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!
Brother and sister singer-songwriters Matthew Barber and Jill Barber always knew they’d make an album together. Growing up outside Toronto in the 1990s, they shared not only a left-handed guitar (older brother Matthew got the first one) but also a passion for music that fuelled their respective artistic careers. Two different paths were carved, but never did they diverge so much that they might not meet up again. Eventually they did and The Family Album was born.
Produced by Matthew and Jill themselves, The Family Album is a folk record. It’s a record that enthusiastically harkens back to sibling singers of yesteryear, but also one that is not afraid to paint from a broad palette of both traditional sounds and contemporary flourishes. There are just enough hooks and plenty of licks. The vocals are up front, the harmonies are simple, the performances are live and the exquisite band is laid-back. It is with great pride and a healthy dose of brotherly and sisterly love that they present The Family Album!
The Basin Brothers get your feet dancing, your heart singing and your lips smiling. Traditional country instruments hook ridden harmonies and original songsmiths, the Basin Brothers call the red shores and the world’s highest – and lowest – tides of the Minas Basin home. Settle in for some back porch down home high and hurting lonesome travelling family loving sunset full moon good time tunes.
A master slide blues guitarist and songwriter, John Campbelljohn hails from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. Over the course of his four decade-long career, John has won or been nominated for countless music awards including Maple Blues Awards, East Coast Music Awards, Real Blues Awards, Music Nova Scotia Entertainer Of The Year, Blues Recording Of The Year & Musician Of The Year.
Juno Award-winner and hit-maker, Classified, also known as Luke Boyd, has long been making waves at home and abroad with his trademark style and sound. With each release, the rapper-producer elevates his game; sharpening word play, experimenting with new sounds, and perfecting his flow. Now, Classified bring all to bear for his 15th studio album “Greatful”, available January 15, 2016 via Half Life Records/Universal Music Canada, the country’ s leading music company.
Sahara Jane and Kamila Nasr are sisters known for their close vocal harmonies and mastery of a variety of instruments. Being of mixed cultural heritage and growing up in a musical family in Nova Scotia, their original songwriting is influenced by Brazilian Bossa Nova, Indian Raga and Persian poetry as well as their Celtic roots. Their music is a reflection of the times we live in. After years of musical study and performance around the world, they have returned to the valley to share their insights and sounds in a show that is both poignant and powerful.
A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distill the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, his tunes weave threads of folk, roots, blues, soul and country over spacious fingerstyle guitar and clawhammer banjo arrangements.
Cindy Church – last year named to the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame – is as capable in jazz and folk as she is in country which is evidenced by her experience with Quartette, Lunch at Allen’s and previous work with Joe Sealy in The Nearness of You. She’s been awarded a Canadian Country Music Award and has been nominated for several Canadian Music Association Awards. With a 30-year career behind her, she continues to tour steadily. Her voice has been described as being “like honey”, but it can also drive a tune home with unbridled energy.
Susan Crowe is a twice Juno nominated singer songwriter. In 2009 she was named the CFMAs English Songwriter of the Year, is a past Music Nova Scotia Female Artist of the Year and has been nominated for both East Coast and West Coast Music Awards. She has written for and with Quartette, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, Cindy Church, J.P Cormier, The Rankin Family, Connie Kaldor, Stephen Fearing and many others. She continues to support other creators through her Corvus Records label, which was designed to put 100% of the artists’ profits directly into the artists’ pockets.
Together, their styles blend and dovetail, and the professional regard they have for each other is exceeded only by their friendship. These are mature women, and to the stage they bring wisdom, grace and a grateful respect for their audiences.
Born and raised in North Sydney, Cape Breton, and living just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kim Dunn has been working on a successful music career for over thirty years, with a brief four year reprieve studying Jazz at ST. FX.
A native of the Acadian village of Rustico, PEI, Lennie Gallant has recorded eleven albums (nine mostly in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was recently honoured with a Canadian Folk Music Award for the year 2015 for his recording Live Acoustic at The Carleton. His album, When We Get There was nominated for a Juno Award and went to the International Space Station aboard Shuttle Endeavour with Canadian astronaut Julie Payette. [continue reading…]
Paul Aarntzen, one of Hillsburn’s three singers and the songwriting force behind the project, remembers clearly the first time the group got together in the spring of 2014: “We crammed four people and half a dozen instruments into my two-door hatchback, drove down to Hillsburn —the village on the Bay of Fundy where I used to live — and spent three straight days playing together.”
These two accomplished multi-instrumentalists share a passion for music rooted in Scandinavian and Celtic traditions. They play at times with the raw energy of dance musicians, and at others, with the subtlety of a chamber ensemble, and rich vocal harmonies are thrown into the mix. Nyckelharpa (swedish keyed fiddle), wooden flute, piano and button accordions, fiddle, piano, and låtmandola are all featured in their colorful musical palette. These two musicians from the Eastern Townships have vast teaching experience and can be found leading workshops and master classes on festival stages and at music camps. Their debut CD, First Frost, with the collaboration of Yann Falquet was released in October 2015.
Hailing from Dieppe, NB, Theresa Malenfant grew up surrounded by a musically-talented family. She made her singing debut at the age of fourteen and was soon on stage, dueting with the great Dutch Mason. After many years of success, both in her native Canada and during a five year stint living and performing in Europe, Malenfant has a number of critically acclaimed albums to her credit and 30 years of performing under her belt. The vocal powerhouse in the tradition of Janis Joplin and Etta James has amassed an incredible career, one that has shown no signs of slowing down.
Joe Murphy has been a fixture in the East Coast blues scene for the past 40 years. He got his start sitting in with Dutch Mason in 1972 and played harp and guitar on Dutchie’s last album, Half Ain’t Been Told. He also played harmonica on Garrett Mason’s Juno award winning “I’m Just A Man,” and has played with most of the blues acts who have come east in the last thirty years. [continue reading…]
Like his trademark suit, David Myles’ music is timeless. Regardless of quickly passing trends and fads, it will persevere. From soulful, contemporary pop crooners to delicate, jazzy folk ditties, and down-home, back porch roots tunes to infectious hip-hop earworms, David’s only artistic constants are his always growing, shape shifting songwriting, and his exceptional ability to entertain.
Stellar songs, dynamic vocals, and superior musicianship marks the emergence of Port Cities onto the Canadian music scene. An exciting new group from the east coast, Port Cities brings together the award winning talents of Carleton Stone, Breagh Mackinnon, and Dylan Guthro.
After over twenty-five years of performing with her siblings, Heather Rankin comes into her own with “A Fine Line,” her debut solo record. This is Heather Rankin like you have never heard her before, breaking away from The Rankin Family’s signature sound, and forging her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate original songs, and an eclectic mix of others.
“A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative & wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse.” ( The Guardian) Multiple nominees for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music awards, ECMA’s & Music PEI Awards, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are having the time of their lives immersed in the music they love as a trad/folk/fusion bilingual trio.