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July 16, 2018

The Young'Uns Give Two Free Shows
in Toronto July 21 and 22

The Young'uns

This summer England's The Young'Uns will be busy touring on the other side of the Atlantic, but they have made room in their schedule for one event, Toronto's Brave Festival, which celebrates artists who are fearless and defiant. Some are exiled from their homes and native lands. All of them disrupt authority for a living. The Young'Uns, who have championed many great causes and people, will be participating in the weekend of the festival called The Defiant ones. The great news for fans is, this is a free show.

Get the details here for their Saturday, July 21st performance. You can also catch their workshop at 1:00 p.m. the following day, details here. This is also a free show. All shows for this festival are presented by and at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre.

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July 9, 2018

James Keelaghan's Summer Festivals

James Keelaghan

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

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July 9, 2018

Guy Davis on the Road, Summer of 2018

Guy Davis

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

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July 9, 2018

Calan to play Hugh's Room, Summerfolk

Calan

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

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July 2, 2018

Vishten's Busy Summer

Vishtèn

Vishtèn has always been a busy group and they show no signs of slowing down. This summer will see them performing in Canada, the UK, France and at Denmark's fabled Tønder Festival for the first time. With a new CD in the offing, expect some old favourites mixed in with material you will be hearing for the first time.

Here is where you can catch Canada's greatest ambassadors of Acadian music and culture this summer:

Jul 06-08 Îles de la Madeleine QC Les Pas Perdus
Jul 10-14 Rollo Bay PE Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival
Jul 19 Stornoway UK HebCelt Festival
Jul 21 Stirling UK Tolbooth
Jul 22 Cumbria UK Music on the Marr
Jul 26-27 Warwick UK Warwick Folk Festival
Jul 28 Lyon France Les Nuits de Fourviere
Jul 29 Wiltshire UK Womad Festival
Aug 02 Wickham UK Wickham Festival
Aug 03 Cambridge UK Cambridge Folk Festival
Aug 04 Lorient France Festival Interceltique de Lorient
Aug 12 Georgetown PE Cloggeroo
Aug 15 Moncton NB Festival Acadie Rock
Aug 16 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room with Calan
Aug 17-18 Owen Sound ON Summerfolk Music Festival
Aug 19 Waterdown ON Artsfest
Aug 23-24 Tonder Denmark Tonder Folk Festival
Sep 28-29 Wolfville NS Deep Roots Festival

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July 2, 2018

Martin Simpson Returns to Canada

Martin Simpson

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.

This summer Martin will be playing some of the biggest folk festivals in Canada, but you can also catch him at a couple of smaller venues. He will be over for a couple of weeks in July, and then back for two major festivals in August. Here is where you can catch Martin Simpson in Canada this summer:

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

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July 2, 2018

Ireland's Goitse Heading Back to Canada this Summer

Goitse

Goitse has carved out an international reputation around the world as one of Ireland's finest proponents of traditional music. Stellar musicianship is augmented with one of the greatest female voices in Celtic music. The guys will be back for Stanfest in late July and will stick around for three weeks. Here is where you can catch them:

Jul 27-29 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Jul 31 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
Aug 01 Riverview NB Caseley Park
Aug 03 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre
Aug 04 Summerside PE College of Piping
Aug 05 Mount Stewart PE The Trailside Cafe
Aug 06/12 Goderich ON Goderich Celtic Festival
Aug 14 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre
Aug 16 Huntsville ON Algonquin Theatre
Aug 17-19 Owen Sound ON Summerfolk Festival

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May 20, 2018

JMI Signs The Gift

A Celebration of Five Decades of Ian Tyson's Songs

The Gift

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
Ramblin Jack Elliot with The Gift in Calgary

"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.

The Gift

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May 9, 2018

Tony McManus Headed West in May

Tony McManus
Tony will be touring with the incredible
Julia Toaspern

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.

