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CLAIRE LYNCH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As of the last few weeks Matt Andersen’s career has rocketed to another lofty plateau and with that news Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES is very pleased to announce that Andersen will be front and centre at our 24th annual festival on the weekend of August 19th thru 21st.   Since it’s release in late February Andersen’s new album Honest Man debuted …

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GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS

We are pleased to announce that one of Canada’s most respected indie folk-roots bands Great Lake Swimmers will be appearing at the 24th edition of Roots and Blues from August 19 thru 21, 2016. Touring behind their sixth album, A Forest of Arms, this exceptional Tony Dekker-led band has once again received critical acclaim that has lifted the band to …

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AMY HELM & THE HANDSOME STRANGERS

2015 has been a grand year for singer-songwriter and bandleader Amy Helm with her chart topping debut solo album Didn’t It Rain and a string of rave reviews for her soulful and spirited live shows. So it is no wonder that many of us are convinced that the gifted artist will continue impressing audiences in 2016, and one of those …

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ERIC BIBB

Without question one of the most important acoustic blues artists of his generation, Eric Bibb is also one of the most prolific recording artists in the roots music world. Currently nominated for two prestigious 2016 Blues Music Awards, and the ceremony will be held May 5 in Memphis, Bibb finds himself as a finalist in both as Acoustic Artist of …

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JAREKUS SINGLETON

Given the name of our festival it goes without saying that one of the mandates of ROOTS&BLUES is to “get to the heart of the blues”. For 2016 the first “true blue” blues artist we are announcing happens to be one of the hottest young blues performers on the planet, Jarekus Singleton. Armed with the instrumental power of an Albert …

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THE BROS. LANDRETH

It was a year and a half ago at the Winnipeg Folk Festival when after witnessing The Bros. Landreth in full flight, that Bonnie Raitt stated, “I haven’t liked a band as much as The Bros. Landreth in a long time. To hear this kind of funky, Southern-style rock played with such originality and soul will knock you out.” Endorsements …

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CRYSTAL SHAWANDA

Crystal Shawanda grew up on the Wikwemikong reserve on an island in Ontario, Canada, Her parents raised her on Country music, but it was her oldest brother who introduced her to the blues. He would hang out in the basement cranking Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Etta James, and Crystal would sit at the top of the stairs, straining to …

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JERRY LAWSON

One of the great soul, gospel and blues singers of his generation, Jerry Lawson is best known as “the voice” of the critically acclaimed a cappella group The Persuasions, and understandably so as he spent the better part of four decades with the influential and groundbreaking vocal group. When Lawson was the lead singer of the Persuasions, which he left …

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TIM WILLIAMS

For all of the great Canadian musicians who went south during the seventies, Canada was blessed with a number of musicians who migrated north. Tim Williams is one of those fine and multi-talented artists who decided Canada was where he was going to hang his hat and our scene has been so much better for that move. Yes, he is …

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LINDA MCRAE

Another veteran of the western Canadian scene, Linda McRae’s talents first came to prominence when she joined spirit of the west for what would become an eight year tenure with the popular roots group. during that time she was heard on a number of Spirit of the West albums including “Save This House”, and “Faithlift”. The next phase of her …

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ROY FORBES

For almost 45 years Roy Forbes has been a mainstay at festivals, and folk club produced concerts across this land. The B.C. native burst onto the scene during a renaissance period for Canadian roots music and in quick succession the singer-songwriter released a series of recordings under the name Bim. Those recordings earned him loyal audiences thanks to deep well …

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THE SOJOURNERS

That three remarkable singers from the U.S. would align themselves under the banner of The Sojourners in Vancouver remains one of the most inspiring stories in the Canadian roots music community of the last couple of decades. Marcus Mosely who hails from Texas, Will Sanders whose roots are deep in Louisiana and Khari McClelland who was raised in Detroit are …

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MARTIN HARLEY

Please note there has been a time change for this concert. We had to move to a 7 pm start due to a scheduling conflict in the afternoon. Hope this is okay for those who have already purchased tickets. If you are still looking to get tickets they are available on line: acousticavenue.tickit.ca or in person at Roots and Blues …

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MOLLY TUTTLE BAND

Starting with Nickel Creek (Chris Thile, Sean and Sara Watkins) a number of years ago, there have been a number of remarkably young bluegrass artists making their mark on the bluegrass world in what seems to be the blink of an eye. Count Molly Tuttle among them, as this gifted American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who is barely out of …

