1. Camping is included in price of ticket.
2. First come first serve camping.
3. Poop and scoop in effect.
4. No Glass Containers.
5. Concession onsite at the time of festival.
6. Cash only, no ATM on site.
EL NIVEN & THE ALIBI
MISERY MOUNTAIN BOYS
MIKE CLARK BAND
“Fearing (is) a king amongst minstrels.”
Halifax Chronicle Herald
Stephen Fearing was born in 1963 in Vancouver, British Columbia and grew up in Dublin, Ireland where his schoolmates included future members of U2. In 1981, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and immersed himself in the music scene, learning the fundamentals of song writing and performing, while washing dishes to stay alive.
By 1984 he was back in Vancouver, determined to become a professional musician. In the years since, he’s been named as one of the finest songwriters in Canada and has built a national – and international – audience for his music, doing it old school through countless performances at intimate venues and on the concert stages of festivals and theatres across Canada, the US, the UK, and Europe, with appearances at major events like the Reading Festival and WOMAD, to name just a few.
“Fearing’s music crackles with ideas and collaborative energy… masterful guitar work from acoustic rock rhythm to elegant finger style.”
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
In 1996, Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson formed a new band called Blackie and the Rodeo Kings to record a tribute album of songs by Willie P. Bennett. Nine albums and one JUNO Award later, the band has become one of the most respected names in North American roots-rock-Americana music.
“The best roots-rock band in Canada, period.”
Their musical collaborators are many, but to name a few – Emmy Lou Harris, City and Colour, Keb Mo, Exene Cervenka, Holy Cole, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Sam Phillips, Pam Tillis, Vince Gill, Cassandra Wilson, and Serena Ryder.
In 1998, Stephen Fearing met Andy White backstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and a fast friendship was formed. In addition to his own work, White is known for his collaborations with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, and Sinead O’Connor. As the duo Fearing & White they have released two critically-acclaimed albums and toured throughout Canada and the UK.
Fearing moved from his home in Guelph, ON in 2008, and headed to Halifax, NS. He completed work on Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ Polaris Prize-nominated Kings and Queens (which featured duets with 14 iconic female singers including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Roseanne Cash). He also got remarried, became a father, and still managed to tour relentlessly.
Fearing has released ten albums as a solo artist, featuring musical guests including: Bruce Cockburn, Margo Timmons, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, and Sarah McLachlan. When not working behind the microphone, Fearing spends time producing records including Suzie Vinnick’s JUNO Award-nominated album Happy Here. “With producing, I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. It’s a blast and, as a bonus, gives me a chance to learn and expand my skill set.”
Like the guests on his albums, the many awards and nominations that have come his way over the years speak to the respect he has earned among his peers, presenters, and critics.
“Blackie and The Rodeo Kings’ ‘Black Sheep’ (penned by Stephen Fearing) is one of my favorite songs from 2011. Meticulously crafted with deep, resonant writing and featuring vocalist Serena Ryder. Kind of like The Band recording with Joni Mitchell back in 1970.”
Brew Michaels, OM KRVO, Kalispell, MT
The JUNO Award-winner also shares his knowledge and experience with fellow musicians through songwriting workshops. “The classes dovetail nicely with performing,” he said. “My students are from all walks of life and I enjoy helping to coax them out of their comfort zones to create songs they might not have otherwise found.”
“A master of the finely-turned phrase and the perfectly-pitched line.”
Through a life of many relocations and countless months on the road performing, Fearing has become a gifted storyteller and true musical nomad with the ability to enthrall audiences of all sizes and attitudes. “Getting on stage is the fun part, especially when the adrenaline kicks in,” he says, with a broad smile. “People want to escape and be taken on a journey. I build my shows so they do just that.”
In the summer of 2006, Alex Thoele and Jon Pickett met while playing guitars around a campfire, high on a mountaintop in Estes Park, CO. The two have been entertaining and writing music since. In 2010, they were joined by mandolin player and fellow midwesterner Jarett Mason and shortly after by James Weatherly on banjo, the band’s only Colorado native.
