Sultans of String’s 2017 JUNO Nomination & 10th Anniversary Tour – AB/BC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 7, 2017

Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING take their 2017 JUNO nomination & 10th Anniversary & Tour to a host of Alberta & BC venues this Spring!

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“Your set was sensational. Loved it.”
Peter Yarrow (Peter, Paul & Mary)

“Chris McKhool and the boys are fantastic!”
Bob Ezrin (Producer–Pink Floyd. Peter Gabriel)
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Canada’s genre-bending string slingers SULTANS OF STRING take their 2017 JUNO nomination & 10th Anniversary & Tour to a host of Alberta & BC venues this Spring! Serving up a feast of raucous reels, ragas ‘n’ rumbas on disc and stage is special guest/sitar master Anwar Khurshid (whose music is featured in the Oscar-winning Life of Pi). Punctuated with a quick trek to Ottawa for the Awards Gala, the band’s tour stops include:

Mar 31 – Vancouver BC – Centennial Hall
Apr 1 – Ottawa ON – @ The JUNOs!
Apr 2 – Oliver BC- Frank Venables Theatre
Apr 3 – Nelson BC- The Capitol Theatre
Apr 4 – Fernie BC – The Arts Station
Apr 5 – Kimberley BC – Kimberley Arts @ Centre 64
Apr 6 – Invermere BC – Pynelogs Cultural Centre
Apr 7 – Calgary AB – Fish Creek Concerts @ Southwood United Church
Apr 8 – Canmore AB – artsPlace
Apr 9 – Stettler AB – Stettler Variety Showcase @ Stettler Performing Arts Centre (concert details @  https://www.facebook.com/events/1838798186358384)

“We are honoured to receive a JUNO nomination for our new album! We could not have made this recording without the support of the whole Canadian roots community, and our special collaboration with Anwar,” states bandleader/violinist Chris McKhool. He adds, “there is something magical about joining world music rhythms that we often play, but with pop sensibilities and forms and lengths, and blending that with the music of the East.”

Yet, Subcontinental Drift is more than a genre-hopping passport. It is a musical promise that embraces differences while finding common ground across culture, land, and time.

“Together we started writing songs about freedom and equality, and our hope of creating a better world. I feel in some way that these songs reflect our own personal hopes and journeys towards finding a world peace. This is a message that is needed more than ever at this time.”

The CFMA win and JUNO nomination come on the heels of the band’s whirlwind North American and UK Subcontinental Drift tours, including a special appearance organized by the High Commission at London’s Trafalgar Square. Distributed by Fontana North in Canada, the album hit #1 in Canada on Earshot’s international charts, top 10 on the American CMJ charts and top 15 on Billboard’s World Music charts in the U.S. It also got picked up for distribution in the U.S. by CEN/SONY and by Proper in Europe.

The band has been on the road non-stop and will make their debut in The Netherlands and mainland Europe this summer. Sultans of String are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band, crisscrossing North America and performing at many taste-making forums such as JUNOFest, legendary jazz club Birdland in NYC, and California’s hip music scene, including the San Jose Jazz Festival. They recently sold out Koerner Hall (Toronto’s Carnegie Hall) and performed with Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton Symphony Orchestras. Sultans of String were recently filmed by MPBN’s Maine Arts! in a feature concert and performed live on BBC TV, Irish National Radio, and the internationally syndicated shows WoodSongs, World Cafe, and on SiriusXM in Washington.

They are currently recording a festive, world music-inspired Christmas Caravan CD featuring Canada’s singer to the stars Rebecca Campbell (Bruce Cockburn, Alanis Morissette, Emmylou Harris), 5x Platinum selling Nikki Yanofsky, The Chieftains’ very own Paddy Moloney, JUNO winner Alex Cuba, Cameroon’s Richard Bona (Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock), Panamanian 7x Grammy-winning Ruben Blades, and more!

