Al Tuck, Tyler Messick, The Lighthouse Choir, Tom Terrell, Sarah Denim, Strongboy, The Jaynes, Jordan Musycsyn, Rebecca Ratchford, Jon McKiel, and Amy Honey perform at the second annual Winkle Fest in Ingonish, Cape Breton this weekend, on Saturday, September 16th. A celebration of music and food hosted by Salty Rose’s and the Periwinkle Cafe in the heart of the Cape Breton Highlands, the festival promises warm vibrations, coastal soundscapes, relaxation, new friendships, music, and dining.
This year Winkle Fest will expand its focus on food by hosting a variety of food trucks as well as curated dishes Chef Patterson Gray Rochon of the Markland Resort. Additionally, the festival will feature a series of vintage clothing pop-up sales and Salty Rose’s and The Periwinkle Cafe are open from 8:30am to 5:00pm throughout the weekend.
Tickets for the festival are $35.00 advance, $40 at the gate and are available via eventbrite.com. On-site camping is also available at $20 for the weekend.
Bring up Al Tuck’s name to any Canadian music insider, and you’d better find yourself a comfortable chair. Feist suspects that he might just be a living legend. Jason Collett called him the greatest songwriter of his generation. He is an awesome encyclopedia of popular music, a roving troubadour and after more than 20 years in the business is one of Canada’s true musical treasures.
Tyler Messick does not shy away from challenging guitar work and progressive song structure. His fondness for the epic Cape Breton novel, No Great Mischief makes him at home in the histories of the Maritimes – while maintaining his decidedly American qualities – given by his birth in New England.
Playing together for the first time in over 10 years, The Lighthouse Choir sings the songs of fishing boat skeletons, torn wedding dresses, and kelp covered corpses at night. Loud, swirling melody with ghosts in harmony.
Serenading the hope waiting within despair, Sarah Denim’s performances are a strange brew of visual projection, synths, samples, and melodic vocals that offer audiences a unique, immersive and memorable experience.
Jordan Musycsyn is a hard working singer/songwriter, and a masterful storyteller writing songs about life and love with pathos and humour in a Folk-Country style. He sustains a busy touring schedule throughout Canada in support of his sophomore album ‘Old State Of Mind’. Drawing on his own life experiences he writes relatable songs of love, loss and the human condition. His first album The Pitch (2014) was nominated for two Music Nova Scotia Awards. He has toured across the Maritimes and across Canada many times playing his songs solo, with his band, with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue and ‘Tis The Season.
Four friends with a repertoire of self-recorded indie-pop songs about frustrating agoraphobic anxieties and the mundane. While their upcoming release features solitary melodies, and hazy instrumentals; their live sound hints at something bigger. Akin to their post-punk influences; Strongboy offers a cascade of harmonious, angular guitars with a swelling and driving rhythm section.
Tom Terrell sings, all gravel and gravity, in a style reminiscent of the vintage voices of the past. Terrell blends sonic atmosphere, raw poetry and unconventional notions of tradition to create beautiful blue songs, written through the seeing eyes of the archetypal rambler. Tom has garnered an impressive amount of acclaim as the singer/songwriter and guitar player with Canadian roots supergroup, The Modern Grass. Terrell, along with his co-producer Karl Falkenham, was recently awarded Producer of the Year at the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Finding beauty between the stark and sublime images, sounds and influences she fits together like Lego, Amy Honey builds metal on melancholy. Recklessly soulful, the prowess of this pioneer woman is undeniable. She has palate endowed with wide musical taste and a gift for aesthetic transcendence, style and grace.
Veteran members of the circulating Cape Breton band tango, The Jaynes sing harmonies and play indie pop rock in the spirit of 1997. The drums are quick, the chords are thick, and the gentlemen are very charming.
Rebecca Ratchford is a singer-songwriter from the post urban community of New Waterford, Cape Breton. A primary member of lo-fi indie charmers, Rebecca’s Room, her haunting voice and personal songs will crawl inside your bones and make their home there forevermore. At once familiar yet abashedly new, you’ll be reminded that songwriting is a simple and beautiful thing.
For more information about Winkle Fest, visit facebook.com/winklefestcb.