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GaryComeaunewpicGary Comeau & the Voodoo Allstars
February 4 & 5, Thursday & Friday

Tickets $30

Hot and spicy! New Orleans rockin’ roots & blues.
Take the rhythm of the Maritime Acadian music, season well with Louisiana zydeco blues, add a twist of Highway 61 era Dylan, serve it up with great showmanship, and you've got a potent musical cocktail that will have your head spinning and your feet dancing! Joining Gary will be Tim Hearsey on guitar, Jerry Cook on saxophone, Chris Nordquist on drums.....and another guest on bass.....guessing Rob Becker

Playing a range of instruments including guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and piano he delivers originally crafted, high energy, New Orleans-style rockin' roots and blues. Although Gary's own roots are French-Acadian-he was born and raised in Nova Scotia-- his soul seems to have taken a long and inspiring detour through Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta. And while Gary does not consider himself to be a cajun or zydeco artist per se ("it's just the vibe that runs through the tunes I write") he's probably the most southern-sounding player in town. The Georgia Strait states without hesitation that "Vancouver's roots-music scene has immensely benefited from Comeau's presence."


JeffLang2011Jeff Lang
February 10, Wednesday

Tickets $15

Singer-songwriter Jeff Lang has built up a reputation for startlingly original performances, working without a set list, allowing the unique energy of each night to shape the songs. While Lang will talk of his admiration for the elemental blues of Skip James, the raw gospel of Blind Willie Johnson, the devastating guitar work of Jimi Hendrix, the masterful slide guitar of Ry Cooder, and the sublime songwriting of Bob Dylan and Richard Thompson, comparisons to these artists fails to paint an adequate picture.

Jeff Lang is critically acclaimed as a truly great guitar player. The unusual thing is that the guitar playing never gets in the way of the music, nor overshadows his gift for hauntingly poetic songwriting. As a live performer Lang is only satisfied when something truly inspired takes place. This restless striving for the sublime pays great dividends for audiences that join him for the ride.

He has delivered show-stopping performances at festivals in his home land of Australia.


stephenfearing99Stephen Fearing
February 12, Friday

Tickets $28

For the past thirty years, multiple Juno Award winner Stephen Fearing has been performing and penning what critics have called some of the most literate, stirring and emotionally charged "folk" music on this planet. A veteran of the Canadian and International festival circuit, Fearing is a master songwriter who has always kept his eyes on the road and his hands on the wheel, touring relentlessly and performing wherever the opportunity arises. Alongside his commitment to solo performance, Fearing is a devoted collaborator whose passion for working with other artists led to the formation of Canadian “Super-Group” Blackie and The Rodeo Kings.

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Audiences and critics have lauded Stephen Fearing’s “superb” guitar work, his ”resonant and rich” voice and his “poetic - natural” storytelling, but the soul of his recordings and live show lies in Fearing’s fierce ability to reach the hearts and minds of his audience through exquisitely wrought lyrics and music. Artistry and entertainment, virtuosic guitar work, often hilarious storytelling and a voice that (as one fan put it) “brings you back home to yourself” – this is a Stephen Fearing show, but above all else, the song is king. “ Without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best songsmiths on the planet … quality albums… stunning shows.” Stephen Foster - BBC


joelfafardJoel Fafard
February 19, Friday

Tickets $20

Award-winning guitarist Joel Fafard performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. He sings with the sexy, sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new-generation bluesman. He tells his hilarious between-song stories with the confidence of a late show host delivering his monologue. And when he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe.

With his latest albums, Cluck Old Hen and Borrowed Horses, along with his live show, Fafard is using his uncommon skill as an entertainer to embark on a new musical mission: breathing new life into grand old numbers like “Ain’t no grave,” “Sitting on top of the World,” “Spoonful,” and “Long Black Veil.”

His performances are as authentic as those of a Beale Street busker but infused with a touch of contemporary urban attitude. And his live show is pure polish and professionalism.


JackSempleJack Semple
February 26, Friday

Tickets $24

Jack Semple is one of those rare guitar players who leaves a crowd speechless, one of those players who leaves a crowd in total astonishment, in absolute awe of what they have just experienced. Listening to and watching Jack play fills one with a sense of having witnessed an event in time, one not soon to be forgotten. Jack Semple is an absolute virtuoso of his art form, playing with unparalleled feeling and total technical control.
Jack Semple writes and performs “Modern Blues” without forgetting where he came from. He is an epic guitarist and a soulful singer. His music is like Stevie Ray Vaughn meets James Brown meets Robben Ford. 
He is a Juno Award winner and Western Canadian Music Award winner.
He has a brand new CD called ‘In the Blue Light’.


laurasmith2Laura Smith
February 27, Saturday

Tickets $15

Laura's distinct singing voice has been a mainstay of the Canadian music scene for many decades now. Growing up in southern Ontario, she made the bold move to Cape Breton in the mid-80s where she found a vibrant music scene and the ability to artistically grow. She has remained in Nova Scotia ever since and has a community of musical friends who are able to support her performances and, occasionally, are the sources of new material. Laura continues to hone her craft of songwriting.

