Cape Breton born singer, songwriter Sam Moon has been performing throughout Canada and the USA for over forty five years. One of his most well-known collaborations was with Matt Minglewood, as “Moon Minglewood and the Universal Power”. Besides playing some of the more famous original Maritime outdoor concerts and classic venues such as the legendary Misty Moon, and appearances at the Atlantic Folk Festivals and Concerts on Citadel Hill, he has opened for hundreds of major acts from the original Guess Who to the Beach Boys. In 1982, Sam was the first Maritime Artist to break the year end Top 20 on C-100 with the release of his New Moon album. The same year the Halifax Herald chose him as entertainer of the year and he also won Eastern Canada’s Shure Microphone top vocalist. In 2007, Sam received his first ECMA Award. Sam Moon still keeps on ticking making new friends and bookings in light of his new CD release “Never Let Me Go”.
Dave MacKeigan has worked as a full time musician playing the Maritime club circuit in various rock bands, in studios with local songwriters, and live in a number of styles – country, blues, trad and rock. He plays guitar, mandolin, dobro and banjo.
“Tim Edey won BBC Radio Two’s Musician of the year 2012 (BBC R2 FOLK AWARDS) and “Best duo” with Brendan Power. Tim is a multi- instrumentalist and singer, has toured the world and recorded with most of the major names in Celtic/Contemporary roots music including The Chieftains, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Dougie Maclean, Mary Black to name but a few… Tim is rated by many to be one of the world’s finest ever Melodeon and Guitar players in the folk & contemporary scene today.”
(Bill Elliott with J.P.Cormier – Photo M. Smith)
“Bill Elliott is an exceptional Nova Scotian musician. He plays lead and rhythm guitar, fiddle, banjo and bass. Bill has been an Old Time Fiddle Champion in Manitoba, Ontario and in Nova Scotia. He’s a guitar picker extraordinaire, as sampled on the latest family work “Home Again – A Salute to Swing”.
Both of these excellent artists have been in the livingroom several times, and we’re always happy to have them back!
Ian – 2013 – Canadian Folk Music Awards – Contemporary Singer of the Year
- 2012 – International Acoustic Music Awards – Best Male Artist
- 2008 and 2010 – Music NS – Musician of the Year
Kim - 2011 – ECMA nom Female Artist of the Year
- 2010 – ECMA Rising Star of the Year
- 2009 – Music NS Folk Album of the Year
These two award-winning young musicians are on the rise. Carleton Stone’s latest album Draws Blood has the 28-year-old songwriter delivering his most personal artistic statement to date. An experienced and entertaining performer, Dylan Guthro wins over fans and industry with his catchy and sincere songs, his superb musicianship, and his impressive vocals.
Shades of Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews there may be – but he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. Martyn’s ability to transcend preconceptions about how one man and a guitar can sound is testament to his talent and stage presence. He continues to tour extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, building up a constantly expanding and enthusiastic fan base. The shows are intelligently constructed, Martyn presenting his audience with challenging narratives and with an intensity that hits with the power of a right hook. He tempers this with songs that comfort and speak to the soul. His great improvisation and immediate topicality lead to an organic fluidity that makes every show different. His comfortable rapport and conversation with his audiences, his sense of humour and his ability to make everyone feel at home lie right at the heart of the evening’s success.
“One of the most charismatic and electrifying performers in Britain today…tough and passionate” Tom Robinson BBC 6
“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters” Q Magazine
“A profound experience” The Boston Globe
The Paul McKenna Band has been hailed as the best new traditional group to come out of Scotland in the last 20 years. Sure to be a party!
Not surprisingly, these shows sold out from the email list before I had time to post them on the website. :)
Dennis Ellsworth is a prolific songwriter. Lately he’s gotten into rhythm of writing, recording and releasing
an album a year. In between records, he travels around the planet singing songs characterized by a kind
of dark optimism that’s informed by early influences such as Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond and Kris Kristofferson. He won 2 Music PEI awards this year - Roots Contemporary Recording and Male Solo Recording of the Year.
Born into the Icelandic community in Manitoba, Lindy Vopnfjörd started his music career early. By four,
he was singing cautionary songs about nuclear war and traveling around with his musician parents and
extended family in a bus. The digital release of his most recent album, his career seventh, called Young
Waverer was on February 26, 2013. It is a soaring landscape of stream of consciousness stories about love and loss, alongside unique tales about his upbringing on icy Lake Winnipeg.
Juno-nominated songwriter Maria Dunn (vocal, guitar, accordion) draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song. A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, she is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and her unvarnished songs about the lives of working men and women. Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, Maria celebrates the resilience and grace of “ordinary” people, past and present,
Back by popular demand – Irish Mythen!
During an interview the President of The Mariposa Folk Festival was asked for his standout performers of 2011. “Irish Mythen was the standout for me. She channeled Janis Joplin on stage Saturday night” The Toronto Star
“This little powerhouse got on to the stage and 6 thousand people went ballistic! This girl is a shooting star and definitely one to watch for in the future.” Lira Magazine Denmark
Stephen Cooke of the Halifax Chronicle Herald called Irish Mythen’s debut performance at The Stan Rogers Folk Festival his Standout performance. The Halifax Chronicle Herald
Meaghan Blanchard is singer/songwriter from Hunter River PEI. She performed for William and Kate during their Royal Visit to PEI in the summer of 2011 and played 47 shows in 15 days at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC in 2010. In 2012 Meaghan appeared in her first television special “The Songs Of Gene MacLellan” which aired on CBC in 2012. She also has performed at the Mariposa Folk Festival and the Deep Roots Festival in Wolfville NS. Meaghan has won an ECMA and four Music PEI awards.