James Keelaghan and Jez Lowe
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 03||Hamilton||ON||Lincoln Alexander Centre|
|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 congratulates The Young'Uns, who were presented with the Best Album award last night in Belfast, Ireland at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards by the legendary Maddy Prior. That lads have also won the coveted Best Group award on two previous occasions. Fans can look forward to seeing the guys back in Canada this fall, when they will tour the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario.
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|
PEI based Acadian trad band Vishtèn has been extremely busy over the past six months, touring North America, Europe and New Zealand. They managed to find a little time for some western Canadian dates in their schedule for this month. Arguably the best Acadian trad band from Canada, this is a show not to missed.
Here is where you can find them in November.
|Nov 08||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Nov 09||St. Albert||AB||The Arden Theatre|
|Nov 14||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grandview Stage|
|Nov 15||Valemount||BC||Valemount Community Theatre|
|Nov 17||Lake Country||BC||Creekside Theatre*|
* The Creekside Theatre show in Lake Country features another JMI group opening the show, the UK's fabulous The Young'Uns.
England's The Young'Uns are on a steep trajectory to folk superstardom, and they're coming back to Canada in November. The guys have already played many of the of major Canadian folk festivals and most of the UK and European ones. In November the two-time winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards coveted "Best Group" title, will be back for a concert tour stretching from Vancouver Island to Ontario.
Their current CD, Strangers, recently received a four star review in the London Guardian, and that same fabled newspaper ran feature article on them on October 11th. Want to hear what all the fuss is about? Watch them here on YouTube or listen to their new single here on Spotify.
|Nov 04||Calgary||AB||Braeside Community Centre|
|Nov 05||Vermilion||AB||Lakeland College|
|Nov 06||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment supporting Guy Davis|
|Nov 07||Prince Albert||SK||Plazza 88 Centre|
|Nov 17||Lake Country||BC||Creekside Theatre supporting Vishtèn|
|Nov 18||Penticton||BC||The Dream Cafe|
|Nov 22||Gabriola||BC||The Roxy Theatre|
|Nov 23||North Saanich||BC||Mary Winspear Centre|
|Nov 24||Calgary||AB||Dalhousie Community Centre|
|Nov 25||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Nov 27||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Nov 28||Kitchener||ON||The Registry Theatre|
|Nov 29||Port Hope||ON||Greenwood ArtHive|
|Nov 30||London||ON||Jack Richardson Ballroom|
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.
★★★★★ "Stunning….truly a transport of delight"
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian, London, UK
JMI is very excited to announce our most recent signing, England's The Transports. This 100 minute show gathers the cream of the English folk scene for the very moving story of poor Brits being exiled to Canada and Australia in the 18th Century. The multi-artist cast features The Young'Uns, Nancy Kerr, Faustus, Greg Russel and Rachael McShane of Bellowhead. Storyteller Matthew Crampton narrates the tale that links Peter Bellamy's famous set of folk ballads. With parallels to today's refugee crisis, and local flavour for each venue, The Transports blends insight with entertainment, plus a tour-de-force of harmony singing.
Scene from The Transports
For Folk Festivals, in addition to The Transports' performance, they can also have one performance from each of the cast, so that booking this act is really like booking six of England's very finest folk and roots artists, all of which would make a great addition to any folk festival. Not only is this perfect for folk festivals, it is also very economical and expedient. One contract and one fee, and there are six names on the festival poster!
★★★★ "an ensemble success…
ten voices uniting in magnificently lusty, rousing chorus"
Rob Adams, The Herald
The Transports will be available to tour folk festivals from July 13th through 29th of 2018. We will also be announcing a theatre tour soon. The great majority of gigs for The Transports take place in theatres, and the show has received four star reviews from both the The Guardian and The Herald in England. This tour comes with its own tech and professional marketing tools. You can read about the performance here. The Transports is also available for schools.
The entire Transports show is being performed to 35,000 people at the Shrewsbury Festival in England on Saturday, 26th August 2017 at 2:45pm GMT, and you can watch!
The performance will be live-streamed here. Follow the links on the website to the live stream from Main Stage (Stage 1). The links will appear closer to the festival date. It will start at the above time.
