FolkWest 2012 Line up
21 amazing Roots, World, spoken word, singer/songwriter, rock, jazz and family artists!
Caravan is a remarkable gypsy jazz band with Marc Atkinson on lead guitar, Chris Frye on rhythm guitar, Joey Smith on acoustic bass, and Daniel Lapp on fiddle and trumpet. Marc’s playing and composing is described as “jawdropping,” “stunning,” “dazzling,” “flawless, surprise-filled and sizzling,”, Chris is a master of the rhythm guitar, using his creativity and familiarity with diverse global traditions to help generate the foundation of the band’s exciting sound, Joey is the first-call bassist for many top players on the Island, has played with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Cleo Laine, Rosemary Clooney, Herb Ellis, and Charlie Byrd. Daniel’s playing features an experimental brand of folk fused with jazz and electronic influences.
Milk Carton Kids
The Milk Carton Kids are Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, a duo who use two guitars and two voices to create a new combination of classic folk and sophisticated back-porch Americana. Their approach has been described by NPR as “gorgeous contemporary folk.” Since forming in Los Angeles in 2011, The Milk Carton Kids have been making big waves across the North America and have just released their second CD ‘Prologue’. The band is noted for making their albums available for free.
Joy Kills Sorrow
Joy Kills Sorrow exploded out of Boston’s thriving folk music scene with its bold new brand of acoustic music. Original writing, prodigious talent and visionary artistic direction make Joy Kills Sorrow a leading voice in North American string band music. All of the members of Joy Kills Sorrow have been touted as virtuosos, and they effortlessly hunt for unexpected outcomes and new discoveries. It’s an amalgamation of lamenting music of the heartland, singular stories of heartache and laughter and beautiful string arrangements. Joy Kills Sorrow find myriad ways to marry the timeless appeal of roots music with the excitement of living life to the fullest, right here and right now.
Aboubacar Camara and Doundounba
Aboubacar Camara leads the band Doundounba in performing West African amasumbou music – a mingling of musical traditions – including ancient Guinean rhythms and popular West African dance-driven melodies of mandeng guitar. Their instrumentation is diverse, incorporating the balafon (xylophone), djembe (hand drum), doun doun (bass drum), kirin (slit log drum played with sticks), and gongoma (gourd) alongside electric and bass guitars and the drum kit. The result is dance hall world music alongside traditional percussion, a combination that gets everyone on their feet dancing or moving in their seat! On stage, Aboubacar’s extra-ordinary dance moves, with their speed, energy and style, are thrilling to watch.
With a lively on-stage show and strikingly original repertoire, the band that CBC Radio 2 called “Rock and Roll Banjo” is pure Canadiana. They earned two nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards last year— for Emerging Artists of the Year and for Vocal Ensemble of the Year — and won the Vox Pop Award for “Americana Album of the Year” at the Independent Music Awards. With the new release “Heartwood”, the band’s signature sound remains, but members Matthew Lawson, Archie Pateman, Ben Rogalsky and Lee Watson are moving in a new, exciting direction –you’ll hear touches of soul, classic R&B, a bit of old country and a solid taste of roots rock and roll.
The Fretless is a young and innovative band that melds the worlds of celtic, folk and chamber music into an amazing and unique sound they like to call Rad Trad. They may look like a string quartet, but with innovative arrangements and roots deeply based in Celtic and Canadian fiddle. Hailing from all across North America, the members of The Fretless are Ivonne Hernandez – violin, viola, step dancing and vocals, from Victoria; Trent Freeman – violin, viola and feet, from Vancouver; Canada. Karrnnel Sawitsky – violin and viola from Saskatoon and Eric Wright – cello, from Los Angeles.
With her powerful range and soulful sound, Emily Braden explores everything from gospel wails, confident blues, hard funk and feverish vocal improvisations to heartfelt, subtle ballads. Emily’s career as a versatile and engaging soloist is rooted in an early passion for powerhouse vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin. Originally from Boise, Idaho, the now-27-year old moved to Victoria, BC in 2002 to begin a four-year mentorship with the legendary jazz musician Louise Rose. Her instrument-like improvisations and affinity for the blues gained the attention of world music artist, Harry Manx. With Manx, Emily has recorded on three albums and toured across Canada.
