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Alfie Smith

Posted by on Jan 7, 2019 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Alfie Smith

Alfie Smith

Representing Western new York Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge Guitar Blues Slide singer songwriter “Hamilton is blessed with a wealth of great blues guitarists. None is better than Alfie Smith when it comes to the acoustic slide and he’s got a voice to match.” ~Graham Rockingham The SpecAlfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals,...

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Acoustic Harvest hosts Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival preview concert in Scarborough

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Acoustic Harvest hosts Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival preview concert in Scarborough

Acoustic Harvest hosts Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival preview concert in Scarborough

Acoustic Harvest and Winterfolk XVII Blues & Roots Festival are teaming up to present the Winterfolk XVII Preview and Benefit Concert on Saturday, Jan. 19 at St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St., in Scarborough. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the door for $25 or in advance for $22 at www.acousticharvest.ca. The event is another one of Toronto’s Winterfolk XVII festival preview performances to showcase some of the musical talent Toronto has, and to show...

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Mike McKenna

Posted by on Dec 29, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Toronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, MeKenna Mendelson Mainline, and more. Opened for Jefferson Airplane & Grateful Dead Toronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, MeKenna Mendelson Mainline, and more.  Opened for Jefferson Airplane & Grateful Dead.   His unique style of electric slide guitar has even earned him induction into the Canada South Blues Society Hall of Fame, an...

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David McLachlan

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on David McLachlan

David McLachlan

Performing songwriter who has recorded four albums of original song.     Latest album “Traveling Truthfully” available Dec 1/2016.     Honourable Mention for Songwriting-Bandwars (Mike Pinder of Moody Blues).     David sings with a powerful conviction, heartfelt insightful songs that reflect life and its lesson’s. A prolific songwriter, his original compositions can be found on six albums, two recorded in Toronto, and four in Nashville. His latest album, In The Heart Of...

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For King & Country

Posted by on Dec 28, 2018 in Formerly Slider, What's New | Comments Off on For King & Country

For King & Country

Songs about Canadians in the First World War, by Tony Quarrington For King and Country will feature Toronto musician-composer Tony Quarrington’s new CD about Canadians and their contributions during the First World War. The roots-music songs will be performed by Quarrington and a dozen other performers from a wide range of genres who collaborated on the album. “… on the faces of brass plaques and gravestones, in thousands of stone chapels across Canada, the traces remain of lives lost and glories found on the battlefields of Europe. The faint...

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Jack de Keyzer

Posted by on Dec 27, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

2 X Juno Award Winner 7 X Maple Blues Award Winner Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today.   Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today. The British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned over three decades. De...

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Alana and Leigh Cline

Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Alana and Leigh Cline

Alana and Leigh Cline

Alana & Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound. Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton Traditional Fiddle & Guitar Duo “I am listening to your CD and it’s BRILLIANT.” Bonnie Dobson Alana & Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound. They also include occasional Balkan tunes in their sets. Alana &...

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Danny Marks

Posted by on Dec 26, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Danny Marks is a genre bending stage performer who can blend music and humor seamlessly, with style and authenticity. star of stage screen and radio holder of the Maple Blues Award for Lifetime Achievement Celebrated Musician and Broadcaster Danny Marks began to play guitar at age eleven. He turned professional at seventeen and scored big with his first real band Edward Bear. After years of touring and session work Danny settled in to the club scene in Toronto while hosting TV and radio on CBC and Rogers Cable Ten. Danny is currently seen on...

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Lynn Harrison

Posted by on Dec 25, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

One of the Toronto music scene’s enduring treasures, Lynn Harrison writes songs that speak to the heart and inspire audiences of all ages Also an ordained Unitarian minister Releasing her sixth recording in 2019 Host of “The Bridge” inspirational open stage A gifted performer and writer of songs full of passion and light, Lynn Harrison moves audiences wherever she travels, in Toronto and beyond. Lynn is an award-winning songwriter (OCFF, Unisong and others) with five CDs to her credit, currently working on a new recording (produced by Noah...

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Roger Clown

Posted by on Dec 25, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Roger Clown

Roger Clown

Roger Clown has been performing for five decades successfully, in a variety of group and solo offerings, live and electronically, for audiences of all sizes, social standing, ages, genders, and abilities. happily. Roger Clown has been performing for five decades successfully, in a variety of group and solo offerings, live and electronically, for audiences of all sizes, social standing, ages, genders, and abilities. happily.

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Chloe Watkinson

Posted by on Dec 25, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Chloe Watkinson

Chloe Watkinson

With a solid music education and a rich performance history (including at Preservation Hall and leading a brass band in New Orleans, and playing regional clubs and festivals in Canada and the US) Chloe launched her solo career in 2018, performing at Toronto venues such as Roy Thomson Hall for the Women’s Blues Revue, Yonge-Dundas Square, and two US/Canadian tours featuring shows at Toronto’s Opera House, Thorold’s Canal Bank Shuffle Festival, and dates in New York, Vermont and Quebec. Her current single...

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Brian Gladstone

Posted by on Dec 24, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone is an analogue techno-hippie trapped in a digital world.  Gladstone’s five albums have all gained worldwide acclaim and global airplay. Brian Gladstone is the founder and active festival director for Winterfolk, an annual blues and roots festival in Toronto Brian Gladstone is a world class fingerstyle guitar player, a an intuitive songwriter who not bound by conventions, a lyricist who can invoke a plethora of emotions in a single verse, and a dynamic performer who engages and entertains his audiences. ...

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Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Posted by on Dec 24, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Maggie & Mr. Rogers put a fresh spin on Folk and Jazz standards, with a repertoire that spans decades.   “Maggie & Mr. Rogers Make Jazz and Folk Belong Together” — Gary 17 – Publisher, Toronto Moon Magazine About our first recording… “Soundscape and quality of the recording are beautiful! Guitars sound sumptuous – crisp, mellow, full real. Totally sold on the acoustic picking and acoustic slide combo – irresistible. ​Maggie’s voice is lovely in that it is seemingly effortless and...

