Bulgarian-born, classically-trained guitarist Anton Apostolov will be bringing his Green Sky Project to the first Kingsville Folk Festival taking place in in Lakeside Park, Kingsville from August 8-10 2014. Featuring Apostolov alongside Naghmeh Farahmand on percussion, Jacek Karlowski on tamboura, Hasheel Lodhia on bansuri and Sunjun Park on piano, the Green Sky Project fuse together folk, classical and jazz themes using Balkan, Iranian and Indian traditional music as their primary source of inspiration. The sound they produce together is beautiful, especially on the fabulous Star In A Jar. We caught up with Anton Apostolov at home in Toronto. For more information, visit greenskyproject.com. Music: Green Sky Project “Connection” and “Star In A Jar” from “Star In A Jar” (2013, Self).
Port Dover based singer-songwriter Tia McGraff has been described as having a voice stolen from angels. The internationally-renowned recording artist shares her passion for music with her stage (and life) partner Colorado native, Tommy Parham. Together, they engage their audiences with an electrifying, yet honest and heart-moving, musical experience. Tia will be gracing the stage at the first Kingsville Folk Music Festival, August 8-10 2014. Tia McGraff joined us for a chat and a few songs with musical partner Tommy Parham on August 2 2014. For more information visit tiamcgraff.com
Tia McGraff, Break These Chains from Break These Chains (2014, Bandana Records) CDN
Tia McGraff with Tommy Parham, Abigail (Live in the Studio)
Tia McGraff, Reckonin’ from Break These Chains (2014, Bandana Records) CDN
Tia McGraff with Tommy Parham, Move The Smoke Away (Live in the Studio)
Tia McGraff, Between The Bed And The Door from Break These Chains (2014, Bandana Records) CDN
Southern Ontario based folk group Same Latitude As Rome released “1812”, their most ambitious project to date, a suite of original songs to commemorate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812, in 2012. They are now getting set to release its follow-up “Early Days” – which is expected this Fall. And, they will also be performing at the inaugural Kingsville Folk Festival, August 8-10 2014. The current line-up features Peter Boyer on acoustic guitar and vocals, Anneke McCabe on percussion and vocals) with JK Gulley (guitar/mandolin) and Besnik Yzeiri (violin). For more information, visit samelatitudeasrome.com. We caught up with Peter Boyer at home in Fergus. Music: Same Latitude As Rome, “Better Days Will Come” and “Song For Louis Riel” from forthcoming album “Early Days”.
Veteran of the North American folk circuit and renowned children’s entertainer Fred Penner will be playing the inaugural Kingsville Folk Festival from August 8-10 2014. With more than forty years of experience, and twelve albums and counting, to his name, Fred is a giant of the children’s music scene who, like all great entertainers, is able to engage adults just as effectively. Whatever he is working on – whether its recording, performing or television, Fred’s touchstone philosophy remains: “Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child”. We caught up with him on the road in Toronto. For more information visit fredpenner.com. Music: Fred Penner “Sandwiches” and “The Cat Came Back” from “Collections” (1989, CDL Records).
The 22 Annual Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music takes place this weekend, August 1-3 2014, in downtown Cambridge (Galt). This free festival is patterned after European festivals whereby the day’s events are held on numerous outdoor stages in the town core. Traditional forms of folk music and dance are the festival’s theme, with emphasis placed upon the various cultures present in Cambridge and surrounding area. Arts, crafts, and an excellent choice of food and refreshments are also available at the festival site and from the many fine eating establishments in downtown Cambridge. The festival funs Friday 7 – 11 p.m., Saturday 1 – 11 p.m. & Sunday 1 – 10 p.m. For more information, visit millracefolksociety.com.