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RussellDeCarleRussell Decarle
October 17, Friday

Tickets $24

Russell was here in the spring and put on a great show, can’t wait to have him back.

As lead vocalist and bassist of iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster, deCarle is no stranger to awards and accolades. Over their career the 2008 CCMA Hall of Honour inductees have racked up an impressive list of JUNO and Canadian Country Music Awards, gold and platinum selling records and number one singles. As a songwriter deCarle has also been honoured with two SOCAN Song of the Year Awards.

Held together by equal measures of heartbreak and hope, and featuring performances from some of Canada’s most accomplished instrumentalists, Under the Big Big Sky plays like the soundtrack to a vintage film. A fluent mix of blues, jazz and R&B tinged western swing that pays homage to some of Russell deCarle’s all-time favourite artists while remaining simultaneously fresh and familiar.

Looking at his solo output thus far, however, he describes it as “more of a torchy-bluesy affair”, particularly on his first solo album launched three years ago called Under the Big, Big Sky.

russelldecarle.com

carolyn345Carolyn Mark
October 18, Saturday

Tickets $15

Carolyn Mark is a Canadian alternative country singer-songwriter.   She has recorded as a solo artist and as a member of the duo The Corn Sisters with American colleague Neko Case, as well as with the bands the Vinaigrettes, Jr. Gone Wild, Showbusiness Giants, the Fixin's and the Metronome Cowboys. She has also provided backing vocals on recordings by The Buttless Chaps, Greenfield Main, Neko Case, Frog Eyes, and Blackout Beach. First time on our stage but this woman is well known across the country.

That total lack of respect for all the rules about everything is what makes a Carolyn Mark show a True Experience. It is not like watching television, or even Youtube. It is spontaneous, unpredictable, full of humour and rueful truth. And the songs are deceptively, expertly crafted missiles of equal parts nasty observation and strange comfort.  The world would do better to hear them.  So before you go out there and sing bloody bloody “Hallelujah” one more time, think about singing “Edmonton” instead.  ”Hey, do you remember me? Oh yes, we’ve met before.  I’d like to ride your coat-tails, or just nail them to the floor.” Geoff Berner

www.carolynmark.com

image3843780highresThe Bills
October 25, Saturday

Tickets $24

“Their sound is panoramic, mischievious, fiercely unpretentious – and musically splendid” – Boston Globe

From the beautiful West Coast of Canada comes this extraordinary quintet, renowned among fans of all ages for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, exuberant live performances, evocative songwriting, and a refreshing sound that transcends musical boundaries and defies simple categorization.

Strings, bellows, keys, voices, skin and bows – these are the vehicles for the Bills’ unique sonic approach.  With individual band members sporting world-class credentials in folk/roots, jazz, classical and world music, The Bills truly are a Canadian acoustic music supergroup…

You’ll hear the influences of global roots and rock alongside hints of Chopin, Stan Rogers and Django Reinhardt. But you’ll ultimately hear The Bills, doing the magical thing that they do.

Marc Atkinson – mandolin, guitar, vocals; Adrian Dolan – fiddle, accordion, piano, vocals; Chris Frye – guitar, lead vocals; Richard Moody – violin, viola, vocals; Scott White – upright bass, vocals

thebills.ca  | www.youtube.com/thebillsplaymusic

MG7257Jeremy Fisher
October 31, Friday

Tickets $20

Don’t let the title fool you. There isn’t a single sour note on The Lemon Squeeze, the latest from beloved Canadian singer-­‐songwriter Jeremy Fisher. After developing a devoted fan base through five folk-­‐influenced releases, Jeremy boldly ventures in a new direction with The Lemon Squeeze. This is clear from the opening track, “I Love You…So”;

A tight pop tune owing more to Ben Folds than to any folk artist.

Listening to ‘Mint Juleps’, the fifth album by two-time Juno Award nominee Jeremy Fisher, is like ambling through the long and relaxed dog days of summer. The acoustic-driven collection of 12 songs reunites Fisher with his folk-drenched musical roots and is a veritable throwback to the golden era of the singer-songwriter. That’s not to say that Jeremy Fisher lives in the past. On the contrary, the Ottawa-based musician’s craft is deeply imbued with a modern insight that has made him a strong and enduring musical storyteller. He thus inhabits a one-of-a-kind space in this current musical landscape as a rather timeless troubadour.

www.jeremyfishermusic.com

brentparkinBrent Parkin
November 1, Saturday

Tickets $20

Brent Parkin is a veteran of the Winnipeg music scene and has been playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for well over 40 years. Brent's music is a mix of Chicago style Blues, Swing, Roots music with some Country and Roots Rock and Roll thrown in for good measure. Brent will be performing at the Dream as a trio.

His cd “Vintage Rhythm” was Nominated for the 2011 Western Canadian Music Award "Blues Recording of The Year"

It is the great Amos Garrett who without hesitation calls Parkin "a guitarist's guitarist" It is Tom Lavin of Powder Blues who refers to Brent as "Canada’s Duke Robillard".

Downchild's Don Walsh who states, "Brent Parkin is one of a handful of Canadian artists who has been keeping this music alive and well in our country for almost as long as we have."

"Brent is one of this countries best blues guitarists." Peter North CKUA Radio - Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival

www.brentparkin.ca

conniekaldor01Connie Kaldor
November 5, Wednesday

Tickets $32

Connie Kaldor is a performer without borders. A contradiction in terms. She is a Juno-award winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary. Her live performances are legendary and her fan base broad and fiercely loyal. People come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. 

It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings.

