Jan 07 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / PLEASE RETAIN FOR LISTINGS WINTERFOLK VIII – TWO SNEAK PREVIEW SHOWS – FUNDRAISER @ THE MOONSHINE CAFÉ IN OAKVILLE, JAN 14 & 15 winterfolklogoloresWHO: Danny Marks, Julian Fauth, Ariana Gillis and more! WHAT: Winterfolk VIII Preview Shows WHERE: Moonshine Café, 137 Kerr St, Oakville / 905-844-2655 WHEN: Thursday, Jan.14 & Friday, January 15 – Doors @ 8pm, music @ 9:00 pm TICKETS: $10 per night, or PWYC (all funds go towards support of artists of Winterfolk VIII) WEBSITES: www.winterfolk.com  / www.moonshinecafe.com TORONTO – THURSDAY, JANUARY 7TH, 2010 – Don’t miss the chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at this year’s EIGHTH ANNUAL WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL. Catch some of your favourite folk, roots and blues musicians whooping it up with a special jam session at the end of each night. The two shows take place at the Moonshine Café, Oakville’s most happening musical venue, Jan 14 and 15. For more information and updates please visit www.winterfolk.com    Toronto’s Winterfolk VIII festival – which runs from February 12 -15, 2010, will present two fun-packed nights of music as a teaser to the upcoming free, all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban roots and blues festival.  The events will showcase some of the finest musicians performing at the festival this year, including veteran “wows a crowd” Danny Marks. He’s JAZZ.FM91's weekly Bluz.fm radio show host and has also played with just about every VIP in the blues business, such as, internationally known Juno award-winning Edward Bear early in his career, Rick James' band and as a session sideman for Ronnie Hawkins, Rita Coolidge, Bo Diddley, Stephen Stills and others. He was also the winner of the Toronto Blues Society's Blues With A Feeling Award for lifetime achievement in 2007. With two albums to date, True and Guitarchaeology, Marks is set to release a third album in the spring called Friend in the Blues, a personal take on blues music. The young but fast-rising star Ariana Gillis, who recently won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year, and “Best Songwriter” at the 2009 Niagara Music Awards is also nominated for three Hamilton Music Awards. Her “beyond her years” musical talent and skillful songwriting have gained her praise and captivated audiences across the country. 2009 Juno Award winner, accomplished piano player and a fine guitarist too, Julian Fauth has won more than awards. His music, in the style of and influenced by, the likes of Big Bill Broonzy, John Lee Hooker, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bumble Bee Slim, Leroy Carr and Big Maceo, has caught the attention and praise of artists such as Fauth’s mentor, the late great bluesman Mel Brown. Fauth does barrelhouse blues at its best, and you can hear it on his latest album Ramblin Son. Other notable performers include bluesman and member of the award-winning group Fathead, Al Lerman, sultry Latin singer Laura Fernandez, country crooner Michael Brennan with guitar great Steve Briggs and even a set from The Guitar Boys of Alderon, which includes Noah Zacharin, Mr. Rick and guitar pickin’ Brian Gladstone himself and many more!  MOONSHINE CAFÉ DATES & LINEUP:  Thursday, Jan 14  9:00    Al Lerman 9:20    Ewan Dobson 9:40    David Newland 10:00  David Gillis and Ariana Gillis 10:20  Nonie Crete and Eugene Rae 10:40  Laura Fernandez with Noah Zacharin 11:00  Danny Marks 11:20  Michael Brennan and Steve Briggs 11:40  The Guitar Boys of Alderon (Noah Zacharin, Mr. Rick, Brian Gladstone) 12:00  Open Jam Session             Friday, Jan 15   9:00    Amy Campbell 9:15    Sue and Dwight 9:30    Marianne Girard 9:45    DArcy Wickham 10:00  Peter Verity and Seb Agnello 10:20  Tony Quarrington 10:40  Lynn Harrison 11:00  Brian Gladstone and Tony Quarrington 11:20  Choir Girlz 11:40  Julian Fauth 12:00  Open Jam Session    MORE ABOUT WINTERFOLK Winterfolk was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage the community about various folk music styles including roots, blues, folk and more. Founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, it is run as a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada. www.abetterworld.ca     “I SUPPORT ROOTS MUSIC IN TORONTO” badges will also be available again at the festival by donation and they’ll be large enough for artists to autograph them!   LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! We’re always looking for good volunteers to help out. For eight hours of service over the Winterfolk weekend, volunteers receive access to all shows and artist hospitality lounge, including an invitation to a private party with the artists and more! For more info and to sign up, please visit http://www.abetterworld.ca/looking-for-some-good-volunteers/media                                                                                      -30-  For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:  Beverly Kreller SPEAK Music www.speak-music.com bev@speak-music.com 416.922.3620

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