This will be our 10th Home Routes Season but Home Routes is celebrating their 12th Anniversary this year!! An amazing lineup of musicians this year to come see! We are so excited to continue being part of this non-profit organization. We hope you can attend a concert at our store. Enjoy a coffee & homemade dessert, great music and an evening out on the town.
*** 2018/2019 Concert Dates
Wednesday, Sept. 19th: E-T-E, Quebec Trio
Thursday, Oct. 18th: Bill & Kate Isles, MN (Singer/Songwriter/Folk/Country)
Friday, Nov. 16th: Max Marshall, ON (Folk/Country Blues/Ragtime)
Saturday, Feb. 2nd: BluesReel, QC (Blues/Celtic Grooves)
Monday, March 4th: Lula Wiles, MA (Trio) (Country/Old Time/Contemporary Indie Folk Rock)
Tuesday, April 2nd: Winona Wilde, ON (Contemporary Folk/Folk Blues/Humour/Singer Song Writer)
Doors Open 7:30 p.m.; Concert Starts at 8 p.m.
$20/Ticket; 12 & Under Free with Adult
** Desserts and drinks for sale at intermission.
*Home Routes is a non-profitable organization. All ticket fees are paid to the musicians!
Home Routes is a wonderful opportunity for artists to put down roots in new communities, and for local audiences to make new musical discoveries. Ticket prices are set by Home Routes and all the ticket sales goes directly back to the musician.
As we have limited space - Advance Tickets are recommended! Ticket prices are set by Home Routes and all money gets paid to the artist.
Home Routes operates 14 house concert touring circuits across Canada, from YT to PEI. House concerts are a North American tradition that developed within the folk-roots milieu to introduce artists to wider audiences. During the 1950’s “folk boom” a significant number of young people began to choose “folk singing” as their profession. With the number of talented performers by far exceeding the number of places to play, house concerts remain a significant part of the music scene.Home Routes brings small communities professional artists of exceptional talent who would otherwise perform only in theatres, concert halls and folk festivals in urban markets. With almost no physical separation between artist and audience, a house concert is an intimate experience for everyone. Casual, comfortable and unpretentious, house concerts are fun and very often, inspirational events that create lasting memories.
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Genre: Musique traditionnelle québécoise / Québec Traditional MusicHomebase: Quebec
Short Biography: É-T-É was born from the meeting of three young musicians from classical, jazz and traditional Quebec backgrounds. This new musical formation proposes a repertoire of traditional tunes from here and elsewhere as well as original compositions with a young, unique and varied sound mixing violin, cello, bouzouki, voice, podorythmie and jig. Winner at the 2017 Grand Prix Desjardins de la Cultures de Lanaudière in the Emergence category, the group also won the Audience Award at Cabaret Festif! of the 2018 Relève in Baie-Saint-Paul.
Performers:Élisabeth GirouxÉlisabeth MoquinThierry Clouette
Website: http://www.etetrio.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/etetriotradYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IokaDvcIkYcBandcamp: https://etetrio.bandcamp.com/releases
Genre: Acoustic Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller DuoHomebase: MN
Short Biography: Bill & Kate Isles are a nationally-touring singer/songwriter duo based in Duluth, MN. In 1993, Bill was a rare survivor of Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Instead of ending his life, it jump-started his creative energies, resulting in a 150 show-per-year itinerary, presenting his profoundly meaningful songs. He is joined by his wife, co-writer, and musical collaborator, Kate. Her gentle presence, luscious vocals and intuitive harmonies have endeared her to audiences. Words like “Transcendent” and “Mesmerizing” and “Slapstick” are among the descriptions of their concerts and fans of all ages tell of listening to their albums over and over again. Their artistic motto is “It’s all about the audience”. This plays out as listeners find themselves in the songs, as the lyrics, carried by memorable tunes, dance through their imaginations, stirring up the dust of forgotten memories. Using a variety of musical styles, they focus on tight harmonies and compelling lyrics. It is not uncommon for audience members to experience widely varied emotional responses to their songs. One song may draw tears as they sing of a woman with Alzheimer’s, dancing, in her mind, with her husband of 50 years, not knowing that he has recently passed. Soon after, the audience may find themselves in stitches as the Isleses share their quirky and unique “The Sutra (comma) Minnesota Polka”. Along the way, there are visions of the prairies of Nebraska, childhood losses, adult losses, Michelangelo scoping out the Sistine Chapel project, finding love later in life, and, of course, Bill’s classic, and much-covered, song about his grandfather, “Hobos in the Roundhouse”. There’s comedy, opportunities to sing along, spiritual journeying. But they no longer include magic acts in their shows. Bill explains, “The only magic routine I could master was making the audience disappear.” But, there will still be a lot of “magic”.Highlights: Bill and Kate currently have five full-length CDs 2009 Matching Baggage - Bill & Kate Isles 2010 Early Risers - Bill Isles 2011 Still Beneath the Stars and Moon - Bill & Kate Isles 2015 From Home - Kate Isles 2018 Morning Sketchbook - Bill Isles
Website: http://www.billandkateisles.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/billandkateisles/?ref=br_rsYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/billislesmusic/videos
Genre: FolkHomebase: ONShort Biography: Born in Windsor, Ontario, and currently based in Essex County, Max Marshall has performed publicly since childhood and in live music venues since the age of 14. With time spent at the University of Windsor for Classical and Jazz upright bass as well as Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland for Folklore studies, Marshall has 10+ years of experience as a music educator, and has a passion for stories from the vast palate of the Canadian folk identity. Heavily influenced by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt and Dave Van Ronk, Marshall has chosen finger style acoustic guitar as his medium with a preference for folk/country blues/ragtime as his true musical purpose. In a performance that extends from soft introspection to frenzied, bluesy, interpretations, Max Marshall gives audiences a heartfelt, personal performance, featuring a guitar style that is largely underexposed. With years of touring Central and Eastern Canada under his belt, 2017 was a game changer for Marshall; performing 200+ shows including his Central and Eastern Canadian route, rural Quebec, a successful tour of the U.K., as well as an Official Showcase slot at the Folk Music Ontario Conference, his day job has been left behind and this proud father of two has an album release, summer folk festival appearances and extensive touring of Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba to look forward to in 2018.
