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June 26, 2019 

Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers Canadian Dates Announced

JMI is very pleased to announce 11 new dates for Les McKeown’s Bay City Rollers. Additional dates in eastern and western Canada will be announced soon.

The tour promises to be a unique voyage back to the 1970s, when Les and his Legendary band ruled the world’s pop charts and The Bay City Rollers’ music became the soundtrack for a generation of teenagers. Les brings back the all the thrill and excitement of Rollermania, performing all the original hits including Bye Bye Baby, Shang-a-Lang, Remember, Summerlove Sensation and Give A Little Love plus many many more as well as introducing new songs from the new album Lost Songs. The current Legendary Bay City Rollers bring a new energy to all the classic hits.

Watch live video of Les performing in Canada last time through here.

Here the new dates – stay tuned to this page for more dates TBA.

March 06 Summerside PE Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre
March 10 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre
March 11 Richmond Hill ON Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
March 12 Oakville ON Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts
March 13 Mississauga ON Living Arts Centre Mississauga
March 14 Brampton ON Rose Theatre
March 15 North Bay ON Capitol Centre
March 16 St. Catherine’s ON FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
March 17 Burlington ON Burlington Performing Arts Centre
March 18 Kingston ON Grand Theatre
March 19 Ottawa ON Centrepointe Theatre

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May 9, 2019

Lennie Gallant Receives Two Major Awards at ECMA

Lennie Gallant

JMI’s Lennie Gallant was inducted into the prestigious Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame at the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown, PEI on Sunday, May 5. The Island native also received a rare Director’s Special Achievement award for a body of working spanning decades.

"I am deeply honoured to have 'Peter’s Dream' inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. It means the world to me that so many people have covered this song and were moved by it," says Lennie Gallant. "There is no greater reward for a songwriter than to have a song take on a life of its own, and that certainly seems to have happened with 'Peter’s Dream.' Songwriting is my passion, so to have one of my songs added to this amazing Canadian collection is something I’ll always treasure."

Lennie Gallant
Gallant with Rose Cousins
in Charlottetown

Directors’ Special Achievement:

Lennie Gallant: Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released twelve albums (ten in English and two in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Éloizes, and the East Coast Music Awards, including being named the ECMA Entertainer of the Year in 2017. His double CD and multimedia hit production, Searching For Abegweit, which ran for 140 shows, also won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year in 2016 and his song "Peter’s Dream" was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time by CBC Music. A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist who has performed all over North America, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the XXI Winter Olympics.

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April 11, 2019

Calan Win Best Band in BBC Wales Inaugural Folk Awards

The unstoppable indie folk/fusion band Calan topped the polls at the BBC Wales Folk Awards to take the title of best band. Their fresh sound and high energy routines proved to be a hit with the adjudicating panel as Wales celebrated the very best of folk and roots music.

The band have come a long way since they began busking in the streets of Cardiff to help pay for university fees. Now they perform in venues and festivals all around the world from as far afield as Canada, USA, Borneo and Australia. And this award comes hot on the heels of their celebrated performance with the Breton Symphony Orchestra in Rennes. A performance that will be repeated with the National Orchestra of Wales March 1st 2020 on the same night that Calan release their 5th studio album. Their brand of high energy routines, verve and raw excitement led one reviewer to say, ‘Move over Tom Jones, Katherine Jenkins, the Manics and Super Furries’. The Sun

Calan are one of the new young bands riding the wave of a country discovering their heritage of traditional music. In the past it has always been overshadowed by the their celtic cousins or set aside for the more familiar touristy male voice choirs. But here the reels and jigs and pagan harmonies is accompanied with a pounding beat and healthy dose of pop or rap. The Welsh are beginning to believe that Folklore Rocks.

On accepting the award their singer Bethan Rhiannon, paid tribute to bands in the past who have helped build and create this new revival of trad music in Wales. ‘All those who came before us have made this dream come true for so many artists here tonight, they were the catalyst for this vibrant revival in our music’. Calan were also nominated in two other categories for best album and best live act. Best live act was won by the 15 piece band Pendevig which was set up by Calan and includes all 5 members. So you could say that’s a ‘double whammy’.

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April 11, 2019

Minor Empire - Sonic Colliders Concert Series in 2020 and 2021

JMI is pleased to announce some exciting world music shows with Minor Empire for the 2020/21 season.


Minor Empire at Salon IKSV in Istanbul

Minor Empire has made a name for its unique style that can be best described as “collision of folk traditions of Turkey aka Asia Minor, and progressive sonic explorations”. Group will continue its genre-defying, boundary-pushing explorations with a concert series in 2020-2021. Series will feature influential international guests.

First leg of the concert series will feature Eivind Aarset, a pioneering electric guitarist from Norway, known for his solo career as well as his work with Nils Petter Molvaer. With Aarset, Minor Empire will explore the “outer limits of atmospheric universe”.

Second leg will feature Avi Bortnick, rhythm guru, best known for his work on John Scofield’s Uberjam records and world tours. With Bortnick, Minor Empire will explore “funkification of eastern rhythms and odd meters”.

Third leg will include another international musician from Turkey which will be announced in upcoming months.

Listen to Minor Empire on Spotify while you work.

Concerts will feature a repertoire that will be co-creations of the band and the guest artists, as well as music from past records of both the band and the guest artist.

AVAILS: 1st leg: October 2020
2nd leg: January 2021
3rd leg: April 2021

Listen to Minor Empire performing live on YouTube
Listen to Eivind Aarset performing live on YouTube
Listen to Avi Bortnick performing live on YouTube

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March 31, 2019

Lennie Gallant heading to Ontario

Lennie Gallant

PEI's Lennie Gallant is heading to Ontario for a string of April dates, some of which are already sold out. He will kick the tour off in Barrie on the 4th and wrap it up at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on the 16th.

