Our Artists for 2023!
ARIELLA is an esoteric embodiment of sensory enlightenment, that an evening of music can be composed of Jazz, Blues, Bossa, Samba, Tango, Theater, Rock, Soul, and so much more, when the genre is love.
With elegant vocals by the charismatic Ariella McManus, a singer with emotional depth and a songwriter rich with breadth, she eloquently combines stunning melodies with transcendent grooves to create an immersive embrace. Teamed with guitar maestro, Nicolaas Kraster, a talented wunderkind from Fredonia, NY, that’s been compared to Ottmar Liebert, Paco de Lucía and Pat Metheny, the pair effortlessly craft an engaging path to the spiritual promised land. https://www.myariella.com
“ARIELLA has the very rare ability to deliver pure emotion
every time she sings. She’s a classic voice for our modern times.”
A Tale of Two
“A Tale Of Two wants to bring their records to life every time they perform… they do just that” – The Bluegrass Situation
Combining the best of Americana and blues melodies with timeless Southern storytelling, award winning vocalist Stephanie Adlington and guitarist Aaron Lessard draw influence from the likes of Tom Waits and Ray LaMontagne, along with bedrock artists such as Patsy Cline and Hank Williams Sr. Not unlike the artists who inspired them, the duo’s songs frequently dabble in stories of revenge, drinking and feature sinners of all stripes and persuasions.
Oozing an infectious stage presence and chemistry that carries over from the music to the back and forth banter between songs, “A Tale Of Two” offers a different kind of Americana – storytelling by a swampy pair of retro raconteurs spinning blues arias with soul, intrigue and power.
Peter Mulvey, a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made 20 records, spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana. Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past 25 years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience. www.petermulvey.com.
“Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores. A phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style. A joy to see.”
– The Irish Times
Singer-songwriter pianist Jeffery Straker grew up taking piano lessons in small-town Saskatchewan and has gone on to perform over 100 shows per year across Canada, Europe and Latin America. The rootsy storytelling of his songs has the power to transport a listener – out onto a lake in Canada’s North or to the main street of a prairie town. A clever lyricist with an energetic approach to the piano, his song writing has drawn critical comparisons to the likes of Harry Chapin, Kris Kristofferson & Billy Joel while maintaining a style distinctly his own. Recently he was awarded “Roots/Folk Artist of the Year” at both the 2020 & 2021 Saskatchewan Music Awards.
A musical vagabond, he’s toured internationally as far as The Netherlands, Mexico and Nunavut with tour stops ranging from intimate house concerts to theatre shows and festivals
The Rough & Tumble
(Playing the Showcase After-Party for VIP Guests)
The Rough & Tumble aren’t casual road dogs, but they aren’t letting on, either. From their upbeat, commanding stage presence and sharp banter, to their earworm melodies and heartstring lyrics, this dumpster-folk/thriftstore Americana duo refuses to bring the haggard road-worn stereotype to their audience– even though they’ve earned it.
After forming the group in 2011, Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler were feeling stuck by 2015, so they sold everything they could, bought a 16’ camper and hit the road. They’ve been touring ever since with their two 100lb rescue dogs, in spite of multiple burnt up axles, busted tires, and consistent water leaks. Songwriters and storytellers, the on-and-off-stage duo will have you in stitches one minute and falling apart at the seams the next. Joy and sorrow, comedy and drama all have the same punchline, it’s just the setup that’s different.
The Rough & Tumble’s voices fluctuate between power and delicacy, demonstrating restraint while sinking the accelerator to give each song its due. Their close-harmony weaves interchangeably. They aren’t afraid to take an audience from the lighthearted to the gut wrenching, and they do it seamlessly, with care for their listeners and integrity to their craft.