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/subcontinental-drift/id1031300898

STREAM CD:
http://tinyurl.com/jew6es6

VIDEOS:
“Enter The Gate” (Roots Country meets South Asia in this high energy fusion foot tapper)
https://youtu.be/y8mKJL4SvpQ

“Rakes of Mallow” (Raucous Indo-Celtic mash-up!)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tUM9ifOaQw

“Blowin’ In The Wind”
(Bollywood meets Bob in this Dylan classic)
https://youtu.be/2CfQOrdOB3U

“Sultans of String are so extraordinary and put on a sensational show—one of my favorite bands on the planet!” ~ Todd Barkan, Lincoln Center, NY

“You get the feeling this is Willie & Lobo or Gypsy Kings taken to the next level of the game, sometimes all at once… a sure bet to notch a JUNO and any other award winning hardware to come its way.”  ~ Midwest Record, Chicago

http://www.sultansofstring.com
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MEDIA ENQUIRIES:

Lisa Weitz,  LW Communications  lw@lwcommunications.ca  416-624-3466 | 416-846-6877 (cell)
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.

Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. L’an dernier, le Conseil a investi 153 millions de dollars pour mettre de l’art dans la vie des Canadiennes et des Canadiens de tout le pays

 

Juno Nomination for Maria Dunn for Traditional Roots Album of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 7, 2017

Juno Awards Traditional Roots Album of the

Today, the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) together with CTV announced this year’s Juno nominees. Maria Dunn is thrilled to receive a nomination in the Traditional Roots Album of the Year category for her sixth independent recording Gathering (released April 2016). This is Maria’s second nomination for a Juno Award. In 2002, she received a nomination for her sophomore album For A Song.

The Juno Awards will be presented in Ottawa and televised by CTV on Sunday, April 2nd. To learn more about the Juno Awards, visit www.junoawards.ca.

Maria Dunn: I’m delighted and honoured to have Gathering recognized with a Juno nomination. Thank you to producer Shannon Johnson, engineer Jerry Woolsey, and a stellar group of musicians for helping me present my songs to the world. I’m also very grateful to the countless advocates for social justice, local and global, who inspired so many of these songs with their persistence, hope, courage and love.

Maria’s music has received critical acclaim over the years, both at home and abroad. Recently, she won the top Edmonton Music Prize for Gathering. Her song “Malala” (inspired by Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Malala Yousafzai) also recently won a 2016 Independent Music Award in the Social Action Song category. On February 18 (7 pm), the Maria Dunn Trio will perform an Official Showcase at the 2017 Folk Alliance International Conference, Benton’s (20th Floor) in Kansas City, MO.

Gathering highlights stories of love—not songs of romantic love, but songs of family, community, humanity and the love that connects us and fires our actions to make the world a better place. Recorded at DanLyn Studios in Sherwood Park (Alberta) with producer Shannon Johnson (Juno award winner with The McDades for 2007’s Bloom), Gathering continues to expand Maria’s musical palate with performances from Sufi singer Karim Gillani and jazz saxophonist Jeremiah McDade.

Maria Dunn Gathering

Guest musicians: Eric Breton (percussion), Karim Gillani (guest vocal), Shannon Johnson (violin), Ojas Joshi (tabla, percussion), Jeremiah McDade (saxophone, bansuri, whistles, guitar), Solon McDade (upright bass) and Asani (singers Debbie Houle, Sarah Pocklington and Terry Morrison). Further contributions on song arrangements by Solon McDade and Jeremiah McDade.

The 11 songs on Gathering range from “Malala”, a buoyant call to action inspired by Malala Yousafzai, to “When I Was Young”, a flowing old-time ballad inspired by Alberta indigenous leader Dorothy McDonald-Hyde. “How I Live” shares the quiet courage of families supporting their children with disabilities, while “When The Grandmothers Meet” celebrates women across the globe, with its exuberant vocals and joyful horn lines. The recording finishes with “Music In The Meadow”, a bluesy bow-driven wordplay on the wonder of the Rocky Mountains.

Thank you to the following for supporting this recording project: The Province of Alberta through Alberta Foundation for the Arts, The Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton.