Here is where you can catch him.

Apr 04 Barrie ON Private Event
Apr 05 Brantford ON Best Western Brantford Hotel & Convention Centre
Apr 06 Hamilton ON The Loft (SOLD OUT)
Apr 07 Sarnia On Private Event (SOLD OUT)
Apr 09 London ON The Aeolian Performing Arts Centre
Apr 10 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Apr 11 Peterborough ON Folk Under the Clock
Apr 12 Sudbury ON St. Andrew’s Place (SOLD OUT)
Apr 14 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre
Apr 16 Ottawa ON National Arts Centre

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March 31, 2019

New York City Blues Icon Coming to the Maritimes

Guy Davis

New York City bluesman Guy Davis is coming to the Maritimes for a small string of dates in April. Unfortunately for fans, Halifax is already sold out, but there are still tickets for the other two shows.

Here is where you can catch him, and when:

April 04 Halifax NS The Carleton (SOLD OUT)
April 05 Charlottetown PE The Pour House
Apr 06 Sackville NB Ducky’s

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March 26, 2019

Lennie Gallant visitera les marchés
québécois et francophones en Ontario

Lennie Gallant

JMI est très heureux d'annoncer que Lennie Gallant, de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard, sera en tournée au Québec et dans les régions franco-ontariennes du 5 au 15 novembre 2020. Cette tournée mettra en valeur son matériel français. Gallant a deux disques en français et un nouveau disque est prévu pour l'été 2019 en collaboration avec Patricia Richard (artiste du spectacle Ode à l'Acadie) qui sera également en tournée avec lui.

Reconnu par ses pairs comme l'un des meilleurs auteurs-interprètes canadiens, Lennie Gallant a douze albums (10 principalement en anglais et 2 entièrement en français) de chansons originales qui lui ont valu de nombreux prix et nominations entre autres parmi les prix JUNO, Les Prix Éloizes et les Prix de la Musique de la côte Est (ECMA). Ce dernier lui a remis le prix de l'Artiste de l'année en 2017. Son disque double des 22 chansons de sa production multimédia renommée, Searching For Abegweit, qui a été présenté à 140 reprises, lui a également valu un prix ECMA. Il a été nommé Artiste folklorique canadien de l'année 2017 et sa chanson Peter's Dream a été élue l'une des dix meilleures chansons de tous les temps sur la côte Est.

Lennie Gallant

Un spectacle de Lennie, c'est un spectacle plein d'énergie,
rempli d'anecdotes et de nouvelles chansons.
Le talent de Lennie Gallant ne connaît aucune frontière.
» La Voix acadienne

Écoutez Le vent bohème et Le cœur hanté de Lennie Gallant sur Spotify en cliquant sur les liens précédents. Son album actuel, Time Travel, a récemment été classé parmi les dix meilleurs albums folkloriques de l'année (aux côtés de John Prine, Joan Baez et Richard Thompson) par un groupe de critiques musicaux parvenant de partout du pays (Penguin Eggs Top Ten albums). L'album est également en nomination pour le prix ECMA Album de l'année 2019, dans la catégorie folk contemporain. Lennie est aussi en nomination dans la catégorie Artiste de l'année.

L'histoire du fantôme - via DropBox
Lien : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p4hzvdgytp03emk/AAARiWO6bym70fSOYZmVASQBa?dl=0

Laisse aller – Émission télévisée de CBC via YouTube
Lien : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DA2pkbCRw7o

Pour un soir seulement – Video of "Mon coeur exagèr" par Laurence Hélie et Lennie Gallant
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGjBqF91M-s

« Lennie Gallant sait évoquer le désir de l'espoir et de la liberté. » Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse

« Lennie Gallant est sans contredit l'un des meilleurs auteurs-compositeurs au pays. » L'Étoile

« Beaucoup de gens le connaissaient, l'attendaient et apprécient son énergie sur scène et sa façon de faire lever la salle. » L'Acadie de la Nouvelle-Écosse

« Le vent bohème est un album incroyable, les paroles sont émouvantes et la musique est étonnante. » Bernard St. Laurent - C'EST LA VIE, CBC Radio

« Ce fut un immense plaisir de recevoir Lennie Gallant et ses musiciens. C'est un grand artiste. »
Aline Perry Auditorium de la Poly C.E. Pouliot, Gaspé, Québec

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February 11, 2019

JMI Artists showcasing at Folk Alliance

Some of our very finest live artists will be showcasing at Folk Alliance this week in Montreal and there will be plenty of opportunities to catch them. Here is who will be in Montreal and where you can catch them.

Lennie Gallant

LENNIE GALLANT Hailing from rural Prince Edward Island, Lennie Gallant weaves stories from joy, sorrow, redemption and humour, telling them with finesse and strong emotion. He has recorded 12 albums earning recognition from the JUNOs, ECMAs, CFMAs and Les Prix Éloizes. Acadien bilingue, Lennie peut aussi offrir des spectacles en français.

View Lennie's Folk Alliance showcase schedule here:

Thursday February 14 7:45 pm-8:15 pm Gordon Lightfoot Room (213)
Thursday February 14 10:30 pm-11:00 pm Folk Music Canada (321)
Thursday February 14 11:40 pm-11:55 pm Indie Montreal Buffet (402)
Thursday February 14 1:00 am-1:35 am
(Night of Thu. to Fri.)
Duncan Showroom/39 Days of July (462)
Friday February 15 10:30 pm-11:00 pm Access Film Music BLUE (469)
Friday February 15 12:00 am-12:20 am
(Night of Fri. to Sat.)
Canadian Music. East Coast Style. (308)
Friday February 15 1:20 am-1:35 am
(Night of Fri. to Sat.)
Indie Montreal Buffet (402)
Saturday February 16 11:00 pm-11:30 pm Russell deCarle - Rusty Car Music (428)
Saturday February 16 12:00 am-12:15 am
(Night of Sat. to Sun.)
Indie Montreal Buffet (402)
Saturday February 16 12:35 am-12:55 am
(Night of Sat. to Sun.)
Le Grenier musique (446)
Saturday February 16 1:30 am-1:45 am
(Night of Sat. to Sun.)
FAI Traditional Room (567)

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The Young 'Uns

THE YOUNG'UNS Teesside trio The Young'uns are one of UK folk music's best-loved acts. They clinched the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 'Best Group' (2015 and 2016) and 'Best Album' for Strangers (2018). With strong songs, spellbinding harmonies and rapid fire humour, they make you laugh and cry in equal measure.

