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Wednesday
18
APR

The Roots, Blues & Gospel Music of Ken Whiteley

19:30
22:00
The Root Bistro
Event organized by The Root Bistro

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Blues, folk, gospel, swing… New music with old soul!

Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected ‘roots’ musicians. He has won a CFMA (Canadian Folk Music Award), a GENIE Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, 2 Lifetime Achievement Awards (from Folk Music Ontario and from the Mariposa Folk Festival) and has been nominated for 7 JUNO Awards and 15 MAPLE BLUES Awards. Drawing on his incredibly rich background in blues, gospel and folk styles Ken’s played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, Penny Lang, Leon Redbone, Guy Davis, Fred Penner, Al Simmons, Raffi and countless others.

A prolific songwriter, a gifted and versatile instrumentalist and a powerful singer as one critic has said, “with Ken Whiteley our enjoyment is virtually assured.” Ken simply says, “I sing, write songs and share my knowledge of traditions because the whole point is to bring people together, make them feel better and more in touch than before we all started singing!”

Recent recordings by Ken have included a CFMA nominated The Light of Christmas, Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band and his most recent, Freedom Blues. Grammy winning musicologist Rob Bowman states,

“In Freedom Blues, Canadian roots music icon Ken Whiteley has crafted a timeless set of songs that address both contemporary and historical struggles for the freedom endemic to a healthy, progressive society. Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and, for lack of a better word, folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley's career and Canadian roots music in general.”

Wed., April 18 @ The Root, Lloydminster
Tickets from The Root and at the door.

APRIL CONCERT DATES 2018

An Evening with Ken Whiteley
12 Fernie Arts Station
13 Prairie Sky Cohousing Concert, Calgary
14 Lethbridge Folk Club presents @ The Cave, Lethbridge College
15 Red Deer House Concert
16 VERA Concert Series presents @ the Beaverlodge Public Library
18 The Root, Lloydminster

Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Bandin concert
19 The Bassment, Saskatoon
20 The Exchange, Regina
21 Beneath The Arch presents @ Flare n’ Derrick Community Hall, Turner Valley
22 Medicine Hat Folk Music Club

www.kenwhiteley.com