Upcoming Performances

Sat March 4 – Fundraising Concert for “Huron Out of the Cold” Project
Goderich, ON
http://www.lakeshoreuc.org

Thursday, March 9 – Maria Dunn, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks Triple Bill
Golden Link Folk Singing Society (Penfield NY)
http://www.goldenlink.org/

Fri Mar 10 – Maria Dunn, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks Triple Bill
Old Songs Concert Series (Voorheesville, NY)
http://oldsongs.org

Sat Mar 11 – Maria Dunn, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks Triple Bill
Walkabout Clearwater Concerts (White Plains, NY)
http://www.walkaboutclearwater.org/music/coffeehouse.php

Sun Mar 12 – Maria Dunn, Si Kahn, Joe Jencks Triple Bill
Valley Folk Club (Corning, NY)
www.valleyfolk.org

Fri Mar 17 – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Maria Dunn Concert followed by Irish Ceili
Castleton Town Hall (Castleton, ON)
http://themillatpipercreek.ca/arts-and-heritage-centre/

Sat Apr 22 – Maria Dunn Trio (with Shannon Johnson, Jeremiah McDade)
Northern Lights Folk Club (Edmonton, AB)
http://www.northernlightsfc.ca

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To set-up interviews and/or for more information, contact:
Marlene D’Aoust | Ph:  (403) 455-3175 | email: mdaoust@shaw.ca

Artist: 
Distant Whisper Music · PO Box 4463, Edmonton, AB CANADA T6E 4T5 · (780) 430-8560 · http://www.mariadunn.com

Publicity & Promotion:  Free Expression · #92, 1845 Lysander Cr. SE, Calgary, AB  Canada · T2C 1X9 · email: mdaoust@shaw.ca · (403) 455-3175

CD Distribution:  Outside Music · (416) 461-0655 · http://www.outside-music.com

Introducing Alt-Country Angel Kirsten Jones!

Scully Love Promo is proud to welcome Alt-country, Juno nominee Kirsten Jones to our client roster!

It’s so easy to work as a social media manager and internet promoter for someone who has a voice like Kirsten’s.  Her latest album, The Mad Mile, has earned her 1 of Billboard’s Top 5 artists to watch in 2010, a Juno nomination and four international award winning songs.  It features superstar guests like The Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, Blue Rodeos’s Jim Cuddy and Americana artist of the year Greg Leisz.

These are just some of the kudos that Kirsten has accumulated:

“Kirsten’s Juno-nominated recent release, The Mad Mile, should be nestled comfortably in your CD-changer beside your copy of Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball, since the transition between the two discs will sound seamless.”
– Roots Music Canada, rootsmusic.ca

“Smooth-as-buckwheat-honey vocals…a bona fide comparison to Emmylou Harris is not out of order…”

– Eric Thom, Exclaim Magazine

Toronto-based singer/songwriter Kirsten Jones had only one producer in mind for her sophomore album, The Mad Mile: former Jayhawks front man Gary Louris.”  I knew I wanted to try getting in touch with Gary before even trying to think of anyone else, so I looked up his management online and just sent them a package.”  A few months later, Louris’ management e-mailed Jones, saying Gary was interested in the project.  By summer, Jones and Louris were writing in her Toronto living room, where they also finished all the preproduction for the recording in three days.  They hit the studio later that fall.  Creating a sound that combined her alt country and folk influences with her own unique writing style came naturally, thanks to Louris’ firsthand experience with some of Jones’ favourite artists (The Dixie Chicks, Kelly Willis, Lucinda Williams, The Jayhawks).

“She has interesting lyrics, pretty heavy duty lyrics and a hook sensibility.  She has it, you know?  I’m jealous – I wish I had written these songs…”

– Gary Louris

In what proved to be a banner year, Kirsten also received a coveted FACTOR award for over $20,000 toward the making of the new CD.  The Mad Mile was released on May 11, 2010, and is distributed through Fontana North/Universal. Guests include pedal steel player Greg Leisz (Emmylou Harris, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss), Oh Susanna, and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy and Bob Egan.

“The end result of their fruitful partnership (Louris/Jones) is ‘The Mad Mile,’ an alt country/roots record which could very well do for Jones what ‘Failer‘ did for Kathleen Edwards.”