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Emilyn Stam and John David Williams

Posted by on Dec 24, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Emilyn Stam and John David Williams

Emilyn Stam and John David Williams

Emilyn Stam and John David Williams merge the melodic voices of violin and clarinet, with a touch of accordion, creating a modern, playful sound steeped in traditions from regions of Europe and North America.   “Ingenious, witty…” – fROOTS Magazine (UK) This is creative, witty and beautiful music making.” – Alison Melville, WholeNote Magazine “Emilyn and John have a tremendous way of progressing folk music that is respectful but at the same time so freeing and playful.” – Tom Power   Emilyn Stam and...

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Alessia Cohle

Posted by on Dec 24, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Alessia Cohle

Alessia Cohle

With several tours across the country, being a part of the CCMA house band, and receiving numerous awards, Alessia Cohle’s love for all styles of music has helped her define and create her own unique sound, joining the next wave of artists who continue to push the future of country music. Winner, Mississauga Music Awards, 2018 Winner, MARTY Awards, 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards Since the release of her debut, FACTOR funded album ‘Talk To Me’ and her EP ‘Wild Eyed Wanderer’, Alessia Cohle has emerged as one of Canada’s...

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STAV

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Performers, What's New | Comments Off on STAV

STAV

Winner, Folk Alliance Australia ‘Young Artist of the Year’ 2018 Debut Canada national tour February 2019 including official showcase at FAI ‘The Horizon Line’ CD released 2016, 2 singles released in 2018 The 2018 Folk Alliance Australia ‘Young Artist of the Year’, soulful and honest, multilingual singer-songwriter STAV. (@soundofstav) shares her story of migration with bursts of rhythmic fire and soaring melodies. She released her debut album The Horizon Line in 2016 with an East-Coast tour from...

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Q & A

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Q & A

Q & A

Their  first two gigs were in a bookstore and a barbershop. Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams They wrote 50 songs in our first year of co-composing. With a combined hundred years of professional work, they are poised to be an overnight success He was a veteran guitarist player. She was an actress and writer with musical background. He looked exactly like a hitman : her hat had grapes and a banana. They have recently recorded 29 tunes in the studio, including a Christmas album. They share a brain (Zoey has it this...

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Lynda Kraar

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Lynda Kraar

Lynda Kraar

Original songs and songs inspired from the soundtrack of my life. Performer, Musicians on Call (NYC) Award-winning author of short stories and poetry Fronts the Palisades All-Star Revue: An American Music Experience Lynda Marks Kraar got her professional start in the Toronto music scene when she was 17. By the time she was 21 she was fronting Lynda Marks and the Marksmen, playing local clubs in Toronto. She has performed throughout the world. Lynda is also part of Musicians on Call, a network of musicians who perform in hospitals...

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Sue and Dwight

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Songwriters, singers, musicologists, authors, advocates, activists Socially conscious contemporary folk music with a few twists Creators of Canada’s only tribute to the 60’s folk revival, ‘Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone’ Born too late to be part of the 1960’s folk revival, Winnipeg born, Toronto based Sue and Dwight embody the musical spirit of that time. Their songs about the prairies, life in the big city, and travels in East Africa impart human stories of peace, courage, and social justice. The duo have released 3...

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Tony Quarrington

Posted by on Dec 23, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington

Juno Award Winning Producer for  Willie P. Bennett’s HEARTSTRINGS (1998) Latest album is FOR KING AND COUNTRY, new songs about Canada in WW1. One of the most appreciated tributes to my work was Winterfolk’s album SONGS OF TONY QUARRINGTON I’ve been around the scene playing guitar for fifty-plus years, and I still enjoy it a lot! Tony has many years professional experience in many types of music : folk, jazz, klezmer, rock,country, Hawaiian, blues, bluegrass and more. He will soon have released six albums of my...

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Mark the Dates Winterfolk XVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in News Letters, Press Releases | Comments Off on Mark the Dates Winterfolk XVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Mark the Dates Winterfolk XVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

  Winterfolk XVII Festival News Dec 18, 2018       Winterfolk XVII Blues and Roots Festival Mark the Dates – Winterfolk XVII Feb 22-24, 2019 Be sure to mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival taking place February 22-24, 2019 in Toronto. Winterfolk is an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at three...

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Sammy Duke

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Sammy Duke

Sammy Duke

New CD “Terminus” Released July 2018 Three time JUNO-nominated percussionist One-man-band and folk fusion songwriter – performing on eight instruments simultaneously! You would never be able to mistake one-man-band Sammy Duke for anyone else once he starts performing on stage. A critically acclaimed head-turner, this shameless prog-folk rocker plays up to eight instruments at the same time; all while entrancing audiences with his notorious self-deprecating charm, wit and infectious live energy. w.sammyduke.com...

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Steve Raiken

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken is appreciated by audiences as a very talented singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Steve Raiken has been playing guitar and singing for 50 years. As a student at the University of Buffalo in the late 1960s, Raiken immersed himself in the folk music scene. Raiken began performing with a fellow student, Marc Cashman. They performed as headliners and as the opening act for Tom Rush, Hall & Oates, and George Carlin. The duo split up in 1973. Raiken spent the next 35 years in management consulting and the public sector...

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Simone Morris

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Simone Morris

Simone Morris

New original jazz album “Settling Up” released November 2018 hit #1 on iTunes Canada Jazz Chart in its first week Toronto jazz vocalist SIMONE MORRIS exudes a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety – a natural storyteller who artfully lures audiences into her craftily-spun musical stories. Simone Morris is reeling from the success of her recently released, all-original, debut album SETTLING UP, co-written with longtime guitarist, Mike Freedman. The album hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in its very first week and has been...

