The following was from the lineup from the 3rd Annual Pelee Island Music Festival, held on July 30th and 31st of 2016
Saturday, July 30, 2016
|2:30 – 3:45||Max Marshall|
|3:45 – 4:45||Joey Landreth|
|4:45 – 5:45||Middle Sister|
|5:45 – 6:45||Dave Russell & The Precious Stones|
|6:45 – 8:15||Ron Leary|
|8:15 – 9:45||Terra Lightfoot|
|10:00-11:00||The Wanderlust Club|
Sunday, July 31, 2016
|2:30 – 3:15||Kelly Kiyoshk|
|3:15 – 4:15||Flower Face|
|4:15 – 5:15||Annie Sumi|
|5:15 – 6:15||The Oh Chays|
|6:15 – 7:15||The Accidentals|
|7:15 – 8:45||The Good Lovelies|
THE OH CHAYS
The always surprising, risk-taking, gear-shifting, soul-belting Oh Chays are beholden to no single genre. Currently writing and recording their second album, The Oh Chays are a husband and wife duo raised on trad jazz, rockabilly, gospel, and the Detroit radio of the 70’s and 80’s. Consistently wowing audiences with their versatile musicianship, songwriting, and razor-sharp wit, The Oh Chays are not to be missed live!
An acoustic singer/songwriter from Windsor who has self-released four records, all of which express the raw heartache of love, death and all the things that come between. Joined for this performance by the ethereal harmonies of Jane Mariotti.
With a name derived from that of a remote Lake Erie island, Windsor Ontario’s Middle Sister combines mid-century folk-rock and chamber pop with contemporary sounds, writing songs whose lyrics are flush with Canadiana. Inspired by the regional landscape and history, these five longtime active members of Southwestern Ontario’s music scene write densely arranged songs reflecting themes of solitude, travel, and traditional Canadian mythology.
DAVE RUSSELL AND THE PRECIOUS STONES
Living on a river where everyone drowns.
Dave Russell has been a full-time musician in the most economically striven cities in Canada; Windsor, Ontario, for the past decade. Through the years he has been in numerous bands, but has always stayed true to his blue-collar, solo, singer-songwriter career as a conduit for his thoughts and feelings towards the past, love, loss, the present and the future.
Hoping better days are south-bound. Windsor, the place where Dave chooses to live and work, is the star of his new self-titled record. Written and recorded in the Rose City, the grit and hard-edges can be felt more clearly on this record, than on Dave’s previous releases.
If you stay the course, you’ll wear the crown. Dave can be found almost nightly in and around Windsor playing live in pubs and cafes. He has toured throughout Canada and plans to do more touring in the future.
With lyrics that explore: recipes, Greek myths, childhood memories, and Canadian folklore set to finger style acoustic guitar, Max Marshall is a unique addition to the Canadian folk music scene. As a veteran of the Ontario circuit, Marshall has performed with the likes of Ashley MacIsaac, Al Tuck, Kelly Hoppe (of Big Sugar), Kenneth and Marion Macleod, The Windsor Salt Band and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. Marshall is a private instructor of ragtime and fingerstyle guitar, and from 2003-2013, programmed the HuckleBerry Music Camp alongside Myron Moskalyk (former member of Lighthouse). In a performance that extends from soft introspection to boisterous country blues stomps, Max Marshall gives audiences a heartfelt, personal performance featuring an acoustic guitar style that is largely underexposed.
Ontario-based singer/songwriter Ron Leary is a captivating performer who’s sarcastic and self-effacing tone will have you laughing boisterously one second and then wondering if you should have the next. It’s usually his voice that people talk about the most, one that’s been compared to “an old bottle of whiskey – warm, with a little bite and a velvety finish.”
Indie-folk singer Annie Sumi spent the summer of 2015 growing her fan base, taking her sweet, soulful voice to stages big and small, and sharing a brand of musical storytelling that spans folk, roots and country-rock.
