Cowboy Junkies were formed in Toronto in 1985 after guitarist and songwriter Michael Timmins and long-time friend and musical partner, bassist Alan Anton, recruited Michael’s sister, singer Margo Timmins and brother, drummer Peter Timmins to join them. For more than 20 years, Cowboy Junkies have remained true to their unique artistic vision and to the introspective, quiet intensity that is their musical signature, creating a critically acclaimed body of original work that has endeared them to an audience unwavering in its loyalty. Their music chronicles a creative journey reflecting the independent road the band has elected to travel. Cowboy Junkies have appeared on countless major television shows in North America from Saturday Night Live to Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show. Their music has been featured in dozens of television programs and feature films.
The Wailin’ Jennys are Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta and Heather Masse – three distinct voices that together make an achingly perfect vocal sound. Starting as a happy accident of solo singer-songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Although known primarily as an acoustic outfit, The Wailin’ Jennys have a wide range of musical backgrounds that have formed their musical sensibilities. Soprano Ruth Moody (vocals, guitar, accordion, banjo, bodhrán) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist known as an accomplished, versatile singer of traditional and Celtic music. Mezzo Nicky Mehta (vocals, guitar, harmonica, drums, ukulele) was nominated for a Canadian Indie Music Award. Alto Heather Masse (vocals, upright bass) is a Jazz Voice graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and is a regular guest on A Prairie Home Companion. With their varying backgrounds, each of the Jennys is unique in their individual expression. Together they forge a unified folk-pop sound all delivered with the irresistible vocal power of three.
“Minnesota winters,” is what Joy Dragland credits as her first musical influence. “You couldn’t go anywhere, and it was so dark and quiet. For months on end, all I had to entertain myself was my own imagination.” Joy was born in Minnesota, studied English in Wisconsin and wrote her first albums-worth of songs by age 19. Her self-produced solo record, “Soften the Blow”, was released in 2010. Joy continues to write, produce and perform, based out of Brooklyn, NY and she’s currently working on a solo record to be released late 2012.
1996 brought us eBay, DVDs, the concept of Global Warming and Wheat the band – Scott Levesque, Brendan Harney, Ricky Brennan and Kenny Madaras. They began playing in the Boston area, and grabbing the attention of local fans and writers, ultimately leading to world tours and a global fan base – receiving critical acclaim from Melody Maker, Q, Rolling Stone and Spin among others. Wheat has shared the stage with artists including The Flaming Lips, Liz Phair and John Mayer and have influenced artists including Snow Patrol. Wheat is always trying to find new and unique ways of delivering the love song.