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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 11 Membertou NS Membertou Trade & Convention Centre
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 20 Miramichi NB Conseil communautaire Beausoleil
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
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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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December 14, 2016

Triple Grammy Award Nominee Claire Lynch
to Tour Central Canada Next Fall

Claire Lynch

JMI is very pleased to announced that Compass Records recording artist Claire Lynch will tour Quebec and Ontario November 9 - 19, 2017. The Nashville-based bluegrass artist has just been nominated for the Bluegrass Album of the Year Grammy. This is her third Grammy nomination and her past awards are too numerous to mention here but include six International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. She has also collaborated with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Rondstadt and Bela Fleck, to name just a few.

Her most recent recording, North by South, is a collection of songs all written by Canadians and has been charting high on both sides of the border. Claire's previous JMI tours of Atlantic and western Canada have been very successful with virtually all of the dates being sold out.

This is a short tour, so please let us know if you would like a date.

Watch Claire Lynch live in concert on YouTube.

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December 6, 2016

Grammy Nomination for JMI's Own Claire Lynch

December 6th, 2016 – Nashville, TN –– Compass Records recording artist Claire Lynch received a GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Bluegrass Album of the Year for her release NORTH BY SOUTH for the 59th Annual GRAMMY awards.

Claire Lynch

This is Claire's 3rd Grammy nomination and adds to a long list of career acolades that include multiple wins for International Bluegrass Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year as well as the prestigious USA Artists Fellowship in music. Long considered a singer's singer, Claire Lynch's resume boasts collaborations with Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, and Linda Rondstadt who described her as a "rare talent" with the voice "of an angel".

NORTH BY SOUTH is the product of a love for Canadian songs and of the love that developed between Claire and her Canadian fan (whom she married in 2014). The songs Claire selected for the project are an exquisite sampling of the rich tradition of Canadian songwriting and, as Lynch remarks,: "it's a collection that only touches the tip of the iceberg".

The album includes stand out versions of Ron Sexsmith's "Cold Hearted Wind" with Jerry Douglas on Dobro, the catchy "Kingdom Come" written by Old Man Luedecke featuring Bela Fleck (banjo) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle) and the gorgeous maritime ballad "Molly May" written by Cape Breton's J.P. Cormier. Lynch also delivers thoughtful reinterpretations of songs by Lynn Miles ("Black Flowers"), Dave Francey ("Empty Train"), Gordon Lightfoot ("It's Worth Believing") and Bruce Cockburn ("All the Diamonds in the World").

Talking about her role as the album's producer Alison Brown said: "Claire Lynch is a consummate artist and one of bluegrass music's greatest treasures. Having the chance to work with her in the studio was an incredible privilege for me and I'm so thrilled to see her get this recognition from the Recording Academy."

Claire's mother also had a strong affinity for Canada. She explains: "Mom always said things from Canada were just a little bit better. As a New Yorker transplanted to the South, I grew up knowing there was little that separated me from newfound friends. The same is true of this album: roots and branches don't recognize borders. I want to thank the songwriters and musicians on either side of that imaginary line whose cross-pollination brought this project to fruition. I think Mom would agree this collection took "a little bit better" to a whole new level."

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December 5, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Awarded Album of The Year With
Penguin Eggs Magazine

Penguin Eggs Magazine, Canada's premiere Folk Roots and World Music magazine considered to be the voice of Canadian folk music, has established Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's album AUPRÈS DU POÊLE as the critiques choice for 2016.

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

40 industry jurors, representing members of the media, folk clubs and festival artistic directors, from across Canada chose the album. "We are truly humbled by this news and are amazed to think that we'd receive such a fantastic acknowledgment." says the group's percussionist, Caleb Gallant. On behalf of the band, he wishes to thank all those who made the album possible including their friend and producer Leonard Podolak, sound engineer Mark Busic, cover artist Karen Gallant and musician friends, the Duhks and Les Poule Au Colin, who guested on the album.

It's been an amazing year and ride for the members Ten Strings And A Goat Skin who continue to receive national and international awards and accolades, notably, receiving 4 nominations for the
Canadian Folk Music Awards being held today in Toronto.

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October 30, 2016

Quartette Christmas Set to Tour Ontario and Western Canada

Quartette

Quartette's Christmas shows have always been poplar, and indeed, continue to sell out in many markets. This year the ladies will be doing dates in Ontario as well as western Canada. Audiences can expect the same trademark harmonies and reverence for the season as in past Christmas shows, drawing mostly from their two Christmas recordings.

Here is where you can catch the ladies in December:

Dec 06 Trail BC Charles Bailey Theatre
Dec 07 Oliver BC Frank Venables Theatre
Dec 08 Daysland AB Daysland Palace Theatre
Dec 09 Cochrane AB St. Andrew’s Church
Dec 10 Turner Valley AB Flare & Derrick Community Hall
Dec 11 Pinawa MB Pinawa Community Centre
Dec 15 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Dec 16 Brampton ON Rose Theatre Studio
Dec 17 Orillia ON Orillia Opera House
Dec 18 Owen Sound ON Roxy Theatre
Dec 19 Oshawa ON Regent Theatre
Dec 21 Kingston ON Grand Theatre
Dec 22 Ottawa ON Centrepointe Theatre

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October 15, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Headed West in November

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin has been very busy touring in America and Europe over the past few months, but will make time for their first theatre and folk club tour of western Canada in November (2016). With their current CD, Auprès du poêle, charting well in North America and Europe, and with their four CFMA nominations leading the pack for this year's Canadian Folk Music Awards, the guys are on a steep trajectory with no signs of slowing down.

