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Fjellgaard & Friends
Saturday, June 8

Fjellgaard & FriendsGary Fjellgaard & Friends; Saskia & Darrel
Juno Award Winner Gary Fjellgaard is at the peak of his career.  Song writing and performing does not get any better than that.  He is touring energetically across Canada and Europe with his wife Lynne, and Saskia and Darrel; Power Duo from Saskatchewan.

From Halifax to Hamburg, this trio has played for appreciative audiences but they always stop at home in BC, Alberta and out on the prairies where the fans not only love but understand their music.
Songs about miners, cowboys, windswept prairies, and the romance and simplicity of Canadian living stir the imagination and memories of concert goers and keep them coming back. 

Saskatchewan born, Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer, Gary Fjellgaard is enjoying a few tours each year with Saskia and Darrel.  They are stopping in for concerts at community halls and small theatres with new stories after their extensive touring adventures nationally and internationally.

An evening full of friendship and laughter, this is a show not be missed!


Tim Williams
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Tim WilliamsTim has shared stages with a large roster of well known blues and roots music artists, and the following list is by no means complete: Taj Mahal, Big Jack Johnson, Rory Block, Roy Rogers, The Earl Scruggs Revue, John Fahey, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Dr. John, The Holmes Brothers, David Lindley, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Mary Flower, Paul Geremia, John Hammond, Martin Simpson, Guy Davis, Eric Bibb, Odetta, B.B. King, Robert Lockwood Jr., Honeyboy Edwards, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy.
Tim's live solo shows (he also works with his band, the Electro-Fires) are a trip down the river of North American music...blues, ragtime, old-time country with dashes of Mexican and Hawaiian influence, performed on a variety of string instruments. “Conversation halts, glasses still, and all eyes turn
on Tim Williams as the room becomes a train stop on a tour of half-forgotten memories in the collective consciousness.”
Tim Williams' career began in the coffee houses of Southern California in the mid-1960s and continues today around the world from his home base on the Canadian Prairies. Tim has played festivals, folk clubs, concert halls and roadhouses from Rabat, Morocco, to Melbourne, Australia, and from Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Zihuatanejo, Mexico, all to huge acclaim. His guitar skills are frequently compared to Ry Cooder and David Lindley (and like them, Tim plays a wealth of other string instruments), and his songwriting has won praise from the likes of Tom Russel and Willie Nelson. A string of Maple Blues Award nominations (Toronto Blues Society), two JUNO award nominations (Canada's Grammy equivalent), five Betty Mitchell Awards
for composition/musical direction in theatre, and roughly a dozen awards from Real Blues magazine (as artist, guitarist, producer) attest to the high caliber of his work.
Tim has shared stages with a large roster of well known blues and roots music artists, and the following list is by no means complete: Taj Mahal, Big Jack Johnson, Rory Block, Roy Rogers, The Earl Scruggs Revue, John Fahey, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Dr. John, The Holmes Brothers,
David Lindley, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Mary Flower, Paul Geremia, John Hammond, Martin Simpson, Guy Davis, Eric Bibb, Odetta, B.B. King, Robert Lockwood Jr., Honeyboy Edwards, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy.
Tim's live solo shows (he also works with his band, the Electro-Fires) are a trip down the river of North American music...blues, ragtime, old-time country with dashes of Mexican and Hawaiian influence, performed on a variety of string instruments.


Jack Semple
Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jack SempleSeeing Semple perform live is always a jaw dropping experience for his technical prowess is formidable, but in this format the sheer musicality of his performances shines along with the technical wizardry.

Considered a virtuoso of his art form, Jack Semple plays with unparalleled feeling and total technical control. The JUNO award-winning guitarist, singer and composer has performed from Vancouver to Montreux, released 7 CD’s, and shared the stage with international artists ranging from Martha Reeves to k.d. lang.

Starting his music career in Regina, Jack performed jazz, blues & R&B in various groups including his Luxury Blues Band.

Delving into the blues and in particular the music of the great B.B. King, whom he says “is the greatest interpreter of blues guitar ever.” He also lists Jose Feliciano, Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell and Sting as influences.