Website: https://maxmarshall.orgFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/MaxMarshallsMusic/YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC87wH0Fbn_rREHJ4dLLqbMABandcamp: https://maxmarshall.bandcamp.com/
Highlights: 2018 HIGHLIGHTS
Canadian Songwriting Competition SEMI FINALIST Song: “The Oak Island. Money Pit” Category: Canadiana
Opening act for SARAH HARMER April 28 in Cold Springs, Ontario
NEW ALBUM FALL 2018
TESTIMONIALS "Max Marshall's clever picking, and playful melodies lifted hearts and got toes tapping. A pleasure to listen to and a joy to spend the afternoon with." Rod Strickland founder and organizer of Pelee Island unplugged folk festival
"You can hire someone to maintain your crowd or you can hire someone to entertain them. With Max, you get both." Chris Mickle, founder and organizer of The Fork and Cork Music Festival (Windsor)
Genre: Folk Roots BluesHomebase: QCShort Biography: BluesReel is a harmonica and guitar duo unlike any you have heard. Inspired by the folk tradition from both sides of the Atlantic, John Kerkhoven (harmonica, voice) and Patrick Hutchinson (guitar, voice) take you on a musical journey of tunes, blues and original compositions, played with unabashed enthusiasm. They are motivated by a desire to create new music in the spirit of the roots traditions they so love and respect.
Their collaboration began in 2010, sitting in on each other's sets at various events, which eventually led to making regular appearances together and adopting the name BluesReel. In 2016, they launched their first CD, Riverfield, recorded mostly live off the floor in a 200-year-old wooden farmhouse which perfectly suited the organic and atmospheric nature of their music. They are currently working out material for their second release.
Members of the Group
John Kerkhoven began his musical career in his mid-forties. He built up his chops busking in the metro and on the streets of Montreal. He has performed with some of Montreal’s top blues and roots musicians. In addition to his role in BluesReel, John is a member of the blues and jazz quartet Mojo Vipers. He is an accomplished harmonica player, motivated by the possibilities of the instrument. His palette extends from blues, Celtic and Americana folk, to popular song, rock ’n roll, jazz and world music, including collaborations with flamenco and tap dancers. He performs solo and participates regularly at the Harmonica A Cappella nights in Montreal.
Patrick Hutchinson grew up hearing traditional & folk music from his parents; as well as the rock, punk, reggae and soul of his own generation in the UK in the 70s. Emigrating to Montreal in the 70s, he played in ska & reggae bands in the 80s, recorded several albums and toured nationally with folk/rock/soul duo Bare Bones in the 1990s; and since the turn of the millennium has performed and recorded with eclectic world-folk trio Swift Years. He has co-hosted Celtic sessions in Montreal for more than twenty years. Ry Cooder and Richard Thompson are two of his major inspirations, for their innovative and individual approaches to roots music.Highlights: Since the release of Riverfield in 2016, BluesReel has been steadily expanding its fan base beyond Montreal to the surrounding regions in Quebec, to the Ottawa area and to Toronto’s WinterFolk Festival. They are looking forward to taking their music still further afield!
Patrick and John are currently working on material for their second CD; some of this new material is already featured in their live performances.
Their greatest pleasure is to delight their audiences who invariably remark upon the broad musical palate of sounds they create, the blend from blues to Celtic and back again, and the easygoing and enthusiastic complicity they convey in their performances.
