This exciting new collaboration brings together Ian Robb (Finest Kind, JIIG), and Jess & Richard Arrowsmith (Melrose Quartet, Crucible). The trio share a love of music and song from the English tradition. They showcase some of the finest vocals you could hope to hear, paired with accompaniments and tune sets of tremendous energy and subtlety.
www.arrowsmithmusic.co.uk www.ianrobb.com email@example.com.
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.
The Bilge Rats are an offshoot of the Toronto Morris Men, who dance ancient and excellent traditional English Morris dances in Toronto and other parts near and far.
You haven’t lived until you have danced in the shadow of a French château, sung the refrains of a medieval ballad, or listened to the buzz of the hurdy gurdy into the wee hours of the morning….with a glass of wine in your hand. Bourrée à Trois will transport you to that very château in the heart of Brittany or central France with songs and dance tunes known as balfolk. Robin Aggus (various bagpipes, saxophone, whistles), Andrea Haddad (hurdy gurdy, accordion, vocals) and Sandra Spencer (hurdy gurdy, recorders, percussion) have performed concerts and animated dance events at several festivals, country museums and venues around southern Ontario.
Born and raised on the shores of Belfast Lough, Brian is firmly rooted in the traditional songs of his native Ireland. Brian also sings the songs of modern Irish writers...those who are carrying on the tradition! Influenced greatly by Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers, Brian sings the songs that entertains and connects with people from all walks of life...delivered with his rich voice and unique Irish wit and charm. This year Brian will be joined by long time musical partners, Geoff Sommers and Sharon Crozier. firstname.lastname@example.org CD Available.
Double graduate musician, retired cricketer, not retired businessman and singer of home grown silly songs, Doug comes from Gloucestershire, England for the Mill Race Festival. Doug features songs, tunes and stories from a mainly English tradition, accompanying himself on concertinas and melodeons.Expect a dry sense of humour and optional singalongs. There will be Tchaikowski, but not much.
The Ever-Lovin' Jug Band plays original tunes influenced by the jug bands of the 1920s, plus a lot of great numbers by Gus Cannon, the Memphis Jug Band, the Mississippi Sheiks and more. CD Available. www.everlovinjugband.ca
Final Nine play traditional instrumental music strongly rooted in the traditions of Scotland, and Cape Breton. Members Tyler Bridge, Mark Fletcher, and Dave Neigh play at least two instruments enabling the trio to combine fiddle, Scottish Small-pipes, mandola, tenor banjo, whistle, bodhran and guitar in a myriad of ways throughout the show creating many different sounds and styles within the traditional Celtic genre. email@example.com. https://www.facebook.com/FinalNine/
Great Village are an old-time folk group that combines traditional American music with modern influences, to create a nostalgic and charming sound. Trading melodies between banjo and fiddle, with an emphasis on strong vocal harmonies, they continue to travel and play their music across Canada for pub and festival audiences everywhere.
The Gypsy Jive Band has been bringing Klezmer music to audiences of every strip since the mid '80s. Gary Weinger (violin,vocals) Murray McKay (guitar) and Rachel Melas (upright bass) traipse across the Jewish musical landscape through Spain, Greece, Turkey and Transyvlania with a trip across the pond to Yiddish Amerika.
Joining them is drummer/percussionist Conny Nowe. CD Available. www.thegypsyjiveband.com
LoEE's vibrant repertoire encompasses traditional, folk, Classical Arabic, Sephardic and Greek Rembetika, as well as 20th century urban music from regions like Armenia, Greece (Asia Minor – Smyrni and Konstantinoupoli) and Turkey, and their neighbouring countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Israel. CD Available. www.lightofeast.com
Metis Strings & Sashes
Born and raised in Toronto, Alicia and Liam have never forgotten their Métis roots. Alicia on Metis fiddle, and Liam on guitar, have been performing together for several years at the local, national, and international level. They have performed at Pan Am Opening ceremonies, Louis Riel Day at Queen’s Park, and the Métis Heritage Days in Oshawa to name a few. Joanna Burt is a Métis/ Saugeen Ojibwe artist from Lindsay Ontario. She is both a Métis jigger and opera singer currently studying voice at the Glenn Gould School of Music of The Royal Conservatory. The three artists come together to create a dynamic performance on the unique art of Metis fiddling and Metis jigging.
Born on the island of Bolama, Guinea-Bissau, Mû Mbana, Multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and poet grew up influenced by the music of his immediate surroundings, especially the female voices and religious music of the Brame (Mancanha) and Bidjugu peoples.
The maturity of his music and the ins¬truments that accompany it are as a material reflection of his soul of musician and artist. His vast and eclectic curriculum includes 10 albums already published and performances on many stages of Europe, Africa and America.
He has collaborated with many musicians and projects like Selva de Mar, La Locomotora Negra, the great Manu Dibango, Simão Felix, Rosa Zaragoza, Lula Pena, Jurandir Santana or Fabiana Cozza.
Onion Honey makes folk music, sharp and sweet and mixed in with banjo and mandolin, washboard and guitar, double bass and stomping feet, banjolele and warm three-part harmonies. It’s a recipe for a great time, good for what ails, home-cooked comfort food for the ears.
