We welcomed the following artists in 2017
Big Monday Blues is a Fredericton-based band influenced by the likes of the Blues Brothers, Powder Blues Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Colin James, just to name a few. This will be a return performance to the Tay Creek Folk Festival for two members of the group: Phil Lamey (vocals, keys and harmonica and lead guitarist Chad Iron (guitar and vocals). We also welcome Whiskey Legs: Bill Lamey (vocals and guitar), Nathan Haines (bass) and Steve Clarkson (drums), with a special guest appearance by friend of the festival Genevieve MacRae!
Adyn Townes can be found at the place where endings become beginnings. He turned the months of recovery following a fall in the ocean into his jumping off point. His music is challenging: alternative Indie-Folk with raw and honest lyrics. Like finding your feet just before you fall, his songwriting is the gravity that pulls you back to earth.
Inspired in equal parts by the hard and smooth voice of David Gray and the clear electric guitar tones of James Bay, Adyn Townes is always pushing the boundaries and seeing how close he can get to the edge. He is currently working on a new album, produced by Colin Buchanan of Paper Lions. Adyn (formerly known as Andy Brown) is focusing on building the foundation, formulating floor plans and building from the ground up.
Oak Ash and Thorn comprises Juno award winning Joel Violette (Thrawsunblat, Ex-Woods of Ypres) experimenting with folk along with Nicki Smith and a revolving door of contributors. Geoff Hutchin and Irish import Ian Mac Gabhann currently round off the quartet. The self-recorded Coffee, Ale, and Southumbrian Tales was released in September 2015. The quartet is preparing material for a 2017 release.
Oak Ash and Thorn performed a fundraiser for the Tay Creek Folk Festival earlier this year and we are delighted to be welcoming them to Tay Creek.
Jared Lutes emerged as a
full-time artist in 2012 when he released his full-length solo record When We Grow Younger. This is a collection that
reveals the anxiety and joy of fatherhood, as well as the trials in the life of
a traveling musician. The songs ring with jangle of Pop-Rock and the
eclecticism of Alt-Country, with stark, personal lyrics sung with the
voice of experience and resignation.
A veteran of both stage and studio, Lutes has enjoyed consistent airplay on CBC Radio, earned live performances on local TV, appeared at many festival showcases, and has sold thousands of CDs from the stage. Far from being a weekend-warrior musician, Jared Lutes puts full-time attention into recording, performing, and behind-the-scenes promotion.
Outside I'm a Giant’s haunting,
ethereal sounds float down from the upper Gatineau, carrying homage to the
balladry of Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot, steering towards scintillating
Based in Hull, Quebec, the psychedelic folk trio Outside I’m a Giant was founded in early 2016 by Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist Jérémi Piere Caron. Jérémi called upon members of previous projects, combining the talents of two multi-instrumentalists, Samuella Desjardins and long-time collaborator Pascal Desgagné, to make Outside I’m a Giant one of the more promising bands to come out of the Gatineau hills.
Despite being a relatively new project, the band has quickly attracted a following on both sides of the Ottawa River trough their captivating performances in music venues such as The Black Sheep and the Ottawa City Folk Festival 2016, as well as live radio performances on CJCU’s Canadian Spaces and Indie-City Madness.
McSorley began her music career at a very young age in the Irish Folk genre. Kathleen Gorey-McSorley has thrilled
audiences in Ireland, the United States, various parts of Canada, Germany, Austria, and Scotland. Gorey-McSorley's
sophomore album release Ceol Binn (Irish for 'Sweet Music') was nominated for
an ECMA award as Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year and was nominated
for Traditional Roots Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the
Year at the Music New Brunswick Awards in 2011. This CD is still getting air
time on radio stations throughout the Maritimes, Ireland, Europe, and the US.
