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THE WILLY GAW QUARTET

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The Willy Gaw Quartet is Richard Owings on Violin, Bill Lockie on Stand-up Bass, Jordan Dick on Lead Guitar and Willy Gaw on Rhythm Guitar. Based out of Salmon Arm these four musicians have been playing together off and on for a few years now and what they play is Gypsy Jazz. Inspired by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli and …

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COLVIN & EARLE

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Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle both remember the night they met. It was nearly 30 years ago, and Colvin had been invited to open a solo acoustic performance by Earle at the Iron Horse in Northampton, MA. Though their interactions that night were limited to some cursory dressing room pleasantries, each left more of an impression on the other than …

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DIYET

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The ROOTS&BLUES is pleased to announce the addition of Yukon-based singer-songwriter Diyet who will be making her first appearance at ROOTS&BLUES. Born in a tent, raised in a small cabin in a village on the shores of a glacial lake in the mountains of the Kluane region of the Yukon, Diyet proudly embodies her Southern Tutchone, Japanese, Tlingit and Scottish roots with …

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JOHN REISCHMAN and THE JAYBIRDS

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One of the finest bluegrass bands anywhere, John Reischman and The Jaybirds, will be dispensing their high lonesome sound that is found on five outstanding releases. With a fourth critically-acclaimed album and expanded touring schedule, John Reischman and the Jaybirdsare a top-flight band delivering a truly fresh blend of original songs and instrumentals, old-time heritage, and bluegrass power. Featuring nine …

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QUARTETTO GELATO

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Coming to ROOTS&BLUES ’16 with a completely different musical sensibility is the award-winning classical ensemble Quartetto Gelato. The groups repertoire consists of a mix of masterworks and operatic arias with tangos, gypsy, and folk songs from around the world. As one Toronto reviewer stated – “Quartetto Gelato proves that they are indeed the “Cirque du Soleil” of classical music – …

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SHRED KELLY

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Since the inception of Shred Kelly, the Fernie BC based band have been re-defining what folk-rock means. Through their individual pan-Canadian backgrounds, Tim Newton, Sage McBride, Jordan Vlasschaert, Ian Page-Shiner, and Ty West have amplified the traditional sound of folk music with a more contemporary approach. Pushing the boundaries of the genre, they have incorporated a wide range of influences …

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HARROW FAIR

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Miranda Mulholland & Andrew Penner are two members of Harrow Fair. One part stomping songs that echo early Country and Rock n Roll. The other gritty ballads that sound sweet and haunted. This duo’s evocative and rapidly expanding collection of songs are utterly foreign, oddly familiar and deeply gratifying. Debut Full-Length Album due out 2016. (Content above cited from the …

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ADRIAN NATION

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Guitarist, singer, writer of songs, are just some of things that go to make up the man Adrian Nation. Guitar builder, rugby player, carpenter, martial artist, climber, the list goes on and is reflected in his musical catalogue. Here is an artist who can’t sit at home waiting for imagination to create the songs, rather he goes and finds the …

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STEWART MACDOUGALL

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Now well into his fifth decade as a professional musician and songwriter, New Brunswick native Stewart MacDougall continues to be one of Alberta’s most diverse performers. Before pursuing a solo career in 1997 he was best known for his keyboard and vocal work with Laura Vinson, k.d. lang, Ian Tyson, and Great Western Orchestra. His songs have been recorded by …

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T BUCKLEY TRIO

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Making a first appearance at ROOTS&BLUES is Calgary’s T Buckley Trio. The Canmore Folk Festival says “There’s enough swing and twang to set your feet moving involuntarily and enough soul and lament to make you want to grab a beer to cry into, but the joy these three bring to the stage will leave those lyrics two-stepping through your mind …

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SEAL SKULL HAMMER

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Seal Skull Hammer is a Canadian band that was born high in the majestic mountains of British Columbia. Sprung from once-a-week summer jams on Alton Gowen’s front porch in the sunny Shuswap these three melodious mountain musicians have joined forces,  moving off the front porch and onto the stage,  as the band Seal Skull Hammer. These three do-it-yourselves of the …

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CROSSBOW

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Neil Burnett is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who specializes in the Celtic music of his family roots. Among other instruments, he plays the Irish flute, tin whistle, Celtic harp, traditional Irish/Scottish drum, the bodhrán, and keyboards, both acoustic and electronic. He’s been a performer, studio recording artist, and composer in British Columbia for two decades. He has played and recorded …

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HarpPixie

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To entertain is one thing. To enrich is another. Singer-Songwriter-Harper-Spoken-Word-Poet HarpPixie blurs the line between performance and transformational offering. HarpPixie’s songs ring with clarity. Her stories say ‘yes’ to vitality. Her poetry bowls the thinking mind right over, and feeds the soul image-after-rapidfire-image. As a workshop leader and as a performer, HarpPixie aims to light you up. Harp Pixie lives …