In 1992, Semple burst onto the national scene when he won Much Music’s “Guitar Wars” National Guitar Competition. Jack joined the Lincolns after an inspired night jamming with a few members of Red Rider following a gig in Regina, moving to Toronto briefly to play full-time with the group. He later returned to the prairies to pursue his solo career and to spend more time with his young family.
He released his debut album Live at Formerly’s in 1991, followed by Sneakin’ Suspicion (1994), Grey & Yellow (1995), Saskadelphia (1997) and Live at Kaos (2001). In 2005 Jack one a Western Canadian Music Award and a Prairie Award for his acoustic CD Qu’Appelle. His latest releases include his Christmas album Cool Yule (2006) and his solo effort, Tribute to Lightfoot (2006).

Popular amongst blues, jazz and folk festivals across Canada, in 2007, Jack performed before over 20,000 at the prestigious Montreal Jazz Festival, wowing the crowd with his energetic and powerful performance.

Semple grew up on a farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan.  He started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands, and later relocated to Toronto in the late 1980s to become the lead guitarist of The Lincolns, a popular funk and rhythm and blues band.  He left the band after approximately two years and returned to Regina to pursue a solo career and to spend more time with his family.  After his move back to Regina, Semple contributed to television and music scores and appeared in the title role of Guitarman, a 1994 television movie.  Semple also commenced a solo recording career that has resulted in the release of eight albums.  In 1992, Semple came to national prominence through winning the MuchMusic "Guitar Wars" contest.
Semple has been twice nominated, in 1999 and 2000, for a Gemini Award for his soundtrack work on the television series Incredible Story Studio. Semple continues to perform as a solo artist and with The Jack Semple Band, primarily in western Canada.


The Amos Garrett Jazz Trio
Friday, May 3, 2013

The Amos Garrett Jazz Trio

“Bringing the Blues back to Jazz.”

Who are they you ask?  Amos, of course.  First chair guitar and vocals.  Keith Smith, other first chair guitar. And Greg Carroll, string bass.  A little detail....   You can read about Amos on his so some info on Keith and Greg.

Keith Smith – A consummate Canadian fingerstyle jazz guitarist—adept at chord soloing and the use of elaborate plucked harmonics and alternating harmonics and natural fretted notes as pioneered by Ed Bickert and Chet Atkins and then taken to the moon by Lenny Breau ( a major influence on Keith).  Originally from Hamilton, Ontario and long term resident of Calgary, Keith is and has been involved in several projects including his own trio and the Prime Time Big Band with whom he has performed with such luminaries as Doc Severinsen, P.J.Perry, Tommy Banks, and trombone great Wycliffe Gordon.  He also has a fondness for Mongolian folk music and has toured China twice with The Northern Lights Quartet and the great Mongolian throat singing group Altai Hangai.

Greg Carroll—String bassist. Originally from St Georges, Newfoundland, and long time adopted Albertan, he studied jazz at St. Francais Xavier University where he obtained a BA music major.  He studied under the instruction of the Canadian bass icon Skip Beckwith, becoming his star pupil.  Greg lives in High River Alberta and has performed with many Canadian music luminaries.
What do they do you ask?  Start with classic bebop era modern jazz with it’s heavy blues influence.  The group’s motto “ Bringing the Blues back to Jazz” says a lot.  Says Keith-“In our search for something profound, we so often just settle for something more complicated and in the process, drive much of our audience away. The Blues, as the “antecedent of” and a driving force in Jazz seems to have largely disappeared from it.  That’s not to say that current Jazz is incomplete without it. I just miss the “feel”, the “blood and guts” that was there when the music was more visceral and perhaps a bit less intellectual.”


Bruce Innes and The Original Caste
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Bruce Innes

