The beauty of Anne's ability to play the violin while dancing as gracefully as a swan
Simien is a natural in the truest sense. Daughter of two-time GRAMMY award winning Zydeco luminary Terrance Simien, she was practically born onstage, and grew up thoroughly immersed in sound and performance.
Simien is one of the most soulful artists I've heard
Marcella Simien heard it all as a youngster,
What music and acting have in common, he explains, "is that I don't like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted."
Davis' much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider, on the legendary singer-songwriter label, Red House Records, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice and his literate yet highly accessible songwriting. He's barely rested since then, taking his music to television (The Conan O'Brien and David Letterman shows) and radio (Mountain Stage, World Cafe, E-Town, Woodsongs), as well as performing at theaters and festivals around the globe. He played the Ukraine in summer of 2014, just a week or so before the statues of Lenin were torn down. He even played for the visiting Queen of Denmark when he performed at a children's home in Greenland. "I feel like I've only hit three corners of the world, with a lot more to go," Davis says.
Truth be told, there just aren't many who can deliver Americana
Davis somehow makes the term multi-talented seem woefully inadequate.
He has got a voice like Howlin' Wolf dipped in honey. He is also an enchanting storyteller,
Bay City Rollers to Tour Canada in March, 2020!
JMI has a built a reputation as Canada's folk and blues agency, focusing primarily on roots artists and singer-songwriters from around the world. Every now and then, however, something out of the ordinary comes along that sounds like too much fun to pass up, and in the past, we have worked with the likes of Hollywood legend, Mickey Rooney, The Amazing Kreskin and former Rolling Stones guitarist, Mick Taylor.
So when Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers approached us about doing a Canadian tour, we just couldn't say no. In the 1970s BCR were, for a while, the hottest pop group in the world, hailed as "the biggest thing since the Beatles." They would go on to have countless sold tours around the world and sell 300 million records, more than Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. Fans will remember songs such as Saturday Night, I Only Want to be with You and Bye Bye Baby, which was a #1 hit for six weeks in 1975.
Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers continue to tour the world with many sold out performances. Fans in Europe, America, the UK, Australia and Japan can't seem to get enough of them and their incredibly catchy hits. This is pure fun and nostalgia at its best. It's been five years since their last Canadian tour, so the timing is perfect to book them at your venue.
Watch Les and the Bay City Rollers performing live at Casino Rama here on YouTube.
Les McKeown and his Bay City Rollers will tour across Canada from March 4th through 29th, 2020. We already have dozens of inquiries about this tour based solely on rumours that they were coming, so we are expecting a full month, from coast to coast.
Quartette Christmas to Tour Alberta
Toronto show also planned
New Signings From JMI
We have continued to search the world over for the very best live artists, artists we can feel proud to add to our roster. Over the past six months, we have made a number of new signings from Canada, America and overseas, each of them we feel, measuring up to the many wonderful artists we have so far represented from six continents.
(England) Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys is currently one of the most in-demand and exciting bands on the UK folk scene. Playing their first ever show as a band in May 2016, in just two years they have risen from fringe stages and pubs to barnstorming headline sets at festivals all over the UK and Europe. Sam Kelly has gained a reputation as one of the finest English folk singers of recent years and has pulled together some of the best, most innovative young musicians the UK has to offer to form a genre-defying line-up that seamlessly pulls together traditional folk ballads and tunes, heavy rock-tinged Americana and blues and beautiful, original music. Watch for them to tour the Canadian festival next summer.•
(Turkey-Canada) At the vanguard of progressive world music, Toronto's Minor Empire takes the listener on a voyage of the imagination. As the shamanic focus of the band, vocalist and composer Ozgu Ozman reaches across the geography of her homeland, selecting techniques of expression from the vast vocabularies of the Balkan, Black Sea and other variegated Turkish cultures. Minor Empire has racked up a lengthy list of plaudits for its seamless blend of Turkish traditional music infused with modern sensibilities. Their debut recording, Second Nature, took the Canadian Folk Music Award for World Artist of the Year. Watch for them on the summer festival circuit in 2019.
(ENGLAND) Jake Morley is one of the UK's most distinctive singer-songwriters at the top of his game. Having played over 400 national and international gigs in the past few years, it's hardly surprising that he has been invited to share stages with many leading lights of modern English songwriting such as Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Lucy Rose. Jake may be difficult to categorize stylistically - part acoustic, part pop, part singer-songwriter, part folk - but what's not difficult is to acknowledge his captivating live shows, his groundbreaking guitar techniques, his passion for words and ideas and his charismatic power to connect. Jake will tour Canada in July of 2019. Watch for concert tours to be announced soon as well.
