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August 2018

Beppe Gambetta

August 20 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
$20 – $25

BEPPE GAMBETTA It is the smile that is the key for reading the musical universe of Beppe Gambetta. An open and disarming smile that is also the contagious and irresistible smile of a person who invites you to a musical journey with light heart and curiosity. The destination, as for any traveller, is not totally defined because it is beautiful, at the very last, to find ourselves where we never would expected to be. With the horizon’s line as a challenge and attraction, Beppe is continually composing his personal mosaic of sounds and flavours. From his unique background as an Italian musician in love with both American roots music as well as the music of his native country, Beppe has travelled the world and even crossed the “Iron Curtain” to dazzle and charm music enthusiasts everywhere. After eleven CDs, DVDs, teaching books and collaborations with many other top-flight musicians, Gambetta is increasingly known as one of the true live master innovators of the acoustic guitar. While Beppe still lives in his native Genova, he travels to North America at least three times each year. His reputation in the U.S. and Canada is reinforced by his participation in prestigious festivals like the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kansas, Merlefest in North Carolina, the Four Corners Festival in Colorado and Canadian Folk Festivals in Winnipeg and Edmonton, as well as events like the radio shows “All Things Considered” and “E-Town”. Beppe has performed in prestigious rooms like the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. In his career he has performed with some great heroes of the folk scene like David Grisman, Gene Parsons, Doc Watson, Norman Blake and with the band Men Of Steel: an international guitar summit (Dan Crary, Tony McManus and Don Ross) of different guitar schools with complex musical interactions. In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market Gambetta’s playing and singing stand out for their intimate emotions, communication, research in tone, sobriety and humour. An inspired music thattmodestly avoids relying solely on his high level of technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly routed in tradition. With America in his heart and his roots in the sun and the olive trees of the Mediterranean sea, he naturally and seamlessly bridges the shores of the two continents, creating in spite of the interposed ocean a musical “koiné” (fusion) where American root music and Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel string guitars and vintage harp guitars not only co-exist but interact, weaving a deep dialog unaware of any rigid classification. Music on its way, proud of the past but looking to the future, able to talk to us in the present because it is rooted in the history of generations of men and women so different but so equal to us. Strolling music, intolerant of frontiers and passports, exclusions and obsessions. Vital music, passionate but sober. It is waving to us. Let’s follow it.

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Solo Piano Double with Sarah Hagen & Tyler Yarema

