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Valdy

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Paul Valdemar Horsdal, CM (born 1 September 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, commonly known as Valdy, is a Canadian folk and country musician whose solo career began in the early 1970s. He is known for “Rock and Roll Song”, his first mainstream single.[2][3] Valdy is the winner of two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of …

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Mile Twelve

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It is a commitment to the music, above all else, that fuels Mile Twelve’s continued march forward. The band was formed by five young musicians in Boston in the winter of 2014, each one looking for a vehicle that would take them straight to the heart of American roots music. Mile Twelve took their name from the road marker at …

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Tal National

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By the time Tal National reached international acclaim with 2013’s ‘Kaani’, the band’s first release outside of Niger, they had spent more than a decade crisscrossing their native country, usually on dirt pathways through the Sahara, playing epic five-hour sets, seven days a week, selling their CDs on street corners and roundabouts. In the process, they became Niger’s most popular …

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Jack Semple

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Semple grew up on a farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan. He started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands, and later relocated to Toronto in the late 1980s to become the lead guitarist of The Lincolns, a popular funk and rhythm and blues band. He left the band after  two years and returned to Regina to pursue a solo …

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Tristan le Govic

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Originally from Brittany, Tristan Govic was only six years old when he began learning the Celtic harp at the Conservatoire of Traditional Music of Soye (Plœmeur). The attraction to music will never leave him. During his studies he gained numerous prizes and nominations that emphasize the recognition of a talented and accomplished musician. Performing on international stages, critics pronounce him …

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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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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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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 …

ANNOUNCES FOUR MORE ACTS FOR 2018

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The six-month countdown to ROOTS&BLUES 2018 has begun, and with that comes the announcement of four more exceptional and diverse acts that will be playing the festival between August 16 and 19 at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds. The combined roots of these acts have a sonic reach that embraces the sounds of the British Isles, the heart of Texas, …

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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, …

RAFFLE WINNERS – 25th Annual ROOTS&BLUES Festival

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#1- Waterway Houseboats – Luxury on the Lake( Value $9230) :  Takota Hurtig of West Kelowna, BC #2- Festival Lovers Pkg. (Value $2050) :  Maurine Konowalchuk of Logan Lake, BC #3- Getaway and Golf ( Value $1480) :  Jim Hilland of Salmon Arm, BC #4- Pedal, Paddle and Fly (Value $1400):  Ben Stanchfield of Victoria, BC #5- 26th Annual Roots …

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Tower of Song

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Tower of Song is a duo– Oliver Swain and Glenna Garramone– based in Victoria, BC, Canada, who re-imagine and interpret the songs of Leonard Cohen, as well as present original material. “I said to Hank Williams, how lonely does it get??Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet?But I hear him coughing all night long?A hundred floors above me, In the Tower of …

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Tiger Moon

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The winner of the Creative Okanagan Inside the Music program has been announced. Tiger Moon is a West Canadian Folk duo from Kelowna, BC. They will be performing at ROOTSANDBLUES and will receive back stage passes, a tech walk through experience, meeting with the Creative Okanagan Creative Director, and a media training session. Great work Tiger Moon! More about the …

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Charlie Jacobson

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At only 24 years of age, Charlie Jacobson has been building a rock-solid career foundation for a few years now.   The guitarist, tunesmith and singer has already toured and recorded with Donald Ray Johnson, pianist David Vest, as well as ROOTSANDBLUES headliner Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, with whom he’ll be backing on main stage Saturday night. Charlie’s s also …

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The Om Sound

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Although based in Montreal these days, The Om Sound has woodshedded and performed in the Okanagan and Shuswap region for years. The trio merges genres of hip hop, electro, and jazz-funk to create a mesmerizing and groove-heavy sound. Their world travels serve as inspiration for their social, environmental, and spiritual conscious message wrapped up with in-the-pocket beats and blow-your-mind bass …

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Blu Hopkins

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Blu Hopkins is a familiar favorite on the local folk scene and has been for years. Blu’s capacity for reviving classics from the books of greats like John Prine and Stan Rogers, compliment his well-received selection of originals. His storytelling style reflects his experience working and performing across Canada. This is a man who has lived the songs he sings, …

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Jay Gilday

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Jay Gilday, is a gifted guitarist, singer, tunesmith and riveting performer who engages with his artistry and between song stories and observations. His first appearance at ROOTSANDBLUES will be at the Bright Side of the Road workshop hosted by Livingston Taylor early Saturday afternoon with a line-up that includes Alex Cuba and Irish Mythen. Jay will also join Dana for …

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Dana Wylie

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Dana Wylie is a small-town gal from Saskatchewan who moved to Britain for a few years, to soak up the traditions of song writing before moving back to the prairies and landing in Edmonton. Wylie has been juggling performance and studio work with her pursuit of a Masters degree in Music from the University of Alberta. While stepping away from …

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Los Duendes

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Los Duendes is a powerhouse unit from Vancouver that performs various styles of music from Latin America as infectious tropical rhythms are intertwined with spicy melodies that draw audiences to dance floors. Seven members strong, Los Duendes has a firm grip on soulful and jazz tinged sounds that make every show a participatory event. The group’s Friday night closing set …

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The Celebration of Leonard Cohen

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On the final night of ROOTSANDBLUES, the songbook of Leonard Cohen will be celebrated by an wonderful cast of artists. Cohen, who passed away in November 2016 was without question one of the most loved artists and critically acclaimed artists of our time. The Montreal native produced a huge canon of work that is regarded as both brilliant and timeless …

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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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Coco Jafro

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Coco Jafro is a hard hitting force to be reckoned with, unifying the masses with their electrified, funky global rhythms. They bring together the schools of Funk, Soul, Jazz and Afro-beat providing a unique sound that flows from a foundation of deep set grooves. Moroccan born, lead guitarist Amine Said’s musical roots provide an exclusive sound with the proven power to instantly synchronize your …

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April Verch

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Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She was raised surrounded by living, breathing roots music—her father’s country band rehearsing; the lively music at church and at community dances; the tunes she rocked out to win fiddle competitions. She thought every little girl learned to stepdance at the age of three and fiddle …

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Jane Bunnett and Maqueque

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Listen to Jane Bunnett be interviewed by ROOTS&BLUES Artistic Director Peter North Four-time JUNO Award winner, two-time Grammy nominee, and Officer of the Order of Canada, soprano saxophonist/flautist Jane Bunnett once again brings the soul of Cuba to the hearts of Canadian music-lovers. Along with her new and exquisite all-female sextet, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, she will reveal the band’s …

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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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Listen to Stephen Fearing be interviewed by ROOTS&BLUES Artistic Director Peter North 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 …

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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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2017 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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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 …

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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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Listen to Kaia Kater be interviewed by ROOTS&BLUES Artistic Director Peter North 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, …

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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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JEFFREY 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

In 2016 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

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. …

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Workshops Ready to Go

In 2017 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

Workshops and artist collaborations account for 50 per cent of day time programming at ROOTSANDBLUES which equates to a combined 24 hours of music at the Shade, Barn, and Blues stages between mid-afternoon Friday, August 18 and supper time on Sunday, August 20. To say that these thematic performances are integral to the success of a roots music festival is …

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

In 2016 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

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

In 2016 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

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

In 2016 Performers, News and Updates by Roots & Blues

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 …