Music BC Showcase – Folk Alliance International 2015

by   on January 12, 2015

FAI_Logo_TextVertical_bw-1Music BC will be returning to the Folk Alliance International conference, and teaming up with BreakOut West to present the best in Western Canadian Folk! The event will take place in Kansas City MO, February 18th-22nd 2015.  The Folk Alliance International conference is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance. It is an event of celebration, education, and entertainment, that includes showcases, panels, workshops, and exhibitors. The BC participants include: _____________________________________________

QUINN BACHAND'S BRISHENQuinn Bachand's Brishen

 Eighteen year old Quinn Bachand is one of Canada's most outstanding award winning musicians. With diverse musical talents and a bottomless pool of creativity, Quinn Bachand is an experienced performer, a prodigious guitar player and a gifted multi-instrumentalist who is at ease playing a wide range of instruments and musical genres, from Celtic to Jazz.For his latest music project, BRISHEN, Quinn has assembled a stellar lineup that includes violinist Richard Moody, a veteran of the Canadian music scene, guitarist Reuben Wier on rhythm guitar and vocals and Joey Smith on upright bass. BRISHEN captivates audiences with breathtaking playing, and 18-year-old Bachand front and centre as lead guitarist. The repertoire isn’t a conventional collection of Django-esque covers, although they do cover many of Django's music, the band performs originals, swing standards and some unexpected pieces including a Romanian dance tune and a Radiohead cover. "Brishen is a wonderfully creative and entertaining musical tour de force from Canada’s hottest young guitarist." – Tim Readman (Penguin Eggs) _____________________________________________

1625520_10152287698703487_294682590_nSKYE WALLACE

Skye Wallace's sound is exciting, moving, and beautiful. The backbone consists of her driving songs that are juxtaposed with vulnerable storytelling and charged instrumentation. She's on a quest to compile stark elements of Canada's landscape and history into a contemporary musical archive. Often drawn from untold stories hidden in plain sight, Wallace's songs are dynamic, gritty, and orchestral – both the melodies and narratives sticking in your head long after listening. Having toured coast to coast with her band, focusing especially on the west coast festival circuit (Arts Wells, North Country Fair, Rifflandia, Sled Island, Mission Folk Festival, Khatsalano!, Edge Of The World), Skye has just released her third full-length studio album, “Living Parts”. With attention from CBC Searchlight and showcases at CMW and NXNE, this new concoction of recordings is sweeping the nation. By turns reminiscent of the brooding, orchestral musical settings of Sigur Rós and The National, the quirkily evocative harmonics of Alt-J and Bon Iver, and a Canadiana take on the grunge-folk thrash of Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Weakerthans, Skye Wallace manages to constantly reference her roots while sounding like nothing you’ve heard before.


In Alberta, on the plains North of Calgary there is still a collection of simple and hardworking people. The short wheat-lined hilltops cast shadows in round silhouettes just tall enough to obstruct the jagged lines of the Rocky Mountains, one hundred miles East over a landscape worn deep by human hands and long winters. Although Mike Edel has since moved to the quiet seaside community of Victoria, British Columbia these people and places are deeply imbedded in his personality and work. Themes of family and virtue, relationship and tradition and the quiet contemplation of times past saturate his work. They are themes that represent the very nature of human introspection – universally human, and, as Edel has proven time and again, something his burgeoning audience can’t get enough of.
On the eve of 2014 Edel went into hiding, delivering a new catalogue of songs to a combination of Grammy and Juno winning producers Joby Baker, Russell Broom and Colin Stewart, constructing his Sophomore release in Victoria. It’s a follow-up, Edel promises, to be his best to date.  _____________________________________________


Fusing the art-forms of poetry and song, Canadian performer Miss Emily Brown navigates the space between silence and sound. Intuiting a careful mixture of eclectic instruments with her unmistakable voice, Brown delivers decadently visual lyrics with pin-drop power. In six short years, she has produced four solo albums and three collaborative albums with West Coast chamber-folk ensemble Morlove. Her debut album Part of You Pours Out of Me marked a graceful entrance onto Canada’s independent music scene and named was one of the top twelve albums of 2008 by CBC Radio’s Bandwidth. In January 2010 Emily’s sophomore album In Technicolor was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for “Pushing the Boundaries” and took her to the top five nominees for CBC Radio 3’s Bucky Award for Best New Artist. Her 2010 collaborative release with Morlove garnered a nomination for a Vancouver Island Music Award for Song of the Year and was put forward for the coveted Polaris Prize. After a recent solo tour of Germany, she is now recording her next, highly anticipated full-length solo album, as well as an accompanying collection of poetry. Understated, elemental and verging on the timeless, her touch is subtle. Her music is oceanic, huge. _____________________________________________


