RICK SCOTT is his own unique genre. Rooted in folk and blues, inspired by Broadway musicals, Pete Seeger, and Danny Kaye, Rick’s joyous mix of music, storytelling, and humour delights audiences from four generations. He has performed in nine countries, and released 18 award-winning recordings honoured with three Junos and a Canadian Folk Music Award. Singer, songwriter, and dulcimer ace, Rick hails from Nanaimo, and currently serves as Goodwill Ambassador for Downe Syndrome Research Foundation. He has recently released his musical story extravaganza and songbook, The Great Gazoon.
COUSINS are Invermere guitar virtuoso John Cronin and his equally talented American cousin Mac Walter. They have collaborated on two albums, “Cousins” and “Second Cousins” which include several of John’s original compositions. With their eclectic range and fancy picking, these consummate musicians excel in country swing, traditional jazz, folk, pop, rock, calypso, salsa, and beyond. John and Mac are not easily categorized. They boldly venture wherever the muse leads them.
THE CUMBERLAND BROTHERS are a young duo from Cumberland, near Comox on Vancouver Island. Archie Pateman, co-founder of Vancouver roots band, The Breakmen, and fiddle sensation, Jack Roland specialize in brother style harmony. They surround their break-your-heart vocals with the simple but proficient support of guitar, banjo and fiddle. Their sets include a mix of old country songs, and original (but timeless) tunes penned by Pateman. They released their debut album in July of 2013. Though they are relatively new to the scene, their old-time roots and bluegrass roots go deep.
THE STATIC SHIFT appeared last year at Steamboat under the name Stone of Nowhere. Since then, Yamaha Music has sponsored them to tour and record their original tunes. Last winter, while producing their first CD, they decided to change their name to reflect their musical growth. This Calgary trio features sixteen and seventeen-year-olds: Mitchell Brady on guitar, Keon Friesen on bass, and Isaiah Stonehouse on drums. With influences like Colin James, and Stevie Ray Vaughn, and their own songs, these young musicians have won loyal fans on both sides of the Great Divide.
LOS MORENOS draw their influences from the Gypsy Kings, Juan DeMarcos, and Carlos Santana. When they appeared on the Steamboat stage last year, their infectious world beat tunes got everyone up get up dancing. Los Morenos come to us from Calgary, but their roots are firmly planted in Latin America. Mauricio Moreno on guitar, Richard Madrid on guitar and vocals, Henry Insell on bass, Juan Carlos Gonzalez on percussion and trumpet, Stephen Williams on sax and keys, and Luis Tovar on drums and percussion combine their talents to present a jazz-funk, rumba, flamenco salsa that is irresistible.
DICK DAMRON & THE STONEY CREEK BAND toured through western Canada with Edgewater legend, the late Dennis LaRochelle. The fond memory of this connection brings Dick and his band to Steamboat. Dick has released over a dozen acclaimed albums over his long career. He has won countless awards for his music, including three Junos, and he has been named into both the US and Canadian Country Music Halls of Fame. Dick is a proud son of Bentley, Alberta, brought up in country traditions. From these rural roots, Dick’s compositions reach out to universal themes of love, spiritual longing, and celebration. With his unique, authentic voice, Dick Damron is a true Canadian treasure.
AMUSE TROUPE is a cirque/improv company from Golden. They have become a popular feature at many community events around the Columbia Valley, including last year’s Steamboat Festival.
BILL CROPPER is well known as the festival’s emcee, and his band Smarty Pants played Steamboat last summer. This Wilmer singer-songwriter’s humorous, ironic observations always work their way into his songs.
THE HALFSACKS played both previous Steamboat festivals. They have won fans at Music on Main, and at festivals all around BC. With over 60 original songs and two CDs to their credit, this group includes Christopher Howse on rhythm guitar and vocals, Scott Ivers on lead guitar and vocals, Todd White on bass and vocals, and Peter Harding on drums.
SIOFRI, a Celtic Invermere family band starts with four O’Sullivans: Parents Pat on guitar and banjo, and Leisa on bass, flutes and whistles, joined by their teenaged sons Liam on guitar and percussion, and Tomas on mandolin and dobros. From beyond the family, they include Bernie Evans on concertina and bodrun, and Joe Hildez on guitar and percussion. Although the band appeals to all generations, the talented O’Sullivan lads give Siofri’s music a young and edgy sound.
COMBO AKIMBO, a bluesy, jazzy, good-time trio has been delighting local audiences since the 1980s. This Invermere band’s cool groove cuts its way straight to the heart. Lead vocalist Deb Ede has a deep, soulful voice that is smooth as butterscotch. Guitar wiz and songwriter Kurt Reichel lays down rhythms and sings harmony, while sax man Brian Hoffos blows perfect punctuation to complete the Combo’s distinctive musical style.
THE BRUISE BROS are father and son Marty and Eli Beingessner. From a musical family spanning many generations, Marty learned his first licks from his own daddy Martin and from Edgewater’s legendary Dennis LaRochelle back in the 1970s. Twenty-year-old Eli learned his first licks from his dad Marty. While Marty specializes in classic country, Eli leans more towards blues, writes his own tunes and has just released his second CD.
BEARD’S CREEK, Kathy Ferguson on bass and Glen McRuer on guitar, are a seasoned bluegrass duo from Parson who played both pervious festivals.
MICKEY MAIONE is a witty wordsmith, who plays an ancient but very sweet guitar. With his deft musical and lyrical phrasing, Edgewater’s own Steamboat Mickey makes everybody smile.
THE MASTERS OF NÜN, are new to the Steamboat stage, but well-known in their hometown of Golden. This folk-based group includes Carl Trinkwon on guitar and vocals, Todd Keith on mandola, Jane Trelevin-Doel on accordion and vocals, Ian Rowe and Leah Gardner on fiddles, Laurie Bru on percussion, and Mike Garner on bass. In May, they celebrated the release of their debut CD.
ABBY WELLS is a soulful up-and-coming vocalist just turned 15, but her voice goes way beyond her years. Abby has performed both previous summers, making all her Edgewater homeys glow with pride, as they watch her and her music grow.
EMILY RAWBONE has an affinity for the blues. She and a few of her musical friends have wowed the Inveremere audiences at Pynelogs and Safta’s, and now they are set to bowl over Steamboat.
SHEBERDEAN is a young Edgewater trio whose style takes old-time music in a fresh new direction. Dean Kendrick plays guitar, Aaron Sherban plays bass, and lead vocalist Sylvia Power plays mandolin.
THE PICKUPS are a father-son duo from Parson. Larry and Travis Pickering have smooth family-style harmonies and a wide-ranging country repertoire. This is their first appearance at Steamboat, but they are a popular act at Radium’s Music on Main.
PAIGE ELLERTON is a Golden performer who has graced the Steamboat Stage in both previous summers. This young singer-songwriter is about to release her first CD to an eager Columbia Valley audience.