View The Young'Uns' Folk Alliance showcase schedule here:

Thursday February 14 10:30 pm-10:55 pm British Underground (403)
Thursday February 14 1:30 am-2:00 am
(Night of Thu. to Fri.)
Monkey Pony Show (528)
Friday February 15 4:45 pm-5:15 pm Lhasa Room (208)
Friday February 15 1:00 am-1:25 am
(Night of Fri. to Sat.)
British Underground (403)
Saturday February 16 10:30 pm-10:55 pm Passim / Session Americana / Miles Of Music (450)

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Fru

FRU SKAGERRAK This incredible Scandinavian group is part of JMI's Scandinavian String Alliance, who will be touring Canada in July of 2019. Fru Skagerrak takes you on a journey through Scandinavia; from lowlands to mountains, from slow airs to roaring polkas, and everything in between. Three master musicians from each of the Scandinavian countries - the result is an explosion of the sounds that exist in Scandinavian traditional music today.

View Fru Skagerrak's showcase schedule here:

Thursday February 14 10:30 pm-10:55 pm Nordic Folk Alliance (306)
Thursday February 14 11:30 pm-11:55 pm Young Tradition Vermont (563)
Friday February 15 6:30 pm-7:00 pm Stan Rogers Room (206)
Friday February 15 11:00 pm-11:25 pm FAI International Room (408)
Saturday February 16 10:30 pm-10:55 pm Nordic Folk Alliance (306)

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Jake Morely

JAKE MORELY Jake does not have an official showcase, but he will be very busy with private performances. Jake Morley is one of the UK's most original singer-songwriters at the top of his game. Having played over 400 national and international gigs in the past few years, it's hardly surprising that he has been invited to share stages with many leading lights of modern English songwriting such as Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Lucy Rose. Jake may be difficult to categorise stylistically - part acoustic, part pop, part singer-songwriter, part folk - but what's not difficult is to acknowledge his captivating live show, his groundbreaking guitar techniques, his passion for words and ideas and his charismatic power to connect.

Here is when and where you can catch Jake in Montreal

Jake Morley - FAI Showcase times:

Wed 10:30 PM #424 Momentary Love Management
Wed 01:30 AM #453 Intercontinental Revue
Thu 12:00 AM #403 British Underground
Fri 12:30 AM #400 British Underground acoustic room
Sat 12:30 AM #310 House of Songs
Sat 02:00 AM #212 The Acoustic Grill
Sat 02:33 AM #424 Momentary Love Management

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February 10, 2019

JMI Announces Exclusive Canadian Representation
for Lennie Gallant

Lennie Gallant

JMI is very pleased to announce that PEI's Lennie Gallant has joined our roster. Bob Jensen was Lennie's agent some 25 years ago, and the two have kept in touch. Jensen is happy to be working with his old friend again. Says Gallant, "I'm so looking forward to working with Bob and his team. We have a great deal in common when it comes to our love of music, poetry, and telling stories. I have great respect for his talent, work ethic and vision so I think it's going to be an exciting partnership!" Gallant needs little by way of introduction to Canadians. He has had a long and enviable career and has a shelf full of awards to mark the years and the records he has produced.

Recognized by his peers as one of Canada's finest performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released twelve albums (10 in English and 2 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes, and The East Coast Music Awards, including 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year. His double CD of the 22 songs from his multimedia hit production, Searching For Abegweit, which ran for 140 shows, also won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year for 2016 and his song Peter's Dream was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time. You can read Lennie's full bio here.

Lennie Gallant Lennie Gallant

JMI is gearing up for a number of tours. With two French records in Gallant's canon, plans are already underway to mount a tour in the province of Quebec. There are also plans for a follow up to the 2019 Innkeeper's Christmas tour, after its resounding success in the Maritimes in December. Plans are also underway for a fully integrated Christmas tour with the Zimbabwean vocal group, Black Umfolosi for 2020. Gallant recorded a Christmas single and video with Black Umfolosi last summer, which became an instant hit when it was released in November. Watch the video for Christmas Day on Planet Earth here. He is also available for festivals in the summer of 2019.

Gallant has a multi-media show called Searching for Abegweit which has completely sold out more than 130 times and which can be toured anywhere. It is a celebration of all things PEI and the province's unique and fascinating story within Canada, as told through original songs and stories, combined with jaw dropping artwork by his sister, Karen Gallant. This high energy show is poignant, funny, illuminating, but most of all, deeply moving.

Listen to Lennie Gallant's current release, Time Travel on Spotify. Time Travel was recently named one of the top ten folk albums of the year (alongside John Prine, Joan Baez, and Richard Thompson) by a panel of music reviewers from across the country (Penguin Eggs Top Ten albums). The album is also currently nominated for 2019 ECMA Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.

