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Georgian Bay Roots Ep 42

Georgian Bay Roots

With your host Jon Farmer


1609969_10154532318180220_5111923560966166563_nEvery Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played in Grey and Bruce Counties with roots music from across Canada and around the world thrown into the mix. Host, Jon Farmer, brings a musician’s ear and the heart of a fan to the airwaves with stories about performers and news about upcoming shows and releases. Tune in to hear some of your favourite acts and new bands that you didn’t know you loved.

This show starts with a trad set, features musicians playing as part of next week’s Month of Sundays show, and showcases performers who will be at Summerfolk42.

If you missed the live show, we will post the episode by 6pm ET.

You can download an iTunes podcast here

Are you making music that you want us to share?
Do you have gig coming up that you want to promote?
Are you interested in being a sponsor or advertising on the show?
Contact us at georgianbayroots@summerfolk.org

Georgian Bay Roots is presented by the Georgian Bay Folk Society with the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Georgian Bay Roots is sponsored this week by:

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 owen-sound

Play List Coming Soon

Archives

Visit our  iTunes podcast page for archived programs

Pages with set lists and further info can be found below.

GBR show 1

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GBR show 9

GBR show 10

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GBR show 12

GBR show 13

GBR show 14

GBR show 15

GBR show 16

GBR show 17

GBR show 18

GBR show 19

GBR show 20 – Valentine’s Day

GBR show 21

GBR show 22

GBR show 23

GBR show 24

GBR show 25

GBR show 26

GBR show 27

GBR show 28

GBR show 29 – Easter

GBR show 30

GBR show 31

GBR show 32

GBR show 33 – Mother’s Day

GBR show 34

GBR show 35

GBR show 36

GBR show 37

GBR show 38

GBR show 39

GBR show 40 – Canada Day

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On the Road Survival with Samantha Martin

Travel can be exhausting and for touring musicians everyday travel struggles come with the added pressure to perform at your best every time you take to the stage. Five Time Maple Blues Award Nominee and Grey Bruce musical export Samantha Martin will return to Owen Sound on July 16th to share the tips and strategies that touring musicians use to keep themselves at the top of their game while on tour. The workshop is the seventh in Summerfolk’s Music Biz Tune Up workshop series helping local performers develop the business skills they’ll need to make the most of their musical careers.

Sam MartinSamantha Martin has deep family roots on the Bruce Peninsula and she spent a formative musical period in Owen Sound. Now, she fronts an in-demand band (Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar) and tours from coast, to coast, to coast in Canada as well as in Europe and the USA. With so much time on the road, Samantha has built up an arsenal of tricks to stay healthy and happy. “The more planning ahead of time you do – means when the unexpected happens (and it always does) you are in a position problem solve with the least amount of stress”, she said. The interactive workshop will allow participants to ask questions and learn from Samantha’s stories first hand.

Summerfolk is presenting Music Biz Tune Up workshops every month to help local musicians of all genres develop the business skills they need without having to leave the area to develop. The On the Road Survival workshop will run from 1-3pm at the SuiteSpots building at 1051 2nd Ave East, Owen Sound. Participants can register online at Summerfolk.org/musicbiztuneup or at the door on the day of the workshop. Registration is $20.

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 41

Georgian Bay Roots

With your host Jon Farmer


1609969_10154532318180220_5111923560966166563_nEvery Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played in Grey and Bruce Counties with roots music from across Canada and around the world thrown into the mix. Host, Jon Farmer, brings a musician’s ear and the heart of a fan to the airwaves with stories about performers and news about upcoming shows and releases. Tune in to hear some of your favourite acts and new bands that you didn’t know you loved.

This show focuses on summer songs, songs about enough, and features some tracks by folks who make and sell guitars with some concert news and a catchy jingle mixed in there too.

If you missed the live show, we will post the episode by 6pm ET.

You can download an iTunes podcast here

Are you making music that you want us to share?
Do you have gig coming up that you want to promote?
Are you interested in being a sponsor or advertising on the show?
Contact us at georgianbayroots@summerfolk.org

Georgian Bay Roots is presented by the Georgian Bay Folk Society with the support the Ontario Trillium Foundation

Georgian Bay Roots is sponsored this week by:

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OS_Transportation_FeaturedImage

 owen-sound

Play List Coming Soon

Archives

Visit our  iTunes podcast page for archived programs

Pages with set lists and further info can be found below.