August 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
$20 – $25

Buy 3 Get 1 Free Bundle Our “Solo Piano Double” series is an intriguing concept in that each artist will give a 45 minute set – they will not likely be sharing the piano stool and dueting, although that is possible but not requested! We are offering a wonderful incentive to pick four concerts and pay for just three. It all comes down to great playing, open minds and the spirit of discovery. Closing out this inaugural series we will be treated to west coast-based pianist Sarah Hagen who has made a name for herself as a classical soloist and chamber musician and knows that music will forever be in her life, and the wildly popular self-taught pianist Tyler Yarema whose musical styles include blues/jump-blues/swing/boogie and more… Sarah Hagen Canadian pianist Sarah Hagen has performed in concert halls and has been heard on broadcasts throughout North America and Europe. Awarded as Ontario Contact’s 2017 Artist of the Year and the British Columbia Touring Council’s 2015 Artist of the Year, and mentioned by The Guardian (Charlottetown) as the Best Classical Performance of 2014, her interpretations have been described as “outstandingly inventive” , ”played flawlessly” and “with great sensitivity and heart.” A visionary and an idealist, Sarah presents conceptually innovative performances, involving photography, dance and spoken word. She is Artistic Director for Pro’ject Sound, a performance project involving live piano with large-scale projected images. Her collaboration “Exultation” with Canadian Slam Poetry Champion Brendan McLeod explores Rachmaninoff’s complete Opus 32 Preludes through poetry and storytelling, and premiered to critical acclaim in February 2017. An avid collaborator, Sarah has performed with cellist Ariel Barnes, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, violist Nicolò Eugelmi, cellist Phillip Hansen, violinist Robert Uchida, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, soprano Barbara Livingston, Trio Accord, Ballet Victoria, the Emily Carr String Quartet, the Bergmann Piano Duo, jazz pianist Søren Bebe, hornist Allene Hackleman, and clarinettist Keith MacLeod, among many others. Sarah has appeared as soloist with the Victoria Symphony under the baton of Mei-Ann Chen, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony conducted by Mark Skazinetsky, the West Coast Symphony Orchestra with conductor Bujar Llapaj, the Symphony Orchestra of the Pacific with conductor Arthur Arnold, and the Nanaimo Chamber Orchestra. As a First Prize Winner in the 2013 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition, Sarah was awarded the opportunity to perform solo at New York City’s Carnegie Hall in May 2013. Her debut solo album, Glass House Dancing, was nominated for Classical Recording of the Year at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards. Sarah has been been heard nationally on CBC Radio 2’s In Concert in a live recording with violinist Joan Blackman and cellist Ariel Barnes. She was also featured in a live recording and discussion of Schumann’s Papillons on CBC Radio One’s North by Northwest with host Sheryl MacKay. In December 2013 she released her second album, Devoted: Music of Robert & Clara Schumann, featuring solo piano works and Clara Schumann’s Romances, Opus 22 with violinist Martin Chalifour, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Helsingborg, Sweden in 2006 she recorded with Swedish cellist Marit Sjödin, creating Concealed Diamonds, an album of masterworks for cello and piano. Sarah’s primary teachers and mentors have been Jamie Parker, Glen Montgomery, Gregory Chaverdian, and Christine Purvis. She has completed five residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and enjoyed two terms there as collaborative pianist. During her years on the west coast of Canada, Sarah founded nine concert series, curating each one individually, and inviting artists from across Canada and around the world to share the stage with her. She has toured throughout Sweden numerous times with cellist Marit Sjödin, violinist Ian Peaston, and Per Johansson, principal clarinet of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. Other international concerts of note include a recital at DePaul University with Oto Carrillo, hornist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a performance of Schumann’s Piano Quintet in Darmstadt, Germany with members of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, a performance at Carnegie Hall with Polish flautist Krzysztof Kaczka, and concerts as part of the Schlern International Music Festival in northern Italy. Sarah premiered her one-woman musical comedy show to critical acclaim in the summer of 2016, touring it to various Canadian fringe festivals. Described as “one of the best hours I’ve ever spent at the Fringe” , “Perk up, pianist!” tells the tale of a touringclassical musician remaining optimistic in the midst of challenging and ridiculous situations. Of the show’s debut at the Toronto Fringe Festival, Montreal Rampage wrote, “Hagen reminds us the beauty of how an honest solo performance can make you so easily fall in love with its performer.” In addition to writing wine reviews for her blog, “ARTIST WINES! – Uncorking musician-priced cellar secrets,” Sarah is an enthusiastic tap dancer. Sarah’s motivation is the belief that music has the power to be a window into our souls, regardless of our age or musical knowledge. Tyler Yarema Tyler Yarema is an award winning Piano Player, Singer, and Composer. He has played on over 50 cd’s ranging from Blues and Jazz, to Reggae and Pop. The Juno winner has been in constant demand for many Festivals, corporate functions, weddings, and theater concerts nation wide. Tyler has been the main attraction every Tuesday and Saturday at the world famous Reservoir Lounge in downtown Toronto for a decade. His prowess at the piano, sultry vocals, and dynamic stage presence make Tyler an absolute “Must See” performer.

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Archaics | The Original CHU

August 22 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Festival Place, 100 Festival Way
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 5T2 Canada
$8

Get ready for a summer of sunshine and fabulous music! Festival Place is thrilled to once again open its patio doors for the 22nd Qualico Patio Series. Rain or shine, Festival Place will present two acts featuring an eclectic variety of pop, jazz, world, Celtic, folk, blues and country from local and touring musicians. 

