Ken Whiteley

Ken Whiteley has been playing folk, blues, gospel and other roots traditions at the highest level for well over fifty years. He has received many awards including a Canadian Folk Music Award, 7 Juno nominations, 18 Maple Blues nominations, a Genie Award (for Best Song in a Canadian Film) and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Mariposa Folk Festival, The Maple Blues Awards and Folk Music Ontario. Ultimately Ken’s music is all about making connection. He loves to get people singing with him whether he’s on a concert stage, a folk festival, a church service or a yoga ashram.

Ken has made over 33 albums and his recent one, “Long Time Travelling” was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award as Best Traditional Album in 2023. In the fall of 2023 he released “So Glad I’m Here” and Whole Note magazine applied such adjectives as “superb, a true stunner”. He has written over 400 songs that have won numerous awards and been covered by more than a dozen artists. He is a powerful singer and masterful instrumentalist on 6, 12 string and resophonic guitars and mandolin among more than 20 instruments he plays.

Ken is a living link to the traditions of people he has sung and played with including Pete Seeger, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, Tom Paxton, John Hammond Jr., Blind John Davis and many others. He brings this vast experience to each performance as a way to allow all of us to come together through the power of song.

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