Dave Pike, Esther Wheaton, Michelle Horel, and Stuart Cybulskie play new-time traditional and old-time originals and all-time favourites: mountain music as heard from the Grand River Valley. They have performed in dingy pubs and sunny cafés, folk festivals and country weddings, small-town castles, and downtown galleries, and once a hot air balloon festival.
Scantily Plaid is a remarkable fusion of Canadian, Celtic and Roots music, traditional and original, old and new - a hundred years of musical experience, played now, with joy, with respect, and from the heart.
The Celtic harp with the pure, beautiful vocals of Ruth Sutherland, the robust vocals, and myriad of other instruments (drums, guitar, harmonica, and sitar) played to perfection by Doug Feaver, the authentic, inspiring piping styles of Allan Eaton and the Cape Breton style fiddling from Dan MacDonald all add to create this varied and magical music.
Is the name for a group of Cambridge, Kitchener and Hamilton musicians; Paul Morris (Concertina, Melodeon and Vocals), Brad McEwen (Citterns and Vocals) and Brian Sinclair (Mandocello, Guitar, Mandolin and various other unique stringed instruments), Gwen Potter (Vocals & Viola D’ Amore) and Bill Nesbitt (Concertina Harmonica and Vocals)
The repertoire consists of mainly traditional English dance tunes and songs, but other things have been known to creep in from Ireland, France, Brittany, Belgium and Canadian variants of British ballads.
CD Available. www.tethera.webs.com https://www.facebook.com/Tethera-670327189683122/
Tio Chorinho is the only ensemble in Canada dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music, Brazil's original soul music. Exciting, soulful, intimate, nostalgic and virtuosic, choro is an infectious popular style whose universal appeal belies its musical complexity. Tio Chorinho's debut CD "Chora Brazil" was nominated for two 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The group features some of Canada’s leading folk and world musicians. CD Available. https://www.tiochorinho.com
Turkwaz is a unique combination of four musician/singers, immersed in diverse traditions from mysterious Sufi devotional love songs, to rousing Thracian dance music. Each performer brings a special flavour to the group. Maryem Hassan Tollar draws on her Arabic language heritage, Jayne Brown and Sophia Grigoriadis bring their experience with Greek music to the mix and Brenna
MacCrimmon adds her Turkish fascination.
They have a long-standing collective interest in Balkan traditions and add Albanian, Bulgarian and Macedonian and whatever else strikes their fancy to their repertoire. The love and respect they have for the traditions they draw from are clear but they are not afraid to arrange the tunes in new and unexpected ways to give them a fresh spin. www.turkwaz.ca
Yann & Pascal started their musical journey 20 years ago, busking on the streets of Montréal. They have since played over a thousand shows in twenty countries with the Quebecois trio Genticorum, and they now return as a duo to present an intimate show based on the close musical bond forged by years of touring together. Yann and Pascal are both master entertainers, and this format provides plenty of space for their musical personalities to shine. Pascal’s fiddling, Yann’s guitar accompaniment, and the duo's vast repertoire of traditional songs and tunes are all presented with elegance and effortless musicianship.
Colourful Farm-girl character Cousin Molly,( Laura Thomas) has performed thousands of children’s shows around the globe! (Canada, USA and Germany)
She presents an exciting show of classic children’s songs, stories, puppets, instruments and more. An award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist, she has a passion for children and music. Her show is inspiring, participatory, inclusive and full of surprises!
Her clients include daycares, kindergartens, parties and corporate functions and more. She is excited to make Cambridge her now home!
www.CousinMolly.com LTPassion@hotmail.com 1-905-846-1598 and 1-519-623-1705
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Old Songs For Young Ears! In his latest venture Keith Tobey returns to the songs that he first learned as a child. Whether you're on the range or the railroad, these timeless folk songs are yet again brand new to today's children who are probably hearing them for the first time.
14-24 Queen St. W.
Cambridge ON N3C 1G1
519 249 1055
The Rockin' Robert Kid's Show is a fun for the family combo package of fun children's music, hilarious props, audience participation, a little magic & a lot of bubbles--but not necessarily in that order! Robert Davis is a Toronto-based award-winning singer-songwriter and children's entertainer. Please visit Robert's website at www.robertdavis.ca
Join Sarah Granskou, her musical friends and a cast of hand felted puppets in this interactive performance where Scandinavian folk music meets original lyrics. Nature trolls, animals, plants and birds need puppeteers to help bring them to life, so come ready to participate! Sarah was the 2017 Artist in Residence with the City of Kitchener.
Zoe the Clown from The Chuckle Gang is delighted to be greeting families again at the 2011 Mill Race Festival. Based in Kitchener, Zoe has been joyfully playing with audiences in Ontario, USA and Dominican Republic for over 20 years.Having theatrical training, her repertoire also includes magic, mime, juggling and stilt walking. More information can be seen on her website www.thechucklegang.com
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. www.forestcitymorris.webs.com
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." www.orange-peel-morris.com
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. http://tfmm.ca
Wolf at the Door is a Cambridge based dance team that specialize in Molly dancing, which is associated with the Eastern Counties of England and with Cambridgeshire in particular. It is therefore only fitting that the first Molly dance team in Canada should be from Cambridge, Ontario. This style of dancing is exuberant and fun, mixing old traditions with new innovations.