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The Primary Colours

August 22 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
$25 – $30

The Primary Colours There are only three primary colours, but they combine to make all the hues of the rainbow. And then there’s The Primary Colours, a brand new trio of sublimely talented roots-acoustic musicians who merge beautiful harmony vocals with striking instrumental prowess, resulting in a full spectrum of songs of unique depth and resonance. Kim Richey, Doug Cox, and Linda McRae all have decades of experience as songwriters and performers – and because they’re at that point in their careers where they’ve nothing left to prove, ego gets put aside and it’s all about serving the song and honouring the audience. Kim Richey is a gifted songwriter who has twice been nominated for a Grammy. A tender poet of the truth, Kim is also a storyteller with a keen sense of humour. She is blessed with a gorgeous, hauntingly pure voice that people can never get enough of (she’s also a damn good rhythm guitarist). Based in Nashville, Kim has written hits for Radney Foster and Trisha Yearwood as well as for Jamie Lawson, Patty Loveless, and Jim Lauderdale. She is also a much requested harmony singer and has sang on records by Jason Isbell, Rodney Crowell,  Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ryan Adams and many more.  Kim’s songs can break your heart and at the same time revive a weary soul.  She has released 7 critically acclaimed records. Alberta-born Doug Cox also does some fine singing, but it’s his virtuosic skills as a multi-instrumentalist that have gotten him all sorts of award nominations and requests to play and record with superstars such as Ellen McIlwaine, Amos Garrett, and the Mighty Popo. A peerless master on guitar, Dobro, mandolin, and Weissenborn, Doug fluently spans the gamut of Americana, from New Orleans funk to Texas twang. Quite simply, he creates magic on string instruments. Canadian-born, Nashville-based Linda McRae is the trio’s other multi-instrumentalist, adding clawhammer banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, accordion, bass, and foot percussion to the mix. Best known for her stint with Canadian super group Spirit of the West, Linda has released six acclaimed records as a solo artist and is an indefatigable “road warrior” who has maintained a tireless international touring schedule for years. She is the creator of Express Yourself Writing Workshops currently being presented to at risk youth and inmates across North America. Called “one of the true, soulful pioneers of honest roots music” by Blackie & the Rodeo King’s Colin Linden, Linda brings integrity and commitment to the craft of songwriting. We asked Kim, Doug and Linda about how they got together and why. Here’s what they had to say: DOUG: “What we’re going after is a celebration of Americana/Canadiana roots music and we’ve got two incredible female singers and a great blend of voices to do that with.  I’ve been in a lot of great groups but I think this one is going to be really special.”  “I’ve known Kim and Linda separately for a long time and have played together with both over the years. But the first time we really got together as a potential trio was last September in Nashville. There was an instant connection and the feeling was, ‘This is going to work – let’s do it!’”  LINDA: “I had worked with Doug before on our David Bowie shows and had so much fun. Not only is he a great person but he’s also a terrific musician. When he asked me to join I jumped at the chance. When he told me our third member was going to be Kim Richey I almost burst into tears! I’ve been a fan of hers for some time. She is one heck of a singer and songwriter.”  “To me, the instrumentation, the vocal blend, the songwriting and the covers we’ve chosen all make our trio unique, that and the fact that we all come from similar backgrounds musically. We share some of the same sensibilities when it comes to working together.”  KIM: “I have always only wanted to be in a band and took a weird turn somewhere and ended up a solo artist. My favorite thing about music is playing with other people. I love the collaboration and the camaraderie. There is nothing better than being on stage when the players and the audience are all in synch. It feels to me like a circular current of energy connecting everybody. I love it.  “Each of us have solo careers in folk, country, and roots music. We bring a big variety of musical interests to the group. You can see that in our choice of cover songs – the Kinks, Queen, Bill Kirchen, plus our original songs. We don’t have a specific lead singer and are constantly changing things up. We all take turns singing lead and harmony. There is a lot of instrument swapping going on. We also have a secret weapon . . . Linda! I don’t think there is anything she can’t play.”  “I met Doug at a guitar camp in Alaska where I was teaching songwriting and he later introduced me to Linda at a Folk Alliance conference. Doug asked me to be part of a project with him and Linda and I jumped at the chance. The two of them are well known as talented musicians. Even better, they are big-hearted people I love spending time with. We laugh a lot.” 