(Denmark-Sweden-Norway) Scandinavian String Alliance brings together five of the best roots performers from across Scandinavia. SSA is a touring project created by two Scandinavian bands who are playing and singing traditional as well as newly composed music and songs from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Their performances feature the Pan-Scandinavian violin trio Fru Skagerrak and the Danish violin and guitar duo Kristian Bugge & Morten Alfred Høirup, and their very individual ways of presenting the music of their homelands. But the two acts also join forces as a part of their show of old Scandinavian joking songs and beautiful love songs, combined with some great traditional dance music and catchy new tunes - all arranged for strings, flutes and voices.
Ray Bonneville Displays His Blues & Americana Roots
After four decades at the forefront of British folkrock, Oysterband have earned their status as legends. The most incredible thing about them though, is not that they still sound as good as they ever have, but that they are also writing the finest material they have ever produced. Oysters3 is an acoustic trio comprising of founding members Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, and John Jones. Oysterband has been headlining major international festivals for years and selling out theatres around the world to boot.
They will on tour in central and western Canada from October 25 through November 4. Here is where to find them in Canada this fall:
|Oct 25||London||ON||Aeolian Hall|
|Oct 26||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Oct 27||Peterborough||ON||Market Hall|
|Oct 28||Sudbury||ON||St. Andrew’s Place|
|Oct 30||Winnipeg||MB||Pyramid Cabaret|
|Oct 31||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Nov 01||Regina||SK||The Exchange|
|Nov 02||Calgary||AB||The Ironwood|
|Nov 03||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Nov 04||Athabasca||AB||Nancy Appleby Theatre|
We are excited to announce our second tour of Western Canada with Compass Records Recording artist, Claire Lynch. Last time through pretty much all of her shows were sold out, so we are anticipating a good run this fall. Last year Claire was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, her third one! You can read about it here.
Watch Claire perform live on YouTube.
Here is where you can catch Claire live this autumn in Western Canada:
|Sep 27||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Sep 28||North Battleford||SK||Dekker Centre|
|Sep 29||Calgary||AB||Irish Cultural Centre|
|Sep 30||Demmitt||AB||Demmitt Community Centre|
|Oct 02||Peace River||AB||Athabasca Hall|
|Oct 05||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Oct 06||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|Oct 09||Victoria||BC||Church of Christ Scientist|
|Oct 10||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
Guy Davis touring Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in October
Few blues artists have performed in Canada more than Guy Davis. We estimate that over the past twenty years we have booked over 700 shows for Guy in all ten provinces and two territories, almost exclusively in theatres and at festivals. He returns for a show that will be completely new to western Canada in the fall of 2018, as he will be packing along one of the greatest blues harmonica players in the world, Fabrizio Poggi of Italy.
Watch Guy and Fab here on YouTube.
Guy's most recent recording is an homage to Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee called Sonny & Brownie's Last Train and prominently features Poggi on each track. The record has been getting fantastic reviews and is charting well all over the world. You can listen to it in its entirety here, on Spotify. This is Guy Davis proving once again that when it comes to acoustic blues, he is the real deal; Sonny & Brownie were probably the most lauded and influential acoustic blues duo of all time, and Davis is keeping their names and tradition alive long after each them boarded that last train.
Here is where you can catch this show this fall:
|Sep 30||Victoria||BC||Private show|
|Oct 1||Qualicum||BC||Private show|
|Oct 04||Trail||BC||Charles Bailey Theatre|
|Oct 05||Penticton||BC||Dream Café|
|Oct 06||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
|Oct 09||Kamloops||BC||Pavilion Theatre|
|Oct 10||Vernon||BC||Vernon Lodge Hotel Ballroom|
|Oct 12||Red Deer||AB||Elk’s Lodge|
|Oct 13||Calgary||AB||Braeside Community Centre|
|Oct 14||Kimberley||BC||Centre 64|
|Oct 16||Grande Prairie||AB||Grande Prairie Live Theatre|
|Oct 18||Calgary||AB||The Ironwood|
|Oct 19||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Oct 20||Turner Valley||AB||Flare & Derrick Community Hall|
England's Strawbs have a long and storied history going back more than 55 years. Dave Cousins is fond of telling the story of how his new band, The Strawberry Hill Boys, once did a six week residency in London with another upstart group. The other band was called The Rolling Stones.
