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ALEX CUBA

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

Grammy and Juno-award winner Alex Cuba and his dynamic band will be heating up the festival site and playing our main stage and workshops for the final two days of the four-day event that goes from August 17 thru 20. Cuba has lived in B.C. since emigrating from Cuba in 1999, and this long-time resident of Smithers has earned a …

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ALTAMEDA

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

On the alt. country front, Roots and Blues is pleased that Altameda, a young band from Edmonton that heads to the UK next month to play major festivals, will be playing Roots and Blues.  This quartet, formed out of a recording session for singer-songwriter Troy Snaterse, quickly became a group on a mission to create something new. Despite the quartet finding …

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ASANI

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

Asani is an Aboriginal women’s trio with members based in Alberta and B.C.. They are Debbie Houle, Sarah Pocklington and Sherryl Sewepagaham. This circle of First Nations and Metis women have performed across the continent at Carnegie Hall is NYC, The Kennedy Centre in Washington and the Saddledome in Calgary, and the group has also performed for the Dalai Lama, …

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TALKING DREADS

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

Hardcore Reggae fans will witness the Canadian performance debut of Talking Dreads at Roots & Blues ’17. Talking Dreads is the brainchild of Head Dread, Mystic Bowie, a Jamaican artist whose long and close relationship with Chris Franz and Tina Weymouth, founding members of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, began when he joined the latter group as a singer …

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RICKY SKAGGS

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues is pleased to announce that country and bluegrass music legend Ricky Skaggs and his extraordinary band Kentucky Thunder will be headlining our main stage on Friday August 18 at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds. A winner of 14 Grammy Awards, Skaggs has had such an impact on Americana music that it is hard to know …

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MARTIN HARLEY

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ROOTSANDBLUES is also pleased to announce that Welsh guitarist and tunesmith Martin Harley will be returning to Salmon Arm after appearing at the 2016 festival. Harley will be appearing at The Handmade Shoppe on Sunday May 7 for a matinee concert co-produced with Acoustic Avenue. Tickets are available at the ROOTSANDBLUES office and Acorn Music. Doors open at 1 p.m. …

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FIVE ALARM FUNK

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

Five Alarm Funk has long been a ROOTS&BLUES favorite and it has been five long years since the band played the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds. The infectious, ferociously upbeat sounds and intense performances of FAF continue to draw praise from crowds around the globe and with a new album, appropriately titled Sweat, the Vancouver-band continues to be one of our …

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ZAL SISSOKHO

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

Fans of the hypnotic sounds of West African music and the kora will be enthralled with the playing of Zal Sissoko. An amazing improvisor, Sissoko moved to Montreal from Africa in 1999 and before long his talents were being championed by Canadian cultural bodies and adoring audiences. He sings in the Malinke and Wolof languages.  

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KEITH SCOTT

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

For blues fans, the region’s favorite roots festival has added another veteran of the Chicago blues scene with guitar playing and singing Keith Scott. Scott received his musical education over 30 years ago jamming with greats like Buddy Guy, Junior Wells and James Cotton, and then became a member of the legendary Chicago-based Jimmy Dawkins Band. Scott will be a …

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IRISH MYTHEN

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

Winner of the ECMA’s 2015 Roots Album of the Year, Irish Mythen is a globetrotting troubadour – an Irish-born, contemporary Canadian folk artist who’s been amassing accolades and achievements across several continents over the years. In just the last 12 months, Irish has closed out the Philadelphia Folk Festival, performing after the iconic Lyle Lovett, and had tens of thousands …

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DJ SHUB

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

A member of the Turtle Clan; and, a Mohawk from Six Nations, DJ Shub last played Roots and Blues as a member of the A Tribe Called Red with whom he won a JUNO Award for Nation II Nation. He was also on board for their most popular single, “Electric Pow Wow Drum”. DJ Shub’s solo debut ep includes six …

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THE EISENHAUERS

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Sydney Barron

For fans of acoustic music with an old time sensibility, the sounds of husband and wife duo of Jeremy Eisenhauer and Sheree Plett Eisenhauer, aka The Eisenhauers, should resonate strongly at ROOTS&BLUES. Based in Kaslo, the couple’s latest release “The Road We Once Knew”, is, at heart, a meditation on change that explores the dynamics of escaping from the city and moving …