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SAMANTHA MARTIN

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Samantha Martin was nominated in 2016 as New Artist of the Year honors at the Maple Blues Awards, and will be fronting our gospel show with The Sojourners and Jerry Lawson of the Persuasions.   “Here’s a voice that comes along once in a generation, and only on a blue moon.” — Bob Mersereau   “Samantha Martin’s is a force …

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SUGAR BROWN

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Also from central Canada comes one of our new blues heroes who is making his first venture out west the week of ROOTS&BLUES. Sugar Brown has immersed himself in the sounds of everything from the Velvet Underground and Tom Waits to R.L. Burnside and Lightnin’ Hopkins. Absolutely mesmerizing is the only way to describe this guitarist and singer.

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CIRCUS IN FLAMES

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Led by Doug Andrew who came out of the punk scene via Shanghai Dog, has been aptly described by Tom Harrison of the Vancouver Province as being “ an act led by a great songwriter…with an extraordinarily sympathetic band…combining for a weird mix of musical eclecticism built on a dark folklore”.   ROOTS&BLUES patrons can also look for Andrew to …

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TILLER’S FOLLY

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For the past nineteen years, through thousands of performances stretching from the Pacific North-west to The Carolinas and across to the British Isles and beyond – they have spread their memorable blend of energy, history, musicality, romance and just plain fun from small and large halls to theatres and festivals. Tiller’s Folly are modern day storytellers of lore, uniting past …

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WHITEHORSE

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2016 JUNO Winner – Adult alternative album of the year Whitehorse, “Leave No Bridge Unburned”. When it comes to making a commitment to Canadian content for the 2016 edition of ROOTS&BLUES, this festival couldn’t choose a finer contemporary roots act to join us for a couple of days than Whitehorse.   Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet have, over the past …

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MATT ANDERSEN

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As of the last few weeks Matt Andersen’s career has rocketed to another lofty plateau and with that news Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES is very pleased to announce that Andersen will be front and centre at our 24th annual festival on the weekend of August 19th thru 21st.   Since it’s release in late February Andersen’s new album Honest Man debuted …

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS

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We are pleased to announce that one of Canada’s most respected indie folk-roots bands Great Lake Swimmers will be appearing at the 24th edition of Roots and Blues from August 19 thru 21, 2016. Touring behind their sixth album, A Forest of Arms, this exceptional Tony Dekker-led band has once again received critical acclaim that has lifted the band to …

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AMY HELM & THE HANDSOME STRANGERS

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2015 has been a grand year for singer-songwriter and bandleader Amy Helm with her chart topping debut solo album Didn’t It Rain and a string of rave reviews for her soulful and spirited live shows. So it is no wonder that many of us are convinced that the gifted artist will continue impressing audiences in 2016, and one of those …

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ERIC BIBB

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Without question one of the most important acoustic blues artists of his generation, Eric Bibb is also one of the most prolific recording artists in the roots music world. Currently nominated for two prestigious 2016 Blues Music Awards, and the ceremony will be held May 5 in Memphis, Bibb finds himself as a finalist in both as Acoustic Artist of …

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JAREKUS SINGLETON

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Given the name of our festival it goes without saying that one of the mandates of ROOTS&BLUES is to “get to the heart of the blues”. For 2016 the first “true blue” blues artist we are announcing happens to be one of the hottest young blues performers on the planet, Jarekus Singleton. Armed with the instrumental power of an Albert …

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THE BROS. LANDRETH

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It was a year and a half ago at the Winnipeg Folk Festival when after witnessing The Bros. Landreth in full flight, that Bonnie Raitt stated, “I haven’t liked a band as much as The Bros. Landreth in a long time. To hear this kind of funky, Southern-style rock played with such originality and soul will knock you out.” Endorsements …

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CRYSTAL SHAWANDA

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Crystal Shawanda grew up on the Wikwemikong reserve on an island in Ontario, Canada, Her parents raised her on Country music, but it was her oldest brother who introduced her to the blues. He would hang out in the basement cranking Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Etta James, and Crystal would sit at the top of the stairs, straining to …

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JERRY LAWSON

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One of the great soul, gospel and blues singers of his generation, Jerry Lawson is best known as “the voice” of the critically acclaimed a cappella group The Persuasions, and understandably so as he spent the better part of four decades with the influential and groundbreaking vocal group. When Lawson was the lead singer of the Persuasions, which he left …

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TIM WILLIAMS

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For all of the great Canadian musicians who went south during the seventies, Canada was blessed with a number of musicians who migrated north. Tim Williams is one of those fine and multi-talented artists who decided Canada was where he was going to hang his hat and our scene has been so much better for that move. Yes, he is …