This is not a show to be missed. Only three chances to catch them this time. Here is when and where you can do just that.

May 14 Vancouver BC Rogue Folk Club
May 15 Penticton BC Dream Café
May 17 Duncan BC Duncan Showroom

 

Tony McManus

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May 1, 2018

Peterborough Show Rescheduled for
Keelaghan-McManus Double Bill

James Keelaghan and Tony McManus

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.

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April 12, 2018

James Keelaghan and Jez Lowe
to Tour North America in the Fall

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.

James Keelaghan

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 06 Somerville MA Frankie’s
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 Edmonton AB - TBA

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April 9, 2018

And Best Album Goes to... The Young'Uns!

The Young'Uns

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.

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March 23, 2018

JMI Signs Folk Legend, Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger

Peggy Seeger
Peggy with brother, Pete

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.

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January 20, 2018

Ray Bonneville to Perform
Western and Ontario Dates in March

Ray Bonneville

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.


Ray Bonneville
Watch Ray and Richie performing on YouTube

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

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January 27, 2018

Black Umfolosi to Embark on North American Tour
in February

Black Umfolosi

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

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January 11, 2018

Australia's Shane Howard to Perform Western and Northern Dates

Shane Howard

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 19 Yellowknife NT NACC
Feb 20 Norman Wells NT Dennis Drolet Community Hall
Feb 22 Inuvik NT Our Lady of Victoria Catholic Church
Feb 24 Yellowknife NT NACC
Feb 26 Fort Simpson NT Bompas Elementary School
Feb 28 Hay River NT Riverview Cineplex

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December 19, 2017

Martin Simpson New Studio Album
Released on Topic Records

Martin Simpson

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.

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November 30, 2017

A Grammy Nod for Guy Davis!

Guy Davis

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.

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November 29, 2017

Martin Simpson to Tour Canada in October 2019

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 Simpson

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

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November 15, 2017

Quartette Christmas Coming to the Maritimes

Quartette

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.

Here is where they will be next month.

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

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November 11, 2017

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Touring Central Canada

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

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

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November 8, 2017

Vishtèn Touring Western Canada This Month

Vishèn

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.

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October 31, 2017

The Young'Uns to Tour Canada in November

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

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October 1, 2017

Tony McManus Headed for Western Canada

Tony McManus

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

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September 23, 2017

England's Moulettes Touring Canada in October

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:

Moulettes
Oct 04 L’Assomption QC Theatre Hector-Charland
Oct 05 Quebec City QC Palais Montcalm
Oct 06 Rimouski QC Spect’Art
Oct 07 Montreal QC Theatre Outremont
Oct 10 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Oct 11 Winnipeg MB West End Cultural Centre
Oct 12 Calgary AB Festival Hall
Oct 13 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place
Oct 15 Lethbridge AB Geomatic Attic
Oct 17 Kimberley BC Kimberley Arts Centre 64
Oct 19 Duncan BC Duncan Showroom

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September 22, 2017

JMI Signs Wales' Calan!

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.

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September 18, 2017

Guy Davis to Tour Canada in October/November

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.

Guy Davis
Oct 30 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room Live
Nov 01 Kitchener ON Registry Theatre
Nov 02 London ON The Aeolian
Nov 04 Gravenhurst ON Peter’s Place
Nov 05 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre
Nov 06 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Nov 07 Kamsack SK Kamsack Playhouse
Nov 09 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place
Nov 10 Red Deer AB Elk’s Lodge

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September 13, 2017

Claire Lynch Returning to Maritimes in October

Claire Lynch

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

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July 26, 2017

Two JMI Artists Included in the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time

Tony McManus and Martin Simpson
Tony McManus and Martin Simpson

 

Tony McManus and Martin Simpson

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.

World renowned JMI instrumentalist artists

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July 25, 2017

JMI Signs England's The Transports

Featuring Five of England's Top Folk Artists

The Transports

★★★★★ "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.