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We Banjo 3 (CD Release)

August 23 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
$30 – $35

We Banjo 3, an award-winning band from Galway, Ireland, will release their fourth studio recording, Haven, on July 27, 2018, in conjunction with their upcoming U.S. and Canada tours.  Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, percussion and vocals, We Banjo 3’s sound is an infectious blend of traditional Irish Music with Americana, bluegrass, and a hint of pop, affectionately described as “Celtgrass.”   We Banjo 3 comprises two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley, who are among the most celebrated and distinguished musicians to come out of Ireland in recent years.  Martin Howley is a 7-time “All Ireland” banjo and mandolin champion. Enda Scahill, an author on Irish banjo techniques, holds 4 “All Ireland” titles.  Multi-instrumentalist Fergal Scahill is one of the most acclaimed fiddlers in Irish music, with a growing international reputation, and “All Ireland” titles on fiddle and bodhran.  David Howley, with “All-Ireland” titles on guitar and banjo, is the group’s vocalist and guitarist known for his showmanship and deeply emotive vocals.  Both Howleys now call Nashville home. We Banjo 3 has developed a loyal following in the U.S., Ireland and other parts of the world, winning over audiences at major music and Irish festivals and prestigious venues with their joyous live show. In fact, in 2016, We Banjo 3 was selected to perform at the annual “Friends of Ireland” luncheon attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Barack Obama and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.  When the band reached out to their loyal fanbase with a crowd-funding campaign via Pledge Music to fund Haven, the members were pleasantly surprised to reach their goal amount in less than 36 hours! Their crossover of many genres of music is beautifully reflected on Haven, which is the fifth and most fully realized release from the group. Haven is the follow up to String Theory, which went to # 1 on Billboard’s World Music Chart in August of 2016, practically an unheard feat for a self-released album. The 11 original compositions on Haven take the listener an exploratory, honest and uplifting musical journey. Martin Howley explains, “This album is a mix of songs and instrumental that is informed by a core idea of haven – the idea that music provides a safe space in this increasingly maddening world. We’ve been told repeatedly that people who come to our shows feel we provide an escape and we love the idea of hope and peace being a message, so that became our central theme.” Haven was produced by We Banjo 3 and co-produced with Frank Marchand (Bob Mould, Gaelic Storm) and Grammy-winning guitarist, Bryan Sutton (Ricky Skaggs, Dixie Chicks, Béla Fleck).  Marchand recorded and mixed the record at Waterford Digital Studios in Millersville, MD. It was mastered by Eric Boulanger (Green Day, Neil Young, Selena Gomez) at The Bakery in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to Sutton on guitar, additional guest players include: Scott Mulvahill, Mark Fain and Trevor Hutchinson, upright bass; Jodie Bremaneson, bass guitar; Jeff Taylor, piano, organ; Erin Snedecor, cello; Jon Lampley, trumpet; Dan White, saxophone; Chris Ott, trombone; and Grammy-nominated Sierra Hull, vocals. Haven will be distributed via Amped, a division of Alliance Entertainment. The digital distribution partner is Kobalt. It is available now for pre-order via Pledge Music. https://youtu.be/pAakZedoh7o

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CLOSED – Gone Fishing

August 26 @ 8:00 am - September 3 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
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Steve Newsome | Ruby and the Hitman

August 29 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Festival Place, 100 Festival Way
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 5T2 Canada
$8

Get ready for a summer of sunshine and fabulous music! Festival Place is thrilled to once again open its patio doors for the 22nd Qualico Patio Series. Rain or shine, Festival Place will present two acts featuring an eclectic variety of pop, jazz, world, Celtic, folk, blues and country from local and touring musicians. 

