2022 Folkus Concert Series Lineup

Yes, there will be a full season of four concerts this coming season! We’ve all been waiting for this. Read on for full details!

Our lineup this year is a bit like a wedding: something old, something new, something delicate, and something blue. We’re bringing back the artists who couldn’t play for us in our last season, and livening up a our lineup with a few new artists as well.

Season passes, single in-person, and online streaming tickets are available for sale online through Tickets Please.

Please note that Ontario’s COVID restrictions will change once again, as of March 21st. We will no longer be screening for vaccination certificates at the door. We do ask that patrons who don’t feel well stay home (anyone can swap a regular ticket for a streaming link — just ask!), and exercise all the care and consideration they would for friends and neighbours. We will no longer be requiring masks; however, the Health Unit still advises that masks are still excellent protection in close quarters, and we want people to feel comfortable wearing them if they so choose.

NOTE: Our concert originally scheduled for January 29th will now take place on June 4th: The Pairs & Tragedy Ann (Double Bill)

February 26, 2022

Shawna Caspi w sg Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya

Shawna Caspi is a singer, poet, painter and fingerstyle guitarist. Blessed with a warm, supple voice, and mistress of fingerstyle guitar thanks to hundreds of hours of practice, Caspi is known for her incisive, clever, song writing and warm presence on stage. Caspi – a connector of curious humans – spent years on the road playing solo shows at festivals and in concert halls, train cars, backyards, and living rooms, drawing energy from shifting landscapes and long drives through Canada and the United States. Shawna returns with her fifth album, Hurricane Coming, a collection of raw, deeply personal songs set against a backdrop of colourful cinematic soundscapes. Shawna also created a series of abstract paintings inspired by the songs on the album, seamlessly combining her work as a musician and visual artist.

Opening for Shawna Caspi is Amanda Lowe Warnakulasuriya. Born in Sri Lanka, raised on Prince Edward Island, and based in Ottawa, Amanda writes enchanting and heartbreaking experimental-folk music. Blending in her folk roots from both islands that raised her, she builds sentient walls of sound that help you grieve and love, making you feel both nostalgic and at home, all at once. With a voice like honey, Amanda breaks your heart open, only to make you feel whole again.

March 26, 2022

Julian Taylor w sg Catriona Sturton

Julian Taylor is a songwriter at the top of his game, garnering a recent CFMA Solo Artist of the year, and was a Polaris Prize nominee for 2021. The Ridge, his latest recording, is a tender and heartfelt exploration of childhood and family, and finds the artist at his most reflective. Taylor is an artist who defies genre, but this latest recording takes us back to his roots, evoking his childhood soundtrack of Lightfoot, The Band, and his grandfather’s classic country records, while being true to his own path as leader of multiple bands. Of West Indian and Mohawk descent, Taylor first made his name as frontman of Staggered Crossing in the early 2000s. These days, however, the soulful singer/guitarist might be on stage one night playing with his eponymous band, spilling out electrified rhythm and blues glory, and the next he is at a folk festival delivering a captivating solo singer-songwriter set. In everything he does, Taylor has carved his own path, creating genre-free music with a generosity of spirit and a strong belief in the healing powers of song. We are lucky to have him for such an intimate performance.

Catriona Sturton is a multi-instrumentalist tour de force, bringing a sometimes tender, sometimes comic sensibility to her songs about mysteries, the blues, cats, and late night calls.

April 30, 2022

Ian Sherwood w sg Evangeline Gentle

Ian Sherwood is a singer-songwriter, storyteller, and multi-multi-instrumentalist. He is charming in person and funny as heck on stage between songs. “A born story teller and a constant creator, his music dances the line between folk and pop. His live performances thrive on intimacy. Whether it’s a theatre show or large festival stage, his persona is irresistible and completely destroys fourth walls.”

Opening for Ian Sherwood will be Evangeline Gentle, a rising star from Peterborough. Evangeline brings a stunning voice and introspective song writing to the stage. Their self-titled LP was recorded just down the road at Jim Bryson’s Fixed Hinge Studios.

June 4, 2022 (NEW DATE)

The Pairs & Tragedy Ann (Double Bill)

We really wanted to put these two bands on our stage because they absolutely love to sing, and they bring a delightful energy to the stage.

Tragedy Ann are based in Guelph. With intimacy and care, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan favour a flashlight over a spotlight in songs for community, nature, and hardworking hospital staff. Braiding organic vocal harmonies with accordion, singing saw, guitars, and ukulele, Tragedy Ann’s arrangements are as delicate as they are driving.

The Pairs are a joyous and energetic female-fronted folk-pop group hailing from London, Ontario. Led by the powerhouse (classically trained) vocals of Renee and Noelle Coughlin and Hillary Watson. They are backed by recovering punk drummer Steve Plimmer. The Pairs create acoustic harmony pop tunes grounded in unique rhythms that will hug your ear drums and inspire you to dance.

As we’ve mentioned before, things are going to look a little different this year for Folkus. We hope to see you at our shows, and we’re looking forward to having live music in the Almonte Old Town Hall again.

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