Crowne Plaza, Ottawa
October 14th to 17th, 2010
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Saturday - Noon to 1:55pm
Capitale Room

Hojo Sempre Sera
Moi Seul


12:00 pm

What happens when a group of players drops the notion of borders to merge talent from Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, and Trinidad to play an innovative musical hybrid of Afro-Brazilian, funk, hip-hop, and calypso --- sung in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese no less?! What happens is People Project! Unlike a band who may specialize in multiple genres, People Project is instantly distinguished by their ability to create a true mélange – all the more innovative for its progressive, multicultural – yet borderless – stance. People Project is a product of the heart – each player is driven by an all-encompassing love – and hope – for humanity, as reinforced by their highly personal and philosophical lyrics. "Uniting an array of instruments and influences, these troubadours travel the highways and byways of afrobeat, blues, jazz and funk. Intercultural, multilingual and cosmopolitan!" (Montreal Jazz Festival)


The Farm Auction
The Old Time Songs


12:25 pm

Scotland-born and now Canada-based, this legendary songsmith and CFMA winner was co-founder of the renowned Singers Club with Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, The Reivers, and The Exiles. At 70 years young, after setting recording aside for a mere 30 years, the lad returned to it with a vengeance, releasing 6 CDs in 9 years! We're certainly glad he did. Enoch's music is treasured by both traditional and contemporary music enthusiasts with a passion for story-songs, love & betrayal ballads, and gritty politics. While his songs are deeply rooted in the Scottish style, much of his subject matter is Canadian, giving his music a unique cultural blend. What's more is Enoch's natural storytelling style complemented by a ferocious wit! Catch music from his new CD, launched just 3 weeks ago!! And be prepared for bellyaching laughter!
"A folk artist of the finest order, a riveting performer and a compelling yarn spinner… a potent and enriching experience for all who listen." (Toronto Star)


Mines Went Down
Foie Gras


12:45 pm

Born in the swamp. Raised on the mountain. Worked in the mines. Play on the porch. Well, that's only true metaphorically. They don't actually have a porch. HOTCHA! (Beverly Kreller and Howard Druckman) nonetheless feel as though their music fits the description: Rustic, rural songs of work and faith, delivered with a vintage vibe and the energy of a runaway train. HOTCHA! creates a distinctive musical blend of old-time western, bluegrass, early swing and country gospel. When you listen to their music, you'll hear a unique combination of accordion and bodhran alongside gritty guitar, wailing harmonica and soaring vocal harmonies. "This debut is sure to bring a smile to your face and a rumble and shake to your legs that'll make you want to dance around the parlour with a properly chilled mint julep." (Chart Attack). “The spirit and influence of Woody Guthrie is palpable.” Mike Regenstreif (Sing Out!) Top 40 CBC Galaxie Folk/Roots Year end Chart 2009!


When We Go
God Pt. IV


1:10 pm

A self-described ‘bard of the topical song’, Jon is a songwriter dedicated to uniting folk song tradition with today’s stories, underscored by an uncanny ability to press his ear against the heartbeat and the soul of the times we live in. In only 4 years, Jon's been nominated twice for a Canadian Folk Music Award, been profiled on CBC's "The National", named the Musician to Watch in 2010 by the Toronto Star, garnered an OCFF Award, and won the NPR's Mountain Stage NewSong Contest. Jon's music is featured on Neil Young's Livingwithwartoday website and he also recently took home both the Kerrville New Folk Competition in Texas, a special spring round of the International Songwriting Competition, and placed as a Finalist in the Music2Life Contest (run by 'Paul' of 'Peter, Paul & Mary' fame).
"A man with a powerful and at times brutally clear-sighted vision, armed only with an acoustic guitar, a harmonica and a gritty ragged voice... a star in the making." (Maverick Magazine, UK)


Solitary Wave
Long Brown Hair


1:35 pm
Special Guest Appearance courtesy of the OCFF

From carpenter to songwriter – Since leaving construction and recording his debut Torn Screen Door in 1999 Scottish-born Canadian, David Francey is recognized as one of today’s finest singer-songwriters. His straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places with poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter. His honed songcrafting and ability to immediately connect with audiences have earned David three JUNOs, world wide tour opportunities, and the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award. David will be releasing a new CD spring of 2011.
"Francey has made a reputation for himself as one of Canada's most revered folk poets and singers… [His songs] are small and beautifully crafted pieces of work that have made Francey both a folk festival favourite and something of a latter-day Canadian poet laureate." (Greg Quill, The Toronto Star)

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