Bruce Innes and The Original Caste is a vibrant  ensemble with a musical heritage that includes two gold records (Mr. Monday and the iconic hit One Tin Soldier), as well as other top ten and top forty hits in Canada, the U.S., Australia and Japan.  Their captivating show displays their trademark, impeccable harmonies and compelling instrumentals as they weave a tapestry of original songs, soulful blues and classic hits into an evening of unforgettable music, laughter and song.
 “Good songs and great arrangements – real talent.”                                                                                                                     New York Times 					  “Innes and The Original Caste enthralled the capacity crowd...”                                                                                               High River Times
 “Good songs and great arrangements – real talent.”                                                                                                                     New York Times 					  “Innes and The Original Caste enthralled the capacity crowd...”                                                                                               High River Times Bruce is a native of Calgary, Alberta, and began performing professionally at age 11 due in large part to his father, a professional musician himself, who chauffeured him to and from jobs to ensure the pre-teen was home safely by midnight.  As a teenager he wrote vocal parts and arrangements for his high school group’s performances.  At the University of Montana he began seriously writing songs which his group, The Big Sky Singers, recorded and performed. His final year in college he was hand picked by blues legend Josh White (in poor health at the time and unable to play guitar) to tour and play guitar behind Josh's vocals.  Living the blues life with Josh as mentor left an indelible imprint on

Bruce’s musical style.  After the end of the tour in NYC, Bruce returned to university where by chance on his weekend job playing piano in Butte he met Hunter S. Thompson. Hunter became a fan and friend and suggested that Bruce might want to expose his talent to a bigger stage, i.e., California.  Up for the challenge, Bruce took The Big Sky Singers to L.A. where they released an album with Dot Records containing songs and arrangements by Bruce.   In the yearly poll of a national jazz magazine they were voted “best vocal group in the nation”.  The future was full of promise until the group was decimated by the sudden death of David Stiles, the lead singer.  Bruce remained in L.A. working as a studio musician and songwriter for hire. His songwriting/performing ability led to being asked to create a stage show for sports celebrity, Maury Wills, which they performed in the off season during Maury’s heyday, touring the Orient and U.S.

Bruce returned to Calgary and began performing in a little locally renowned coffee house with incredible but undiscovered performers like Joni Anderson (now known world wide as Joni Mitchell) and David Wiffen. Using The Pig's Eye as a performance base he formed The North Country Singers with Graham Bruce, Bliss Mackie and Dixie Lee Stone.  The group performed across Canada before moving to Los Angeles and changing the group name to THE ORIGINAL CASTE.  At Dot Records they recorded two singles before signing with TA Records, a label distributed by Bell Records (Columbia).  At TA Records Bruce met Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who produced THE ORIGINAL CASTE’S first album and the two hit singles, ONE TIN SOLDIER and MR. MONDAY.  The success of these two songs (Certified Gold in Canada and Japan) enabled the group to tour extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan.  Along the way Bruce collaborated with other artists, including singing with his friend, John Denver, on his Rocky Mountain High album. Bruce then took a break from the road to be at home while his two children were growing up.  He remained active, however, writing and in the recording studio.  He wrote and performed “Musictorials”, a series of humorous/satirical topical songs for Canada radio.  He wrote songs for such notable artists as Ethel Ennis (jazz), Mickey Gilley (country) and Ray Stevens (comedy).   

Proving that excellence is timeless, Bruce creates a singular connection with audiences.  His disarming charm and on-stage ease is the perfect backdrop for his consummate skill on guitar and piano, and distinctive voice and style.  The texture of his shows is a tapestry of original material, exceptional songs and personal anecdotes - some humorous, some poignant, some peeks into his friendships with the famous.  Bruce continues his lifelong involvement and passion for music - performing, writing, and recording.  He performs in a unique two person show, Classical Meets The Blues, with classical pianist, Susan Spelius Dunning; in concert as a Solo artist (vocals, guitar and piano); and with his group THE ORIGINAL CASTE.

Carli and Julie Kennedy
Saturday, April 20, 2013

Carlie and Julie

Carli and Julie KennedyIt’s like seeing double. Carli and Julie Kennedy are a Canadian powerhouse duo with a musical bond that only identical twins can share. With Carli on vocals and guitar and Julie on vocals and violin, they have developed a sound that is all their own: a fusion of their background in country, folk, jazz, and Celtic music. Originally from the small town of Powell River, these sisters are known for their exceptional harmonies, fine musicality, and sincere songwriting style. An undeniably energetic duo, the Kennedys’ performances bring a mix of toe-tapping tunes and intimate, heartfelt songs to the stage.

