Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES is pleased to announce the workshop line-ups as well as the evening schedules for the 26th annual event.
The daytime workshops are a component that account for a major percentage of programming. Over the past few years these themed sessions have provided some incredible musical moments. The 2017 Cuban Sandwich workshop with the Alex Cuba Band and Jane Bunnett and Maqueque, as well as The Real Celtic Thunder set that brought Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder together with McGoldrick, McCusker and Doyle, immediately come to mind.
"We believe that audiences will be treated to some of the same explosive interaction this year," says ROOTSandBLUES artistic director Peter North.
"Blues fans will be dialed into a number of sessions. The finale in the Barn on Friday night is a giant session called Harpdog Brown & Big Dave's Juke Joint that will have a rotating cast trying to one up each other. We're presenting a tribute to the sixties British Blues Invasion on Saturday afternoon, and Colin James will participate in a blues workshop on Sunday afternoon titled Bombs Away with ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Rick Vito.
"The Shade stage on Saturday starts off with acoustic workshops that have that potential for some magic. Trad folk fans will hear the great Martin Simpson, and fellow Brit folkies Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage in a session with three members of the Paperboys. Geoffrey Kelly of The Paperboys, who also founded of Spirit of the West, will host the session Who Knows Where the Time Goes," said North who programmed a session titled Stories Behind The Songs with Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Kym Gouchie and Sarah Jane Scouten as a follow-up. The Balkan Blitz session hosted by Oktopus, and Smokies on the Water featuring The Lil Smokies and Steve Dawson should also produce some instrumental combustion in the Barn.
A complete look at the Festival schedule and workshops can be found by clicking
(Link may not be active until release goes public).
ROOTSandBLUES is also pleased to announce that Kelowna's Under the Rocks is the winner of the 2018 Creative Okanagan/ROOTSandBLUES-sponsored Inside The Festival, talent contest.
Following on the heels of 2017 winners, Tiger Moon, Under the Rocks is Chloe Davidson, Jordan Klassen, Chris Baxter and James Prescott. Devoted bluegrass disciples, Under the Rocks has been playing craft breweries, and community celebrations such as Parks Alive in Kelowna. KelownaNow's Savannah Bagshaw recently wrote that the music of Under the Rocks "has become the soundtrack to Kelowna."
Under the Rocks will be heard during the ROOTSandBLUES, including the Thursday night Music Crawl (Salmon Arm Legion) and a workshop on Saturday morning (Morning Smile).