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Small town…

When I am not wearing my Artistic Director’s hat, I’m wearing my touring, singer-songwriter’s hat. I’ve been wearing that headgear for over 30 years now. That job takes me to a lot of different places. Last Friday, I was in London, England. Today, I’m typing away in Owen Sound— that’s the nature of the beast.

 

The performers we bring to Owen Sound come from all points of the compass. Some of those places are small out of the way spots—some from places we see as exotic and some that seem pretty familiar. What unites them is the magic of music and performance.

 

Traverse City, Michigan seems a lot like Owen Sound. Nestled against Traverse Bay on Lake Michigan, it has a population of about 16,000. Its industrial glory days are in the past and it now counts tourism as its major moneymaker.

 

It has a thriving arts scene, and we have that to thank for The Accidentals. Katie Larson and Savannah Buist met in 2011 at their public high school.  Katie was a freshman cellist “playing up” in the Philharmonic Orchestra and Savannah was Concertmaster principle violinist. They volunteered for a class assignment that threw them together for their first rehearsal and The Accidentals were born.

 

They both grew up in musical households that didn’t believe there were types of music, there was just music. You’ll find echoes of jazz, blues, folk and pop in their tunes. They are musical polyglots. In addition to the tight harmonies, edgy violin and cello that define their sound, they also play guitar, bT DEMINass, glockenspiel, mandolin, banjo, piano, organ, accordion, and kazoo.

 

Between 2011 and 2013, they wrote and recorded two albums. They played as guest artists on several other albums. They scored three films, and landed song placements in several commercials, documentaries and independent films. They did all that while playing over five hundred live shows and maintaining a 3.9 GPA.
In 2014, they added drummer and percussionist, Michael Dause, no slouch himself. It was this trio that I saw in a hotel room at the Folk Alliance International Conference in early 2016. It takes a lot to break out of the crowd at huge music conference. I missed their main showcase, but their talent shone like a great lakes lighthouse in that small space. They are personable, accessible, charmingly nerdy, intelligent and one of the most fun bands that I have heard in a long time.

 

Mungia is a town near the Bay of Biscay in the Basque region of Spain. The town can trace its history to the early 11th century. Like Traverse City, its population is about 16,000. When Agus Barandiaran was looking for a name for his newly-formed group, he named it after a farmer who used to busk in the town square of Mungia. Korrontzi played trikitixa — the two-row Basque diatonic button accordion.

 

As a band, Korrontzi celebrates the music of the Basque Country that straddles the Pyrenees in both northeastern Spain and western France. The trikitixa is the heart korrontzi photo - 2and soul of Basque music even though the accordion entered Basque relatively late. It was brought by immigrants from Lombardy in the nineteenth century. While it has its own distinct accent the music has been influenced by just about every European tradition. The Basque country sits astride the ancient pilgrimage trails to Santiago and the pilgrims have left some fingerprints. It can sound slightly Italian, slightly Celtic but it is always played with intensity and virtuosity by Korrontzi. The band leader, Barandiaran, is a master of the trikitixa and he has surrounded himself with players who lift the music into different planes while maintaining the root and branch of the tradition.

 

Dance is a big part of any culture’s folk tradition. Korrontzi is travelling with dancers and they will be teaching a workshop at our Down by the River stage ( formerly the Over the Hill stage) on Saturday, August 19. Maybe Basque dance will be the fingerprint Korrontzi leaves on our town.

 

Traverse City, Mungia — where ever they are from, they are part of Owen Sound at the 42nd annual Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival. You can find bios and videos of these and other acts, as well as festival information at summerfolk.org.or by following us on social media or just giving us a good old-fashioned phone call at 519-371-2995

 

This year’s dates are August 17, 18, 19 and 20 at Kelso Beach Park.

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We have you covered

Every year the Artistic Director of Summerfolk writes a series of 12 articles for the Owen Sound Sun Times in the 12 weeks leading up to the festival.

 

 

 

It’s always exciting when I can announce that the lineup for Summerfolk is complete. It’s taken a bit longer this year because there is so much going on in Ontario, and around the country this summer. Artists from coast to coast to coast are trying to fit as much into what is turning out to be one of the busiest summer festival circuits in years.

 

Whether you are a fan of singer-songwriters, world music, children’s performers or dance music– we’re presenting you with a music and crafts lineup that is one of the best we have ever presented.

