Upon forming as a pickup square dance band in the summer of 2009, The Hogslop String Band has since become one of the most sought after old time string bands. Following in the footsteps of such country music luminaries as Uncle Dave Macon and Gid Tanner, they put on a high energy show easily appreciated by both young and old alike. Despite an unkempt appearance, their undeniable charm is as certain to steal your heart as it will your daughters!
Hailing from the mountains of East Tennessee, The Alex Leach Band is the sound of a new generation. Their “New Traditional” style brings the respect, honor, and feel from music of the “good ol’ days” and mixes it with an updated twist.
Five Mile Mountain Road brings you old-time music with a fresh approach. From the old-time sounds of Charlie Poole and the fiddle music of Clark Kessinger, to first-generation Blue Grass music and original arrangements of western swing, to ragtime and jazz, Five Mile Mountain Road presents an authentic old-time experience reminiscent of the music once heard at dance halls and theaters in days gone by.
Nadine Landry and Stephen “Sammy” Lind are passionate about traditional fiddle music that has been passed on for hundreds of years, classics of the south west Louisiana Cajun dance halls and songs that could have filled a 50s honky tonk jukebox. They live in the Gaspe Coast in Eastern Quebec and tour all over the world as a duo or with their bands Foghorn Stringband and Cajun Country Revival
Ralph Stanley was hands down the best singer on the entire Earth*. The Rural Municipality of Stanley is Southern Manitoba’s Bluegrass Country.
This official bluegrass band of Winnipeg’s West End has roots and influences from both Stanleys and features an ensemble of five seasoned musicians pickin’ banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and double bass. Jess Reimer, Jeremy Hamm, TJ Blair, Jeremy Penner and Tim Osmond play traditional and original numbers, sure to lure in fans of The Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Bill Monroe and others from the bluegrass canon. This group of veteran pickers have been involved in many different projects over the years, and to hear them come together to perform as a group is an absolutely stellar show.
Traditions swirl and intermingle in the music of Toronto-based multi-instrumentalists Nathan Smith & Emilyn Stam. Drawn together by their shared love of québécois fiddle and piano music, Smith & Stam’s combined influences and pursuits include bluegrass, old-time, Scandinavian, and Western European traditional music. Their powerful vocals, clever songwriting, and unique instrumental magic are an enchantment and a delight to audiences. Both are prolific tune composers with a flair for combining their creative spark with the timeless vitality of traditional songs and tunes.
With roots in rural Saskatchewan and Australia, this Saskatoon-based quartet brings youthful, hard-driving energy to traditional bluegrass, also taking influence from Celtic, classic country, and Canadiana. Showcasing hot banjo, mandolin and guitar picking, tight three-part harmonies, and a mixed bag of folk instruments, The Local Group plays music of astronomical proportions.