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The Barrel Boys

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on The Barrel Boys

The Barrel Boys

New Album, Cold Spring, Released 2017 A 5-piece bluegrass powerhouse featuring rich vocal harmonies, killer picking, and a fun-loving, down-to-earth stage presence, The Barrel Boys are a unique staple of the Toronto music scene. Established in 2012, The Barrel Boys are a 5-piece string band based in Toronto, Ontario. The band’s sound is built around rich vocal harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals, and their repertoire finely balances standard tunes with their own original writing. Their instrumentation lends itself to classic bluegrass, but...

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Doris Folkens

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Doris Folkens

Doris Folkens

Winner, Songs from the Heart Contest 2017 Debut Album Released 2018 Doris Folkens is developing a reputation in Canada’s music scene as a storyteller, reviving tales of past generations with old-time inspired folk and nostalgia. Doris Folkens turns stories into folk music – stories that might have disappeared if not for her songs. Her music is rooted in people and the events that shaped them. Her own independent music career is no different. Even the piano she grew up playing in Ontario has a tale. It survived the bombing of her...

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HOTCHA!

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on HOTCHA!

HOTCHA!

WINNER OF TWO 2012 TORONTO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (BEST FOLK/ROOTS & HNSS LIVE ACOUSTIC)!! Award-winning, high-energy hillbilly swing duo blends old-time Western, bluegrass, early swing and country gospel delivered with the energy of a runaway train. Soaring vocals, lively accordion, gritty guitar, wailing harmonica and big-beat bodhran. High-energy hillbilly swing duo blends old-time Western, bluegrass, early swing and country gospel, delivered with the energy of a runaway train. Soaring vocals, lively accordion, gritty guitar, wailing...

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Ken Yoshioka

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Ken Yoshioka

Ken Yoshioka

2nd solo CD released in 2012 Featured in independent documentary film “Harmonica Man From Japan”2006 Ken Yoshioka sings blues, plays guitar and harmonica with soul. Ken Yoshioka is a Toronto based blues singer/songwriter, harmonica/guitar player, originally from Kamakura, Japan.His music is based on deep south delta, Chicago and modern electric blues.He regularly performs with blues piano virtuoso Julian Fauth.You can hear Ken’s harmonica playing on a number of local Toroto CDs. www.reverbnation/kenyoshioka.com...

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Ori Dagan

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

Critically Acclaimed New Album: “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” Winner, “Best Album” Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards Award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment. Dagan’s third recording and visual album,...

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David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

David Storey is excited to announce the release of his new album “made in Canada” which continues the pattern established on two previous releases of wry wit and penetrating insights about life’s challenges, characters and passions. With a dynamic career that over 40 years has zig-zagged between music and broadcasting production, for which he’s won numerous awards, songwriter David Storey, recharged and refocused is now poised to win new laurels in the musical realm in which he began his journey. A new album, made in Canada,...

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James Gordon

Posted by on Dec 19, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on James Gordon

James Gordon

About to release his 40th album “Heritage Sessions” Composer of “Frobisher Bay” which has become a Canadian classic with over 100 covers worldwide Co-founder of legendary folk trio Tamarack, Guelph-based James Gordon has gone on to a thriving solo career with more than 1500 songs, 40 albums, 12 years as CBC Radio songwriter-in-residence and and relentless world-wide touring to his credit. With a handful of songs that have become part of the standard Canadian repertoire like “Frobisher Bay” and “Mining...

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Mark The Dates WFXVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Front Page, Press Releases | Comments Off on Mark The Dates WFXVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Mark The Dates WFXVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

WINTERFOLK XVII BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019 WHO: Some of the best blues & roots artists on the Canadian music scene today WHAT: The 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival WHERE: Various venues on the Danforth, Toronto WHEN: February 22-24, 2019 TICKETS: Save $10 on 3-day pass – ONLY $15 till Dec 31 https://www.winterfolk.com/extendedwristbands/  TORONTO – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2018 – Be sure to mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Winterfolk...

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Mr. Rick

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick was one of the featured performers in “The Harry Smith Anthology, tribute to American Folk Music”   Singer, guitarist, and player of old time Roots Americana, Mr. Rick (aka Rick Zolkower) was born in post war Detroit. Rick learned his craft by watching, listening and hanging with the iconic Folk and Blues performers of the era at Detroit’s famed “Chessmate coffee house”. Rick has had a passion for music Americana for over 40 years. He started performing and touring in the 1960’s. He currently...

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Bywater

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Bywater

Bywater

Winner, 2018 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Winner, 2017 Merriam Emerging Artist at the TD Oakville Songs of Summer   Winner of the 2018 Toronto Blues Society Talent search at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Bywater Blues debuted in early 2017, shortly thereafter winning the Merriam Music Emerging Artist Award from the 2017 TD Oakville Songs of Summer Festival. A 7-piece band drawing from the sounds of Southern Soul, Gospel and Blues, Bywater features powerful lead vocals and slide guitar,...

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Tragedy Ann

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Tragedy Ann

Tragedy Ann

Winner, Songs from the Heart 2018 (Blues Category) Winner, Songs from the Heart 2018 (Humorous Category) New Full Length, “Matches”, released September 2018       The award-winning music of Guelph folk duo Tragedy Ann inspires chills, provokes smiles, and reminds you to breathe. With the occasional nod to alt. blues and handshake with contemporary folk-rock, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan intertwine the storytelling power of Tom Waits with the musical nuance of Mandolin Orange, crafting something...

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Brian Blain

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Brian Blain

Brian Blain

Slow-cooked, solid-groove folk blues – soulful, thoughtful and always entertaining. His highly original blues-based repertoire earned him the coveted Porcupine “Golden Quill” Award in 2005 Brian Blain, a mainstay of the Toronto blues scene since the early 90s, will be playing tunes from his upcoming CD including some lighthearted fare like “I’m Not 50 Anymore,” “The Not Worried Blues,” and songs about dearly departed musical collaborators Kathi MacDonald and Scott Cushnie...

