The East Pointers - PEI
SAT AUG 21 - 4:30 pm MAINSTAGE LEVEE / Sat Aug 21 - 9:30 PM The Fawcett Dance Hall Frolic
JUNO award winners; The East Pointers are redefining the ever evolving genre - modern folk - with Billboard -worthy pop hooks, deep acoustic groove, trance-like trad breakdowns and three part harmonies. Already internationally acknowledged as musical trail blazers, their latest album Yours to Break captures the furious energy of their live shows and pushes the boundaries of East Coast folk while lighting a path for a new generation of music lovers. Their debut album Secret Victory won the 2017 JUNO Award for Traditional Album of the Year and they have developed loyal fanbases in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the UK, Europe, Mexico, the USA and Canada.
Melanie Morgan - NB
SAT AUG 21 - 3:30 PM MAINSTAGE LEVEE
Melanie Morgan became a maven of the Canadian country music scene in 2006, releasing hit after hit to eager radio programmers nation wide. CMT would move her single “My Man” into a heavy rotation, and the pride of Cap-Pelé would continue song writing and releasing tracks between New Brunswick and Nashville over 4 albums and the last 15 years. From a tour of China to a string of dates with Toby Keith, Morgan also would head for the top spot on the National CTV program Cover Me Canada, landing a close second with her band of brothers Danny & Mike Bourgeois backing her as they have throughout her career. An incredible journey; she delights in bringing her driving vocals and iconic voice in Canadian country music home to her beloved province whenever she can.
Dave Gunning - NS
FRI AUG 20 - 8:45 PM The Taste of the tantramar / SAT AUG 21 - 1:30 PM MAINSTAGE LEVEE
Dave Gunning is best defined as a master craftsman. Over the course of 23 years and 11 earlier albums, the Nova Scotian folk singer/songwriter has diligently sharpened his skills, developing into a poetic storyteller and emotionally convincing singer with few equals.
Along with richly-deserved peer respect, Dave Gunning has earned a shelf full of music industry honours. That tally currently stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination in the Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year category for his album … a tribute to John Allan Cameron, a compelling homage to another of Dave’s Maritime musical heroes.
FRI AUG 20 - 8:00 PM THE TASTE OF THE TANTRAMAR
Chris Sanipass is a Mikmaq man from Indian Island, New Brunswick. He is a men's traditonal champion dancer and story teller. He travels across north America competing and sharing his culture with others. He is known as a knowledge keeper in the Mikmaq territory and a beadwork artist. Chris is a husband to his wife Rebecca of 36 years and and a grandfather of 6.
Monroe - NB
THURS AUG 19 - 9:00 PM The pig & promenade / sat aug 21 - 2:30 PM MainStage levee
The band “Monroe” has been around since 2013, five passionate and experienced musicians, pickers and singers from New-Brunswick: Richard Bourque, Dominic Cormier, Mathieu Brun, Matt Hayes and Marc Leger. Together they bring their love for bluegrass along with some old time country music to deliver a high energy sound and hard driving bluegrass.
Le groupe « Monroe » existe depuis 2013, cinq musiciens, chanteurs passionnés et expérimentés du Nouveau-Brunswick: Richard Bourque, Dominic Cormier, Mathieu Brun, Matt Hayes et Marc Leger. Ensemble, ils apportent leur amour pour le bluegrass avec un peu de la musique country à l'ancienne pour offrir un son à haute énergie.
Inn Echo - PEI
SAT AUG 21 - 12:30 PM MAINSTAGE LEVEE + Workshops
Inn Echo is emerging as one of the traditional music scene’s most electrifying new acts. The band is the culmination of four unique musical backgrounds from across Canada, the United States, and Ireland. With the goal of bringing a modern influence to the tradition of sharing and arranging tunes, this multi-award nominated group adds a tinge of jazz, pop, and even electronic music to the trad art form.
Andrea Beaton - NS
THURS AUG 19 - 4:30 PM The Pig & Promenade + WORKSHOPS
Andrea Beaton comes from a long line of musicians, composers and dancers. Both the Beaton and MacMaster sides of her family are well known and respected as some of Cape Breton's finest musicians, dancers and composers. She is an award-winning fiddler, tune composer and recording artist who is known for her powerful bow and driving style. She tours and teaches internationally and is in great demand as a teacher at music camps and fiddling/dancing workshops.
She has released 6 solo albums, one duo album with her father, Kinnon Beaton, and 3 books of her original tunes. She also recorded an album with her family "The Beaton family of Mabou" in 2007 for the Smithsonian Institute. Most of her solo albums were nominated for awards, and her 2010 CD, 'Branches,' won the Canadian East Coast Music Award "Instrumental Recording of the Year!
Andrea travels the globe, sharing her culture as well as exploring and writing contemporary tunes. Her music, dance and comical stories are sure to delight any audience.
Fri Aug 20 1:00 - 3:00 PM WorkShop/Sat Aug 21 9:00 - 11:00 AM Workshop
Owner of Mi’kmaq Art Experience, Ashley lives and operates her business in Indian Island First Nation, located near the ocean in New Brunswick. She is a multidisciplinary authentic Mi'kmaq artist who creates and teaches traditional Mi'kmaq art such as beading, basketmaking and quillwork. She learned her art over the past 29 years, under the direction of traditional art knowledge keepers in her family - her grandmother and aunties. She began receiving teachings at a very young age as it was a way of survival for those who came before her. Her grandmother once told her how she would trade baskets with farmers for things such as eggs, milk, and meat. It took her many years of creating and selling art before becoming confident in teaching it. Since 2008, she has taught at schools, post secondary institutions, correctional facilities, national parks, conferences, and community youth programs.
Ivan & Vivian Hicks - NB
Thurs Aug 19 - 4:30 PM Pig & Promenade / Sat Aug 22 - 7:00 PM The Fawcett Dance Hall Frolic
Ivan Hicks, a member of the North American Fiddlers Hall of Fame, has been playing old-time music for 70 years, is an accomplished composer, recording artist, performer and mentor and lively ambassador for Atlantic Canada's heritage.
Ivan and Vivian have won many honours and accolades throughout the years, including both being inducted into the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame.
Their dedication to the preservation of Old Time fiddle and the traditional fiddle style of New Brunswick has resulted in a resurgence of interest and a continued love of music throughout countless generations.
Consumate entertainers and devoted community contributors they remain and integral part of Sackville's musical heritage and continue to inspire.
Kyle Legere - NS
Sunday Aug 22 - 7:00 PM Silver Lake Sessions + Workshops
A multi-instrumentalist (banjo, guitar and more)and vocalist; Kyle has been performing widely with the acclaimed Cape Breton Bluegrass Band, Crowdis Bridge. His personal projects find him working with artists across the spectrum of folk and country to songs of gospel, praise and worship. In 2018 he joined with other celebrated East Coast artists to perform at the HebCelt Festival on The Isles of Harris and Lewis in Scotland. Closer to home you will find him often in a canoe and possibly at a kitchen party where banjos are welcome.
Third Harmony - NB
SAT AUG 21 - 8:30 PM THE FAWCETT DANCE HALL FROLIC
Known for their precision playing a chilling harmonies, Third Harmony has no shortage of fans in New Brunswick and beyond. Female lead vocalist Natasha Richard is also a force on the fiddle alongside father Gerry Richard on vocals and guitar you can tell bluegrass is in the blood. No strangers to the circuit they have played The Rogersville Bluegrass Festival and well practically every bluegrass festival of note, winning awards and leaving toe tappers and rousing responses in their wake. Humble folks they continue to perform for charities and causes that benefit their communities here at home as well.