Kim Barlow

Sunday Afternoon Main Stage, Sept. 30th, 1pm, Festival Theatre A while back, world-travelling, multi-award-nominated touring and recording artist Kim Barlow got married and gave birth to twins, and joyously became a shadow of her former self. Since coming back to the Maritimes she has been musically re-ignited, with her band Ida Red and other collaborators.

The Bombadils

Friday Evening Main Stage, Sept. 28th, 7pm, Festival Theatre Nova Scotian maritimer Luke Fraser and Alberta prairie-girl Sarah Frank create beautiful harmonies and enchanting melodies by reconfiguring old folk songs, poetry, and original songs into a new folk framework.

Ryan Cook

Saturday Evening Main Stage, Sept. 29th, 7pm, Festival Theatre Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook has forged a sound between contemporary folk and dyed- in-the wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan’s songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape….

Charlotte Cornfield

“Her songwriting is ravenous. Even here, in uneasy happiness, the 27-year-old sounds like she will wolf down her life as fast as she is able. The windfalls, the crises, the concerts, the chance encounters – she’ll sprint through them all, collecting burs. This is work in the tradition of Dylan or Townes Van Zandt,” –…

Clary Croft

Kings County Museum, Kentville, Sept. 28th, 7pm Clary is cited in The Encyclopaedia of Music in Canada for his contribution to Maritime folklore and his ongoing research into the traditional music of the Maritime provinces. His career encompasses television, stage, film, radio, recordings and publications.

Jim Cuddy

Thursday Evening Main Stage, Sept. 27th, 7:30pm, University Hall, Acadia Jim Cuddy has written many of the songs that have become indelible in the soundtrack of Canadian lives. With the release of his fourth solo album, Constellation, he adds ten songs to that extraordinary songbook and on this record, Jim continues to find new ways…

Dennis Ellsworth

Friday Evening Main Stage, Sept. 28th, 7pm, Festival Theatre In 2017, Dennis Ellsworth needed to make a new album. And it was an emergency. So, who better to call for assistance than Joel Plaskett, leader of The Emergency, to participate? The result is Ellsworth’s fifth solo LP, Things Change, a brilliant convergence of his irresistible…

The Gilberts

Sunday Afternoon Main Stage, Sept. 30th, 1pm, Festival Theatre It’s 2003. Three kids, knee-high to a grasshopper, emigrate from the UK to Canada and settle with their music-loving parents in rural Nova Scotia. They are given three soprano ukuleles – Frieden gets the brown one, Reuben gets blue and Maisie – red. Strings buzz and…

Donna Holmes

This Wolfville singer/songwriter hosts a weekly open mic (now in its 7th year); has performed and/or recorded back-up vocals for Greg Muttart, Up Dog, Heather Kelday, Mike Aube, and Andy Flinn; and is featured on “Let the Good News Ring – Christmas Songs from the Annapolis Valley” recorded with the Hupman Brothers in 2015. She…