 

If you like singer-songwriters, we have you covered. Renowned Canadian songstress Buffy Sainte-Marie is returning to Summerfolk this year to headline our Canadian Connection Celebration event on Thursday night at the Down by the Bay tent. We’re celebrating the rich musical traditions on this indigenous-themed night that will also feature The Jerry Cans from Nunavut and local powwow legends, the Chippewa Travellers.BSMphoto2credit_Christie_Goodwin (1)

 

We will also have the father and son duo of Bill and Joel Plaskett, up-and-comer Ken Yates, country sensation, Kelly Prescott and dynamic duo, Madison Violet.

 

If you like world music, we’ve got you covered. Free-wheeling Basque music and dance from Korrontzi, sinuous rhythms from Senegalese percussionist, Élage Diouf and gorgeous vocals from the eastern Mediterranean from quartette, Turkwaz.

 

In the Down by the Bay tent on Friday night, the enigmatic Delhi 2 Dublin will entrance the crowd. A past favourite at Summerfolk, we coaxed them back again this year for Friday and Saturday.

 

If you like young, energetic bands, we have you covered–The Accidentals, a trio from Traverse City Michigan and Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies from Kitchener Waterloo.

 

Want to shake a leg? We’ve created our own dance band for the weekend –The Circle Square under the direction of Emilyn Stam-who will lead lead contra, square and Balfolk dances. We’re moving our Saturday contra dance to the daytime this year so you get to choose between the evening programs at Down by the Bay and the Amphitheatre on Saturday.

 

Powerful voices? We’ve got you covered. Serena Ryder took Summerfolk’s breath away as a teenager years ago when she was just starting out. She returns to us now as one of the brightest stars on the scene with a brilliant new cd. Ruthie Foster also Serena_Ryder_Photo_1_Landscaperejoins us after a long absence. She has a timeless voice filled with passion and fire.

 

 

 

Blues? Covered! The sultry Shakura S’Aida, the rough and raw Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer and local hero, Trevor MacKenzie deliver the goods.

 

Children’s performers, the Musical Petting Zoo, the children’s parade — all those family-oriented features you’ve come to expect? We’ve got you covered!

 

We’ve got the finest of Artisans returning to our juried Crafts area. Clothing, jewellery, hand-crafted instruments and ceramics to delight the eye and tempt your pocket book.

 

Sunday will start, as always, with the gospel workshop at 10:30AM anchored this year by The Commissionaires. Our audience is familiar with at least one member of the group, the honey-voiced Jacob Moon, but the whole band is quite stunning. They play modern music that appeals to the spirit and has an eye to social justice

 

We are going to do a bit of a time shift, but we have you covered.

 

The Amphitheatre main stage Sunday night has been scheduled, in theory, to run from 6:00 to 11:00PM. Enthusiastic performers and audiences have sometimes meant that the show hasn’t actually ended until 11:30PM or later. This year, we are pushing back the times. The Amphitheatre will start at 4:00PM on Sunday and run until 9:00PM complete with the finale and the piping out of the musicians. It’s the same 5 hours of programming you’ve come to expect.

 

Those that want to party and dance just a bit more can join us for a late extra at the licensed Down by the Bay tent for an energetic, festival farewell.

 

All in all, it means an additional two hours of music for those that want it and an earlier end to the evening for those with kids or early morning Monday commitments like work!

 

All this awaits you at the 42nd edition of Summerfolk — August 17, 18, 19, 20 at Kelso Beach Park. Tickets and information can be found  right here

 

 

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 34

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 May long weekend episode of Georgian Bay Roots featuring songs inspired by the season, trad tunes, and concert news.