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September 2018

Doc MacLean + Albert Frost AKA CanAfrica Blues + Tim Bastmeyer

September 5 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario

Wednesday • September 5 @ 8:30pm $20 Advance / $25 Door This year’s “CanAfrica Blues” will feature very special guest, South African guitar hero, singer, songwriter, producer, Albert Frost. It’s an electric-acoustic blues duo mixing our contemporary and traditional delta and west African roots. Contemporary blues roots artists. One guy played with Son House, the other with Ali Farka Toure. Two special stories. Two unique, yet complimentary musicians, together for one special tour. Possibly the most significant and interesting National Steel Blues adventure yet. And the best version of Sugarman you’ve ever heard. Albert Frost Cape Town based, 2017 SAMA (South African Music Association) Album of the Year winner, Albert Frost has performed with international artists such as Ali Farka Toure, Finley Quaye, Vusi Mahlasela and Ginger Baker. He has toured with Simple Minds, REM, and has supported the Rolling Stones. As a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Frost has been a celebrated figure in the South African folk, blues, roots and rock music scene for over 20 years. The Fender endorsed artist romps fearlessly and joyfully between electric and acoustic guitars of every description, as well as surfacing occasionally on keyboards or drums. The remarkable pleasure Frost finds, invents, and simply conjures from the music is not to be missed. Sugarman, live in Mozambique Caroline, on location in Namibia Black Dog, live in South Africa Don MacLean During 40 years of touring Doc MacLean has performed with a who’s who of first and second generation blues, roots and gospel artists such as Sam Chatmon, Peg Leg Sam, and Blind John Davis. Among many others, he has supported Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, and BB King. As a songwriter and storyteller, MacLean has recorded with members of the Canned Heat and Mavis Staples bands. Blues Revue once called him “the Prince of Darkness.” People Magazine (Jan 2018) covered his most recent journey across Africa, describing him as a “beautiful storyteller” and an “inspiration” to Township musicians. This old school troubadour lives on the Blues Highway– self driving to hundreds of shows every year, and sometimes busking the places in between. MacLean now registers his Lincoln in Toronto, Canada. Dead Men Walking, live in Victoria.

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Luca Ciarla + Etnopolis

September 6 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W.
Toronto, Ontario
$25 – $30

  MUSICIANS Luca Ciarla, violin Antonino De Luca, accordion Maurizio Perrone, double bass Francesco Savoretti, percussions Description One of the most original Italian ensembles in recent years, the Luca Ciarla Quartet has performed in more than 50 countries around the world. With Nino De Luca on accordion, Maurizio Perrone on double bass and Francesco Savoretti on percussions, violinist Luca Ciarla has drawn on the familiar sounds of the Italian folk tradition and the Mediterranean area. The album Il Vento dei Saraceni features some of their most popular pieces such as Bach Tarantolato or Train Song. “Open your mind to a musical journey and get on board on Luca Ciarla’s express train to the discovery of a wonderful world of interesting sounds and new melodies.” Volksblad (South Africa) Luca Ciarla A creative and surprising violinist, Luca Ciarla easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path, a magical acoustic seduction in perfect balance between written compositions and improvisation, traditional and contemporary sounds. He has successfully performed in jazz, classical and world music festivals and concert series in more than 60 countries around the world; from Montreal Jazz Festival to the Hong Kong Performing Arts Centre, from Celtic Connections in Scotland to the Villa-Lobos Festival in Rio de Janeiro, from Melbourne Jazz Festival to the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Italy. “…one of the most interesting violinists nowadays on the international scene, capable of browsing around different sounds and genres without ever losing his unmistakable style.” la Repubblica (Italy)   Selected Press  “Held in the gorgeous bandshell of Mears Park downtown, includes…the international, freewheeling talents of Joshua Redman , Delfeayo Marsalis, Francisco Mela & Cuban Safari, Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet and the Luca Ciarla Quartet.” The New York Times (Usa) “Fundamentally defining the band is Ciarla’s swooping, soaring, laughing, crying, lyrical violin, which can swap between childlike elation and grown-up intensity, bar by bar.” The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) “Luca Ciarla has wooed the classical, jazz and folk crowds with his originality.” Cover Magazine (Hong Kong) “Luca Ciarla is an artist from Molise with a cosmopolite soul. Around the strings of his violin his gypsy touch blends with jazz, classical and folk sonorities, creating fun and funny restless music. Informal and casual, easily transcends the boundaries among genres to trace an innovative musical path.” Il Fatto Quotidiano (Italy) “Playing in ‘real time’ against one or more repeated samples provides an approach to ‘music with repetitive structures’ (the phrase that Philip Glass prefers to the less-informative word ‘minimalism’) that can be achieved by a soloist whose technical skills extend to the demands of the sampler. It also requires cultivating a skill for identifying the samples that should be captured and using them to their most imaginative advantage. Luca Ciarla is a soloist with those skills.” The San Francisco Examiner (Usa)  