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Cassie and Maggie

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Cassie and Maggie

Cassie and Maggie

2018 JUNO nominees, Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie have been lighting up the world with their blend of traditional and original Celtic roots music. 2018 JUNO nominees for Root/Trad album of the Year. 2017 Winners of Roots/Trad album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music awards, nominees for Ensemble, Vocal Group and Traditional singer of the Year Performed over 250 shows across the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, North America and Mexico in 2018.   “From the deepest roots of Canada and its very earliest musical traditions...

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Moscow Apartment

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Moscow Apartment

Moscow Apartment

Winner, Slaight Music It’s Your Shot Competition, 2018, Canadian Songwriting Competition (Under 18) Winner, Best Young Songwriter Independent Music Awards, 2017, Winner, Best Young Songwriter Canadian Folk Music Award 2017 Winners of a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award, the Canadian Songwriting Competition (Under 18 category) and the Slaight Music It’s Your Shot award, Moscow Apartment has rapidly become one of the most exciting emerging bands in Canadian folk and indie music. At just 15 and 16-years-old,...

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Donné Roberts

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Donné Roberts

Donné Roberts

2 Time Juno Award Winner New CD Released in November 2018 Donné Roberts’ music make winter feels like summer. The rhythm will make you dance and the melodies will make you sing along. The music is mainly in Malagasy the language of Madagascar. Website www.donneroberts.com  Donné Roberts’ music make winter feels like summer. The rhythm will make you dance and the melodies will make you sing along. The music is mainly in Malagasy the language of Madagascar....

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Dan McKinnon

Posted by on Dec 18, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Dan McKinnon

Dan McKinnon

2017 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winner 2017 Amy Louie Grossman’s Scholarship Winner Toronto-based blues/rock guitarist Dan McKinnon has been working hard to establish himself as a Canadian Blues artist on the rise. Following the success of his debut full-length album As Sharp As Possible (2013 Canadian Blues Debut of the Year from the Blues Underground Network) and a year where he won the 2017 Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search and the Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship, he is back with a brand new album The Cleaner, a...

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Howard Gladstone

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Toronto singer-songwriter Howard Gladstone released Hourglass—his fifth album of original contemporary folk/roots music in the U.S.A. on June 15, 2018 Howard Gladstone shares emotion and meaning in his songwriting and performance, exercising both sides of his brain, the rational and the poetic. His fifth album, Hourglass, is his most honest and accessible album, recounting a harrowing journey to recovery from a serious spinal cord injury. New songs emerging in 2019 continue the quest for recovery… moving beyond the individual looking at...

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Margaret Stowe

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Margaret Stowe

Margaret Stowe

Guitarist Margaret Stowe will appear at Winterfolk! Guitarist Margaret Stowe has been playing jazz, jazz-blues and other styles for several decades, performing and recording with a variety of Canadian and international artists. During her career, she has performed with orchestras, in theatre, and at major concert halls, festivals, clubs and restaurants, in Canada and Europe, as a sideperson, bandleader and musical director. Currently, Margaret can be found playing with the Max Woolaver Band, jazz vocalist Brenda Lewis, Tony Quarrington’s For...

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Noah Zacharin

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Line Up, Performers | Comments Off on Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Guitar Master, Writer of Deeply-felt, Literate Songs, and Dynamic Performer Noah Zacharin is an acknowledged guitar master, writer of literate and deeply-felt songs, and dynamic and ever-evolving performer. He has released eight CD’s of original music, all of which have been met with critical and popular success. ‘Strange Rider’ (2016) made several ‘Best-Of’ lists that year, and the more recent ‘A Startle of Wings’ has been receiving significant airplay internationally–including on the...

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The Lifers

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on The Lifers

The Lifers

Nominee, Canadian Folk Music Awards: Emerging Artist of the Year, 2018 The Lifers, led by sisters Liv and Anita Cazzola, are an art-folk/rock collective from Guelph, Ontario. Their intertwined voices dynamically convey vulnerability and strength, confronting the fragility of our world and ourselves. Their latest release “Honey Suite” employs conventional instruments in unconventional ways, garnering them a nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year through the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Harp-inspired ukulele, accordion swells,...

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Evaristo Machado

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Evaristo Machado

Evaristo Machado

  Evaristo: Cuban Trovador Evaristo is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and guitarist. His CD, “Siempre Que Llueve… (After the Rain)” is available on iTunes, and features some of Toronto’s best Canadian and Cuban musicians. Born in Havana, Evaristo now makes Toronto home, where he performs with his trio, as well as in solo shows on his guitar, mixing his own material with more traditional sounds such as Cuban Son and songs from the Cuban ‘Trovador’ tradition. www.evaristomusic.com 

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D’Arcy Wickham

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Front Page, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

With a career spanning over 4 decades and with credits that include …guitarist for the Ian Thomas Band , Polydor Recording and touring Artist, award winning songwriter D’Arcy Wickham looks forward to the release of his 3rd CD ‘Signal Hill’ which is all instrumental at Winterfolk 2019.  In addition to being an artist, D’Arcy is Toronto’s premier guitar and vocal instructor, and many of the Winterfolk performers this year have been students of D’Arcy. D’Arcy Wickham...

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Wayne Neon

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Front Page, Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington. Memorable melodies, clever lyrics, rich voices, and solid rhythms are his hang-ups. His laser focused folk, jazz, blues, rock, skiffle, country, mariachi, English Beat, Motown, Dixieland, Honky Tonk, shuffle, pop, beach party, lounge music gives new meaning to the word eclectic. Wayne Neon

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Black Suit Devil

Posted by on Dec 14, 2018 in Front Page, Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Black Suit Devil

Black Suit Devil

Black Suit Devil Singer/Songwriter Andy Du Rego took his years of experience in the Blues & Rock scenes as a guitarist and has fused it with his life experiences to breathe life into the Black Suit Devil project. An ever-evolving project best described currently as Acoustic Soul is a fusion of the Folk, Roots, Blues & Soul genres. While the name Black Suit Devil would represent the corporate big wigs behind the worlds figurative curtains, Du Rego uses music as his medium to give voice to social injustice, current political affairs,...

