Kick-off October 14 with award-winning line-up of Canadian musicians
Stratford, ON – String Bone Presents! Curated and directed by Canadian singer-songwriter Barry James Payne (aka String Bone), who also performs with the Celtic-fusion band Rant Maggie Rant, the concert series features a dynamic line-up of award-winning Canadian musicians.
“We saw such a positive reaction to the first year of our concert series and I couldn’t be more thrilled for the music we have planned for this season,” explained Barry James Payne. “Revival House is fast becoming a roots music fan’s mecca in southern Ontario. Last year, we had concert-goers from as far away as Ottawa and Peterborough, and many from Toronto/GTA, as well as communities closer to home, such as London, Kitchener, Waterloo, Guelph, Sarnia and Windsor. Also, we have partnered with some great local accommodations to offer affordable overnight stays.”
The 2016-2017 concert dates and artists as follows:
October 14, 2016 – Gregory Hoskins
Gregory Hoskins' career spans 26 years and 14 albums with recording contracts in Canada, the United States, Germany and Asia. He has appeared on stage or in studio with Kevin Breit, Hawksley Workman, The Henrys, Rickie Lee Jones, Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Serena Ryder, The Art of Time Ensemble, Bruce Cockburn, Sarah McLachlan, and The Neville Brothers, to name a few. He brings to Revival House songs from his brand new recording, entitled Vain + Alone. “Gregory’s lyrics are real and bittersweet, arrangements are nimble, and the overall effect evokes a rum-based half dream involving Paul Simon, Joe Henry and truth,” says Brad Wheeler of The Globe and Mail.
October 28, 2016 – Steve Poltz
Steve Poltz is a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence. His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out – a SONG – and it is as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational song-writing and timeless, original classics, such as Jewel's “You Were Meant For Me.” Yes, he co-wrote that one! And, he is a pretty good guitarist too.
November 5, 2016 – Séan McCann
Great big singer Séan McCann is widely known as a member of the internationally-renowned band Great Big Sea. He has spent the last 20 years travelling the world enamouring audiences from Copenhagen to California with his love for Newfoundland and Labrador folk songs. After millions of albums sales, countless hit songs, and record breaking tours around the world, Séan realized it was time to part company with the band. In 2013, he stopped touring with Great Big Sea to strike out on his own.
November 18, 2016 – Fred Eaglesmith
A songwriter’s songwriter, Fred Eaglesmith has a depth that is informed by miles of experience as a true road dog. He is not only the star of the show, but also the bus driver and chief mechanic while on tour, keeping him and his band on the road. Unlike many of today’s artists, touring is not something he does some of the time or only in support of a new record. Touring is his life and The Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show is one of the last full-time travelling shows today. Their busy itinerary added up to more than 270 days on the road last year and saw Fred only returning home long enough to play a handful of local shows and to go into the studio to record a new album.
January 27, 2017 – Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar
Bubbling up from the cauldron of roots Americana music, roots ‘n roll Samantha Martin is an artist of extraordinary power, gravitas and deep-seated emotion. As a vocalist, one is immediately struck by the awesome presence and sheer magnitude of her other worldly voice. Cigarette-ravaged and whiskey-soaked in the extreme, Martin’s pipes are capable of conveying an infinite range of emotions, bringing one to tears in one instance and in the next uplifting one’s soul with an empowered declaration of hope, faith and desire. As a songwriter, she draws on black gospel and southern soul with a hint of roots country and sixties pop, while her lyrics suggest an old soul with wisdom beyond her years.
February 24, 2017 – Alysha Brilla
Alysha Brilla is an Indo-Tanzanian-Canadian, Juno-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, yoga instructor, part-time clothing designer and social justice advocate. The multi-talented artist plays guitar, piano and djembe, creating a unique original soul-folk sound which has been featured on stages internationally, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival and L.A. Angel City Music Festival. In 2010, she was signed to Lava Records/Universal Republic and is now independent and runs her own music label, Sunny Jam Records Inc. She has released three self-produced studio albums on the latter label, including Womyn (2015, Juno Award nominated) and In My Head (2014, Juno Award nominated). Her music has been featured on major network television shows, such as King and Degrassi; The Next Generation.
March 24, 2017 – The Small Glories
The Small Glories comprise Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic new duo planted on the Canadian prairies. These two veteran singer-songwriters are creating a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances. Luft is a Juno Award-winner and co-founder of the folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys. She has earned a solid reputation as an exciting live performer, accomplished guitarist, claw hammer banjo player and an insightfully honest songwriter. Whereas, Edwards has a voice that defies categorization: one that easily ranges from gentle and melodic to fierce and powerful, leaving listeners begging for more.
April 7, 2017 – Craig Cardiff
During his shows, Craig Cardiff passes around a Book of Truths and asks his fans to share something truthful in it – a story, confession, a hope or secret. The book gives fans an opportunity to write down something they might be too afraid to express and, in turn, it gives Cardiff the chance to connect with his audience. It is Craig’s soft vocal demure that tells the story and the melody that keeps you hooked. Over the years, he has played with and opened for critically-acclaimed artists Sarah Harmer, Kathleen Edwards, Blue Rodeo, Gord Downie of the Tragically Hip, Hawksley Workman, Sarah Slean and the Skydiggers.
April 28, 2017 - Joe Crookson + The Young Novelists
April 28, 2017 - Joe Crookson + The Young Novelists
From Ithaca, New York, Joe Crookson is fierce, creative and funny as hell. With his ‘48 Gibson, slide guitar, fiddle and an unwavering commitment to his art, Joe connects with his audience every time. Joe’s credentials include 2016 Artist in Residence at the Folk Alliance International Conference; Rockefeller grant recipient; featured in the documentary film, entitled Blue Tattoo; and his songs are included in the new edition of the Rise Again songbook, as well as the upcoming film Brooklyn in July.
The Young Novelists are the Toronto-based, husband-and-wife duo of Graydon James and Laura Spink. Trading witty stories and bittersweet songs with harmonies reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel and The Civil Wars, the twosome’s brand of "beautiful, soaring, rootsy Canadiana" has been connecting with audiences across Canada, the United States and Europe. Their sophomore album, entitled made us strangers, earned the band the New-Emerging Artist Award at the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The band is currently hard at work on their next album inspired by small towns across Ontario.
May 19, 2017 - Digging Roots
Back by popular demand! The concert series concludes with the amazing Digging Roots. The Juno Award-winning Canadian folk-roots duo of Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish and their seven-piece band blew the roof off of Revival House at last year’s concert series. This is the first artist String Bone Presents! has presented that has received a standing ovation in the middle of their set. This husband-and-wife song-writing team’s music is rich with the sounds of their Indigenous roots, singing in both Anishinabemowin and English. Their beautiful blend includes folk-rock, pop, blues and hip-hop influences. They are exotic, erotic, hypnotic, topical, political and spiritual.
Revival House, formerly the Church Restaurant, is one of Stratford’s most iconic buildings. A former Baptist church-turned-fine dining restaurant, Revival House is co-owned and operated by Stratford native Rob Wigan and his wife Candice Wigan. The 1,676-square-metre property was gutted in the spring of 2014 and its majestic interior transformed into a “smart casual” restaurant and lounge with an expansive kitchen that embraces the local farm to table concept. Revival House was recently featured in enRoute, Air Canada’s inflight travel magazine.
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News Release prepared by Mary-Lou Schagena, Publicist
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