Mid-Winter Festival Continues to Deliver Top Talent
Winter just got a whole lot warmer. Shivering Songs have announced their initial 2015 festival lineup and once again, they’ll be presenting some great performers right when we need it the most.
“This is our first of what will probably be three festival announcements,” said Graeme Walker, co-founder of Shivering Songs. “We’re really excited about the way things are going this year.”
One of many charms surrounding each Shivering Songs festival is the mix of programming presented, often incorporation many familiar artists with a handful who have yet to win-over the welcoming ears of Fredericton audiences. As their fifth edition of the festival approaches, Shivering Songs has yet to fail our expectations.
This year’s lineup includes Newfoundland’s Juno award winning songstress, Amelia Curran, who just released her seventh album, They Promised You Mercy. Also onboard this year are Constantines frontman and celebrated solo artist Bry Webb, the award-winning multi-instrumentalist Owen Pallett, Halifax-born alternative Hip-Hop artist Buck 65, and Cape Breton expat singer songwriter, Greg MacPherson.
Portland, Oregon’s Peter Broderick will make his first Fredericton appearance at this year’s festival. His genre-bending, eclectic mix of musical styles blends pop and folk influences together with surprising results. An accomplished and prolific musician and composer with more than 15 releases to date, the 27 year old artist’s back catalogue of recorded output reads like a music library from a college radio station. Everything from head-nodding grooves and catchy pop to classical influenced compositions and ambient soundscapes.
Alan Jefferies & 50 Shades of Blue have become an integral part of Shivering Songs, closing out each year of the festival during the ever-popular Bluegrass Brunch. This year he’ll be back to ease and please us all over coffee and scrambled eggs. Things wouldn’t be the same without him.
Andy Shauf rounds out this first announcement of musical performers. Shauf has been called “one of Canada’s most intriguing emerging songwriters”, known for telling brilliant stories through well-constructed songs that engage and captivate audiences.
Shauf’s voice and songwriting may be this year’s surprise hit. Or maybe it will be Broderick’s wide-ranging eclecticism. It could also be this year’s literary guest, Mr. Sean Michaels. Known to some as the thoughtful and observant writer of The Sappy Times, a daily newsletter distributed during Sackville’s annual August music mecca, Michaels is better known as a celebrated contributing writer for The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The National Post and Pitchfork. He may be most recently recognized for his first novel, Us Conductors, which is currently shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
You can read full artist bios, festival information and purchase tickets by visiting www.shiveringsongs.com