The TransportsScene 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

Watch this promotional video on YouTube

The Transports

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.

Press Reviews

★★★★★ "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

"Outstanding"
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

Guardian preview piece and review:

Live Review

Preview Piece

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.

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July 17, 2017

Sylvia Tyson and Cowboy Junkies to Headline
Kingsville Music Festival

Sylvia Tyson

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.

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June 29, 2017

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin to Headline
Mammoth Canada Day Show in Thunder Bay

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

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.

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June 27, 2017

JMI Signs Austin's The Band of Heathens

Band of Heathens

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.

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June 26, 2017

Claire Lynch US and Canadian Summer Dates

Claire Lynch

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 01-05 Nashville TN Nashcamp
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

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June 26, 2017

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in 2018

Guy Davis & Fabrizio Poggi

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 Davis - Sonny & Terry<s Last Train

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.

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June 20, 2017

Moulettes Summer Dates

Moulettes

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 15 LLangybi UK LLangybiHogFest
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

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June 20, 2017

Young'Uns Canadian and Overseas Summer Dates

The YoungUns

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

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June 20, 2017

England's "Best Folk Group" to Tour Eastern Canada

Young'uns

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.

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June 19, 2017

Black Umfolosi Touring Canada in July

Black Umfolosi

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
July 7-9 London ON Sunfest
Jul 12 Huntsville ON Huntsville Festival of the Arts

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June 19, 2017

Ireland's The Henry Girls to make the Canadian Debut

Henry Girls

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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

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June 19, 2017

From PEI to New Zealand – Vishten's Busy Summer & Fall

Vishten

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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 18 Charlottetown PE Private
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

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June 12, 2017

Guy Davis' Very Busy Summer

Guy Davis

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.

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June 12, 2017

James Keelaghan's Summer Schedule

James Keelaghan

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

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June 10, 2017

Jonah Blacksmith to Perform in Western Canada in July

Jonah Blacksmith

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.

Watch them on YouTube

Listen to them on Spotify

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

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May 30, 2017

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's Busy Summer

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

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 28 Fairbault MN Shattuck
Sep 29 Baraboo WI Al Ringling Theatre
Sep 30 Viroqua WI Historic Temple Theatre

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May 29, 2017

James Keelaghan to Tour the Maritimes with Dave Gunning
in January of 2018

James Keelaghan and Dave Gunning

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

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May 17, 2017

Ray Bonneville's Song Family

Ray Bonneville is making his ninth studio album
and is seeking support to cover costs
of making and releasing the record.
Ray Bonneville
A message from Ray to supporters
and fans of his music

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.

Read more here.

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March 15, 2017

James Keelaghan Heading West in April

James Keelaghan

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

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February 22, 2017

Goitse Western Dates in March

Goitse

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.

Mar 15 Courtenay BC Sid Williams Civic Theatre
Mar 16 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Mar 17 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Mar 18 Calgary AB Irish Cultural Centre

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February 15, 2017

Quartette has Two Northern Ontario Shows in February

Quartette

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.

Feb 24 Midland, ON Midland Cultural Centre
Feb 25 Elliot Lake, ON Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre

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February 13, 2017

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Part of Official
State Visit to the Kingdom of Sweden

King Carl XVI Gustaf And Queen Silvia

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.

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February 11, 2017

Two Major Award Nominations for
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

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.

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January 25, 2017

Three New Central and Western Canada Tours from JMI!

Claire Lynch

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.

Claire Lynch
Watch Claire perform live
on YouTube

Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018

Ray Bonneville

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.

Ray Bonneville
Watch Ray and Richie performing
live on YouTube

Shane Howard

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 Howard
Shane on YouTube

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January 23, 2017

Quartette Christmas to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2017

Quartette Christmas

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.

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December 20, 2016

Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018

Ray Bonneville

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.

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JMI HEADLINES:

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)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin to Headline Mammoth Canada Day Show in Thunder Bay (June29, 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.