Artist Roster

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The Band of Heathens THE BAND OF HEATHENS (USA) Austin's 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. [top]
Black Umfolosi BLACK UMFOLOSI (ZIMBABWE) One of Africa's great musical exports and one of the most successful groups we have ever booked in Canada, Black Umfolosi 5 blends acapella singing with dance and traditional costume in a show that has played some of Canada's largest venues, but is so simple to produce it can also easily work in smaller theatres. For decades now the guys have been entertaining world music fans in too many countries and continents to mention. Absolutely brilliant. [top]
Ray Bonneville RAY BONNEVILLE (QUÉBEC) Juno Award-winner Ray Bonneville is a superb singer-songwriter who currently calls Montreal home, but has lived from Alaska to Memphis, to Paris, France. Bonneville's smooth blues styling features impeccable guitar and harmonica, whether he is working solo or with a full band. Ray's Gust of Wind was produced by Juno Award winning guitarist Colin Linden, and which took the Juno Award for Blues Recording in 2000. Ray's 2001 mainstage at the Winnipeg Folk Festival with Colin Linden and a full band was one of the highlights of the festival. "A guitar style of exacting persuasive nuances, gut-felt harmonica lines and a voice soaked in whiskey and road-weary sentiment." Planet Jazz. [top]
Calan CALAN (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. [top]
Guy Davis GUY DAVIS (USA) Guy Davis is easily one of the finest proponents of acoutic blues in the world. He has performed across North America, Europe, the UK, Australia and South America, and has played hundreds of shows in Canada, selling out theatres from coast to coast and performing in all ten provinces and two territories. A great story teller, a unique voice and as brilliant on the harp as he is on the guitar, Guy has earned his place as one of the true greats of the current gereration of blues artists. [top]
De Danann DE DANANN (IRELAND) Once described as "the Rolling Stones of Irish Traditional Music," De Danann, returned to the festival stage in 2009 with a new album 'Wonderwaltz' and trips to Finland, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy and the USA. The band have found themselves once again in demand by promoters in Europe and North America. Founding member Alec Finn is joined by Eleanor Shanley (vocals), Derek Hickey (accordion), Brian McGrath (banjo/piano), Ronan O'Flaherty (fiddle) and Neill Lyons (bodhrán). [top]
Goitse GOITSE (IRELAND) Forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University's Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, this quintet has graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They have made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music across the globe, with their performances gaining notoriety on four continents.. [top]
The Henry Girls THE HENRY GIRLS (IRELAND)  The Henry Girls are a musical sister trio from County Donegal. Relative newcomers to International touring (first toured in 2012) they are becoming one of the most talked about Folk/Roots acts on the circuit. They have a unique rootsy sound that blends Irish Folk with Americana. With tours of Austria, Germany, UK, Sweden, Italy, USA now under their belts plus rave album reviews, this is a group to watch out for. [top]
Shane Howard SHANE HOWARD (AUSTRALIA)  Canada has Bruce Cockburn and America has Pete Seeger. The premiere voice of conscience in Australian folk-rock and one of the country’s greatest songwriters, Shane Howard first achieved notoriety with the rock band, Goanna, releasing Solid Rock in 1982. That song that has become somewhat of an anthem on the continent and was one of the first contemporary songs to broach the subject of Aboriginal rights in. The album, Spirit of Place, was released in 35 territories, worldwide. [top]
Jonah Blacksmith JONAH BLACKSMITH (DENMARK) This seven piece band from northern Denmark has been turning heads in Europe for years. Their harmonies, their groove, the songwriting, are reminiscent of earlier groups like of The Band. Although they are distinctly Danish, they have a universal sound that could be described as Americana. The band's sonic landscape draws a fine line to the wilderness of their members' childhood area in the north-west of Denmark, where the North Sea meets weathered forests and rough, moorland scenery. 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 band that poised to appeal to a much wider audience that just the folk and roots crowd. [top]