Carli and Julie have been making music together for as long as they can remember. They started piano lessons at five years old, and three years later discovered the guitar and violin. Needless to say, there was always plenty of music in the Kennedy household. Carli and Julie spent many years honing their skills in a family band, playing country music and fiddle tunes at community events. Taking their musical aspirations to the next level, the sisters entered the School of Music at the University of Victoria and both graduated with their Bachelor’s degrees in music performance in 2008.

Their classical chops took them far – Julie was named Concertmaster of the 2007 National Youth Orchestra of Canada and Carli’s guitar playing achieved third prize at the Canadian Nationals – but they both felt their true country folk roots calling. They released their first EP of four original songs produced by Adrian Dolan (The Bills) in 2008. In 2011, the sisters recorded their second EP, “Small Town Stories”, with the 2011 BCCMA Producer of the Year, Paul Shatto (The Higgins), in Vancouver BC and continue to receive airplay on CBC Radio.


The Kluane Grass
Friday, April 12, 2013
“Bluegrass”

Featuring: Steve Fisher (Guatar & Vocals), Chris Stevens (Banjo & Vocals), Bill Lopushinsky (Mandolin & Vocals), Matt Hotte (Fiddle) and Dale Ulan (Bass).

The Kluane GrassA long time resident of Calgary, Steve Fisher has been a mainstay of the acoustic music scene in Alberta for nearly two decades as lead vocalist, guitarist and band leader of the Hot House Bluegrass Band, the Sheep River Rounders and Restless Lester. He has performed at many of the folk and bluegrass festivals in western Canada and the U.S. Pacific north west and at folk clubs and listening rooms across Alberta and has opened for artists such as Alison Krauss & Union Station, John Reischman and the Jaybirds, The Duhks, The Bills and the Amos Garrett Acoustic Trio.

Chris Stevens was the leader of the group Tumbleweed which won the Best Bluegrass Band award at the BC Country Music Awards every year for the 8 years that the band was in existence. They played the Shady Grove Bluegrass festival in Nanton a number of years ago and toured Europe several times. Chris has played many times in the U.S. and has also toured in the Far East.

Bill Lopushinsky was a member of Jerusalem Ridge which was the one of the most successful bluegrass bands ever to come out of western Canada. The group performed across the country and also did a number of concerts with the Edmonton, Calgary and Windsor symphony orchestras. They played Shady Grove in Nanton many times and still have a huge following in Alberta.

Matt Hotte is just 22 but he has toured with a number of U.S. bluegrass bands and played at Shady Grove last year with High Country from California.

Dale Ulan has played bass for many bluegrass and roots music artists in Calgary. He currently plays with Heather Blush and Magnolia Buckskin.


Gordon Belsher
Friday, March 22, 2013

Gordon Belsher

 

“With a gentle charm
that has become his trademark,
the Guernsey Cove musician
sang songs, told stories,
and urged his audience to join in,
much to their delight and to his”
- Sally Cole, Charlottetown Guardian

"He consistently brings 110 per cent
to the stage and is always thinking
foremost of giving the audience the
quality show it deserves."

- Eddy Quinn, The Eastern Graphic

 

 

Musically based on his Celtic roots, Gordon Belsher’s show features an engaging
variety of songs, stories, and instrumentals.  His solo recordings include his own
compositions, along with covers of East Coast songwriters, Irish medleys and
classics, and fresh acoustic takes on a few 60's pop tunes.
Career highlights include:
- Touring across Canada and around the world as accompanist and featured vocalist
with PEI fiddling dynamo Richard Wood, 1996-present, including:
- Woodford Folk Festival - Australia, December 2011
- “A Sound Celebration” with Symphony Nova Scotia at ECMA 2011
- Vancouver Olympics, 2010
- Tønder Festival - Denmark, Celtic Connections - Scotland
- the cultural delegation for Team Canada in Tokyo, Japan in 1999
- CBC TV Canada Day on Parliament Hill, Ottawa in 1998
- Performing in “Celtic Blaze” with Stephanie Cadman at the 2006 Charlottetown Festival
- Composing and performing the anthem for the 2004 Special Olympics Winter Games
- Performing and touring across Canada and the New England States as a duo
with Prince Edward Island fiddler Cynthia MacLeod, 2002-2007
- Owner/engineer/producer of Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions,
six time “Studio of the Year” nominee at Canada’s East Coast Music Awards


The Hackamores
Saturday, March 16 - Genre: Country, Western Swing

THe hackamoresA hackamore is a loop of hand-braided rawhide fitted over a horse’s nose in lieu of a bit in its mouth.  Learning to braid one takes years - the tradition is handed from master to journeyman in a link to simpler times.  Thus The Hackamores, comprised of six veteran players as expertly seasoned as their music, are aptly named.

