Performers

100 mile house

Official Website: www.100milehouse.co.uk
100 mile house

Winners of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival Emerging Artists Award and the 2016 All-Albertan Song Contest, 100 mile house have shared their unique brand of transatlantic folk at some of Canada’s biggest festivals. Their beautiful harmonies, rich arrangements and captivating lyrics have led to awards and nominations across Canada as well as radio play across the globe.

 

They wear their trademark honesty firmly on their sleeves with songs discussing the loss of of a loved one (Hidden Springs) to the struggles and grief that can come with trying to start a family (Last Branch). Their new album Hiraeth is a conversation about our deepest fears and the ability to find hope in the darkest places. Hiraeth was No.1 on CKUA and received stellar reviews including the front page of the Canadian Folk Magazine Penguin Eggs.

Abby K

Abby K

Abby K is a 16 year old singer/songwriter from Tofield, Alberta who has a passion to perform with a unique and soulful voice. Her love for music is concentrated in the pop/folk genre. In the last year, she was a finalist at St. Albert’s Got Talent, Futuresfest and the Ship and Anchor Songwriters competition. She had the honor of placing 2nd at the Ponoka Stampede Talent search, took 1st place at Kalyna Idol and has been a semi-finalist at Big Valley for the past 2 years. Abby K has been busy writing 6 original songs that highlight her pop/alternative style. She is excited to release the first of 3 singles starting in April, available on all social media platforms.

BB and the Backsliders

BB and the Backsliders

The Backsliders have been together for 36 years and performed at every WO&N plus backed up many artists at the festival. The original members include Bill Sylvester on drums who spends his winters sailing and playing in Latin America and Juno award winning Saxophonist Dan McDonald. Eric Martin is a versatile guitarist and singer who has played professionally for 35 years with a repertoire of over 1500 songs and performed in all manner of situations and recording projects. Bob Walker on Bass is a cute guy who has played everywhere. Dr. Glen Halls is an award winning composer and pianist who has played in the Jazz,Rock and Latin idioms for 35 years. He has released over 10 independent recordings and teaches Junior High School for the EPS.

Benjamin Williams

Benjamin Williams

Benjamin Williams is a captivating 18 year old musician and singer-songwriter who’s quickly established himself as one to watch on the Alberta music scene. His career began with the classical guitar in 2004, winning numerous scholarships and accolades for his studies in the years that followed. As an alternative folk-rock singer-songwriter, his most notable accomplishments include, but are not limited to: 1st Place Winner in Parkland’s Got Talent (2014), 1st Runner-Up at the Big Valley Jamboree Road To MainstageCompetition (2016), and Rising Star Award nominee at the 2017 Edmonton Music Awards. Benjamin released his debut EP Handshake To The World in 2016 to critical acclaim among fans and peers alike in both digital and physical form.

Bill Durst

Official Website: https://billdurst.com/
Bill Durst

Bill Durst is an award winning Canadian Blues Rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, entertainer who has written and recorded over 125 songs on 12 albums with 7 national radio hits. The Jack Richardson Hall of Famer has opened for Areosmith, Rush, BTO, Yardbirds, Johnny Winter, Burton Cummings, Loverboy, George Thorogood, Bad Company, Edgar Winter Group, Jeff Healey, John Mayall, Downchild, David Wilcox, Little Feat and more. Mr. Durst has toured across North America and in Europe and tours extensively in Canada.

Boogie Patrol

Official Website: http://boogiepatrol.com/
Boogie Patrol

Boogie Patrol has steadily built their reputation as one of Western Canada’s premier acts and has garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic following since the group’s inception in 2007. A 5-piece-group that continues to create superb original music based on their collective influences. We’re talking Blues and Rock’n Soul, with a dose of Funk all thrown into the melting pot to create the sound that is Boogie Patrol. A stylistically unique group that is all about bringing loads of energy to the stage and to their music, with a goal of appealing to all walks of life.

Celeigh Cardinal

Celeigh Cardinal

A Celeigh Cardinal performance is a profound, soulful triumph of songs that blend roots, folk, rock and pop. Her voice at once evokes a gentleness and control which can turn to raucous, gut wrenching, twisted, turn-yourself-inside-out blues within a single phrase. This Metis singer/songwriter is fresh from an international tour, and a multi award winning year. Celeigh is known for drawing emotional response with her deliberate words and rich contralto voice. She is based out of Edmonton, AB and usually performs with her trio or band.

David James and Big River

David James and Big River

David James and Big River are often described as one of the most authentic Johnny Cash tribute shows touring today. Thousands of fans agree with those reviews, as they routinely sell out shows in venues large and small across Canada and the U.S.

James and his band look and sound like the legacy of the Man in Black, and when they step on stage, they live it. From the way Cash holds his guitar to the way he talks to his audience, the legendary musician lives again when James steps to the mike and says, “Hello – I’m almost Johnny Cash.”

Del Barber

Official Website: http://www.delbarber.com/
Del Barber

Del Barber is a Canadian singer songwriter whose musical style blends equal parts folk, rock, Americana, and alt country. Barber is no stranger to finding inspiration in the cultural backdrop of Canada. On his last record, the JUNO Award-nominated “Prairieography,” Barber documented stories of prairie life, highlighting the unique relationship between struggle, hard work and love.