The Strawbs are as busy as ever and have no plans on sailing off into the sunset. In 2018, however, the band will mount their final full electric tour of Canada. The line-up will include original members Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk and Tony Fernandez, all of whom recorded on the classic Strawbs albums of the 1970s. Rounding out the lineup will be keyboardist Dave Bainbridge of the band, Iona. It has been quite a few years since the full electric Strawbs toured Canada. Don't miss this opportunity to catch the last electric tour in this country!
Here is where you can catch them in the fall:
|Oct 10||Quebec City||QC||Palais Montcalm|
|Oct 11||Montreal||QC||Club Soda|
|Oct 12||Oakville||ON||Oakville Centre for the Arts|
|Oct 13||Gravenhurst||ON||Peter’s Place|
|Oct 14||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Oct 15||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Oct 16||London||ON||The Aeolian|
|Oct 17||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
For more than two decades, Quartette has been one of the most respected vocal groups in the country, and in recent years, they have continued to sell out concert halls across the country. (A 500 seat venue in Alberta just put tickets on sale for a Quartette show last week and they are already asking if they can have a second date.)
Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Caitlin Hanford and Nova Scotia's Cindy Church make up the group, which is complemented by three seasoned backup musicians. The last couple of times the ladies have come through the Atlantic regions they were doing their Christmas show, but next fall they will be performing their regular concert, and are available in Newfoundland and the Maritimes from October 10th through 20th inclusive (2019).
Watch Quartette performing live on YouTube.
Listen to Quartette here on Spotify.
JMI's globe trotting Black Umfolosi completed a huge six week North American tour this past spring. They will be back in August for some summer dates on both sides of the border. Here is where you can catch them.
|Aug 22||West Wheatley||MA||Watermelon Wednesdays|
|Aug 23||Glen Falls||NY||Park Theatre|
|Aug 24||Putney||VT||The Next Stage|
|Aug 25-26||Bangor||ME||America Folk Festival|
|Aug 28-29||Recording session|
|Sep 01||Halifax||NS||Halifax Waterfront|
|Sep 02||Burnstown||ON||Burnstown Schoolhouse|
|Sep 03||Morin Heights||QC||Royal Canadian Legion|
|Sep 05||Scarborough||ON||United Church Great Hall|
|Sep 07||Indianapolis||IN||Industry Event|
|Sep 08||Carrboro||NC||The ArtsCenter|
|Sep 13||Memphis||TN||Levitt Shell Memphis|
James Keelaghan has seven festivals this summer, from Massachusetts to Vancouver Island and is looking forward to getting back out to some favourite old stomping grounds and reconnecting with musical friends. Here is where you can catch him over the next couple of months. Watch for a tour announcement soon for James' cross country tour with Jez Lowe.
|Jul 07-08||New Bedford||MA||New Bedford Folk Festival|
|Jul 20-21||Duncan||BC||Islands Folk Festival|
|Jul 21-22||Mission||BC||Mission Folk Festival|
|July 29||Parry Sound||ON||Festival of the Sound|
|Aug 10-12||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 17-19||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
|Sep 23||Tatlock||ON||Festival of Small Halls|
Guy Davis must have one suitcase full of airmiles. He has performed on every continent except Antarctica, but give him time. He is one determined blues disciple. Guy will be all over the map this summer. Here is where you can catch him.
|Jul 01-06||Westminster||MD||Common Ground on the Hill|
|Jul 08||Rovigo||Italy||Delta Blues Festival|
|Jul 09||Cosenza||Italy||Theatre Acquario|
|Jul 10||Reggio Calabria||Italy||Il Frantoio delle Idee|
|Jul 13-15||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Festival|
|Jul 27||Manchester||VT||Southern Vermont Arts Centre|
|Jul 28||Plainfield||NH||Town Hall|
|Jul 30||Boston||MA||City Winery Boston|
|Aug 18-19||Grand Prairie||AB||Bear Creek Festival|
|Sep 15||Haverhill||MA||The New Moon|
|Sep 16||Egremont||MA||The Egremont Barn|
|Sep 19||Sacramento||CA||Sophie Tsakapolous Centre|
|Sep 20||Santa Cruz||CA||Kuumbwa Jazz Centre|
|Sep 28||Santa Monica||CA||Venue TBA|
|Sep 29||Troy||OH||Troy-Hayner Cultural Centre|
Welsh trad outfit Calan will be spending most of their summer on the other side of the pond, but they will be twice in Canada this coming August. On the 16th there will be a fantastic JMI double-header at Hugh's Room as they join Vishtèn for their first Toronto performance ever. From there they will head up to Owen sound for the weekend. One of the best young trad outfits around, don't miss them if you are in central Canada this summer:
|Aug 16||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room (With Vishtèn)|
|Aug 17-19||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk Festival|
Martin Simpson is one of the busiest musicians we have the pleasure to work with, so much so, in fact, that it has been very difficult to find time frames when he is available to come to Canada. One of the world's greatest acoustic guitarists, he is also a singer-songwriter and a one of England's most highly awarded folk artists.