★★★★★ "Stunning….truly a transport of delight"
Alfred Hickling, The Guardian
★★★★ "an ensemble success….ten voices uniting in magnificently lusty, rousing chorus"
Rob Adams, The Herald
"Truly stunning ensemble singing and individual instrumental virtuosity"
Chris Kenny, Songlines
"Superb…the best piece of work I have seen in a very long time"
John Tams, Actor and Recording Artist
"The Transports is truly magnificent"
Ian Croft, RnR Magazine
Nigel Schofield, Living Tradition
"Thought provoking, beautifully performed, hopeful, educational, inspirational - a triumph"
Natalya Catton Wilson, EDS Magazine
"One of the best stage performances in a very long time"
Alex Gallagher, Folk Radio UK
"Moving and compelling"
Keith Savage, Arts Beat
Later in 2017, BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting the full show from the BBC Radio Theatre in
London. Tickets were snapped up in two days.
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.
JMI is very excited about our latest signing. Austin's The Band of Heathens have been chasing pavement across America and Europe for the past decade, but they have not yet taken their rootsy folk-rock sound to Canada. The term "Americana" was practically invented to describe The Band of Heathens' approach to writing and performing. They have a sound that will remind some of The Band and a live groove that has the same kind of feel as bands like the Grateful Dead and The Stones. Rich and catchy guitar licks reminiscent of Chuck Berry and Keith Richards mixed with raw alley-cat harmonies and instantly singable songs – that is The Band of Heathens.
This band is already well established on the US concert and festival circuit. We plan to make that happen in Canada.
Listen here to the full sound of The Band of Heathens as they perform at Austin City Limits, and here, as they perform a more stripped down song, the wrenching The Hanging Tree.
The Band of Heathens will make their first foray into Canada on the festival circuit in the summer of 2018. This is a band that can play a mainstage late a night. Listen to their brand new CD, Duende, here on Spotify.
See more information on JMI tours, signings and CD releases on this news page.
We are currently working on three Claire Lynch tours in eastern, central and western Canada, but Claire will also be in the country in August. One of the most respected bluegrass artists in America and a great songwriter, here is where you can catch her over the summer months.
|Jul 06||Fairfax||VA||Fairfax Government Centre|
|Jul 07||Richmond||VA||The Tin Pan|
|Jul 08||Charlottesville||VA||The Front Porch|
|Jul 09||Woodbridge||VA||Private Event|
|Jul 28/29||Stevenson||WA||Columbia George Bluegrass Festival|
|Jul 30||Boise||ID||Private Event|
|Aug 18-19||Salmon Arm||BC||Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival|
|Aug 20-27||Sorrento||BC||Nimble Fingers Workshops|
|Sep 05||Sisters||OR||Sisters Americana Song Academy|
|Sep 08-10||Sisters||OR||Sisters Song Festival|
|Sep 13-14||Winkfield||KS||Walnut Valley Festival|
|Sep 16||Glenmont||OH||Mohican Bluegrass Festival|
|Oct 06||Maritime Tour starts||To be announced|
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. The tour will take place across western Canada October 11th through 21st, 2018.
Guy's most recent recording is a tribute 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.
This is a short tour so we are expecting the dates to go quickly. Guy Davis tours virtually non-stop around the world, and it is getting more difficult to find time frames when we can get him up to Canada. This will be a brand new show to western fans of Guy Davis.
Moulettes put in a long summer tour last year and will be back in the fall for a national tour as well. They have also found some time to come to Canada this summer. One of the most interesting young bands out of England, they do not easily lend themselves to any one style, as you can see from this video. Here is where you can catch them both here, and over seas over the next couple of months.
|Jul 01||Hull||UK||Freedom Festival|
|Jul 05||Lublin||Poland||Different Sounds Festival|
|Jul 08||London||UK||London Southbank Centre|
|Jul 28||stephen Park||UK||CloudSpotting|
|Aug 11-13||Robson Valley||BC||Robson Valley Music Festival|
|Aug 18-20||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
|Aug 24-27||Northhamptonshire||UK||Shambala Festival|
England's award-winning Young'Uns are coming back to Canada this summer, twice. First they will pop in for some east coast dates in early July before heading up to Mariposa, and then they'll be back in August for a full week of workshops and performing with the Goderich Celtic Festival. Great harmonies, fantastic songwriting and hilarious banter – catch them if you can. Here is where they will be this summer.
