The 11th annual Homegrown Live Music Festival SATURDAY, MAY 4, 2019.
Cajun on King (The Public House), 343 King Street E. (Folk)
Click on performer name for bios and links
The Limestone City String Band
The Limestone City String Band emerged from the Kingston Bluegrass Jam, featuring Paul Rappell, refugee from blues/rock/folk outfits in Montreal and Toronto; Mary Pearson – Bluegrass banjo player in local bands; and Jack Baker, a mainstay on the Kingston scene and country and blues vituoso. The LCSB plays traditional old time music, but also strays into more contemporary territory.
Judy & Me
Judy Duguay and Rick Melanson are ‘Judy and Me’. They’ve been performing together for many years and bring with them thoughtful songs rich in melodies, lyrics and harmonies. Judy and Me released their independent debut in 2016 and are currently working on new material for a new album. They’ve proudly performed and volunteered at this festival for many years. More info.
Originally from Cape Breton, I’ve been playing guitar since 1975, I enjoy playing and singing songs that folks know and can sing along with, so far I cover other folks music, most genres … I aspire to play like Chet Atkins, but brain-to-fingers pathways don’t move that way, yet.
Denis Leroux & Terry Snider
Denis played at last year’s Homegrown event, and will be joined this year by Sam Cole and Chris Ferrall, two bandmates from ‘The Reflections’, and a surprise guest or two. Their music covers the Americana genre and a wide variety of artists such as Wilco, The Avett Brothers, Steve Earle, amd many more. More info.
New to performing, but not new to the scene. My style is hard to define, but it best fits within the folk category. While I play mostly covers, they are done in a way that is compelling and haunting. I have a knack for taking metal/punk/dance pop songs and converting them into raw acoustic versions. It’s different, it’s soulful, you’ll like it.
For over 25 years, his music and high-energy performances have been heard all over Southeastern Ontario, encompassing folk and other traditional genres from the Delta to Dylan, the plantations to the Appalachians, the Mississippi to the Great Lakes. Folk, blues, roots, alt-country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, spirituals – it’s all blended together and performed with a captivating intensity, and a healthy dash of humour, that will take you along through songs happy and sad, upbeat foot-tappers and singalongs, murder ballads, love songs, blues and who knows what else! His debut solo album, I Know This All Too Well, was released on April 14, 2018. He’ll be joined at this performance by Jon McLurg on guitar and Chris Petersen on bass. More info.
Derek Harrison, a Kingston-based contemporary folk songwriter, pulls from many traditions but retains a distinctly Canadian outlook in his conversational lyrics and melodic fingerstyle guitar. A performer for over 15 years, he has toured in Canada, Europe and Australia and is set to release his third solo album in 2019. More info.
Christopher Rio is a Nigerian rhythm and blues singer/songwriter who gained prominence after he was a top 8 finalist on The Voice Nigeria in 2017. With musical influences like Usher Raymond, Mali Music, Lucky Dube, Westlife amongst others, he bares his soul with his unique delivery and versatility across different genres showcasing his versatility. He seeks to take his listeners on many a journey through his mind’s eye with every song and every lyric, armed with a brilliant lush tenor voice texture – the type you can listen to all day.
Chris Giguere & The Final Say
Singer-songwriter guitarist Chris Giguère writes memorable songs of reflection, insight and pondering that live on the blurry boundary between folk, country, and rock. The Final Say are Robin Moon, vocals and Alex Voinot, guitar. The trio released their debut EP “Shine” in August 2018. More info.
Erika Lamon is a soulful folk-pop singer-songwriter based out of Kingston, ON. Her music has taken her all the way from North America’s largest Francophone music festival, to the more intimate settings of the festivals, pubs and cafés of her hometown. She released her self-titled debut EP in October 2017. More info.
Rocky High and The Northern Lights
Rocky High & The Northern Lights is a 3-piece progressive folk band from Soperton, Ontario. After forming in early 2016 they’ve played a number of shows from farmer’s markets to country fairs. They opened for Juno Award winners Elliott Brood as part of the Festival of Small Halls. They’re known for fast-paced, energetic performances, as well as their slower ballads. More info.