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Glen Hornblast

Posted by on Dec 11, 2018 in Front Page, Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter whose music is an intoxicating blend of folk, country, blues and jazz. His latest CD “Once In A Blue Moon” has been very well-received and has garnered great reviews and radio play around the world. He describes his songs as “sad little stories of love, loss and heartache.”

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Sebastian Agnello

Posted by on Dec 10, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb can turn the largest venue into an intimate and exciting place to be.     Since his band, “The Lords Of London”, topped the Canadian Charts when he was just 14 years old, Seb Agnello has performed with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Mothers Of Invention, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, The...

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Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Front Page, News Letters, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

The 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, taking place in Toronto February 22-24, 2019, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent.

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Norm Lucien

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Norm Lucien

Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien  walked into a kitchen jam in a  pub in downtown Toronto, joined in on harmonica and quickly found himself in the embrace of the Toronto music community! Gradually playing just about every style backing  just about every musician he picked up the moniker ‘Harpin’ Norm! As friends often joke                          “Harpin’ will play with anyone!!”  Harpin’ Norm Lucien picked up the harmonica after being given the...

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Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 2018

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Front Page, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 2018

Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 2018

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Presents Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit WHO: David Storey, & The Side Road Scholars, HOTCHA!,Chloe Watkinson, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, and Glen Hornblast Band WHAT: Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit + Birthday Bash  WHERE: The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON 416-469-0537 WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8th – Doors 7:30 pm / Music 8:00  TICKETS: $10 suggested minimum donation @door (all funds go towards support of...

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Join the Winterfolk Team

Posted by on Nov 27, 2018 in Front Page, What's New | Comments Off on Join the Winterfolk Team

Join the Winterfolk Team

We welcome your application. Join with other members of the community to help us make a difference. Though our annual showcase event is the Winterfolk festival in February, our work is ongoing. We appreciate the help of good volunteers year round. If you have any questions prior to submitting the form, please send an email , and we will try to respond quickly. We look forward to working with you. Audio Mixing / Lighting Technician – Mixing sound and lighting during performances. Stage Managers – Ensure artists check...

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Brampton Folk Club

Posted by on Nov 25, 2018 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

The Brampton Folk Club holds monthly song circles on the 1st Monday of every month, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bring your instrument! We also present two concert series, hosts open mics and participate in a variety of community events. This is the 4th year we have been honoured to be included at Winterfolk. Many thanks to the Winterfolk committee for inviting us!The Brampton Folk Club is a non profit community group dedicating to promoting folk music in the Brampton area. We have been around for 21 years and have over 50 members from all...

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Get a Winterfolk Gig!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2018 in About, Formerly Slider, Front Page, Get A Winterfolk Gig, Slider, What's New | Comments Off on Get a Winterfolk Gig!

Get a Winterfolk Gig!

How to play at Winterfolk. What we look for in artists and more exciting artist opportunities. 

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Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

Accepting Applications Now The 18th annual Winterfolk festival will take place on February 21, 22, 23, 2020. Below is a job description for the position of publicist. You would be working directly with the Festival Director, Brian Gladstone, and in cooperation with the entire Winterfolk team. Innovative and creative thinking are a big asset! Interested publicists pls send your resume, ideas, festival or related experience, remuneration $$ expectations range, plus any comments. Interested candidates are requested to respond via email to the...

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Casa Loma guitarist strikes a chord for Winterfolk festival

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in About, Front Page, In The Press, Media, What's New | Comments Off on Casa Loma guitarist strikes a chord for Winterfolk festival

Casa Loma guitarist strikes a chord for Winterfolk festival

Rick Zolkower talks performing, coming to Canada and his future album  February 19, 2018 Brian Baker Americana, musician, Rick Zolkower, Winterfolk Reprinted from Streeter – The fallout from the Riverboat scene in Toronto’s 1960s Yorkville scene was when Detroit-born Americana musician Rick Zolkower arrived here. It was 1972 and the photographer-musician came to Canada via Detroit, Mich. because of his girlfriend. He decided to call it his new home. Now, the 68-year-old is a fixture in the Winterfolk Blues...

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WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT @ HUGH’S ROOM, TORONTO

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT @ HUGH’S ROOM, TORONTO

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT @ HUGH’S ROOM, TORONTO

January 21, 2018 – Reprinted from Spill Magazine  Last year, Hugh’s Room announced it was closing its doors. Like many fans, I waited with bated breath, sorry to see yet another beloved Toronto venue cease to exist. Thankfully, generous donations and copious support have allowed the Roncy music club to keep on delivering the goods. With its commitment to blues and roots, the 16th annual Acoustic Harvest + Winterfolk Preview is what the Hugh’s Room spirit is all about. Brian Gladstone kicked things off by greeting the audience and...

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Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in About, Front Page, In The Press | Comments Off on Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Submitted by Lenny Stoute  The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival,taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 100 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over three days of the long Family Day weekend. For more information on the festival,...

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WINTERFOLK XVI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP – FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

Posted by on Feb 1, 2018 in About, Front Page, What's New | Comments Off on WINTERFOLK XVI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP – FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

WINTERFOLK XVI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP – FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

Reprinted from Spill Magazine – The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 100 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over three days of the long Family Day weekend. For more information on the...

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WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in About, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

Reprinted from Spill Magazine – by Elizabeth Andrews Jan 29, 2018 – Last year, Hugh’s Room announced it was closing its doors. Like many fans, I waited with bated breath, sorry to see yet another beloved Toronto venue cease to exist. Thankfully, generous donations and copious support have allowed the Roncy music club to keep on delivering the goods. With its commitment to blues and roots, the 16th annual Acoustic Harvest + Winterfolk Preview is what the Hugh’s Room spirit is all about. Brian Gladstone kicked things off by...

