Concert review

Emilyn Stam and Filippo Gambetta – Sept. 12 at Hugh’s ...

The highly accomplished pianist and fiddler Emilyn Stam has done it yet again, but this time, in partnership with Filippo Gambetta, the exceptionally talented diatonic accordionist from Genoa, Italy. Wednesday night, we had the absolute privilege of hearing these two ...
Concert review

Big Branch Festival Kickoff – Sept. 6, the Tranzac, Toronto

Well, Toronto fiddler and pianist Emilyn Stam has done it again. Not only did she produce a completely sold-out weekend for the first Big Branch Bal Folk Festival, but she brought two simply wonderful bands from France for the event. ...
Album review

Joe Jencks – The Forgotten: Recovered Treasures from the Pen ...

Normally Roots Music Canada showcases just Canadian artists, but here we are making an exception. Joe Jencks, from Chicago, IL must be some kind of honorary Canadian since he engaged so many talented Canadians on this new album: The Forgotten, ...
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The Sutton Fiddle Festival – A photo album

The festival site in Sutton, QC Anit Ghosh Véronique Plasse and Andrea Beaton Pete’s Posse. Pete Sutherland, Oliver Scanlon and Tristan Henderson  Pascal Gemme and the fiddling children Alexis Chartrand and Nicolas Babineau ÉTÉ Jamming in the park Rhizome The ...
Concert review

The Sutton Fiddle Festival: a recap by Elizabeth Szekeres

The fifth annual Sutton Fiddle Festival took place once more, Aug. 16-19, 2018, in the charming bilingual village of Sutton in the southern mountains of Québec, not far from the Vermont border. This small festival just keeps on getting better ...
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UPDATE: Fru Skagerrak no longer playing Sutton, but still ...

It’s not often in Canada that we get to experience the music of another northern culture from half way around the globe, let alone three other northern cultures in one band. But gosh, it sure is fun when that happens. ...
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The Sutton Fiddle Festival will transport you to another time ...

 For five years now, there has been a friendly little festival happening in Sutton, Qué., during the third weekend in August. If you love traditional fiddle music, enjoy convivial company, and hanker for mountain scenery in a pretty little bilingual ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: a photo essay (Part 2)

(Below) This Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra dancer’s percussion made us want to dance too!      The fires of community are lit at dusk.      The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra led a procession up the long hill to the centre of ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: a photo essay (Part 1)

(Below) Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra encouraging a photo op during their main stage performance.     The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra has fifteen members including two fantastic dancers.  What a show!      Les Tireaux de Roches pulled off a terrific main stage ...
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You need to discover Balfolk … and there’s a festival ...

Emilyn Stam is a fiddle player, pianist, accordionist and composer – one of the most creative and virtuosic musicians in Canada today. As a young musician, her mentor was the late Oliver Schroer, and today, she works with top musicians ...