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January 30, 2019

Announcing Gumbo, Grits & Gravy
Featuring Guy Davis, Anne Harris & Marcella Simien

Gumbo, Grits & Gravy

JMI is very pleased to announce exclusive Canadian representation for a brand new Americana group called Gumbo, Grits & Gravy, featuring three outstanding American roots performers. GUMBO, GRITS & GRAVY is a 'gathering', featuring three brilliant musicians with culturally and musically diverse backgrounds. As the name implies, Gumbo, Grits & Gravy is grounded in the roots of a hearty, home-cooked meal, the foundation of family and tradition, which is more often guided by maternal inspirations. Through this understanding, it is a celebration of a musical and cultural diversity that this trio hopes to document and spread to the world in 2019 and beyond.

Gumbo, Grits & Gravy is available for Folk, blues, jazz and world music festivals in the summer of 2019.

The genesis of this project comes from a tour under the same banner headline that briefly toured many years ago featuring Guy Davis, Laurie Lewis, and Christina Balfa, assembled by former agent/manager Cash Edwards. The inspiration for it today comes from ensemble groups like the Carolina Chocolate Drops, only with a little more contemporary flair.

Watch GG&G performing It's Alright, It's Alright
Watch GG&G Performing Jolie Bassette
Watch GG&G Performing Snowden's Jig

Gumbo, Grits and Gravy

Anne Harris: Musical Diamond

Roots Music is an expressive art form, and nowhere can you find a more expressive musician than the mystic violinist Anne Harris. Rolling, blending and folding in a variety of musical influences from Celtic to Americana to Funk, she embodies a musical genre-morphing sound that is all her own. Anne is an internationally recognized instrumental talent that has captivated audiences around the globe. Her command of the stage is punctuated with a free reeling and coiling whirlwind of sound and visual excitement. Her gypsy-like stage presence is truly unforgettable and revolutionary in the ever expanding musical world that surrounds her.

The beauty of Anne's ability to play the violin while dancing as gracefully as a swan
and as powerfully as a shaman, moved me to joyful tears.
Bearing witness to her performance left me completely awestruck and mesmerized.
At times, she moves with a gentle ease, and then with sudden and wild abandon.
Surely, it follows suit that she has had extensive training,
but it appears to just spring naturally from her solar plexus.
To watch her perform is hypnotizing.
It was pretty much all I could talk about for several days.
~ By Julie Jenkins

Gumbo, Grits and Gravy

Marcella René Simien: Swamp Soul Songstress

Wielding the torch of a veritable Creole dynasty, being born into one of the first Creole families to settle in St. Landry Parish, Marcella has now planted the seeds of her South Louisiana heritage deep into the bluffs of Memphis, TN — no small victory for a young woman just now rounding out her mid-20s.

 

Simien is a natural in the truest sense. Daughter of two-time GRAMMY award winning Zydeco luminary Terrance Simien, she was practically born onstage, and grew up thoroughly immersed in sound and performance.

Yet, despite her almost fairytale-like upbringing, Marcella makes it her mission to forge her own pathways in the music business. A graduate of the prestigious Memphis College of Art, Simien boldly follows her heart. Her music is a dueling hybrid of classic Memphis soul and the freewheeling swagger of New Orleans funk, woven together with the sighing laughter of her ancestors: that Creole accordion. As outspoken and courageous as she is sensual and feminine, Simien holds a wisdom far beyond her years. With each honeyed undertone, every saintly holler, with each tinkle of the keys, and every pump of the squeezebox, she reinvents the mold and soldiers against boundaries, yet she never fairs to respect tradition.

Simien is one of the most soulful artists I've heard
since the 'glory days' of Memphis soul music.
Her sound and stage presence are constant reminders
that soul music is still alive and well.
~ Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell

Marcella Simien heard it all as a youngster,
no doubt, and once she doubled-down with the Memphis sound,
she found a totally striking new attack on Southern Soul.

~ Bill Bentley

Gumbo, Grits and Gravy

Guy Davis: The Routes of Americana

Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message and music around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, from the Plains of Kansas to the tundra of Siberia. His work as a singer, musician, actor, writer, and music teacher have earmarked him as a renaissance man of the Arts.

What music and acting have in common, he explains, "is that I don't like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted."

Davis' much-praised 1995 debut, Stomp Down the Rider, on the legendary singer-songwriter label, Red House Records, marked the arrival of a major talent, earning acclaim for his deft acoustic playing, his well-traveled voice and his literate yet highly accessible songwriting. He's barely rested since then, taking his music to television (The Conan O'Brien and David Letterman shows) and radio (Mountain Stage, World Cafe, E-Town, Woodsongs), as well as performing at theaters and festivals around the globe. He played the Ukraine in summer of 2014, just a week or so before the statues of Lenin were torn down. He even played for the visiting Queen of Denmark when he performed at a children's home in Greenland. "I feel like I've only hit three corners of the world, with a lot more to go," Davis says.

Truth be told, there just aren't many who can deliver Americana
in as interesting and entertaining a manner –
or give acoustic traditional blues such a contemporary sound
– as Davis, and it sure is a lot of fun hearing him explore the different sides of the genre.

~ The Blues PowR Blog

Davis somehow makes the term multi-talented seem woefully inadequate.
~ Jim Musser

He has got a voice like Howlin' Wolf dipped in honey. He is also an enchanting storyteller,
able to deliver a shaggy-dog story while barking and simultaneously making train noises
on a harmonica – a reminder of a time when the phrase "novelty song"
didn't necessarily have music-lovers running for the exits.
He utilised ye olde food/sex metaphor in "Home Cooked Meal"
and made it sound dirtier than you would have thought possible. He is fabulous.

~ The Scotsman

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January 29, 2019

Bay City Rollers to Tour Canada in March, 2020!

Bay City Rollers

JMI has a built a reputation as Canada's folk and blues agency, focusing primarily on roots artists and singer-songwriters from around the world. Every now and then, however, something out of the ordinary comes along that sounds like too much fun to pass up, and in the past, we have worked with the likes of Hollywood legend, Mickey Rooney, The Amazing Kreskin and former Rolling Stones guitarist, Mick Taylor.

