2022 Festival Lineup

Beaton-Plasse

Quebec/Cape Breton

Two accomplished and energetic fiddlers combine forces in this new duo. Andrea Beaton and Véronique Plasse fuse music from Québec and Cape Breton, adding original compositions to the mix.

Bourque Émissaires

Quebec

A versatile artist brimming with contagious energy and joie de vivre, Benoit Bourque has been winning over audiences for over 30 years.

Cherish the Ladies

Ireland/USA

For over 37 years, Cherish the Ladies, one of America’s most heralded Irish music ensembles, has won the hearts of audiences worldwide with their rousing blend of traditional music, captivating vocals, and propulsive step dancing.

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Clíodhna Ní Aodáin

Ireland/Switzerland

One of our 2021 Emerging Artist Showcase selection

The Celtic Cello is the creation of Clíodhna Ní Aodáin. Her one woman show has the feel of both a grand theatrical performance and a visit with a cherished friend. Combining the traditional melodies of Ireland and Scotland with harmonies that speak of a more classical heritage. Trained as a classical musician, Clíodhna Ní Aodáin has hit the high notes in the classical world. She is a solo performer, a passionate and compassionate teacher,  composer and a conductor of two orchestras in Bern, Switzerland, where she now resides.

Dan Stacey & Kyle Waymouth

Ontario

Dan Stacey (fiddle) and Kyle Waymouth (guitar) hail from Stratford, ON and are both products of the Ontario Fiddle and Step Dancing competition circuit. In 2015 they teamed up to present a collection of traditional Irish, French Canadian and original fiddle tunes to audiences in Southwestern Ontario and Toronto.

Emily Jean Flack

Ontario

She is a musician, a champion step-dancer, a composer and songwriter. But her first love is singing. Emily has performed throughout Ontario, Canada and the US, as both a feature and guest artist, at festivals, in theatres, house concerts and ceilidhs. Emily is a next-generation Leahy and she draws inspiration from her exposure to many different genres of music and dance. She blends folk, roots, country, alternative, contemporary and jazz styles.

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Emory Lester

Ontario

Emory is one of this day's foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attach of his mandolin playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. His landmark mandolin-featured recording projects have placed him among the elite mandolinists of our time. His latest solo recording titled 'At Dusk' showcases Emory's musical creativity, and skill as a mandolinist and multi-instrumentalist. Emory has undeniably inspired and influenced many of today's current wave of modern day mandolinists, pointing the way with his clean, clear, fast and efficient mandolin techniques.

Inn Echo

Prince Edward Island

Inn Echo are one of the most unique and captivating groups to surface out of Atlantic Canada in recent years. Innovative, creatively-crafted, and what Roots Music Canada coins as “a powerful sound,” the soundscape laid down by this three-piece instrumental group is both wildly dynamic and delightfully distinctive – rightfully earning them Emerging Artist of the Year and Entertainer of the Year nominations for the 2020 Music PEI Awards.

Joe Crookston

USA

Songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in- Resident, he’s played with Suzanne Vega, Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and 100’s more. His songs are cinematic and are being made into award winning films. He’s plumbing for lyrical gold like a social archeologist.  His songs are universal, his rhythm infectious and in concert, he is funny as hell one moment and transcendent the next.

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Joe Jencks

USA

Joe is a 25-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, an award-winning songwriter, and a celebrated vocalist based in the Chicago area.  Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel.

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