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STEPHEN FEARING

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What the people are saying… Halifax Chronicle Herald — Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay …

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FRAZEY FORD

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The root of all soul music is freedom-sheer abandon. It’s about luxuriating in the emotions that make us all human. No wonder singer Frazey Ford placed her ear to the earth and tapped into that lush tradition to give voice to her own stories on her newest release, Indian Ocean, an album about pain and dealing with tough truths but …

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JOHN PRIMER

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John Primer has undisputedly helped build the sound and style of Chicago blues as we know it today. The echos of tradition bellowing from the birthplaces he played such as: Maxwell Street, Theresa’s, Checkerboard and Rosa’s Lounges, pulse from every chord in his fingers today. John Primer is a Chicago Blues Living Legend. John’s father died tragically in Mississippi when …

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BOOKER T

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It can be argued that it was Booker T. Jones who set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity.  On classic Stax hits like “Green Onions,” “Hang ‘Em High,” “Time Is Tight,” and “Melting Pot” the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Musicians Hall of Fame inductee and GRAMMY Lifetime …

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BRADEN GATES

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Braden Gates is a young man, which may come as a surprise to anyone who has heard his brand of classic foot stompin’, fiddle playin’, guitar pickin’ folk. It would be easy to stereotype Gates as an old soul, but despite his love of traditional folk instrumentation and songwriting and old timey stage clothes, Gates’ sound carries a youthful feel …

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McGoldrick, McCusker & Doyle

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From Ireland, ROOTS&BLUES is pleased to bring acoustic music fans the brilliance of Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle, as it is a rare occasion when this all-star crew is not on a summer tour with Mark Knopfler. With the fiddle- playing McCusker’s deep Scottish roots, Doyle’s magnificent discography that includes his guitar magic as a member of Solas, …

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MARIA DUNN

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Past Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, she sings about the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present. Her latest recording Gathering (April 2016) celebrates love—the love of family, community and humanity that connects us and fires our actions to make …

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TOUBAB KREWE

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Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories.  Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance – free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life.  This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant …

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VISHTEN

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For over a decade, the Acadian trio Vishtèn has dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern rock sensibility and indie-folk influences. Lauded as “traditional but fiercely up-to-the- moment” (Penguin Eggs), this band from Canada’s east coast has been recognized as an ambassador of Francophone culture …

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THE MAD DOGS EXPERIENCE

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For 2017 Roots & Blues will present The Mad Dogs Experience on Saturday night in The Barn. A 17 piece band with choir will roll through the great songbook that Joe Cocker and Leon Russell put together under the banner Mad Dogs and Englishmen. Conceived by Dan Shinnan, the lead singer of Boogie Patrol, the Mad Dogs Experience is an …

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THE LIL’ SMOKIES

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With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the …

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LIVINGSTON TAYLOR

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Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 40-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has …

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KAIA KATER

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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 up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties …

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REV ROBERT B JONES

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Authenticity is something that I believe is important to all of us. And hopefully we get to work with people who are authentic. When you couple that authenticity with talent of a truly exceptional nature: a pastor, a songwriter, a storyteller, a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning educator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of African American folk music, including …

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DYLAN MENZIE

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With his compelling, sprawling vocal range and songs that strike a perfect balance of familiar yet sophisticated, Dylan Menzie is quickly becoming one of Prince Edward Island’s prime musical exports. Hailing from Belle River, PEI, Menzie has drawn comparisons to treasured songwriters like Joel Plaskett and Ron Sexsmith, the latter of whom publically praised Menzie when the young artist opened …

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JEFFEREY FOUCAULT

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One of the finest songwriters of his generation, Jeffrey Foucault has taken, in his own words, ‘the small roads;’ building a brick and mortar independent international touring career of ten studio albums, countless miles and critical accolades. He’s been lauded for Stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest (The New Yorker) and …

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KENNY “BLUES BOSS” WAYNE

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One of the finest blues piano players anywhere, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is on a wonderful roll these days making critically acclaimed albums for Stony Plain Records and traveling the globe playing for adoring audiences in South America, Russia, the UK, and all over this continent. Just two years ago Wayne was honored as the Most Outstanding Musician (keyboard) by …