James Keelaghan JAMES KEELAGHAN (ALBERTA)  Juno Award winning singer-songwriter James Keelaghan is one of Canada's most successful and respected musicians, and one of the brightest stars on the world folk scene today.  James spent 300 days on the road last year.  His touring seldom stops, taking him across North America, Europe, the UK and Australia on a regular basis.   James Keelaghan has an uncanny knack for finding incredible stories and turning them into finely crafted songs.  A commanding performer, he develops an intimate rapport with audiences  through his stories and sense of humour, and then leaves them spellbound with passionate renditions of songs that touch on universal emotions and relate historical events to the present. [top]
Claire Lynch CLAIRE LYNCH (USA) 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. [top]
Tony McManus TONY MCMANUS (SCOTLAND & CANADA) McManus is widely considered the top Celtic guitarist in the world and tours extensively in Europe, the UK, Australia and North America. His work has come to represent Celtic music in the guitar world. He is invited annually to the Chet Atkins Festival in Nashville, has appeared at Guitar Festivals in Soave and Pescantina, Sarzana and Francacorta Italy; Frankston, Australia; Issoudun and Bordeaux France; Kirkmichael, Scotland; Bath and Kent, England; Bochum and Osnabruck, Germany.. [top]
Moulettes MOULETTES (UK) Moulettes met and started playing music together in their mid-teens. After a couple of EPs and singles they released an acclaimed debut album on Balling, The Jack/Sotones in 2010, which found its way on to several Best Of The Year lists. They also won an Innovation Award and best group from the prestigious Fatea roots-music website and were nominated for best band by the alternative Brit awards. Past performances include Bestival, Glastonbury, End of the Road and Cropredy. [top]
Oysterband OYSTERBAND (UK) Oysterband occupies an unusual position in the world of music, combining folk sensibility and acoustic instruments with rock dynamics and sharp, engaged songwriting. The passion and energy of their live performances has become legendary. Starting as an amateur ceilidh band, their career has grown exponentially to include festivals and tours in 35 countries across Europe, Asia and North America; 14 studio albums, including two with June Tabor; and a collaborative project called The Big Session, which is also the name of the festival they host each year in UK. Ragged Kingdom, their current second album with Tabor, won three BBC Folk Awards, including Best Album and Best Group. [top]
Quartette QUARTETTE (CANADA) Since their first appearance at Toronto's Harbourfront venue in the summer of 1993, Quartette has quickly become one of the most electrifying collaborations on the Canadian music scene. The four women, Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick and Sylvia Tysoncombine formidable individual talents into an astonishing whole. The soaring harmonies and unique arrangements create a musical mosaic with flavours of folk, country, swing and bluegrass all solidly rooted in traditional music.[top]
Martin Simpson MARTIN SIMPSON (UK) No one has more successfully combined the diverse elements of British, Afro-American and old-timey music than Martin Simpson and there is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician, Martin is now better than ever. His career includes collaborations on stage and record with Richard Thompson, June Tabor, Kelly Joe Phelps, Jackson Browne, Martin Carthy, David Lindley, David Hidalgo, Steve Miller, Dick Gaughan and many more. [top]
Steeleye Span STEELEYE SPAN (UK) Formed in 1969, Steeleye Span has been one of the most influential names in British roots music. Pioneers of folk-rock, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever, taking it out of small clubs and into the world of gold records and international tours. Members have come and gone over the years, but Steeleye has always remained at the forefront of the genre they helped to define, and 45 years later the band is an institution in British music. [top]
The Strawbs THE STRAWBS (UK) The Strawbs have enjoyed major success on both sides of the Atlantic. In the early 1970s, as well as the hit albums, their hit singles "Part of the Union" and "Lay Down" topped the charts. From the mid-1970s they spent more time in the States and Canada where their albums charted for five years as they toured with Santana, Peter Frampton, The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Blue Oyster Cult, King Crimson, and Frank Zappa. The Strawbs also headlined major Canadian venues, such as Maple Leaf Gardens and The Montreal Forum. Rick Wakeman played with the Strawbs for two years before he achieved world-wide success with Yes, and as a solo artist, and the much loved Sandy Denny made an album with the Strawbs before she joined Fairport Convention. [top]

