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Angela McKinnon

Angela McKinnon is the owner and director of McKinnon Dance, located in Bridgewater, NS. The studio offers lessons in Highland Dance, Traditional Cape Breton Step Dance, and Celtic Step Dance. Dancing adventures have taken her around the world to Indonesia, Scotland, and the USA. Angela has a master’s degree in education and loves to teach.

Anthea Feaver

Anthea Feaver is an Ontario-based singersongwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Knitting together the old and new, Anthea combines the syncopated rhythms of her favourite folk traditions with impressionistic lyrics that reflect themes both timeless and timely. Her EP, Play It Back, has made its way across campus and community radio charts.

Baraka

Originally from Tanzania, Baraka is a singer-songwriter currently living in St. John’s, NL. He has the ability to craft songs that are both highly personal and universally relatable, which he delivers with terrific musicianship and soulful vocals. In 2023-24, Baraka was nominated by Music NL in Global Music Artist of the Year and African-Canadian Artist of the Year categories.

The Barrel Boys

Nathan Smith (fiddle), Rob McLaren (banjo), Ben Wright (guitar), Kyle Kirkpatrick (dobro), and Tim O’Reilly (bass) are The Barrel Boys, an acoustic string band based in Ontario. The band’s sound is built around rich vocal harmonies and virtuosic instrumental playing, and their unique repertoire of original material is informed by their fluency in classic bluegrass, old-time, country, and Americana…

Bev Shaw

Bev Shaw has been a Suzuki violin, fiddle, and classroom music teacher on the South Shore for over 15 years. She performs locally in the trio, Trillium, with Tricia Snell and Liam Britten.

Burnstick

Nadia and Jason Burnstick appeared at the 2023 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and were such a hit that they were invited for a return engagement. The husband and wife duo met over a decade ago, with music always at the heart of their kinship, so it’s no surprise that their songs are timeless and incomparable. Nadia is a Francophone-Métis singer-songwriter, and Jason is a Plains-Cree guitarist…

Carmel Mikol

Carmel Mikol is an accomplished touring artist who has performed across North America and Europe, and who has ECMA nominations and other songwriting honours to her name. Currently based in Halifax, NS, her fifth studio album, I Used to Know, is set for release this year. In addition, Carmel holds a masters degree in English and her debut short documentary film, APOSTATE, was released in 2023.

Celeigh Cardinal

Celeigh Cardinal is a musician with a commanding stage presence. She uses her strong vocals and her seamless blend of humour and vulnerability to captivate audiences. Celeigh has also captured the attention of critics, with awards and nominations from the JUNOs, CBC Music Awards, Western Canadian Music Awards, among others; notably, she won the 2020 JUNO Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year…

Charlie A’Court

Charlie A’Court possesses a mighty voice, fierce guitar skills, and contemporary songwriting that is appreciated by fans and critics alike. Charlie is a five-time ECMA winner and eight-time Nova Scotia Music Award winner, having earned awards for blues, pop, and R&B recordings. Charlie began performing with his father on local stages before he was of legal age, regularly wowing the audience with his soulful vocals and well-honed guitar skills…

Claire MacMullin

Claire MacMullin (R) is one-half of the sibling duo, Moira & Claire. Based in Antigonish, NS, Moira and Claire have been singing together all their lives, their voices harmonizing with the magic that often appears in family groups.

Dylan Ward

Dylan Ward is a Mi’kmaw musician and recording engineer from Natoaganeg First Nation, NB. Dylan is a member of The Hello Crows, a group that educates audiences about their Wabanaki culture, history, and the positive things happening within their communities, while honestly sharing social obstacles in place today. The group not only shares their Indigenous cultures, values, and traditions, but also the perspectives of Indigenous women and the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities.

Eilidh Campbell

Eilidh Campbell began playing fiddle at the age of eight years in her hometown of Aberfoyle, Scotland. Eilidh has a music degree from the University of Strathclyde and has performed worldwide; she shares her love for fiddling through her active schedule of private lessons.


