Tue, Oct 29, 2013.
The good folks at Fredericton's Shivering Songs Festival have released the names of the initial performers lined up for the next edition, coming in January of 2014. It will be the fourth year for the upstart festival, which has quickly become a favourite deep-winter music event for the capital. From a modest beginning, it has moved to a multi-venue event, bringing in a pretty impressive selection of mostly Canadian and a few U.S. guests.
This year's batch of headliners (so far) are Kathleen Edwards, John K. Samson and Christine Fellows, Steve Poltz, and Dave Bidini. Ottawa's Edwards is best known for hits such as Hockey Skates and Six O'Clock News, and all four of her albums have been nominated for Juno Awards, including last year's Voyageur. She gets rave reviews in the U.S. and U.K., and has collaborated with everyone from Bon Iver to Jim Cuddy to Bryan Adams. She also just hosted the Polaris Music Awards, so she has her stage banter ready.
John K. Samson is the wordsmith with The Weakerthans, Winnipeg's premier indie band. His lyrics are often singled out for their poetic intensity and visceral imagery, and is in fact a published poet as well. His solo album, Provincial, came out in 2012 to great acclaim. Christine Fellows is Samson's personal partner, and they often work on projects together. She has five albums of her own, the most recent being 2011's Femmes de chez nous.
Steve Poltz is a renegade songwriter with a devoted fan following that stretches from the East Coast to the California coastline. That's because he was born in Nova Scotia, but moved to California as a kid. He still keeps big ties with the Maritimes, including a fairly consistent touring schedule that brings him to his real home every few months. His live shows are raved about, and the intimate nature of the Shivering Songs stage should be perfect for him.
Dave Bidini is all things to a lot of people. As a founding member of the Rheostatics, Bidini helped set the bar for new music in Canada in the 80's and 90's. As the group wound down in the 200's, Bidini started carving out his own career, as a musician, and as a writer, and now has a series of books to his name, in his twin passions of sports and music. His latest, Keon And Me, has just been published, and when he comes to Shivering Songs, he'll be reading from his works, as well as playing from his Bidiniband albums.
Shivering Songs will run from January 23 to 26, 2014, at downtown Fredericton venues the Wilmot United Church, The Cedar Tree Cafe, the Boyce Farmer's Market and the Capital Complex. There are more names to come, including details about the annual Bluegrass Brunch, but weekend passes are already available for early birds at www.shiveringsongs.com.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).