Chain Station is a 4-piece, high-energy, get ‘em out on the dance floor string band from Denver, Colorado. Their music is well-steeped in Americana roots, with vocal harmonies that are high, lonesome, and tight. Their picking ranges from lightning-fast to mountain mellow. They are a bluegrass band that would satisfy a picky old-timer and delight fans of newgrass, a delicate balance indeed.
They've become known for winning over crowds with creative, fun original songs that flow from the mountains, through them and right back to you. Pure Mountain Music! It's obvious these guys love what they do, engaging their growing fan base with energy and stage antics that guarantee one hell of a night out.
The band’s newest album is “Where I want To Be” October, 2016. In 2015 a live album “Chain Up Volume 1” was released and the debut studio album “Dancin’ With the Law” hit the scene in 2013. Chain Station has directly supported bands such as The Travelin’ McCourys, The Devil Makes Three, Todd Snider, Sierra Hull, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Fruition, Trout Steak Revival, The Railsplitters, Lil’ Smokies, Hot Buttered Rum, Deadphish Orchestra and many more.
This band has been living life through music and adventures together for more than six years. Relentless gigging in their home state of Colorado, the mountain west and the midwest has made this band of brothers one of the tightest and most professional little ragtag pack of muppets on the scene today. This band can't wait to see what lies ahead!
EL NIVEN & THE ALIBI
Bill Durst is an award winning Canadian Blues Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio hits. The Jack Richardson Hall of Famer has opened for Areosmith, Rush, BTO, Yardbirds, Johnny Winter, Savoy Brown, Bobby Rush, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Downchild, David Wilcox, Little Feat and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.
Born in Wingham and growing up in London, Ontario, Bill was heavily influenced by Motown R&B, Toronto Psychedelic Soul, British Blues, Hendrix and BBKing. Durst entered the national/international stage with his classic rock band Thundermug who had a number one hit in 1972. Thundermug recorded 5 albums, (3 albums in the 1970s, two CDs in the 1990s), releasing records in the US and Europe. Bill's first two solo albums came in the eighties but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that Durst got some real career momentum.
In 2004 Bill formed a “fuzzy, little, smokin' blues band”and since then Durst and co-writer/bassist Joe DeAngelis have produced 5 full length CDs; The Wharncliffe Sessions (’05), The Great Willy Mammoth (’09), Bill Durst Live (‘12), Hard And Heavy (’13), Good Good Lovin ('15).
Mayhemingways emerge within a region ripe with musical reputation in Ontario Canada. Benj Rowland executes lead vocals and employs a mixed bag of folk instruments like banjo, mandolin, accordion, and acoustic guitar. Josh Fewings anchors the tunes on the drums and elevates the melody with harmony vocals. They are a strong musical duo that converges with “Mind-bending and original music with deep roots in the tradition of dark North American folk” (Tom Wilson, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings & Lee Harvey Osmond).
Mayhemingways have experienced a full and fulfilling five years to bring them to present day. The duo released their first EP engineered by James McKenty (Blue Rodeo, Cuff The Duke, The Weber Brothers) in 2013, and followed it up with a full length “Hunter St Blues” produced and engineered by Steve Loree (Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Petunia). They have voyaged across Canada and back again, and again, and set off for Europe gathering touring miles adding up to more than 600 shows together. Their most recent tour was with acclaimed Canadian rock figure Joel Plaskett and his father Bill on their “Solidarity” release tour which had the Mayhemingways employed as opening act, as well as backing band for the Plasketts each night.
The duo returned to Steve Loree’s Nanton, Alberta studio during a welcome February Chinook in 2017 to have him produce a new collection of their brand of folk songs. The new album “Skip Land” will be released February 23rd, 2018.
