Music: Frazey Ford

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So, my uncle told me about this brilliant musician last week and as it turns out I will be seeing her at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in less than a month! Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford was born in Castlegar, British Columbia. She is a founding member of The Be Good Tanyas but her solo career began with the release of her album Obadiah in the summer of 2010.

The release of her second album Indian Ocean features the catchy song, “September Fields“. Her voice is something easy to listen to and the music is kinda dancey! It’s a really nice mix. Catch her at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Mainstage Saturday July 11 at 6:00PM before another Favourite Dan Mangan + Blacksmith! See you there!



Music: The Bros. Landreth

The Bros Landreth

The love of music for Winnipeg roots band, The Bros. Landreth, began when brothers Joey and Dave Landreth attended their father’s gigs as children. They recently released their first album with band members Ariel Posen and Ryan Voth. Fun fact because I’m from Manitoba and I thought this was cool, their first album was recorded in a straw bale house in southern Manitoba, during one of the coldest winters. I think they are referring to the winter where it was colder here than on Mars…

In 2015 they won the Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year – Group. The two most popular songs off of their 2015 album Let It Lie are title track “Let it Lie” and “I Am The Fool“. I say “roots” in the paragraph above only because I feel I have to but I can’t totally put my finger on what genre they are, but I think that’s what I like so much about their music, you get such a variety on one album. The song I am sharing is a sad one, it’s about letting go and I think it’s quite beautiful.

I’m sorry that I left so soon / I left you standing at the gallows / You were all strung out / The hangman waiting for the sign



Music: Shred Kelly

Shred Kelly

With a different spin on folk music and energy to spare Shred Kelly has become one of my new favourite bands. From Fernie, British Columbia, Canada this group of five is modernizing folk music. The band consists of Tim Newton (Vocals, Banjo, Cello Banjo, Guitar, ukulele), Sage McBride (Vocals, keyboard), Jordan Vlasschaert (Bass, Acoustic Guitar), Ty West (Electric Guitar) and Ian Page Shiner (Drums)

According to Spotify their most listened to track is “The Bear” off of their second album In the Hills (2012). I really enjoy “Start Again” off of their third album Sing to the Night (2015). There is just something very cool about the track, I can’t exactly put my finger on it but the combination of the more “dance” drum and the plucking of the banjo are an interesting combination. From their music I can tell that this is a band I won’t miss at the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival.

She came in like a storm across the great prairie skies / Promising to use her mind to make them realize / That the roots that were laid weren’t as strong as they had thought / She was a person though the writing said she’s not.




Music: RURA


I’ve started to familiarize myself with some of the line up for the 2015 Winnipeg Folk Festival so for the next couple months I will likely be featuring bands from the line up. First up is RURA, they are a five man band from Glasgow, Scotland made up of Jack Smedley (Fiddle), Steven Blake (Bagpipes & Whistle), David Foley (Bodhran & Flute), Adam Holmes (Guitar & Vocals) and Adam Brown (Guitar). They had me at bagpipes, I love me some bagpipes and two great instrumental tunes for bagpipes by these strapping fellas are “Oran nan Mogaisean” and “Viva” off of their studio album Break It Up (2012). Watch for their new album Despite the Dark coming out in April 2015.

I love traditional music, call me a nerd but I was a ballerina and grew up listening to classical music and to this day I love it. I think that’s why I love the bagpipes and that celtic sound because it’s traditional and it has a passion and a culture behind it, I love that. If you want to hear some vocals I would highly recommend “Mary” and “Allegory”, you can hear their beautiful, beautiful accents.

Oh, Mary come and rest your bones / open your curtains and windows / my heart is heavy as a stone / and i don’t know much but i know this feels like home




My Winnipeg Folk Festival Playlist

This past weekend marked the 41st Winnipeg Folk Festival and it was awesome! I didn’t camp this year so before I go any further, I only went Friday night and Saturday. I didn’t get to enjoy all the bands I wanted to or all the great bands the festival had to offer so this post is only based on music that I enjoyed from Friday night and Saturday.

The Strumbellas

First up are Canadian band The Strumbellas, I blogged about these guys before the line up was announced and tweeted it at the FolkFest saying they should bring them in, this is how it went:

They were probably giggling to themselves, because, little did I know they were probably already coming in! Any how, The Strumbellas rocked Big Blue @ Night on Friday. The track I included below is titled “Sailing” and the vocals make me melt. They got everyone to sing along to this and it was really cool to be apart of. I also bumped into Simon Ward and David Ritter in the beer tent so we took a picture with them and they signed my CD so that was really great.

