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!
Jez Hellard and this Canadian tour's version of the Djukella Orchestra - Cam Neufeld from Edmonton on the fiddle and the formidable double-bassist, Nye Parsons from the UK - were awesome!
With a crazy range of musical styles and very deep chops Jez Hellard is a consummate entertainer who makes it fun to learn about history and geography, to ponder the simple wonders of being human (like home canning) and to contemplate importance of current events. A passionate, free styling gypsy vibe combined with virtuoso playing and deep lyrics made for a wonderful house concert experience.
Erin and Ken are what you might call interdependent singer/songwriter solo artists - at least that's the vision for this tour. Erin led the first set, Ken led the second and each did a beautiful job supporting the other. We enjoyed their company, their songwriting and their performances very much!
Snedden House Concerts was the second stop on Ken and Erin's Canadian tour that they are undertaking with their five year old daughter. Along the way they will be documenting just how that adventure goes. The clip for Days 1 & 2 is below and includes a little footage from our potluck supper:
These three formerly solo singer/songwriter forest animals [Christopher Arruda (The Lion), Cory Woodward (The Bear) and Ryan McMahon (The Fox)] joined forces in 2012. The result is a clearly deep and varied pool of original songs, hair raising harmonies and powerful rhythms. Though they were a little apologetic to be working out material for their new album on us, the audience was thrilled to be privy to what's coming up and very happy to have obliged. It's not every day you get to be there when new songs are born.
The song below, "Take Me Up", exemplifies something particular about Oliver - his ability to transport the audience, in this case to outer space! We were lucky to host a pre-release show (the day before the official release date) for the album, "Never More Together".