Teilhard Frost of Shesham and Lotus & ‘Son – Mariposa Talks Interview

Teilhard Frost of Shesham and Lotus & ‘Son – Mariposa Talks Interview

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SheeshamLotusSon4Teilhard Frost and Sam Allison (known by their noms de minstrel as Sheesham Crow and Lotus Wight) along with Son Sanderson make up the band Sheesham & Lotus and ‘Son. The trio draws inspiration from ragtime, classic fiddle tunes and music from the early days of recording. In this conversation with Mariposa volunteer Philip Jackman, Teilhard talks about the band’s roots and  what it’s like to record a 78 rpm record at a public swimming pool in northeast England.

Click here to watch a video of Sheesham & Lotus and ‘Son recording their song 1929, direct to a 78 rpm lacquer disk on a 1938 recording lathe.

Here’s some more live performance videos of Sheesham & Lotus and ‘Son for your enjoyment:

Head Over Heels
Roscoe
Drunken Nights
Shake That
Jackson Stomp!

 

RUNA – Bringing a Mystical, Lyrical, Exciting Sound to Mariposa

RUNA – Bringing a Mystical, Lyrical, Exciting Sound to Mariposa

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runaRecognized as one of Irish music’s new super-groups, RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music.

Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of bluegrass, flamenco, blues, and jazz, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music.

The group has been honoured internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and an Independent Music Award for Best World/Traditional Song.

They combine vocals, step-dancing, guitar, percussion, mandolin, bodhrán, and fiddle for a sound that is at once mystical, lyrical, unique and exciting.

Charlie A’Court – Planted at the Crossroads of Roots and Soul

Charlie A’Court – Planted at the Crossroads of Roots and Soul

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charlieacourtPlanted at the crossroads of roots and soul, the mighty voice, fierce guitar work and contemporary song writing of Charlie A’Court connect with people, one emotion at a time.

He’s a country boy raised on classic R&B, soul, blues, rock and folk ranging from The Band and John Prine to Otis Redding and B.B. King.

Charlie is well known for his emotional delivery and strong stage presence, and for fearlessly bridging genres and challenging stylistic conventions.

He has toured extensively internationally both as a headlining performer or sharing the stage with greats like James Cotton, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, George Thorogood, Harry Manx, Martin Sexton, Delbert McClinton, Colin James and Dan Aykroyd.

Kunle Basks His Audience in Beautiful Gentleness and Optimism

Kunle Basks His Audience in Beautiful Gentleness and Optimism

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KunleNigerian-born singer songwriter, Kunle, launched his musical career in Ghana, spent time on the open seas as a marine engineer, and made his way to Toronto where he is currently based.

His music employs guitar tapping, harmonica, talking drum, and rich vocals to animate traditional and contemporary songs that guide audiences into a musical place where there are no boundaries, and where traditions from Celtic to blues to rock to African folk meld together.

Whether singing in Yoruba, English, Pidgin or German, his sensitivity and kindness come out through his songs and generous performances, leaving his audience basking in beautiful gentleness and optimism.

Rick Fines: Veteran of the Blues and Folk Circuits

Rick Fines: Veteran of the Blues and Folk Circuits

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rickFinesRick Fines refuses to be pigeonholed.

Steeped in roots music, he crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres.

A veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl.

Rick’s storied career has seen him working in stellar collaboration and as a successful solo act.

First gaining attention as part of the legendary Jackson Delta, he’s since released four solo albums, another with his own Rick Fines Trio, and a critically acclaimed disc with fellow troubadour, Suzie Vinnick.

Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., Heading for Mariposa

Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., Heading for Mariposa

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robertJonesSinger, storyteller and multi-instrumentalist, Reverend Robert Jones, Sr., uses folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the beauty and power of our shared culture.

A lifelong Detroiter, he has been performing professionally for nearly 30 years for festivals, schools, civil rights organizations and churches.

Rev. Jones grew up immersed in a wide variety of music, especially the blues.

By his mid-twenties, he was hosting an award-winning radio show called Blues From The Lowlands.

Although he is a respected traditional acoustic blues musician, Rev. Jones considers his greatest honor to be his call to the gospel ministry.

Now, he’s making his first Mariposa Folk Festival appearance.

The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer Bringing Electrifying Blues to Mariposa

The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer Bringing Electrifying Blues to Mariposa

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harpoonistAxeMurdererThe name may conjure graphic imagery but this dynamic duo is all about kicking out some pretty raw and primal blues.

Armed with a sack of harmonicas, a mess of foot percussion and a road‐worn Telecaster, The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer pays homage to a decades-deep style of blues, electrifying it with a bolt of new life.

They’re smothered in greasy, gritty soul, and punched up with a little funk.

The music is not polite. In fact, it slaps you on the face and refuses to apologize. But it also cuts through the clutter, anxieties, tensions and phobias of life.

It’s true and real, and that’s how the blues are meant to be played.

Check out our The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer story board on Pinterest. While you’re there, click on Follow Board to get updates.

Folk and Blues Rocker Keith Secola is Mariposa Bound

Folk and Blues Rocker Keith Secola is Mariposa Bound

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keithSecolaA guitarist and aboriginal flute player, singer-songwriter, and music producer, Keith Secola is an accomplished folk and blues rocker.

His song, NDN KARS, which receives heavy play on aboriginal radio, is considered by many to be a contemporary Aboriginal American anthem.

Originally from the Mesabi Iron Range country of northern Minnesota and now residing in Arizona, this versatile Ojibwa artist has an audience that spreads from North America to Europe.

He’s a seven-time Native American Music Awards winner and an inductee into the Native American Music Awards Hall of Fame.

Critics have dubbed him the aboriginal version of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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Man with a Marmalade Voice – Jory Nash Passing Through Mariposa

Man with a Marmalade Voice – Jory Nash Passing Through Mariposa

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joryNashA singer-songwriter and story teller described as having a marmalade voice, Jory Nash is the quintessential folk minstrel. His music weaves together elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul. With thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies, he draws the audience close. With easy humour, engaging banter and colourful stories, he wins them over. A man of many hats, Jory has served on the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals Board, as Artistic Director of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, and produced the Gordon Lightfoot tribute show, The Way We Feel. Among many other musical credits are six albums, many tours, numerous awards and lots of airplay.

For more information about Jory Nash at Mariposa Folk Festival, click here.