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Listen to the music of the Nell & Jim Band, and you will be transported back to a time when artists freely spoke of their thoughts and beliefs. Steel, their brand-new album, continues the time-honored tradition of musical activism that made such acts as Janis Ian or Peter, Paul and Mary so unforgettable. Whether it be the title cut (an ode to Jim Nunally’s former life as a welder) or “Speed Limit,” a song about the fact that life doesn’t have to end at 40, the Nell & Jim Band own their story by continuing to release original and thought-provoking music. Nell Robinson has been described as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.” Jim Nunally is a San Francisco Bay Area native, a musician, composer, record producer, and teacher. Jim was a guitarist and vocalist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience for over 13 years. He also performed for many years with John Reischman & The Jaybirds. He is one of the finest interpreters and performers of bluegrass and traditional music. Jim is a recipient of two Grammy and IBMA Awards and is a two-time Western Open Flatpicking Guitar champion. An all-star band backs Nell and Jim with harmonies and virtuoso instrumentals. Jim Kerwin, on bass fiddle, is recognized by fans of musicians ranging from Jerry Garcia to Yo-Yo Ma (and he’s performed with both artists). As David Grisman’s go-to bass player for over 30 years, Kerwin can be heard on the iconic recordings Garcia and Grisman did for their band Old & In The Way. In addition to Ma, Kerwin has backed some of the finest fiddlers in the world, including Stefan Grappeli. Jon Arkin plays percussion and never fails to please; his steady beat and sonic creativity have drawn world jazz talents – including Gene Perla and Lee Konitz – to hire him. New to the ensemble this year is Rob Reich on accordion and keys. Reich’s broad appeal as a composer, arranger, and performer keeps him busy with everything from Circus Bella, to acoustic chamber ensemble Tin Hat, to his new album of originals Swing Left. "Nell & Jim Band’s Steel delivers sparkling harmonies, clever songwriting, rapturous and rollicking instrumentals, carrying us through the ambiguities and promises of life, love, and hope." - Folk Alley "The album’s title track conjures up memories of Bob Dylan covering hoe-down in compact reedy timbres...guitars infuse the music with buoyant accents. Nunally goes a cappella on 'Meditation Blues,' accompanied only by ticking clocks. This tune delivers the mood and feel of Janis Joplin’s 'Mercedes Benz'" - Rawckus Magazine Steel is tantalizingly excellent, delivering delicious down-home country flavors, creamy rhythms, and marvelous melodies. - Thrive GlobalFind out more »
T. Nile is a Canadian performing songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist who mixes genres; gritty western guitars,soulful harmonies, future synth arpeggios, dark beats, and electro-pop accents. This is quite a long way from her early days in a Galiano Island cabin on the wild coast of British Columbia, Canada, “Like her music, T. Nile is a radiant and multi-layered complexity; inspiring and inspired; accessible yet luminous; leaving you wanting more.” - Jeffrey Morgan, Creem “Working with both acoustic and electronic instruments gives me a sense of unlimited musical possibility” she says, comparing the capabilities to a field of wildflowers versus a vase of flowers.On her upcoming release 'Beachfires' it’s a sentiment you’ll hear come alive throughout the album. Nile was groomed for an unconventional life. Her father performed as 'Dan The Man, The One Man Band', following in the footsteps of his inspiration and mentor Jesse Fuller, a street performer turned influential blues musician who famously penned 'San Francisco Bay Blues' and inspired Bob Dylan to pick up the harmonica. From the age of six until her teenage years Nile accompanied her father as they toured the West Coast and Australia in an RV. T. Nile has toured North America and Europe, won awards, including Best New/Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and played major festivals. She has released three albums and two EPs. In 2018, she spent a good part of the year writing and recording 'Beachfires' which debuts in April 2019.Find out more »
Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing. The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar. Rounding out the live show is bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier, who has studied at Humber College and Capilano University, gradually gravitating towards roots music. Dave MacDougall is a drummer and percussionist who brings creativity and groove to a variety of styles of music. In May 2015, Searson did a National Television taping for a brand new series with CBC called 'Still Standing'. Searson will be featured representing the history and culture of The Ottawa Valley Fiddling & Step Dancing. In the episode, the host Johnny Harris (Murdoch Mysteries) speaks with Searson about their new release 'Stars Above The Farm' and showcases Searson's raw talent In the past 10 years, Searson has toured throughout Canada, the United States, Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Switzerland and the Caribbean. They have brought hundreds of fans with them on various bus tours while performing throughout Ireland. Growing up in the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada these sisters began to study music at a very young age, performing locally and competing at Step Dance & Fiddle Contests. Since the age of 4, Erin has been classically trained through the Royal Conservatory of music in piano. Colleen has been studying violin and fiddle methods from all styles around the world since age 9 while both began step dance lessons before the age of 9. This prepared the sisters to grow and expand as they became accomplished performers and musicians and increasingly began to tour across borders and overseas. A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the live show. The most satisfying part of performing live is seeing our fans singing along to songs that we’ve written and requesting fiddle tunes that we wrote.” Erin says, “There’s nothing better than seeing the audience emotionally involved in your live show.”Find out more »
"We felt we were the lucky ones, doing the right thing in a brand new way, and being individually and collectively self-defining without the jury of a Canadian Idol to judge us. Just peer feedback, advice, and collaboration. In spite of all the ups and downs, successes and failures, there's still a thankfulness, pride and gratitude to have been part of a parallel and independent world". Being one of the few with a camera at some of these tours, coffeehouses, festivals and farmhouses, and having kept the negatives and many recordings, David Woodhead is the perfect person to vividly describe some of this history, telling the stories and connecting them right through to our lives today. Ever the explorer of wide musical territories, David has performed and recorded with many influential artists including Perth County Conspiracy, Garnet and Stan Rogers, Don Ross, Oliver Schroer, Brent Titcomb, Loreena McKennitt, Valdy, Gil Scott-Heron and David Sanborn. With an unusually expressive touch on the electric bass, he also has developed a unique voice on guitar, piano, mandolin, and fingerstyle ukulele. Recently he has been busy composing and recording music with his own Confabulation project and gigging with Malagasy guitarist Donné Roberts, Nordic classical-folk fusion band Ensemble Polaris and fearless fiddler Anne Lindsay, as well as touring the UK and Australia with master songwriter James Keelaghan.Find out more »