The Travelling Mabels
The Travelling Mabels, Voted ACMA 2011 “Group Of The Year”, are a folk/ country female trio full of spirit, spunk and laughter. Collectively, their songs bring a wealth of life experience to the stage. Singularily, each woman can vocally stand alone, but once you hear the combined harmony blend, you will know why these three women came together. The beauty of the Mabels is that they represent three generations of women. This has opened the door to a dynamic energy both musically and in the rapport with the audiences that most wouldn’t experience every day. Their musical influences range from Dolly Parton, The Eagles, Bob Dylan to Cheryl Crow, and their comedic, yet often heart-felt, take on life means they more than meet a wide range of audience expectations whenever they perform.
Steve Pineo is the writer of “Canadian Man” by Paul Brandt and “Too Bad For Me” by Prairie Oyster. He is also a unique and talented performer in his own right. Working as a solo act, with an acoustic trio, with a four piece roots rock band or an 8 piece horn band, Steve’s sound is immediately recognizable. Like Ry Cooder and Mark Knopfler, Steve is a virtuoso guitar player who’s style was originally blues-based but has expanded its palette over the years. Also like Cooder and Knopfler, Steve writes about characters who could be part of a soundtrack in a “slice of life” movie. His flair for sly satire and gentle humour is comparable to John Prine and Ray Davies. Steve was born in Toronto Ontario, learned guitar at age nine, moved to Calgary in 1978, went to Western Canada High School, took a brief stab at post secondary at U Vic., and then started his musical career. He played solo acoustic gigs at the Kensington Deli Café one night and blues gigs at the King Eddie the next day and was virtually unstoppable at house parties. With a legendary bag of songs, he could sing until sun up without repeating a tune. Although he’s a little older and wiser now, Steve Pineo still pursues his music with a relentless, restless passion and a thirst for truth and inspiration that will continue for the rest of his life.
After fronting one of the most successful fiddle acts in the world, Lynae and Denis Dufresne toured the country with some of the biggest names in Canadian music. In 2005, they took time off the road to settle in Calgary, AB. They quickly became antsy and formed PEAR.With Lynae as the songstress and Denis as the musical backbone, PEAR quickly developed a grassroots following in both Canada and the US. Having thrilled festival goers around the world, PEAR has played the stages of The Wolftrap Music Festival (USA), Cropedy Festival (UK), in Canada; Country Music Week, Big Valley Jamboree, PNE Festival, Merritt Mountain Music Fest, Filberg Festival and in Denmark; Skagen Festival, Horsens Festival, Midtfyns Festival, Tonder Festival.PEAR and Chronograph Records are thrilled to announce the much anticipated release of their first, full length, studio album: Sweet N Gritty. This debut features collaborations with a few musical heroes and a number of good friends and was produced on Nashville’s famed Music Row by Noah Gordon. “It’s our personalities, our attitude, our sound. Nothing describes us better than this!” says Denis.As Lynae and Denis Dufresne are indeed a couple it seemed like every time they attempted to write a song with someone it was assumed it would be a love song. Tiring of this theme the duo decided to rebel by writing “This Ain’t A Love Song,” the current single at Canadian radio …and of course it turned out to be just that. This energetic inspiring song which, featuring Lynae’s powerhouse vocals, strikes a chord with anyone in istening audiences who has ever fallen in love. It was this song that received a standing ovation at the CCMA’s Music Industry Brunch at Country Music Week 2011. The song has since won the 2012 International Songwriting Competition for the country genre. The 13 infectious tracks stand testament to the duo’s love and passion for great music.With the release of their second album and an extensive live performance tour (including upcoming dates in Canada, the US and Europe) just around the corner, PEAR is prime for the picking… now take a bite!
John Wort Hannam
John Wort Hannam is a Canadian folk musician, from Fort Macleod, Alberta. He was born in Jersey, Channel Islands. John Wort Hannam is known for his story telling through music. Themes which are central to his music include life in Western Canada, and the human experience as seen through the eyes of simple working folk. John was a full-time public school teacher until 2000.He has performed at festivals in Canada, the United States, Great Britain and Australia and he appeared at the 2006 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C.. In addition to singing, John plays guitar, tenor guitar and harmonica.
Jack de Keyzer
From the Arctic Circle to Puerto Escondido, Mexico; from Athens, Greece to Hornby Island, BC, virtuoso guitarist, Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand live performers and session guitarists, Jack has relased 8 CD’s and 1 DVD. He has also played on hundreds of recordings and live sessions with artists ranging from Etta James to Ronnie Hawkins and Bo Diddley to Blue Rodeo. An incendiary live performer, soulful vocalist and world class song writer, de Keyzer performs an average of 180 shows per year and has brought audiences to their feet at many major Jazz and Blues Festivals including the Montreal Jazz Fest, Blues Sur Seine (France) The Ottawa Blues Festival and Puerto Blues, (Mexico). A much celebrated musician, de Keyzer has been nominated for the Juno (Blues Album of the Year) 5 times and won the Juno twice in 2003 and 2010. He has won 7 Maple Blues Awards (Canada’s national blues awards) , first place in the International Songwriting Competition and won CBC’s Great Canadian Blues Award from a poll of radio listeners. Always touring with an incredible band, Jack will have you rocking in your seat and swaying to his hot blues, soulful r&b and cool soul jazz. World class.