Aaron Gregg
Comedy and insanity go hand in hand with this energetic, comic wizard and his perfect blend of mind-blowing stunts, technology, and inventive antics.
Andy White
One of Ireland’s best loved modern, acoustic troubadours, White is the recipient of the prestigious Hot Press Irish Songwriter of the Year Award.
Babe Gurr
Finely crafted, deeply reflective songs and a unique acoustic roots sound that shines through with grace and clarity.
High voltage banjo-punk bluegrass band that does their thing on distorted six-string slide banjo, slap-driven upright bass, dobro and acoustic guitar.

Big Brother and the Holding Company
Janis Joplin’s Original Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Comprised of three of its original members, Peter Albin (bass), Sam Andrew (guitar) and Dave Getz (drums), accompanied by two new members, their hits are as alive today as they were during the summer of love.

Blu Hopkins
Winner of the OMA (Okanagan Music Award) Bluegrass Artist / Group of The Year in 2007 and nominated eight times in various categories including Folk Roots Artist of the Year, Bluegrass Artist of the Year, Male Performer of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Album of the Year. Blu is a popular local performer, often sharing the stage with wife, Kelly and his group, Silvercreek.
Bobby Rush
Bobby’s legendary live shows are packed with new style jump blues, soul and funk, complete with full band, costume changes, and a pair of voluptuous dancers who know really how to strut their stuff!
Brinsley Forde with the Jason Wilson Band
Cool reggae rhythms and healing vibrations from the founder of Aswad. Irie! Come get your groove on.
Burnt Project 1
Rock, blues and funk in a bubbling blues stew second to none.
Carolyn Wonderland
A genuine guitar goddess whose diverse songwriting and soulful vocals will leave you utterly inspired.
Chloe, Kyle & Co.
Multi-instrumental wunderkinds and award winning fiddlers with a toe-tapping mix of jazz, Celtic, classical, country and children’s tunes.
Chris Smither
Chris Smither delivers a multi-layered blend of folk and blues filled with virtuosic finger picking and uniformly brilliant songs

Cirkids – Avatar Circus Project
An eight piece ensemble that combines a number of circus disciplines—acrobatics, hand balancing, dance, aerial straps and more.
Creaking Tree String Quartet
Creative jazzy forms with a kick from the Canadian Folk Music Award winners for Best Instrumentalists and Pushing the Boundaries.
Dancing Bear Theatre (Marc Suess)
Delightfully dynamic storytelling with Munsch-esque creativity told inside the belly of a giant inflatable whale.
David “Honeyboy” Edwards
A true living blues legend and contemporary of Robert Johnson, Honeyboy recently took home the 2007 Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album.
David Wilcox
A powerhouse performer, David has been a constant on the blues scene for over twenty years earning gold and platinum albums, numerous awards, and a much-deserved reputation as one of the Canada’s leading blues icons.
Donald Ray Johnson
Red hot blues accompanied by Johnson’s deeply, powerful and sultry vocals make this blues icon Canada’s answer to the Chicago blues.
Eliana Cuevas Band
Sophisticated, yet simple, world and jazz offerings from one of the world’s most unique voices.
Mother Mother
Mother Mother has grabbed the attention of all the right people. “4 Stars” – The Globe and Mail. “An album isolated from a lot of today’s worn-out trends and aesthetic mimicry” said Pitchfork Media. Cheeky Celebrity super-blogger, Perez Hilton distinguished Mother Mother to be “the most exciting band coming out of Canada” and Chart Attack remarked that “listening to Mother Mother is like reading Hunter S. Thompson – you end up in a place where reality has been delightfully skewed”, an apt comparison, given the band’s eccentric style – both lyrically and musically.
Elmore James Jr. and the Cadillac Zack Blues Band
Son of the legendary blues great, Elmore James, Elmore Jr. is currently on tour as a solo act and also performs as part of the “American Blues Legends 2008” revue. This is blues the way it was meant to be – raw, lean and fabulously full on!
Errol Blackwood
Founding member of the popular reggae band, Messenjah transports the listener with “one love” music mixing Caribbean, African and R & B rhythms.
Jaipur Kawa Brass Band
A spectacular feast of North Indian gypsy heritage featuring seven authentic Indian brass musicians from Rajasthan, accompanied by the dramatic contortions and choreography of a gypsy danseuse.
Jake Shimabukuro
Experimenting with various guitar effect pedals and heavily amplified riffs, Jake Shimabukuro is known as the “Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele” for his creativity on the tiny four-string, two-octave instrument. With lightning-fast fingers and a revolutionary approach to playing, he aims to show the world that the ukulele possesses a wide range of possibilities far beyond the traditional Hawaiian music it is famous for.
Jane Vain and the Dark Matter
Swelling pop-noir arrangements of strings, synths, guitar, piano, percussion and pulsating electro-beats.
Jayme Stone and Mansa Sissoko
Meshing the traditional sounds of Mali, West Africa with smart jazz and bluegrass compositions. Stone won the 2008 Juno for Best Instrumental Album.
Jimmy Bowskill
Jimmy Bowskill rocked the block at the 2006 Roots and Blues Festival as a solo. Now the Jimmy Bowskill Band is bringing their straight-up, hard-driving blues to the 16th Annual Roots and Blues. At just 17, Jimmy has shared the stage with some pretty impressive luminaries including ZZ Top, Jeff Healey, Garth Hudson and Deep Purple. He has also received wide spread recognition across the board including Maple Blues and Canadian Indie Awards, as well as a 2005 Juno Nomination for Blues Album of the Year. With three albums under his belt, this powerful young blues prodigy is already leaving his mark on the Canadian blues scene.
John and the Sisters (Sisters Euclid)
A no-holds-barred rollercoaster of sound filled with reverberating blues guitar, soulful vocal harmonies and joyous percussion.
John Lee Sanders
New Orleans deep fried funk with a full-bodied and blood-washed sound, derived from this WC Handy nominee’s Mississippi Delta roots.
Les Copeland
Copeland’s self-taught, string-bending versatilities are derived from a rich mixture of blues, jazz, Spanish flamenco, pop and classical music.
Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir
“The Cultural Heritage Choir is a Grammy © nominated, percussion driven, vocal ensemble whose mission is to help preserve and share the rich musical traditions of African American roots music. Performing together since 1992, the Cultural Heritage Choir creates dynamic rhythms and sparkling energy on stage. Their vocals are lush and vibrant, their performances are poignant and uplifting. ”
Mariam Matossian
Mesmerizing pure vocals and moving interpretations of traditional Armenian folk songs.
An Aboriginal women’s trio breaking new ground with their urban world beat style.
The Neville Brothers
This Grammy Award winning group and Vocal Group Hall of Fame inductees never fail to provoke, entertain and excite audiences around the globe with their unmistakable, ultra-cool rhythms and Louisiana bayou funk.
“Ethnotic Groove” featuring a family of five that utilizes drama and rhythm for a clever modern reinterpretation of Madagascar’s rich musical heritage.
Fusing the traditional styles of Mexican music with pop-rock sensibilities, this electrifying alt-folk foursome positively redefines Latin music.
Plants and Animals
Wickedly diverse musical elements in an innovative roots style.
Po’ Girl
From jazz to old time and alternative rock to soul, the distinctive voices and incredible harmonies of Po’ Girl have made them the darlings of Canada’s alt-folk music scene.
Soulful musical texturings lined with folk, blues and jam-band rock make this comprehensive trio of Texas youngbloods a must-see.
The Re-Mains
Northern NSW Country Rock & Roll hellraisers the Re-Mains hit their boozy, bluesy, slide-and-banjo, combining a rootsy twang with inner-city smarts and genuine affection for rollicking, hillbilly sounds.
Rosie Ledet & the Zydeco Playboys
Unfortunately Rosie has had to cancel her summer touring plans due to health issues. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and wish Rosie a speedy recovery.
Snehasish Mozumder
Snehasish Mozumder hit Andy Donnelly’s top 10 in Penguin Eggs magazine and is among a new generation of recognized Indian classical musicians coming from the Indian subcontinent today. Snehasish Mozumder plays a conventional western acoustic mandolin – a mandola, to be specific. His talent comes from the sublime human voice he produces from of his instrument – be it an Indian melody, a haunting Celtic rendering or something completely different.
Sarah Slean
This twice Juno nominated and twice Gemini Award nominated artist has proven from the get-go that she’s fiercely independent and talented. Citing such diverse musical influences as Glenn Gould, Tom Waits, PJ Harvey, Joni Mitchell, Irving Berlin and a host of literary, philosophical and artistic favourites
Spirit of the West
With four gold and two platinum albums and over 25 years of producing hits like “And if Venice is Sinking” and “Save This House”, SOTW is one of the most recognized folk/rock bands on the Canadian music scene.
Squirrel Nut Zippers
High-stepping, zoot suit clad, jump-blues band back on tour with their eclectic fusion of blues, gypsy jazz, and 1930’s-era swing.
Vieux Farka Toure
Global-minded music and ancient African melodies meet reggae and rock on equal footing from the son of famed guitarist, Ali Farka Toure.
Yossi Fine
“ It’s all about da bass” for this former bass player for Lou Reed and David Bowie as he lays down wildly thumping Afro/Rasta beats and funk on bass guitar.

The Shuswap Showcase
Lead by local artist, Blu Hopkins and featuring members of Silvercreek, plus Sue Kyle, Alan Bates, Liam Gaw, and Chris Stevens.

Chris Stevens – Five time nominee for BC Country Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year, this dynamic and unique artist has an energetic and hard driving musical style on banjo and guitar, crossing the boundaries of bluegrass to include classical, blues and jazz.

Liam Gaw – An entertaining and innovative young multi-instrumentalist from the North Shuswap with a bright future on flute, viola, tenor saxophone, and of course, his first love – the fiddle.

Sue Kyle and Alan Bates – Familiar to Roots and Blues enthusiasts for both their onstage and behind the scenes presence and as one half of the popular local Celtic/Folk quartet, Birchbark., Sue and Alan bring an infectious mix of folk, and Celtic styles with Sue on banjo, guitar, harmonica, bodhran, tin whistle and flute, and Alan on guitar and bouzouki.

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