Here's where you can catch them next month:

Nov 04 Edmonton AB FestivalPlace
Nov 05 Calgary AB Braeside Community Centre
Nov 06 Medicine Hat AB Esplanade Arts Centre
Nov 08 Rocky Mountain House AB Grandview Stage Resort
Nov 09 Lake Country BC Creekside Theatre
Nov 10 Cumberland BC Cumberland Hotel
Nov 11 Vancouver BC Saint James Hall

On YouTube:

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

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October 14, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Flying On Top Of  The World

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

Prince Edward Island's traditional world/folk/fusion music trio, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, has been singled out by Songlines Magazine (UK) for its "Top of the World" top 10 list in the magazine's October 2016 issue. Considered one of the most respected world music publications, Songlines lists Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's new album, AUPRÈS DU POÊLE at number 5 of its October issue. The list, which also features 5 additional track picks from the iconic Quincy Jones, is also presented in a CD attached to the magazine and mailed out to its over 20,000 subscribers. In addition to the magazine listing and feature review of the album, and as part of Songlines partnership with British Airways, the airline will be including the Top of the World and celebrity playlist selections in their in-flight audio entertainment channel for the month of November. This reach extends to a potential global audience of 1.1 million. Group member Rowen Gallant, grateful for the acknowledgement, stated, "We're so thrilled that British Airways is deciding to include new music from young bands like ours on their flights."

The trio has seen numerous and excellent reviews for its new album including a further feature in Canada's preeminent Folk magazine Penguin Eggs for the month of October.

After a very busy summer season the group will continue touring returning to France and western Canada this fall.

For more information please go to tenstringsandagoatskin.com

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October 3, 2016

JMI Signs Denmark's Jonah Blacksmith

At JMI we pride ourselves in searching the world for the very finest roots artists. This year we received some 600 solicitations from artists from every corner of the globe looking for representation for the coming season, and we signed one, Denmark's Jonah Blacksmith.

I saw the seven piece Jonah Blacksmith for the first time at fabled Tønder Festival in Denmark this past August, and about 60 seconds into the first song, I knew I wanted to sign them. Their harmonies, their groove, the songwriting put me in mind of The Band. Although they are distinctly Danish, they also have a universal sound that could be described as Americana. Powerful stories are told through brilliant songwriting, featuring beautiful, soulful harmonies. This is a group ready to take the North American folk scene by storm, but also a group that poised to appeal to a much wider audience that just the folk and roots crowd.

Jonah Blacksmith will be touring Canada in July of 2017 and are already being courted by some of the biggest festivals in in the country. The Canadian delegation at Tønder were unanimous in their assessment of this band – all the presenters who saw them want to host them as soon as possible.

Their current CD, Northern Trail, is a showcase of a multi-talented group on the verge of something big. Their Danish single, Off the Track, was produced by the Grammy Awarding winning Tchad Blake, whose credits include Robert Plant, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Waits, and Sheryl Crow, to name but a few.

 

Jonah Blacksmith Jonah Blacksmith
In the middle of Nowhere
(Hunting Cabin Session)
Off the track (Live session)

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September 25, 2016

James Keelaghan in Alberta & BC in October

James Keelaghan

Borealis Recording artist, James Keelaghan will be touring western Canada in April of 2017, but a private event in October has allowed us to do a handful of public shows for people who could not make April work. You can catch James here in October:

Oct 25 Kelowna BC Private event
Oct 27 Oliver BC Medici’s
Oct 28 Vancouver BC Saint James Hall
Oct 29 Calgary AB Crescent Heights Community Hall

And don't miss James at the Stan Rogers tribute show at Hugh's Room in Toronto on November 18th, which will feature a number of great Canadian folk artists!

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September 24, 2016

Guy Davis Returns to Western Canada in October

Guy Davis

New York based bluesman Guy Davis toured western Canada in April, but he is headed back this fall for a short run of dates in Alberta and BC, touring his brilliant new recording, Kokomo Kid. Guy will be performing solo and here is where you can catch him.

Oct 01 Calgary AB Crescent Heights Community Hall
Oct 02 Banff AB Margaret Greenham Theatre
Oct 04 Rocky Mountain House AB Grandview Stage Resort
Oct 06 Vancouver BC Saint James Hall

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September 24, 2016

Black Umfolosi to Tour Canada in March 2018

Black Umfolosi

Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi will undertake their first Canadian theatre tour in four years when they cross the country in March of 2018. The a cappella group has sold out theatres from the Atlantic to the Pacific and all the way to the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

One of the easiest world music groups to produce, their tech consists entirely of five wireless mics, which means that they can play huge concert halls, small theatres and virtually everything in between. A typical show will feature at least two costume changes and continuous dancing, including the spectacular gumboot dance.

The tour will start in Atlantic Canada and proceed onto Quebec and Ontario, finishing up on the west coast. The entire month of March is set aside for this tour.

Black Umfolosi
Black Umfolosi
Gumboot Dance
Malaika

See their tech rider here.


August 26, 2016

Three Fantastic New Tours!

British Acts to tour in 2017 and 2018


Moulettes to Tour Canada October 2017

Moulettes

This summer England's incredible Moulettes performed at 11 major festivals from Nova Scotia to British Columbia, astounding audiences with their mix of folk, pop and progressive rock. Think Pentangle, Kate Bush, Pink Floyd… Moulettes will tour from Quebec to BC October 4 - 22, 2017. Offers have been coming in even before the tour has been announced, so please let us know if you would like a date.


Moulettes

UK's The Young'uns to Tour Western Canada October 2017

The 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 this summer as well, selling hundreds of CDs at each event. They are funny, they are political, they are great writers, and boy, can these guys sing. They are also winners of the BBC2 Folk Awards, Best Group two years in a row. As in the case of Moulettes, we have been getting offers for The Young'Uns before even announcing a tour so let us know if you want a date. They will tour western Canada November 3 - 26, 2017.