Adonis Puentes Band
Adonis Puentes is a key personality in the ever expanding Latin music scene. He opens up the marvelous world of Cuban music to his audiences the second they hear his rich voice. Adonis’ music bridges generations and cultures with a charisma and delivery that shines brighter than life. Adonis thrives on the growth and acclaim for his original sonero sound. As he puts it, “I feel like a messenger of my roots and tradition, blessed that I have taken my music and heritage to many different places in the world; from Cuba, to Canada, USA, Mexico, Europe. My mission is to make you dance and enjoy my melodies and rhythms.”
John Reischman and the Pine Siskins
As one of the acoustic music world’s top-ranked mandolin players and composers, veteran artist John Reischman is renowned for his exquisite taste, tone and impeccable musicianship. Drawing inspiration from the playing of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe and new acoustic mandolin pioneers Frank Wakefield, Sam Bush, Andy Statman and David Grisman, John was also influenced by his exposure to the hot swing of guitarist Django Reinhardt and jazz mandolin of pioneers Jethro Burns and Tiny Moore. As an original member of the legendary Tony Rice Unit, John helped to define the ‘new acoustic’ instrumental scene. His mastery of the instrument is showcased in the powerful bluegrass band John Reischman & the Pine Siskins.
Victoria Folk/Rock band, The Archers, were crowned Youthinks “BC’s Best Teen Band” in Vancouver in April 2011 and won Victoria’s “Garage Band Live” title in May 2011. The five friends creating this unique Indie-Folk/Rock sound include Ethan Caleb, Sandy Hughes, Liam McLaren, Liam Moes and Robert McMullen. They pride themselves in their ability to be multi-talented musicians, songwriters and performers. The Archers share the roles of guitar, piano, bass, drums, mandolin, banjo and multiple other percussion instruments, creating, through this trade off of instruments, an impressive and versatile sound. Audiences enjoy their fresh Folk resonance, compelling harmony, and fantastic energy.
West my Friend
Since West My Friend was conceived in a Victoria café in 2009, they’ve emerged as a unique voice in the city’s music scene. Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, their acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies challenges the conventions of popular music to create a performance that is both engaging and innovative. Their sonically adventurous approach to music defines West My Friend as a key part of a growing movement of the new generation of grass-roots folk music taking place across British Columbia.
Capital City Syncopators
A Prohibition Era Dance Band! With Reuben Wier on Vocals and Guitar, Avram Devon Mcagerty on Vocals and Banjo, Marcus Hissin on Vocals and Tuba, Chris Herbst on Vocals and Lap Steel, Matt Pease on Drums and Washboard
The Kerplunks are multi-award winning children’s entertainers bringing high-energy, colourful performances to the stage- with outfits that match! The Kerplunks play catchy tunes guaranteed to get kids engaged, singing along and joining in on the actions. Dinah plays the upright bass, banjo, and really belts it out! She also plays the kazoo like a madwoman! Tina plays the trumpet, trombone, clarinet, baritone and also sings. Watch out for when she busts a rhyme, yo! Phil plays the drums, keeping everyone in time and really likes to “Go Bananas”. Aaron plays the acoustic guitar, sings harmonies and makes great faces.
Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres
Pierre Schryer is one of Canada’s leading traditional fiddlers. JUNO nominee, Canadian Folk Music nominee, and celebrated performer and producer, Pierre has established himself as a gem on the music scene among fans and fellow musicians. Pierre is joined on stage by Adam Dobres, who was obsessed with the magic of Lenny Breau’s guitar playing, spent endless hours lifting solo’s off his old jazz recordings. Adam went on tour with members of Scruj MacDuhk, Ruth Moody (now with the Wailing Jennys), Oliver Swain, and Jeremy Penner. They travelled down south to Louisiana where the intoxicating music of the bayou struck a deep chord in Adams soul.