|Jun 23||Glastonbury||UK||Glastonbury Festival (sold out)|
|Jun 28||Margaretsville||NS||Evergreen Theatre|
|Jun 30-Jul 02||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 03||Victoria||PE||Victoria Playhouse|
|Jul 04-15||Pictou||NS||Decoste Centre|
|Jul 0709||Orillia||ON||Mariposa Folk Festival|
|Aug 11-13||Goderich||ON||Goderich Celtic Festival|
|Aug 19||Little Glemham||UK||Folkeast Festival|
|Aug 27||Shrewsbury||UK||Dukes Theatre|
The Young'Uns have played just about every major folk festival in the UK, Europe and Australia, and they hit a few Canadian ones last summer as well, selling hundreds of CDs at each event. They are funny, they are political, they're great writers, and boy, can these guys sing. They are also Winners of the BBC2 Folk Awards, Best Group two years in a row. The guys will hit several Maritime markets this summer, including Stanfest, Margaretsville, Pictou and Victoria, PEI before moving on to Mariposa and Goderich. Watch for them to tour Atlantic Canada October of 2018, commencing on the 5th and then moving across Quebec and Ontario.
Watch the Young'Uns performing on YouTube.
Arguably the best a cappella group from the African continent, Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi will be back in Canada in July (and then again next March). Beautiful harmonies, non-stop dancing and a gentleness that endears them to everyone, you really want to catch these guys if you love world music or just great harmonies.
|Jun 30-July 1||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 02||Indian River||PE||Indian River Church|
|July 05||Toronto||ON||Hugh’s Room|
|Jul 12||Huntsville||ON||Huntsville Festival of the Arts|
The Henry Girls are three sisters from Ireland who spend their time touring Europe and the UK, and occasionally America. Think The Good Lovelies or The Waylon Jennies and you'll have an idea as to what this group is like. Great songwriting, fantastic harmonies and wonderful live performances are what fans have come to expect from these ladies. The Henry Girls will make their Canadian debut in August with a brief trip across the pond. Here's where you can catch them.
|Aug 16||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Aug 17-20||Grande Prairie||AB||Bear Creek Festival|
Vishtèn is one of Canada's busiest trad acts, taking their unique blend of Acadian song, dance and instrumental music all over North America, Europe and Australia. While the majority of their dates are international, they do manage to find some time to tour at home as well. This summer and fall sees the group as close as home (PEI) and as far away as New Zealand. Here is where you can catch them in the coming months.
|Jun 14||Montreal||QC||Francofolies de Montreal|
|Jun 26-30||Bar Harbor||ME||Acadian Trad School|
|Jul 01-02||Saint-Antoine||QC||Festival Chants de Vielle|
|Jul 10||Victoria||PE||Victoria Playhouse|
|Jul 11-16||Rollo Bay||PE||Rollo Bay Music Camp & Fiddle Festival|
|Jul 29-30||Lowell||MA||Lowell Folk Festival|
|Jul 30||Schenectady||NY||Music Haven Concert|
|Aug 04||Great Barrington||MA||Guthrie Centre|
|Aug 05||Charlotteville||NY||Kymar Winery|
|Aug 06||Hillsdale||NY||Falcon Ridge Folk Festival|
|Aug 10-12||Lunenburg||NS||Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival|
|Aug 13||Grand Pre||NS||Grande Pre 2017|
|Aug 14-15||Caraquet||NB||Festival Acadien|
|Aug 17||Trail||BC||Gyro in the Park|
|Aug 18||Kelowna||BC||Memorial Park Ampitheatre|
|Aug 19-20||Salmon Arm||BC||Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival|
|Aug 21||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Aug 22||Cumberland||BC||Studio Live|
|Oct 6-16||New Zealand||See tour dates here|
JMI's Guy Davis has spent the winter globe hopping, and just recently returned from a week in Mexico. His touring activities have truly reached around the globe, with more international dates each year being added to his schedule. If you're an acoustic blues fan it doesn't get any better than this. Here is where you can catch Guy in the coming months.
|Jun 04||Orangeville||ON||Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival|
|Jun 07-11||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg International Children’s Festival|
|Jun 16-18||Croton-on-Hudson||NY||Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival|
|Jun 21-27||Europe||Details here|
|July 02||Westminster||MD||Common Ground|
|Jul 07-19||Bothbay Harbor||ME||Boothbay Opera House|
|Jul 25 - Aug 05||Europe||Details here|
|Aug 07-08||New Paltz||NY||Mohonk Mountain House|
|Aug 20||Long Island||NY||Glen Cove Festival|
|Aug 25-27||Private event|
|Sep 02||Great Barrington||MD||TBA|
|Sep 15-29||Western USA tour||Details here|
|Sep 30 - Oct 03||Corbett||OR||Menucha Retreat|
For information on Guy's Canadian and American autumn dates, please visit him here.
