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South Country Fair
Sat, Jul 22
Fort Macleod Fish and Game Park - Fort Macleod


Time: noon

Tickets: Weekend early bird pass $100 ; $130 at gate $90 seniors advance; $90 Students advance;$50 Friday/ Saturday evening advance Students and Seniors /$55 gate; Saturday/ Sunday Afternoon $30; Saturday all day $60 advance, students and seniors; $65 gate

South stage

noon: Dance workshop

1:30 Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane (blues/folk)

Gordie Tentrees & Jaxon Haldane make their South Country Fair debut together after 526 concert dates in Europe, Australia, North America, Scandinavia, UK & Ireland since they hit the stage together. You will hear songs from their upcoming release 'GRIT" coming out worldwide on European label Greywood Records on Mar. 2-2018. They perform with ten instruments (banjo, dobro, cigar box guitars, musical saw, acoustic guitar, porch board bass/snare tambourine, harmonica, & mandolin), brotherly harmonies and masterful storytelling. No show is the same, catch all their sets and find out why everyone is catching them.“Majestic song writing, genuine authenticity, incredible insight” - Americana UK

 2:45: poet TBA

3 p.m. Justin Lacroix (Folk/ French)

From Winnipeg's french community emerges bilingual folk-rock poet, Justin Lacroix. A gentle yet fiery soul with a unique pen and a feel for a good groove, this accomplished guitar player and dynamic singer offers up a fresh new sound. Since his introduction to the music scene in 2003, Lacroix has been sharing his original "Funky Folk-Rock" (in French and English) with audiences from coast to coast, becoming increasingly well known for his heartfelt songs, his engaging live concerts and his raw talent.

Winner of the "Gala manitobain de la chanson" (2003 & 2007) and of the "Chant' ouest" (2007) as well as having been selected to participate in the Festival de la chanson de Granby (2007) and the "Festival en chanson Petite-Valle" (2011), Justin Lacroix's long list of shows also include having played from Moncton to Vancouver to Yellowknife, and festivals such as the "Live From The Rock" (Red Rock, ON), the "Festival du voyageur" (Winnipeg, MB) and the "Snow King Festival" (Yellowknife, NWT).

Based out of Winnipeg, this troubadour continues to tread back and forth across the country. Whether with his band, or as a solo, the show is electric, lively and inspiring. A gem well worth discoverin


4:14 p.m.  Volunteer Photo

4:45 p.m.: isle of the Strong Workshop with 

Door (Workshop): McQuaig (host), Spencer Murray, Junkmans Quire


6:15 p.m.: Dana Sipos (indie folk)

Beautifully-crafted, darkly romantic folk-indie with real substance.

7:30 p.m. Patience of a working man Willie P Bennett Tribute with 

Washboard Hank, Gordie Tentrees, Jaxon Haldane, Scott Nolan
9 p.m.: songwriter:Carter Felker (Country/ Folk)
Born and raised in the Prairies, Carter Felker's eyes have seen the length of the wheat fields through many Winter mornings, and the stretch of the sun through many short lived Summers. He has labored, he has lost, and he has loved.

Carter uses his own experience, and his desire to tell a story to create honest, human-made, country music. Enjoy.

 9:15 p.m. Spencer Murray and Pipeslinger (alt celtic)
Spencer Murray - Flute, Pipes, Whistles
Elliot Thomas - Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Daniel Stadnicki - Percussion
Keith Rempel - Upright Bass
Forced into learning the bagpipes at eight years old by his patriotic Scottish father, Spencer Murray grew up spending his summers among highland dancers and caber tossers at highland games across western Canada. By the time his teenage years rolled around, he was already an accomplished piper. He performed for the Queen on her royal visit, was the youngest ever official piper for the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and won the under-18 world pipe band championships with his band in Glasgow, Scotland.

In his early twenties, Spencer moved to Toronto to continue his musical education. By day he studied saxophone with Canadian jazz legend, Pat LaBarbera, at Humber College but at night, he was studying Irish flute and tin whistle with Juno-winning Irish musician, Loretto Reid. While in Toronto, he formed “The Log Drivers” alongside Canadian Grand Master fiddle champion, Julie Fitzgerald. Their self-titled album received radio play across Canada and in the UK on the BBC and was nominated for “Instrumental Album of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

After completing his studies, Spencer returned to Alberta and quickly became an in-demand session musician. He has performed with Grammy winner Carlos Nunez at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and with Scottish fiddler Bruce MacGregor of Blazin’ Fiddles on his Canadian tour. In 2015, Spencer became the first ever Canadian to win the senior flute competition at the New York Fleadh, the biggest Irish music competition in North America. He also became a part-time member of The Bombadils, touring with them in North America and recording flute and bagpipes on their third album.