Local luminaries Allen Baekeland (Rembetika Hipsters, The Now Feeling) and Tim Williams (The Electrofires) trade off vocals and guitar licks while Plaid Tongued Devils fiddler Jonathan Lewis (also of the RH) complements Men of Constant Sorrow alumni Charlie Veilleux, Gary Gelhorn, and Gordon Bregg to ease out perfectly honed vintage tones where pedal steel and fiddle elope to a secluded homestead and live happily ever after under the sweet silver sky.

When The Hackamores say they swing, believe ‘em.  As their music glides over lightly treaded trails of country swing, the band swings a wide loop that captures traditional tunes from the 1800s, honky tonk gems from the 1900s, and modern truths penned by band members as recently as the last time they emptied a bottle.  The result is a barn dance that beckons you down the valley just after the thunderstorm quiets and the rainbow appears.

Western Swing


The Highwoodshedders
Friday, March 1

The highwoodshredders

We sing a little, we play a little, we tell really bad jokes.”

The Highwoodshedders story began a few years ago when four guys who sing with another local group, Riverwind, put together a Barbershop number for a concert. They enjoyed it so much they decided to get together every Tuesday night and do some more singing. Eventually they added instruments to the act and the rest is history. Since then, these local vocal yokels have been entertaining themselves and audiences around High River and Calgary.

So, what about the name? Well, the Highwood River runs through their town and woodshedding is a term used in Barbershop singing that refers to the act of improvising harmonies around a tune. Put those two elements together and the name is born.

The Highwoodshedders are, from most handsome to oldest, Ray Fox (guitar, ukulele, duck call, kazoo), Randy Jones (fiddle, ukulele, kazoo), Jim Goodwin (snare, ukulele, kazoo, washboard) and Ron Schmidt (stand-up bass, ukulele, kazoo, harmonica).

Their music is a little bit of this and a little bit of that and a whole lot of fun. You'll hear old standards, some folk songs, Barbershop harmonies, fiddle tunes and maybe even a classical number. No matter what it is, they promise it will be entertaining.  But the jokes are really bad. No kidding, absolute stinkers.


