2019 Festival Artists
So! Much!! Talent!!!
Tay Creek Folk Festival is delighted to welcome back singer-songwriter Brooklyn Doran, whose unique sound weaves song and storytelling; the polarity between her music and personality create a harmonious blend of wit and humour contrasted by vulnerable lyricism and haunting melody.
Blending folk, roots, and country sensibilities, Danielle Knibbe‘s songs win, and then all too often, break your heart. There’s an intimacy and familiarity to her music; her stories may not be about you, but you’ll think they are.
Tackling topics like mental illness, loss, heartbreak, estrangement, and countless others, Danielle Knibbe has developed a following by being as genuine and open in her songwriting as she is onstage. Her songs invite the listener into what feels like an intimate conversation between friends. Her knack for penning insightful yet straightforward lyrics has already gained her recognition, earning her a spot at the Banff Centre for the Arts inaugural Singer-Songwriter Residency. Although she was one of the youngest songwriters in the program, she was given the nickname “The Lyric Doctor” due to her natural instinct for getting to the heart of a song.
Her sophomore album The Ribcage & The Heart (Spring 2019) is full of examples of Danielle’s lyrical skill,with three of the songs having been selected for print in American Songwriter’s monthly lyric contest. This new album, mixed by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Basia Bulat) and featuring Fats Kaplin (John Prine, Jack White), showcases the depth, insight, passion, and potential of this up-and-coming songwriter.
Emily Burgess & The Emburys
Emily Burgess & The Emburys are an original roots and blues trio out of the music hub of Peterborough, Ontario. In February 2019, they won ‘Best New Group’ at the Maple Blues Awards, followed by a successful tour of the eastern United States. In 2018 they played over 100 shows in support of Burgess’ debut album, ‘Are We In Love?’, which CBC music journalist Bob Mersereau calls “A Big Winner” and “Empowering”. John Valenteyn of The Maple Blues Newsletter writes “…she has a knack for writing attractive tunes that feature her biting lead guitar…a combination not often heard”. The album was #18 on Stingray Blues Channel’s most played albums of 2018, and featured in Joe Bonamassa’s blog ‘Blues Bands to check out in 2018’.
This cohesive three-piece band, which includes Marcus Browne (drums, harmony vocals), and Dawson McManus (bass, harmony vocals), has a big sound that will have you think there are other members hiding behind the curtains. With soaring three-part harmony, expert attention to detail on their instruments, and original tunes that you’ll be singing all the way home, Emily Burgess & The Emburys are worth a close-up look and listen.
Emily Rockarts’ captivating songwriting is starting to catch on in Canada’s bustling music scene. Circling between the realms of folk, pop, and storytelling, Rockarts’ influences include Feist, Bahamas, and Andy Shauf. “Mapmaker” (2016), her debut five-track EP garnered her critical acclaim from taste-making reviewers, more than 30 cross-Canada tour dates, festival appearances, a spot in the top 20 producer’s choice in CBC’s Searchlight contest, and a few top 20 appearances on !earshot charts. Emily is currently working on her first full length album anticipated for release Spring 2020.
“This Canadian band is setting the bar high for the Toronto music scene.” – Voice Magazine
Men from Earth
Men From Earth – rocking the Taycreek festival since its birth – began with Vernon Moir, the founder of the group and one of its two songwriters. Vernon is a true folk-artist, drawing his lyrics from his life in the beautiful Nashwaak River valley. Those lyrics can find themselves in a folk melody, a hard boogie or even a mariachi arrangement.
Joining Vernon in forming the band were John Moir, on acoustic guitar, and drummer, Ron Canney. The band then picked up bass player Eric Godin, and added his driving rock and metal influences to their sound.
Last to join the band was lead guitar player and songwriter, Jim Emberger, who brought his folk and rock original songs to the band.
All together, the mixture of folk sensibilities and rock and roll energy produces ‘Nashwaak Folk Rock’, suitable for listening or dancing. The band’s first CD, “Raven”, should be out shortly before the festival, so check back for a link to it.
MOROHUBU is a 4-piece funk-rock band known for bringing an exciting and energetic vibe to the stage.
Ryan Cook & Sunny Acres
Ryan Cook & Sunny Acres are a five-piece eclectic Country/Western & Swing ensemble that blends jazz, hillbilly, & folk with home-brewed Canadian ballads. The band features Cook centre-stage on acoustic guitar in his familiar thumb-picking fashion along with Barry Seymour (drums), Dave Campbell (pedal steel), Jill Chambers (upright bass) and Phil Sedore (lead guitar). Their 2019 concerts include songs from Cook’s award-winning albums, most recently Having A Great Time (2018 Music Nova Scotia Country Recording of the Year).
The Tortoise, the Hare, and the Millionaire
A scruffy, rough-around-the-edges group decked out in plaid and denim, The Tortoise The Hare & The Millionaire are grounded in a sort of no-nonsense, straight-shooting blues rock. However, the group flits effortlessly from genre to genre, not in a tacky way, but in a way that represents the grand scope of their influences, their willingness to play around and explore, and the continued growth of their relationships, both in terms of friendship and musicianship.
Hailing from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, Wicked Vices is a 5 piece rock group. Comprised of Chris Hawkins (lead guitar), Kristen Vautour (vocals), Logan Colter (rhythm guitar&keys), Geoff MacDonald (bass) and Ryan Barrie (drums), formed in the fall of 2016.
Taking cues from the classic rock genre melded with the depth of the early 90’s grunge era, WV as their fans call them, prefer not to pigeon hole themselves in any specific musical category but instead play what makes sense in the moment. Inspirations include Heart, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Grace Potter, and Canadiana rockers such as Neil Young, The Tragically Hip, and The Guess Who.
After spending two years integrating in to the East Coast music scene, their self-titled EP will be released in early February 2019.
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