ABOUT WINTER WARMER
Winter Warmer is a small intimate festival meant to help participants feel cozy in the midst of winter. It combines great music from both established and promising new artists in intimate settings often with the option of sampling a taste of something warm and delicious and washing it down with a beverage or two!
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Sunbury Shores Friday 6:30pm
Pallmer is Emily Kennedy on Cello & Vocals and Mark Kleyn on Viola.
Filling in the space between classical music and indie-folk, Pallmer write string based songs performed with an earnestness that draws the audience in. Based in Fredericton, NB, the indie-folk duo use their years of classical training to craft songs with their viola and cello. They pair complex intertwining instrumentation with delicate but raw vocal delivery, crafting ethereal moments of contentment and introspection.
Anglican Church Hall Friday 8pm
Born from creativity and a desire to be free in music, Josh McKinley, John Morrison, and Darrell Williams have brought their musical tastes together to form an original sound that is sonically comparable to Jazz, Latin, World, Funk & Fusion. This forging of musicianship has created music that is exciting and fresh, mixing sounds of the past with sounds of the present.
Recently awarded 2019 Stingray Rising Star champions at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival and Band of the Year at the 2019 Saint John Regional Music Awards. MMW currently reside in New Brunswick, Canada. They have released one live album to date as a group and have been recorded together in the studio for several albums as a session band.
These three musicians enjoy pleasing audiences with their tasteful and explosive jams. At a McKinley Morrison & Williams show, you can expect a melodic and groove based musical fusion, bass solos, guitar wizardry, and a drum clinic performance. Get out to see these cats and the magic that they are creating!
Sunbury Shores Speak Easy Saturday 2:00pm Tickets $10
Max returns to St Andrews after a sold out show here at Winter Warmer in 2017 A dazzling pianist he has written and performed music in ragtime, stride & classical form gaining a reputation as a top young artist in his field.
A favourite at jazz and ragtime events around the world, he has headlined at major festivals across North America including the Scott Joplin, West Coast Ragtime, and Blind Boone festivals. While equally at home in ragtime and classical styles, he is especially lauded for his stride and traditional jazz chops. These demanding, two-handed rich piano styles were crafted by the likes of Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and James P. Johnson; Max plays them all with stylistic flair and an ear for detail.
In addition to festivals, Max regularly concertizes and has given a program for a live audience on CBC Radio. His debut release, KeenlyStride, was issued in 2010. This was followed by Mostly Max in 2012, featuring a plethora of Max's original tunes along side old classics.
Songwriter's Circle Saturday 8pm
Dave Gunning is best defined as a master craftsman. Over the course of 23 years and 12 albums, the Nova Scotian folk singer/songwriter has diligently sharpened his skills, developing into a poetic storyteller and emotionally convincing singer with few equals.
Along with richly-deserved peer respect, Dave Gunning has earned a shelf full of music industry honours. That tally currently stands at eight East Coast Music Awards and two Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus a 2012 Juno Award nomination. His songwriting skill has also been internationally recognized, with tunes scoring victories and high placings in major international songwriting competitions. His recent song "All That's Yet To Come" was just nominated as song of the year by Folk Alliance International. It joins compositions by multiple Grammy award winners Roseanne Cash, Keb Mo and Patti Griffin as well as Josh Ritter.
Really, what’s to say about Dave that hasn’t already been said? He’s the whole package. He’s an absolutely first-rate songwriter, a particularly strong guitarist as singer-songwriters go, and entertaining as hell on stage.”
Songwriter's Circle Saturday 8pm
From the South Shore of Nova Scotia, Jennah Barry is a singer, songwriter and musician. Loyal, casually self-deprecating and mostly honest, her debut album Young Men is written from the perspective of a bona fide, small-towner in the belly of a big city. Hailing from the coastal haven of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Jennah Barry is one of Atlantic Canada’s surest sirens. Her undeniable, rosewater voice sets a mood wherein even the hardest truths seem palatable. Moving effortlessly between folk, country and soft rock motifs, Barry’s music, last heard on her instantly classic debut Young Men, sets her at the forefront of a tradition of women making music as strong as it is sentimental.
“With a folk guitar, a slide guitar and a voice as sweet as honey, Jennah Barry’s first album Young Men is “a lot of juicy gossip,” she says, drawing on a string of loves lost and won between the South Shore and Toronto... ...Her songs have the maturity of an old-hand at romance, tough to let go of and so easy to love. ”
"...The songs on Young Men flow with ease and confidence, graced with melodies that are sweet and addictive without becoming cloying..."
Songwriter's Circle Saturday 8pm
Owen Steel performances are inimitable musical experiences mirroring his early years growing up between a farmhouse in rural Prince Edward Island and a legendary seaside hostel in small-town New Brunswick. Since 2008 Owen has toured Canada from coast to coast, the US from Texas (SXSW) to Tennessee (Folk Alliance) and Sweden to France and points in between. From prestigious folk festivals to freak festivals; basement bars to revered soft seat theatres; by thumb, boat, van and train; In the process making his way under the radar and into the ears of a small yet mighty group of supporters.
An invitation to the Banff Centre’s inaugural Songwriter Residency in 2017 saw Steel work alongside engineer/producer, Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire) and collaborate with Fats Kaplan (John Prine, Beck, Jack White,Nanci Griffith).
Most recently, Owen collaborated & recorded with classical harpist Sarah Pagé (The Barr Bros, Lhasa de Sala) and Fredericton based weirdo art-punks, Motherhood. Steel is a past recipient of Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Young Performer Award, a Harvest Jazz & Blues Best Original Song Award and is spending the month of January in Dawson City, Yukon as the recipient of the Dawson City Music Festival’s songwriters residency.