James Keelaghan will be revisiting some old haunts this summer, as well as playing some new venues and festivals. You can expect the same mix of classics from across his long career that you have come to expect. James is one of those artists who can always be expected to deliver the goods in alive setting. Here is what his summer schedule looks like:
|May 23 - Jun 05||UK Tour|
|Jun 17-18||Montreal||QC||Folk Festival on the Canal|
|Jun 21-23||Various||PEI||Festival of Small Halls|
|Jun 28||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|Jun 30 - Jul 02||Canso||NS||Stan Rogers Folk Festival|
|Jul 07-09||Canterbury||ON||Canterbury Folk Festival|
|Aug 18-20||Owen Sound||ON||Summerfolk|
Having watched it closely for more than a decade, we can state that the music scene in Denmark has grown incredibly in recent years. Not only is the industry becoming highly organized, but the quality of the music continues to grow year after year, and for such a small country, they are turning out a disproportionate number of very fine artists. Jonah Blacksmith is such a group. For all the great Danish music we saw at last year's Tønder Festival, Jonah Blacksmith was the one that stopped us in our tracks.
This summer they will make their first foray in the great Canadian west, playing two major festivals and a theatre. You do not want to miss this band. Here is where you can catch them in July.
|Jul 7-9||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk Festival|
|Jul 12||Sherwood Park||AB||Festival Place|
|Jul 21-23||Vancouver||BC||Vancouver Folk Festival|
The only problem we have had so far with PEI's TSGS is finding dates for them, as demand has far outstripped avails. The guys are selling out shows all over Europe and America, and have recently added Australia to their touring calendar. This summer will see them playing major festivals across North America as the decision was made to give Europe a rest to concentrate on events in Canada and America. Highlights will include the mammoth Winnipeg Folk Festival and the ever cool Edmonton Folk Fest and they will perform from St. John's NL to Victoria, BC.
Here is where you can catch them from June through the end of September – stay tuned for additional tours to be posted as well.
|Jun 09, 11||Pagosa Spring||CO||Pagosa Folk N’ Bluegrass Festival|
|Jun 15||Peninsual||OH||Grand Army of the Republic Hall|
|Jun 16, 18||Waynesville||OH||Celtic festival Ohio|
|Jun 21||Camrose||AB||Bailey Theatre|
|Jun 22||Edmonton||AB||Festival Edmonton Chante|
|Jun 23, 24||Drift Pile||AB||North Country Fair|
|Jul 01||Thunder Bay||ON||Marina Park|
|Jul 06, 09||Winnipeg||MB||Winnipeg Folk festival|
|Jul 14||Cedar Rapids||IA||Legion Arts – CSPS|
|Jul 15||Madison||WI||La Fete de Marquette|
|Jul 17, 18||Quebec City||QC||Rendezvous Francophone|
|Jul 21||Indian River||PE||Indian River Festival|
|Aug 04, 05||St. John’s||NL||NFLD & Lab Folk Festival|
|Aug 06, 07||Canmore||AB||Canmore Folk Festival|
|Aug 10, 13||Edmonton||AB||Edmonton Folk Festival|
|Aug 14||Victoria||BC||Butchart Gardens|
|Aug 18, 20||Grande Prairie||AB||Bear Creek Folk Festival|
|Aug 30||Mount Stewart||PE||Trailside Cafe|
|Sep 01, 02||Charlottestown||RI||Rhythm & Roots Festival|
|Sep 03||Randolph||VT||New World Festival|
|Sep 09||Emporia||KS||Emporia Granada Theatre|
|Sep 14||Muskegon||MI||Michigan Irish Fest|
|Sep 22||Bethlehaem||PA||Celtic Classic Highland Games|
|Sep 24||York||PA||Susquehanna Folk Music Festival|
|Sep 27||Minneapolis||MN||Cedar Cultural Centre|
|Sep 29||Baraboo||WI||Al Ringling Theatre|
|Sep 30||Viroqua||WI||Historic Temple Theatre|
It has been a while since Borealis Recording Artist James Keelaghan has toured the Maritime provinces. As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, he will do so in January with Nova Scotia Singer-Songwriter, Dave Gunning. James grew up in Alberta, Dave in small town Nova Scotia, and each of them is a storyteller steeped in the culture, history and tales of Canadians of all stripes. Friends of many years, James and Dave are very much looking forward to working with each other next winter.