Brought together by a shared loved of Irish traditional music, this
group started out getting together to play some good tunes. People
listened to them and liked what they heard. The group started being
asked to play shows and parties and they answered the calls. Crikeymor
consists of Nancy Grossert on fiddle, Tasia MacKay on Irish flute, Eric
Reiswig on uilleann pipes, Jeremy Walsh on guitar, Andrew Morris on
bodhran and all on vocals. Jigs, reels, polkas and songs are delivered
with passionate energy — music made to put a spring in your heels.
BC fiddle orchestra
A Victoria Institution for over ten years, Daniel Lapp’s British Columbia Fiddle Orchestra features a range of young musicians performing traditional and original material arranged by Daniel. As well as being a great show this group has fostered some of the greatest talent in the country since it’s inception. Come see the next generation of great northwest fiddlers.
Reuben Wier & The Red Hot Swing Set
The infectious melodies and driving rhythms of Django Reinhardt have strongly influenced the trio’s sound, combined with Reuben’s love of artists of the twenties and thirties such as Billie Holliday, Clarence Williams, and Fats Waller. The band’s repertoire moves mostly between Europe, New York, and New Orleans and includes the best of the Swing Era standards, Gypsy swing, waltzes, and ballads.
Jeremy Walsh & Ivonne Hernandez
Award-winning singer-songwriter Jeremy Walsh wins audiences over with his expressive vocals, multi-instrumental talents, and energetic stage presence. Jeremy has fronted the Canadian Celtic band Scruj Macduhk and is a sought-after accompanist for many Celtic musicians. By the age of three, fiddler Ivonne Hernandez started playing everything from her mother’s favorite Maritime reels to her father’s Chilean folk music. A child prodigy, she has honed her craft over the years, and is now the reigning five-time Grand Champion of North American Fiddle. Ivonne is also an accomplished singer and step dancer. Together, the Victoria-based duo have toured widely, blending their complementary talents to create their own brand of nouveau Canadian folk music. In 2011 they released their first joint CD, Live off the Floor.
The Abramson Singers
Vancouver native Leah Abramson — formerly of traditional folk bands Dyad, The Crooked Jades, and indie-rockers Octoberman — enlisted her friends in some of Vancouver’s best-loved bands (members of Fond of Tigers, Dan Mangan’s band, Headwater) to play her haunting folk-noir originals as The Abramson Singers. Writing quirky, catchy and beautiful songs about topics such as truck drivers, old maids, the oil sands and the famous rebel Louis Riel, Leah is a heartbreaking storyteller and singer, hearkening back to simpler times, while embracing present concerns. Leah Abramson’s music is original and innovative.
Mae Moore was a major label success story, scoring nine top forty hits, two Juno nominations and two SOCAN Awards for commercial radio airplay. As an indie artist, she has most recently garnered two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations for Solo Artist of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year. As a personality, Mae is Canada’s quintessential bohemian, a musician, painter, and long-time environmentalist who has lived all over Canada and who now makes her home on an organic farm and heritage orchard in British Columbia’s Gulf Islands. Mae is renowned for her mature and sophisticated mixture of pop, folk and jazz music.
Victoria Slam Poetry Team
Many poets came to the SLAM competitions over the year, these four poets were victorious and now will represent Victoria at the Nation SLAM competition this fall.
Already a veteran local poet, Jeremy’s material ranges from the personal to the political, from the satirical to the sincere. Always insightful and engaging.
David Newberry sings folk music with rock sensibilities. Increasingly noisy songs provide insights into the complex contemporary social world. His 2010 CD, “When We Learn The Things We Need To Learn”, established him as a legitimate force in Canadian music, catching the eye of several of Canada’s roots-elite, including Juno winner David Francey, who calls him “absolutely brilliant…,” and EXCLAIM! Magazine, who pegged him way back then as “an artist to watch,” more recently upgrading him to “evidence that Canadian roots music is in good hands.” His live shows are frequently full of storytelling, humour, and a celebration of life. David Newberry packs each phrase with thought, meaning, and complexity .