In 2015, Spencer put together a group of his favourite Canadian folk musicians to form a new band. Spencer Murray & Pipeslinger's debut album, Sound & Fury, features Jake Charron on guitar and piano, Daniel Stadnicki on percussion, Elliot Thomas on banjo and vocals, Keith Rempel on upright bass and Spencer Murray on Irish flute, tin whistle and up to four different types of bagpipes. Self-described as “Alt Celtic”, Spencer Murray & Pipeslinger leap from 100 year-old jigs and reels played at breakneck pace, to jazz-infused bagpipe creations that push the limit of Celtic music. Ultimately, for all its polish and virtuosity, the music never strays far from the raw, foot-stomping honesty of a down home kitchen party.
 10:30 p.m. Lindsay Beaver and the 24th Street Wailers (blues)
 Singer, Drummer, Songwriter, and Bandleader Lindsay Beaver is much more than a young woman with musical talent, she is a force that knows no bounds. Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada - Lindsay has been leading her band The 24th St. Wailers across North America and Europe for the past several years playing her own blend of Rock n’ Roll, Soul, Punk & Blues. Her limitless voice and ferocious standing-drumming, once seen - never forgotten, have become known across festivals, theaters, and clubs from the Arctic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. Her songwriting and albums have given her an impressive list of accolades and awards that include a 2015 Juno Award nomination (Canadian Grammy), 15 Maple Blues Award Nominations, a 2015 Blues411 Award, multiple Sirius/XM INDIE award nominations, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features and numerous 4 & 5 star reviews in publications from around the world. Equally impressive to Lindsay are the rest of The 24th St. Wailers currently consisting of Michael Archer on Upright and Electric Bass, as well as Marc Doucet and Josh Fulero on Guitars. Their unforgettable live performances are executed with electric energy and amazing finesse, which draws upon a deep well of influences that range from Little Richard to The Ramones, and from Howlin’ Wolf to Iggy Pop - Lindsay’s unique style combined with this killer band, provides her catalog of songs with the perfect mix of originality, tradition, and attitude to establish a true identity.
 11:45 p.m.: McCuaig (Celtic rock)
he Johnny McCuaig Band is a Canadian band. Now, you’re probably wondering, “What the hell does that mean?” Well, for starters, they don’t say ‘about’ as ‘aboot’ and they definitely don’t sound like Nickelback, Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire or Drake. Instead, they draw on Canada’s rich, cultural mosaic to create an original mix of musical genres that stands out in the crowd. We’re talking a super fun blend of hard rock, pop, new wave, folk, and blues combined with their not-so-secret weapon: bagpipes!

Johnny McCuaig and his musical cohorts exemplify the honest, hard working, and proud (yet humble) spirit of Canada. According to Johnny, “I look back at what Canadians have accomplished over the past 100 years and I keep seeing that we are known for our politeness, our hard working groups of immigrants that really had nothing and were able to accomplish everything. There is a real sense of pride when you are able to show something from all of your hard work.”

Offstage, The Johnny McCuaig Band is your neighbour who shovels the driveway and mows the lawn while you’re away on vacation, the guy that pulls over to give you a boost when your car won’t start on a cold winter night, and that bartender at your local pub who knows what your favourite beer is. And when they’re onstage, they work their butts off to consistently thrill fans with their one-of-a-kind live show that bursts with energy and positive vibes. If you don’t leave a TJMB show without a perma-grin then there’s just no hope for you.

After spending a few years recording and performing under the moniker ‘McCuaig’, Johnny decided to take a hiatus from the music scene in order to devote more time to his family. Eventually, the itch to dust off the bagpipes and get back onstage to do what he does best was too much too ignore, so in 2013 he started rounding up some old friends and began playing shows across Canada as The Johnny McCuaig Band.

With a renewed drive and determination, TJMB released their stunning 2015 album Hold Fast, produced by Juno Award winner Jason Plumb (The Waltons) at Studio One Recording in their home base of Regina, Saskatchewan. Johnny is still ecstatic about the recording sessions. He says, “What an eye opener. To work with a guy of that caliber was truly amazing from start to finish. I learned a lot about putting songs together and flowing lyrical content. Getting to know him as a musician and a person was very cool. Definitely a learning experience!”

For TJMB, the album is just a taste of what they have to offer. To truly get the full Johnny McCuaig Band experience, you HAVE to see them live onstage. Live, their brand of melodic ear candy becomes a feast for the senses. Bagpipes, a kilt, crunching guitars, a hip-shaking rhythm section, and boundless energy makes for one hell of a show. With high profile gigs at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas and the 2013 Grey Cup Festival under their belt, TJMB is set on expanding the McCuaig Brigade around the world.

It’s not Celtic. It’s not Pop. It’s not Alternative. It’s everything. It’s TJMB. The McCuaig Brigade is a party and you’re invited!