|Jul 03||St. John’s||NL||LSPU Hall|
|Jul 04||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|Jul 06-08||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk Festival|
|Jul 12||Vancouver||BC||Saint James Hall|
|Jul 13-15||Comox||BC||Vancouver Island MusicFest|
|Aug 10-12||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 17-19||Salmon Arm||BC||Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival|
JMI is very pleased to announce the exclusive signing of The Gift, a musical celebration of the incredible songs of Ian Tyson, one of Canada's greatest legends of folk and country. Four Strong Winds, which has been covered by dozens of artists such as Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan and Waylon Jennings, was the first song Ian ever wrote. More than five decades later, Tyson's canon is an enviable one, and Four Strong Winds was chosen by CBC Radio listeners as the greatest Canadian song ever written.
Tyson is retired now, but there is still great demand for his music. The Gift features a core band made up of his long-time backup players as lead by Tyson collaborator, Stewart MacDougall. The band is complemented by special guests on each tour. So far those guests have included Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Corb Lund, Tom Russell, Amos Garrett, Russell DeCarle, Cindy Church and others, and each tour will feature a distinct roster of guest vocalists. The Gift has already performed at many theatres and outdoor events, such as The National Arts Centre (Ottawa), The Jack Singer Concert Hall (Calgary), Big Valley Jamboree (Camrose, AB), Dauphin Country Fest and the Edmonton Folk Festival.
"The Gift did an excellent show at the Edmonton Folk Festival.
It was so good that Canada Live has run the recording four times nationally".
- Terry Wickham, Edmonton Folk Festival A.D.
You can watch a promotional video on The Gift here on YouTube.
JMI will be touring The Gift to festivals, fairs and concert halls in 2019 and 2020. Stay tuned for tour announcements, including special guests, which are being assembled at this time.
Guitar fans, take note. Tony McManus is widely considered to be the finest Celtic guitarist in the world, and he is heading west. Tony had some American gigs in the Pacific Northwest in May, so we decided to tack a couple of Canadian dates on in BC. On this outing, Tony will be joined by the incredible Julie Toaspern. Classically trained in both voice and violin, her repetoire also includes traditional Irish fare on flute and banjo, when she is not playing jazz. Oh, and she is a hell of a guitarist, so much so that she has no trouble keeping up with Tony, as you can see in this video.
Tony and Julia Perform Penny on YouTube.
Considering this is Canada, it is actually quite rare for the weather to force the cancellation of a live performance, but that is exactly what happened to our double bill with James Keelaghan and Tony McManus, which was scheduled to take place in Peterborough on April 15. The good news is, the show has been rescheduled for May 25 at Market Hall, details here. An added treat for this event will be Tony's friend and accompanist, the multi-instrumentalist, Julia Toaspern.
Two of the folk world's very finest roots singer-songwriters will be touring North America together in the fall. James Keelaghan needs little by way of introduction to Canadians, as he has been touring from one end of the country to the other for several decades now. Jez Lowe is not unlike James, in that he is a singer-songwriter who has been bringing his songs to audiences the world over for many years. Hailing from England, Jez is as much of a folk institution at home as James is here, and both artists enjoy followings from Australia to Europe and North America.
