2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

Madison Violet

Madison Violet

Madison Violet

Fiddling singer Lisa McIsaac and guitarist singer Brenley MacEachern are coming to town to both break your heart and lift you up. Described as alt country with a blend of pop folk-rock, their ability to craft a good song and then present it with their exquisite harmonies and lush instrumentation will have you humming their tunes for days to come.

Touring to the far corners of the planet opening for performers like Chantal Kreviazuk, Indigo Girls, Ron Sexsmith, The Temptations or Ashley McIsaac, these “road dogs” have fine-tuned their act over their nine years together and created three albums of their ‘haunting lovely and refreshing’ music. Their style has been likened to a blend of Neil Young, Dolly Parton, and Simon & Garfunkel ‘walking through the doors of “O Brother Where Art Thou”’ while hastened by an overture by Alison Krause & Robert Plant. All this is channeled into their own unique sound.

Lisa & Brenley’s intelligent & quirky lyrics have a simple poignancy to them, and as the mind fills with vibrant & vivid imagery while they recount tales of broken hearts, life on the road, loneliness and loss, the heart is somehow unburdened of the weight it carries. Madison Violet has a gentle and seductive charm that can easily lure one willingly into dark corners. And you’ll likely leave feeling all the better for it.

Photos: Victor Tarvares & Ron Weyman

For more visit:

www.madisonviolet.com
www.myspace.com/madvioletmusic
www.maplemusic.com/artists/mav/

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

The Fabulous Ginn Sisters

The Fabulous Ginn Sisters

The Ginn sisters, Tiffany & Brit, are coming to town, so mothers hide your sons! These gals will steal their hearts and leave everyone wanting more.

Based out of Austin, Texas, The Fabulous Ginn Sisters’ rough & ready sound stole Fred Eaglesmith’s attention, so he took them to his studio in Port Dover, Ontario, to record their 2010 album, You Can’t Take A Bad Girl Home.

Self-described as “a smoky, drunken stumble through a broken-heart junkyard”, the music is laced with buoyant harmonies that ramble around their folksy Americana sound, weaving between pop, rock & country melodies.  Having already carved out a place for themselves in the South with their sweet singing, this new offering lurches them toward an eclectic path that’s infused with some good ol’ rock & roll.

For more visit:

http://www.theginnsisters.com/

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

David Myles

David Myles

Songmeister David Myles does it all: smooth jazz, soulful pop, bluesy folk—yet he defies being tied down by these genres. His warm, personable presence combined with emotion-filled melodies and unique instrumentation has enchanted audiences wherever he performs.

A native of Fredericton who now works out of Halifax, Myles was voted New Brunswick’s choice for the CBC’s Great Canadian Song Quest. He won the 2009 ECMA Folk Recording Award. And he was a winner in the International Songwriting Competition last year as well, judged by the likes of songwriting legends Tom Waits & Brian Wilson.

And on the side, Myles wrote and recorded his 4th album, Turn Time Off, produced in collaboration with DRMF fave Joel Plaskett. His songs cut to the core of our lives; he speaks of human fallibility, of change, of being alive & in love, yet does so without being maudlin or sentimental. In demand and on the ascent, DRMF audiences are sure to be charmed by Myles and his music.

For more visit:

http://davidmyles.com/

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

Kim Dunn

Kim Dunn

Kim Dunn may best be known as a sideman working with virtually everyone in the East Coast music community for 30 years now. After a brief four-year reprieve studying Jazz at St. FX, he found himself in great demand for his abilities as sideman, producer, writer, and arranger. For all his effort and amazing attitude he was awarded the first East Coast Music ” MUSICIAN SPECIAL ACHEIVEMENT” Award.

After playing on countless other CDs, Kim’s first, the self-produced ‘Take This Hammer’, combines a smooth, organic mix of roots/folk with elements of pop, jazz, and blues throughout. The writing is first class all the way, and the cover songs are beautifully arranged; you’ve never heard Blackbird quite like this… But most of all it’s Kim’s singing that comes to the forefront. Kim delivers with a voice that’s soulful, seasoned, and confident.

We look forward to having Kim with us at Deep Roots this year.

For more visit:

http://www.kimdunn.ca/

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

The F-Holes

The F-Holes

Don’t let their tongue-in-cheek name fool you, rather let their raucous live performance be a testament to their unique blend of country, dixieland, and Manitoba roots music. Since forming in Winnipeg in 2004, The F-Holes have shared the stage with the likes of Juno nominated artists Elliot Brood, Twilight Hotel, Nathan and The Perpetrators, as well as The Weber Brothers and Dan Frechette.

They have entertained a wide variety of audiences ranging from the Children’s Fringe Festival and the Festival du Voyageur, to the Manitoba Stampede and the Fire and Water Music Festival. Their unmistakable vintage inspired sound and zeal for live performance has garnered them acclaim from an array of critics and audiences alike.

For more visit:

http://www.thefholes.ca/
http://www.myspace.com/patrickalexandre

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

Meaghan Smith

Meaghan Smith

Meaghan Smith was once deathly afraid of the stage.

She left her native Ontario for Halifax, where she gathered up her courage and threw herself wholeheartedly into the open mic scene. Little by little, her self-confidence grew, and she released The Cricket’s Orchestra. The album’s 11 original songs are rooted in the sound of vintage pop from the 1920s to 40s.

Meaghan’s music has been featured on One Tree Hill, Grey’s Anatomy and (500) Days of Summer.

To further confirm her rising star, Meaghan will be part of the 2010 Lilith Fair tour, a celebration of women in song co-founded by Sarah McLachlan.