She performed in concert at the All Ireland Fleadh in Cavan in the summer of
2011. The young musician's fiddling, dancing, and
vocals had the Grand Lake Stream Folk and Arts Festival and PEI’s Festival of
Small Halls audiences clapping their hands, tapping their feet and dancing in
the aisles. She was pleased to have been selected to perform in the all-star
Fiddlefest at the Music Awards Gala at the East Coast Music Awards in April
2011. Irish Music Magazine featured Kathleen in their January/February 2012
issue. In July 2011 she traveled to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria where she
performed with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra. During the summer of 2013, she toured
Eastern Canada and New England with 28 performances including The Crossroads
International Celtic Festival, the Dooryard Arts Festival and The Douglastown
Irish Festival. After studying at Universities in both Dublin, Ireland, and
Derry/Londonderry, NI, Kathleen took two years off from performing to focus on
personal growth and writing music. Now, this multidimensional performer is
headed in a new direction as she evolves and grows as an artist and takes her
craft to new heights. Focusing on songwriting, Kathleen leans towards the indie
style. She writes about love, adventuring, wondering, and wandering, and her
unique vocal style and attention to lyrics is sure to leave an impression on
the listener. When not writing music and performing, Gorey-McSorley likes to try
her hand in the visual arts, yoga, meditation, taking pictures of abandoned,
eerie, places, and coming up with tasty recipes.
Lindsay Foote writes honest, soul-bearing music coupled with a voice that will melt even the hardest heart. Inspired by the alternative folk music scene, Lindsay has been writing songs for as long as she can remember. Originally from Winchester, Massachusetts, she moved to Canada in 2009 to study voice at the University of Toronto. in 2009, she released an EP, A Better View, followed by a full solo album, From the Blue, in 2015.
Her newest release, Going Gone EP, features her five-piece folk band— Lindsay Foote & Company. Blurring the lines between folk, roots, and pop, Going Gone boasts lush acoustic arrangements paired with Lindsay's signature candid writing style. The songs explore love, loss, and facing the truth even in the toughest moments. Going Gone has already garnered attention on the Folk circuit. “Silence” was featured on CBC Metro Morning. RAW RAMP Magazine calls these songs “…the most celestial and moving folk songs you can imagine,” and For the Rabbits calls it “…the sound of an artist expanding their musical horizons and fulfilling a very rich promise.”
“Her voice pierces the interior chambers of one’s consciousness and leaves an indelible mark there. The one quality that keeps me connected to any music is its Truth and Lindsay’s voice leaves no doubts as to where it comes from and where it is aiming. It is music of the heart and burns on contact”
Christos Hatzis, Juno Award-Winning Composer
The Montgomery Street Band
is a Bluegrass group from Fredericton, NB. Scott
Michaud plays guitar and banjo; Patrick
Gushue plays mandolin and fiddle; Calum
Jackson plays the guitarrón; Liam
Keith-Jacques plays the dobro and guitar, and everyone sings. The band
boasts an impressive repertoire of old-time fiddle tunes, Bluegrass numbers,
old Jazz standards and original tunes. Stylistically, the band has remained
true to old time roots whilst also incorporating Jazz harmonies, blazing tempos
and the dynamic energy of a full-fledged jam band.
The Brent Mason Band ( Brent Mason on guitars and vocals, Peter Doyle on drums, Bob Luna on bass Aaron Gunn on lead guitar) are well known in Atlantic Canada.
Brent Mason has been recording and playing music in New Brunswick since 1992—music that has taken him across Canada and the U.S., four times to the U.K., and to China.
Brent’s album All the Pretty Horses took the Folk/Roots Album of the Year at the 2012 Music NB Awards. In 2010, he won the Popular Music Award at The Originals, part of Canada’s Cultural Capital celebrations in Saint John. In 2007, he was the youngest ever recipient of the Stompin’ Tom Award at the ECMAs for contribution to Atlantic Canada’s musical traditions. He was nominated that same year for the ECMA for Folk/Roots Album of the Year. His episodic show Grave Concerns was broadcast nationally by CBC, as was a feature on this album, River Songs. Brent is currently recording his 10th album of original music, featuring compelling lyrical content and a unique approach to communicating ideas and feelings. His solo show contains masterful storytelling, and with his band, Brent's music takes improvisational flight, with every show different and memorable. Brent is rapidly approaching legend status in the Maritimes, and embraces the opportunity to share his music with old and new.
