Category: 2019 Festival Performers

Las Cafeteras

Born and raised east of the Los Angeles river, Las Cafeteras are remixing roots music and telling modern day stories. Las Cafeteras create a vibrant musical fusion with a unique East LA sound and positive message. Their Afro-Mexican beats, rhythms, and rhymes deliver inspiring lyrics that document stories of a community seeking love and justice in the concrete … Continue reading Las Cafeteras

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LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends

LeRoy Bell is an American singer and songwriter who creates a sound that crosses many demographics. LeRoy has extensive touring experience alongside legendary artists such as B.B. King, Van Morrison, Etta James, Al Green, Michael McDonald, Colin Hay, Mavis Staples, Keb Mo, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Sonny Landreth, Charlie Musselwhite and Los Lobos. LeRoy’s diverse musical experiences have grown him as a touring artist and shaped his musical edge in a way that places him in a league of performers not many can aspire to.

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BEN MORRISON

BEN MORRISON has tones that are smoky, soulful, and timeless, encapsulating the old spirit of country and the contemporary soul of rock and roll. Northern California native Ben Morrison has been compared to Kris Kristofferson, a male counterpoint to Amy Winehouse, and chunky, spicy peanut butter.

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T SISTERS

T SISTERS have created a refreshing brew of indie-folk/Americana music distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism. Blood sisters Erika, Rachel and Chloe Tietjen flow seamlessly between styles and moods, from roots to pop to sassy to sincere, captivating listeners with their eclectic sound and soaring harmonies.

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Trio Voronezh

Trio Voronezh is a musical ensemble that produces incredibly exciting sounds and compelling arrangements of classics across a variety of musical styles, all played on Russian folk instruments. Trio Voronezh’s astonishing virtuosity and delightful artistic innovation give the trio the ability to alter the way audiences experience classical, folk and contemporary repertoire

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Anthony D’Amato

Rolling Stone has dubbed Anthony D’Amato’s music as “folk music raised on New Jersey grit.”
Anthony D’Amato sings and writes in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen or Josh Ritter and his newest album, ‘Cold Snap’, is his most ambitious, incisive, and sophisticated collection yet.

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Tiller’s Folly

A long time festival favorite, we’re delighted that Tiller’s Folly is returning this year.  Thecritically acclaimed, internationally travelled acoustic power trio, planted at the forefront of a bold new movement in progressive roots music. A highly regarded Canadian Celtic group-turned-historians, this award-winning ensemble has shifted to what might be more aptly termed Acoustic Roots Music.  … Continue reading Tiller’s Folly

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KEITH GREENINGER & DAYAN KAI

These two powerful artists combine award winning songwriting, stunning vocal harmonies, and effortless musical collaboration.  Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, award-winning songwriter, and captivating performer. As a solo artist and with his band, he has toured the national Folk and Americana circuit extensively for the last two decades.

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LAURA LOVE with Terry Hunt

Laura Love is an award winning “folk-funk” singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring throughout the world since the early 1990s.  Laura has released 11 CDs on major and minor labels, she has performed at nearly every great music festival in North America and Australia, she has composed commissioned music for dance and theater productions and is a published author. 

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Barrio Manouche

BARRIO MANOUCHE is an acoustic San Francisco-based international septet (Spain, Quebec, France, Brasil and California) playing music that will take you on a magical journey, frequently joined by artists from around the globe.

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Rainbow Girls

Rainbow Girls are an eclectic folk trio hailing from the golden countryside just north of California’s Bay Area. Comprised of three unique musical talents – Vanessa May, Erin Chapin, and Caitlin Gowdey – they seamlessly combine soul-touching harmonies, varitextured instrumentals and poignant lyrical content into an unusually beautiful sonic tapestry. Pairing their voices with an … Continue reading Rainbow Girls

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Scott Kritzer

His consummate commitment to technical excellence as the solid structure beneath an unparalleled sense of musicality brought him over two decades of accolades from audiences and critics alike, in concert halls in San Francisco, Frankfurt, Vancouver, B.C., Los Angeles, Sapporo, Washington, D.C., Munich, and New York.

