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Josh + Bex

Josh + Bex are a Canadian Dream Folk duo out of Kelowna BC and winners of the Inside the Festival. Josh with his Eastern soul-folk vibes and Bex, her melody-driven West Coast influence, together they make music that captures their tender vulnerabilities and draws listeners into their world with a deep-rooted transparency and open-hearted presence. Their sound is a unique …

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Henry Small

Henry Small’s performances have been reviewed as nothing less than stunning. His voice and his electric violin must be seen and heard to be believed. He is truly one of a kind and a legend in Canadian rock. Henry’s career has spanned more than 40 years in the music industry and has enjoyed many successes including writing, recording and touring …

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The Zaniac – Alex Zerbe

As a performer with over 15 years of professional experience, Alex Zerbe has appeared on three national television shows, performed in 14 countries, and has sung in over 12,000 showers! Alex is a master of physical comedy, juggling and magic. He is a fantastic choice if you need a clean comedian, corporate entertainer, or emcee. He’s a juggler, magician and …

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The OM Sound

The OM Sound truly redefines the concept of “power trio.” From their infectious rhythms to thick jazz harmony and layers of live looping, their music can only be described as relentless. With hip-hop verses to empower the people, The OM Sound merges technical drumming with electronic percussion, synths, shredding keyboards and crunchy guitar. Bold harmonies contrast with deep basslines; didgeridoo …

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Sean Ashby

Chances are, if youve had a radio on today you have heard his guitar playing. As one of North Americas go-to guitarists, Sean Ashby has played and recorded with Sarah McLachlan, Delerium, Ginger (former Grapes Of Wrath),and many more. Ashby, is a singer /songwriter/guitarist/producer who released his debut album Brass and Gold on Black Sparrow/Universal in April of 2008. Sean …

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Steve Pineo Band

The Steve Pineo Band is an exciting and versatile four piece band from Calgary Alberta. Fronting the band, playing guitar, slide guitar and harmonica and writing tunes and arrangements is Steve Pineo. Steve is a 30 year musical veteran, a nationally recognized song writer who’s written songs recorded by Paul Brandt (Canadian Man) and Prairie Oyster (Too Bad For Me), and a tireless musical …

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Tracy Lynn and The Savage Hearts

My fans know that I write songs about the troubles we all share, the loves we have and the loves we have lost. They hear themselves in the songs about my relationship with my God. They nod their understanding when I sing about being invisible. They laugh with me when the humour of life at a certain age overshadows the little bit of …

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John Wort Hannam

In 2001 John Wort Hannam quit his teaching job and spent 10 months depleting his savings while sat at his kitchen table, wearing a lucky hat, writing his first ten songs. Those songs would become his first recording Pocket Full Of Holes, released in 2003. Seventeen years later, the Alberta musician is releasing his seventh full-length recording Acres Of Elbow …

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The LYNNeS

The LYNNeS are Canadian heartbreak poets Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson. The two songwriters are not new to working together, having toured and written songs off and on over the past 10 years, and with Miles having produced two of Hanson’s albums (River of Sand, 2014 and 7 Deadly Spins, 2015). For THE LYNNeS songs are what matter the most, …

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Guitar You Experienced

Salmon Arm’s own Jordan Dick who will be leading a guitar driven quartet for multiple performances at ROOTSandBLUES and The Music Crawl. An avowed disciple of the masterful Bill Frisell, Dick will be showcasing unique interpretations of folk and rock tunes in an all-star quartet setting. ?????? Biography sourced from the artist’s official marketing information.

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Luke Wallace

Luke Wallace is a folk musician and coastal advocate from unceded Coast Salish Territory known as Vancouver, Canada. Luke’s music is a platform for the voices of communities fighting to protect the systems that help them thrive. Since 2012, Luke has been relentlessly touring the west coast of North America with the mission of using music to inspire audiences into …

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The Unfaithful Servants

The Unfaithful Servants have quickly gained a reputation in Western Canada as an in demand festival band and a must-see act. With an original and exciting approach to traditional music, the group serves up explosive instrumentals, compelling story-telling and high powered vocals. Formed in the fall of 2017, the band garnered the attention of local music lovers and the music industry …

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Dawn Pemberton

Vancouver soul dynamo Dawn Pemberton has a deep musical foundation rooted in tradition. Dawn spent her formative years surrounded by a family of multi-instrumentalists and developed a true love of music as a young girl. In addition to regularly collaborating on the projects of her peers and having an educated background in jazz voice and piano, Dawn is a talented …

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Tonye Aganaba

Tonye is a singer-songwriter born in London England to an a Nigerian father and a Zimbabwean  mother. She moved to Canada in her teens and started a career in music at 17. Her style can be described as Soul/ Neo-Folk/ Hiphop. She has been likened to folks like Lauryn Hill, Ani Difranco and Sia. She is a Much More Music Video Award recipient, social justice advocate and …

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Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve

Ronnie Dean Harris aka Ostwelve, is a St?:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist based in Langley, BC. He got his start with professional graphic design at the age of 14 and in the same year, he began co-hosting the “When Spirits Whisper” radio show along side Gunargie O’Sullivan on CO-OP Radio 100.5 FM (formerly 102.7 FM). Over the years, he has worked on …

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Third World

Celebrating over 44 years, the ‘Reggae Ambassadors’, THIRD WORLD is one of the longest lived Reggae bands of all time, and one of Jamaica’s most consistently popular crossover acts among international audiences. Mixing in elements of R&B, funk, pop, and rock and, later on, dancehall and rap, Third World’s style has been described as “reggae-fusion”. Singer Bunny Rugs described the …

