The second in a series of weekend features exploring many of the performers included as part of the festival’s 2015 lineup.
In three week’s time, Feels Good Folly Fest will take up its annual weekend residency in the sleepy Village of Gagetown. As the seventh edition of the popular festival draws nearer, we thought we’d run a series of short features focusing on the many bands and entertainers performing at this year’s event. In case you’ve been on the fence about attending the friendliest festival in New Brunswick (or missed our first post), here are 10 more reasons to clear your calendar during the last weekend of June.
The Floozies are producer/guitarist Matt Hill and drummer Mark Hill. These two brothers are bringing their fresh approach to electronic music and live performance to venues and festivals all over the country. The duo’s combination of cutting edge electronic production and party rocking funk energizes crowds and turns venues into epic dance parties. All of The Floozies music can be downloaded for free from www.flooziesduo.com.
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The Floozies perform Saturday June 27, 2015 | More info
Through the years and after involvement with several groups, the present band was born as a result of the participation of Tony Robertson, Vance Henry and Ricky Rogers in the Jake Landers Band. In January 2003, Anthony was asked to fill an opening for a banjo player and the present Iron Horse configuration evolved. Iron Horse creates much of its own music, with an innate ability for cross-genre arrangements. Iron Horse has three self-produced albums, containing previously unreleased compositions, and Iron Horse-composed originals.
Iron Horse was approached in January 2003 by Los Angeles-based CMH Records to record a tribute album to the heavy metal band, Metallica, which was released in October 2003. Iron Horse has recorded twelve projects for CMH Records. Tributes to Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourn, Modest Mouse, The Shins, Guns & Roses, The Goo Goo Dolls, Hank Williams, Black label Society as well as others.
The skill and ability of Iron Horse to transpose metal to bluegrass while maintaining the identity of the originals is exceptional. The versatility of Iron Horse is demonstrated by the more traditional flavor of their first CD, “Ridin’ Out the Storm”. This versatility enables Iron Horse to perform such standards as “Rocky Top” and “Man of Constant Sorrow” with little effort, while entertaining “metal-heads” with the familiarity of the compositions of metal and pop icons – all on the same stage.
Iron Horse play Saturday June 27 and Sunday June 28, 2015 | More info
Gabriel Palatchi Trio
Gabriel Palatchi was born on August 3, 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At the age of 8, he started his first piano lessons. He then went on to study classical music at the conservatory Manuel de Falla school in Argentina. His studies led him to a Musical Production degree from the ORT High School. He further expanded his studies with a degree in music from the Berklee international School from Argentina. During this time he studied under many great maestros of Blues, Tango, Jazz and Latin Jazz such as Alvaro Torres, Ricardo Nole and Ernesto Jodos.
Gabriel Palatchi Trio perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | More info
Ash Grunwald, loved for his crowd frenzied shows and blistering guitar playing, has critics and fans raving about his unique blend of roots, beats and a whole lotta groove for over a decade. Nominated for a swag of awards and winning a few, Ash proves why he is one of Australia’s most loved bluesmen.
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Ash Grunwald performs Sunday June 28, 2015 | More info
The Soul Motivators
Finding the right groove means digging deep. With a love of vintage soul and funk, The Soul Motivators have mined their musicality to bring you a fresh revival of a retro sound.
Featuring numerous veterans of Toronto’s thriving underground Funk scene, The Soul Motivators are a 9-piece, 3 horn deep funk explosion, with a rough, tough, and soulful flair that motivates people straight to the dance floor.
Known for turning out some of the most energetic live funk performances witnessed in the city in recent years, The Soul Motivators have performed at the Toronto NuJazz Festival, NXNE, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, and Toronto Beaches International Jazz Festival. They also have been enjoying radio airplay on CBC Radio 1 and CIUT FM.
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The Soul Motivators perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | More info
In My Dreams is a stunningly accomplished and exciting follow-up to Mo Kenney’s 2012 much-decorated and universally-acclaimed self-titled debut. Released on New Scotland Records/Pheromone Recordings on September 30, 2014, In My Dreams showcases an artist who has grown in every facet of her craft – as a singer, songwriter, guitarist and performer. The record made 2014 best of lists and has already won a 2015 ECMA for Pop Recording of the Year. In My Dreams will be released in the UK, Ireland Germany in the fall of 2015.
Mo Kenney performs Saturday June 27, 2015 | More info
Grand Theft Bus
Grand Theft Bus arose from the cold musical landscape of the East Coast of Canada after an impromptu performance in 2000. Fueled by the chemistry found that night, GTB dedicated themselves to creating boundary free original music. Fifteen years later, with their creative juices still fresh on tap and their collective parenthood at an all time high, the future continues looks bright and exciting for Grand Theft Bus.
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Grand Theft Bus perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | More info
Keith Hallett & The World’s Fair
There are no words to properly describe the man, the band and the experience. DON’T MISS THIS! #legendinthemaking
Keith Hallett & The World’s Fair perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | More info
Gordon Gets Lost
Gordon Gets Lost is a collection of four musicians, who are joined on stage by visual artists The Big 3 and followed around the Maritimes by a funky circus of colourful friends, fans and freaks.
Gordon Gets Lost perform Friday June 26, 2015 | More info
Du rock alternatif planant à souhait, percutant et efficace, servi par les joyeux bougres de la troupe acadienne Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire.
Hotesses D’Hilaire perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | More info
To learn more about Feels Good Folly Fest 2015 or to buy tickets, visit them online!
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