The opening and title track of “Skip Land” plays out like a soundtrack to a drive along the Otonabee River on a humid summers day. Fuzzy highway radio-dial stations coming in and out below a mid-tempo snare drum march and a claw hand banjo line weaving together to guide the listener down the road.
East coast folk reels imagining Canadian highways and the mornings after kitchen party’s (Frances The Truck Driver, Troubles in The Basement), and dark floating folk dirges ruminating on memory and everyday scenes from the life of a newborn (Bad Old Days, The Baby) make up the first half of this rich collection of tunes. The songs continue with up-tempo winter tinged vocal narratives about staying put due to the cold outside, and another snare drum anchored instrumental that feels like a cold march from one pub to another on the East Coast waterfront (Haybales, 14th of January). Deeper down the track list, Better Of You evokes what might be the perfect soundtrack for tracing a journey from the zydeco influenced bayou of Louisiana north east to the Blueridge Mountains of Tennessee that seem to become visible within the sound of the trad banjo picking in Hillbilly Heroin. The duo concludes the album with lush and layered harmonies on the mid-tempo folk rocker Into The Ground. On this last track, The Mayhemingways impart sobering commentary on listeners that we should expect some things to break down, as they’ve only got so many trips around the sun; things like tube amps, gasoline vans, and as bleak as it is true, our bodies.
“Skip Land” places The Mayhemingways firmly in line with the heritage of their home town of Peterborough; dark folk drenched melodies delivered with an electricity and veneer that shimmers within the space between the duo.
MISERY MOUNTAIN BOYS
Somewhere between the worlds of old time jazz and country music lies a very special place, nestled in small-town Northern Alberta, next to the mighty Peace River. Known to locals as Misery Mountain, this iconic landmark has a reputation for mixing the waters when it comes to tradition, making it a perfect meeting grounds for music legends like Django and Hank, Pokey and Grisman.
With their roots in Peace River, AB, the Misery Mountain Boys have been based out of Edmonton since 2012, and have steadily built a reputation as one of the cities most exciting and unique live acts. After rambling through bluegrass circles, western swing standards, and getting lost in the world of gypsy jazz, the Misery Mountain Boys have landed upon their own unique brand of swing, taking their traditional instrumentation to more creative and sometimes unexpected places, while paying homage to the iconic greats of the 1930’s and 40’s. With their first European tour under their belts, the bands sound and live performance is more refined than ever, with fun and uptempo music to keep the feet shuffling all night long.
Their third studio release, ‘Moon Dog and the Familiar Spirits’ pays homage to an other-worldly adventure, set in Alberta’s Northern Boreal Forest, one summer solstice night.
Moon Dog and the Familiar Spirits - December 2016
Long Gone Cat Daddy - December 2015
Little Smoky - May 2014
Tremoloco is an eclectic roots band who have been described as Sonoran Gothic Folk, Gulf Coast roots and Mexican Americana.
Blending Mexican music with Roots/Country music is no easy task. It certainly helps that they are well versed in several styles including Folk, Country, Cajun, Honky Tonk, Tex-Mex, Rancheros, Cumbias and Zydeco all the while writing and performing original songs in both English and Spanish.
A stellar line up of musicians occupy Tremoloco recordings (check album info) and this tradition continues with 2013’s release “Salsipuedes”.
It features the guitar playing of Dave Alvin on the first single “Claudine” and finds them exploring an ever widening musical scope but always remaining grounded in traditional musical forms. Their 4th cd is in the works and scheduled for a April 2017 release.
Their live shows have been well received where they’ve won fans from the West Coast to the Gulf Coast including Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana, from Mexico to Washington state and up through Canada where they’re loved by old and young alike. They’ve participated in music workshops, hosted roots music TV shows, have done numerous in-store and in-studio radio appearances”.
