BC‘s Hall of Fame Pioneer Artist Linda McRae is a storyteller with a touring career spanning three decades. Her unforgettable melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, imbued with compassion, love and wonder, carve their way into the heart. Her musicianship on banjo, guitar and accordion distinguish her as one of the true, soulful pioneers of honest roots music. She has performed with Bill Kirchen, Gurf Morlix and Peter Case. She is also an experienced and empathetic teacher presenting her Express Yourself Writing Workshops in partnership with festivals, youth and adult correctional facilities and recovery facilities. Her newest recording “Going to the Well” will be released October 1st, 2019.
String Bone is the brain and soul child of Canadian singer-songwriter Barry James Payne with 3 records to his credit ‘Love & Highways’ (2016), ‘nadir’ (2009) and the ‘Killing Town EP’(2008). Americana/Canadiana best describes his music with its folk, country, blues and rock influences, clever lyrics and catchy, timeless melodies. Payne also plays guitar in Celtic powerhouse Rant Maggie Rant, as well as duo ‘Payne & Taylor’ with Canadian blues veteran Rick Taylor and has collaborated with the likes of Ginger St. James (check out their new video ‘Black Star’ releasing Sept 18, 2019), Tannis Slimmon, Shannon Lyon and Bob Egan (Blue Rodeo, Wilco). He has performed across Canada, the US and Europe and has shared bills with Danny Michel, Luke Doucette, Bill Bourne, Madison Violet, Emm Gryner, Ashley MacIsaac, Loreena McKennitt, Dayna Manning, Trent Severn and many others.
Quietly building his own scene for the last decade or so, Deni Gauthier has been delighting audiences all over Canada, the United States, and Europe. His beautiful voice and lush ambient guitar playing, layered with just the right amount of live looping create a unique live sonic soundscape.
Deni tours often and shares the stage with the likes of Jason Collette, Ron James, Barney Bental, Linda McRae, Irish Mythen, Steve Forbert, Emm Gryner and so many others. Deni’s performance skills reflect on his incredibly (and increasingly) busy 15 year career.
New Canadian Music calls him “A major talent worthy of greater exposure.” Deni is able to somehow connect with songs that wander along the path of the strangely beautiful things in life. Old love, broken relationships, people trying to find their way… Dark, yet beautiful. Simple, yet entangling.