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It’s closer than you think: Winterfolk preview tonight at Hugh’s

Posted by on Jan 23, 2018 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on It’s closer than you think: Winterfolk preview tonight at Hugh’s

It’s closer than you think: Winterfolk preview tonight at Hugh’s

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine – We referred the other day to the spectacular success of the annual Winterfolk Festival started by Brian Gladstone fifteen years ago next month and as always this year’s 16th edition of the now seminal event promises another great weekend of live Roots, Blues and Jazz music when it takes place Feb. 16-18on five stages in venues on Danforth Ave. in East TO. This evening you can get a taste of some of the highlights of this year’s edition at a preview showcase...

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Get a sneak peek of what’s coming at Toronto’s Winterfolk

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Get a sneak peek of what’s coming at Toronto’s Winterfolk

Get a sneak peek of what’s coming at Toronto’s Winterfolk

Annual roots and blues festival held at several east Toronto venues Reprinted from Inside Toronto East York Mirror – Fans of folk, roots, and blues music can get a glimpse of what’s to come at this year’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival on Sunday, Jan. 21. The Winterfolk XVI Preview will be held at Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W., just south of Bloor Street West, starting at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Presented by Winterfolk along with Acoustic Harvest, the show will feature performances by Dirty Dishes, Julian Fauth, Mr....

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Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Front Page, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

More Info Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your questions about volunteering at the upcoming festival. It will be pretty informal so feel free to just drop by and say hello anytime between 2 & 4. BTW – It’s not necessary to...

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Acoustic Harvest & Winterfolk: WF Preview Jan 21@Hugh’s Room Live

Posted by on Jan 15, 2018 in Front Page, In The Press | Comments Off on Acoustic Harvest & Winterfolk: WF Preview Jan 21@Hugh’s Room Live

Acoustic Harvest & Winterfolk: WF Preview Jan 21@Hugh’s Room Live

Greetings of the new year with hope for a better future for the World. As we have done for the past four years, prior to the Winterfolk Festival, we have a sneak-peak at a few of the 150 or so artists who will be performing at the festival. Here’s the lineup: WHO: Dirty Dishes, Julian Fauth, Mr. Rick, Brian Gladstone w/Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA!, and Brighid Fry from Moscow Apartment WHAT: Acoustic Harvest + Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Present: Winterfolk XVI Preview WHERE: Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas Street West,...

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FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

Posted by on Jan 10, 2018 in Front Page, In The Press | Comments Off on FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

by Kerry Doole – Reprinted in FYI Music News –  Now in its 16th year, Toronto’s annual Winterfolk roots music fest continues to get better, and bigger. Staged in clubs on Danforth Ave, and the first round of performers include Jack de Keyzer, D’Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone, Juno-winners David Bradstreet and Julian Fauth, David Essig, Kat Goldman, Jon Broks, Laura Fernandes, Melanie Peterson, Moscow Apartment, Noah Zacharin, Piper Hayes, and The Willows. Winterfolk runs Feb. 16-18, with over 150 artists...

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Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

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Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Winterfolk XVI Preview SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:30 PM @ Hugh’s Room Live 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Festival wristbands only $10 at the preview!

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Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

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Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Winterfolk XVI Blues & Roots Festival and Acoustic Harvest Present… Dirty Dishes will be performing at the Winterfolk XVI preview at Hugh’s Room Live on January 21, 2018 Winterfolk XVI Preview SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:30 PM @ Hugh’s Room Live 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Festival wristbands only $10 at the preview! WHO: Dirty Dishes, Julian Fauth, Mr. Rick, Brian Gladstone w/Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA!, and Brighid Fry from Moscow Apartment WHAT: Acoustic Harvest +...

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Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 2018

Posted by on Jan 2, 2018 in About, Front Page | Comments Off on Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 2018

More Info Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your questions about volunteering at the upcoming festival. It will be pretty informal so feel free to just drop by and say hello anytime between 2 & 4. BTW – It’s not necessary to...

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Jessica Wedden

Posted by on Dec 25, 2017 in Line Up, Performers, What's New | Comments Off on Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden

Nominated for Young Performer of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards Opened for Ashley MacIsaac and Joined Him for a Couple Tunes for the 2017 Festival of Small Halls Ontario Advanced to the Semi-Final Round at the 2017 Canadian National Exhibition Rising Star Talent Competition; Performed at the 2016 Havelock Jamboree Jessica Wedden is a 15 year old fiddler, trick fiddler, step dancer, composer and 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee with an upbeat Celtic and East Coast repertoire, who thoroughly...

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Jack de Keyzer presents ‘Evolution of Blues Guitar’ – From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Posted by on Dec 21, 2017 in Formerly Slider, What's New | Comments Off on Jack de Keyzer presents ‘Evolution of Blues Guitar’ – From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Jack de Keyzer presents ‘Evolution of Blues Guitar’ – From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

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Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in About, Front Page, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk?  Would you like to meet other volunteers?  Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your questions about volunteering at the upcoming festival. It will be pretty informal so feel free to just drop by and say hello anytime between 2 & 4. Jen Volunteer Coordinator More...

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Get a sneak peek of what’s to come at 16th annual Winterfolk Festival

Posted by on Dec 11, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Get a sneak peek of what’s to come at 16th annual Winterfolk Festival

Get a sneak peek of what’s to come at 16th annual Winterfolk Festival

Reprinted from ‘Inside Toronto’ –  The organizers of the 16th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival are hosting a preview/benefit and birthday bash on Saturday, Dec. 9. The special sneak peek event, which will feature The Achromatics, David Storey, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, Piper Hayes with Carson Ritcey-Thorpe, The Mini-Clan Hannigan and more, will be held at The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave., just east of Broadview Avenue. It will also include an open mic for anyone who would like to perform or...