The two are fast friends who have done many tours together. This fall they will be doing dates across America and Canada from late September into October.
|Sep 28||Timonium||MD||Joyce Sica New Church|
|Sep 29||Washington||DC||Seekers Church|
|Sep 30||Ewing||NJ||Private Event|
|Oct 02||Ingersoll||ON||Stonecroft Folk|
|Oct 05||New Bedford||MA||Helene Wamsutta Concerts|
|Oct 07||Marshfield||VY||Concerts in the Schoolhouse|
|Oct 11||St. Cloud||MN||Granite City Folk Society|
|Oct 12||Nisswa||MN||Grass Roots Concerts|
|Oct 13||West Denmark||WI||Mark Pederson Concerts|
|Oct 14||Winnipeg||MB||West End Cultural Centre|
|Oct 15||Regina||SK||The Exchange|
|Oct 17||Bowen Island||BC||Tir-Na-Nog Theatre|
|Oct 18||Sidney||BC||Charlie White theatre|
|Oct 19||Calgary||AB||Sherwood United Church|
|Oct 20||Fort Saskatchewan||AB||Industry Event|
|Oct 21||Sundry||AB -||Sundre Arts Centre|
JMI has had the privilege to work with some of the greatest musical legends in the world, people like Jerry Jeff Walker (USA), Johnny Clegg (South Africa), Bruce Cockburn (Canada), Pete Seeger (USA) and former Rolling Stones lead guitarist, Mick Taylor (UK). Today we announce the signing of one of the great legends of American and English Folk, the one and only Peggy Seeger.
Peggy Seeger is a unique artist who has carved a special place in the folk revivals of both the UK and the USA. Although in her early 80s, her light burns as brightly as ever, with legendary live performances that might include an unaccompanied traditional ballad, followed by an anecdote from her remarkable life, before launching into a topical song about drugs, war, politicians, unions, women, love or ecology. A multi-instrumentalist (piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, autoharp, English concertina and Appalachian dulcimer), she is lauded for her feminist and political songs and has made 23 solo recordings and participated in over a hundred recordings with other artists. As Ewan MacColl's partner and muse, she was the inspiration for MacColl's classic 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' (the title of her much praised recent memoir) yet this is a woman who has consistently followed her own path with passion and vigour.
For a full bio of Peggy Seeger, please click here.
Peggy will be touring Atlantic and Central Canada from October 24th through November 10th of 2019.
Watch Peggy Perform Gonna Be an Engineer on YouTube.
Juno-Award winner Ray Bonneville will tour western and central Canada in March. Increased international touring sees Ray having less and less time to get back home to Canada so fans will be happy to see him coming to their towns. This time around Ray will be accompanied by his old band mate, Richie Lawrence on piano, so look for a fresh new angle for the material.
Here is where you can catch Ray and Richie next month:
|Mar 14||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Mar 15||Sherwood Park||AB||Sherwood Park|
|Mar 18||Kingsville||ON||UNICO Community Centre|
|Mar 20||Ottawa||ON||National Arts Centre|
|Mar 21||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Mar 22||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Mar 23||Sudbury||ON||The Motley Kitchen|
|Mar 24||Gravenhurst||ON||Peter’s Place|
|Mar 25||Peterborough||ON||Private Event|
Black Umfolosi are no strangers to Canadian audiences, having performed hundreds of shows in this country, from coast to coast. In February they will embark on a tour that will take them right across Canada, but also deep into the USA. Fans can expect the same blend of dance and a cappella singing that has made Black Umfolosi something of a legend, and given them a reputation as one of the finest vocal groups from the African continent. Here is where you can catch them in Canada and America starting in February and going well into April.
|Feb 12||Columbus||OH||The Refectory|
|Feb 13||Erie||PA||Bruno’s Cafe|
|Feb 14/16||Kansas||MI||Folk Alliance|
|Feb 17||St. Louis||MI||Blanche M. Touhill Perfoming Arts Centre|
|Feb 21||Chicago||IL||Old Town School of Folk Music|
|Feb 24||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room Live|
|Feb 27||Ottawa||ON||Algonquin College|
|Feb 28||Guelph||ON||University of Guelph|
|Mar 02||Charlottetown||PE||PEI Brewing Co.|
|Mar 03||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|Mar 04||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|Mar 06||London||ON||Fanshawe College|
|Mar 07||Midland||ON||Midland Cultural Centre|
|Mar 09||Morden||MB||Access Event Centre|
|Mar 11||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Mar 12||Regina||SK||School shows - various|
|Mar 13||Regina||SK||The Exchange|
|Mar 15||Cranbrook||BC||Key City Theatre|
|Mar 17||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Mar 22||Slave Lake||AB||Slave Lake Legacy Centre|
|Mar 24||Revelstoke||BC||Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre|
|Mar 25||Coquitlam||BC||Evergreen Cultural Centre|
|Mar 28||Penticton||BC||Dream Cafe|
|Mar 31||Qualicum Beach||BC||Qualicum Rotary Hall|
|Apr 13||Leavenworth||WA||Snowy Owl Theatre|
|Apr 14||Mount Vernon||WA||MacIntyre Hall|
It's currently high summer in Australia. Not so where Shane Howard is headed. The Australian legend of folkrock and champion of many noble causes is headed not only onto the frozen Canadian prairies next month, but also deep into the artic circle for his first Canadian tour in several years. The Arctic dates will be performed with special guest, Yirrmal, who is one of the continent's brightest rising stars of aboriginal music. Shane's Saskatoon and Edmonton dates will be performed solo.