“A masterful performer, wildly funny one moment, deeply personal the next.” The Boston Globe  

Dynamic delivery, excellent songs from the Canadian Prairie queen. “…quirky, often wickedly funny” - Regina Leader-Post

www.conniekaldor.com

devincuddyDevin Cuddy Band
November 14, Friday

Tickets $24

Devin Cuddy’s music has a style its own, one that shouldn’t work, but somehow does.  His unique blend of New Orleans Blues and Country effortlessly marries the two musical ideals with a distinctive element of Canadiana so eloquent, that

it leaves one pondering why no one has done this before. In Toronto’s growing pseudo-country scene Devin’s new take on the genre pushes the limits of what people think they want to dance to on a Saturday night.

Coming from a lifetime surrounded by song, Devin Cuddy noted in the Winnipeg Free Press that “my passion for music grew out of being surrounded by it for so long,” noting he and his siblings developed their musical tastes by picking through their dad’s (Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy) vast collection of CDs.”

www.devincuddy.com

BigDaveJimBSteveDjpegBlack Hen Roadshow Review
November 18 & 19, Tuesday & Wednesday

Tickets $40

Black Hen Music is pleased to present this special musical revue, featuring some of the Canada's leading roots musicians who've come together to deliver an amazing night of classic blues, done the way it used to be. Helmed by Black Hen label head and virtuoso string player Steve Dawson, the Roadshow also stars multi Juno Award winner and Canada's 2013 Blues Vocalist of the Year, Jim Byrnes, plus Winnipeg's consummate road warrior, Big Dave McLean. With first call bassists Jeremy Holmes holding down the bottom, Byrnes, Dawson and McLean will take the stage en masse for a great night of soulful blues belting, virtuosic guitar picking and tales tall and true. The seasoned musical heavyweights are celebrating their three new albums, all of which are coming out on the Black Hen imprint this year. Steve Dawson's Rattlesnake Cage is a virtuosic tour de force that has been garnering rave reviews from critics everywhere since its release in February. Jim Byrnes' St. Louis Times hit the streets in May and is already being hailed as his finest album to date, as he pays homage to his home town and some of the legendary artists who came from there. And Big Dave McLean is just completing his latest gem, with Dawson handling the production duties from his newly opened studio in Nashville Tennessee. Playing songs from these three albums, as well as the best selections from their vast personal repertoires, The Black Hen Travelling Roadshow Revue is sure to be a one of the most memorable nights of entertainment you will experience this year.

jamestbyrnes.com | stevedawson.ca | davemclean

JGgiggingJustin Glibbery Trio
November 29, Saturday

Tickets $16

Justin Glibbery is a pianist, composer, and educator who has played for over 20 years here in the Okanagan. While being the music director at Penticton Secondary School he has been a part of many different bands: the Mammals, the Corvairs, Random Act, and the local group the Offramp Jazz Sextet. He is also the musical director for the Naramata Choir and the popular Rann Berry and the One Hit Wonder Show. His career has seen many projects from music theatre to choral concerts to festivals. He has recently collaborated with the guitarist Oscar Lopez on his latest album "Apasionado" which was done right here in Penticton in his home studio.

His own playing is a combination of influences namely Oscar Peterson, Bruce Hornsby, Lyle Mayes, Hiromi, Bill Evans and others. He is into many different styles of playing and incorporates them into his own playing and compositions. You'll hear swing, pop, jazz, funk, boogie and some combination of everything! Always expect something unexpected!

Having a few gigs under his belt at the world-famous Dream Café with other groups, this gig marks his first on his own.

www.justinglibbery.com

JackSempleJack Semple 
December 6, Saturday

Tickets $25

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'.

www.jacksemple.com

bu4hrcBlack Umfolosi
December 5, Friday & December 8, Monday

Tickets 42

Black Umfolosi were formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa- to where their ancestors can be traced. In 2009 The Black Umfolosi 5 continue to present their spectacular songs and dances thrilling audiences worldwide with a NEW LINE-UP.

Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! Their famous Gumboot Dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser.

“It was the best of all the festival, They have an incredible way to sing, to dance, a beautiful presence on the stage. Their simplicity, naturalness and cheerfulness was for us, at the end of the festival a beautiful present.” MILAN FESTIVAL

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRXr_Ok645o  | www.blackumfolosimusic.com

MikeFarrisMike Farris
December 12 & 13, Friday & Saturday

Tickets $40

Mike is returning to Penticton from Tennessee with his new cd in hand (gospel / blues & more). 

‘Shine For All the People’ bears witness to the determination of putting one foot in front of the other and to the power of music to get you there. "I've discovered that falling is a divine thing," Mike adds. "It's part and parcel of being human. The important thing is to keep the faith and keep moving on and on. Daring to be courageous enough to share our deepest burdens with each other is the greatest gift we can give."

“Mike Farris is a soul man…way cool! When I saw him on TV the first time, even though I didn’t know who he was, I thought he was a star. When I heard his record, I knew he was.” MARTY STUART

“Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.” BUDDY MILLER

“Out of the arms of defeat Mike Farris has done a victory lap….

He takes people who are hurting, who are broken, who think they are alone and through just the sound of his voice he lets them know that they’re not…that’s magic.” MARY GAUTHIER     

Do go to his site & watch the Documentary & listen………….A gem we are proud to host.

www.mikefarrismusic.com

Working on dates with:

Guy Davis, Willie & Lobo, James Keelaghan
Grant Dermody, Orville Johnson & John Miller  ….2015….

Tickets will go on sale when we post the dates on the Website  

Tickets must be purchased well in advance Visa & M/C accepted by phone

“We have fallen into the place where everything is music”

- Rumi

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