The Modern Grass is a collective of musicians who all have some obsession with days gone by, contrasted with a vision for the future. Born in early 2011 in Halifax, they have since released five albums and toured the nation extensively and relentlessly. The group’s latest award-winning album, High on the Mountain, explores new territory in folk, roots, and bluegrass music. It shares forms and ideas from musical styles of the past, and tells the stories of a modern day troubador.
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Bill and John Pellerin are brothers who were born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Bill started dancing at six years of age and John at four. When he was ten, John also began playing fiddle. Their father, Kenneth, played fiddle for dances for years in the Antigonish area. Their roots go deep in Cape Breton tradition as well. Their grandmother on their mother’s side is a Beaton from the Mabou Coal Mines. Dancing and fiddling has brought both Bill and John throughout Canada, USA and Ireland.
Raz de marée (Tidal Wave) is a unique traditional music ensemble on the Quebecois folk music scene. Composed of accomplished musicians, the ensemble has evolved since 2004 primarily as a dance band, infusing them with the original essence of traditional instrumental music: to make people dance. Raz de Marée—whose members come from Quebec (Sabin Jacques on accordion and violin Eric Favreau), Acadie (Rachel Aucoin on piano and vocals) and New England (Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo)—invites cultures to meet and share a passion for traditional music and dance. Raz de Marée reveals a deeply rooted music, authentic and heartfelt. Relying primarily on a traditional repertoire, their music is contagiously energetic and sensitive.
For 30 years Paul Cranford has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Cape Breton’s musical heritage. Over the years Paul has published thousands of tunes in printed collections, weekly newspaper columns and online. He learned tunes and techniques visiting older Cape Breton fiddlers and honed his skills while working in isolation as a lighthouse keeper. These days, in addition to his solo performances, he plays with the local group Rocky Shore. Also a prolific composer, Paul’s tunes are played in sessions worldwide and can be heard on many recordings.
Peter is a tremendous fiddler from Denmark, calling the island of Fanoe home. A highly regarded traditional player with almost 40 years of experience, he has played and instructed many notable musicians, including Artist in Residence, Harald Haugaard! Along with his musical wife and daughter, he has played for many traditional folk dances over the years. Performing at the festival with Peter is the noted accordionist, Ole Mouritzen. Together, they will be a welcome addition to the festival!