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CLAIRE LYNCH

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Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including two GRAMMY nominations, six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. Read more about Claire Lynch’s GRAMMY nomination CLICK HERE. …

Notice of Annual General Meeting

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The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society Annual General Meeting will be held on January 17, 2017 at the Comfort Inn in Salmon Arm. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and the AGM will begin promptly at 7:00pm. The membership, past and present, and the public are invited to attend. All candidates interested to be on the Board of Directors are …

Welcome to the 25th Annual ROOTS&BLUES

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Yes the countdown to ROOTS&BLUES 2017, our 25th ANNIVERSARY, has officially begun as early bird tickets are now on sale for the weekend of August 18 thru 20. Coming off a very gratifying year that was financially successful and artistically satisfying we have been hard at work since the last note was played at our volunteer party. To that end …

On the Path to the 25th Annual Roots&Blues Festival

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Well it is maybe 36 hours since the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Volunteer Party came to a close and reflection is certainly a big part of the process when it comes to staging events of the kind. For four nights, if you count the Music Crawl, and three days, it seemed to be “smiles all around” unless I was …

Raffle Winners

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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the raffle sponsors for their contributions to make the 24th Annual Roots&Blues Festival raffle one of the best ever! We would also like to thank the Province of British Columbia and BC Gaming for allowing our event the opportunity to raise funds through the gaming program. Below is the …

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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 …

PlayZONE

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The Play Collective is a collaboration of performing artists and musicians who invite interactive play with all ages. Together Performers, Live Musicians, Artists and the Young at heart collaborate through poi spinning, juggling, puppeteering, music, workshops, interactive art and more! Bring your family and all your friends to discover the hula hoops, giant bubbles, team games and other awesome surprises. …

Workshops Ready to Go

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Well the workshop schedules have been a while in coming but we do believe we have a great slate of thematic daytime shows for you the patron of the Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES Festival, the 2016 edition. As is always the case, one tries to find the opportunity to present roots music styles that may not have been in play the …

Music Crawl Update #1

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Hard to believe, but in two months time the Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES Festival gates will be opening and to kick-off the 2016 festival patrons can expect an expanded Music Crawl on Thursday August 18th. BUY MEMBERSHIP NOW! Last year the Shuswap Community Theatre was added as a new venue and patrons loved the intimacy and fine acoustics the theatre on …

EVENING PERFORMANCES

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Planning out your festival itinerary and all the logistics that go into attending Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES is a job in itself, so we figured we’d give you the first of a few leads on what acts are playing our evening stages the nights of August 19, 20 and 21 at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds. Main Stage Friday night features three …

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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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From England via Wales comes one of the hottest young proponents of the blues-folk tradition on the other side of the pond. A triple threat as a fine singer, instrumentalist and songwriter, Harley has been creating such a buzz in his backyard that he has landed coveted and multiple spots at the Glasonbury Festival (Avalon Main Stage), landed tours and …

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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 …

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS GO ON SALE!

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We just want to make sure the word is out! Tickets for the 24th Annual ROOTS&BLUES Festival are now available for purchase. You can buy ’em on the website, at our office, or at the customer service desk at each of the Askews Foods stores in Sicamous, Salmon Arm (downtown and uptown) and at the Armstrong location. A special priced …

Congratulations 2015 Roots and Blues Festival Raffle Winners!

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Congratulations Raffle Winners! Thank you for your support we appreciate it! 1st Prize – San Francisco trip for 2 – Jennifer Bertram Salmon Arm, BC 2nd Prize – Norco Mountain Bike – Nick Snoek, Tappen, BC 3rd Prize – Guitar from Acorn Music – James McArthur Merritt, BC 4th Prize – Roots and Blues ticket package – Eric Darbyshire Vernon, …

Much Anticipated Roots and Blues Festival to Kick Off in Salmon Arm

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The Roots and Blues Festival kicks off this week with a Music Crawl prequel on Thursday night. The crawl will feature a number of international and Canadian musicians, including Salmon Arm’s own Jesse Mast, who was awarded the 2014 North American Country Music Associations International Songwriter of the Year Award. The weekend long festival features a range of artists on …