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Tony Zamora – vocals, guitars, basses, guitarron, piano
David Raven – vocals, drums, percussion
Alex Martinez- guitars, lap steel, jarana, requinto jarocho
Bobby Furgo – violin, piano, organ, electric piano
Greg Boaz – upright bass, electric bass, baritone guitar
Aaron Martinez – vocals, jarana, drums, percussion
Jason Lozano – drums, vocals
Suzie Vinnick, 10X Maple Blues Award winner, 3X Juno Nominee was aFinalist in the 2013 International Blues Challenge Solo/Duo Category inMemphis, TN. She was the winner of the 2012 CBC Saturday Night Blues Great Canadian Blues Award and the 2012 SIRIUS/XM Blues Artist of the Year has released a new album entitled Live At Bluesville, a collection of roots, blues and gospel tunes featuring Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel.
A little history…in 2011 Suzie sent a copy of her first solo acoustic blues album Me ‘n’ Mabel to Bill Wax and the album ended up charting for seven weeks on B. B. King’s Bluesville “Picks to Click” reaching number three. This gave Suzie exposure to wider markets and very positive feedback on Me ‘n’ Mabel from fans. In November 2011, as part of a two week tour in the US, Suzie and Mabel spent a few hours recording at the Sirius/XM Radio studio with Bill and his team. Suzie felt so good about the recording session that she wanted to share it with her fans.
Suzie’s album Me ‘n’ Mabel received a 2012 Juno Nomination and opened many doors for her including numerous US and international performances – opening for John Hammond at the Madison Square Park Conservancy inNew York City and performing in Germany at the Women in (e) Motion Festival in Bremen.
Live At Bluesville features Suzie and her parlour guitar, Mabel, and will appeal to fans of her album Me ‘n’ Mabel and her earlier, roots-music based album, Happy Here. Suzie’s music is available on her website and on iTunes.
Mike Cark Band
In 1989 Mike’s career as a professional musician took centre stage when he moved to Calgary. Within weeks of his arrival he was hired to perform with the legendary Clarence “Big” Miller. Mike’s huge tone, authentic approach and expressive solos was the calling card he used to introduce himself to the hierarchy of performers in the city and expeditiously established himself as the number one call saxophonist on the blues and roots scene.
Mike truly is one of Canada’s premiere blues and roots artists and has been nominated for a Maple Blues Award in the category of “Horn Player of the Year” for three consecutive years. He has performed with Albert Collins, Son Seals, Amos Garrett, The Downchild Bluesband, and Dutch Mason to name a few. He’s recorded with Johnny V (If My Daddy Could See Me Now), Donald Ray Johnson (Pure Pleasure), Tim Williams (Live at Kaos), Ray Montana (Hip October), Steve Pineo (Steve Pineo with Horns) and can be heard on many other sessions.
No stranger to winning awards or being sought after for stages often reserved for those of tenure, anyone that knows Rebecca has experienced and witnessed greatness in the making. While her music is a combination of folk, blues and rock, there’s “that” voice – compelling in range, certain with every note – and her lyrics – strong, thought provoking, storytelling in nature and sometimes peppered with wit.
In December 2017, Rebecca will release her new Folk-Rock EP, “Spirit”. Featuring the song “Valiant of Vimy” that earned top prize in the Spirit of Vimy Contest, hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.
Reuniting with her CFMA winning team of Barry Allen and Gord Matthews from Homestead Recorders, songs on the EP will reflect the human spirit and highlight courage, adventure, change and love.
This is a follow-up to her Factor funded genre blurring CD, “Reckless Heart”. Debuting at # 1 on CJSR’s Top 30 and #10 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter Album chart (November 2016), “Reckless Heart” continued to chart on many stations including 5 weeks on CILU Thunder Bay's Top 10 Folk/Roots/Blues Chart. Her producer Russell Broom captured a nomination for Producer of the Year for this CD at the 2017 Western Canada Music Awards. Performing with her 4 piece band, Rebecca and The Revelry did a Prairie Express tour to support the CD and performed for the second consecutive year as a finalist in the 2017 “She’s the One” Contest at the Ottawa Blues Festival. Rebecca and The Revelry have performed at over 100 events. The band is made up of Nick Samoil on keys, Madi Myhre on bass and Evan Stewart on drums.