On his latest album, “The Puck Drops Here,” Barber explores a much more universal piece of the Canadian identity. Through a collection of time-honoured covers and three inspired original numbers, Barber explores our country’s unique love affair with hockey; one that starts young and lasts forever.

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

Guitarist, singer-songwriter Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide, from Alert, Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC and many points between. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has released 10 CD’s and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo.

 

A much celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national blues awards) , first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a  poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat and swaying to his hot blues, soulful r&b and cool soul jazz.

Jake Buckley

Jake Buckley

Jake Buckley is an Edmonton based signer/songwriter making a name for himself in Alberta. He has been playing and writing for nearly 10 years. His raw, uncut style has proven to be a hit, winning multiple songwriting competitions and landing him many festival gigs, including the Wild Mountain Music Festival, and Beaumont Blues and Roots Festival.

Whether playing a festival stage, in the pub, or around the fire pit, Jake’s music and energy is sure to have you on your feet and singing along.  

Jim and Penny Malmberg

Jim and Penny Malmberg

Jim and Penny Malmberg are a singer/songwriter duo who have been writing and performing for the past 15 years. Their writing focusses on love in its many forms served up with humour and passion. Who can’t use more love? Acoustic arrangements of guitars and mandolin leave plenty of room for beautiful harmony singing to convey their message.

Jr. Gone Wild

Official Website: http://jrgonewild.com/
Jr. Gone Wild

They’re back! And to say that they’re back with a vengeance is no understatement! After a brief hiatus spanning from 1995 to 2013, Jr. Gone Wild is on the scene once again! Coming out of the same Edmonton scene that spawned punky, power poppy bands like the Pursuit of Happiness and the Wheat Chiefs, ex-Malibu Kens singer/guitarist Mike McDonald formed Jr. Gone Wild in 1983. McDonald, while possessed of the punk-pop ethos, never took himself as seriously as most punks, and on a musical level was more interested in pursuing a deliberately sloppy country-rock fusion inspired by artists such as the (then) deeply unhip Neil Young or Gram Parsons.

Peter and the Wolves

Peter and the Wolves

Calgary rockabilly star Howlin’ Pete and his Wolves will rock you back in time and make you want to shake it like it’s 1955! From hard hitting original rock and roll all the way to classics you may have forgotten you loved, you’re gonna shake it all night long.

Russell deCarle

Official Website: https://russelldecarle.com/
Russell deCarle

His 3rd album, “Alone in this Crowd,” feels like the soundtrack of a movie in the days just before they invented Technicolor. The sound may surprise those who remember deCarle as the lead vocalist and bassist of the iconic Canadian country roots band Prairie Oyster. He is no stranger to awards and accolades — his “Oyster years” were rewarded with six Juno Awards, more than a dozen Canadian Country Music Awards and enough gold and platinum records and #1 singles to fill a living room wall.

 

Russell deCarle’s songwriting features songs that mix southern soul and restrained balladry, with obvious touches of jazz, blues, old-school country, and western swing. He’s absorbed all those influences, and he avidly listens to smooth soul singers and the men and women who made early country music so compelling.

 

The Hearts

Official Website: www.thehearts.ca
The Hearts
The Hearts deliver memorable pop melodies and moody folk harmonies that fit comfortably at soft seat theatres, dive bars, or international folk festivals. What sets them apart is just how easy their down-to-earth songwriting rests against a backdrop of stylish cosmic textures – six captivating musicians blending into one unforgettable sound.
Spanning three albums, The Hearts’ music has been featured in HBO and MTV productions, received international critical acclaim and charted across Canada. They’ve toured extensively and performed at international festivals including SXSW, Calgary & Edmonton Folk Festivals and Interstellar Rodeo. They’re revered for delivering an exciting live show where they trade, layer and cohere splendidly – mixing equal parts glitter and grit.

The Mad Dogs Experience

The Mad Dogs Experience

The Mad Dogs Experience is a hard working band paying tribute to the music of Joe Cocker, one of the greatest Rock and Roll, Soul and Blues singers of all time. Conceived by Dan Shinnan, the lead singer of Boogie Patrol, the Mad Dogs Experience put on an explosive live performance featuring classics like Delta Lady, Bird On A Wire, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Feelin’ Alright, The Letter and Honky Tonk Women.

 

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra are a collection of musicians, linked by common sonic journeys and familial ties. It doesn’t matter much how they got here, but rather that they are traveling with each other. Now they are here in the room with you, the way music in the folk tradition always is, to bring people together; to share real flesh, blood and feeling.

 

TMO have spent years weaving their stories with guitars and violins, with accordions and bass, with melodies and music makers gleaned from their wanderings. These troubadours will remind you that this music (no matter what kind of device it ends up on) could not exist without warm bodies in search of harmony.

Tremoloco

Official Website: http://tremolocos.com/news/
Tremoloco

Tremoloco is an eclectic roots band who have been described as Sonoran Gothic Folk, Gulf Coast roots and Mexican-Americana. Blending Mexican music with Roots/Country music is no easy task. It certainly helps that they are well versed in several styles including Folk, Country, Honky Tonk, Tex-Mex, Rancheros, Cumbias and Zydeco all the while writing and performing original songs in both English and Spanish.