For more visit:

http://www.meaghansmith.com/
http://www.myspace.com/meaghansmithmusic

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

Ian Janes

Ian Janes

Ian Janes returns to Deep Roots with his impeccably crafted new album, Piece of Mine, showcasing his rich, seasoned voice, distinctive guitar playing and beautiful writing.

Maclean’s Magazine named Ian Janes one of the 100 Canadians to Watch. CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera gave Janes his own one-hour special. The East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) featured him on their televised gala (he has received five ECMA nominations to date). And, Thom Fitzgerald used Janes’ music in his award winning film, The Event.

Ian has previously released two albums, As it Seems (2002 Music Industry of Nova Scotia’s Record of the Year), as well as his critically acclaimed debut, Occasional Crush.

Ian Janes first performed in Wolfville when he was a hot-shot teen guitar player, introducing his early songs. By the time we presented him at the first Deep Roots Music Festival he was an established recording artist. His third recording, Piece of Mine, is a definitive snapshot of who Ian Janes is. The songs have depth and relevance, performed with effortless musicality. We are pleased to welcome Ian home to Deep Roots.

For more visit:

http://ianjanes.com/

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

Matthew Barber

Matthew Barber

Matthew Barber is an acclaimed singer-songwriter hailing from Toronto. A fixture on the Canadian music scene over the last five years, Barber has released three records and an e.p. and toured extensively across Canada and abroad, making inroads into Europe, Australia and now the United States.

His sound is largely influenced by the tradition of folk-rock and country singer-songwriters like Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Tom Petty, Hank Williams, Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen, but also by years of immersion in contemporary indie-rock as a college radio d.j.

The one constant in Barber’s songwriting is his knack for a memorable hook (perhaps owing to his enduring love of the Beatles), and in this way he has carved out a unique sound that often defies categorization.

For more visit:
www.matthewbarber.com

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

Compañía Azul

Compañía Azul

Compañía Azul has a heart split between the coasts of Atlantic Canada and the dry earth of Andalusia. Founded by dancer Megan “Azulita” Matheson, guitarist Bob Sutherby, singer Sean Harris and percussionist Tony Tucker, the company strives to bring their own voice to flamenco, melding diverse backgrounds of various musical styles, while maintaining grounded in the flamenco traditions.

All four principal members began their careers with the highly regarded El Viento Flamenco, founded by Evelyne Benais and Bob Sutherby in St. John’s Newfoundland.

Artistic Direction: Megan “Azulita” Matheson
Music Direction: Sean Harris, Bob Sutherby

Megan “Azulita” Matheson
Dance/Choreography/Vocals
Sandra “Tziporah” Bornemann Dance/cello
Sean Harris Vocals
Bob Sutherby Guitar
Tony Tucker Percussion
Guest artist: Ian MacMillan (percussion)

Sandra “Tziporah” Bornemann
Dancing since the age of four, Tziporah(meaning “little bird” in Hebrew) entered into the world of flamenco after being drawn in by flamenco’s compelling rhythms and brazen attitude. She began her studies with Afifa Lahbadi and Bonnie Stewart of Centro Flamenco in Vancouver. Continuing on to study in Halifax at El Viento School of Dance under the instruction of Azulita and Evelyne Benais, Tziporah has developed an undeniable passion for flamenco dance.

Sean Harris
Sean began singing from a very early age and became a versatile performer, tackling classical, blues, rock, gospel and eventually flamenco. His training in Canada and Spain with teachers Juan del Gastor and Patricio Tito helped him develop a flamenco voice that has been described as “rich, soaring and heart-rending”.

Megan “Azulita” Matheson
Azulita, nicknamed for her blue eyes, began her studies with Evelyne Benais, going on to concentrate her studies with Juana Amaya, Rafael de Carmen and Ángela Gabaldón. She is inspired by the visceral nature of flamenco and its ability to provide a platform for the most complicated set of emotions and is in love with creating rhythms and choreography to do so. On stage she has been described as “stunning”.

Bob Sutherby
Throughout his years in El Viento Flamenco and Los Flamencos, Bob has established himself as a respected flamenco guitarist. Bob is known for his emotional playing, his clear, crisp sound and his ability to accompany a dancer with precision. He has studied in Canada and Spain with Patricio Tito, Juan del Gastor, Miguel Aragón, Juan Martín, Flavio Rodrigues and Arcadio Marín.

Tony Tucker
Tony’s extensive experience with African and Cuban drumming, Newfoundland Celtic and even Hard Rock kit drumming have given him the subtlety and dynamism necessary to a flamenco band.

Photos by Cathy McKelvey

For more visit:

http://compania-azul.com/

Or on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Compania-Azul/109651495725507

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival

Catherine MacLellan

Catherine MacLellan (Photo by Patrick Nichols)

Catherine MacLellan’s pure, ethereal vocals and poetic lyrics have contributed to her becoming one of the most celebrated new singer-songwriters in Canada, and around the world.

Her last album, Church Bell Blues, hit #1 on the iTunes Canada Roots charts, and elicited comparisons to Joni Mitchell. Her highly anticipated third album, Water in the Ground, is a brilliant collection of new songs that affirms her reputation as a prolific and gifted songwriter. It also features some of the most prominent roots musicians in Canada, including Treasa Levasseur, Justin Rutledge and David Baxter.

Catherine has toured with Bruce Cockburn in the USA, with Steve Forbert in the UK, and has showcased in Paris, Cannes, Berlin, New York, London, and Memphis. We are very happy to be able to have her come to Deep Roots this year.

For more visit:

www.catherinemaclellan.com

2010 Artist Profiles, 2010 Deep Roots Music Festival
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