– Jason MacNeil, spinner.com

Throughout the last two years, several aspects of Jones’ career have fallen into place.  She was chosen by Billboard Canada as one of five artists to watch in 2010, and The Mad Mile has already been nominated for a 2010 Juno Award, thanks to an early iTunes release.  Jones has been a finalist two years in a row in the International Songwriting Competition in the Americana category (out of over 15,000 entries), a Top 3 finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the country category (alongside Canadian success story Gordie Sampson), was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Contest, and has received honourable mention in both the Billboard and Nashville Songwriter’s Association songwriting competitions. The Canadian Country Music Awards invited Kirsten to perform two years in a row at the prestigious Songwriter’s Cafe, alongside such celebrated songwriters as Victoria Banks, Lisa Brokop, Jamie Warren, and Jessie Farrell.  Kirsten wrote or co-wrote every song on The Mad Mile, and two songs were co-written with producer Gary Louris.

Most recently, Kirsten was invited down to Nashville to sing on WSM, the official radio home of the Grand Ole Opry, at the Country Music Awards’ Music Fest Celebration. Still eligible for the Junos next year, 2011 is shaping up to be a big year.

PREVIOUSLY…

Kirsten Jones released her debut album Drive-In Movie in 2005. It received airplay in all Canadian provinces, peaking at 3 on CBC’s Galaxie Folk/Roots chart.  She has toured in the US and Canada, including dates with Jim Cuddy, Lynn Miles, Oh Susanna, Corb Lund, Hayes Carll, Minnie Driver, Rose Cousins and numerous others.

“The music of Kirsten Jones combines the best elements of alt-country and contemporary folk.  She’s also an engaging live performer, bringing both introspection and high humour to her shows.”

– Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio

“The talented singer-songwriter is now busy winning the hearts of fans and breaking genres with her unique style of alt-country that she sings with heartfelt sincerity and catchy hooks.”

– Blue Rodeo website, “One Degree” section

Kirsten is extremely happy to report that she is one of 10 artists in the running for Roots Artist of the Year at this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards.  She has to make it one more round to get the actual CCMA nomination.  She’s in some pretty heady company, including past favourites like Corb Lund and Jimmy Rankin.  But she is unique in that she is the only female solo artist on the list, and one of the (very) few truly independent artists as well.  Only CCMA members can vote, so if you know any, please let them know about Kirsten’s spot in the Roots category.

Kirsten is currently on tour in Eastern Canada for the month of July and will be playing at Country Music Week in Hamilton, ON in September as well as at the American Music Festival & Conference in Nashville, TN in October.

Find Kirsten Jones online at:

Official website

Facebook

YouTube

Twitter

MySpace

CBC Radio 3

The Wailin’ Jennys at Chalmers United Church in Kingston on Thursday, May 5th!

The Wailin’ Jennys, one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning groups on the North American roots music scene, will perform a very special one night only concert at Chalmers United Church on Thursday, May 5th. Since their sold out Live Wire show here in Kingston six years ago, The Jennys have captivated audiences around the world with their exquisite, breathtakingly beautiful voices and their dynamic live shows, winning Juno Awards and international acclaim across four continents. This will be an intimate concert in the acoustically superb Chalmers United Church and tickets will be snapped up quickly. What a deal at 20 bucks!

Here they are at The Shrewsbury Festival in the UK singing their anthemic “One Voice”, a song now covered by hundreds of singers, community choirs and vocal groups around the world:

Following are the details and some more info about this superb group:

The Wailin’ Jennys
Thursday, May 5th – 8:00 pm
Chalmers United Church, Barrie at Clergy St., Kingston
Tickets: $20 in advance at Brian’s Record Option, $25 at the door (if available)

The Wailin’ Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse—three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound.

Starting as a happy accident of solo singer-songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta along with New York-based Heather Masse continue to create some of the most exciting and exquisite music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically-lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their renowned live performances.