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Ruthie Foster

In the tightknit musical community of Austin, Texas, it’s tough to get away with posturing. You either bring it, or you don’t. If you do, word gets around. Praises are sung. And one day, you find yourself duetting with Bonnie Raitt, or standing onstage with the Allman Brothers at New York’s Beacon Theater and trading verses with Susan Tedeschi. You …

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Dervish

Dervish have been bringing Irish traditional music to the world for more than 25 Years. Described by the BBC as “an icon of Irish music”, the band have played at festivals from Rio to Glastonbury, toured with the Irish President and struck up tunes on the Great Wall of China. Dervish have a line-up which includes some of Ireland’s finest …

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Qristina & Quin Bachand

Qristina & Quinn Bachand have proven to be quintessential to Canada’s contribution to the world stage, garnering a mantle-packing collection of awards and recognition that thrust them to the top of the international Celtic music world.  They’ve won two Irish Music Awards, 2010 Top Traditional Group and 2011 Top Duo.  Since 2009 Qristina & Quinn have also received a combined total of …

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Anne Lindsay

Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada, adapting her unique violin/fiddle style to the eclectic sounds and musical languages of this country’s rich cultural texture. She is an exuberant fireplug of a session-player-to-the-stars (Led Zeppelin, The Chieftains, Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Roger Daltry) whose skills have graced many a stage around …

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Early Spirit

Early Spirit is Will Chernoff (bass), Gabriel Dubreuil (violin), Ben Kelly (drums), and Jay Knutson (guitar). At almost every performance, fans ask “Are you a family band?” But these four sons of Vancouver, BC are related only by music, and they’re proud to release Early Spirit’s first album, Unrelated. Jay Knutson sings the lead vocal for Early Spirit. Previously, he arranged, performed, and wrote Celtic folk-rock music with John Mann …

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Jenie Thai

When you meet her, Jenie Thai is composed, pleasant, amiable, friendly, and — she won’t like the word but you have to live with it — sweet. She has an open face, long blonde hair, a ready smile and an easy laugh. And she is also tough, and gritty, and plays barrelhouse piano steeped in the blues — and if …

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Al Lerman

Bluesman AL LERMAN is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter. He was founder and leader of the 2X Juno Award winning band FATHEAD, and along the way built a solid career touring as an acoustic solo act, accompanying himself on guitar and rack harmonica. An engaging and skilled artist, his shows often feature humorous anecdotes  interspersed between great blues songs. He …

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Jack de Keyzer

Guitarist, Singer, Song Writer Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide, from Alert, Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC and many points between. One of Canada’s most awarded and  in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has released  10 CD’s and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings …

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Sue Foley

Sue Foley is a multi-award-winning musician and one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. She’s a triple-threat as a lead guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. Foley has a long history of defying convention, and being a positive role model for aspiring, young female musicians. She began her recording career in Austin, TX with Antone’s, the esteemed blues label …

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Mercy Funk

Mercy Funk, an Edmonton based band, was formed from an impulsively sown seed by bassist, Angela Proulx, who in her early teen years experienced what she calls a “funk revelation.” Upon the discovery of this infectious music, she set out to form a band centred around the likes of Parliament Funkadelic style hooks and mid-tempo slimey bass lines. The bands vocalist, …

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Danny Michel

The only good thing about NOT shopping in record stores like the good ol’ days is you won’t have to figure out what genre to look for Danny under. If that WERE the case, you could try looking under, rock/pop, folk, world or (recently) even classical. His own self-described musical A.D.D. has kept his music fresh for decades now. Thoughtful lyrics …

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Andrew Collins Trio

Mando maestro Andrew Collins finds himself – through no actual fault of his own – at the epicentre of Canada’s burgeoning acoustic/roots music scene. He didn’t invent it – but he’s certainly been a contributor, having co-founded seriously noteworthy Canadian bands like the Creaking Tree String Quartet, the Foggy Hogtown Boys and, more recently, his namesake Trio. That’s not to …

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The Garifuna Collective

The Garifuna Collective promises to carry the torch of cultural innovation and promotion passed on by Andy Palacio far into the future and expands on the story of this fascinating community, which is struggling to retain its unique language, music, and traditions in the face of globalization. The band consists of the best musicians in the fertile Garifuna music scene. …

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Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago have been riding a swell of good mojo in the Americana scene since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both confirm that roots world buzz, and break on through to a much wider audience. Recorded in Chicago against a backdrop of bewilderment, deep divide and dread, Love …

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The Hamiltones

Last summer Ry Cooder returned to festival stages with an astoundingly great band, The Hamiltones. The group has travelled the world, dazzling audiences from Africa to Australia.  Prior to hooking up with Cooder, The Hamiltones had been joking around one day , and they put an old-school spin on a popular rap song. No one thought much of it at …

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Valdy

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. Valdy is the winner of two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of …

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Mile Twelve

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

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

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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Daniel Lapp

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

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

“…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

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

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

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

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

‘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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#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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Tickets Available December 1st, 2018 for the 27th Annual Roots and Blues Festival. Stay Tuned!  

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Tower of Song

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Salmon Arm Roots & Blues House Band came together four years ago and they immediately made a splash with our audience and the musicians they’ve backed. Rick Vito and Jerry Lawson couldn’t say enough about this crew. Not really a surprise given the collective credentials of this quintet. Both bassist Dennis Marcenko and horn player Dave Babcock have worked …

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Coco Jafro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada. “This Island creates music and musicians, art and artists. I found a shift to take things more seriously when I moved here.” And she did just that. Her latest release, the self titled Irish Mythen, gained her recognition around the globe with nominations and wins …

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DJ SHUB

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 …