So when Les McKeown of the Bay City Rollers approached us about doing a Canadian tour, we just couldn't say no. In the 1970s BCR were, for a while, the hottest pop group in the world, hailed as "the biggest thing since the Beatles." They would go on to have countless sold tours around the world and sell 300 million records, more than Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones. Fans will remember songs such as Saturday Night, I Only Want to be with You and Bye Bye Baby, which was a #1 hit for six weeks in 1975.

Bay City Rollers
Bay City Rollers back in the day

Les McKeown's Bay City Rollers continue to tour the world with many sold out performances. Fans in Europe, America, the UK, Australia and Japan can't seem to get enough of them and their incredibly catchy hits. This is pure fun and nostalgia at its best. It's been five years since their last Canadian tour, so the timing is perfect to book them at your venue.

Watch Les and the Bay City Rollers performing live at Casino Rama here on YouTube.

Les McKeown and his Bay City Rollers will tour across Canada from March 4th through 29th, 2020. We already have dozens of inquiries about this tour based solely on rumours that they were coming, so we are expecting a full month, from coast to coast.

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December 2, 2018

Christmas Day on Planet Earth

Christmas Day on Planet Earth
Click to view video

I have been friends with Lennie Gallant for some 25 years. We bump into each other from time to time but rarely get the chance to sit down and catch up, so last July we went out for lunch in Charlottetown. Over the course of the meal, Black Umfolosi came up in the conversation, and Lennie mentioned how he would love to have the opportunity to work with such a group.

As it turns out, they were going to be passing through in August with a few days off, and I was scheduled to be in Europe at the time, so I couldn't put them up. Lennie offered to do so and the guys happily agreed to record a song with him. Christmas Day on Planet Earth was recorded and the accompanying video made over one day here on PEI. I think the song is absolutely beautiful and the message could not be more timely or more pertinent. I was really pleased to be a small part of making this wonderful project happen.

Bob Jensen
JMI


October 29, 2018

Quartette Christmas to Tour Alberta

Toronto show also planned

Quartette

A true legend of Canadian folk, Quartette will be bringing their Christmas show to Alberta in November and early December. Drawing from 2002's I See a Star and 1996's It's Christmas! Quartette delivers a reverential reading of Christmas standards and also obscure seasonal songs in glorious four-part harmony. These shows are often sold out so don't miss your chance to see them. The ladies will also be performing at Hugh's Room in Toronto, an annual tradition of many years for the Christmas show.

Here's where you can see them:

Nov 23 Calgary AB Dalhousie Community Centre
Nov 24 Calgary AB Strathcona Community Centre
Nov 25 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place
Nov 27 Olds AB Trans Canada Theatre
Nov 28 Fort MacLeod AB Empress Theatre
Nov 30 Athabasca AB Nancy Appleby Theatre
Dec 01 Vermilion AB Alumni Hall Theatre
Dec 18 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room Live

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September 20, 2018

New Signings From JMI

We have continued to search the world over for the very best live artists, artists we can feel proud to add to our roster. Over the past six months, we have made a number of new signings from Canada, America and overseas, each of them we feel, measuring up to the many wonderful artists we have so far represented from six continents.

Braden Gates

(CANADA) Borealis Recording artist Braden Gates has already proven himself to be more than worthy of the attention he has received in the space of five short years. He was invited to play the prestigious Edmonton Folk and Vancouver Island Music Festivals before hitting his 22nd birthday. Over the past year he has played the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, the Mission Folk Festival and opened for Blue Rodeo at the Banff Centre Amphitheatre to a great response. Gates was nominated for the 2017 Emerging Artist of the Year and Contemporary Artist of the Year Awards at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Watch for Braden on the festival circuit in 2019 and we will also be announcing concert tours soon.

Watch Braden performing on YouTube

Listen to Braden on Spotify

Sam

(England) Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys is currently one of the most in-demand and exciting bands on the UK folk scene. Playing their first ever show as a band in May 2016, in just two years they have risen from fringe stages and pubs to barnstorming headline sets at festivals all over the UK and Europe. Sam Kelly has gained a reputation as one of the finest English folk singers of recent years and has pulled together some of the best, most innovative young musicians the UK has to offer to form a genre-defying line-up that seamlessly pulls together traditional folk ballads and tunes, heavy rock-tinged Americana and blues and beautiful, original music. Watch for them to tour the Canadian festival next summer.

Watch Sam Kelly performing on YouTube

Listen to Sam Kelly on Spotify

Warren Kinsella

(Canada) The newest member of JMI's Speaker's Corner, Warren Kinsella is an author, lawyer, musician, law professor, anti-racism activist and former Special Assistant to the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien. He has written books on terrorism, extremism and subcultures and most-recently published a critically-acclaimed novel. Warren is a lively speaker and available now to address your organization about all the above and more. Kinsella is arguably Canada's most knowledgeable speaker on the topic of the emergence of the far right, which is the defining political issue of our time. He has been a columnist with the Ottawa Citizen, National Post, Hill Times and Sun media chain, and published his best-seller, The War Room: Political Strategies for Business, NGOs, and Anyone Who Wants To Win in 2007. His seventh book, Fight the Right, was published across North America, fall 2012. Watch for speaking tours to be announced soon.

Listen to Warren's Podcasts here

Watch Warren being interviewed on YouTube

Malcolm Holcome

(North Carolina – USA) Malcolm Holcombe is that rare artist who has been across the tracks, lived the life, and has come back to tell you about it, to put you in the shoes of the people he met on the other side. Like Townes Van Zant before him, Holcombe paints visceral stories like an impressionist, allowing you to feel the moment while leaving your own mind to fill in the details. He is steeped in the culture and the accent of rural North Carolina with plenty of rough edges and a warmth that is uncommon. In more than 25 years of seeking out the best songwriters in the world, we have rarely encountered artists of Malcolm's calibre. He will be touring the festival circuit in the summer of 2019 and we will also be announcing concert tours very soon.