J.P. Cormier
Friday Feb. 22

J.P. Cormier playing at Carlson's on MacLeod

J.P. Cormier appears from the shadows at the side of the stage—an unsmiling mountain of a man in dark glasses—and stalks almost angrily to his seat in the spotlight. He picks up his instrument, adjusts his mic stand and asks the audience: “How’re ya now?” in a rumbling baritone.
Then he starts to tell his story.
His lyrics and melodies illicit every emotion you can muster as he paints picture after picture of loves lost, towns disbanded, fishermen killed by their trade and the most important moments of his own life. His voice is surprisingly sweet and soft-sounding, completely unexpected coming from his 6’4” frame.
He begins an instrumental on one of the five or six instruments he may have on stage with him and you realize that this man is not just a singer or a songwriter. As his fingers fly, with such speed and precision, upon each instrument in turn, you get another picture—one of pure joy and boundless energy; total spiritual abandon bordering in its execution on genius. It’s a word that is used to describe him again and again.
Then just as you think you’ve seen everything, he begins to speak to the audience. He’s more comfortable now. He’s getting over the shyness he feels when meeting new people. Now he feels he can connect safely. Opening up with a few one-liners, he moves on to amusing anecdotes and true tales from his own past. Some bring a roar of laughter from the audience that can be heard outside the theatre, others bring a tear to the eye. He’s home now, his banter is easy as he draws the crowd into each song and tune. The connection is complete and he is one with his audience. Even behind his dark glasses, you can tell that he too sheds a tear when his audience does.
J.P. has a profound effect on audiences, but those who know him know his heart far exceeds his stature. His acts of random kindness in and out of the music industry are legendary. There are many stories of the “big fella” going to play for someone on their deathbed, helping fledgling artists, or generally standing up for people who couldn’t do it for themselves. He spent two weeks in the theatre of war entertaining the NATO troops in Afghanistan and is always quick to do what he can for a good cause. Maritime artists like Dave Gunning, Darren McMullen, Douglas Cameron and many others have benefited from J.P.’s assistance and patient guidance. His charity work is endless, once raising 4 tons of food for Feed Nova Scotia. A man well aware of the plight of the needy, he celebrates his birthday each year with a fundraising concert for Christmas Daddies in Cape Breton.
Accolades for J.P. have come from far and near over the years. He’s been described as “the quintessential Maritime musician” and having “the ability to make the brilliant appear effortless”. His early years playing in Nashville and the southern states have earned him high praise from folks like long time pickin’ partner and collaborator Marty Stuart, who says, “He’s just incredible, one of the best players I’ve ever seen.” Country music legend Waylon Jennings has said, “I would be proud to share the stage with this man anywhere, anytime”, and J.P.’s greatest hero, Chet Atkins has honoured him as “…one of the most important guitarists of his generation.” Closer to home, former Governor General of Canada, Adrienne Clarkson proclaimed, “What you have to say as an artist is incredibly important and a treasure to our Nation” and Gordon Lightfoot reveals, “I have a great deal of respect for Mr. Cormier.”
J.P. takes it all in stride.
He still has his ritual three beers before the show, and prefers to be outside the venue where he can smoke and talk to folks as they enter. He’s either there or hanging out backstage with the fans and fellow musicians who show up and don’t feel there’s any reason why they can’t go right back stage and see him. There are no real walls around J.P. and he likes it that way. This may be why he’s stayed so far from the mainstream. He never wanted the barriers that great fame brings between an artist and their audience. The people who listen to J.P.’s music are his lifeline and his inspiration. One

man’s simple story might inspire the next great J.P. song. Another’s may be about someone whose life has been changed by something that he wrote or played. He likes to hear about these things first-hand. But if the

 compliments get too heavy, he’ll just look uncomfortably at the ground and say, “I didn’t write nothin’, I just held the pen.”
With all of that said though, his modesty belies a long list of accomplishments. J.P.’s impressive body of work has earned him a vast and loyal fan base around the world and he has played extensively throughout Canada, Great Britain, Europe, and the USA. His songs have been number 1 hits on American and European radio and he’s won 12 East Coast Music Awards, 5 Music Nova Scotia Awards, and a Canadian Folk Music Award. His album, Another Morning, was nominated for a Juno in 1998 and has since sold nearly 100,000 copies. Performing countless times on television and radio, J.P. released 13 solo albums since 1995 and won more than 30 awards in 20 years of fiddle, guitar, banjo, and song-writing competitions.
In the 30 years since he made his first paycheck at a “Union” gig, going professional at the tender age of 13, he’s traveled hundreds of thousands of miles spending months at a time on the road. It’s no wonder he looks a little tired sometimes!
No matter what you call him–genius, recluse, friend, foe, outgoing, unapproachable, giving, kind, or thoughtful–there is so much more beneath the surface. Celebrated as a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, recording artist, teacher, collaborator, innovator, and award winner, J.P. Cormier’s talent is comparable to none. He’s praised in superlatives, but even these don’t do the man justice. The best way to get to know J.P. is to listen to his music. That is where his real heart lies. It is a world where everything is done fairly, no one wants, and there are no broken hearts allowed. In his song “The Messenger” he speaks not from himself but something much greater when he says:

 

  • 13 solo albums released since 1995
  • 12 East Coast Music Awards since 1991
  • 5 Music Industry Association Nova Scotia
  • Canadian Folk Music Award, 2005 Instrumental Album Of The Year – X8: A Mandolin Collection
  • Juno Nomination, 1998 Roots/Trad Recording of the Year for Another Morning
  • 30+ awards over 20 years for competitions in fiddle, guitar, banjo, and song writing
  • Maritime Fiddling Festival, Best Reel – 1989, 1995
  • Performed over 20 times at the Grand Old Opry
  • Two #1 hits on European country radio
  • Dozens of TV and Radio appearances
  • Entertained NATO forces in Afghanistan in 2007 where he spent 2 weeks in the theatre of war
  • His song “Afghanistan” is now used at repatriation ceremonies at many Canadian Legions where fallen soldier’s lives are celebrated by friends and family.
  • Has performed with every symphony in Canada excluding the TSO
  • Has performed at every major folk and acoustic festival in Canada and several throughout the world

