2018 Tottenham Bluegrass Festival Performers
Folks will be pickin’ and grinnin’ when the sweet sounds of bluegrass music waft over the amphitheatre in Tottenham at the 2018 Tottenham Bluegrass Festival. The Tottenham Bluegrass Festival Committee are pleased to announce that planning for this year’s festival is well underway.
In past years festival attendees have been treated to some of the best bluegrass bands in the world and this year’s stellar lineup is sure to be welcomed by all.
2018 BLUEGRASS LINE UP
Tottenham Bluegrass Festival is very excited to have Rhonda Vincent join us for our 2018 Bluegrass Festival.
Bluegrass vocalist and fiddler Rhonda Vincent began her professional music career at the age of five, playing drums with her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show. She picked up the mandolin at eight and the fiddle at ten, performing with the family band at festivals on weekends. After appearing on TNN’s nationally televised You Can Be a Star program in her mid-twenties, Vincent struck out on her own, singing with the Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Ed Brown, eventually leading to a deal with Rebel Records. Her work with Brown and her Rebel recordings caught the attention of Giant Nashville’s president, James Stroud, who signed Vincent to record two contemporary country albums. After her time at Giant, she moved to Rounder Records, and demonstrated her passion for the traditional music she grew up with on Back Home Again.
Her 2001 album, The Storm Still Rages, was nominated for seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year, while fiddle player Michael Cleveland and banjo player Tom Adams earned nominations in their respective instrumental categories. A three-year unbroken string of IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year awards led to the 2003 release of One Step Ahead, another tour, and another well-deserved showering of critical praise.
Ragin’ Live Recorded in front of a hometown crowd in St. Louis, Ragin’ Live arrived in 2005, followed by All American Bluegrass Girl in 2006, Good Thing Going in 2008, and Destination Life in 2009. After parting ways with longtime label Rounder Records, Vincent released Taken in 2010, and followed it with 2011’s Your Money and My Good Looks, a duets album with Gene Watson. Released in 2012, Sunday Mornin’ Singin’: Live! was a gospel-themed album and DVD recorded at the 100-year-old Greentop United Methodist Church in Greentop, Missouri, where Vincent first began singing as a child. Early in 2014, Vincent returned with Only Me, a double-disc set that showcased her bluegrass and country roots. The year 2015 saw the release of her second holiday album, Christmas Time, which featured four new originals and a rendition of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that boasted guest spots from Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, the Oak Ridge Boys, and several others. In 2017 Vincent issued the concert album/video All the Rage, which included 14 tracks culled from a from a 2015 Rhonda Vincent & the Rage show recorded at the Bethel Performing Arts Center in Tennessee.
Tom Feller and Chris Hill have made quick work of establishing themselves as among the top vocal groups in bluegrass winning over fans and disc jockeys in the few short years since forming their bluegrass band, Feller & Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos. Combining their love for traditional bluegrass and classic country music, their music falls somewhere between Buck Owens and the Osborne Brothers. Hallmarked by tight harmonies and great songs, Feller & Hill have had some of the biggest hits on bluegrass radio the past two years with “Big Blue Roses” and “Government Blues.”
Bluegrass crowd-pleasers, Remington Ryde has been together for 12 years. The band has been performing over 100 shows each year all throughout the United States and Canada. The group just released their sixth studio album “live at the bluegrass ramble.” the album features a one hour live show from Bill Knowlton’s 41st bluegrass ramble picnic at dyer memorial park in little York, New York and is packed full of laughs and great traditional bluegrass.
The band’s distinct sound and old time flair can be attributed to the bluegrass-rich area of Pennsylvania from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and leader of Remington Ryde, Ryan Frankhouser’s showmanship and chemistry with the audience turns fans into family. Billy Lee’s humor, wit, and ever encouraging and uplifting approach to life clearly shows through on stage and off.
Whether tears of laughter or of renewed joy, Billy Lee will touch your heart and leave you smiling every time. Add to that Richard’s and Warren’s unending love to get out and jam with anyone and everyone, to get to know and make friends of each and every one of you, and their overall down home good time boys love of bluegrass and bluegrass fans everywhere
An exciting bluegrass band featuring, Al, Ginny Jimbob, Mike and Lorne. Sweet Grass, a traditional bluegrass band with “an edge,” which was award Upcoming Promising Band at Northern Bluegrass Award in 2014.
The band is known for its fresh takes on old tunes and for taking new tunes and giving them a bluegrass sway. Add SweetGrass’ upbeat stage presence, solid musicianship and obvious love of bluegrass music and you have a group that is fun and well-respected by fans and musicians alike
Hometown Bluegrass was a local band that graced the festival stage at Tottenham
more than sixteen times. They were also popular on the Ontario circuit, playing River
Valley, Palmer Rapids, Renfrew, and Conestoga. After acquiring master fiddler Leslie
Dawn Knowles in 2007, they produced two CD’s, Population 5, and Home Again. They
were also on the original Sampler CD North to Ontario. There were many different
members through the years, but Al Benner and Mike Kirley remained from the beginning
in 1987 until the band retired in 2014. The makeup of the band at that time was:
Guitar and vocals: Don Couchie
Bass and vocals: Sherry O’Connor
Fiddle and vocals: Leslie Dawn Knowles
Banjo and vocals: Al Benner
Mandolin and vocals: Mike Kirley
A Kitchener radio host has described Hometown Bluegrass as “the most entertaining live
show… the comfort food of Ontario Bluegrass”.
EDDIE LEBLANC & FRIENDS
As a festival founder we hold a special place in our hearts for Eddie, and are delighted to have him here at the 35th annual Tottenham Bluegrass Festival. His set will be a can’t miss filled with unexplainable talent. We won’t spoil the excitement of seeing Eddie perform again but we know that his set will take us all back to the place we first fell in love with bluegrass.
BEETON CREEK RISING
Beeton Creek Rising is The Tottenham Bluegrass Festivals home grown band. They can be seen pickin’ at local spots all over town throughout the year. But during the festival, they take centre stage.
Come see some authentic bluegrass music from Beeton Creek Rising at this years Tottenham Bluegrass festival.
The Unseen Strangers have ambitiously cultivated a musical identity shaped by good old-fashioned bluegrass, the limitless barrage of contemporary musical influences, and a curious sense of humor. Newgrass ambassadors, The Unseen Strangers favor innovation over convention. For their newest album, Stranger Places (April 1st, 2016), the band challenged the limits of what they are capable of, exploring the gamut of what can be done with strings. The result is a collection of fun, stunning songs featuring inimitable instrumental performances.
Tottenham Bluegrass Festival is happy to welcome Unseen Strangers to Bailey’s Backyard Bluegrass Stage. We are sure you will enjoy them as they entertain.
Click above to listen to the toe tapping sounds of Unseen strangers.
A bluegrass powerhouse featuring rich vocal harmonies, killer picking, and a fun-loving, down-to-earth stage presence, The Barrel Boys are a unique staple of the Toronto music scene. Informed by the deep traditions of bluegrass, country, old-time, and Americana, they have crafted their own unmistakeable sound into an exuberant and deeply soulful musical experience.
With three strong lead singers, lush harmonies, solid picking, and an interesting classic bluegrass repertoire of barnburners, ballads, and everything in between, Houndstooth has held down one of Toronto’s longest running weekly residencies with eight years at the fabled Tranzac Club. Kristin Cavoukian (guitar), Danny Simmons (banjo), Logan McNeil (mandolin), and Dave Lang (bass) win over audiences young and old with their warm and entertaining approach to bluegrass music.