Ten Strings And a Goat Skin

TEN STRINGS AND A GOAT SKIN (PEI) Hailed on two continents as" infectious" and "the best of contemporary/trad Celtic music" Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is a bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio, playing Irish, Acadian, French and original creations infused with modern and world rhythms. The band creates a fiery, contagious and unique sound with a stage presence that leaves audiences wanting more at every show. Described as a "A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative and wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse." (The Guardian). [top]

The Transports

THE TRANSPORTS  (UK) The Transports is a remarkable show, which gathers 'the cream of the contemporary folk scene' for a moving story of poor Brits being exiled in the 18th century. The cast gathers The Young'uns, Nancy Kerr, Faustus, Greg Russell 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-deforce of harmony singing. [top]

Sylvia Tyson

SYLVIA TYSON  (ONTARIO) Sylvia Tyson is no less than an icon in Canadian country and folk music. From her collaboration with Ian Tyson (Ian & Sylvia) on stage, studio and television in the sixties and seventies to seven solo albums, her career has earned her a place in the Canadian Music, Country Music and Songwriter's Halls of Fame, not to mention receiving Canada's highest civiian award, the Order of Canada. Sylvia is also currently a vital part of Quartette, along with Cindy Church, Caitlin Hanford and Gwen Swick. [top]
Vishtèn VISHTÈN (CANADA) Since the band formed more than 12 years ago, Vishtèn has become one of the most respected and imaginative Acadian bands to come out of the east coast of Canada. Over the past decade, they have released 4 albums, won numerous awards and given thousands of performances in over 10 countries. Hailing from Prince Edward Island and Îles de la Madeleine, the members of this driving percussive trio are both powerful francophone singers and fiery multi-instrumentalists. Pascal Miousse and twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc fuse Acadian and Celtic genres with a modern sensibility of rock and indie-folk influence in their new album Mōsaïk. [top]
Jerry Jeff Walker JERRY JEFF WALKER  (USA)  Jerry Jeff Walker is a true legend, and one of the greatest singer-songwriters America has ever produced.  While he is best known for penning Mr. Bojangles, which has been covered by a wide variety of major artists, Jerry Jeff is a prolific artist who has turned in many fine records, and who is as busy as ever, recording and touring.  Jerry Jeff has worked with some of America's most respected singer-songwriters, including Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffet, with whom he penned Railroad Lady.  He is no stranger to Canadian audiences, and we look forward to bringing him back to the True North. [top]
Jerry Jeff Walker THE YOUNG'UNS (UK)  Voted ‘Best Group’ at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, The Young’uns have fast become one of the foremost groups on the UK folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour. This, combined with their passion for storytelling and commitment to maintaining the tradition of social commentary, has led to five star reviews, live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 3 and documentaries on Radio 4 as well as countless sell out shows and main stage festival appearances throughout the UK and abroad. [top]

Speakers' Corner

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Joe Boyd
JOE BOYD (USA) Born in Boston in 1942, he graduated from Harvard in 1964. After university, he worked as a production and tour manager for George Wein in Europe where he traveled with Muddy Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Stan Getz and others; at Newport where he supervised Bob Dylan's electric debut. In 1966, he opened UFO, London's psychedelic ballroom.   He went on to manage, produce and film the likes of Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and many others. In 2006, Joe published a memoir, "White Bicycles: Making Music in the Sixties"." [top]
Rod Davis ROD DAVIS (UK) was raised in Woolton on the outskirts of Liverpool and was a close friend of John Lennon's from a very early age when they attended Sunday school together. In 1956 he and John formed the legendary skiffle group, The Quarrymen with two other friends. Rod played banjo in the group for two years until he was replaced by Paul McCartney, and was also present when Paul and John first met. At one time, there were three Beatles in The Quarrymen.. [top]
Bernie Finkelstein BERNIE FINKELSTEIN (CANADA) is the founder of True North Records. He also managed many artists including Bruce CockburnMurray 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."[top]
Bill German BILL GERMAN (USA) Author and Rolling Stones insider Bill German discusses his ups and downs with "the greatest rock 'n' roll band in the world." His book, Under Their Thumb, chronicles his friendship with the Stones (forged when he was just a teenager) and how he became the band's official historian for two decades. He traveled the world with them, stayed at their homes, and witnessed their private jam sessions, decadent parties, and vicious in-fights. [top]


Ray Bonneville to Perform Western and Ontario Dates in March (February 20, 2018)

Black Umfolosi to Embark on North American Tour in February (January 27, 2018)

Australia's Shane Howard to Perform Western and Northern Dates (January 11, 2018)

Martin Simpson New Studio Album Released on Topic Records (December 19, 2017)

A Grammy Nod for Guy Davis! (November 30, 2017)

Martin Simpson to Tour Canada in October 2019 (November 29, 2017)

Quartette Christmas Coming to the Maritimes (November 15, 2017)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin Touring Central Canada (November 11, 2017)

Vishtèn Touring Western Canada This Month (November 8, 2017)

The Young'Uns to Tour Canada in November (October 31, 2017)

Tony McManus Headed for Western Canada (October 1, 2017)

England's Moulettes Touring Canada in October (September 23, 2017)

JMI Signs Wales' Calan! (September 22, 2017)

Guy Davis to Tour Canada in October/November (September 18, 2017)

Claire Lynch Returning to Maritimes in October (September 13, 2017)

Two JMI Artists Included in the Top 50 Guitarists of All Time (July 26, 2017)

JMI Signs England's The Transports (July 25, 2017)

Sylvia Tyson and Cowboy Junkies to Headline Kingsville Music Festival (July 17, 2017)

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin to Headline Mammoth Canada Day Show in Thunder Bay (June29, 2017)

JMI signs Austin's Band of Heathens (June 27, 2017)

Claire Lynch US and Canadian Summer Dates (June 26, 2017)

Guy Davis to Tour Western Canada with Fabrizio Poggi in 2018 (June 26, 2017)

Moulettes Summer Dates (June 20, 2017)

Young'Uns Canadian and Overseas Summer Dates (June 20, 2017)

England's "Best Folk Group" to Tour Eastern Canada (June 20, 2017)

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