Colt Munn-Myshrall is a fan of Irish
music who composes for and plays multiple stringed instruments.
comprises brother and sister duo Colin
Fowlie and Megan DeCourcey, who
have been collaborating on and off on different music projects since they were
in their teens in their native Quispamsis. As adults and well-established artists
in and around Fredericton, they have again come together to form Creative Differences, a playful jab at
their sibling rivalry.
With their strong harmonies, musicality, and eclectic
mix of influences, they are sure to offer a little something for fans of all
musical genres to enjoy. Their CD Never was released in 2016.
Jens Jeppesen is a heavy-handed Bluegrass folk artist with some of the fastest hands you will ever see. He can tear down the barn walls with his playing while melting your heart with his velvet voice.
The Paper Bag Players infuse Americana Folk with a current of home-cooked Maritime Celtic. The Paper Bag Players are a Fredericton-based group formed out of a love for all things folk; meaningful lyrics, beautiful harmonies and a Celtic beat that will keep your toes tapping. The Paper Bag Players include Bill Lamey on Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin and Banjo; Marc LeJeune on Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin and Ukelele; Phil Lamey on Vocals, Guitar, Penny Whistle, Harmonica andhear Cahone; and Chris Lamey on Vocals, Guitar, Cahone and Ugly Stick. We hope you will come out to hear some great tunes!
Jon Soderman is largely responsible for the existence of the Tay Creek Folk Festival. Many years ago he and Jenny shared a vision of a music festival at the barn, but the logistics seemed daunting at the time. Leap forward 18 years and here we are at the tenth festival, and Stanley’s famous Jon Soderman has played at nearly all of them, sometimes with and sometimes without his band. In 2017 we welcome back to the Tay Creek stage our local star Jon Soderman. and his band.
Carla Bonnell is a dynamic singer-songwriter with deep roots in the Maritime provinces of Canada. Never one to be boxed in, her style ranges through Rock, Country, Bluegrass and Folk. If you are craving some meat for your musical meals, take a long hard listen to Carla’s latest CD The Liberator. Music with content and yes, music without auto tune!
JY’s Music Circle has been a regular weekly event in the city of Fredericton since January 2011, and is an all-acoustic evening of musicians sitting in a Circle and sharing their love of music. Musicians take turn performing their personal interpretations of covers as well as originals. Although some musicians occasionally perform together, as a rule of thumb, when it’s your turn _ you play, and when it’s not _ you listen _ and this is how this event sets itself apart from other local jams. The group of people that regularly attend have become really tight-knit but very open to new people joining in. The Circle provides a safe and supportive environment for people who only perform for their personal pleasure, or those who are just learning, and those who are at the level that they just want to hone their skills, polish up on a new song, or work out performance jitters. But for whatever reason people have come to the Circle, most stay for the friendships they form there. For the founder Jean-Yves Desjardins and for others, it is an extended family.
Sarah Cooper, poet and MC, grew up in Quispamsis and Saint John, New Brunswick, under the watchful eye of her Labrador Retriever Beau. She began her struggle with mental illness at a young age: it manifested in many forms and was caused by a combination of biological and environmental factors. She discovered that music was her favourite form of therapy, and within lyrics she found understanding. While in High School Sarah was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder, and a diagnosis of Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizure Disorder followed shortly after. Once High School came to its conclusion she moved to Prince Edward Island, where she fell in love with the Island and its inhabitants. She then studied creative writing at St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Sarah will be reading from her first book.
Maisie Rae McNaughton, poet and MC, was raised on the rustic shores of Richibucto, New Brunswick, the daughter of a lobster fisherwoman and a high school teacher. She was drawn to writing at an early age, and at the age of 17 she came to Fredericton where she studied English and Psychology at St. Thomas University. After a hiatus from writing that spanned a couple of years, Maisie delved back into the written word once again, and found poetry to slip through her fingers. Over the past two years, she has performed at Living Roots Music Festival, several music venues, and has been the MC at various events, as she shares her passion of life through word. Maisie tackles various topics, from war to peace, destruction to reassembly, and politics to silly verses. With her own voice shining through, she attempts to write poetry completely devoid of her own personal life, and share instead experiences and perspectives that are above her own. Although Maisie is unsure what the next word out of her mouth will be, she always leaves the audience feeling each emotion that passes through her, be it a smile, a cry, or a true belly laugh.