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WHISKEY MINSTRELS

Award-winning songsmith Bruce Coughlan and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray team up to share music and stories from four decades on the road.  Their music reflects years spent drawing influences from the tap-roots of Roots music.  At times you’ll hear Celtic influences and stories from their times in the highlands of Scotland. At other times, the Bluegrass and Country Blues of their journeys through the South.  Songs from all the roads in-between. Stories that speak of a rich and colorful landscape that has been laid out for these talented artists to interpret.  Bruce is a multi-faceted talent and great Canadian songwriter while Nolan is a top ten US Grand Masters and top ten US National Fiddle Champion.  They are also two-thirds of Port Angeles favorites, Tiller’s Folly.  SUNDAY 

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BALLET VICTORIA

JFFA is committed to just one legacy act– a group that we feature at our Festival every single year.  That group is Ballet Victoria.  Ballet Victoria is a boutique professional ballet company that presents four yearly productions in its home base of Victoria BC.  They are known for their dramatic, technically demanding and often laced with humor, performances.

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JEffrey Martin

“Jeffrey Martin’s music is not widely known, which is a shame, because he might be the best songwriter in Portland. With lyrics that read like Raymond Carver stories and a voice that’s one breath away from breaking completely apart, Martin’s songs are beautiful, sparse, and utterly devastating. . . .”

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KUTAPIRA

KUTAPIRA​ means “sweetness” in the Shona language of Zimbabwe, a fitting title for a band that plays a fusion of Zimbabwean marimba with West African and Afro-Cuban percussion.

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SEA STARS

The music of Katie Gray and Kurt Baumann, collectively known as Sea Stars, is a mood to be experienced. Heartfelt and somber, mysterious and haunting, uplifting and hopeful… these are but a few words that often swim around the room to define the music the two singers and songwriters invoke.

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Abakis

ABAKIS (a.k.a. Aba Kiser) Growing up in Virginia singing jazz at her father’s restaurant, musical firebrand and multi-instrumentalist, Abakis creates orchestral folk pop with a heart ache for classic country and swing.  Hard to pin down, but instantly familiar, her tongue in cheek lyricism, vintage vocals, and Koetke-style picking guitar paint a sonic kaleidoscope. After nearly a … Continue reading Abakis

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Micaela Kingslight

With expressive vocals, elegant guitar work and poetic lyricism, Micaela Kingslight has made her home in Port Townsend, WA after years of leading bands and touring around the U.S. Micaela now performs with her own original music trio and regional groups, including local favorite Strong Sun Moon. Armed with a looper pedal and hand crafted guitars, Micaela Kingslight comes ready to rock your socks with original groovy, bluesy, soul-folk sounds. 

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CIRCUS NO. 9

CIRCUS NO. 9  is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, Jambands, and more. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, and more. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, and Vince Ilagan, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today.

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Stringology

The music of Stringology is best described as Acoustic Jazz in the style of Django Reinhardt Hot Swing,  playing some old standards of the 30’s & 40’s with some Bossa, Latin and a few other surprises.  

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True North

True North is emerging as a Pacific Northwest powerhouse of intelligent, memorable songs. Their lush instrumental and vocal performances, with the crazy-good picking and harmonies, are deeply rooted in traditional folk and bluegrass genres.

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Incendio

An exotic melody accompanies a desert caravan moving beneath a blazing sun. The sound of waves wash against a pristine South American beach. A lone flamenco guitar echoes through the cobbled streets of old Sevilla. A lilting three quarter time rhythm conjures images of the rolling green hills of Ireland.

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The Whateverly Brothers

Dan Roberts, Chris Glanister and Rob Kneisler, all seasoned folk music collectors, performers, and multi-instrumentalists, have delighted audiences with their varying repertoire, shimmering harmonies, striking arrangements, and offbeat humor.

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KATE POWERS & DAVID RIVERS

Kate Powers (fiddle) and David Rivers (guitar) have been playing music together for a year. They initially joined forces to record Kate’s album, Jump, but since then have decided to continue playing concerts and dances as a duo. Their joint musical style is a powerful mix of Bluegrass, Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Old-Time, and some of Kate’s original compositions.

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CRUSHWATER

We are thrilled that local favorites, Crushwater, are returning to our festival this year. With their high energy blend of original songs, visceral lyrics and rock n roll enthusiasm, it’s easy to see why crowds frequently get dancing right out of the gate. Songwriter, guitarist and lead singer, Scott Sullivan, has four original albums to his credit and his songs have gained international acclaim after being featured in many films and TV shows.

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TWISTED ROOTS

Marty Kaler and Bob Lawrence-Markarian first played together more than 35 years ago. After their paths diverged for a few years, they reunited and found that the magic was still there. Developing their own style, Twisted Roots plays old and new tunes, featuring finger-style guitar, ukulele, banjo, Dobro, lap-steel guitar and humor. The band expanded to include Leo Bidne on vocals, bass and guitar and Marilyn Kaler on harmonica, melodic, percussion and vocals. SATURDAY, MONDAY

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