Moulettes

Oysters3 Coming Spring 2018

Oysters3

After three and a half 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 best material they have ever produced. Oysters3 is an acoustic trio comprising of founding members Alan Prosser, Ian Telfer, and John Jones. This is all the fun with only a fraction of the production and hospitality. Oysterband has been headlining major western festivals for years and selling out western theatres to boot.
They will on tour April 5 - 22, 2018.

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July 15, 2016

Strawbs to Tour Central and Eastern Canada in the Fall

Strawbs

It is always something of an event when we bring The Strawbs over to tour Canada. We have had people come from as far away as England, Iraq, South America and all points in the USA not only to see them perform in Canada, but at times, to follow them around like Deadheads.

The Strawbs will be touring Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes in October. This will be the first tour in two years, and once again we will be touring Acoustic Strawbs, compromising of Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, all members from the band's golden period, when they were headlining venues like the Montreal Forum and Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

More than 40 years on the road and the guy are still going strong and sound as good as they ever did. Here is where you can catch them in October.

Oct 02 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre
Oct 03 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Oct 04 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room
Oct 05 Oakville ON Oakville Centre for the Arts
Oct 06 Kitchener ON Registry Theatre
Oct 07 Gravenhurst ON Peter’s Place
Oct 09 Wentworth-Nord QC Private performance
Oct 11 Halifax NS The Carleton
Oct 13 Saint John NB Steamers
Oct 14 Pictou NS The Decoste Centre
Please note that more dates may be added to this tour.

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July 22, 2016

Black Umfolosi Coming to Alberta and BC

Black Umfolosi

Zimbabwe's Black Umfolosi is a favourite with Canadian audiences, having performed hundreds of shows from coast to coast and even into the far north. This summer they will be performing dates in BC and Alberta, including the Edmonton Folk Festival.

Here is when and where you can catch them this summer:

Jul 30 Lake Country BC Creekside Theatre
Jul 31 Chemainus BC Chemainus United Church
Aug 03 Penticton BC Dream Cafe
Aug 5-7 Edmonton AB Edmonton Folk Festival
Aug 12-14 Grande Prairie AB Bear Creek Music Festival

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July 13, 2016

Young'uns Are Headed to Canada

Young'uns

England's Young'Uns is a three man group from England who have performed at virtually all of the major festivals in both Europe and the UK. This year, they won they won Best Group for the second year in a row at the BBC2 Folk Awards in London. The group features stunning three part harmonies and fantastic issue-oriented songwriting in the tradition of Billy Bragg. We are very excited that they were able to find a window this summer to come to Canada and will kick off a western tour this weekend in Vancouver. Here is where you can catch them.

Jul 15-16 Vancouver BC Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Jul 16-17 Harrison BC Harrison Festival of the Arts
Jul 19 Trail BC Gyro Park
Jul 21-24 Calgary AB Calgary Folk Festival
Jul 27 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Jul 30-Aug 01 Canmore AB Canmore Folk Festival

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July 12, 2016

CBC's Tom Power Picks Moulettes
as Best Act at Winnipeg Folk Festival

It wasn't terribly formal, but it was a great compliment nonetheless. CBC's Tom Power today tweeted that Moulettes was the best thing he saw at this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival. Considering Tom's reputation for knowing good music, coupled with the sheer size of Winnipeg (biggest folk festival in the country), we were delighted to see this affirming tweet. There was a lot of great talent at the festival this year. Thank you Tom, and well done Moulettes!

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July 9, 2016

Vishtèn has Busy Summer in Canada and America

Vishtèn

The longer Vishtèn stays at it, the busier they become, it would seem. In recent years they have added Australia to Europe and North America as markets they frequent. These days they are rarely off the road. One of the highlights of this summer will be performing at the fabled Philadelphia Folk Festival. Here is where you can catch them in North America over the summer months.


July 10 Almonte ON Almonte CeltFest
July 17 Rollo Bay PEI Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival
July 23 Toronto ON Harbourfront Centre
July 24-29 St-Come QC Camp Violin Trad Quebec
July 30-31 Saint-Charles-Barrome QC Festival Memoire et Racines
Aug 01-04 Goderich ON Goderich College (Workshops)
Aug 05-07 Goderich ON Goderich Celtic Festival
Aug 13-14 Mont-Carmel PEI Atlantic Fiddler’s Jamboree
Aug 17 Dieppe NB Mecredi Show Dieppe
Aug 19 Lowel MA Roots & Branches Festival
Aug 20-21 Philadelphia PA Philadelphia Folk Festival
Aug 25 Boothbay Harbour ME Opera House at Boothbay Harbour
Aug 26-28 Bangor ME American Folk Festival
Aug 30 Farmington ME Old South Church
Sep 02 Great Barrington MA Guthrie Centre
Sep 04 Randolf VT New World Festival

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July 9, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin’s New Video
Pays Homage to the Worker

For Immediate Release - JULY 9, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have released their first video Coal Not Dole from their newly released album Auprès Du Poêle. The video highlights an anthem penned by Kay Sutcliffe from the UK during the miners’ strike in Britain during the early 1980s. Struck by the power of the piece, as well as its universal theme in trying times for so many in the workplace, the group felt strongly about putting it on their new album.

Working closely with producer Leonard Podolak of Grammy- and Juno-winning eclectic roots favourites The Duhks, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have pushed their music into new territory in this video with Coal Not Dole, adding only a B3 and crazed pump organ and taut vocal harmonies for a rich and infectious sound that highlights a call for change.

After returning from a recent three week tour of Europe and a very successful album launch, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin head off across Canada and then back to Europe and the USA for a very busy festival season. A video link is provided here. For more information on the group please go to www.tenstringsandagoatskin.com Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

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June 28, 2016

Skipper's Alley Make Canadian Debut

Skipper's Alley is one of the best trad groups to emerge from Ireland in recent years. The seven piece group incorporates everything from pipes to harp and have a sound that is unique on the trad scene right now. They are about to embark on their first Canadian tour, a run of dates in Nova Scotia. Here is where you can catch them this week and next.