|Feb 15||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Feb 16||Edmonton||AB||Festival Place|
|Feb 20||Norman Wells||NT||Dennis Drolet Community Hall|
|Feb 22||Inuvik||NT||Our Lady of Victoria Catholic Church|
|Feb 26||Fort Simpson||NT||Bompas Elementary School|
|Feb 28||Hay River||NT||Riverview Cineplex|
World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson releases his 20th solo album in 40 years 'Trails & Tribulations' on September 1st 2017 via Topic Records. The brand-new studio album, his first new solo work since 2013's widely praised 'Vagrant Stanzas', will be available in standard and deluxe CD, digital download and standard vinyl (the latter through Vinyl 180).
'Trails & Tribulations' is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say. I travel, I learn songs, I write and try to get better at the skills required for me to do my job. I look at the world as I pass by, on the road, out of the train window, or as I stop and pay close attention to the square foot under my nose. There is so much to see and to hear and to inspire and to try and understand. I had a huge amount of fun playing and recording these songs, using different instruments, different noises, old friends and new ones, all of whom brought so much to the mix. Martin Simpson, April 2017.
Produced and engineered by Andy Bell, 'Trails & Tribulations' features some of Martin's most inventive playing yet, showcasing his virtuosity on a variety of instruments including acoustic guitars, resonator guitars, Weissenbown lap steel guitar, electric guitars, 5 string banjo, ukulele – and voice.
Guest musicians on the new album are: Ben Nicholls (string bass and electric bass guitars), Toby Kearney (drums and percussion), Nancy Kerr (fiddle and viola), Andy Cutting (diatonic accordion and melodeon), John Smith (electric guitar and backing vocals), Helen Bell (strings), Amy Newhouse-Smith (backing vocals) and his daughter Molly Simpson on vocals.
Hand in hand with his long and storied solo career, Martin has been central to seminal collaborations like The Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and Simpson Cutting Kerr. He has worked with a dazzling array of artists from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons, to mention a few. He is consistently named as one of the very finest acoustic, fingerstyle and slide guitar players in the world and is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art.
For a full listing of Martin's 2017 concerts, please visit : martinsimpson.com/gigs.
Guy Davis and Fabrizio Poggi have been nominated for a 2018 Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues Album Category for Sonny & Brownie's Last Train. They are up against some stiff competition, including Elvin Bishop, Eric Bibb and some band called The Rolling Stones. We congratulate Guy and Fab and wish them well on Grammy night.
You can listen to Sonny & Brownie's last train on Spotify, here.
Martin Simpson is one of England's greatest guitar players, and also a singer-songwriter of some renown. Over nearly four decades, he has constantly been at the forefront of the UK folk scene, both as a solo artist, and in his many collaborations with the likes of Jackson Browne, Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Martin Carthy and many, may more. He has been nominated an incredible 26 times for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, more than any other performer, with 9 consecutive nods for musician of the year, a title which he has won twice.
Martin is so busy in the UK and Europe that we have only managed to get him for one concert tour since 2012 (he has done several festival tours with JMI). Well, we are delighted today to announce that Martin is coming back in 2019, albeit for a short tour. We have ten days for all of Canada on this the next tour, so we expect the dates to go quickly. Martin will be available from October 3 through 13, 2019.
Watch Martin Simpson perform She Slips Away on Youtube
Watch Martin Simpson Singing You Were Never Any Good
Listen to Martin on Spotify while you work
JMI's Quartette will bring their reverential Christmas show to the Maritimes in December, with shows in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, before they head off to Toronto for their annual stop at Hugh's Room. Drawing from two Christmas CDs, Caitlin, Gwen, Cindy and Sylvia bring their trademark harmonies to a holiday program that has toured across the country for more than twenty years.
|Dec 08||Mabou||NS||Strathspey Place|
|Dec 09||Riverview||NB||Riverview Arts Centre|
|Dec 10||Truro||NS||The Marigold|
|Dec 11||Pictou||NS||The Decoste Centre|
|Dec 13||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
At the time of this posting, JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are galivanting across Europe again. Demand in Europe and the US has been so strong that our biggest problem with this young group has simply been finding dates where they are available to perform in Canada.
