Every now an then a young artist with the confidence and depth of a storied minstrel comes along and blows you away. Kim Wempe is an artist like that.
Hailing from a small farming town in Saskatchewan, she is an old soul with artistic conviction.
Some of her pared-down, percussive tunes would have sounded new if they were played decades ago in an old honky tonk. Other originals have an energy that builds and envelops the audience.
Wempe has worked with some of the most appreciated musicians on the folk/roots scene including Joel Plaskett, Old Man Luedecke, Thom Swift, and Geoff Hilhorst of The Deep Dark Woods. She has also received recognition from the East Coast Music Awards as well as Music Nova Scotia.
Her new album, Coalition, is roots-tinged pop/blues, influenced by Americana storytelling and gospel melodies.
Ennis: Flawless Harmonies and Engaging Performances
Newfoundland has always always been known as a rich source of folk music, and that definitely holds true with this dynamic duo from ‘The Rock’.
There`s also something special that happens when family members sing together. Ennis, two sisters from St. John’s, prove this with each performance of their flawless harmonies laid over music that is true to their Newfoundland musical roots.
They draw on traditional maritime influences but also infuse contemporary elements into their music with a passion that comes out in each note.
Ennis, and their earlier incarnation, The Ennis Sisters, has received a lot of acclaim including a Juno award, SOCAN award, and multiple ECMA and Music NL awards.
From Canada to the Middle East, Scandinavia, UK, and throughout the United States, Ennis has gained a well-earned reputation for their engaging live performances.
Come see them perform live at Mariposa Folk Festival 2014.