Skipper's Alley

Skipper's Alley
On YouTube

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June 22, 2016

Claire Lynch En Route to the Maritimes

Claire Lynch

Nashville bluegrass star Claire Lynch is headed for Nova Scotia and PEI. The Grammy nominated singer songwriter is playing The Stan Rogers Folk Festival for the first time, and will be performing a couple of dates in Nova Scotia and PEI when she is in the neighbourhood. Here is where you can catch her next week:


June 28 Mount Stewart PE Trailside Café
June 30 Margaretsville NS Evergreen Theatre
July 2-3 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival

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June 22, 2016

Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin Cover Sylvia Tyson

Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin Cover Sylvia Tyson

To say that Sylvia Tyson is a legend is to state the obvious. Through the sixties and early seventies, Ian & Sylvia produced 13 albums and toured extensively through North American and Europe, sharing their manager, Albert Grossman, with such luminaries as Bob Dylan, The Band and Janis Joplin. Her many accomplishments include membership in the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame and prestigious Order of Canada.


 

Sylvia has been covered by many artists over the years, including the smash hit Crystal Gayle had with River Road. We have just learned that two of music's great legends, Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin has covered You Were On My Mind on the newly released CD, Colvin & Earle.

You can read about the new recording here, in the London Guardian.

Watch for Sylvia to tour central Canada next year, details TBA

Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin Cover Sylvia Tyson

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June 22, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Have Busy Summer

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

PEI's powerhouse trad trio, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin have been touring steadily all year, mostly in Europe and America, where they continue to sell out nearly all of their shows. The guys have a very busy summer coming up with dates all over Canada, the USA and Europe. Here is where you can catch them in Canada this summer:


Jun 30 Charlottetown PE The Old Triangle – CD Release
Jul 02 Mount Stewart PE Trailside Cafe
Jul 03 Souris PE Souris Show Hall
Jul 07 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room (with Moulettes)
Jul 08 Almonte ON Almonte Celtfest
Jul 09-10 Orillia ON Mariposa Folk Festival
Jul 13 Victoria BC Butchart Gardens
Jul 15-17 Vancouver BC Vancouver Folk Festival
Jul 22 Summerside PE Summerside Lobster Festival
Aug 04 Mount Stewart PE Trailside Cafe
Aug 06 Moncton NB Tide & Boar
Aug 07 Digby NS Festival Acadien de Clare
Aug 13 Georgetown PE Cloggeroo Festival
Aug 14 Caraquet NB Festival Acadie de Caraquet
Aug 15* Fredericton NB Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne
Aug 15* Miramichi NB Waterford Green Park
Aug 16 Mount Stewart PE Trailside Café
Sep 22-25 Wolfville NS Deep Roots Festival
Sep 26 Charlottetown PE Showcase PEI
Oct 12 Rimouski QC Showcase Roseq

*Two shows on August 15, in Fredericton and Miramichi, NB

The guys will also be touring western Canada in November, details TBA. For a list of all their dates, including America and Europe, please click here.

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June 22, 2016

The British Are Coming!

Moulettes

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June 9, 2016

Award Winning Music Executive Bernie Finkelstein
Joins Tablerock Media Board of Directors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bernie Finkelstein

Toronto, Canada – May 31, 2016 - TableRock Media, is pleased to announce award-winning music executive Bernie Finkelstein has joined their Board of Directors. The international music industry icon will be instrumental to developing brand partnerships as TableRock Media gears up to launch their first APP-based content streaming service focused on Guitars later this year.

Bernie Finkelstein has been awarded the Order Of Canada and Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal, was elected to the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame and received both the SOCAN and Walt Grealis Special Achievement Awards. He has been influential in shaping the music industry as an active board member with the Ontario Film Development Corporation, SOCAN Foundation, the Canadian Independent Record Production Association (CIRPA) now known as CIMA and the Canadian Association Of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS). The founder of True North Records, Bernie and has been one of the leading figures in both the Canadian and worldwide music industry working with recording artists that include Bruce Cockburn, Dan Hill, Rough Trade, Murray McLauchlan, Barney Bentall, Stephen Fearing, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and Randy Bachman. His illustrious career at True North Records includes 40 Juno Awards and 40 gold and platinum records. His memoir True North: A Life In The Music Business was released in 2012 with McClelland & Stewart.

"Bernie's well-respected career as a leader in the music industry will be invaluable to our Board of Directors and executive team as we get ready to launch our first App-based streaming service focused on Guitars later this year," said Jeffrey Elliott, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, TableRock Media. "His substantial knowledge and expertise will play a significant role in the creation of original, premium content and member experiences."

"Over the last few years, general entertainment streaming services have seen tremendous growth and TableRock Media's vision to offer niche content to passionate audiences is truly next generation thinking," said Bernie Finkelstein, President, Finkelstein Management. "I am thrilled to be part of such a visionary media company that truly appreciates people want authentic and credible content to fuel their passions."

TableRock Media will launch a series of APP-based streaming services focused on key genres including Guitars, Motorcycles and Aviation, all hyper-niche content for passionate enthusiasts. Launching with a Guitar-focused channel later this year, global audiences will have access to premium content, with original documentaries, films and hosted series featuring a combination of original productions and acquired programming. The subscription-based APP will go beyond the screen giving members' access to exclusive events, engagement through social media and forums to build a community around people who are passionate about all things guitar.

TableRock Media is co-founded by Jeffrey Elliott, former founder and CEO of GlassBOX Television, Chief Operating Officer Joseph Arcuri, former CFO at GlassBOX Television and President of AOL Canada and Chief Creative Officer David Hatch, founder of Whistlestop Productions. The TableRock Media Board of Directors is chaired by Ken Murphy, co-founder of High Fidelity, HDTV and former President and General Manager at Discovery Channel (Canada). Henry Eaton, President of Eaton Ventures, Francis MacDougall, Founder of GestureTek and Bernie Finkelstein, President of Finkelstein Management complete the TableRock Media Board of Directors.