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FRONT PORCH ROOTS REVUE

This crew of veteran western Canadian roots music players and out and out characters have a collective resume that boasts success in the blues, country, folk, roots-rock and singer-songwriter scenes over a period of four decades. Drawing on the talents of musicians from Edmonton, Calgary, Bragg Creek and Vancouver, Front Porch has been juggling a number of shows and themes …

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DAVID GOGO

Nanaimo’s red-hot and rockin’ guitar master David Gogo will help light the fuse to the entire festival weekend and he’ll be doing so in part by playing material from his 2016 Juno-nominated album Vicksburg Call which is his sixth Juno nomination. His first dates all the way back to 1995 when he was nominated for Best New Solo Artist, what …

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STEVE KOZAK

This first-rate blues artist has been turning the heads of blues fans in Canada for thirty years now since he first broke into the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties. When it comes to tasty west coast blues guitar playing Kozak’s name is at the top of the list in this nation, just ask greats like Duke Robillard and James Harman …

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LOCARNO

When looking at and listening to, the incredible explosion of what we term “world music” within our country’s borders, the experience and conversation begins with Tom Landa. The founder of the critically acclaimed Paperboys has also been fronting Locarno for the last few years, a band that finds it’s sizzle in his Mexican roots while incorporating large doses of Cuban …

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JOE CRAVEN

When putting together what will be a truly memorable festival experience for our patrons, it is imperative that we bring to you musicians and individuals who are both decidedly unique and ridiculously gifted.   There’s no doubt that Joe Craven, a master of the mandolin and violin, mind-boggling percussionist, story-teller and emcee is the kind of artist who will turn …

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PAUL BARRERE & FRED TACKETT OF LITTLE FEAT

Two legendary figures from a legendary band in the world of roots rock music are headed to the 24th edition of the Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES Festival and will perform the music of Little Feat and much more!. Little Feat has quite simply been one of the major forces in Americana and rock and roll music since the late Lowell George …

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kLoX

From deep in the heart of the urban jungle of Toronto to the heart of the Shuswap come kLoX, one of the hippest and rooted electronic acts in our nation. Two classically trained musicians, the tabla playing Gurpreet Chana, aka The Tabla Guy, and violinist Mason Bach, joined forces a few years ago with a vision to create dance music …

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DIGGING ROOTS

The 2016 Salmon Arm ROOTS&BLUES Festival is pleased to announce that the critically acclaimed duo of Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish, known around the globe as Digging Roots, will be playing a major role at this year’s event.   No strangers to ROOTS&BLUES patrons, this award-winning team has been touring the globe the past few years, delivering their message filled, …

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DELHI 2 DUBLIN

With a major detour to the 24th ROOTS&BLUES in Salmon Arm. If you were wondering whether ROOTS&BLUES was intending on inviting musicians who can collectively whip an audience into an absolute frenzy this summer look no further than one of this continent’s most arresting and explosive live acts, Vancouver’s Delhi 2 Dublin. Rolling into 2016 with a wave of fresh …

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THE NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS

Every major music city has an all-star project band, or bands, and one of the finest in one of the great music Mecca’s of the world is the New Orleans Suspects who came together six years ago in the Big Easy. What was considered at the outset a, part time, good time project, quickly became a full time endeavor as …

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EARLY BIRD TICKETS GO ON SALE!

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

Congratulations 2015 Roots and Blues Festival Raffle Winners!

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

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

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

Thursday Music Crawl Schedule

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

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

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

Bluesfest: Canned Heat delivers rockin’ boogie blues

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

ACCOMODATIONS FOR ROOTS AND BLUES

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

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

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

Ballroom Thieves Talk New Album, Dylan, More

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

Exceptional artists will deliver exceptional performances…

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

Pick The Performer Winner Announced

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

More Great Acts Announced to 2015 Lineup

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

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

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

2015 Line Up – Performer Release

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

Roots & Blues Celebrates the Grateful Dead

The Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival is pleased to announce that a number of the artists attending the 2015 edition of the festival will participate in performances paying tribute to both The Grateful Dead and the band’s late leader Jerry Garcia. Despite being dubbed as a “Long Strange Trip”, the journey and music of the Grateful Dead that spawned …

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The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer

There once was an era when records were made in castles, abandoned airplane hangars, barns, or on a yacht off the coast of the Bahamas, its passengers as high as paper kites. This is not that record! It is an album that came together from the desire for companionship, the endless pursuit of tone, the strength and glue of family, …