Website: http://www.bluesreel.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/BluesReel-365274603865701/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITLKQjxwGMA&index=14&list=PLmDpygWbRMy41GEYOqvI85TwRD_wBTJnWBandcamp: https://bluesreel.bandcamp.com/releasesSoundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/john-kerkhoven/sets/bluesreel-o-riverfield
Genre: FolkHomebase: MAShort Biography: Lula Wiles is a band deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by powerful three-part vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. They deliver love songs that are at once defiant and heartsick, as well as new contributions to the folk ballad canon and timely explorations of what it means to live in America today. Drawing from the deep wells of traditional old-time music, classic country, and contemporary indie-folk-rock songwriting and arranging, Lula Wiles melds diverse influences to create a sound all their own. The three band members deftly swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with Ellie Buckland (vocals/guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/guitar/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/bass) each contributing their own singularly expressive vocals, instrumental lines, and songwriting. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited and emotionally resonant live show. If you ask them about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn through the band’s collaboration with producer/guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album represents Lula Wiles’ exploration of the space where traditional folk meets modern songwriting and production. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the album “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.” Their sophomore album will be announced later this year. Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their electrifying musical chemistry and alchemic vocal harmonies. Now based in Boston's thriving and close-knit roots music community, they’ve recently expanded their touring territory to Canada and Europe, and have shared stages with artists like the Wood Brothers, Aoife O’Donovan, Darlingside, Sarah Jarosz, and Tim O’Brien. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.
Website: http://www.lulawiles.comFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/lulawilesband/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt2whz4m52WRiovR0Mu-RxQSoundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/lulawiles
Highlights: "This album is a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless. From rich swells of fiddles to powerful honky-tonk guitar, all anchored by rocking bass, this album delivers one gem after another. In an age where so much music feels trite and phoned in, Lula Wiles emerges with their own unique blend of honest lyrics and gorgeous singing. Do yourselves a favor and listen to this record. Or better yet, see a live show." – Aoife O'Donovan
"These young women [...] will be a huge force on the Americana music scene for many years to come. The chemistry they bring to the stage is a joy to behold." – No Depression
"The harmonies, the attitude, the musicianship. These 3 young ladies absolutely KILL it and do so without breaking a sweat... This trio is probably my personal favorite new act of the year." – Red Line Roots
---- TOUR HIGHLIGHTS: Opening tour for Aoife O'Donovan Fall 2016, Germany Bluegrass Jamboree Tour Fall 2017, Green River Festival Music Festival, Grey Fox Music Festival, Fresh Grass Music Festival
--- UPCOMING RELEASE: "What Will We Do" - Sophomore album, out in late 2018, record label TBD
Short Biography: 2017 KERRVILLE NEW FOLK WINNER -Texas 2017 COLLEEN PETERSON AWARD WINNER -Ontario 2015 BC MUSICIAN MAGAZINE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR -British Columbia
Just your run of the mill, post-structuralist cowgirl Americana…
Winona Wilde is an artist we need to hear, now more than ever. On her third album, Wasted Time, the much-travelled Canadian singer/songwriter continues to redefine the image of the troubadour, with heartbreaking wit and honesty.
“Wilde, whose real name is Noosa Al-Sarraj, fell in love with country music thanks to a nanny she had as a kid. Her kickass songwriting abilities led to win an award at the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk competition this year—one of few Canadians to do so, and certainly the first of Iraqi descent.” -Sarah Boesfeld, Flare Magazine (Top 10 New Country Artists)
Al-Sarraj produced Wasted Time herself, working at engineer John Dinsmore’s Toronto studio, Lincoln County Social Club. She played most of the instruments as well, with contributions by Toronto-based friends made on the road. In fact, Al-Sarraj cut the basic tracks live, in a single 10-hour session. It was a clear indication of the confidence she had in the material.
“The award-winning and steadily touring folk artist's honest writing definitely does shine here — defiantly so.” - Peter Ellman, Exclaim (8/10)
The songs indeed capture Al-Sarraj’s musical philosophy of “trying to strike a balance between freaking people out and speaking directly to their hearts,” from opening track “Pincushion Soldier,” an aching lament for a woman afflicted with post-partum psychosis, to “The Night That Joel Got Shot,” a modern gender reversal of the traditional murder ballad. Al-Sarraj attributes some of this dark subject matter to revisiting albums by Tool and Nine Inch Nails, which were also a big part of her youth. At the same time, Wilde injects some cutting humour with “Chick Singer,” a song that every female musician will immediately identify with through its sing-along chorus of, “You’ve got to work twice as hard, be twice as good, and get paid half as much as you know you should.”
As a fiercely independent artist, Al-Sarraj certainly understands the rules of the game. But along with the many friends and allies she has made around North America, she’s become committed to the cause of making country music that sounds both old and new... and looking good while doing it.
Web: http://winonawilde.comFacebook: http://www.facebook.com/winonawildeYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pb2yG2eFnsWebsite: http://www.winonawilde.comBandcamp: http://winonawilde.bandcamp.com