The Guitar Channel subscription-based, streaming service APP will be available through Apple and Android devices, set-top boxes, video game consoles and other platforms when launched for a global audience late 2016.

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June 9, 2016

Oysterband Coming to Canada in July

Oysterband

There is always a good buzz when Oysterband comes to Canada, with excited fans emailing us to find out if the guys will be playing in their town. Demand is such in the UK and Europe that we have a hard time getting dates for this legendary English group, but we did manage to secure three weeks in July. This run will see them playing some of the biggest festivals in western Canada – here's where they will be:

Jul 8-10 Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Folk Festival
Jul 13 Edmonton AB Festival Place Theatre
Jul 14 Victoria BC Butchart Gardens
Jul 15-17 Vancouver BC Vancouver Folk Festival
Jul 18-21 Calgary AB Calgary Folk Festival - teaching workshops
Jul 22 Duncan BC Islands Folk Festival
Jul 23-24 Calgary AB Calgary Folk Festival

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June 7, 2016

Dublin's Irish Music Magazine
Gives High Praise to Goitse

"If at the end of the year the BBC contact me (as they do) and ask me to name my gig of the year (as they do) Goitse at The Dunamaise Theatre would be a country mile ahead of anything I've seen this past five years."

Goitse
(Reprinted with the kind permission of Irish Music Magazine of Dublin, Ireland.)

Click to view article

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June 6, 2016

Moulettes to Tour Canada in June

Moulettes

England's Moulettes will tour Canada in July, and oh, what a tour it will be. Not only are they playing many of the biggest festivals in the country, but some of these events are also the most prestigious festivals of their kind in the world. Their ten festival performances will include Montreal International Jazz Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Calgary Folk Festival and Vancouver Folk Music Festival.


Moulettes will land in Canada after a slew of sold European dates, and with a brand new CD (Preternatural) that just entered the British charts at #2. Stay tuned for information on a Canadian release of Preternatural as well.

Moulettes

Their new single on Youtube.

Here is the full schedule of where you can find them this July:

Jul 01-03 Canso NS Stan Rogers Folk Festival
Jul 05 Montreal QC Montreal International Jazz Festival
July 07 Toronto ON Hugh’s Room (with Ten Strings And A Goat Skin)
Jul 08 Orillia ON Mariposa Folk Festival
Jul 09-10 Winnipeg MB Winnipeg Folk Festival
Jul 15 Vancouver BC Vancouver Folk Music Festival
July 16 White Rock BC Outdoor show – Five Corners
Jul 17 Vancouver BC Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Jul 18 Victoria BC Butchart Gardens
Jul 19 Duncan BC City Square Stage
Jul 20 Edmonton AB Festival Place
Jul 21-24 Calgary AB Calgary Folk Festival

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May 18, 2016

Celtic Guitar Hero Tony McManus to tour Western Canada
in October, 2017

JMI is very pleased to announce that Tony McManus, hailed by critics as "the finest Celtic guitarist in the world," will tour western Canada from October 19 - 29, 2017.

Tony McManus

Just back from extensive, sold-out tours of Europe, the UK and Australia, Tony is touring Newfoundland at the time of this posting. While Tony's live shows focuses on Celtic guitar pieces, it is liberally sprinkled with songs, and occasionally shows how he can stretch out as an artist, particularly on a 19th Century piano piece called Gnossiennes No. 1 that he has adapted for steel string guitar.

Tony's Mysterious Boundaries has been hailed by his peers as "A masterpiece," (John Renbourn) and "Beyond beautiful – it's perfect," (Tommy Immanuel).

See Tony's Tech here.

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May 2, 2016

Vishtèn to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2018

Vishten

Vishtèn just gets busier and busier, to the point where finding time frames to tour is a real challenge. In recent years the group has added Australia to their stomping grounds, after performing countless tours across Europe and America.

After some juggling, we have managed to find a time frame for the guys to tour the region they hail from, Atlantic Canada. Vishtèn will tour Atlantic Canada April 5 - 15, 2018. Expect the usual blend of step dancing, fiddling, vocals and humour. All the members of the group are multi-instrumentalists, and we do not hesitate to say that they are the finest proponents of Acadian culture to be found anywhere.

Vishtèn

On YouTube

A very easy show to produce, you can view Vishten's technical requirements here:
Vishtèn's rider.

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May 2, 2016

The Young'uns Take Best Group at BBC2 Folk Awards

The Young'uns

The Young'uns took a day off from their current sold out tour of the UK last week to attend the prestigious BBC2 Folk Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Last year they took the award for best group beating out folk giants, Bellowhead, who are the largest selling indie act in England's history.

The Young'Uns accept the award for Best Group at the Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday
 

JMI congratulates the guys on winning again for 2016, Best Group, and no small feat considering the competition across the pond. Also from last week, the guys received a rare five start review for their concert in Coventry, which stated, "It's so bound to leave you feeling better about life that their gigs should probably be available on prescription."

The Young'uns

You can read the whole review here.

The Young'uns will make their Canadian debut on the festival circuit in July, and we are already planning for a return tour of western Canada in 2017.

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April 19, 2016

Globetrotting Vishtèn Wins Awards,
Releases New Promo Video

Vishtèn

While touring in Louisiana last weekend, JMI's Vishtèn learned that they had won the 2016 ECMW Award for Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the year. The band said that they "were floored" by the win in Twitter. So far, 2016 has been a blur of international tours in Australia, America the UK and Europe for Vishtèn, with more of the same scheduled for the remainder of the year.

The group has also released a new promo video, showcasing their many and disparate talents. You can view the new video here.

Vishtèn

JMI congratulates Vishtèn on this latest award and we wish them safe travels as they tour the world.

