Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley are an exciting Box & Fiddle duo performing both songs and tunes from around England.
They are both recent graduates of the Newcastle University Folk and Traditional Music Degree and were New Roots Finalist in 2014.
They have performed at some top UK festivals including Towersey Village Festival, Whitby Folk Week, Sidmouth Folk Week,
Bromyard Folk Festival and more. With Alex's rhythmic danceable accordion style & strong voice and Nicola's stunning and
gutsy fiddle playing, the duo create a big sound and give a new voice to the wonderful canon of English Folk Music. CD Available.
"Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian are old-style slide guitarists, multi-instrumentalists and a blues duo not to be missed.
Featuring Alfie's belting baritone vocals mixed with Nicole's sass and jazz flute, they bring you blues, roots and songwriting
in a way you have never heard before. Recording together for the first time as a duo with their debut album, “Come On In My Kitchen”
is an unfiltered, live-off-the-floor album that melds Delta blues and Southern Rock, folk lyrics with glockenspiel accents,
back porch banjo with fife and drum tradition. Come on into their kitchen, and you won't be disappointed." CD Available.
Bob MacLean is a Folksinger and celtic guitarist with roots in Cape Breton (Glace Bay) and Quebec.
He’s been playing guitar for as long as he can remember and his interest and passion for the guitar and
exploring his love of East Coast traditional music and songs have only grown over the years.
Expect a lively, engaging and entertaining performance! CD Available.
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The Bilge Rats
The Bilge Rats are a group of singers who specialize in singing shanties, the sailors’ a capella work songs from the great days of the tall sailing ships.
The Bilge Rats’ repertoire also includes songs from a variety of other traditions, from doo-wop to ballads, reflecting the well established tradition
of sailors constantly picking up new ‘shore’ songs to delight and distract their shipmates in their leisure hours. There is a rumour that the
Bilge Rats are an offshoot of the Toronto Morris Men, who dance traditional English Morris dances in Toronto and other parts near and far.
The Boxcar Boys weave together a captivating bevy of folk traditions, Dixieland jazz and Klezmer performed with a good ole time New Orleans spirit.
This Toronto based six piece features clarinet, accordion, washboard, tuba, trombone, and fiddle.
They have recently released their third album titled “Cicada Ball”. CD Available.
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Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Cihat Ozturk started his musical career at a young age performing in a host of school choirs.
Eventually his appreciation for traditional Turkish folk songs soon directed him to the long necked lute, the Baglama.
After graduating, he began rigorous training to enhance his vocal and instrumental style and execution.
Cihat won the Turkish Folk Music competition for TRT (Turkish Radio Television) which gave him the opportunity to receive professional
vocal training from the Conservatory of Music. He now lives in Toronto.
Cupola/Ward comprises Doug Eunson, Sarah Matthews and Oli Matthews playing English and European dance music and English songs
in three part harmony, incorporating melodeons, hurdy gurdy, saxophones, clarinet, fiddle and viola.
These three highly talented musicians and singers weave intricate harmonies and beautiful melodies.
They have two albums out as the trio and are involved in numerous other projects on the English Folk Scene.
Lucy Ward is a singer-songwriter from Derby, UK. She plays guitar, ukulele and concertina but considers her voice to be her first instrument. CD Available.
Jeff Gillett is an experienced folk guitarist and singer.
As well as performing solo, he often works as an accompanist for nationally renowned folk singer Ron Taylor.
Elaine has been a enthusiast of traditional folk song for many years and performs regularly in local folk clubs.
They are both from Stroud, Gloucestershire, England. Together their voices combine to create beautiful harmonies and sensitive
interpretations of traditional and modern folk songs, enhanced by Jeff’s supremely tasteful, restrained yet inventive accompaniments.
Their repertoire includes traditional music, new interpretations of familiar songs and William Blake’s poems sung to Jeff’s original tunes.
Frog & Henry play mostly early American popular music: early jazz, blues, rags, jug band music, stringband;
and some early Calypso, Cuban, and Mexican music. While most active recently in Canada as a two-man one-man-band,
Frog & Henry was formed in New Orleans as an eight-piece street performing band from members of the Loose Marbles,
The Drunken Catfish Ramblers, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Haret, and the Happy Pals.
Common iterations of the group now feature two members playing a foot-controlled tuba, a pedal-operated
upright bass, and a device for playing cornet and guitar simultaneously behind vocals, clarinet, and trombone.
The group can appear with as few as two members and as many as eight or ten, depending on the availability and
location of its members and the requirements of the venue. CD Available.
