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2018 Living roots Festival

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The Living roots music festival are proud to present their 3rd installment May 24-26 In Fredericton New Brunswick, 2017 saw 45 acts form all over the world perform at 9 different venues, including Breweries, Pubs,cafes, bars, A barbershop, and a church.
This years fest will look very similar.
A very limited number of early bird passes ($60)  will go on sale This Friday Jan  19 at 10 AM, Atlantic, through, online or at a ticket kiosk located at Grimross brewery or Graystone brewery in Fredericton
regular advanced passes will goon sale Friday March 23 at 10 Am Atlantic, as well as individual show tickets.
Ticket link:  to come, check FB event

The Idea is to have multiple musicians/acts playing multiple shows at different venues over three day. focusing on acoustic, roots and folk music but not limited to. open to all styles. pairing up local acts with touring musicians. and promoting local businesses.
"We are focused on bringing in great artists that are not household names and we encourage people to look theses artists up and seek out the show, introduce a friend to them hang out with the artist. we try to encourage the acts to stay in town for the duration of the festival , take in our city. we will have some returning acts from last year that just fell in love with Fredericton and the people here that asked to come back right away. You will of course see a lot of our local favorites as well and will be pairing these up for some great collaborations."

Irish Mythen - Ireland/PEI
This vocal powerhouse will blow you away! You've heard the buzz, now hear the artist!’
Irish will perform, Friday May 25 at Grimross Brewing co.

True power inspires awe, and Irish Mythen packs a lot of it – lyrical, musical, and personal – into a relatively small frame.

Mythen is a globetrotting troubadour – an Irish-born, contemporary Canadian folk artist who’s been amassing accolades and achievements across several continents over the years. Her presence and charisma simply command attention, and regardless of where she takes the stage, she delivers a sonic and emotional experience that transcends language and location; that reaches the very core of what connects us. It’s an experience that, in recent years, has earned her spots performing alongside Rod Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot, and Lucinda Williams and billings on major festival stages the world over.

Following a pair of earlier EPs, Irish cemented her spot as a performing powerhouse with her first two full-length offerings – 2008’s Sweet Necessity and 2011’s Open Here; however, it’s since moving to Prince Edward Island and releasing her latest collection – a self-titled, statement-making third LP in 2014 – that she’s propelled herself to an impressive new plateau.

The ECMA 2015 Roots Album of the Year perfectly couples the two poles of her sonic sphere: a universally engaging and accessible brand on contemporary folk with a tinge of more traditional Celtic influence that stems from her proud heritage. The result is a sound that’s truly timeless and transcending, anchored by her dominant and dynamic vocal prowess.

Irish draws her inspiration from all over. “It’s the people I’ve met, the colour and shape of the land, the fact that you spend much of this life alone on the road…” she shares. “All these things have crept into my songs.”

The whirlwind of opportunities she’s enjoyed since her last release – from new places visited to some high-profile creative collaborations – has certainly informed her recent output. “I think it’s translated into a more mature form of writing,” the artist muses – “much more about the sound and mood of the album. I’ll always be a wordsmith,” the accomplished lyricist adds, “but the other facets of my art have grown.”

Perhaps most significant of those other facets is her live show – an impactful and impressive tour-de-force that finds Irish combining her contemporary and catchy anthems with traditional tunes borrowed from her homeland. All are woven together with a signature blend of edgy humour and heartfelt storytelling while her presence and performance magnetically draw eyes and ears towards the small-statured powerhouse on stage.

“I want them to feel like it was not just about the music, but an overall experience,” Irish says about what she hopes to deliver to her audience. “I love feeding off of crowd and interacting with them. That’s why I rarely have set lists; I like to see and feel the audience and give them what they want.”

She must be doing just that, as Irish has established herself as a staple at events like the Mariposa Folk Festival and Folk Alliance International Conference, and others continue to call. In just the last 12 months, Irish has closed out the Philadelphia Folk Festival, performing after the iconic Lyle Lovett, and had tens of thousands in her hands at Australia’s Woodford Folk Festival. On the back of the latter performance, she was even handpicked to open for Melissa Etheridge’s 2016 Australian run.


Bad Strangers - Vancouver, BC 

Will perform Thursday and Friday of the festival


Cassidy and Cory have both been using songwriting to understand their lives for years; not always easy, but certainly rewarding. Cassidy’s haunting autoharp and sultry vocals combined with Cory’s tasty guitar and magnetic stage presence create the foundation for their honest and heartfelt songs. From truthful ballads to gritty room-shakers, their goal is to connect and allow themselves to be vulnerable, creating a safe space for you to be vulnerable too. Their chemistry and harmonies will suck you in, but the sincerity in their words will make you stay. 

Outside I'm a giant - Hull, QC
Will perform all 3 days of the festival

Floating down from the upper Gatineau, the haunting ethereal sounds of Outside I'm a Giant carry homage to the balladry of Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot, steering towards scintillating instrumental arrangements. 

Based in Hull, Quebec, the Ambient Folk trio Outside I'm a Giant was founded in early 2016 by Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist, Jérémi Pierre Caron. Jérémi called upon members of previous projects, combining the talents of two multi-instrumentalist,  Samuelle Desjardins and long-time collaborator Pascal Desgagné to make Outside I'm a Giant one of the more promising bands to come out of the Gatineau hills.  

Although being a relatively new project, the band has quickly attracted a following on both sides of the Ottawa River through captivating performances in music venues such as The Black Sheep Inn and Ottawa CityFolk Festival 2016 as well as live radio performances on the CKCU’s Canadian Spaces, The Brew on CKCU and Indie City Madness. 

La Fabrique Culturelle, Télé-Québec, featured Outside I’m a Giant in a video interview in their new discoveries cultural series.

While preparing their debut album, Outside I'm a Giant took their music on the road this past year. The trio performed in Toronto at the Horseshoe Tavern, in Orillia as part of the Mariposa Folk Festival auditions and toured the East Coast in the summer of 2017. This first tour which brought them from Montreal to Halifax, allowed Outside I'm a Giant to be noticed by broadcasters from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The trio performed at the Tay Creek Folk Festival in New Brunswick where immediate plans were made to return in 2018. 

Their debut album, Point Comfort, was released Oct. 7, 2017 to an appreciative, sold-out audience at the Blacksheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec.  East coast and Ontario tours are planned in support of this album in 2018.