Emilea May

Emilea May is a PEI-based songstress known for crafting music that serves as a catalyst for healing and growth through raw expression. With her dreamy vocals and honest lyrics that cut to the core, her music provokes deep feelings and introspection. Her forthcoming debut album, Unwreck Me, has an indie/pop/ rock feel and delves deep into heartache, heaviness, and holding onto hope for better.

The Ennis Sisters

©David Howells 2022 www.davehowellsphoto.com For over 25 years, The Ennis Sisters have been connecting to audiences around the world. From arts centres in their home province of NL to performing for international leaders and delegates at the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Juno Beach, their harmonies resonate with us all. Flavoured by Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences, Maureen, Karen, and Teresa are known for their captivating sibling harmonies and their powerful, often humorous storytelling…

James Keelaghan

James Keelaghan is a singer-songwriter with a remarkable ability to bring stories to life through songs such as “Small Rebellions” (highlighting the 1931 slaughter of peaceful striking miners in Bienfait, SK); “Hillcrest Mine” (a prelude to the worst coal mining disaster in Canadian history); “Kiri’s Piano” (a triumph over adversity amidst the shameful, racist treatment of Japanese-Canadians during WWII); and “Cold Missouri Waters” (a harrowing portrait of the 1949 Mann Gulch Fire in the mountains of Montana)…

Jeff Davis

A Lifetime Friend of the Festival, Jeff Davis exem- plifies what is at the heart of Folk Harbour. He has a passion for sharing stories and for preserving history through songs and is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. Jeff plays fiddle, banjo, mandocello, guitar, jaw’s harp, and a few hand-made instruments. He always brings his extensive knowledge, his generous spirit, and his wry humour to our Festival.

Jeremy Dutcher

Jeremy Dutcher is a performer, composer, operatic tenor, activist, and musicologist. These roles are all infused into his art and his way of life. His music transcends boundaries as he blends his Wolastoq songs with classical, traditional, and pop sounds to create something astonishingly new and beautiful. A member of Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick, Jeremy studied music and anthropology in Halifax before finding himself at the Canadian Museum of History’s archives, painstakingly transcribing Wolastoq songs from early 1900s wax cylinders…

Joe H. Henry

Joe Henry has a one-of-a-kind voice and a love for storytelling, drawing from his musical roots and Métis heritage of the Red River Valley. After spending his younger years travelling from town to town with nothing but a faithful dog and a guitar, Joe settled down to raise a family. He moved to Nova Scotia with his wife and five children in 2020. With the release of his debut EP, Keep the Fire Burning, (2023) Joe is ready to wholeheartedly share his talents with the world.

Joel Plaskett

From rocking Halifax’s Marquee Club to performing for the masses at Massey Hall, Joel Plaskett has forged a reputation as one of Canada’s most engaging performers and respected singersongwriters. Joel’s songs are a perennial part of the national playlist, a fixture on “best of” lists, and the soundtrack to the lives of faithful fans across the country and around the world. His accolades over a quarter century include a JUNO, numerous East Coast Music, Canadian Folk, and Music Nova Scotia awards, and two Polaris short list nominations…

Julia Cunningham

Julia Cunningham is a singer-songwriter from Halifax, NS. After years of quietly sharing her music with local audiences, the Music Nova Scotia grant recipient is stepping into the spotlight as a captivating emerging artist. Julia’s debut EP, Dive Deep, is a culmination of many years of writing, creating, and fine-tuning a collection of songs that are captivating, deeply personal, yet profoundly relatable.

Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor is a musician who defies categorization. He doesn’t fit neatly into a box; he never has, and it’s one of his strengths. Over his 20-plus year career, the Toronto-based singer-songwriter has proven to be equally at home with a full band belting out electrified rhythm and blues as on a folk stage, delivering a captivating singer-songwriter set. One thing that is certain is that Julian has established himself as one of Canada’s greatest troubadours…

Kelli Trottier

Kelli Trottier was born and raised in Ontario’s Ottawa Valley, a place known for its musical tradition and innovation; she discovered her passion for entertaining, learned her craft, and developed her distinctive style while still right at home. Now, Kelli’s talent carries her to stages across North America, Europe, the Middle East, and the Far North, where she amasses fans at every stop along the way…

Kristen Martell

Mahone Bay, NS musician Kristen Martell is a bilingual folk-pop artist who is making a name for herself in the East Coast music scene. Kristen writes introspective songs that are filled with warmth and plenty of emotion, and delivers these with intricate guitar picking and emotive piano playing. She has received critical acclaim and award nominations since her return to music in 2020, including ECMA nominations in the Album of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year categories for her 2022 recording, Every Season

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards

Based in Boston, Mass., Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards is a string group united by the love of traditional American music and the ways it can be expressed in a chamber-folk setting. Displaying a huge sonic range, the group spans styles of old-time, bluegrass, country, and Celtic music, all while maintaining solid grounding in traditional fiddle styles. The trio’s songs can go from hard-driving to heart-breaking deftly and with a sensitivity of players beyond their years…


Liam Britten

Liam Britten is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, and composer. Liam graduated with a diploma in Music Arts from the Nova Scotia Community College in 2016 and has been teaching privately ever since.

Lloyd Spiegel

Blending blues with soul and folk, Melbourne, Australia’s Lloyd Spiegel has a musical flair that is an emotional and visual roller coaster. His masterful command of the guitar, both dynamic and expressive, works in tandem with his powerful, full-bodied vocals to deliver a show full to the brim with dazzling technical wizardry, grounded storytelling, and wicked humour…

Lynn Miles

Lynn Miles is a singer-songwriter, record producer, teacher, writer, and public speaker. An acclaimed musician with 16 albums to her credit, she won the 2003 JUNO for Roots / Traditional album of the year and earned nominations in the same category for her 2006 and 2011 albums. Lynn has also been the recipient of six Canadian Folk Music Awards including three for songwriter of the year. Her song “Black Flowers” was included on Claire Lynch’s GRAMMYnominated recording and shows Lynn’s ability to write beautifully evocative songs…

Mama’s Broke

Mama’s Broke is a unique and powerful folk duo whose original compositions manage to simultaneously honour and defy tradition. Lisa Maria and Amy Lou Keeler blend their voices to create haunting harmonies, and add fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin, and traditional dance and foot percussion to round out their sound. The Halifaxbased musicians have broad influences, drawing from old-time, Quebecois, blues, punk, Celtic, Balkan, and even doom metal styles, and they create a soundscape that is both familiar and new…

Mia Kelly & Nick Loyer

Mia Kelly is a singer-songwriter from Gatineau, Quebec who writes and performs in both French and English. Mia enthralls listeners with a distinctive blend of folk, rock, and blues; she is quickly gaining recognition as a poetic lyricist who delivers songs with her powerful and versatile voice. Joining Mia is her longtime collaborator and friend Nick Loyer, who is a powerhouse vocalist and acclaimed songwriter in his own right. Nick, named by the Ottawa Citizen in 2020 as “one of Ottawa’s top 10 artists to follow”, is the founder of A Leverage for Mountains, a Gatineau-based folk-pop trio…

Mo Kenney

Mo Kenney is a singer-songwriter from Dartmouth, NS, who delivers indie folk-pop songs with illustrative lyrics and intricate guitar playing. Their performances are refreshing and raw and their songs are relatable yet mysterious. Mo released their eponymous debut recording in 2012, produced by fellow Dartmouth musician, Joel Plaskett. That recording, and Mo’s follow-up albums, In My Dreams (2014) and The Details (2017), have garnered much critical acclaim…


Moira MacMullin

Moira MacMullin (R) is one-half of the sibling duo, Moira & Claire. Based in Antigonish, NS, Moira and Claire have been singing together all their lives, their voices harmonizing with the magic that often appears in family groups.