The Traveling Mabels
Friday, Feb. 15

Travelling Mables

The Travelling Mabels are a folk/country female trio full of spirit, spunk and laughter with a new highly anticipated second CD ready for the 2011-2013 touring season. Winners of the ACMA Group of the Year award for 2011.  Collectively, their songs bring a wealth of life experience to the stage. Singularly, each woman can vocally stand alone, but once you hear the combined harmony blend, you will know why these three women came together. The beauty of the Mabels is that they represent three generations of women. This has opened the door to a dynamic energy both musically and in the rapport with the audiences that most wouldn't experience every day
EVA LEVESQUE
Started her professional musical career in 1990. She formed the Levesque family band in 1991, which created a huge following during their 14 year run. Eva is a free spirit and her wit & charm is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. Her first solo album was released in 1999 consisting of all self penned original songs. Evaʼs on stage performance is truly brilliant and captivating. She is sure to take her audience on a roller coaster ride of emotions with her raw, real energy and soul felt vocals.
LANA FLOEN
Lana began her professional music career at the age of twenty six. This was the start of Kickstart, a top notch band that has been active in the Corporate scene and Country music scene for 15 plus years. Lana has had the pleasure of performing with and or opening for some of Canadaʼs finest artists such as Ian Tyson, Tom Jackson, Jason McCoy, and American singer/ songwriter Chely Wright. In 1998 Lana won a “Sing with Shania” contest, which put her on stage singing lead to one of Shaniaʼs hits to a sold out crowd of twenty thousand at Calgaryʼs Saddledome, in which Shania provided backup vocals. Lanaʼs beautiful spirit and sweet and pure vocal stylings captivate audiences everywhere.
SUZANNE LEVESQUE
Started performing her mother, Eva Levesque, and the Levesque family band at the young age of twelve. It was during this time that she found her great voice and developed her own style on bass

guitar. It didnʼt take long for audiences to realize Suzanne had superstar qualities. After touring extensively with bands through out Western Canada, she was offered a full time position with canadian country recording artist
Gord Bamford. Suzanne is a highly sought after harmony vocalist for various artists studio projects and Sueʼs smile and gentle nature warms every heart.

KEITH FLOEN
Keyboards/Band Leader
Nominated CCMA 2012 Keyboard player of the Year
Produced and co engineered two albums for The Travelling Mabels.
Currently the fourth member of The Travelling Mabels and serves in the following roles:
Music director/Band leader
Road Manager
Music producer/engineer
Live Sound/Lighting technician
In addition, Keith has had the pleasure of working for many other great artists, including:
• Johnny Reid• Shania Twain• Charlie Major • Susan Aglukark• Patricia Conroy• Ian Tyson• Tom Jackson• Paul Brandt• Farmers Daughter• Lisa Brokop• Quartette• The Canadian Tenors• Jason McCoy• Beverly Mahood• The Elvis Imperials• Gene Watson• Victoria Banks• George Canyon• Madison Violet• Lunch At Allen's• The Wilkinsons

HIGHLIGHTS
• January 29, 2012 - Winner of ACMA 2011 Group Of The Year Award
• January 13, 2012 - Opened for and backed up Charlie Major in Hanna, AB
• Sept 24, 2011 - Room Full of Sound - Shaw Cable TV Special
• August, 2011 - Made In Alberta Radio Series - 97.7 FM Sun Country Radio with Jody Seeley
• June 15, 2011 - CBC Slave Lake Fundraiser - Tom Jackson
• January 2011 - Bow Valley Folk Club, Calgary, AB
• October 2010 - Opened for The Legendary Ian Tyson , East Longview Hall, AB
• July 2010 - Played on the main stage at Big Valley Jamboree, Camrose, AB
• July 2010 - In concert at the Suncor Family Grandstand Breakfast show, Calgary Stampede
• July 2010 - Opened for Prairie Oyster, Calgary, AB



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