ISAAC & BLEWETT
with GOOD GRAVY
Anglican Church Hall Saturday 4pm
'As one of the province's most enduring acts for more than two decades, Isaac & Blewett have carved out a sound that parallels their surroundings on the Fundy coast: Beautiful yet rugged; simple yet profound; wholesome yet equally weird and psychedelic.
Determined not to be restricted by labels, they’ve worked hard to establish a reputation for innovative music, eclectic performances, and honest songwriting.
Roots, blues, classical, eastern scales and melody and experimentation all become one in this highly original and delightful display of sound and story. They have earned the respect of their peers, and have a rare gift for entertaining and captivating audiences of all ages.
Joining them for this special performance two founding members of the legendary Acadian jazz/rock fusion band 'Les Paiens', Denis Surette on electric guitar and Marc Chops Arsenault on bass.
They have been touring internationally for more than 20 years.and are monsters on their respective instruments.. Not afraid to go (or be taken) where others may feign the experience.we hope you are prepared to drop off the edge … and enjoy every minute of the ride!!
Songwriter's Circle Saturday 8pm
Blue Lobelia is Niagra Falls native and Halifax based Rachel Bruch.
With the belief that music has the power to nurture healing in a broken world, Blue Lobelia blends classical and indie-folk influence to create ethereal soundscapes. Her debut album Perennial (2016) is “…an ebb and flow of sound — sometimes a sparkling brook, sometimes a tidal wave of different thoughts and feelings created by her innovative looping strings-and voice technique.” In 2017 the album saw three extensive cross-province tours and radio play on CHSR and CBC. In 2018, she completed two Artist Residencies and was chosen for NSCC’s Artist Development Program.
Blue Lobelia’s latest release, Beneath all Bloom (2019), was just named by Halifax’s “The Coast” as Album of the Year. It has been described as the auditory equivalent of, ‘walking through an enchanted forest’ or ‘a daydream you can dance to’. With strong themes of dreamscape, motherhood and mother earth, the project continues to showcase throughout the maritimes with past performances at Evolve, Paddlefest, Flourish, White Rabbit, Living Roots, Folly Fest and NSMW
Bruch has the ethereal sound of Loreena McKennitt, Kate Bush, Cocteau Twins, Delirium, and Sarah McLachlan.
Honeybeans Friday 5pm
Suggested Festival Donation $5
Critically-acclaimed Canadian recording artist and versatile singer-songwriter Colin Fowlie has arrived on the scene with an abundant horn of plenty in the life experience department. He brings with him a storied past, new and compelling compositions in song, and charismatic vocal stylings that are turning heads with his acclaimed debut full-length album called, “Party Music.”
The release of Party Music signifies the beginning of a new era for Fowlie, as he metamorphoses into a full-time tour de force in the musical realm. His lifelong journey as a songwriter and touring performer has culminated as his primary focus, along with family and a passion for exploring the open road with the wind in his face.
The unique character of his songs fuse elements of folk, rock, blues and Americana/Canadiana into a special blend of universally themed storytelling that, along with his down-to-earth personality, create magic that audiences adore.
Colin’s discography has garnered radio airplay on campus, community and commercial radio across Canada and has graced various charts, both regionally and nationally. He has accrued more than 3 million views on YouTube and was awarded the coveted gold standard status at MusicFest Canada (1994) and Maritime MusicFest (1995). Radio stations in the UK, Holland, Australia, and the USA have also embraced his music since 2015.
Algonquin Hotel "Cosy Cafe" Saturday 5:30pm
Suggested Festival Donation $5
Dwayne Doucette has been writing and performing music for more than 20 years most recently fronting the St Andrews?Saint John based band Earthbound.
Over the last 10 years he has performed more than 400 shows, including spots on at least 15 festival stages and supported the likes of Matt Mayes, Hey Rosetta, The Stanfields, Ben Caplan and the Bedouin Sound Clash. He and his musical collaborators have also released 4 albums/Eps in that time.
His original music covers the gamut, from heartfelt ballads to in their face political accountability classics. There are also funky groove laced stomps that have had many a dance floor bouncing. He's adept at throwing in a few popular cover tunes as well just to please those with a penchant for nostalgia.
We haven't heard from him much in the past 2 years or so. Likely a result of a growing toddler and dreams of opening a local "nano" brewery. It will be great to have him back on stage reminding us that we've got some great local music makers living right here in Charlotte County.
SAINT JOHN STRING Q'TET
All Saints Anglican Church' 'Sunday 2:30pm
“The Saint John String Quartet is full of musical energy and ensemble strength”, Joanna Manning -Telegraph Journal.
For over 30 years the Saint John String Quartet [SJSQ] has stood among Canada’s leading chamber music ensembles. Renowned for its flexibility, SJSQ is equally comfortable collaborating with blues artists and rock superstars, and performing Classical masterworks on its own. Their latest Cd featured their take on the compositions of 16 notable Canadian songwriters/groups
SJSQ performs over 125 concerts annually and serves as musicians-in-residence for both Symphony New Brunswick and the University of New Brunswick. It has performed for numerous heads of state and at prestigious venues the world over, including many countries in the Far East, Europe, and South America.
With many recordings to its credit, SJSQ has earned a Juno nomination [Classical Composition of the Year], and won an East Coast Music Award [Best Classical Album of the Year] and a Music NB award [Best Album of the Year]. Its albums feature new and innovative works and under-appreciated classical gems.
Recognized for many ground-breaking achievements, including its leadership and contributions to musical development in New Brunswick, SJSQ presented the first chamber music concert on the World Wide Web.
They are returned for their 7th Winter Warmer Performance