Watch Malcolm Performing on YouTube

Listen to Malcolm on Spotify

Minor Empire

(Turkey-Canada) At the vanguard of progressive world music, Toronto's Minor Empire takes the listener on a voyage of the imagination. As the shamanic focus of the band, vocalist and composer Ozgu Ozman reaches across the geography of her homeland, selecting techniques of expression from the vast vocabularies of the Balkan, Black Sea and other variegated Turkish cultures. Minor Empire has racked up a lengthy list of plaudits for its seamless blend of Turkish traditional music infused with modern sensibilities. Their debut recording, Second Nature, took the Canadian Folk Music Award for World Artist of the Year. Watch for them on the summer festival circuit in 2019.

Watch Minor Empire on YouTube

Listen to Minor Empire on YouTube

Jake Morley

(ENGLAND) Jake Morley is one of the UK's most distinctive singer-songwriters at the top of his game. Having played over 400 national and international gigs in the past few years, it's hardly surprising that he has been invited to share stages with many leading lights of modern English songwriting such as Ed Sheeran, Ben Howard and Lucy Rose. Jake may be difficult to categorize stylistically - part acoustic, part pop, part singer-songwriter, part folk - but what's not difficult is to acknowledge his captivating live shows, his groundbreaking guitar techniques, his passion for words and ideas and his charismatic power to connect. Jake will tour Canada in July of 2019. Watch for concert tours to be announced soon as well.

Watch Jake on YouTube

Listen to Jake on Spotify

Scandinavian String A

(Denmark-Sweden-Norway) Scandinavian String Alliance brings together five of the best roots performers from across Scandinavia. SSA is a touring project created by two Scandinavian bands who are playing and singing traditional as well as newly composed music and songs from Denmark, Sweden and Norway. Their performances feature the Pan-Scandinavian violin trio Fru Skagerrak and the Danish violin and guitar duo Kristian Bugge & Morten Alfred Høirup, and their very individual ways of presenting the music of their homelands. But the two acts also join forces as a part of their show of old Scandinavian joking songs and beautiful love songs, combined with some great traditional dance music and catchy new tunes - all arranged for strings, flutes and voices.

Watch SSA perform an instrumental piece on YouTube

Watch SSA perform a song on YouTube

Tri-Continental

(International) Formed in 2000, Tri-Continental builds on artistic respect and a deep passion for and knowledge of the blues. Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a unique and critically acclaimed sound that is soulful, intense and atmospheric. Bourne is a grand improvisor, Quitzau kidnaps the blues and takes them to new dimensions and Slim's fascination with tradition and evolution found him on the leading edge of a new sound – the Malagasy blues. This is music where world, Celtic, Latin, folk and African rhythms fuse into one.

Listen to Tri-Continental on SoundCloud

Watch Tri-Continental on YouTube

The Young Irish

(Ireland) The Young Irelanders is the perfect show for mid-sized to large theatres looking for series programming and traditional or world music to feature. Each and every year Global Irish Productions brings together some of its finest exponents of Irish traditional music, song, and dance as part of one sensational group known as The Young Irelanders. These performers are still in their 20's and are unique among their piers, in that they are all world and Irish national champions in their disciplines. This production consistently sells out theatres across America, the UK and Europe, and features dance, song and award-winning musicianship, all delivered by stunning young champions.

Watch The Young Irelanders on YouTube

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September 18, 2018

Ray Bonneville Displays His Blues & Americana Roots
on New CD, At King Electric

 

Ray BonnevilleAUSTIN, TX – Award-winning singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville will release his new CD, At King Electric, on September 7 via Stonefly Records. Featuring 11 all-original songs, At King Electric was recorded in Austin, Texas and produced by Ray Bonneville and Justin Douglas. In addition to Ray Bonneville (guitars, vocals & harmonica), the band for the recording sessions included Richie Lawrence (electric piano & accordion), and Andre Bohren (drums, percussion & piano), with additional guest artists Gurf Morlix (guitar & bass) and Stefano Intelisano (B3 organ).

Based in Austin for the past 10 years, Bonneville strips his bluesy Americana down to its
essentials and steeps it in a humid, southern vibe, creating a compelling poetry of hard living and deep feeling. His new CD, At King Electric, delivers more than his trademark grit and groove. Songs such as "The Next Card to Fall" and "Codeine" gleam with intimate narratives of characters reaching for hope and wrestling with despair. Rich guitar and harmonica lines resonate over spare and infectious rhythms, while Bonneville's deep, evocative voice confesses life's harsh realities.

"I never had kids, but this will be my ninth studio album since I started writing and performing my own songs," says Bonneville. "I guess you could say that the songs, the records and the folks I meet out on the road have been my family. I get to know the characters in my songs as they reveal themselves to me over the hours, days and nights of writing. This new album is alive with them. There are several characters inhabiting one song in 'The Next Card to Fall;' one who is emotionally rescued by a street parade in 'Papachulalay;' there is the reflective addict in 'Codeine;' the lost and destitute road dog in 'It'll Make a Hole in You;' the prison inmate who calls his estranged brother as his release date nears in 'The Day They Let Me Out.'"