Personal accolades include two Juno nominations, a Gemini award, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities to honour Laura's songwriting talent. She is probably most well-known for "My Bonny," her unique interpretation of the Scottish song "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean," a version of which she recorded with The Chieftains in 2010 which was named "Song of the Decade" by LiveIreland, the Irish Internet radio and TV enterprise. Laura typically tours with an accompanist, allowing her to more fully engage her voice with her audience and provide a truly remarkable live performance experience.


lenniegallantpromo07Lennie Gallant
March 3, Thursday

Tickets $30

Lennie Gallant is a native of Rustico, Prince Edward Island. This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded ten albums (eight in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was recently honored with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year for his latest recording “Live Acoustic at The Carleton”. Lennie is also celebrating the launch of a new book titled “Peter’s Dream” – a collaboration with visual artist and sibling, Karen Gallant. All of this comes hot on the heels of his summer–long run at Charlottetown’s Mack Theatre with his show “Searching For Abegweit -The Island Songs & Stories of Lennie Gallant”, a runaway hit that was extended to an incredible 57 sold out shows! An international touring artist who has represented Canada on songwriter events in Nashville, London and Texas, entertained our troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London, and on the world stage at the XXI Winter Olympics. Lennie has had his songs recorded by many artists and they have been featured in films, stage productions, and on television.


JWH6John Wort Hannam
March 12, Saturday

Tickets $18

In 13 years of being a working musician, John has released 5 albums, capturing a Juno nomination for Best Traditional/ Roots album and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Album of the Year.

“You’re dead a long time” chants Juno nominated John Wort Hannam’s mantra, “so you better get out there and make something beautiful.”

John Wort Hannam and the Blue Collars’ winsome, lonesome and then some style of acoustic roots reveals a woven textile of metaphor, phrasing, irony, and rhyme that reads with ease like well written prose.

He is one of the new torch-bearers of a vast songwriting tradition in the styles of John Prine, Louden Wainwright III, and Steve Earle but proudly Canadian.


DannyBrooksTexassippi Soul Man Danny Brooks & Lil’ Miss Debi
March 25, Friday

Tickets $20

Danny Brooks has long been referred to as ‘The Real Deal’ and after years of honing his writing and performing skills in Canada, picking up nominations and awards along the way, Brooks is at home in the Texas music scene and traveling throughout the USA. Mixing Southern Soul, Americana, Blues and Gospel, he is quickly being recognized as a prolific writer and dynamic live performer, and is constantly on the road. Making Llano Texas his home (just west of Austin), 'Texassippi Soul Man' Danny Brooks & Lil Miss Debi are releasing their second ‘Texas’ studio recording ‘This World Is Not Your Friend’, at Larry Nye’s La-Z-L Studio, slated for a January 15th release. This recording will please those who have long expressed a desire to hear a ‘stripped down’ approach to Brooks music, in that it will feature the duo he has with his wife Debi Middlebrook Brooks who sings and plays cajon/percussion while Brooks plays assorted guitars/slide/cigar-box/stomp-board and harp-rack.


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Steve Dawson, Russell deCarle, Alvin Youngblood Hart & Roxanne Potvin

March 29 & 30, Tuesday & Wednesday
Two Nights Now!

Tickets $44

Prairie Oyster crooner Russell deCarle, leading American bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart, & Ottawa guitar singer - songwriter Roxanne Potvin, will join Steve (and a top-notch rhythm section) for a memorable night of unique collaborations and classic old-time entertainment! Once again …. helmed by Black Hen label boss, and virtuoso picker Steve Dawson, the second Roadshow will feature 3 dynamic and deeply rooted performers, coming together to deliver a stellar night of songs, stories and down home musical magic.


www.stevedawson.ca | www.ayhmusic.com
www.russelldecarle.com | www.roxannepotvin.com

HAMVerticalHighresWebHarpoonist & Axe Murderer
April 1, Friday

Tickets $25

In reality, Shawn ‘The Harpoonist’ Hall and Matthew ‘The Axe Murderer’ Rogers evoke much more than just grisly nautical imagery.  Armed with an arsenal of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion, and a road-worn Telecaster, the duo kick out raw and primal blues in the tradition of a ‘decades-deep blues style’ (Scott Brown, What’s up Yukon), while infusing the genre with a jolt of renewed energy.

