Aerialists

Sponsored by: Discount Car and Truck Rental In a world where hyphenated genres are becoming the norm, all kinds of monikers are available for a contemporary folk band – post-folk, trad-core, alt-roots … file under World, or file under Celtic? Aerialists fits best with the beautifully contradictory term prog-trad, melding their ferociously creative harmonic sensibilities…

Coco Love Alcorn

Sponsored by: Herbin Jewellers Coco Love Alcorn has always followed her spirit, but never so literally as with her latest album, Wonderland. The songs spring from her personal journey, but true to her nature, Coco offers a universal interpretation that invites all listeners to jump in and sing along. During a 5 year break from…

Bluesmobile

Sponsored by: CIBC Wood Gundy Bluesmobile is the Annapolis Valley’s own 15 piece dance band featuring a 6 piece horn section, 5 piece rhythm section, and 4 vocalists. The band plays music from many musical styles including blues, funk, rock, soul and R&B; covering such artists as Stevie Wonder, Louis Jordan, Chicago, Earth Wind and…

Jill Boudreau

It comes as no surprise Jill was born and raised in Sydney, Cape Breton. Her infectious smile and sunny disposition leaves no doubt that she is a true Caper. She relocated to the valley, right here in Wolfville, to inspire young minds as a teacher. While she has always had a profound love of music,…

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboy

Sponsored by: Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic “…a folk singer with the heart of a rock ‘n’ roll band.” — K. Oliver, Free Times Jonathan Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune…

Alex Cuba

Sponsored by: Jane’s Boutique Alex Cuba is a Latin Grammy/Juno winner, singer-songwriter who is not tied to tradition; Alex has a vast musical vision. His sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and powerful guitar riffs, relinquish a conventional stereotype that exemplifies much of the Latin music landscape. Born Alexis Puentes in Artemisa, Cuba, was immersed in music…

The Dearlies

Sponsored by: Municipality of the County of Kings The Dearlies are a Nova Scotian country-folk trio. Singer-songwriter Rebecca MacDonald is joined by sisters Meagan and Jenny Osburn to bring you sweet original tunes and old favourites in three part harmony. The love of music brought them together in 2005 when Rebecca showed up for open…

Djugdjug Ensemble

This group 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 lead the Drum Circle at our Festival Tent on Saturday morning and again be part…

Donna Holmes

This local singer/songwriter hosts a weekly open mic, sings with the Annapolis Big Band, and directs a seasonal variety show called Broken Leg Theatre. She’s sung backup vocals for Greg Muttart, Up Dog, Heather Kelday, and Andy Flinn; and performed at the Halifax Jazz Festival. Donna also appears as a featured artist on Let the…

Kaia Kater

Sponsored by: Canopy Creative The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom, Kaia Kater, couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew…