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Daniel Lapp

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Daniel Lapp grew up in Prince George, BC in a musical house with deep prairie fiddling roots. He received his BMus from UVic studying classical trumpet and over the past 30 years has toured across Europe, Australia, China, Israel, the USA and Canada playing a plethora of musical styles from jazz to electronic music. He has performed on a variety …

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The Creeks

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From Vernon come The Creeks, a fine folk trio comprised of two ex-pat Brits and a Canuck. The Creeks share a love of great contemporary and trad singer-songwriters while producing a mixture of styles and impressive harmonies. Tim Boulter, Dave Moore and Bob Oldfield will be playing Thursday night’s Music Crawl and the festival on Friday.

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The Oot N’ Oots

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“…you’ll get transported to a different reality, much like in The Beatles Yellow Submarine album.” -Savannah Bagshaw, KelownaNow.com “Whoa! How long can The Oot n’ Oots contain this force of nature? Amazing.” -Chris Walker, host, CBC Radio One The Oot n’ Oots make kids music that is, to quote Jerry Garcia, not for kids only. Drawing on diverse influences from …

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Chris Ronald

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Vancouver-based singer-songwriter, Chris Ronald, emigrated from his native England in 2002. Influenced by countless British and North American artists of the 60s onward, Chris’ music has been described as Canadian folk with British roots and likened to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.” He first got hooked on songwriting …

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Saltwater Hank

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Historically speaking, many have come and gone before us without broad notice, despite having made significant impacts during their lives. These are the stories that Saltwater Hank sinks his teeth into, spinning them into timeless folk songs with a penchant for a jig. Born in Prince Rupert, BC and a member of the Gitga’at community, Tsimshian folk artist Saltwater Hank …

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Brother Ray Lemelin

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The love of music, dance and singing started early in Ray’s life as a child in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, through his mother’s taste for Rhythm and Blues. Ray was immediately drawn to the Soul sounds of vocal groups, notably ‘The Supremes’. “I love the groove and those big vocal sounds” confirms Lemelin. James Brown, Joe Tex and Wilson …

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The Blue Hearts

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MEET THE BLUE HEARTS Mark “Westcoast” Comerford: Guitar & Percussion, Vocals and Big Hank Lionhart: Lead Vocals.  Mark and Hank are both members of Uncle Wiggly’s Hot Shoes Blues Band.  Although the Blue Hearts is a new thing for them they bring a ton of experience in the Blues with them.  Both have been playing and recording the Blues for …

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Nathan Tinkham

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Grizzled veteran of the Canadian folk and country scenes, Nathan started his career in the early 70s busking on the streets of Victoria.  Over the next forty years he worked and recorded with Ian Tyson, Wilf Carter, Cindy Church, Quartette, Diamond Joe White, Undertakin’ Daddies, Great Western Orchestra and a host of others.  In addition to touring, he works out …

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Steve Dawson

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‘Lucky Hand’ is Steve Dawson’s first record of instrumental music since ‘Rattlesnake Cage’ came out in 2014 and represents a high point of more than two decades of musical searching.  Comprised of 10 instrumental tracks of solo, duo and full-bodied string quartet works, Dawson has never released music as sweeping, dynamic and visually suggestive as this. Five of ‘Lucky Hand’s’ …

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Lonesome Ace Stringband

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The Lonesome Ace Stringband brings grit, skill and abandon to old-time, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle/banjo tunes. These are songs and tunes for life and all of it’s occasions: festivals, dances, wars, parties and funerals. The music comes from a tradition that has inspired and brought together generations of people. It’s themes – love, loss, hard work and hardship, faith, …

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Russell deCarle

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It’s late, and the bar is crowded. The music is loud, and people are dancing. The bartender needs a smoke, and you could use a smile, a conversation, a moment of recognition… But you are alone in this crowd, along with the singer Russell deCarle. Like him — and his music — you are holding it together with equal measures …

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Greg Blake

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You’ll hear it in his voice immediately … the original strain of Appalachian mountain music that lies at the heart of all great modern bluegrass and country. Greg Blake grew up in the mountains of southwest West Virginia, and when he sings, you can hear a voice that connects to the great old generations of mountain singers, invested with a …

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The Booms Booms

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The Boom Booms are a celebrated Canadian band from Vancouver, BC. They blend storytelling and dance music with draws on funk, soul and latin styles. The Boom Booms have spent the last decade touring the world and playing festivals (Pemberton, Squamish Live, Toronto Jazz Fest and more). “Feel-good music, soaked in classic soul and server on a 21-century platter.” – …

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Dimpker Brothers

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The Dimpker Brothers didn’t choose music, music chose them. Since childhood days it is all they’ve known, but the only way to share their passion was to see them playing one of their acclaimed live shows. Until today. Their debut single, ‘Days Of Wonder’, is as much a force of nature as the brothers themselves. Recorded with their musical hero, Joshua James, in American …

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Major Love

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MAJOR LOVE is the moniker of Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Colleen Brown – and a new album featuring members of Scenic Route To Alaska, Jesse and the Dandelions, Elijah Abrams, and Aaron Goldstein. From Edmonton, Alberta by way of Kingston, Ontario, they make soulful pop-rock music for their hoser friends.  With versatile songs and a voice akin to Joni Mitchell, …

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Lil’ Jimmy Reed with The Bob Hall Trio

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Still playing and touring the World, Lil’ Jimmy Reed is the last of the original Louisiana bluesmen. The blues was born in the deep South, a wild outcry against segregation, poverty and hard, back-breaking work.  Sadly most of the great musicians who created this vibrant, influential music have passed on, leaving only their recordings to testify to their genius.  However, …

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MonkeyJunk

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Ace Canadian Blues-Rockers MonkeyJunk Celebrate 10 Years With Thrilling #MJ10 Tour The trio, whose career-best fifth album Time To Roll recently netted their second Juno Award, prepares to travel from east to west this spring and summer, visiting key venues and festivals in between… By almost any ordinary metric, like a marriage or a job, 10 years is a respectable …

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Paul DesLauriers Band

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The Paul DesLauriers Band is made up of guitarist and singer Paul DesLauriers and the rhythm section of Greg Morency on bass and Sam Harrisson on drums. Having worked together on various projects for nearly 20 years, the band has become bound by friendship and an unshakable mutual respect. Based on this history and an uncanny musical chemistry, in 2013 …

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Big Dave McLean

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Winnipeg Manitoba based guitarist/harmonica player/songsmith, Big Dave McLean is a highly acclaimed Canadian Roots and Blues artist. A multiple award winner and recording artist, with a career spanning nearly four decades, McLean has become an influence on many Canadian players. His gruff raspy voice, with a feel for the traditional acoustic and electric Blues has established him as a stalwart …

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Harpdog Brown

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Take it from Holger Petersen, the host of CBC’s Saturday Night Blues, who says, “Canada’s premier ‘old school’ harp wizard has never sounded better. Harpdog’s effortless vocal delivery is a rare and natural gift.” Harpdog Brown has travelled as many or more road miles as a disciple of the blues that any bluesman in this country, and with that he’s …

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Mbira Renaissance Band

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The Mbira Renaissance Band is an afro-fusion, mbira inspired band based in Edmonton, Alberta. Since forming in 2013, the band has quickly become a staple in the world music seen in Edmonton and Alberta as a whole. The band’s infectious polyrhythmic sound is built around the Zimbabwean mbira (played by Chaka Zinyemba, Ronald Nyandoro and Sandy Ockenden) and is inspired …

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Geoff Berner

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For the past 15 years or so, Jewish-Canadian accordion player/singer-songwriter/novelist Geoff Berner has travelled the world. He’s played in bars, cafes, festivals, and the occasional stadium. He’s performed in 17 countries, on national radio in 7 of them. All over Canada, Europe, and America, Berner has garnered a sizable, passionate following of odd, bookish people who like to drink. He …

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Oktopus

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The instrumental creature known as Oktopus extends its creative tentacles across the landscape of East European music with an effervescent concoction of new and reinvented elements of the repertoire. The group was founded in 2010 by Gabriel Paquin-Buki, who from, the outset, has signed dozens of arrangements from the traditional klezmer repertoire, as well as from classical, pop and Québécois …

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David Thiaw

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David’s first home was in Senegal, the western-most country in Africa. He has memories of growing up in Dakar, with the scent of the Atlantic,  the sand of the beaches and the music of the people inspiring him.  African and World music have been David’s lifelong passion.  He formed his first rhythm band when he was 14 years old, and began …

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Michael Franti & Spearhead

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Michael Franti is a musician, humanitarian, and filmmaker who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Franti believes in using music as a vehicle for positive change and is revered for his energetic live shows, inspiring music, worldwide philanthropy efforts and connection to his global fanbase. Once an outlier in his message of positivity minded political consciousness, …

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Cindy Church

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A stellar presence in the Canadian music scene, Cindy Church has crafted a body of work that is at once artistically successful and culturally significant, sought after by fellow performers and treasured by listeners. Drawing set lists from her own catalogue and exceptional covers of tunes in performances to appreciative audiences internationally, Church has become renowned for the clarity and …

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Pharis & Jason Romero

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It’s a classic story. A matchmaker, some scratchy old records, a custom banjo and a flyfishing trip all led to to a meeting in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam. She was living in Victoria, BC and he was living in Arcata, CA. Both had been playing music for decades, and both loved the early stuff. She sent him a …

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Sara Jane Scouten

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At age 5, Sarah Jane Scouten was sitting on the dining room table, singing “Lace and Pretty Flowers,” by Canadian country-folk musician, Willie P. Bennett. Hank Williams and Stan Rogers were her greatest inspirations, both a staple at Sunday morning pancake breakfast and afterward, while singing bluegrass and gospel music with her father on Bowen Island, BC. Her talent for …

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Kym Gouchie and Northern Sky

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One of Northern BC’s fastest growing recognizable Indigenous Artists, Kym Gouchie is fostering change through her music and art. Her voice can be heard around First Nations and woman’s issues, the Highway of Tears, Red Dress Campaign, using her music for reconciliation, education and awareness. Kym Gouchie stories are woven together with threads of personal journeys which have taken her from personal tragedy to triumph and a testament to the human spirit. …

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Colin James

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Eighteen albums into what is remarkable career, Colin James returns to RootsandBlues at what is arguably the hottest chapter of his brilliant career. A year ago the triple threat of a guitarist, singer and songwriter took home the Blues Juno for his Blue Highways recording. To start 2018 James took home Electric Act of the Year, Recording / Producer of …

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Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage

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Ben grew up in the Cambridgeshire Fens, whose expansive skies, mysterious light, and sense of isolation continue to be a source of inspiration in his creative output. Ben’s father is a skilled concertina player and folk singer, and whilst he has plenty of memories of growing up around folk music, his was a somewhat circuitous route to playing folk music. …

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Rev. Sekou

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Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou?Osagyefo (oh-sah-GEE-fo)  Uhuru (ooh-WHO-roo) Sekou (SAY-koo) Noted activist, theologian, author, documentary filmmaker, and musician, Reverend Osagyefo Sekou was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised in the rural Arkansas Delta. Rev. Sekou’s music is an unique combination of North Mississippi Hill Country Music, Arkansas Delta Blues, Memphis Soul and Pentecostal steel guitar. In May 2017, he released …

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Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Bill Kirchen

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Staying in the world of exceptional original songs coupled with tasty renditions of timeless classics comes one of the great Texas tunesmiths, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who, a few decades ago established himself as one of “the” heavyweights of the Texas songwriting scene alongside peers like Lyle Lovett, Nancy Griffith and of course, the late Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.One …

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Rick Vito

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Ask John Mayall, Bonnie Raitt or Mick Fleetwood about Rick Vito’s guitar playing, or his songwriting, or his singing. As Ms. Raitt has stated, “Rick Vito’s guitar playing just slays me! His style is as cool and sharp as a ’59 Cadillac tailfin.” Roots & Blues has had the pleasure of hosting and presenting many a fine blues artist over …

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Son de Madera

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Son de Madera: Traditional music from the heart of Mexico, Son de Madera represent a sound that has not been common place at the ROOTSandBLUES Festival. Son de Madera is a son jarocho band based in Veracruz, Mexico. Founded in 1992, its core members are Ramón Gutiérrez Hernández, Tereso Vega, and Rubí Oseguera Rueda. Gutiérrez, based in Veracruz, leads the …

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Harry Manx and the Yaletown String Quartet

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Count on Harry Manx to switch it up and tailor his exotic sounds to a union with a string quartet. Known as the “mysticssippi bluesman”, Manx has delivered an array of projects built on the foundation of his immediately identifiable Indo-blues sound and much of it created with his 20 stringed Mohan Veena. Manx’s journey is unlike that of any …

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The Paperboys

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It’s been 25 years of stirring the pot for Tom Landa and his group The Paperboys and early on in this most impressive run, this group established itself as one of the most exciting, innovative and sturdy units on the international roots music scene. The current lineup of The Paperboys features Landa on vocals, guitar and jarana (Mexican guitar), original …

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Martin Simpson

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Along with Richard Thompson, Martin Simpson brings more to the world of British and North American traditional and contemporary folk music than is almost imaginable. A brilliant acoustic and slide guitarist, masterful storyteller, gifted songwriter, and intense performer, Simpson has been nominated 27 times in the 15-year history of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for performances on albums like …

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THE FAMILY STONE

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As the calendar flips into 2018 it marks the 50th anniversary of Sly and the Family Stone, the ground-breaking interracial band from the San Francisco Bay area that created an amazing and timeless body of work between 1967 and 1974. Fusing soul, funk, rock and psychedelic sounds, the Family Stone provided a soundtrack to the times with tunes like Stand, …

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RB HOUSE BAND

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Two years ago the ROOTSandBLUES introduced a “house-band” to the mix, and this year Winnipeg blues guitarist and singer Brent Parkin will lead our 25th Anniversary house band. Vancouver drummer Chris “The Wrist” Nordquist, Calgary keyboard wizard Garth Kennedy, former K.D. Lang and Colin James bassist (and Vernon resident) Dennis Marcenko, and Edmonton Folk Music House Band saxophonist David Babcock …

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THE LIL SMOKIES

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When people see The Lil Smokies setting up their acoustic instruments, they’re often unprepared for the electric energy they generate. The band captures that same dynamic presence on their new album, Changing Shades, delivering their exceptional songwriting and bluegrass roots with the punch of a rock band.“We wanted to duplicate the energy of our live shows. It’s a perfect mixture …