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South Country Fair line up launched with open mic

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It’s starting took a lot like summer, so  that means the South Country Fair is coming  up fast. In just over a month the bulk of Lethbridge‘s roots music scene hit the road for three days a good times, good vibes and great music for the 30th Annual South Country Fair, which takes place  July 15-17 in the Fort MacLeod Fish and Games Park.

H John Wort hannam and Bob Blair open up the South Country Fair line up launch. Photo by Richard Amery
Organizers  announced the line up at a special open mic at the Slice, May 27. Host John Wort Hannam and special guest  Bob Blair on dobro opened the night by playing a few songs including a brand new one  plus  “ Chasing the Song” and the title track to Hannam’s latest CD “Love Lives On.” Blair played a few Townes Van Zandt songs on guitar and Weissenborn before Hannam laid down the rules  for the open stage— two songs each for  the extensive list of popular local songwriters, promising they could sign up again afterwards.

 I could only catch  the first few. It was enough to see the variety about to happen.
 After Blair played  his Townes van Zandt songs , Ryan Phillips played a two acoustic songs from his band the Silkstones. And Gabriel Thaine played a couple smoking themed up tempo originals including a brand new song. This year’s South Country Fair line-up will have a lot of variety and a lot of familiar faces.

 A couple excellent blues /rock acts on the bill include Toronto bluesman Big Rude Jake, Blues rock trio Miss Quincy and Montreal’s Cecilé-Doo Kingue.  And there is a lot of roots and country including  Carter Felker, Boots and The Hoods,  Scott Cook and the long Weekends and Tim Hus.
 Jr. Gone Wild will add their blend of country and punk.

Ryan Phillips of the Silkstones playing the South Country Fair Line Up launch. Photo by Richard Amery
 And there will be lots of local performers including The Shaela Miller band and Ryland Moranz.

 Other major highlights will be  female folk trio  the Fates,  QuiQue Escamilla plus Amelia Curran  and South Country Fair Mayor Washboard Hank.Gabriel Thaine playing the South Country Fair line up launch party. Photo by Richard Amery

Other performers include  Billie Zizi,Blackfoot Medicine Speaks, M Bumaranga, Circus Act Insomniacs, Myrtle Family Band, Nomadic massive, Robert Sarazin Blake, Ryan McNally and the Imprints and more. More information is available at Tickets are $100/ 90 in advance, $130/120 at the Gate and 12 and under  for free.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Thursday, 02 June 2016 10:45 )  
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