Printable brochure of 2019 lineup IRF19 Brochure
Digital copy of our 2019 Season IRF19 Program Final
Through its deconstruction and transformation of the usual rhythmic, harmonic and structured arrangements of fiddle styles around the world, The Fretless is pushing traditional music to a new place, and has now issued itself an atypical challenge in the mission to find and convert fans unfamiliar with “progressive” traditional music.
With its latest recordings, instead of attempting to make a more “accessible” follow-up to Bird’s Nest, The Fretless is taking advantage of the recent recognition by releasing an instrumental album of tunes representing the player’s traditional roots. Recorded live in a barn in upstate New York before a handful-sized audience assembled only a few feet away from the players, Live From The Artfarm (April 6th) is the raw result of this performance.
Marjorie Maltais and Jacques Arsenault join their beautiful voices together as French Squeeze for original accordion arrangements of favourite Parisian and Canadian songs. Sharing the stage are leading Canadian baritone Brett Polegato and pianist Robert Kortgaard with hit songs of love from classic music theatre.
Video by Janaka Welihinda
WONDER WOMEN! – A celebration of female composers. This performance will explore the compositions and lives of Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, Marianne von Martinez, and many more. Doors Open at 6:00pm
The role of the song and dance man is a noble calling. But restricting himself to only a couple creative pursuits would just not be enough for David Myles. Sure, the Maritime music maker’s song and dance mastery keeps getting more and more impressive—2017’s award-winning, vintage rock ‘n’ roll hip-swiveler Real Love and the spectacular, lush Francophone pop of 2018’s Le grand départ stand testament to that—but Myles is compelled to sally forth toward new challenges and accomplishments. This past year he released Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo, a children’s book based on his beloved modern holiday classic, and dove back into the world of public radio, broadcasting his smooth baritone over Alberta’s CKUA airwaves on his new show Myles From Home. Not to mention he does it all while adhering to an unrelenting tour schedule that has seen him and comrades Kyle Cunjak (bass) and Alan Jeffries (guitar) grace stages ‘round the world.
Join us for an early fall afternoon filled with music and an array of comforting, homemade soups. This will be the sixth year for this fundraising event which has been a delicious success each year. Various restaurants and chefs create soups made with fresh, local ingredients. For the price of your ticket, you can sample four different soups which come in 4oz servings, served with homemade rolls and surrounded by wonderful music. Wander between our new pavilion where the soup will be served and St. Mary’s Church where music will be performed all afternoon. It’s a truly old fashioned gathering where you can enjoy scrumptious fall flavors, time with friends and family, music, and above all, you are helping us to continue bringing exceptional music to an extraordinary venue.
Wander between festival pavilion where the soup will be served and St. Mary’s Church where music will be performed all afternoon. Enjoy performances by folk duo Andrea Ellis and Allison Kelly, acoustic guitar by Wayne Ellis, and fiddle tunes with Aaron Crane.
It’s a truly old fashioned gathering where you can enjoy scrumptious fall flavours made with locally sourced products, time with friends and family, music and above all, you are helping us continue to bring you exceptional music in an extraordinary venue!
“Produced by a Sound Recording team from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.” (February 2018, Pollack Hall)
Roadtrip!! Meagan & Amy share an intense passion for innovative programming and fearless music-making. This dynamic violin/piano duo was selected by Debut Atlantic, Jeunesses Musicales and Prairie Debut for a huge pan-Canadian tour. You’ll understand why when you hear them!