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April 16, 2016

Tony McManus to Tour Atlantic Canada in May

Tony McManus

Arguably the finest Celtic guitarist in the world, Tony McManus will tour Atlantic Canada in mid-May, 2016. Currently touring in Australia, Tony performs around the world, at festivals and concert halls in Australia, Europe and across North America.

Here is where you can catch him next month:

May 15 Hunter River PEI Harmony House Theatre
May 20 St. John’s NL LSPU Hall
May 21-23 Norris Point NL Trails Tales and Tunes Festival
May 25 Lewisporte NL House of Diamond Arts Centre
May 26 Carbonear NL Freshwater U.C. Community Centre

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April 12, 2016

JMI Roster Figures Large at May Run Event

May Run Festival

The lineup for the 2016 May Run Music Festival was announced at a press conference in Charlottetown yesterday. The event will take place May 18 - 22, inclusive.

Festival website

From the JMI Speaker's Corner, Canadian music industry legend Bernie Finkelstein will deliver the key note address at the event. Finkelstein is the founder of True North Records. He also managed many artists including Bruce Cockburn, Murray McLauchlan and Dan Hill. Bernie was the Chairman of MUCHFACT for 26 years, an organization he co-founded with Moses Znaimer in 1984. Bernie was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2006, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (CARAS) awarded Bernie the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award, Mr. Finkelstein also received the Order of Canada in 2007.

Full CBC Story here.

Bernie Finkelstein

JMI's two PEI acts will be performing at the closing concert. Vishtèn and Ten Strings And A Goat Skin will join fellow Islander Tim Chaisson and other artists at what should be a very exciting show. Last month it was announced that JMI artists dominated the award nominations, taking 14 in total.

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April 11, 2016

On the Cover of The Rolling Stone

Well, not quite, but JMI artists rock, and they are constantly making the covers of some of music's most prestigious and influential music publications around the world. Here are some of the magazine covers our artists have made in recent times.

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March 30, 2016

Claire Lynch to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2017!

Claire Lynch

The last time we toured Nashville's Claire Lynch in Atlantic Canada, nearly all of the shows sold out, despite it being her first time in the region. Claire will be returning in fall of 2017, and is available for dates throughout the region October 5 -15, 2017. This tour will mark two and a half years from the previous one in this area.

Claire Lynch has long been recognized as a creative force in acoustic music and at the forefront of women who have expanded the Bluegrass genre. She has two GRAMMY nominations and countless other awards among her official accolades. Frequent and enthusiastic standing ovations at her performances with her tight, virtuosic band demonstrate her ability to captivate widely diverse audiences. Critics laud her songwriting as an undeniable gift, and her enthralling "hillbilly angel" voice has landed her spots on recordings from Linda Ronstadt to Ralph Stanley in between.

Claire Lynch
Claire On YouTube

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March 26, 2016

JMI Artists Take 14 Music PEI Award Nominations

Music PEI
Music PEI's Rob Oakie announced the nominees on Tuesday in Charlottetown

JMIs' PEI artists were front and centre at Tuesday's 2016 Music PEI Awards nominations announcement in Charlottetown. Gordie MacKeeman, Vishtèn and Ten Strings And A Goat Skin had a total of 14 nods for the awards, which will be handed out in May during Music PEI Week.

Here are all the categories our artists were nominated in – we congratulate them, and all our other friends and colleagues who were nominated

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year

Entertainer of the Year

Vishtèn

Touring Artist of the Year

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

Album of the Year

  • The East Pointers — Secret Victory
  • Tim Chaisson — Lost in Light
  • Vishtèn — Terre Rouge
  • Coyote — Proof of Life


Roots Traditional Recording of the Year

  • The East Pointers — Secret Victory
  • Vishtèn — Terre Rouge
  • DOC — DesRoches Ouellette Chaisson
  • Dunromin — Memories

Cavendish Beach Music Festival Group
Recording of the Year

  • The East Pointers — Secret Victory
  • Sorrey — Thick As Thieves
  • Racoon Bandit — Close Your Eyes
  • Vishtèn — Terre Rouge

Vishtèn

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March 21, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Take Off Internationally

PEI Band selling out international venues and charting on Billboard

PEI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin seem to be going about things in a backwards kind of way, but the results have been incredible. The young band has toured Europe and America many times, and are already at the point where they are selling out most of their shows abroad. On a recent 40 date tour of America, the band played to capacity houses almost everywhere, something that mirrors their recent European tours. What is unique about this situation is this – the band has established themselves as an act that can sell out venues in America and Europe before they have even played many Canadian festivals and venues.

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

To be asked to perform at Denmark's prestigious Tønder Festival is a feather in the cap of any emerging group. To be asked to play the festival two years in a row is almost unheard of, but the guys will be heading back to Tønder in August, by popular demand. Last summer they were the top selling act at Shrewsbury in England, despite being up against headliners like Richard Thompson.

And last month Billboard Magazine announced that TSGS's current CD, Corbeau, was charting at #6 internationally for world music, putting them in competition with major artists like Loreena McKennitt and Buena Vista Social Club.

Ten Strings will tour Canadian festivals in July of 2016 and will also be touring the Maritimes and western Canada in the next year. Fans can look forward to a new CD release in June.

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March 21, 2016

Bellowhead and Oysterband Make the Top Five Records
of the Past Thirty Years

Every year since 1986, England's fRoots magazine has tasked a large international panel of experts – over 300 in recent times – to nominate the Album Of The Year. After they announced the results of the 30th annual fRoots Critics Poll for Albums Of The Year in December, the magazine invited the public to vote online for their one favourite album out of all the winners and runners up in every year's Critics Poll since it began in 1986, 120 albums in all. And after a massive entry the Best Of The Best, the placings are:

Oysterband and Oysterband

1. BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB Buena Vista Social Club (World Circuit) 1997
2. PAUL SIMON Graceland (Warners) 1986
3. BELLOWHEAD Hedonism (Navigator) 2010
4. JUNE TABOR & OYSTERBAND Ragged Kingdom (Topic) 2011
5. OYSTERBAND Holy Bandits (Cooking Vinyl) 1993

JMI congratulates Oysterband and Bellowhead on taking three of the top five spots in this very prestigious and elite list.