Thursday Music Crawl Schedule

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                                  Blue Canoe Peter Lawren Clark 7:45 PM 121 Shuswap St Tom Walbank 9:15 PM Wicked Spoon Jordan Dean 7:00 PM 200 Trans-Canada Hwy Brent Parkin 8:15 PM Jesse Mast 9:30 PM Shuswap Chefs Kat Danser 6:30 PM 551 Trans-Canada Hwy Jordan Dick Trio …

Mongolian folk-rock group Hanggai merge ancient language with modern sound

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Mongolian folk-rock group Hanggai merge ancient language with modern sound Rebecca Tucker | July 29, 2015 | Last Updated: Jul 29 8:29 AM ET More from Rebecca Tucker | @RebeccaTee HO In Away from the Grasslands, the new mini-documentary about Mongolian folk-rock group Hanggai, mouth harp-player Horizha — in voiceover — gives a brief personal history. “I grew up on the grassland …

Bluesfest: Canned Heat delivers rockin’ boogie blues

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Canned Heat perform at Ottawa Bluesfest 2015. All photos by Terry Steeves. The rain definitely did not deter folks from coming out on Friday night to see rock ‘n roll blues legends, Canned Heat. The scene was a colourful array of rain slickers and umbrellas which covered the area in front of Ottawa Bluesfest’s Monster Stage, and nearly all the …

ACCOMODATIONS FOR ROOTS AND BLUES

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Rooms and camping are booking up in the Salmon Arm area quickly this summer and our friends at Shuswap Tourism sent out a mass email today asking hotel, motel, and campground operators about availability on the weekend of August 14 thru 16. We received a number of responses and here are those that we received by 2 p.m. today. Podollan …

Review: Canned Heat “Songs From The Road” (Ruf Records)

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Canned Heat are back. They have apparently sold more records than any other blues band in music history, and are the only blues band to have had three number one records. I am told that they have played more festivals worldwide than any other band of any genre, too. Canned Heat’s latest incarnation is a force to be reckoned with, …

Ballroom Thieves Talk New Album, Dylan, More

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The Newport Folk Festival caught up with Martin Early, singer/guitarist of the Ballroom Thieves, on the eve of the festival to talk the latest record, festivals and the Bob Dylan tribute set. Allston Pudding: You just released A Wolf in the Doorway, your debut album. What’s reception been like? Martin Early: Reception has been great so far. We toured extensively …

Exceptional artists will deliver exceptional performances…

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After attending the Vancouver Island Music Festival this past weekend it is pretty much impossible to not return to Salmon Arm pumped about roots music in general and the audiences that follow everything from traditional folk from the U.K. to Delta blues to West African music.  Once again Doug Cox, founder and artistic director of VIMF, hit a series of …

Pick The Performer Winner Announced

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Donna-Jeanne Wray of Salmon Arm was the happy winner of the 2015 Pick the Performer contest with her nomination of  the John Butler Trio!  Congratulations to Donna-Jeanne Wray, who won a fabulous house boat vacation from Twin Anchors House Boats, 4 golf passes to Salmon Arm Golf Club Championship Course, 2 Weekend Backstage Passes, and the possibility of meeting her …

More Great Acts Announced to 2015 Lineup

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Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival announced the last pieces of the 2015 line-up today, and two months out in front of the major music event that is the only event of it’s kind in the Shuswap, Okanagan and North Thompson regions of B.C.. The newly announced artists add some regional depth to the programming as singer-songwriter James Lamb and …

The Slocan Ramblers release Chris Coole-produced sophomore album Coffee Creek

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The Slocan Ramblers release Chris Coole-produced sophomore album Coffee Creek July 11 – the Tranzac, main hall, Toronto, ON  **official album release** July 12 – Keogh Park Bandshell, Tottenham ON (1-3pm) July 17-19 – Ness Creek Music Festival, Ness Creek ON July 21 – Battleford House Concert, North Battleford SK (7:30pm tickets: jessica.labman@gmail.com) July 22 – The Blackfoot Balehouse, Blackfoot …

2015 Line Up – Performer Release

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May 7, 2015 – Salmon Arm, BC Salmon Arm Roots and Blues is pleased to announce 16 more acts to the 2015 line-up for the festival that takes place August 14 thru 16 at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds. Current Swell, one of B.C.’s finest musical exports, will be on hand to close the Friday night main stage, while six …