The guys will be doing a short run of Quebec and Ontario dates when they get back from overseas. Here is where you can catch them in November and December. They also have a couple of Quebec dates in early January before heading to California.
|Nov 24||Levis||QC||L’Anglicane Levi Vieux Levis|
|Nov 27||Kingston||ON||Elizabeth Bader Performing Arts|
|Nov 28||Ottawa||ON||National Arts Centre|
|Nov 29||Rimouski||QC||Salle Desjardins-Telus|
|Nov 30||Sainte-Anne-Des-Monts||QC||Maison de la Culture|
|Dec 01||Amqui||QC||Diffusion Mordicus|
|Dec 03||Sept Isles||QC||Salle de Spectacle Jean Marc Dion|
|Jan 11||Joliette||QC||Foyer de Centre|
|Jan 12||Quebec City||QC||Les Rendezvous es Trad de Quebec|
Often referred to as the greatest Celtic guitarist in the world, Tony McManus spends most of his time touring overseas, but he has found time for some western dates this fall. While Tony is known primarily as a guitarist, he is also a singer who understands the soul of the traditional songs he sings and delivers them with great passion and integrity.
Here is where you can catch Tony in October:
|Oct 18||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Oct 19||North Battleford||SK||Dekker Centre|
|Oct 20||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Oct 21||Calgary||AB||Irish Cultural Centre|
JMI's Moulettes have really been turning heads on their trips to Canada, which number three now over the past two years. The guys will be back in October, touring from Quebec to British Columbia. If you haven't seen this incredible band yet, you really want to catch them on this tour - some of the best original music we have had the pleasure to tour in years. Here is where you can catch them next month:
JMI Signs Wales' Calan!
JMI has worked with artists from every continent except Antarctica. Pickin's are pretty slim down there, but we have our ear to the ground. Meanwhile, we are very excited to announce our first signing from Wales. Calan bring together the remarkable talents of 5 young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot tapping tunes and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing. They blast their way through some of the old favourite reels, jigs and hornpipes with fast paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs. You can read more about this fantastic group here.
To see why we are so excited, check them out on YouTube here or listen to their latest recording here on Spotify.
Watch for Calan to tour Canada next summer – details coming very soon.
JMI's blues troubadour, Guy Davis, will return to Canada in November for a solo tour that will take him from Quebec to Alberta. Guy will be returning to some old haunts and also playing a few new venues. Here is where you can catch him.
Compass Records recording artist Claire Lynch will return to the Maritime provinces in October (2017). A lot has happened since her last east coast tour, most of which was sold out. She released North by South, a collection of all Canadians songs, which earned her third Grammy nomination, and she has performed hundreds of shows around North America in the two years since her last foray into the region. Based out of Nashville, Claire is one of America's most respected bluegrass artists.
Here's where you can catch her next month:
|Oct 06||Chester||NS||Chester Playhouse|
|Oct 07||Rogersville||NB||Rogersville Bluegrass Site|
|Oct 10||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|Oct 11||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|Oct 12||Summerside||PE||Harbourfront Theatre|
|Oct 13||Saint John||NB||Imperial Theatre|
|Oct 14||Lunenburg||NS||Lunenburg Opera House|
|Oct 15||Riverview||NB||Riverview Arts Centre|
Tony McManus and Martin Simpson are known as two of the finest guitarists in the world. The prestigious Guitar Player Magazine recently compiled a list of the top fifty acoustic guitarists of all time and they both made the cut. Tony emailed us to say that he was "tucked in" between John McLaughlin and Joni Mitchell in the alphabetical list. Considering luminaries such as Segovia, Robert Johnson and Tommy Emmanuel are included, Martin and Tony are in some pretty exclusive company. The guys are long time friends, and have also performed together, as you can see in this video.