 1 a.m. Bad Pop (Blues/rock/punk/alternative)
Chris Connelly- Vocals, guitar
Catherine Hiltz- Bass, vocals, trumpet
Aaron Klassen- Drums, vocals
BAD POP have grown up, and they’re kind of pissed off about it. So, this indie rock band turned to every teenager’s refuge: distortion pedals and sarcasm.

Live, frontman Chris Connelly is alternatively heartwarming and menacing, like a pissed-off Weird Al. Superstar multi-instrumentalist Catherine Hiltz weaves melodic bass lines like a punk-rock bar-brawling PJ Harvey. Drummer Aaron Klassen was raised on a steady diet of Bonham and Grohl, and plays as if the snare just said something about his mother.
East stage
noon-1 p.m. Sirens of Song 

Mariel Buckley, Eliza Doyle, Dana Sipos

1:15 Junkman's Quire (Folk/jazz/Celtic)
A mix of folk, rock, jazz, and traditional.
Megan Brown (violin, viola, vocals)
George Fowler (guitar,cello, vocals)
Ross Samuel (guitar, sax, vocals)
Isaac Neufeld (drums)
Steve Martin (upright bass)
Tom Scott (violin)

 2:20 -3:10  Viper Central

Viper Central can rip it up bluegrass style with sweet n’ crunchy harmonies and tight melodic breaks that’ll make your heart soar, your feet shuffle and your blood curdle! Canadian roots and the traditions of American Bluegrass, Métis, Country, Rockabilly and Old-time have influenced their ever evolving style. The songs reflect Canadian landscape and experiences and the result is entirely natural, effortless and delightfully original.The band consists of Kathleen Nisbet (Fiddle, vocals), Steven Charles ( Guitar, Banjo, Vocals) Tim Tweedale (steel guitars, Vocals), Mark Vaughan (Mandolin), and Patrick Metzger (Bass). Viper Central is a five-piece acoustic string-band that takes that “high lonesome sound” to new places. All five band members contribute original songs, but won’t hesitate to deliver up their take on an ages-old mournful waltz or bring the house down with a barn-burning bluegrass standard…

In 2008, the Vipers released their debut: The Devil Sure is Hard to Please. Blending instrumental prowess with innovative arrangements and creative vocal harmonies (doo-wop BGs such as those on “Down in West Virginia”, certainly find themselves comfortably outside the standard bluegrass practice), the album showcased the diverse songwriting talents of every member in the band and earned them a place among the bands to watch for in Canada’s thriving roots music scene.

 3:25 p.m.: Sam Tudor (Singer songwriter)
Sam Tudor
Harry Tudor
Tegan Wahlgren
Jasper D. Wrinch
Brent Morton
Brandon Hoffman
Craig Aalders
Gabe White

 4:30:Kitty and the Rooster  (rock)
Kitty & The Rooster is a rock n' roll duo from Vancouver, BC featuring Jodie Ponto banging on the cocktail kit and East Van guitar wizard Noah Walker. They are known for their surf-tastic hooks, clever lyrics, and ridiculously fun shows.
 5:35 p.m.: Joe Nolan and the Dogs  (country/rock )
While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour.

Joe Nolan’s distinctive and intimate vocals stack the deck. From theramin tremors to raw howls, his range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. The songs are fervent, pressing and intense, attuned at once to the world of youthful melodramas in which Joe, an artist in his early 20s lives, and an older, deeper level of human experience. Insight into the latter has nothing to do with age.

The strength of his debut record, Goodbye Cinderella (2011), earned a nomination for Canadian Folk Music Award Emerging Artist of the Year, a record deal, and a chance to record in Nashville with some of the most respected names in the business, included Colin Linden, Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Norah Jones) and John Whynot (Lucinda Williams, Blue Rodeo).

Even in the spotlight, the lyrical contours of Joe Nolan’s confessions retain their mystery. Tornado, a collection of songs that befit a rising star in the songwriting world, will be released by Six Shooter Records on January 28, 2014.

“A remarkable collection of slow-burning melancholia.” ~ Exclaim

“The Edmonton singer-songwriter will try to sweep you off your feet with his woozy ditties, groggy vocals and lyrics about the rush of lust, the vagaries of love, and late-night/early-morning drives.”
~ Edmonton Journal 

“Viewing the world from a battered heart and through beautifully bloodshot, half-mast eyes.”
~ Calgary Herald

“This is one twister you won’t mind getting caught up in.” ~ New Canadian Music

“Nolan is raw talent through and through.” ~ No Depression

“You’ve been looking for just this: a warmth against January’s sting, a voice for every kind of heartache, a reason to be excited about local music. Joe Nolan is your man.” ~ The Gateway

“Nolan’s thing is taking off, and it is strong.” ~ Globe & Mail


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