Read more about this list here.

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March 8, 2016

Guy Davis Will Be Back in Canada in April

Guy Davis will return to Canada for a brief tour in April, with dates in Ontario and out west. He returns in the fall for a larger western tour, but meanwhile, this is where Canadian blues fans can catch him next month.

Guy Davis
Apr 07 Midland ON Midland Cultural Centre
Apr 08 Brampton ON Rose Theatre Studio
Apr 09 Calgary AB Braeside Community Theatre
Apr 10 Calgary AB Southwood United Church
Apr 13 Medicine Hat AB Esplanade Centre
Apr 14 Saskatoon SK Village Guitar & Amp

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February 18, 2016

After Three Decades, Shane Howard's Solid Rock
Back at #1 on Australian Radio

Shane Howard
Scott Darlow, left, Shane Howard, Centre

After more than three decades since its original release, a new version of Shane Howard's iconic Solid Rock is back at #1 on the Australian radio charts. Last week the song was played more than any other on the continent.

Australian recording artist Scott Darlow recreated the Australian rock classic with Howard ahead of Australia Day.

"I realised that this country that I grew up in, that I thought was my country, wasn't," says Howard. "I had to reassess my whole relationship with the land and the landscape, and understand that we had come from somewhere else, and we had dis-empowered a whole race of people when we arrived."

Shane received the Member of the Order of Australia on January 26th, Australia Day. "Our national character is evolving; that's why I think it's really important that we move towards a republic and we stand on our own two feet in the world and identify clearly who we are," Howard recently told the ABC.

"And I don't think you can have a republic without having a treaty with your First Nation's People, if you want to stand as an honourable nation in the world".

You can watch video of the new version of Solid Rock here.

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February 14, 2016

Moulettes to Tour the UK in April
and May "Preternatural" to be Released in April

Moulettes

JMI's Moulettes will be busy this spring with a UK tour and the release of "Preternatural," an incredible new recording that is poised to take the band to the next level.

Moulettes will tour Canada in July from the east coast through to Vancouver Island. Most of the dates are embargoed until the various presenters announce them but we can tell you that they will be performing at the Stan Rogers Folk Festival in Canso, Nova Scotia on the first weekend in July. Watch this page for tour dates.

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February 13, 2016

Bernie Finkelstein

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February 13, 2016

The Young'uns Nominated as BBC2 Folk Awards
Group of the Year

The Young'uns

Congratulations to The Young'Uns, who have just been nominated for Group of the Year at the BBC2 Folk Awards, which will take place in London, England on April 27th. The guys are also excited to be performing at the event, the venue for which is the fabled Royal Albert Hall.

Full list of nominees here.

The Young'Uns took this same honour last year, and this is really an emerging group to watch. Many of their European dates are selling out months in advance, and we are very excited to have them coming to Canada in July. Keep an eye on this page for details. We can tell you that they will be in Alberta and BC next summer for sure.

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February 9, 2016

Ray Bonneville to tour Atlantic Canada in November

Ray Bonneville

We always look forward to bringing Ray Bonneville to the east coast, as he loves the tours and it gives us a rare chance to grab a bite and catch up face to face. Ray will be touring Atlantic Canada from November 18th - 27, 2016. This will mark two full years since he has been in the region.

Ray is a Juno Award winning singer-songwriter with a bluesy feel and one of the best solo acts in the country. His tech and hospitality requirements are minimal but his shows are intense and riveting.

Ray on Youtube

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February 9, 2016

Vishtèn Heading West in the Fall of 2017

Vishtèn

Vishtèn are globetrotters and will spend most the next six months in Australia, Europe and America. Arguably the finest proponents of Acadian song and dance in the country, this award winning group is looking forward to their second full tour of western Canada, which will take place between November 9 - 19, 2017. It's a short tour, so make sure you get a date early if you are interested in presenting them.

Vishtèn on YouTube
Their Rider

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February 8, 2016

Guy Davis to tour Quebec and Ontario

New York City blues artist Guy Davis will tour Quebec and Ontario from October 25 - November 5, 2017. This will mark Guy's first tour of the region in three years.

Guy Davis

Guy Davis is one of the world's greatest acoustic blues artists, having performed in Australia, Europe, Russia, Greenland, the UK, North America, South America and many parts of Asia. He has also performed hundreds of shows across Canada, both at festivals and on theatre stages from coast to coast. He has played in all ten provinces plus the Yukon and the NWT and wants to know when we are going to get him up to Nunavut.

See Guy's Tech here.

Guy Davis

Guy will be performing solo and is perfect for small and medium sized theatres. Don't forget that Guy also does shows for you audiences. After his recent showcase at the IPAY Conference in Montreal, we received inquiries for dozens of shows and tours around the world, as far away as Australia.

Read about Guy's young audience show here.

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February 8, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's "Corbeau"
Ranks #6 Internationally for World Music
Says Billboard Magazine

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin

JMI's Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's album "Corbeau" sits on the World Catalogues Album Chart for international Billboard Magazine in the number 6 spot for the week commencing February 24th, 2016. Notification arrived through Alex Vitoulous, charting associate manager at Billboard Magazine in New York, USA.

Billboard advised that the information is tabulated weekly through Nielsen SoundScan. Groups listed in the top ten for the same week included Buena Vista Social Club, Loreena McKennitt and The High Kings.

"That's some pretty amazing news that came right out of left field!", says group percussionist Caleb Gallant. Contacted while on the road in Indiana, USA, he acknowledged the caliber of artists on the list as being "absolutely amazing".