In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys released their first full-length album 40 Days in the to great critical acclaim, and in 2005 it won them a Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s public radio show A Prairie Home Companion, The Jennys exploded onto the roots music scene in the U.S.A, performing at packed venues across Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world. Their next CD Firecracker was a powerful follow-up to their debut album and found The Jennys stepping out of the folk realm and into the world of alt-country, pop and rock. Garnering much attention, it was nominated for a Juno Award and won a 2007 Folk Alliance Award for Contemporary Release of the Year. It charted for over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts and was followed up by their 2009 release Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House, which also spent over a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts. It captured the magic of their live performances with show-stopping harmonies, impressive instrumental prowess, breathtaking songs and witty stage banter. Now, The Wailin’ Jennys join the ranks of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, recording their new studio album Bright Morning Stars with award-winning producer Mark Howard. The album combines fresh and innovative sounds with the band’s signature harmonies–a perfect mix of Americana, pop and traditional folk that is certain to be an instant classic.

Press Quotes:

“Imagine if the crazy scientists from Jurassic Park put Gillian Welch, EmmyLou Harris, and the Dixie Chicks in a blender, and then formed a musical trio from the resulting puddle of DNA. That’s where we’re going to start talking about the stunning songwriting, sweet harmonies, and sultry sound of Canada’s The Wailin’ Jennys.”
Music Online USA

“One of the most dynamic contemporary groups of the 21st Century.”
Sing Out Magazine

“Vocal trio the Wailin’ Jennys have developed into one of the most exciting and polished acts in music today.”
Dirty Linen Magazine

“Winnipeg folk trio The Wailin’ Jennys are making no mistakes as they progress with grace, harmony and assurance — and a great deal of industrial smarts behind the scenes — to inevitable musical stardom.The Wailin’ Jennys are the darlings of the North American roots music arena.”
Toronto Star

“The three-part harmonies of Winnipeg’s Wailin’ Jennys should be considered some kind of national treasure. …”
Hamilton Spectator

See you at the music!
Al

Last Live Wire Music Event of the Season: The Good Lovelies with Wendell Ferguson on Fri. Apr. 1st!

Al Rankin is finishing off the Live Wire season with a very big bang. This will be a wonderful double-bill featuring the reigning Juno Award champs plus one of the greatest guitar pickers you’re going to see anywhere. Here’s the scoop!

The Live Wire Music Series finishes off the season with another great double-bill featuring the sweet harmonies of 2010 Juno Award winners The Good Lovelies together with one of the funniest and talented musicians in Canada – the one and only Wendell Ferguson. The Good Lovelies have been together for only a few years but have rocketed to the top based on their highly entertaining live shows which blend swing, blues and a bit of country. Their concerts are upbeat and a whole lot of fun.

Wendell Ferguson is known as both a very funny man and a killer guitar player. He has been named CCMA Guitar Player of the Year so many times (7) that he’s no longer eligible! This will be a wonderful, high energy finish to this season’s Live Wire series.

Live Wire Music Series Presents:
The Good Lovelies and Wendell Ferguson
Fri. April 1st @ 7:30 pm
The Octave Theatre, 711 Dalton Avenue, Kingston, ON

Tickets: $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if not sold out!)

Brian’s Record Option – 381 Princess Street, Kingston – 613-542-2452
Tara Natural Foods – 81 Princess Street, Kingston – 613-546-4439
Renaissance Music – 1057 Midland Avenue, Kingston – 613-384-9225

Wendell Ferguson Quotes:

“Wendell Ferguson is recognized by his peers as one of the top pickers in the country and known best as having one of the quickest wits in the game. A talented and funny guy to say the least.” (Country Music News)

“The man writes sharp, witty and head-spinningly brilliant tunes. He’s a cross between Roger Miller and Ray Flack. He has more in common with Mark Twain than Shania.” (Twangzine)

“Not bad for a guy who hasn’t worked a day in his life.” (Wendell Ferguson)

Good Lovelies Quotes:

“Let the Rain Fall, the Good Lovelies third full-length album, is an ode to camaraderie. With equal parts city and country, highway and home, wistfulness and sass, the Good Lovelies good humour and self-assurance shines through from the toe-tapping start of “Made for Rain” to the sweet final notes in the French-flecked “Mrs. T.”

“Light-hearted songwriting and irresistibly buoyant dispositions have made them the darlings of the summer festival circuit.”

See you at the music!

www.livewiremusicseries.ca