesque language, haunting and resonant violin with a European folk like twist and driving accordion that haunts describes the sound of this group. Initially Jacques Mindreau’s solo music project, Beautiful Wild Animals started in November of 2010 with the recording of a self titled EP, written and performed by Jacques, produced by Ravi Persaud. As an experiment, Jacques took the project for an eastern Canada tour the following month. That successful tour became a new journey that continues to grow into mature sounds.
Beautiful Wild Animals’ sound originates in imagining animals in their wild nature, striving to tap into the unbiased way animals observe environment, free of preconceptions. Wild ways are innocent and can inspire us to simplicity. Once again, we can experience the stars and hear the sounds that we – the not so wild – have forgotten and all the feelings that can evoke.
Beautiful Wild Animals owes much of its inspiration to the well spring that is “Krasnogorsk,” a group in which Jacques collaborated with Corey Allan Hinchey, co-founder of that band. When Jacques took a hiatus from that group, he began exploring collaborations with other musicians. Beautiful Wild Animals has been conducive to many incarnations but remained solo until the end of April 2011, when Carly Martin joined. Martin musically provided harmonies, haunting melodies, chords and driving rhythms. Many have joined for periods of time … incarnations included some gypsy jazz guitar, additional accordion and cajon, as well as the incredibly talented Julia Feltham on cello, and even some unforgettable sounds by Nathan M. Godfrey. The band played at the 2011 “Komasket Music Festival,” and the following summer, played at several festivals in eastern Canada, including “Folkfest on the Canal” in Montreal, “Dooryard Arts Festival” NB, “Follyfest” NB, “Evolve” NS, and “White Rabbit Arts Festival.”
Jacques Mindreau (violin, guitar, voice) started playing the violin at age 5. In 2008, he started singing with Ten Thousand Creatures and Krasnogorsk … singing a phonetic made up vocalization of sorts, a language that is for the sake of its emotional effect and sonic passion. The operatic style and singing came together naturally during a performance with Krasnogorsk in Halifax a few years ago, and since then, this kind of singing has been an important part of the music and intrinsic to the Beautiful Wild Animal sound.
Ian Griffiths (accordion, voice) a founding member of “The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra” based in western Canada, joined Jacques in October 2012. A composer as well as a singer songwriter, who has toured in both Europe and North America, Ian’s touch on the accordion is truly transporting. Ian and his accordion bring a whole new driving force to the music these two musicians play together.
This past summer, Ian and Jacques have played festivals (such as the “Tiny Lights Festival” in Ymir, BC and “Quadrapalooza” on Quadra Island) throughout western Canada, and they will make their way across the country to bring their exciting sounds to the Deep Roots stage, where they will create musical opportunities for all of us to explore our wild side!
Her playful and witty character, her love of improvising and her willingness to engage fearlessly with the audience has made Coco Love Alcorn a mainstay on the Canadian music scene. She brings energy, class and humour with her wherever she goes, and Deep Roots is thrilled to have her coming back for this year’s festival.
Coco Love Alcorn sings joyful soul – a combination of her diverse musical influences including jazz, pop, R&B and folk. Her voice has been described as ‘extraordinary’ (Vancouver Province), ‘beautiful’ (Canadian Musician) and ‘stunning’ (Star Phoenix). Alcorn was destined to be an accomplished artistic individual given the creative family backgrounds coming from both her parents.
A large and loyal fan base has been firmly established during Coco’s numerous tours across Canada, and her playing many a music festival (including Lilith Fair) as well as community performances.. The long list of artists she has toured or recorded with include Ani DiFranco, 54.40, Burton Cummings, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jesse Cooke, Steve Poltz, Chin Injeti (Bass is Base), Kinnie Starr and Loudon Wainwright III. She has enjoyed success in the realm of music licensing as well, with her music frequently appearing in television series “The Dead Zone” and “The L Word”.
Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, raised in Vancouver, BC, and living in Toronto, Ont., Coco represents Canada, coast to coast. Her passion for music has fueled the creation of six albums and two electronica side projects; and her passions reach beyond the realm of song … she also has a clothing line in collaboration with her husband Simon Frada. Coco describes their clothing as up-cycle clothing with Cococentric silkscreen designs.
Her most recent album, PLAY, 2011, is a collection of free spirited songs, performed, recorded & produced by Coco Love Alcorn at The Playroom, shortly after giving birth to daughter, Eloise, in September of 2010. Ian Sherwood joins her on a few tracks, playing beautiful tenor sax and providing some back up vocal, Jackson Myers adds some guitar on one track, and Coco’s father, John Alcorn, provided consult on final production.
As well as performing at our 10th anniversary festival, Coco will host Saturday night’s Main Stage show.
Playing a fiddle for a living for nearly forty years is even more fun than it would seem. The fiddle still calls from its place on the wall every single day. It has a golden glow that promises adventure, and delivers, more and more with each passing year.
In other words, this year’s Deep Roots Music Festival audience is in for a remarkable treat when David Greely and his toe-stomping perfection take to the stage. David has mastered fiddling as only a true musical genius can. In solo acoustic performance, he sounds like two or three fiddles, weaving accompaniment to his vocals as if it’s someone else singing.
David Greely took up the fiddle at 17, after hearing Richard Greene play, using an amp with a wa-wa pedal, in concert at the Warehouse in New Orleans, when Seatrain opened for Black Sabbath. The next day, David bought a fiddle at a Baton Rouge pawnshop and, as they say, the rest is history. He found the fiddle to be the easiest instrument he’d ever tried to play and he went from “Iron Man” to “Sally Goodin’” in less than 24 hours. Within weeks of taking up the fiddle, he’d been invited to join his first band, Cornbread, playing hardcore bluegrass and western swing between Colorado and New Orleans.
David was born in Baton Rouge of Cajun and Irish ancestry, and learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout South Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and from his apprenticeship to Cajun fiddle master and National Heritage Fellow Dewey Balfa. As a founding member of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, David toured Folk Festivals worldwide for 23 years, and was nominated for four Grammy Awards. He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana.
Don’t miss being part of welcoming him to a Maritime concert-party in true Deep Roots fashion!