Women who call Canada home will be prominently featured at the 26th Annual ROOTS&BLUES Festival in Salmon Arm, which kicks off on Thursday August 16 and runs through Sunday August 19.

The festival is pleased to put the spotlight on four of these talented artists, and you can be sure some of them will be working together at workshops over the course of the festival.

Two of these leading ladies call B.C. home. In Kym Gouchie's case Prince George is home base, and from not far down the road is Pharis Romero from Horsefly, who will be appearing at ROOTS&BLUES with her husband Jason Romero.

From the Lheidli T'enneh Nation, Gouchie will be backed by her quartet, Northern Sky. A self-taught guitar player and a traditional hand drummer, she utilizes her eclectic background for inspiration, combining elements of traditional, folk and country to create a unique voice.

"Being invited back to the ROOTS&BLUES Festival will be the highlight of my 2018 summer tour. I am thrilled at the opportunity to share my new sound and new band, Northern Sky!  SARB holds a special place in my heart, not only because it takes place in my ancestral traditional territory but also because of the great memories that I have from past experiences," says Gouchie.

Pharis Romero's voice has become one of the most recognizable on the folk roots circuit thanks to a batch of terrific albums, including 2016's A Wanderer I'll Stay which earned Pharis and Jason a Juno.  Writing songs about ageless characters, hard lives, loss and love, Pharis has been heard on radios around the world. She was called a "historical treasure" by the BC Folklore Society. On stage from a very young age with her family's country band, classically trained and country schooled, she was a co-founder of the innovative roots-folk band Outlaw Social, before venturing out with Jason.  Pharis and Jason Romero will also have a new album's worth of material to present at ROOTS&BLUES '18, and that album is expected to hit the streets in May.

Ian Tyson has called Cindy Church one of his favorite singers period, and the veteran of  Quartette and Lunch At Allen's will bring her stunning vocal instrument and deep well of song to ROOTS&BLUES for the first time.

Whether singing hardcore country, a jazz standard or an original that defies categorization, this Juno award-winning artist always delivers the defining emotional essence of a song. Look for Church to be a force at ROOTS&BLUES '18 as many like-minded musicians will be chomping at the bit to collaborate and work with her on our workshop stages.

Rounding out this release is the youngest artist of the bunch. Sarah Jane Scouten who has been touted as one of Canada's rising stars in the world of Americana music.  With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement and a wealth of early country music, the three-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee is faithful to folk music traditions. Her latest album, When the Bloom Falls From the Rose, was recorded with veteran Canadian producer Andre Wahl (Hawksley Workman, Jill Barber) in 2017. And as was stated in the influential American roots mag No Depression, "Sarah Jane Scouten showcases a major talent and a whole lot of versatility on her third full-length album."  We look forward to playing host to these talented women, some of the finest homegrown talent we've ever heard.

The ROOTS&BLUES will be announcing another headliner on April 2, 2018 and we are so excited that it has been very difficult keeping this performer a secret!

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Next time you are shopping at Askew's in Salmon Arm, Sicamous and Armstrong, go and buy your groceries and a 26th Annual weekend pass!

Askew's is known for its community support and as a dedicated sponsor to many events and organizations in the Shuswap. Thank you Askew's for supporting our volunteers! 

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