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Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Formerly Slider, Front Page, In The Press, Press Releases, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Presents Winterfolk XVI Preview & Fundraiser WHO: The Achromatics, David Storey, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, Piper Hayes w/ Carson Ritcey-Thorpe, The Mini-Clan Hannigan and more WHAT: Winterfolk XVI Preview & Benefit WHERE: The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON 416-469-0537 WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 9th – Doors 7:30 pm / Music 8:00  TICKETS: $10 minimum donation @door (all funds go towards support of festival artists XVI)...

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Announcing Winterfolk XVI

Posted by on Nov 27, 2017 in What's New | Comments Off on Announcing Winterfolk XVI

Announcing Winterfolk XVI

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The Max Woolaver Band

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in What's New | Comments Off on The Max Woolaver Band

The Max Woolaver Band

Formed in Toronto, The Max Woolaver Band brings together outstanding players with not be missed great songs.     Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Pick of Songwriters Night     FACTOR New Talent Award     NXNE, Canada Music Week, CBC Toronto & Ottawa     Outstanding songwriter with a crackerjack band, the Max Woolaver Band has had a devoted following for a long time now. Drawing spiritual grace from the roots tradition, Max’s songs and the band’s musicianship (...

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Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup, Sunday November 19

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, Volunteers, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup, Sunday November 19

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup, Sunday November 19

Sunday, November 19 at 1 PM – 3 PM Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4K1N1 Do you have questions about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you want to share your past experiences with others? This gathering is for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. It will be pretty informal so you can just drop by to say hello if you like, no need to come for the entire time. If you’d like to stick around for some music the...

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Tonight’s Winterfolk preview a good way to ease into cooler climes

Posted by on Nov 4, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Tonight’s Winterfolk preview a good way to ease into cooler climes

Tonight’s Winterfolk preview a good way to ease into cooler climes

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine by Gary 17 – As the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival prepares to turn sweet sixteen this coming February it’s perhaps not too young to begin engaging in occasional bouts of nostalgia.  Certainly festival founder and executive director Brian Gladstone may feel some of that tonight as he takes part in a 2018 festival preview and fundraiser at Free Times Café. While not one of the “original six” rooms in which the festival, then known simply as Winterfolk, took...

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WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017

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WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017

Nashville Bound Presents: WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017    WHO: Maggie & Mr. Rogers, Meredith Moon, HOTCHA!, Glen Hornblast, Harpin’ Norm, D’Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone, Tony Quarrington (w/ Zoey Adams), Kim Doolittle WHAT: Nashville Bound Presents The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Tribute and Benefit WHERE: The Free Times Café, 320 College St. TO | 416- 967-1078 WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 2017 TICKETS: $10 donation at door...

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Winterfolk XVI Artist Submission Drop Box Now Open

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Front Page, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk XVI Artist Submission Drop Box Now Open

Winterfolk XVI Artist Submission Drop Box Now Open

The Opportunity Presenting more than 150 artists in the span of three days in downtown Toronto, Winterfolk’s exciting and accessible programming makes the festival a haven for booking agents, promoters, and media. Every year more than 10,000 attendees. See ‘How Winterfolk Selects Talent 

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Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival celebrated their 15th Anniversary on the Danforth, on February 17th-19th. It was an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you found the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists showed off their chops at 5 venues over the 3 days. The festival also included special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy....

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Editor’s Corner March 2017

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Editor’s Corner March 2017

Editor’s Corner March 2017

Written by David Olds Category: Editors Corner – Sticking with my Pot Pourri theme, I had the pleasure of meeting up with a friend from my early childhood at Winterfolk on the Family Day Weekend. David Storey and I knew each other back in our pre-school days, attending the same Anglican church and each other’s birthday parties. Somewhere around our teenage years we lost track of each other as he went off to choir school and I attended York County’s experiment with open plan education in the early years of...

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Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

Winterfolk XV was busier, punchier and way warmer than usual, all good things for the folk that swarmed over the bridge to check the annual feast of blues and roots musics of all kinds. Folkie Peter Verity opened the launch party at The Black Swan with an engrossing set largely drawn from recent album Sometimes A Journey. Accompanied by fiddle virtuoso Thomas Hamilton, Verity rolled out the haunting narratives and minor key melodies of fan faves“Blue as I Can Get”, “The Healing Rain” and “North...

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Americana Media Pro: Fred Boenig reviews Winterfolk

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Americana Media Pro: Fred Boenig reviews Winterfolk

From American Media Pro Winterfolk XV Roots and Blues Fest Underway One of the great mid-winter music festivals is underway in Toronto this weekend with the 15th edition of the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival. This 3 day festival showcases the finest in local and national touring musicians, with some artists just beginning their musical journey and others who have been on the landscape for many years. Taking place at 5 different venues around the intersection of Danforth and Broadview Aves., this festival is the perfect tonic to come out...

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Tony Quarrington tribute album shows Winterfolk’s stature

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Tony Quarrington tribute album shows Winterfolk’s stature

\ TO EAST \ Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine There was a time when there was really only one Roots festival that artists of that genre talked about in TO.  Back when I started this publication —25 years ago this coming April, as Open Season (which gave birth to to-nite before evolving into TorontoMoon.ca) — the Mariposa Festival had a very strong presence in the city and in fact was still staging shows here. The last presentation of its weekend within the city limits, I believe, was the ill-fated 1992 edition on one of the...

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Winterfolk is back for its 15th year on The Danforth

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Winterfolk is back for its 15th year on The Danforth

All-ages, mid-winter festival to feature some of the best Canadian blues and roots artists East York Mirror – The 2017 edition of the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is coming to The Danforth. The 15th annual event, which features some of the best Canadian blues and roots artists, will run from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17. Organizers describe Winterfolk as an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that features the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music. More than 150 artists are set to perform at five venues...