Baskery by petra martenNow, Baskery, oh. my. god. I looked into them after I found out the FolkFest line up and fell in love! They are sisters and I completely forgot that when I went to see them Friday night and when they opened with “Northern Girl” my jaw dropped because of how in sync they were on this a capella song. Being wickedly talented siblings probably helps them out a little.

Baskery is a folk rock band made up of sisters Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson from Sweden. The band originally formed in 2006 with their father, Janåke Bondesson, on drums. They have released 4 albums One Horse Down (2007), Fall Among Thieves (2008), New Friends (2011) and Little Wild Life (2013). Their breathy and angelic voices work so well together and below I included my favourite song titled “The Shadow”.

Boy & Bear

These handsome men got together in 2009 to form Boy & Bear an Australian indie rock-folk band. Boy & Bear consists of David Hosking (vocals & guitar), Killian Gavin (vocals & guitar), Tim Hart (drums & vocals), Jonathan Hart (vocals, banjo, mandolin & keyboards) and David Symes (bass). They have released two albums, Moonfire (2011) and Harlequin Dream (2013), both reaching the top ten of the Australian album chart.

Unfortunately I was unable to make it to their main show on Sunday but I did catch them at Big Blue Stem at a workshop on Saturday morning with some other artists such as The Strumbellas. I had heard great things about this band before so I checked them out and “Bridges” is unreal. This song is so even, the vocals give me chills and the guitar is killer, it’s rock but it never over powers the vocals.

Ani DiFranco
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I have loved Ani DiFranco since way back in my dance days and she is still killing it! This woman is empowering with her strong feminist lyrics and different approach to vocals and music in general. I find her very intriguing, some of my old favourites of hers are “Pixie”, “Gravel” and “Not A Pretty Girl”. Below is the title track from her most recent album ¿Which Side Are You On? released in 2012.

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves is an unreal musician, I discovered him just before the Folk Festival announced their line up for 2014 and was ecstatic when I saw his name there. The banjo is just, magic, definitely one of my favourite instruments.

Langhorne Slim & The Law

New York-based folk singer Langhorne Slim & The Law was an unexpected love for me. I wasn’t specifically going to see him and I am so glad I ended up at main stage when I did, these guys are amazing! Consisting of Langhorne Slim (vocals & guitar), Malachi DeLorenzo (drums), David Moore (banjo & keyboard) and Jeff Ratner (bass). The Way We Move is their 5th studio album, you can listen to the whole thing below.

Again, there was so much talent at this festival and I am sad to say I only got to experience a day and a half of it but hopefully I can camp next year.


Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves a.k.a. Alejandro Rose-Garcia is a very mysterious man, to Google at least. I happened across him on BandCamp a few months back and I immediately fell for his laid back style, his easy-going voice and the lull of his guitar.

Upon further digging I discovered that Alejandro Rose-Garcia has dabbled in acting. He has worked alongside Antonio Banderas in Spy Kids 3D, the Duff sisters in Material Girls and others dating back to 2000. His latest movie is called Waterloo Sunset, where he plays Sergio, is currently in post-production.

His first EP is titled Donor Blues and his full length album is called Roll the Bones you can find both albums on BandCamp. It’s a “name your price” system. However, I would recommend paying at LEAST a $1 for each song you recieve because you’re paying for quality music.

He has the banjo thing going for him especially in the track below and an added bonus would be the harmonica. It has a very old timey feeling about it and it’s very laid back summer music. My beer drinking album for the summer I think.

I was pleased to discover that he will be performing at the 2014 Winnipeg Folk Festival this summer and I will definitely be in the crowd.

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The Strumbellas


The Strumbellas are an Ontario folk rock band with a bit of an alternative country feel. They are a six-piece band consisting of Simon Ward (vocals and acoustic guitar), David Ritter (piano, organ, percussion and vocals), Jon Hembrey (electric guitar, mandolin and vocals), Isabel Ritchie (violin, viola and vocals), Darryl James (bass and vocals), Jeremy Drury (drums, percussion and vocals) and any additional music by Kimo Muraki (banjo, coronet, trumpet, tenor sax and vocals).

They were nominated for a Juno Award in 2013 for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. In 2013 they released their second full length album We Still Move on Dance Floors. This is the kind of music you dance to at a Folk Festival (Hint, Hint Winnipeg Folk Festival). My mom found these guys for me during previews before a movie she was at (same way I found Serena Ryder) and she thought I would enjoy them and do I ever!

The song “Ride On” got me right away but I quickly became a big fan of “Sailing“. Have a listen below and make sure you check out their full album (and maybe purchase it) on their BandCamp page.

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The Strumbellas