The two met and bonded over music while recording a radio jingle. Their memorable name is inspired by a lyric from Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Bobby McGee’ that references the blues harp, (‘I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana’) and ‘axe’, a common term for the guitar.

Their influences range from the iconic songwriting of Willie Dixon to the boundary pushing of Jack White and Danger Mouse but their sound is distinctly their own, smothered in greasy, gritty soul and imbued with funk. Shawn Hall provides the rousing, rugged vocals and blues harmonica, while Matthew Rogers rips on the guitar and pounds the skins with his feet. Their music is unapologetic. It slaps you in the face and makes you sweat like it’s a sticky, summer night. It cuts you to the core. It’s the blues played the way it was meant to be played.

www.harpoonistaxemurderer.com  |  www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lar6_rwOChA#t=65

hrreddoorDavid Francey
April 6, Wednesday

Tickets $30

David’s music grows on you & his personality is one of the sweetest that has graced our stage. We just watched a documentary on the Knowledge Network that made us proud he is on our returning roster of musician friends…. He has now released ten albums & won three Juno Awards.
David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.
“words of eloquence, beauty and charm, hung on a jewel of a voice” - Kieran Kane, Nashville TN
“David’s songs are meant to be sung, and the more voices there are singing them, the better they sound. They are also built to last - so well put together that they are rich in that beauty which is perhaps the most elusive of all, simplicity... that kind of economy of expression where the line between craft and art is crossed.”
- Dugg Simpson, Vancouver Folk Music Festival


vdj300Edit3Van Django
April 8, Friday

Tickets $26

“They have it all – musicianship, musicality, humor and that swingin’ Django sound. Sit back, relax, and be transported to 1930’s Paris” Scott Wilson, Jazz Yukon

Van Django’s music is punchy, driving and rhythmically inventive, combining a wealth of musical influences while maintaining their roots in the gypsy jazz made famous by the 1930’s Quintet of the Hot Club of France. Since the group’s formation in 1998, they have toured extensively in Canada as well as international forays to the USA and Europe.

Van Django is an acoustic string ensemble made up of four of Canada’s most talented and eclectic musicians; violinist Cameron Wilson, guitarist Budge Schachte, guitarist/cellist Finn Manniche, and bassist Brent Gubbels.


lionbearfoxThe Lion, the Bear & the Fox
April 9, Saturday

Tickets $18

Christopher Arruda, Cory Woodward, & Ryan McMahon are the Lion the Bear the Fox.
Their live show can best be described as a harmony-filled evening, in the vein of CSNY & Ray LaMontagne... 3 young men singing honest songs... With over three decades combined experience, the trio has produced their debut EP ‘We’d Be Good Men’. 2014 will be the year the lion the bear the fox bring their heartfelt songs and larger than life sound to the rugged Canadian terrain that continues to inspire them.
“All three artists are known for the passion they bring to their performances and the honest songs they write” says the Ladysmith Chronicle, and they have succeeded in creating gripping, dynamic songs while capturing a sincerity rarely heard this side of the 2000’s. Bridging the gap between Vancouver, where the lion and the bear dwell and Ladysmith where the fox resides is only a testament to their collective commitment of creating their brand of passionately honest songs.


Jory Kinjo
April 2, Saturday

Tickets $15

HMplusVeenaHarry Manx
April 29, Friday

Tickets $34

Harry Manx has spent years fusing eastern musical traditions with the blues, switching effortlessly between conventional guitars, harmonica, and banjo and the decidedly different Mohan veena, a 20-stringed instrument invented by Manx’ Indian mentor Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Manx is often referred to as the “Mysticssippi” Blues Man, because of his expertise in melding both East and West music together and therefore, “creating musical short stories that wed the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas”.
Over the last 10 years, Harry Manx released 11 Albums and has garnered a room full of awards including, “seven Maple Blues Awards, six Juno nominations, the Canadian Folk Award in 2005 for Best Solo Artist and won CBC Radio’s “Great Canadian Blues Award” in 2007. His most recent accomplishment was receiving yet another Juno Nomination for “Blues Album of the Year”, for his release, “Bread and Buddha” in 2010.
Here to share his new release “Om Suite Ohm”…..love the names.



altimwilliamsTim Williams & Al Lerman
May 28, Saturday

Tickets $25

www.allermanmusic.com | www.cayusemusic.com

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- Rumi


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