Relaxed, earthy and warm, Allison Altherr‘s vocal style is influenced by blues, western swing, latin, traditional jazz and grounded by her country roots. Allison writes from a lifetime of adventure that leads you on a trail through life in the Chilcotin and beyond. Joined by “The Boys” featuring Big Dave and Gary Smyth, lead guitarist from The Cruzeros.
Dirty Grace is sassy and soulful, blending elements of folk, hip hop, swing, dance hall, jazz, rock and electronic beneath a swell of three-part harmonies and contagious melodies. Their heartfelt lyrics are woven by all members of the trio: Betty Supple, Marley Daemon and Jesse Thom.
The Fretless are taking the worlds of celtic, folk and chamber music to fascinating places as they transform fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. The Band, comprised of Karrnnel Sawitsky (Fiddle), Ivonne Hernandez (Fiddle), Eric Wright (Cello) and Trent Freeman (Fiddle), combines the traditional look of a string quartet with the exciting tunes, arrangements and stepdancing of celtic traditions.
Known for their high energy live shows, Jackie Treehorn gets the ground pumping with their funk-soul sound and dance choreography. Originally beginning with a few friends who met at college in the Kootenays, this now six-piece band based out of Vancouver BC is comprised of Ashley Robyn (Lead Vocals), Chelsea Burden (Vocals), Adam Kerby (Keytar/Vocals), Kevin Sanders (Guitar), Nick Nixon (Bass) and Derek van Deursen (Drums/Vocals).
Edmonton’s own Scott Cook is a traveling songwriter bringing honesty, humour, years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his songcraft and storytelling. His straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, soul and country influences, with spacious fingerpicked arrangements on guitar, banjo and ukulele.
Singer/guitarist Daniel Wesley and his band are an eclectic mix of alternative music, blending reggae, folk and rock. After recording the album Sing & Dance in June of 2007, CFOX radio debuted their first single “Ooo Ohh” becoming CFOX’s most requested song of 2007.
Alternative folk singer/songwriter Helen Austin is from the UK now residing on Vancouver Island BC. Helen is no stranger to the stage and has worked as a professional performer for over 20 years, building a career as an award-winning musical comedian and regular headliner on the UK comedy circuit. Helen has two new albums out this year: a kid’s album and another with LA-based producer Bleu.
Leonard Sumner is Anishinaabe from the Little Saskatchewan First Nation located in Interlake Region of Manitoba. His music is best described as a fusion of Hip-Hop, Country and Rhythm & Blues. His lyrics are heartfelt, insightful and honest. He captivates crowds with a guitar slung over his shoulder, singing and rhyming to the beats, allowing his style to be enjoyed by people who typically are “not into rap.”
Take Top 40 sound and mix it with rocksteady and reggae influences and you’ve got The Steadies. Frontman Earl Pereira played at our Festival in 2007, when he was a member of award-winning band Wide Mouth Mason. Pereira has toured the world opening for iconic artists like the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Nelly Furtado and he was named one of Canada’s top bass players by Canadian Music Magazine. The Steadies’ self-titled debut EP was nominated for a 2012 Western Canadian Music Award.
Tom Landa’s Locarno celebrates his Mexican ancestry and the band’s Latin backgrounds for an inventive Cuban Son, Salsa and Son Jarocho-influenced sound. The band includes Kalissa Hernandez violin/vocals, Sam Esecson on drums and percussion, Nick La Riviere trombone and Miguelito Valdes, raised in Havana, Cuba and has played with Afro Cuban All Stars and The Buena Vista Social Club, on trumpet.
Guitarist and singer/ songwriter Derek Miller was born on the Six Nations of the Grand River in Mohawk Territory. In the late ’90s, he toured with iconic Canadian vocalist Buffy Sainte-Marie and garnered a Juno for both his debut album, ‘Music Is the Medicine’ and sophomore album ‘The Dirty Looks.’ His latest album ‘Derek Miller with Double Trouble’ features a duet with Willie Nelson on the first single ‘Damned If You Do.’