Tower of Song

“I said to Hank Williams, how lonely does it get?
Hank Williams hasn’t answered yet
But I hear him coughing all night long
A hundred floors above me, in the Tower of Song.”

When Leonard Cohen sang these words, the Tower of Song was a metaphor for the inspiration that flows between songwriters,

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Red Tail Ring

Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies.

“The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and
highly original folk music . . .

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Kim Beggs

Kim, almost born in a taxi cab on the way to the closest hospital eighty miles south in Val d’Or Quebec, lived her first years in Joutel, a little mining town that doesn’t exist anymore. She spent much of her childhood moving from place to place as her father followed mining jobs around Quebec and Ontario and then prior to her birth,

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Joel Savoy

Fils dy premier famille de la musique de Cajun guide par Marc et Ann, Joel Savoy a été à l’avant-garde de la renaissance musicale de la Louisiane depuis 20 ans. En conséquence, il est devenu un personnage très visible dans la communauté du misique folk américaine et il a récemment été nommé le nouveau Directeur artistique du “Festival ofAmerican Fiddle Tunes » à Port Townsend,

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Rob Lutes

Rob Lutes is widely known for his superb songwriting, finger style mastery and soulful vocals. Since his first release, Gravity, in 2000, the Montreal-based musician, originally from Rothesay NB, has become widely known for his impassioned live performances, extraordinary playing, improvisational magic and intense, gritty vocals.

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Spruce & The Meadowlark

Rooted in the prairies of Manitoba, Spruce and the Meadowlark deliver a fresh take on contemporary bluegrass. The combination of complex driving instrumentals and haunting melodic lyrics help to create a new perspective on the marriage of folk and bluegrass. Aisha Belle (violin, guitar) and Donovan Locken (mandolin, guitar) invoke emotion with thoughtful orchestration and dynamic harmonious vocals.

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Jon Brooks

“It’s a perilous and irresponsible life that pursues an ancient vocation incapable of modern recompense.  I’m at once consoled and terrified by Leonard Cohen’s comment that ‘songwriting is not a vocation, but a sentence…’

It’s true that fame and money are the jurors and legislators of success in the current age;

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Murfitt & Main

Murfitt & Main plumb the depths of country, bluegrass, and western swing, playing home-made songs steeped in the living tradition of roots music. Their original songs possess a clarity rooted in the musical traditions of rural North America, in a contemporary voice. Heartbreak, honky-tonks, whiskey, unions, religion, the Canadian terrain,

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Sultans of String

2015 JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String create “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!” (Maverick Magazine UK). Thrilling audiences with their genre-hopping passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, fiery violin dances with kinetic guitar,

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Two Piano Tornado

TWO PIANO TORNADO is an unpredictable vortex that will pick the listener up and deposit them in another realm, surrounding them with swirling riffs improvised completely from what they hear in each other’s playing. The combination of ANNIE AVERY and GRANT SIMPSON will whirl you through a set of swing,

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Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010.

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Paul & Trevor Mills

Paul Mills has been in the music game for a long time. How long? Well, his first major influence was the Kingston Trio – now do the math! He has been part of many different bands and also performed extensively as a solo act at festivals, clubs and concert halls all over Canada.

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Mohsin Zaman

“Male Artist of The Year” at the 2016 Edmonton Music Awards, and runner up for the 2016 Edmonton Music Prize, Mohsin Zaman is an old hand at being a new comer.

Carrying Pakistani roots and an upbringing in the Middle East,  Zaman has created quite the buzz in the Albertan music scene in the two years that he’s given music ” a serious” go!

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Kev Corbett

People keep telling Kev Corbett he really doesn’t sound like anybody else. He’s a wordy guy with a big heart. A serious guitar picker. A man who loves a great story, especially if it isn’t his. He’s comfortable in his own skin, not a hint of pretense. Known and respected in musical circles across Canada,

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Manitoba Hal

MANITOBA HAL is a consummate blues man, having toured Canada extensively with a ukulele. Picturing him in his 100 year old cottage in Nova Scotia, one can’t help wonder how someone can sound like he grew up in the Deep South of the States and play raw, swamp,

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Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman

Born in New Jersey, Karen Savoca’s baby diary reads, “20 months, knows six songs.” At the age of five, she was the emcee of her kindergarten play. Her mom had been a big-band singer, and the featured vocalist on a nightly TV show in Fresno, CA. She wasn’t at all surprised to find her little girl constantly dancing and singing around the house.

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Lynne Hanson

LYNNE HANSON and The Good Intentions (CANADA) are known for their hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar.  Lynne Hanson’s deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude, and she’s drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams, with a touch of Gillian Welch thrown in.

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Twin Fiddles: Gordon Stobbe & JJ Guy

Twin Fiddles is a union of two well-known, award-winning and accomplished Canadian fiddlers, Saskatchewan’s JJ Guy and Saskatchewan-born, Nova Scotian Gordon Stobbe. They work together throughout the Canadian West and North teaching workshops, mentoring youth, performing and composing.
Their distinctive original tunes are written in the twin fiddle style with lead and harmony lines in a wonderful musical collaboration and reflects their shared love for traditional fiddle music,

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Hard Travelin’ with Woody

The inspiration for writing Hard Travelin’ with Woody came when I saw a video of Woody’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, singing Woody’s song (with music by his son, Arlo Guthrie), “My Peace,” at Banjo Jim’s in NYC at a tribute concert of Woody’s music.  I was mysteriously moved.  

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April Verch & Joe Newberry

With their strong musical traditions of the Ozarks and Canada’s Ottawa Valley, Joe Newberry and April Verch take a little bit of home with them wherever they go. Now, through their new release Going Home (May 12, Slab Town Records),

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