Here is when and where they will be playing:
|Jan 12||Summerside||PE||Harbourfront theatre|
|Jan 13||New Glasgow||NS||Glasgow Square Theatre|
|Jan 14||Annapolis Royal||NS||Kings Theatre|
|Jan 17||Liverpool||NS||Astor Theatre|
|Jan 18||Port Hawkesbury||NS||Civic Centre|
|Jan 19||Riverview||NB||Riverview Arts Centre|
|Jan 21||Florenceville-Bristol||NB||Carleton North Theatre|
Ray Bonneville is making his ninth studio album
and is seeking support to cover costs
of making and releasing the record.
I am a little over three quarters of the way into the recording of my ninth studio album. Still to go are some vocal and instrument overdubs, but more importantly the mixing, mastering, photography/artwork/design, manufacture, radio tracking and publicity campaigns. Given that the music industry is in serious upheaval these days, artists like me are feeling the need to rely on crowd funding campaigns to keep on the path we've been on for decades. Mine is called "Ray Bonneville's Song Family", and I am asking my friends and fans to help me to make this project successful. Here is some of my history and how I've come to think about this effort.
I grew up the second in a French speaking Quebecois family of nine kids with a very strict father and we moved around a lot. From a young age I was trying to get off on my own and ditch the heavy rules that were imposed on me. I was always off into the woods with a fishing pole or a sling-shot, and then later as a teenager in the Boston area with a guitar and a few chords. I really wanted to roam and find a place for myself in the music world.
Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter James Keelaghan will be heading west in April. The Calgary native, who now calls Perth, Ontario home, is always popular out west, and has not played some of these markets in years. Here is where you can catch James in Concert next month.
|Apr 11||Regina||SK||The Exchange|
|Apr 12||Saskatoon||SK||The Bassment|
|Apr 13||Medicine Hat||AB||Esplanade Arts Centre|
|Apr 14||Calgary||AB||Braeside Community Centre|
|Apr 20||Rocky Mountain House||AB||Grand View Stage Resort|
|Apr 22||Demmitt||AB||Demmitt Community Centre|
Ireland's multi-award winning Goitse is touring the US in March, and while they are on this side of the pond, they will also be doing some western Canadian dates.
Coming on the heels of their cross Canada Christmas tour, JMI's Quartette has a pair of shows in northern Ontario later this month. Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford will be making their way to Midland and Elliot Lake. Here is where you can catch them.
At the request of the office of the Governor General of Canada, the music group Ten Strings And A Goat Skin will perform for their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf And Queen Silvia during The Friends of Canada event at the famous VASA museum in Stockholm Sweden during the upcoming State visit by Governor General David Johnston. The event, which is being held on the 21st of February, 2017 will include presentations by Canadian artists including Cirque du Soleil.
The trio is humbled to have been chosen to represent Canada and excited for the opportunity to visit. "Sweden is one of the most progressive countries in the world for its social values and innovation and we are very pleased to play a small part in this State visit", says fiddler, Rowen Gallant. Ten Strings members, who are currently working on their royal etiquette, will also participate in outreach activities while in Stockholm.
The accolades and nominations just keep coming in for JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin. First came the Album of the Year in Penguin Eggs, in which they beat out the likes of Leonard Cohen and David Francey. There have also been a string of nominations for The Canadian Folk Music Awards, Music PEI (six nominations) and the upcoming East Coast Music Awards.
Recently we learned that the guys were nominated for Album of the Year at the Folk Alliance's International Folk Awards. What made this nomination particularly special, is that the award is international, meaning that out of all the folk albums produced around the globe last year, Auprès du poêle was one of five in the world to receive this nod.
This week, TSGS received still another major award nomination when it was revealed that they are in the running for the Juno Awards this year for Traditional Roots Album.
The group is so busy they barely have time to think about all of these nominations, with plans to tour North America, Europe and Australia in the coming year. JMI congratulates them and wishes them well in all their endeavours.