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National Steel CanAfrica Blues Tour at TNMH

September 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm EDT
Take Note! Music House, given upon reservation (downtown Barrie, near the courthouse)
Barrie, ON L4M 1J5 Canada
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$20

The Take Note! Music House kicks off its 2018-19 season with the National Steel CanAfrica Blues Tour, featuring Doc MacLean and Albert Frost. The concert takes place on Friday, September 7 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30). Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artist. You may reserve your seat by calling (705) 305-1687 or emailing concerts@takenotepromotion.com (address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse). National Steel CanAfrica Blues Tour 2018 (www.canafricablues.blogspot.com) ================================= Ride shotgun on an epic, blues road tour as Doc MacLean and Albert Frost unite in a four wheel, continental drift. Mixing delta with west Africa, Son House with Ali Farka Toura, electric with acoustic, new stories with old… This Canadian-African collaboration will surprise and delight as it rolls out across nine Canadian provinces. Doc MacLean and Albert Frost. One guy played with Son House, the other with Ali Farka Toure. So now now, CanAfrica Blues: a playful, yet respectful collaboration by these unique, yet complimentary artists– each of whom mix traditional and contemporary blues and roots music from their own continents. On the ground, it's an old school, vintage road adventure: the National Steel: jamming a big Lincoln across the continent, stopping in places large and small from coast to coast. "No venue too large, too small, too grand or too humble." Songs and stories lived in the moment. Africa and North America in joy and sorrow. CanAfrica Blues. Named as one of the top sets at South Africa's massive, 2017 OppiKoppi festival. Albert Frost (www.albertfrost.com) ————————————————-- Cape Town based, 2017 SAMA (South African Music Association) Album of the Year winner, Albert Frost has performed with international artists such as Ali Farka Toure, Finley Quaye, Vusi Mahlasela and Ginger Baker. He has toured with Simple Minds, REM, and has supported the Rolling Stones. As a guitarist, singer, songwriter, and producer, Frost has been a celebrated figure in the South African folk, blues, roots and rock music scene for over 20 years. The Fender endorsed artist romps fearlessly and joyfully between electric and acoustic guitars of every description, as well as surfacing occasionally on keyboards or drums. The remarkable pleasure Frost finds, invents, and simply conjures from the music is not to be missed. Doc Maclean (www.docmaclean.com) ————————————————— During more than 40 years of touring, Doc MacLean has performed with a who's who of first and second generation blues, roots and gospel artists such as Sam Chatmon, Peg Leg Sam, and Blind John Davis. Among many others, he has supported Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, and BB King. As a songwriter and storyteller, MacLean has recorded with members of the Canned Heat and Mavis Staples bands. Blues Revue once called him "the Prince of Darkness”. People Magazine (Jan 2018) covered his most recent journey across Africa, describing him as a "beautiful storyteller" and an "inspiration" to Township musicians. This old school troubadour lives on the Blues Highway – self driving to hundreds of shows every year, and sometimes busking the places in between.

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