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Juneyt is a self-taught musician playing flamenco guitar for 16 years,
played alongside well-known musicians throughout his career. He has performed on many albums & festivals
around the world. Juneyt has been nominated for the Toronto Independent Music Awards (2015), & four-time
nominee for Waterloo Region Arts Awards (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014). Composed music for two television
documentaries, won 4 Diamond Readers Choice Awards (2014-2015) He has had the honour to open for world
renowned musicians like Alex Cuba and John McDermott. CD Available
Anne and Ian have been playing great Canadian music - old and new, for longer than they care to admit.
In the late 70s, along with Kate Murphy, they formed the group Muddy York, in order to bring the traditional
songs and dance music of Canada to audiences that often didn’t even know that music existed.
Anne is also known especially for her work with Metis and Aboriginal fiddle traditions in Manitoba.
Ian sings and plays guitar, concertina, button accordion, 5-string banjo and Scottish smallpipes.
Anne and Ian have done thematic shows on several tried and true Canadian experiences:
The Great Lakes, The Underground Railroad, Come to Canada (Songs of Immigration and Survival),
Not a Mark in This World (Songs of Social Comment), The Metis, and others. CD Available.
Martin and Shan Graebe sing traditional songs, mostly from the south of England and, mostly, unaccompanied and in harmony.
Many come from the Devonshire collector, Sabine Baring-Gould, on whose work Martin is an authority.
Martin has also written a number of songs that have become popular with folk audiences worldwide.
They live in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England known to the Romans as Corinium!. CD Available.
NUA is an award-winning innovative trio, bringing a fresh and unique sound to traditional music,
creating their own distinctive original compositions, balanced with traditional/contemporary tunes
drawn from Irish/Scottish traditions. The interaction between the three is what really makes the
music shine, whether it be soaring melodies or tasteful grooves. CD Available.
Relative Harmony-Rick Avery, Judy Greenhill and Jon Avery- are a family band.
Their instrumental music is a blend of traditional Anglo-American and Celtic dance tunes for violin, piano/guitar and percussion.
Vocally they perform traditional and contemporary folk songs, with a special emphasis on audience participation.
They have one CD-“Rolling Home”. CD Available.
The Schotts are a picking, singing and song writing duo, playing traditional acoustic music inspired by the people,
places and history of their home base of Norfolk County, Ontario. They have been playing together for 25 years, honing their
musical talents by playing in clubs and festivals across Canada and Europe. In addition to performing at bluegrass and
folk festivals, house concerts and weddings in and around Ontario, Darrin and Alison Schott give voice and instrument
lessons to students in Glen Meyer and Tillsonburg, Ontario.
Their music can be found online at www.theschotts.ca and on their self-titled debut recording. CD Available.
Led by a Canadian and US National fiddle champion, Shane Cook & The Woodchippers bring a modern and exhilarating approach
to fiddle tunes and step dance that The London Free Press says “takes the spirit of traditional music from Canada’s
past into 2015 and beyond.” Joining Shane are National Step Dance Champion Kyle Waymouth, step dancing wonderkid Leo Stock,
and singer/pianist Emily Flack.
Sweet Felons All is a Toronto-based band performing traditional and traditional-style songs and tunes mainly
rooted in the English tradition. SFA’s repertoire includes both a cappella songs and songs accompanied by a
variety of instruments including guitar, fiddle, whistle, concertina, bodhran and keyboards.
SFA are best known as the house band for the popular Another Bloody Folk Club in Toronto.CD Available.
Singer/dancer Tamar Ilana and Ventanas fuse passion and intimate dialogue, embracing the varied instrumental and melodic traditions of
North Africa, the Balkans, Turkey and Spain to create fresh interpretations and original songs.
Oud, baglama, darbuka, and percussive flamenco footwork intertwine with surprising harmony, joy and yearning.
This unusual musical mix garnered the group two Canadian Folk Music Award nominations in 2015 for their album Arrelumbre.
This local trio has many decades of combined musical experience and deep local roots:
They’re Norm Tellier from Cambridge on mandolin and vocals; Geoff Somers from Cambridge on fiddle and vocals;
plus Tom Nunn from Kitchener on guitar and vocals. Geoff, Norm and Tom played previous Mill Race festivals in the successful
bluegrass band Northern City Limits, General Store and others. Although the bluegrass background certainly comes through in
their music, their selection of vocal and instrumental material touches on various genres.
Norm, Geoff and Tom are pleased to be back playing at the Mill Race Festival.
This is a group of local musicians who perform traditional music of the British Isles, Canada and whatever else creeps in.
Members are: Paul Morris (vocals, mandolin, concertina and melodeon), Brad McEwen (citterns and vocals),
Brian Sinclair (mandocello, tenor banjo, guitar and various other unique stringed instruments),Gwen Potter (viola d’amore)
and Bill Nesbitt (anglo concertina, jaw harp, harmonica and vocals). CD Available.
