Homesteady grew out of a pick-up band at the Wakefield Market. These folks were thrown together one fine Saturday morning in Wakefield, and had to find some common tunes to placate the throngs of attendees. With a reverence for old time Appalachian tunes, and cajun music, Homesteady was born. Denis Drouin, Tina Therrien, Peter Andrée and James Stephens can be found lurking behind the Homesteady name, sporting fiddles, accordions, guitar, and stand-up bass. When these folks aren't out tilling the land or feeding the chickens, they're plunking out old time and cajun music. Equally at ease at a barn dance, a house concert, or a café, their version of old time music promises you a good time!
He has been described as having “the finest male voice in traditional music- anywhere” by former Chairman of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Warren Robinson.
Bobby and his wife have lived in Masham for twenty years. When he is not singing at various clubs (the annual Black Sheep ‘Burns’ extravaganzas are legendary!) and festivals around the country, he heads up of the one of the most widely acclaimed Heritage Stonemasonry companies in North America.
Bobby is a singer/songwriter listing heavily towards the Celtic. Not to be missed!
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Wakefield String Ensemble (July 2)
The Wakefield String Ensemble brings classical greats with some ragtime thrown in, to the Fairbairn stage. Tim on violin, Eva on viola, and Ruth on cello take you on a journey through time and space: to Schubert's Austria, Hoffmeister's Germany, and Gershwin's America, and more -- all right here in Wakefield.
The Rotators (July 9, 2018)
The Rotators are a collective of musicians from the Wakefield/Ottawa region who perform traditional Jamaican ska, dub, and reggae and a blend of originals with Joshua Earth.
Joshua Olszynko a.k.a. Joshua Earth Andre Ferraton Brian Mullin Steve Trecarten Chris Archer a.k.a D.J. Archer from BellyFull Soundsystem Rod Fotheringham Anouk Michelle-Gregoire Bethan Nodwell Kelly Craig Richard Vernon Zeek Gross
Pickachune is the musical collaboration of Wakefield's own Matt Selic, Eva Vanderberg, and Pat Maher. Together, they delight your ears with Newfoundland-inspired tunes and songs, played on fiddle, squeeze box, guitar, and bouzouki. Toes will be tapping!
Luther Wright has been writing and performing music since Brian Mulroney was prime minister and the modern internet was still on the drawing board of British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee. Whereas Berners-Lee was working in a laboratory that probed the fundamental structure of the universe, Luther worked in a remote Kingston area farmhouse musing on the fundamentals of metaphor and the human condition through roots country music. Now based in Wakefield and with many fine albums of original music under his belt and a snappy show with his band and solo, as he will be appearing at Fairbairn, you can look forward to an entertaining musical, late afternoon in paradise.
Paugan Dames emerged out of the cold at a Christmas market in Wakefield. Acclaimed songstresses Chris MacLean and Alise Marlane are joined by cajun and old time player Tina Therrien. Spicy mandolin, guitar and stand-up bass create a tasteful backdrop for their rich and sultry harmonies. Serving up an eclectic mix of old time traditional, French Canadian, and contemporary Canadian folk music, their sweet harmonies will make you weak in the knees.
(Photo: Denis Drouin)
Jupiter Ray Project with Johnny Mac (August 6)
Jupiter Ray Project writes songs to the sound of snowshoes crunching through packed snow and crickets scratching in an old abandoned quarry. Listen for pine forest wind-sighs, the slow tin drip of maple buckets, lots of fine-tuned heartstrings, a throbbing rhythmic heart, and many stories besides.
Performing original 'Canadian roots' music that is compared to classic Canadian roots influences like Neil Young and the Cowboy Junkies, their influences include these greats as well as many others from a range of genres: Bob Dylan, Ricky Lee Jones, The Rolling Stones, Jenny Lewis, Fleetwood Mac, Gillian Welch, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Daniel Lanois, Greg Keelor, Neil Diamond, Burt Bacharach, and many others.
The core of the Jupiter Ray Project is husband-wife team and co-singer/songwriters Jack Pelletier and Shannon Ross, with special guest collaborator Johnny Mac.
Concession 23 (August 13)
Concession 23 is an award-winning bluegrass band from the Ottawa Valley, founded on October 23, 2003. The name reflects the democratic nature of the band; while bluegrass bands have traditionally been autocratic in structure, Concession 23 is a group of equals, striving to create a sound that is greater than the sum of its parts.
In 2006 Concession 23 was named Most Promising Band of the Year at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards, and has since been nominated in nearly every award category, including Recording of the Year; Band of the Year; and Vocal Group of the Year.
Concession 23 is Jonathan Ferrabee (bass and vocals); Kevin Golka (mandolin and vocals); Sherry Philp (banjo and vocals): and Nick Strachan (guitar and vocals)
At the beginning of the adventure, three musicians get together in order to share their passion for music, and are thrilled at the positive response which stirs up amongst their circle of friends.
A trio, accordion, guitar and percussion, blends Latin jazz rhythms with classic French songs. After some time, two new voices, those of a violinist and a stand-up bassist, joined the project. The group soon expanded their songbook by adopting South American and European influences, and began interpreting their own compositions.
ARDÈCHE is a journey to exotic soundscapes, emotions guaranteed !
Angus Burger and the Fiddlin' Fries (August 27)
Angus Burger and the Fiddlin' Fries are four area youth who met many years ago at Fiddleheads Musical Theatre. This review of their spring show at the Black Sheep sums them up! "The music of the late Oliver Schroer lives on with these youthful players, and I daresay there were tears of bliss shed as we listened to these kids play under the mentorship of James Stephens. It's quite a feat when an audience of all ages is rapt with attention, drinking in every note. " Tina Therrien, 2 May 2018 The Low Down
The band members are: Angus Winship, Lotte Kallio, Adam Waddington and Allysann Foehring.