Pillow Fite

Together Art Ross (L) and Aaron Green (R) are a Halifax-based alt-pop duo, Pillow Fite. Art is a trans songwriter who plays acoustic guitar and writes lyrics that are both boldly queer and bravely intimate.

Port-Aux-Poutines

Based in St. John’s, NL, Port-Aux-Poutines fuses French-Canadian and Newfoundland musical traditions. Port-Aux-Poutines is made up of singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, Jenna Maloney, from St. John’s, and Axel Belgarde, originally from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec. Through original compositions, traditional folk songs, and translations of Newfoundland songs, the band shares the stories and legends of the province and celebrates the heritage of Francophonie in Newfoundland…

Rachel Cousins

Rachel Cousins has established herself as one of Atlantic Canada’s most promising recording artists, winning over fans and collecting new ones, one compelling composition at a time. In her home province, Rachel has been nominated for Music NL awards, winning their Pop Artist of the Year prize twice. Additional accolades include an ECMA nomination and a 2021 Top 10 finish as part of the CBC’s “Searchlight” competition.

Rum Ragged

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Rum Ragged is a band that takes a bold approach to the distinct folk music of their home province. With a reverence for their roots and a creative, contemporary edge, this band has quickly become known as fine performers and preservers of traditional Newfoundland music. Boasting bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, guitar, and button accordion, these new champions of East Coast music enliven and enlighten audiences with their signature brand of Newfoundland folk…

Sechile Sedare

Sechile Sedare is contemporary roots duo featuring sibling songwriters Leela Gilday and Jay Gilday. Leela is a JUNO Award-winning musician who shares her stories with a gutsy voice and an open stage presence. Jay’s interests span folk, blues, rock, traditional, and soul; he delivers his songs with a trained voice and passionate guitar playing. Together they are Sechile Sedare (pronounced ‘seh-chee-leh’ ‘seh-dahr-eh’), which means “my younger brother, my older sister” in the Dene language…


Sherman Downey

With his unique brand of radio-friendly and folky foot stompers, Sherman Downey has solidified himself not only as one of Newfoundland & Labrador’s most treasured artists, but also as a nationally revered and much sought-after songwriter. His songs have won over listeners from his homeland to the mainland and beyond, collecting a multitude of impressive accolades along the way. Sherman’s 2009 debut, Honey for Bees, earned him a Music NL Award and gained him worldwide attention…

Sherry Ryan

©David Howells 2022 www.davehowellsphoto.com Born and raised in Middle Cove, NL, Sherry Ryan blends folk-pop sensibility with country and Irish-Newfoundland roots. One of Atlantic Canada’s best-loved songwriters, her pure voice carries her emotive songs straight into the hearts of her listeners, whether she is looking to the future, glancing back at the past, or taking stock of what falls in between. With five full-length recordings to date, most recently 2022’s Shout for More, some of her songs are considered to be essential to the canon of Newfoundland’s legendary songs…

Suzie Vinnick

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style. Her career has seen triumph after triumph. A sampling of her successes include the 2024 Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Singer of the Year, a 2024 ECMA for Blues Album of the Year (for A’Court, Spiegel and Vinnick with fellow 2024 Folk Harbour Festival artists Charlie A’Court and Lloyd Spiegel), and the Maple Blue’s Association’s 2023 Acoustic Act of the Year and the 2022 Female Vocalist of the Year…

Valmy

Valmy is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist currently based in St. John’s, NL. Valmy uses her folk-influenced music to tell stories about loving and stumbling your way through the dark, by drawing from nature, the complexities of relationships, and the in between. Valmy continues to create and perform from a place of honesty and wonder, to let the light in.

Vishtèn Connexions

Vishtèn performed at the Folk Harbour Festival in 2006 and 2017 where the group dazzled audiences with its fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres. Vishtèn Connexions continues to celebrate those innovative Acadian sonic landscapes, while also paying tribute to the creativity of the late Pastelle LeBlanc, a composer, multi-instrumentalist, step dancer, singer, proud Acadian, and founding member of Vishtèn…