Adam Cohen is Our Sunday Evening Main Stage Headliner
Three albums into a career that began with his 1998 self-titled debut, Adam Cohen had decided to call it quits, his career as a singer-songwriter not meeting his expectations. But he decided to give it another go, and the wonderful result was his very successful, Like A Man (2011). It has been described as the album through which Adam Cohen “set about a quiet rapprochement with his DNA.” It went gold, Adam went on a long world tour, and anticipation started building for the follow-up.
During a break between concerts, Cohen went into the studio and emerged with a new album, which he scrapped because it didn’t feel honest to him. He quickly made up for it with his next effort, We Go Home (2014), which squarely hit the target. The songs were recorded in rooms as familiar to him as his name, in the little white house on the Greek island of Hydra where he had spent much of his childhood, and in Montreal in the house where he spent his earliest years. The beautiful result is described as “… a brilliant, a warm, rootsy, emotive record…a magnificent bunch of songs.”
While the album has familial and generational inflections – many of the lyrics reference songs of his father, Leonard Cohen – this is no case of riding coat-tails. Adam Cohen has integrated these ideas cleverly and pleasingly to create his own, new and powerful songs. The album’s release was followed by a whirlwind tour that started in Denmark, winded its way through Europe, moved on to Australia, and now brings him to Mariposa Folk Festival.
After a decade of criss-crossing North America with their Boston-based improvisational rock trio, a fire in a Montréal club proved providential, leading Andrew and Brad Barr in a new musical direction.
On the street with what they could carry, they made friends with a waitress who would become their manager.
Then, after relocating to ‘La Métropole’, they linked-up musically with their new neighbour, harpist Sarah Page, and with multi-instrumentalist and composer, Andres Vial.
The Barr Brothers were formed.
A unique folk sound was also born, one that relies on interwoven string arrangements, wide open spaces, and a multitude of musical traditions.
Now they’re playing fantastic shows and making big waves on the music scene!
Versatile Multi-Instrumentalist, Talented Singer, Great Songwriter – Annabelle Chvostek
Annabelle Chvostek is a versatile multi-instrumentalist, talented singer and great songwriter whose stage presence is as natural as her performances are polished. Her honest-to-goodness talent was honed when she immersed herself in Montreal’s avant-garde arts scene, composing for dance and film, playing in bands and performing solo. Before joining up with the famed Wailin’ Jennys for a nearly three-year run, she released three independent albums, toured Europe and performed across North America. Later, to the delight her audience and music insiders alike, she reprised her solo career, putting out three more critically acclaimed albums to date, including Rise (2012). That album re-imagines the protest song for a new era of activism. Annabelle also works on interesting side projects such as her collaboration with Bruce Cockburn on co-written duets for his Juno winning album, Small Source of Comfort (2011). See Annabelle in concert on the Sunday Evening Main Stage at Mariposa Folk Festival 2013, as well as in several workshop performances over the weekend. First, watch this video clip to get a sense just how fantastic she is.