Victoria BC's Jesse Roper has been touring non-stop for the past four years. His faithful van’s wheels keep turning, and the music keeps getting better and better. In the summer of 2013 he released his debut album, The Son of John, which is a mixture of blues-rooted soul, rock and country funk that puts scuffs on any dance floor. Following its success, Jesse Roper is recording and releasing a new full length album. Highly anticipated after a solid year of extensive touring, Red Bird, will be released through Blue Heron/Warner in January of 2015. A major festival draw over the summer Jesse has quickly built momentum playing Rifflandia, Rock the Shores, Tall Tree, Sun Fest, Rock of the Woods, Up+Downtown Festival and VIC Fest, gaining fans with his explosive live performance and irrefutable charisma. Though his career is developing rapidly, his relationship with music, his musical existence is about performing and touring and loving it until the day he joins that great jam session in the sky. "I was mesmerized by his energy. It was raw and it just draws you in." - Dylan Willows (VIC fest Promoter)


Armed with violin, loop pedal and voice, Hannah Epperson has emerged as one of Canada's Top Artists To Watch (CBC).  With just a 5 track home-recorded and self-produced EP to her name, Hannah's reputation has been driven solely by word-of-mouth praise for her unguarded and deeply intimate live performances. Originally from Salt Lake City, Hannah has made Vancouver home, collaborating with scores of interdisciplinary artists and performers along the west coast.  This collaborative thread has informed the cross-genre compositions that are becoming so recognizably her own.  Early in the 2015, Hannah reenters the scene alongside producer Ajay Bhattacharyya (aka STINT) with an exhilarating and genre-defying new repertoire of experimental orchestral electronic music. _____________________________________________


For nearly fifty years multi Juno award-winning bluesman Jim Byrnes has crooned, drawled, belted, hollered and sweet talked more songs into a microphone than most people ever get to hear in a single lifetime. He's vibrated the rafters of saloons, pool halls and dance floors from one end of the continent to the other, with more styles of music than you could shake a stick at. It doesn't matter whether he's doing low down blues, gospel, R&B, old time, swing, country or good old rock and roll – when Jim Byrnes sings, it's the real deal. 



Award-winning guitarist Joel Fafard performs Southern roots and blues classics with the soul of a purist and the showmanship of a seasoned entertainer. He sings with the sexy, sandpapered-sounding vocal style of the new-generation bluesman. He tells his hilarious between-song stories with the confidence of a late show host delivering his monologue. And when he lets rip a solo on his resonator guitar, it’s easy to hear how he once earned both a Juno nomination and a Western Canadian Music Award for his skills on the axe. With his latest albums, Cluck Old Hen and Borrowed Horses, along with his live show, Fafard is using his uncommon skill as an entertainer to embark on a new musical mission: breathing new life into grand old numbers like “Ain’t no grave,” “Sitting on top of the World,” “Spoonful,” and “Long Black Veil.” His performances are as authentic as those of a Beale Street busker but infused with a touch of contemporary urban attitude. And his live show is pure polish and professionalism. 

CHRIS RONALDChris-Ronald-pic-21

Chris Ronald’s “keenly luxuriant voice and immaculate songcraft” (Ken Eisner, The Georgia Straight) have gained him a passionately loyal following around the world, and recent efforts to promote his music have met with increased acclaim and recognition. Songs from Chris’ third album, Timeline, have been turning heads reaching the finals of the coveted Kerrville New Folk contest in Texas and winning him a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Timeline was released March 2014 and produced by award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist John MacArthur Ellis. John and Chris now perform regularly as a duo. Chris emigrated from England to Canada in 2002, and his music has been likened to “the country and folk that came out of Laurel Canyon and the British Isles in the mid-seventies.” (Stuart Derdeyn, The Province). In live performance, Chris draws on his abilities as a highly skilled singer, storyteller and musician (guitar, harmonica, ukulele) to deliver a show that is both captivating and unique. In addition to touring nationally and internationally, Chris remains actively involved in the local music scene in and around his hometown of Vancouver where he plays a variety of venues, organizes and hosts community music events, and delivers school programs in songwriting and creativity.

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