Correction Notice: Sorry for the inconveince, but we have found a couple errors in this current release. The actual dates for the event are August 15-18, and not August 16-19. Also, the band name is Mile Twelve, not Mile 12.

We will be circulating this media release to the public on January, 16 2019.

Some links in this release will not be available until the release goes public.

Thank you all for your continued support in promoting the event!

Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES is coming off the best December ever for sales following the announcements that Jim Cuddy and his band, African roots-rockers Tal National, young American bluegrass wizards Mile 12, Canadian guitar hero Jack Semple, Celtic harp player Tristan Le Govic and Valdy will be appearing at the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds from August 15th thru 18th.

To break up the winter doldrums, ROOTSandBLUES brings music fans four more names that will inspire dreams of next summer's festival , sitting in front of the Shade, Blues, Barn and Main stages, soaking up great sounds.

ROOTSandBLUES is very pleased to announce the return of Irish Mythen, the woman with the amazing voice and equally amazing stage presence who can take an audience on a journey like few others. This Irish artist and entertainer, who has called Prince Edward Island home for some time, created a huge buzz at ROOTSandBLUES in 2017. As Liz Schwartz of the Philadelphia Folk Festival stated, "Irish opened her mouth and out flew a voice that came straight from the Heavens with all the power and the glory and the truth of someone destined to be a star."

Mythen returned to Salmon Arm for a Valentine's Day show in 2018,  and weeks before the show there was a long waiting list for tickets, such was the demand. Mythen has become so popular in the west that she is also making quick turnaround returns to both the Vancouver Island Music and Edmonton Folk Music Festivals. Catch her here while you can.

Last summer Ry Cooder returned to festival stages with an astoundingly great band, The Hamiltones.  The group has travelled the world, dazzling audiences from Africa to Australia.  Prior to hooking up with Cooder, The Hamiltones had been joking around one day , and they put an old-school spin on a popular rap song. No one thought much of it at the time, but later that day the clip was uploaded to Facebook where it reached nearly a million views in under 24 hours.  The Hamiltones continued to create quartet-styled renditions of popular songs, including the infamous Birdman Spoof "Put Some Respeck On It".  The clip went viral and helped the group begin the transition phase from the background to the forefront.  2018 was a phenomenal year for The Hamiltones.  Along with working alongside Cooder, the group was featured on 3 Grammy- nominated albums; PJ Morton's "Gumbo", Johnathan McReynolds' "Make Room", and Tori Kelly's "Hiding Place".  The Hamiltones will be a great addition to ROOTSandBLUES 2019 as a concert attraction and in workshops.

Birds of Chicago have been building up a major profile all over the western world the last few years. Playing main stages in England, the U.S. and Canada has recently been the order of the day. Built around the chemistry and fire between Allison Russell and JT Nero, and their rock-steady band, BOC tour hard. Russell and Nero played with different bands, (Allison with Po' Girl and Nero with JT and the Clouds,) before finding their way to each other in 2012. Nero, who writes the bulk of the songs, found himself a transcendent vocal muse in Russell, and the band honed its chops on the road, playing 200 shows a year.  Critically acclaimed albums Love in Wartime and Real Midnight kept Birds of Chicago in the spotlight the last couple of years, and ROOTSandBLUES will be keeping spotlights trained on BOC as they spread their music and message. That message, as Russell says, is, "we want to give people some good news. And we want them to be able to dance when they hear it."

Rounding out this release is the award-winning Garifuna Collective from the Central American country of Belize. The band consists of the best musicians in the fertile Garifuna music scene. They bring together the deep cultural roots of Garifuna music, mixed with modern grooves, arrangements, and instruments--unique hand drums, the "primera" and "segunda", turtle shells and jawbones, guitars and bass. The musicians create a powerful energy on stage, building hypnotizing rhythms that form the backbone for the haunting melodies and powerful vocals that characterize their music.
The lead singers of the current incarnation of the group reflect an intergenerational approach, women with striking voices and engaging personalities, whose songs echoed with the joys and sorrows they had experienced during their lives. 

Garifuna Collective has topped the world music charts in Europe, won a Juno with Danny Michel, and their disc with Andy Palacio was voted #1 World Music Album of All-Time on the Amazon website. They are guaranteed to have the Salmon Arm Fair Grounds pulsating all weekend long.

For complete info and tickets head to rootsandblues.com or phone the ROOTSandBLUES office at 250-833-4096

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