Over the years JMI has also represented other guitarists such as Bruce Cockburn, Juan Martin and JP Cormier, Luther Johnson of Muddy Waters fame and Alison Brown, who is the top-ranked female banjo player in the world. Fiddlers? We've know a few, from Frankie Gavin to Richard Wood and April Verch. Truth is, we have worked with far too many great players over the past two decades to mention them all, but we do search far and wide to find the very finest musicians in the world. Congrats to Tony and Martin – they both deserve to be on that list.
JMI's Sylvia Tyson will headline this year's Kingsville Music Festival(August 13-17) with The Cowboy Junkies. Also on the bill are Harry Manx, JP Cormier, Dave Gunning, Steve Poltz and many others. Sylvia's mainstage performance will take place on Friday night. On Thursday, August 10th, Sylvia will also appear with her band at the Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre. Fans can expect songs spanning the legendary singer-songwriter's fifty-plus year career.
Thunder Bay is having a party on July 1st, and 20,000 guests will be along to celebrate. Headlining this event will be PEI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin.
"We are excited to have added this extremely gifted act to Canada Day this year," said Ash Young, Cultural Development & Events Supervisor.
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin has been overwhelmed with the numerous accolades they have received for its new album, Auprès du Poêle, over the last several months including, award nominations for a Juno, two ECMA's, four Canadian Folk Music Award's, and six PEI Music Award's. The album was named Album of the Year by the prestigious Canadian Folk Music magazine Penguin Eggs. In addition the group has been singled out for an Album of The Year nomination from Folk Alliance International.
"We hope people will be ready to dance with us on Canada Day. 150 years is a big deal! And we're so stoked to somehow be a part of this memorable day," said Jessie Periard of Ten Strings And A Goat Skin. "Canada Day is always a fun time for partying and we're excited to celebrate with the people of Thunder Bay. This will be our very first time there, so we're going to do our best to leave a lasting impression!".
The PEI based band will barely have time to catch their breath this summer, with a dizzying touring schedule. Here's where you can catch them in the coming months.
• Coronavirus Update (March 14, 2020)
• Full Tour – Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers’ Canadian Dates (January 17, 2020)
• Quartette Christmas Touring Across Southern Ontario (December 2, 2019)
• JMI Signs Chicago Blues Legend, Jerry Portnoy (November 22, 2019)
• Jake Morley and Braden Gates touring Alberta in November (November 15, 2019)
• Martin Simpson Touring Canada in October (September 30, 2019)
• Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers Canadian Dates Announced (June 26, 2019)
• Calan Win Best Band in BBC Wales Inaugural Folk Awards (April 25, 2019)
• Minor Empire - Sonic Colliders Concert Series in 2020 and 2021 (April 11, 2019)
• New York City Blues Icon Coming to the Maritimes (March 31, 2019)
• JMI Artists showcasing at Folk Alliance (February 11, 2019)
• Announcing Gumbo, Grits & Gravy (January 30, 2019)
• Bay City Rollers to Tour Canada in March, 2020! (January 29, 2019)
• Christmas Day on Planet Earth (December 2, 2018)
• Quartette Christmas to Tour Alberta (October 29, 2018)
• New Signings From JMI (September 20, 2018)
• Ray Bonneville Displays His Blues & Americana Roots on New CD (September 18, 2018)
• Oysters3 Touring in October and November (September 11, 2018)
• Claire Lynch Western Tour Starting in September (September 11, 2018)
• Guy Davis touring Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in October (August 28, 2018)
• Electric Strawbs Final Canadian Tour set for October (August 28, 2018)
• Quartette to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2019 (August 3, 2018)
• Black Umfolosi Back to Canada this August (July 23, 2018)
• James Keelaghan's Summer Festivals (July 9, 2018)
• Guy Davis on the Road, Summer of 2018 (July 9, 2018)
• Calan to play Hugh's Room, Summerfolk (July 9, 2018)
• Martin Simpson Returns to Canada (July 2, 2018)
• JMI Signs The Gift (May 20, 2018)
• Tony McManus Headed West in May (May 10, 2018)
• Peterborough Show Rescheduled for Keelaghan-McManus Double Bill (May 1, 2018)
• James Keelaghan and Jez Lowe to Tour North America in the Fall (April 12, 2018)
• JMI Signs Folk Legend, Peggy Seeger (March 23, 2018)
• Ray Bonneville to Perform Western and Ontario Dates in March (February 20, 2018)
• Black Umfolosi to Embark on North American Tour in February (January 27, 2018)
• Australia's Shane Howard to Perform Western and Northern Dates (January 11, 2018)
See News page for more JMI news.