Always improving her songcraft, Rebecca was selected for the SOCAN Songhouse at 2017 Break Out West, the Open Chair for the Songwriters Association of Canada Songworks Camp in Edmonton (August 2016) and the Prairie Winter Songwriter Retreat in Winnipeg (February 2016). She’s collaborated with notable songwriters such as Nuela Charles, Jay Semko, Mariel Buckley, Chloe Albert, Rob Heath, Beth Portman, Byran Finlay, Lexi Strate, Lynn Tessari, Doug Folkins, Kendra Kay and with producers Dan Davidson, Davor Vulama, and Troy Sampson. She has a publishing deal with Washington Street Publishing in Nashville.
Rebecca is a graduate of MacEwan University’s music program who enjoys volunteering at the Stollery Children’s Hospital under the supervision of the Music Therapist. Rebecca is also busy teaching vocals, piano and songwriting at music schools in Edmonton.
Her story based songs, about history, poetry and life events, will one day be heard by the next generation of folk-rock artists, but for now Rebecca Lappa is captivating Canada with her poise in performance, songwriting talent and “that” voice. All, at the age of 20.
With a voice that skips and soars, Hamilton, ON based Sarah Beatty is one hard artist to pin down. Writing and singing about life along white pine northern shorelines and post-industrial gentrifying geographies, this is no flash in the pan, pomp-and-circumstance-snake-oil-side-show experience. Consumable by firelight, hers is a show and tell for the perpetually curious and equally incredulous. Calling up confrontational connections, a spoonful of honey sweet syrup is all that accompanies the idiosyncratic insights, hard won sentiments, and possible sage advice she’s been working into song ever since her grandpa’s funeral in 2001. Her debut solo record Black Gramophone came 11 years later after a sinuous path through various musical collaborations, as did the Hamilton Music Award nomination and Top 10 roots charting that followed. Now, with Bandit Queen and a healthy dose of self-reflected energy, fact, fable, fiction, folklore and make-you-wanna-move-grooves get soaked in oak and subterranean landscapes. Stones get turned over. Answers get questioned. And more gets revealed...
Bandit Queen, released this February, offers anchor to her most recent history. “The recording began at a transitional time for me and my place was basically empty. I figured it would be a good idea to fill the place up with music rather than with furniture.” The critically acclaimed album is a genre-defying 13 track cinematic adventure that recounts tales of truck drivers, religious figures, prehistoric geology, upside down turned around folk tales, millennial graduates, and other characters Beatty’s met or made up along the way. But the root line is one woman’s stories, vitality, and wisdoms passed on in the most musical ways she could bring to bear, with friends and musical allies.
Snaked wires ran throughout her near-empty abode during a snowy December when Justine Fischer (upright bass), Matty Simpson (electric guitar), Dave Clark (drums), and Joe Lapinski (general wizardry) parked on Beatty’s snow covered lawn. All with notable and fabled music histories of their own (which include The Fred Eaglesmith Band, Rheostatics, The Woodshed Orchestra, Bronx Cheerleeder), the crew hunkered down and let ‘er go with Beatty and her songs at the centre, recording 12 live off the floor songs in two days.
In the months that followed, some of Hamilton’s most active players got involved, including Greg Brisco, Steve Deeps, Troy Dowding, Sal Roselli, Steve Collette, Bob Doidge, Ross Wooldridge, Michel Dequevedo, Chris Skrzek, and Mary Simon for horns, keys, and background vocals. And what began as a pivot in transition reappeared as a mythological supersonic expansion machine calling “for all to dance upon the everyday mythologies that bind us to our perceived identities and to be whoever the hell we want to be” (A Journal of Musical Things). Written and produced by Beatty, it is through her own telling and guiding hand that Bandit Queen, the folk-fabled, “striking mashup of psychroots left-field countryfolk” (Cashbox Canada) shines a light on looking deeply at what has come before, and quite bodaciously, at what can come to pass.
