5 More Joining Us at Roots & Blues

Salmon Arm Roots and Blues is pleased to announce the confirmation of five more international artists joining their line-up for the summer of 2017. 

The Festival is continuing to attract musicians from all over the world; not only to perform but to participate in our hands-on workshops. We know you will be as excited about this latest round of award-winning performers as we are. Internationally known and choosing to spend time this summer in Salmon Arm! 
The latest editions to the Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival line-up include:

Alex Cuba: This Grammy and Juno-award winner and his dynamic band will be heating up the festival site and playing our main stage and workshops for the final two days. Cuba has lived in B.C. since emigrating from Cuba in 1999. This long-time resident of Smithers has earned a world-wide reputation as a soulful singer who fuses magnetic and melodic hooks with pulsating rhythms, all injected into masterfully sculpted live performances. Last month Cuba released a new single with the songs" Todas Las Cabezas Están Locas" and "Dans La Folie De L'Amour."

Alex took home the award for Best New Artist at the 2010 Latin Grammy Awards, and followed that honour by being nominated for Best Latin Pop Album at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. In 2011 Alex took home a BMI Latin Award for his songwriting on Nelly Furtado's #1 Spanish hit "Manos Al Aire".

The singer-songwriter-guitarist and his band will be part of the Roots & Blues Sunday night main stage line-up that will be an all-Canadian affair, celebrating a vast array of musical sounds that reflect our cultural diversity.

Talking Dreads: Hardcore Reggae fans will witness the Canadian performance debut of Talking Dreads this summer. This group is the brainchild of Head Dread, Mystic Bowie, a Jamaican artist who sang with, and formed a strong musical bond, with the founding members of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club. 
In addition to the groove-laden retakes of Talking Heads' classics, Talking Dread's debut recording also includes two timeless pop bonuses: "Piece of My Heart", so often attributed to Janis Joplin, and "Shakedown Street", a song near and dear to the Deadhead nation.

"If audiences have even a fraction of the fun listening to this as we have making it, we'll return to the studio to skank-ify more great songs in the near future," says Bowie.

Aani: Debbie Houle, Sarah Pocklington, and Sherryl Sewepagaham make up this Aboriginal women's trio and they will be performing stand-alone concerts and workshop shows at the Festival. This circle of First Nations and Metis women have performed across the continent, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, The Kennedy Centre in Washington and Calgary's Saddledome. These women have performed for the Dalai Lama, Queen Elizabeth, and at the 2010 Olympics.

Their debut CD "Rattle and Drum" was nominated for eleven music awards and received the Canadian Aboriginal Music Award for Best Female Traditional Cultural Roots Album. Asani's sophomore release "Listen" received a 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award and an Indian Summer Music Award.

Andy Hillhouse: The Roots & Blues Festival's Celtic component will continue to grow this year with the addition of one of Canada's finest Celtic guitarists. Andy Hillhouse spent much of his adult life as a musician in the fields of folk and traditional music, and now divides his time between performance and scholarly pursuits in traditional world music. 

Andy's entrance into professional folk music began with the creation of his own group "Mad Pudding", who released four CD's and performed across 2 continents. Now as a song interpreter and specialist on Celtic rhythm guitar, he plays with several of Canada's most respected acoustic musicians including Pierre Schryer and The McDades, with whom he won a JUNO award in 2006. Andy is also the artistic director of the Harrison Festival of the Arts, and he will be releasing a new album this summer.

Altameda: This young alternative country band from Edmonton, Alberta heads to the UK next month to play a circuit of major international festivals - and will then make their way back to Canada to play the Roots and Blues Festival this summer. This quartet, formed out of a recording session for singer-songwriter Troy Snaterse, quickly became a group on a mission to create something new. Despite planting roots in various genres, they felt compelled to blend their individual styles with the Canadiana sound that shaped their music careers.

During the sessions for the group's debut LP, Dirty Rain, it was clear that the band felt a chemistry that only develops through shared experiences. Dirty Rain quickly made it to the number one spot on Alberta's popular public broadcasting network CKUA.

"Altameda's 'Dirty Rain' is the perfect summer soundtrack," says Exclaim! magazine.

The line-up for the 25th Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival continues to expand, and fans of sounds from around the globe and various genres will not be disappointed. Our silver anniversary is shaping up to be one of our most memorable - so be sure to get your tickets now.

We are looking forward to welcoming festival-goers for another summer of musical magic. For complete and additional information on Salmon Arm Roots & Blues call 250-833-4096 or visit our website