Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected ‘roots’ musicians. He has won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement Awards from Folk Music Ontario and from the Mariposa Folk Festival and has been nominated for 7 JUNO Awards and 15 Maple Blues Awards. Drawing on his incredibly rich background in blues, gospel and folk styles Ken’s played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, Basia Bulat, Guy Davis, Raffi and countless others. A prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and a powerful singer, Ken’s music communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment. His participatory performances are presented with humour, grace and energy.
The self titled cd, Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band was the number 2 folk recording of 2015 on Stingray Music streaming. Anchored by the strong fiddling and vocals of Rosalyn Dennett, the stunning banjo playing of Allison de Groot and the extremely groovy string bass playing of Gordon Mowat, the Beulah Band plays new music with old soul. Rosalyn and Allison played together in the popular Winnipeg group, “Oh, My Darling” and have recorded one cd together as a duo. Ken first met Gord when he was playing with the contemporary roots ensemble, the Dust Poets. Rosalyn and Gord also happen to be first cousins. The band was formed in 2014 and has played festivals and concerts across Canada and in the United States. Combining great musicianship, rich vocal harmonies and lots of funky, folk fun, as one critic has said, “with Ken Whiteley our enjoyment is virtually assured.”
and versatile instrumentalists and great harmony singers. And if anyone can match the youthful energy of his bandmates it is Ken Whiteley.