The Weather Station is the project of singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman. Her third and Polaris prize nominated album, Loyalty, was recorded at LaFrette studios, just outside of Paris, in collaboration with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist). Released in May 2015 on Paradise of Bachelors (US/ Europe), Outside Music (Canada), and Spunk Records (Australia) it drew international acclaim, soaring to number 1 on the Canadian folk college radio charts in 2015. Since the release of Loyalty, The Weather Station has toured extensively in North America, Europe, and Australia, as headliner and as support for Bahamas, The Mountain Goats, Damien Jurado, and Basia Bulat. R&S fans may remember Tamara’s liquid voice as part of Bruce Peninsula, which played the Kearney edition of the festival in 2011. “Plain but elegant, simple but intricate… Her songs feel very much like attempts to understand and appreciate the world in spite of its bitter ills; like the most basic forms of folk music, a term Lindeman readily embraces, they come with intent and aim.” – Pitchfork
“My Grandma’s more punk than most punks I know” is not your typical country lyric. Richard pens many a gem like this on his recent album, Taking the Long Way Home. He writes of simpler times and ways and uses the country/folk platform to paint beautiful lyrical imagery. With themes of love of family and friends - this messaging hits home at R&S. It’s great to have him at the festival this year as we’ve been listening to him since 2010. With a seven-piece, Guelphite band taking the Sunday stage, get ready for a great little throwback country jam out. It may be Sunday afternoon but don’t miss this chance to grab your sweetheart or your buddy and 2-step your way back into each other’s hearts.
Jennifer Holub's music tells the tales of the ghostly north and the things that haunt us. Her second album, For the Haunting (IndieCan Records) was released in June of 2016 and co-produced by her longtime friend Brian Dunn. Her video “ The Wolf,” produced by Here Kitty Kitty Productions recently received an NOMFA nod. Jennifer can also be found playing guitar and piano at various Sudbury venues, sometimes with cellist Alexandra Lee in their duo Sandpiper or lending her powerful voice to The Northern Memphis Revival. She is also a hard-working volunteer and community member in our extended family of Northern festivals.
The Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band plays original music inspired by the jug bands of the 1920s and 30s, plus many old songs by the Memphis Jug Band, the Mississippi Sheiks, Gus Cannon and the Hackberry Ramblers. They now have two full-length albums of original music, The Snish (2016) and Tri-City Stomp (2012). Their sound is a great mix of ragtime, pre-war blues, country blues, old Cajun, and stringband styles. Though you can certainly pick out their influences, they are not trying to mimic anyone, and their unique take on jugbandism is refreshing and just weird enough. The full band features great singing, banjolin, fiddle, kazoo, guitar, washboard, banjitar, cello, and jug, and sometimes foot-bass, in various combinations.