Ray Bonneville, talking about the players he tapped for the new CD: "The recording family for At King Electric included my friend Richie Lawrence, with whom I played many years ago. We'd lost sight of one another for years until we fatefully reconnected to play once again. Andre Bohren, an incredible talent, I knew many years ago as a boy in New Orleans when he lived with his family on the southern shore of Lake Ponchartrain. Gurf Morlix, a wonderfully visceral player, always unique in his approach, is also a good friend. Justin Douglas, a highly skilled studio engineer and trusted co-producer with whom I've made the last few of my records." Ray Wylie Hubbard described Bonneville's music as "Like gun powder and opium;" Jim Withers (Montreal Gazette) called it a "folk-roots gumbo…a languid groove, seasoned with smooth, weathered vocals and propulsive harmonica." Whether performing solo or fronting a band, playing electric or acoustic guitar, Bonneville allows space between notes, adding potency to every chord and lyric. Thom Jurek (Allmusic.com) said of his work, "With darkness and light fighting for dominance…he's stripped away every musical excess to let the song speak for itself."

Often called a "song and groove man," Ray Bonneville has lived the life of the itinerant artist and raconteur. From his native Quebec, he moved to Boston at age 12, where he learned English and picked up piano and guitar. "I grew up the second child in a French speaking Quebecois family of nine kids with a very strict father and we moved around a lot," Bonneville recalls about his childhood. "From a young age, I was always looking to get off on my own and ditch the heavy rules that were imposed on me. I liked to go off into the woods with a fishing pole or a slingshot, 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." Later, he served in Vietnam and earned a commercial pilot's license in Colorado before living in Alaska, Seattle, and Paris. Six years in New Orleans infused his musical sensibilities with the region's culture and rhythms. Then, a very close call while piloting a seaplane in the Canadian bush proved pivotal: After two decades working as a studio musician, playing rowdy rooms both solo and with blues bands, Bonneville's lifetime of hard-won experience coalesced into an urge to write his own songs.

"Many years ago, I threw away caution to make music my full time job," he declares. "While I'm glad about my decision to devote myself entirely to this way of life, it wasn't until I was in my early forties that I began to write my own stuff. The songs became my constant companions, and I lived to write better and better ones. It may have been a loner's life, but it allowed me the potential for a recording career.

"Lately I've been thinking about how my past, my family history and my songwriting and work as a touring musician have shaped my character and path. I've come to realize how much a part of my chosen family my songs are, and also my fellow musicians, dear friends and fans."

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September 11, 2018

Young'Uns to Tour Maritimes and Central Canada in October

Young'Uns

The Young'Uns are without a shadow of a doubt one of England's hottest folk acts right now. Their live shows are not only musically brilliant, but they are probably the funniest act we have ever had the pleasure to work with, and their humour is always unrehearsed and uncontrived. It makes for very satisfying shows.

The guys will be back in the fall with dates in the Maritimes, Quebec and Ontario. If you enjoy laughing and live music with a message you won't want to miss the guys in October. Here's where you can catch them:

Oct 05 Pictou NS Decoste Centre
Oct 06 Charlottetown PE The Pourhouse
Oct 07 Halifax NS The Carleton
Oct 08-10 Cape Breton NS Celtic Colours
Oct 11 Saint Jean Sur Richelieu QC Cabaret-Théâtre du Vieux-Saint-Jean
Oct 12 Orillia ON St. Paul’s Centre
Oct 13 Toronto ON Harbourfront Centre Workshop
Oct 14 Peterborough ON Market Hall
Oct 15 London ON Chaucer’s
Oct 17 Cambridge ON Private show
Oct 18 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Oct 19 Brampton ON Sanderson Hall
Oct 20 Kingston ON Octave Theatre

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Semptember 11, 2018

Oysters3 Touring in October and November

Oysters3

After four decades at the forefront of British folkrock, Oysterband have earned their status as legends. The most incredible thing about them though, is not that they still sound as good as they ever have, but that they are also writing the finest material they have ever produced. Oysters3 is an acoustic trio comprising of founding members Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, and John Jones. Oysterband has been headlining major international festivals for years and selling out theatres around the world to boot.

They will on tour in central and western Canada from October 25 through November 4. Here is where to find them in Canada this fall:

Oct 25 London ON Aeolian Hall
Oct 26 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Oct 27 Peterborough ON Market Hall
Oct 28 Sudbury ON St. Andrew’s Place
Oct 30 Winnipeg MB Pyramid Cabaret
Oct 31 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Nov 01 Regina SK The Exchange
Nov 02 Calgary AB The Ironwood
Nov 03 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place
Nov 04 Athabasca AB Nancy Appleby Theatre

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September 11, 2018

Claire Lynch Western Tour Starting in September

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 a good run this fall. Last year Claire was recently nominated for a Grammy Award, her third one! You can read about it here.

 

Watch Claire perform live on YouTube.

Here is where you can catch Claire live this autumn in Western Canada:

Sep 27 Saskatoon SK The Bassment
Sep 28 North Battleford SK Dekker Centre
Sep 29 Calgary AB Irish Cultural Centre
Sep 30 Demmitt AB Demmitt Community Centre
Oct 02 Peace River AB Athabasca Hall
Oct 05 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place
Oct 06 Penticton BC Dream Cafe
Oct 09 Victoria BC Church of Christ Scientist
Oct 10 Vancouver BC Saint James Hall

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August 28, 2018

Guy Davis touring Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in October

Guy Davis

Few blues artists have performed in Canada more than Guy Davis. We estimate that over the past twenty years we have booked over 700 shows for Guy in all ten provinces and two territories, almost exclusively in theatres and at festivals. He returns for a show that will be completely new to western Canada in the fall of 2018, as he will be packing along one of the greatest blues harmonica players in the world, Fabrizio Poggi of Italy.

Watch Guy and Fab here on YouTube.