GBR show 1

GBR show 2

GBR show 3

GBR show 4

GBR show 5

GBR show 6

GBR show 7

GBR show 8

GBR show 9

GBR show 10

GBR show 11

GBR show 12

GBR show 13

GBR show 14

GBR show 15

GBR show 16

GBR show 17

GBR show 18

GBR show 19

GBR show 20 – Valentine’s Day

GBR show 21

GBR show 22

GBR show 23

GBR show 24

GBR show 25

GBR show 26

GBR show 27

GBR show 28

GBR show 29 – Easter

GBR show 30

GBR show 31

GBR show 32

GBR show 33 – Mother’s Day

GBR show 34

GBR show 35

GBR show 36

GBR show 37

GBR show 38

GBR show 39

GBR show 40 – Canada Day

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Friday Night, August 18

 Amphitheatre Down By the Bay
6:00-6:30Turbo Street Funk5:30- 7:00Youth Discoveries
Bare Sierra
Clarissa Fortin
Paige Ballagh
Taylor Holden and the Law of Averages
Moscow Apartment
6:35-7:10Turkwaz7:10-7:55Mayhemingways
The Jerry Cans
7:20-8:00Moulettes8:05-8:50Ellis Paul
Kelly Prescott
Matt Epp
8:05-8:45Don Ross 9:05-9:55Bon Débarras
Connla
9:00-10:00Bill and Joel Plaskett 10:10-10:55Rhythm is a constant beat
Élage Diouf
Shakura S'Aida
Turbo Street Funk
10:10-11:00Korrontzi11:10-11:55Local Hero
Trevor MacKenzie Band
12:10- 1:00Midnight Special

Saturday Daytime, August 19

 Down By the BayHomemade JamSharing CircleWine BarGazeboDown by the River
emphasis on dance
Amphitheatre
11:00-12:00Let's Get this Party Started
Élage Diouf
Delhi 2 Dublin
Echoes of Times Past
David Newland
Moscow Apartment Jake Feeney
Let’s meet the uilleann pipes
Conor Mallon (Connla)

Joel Parisien
( The Commissionaires)

Paige Ballagh
Concert
Madison Violet
Hurtin songs
Mayhemingways
Kelly Prescott
Ellis Paul

Summerfolk Choir Rehearsal
Director Treasa Levasseur
12:00-1:00Off the beaten path
Murder Murder
The Jerry Cans
12:00-12:30
Open Stage
How did he do that
Don Ross
Ellis Paul
Jacob Moon/
Strings v. Brass
Turbo Street Funk
Basque Dance
Korrontzi
1:00-2:00The Pipes Are Calling
Trad.Attack!
Connla
12:30-1:30
Concert
Gathering Sparks

1:30
Open Stage
Coco Love Alcorn
Turkwaz
Concert
Kelly Prescott
Let's Learn Balfolk
Circle's Square Dance Band
2:00-3:00Songs from a Hat
Treasa Levasseur
Madison Violet
Kelly Prescott
Gathering Sparks



TBA
Grit Laskin
Todd Crowley
Taylor Holden and the Law of Averages


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Al Simmons
TBA
Élage Diouf
Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies
Step and percussive
Linsey Beckett (Kelly Prescott)
Bon Débarras
3:00-4:00The Trouble with the Normal
Ruthie Foster
Good Lovelies
Matthew Byrne
3:00-4:15
Friends of Fiddler's Green
Gathering Sparks
Story Slam
Tell us your story
5 minutes, no notes
Tales of the dog
Hosted by
David Newland
Concert
Jake Feeney
TBA
Sarah Beatty
Wondrous Travellers
Matt Epp
Turkwaz

Saturday Afternoon Contra Dance
Caller Frank Francalanza
Circle's Square Dance Band
4:00-5:00Blues by the Bay
Shakura S'Aida
Trevor MacKenzie
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
4:15-4:50
Open Stage
Sweet Relief
Gathering Sparks
Bare Sierra
5:00Cafe Concert
Matt Epp
1:00-3:00
On the Hill (between Gazebo and Over the Hill)
Stilt Walking workshops with Lookup Theatre
Juggling while you wait
5:00
Summerfolk Circle
Spinning workshops with Vita Twirlin' Diva

Saturday Night August 19

 Amphitheatre Down By the Bay
6:00-6:30Bon Débarras
6:40-7:15Friends of Fiddler's Green7:00-8:00Trad.Attack!
Moulettes
7:20-7:55Ellis Paul 8:00-9:00Madison Violet
TBA
8:05-8:45 The Accidentals 9:00-10:00Turbo Street Funk
The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
9:00-9:50 The Good Lovelies 10:00-11:00 The Accidentals
Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies
10:00-11:00Ruthie Foster11:00-12:00Élage Diouf
12:00Delhi2Dublin

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Those magic moments

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I could fill a book with the magical moments I’ve had at festivals. As a performer, I had the opportunity to sit in with some of my musical heroes in workshops and sessions with the chance to sit on stage with them and get a close look at what they do. If things were really comfortable, I got to play a tune with them.

