There’s a lot of sizzle coming the way of the 2020 Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival as the growing line-up continues to paint a more complete picture of the overall sonic soundscape patrons can expect from August 13 thru 16 at the Salmon Arm Fairgrounds.
Direct from Scotland comes Skerryvore, an explosive folk-rock ensemble and Glasgow’s hottest musical export.
This young septet has won the Scottish Traditional Music Awards “Live Act of the Year” twice, 2011 and 2016, and the group also started its own festival that draws 6,000 patrons.
As one music columnist recently wrote:
“Skerryvore is part of what is fast becoming something of an institution in Scotland: rock bands with a highly traditional, folk-tinged undercurrent. With fiddle, accordion and twin bagpipes joining the electric twang of guitar and the deep thud of bass and drums, this is music that upholds heritage while sounding unmistakably current.”
Also making his debut at a Canadian festival is guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Scott Sharrard. Sharrard is best known as bandleader for the late Gregg Allman, but his personal artistic journey began long before he first teamed up with the rock icon.
Sharrard cut his teeth in NYC with the band The Chesterfields, and was mentored by famed Atlantic Records exec Ahmet Ertegun. He also worked with Levon Helm before joining Allman in what was almost a decade long association. Allman record Sharrard’s Love Like Kerosene and the two also co-wrote My Only True Friend which is found on Allman’s final album Southern Blood. My Only True Friend also earned a Grammy nomination.
“I grew up on the music of the Allman Brothers,” says Sharrard. “I consider first hearing them to be the ‘Big Bang’ moment for me as a pre-teen. I’ve always been chasing what I like to call ‘Real Rock and Roll,’ a blend of blues, jazz, soul, country and folk – with the central goal being to create an original sound of your own. In that respect, working with Gregg just solidified everything I’ve believed since I was a kid.”
Look for Sharrard and his band to make their first lasting impression on the Salmon Arm crowd via main stage on Friday August 14.
Another brilliant American instrumentalist coming to ROOTSandBLUES ’20 is Tony Furtado. Very few musicians of any stripe personify a musical genre as completely as Furtado embodies Americana roots music. Tony is a soulful singer, wide-ranging songwriter and a virtuoso instrumentalist, adept on banjo and slide guitar. Relix magazine hit the nail on the head when writing of Tony: “True talent like this doesn’t need categories.”
Alligator Records chief Bruce Iglauer left nothing to our collective imagination when he described Canada’s Lindsay Beaver as being like, “the love child of Amy Winehouse and Little Richard.”
No wonder Iglauer signed this performing dynamo to his elite Chicago-based blues label and released her critically acclaimed solo debut Tough As Love last year. Now residing in Austin, the Halifax native is a classically trained vocalist and jazz-trained drummer with a deep love of blues, R&B ballads, and raucous rock ‘n’ roll. Look for Lindsay’s trio to rip it up on the Barn stage and the CBC Blues and Beyond stage, day and night during ROOTSandBLUES.
Rounding out this release is Tri-Continental which features Bill Bourne, Madagascar Slim, and Lester Quitzau as well as most recent group addition, drummer Michael Treadway.
Individually and collectively Tri-Continental has won 4 Juno awards and 10 nominations.
Most recently the band received three major nominations for their comeback recording Dust Dance. A 2020 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination in the Pushing The Boundaries category, and 2019 nominations: Album of the Year from the International Folk Music Association and a Roots Group/ Duo of the Year awards nomination from the Western Canadian Music Association.
Tri-Continental will add fascinating musical explorations to the ROOTSandBLUES program via their global roots that blend folk, flamenco, Africa rhythms and blues.
Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES has previously announced that Corb Lund, Ireland’s Lunasa, the B.C. World Music Collective, former Byrd John York, rising Americana stars Lula Wiles and Sam Lewis, African dance troupe Kalabante, UK trad folkie Kevin Dempsey, Blue Moon Marquee and the much-loved B.C. roots-rockers Chilliwack will also be playing multiple shows between August 13 and 16.
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