Eco Folk 2017
Thames Talbot Land Trust Benefit Concert
Pete Denomme & The Cosmic Cowboys
Broomsticks & Hammers
Hosted by Ryan Spence of 1290 CJBK
The Thames Talbot Land Trust is a Southwestern Ontario non-profit organization that works to conserve land with natural, historical, or agricultural value for the benefit of future generations - stewarding land throughout, London/Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford and Perth County’s.
Pete Denomme & The Cosmic Cowboys - Formed by London Music Club owner Pete Denomme and London area players Jim and Jesse Nestor, Pat Wocks, Dave Taylor, Jim Dwyer & Brent Jones - Pete Denomme & The Cosmic Cowboys farm the land of country, folk and rock into a harvest of homegrown sincerity. The band has won accolades and awards since forming, but truthfully what they’ve done best is win over music fans with authentic and warm live performances where original material meets classic cuts. “When there’s an honesty and a real feeling for what you’re singing about, it always comes out in the song,” Denomme says.
The Marrieds – London, Ontario’s award wining duo composed of husband and wife Jane Carmichael (vocals, ukulele) and Kevin Kennedy (vocals, guitar) bring poignant songs of heart and care - crafted in a melodic and wistful folk tradition - stories of struggle and celebration, love, life and home. The Marrieds have endeared audiences across Canada through extensive performances and gained critical acclaimed of their studio recordings – including their 3rd album 2016’s Fire In The Flame.
Broomsticks & Hammers – Songs and stories of everyday people told through simple elegance is how best to describe the music of Broomsticks and Hammers. Melodic musical paintings presented by a veritable roots orchestra of accomplished players Bill Needham (singer, and chief songwriter), David Jury (bass), James Lefave (rhythm guitar), Jeff Gee (mandolin), Breck Campbell (drums & vocals), Paul Aitken (lead guitar), & Michael Bonnell (keyboards & accordion). The award-winning group - a favourite of Ontario venues and Summer Festivals - are soon to release the follow up to their 2016 album Postcard.
Christine Newland – Well known and loved principle cellist of Orchestra London since 1976 – Christine has travelled extensively working and studying with some of the finest musicians in her field. She is active performing, recording and composing classical, popular and rock music, with many local and international acts. Christine is an accomplished visual artist whose work can be seen here at the Aeolian. She also has a deep love for the natural world and shares a concern with the protection of ecological areas.
Westminster Park - London, Ontario’s indie-pop-folk-rock multi-instrumentalists, Westminster Park - comprised of husband & wife lead singers Colleen & Steve Murphy, Melissa Parrott (Drums, Flute, Harmonica, Vocals) and Steve Presant (Bass) – create an organic playground of dynamic and delicate nostalgic melodies - personal yet accessible. Their deep collection of prolific releases includes the 2016 EP “New Years” featured on CBC Newsworld.
Stacey Zegers - Gifted performer and songwriter Stacey Zegers has gained critical acclaim for her spirited blend of country, roots and pop music. Well known as a solo artist she is also a member of the successful Canadian Country trio Runaway Angels soon to release their sophomore album. Stacey is active in animal and environmental issues and travels extensively with her work in music.
Brent Jones – Singer/pianist/composer Brent Jones brings a musical voice of dark cinematic corners and sunny windows, with an open eye to the world of human frailty and potential. Through his solo albums, collaborations & production work Jones uses music as a vehicle for expression, idea, comfort, contemplation and conversation. Rural Southwestern Ontario is home to Jones’s Quiet Earth Studio – and site of the Back To The Garden Music Festival being held this year on Sunday, August 20th.