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 strong interest in this tour. Claire was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, her third one! You can read about it here. The tour will run from September 27 - October 14, 2018.
|Watch Claire perform live
Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018
It's already been a couple of years since Ray Bonneville played most of the markets in Central and Western Canada, so we are really looking forward to this one. Increased international touring sees Ray having less and less time to get back home to Canada. 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. This tour will commence in early March of 2018, starting on the west coast and moving east across the prairies and into central Canada.
|Watch Ray and Richie performing
live on YouTube
Honestly, it is hard to overstate exactly who Shane Howard is to Australia. Think Bruce Cockburn to Canada, Pete Seeger to America, and you will be on the right track. Shane was the first Australian musician to champion the issue of aboriginal land rights, and his landmark song on the issue, Solid Rock, has become like a second national anthem in his native country. Recently awarded the prestigious Order of Australia, Shane has spent his life championing aboriginal and environmental causes. He has also sold millions of records and toured with Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and many other superstars.
This tour will feature a young aboriginal Australian sideman, TBA, and will be perfect for medium sized theatres interested in world music, and also for folk clubs. Shane is a consummate performer and a joy to work with. He will tour western Canada in February 2018 and we already have a block of dates in the far north (Feb 4/13), so we are ready to sign contracts. However, the month of February is wide open so we are available for dates pretty much anywhere in Canada.
|Shane on YouTube|
JMI is very pleased to announce that Quartette will tour their Christmas show across Atlantic Canada from December 9 - 17 inclusive, 2017. We have been touring this show across Ontario and western Canada for the past three years, with virtually all the shows being sold out or very close to sold out. Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Cindy Church and Caitlin Hanford combine incredible harmonies with Christmas material that is truly reverent. A Great show for the holiday season.
Offers are already coming in for this tour, which was announced earlier this week.
Red House Recording artist and Juno Award-winner Ray Bonneville is busier today than he has ever been, constantly touring in North America, Europe and Australia. He recently told JMI that Jennifer Warnes has recorded his song, I Am The Big Easy, about New Orleans.
Ray will tour western and central Canada in March of 2018, starting on the west coast and working his way east. This time around, Ray will be traveling with his old bandmate, Richie Lawrence on piano. Watch them performing live here on Youtube. This will mark Ray's first tour in most of these markets in three years, so the timing is perfect. We will start work on this tour early in 2016 but you can let us know now if you would like to put a hold on a date.
• Quartette to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2019 (August 3, 2018)
• Black Umfolosi Back to Canada this August (July 23, 2018)
• The Young'Uns Give Two Free Shows in Toronto in July (July 16, 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)
• Vishten's Busy Summer (July 2, 2018)
• Martin Simpson Returns to Canada (July 2, 2018)
• Ireland's Goitse Heading Back to Canada this Summer (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)
• And Best Album Goes to... The Young'Uns! (April 9, 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)
• Martin Simpson New Studio Album Released on Topic Records (December 19, 2017)
• A Grammy Nod for Guy Davis! (November 30, 2017)
• Martin Simpson to Tour Canada in October 2019 (November 29, 2017)
• Quartette Christmas Coming to the Maritimes (November 15, 2017)
• Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Touring Central Canada (November 11, 2017)
• Vishtèn Touring Western Canada This Month (November 8, 2017)
• The Young'Uns to Tour Canada in November (October 31, 2017)
• Tony McManus Headed for Western Canada (October 1, 2017)
• England's Moulettes Touring Canada in October (September 23, 2017)
• JMI Signs Wales' Calan! (September 22, 2017)
• Guy Davis to Tour Canada in October/November (September 18, 2017)
• Claire Lynch Returning to Maritimes in October (September 13, 2017)
• Two JMI Artists Included in the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time (July 26, 2017)
• JMI Signs England's The Transports (July 25, 2017)
• Sylvia Tyson and Cowboy Junkies to Headline Kingsville Music Festival (July 17, 2017)
• JMI signs Austin's Band of Heathens (June 27, 2017)
• Claire Lynch US and Canadian Summer Dates (June 26, 2017)
• Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in 2018 (June 26, 2017)
• Moulettes Summer Dates (June 20, 2017)
• Young'Uns Canadian and Overseas Summer Dates (June 20, 2017)
• England's "Best Folk Group" to Tour Eastern Canada (June 20, 2017)
See News page for more JMI news.