Fiddles & Feet July 9th 8pm
Fiddles & Feet, a musical group from Central Nova Scotia, has been plying their trade for over fifteen years. Born when an entertainment agency asked Gordon Tucker if he could put together a fiddle group for a night of down home maritime music. Gordon invited several of his students to join him for the evening. So with four fiddles, a guitar and a bohran, they were a huge hit that evening. Upon learning that most of the students could also stepdance.... well that just added the icing to the cake and Fiddles & Feet was born. The line up has remained very consistent over the years with Alycia Putnam, Laura Watson, Megan Isenor and Gordon on fiddles; Rob Putnam on guitar and Janelle Putnam on bohran & mandolin. Playing a variety of traditional fiddle music along with some swing & dixieland tunes, all with lots of energy!
Diyet &The Love Soldiers July 16th 8 pm
Born in a tent, raised in a cabin on the shores of a glacial lake in the Kluane region of Canada’s Yukon Territory, Diyet embodies her Southern Tutchone, Japanese, Tlingit and Scottish roots with a musical presence that is equally diverse and unique. Diyet is Alternative Folk, Roots, Country and Traditional Aboriginal with melodies and stories deeply rooted in her Indigenous world view and northern life. Her songs are an interpretation of a northern reality: hard, raw and will break you if it can but at the same time, always beautiful, gentle, strange and intensely alive.
A heralded singer and songwriter from Prince Edward Island. Her recent album, Paradise has the feel of soul searching folk music at its core, but spiked with soul and R&B and smoothed with pop melodies and hooks. “Music is the connector that binds us all”, says Grant. “To be able to create music and share the power it can hold is one of life’s greatest gifts.” This is the very essence behind the voice and songs of Jenn Grant.
Pretty Archie July 23rd 8 pm
Pretty Archie is an Americana/Bluegrass/Roots band from Cape Breton, NS. They are known for their entertaining, high energy & foot stomping shows. Their honest, heartfelt writing connects listeners with a saltwater perspective on modern living. The music finds common ground in the blurred genres of Country, Americana, Bluegrass and Blues. Their unique sound has lead to the band developing a following that grows after each show they play — across audiences throughout Canada.
Sanctified Brothers August 13th 8 pm
Hailing from North Preston, The Sanctified Brothers (formerly known as the Deep River Boys) have quickly established themselves as one of the best gospel music groups in Canada. They have performed with the Gospelheirs, the Hallelujah Praise Choir and the late Rita MacNeil.
The Sanctified Brothers group is shaking up the perceptions of gospel music with fresh twists on classics, which they infuse with elements of blues, funk and rock.
Quote from Wallace Smith, "It's awesome, because it's gospel music, but it's not your traditional gospel music. Sometimes we'll do a traditional song, but we always try to add some variety to it. There's never a dull moment."
Séan McCann August 20th 8 pm
Séan McCann bought his first guitar in 1989 which he affectionately calls “Old Brown”. Old Brown has been around. He was there for the first song Séan ever wrote. He was there as Séan founded the acclaimed and multi-million selling band that would change his life. He was there to hold Séan up many a night as he struggled with alcoholism, and he has been there to help guide Séan out of the darkness with music as his medicine.
John Lennon once sang “You can live a lie until you die. One thing you can't hide is when you're crippled inside.” After exiting the internationally renowned folk group Great Big Sea and publicly admitting a secret past in which he used alcohol to mask the pain of sexual abuse by a priest ; Séan stopped lying to himself and found his truth and his own voice. With the release of his 5th solo album, “There’s a Place”, he continues his journey as a singer, songwriter, and now a sought after speaker and mental health advocate with Old Brown by his side and a simple message: “You are not alone.”
Erin Costello August 27th 8 pm
Erin Costelo is an award-winning singer, songwriter, arranger and producer. With a voice unlike any other in Canada, she has the ability to transport you back in time, to when voices were iconic and songs were well-crafted gifts.
Heavily influenced by Gospel and Americana, Exclaim Magazine describes Erin’s latest album, Down Below, The Status Quo, as “striking, powerful and full of depth and range.”
“Striking, Powerful and full of depth and range” - Exclaim
“…It’s as if her songs are written by your heroes…an ocean of soul and beyond…”- Bob Mersereau, CBC
“Halifax's Erin Costelo proves she is anything but status quo.” - Canadian Beats
“Touched by the angel Donny Hathaway and embodying the spirit of Nina Simone…99/100”
- Mi Toscadiscos Dual, Spain
LADIES OF COUNTRY Volume 2
FEATURING NORMA MACDONALD
A follow-up to last year’s extraordinarily successful Tribute to the Great Ladies of Country. Norma MacDonald and band return for more of the country classic songs you know and love so well. Last year’s show sold out faster than any other show in our history, so we suggest you do not delay booking your tickets this year!