These two have emerged as impressive voices of a new generation of fado singers in North America.
Fado is the urban folk music of Lisbon. They will be accompanied by Hernani Raposo on Portuguese guitar,
Eduardo Câmara on classical guitar, Pedro Joel on double-bass and Richard Nunes on percussion.
Join them for a performance featuring traditional Portuguese folk blues and other sounds of Portugal.
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Crumbly is a top notch entertainer who has the unique ability to communicate with the crowd using his tongue-in-cheek
humour which appeals to both adults and children. Crumbly delights his audience with his ability to unicycle,
juggle, do magic and twist balloon animals. He cleverly incorporates safety and friendship into his show
while using audience participation. After 24 years experience as a children’s entertainer,
Crumbly intuitively knows how to win over even the most timid and terrified children.
By the end of Crumbly’s show even those children are eager for more.
Meet Juno nominee Jake Differ, whose musical, funny and highly interactive live performances have delighted family
audiences all across Canada. Jake plays a great mix of up-tempo songs on guitar, ukulele, flute and voice
and everyone ends up singing, dancing, playing instruments and laughing the whole way through. CD Available.
Sandy MacDonald and Sharon Foran have come together to present a high
energy, fun show for kids. Together they have developed a show which showcases the children through their involvement.
It is full of costumes and props which are used with and on the children.
The theme is based on the costumes and music of many different countries.
Sandy and Sharon have had many successful performances at libraries, community events and corporate children's parties.
Sing Along Tim plays fully interactive folk rock for families. From old and traditional to new and exciting via some of the greats like Leadbelly,
Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Sharon Lois & Bram. Each song is performed in a way that invites and encourages audiences to join in.
Sing Along Tim and his band The Pacifiers have played at The Montreal Folk Festival,
Mariposa Folk Festival and the Ancaster Fall Fair. They also perform regularly at Sick Kids Hospital.
Dale Behnke, Gerry Dion and Paul Fralick sing English, French and Spanish traditional tunes from around the world.
Catch their harmonies, humour and sense of fun on TURKEY Rhubarb, Hello out there! and Soggy Mittens, Tingly Toes;
as well as videos, Sur Le Pont (d'Avignon), Oh Susanna and So Early in the Mornin’!
Zoë is one of Waterloo Regions most experienced clowns and has been playing with families for over 20 years.
She has trained with world class clowns and mimes such as Sigfrido Aguilar of Guanajuato, Mexico, Paul Gaulin of Toronto and the Movement Theatre International in Philadelphia.
Believing in contagious play, she continues to tickle the funny bones of audiences anywhere she is called to. www.thechucklegang.ca
Forest City Morris & Sword from London Ontario danced out for the first time in 1978,
drawing inspiration from the dances of the village of Kirtlington in Oxfordshire, U.K.
Thirty-two years later, this women’s side of Cotswold Morris dancers maintains the ancient tradition
while having fun! Over the years, the side has performed at numerous festivals and dance events throughout Canada,
the U.S., and even Bermuda and England. The Mill Race Festival is delighted to have Forest City Morris perform once again.
This is a combined side, featuring members of both Cold Barn Morris from Hamilton, Ontario, and Green Fiddle Morris of Toronto to bring you dances
traditional to several different English villages. If you are interested in learning, please feel free to contact us! We teach beginners each fall.
Musicians are also very welcome! The group is led by Roy Underhill and Leo Nelson.
If you would like more information, please email email@example.com or find us on the web at
www.greenfiddlemorris.ca or coldbarnmorris.ca
Orange Peel Morris Dancers is the Border Morris dancing troupe from the Orangeville area northwest of Toronto.
These dancers do Border Morris, an old English folk dance performance style from the English/Welsh borders of
Worcestershire, Herefordshire, and Shropshire, adding in their own inventions, plus those that have been gleaned
from others. High spirits and high energy - “a rude vigor” - typify Border Morris.
This group also typifies the essence of Morris dancing: “A chance to perform in the street, to show off,
to be loud or silly or raucous, to violate normal standards of behavior and not only get away with it, but be applauded for it.”
Morris dancing has been performed in England since before the 1400’s, but the Toronto Morris Men (TfMM)
have only been performing their exuberant style of morris dancing since 1985.
The TfMM have danced throughout Canada, the United States, and have performed in England and Iceland.
They are the only Canadian dance group to ever perform in the Carnaval de Santiago de Cuba.
This year TfMM again returns to dance in welcoming streets of Galt and, as their alter egos
The Bilge Rats, will be quaffing refreshments and astounding listeners with their collection of sea shanties and work songs.