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

GBR 34 May 21
Artist: The Duhks
Track: Lazy John
Length: 4:32
Canadian
Artist: Serena Ryder
Track: It’s Just Another Day
Length: 4:01
Canadian
Artist: Coco Love Alcorn
Track: I Got a Bicycle
Length: 3:32
Canadian
Artist: Chic Gamine
Track: Butterfly Woman
Length: 4:31
Canadian
Artist: Deanne Hallman
Track: Beyoutiful
Length: 3:18
Canadian
Artist: Victoria Vox
Track: Colorful Heart
Length: 3:33
Artist: Dave Gunning
Track: Broom O’The Cowdenknowes
Length: 4:18
Canadian
Artist: The Shards
Track: Trout Tale
Length: 3:31
Canadian
Artist: The Mayhemingways
Track: Boones Tune-Boats Up the River
Length: 4:06
Canadian
Artist: Ian Bell
Track: Carl Grexton Set
Length: 4:04
Canadian
Artist: Claire Lynch
Track: I’ll Be Alright Tomorrow
Length: 2:54
Artist: Corin Raymond
Track: Give it April (Give it May)
Length: 3:33
Canadian
Artist: James Hill
Track: For So Long
Length: 3:52
Canadian
Artist: Garnet Rogers
Track: The Sliprails and the Spur
Length: 4:06
Canadian
Artist: Remember When
Track: She Picks Wildflowers
Length: 3:01
Canadian
Artist: Serena Ryder
Track: Sing Sing
Length: 0:38
Canadian

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

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 026

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 week we’re showcasing artists on the line up of this year’s Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival. If you’re on this website I bet you already know how great it is but these songs will get you even more excited.

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


GBR March 19
Artist: The Duhks
Track: Lazy John
Album: Beyond the Blue
Length: 4:32
Release date: 2014
Canadian
Artist: Bill and Joel Plaskett
Track: The Next Blue Sky
Length: 3:50
Canadian
Artist: Treasa Levasseur
Track: Talk to me Babe
Length: 4:11
Canadian
Artist: Matt Epp
Track: Aftermath
Length: 4:25
Canadian
Artist: Ken Yates
Track: High on You Under the Moon
Length: 4:10
Canadian
Artist: Murder Murder
Track: When the Lord Calls Your Name
Length: 5:16
Canadian
Artist: Korrontzi
Track: Sardos K
Length: 4:08
Artist: Turkwaz
Track: Love on a Rainy Day
Length: 4:53
Canadian

Artist: the Friends of Fiddler’s Green
Track: The Reason Why
Length: 4:17
Canadian
Artist: The Good Lovelies
Track: Cheek to Cheek
Length: 3:02
Canadian
Artist: Jimmy Pearson
Track: Bruised
Length: 3:30
Canadian
Artist: Lynn Miles
Track: Fearless Heart
Length: 3:42
Canadian
Artist: Jon Jasper-Lawless and Linsey Beckett
Track: So Sure
Length: 2:07
Canadian
Artist: Andrea Ramolo
Track: Chameleon
Length: 3:14
Canadian
Artist: Andrea Ramolo
Track: Caruso
Length: 3:46
Canadian

Archives

Visit our  iTunes podcast page for archived programs

Or stream them on Soundcloud here

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

Youth Discoveries Mainstage- Cassie DaSilva

Youth Discoveries finals!!!

 

After 3 preliminaries, these are the performers moving on to the finals of the Summerfolk Youth Discoveries. The show begins at 1PM at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound. The final is always exciting, surprising and a great time.

4-5 performers get slots at Summerfolk 42!

1.     Paige Ballagh

2.     Bare Sierra

3.     Greg Smith

4.     Allison Skorik

5.     John Anderson

6.     Clara Wiseman

INTERMISSION

7.     Clarrisa Fortin

8.     Emma Page

9.     Sidney Riley

10.  Moscow Apartments

11. Lily&Thistle                                                                                                                                     

12.Madison&Jonathan                                                                                                                        

13. Taylor Holden & the Law of Averages

glories

Small Glories at the Roxy

The Small Glories return to Owen Sound

They are a duo in the best tradition of Richard and Linda Thompson, Emmylou and Gram Parsons. The Glories took the festival by storm and you can enjoy them again at the Roxy theatre this October.

“The Small Glories are the ultimate: two amazing solo performers who somehow manage to melt into one entity, creating incredible harmonies that still raise the hairs on the back of my neck as I write.”
— Jennifer Ives, AD, Live from the Rock Music Festival

Tickets are available here

 

2 Summerfolk Favourites – 2 Concerts – A chance to win 2 passes to Summerfolk 42

Small Glories Oct 7th Roxy Theatre – Irish Mythen Nov 26th Harmony Centre

Get your tickets at the Roxy box office.

*Order advanced tickets for BOTH concerts and your name will be entered in a draw for a pair of passes to Summerfolk 42

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