Born in Canada and raised by an American Mom and Canadian Dad, Sarah had home towns on both sides of the border. Feeling at home in both and neither country quite entirely, it’s rumoured that a wayfarer’s notch was written into her DNA. It wasn’t until she decided to study science, however, that she began to really understand the often unscientific and nebulous worlds of writing songs and doing science. Little did she realize the respective rabbit holes of either of those things, so, she’s been set out and messing about in those boats ever since, earning a PhD in Environmental Science from McMaster University, presenting her works at international conferences, publishing in peer reviewed journals, and touring extensively in Canada, Europe, and the US.
Along the way, she’s played world famous clubs (The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Molotow in Hamburg, Lido in Berlin, and Ani Difranco's very own Babeville in Buffalo, NY), cafes, living rooms, and festival stages (Falcon Ridge, Summerfolk, Mariposa Folk Festival, Eaglewood Folk Festival, Festival of Friends), dropping jaws and invoking smiles in those who go lightly or fearlessly with her. Known for engaging and inspiring live performances, she takes audiences to new places, exploring and examining life’s offerings with warmth and curiosity. She’s opened for and shared stages with big time troubadours including Bruce Cockburn and Ani Difanco, up and comers My Son The Hurricane and Sean Rowe, and small time artists living and singing below the poverty line. All working to help make this especially strange spaceship a more hospitable place for its inhabitants.
BUCKLER & FURY
For over a decade, the occasional fortunate audience has taken part in the intense musical journey - sprinkled with wry humor and inhuman chops - that is a Buckler & Fury performance.
Calvin Buckler is a man of many talents, combined with even more drive. Thousands of hunters and outdoor enthusiasts watch him on Wild TV every week as the co-host of The Bone Yard, which he also produces, writes, edits, and even scores, He has also recorded 3 albums thus far, both as a solo artist and as vocalist of the metal band Judgemental. He also happens to be the man behind Pembina River Nights.
Trev Fury is also a man of many talents. As an artist, he has painted nearly 200 wall murals on 5 continents all over the world to date. As a graphicics nerd, he does animation and compositing for The Bone Yard, as well as for other clients when the need arises. As a guitarist, Trev has played in several bands over the past 2 decades and has lent his guitar madness to tons of recordings in a variety of genres between Edmonton and New York.
Given the mutual background in rock and metal music, one might not expect such a diverse and palatable sound from these guys. The metal is there, but it's all but buried in a flurry of other genre influences.
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Bill Poss is a songwriter and performer from Effingham, IL who has been touring North America for two decades - first solo, then with the Ginn Sisters and Fred Eaglesmith.
Comfortable standing my himself telling stories and performing a riveting folk set, or rocking out with his five piece band, Bill Poss cuts a wide path, shifting easily from folk and bluegrass to country and rock. His years on the road have provided him with great fodder for his songs and his stories. The Useful Tools are whoever he is playing with and there are full bands ready to play in Effingham, IL, Lawrence, KS, Austin, TX, Denver, CO, Boston, MA and Hamilton, ON
Bill Poss has 5 CDs and a book, the Bill Poss Travelogue, to his name. His most recent CD was "Saltwater", recorded in Lawrence, KS and released in Dec. 2014. Poss' first three CDs, recorded in Austin from 1999-2003 under his full given name, Bill Passalacqua, have just been rereleased as a 2 CD set. Both are available now in the 'Store'.
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DIRTY & THE PERKS
BOOTS AND THE HOOTS
Boots & The Hoots are an albertan country & western based in Red Deer and formed in 2013.
DIRTY & THE PERKS
Dirty & The Perks is a four piece Folk-Rock outfit from Saskatoon, Sk. Upbeat strings with powerhouse vocals, topped off with stompy timing.