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Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

February 9, 2017February 8, 2017 Anna Killen and Lara O’Keefe Reprinted from Beaches Metro It’s that time of year again. Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth Feb. 17-19, 2017 and Acoustic Harvest will be there with bells, and guitars, and dancing shoes. Its showcase is Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Globe Bistro at 124 Danforth Ave. Featuring Mary Kelly with Tom Leighton, Anne Walker, Missy Burgess, and John Prince and Bruce McDaniel, this is Acoustic Harvest’s fourth Winterfolk showcase. Last year,...

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Winterfolk Hour on BLUZ FM

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Winterfolk Hour on BLUZ FM

Don’t miss the Winterfolk hour on Bluz Fm on JAZZ.FM91 with Danny Marks which will air this Saturday Feb 11 from 10 to 11 PM. We will be talking about a variety of topics including local music scene, the role of music in society, and of course highlights of the upcoming Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival. We will be spinning tracks from Winterfolk artists including Brian Blain, Mike McKenna, Lily Frost, MrRick MusicAmericana, The Small Glories, Jack de Keyzer, HOTCHA!, Denielle Bassels, David Essig, Noah Zacharin, Kim Doolittle....

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WINTERFOLK XV ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP

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WINTERFOLK XV ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP

WHO: Trent Severn, Johnson Crook, The Small Glories, Command Sisters, Julian Taylor, The Jerome Tucker Band, Jon Brooks, Lily Frost, Louis Simão, Denielle Bassels, Blair Packham + more! WHAT: Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival TICKETS: Advance tickets for the four ticketed events are separate from wristband admission. Purchase here: https://www.winterfolk.com/winterfolk-advance-ticket-sales/   WHERE: Various venues on the Danforth, Toronto • Black Swan Tavern (two stages), 154 Danforth Ave., 416-469-0537 • Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141...

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A Musical Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

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A Musical Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

By: Thomas Schultz posted Mon, Feb 6, 2017 in SPECIALINTEREST Toronto serves as Canada’s hub for art, commerce, and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for travelers. The city won’t disappoint thanks to a wide range of world class restaurants like Canoe, Carisma, and VOLOS. Another major attraction you won’t want to miss is Canada’s largest natural history museum, the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, truly offering something for everyone. Winterfolk Blues and...

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A Music Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

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A Music Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

By: Thomas Schultz posted Mon, Feb 6, 2017 in SPECIALINTEREST Toronto serves as Canada’s hub for art, commerce, and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for travelers. The city won’t disappoint thanks to a wide range of world class restaurants like Canoe, Carisma, and VOLOS. Another major attraction you won’t want to miss is Canada’s largest natural history museum, the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, truly offering something for...

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Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth, Feb. 17-19, 2017. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music , emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at 5 venues over 3 days. The festival will also include special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy. Winterfolk is the ideal event for...

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Entertainment Beat

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Entertainment Beat

Entertainment Beat

February 9, 2017February 8, 2017  Anna Killen and Lara O’Keefe – It’s that time of year again. Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth Feb. 17-19, 2017 and Acoustic Harvest will be there with bells, and guitars, and dancing shoes. Its showcase is Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Globe Bistro at 124 Danforth Ave. Featuring Mary Kelly with Tom Leighton, Anne Walker, Missy Burgess, and John Prince and Bruce McDaniel, this is...

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Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

Posted by on Feb 5, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

From February 17-February 19th, the Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival will be held in full force. The festival will be held in five venues with six stages in total in Danforth, Toronto.  On February 17, the hours will be 7:00pm-1:30am.  On February 18, the hours will be 1:00pm-1:30am.  Finally, on February 19, the festival hours will be 1:00pm-11:00pm.  The full line-up can be seen HERE! There are multiple options for shows.  The festival is offering $20...

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Live Album Release The Songs of Tony Quarrington

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Front Page, What's New | Comments Off on Live Album Release The Songs of Tony Quarrington

Live Album Release The Songs of Tony Quarrington

Tickets are Limited – Order Early to avoid disappointment  Sunday Feb 19, Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.  The Songs of Tony Quarrington Live CD Release– featuring Heather Fielding, Glen Hornblast, David Storey, HOTCHA!, Wendell Ferguson, Seb Agnello, Brian Gladstone, Wayne Neon, Isabelle Frysberg, Laura Fernandez, Noah Zacharin, Soozi Schlanger, Howard Gladstone, Joe Hall, Stuart Laughton. Doors open at 3:30 pm. Music starts at 4:00. $15.00 Advance $20.00 door. CDs sold at the venue. 

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Winterfolk’s 15th anniversary Feb. 17-19 will include many East York talents

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk’s 15th anniversary Feb. 17-19 will include many East York talents

Winterfolk’s 15th anniversary Feb. 17-19 will include many East York talents

Reprinted from East York Chronicle, by /Gary 17/ Although it was not born in east TO, the annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival has made its home here for most of what will be 15 years of existence February 17-19. From its beginnings the event, held at five bar/restaurant venues on Danforth Ave. near Broadview, has drawn on talents from the area, including iconic songwriter and veteran of the TO music scene for 50 years, Sebastian Agnello, who has been an East York resident all his life. Agnello returns again this year, kicking things...

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Hi Res Artist Images

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Media, What's New | Comments Off on Hi Res Artist Images

Hi Res Artist Images

Click on any image to enlarge. Click on Arrows < > left and right for horizontal scroll. Right Click to Download, Save, Copy, Copy URL, etc. [Show slideshow] The Redhill Valleys Tom Leighton Turbo Street Funk All Day Breakfast Stringband Anne Walker Brian Blain Brian Gladstone Command Sisters David McLachlan Denielle Dr. Tom Hamilton HOTCHA! Isaak Bonk Julian Taylor Juneyt Laura Fernandez Louis Simão Duo Margaret Stowe Mike McKenna Onion Honey...

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Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Front Page, In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

BITS’N’PIECES – Reprinted from Cashbox  TORONTO – Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists take the stage at Toronto’s Acoustic Harvest on Saturday, January 21st. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented by Lillian Wauthier, Artistic Director of Acoustic Harvest along with Winterfolk Blues & Roots...

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