As an audience member, I have seen spur of the moment collaborations on workshop stages that have electrified me. I’ve felt the thrill of knowing that what I saw on stage would never happen again quite the same way. It defies audio recording and video recording.

Obviously, that synergy comes about by having the right mix of artists at the festival. So, how do you book and program a festival?As the artistic director, there is a lot that has to happen before magic touches an audience.

We open performer applications in early October and close them in February, receiving between three and four hundred for the festival. I have to look further than the outright applications, though. I also choose from artists that are touring in August, as well as those I want to bring in because I think our patrons will enjoy them. Selections continue with audience favourites, suggestions from social media and a dozen or so wish lists that people give me

I have about 40 slots to fill and from that I have to have some bands that can play formal dance sets — contra, step dancing and square dancing, for example. I need some singer-songwriters, some late night dance bands and some traditional acts. I need good storytellers and masterful instrumentalists.

Also needed are some performers with broad name recognition and most important, some bands that you’ve never heard of. One thing that Summerfolk audiences love above all else is making a discovery.

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I end up with a working list that I have made for myself to guide the booking. If I were to show you the list I started with and the final roster you’d see quite a difference.

I present offers to artists and they accept, reject or negotiate them. Of course, some artists say yes right away. There can be any number of reasons why a performer doesn’t accept an offer. The weekend may be booked already. The offer might not meet expectations. Some time may be needed to see if other work can be found around the Summerfolk weekend — a big consideration if a band is coming from a great distance.

We aim to have the roster completed by the end of March. By that time, we have collected high-resolution photos of the artists, bios and video links needed for publicity. We start getting the bands’ technical riders for the technical director who begins mapping out what we need for sound, stage, and lights.

 

Once I have every performer confirmed and can account for their travel times, I start scheduling the festival. There are forty acts and almost all of them will get their own concert slot.

There are eighteen time slots available on the Amphitheatre stage and fourteen in the evening in the Down by the Bay tent. There are roughly sixty slots to fill on the six daytime stages.

There are workshops that are no-brainers. You have to have a blues jam. Songs from a Hat has become a staple. If there are enough Celtic bands for a ceilidh, you’d best have one. There should be a workshop geared to children.

We ask for suggestions from the performers. How else would I have known that Matt Epp does some songs in Turkish or that Mayhemingways have a dancing chicken puppet? We also have the band lists—handy if you want to do a workshop that might involve a specialty instrument.

But above all, I look for combinations of personalities that might work well together. In looking over the lists, are there performers who have already played together or appeared at several festivals together this summer? I look for performers from the same town or from the same region thinking they might already have some common repertoire.

I’m taking those things and a hundred others into consideration when filling the schedule. Even if I have done all that right, it still needs one more essential element — a great audience.

Performers are not going to go out on limb in an unrehearsed jam unless they feel comfortable. The audiences at Summerfolk make the performers comfortable. They are willing to walk out on the tightrope with the performer. Almost all the people who have played the festival have remarked on how extraordinary the Summerfolk audience is — attentive, interactive and supportive.

The forty-second edition of Summerfolk happens August 17, 18, 19, 20 at Kelso Beach Park in Owen Sound. Schedules will be appearing on the website later next week. Information can be found at summerfolk.org or by phoning 519-371-2995.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trying on Pants

Shawn Hall of The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer has provided me with my mantra for the next year. In an interview with Mike Usinger of the Georgia Straight, Hall mentioned that on the road to self discovery “… What it comes down to is—you’ve got to try on a lot of pants.”

I’ve been trying to tell people that for years, but never so simply.

It’s not surprising though—simplicity is the driving force that makes the music of The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer such a spine tingling pleasure. For two guys—Shawn is the Harpoonist, Matthew Rogers is the other guy—they produce a mighty sound.
Hall and Rogers are from the lower mainland. They met, like most acts do, in their twenties. A chance bit of session work introduced Shawn to Matt. The session work—they recorded a jingle for a local Jerk restaurant—lead to the creation of the duo in 2007. They released their debut disk, The Blues Can Kill, the same year. They were enthusiastically embraced by the west coast scene. The halls kept filling up and they kept touring further afield.

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They pump out  dark, brooding, danceable blues-based songs.They tend to the raw, low down, gritty end of the scale. With a name like The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer that’s to be expected. Their new cd, Apocalipstick, deals with some dark subjects but it’s done with a bit of a grin—a dark sense of humour. The lyrics are sharp and precise and Hall’s crunchy harmonica sounds and Rogers gritty guitar chops whip up a rhythm storm.

