We were thrilled to host Harry and the Gondolas on their first tour of Canada all the way from Bristol, UK! These young men captured everyone's attention and kept the house entertained and thrilled with their energy, upbeat tempos and songwriting. Be sure to check out their Facebook and Bandcamp pages.
We had the joy and honour of being Vivian and Riley's first stop on a Canadian tour just after their participation in the Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City.
Vivian and Riley tap into the deepest parts of American music, taking old songs that have seldom been heard and presenting them next to their own timeless and visceral originals. When they are not performing as duo, they’re often found sitting knee to knee, playing under the canopy of trees at fiddle festivals across the country, such as the gathering where they met in June of 2016. Across any campground, or concert venue, the echos of their vibrant and magnetic harmonies ring out.
Vivian and Riley's website
Raquel delivered a fantastic show for the holiday! The first set included her personal take on some Christmas classics as well as a couple original Christmas songs. The second set included originals, including songs from her upcoming album. How lucky we were that she contacted us for a show while she was home from Nashville for the holidays! You are going to be hearing more from Raquel in the future. For more on her music, check out her website, www.raquelcole.com
With a voice like “gravel on silk”, indie-soul/alt-folk songwriter AHI (pronounced “eye”) is a rare talent with the keen ability to deliver a story with the ease and familiarity of an old friend. Favouring passion over precision, it’s easy to see why comparisons to Richie Havens, Ray LaMontagne and Tracy Chapman are common for this soulful troubadour.
Lester and drummer, Michael Tredway, found a mesmerizing groove. They claimed we all participated but I don't think we could have done it without them. Very cool show.
2014 Maple Blues Award Winner for Acoustic Act of the Year
Brandon's show was engaging on so many levels: musicianship, song-writing, groove, voice, variety, wit.
How lucky we are to live within driving distance of this absolute treasure of a musician! The fact that we are so lucky gives us some hope that we might be able to host him again and offer even more people the opportunity to be thoroughly inspired and entertained by Brandon's magical show.
Brandon posted the fresh song below to FB May 2017:
Helen and Paul have created such a unique and powerful music collaboration! One of the most fun and surprising things about this show was the wonder of how they were executing on arrangements (for two!) that had full instrumentation and rhythm. The amazement they generated (how many neutrons are firing in their brains right now!?) was almost distracting from the perfection of what they were pulling off. But the music won. So cool.
"The music of Big Little Lions — the duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten – is a blissful marriage of new folk and sophisticated pop. The award-winning songwriters have voices that blend like magic and whenever they make music together it's the cue for a heady mixture of soul, spirit and fun." - Mariposa Folk Festival
For our 30th show we hosted the dynamic, Kelowna-based, duo "Tiger Moon". Isn't it cool that they met only four short years ago as Dan was strategically busking outside the Lululemon? And more importantly that they harmonize in such amazing ways?
Their next album, "Cariboo and Whiskey" was recorded in historic Barkerville, BC and is in the final stages of production. This video below of the song, "Tennessee" provides a sneak peak. It's not too late to get involved by supporting the Kickstarter campaign.
How lucky are we to have Jadea Kelly and Sweet Alibi back, this time as a double header as part of their 2016 tour? It was the soldest out show we've ever had! And it was soooo good to be in warm company on a night the whole world will remember, November 8th, 2016.
UPDATE: December 3rd, 2016 Jadea won the Canadian Folk Music Awards "Contemporary Singer of the Year" for "Love and Lust"!
The soundtrack for the video, below, is "Beauty" from Jadea's latest album, "Love and Lust".
This was a fun double-header. BC Artist, Tereza Tomek brought her super talented Australian associate, John Flanagan, on a tour of her home province and we got to benefit!