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LINDA MCRAE

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Another veteran of the western Canadian scene, Linda McRae’s talents first came to prominence when she joined spirit of the west for what would become an eight year tenure with the popular roots group. during that time she was heard on a number of Spirit of the West albums including “Save This House”, and “Faithlift”. The next phase of her …

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ROY FORBES

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For almost 45 years Roy Forbes has been a mainstay at festivals, and folk club produced concerts across this land. The B.C. native burst onto the scene during a renaissance period for Canadian roots music and in quick succession the singer-songwriter released a series of recordings under the name Bim. Those recordings earned him loyal audiences thanks to deep well …

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THE SOJOURNERS

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That three remarkable singers from the U.S. would align themselves under the banner of The Sojourners in Vancouver remains one of the most inspiring stories in the Canadian roots music community of the last couple of decades. Marcus Mosely who hails from Texas, Will Sanders whose roots are deep in Louisiana and Khari McClelland who was raised in Detroit are …

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MARTIN HARLEY

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Please note there has been a time change for this concert. We had to move to a 7 pm start due to a scheduling conflict in the afternoon. Hope this is okay for those who have already purchased tickets. If you are still looking to get tickets they are available on line: acousticavenue.tickit.ca or in person at Roots and Blues …

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MOLLY TUTTLE BAND

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Starting with Nickel Creek (Chris Thile, Sean and Sara Watkins) a number of years ago, there have been a number of remarkably young bluegrass artists making their mark on the bluegrass world in what seems to be the blink of an eye. Count Molly Tuttle among them, as this gifted American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who is barely out of …

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FRONT PORCH ROOTS REVUE

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This crew of veteran western Canadian roots music players and out and out characters have a collective resume that boasts success in the blues, country, folk, roots-rock and singer-songwriter scenes over a period of four decades. Drawing on the talents of musicians from Edmonton, Calgary, Bragg Creek and Vancouver, Front Porch has been juggling a number of shows and themes …

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DAVID GOGO

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Nanaimo’s red-hot and rockin’ guitar master David Gogo will help light the fuse to the entire festival weekend and he’ll be doing so in part by playing material from his 2016 Juno-nominated album Vicksburg Call which is his sixth Juno nomination. His first dates all the way back to 1995 when he was nominated for Best New Solo Artist, what …

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STEVE KOZAK

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This first-rate blues artist has been turning the heads of blues fans in Canada for thirty years now since he first broke into the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties. When it comes to tasty west coast blues guitar playing Kozak’s name is at the top of the list in this nation, just ask greats like Duke Robillard and James Harman …

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LOCARNO

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When looking at and listening to, the incredible explosion of what we term “world music” within our country’s borders, the experience and conversation begins with Tom Landa. The founder of the critically acclaimed Paperboys has also been fronting Locarno for the last few years, a band that finds it’s sizzle in his Mexican roots while incorporating large doses of Cuban …

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JOE CRAVEN

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When putting together what will be a truly memorable festival experience for our patrons, it is imperative that we bring to you musicians and individuals who are both decidedly unique and ridiculously gifted.   There’s no doubt that Joe Craven, a master of the mandolin and violin, mind-boggling percussionist, story-teller and emcee is the kind of artist who will turn …

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PAUL BARRERE & FRED TACKETT OF LITTLE FEAT

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Two legendary figures from a legendary band in the world of roots rock music are headed to the 24th edition of the Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES Festival and will perform the music of Little Feat and much more!. Little Feat has quite simply been one of the major forces in Americana and rock and roll music since the late Lowell George …

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kLoX

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From deep in the heart of the urban jungle of Toronto to the heart of the Shuswap come kLoX, one of the hippest and rooted electronic acts in our nation. Two classically trained musicians, the tabla playing Gurpreet Chana, aka The Tabla Guy, and violinist Mason Bach, joined forces a few years ago with a vision to create dance music …

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DIGGING ROOTS

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The 2016 Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES Festival is pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed duo of Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish, known around the globe as Digging Roots, will be playing a major role at this year’s event.   No strangers to ROOTS&BLUES patrons, this award-winning team has been touring the globe the past few years, delivering their message filled, …

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DELHI 2 DUBLIN

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With a major detour to the 24th ROOTS&BLUES in Salmon Arm. If you were wondering whether ROOTS&BLUES was intending on inviting musicians who can collectively whip an audience into an absolute frenzy this summer look no further than one of this continent’s most arresting and explosive live acts, Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin. Rolling into 2016 with a wave of fresh …

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THE NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS

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Every major music city has an all-star project band, or bands, and one of the finest in one of the great music Mecca’s of the world is the New Orleans Suspects who came together six years ago in the Big Easy. What was considered at the outset a, part time, good time project, quickly became a full time endeavor as …