The group is currently on a forty day tour of the Northern United States.

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February 8, 2016

Goitse Wins Prestigious German Award

Goitse

On January 27th, Goitse won a very prestigious award in Germany. The band had applied as one of over 400 acts for the Freiburg Music Showcase. From more than 400 applicants only 40 were given a slot to perform and from the final 40 acts they were shortlisted for the best in the music category. The final result was decided by a vote after each band performed. Goitse placed first, among some of the best live acts in Europe.

Goitse also won two major awards in 2015, Trad Group of the Year 2015 - Live Ireland Awards and Group of the Year 2015 - Chicago Irish American News Awards.

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February 8, 2016

Vishtèn Receives ECMA Nomination

Vishtèn

JMI would like to congratulate Vishtèn on their recent ECMA nomination for Roots/Traditional Recording of the year for Terre Rouge. The East Coast Music Awards will take place in Sydney, Nova Scotia April 13th through 17th of this year.

Vishtèn continues to be very busy with upcoming tours of Australia, Canada, Europe, the UK and America.

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February 8, 2016

Shane Howard Receives the Order of Australia

JMI would like to congratulate Shane Howard, who was recently awarded The Order of Australia for a life spent championing many causes, including aboriginal rights and the environment. Howard said that while he felt honoured in receiving the award, that it was both "lovely and ironic."

Shane Howard
The 1982 Goanna's hit Solid Rock was the first commercial song to use a didgeridoo, and featured lyrics referring to Australia's settlement as 'genocide'.

In a recent interview with Guardian (London, UK) Shane said, "Australia Day is a complicated day and as a nation we have to deal with that, and it's become a symbol of division and not unity."

"It's lovely and ironic in a way that you are recognised for a song that criticises government policy."

Shane Howard

Howard has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the performing arts as a singer, songwriter and guitarist, to the recording industry, and to Indigenous musicians.

He has worked on more than a dozen albums with Indigenous artists including Archie Roach, the Pigram Brothers, Joe Geia, Jimmy Chi and Patricia Clarke.

Howard said he would not only accept the honour with pleasure, but would celebrate a little more than most recipients because it was also his birthday.

"How can I not be interested in the settlement of Australia and the complications for Aboriginal people, when it's your birthday?" he said. "This award is not about this particular day."I am grateful and very honoured for my work. I still love playing that song. It means a lot."

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JMI HEADLINES:

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)

Black Umfolosi Touring Canada in July (June 19, 2017)

Ireland's The Henry Girls to make the Canadian Debut (June 19, 2017)

From PEI to New Zealand – Vishten's Busy Summer & Fall (June 19, 2017)

Guy Davis' Very Busy Summer (June 12, 2017)

James Keelaghan's Summer Schedule (June 12, 2017)

Jonah Blacksmith to Perform in Western Canada in July (June 10, 2017)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin's Busy Summer (May 30, 2017)

James Keelaghan to Tour the Maritimes with Dave Gunning in January of 2018 (May 29, 2017)

Ray Bonneville's Song Family (May 17, 2017)

James Keelaghan Heading West in April (March 19, 2017)

Goitse Western Dates in March (February 22, 2017)

Quartette has Two Northern Ontario Shows in February (February 15, 2017)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Part of Official State Visit to the Kingdom of Sweden (February 13, 2017)

Two Major Award Nominations for Ten Strings And A Goat Skin (February 11, 2017)

Three New Central and Western Canada Tours from JMI! (January 25, 2017)

Quartette Christmas to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2017 (January 23, 2017)

Ray Bonneville to Tour Central and Western Canada in 2018 (December 20, 2016)

Triple Grammy Award Nominee Claire Lynch to Tour Central Canada Next Fall (December 14, 2016)

Grammy Nomination for JMI's Claire Lynch (December 6, 2016)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Awarded Album of The Year With Penguin Eggs Magazine (December 5, 2016)

Quartette Christmas Set to Tour Ontario and Western Canada (October 30, 2016)

Coig Christmas to Tour the Maritimes (October 22, 2016)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Headed West in November (October 15, 2016)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Flying On Top Of The World (October 14, 2016)

JMI Signs Denmark's Jonah Blacksmith (October 3, 2016)

James Keelaghan in Alberta & BC in October (September 25, 2016)

Guy Davis Returns to Western Canada in October (September 24, 2016)

Black Umfolosi to Tour Canada in February 2018 (September 24, 2016)

Three Fantastic New Tours! (August 26, 2016)

Strawbs to Tour Central and Eastern Canada in the Fall (August 15, 2016)

Black Umfolosi Coming to Alberta and BC (July 22, 2016)

Young'uns Are Headed to Canada (July 13, 2016)

CBC's Tom Power Picks Moulettes as Best Act at Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 12, 2016)

Vishtèn has Busy Summer in Canada and America (July 9, 2016)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin’s New Video Pays Homage to the Worker (July 9, 2016)

Skipper's Alley to Make Canadian Debut (June 28, 2016)

Claire Lynch En Route to the Maritimes (June 22, 2016)

Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin Cover Sylvia Tyson (June 22, 2016

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Have Busy Summer (June 22, 2016)

The British Are Coming! (June 22, 2016)

Còig to Spend most of July in Ontario (June 13, 2016)

Award Winning Music Executive Bernie Finkelstein Joins Tablerock Media Board of Directors (June 9, 2016)

Oysterband Coming to Canada in July (June 9, 2016)

Dublin's Irish Music Magazine Gives High Praise to Goitse (June 7, 2016)

Moulettes to Tour Canada in June (June 6, 2016)

Celtic Guitar Hero Tony McManus to tour Western Canada in October, 2017 (May 18, 2016)

Vishtèn to Tour Atlantic Canada in 2018 (May 2, 2016)

See News page for more JMI news.