A Métis singer/songwriter with a pop/rock meets folksy
Americana style, Cynthia Hamar was born in the town of Drayton Valley and grew
up on a farm close to the small mining town of Entwistle about an hour west of
With four older siblings heavily into music and arts and no
television at home, she grew up mimicking the songs they would play and drawing
anything she could imagine. Hamar grew attached to finger picking styling and
songs with rich stories and emotion such as Bruce Cockburns “ All the Diamonds”
making her stage debut at the age of seven in the local church her mother and
her would attend, singing Amy Grant tunes to accompaniment tracks. At 15, Hamar
picked up the guitar, having developed a taste for grunge rock through artists
such as Ani DiFranco and Radiohead, Hamar began writing and performing her own
eclectic style in coffee shops, street corners, churches and pubs. Hamar
married and moved to British Columbia and had 3 children over 3 years in
In 2007, having moved again to Fort St John, BC, Hamar recorded
and self released her first studio album and briefly toured western Canada, the
album was nominated for a GMA but did not really get too much attention. Hamar
decided to steer away from over production and gear more towards raw and
acoustic recordings. Her second independently released album “Acous.ti.cal.ly” recorded
at Red Glow records in Fort St John, BC was released in 2010 and accomplished
just that. Shortly after Hamar’s family moved back to her hometown of Entwistle
and she began to engage in the Edmonton music scene.
While recording with her nephew Spencer Ford for a
compilation album, Hamar met Tim LaRiviere at his studio DSD Recordings. Hamar
admired LaRiviere’s calm nature and approached him about helping with her next
project. LaRiviere not only accepted but dove into the project with passion.
2014&15 brought a new era for Hamar, she began writing
and performing with her oldest son. A few months into recording with LaRiviere she
decided to remove some of her own songs and add some of her sons and title the
album “ The Son & I” LaRiviere personally travelled to England to have the
album mastered by Alex Wharton (the Beatles, Radiohead, Coldplay) at Abbey
Roads Studios. The album was released to radio spring 2016 by Tinderbox Music,
charted on numerous college radio stations across Canada and the US as well as
acquired TV licenses with TLC, Discovery Network and a TV show set to air fall
2017. LaRiviere is currently a member of Hamar's band and has brought along
former bandmate Mark Scholz on drums. Hamar was nominated Best out of Province for the Toronto Independent Music Awards 2016.
The 2014 release, ‘Day For Day’ carries on the swinging tradition of Pat’s 90’s cult hits ‘Salamander Bones’ and ‘Playin’ Havoc With My Heart’. Pat’s music is informed by Western Swing, Jump Blues, Rockabilly and Roadhouse Soul. It fits easily into Blues, Jazz and Folk festivals.
Having performed many of Canada’s Music Festivals, Pat Temple has become a mainstay in the Canadian scene. He has performed in venues such as: Massey Hall, The National Art Gallery and The Ontario Place Forum. Pat Temple has received press across Canada, being interviewed by CBC, The Toronto Star, The Ottawa Citizen, The Winnipeg Free Press, as well as The Vancouver Sun. He has appeared live on Much Music television and CBC radio.
With thirty years of performing under his belt, Pat has developed an impressive and unique body of work. His compelling voice adds colour and meaning to his lyrics. Pat’s songs are the kind you want to stay up late with!
Pat Temple attracts stellar players to his music.
The live shows are toe tappin’ and uplifting. At every show you’ll find people up swingin’ and dancing to this very original music performed by a truly eclectic cast of characters.
Cousin Harley is the rocking hillbilly persona of Paul Pigat. This band has a hard-earned reputation for delivering everything from hot-rod rockabilly to foot stomping vintage country and western swing.
Paul is joined by Keith Picot on upright bass and Jesse Cahill on drums to create an unstoppable rock 'n roll wrecking crew.
From classic honky tonk and cow punk rippers, to a helping of western swing and classic jump blues, Cousin Harley plays in the old tradition — slugging it out hot and heavy in roadhouses across the land and across the seas.