They have moved past the duo now, adding back ground vocalists—they will be joined by Alexa Dirks who was last at Summerfolk as part of Chic Gamine-percussion and keyboards, but the music retains its simplicity. It always comes back to the groove for them, and for their audience.

Like Hall and Rogers, Shakura S’aida had to try on a lot of pants.
She simmered on the edge of the music scene for a quite a while trying out a lot of different styles. She fronted a world music act— Kaleefah— and was a backing vocalist to artists as diverse as Rita MacNeil and Patti Labelle. Her heart , it turns out, was really in the blues.

In 2008 she placed high in the running at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. She also released her first solo cd, Blueprint. Maple Blues and Juno nominations followed. She’s not the edge of the scene any longer. She is the scene. She’s got a rich layered voice, a knack for writing and interpretation and a great choice in players.

I’d heard Shakura’s name a lot, but hadn’t seen her perform. Then, two years ago I was asked to take part in a songwriter’s circle for the Canadian Songwriter’s Association. Shakura was going to be one of the 4 performers.  A beautiful room in Koerner Hall and a sold out crowd of enthusiastic listeners—what could be better.

Whenever I play a songwriter circle I treat it like a festival workshop-a round robin where it’s important to listen to what is played before you. Have you got a song on the same theme? Do you have a song that compliments the one just played? If you can think of what the audience is experiencing rather than an interior agenda, the whole thing can lift off.

Shakura and her guitar player were on my right, so as we went round the circle, she was playing after me each round.
I found out that Shakura is an ears-wide-open musician. She listens intensely. She pulls thread from the song you’ve sung and with a twist, and a bit of wit, she spins that thread into her song. She was awesome and a natural at the art of the workshop.

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I got to know Shakura  better a couple of months later when she asked me to co-write a song with her for a United Way project in Toronto. She was easy to co-write with because she is comfortable in her own skin, and makes you feel the same. It comes partly from the multinational nature of her life. Born in Brooklyn, raised in Switzerland, now making home in Toronto, she’s had to be able to break down barriers.

The night we performed the song, it wasn’t just her and a guitar player. It was an 8 piece band, including a horn section. She rocked the room. Having seen her in an intimate setting and at full throttle, I was sure that she would fit in at Summerfolk.

Shakura S’Aida and the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer will meet on stage with the legendary Trevor MacKenzie at our celebrated Saturday afternoon Blues by Bay session—Saturday, August 19 at 4PM-ish. Information can be had at summerfolk.org or by phoning or office at 519-371-2995. Summerfolk happens August 17, 18, 19, 20, at Kelso Beach Park.

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 40 – Canada Day

Georgian Bay Roots

With your host Jon Farmer


1609969_10154532318180220_5111923560966166563_nEvery Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played in Grey and Bruce Counties with roots music from across Canada and around the world thrown into the mix. Host, Jon Farmer, brings a musician’s ear and the heart of a fan to the airwaves with stories about performers and news about upcoming shows and releases. Tune in to hear some of your favourite acts and new bands that you didn’t know you loved.

This is the slightly belated Canada Day Episode of Georgian Bay Roots with songs about our country’s past and present. It’s good for some thoughtful commentary, stunning songs, and a few chuckles too.

If you missed the live show, we will post the episode by 6pm ET.

You can download an iTunes podcast here

Are you making music that you want us to share?
Do you have gig coming up that you want to promote?
Are you interested in being a sponsor or advertising on the show?
Contact us at georgianbayroots@summerfolk.org

Georgian Bay Roots is presented by the Georgian Bay Folk Society with the support the Ontario Trillium Foundation

 

Georgian Bay Roots is sponsored this week by:

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Play List Coming Soon

 

Archives

Visit our  iTunes podcast page for archived programs

Pages with set lists and further info can be found below.

GBR show 1

GBR show 2

GBR show 3

GBR show 4

GBR show 5

GBR show 6

GBR show 7

GBR show 8

GBR show 9

GBR show 10

GBR show 11

GBR show 12

GBR show 13

GBR show 14

GBR show 15

GBR show 16

GBR show 17

GBR show 18

GBR show 19

GBR show 20 – Valentine’s Day

GBR show 21

GBR show 22

GBR show 23

GBR show 24

GBR show 25

GBR show 26

GBR show 27

GBR show 28

GBR show 29 – Easter

GBR show 30

GBR show 31

GBR show 32

GBR show 33 – Mother’s Day

GBR show 34

GBR show 35

GBR show 36

GBR show 37

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