At a Glance: A Feels Good Folly Fest Music Primer (#4)

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The fourth in a series of weekend features exploring many of the performers included as part of the festival’s 2015 lineup.

268220_10150679672485034_539575_nNext weekend 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.

There is something for everyone at this year’s Feels Good Folly Fest.

In case you’ve been on the fence about attending the friendliest festival in New Brunswick (or missed our last three posts), here are 10 more reasons to clear your calendar during the last weekend of June.

You can check out a complete listing of performers by visiting

They also rolled out the official schedule of events this past week to help you plan your leisure time, power naps and what have you. Check that our here.

The Unseen Strangers

The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a relentlessly curious sense of humour. The Strangers draw from the beeps and buzzes of the modern world to create an imaginative, energetic brand of acoustic music that is unmistakably their own. Based out of Toronto, ON, the band has toured Canada, performed showcases at NXNE and OCFF to name a few, and is a favorite at festivals featuring genres spanning Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Rock, and Electronic.

The Unseen Strangers perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | Learn more

The Sticky Bandits

The Sticky Bandits are a band who can and will play anywhere from bars, to kitchens, to sidewalks, to festivals, and even in their van on the way to the next gig. Playing mostly original songs, the style that comes out is what would happen if Pokey Lafarge, Marcus Mumford, and the Avett Bros had a love child. With all acoustic instruments on stage, the boys have no trouble keeping you interested and moving throughout the set. Give em a chance and they’ll steal your hearts.

The Sticky Bandits perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | Learn more

The Torinos

The Torinos are a three piece jam rock band based out of Saint John N.B. These three musicians have all established themselves in different forms, not only in their home town, but across the country . Sam Astorino (guitarist), hails from Musquash N.B. , Ian Sherwood (bassist), was raised in the City of Saint John , along with Dan Boyer (Drummer). Each musician pursues music in different forms . Whether its through the country moments that will rock you , the jam moments that will melt you , or the dancing that will energize any crowd ! The Torinos are sure to rock the Maritimes like any power trio should!

The Torinos perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | Learn more

The Koconut Kings

The Koconut Kings are musical duo from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Taking Hawaiian Steel guitar music from the 1920’s and 30’s as their base, the Koconut Kings put their own spin on old and new standards and write original songs influenced by everything including the kitchen sink.

The Koconut Kings perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | Learn more 

Mother, Jugs and Speed

A Nerdy Girly Dirt Band from Moncton, NB.

Mother, Jugs and Speed perform Saturday June 27, 2015 | Learn more


Alex Green & The Falling Leaves

Alex Green & The Falling Leaves perform Saturday June 27, 2015 | Learn more


Max Keenlyside

A favorite at jazz and ragtime festivals across North America, and a PEI representative in the Canadian National Artist’s Program held in conjunction with the 2009 Canada Games, 20-year-old pianist and composer Max Keenlyside is a “musician’s musician” in the very best sense. Keenlyside plays with plenty of pep and energy (but never too fast!) and his performances are laced with humor, all the while remaining faithful to the spirit and intent of the original composers. He is known especially for his renditions of pieces by Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Eubie Blake, and other stride and early jazz composers. Max is also a composer, with over 60 original compositions to his credit. Keenlyside is based out of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and his current projects include the composition of his Symphony No. 1 in C Minor.

Max Keenlyside performs Sunday June 28, 2015 | Learn more 

DMayne Event

The simple fact is that Dave Mayne just loves music. He’s not exactly sure why but he’s always been in for the ride. A ride that’s taken him to some places where he’s seen some things and done some stuff. And for the last decade or so he’s been expressing that love with two turntables and a mixer thing, crafting a sound that is a little of this, a little of that .. a few oh yeahs, curveballs, throwbacks, guilty pleasures, violations .. whatever. Is it a style? He’s not sure .. but it’s something. A refreshing good time perhaps? You’re damn right. He’s mixing music for the people.

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DMayne Event performs as part of the Silent Disco | Learn more

Scotty and the Stars

Scotty and the Stars is a children’s musical entertainment group that delivers positive messages, active participation and musical education through original music and enthusiastic live performances. Scott Sampson (BED/BA), Kelly Waterhouse (BA), and Richard Gloade (BA) provide a musical and theatrical experience where children march, stomp, clap and dance their way through this interactive and fun-filled musical journey.

Scotty and the Stars perform Saturday June 17, 2015 | Learn more 


Guy & Doll

We are Guy & Doll, a cover duo from Wolfville, NS. We cover everything from current to classic hits with a unique ukulele/guitar/vocal filled twist.

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Guy & Doll perform Sunday June 28, 2015 | Learn more 


Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith is new to the public but has been working her craft for years. She’s given a glimpse of her captivating approach to sound in live shows and online recordings, and this year at Folly she’ll be stepping it up with the release her first full length album. Her songs are truly unique combining sadness, joy, and humour into beautiful, rich melodies that set her apart from other artists of the day. Her sound is folky with a 90’s edge, though it doesn’t quite fit into any one genre or style as every song is atmospherically distinct, each with its own flavour. Her smooth vocals and honest song-writing always leave the audience with a sense of calm and a hunger for more.

Courtney Smith performs Saturday June 27, 2015 | Learn more


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