Guy's most recent recording is an homage to Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee called Sonny & Brownie's Last Train and prominently features Poggi on each track. The record has been getting fantastic reviews and is charting well all over the world. You can listen to it in its entirety here, on Spotify. This is Guy Davis proving once again that when it comes to acoustic blues, he is the real deal; Sonny & Brownie were probably the most lauded and influential acoustic blues duo of all time, and Davis is keeping their names and tradition alive long after each them boarded that last train.

Here is where you can catch this show this fall:

Sep 30 Victoria BC Private show
Oct 1 Qualicum BC Private show
Oct 04 Trail BC Charles Bailey Theatre
Oct 05 Penticton BC Dream Café
Oct 06 Vancouver BC Saint James Hall
Oct 09 Kamloops BC Pavilion Theatre
Oct 10 Vernon BC Vernon Lodge Hotel Ballroom
Oct 12 Red Deer AB Elk’s Lodge
Oct 13 Calgary AB Braeside Community Centre
Oct 14 Kimberley BC Centre 64
Oct 16 Grande Prairie AB Grande Prairie Live Theatre
Oct 18 Calgary AB The Ironwood
Oct 19 Sherwood Park AB Festival Place
Oct 20 Turner Valley AB Flare & Derrick Community Hall

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August 28, 2018

Electric Strawbs Final Canadian Tour Set for October

 

Strawbs

England's Strawbs have a long and storied history going back more than 55 years. Dave Cousins is fond of telling the story of how his new band, The Strawberry Hill Boys, once did a six week residency in London with another upstart group. The other band was called The Rolling Stones.

The Strawbs are as busy as ever and have no plans on sailing off into the sunset. In 2018, however, the band will mount their final full electric tour of Canada. The line-up will include original members Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk and Tony Fernandez, all of whom recorded on the classic Strawbs albums of the 1970s. Rounding out the lineup will be keyboardist Dave Bainbridge of the band, Iona. It has been quite a few years since the full electric Strawbs toured Canada. Don't miss this opportunity to catch the last electric tour in this country!

Strawbs on YouTube

Here is where you can catch them in the fall:

Oct 10 Quebec City QC Palais Montcalm
Oct 11 Montreal QC Club Soda
Oct 12 Oakville ON Oakville Centre for the Arts
Oct 13 Gravenhurst ON Peter’s Place
Oct 14 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Oct 15 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Oct 16 London ON The Aeolian
Oct 17 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre

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August 3, 2018

Quartette to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2019

Quartette

For more than two decades, Quartette has been one of the most respected vocal groups in the country, and in recent years, they have continued to sell out concert halls across the country. (A 500 seat venue in Alberta just put tickets on sale for a Quartette show last week and they are already asking if they can have a second date.)

Sylvia Tyson, Gwen Swick, Caitlin Hanford and Nova Scotia's Cindy Church make up the group, which is complemented by three seasoned backup musicians. The last couple of times the ladies have come through the Atlantic regions they were doing their Christmas show, but next fall they will be performing their regular concert, and are available in Newfoundland and the Maritimes from October 10th through 20th inclusive (2019).

Watch Quartette performing live on YouTube.

Listen to Quartette here on Spotify.

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July 23, 2018

Black Umfolosi Back to Canada in August

Black Umfolosi

JMI's globe trotting Black Umfolosi completed a huge six week North American tour this past spring. They will be back in August for some summer dates on both sides of the border. Here is where you can catch them.

Aug 22 West Wheatley MA Watermelon Wednesdays
Aug 23 Glen Falls NY Park Theatre
Aug 24 Putney VT The Next Stage
Aug 25-26 Bangor ME America Folk Festival
Aug 28-29     Recording session
Sep 01 Halifax NS Halifax Waterfront
Sep 02 Burnstown ON Burnstown Schoolhouse
Sep 03 Morin Heights QC Royal Canadian Legion
Sep 05 Scarborough ON United Church Great Hall
Sep 07 Indianapolis IN Industry Event
Sep 08 Carrboro NC The ArtsCenter
Sep 13 Memphis TN Levitt Shell Memphis

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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

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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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 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 Sundry AB - Sundre Arts Centre

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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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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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JMI HEADLINES:

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Lennie Gallant Receives Two Major Awards at ECMA (May 9, 2019)

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Minor Empire - Sonic Colliders Concert Series in 2020 and 2021 (April 11, 2019)

Lennie Gallant Heading to Ontario (March 31)

New York City Blues Icon Coming to the Maritimes (March 31, 2019)

Lennie Gallant visitera les marchés québécois et francophones en Ontario (March 26, 2019)

JMI Artists showcasing at Folk Alliance (February 11, 2019)

JMI Announces Exclusive Canadian Representation for Lennie Gallant (February 10, 2019)

Announcing Gumbo, Grits & Gravy (January 30, 2019)

Bay City Rollers to Tour Canada in March, 2020! (January 29, 2019)

Christmas Day on Planet Earth (December 2, 2018)

Quartette Christmas to Tour Alberta (October 29, 2018)

New Signings From JMI (September 20, 2018)

Ray Bonneville Displays His Blues & Americana Roots on New CD (September 18, 2018)

Young'Uns to Tour Maritimes and Central Canada in October (September 11, 2018)

Oysters3 Touring in October and November (September 11, 2018)

Claire Lynch Western Tour Starting in September (September 11, 2018)

Guy Davis touring Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in October (August 28, 2018)

Electric Strawbs Final Canadian Tour set for October (August 28, 2018)

Quartette to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2019 (August 3, 2018)

Black Umfolosi Back to Canada this August (July 23, 2018)

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)

Martin Simpson Returns to Canada (July 2, 2018)

JMI Signs The Gift (May 20, 2018)

Tony McManus Headed West in May (May 10, 2018)

Peterborough Show Rescheduled for Keelaghan-McManus Double Bill (May 1, 2018)

James Keelaghan and Jez Lowe to Tour North America in the Fall (April 12, 2018)

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)

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)

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