One radio interviewer described this young artist as an “old soul” which truly captures her spirit— like a traveling minstrel, she has a way of breathing in all the beauty of nature and the subtleties of life, and breathing out musical tales that speak in a familiar voice to those around her.
And when she strums her guitar and the words pour out, you can almost close your eyes and imagine a young Jewel or Carole King. “You really hope that people feel your songs and make a deep connection with your music,” Annie says. “When that happens, it’s magic, pure magic.”
Billboard’s Breakout Band at SXSW 2015; Winner of the Emerging Artist Series at Summerfest WI US Cellular Stage 2015; Winner of WYCE’s Album of the Year 2015; Winner of Red Hot Best Band MyNorth Magazine three years in a row… THIS is the band to watch.
Described as, “one of the most ground-breaking musical experiences one might just have in a lifetime” by Jonathan Frahm at Yahoo Voices, The Accidentals are just getting started.
After soaking up musical experiences in Toronto, Montreal, Phoenix, Austin and New York, roaming troubadour Nudie now hangs his Gibson guitar in Charlottetown, PEI. Why so much traveling? “That’s what the world’s for” quips Nudie, whose name is a nod to Nashville’s rhinestone cowboy tailor Nudie Cohn. Nudie’s decades long performing career has landed him on the stages of the Philadelphia, Montreal and Ottawa Folk Festivals, Willie Nelson’s end-of-tour party in 2006, a support slot with Marty Stuart & The Fabulous Superlatives, and official showcases at Folk Alliance and Americana Music conferences. His authentic songwriting style steeped in heartbreak and twang is captured on his 2008 debut with Nudie & The Turks, and 2 solo albums. His latest offering, Everything’s Different In The Night, is a collection of songs about relationships, and stories from the road, including “Mr. Why’d You Come To Texas”, a duet with Sylvie Smith (Evening Hymns) about not knowing how to two-step, and “Train You Took My Baby”, inspired by a trip across Canada. Nudie continues to captivate audiences with his upbeat and charismatic performances, with plans to tour throughout North America in 2016.
Anchored by the bluesy wail of electric guitars, the swell of B3 organ, and the harmonized swoon of voices that were born to mesh. At first listen, you might call it Americana. Winnipeg may be thousands of miles away from the Deep South, but don’t tell Juno Award Winner Joey Landreth. A kindred Spirit of Lowell George, Lyle Lovett and Ry-Cooder
Where does the sound come from? Maybe it’s in the blood.
THE GOOD LOVELIES
You’ve got a plan. It’s yours to make. It’s yours to break. You can own it, spin it, build it and smash it. You can write it down. You can shake it up. You can change your mind. You can burn the plan.
With Burn The Plan, a long-awaited new album, Good Lovelies are both fulfilling and defying their so-called musical destiny as a “folk trio.” What makes this Burn The Planspecial is that the band’s considerable strengths – winsome songwriting, impeccable vocals, and triangulated charisma – don’t tell the full story. There’s a new spirit of adventurousness that gives Burn The Plan an extra spark; the album is permeated with textures and tones from musical worlds away.
2011’s Juno-nominated Let The Rain Fall was the last time the Good Lovelies released a full-length studio album. It may not feel so long ago, since the band’s profile has continued to grow with awards, steady and sold-out touring, and a live album in between, but you can do a whole lotta living, loving and letting go in four years. For Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, four years has been the exact number of hours, moments and experiences needed to take the next step, to burn the plan.
Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneli- ness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers.
On stages in France, the UK and across Canada, Lightfoot has performed alongside heavyweights like Emmylou Harris, Ron Sexsmith, Gordon Lightfoot, Sloan, Arkells, Basia Bulat, Albert Lee, James Burton, Whitehorse, The Sadies,
Steve Strongman, Monster Truck and Daniel Lanois. She also stays busy as part of country band Dinner Belles.