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The 17th Annual Solstice FestivalJune 23 & 24, 2017

Music Line-Up

We are pleased to present an incredible musical line-up that will impress all audiences.

The Residuals

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The Residuals are Canada’s one-of-a-kind Prairie Celtic group. Drawing from over ten years of playing traditional Irish, Scottish and Maritime music as well as original composition in the traditional style, The Residuals have redefined the genre as an acoustic, living prairie tradition. 

The Residuals have performed at Saskatoon FolkFest, Regina's Mosaic, Mid-Winter Celtic Festival, TCU Place, Sasktel Centre, The Basement, and many other venues. 

 

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The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer

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There once was an era when records were made in castles, abandoned airplane hangars, barns, or on a yacht off the coast of the Bahamas, its passengers as high as paper kites. This is not that record! It is an album that came together from the desire for companionship, the endless pursuit of tone, the strength and glue of family, and above all, the love and admiration for each other's skills. Whether it was operating a tape machine with Jedi precision, creating meals that fuelled us, or belting out glass shattering ohs and ahs, it was the elbow grease of many individuals that brought this project to life. – The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer -

The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer are relentless touring artists known for their high-energy, sweaty, dance-floor-boogying performances. They have recently toured the UK with St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the EU with Dr. Dog and XIXA and the US with Tinariwen. They have also shared the stage with Taj Mahal, Booker T Jones, Mother Mother, The Sheepdogs, and Serena Ryder and have played their fair share of festivals including: Winnipeg Folk Fest, Ottawa Blues Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, Montréal Jazz Fest, Vancouver Jazz Fest, Festival D’Été de Québec, and Regina Folk Festival. 2017 will see the band bringing their bed of chaos to a festival, hinterland and city near you withApocalipstick.

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Luke Dowler

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For over 9 years, songwriter, performer, and producer, Luke Dowler has been building a prolific and versatile body of work from the mountains of northwest Montana. Refusing to be categorized by one genre, Dowler has released a large catalogue of EPs, LPs and singles, selling 5000 records independently through a strong work ethic, honest engaging performances, and a knack for memorable hooks.  In 2014, Paste Magazine called Dowler ‘a Montana artist you needed to listen to now’, as part of their 50 states project.

Averaging over 110 shows a year, Dowler has performed across the US, Australia, Europe & Canada both as a solo artist and with a full band. In 2011, Dowler became known for his urgency and socially consciousness with the single ‘Silence Is Shameful’.  A moving, orchestral look at human trafficking, the video has amassed almost 50,000 views and continues to find new audiences worldwide.  Signing to EMI/Dream Records in 2012, Dowler released the rock/pop full length album ‘Polarized’.  iTunes official review noted that Polarized has “a defiant edge that brings vintage Springsteen or Petty to mind…but avoids slavish imitation” and also revealed a “scrappy tunesmith deserving to win a wider audience among music devotees.” After a subsequent US and Canadian tour, Dowler moved on from the label to continue to pursue his full creativity.

After recording past projects in Nashville, Portland, LA, Amarillo TX, and Madison, WI,  Luke returned to his DIY roots building his own studio in Montana. He began to work on his latest project, a 4 EP collection: WEST, NORTH, SOUTH, & EAST.  Each one would have its own themes and musical identity. Dowler produced and played all the instruments on WEST, which  was released in late 2013 and featured a collection of songs diverse in style and subject matter but is held together by the theme of moving forward into new territory.  After turning heads with his most multi-faceted and experimental work yet on WEST, Dowler continued to dig into the collection.

Looking forward Dowler says “It’s an exciting project to undertake. NORTH is centered around themes of adventure and risk; while SOUTH has more of  an ‘earthy’, folk-rock feel that explores heartache.” adding that “EAST will be much different.  It will be full-circle; drawing on the energy of my first band’s ska-pop punk roots and inspired by a love of pop, Motown and big band. ”

In early 2014, Luke took a break from recording the 4 EP project for his first European tour and penning the track “The Edge” for the NORTH EP.  While overseas, he also released the jangly, pop single ‘Heart Attack” and corresponding music video, which can be seen on his YouTube channel and heard charting on multiple AA radio stations.

With the remaining EPs future release, producing outside projects and continued touring, Luke Dowler continues to build a body of work that refuses to be categorized by just one genre or sound. For tour dates, releases, Luke’s blog and additional info, visit 

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Scott Richmond

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Scott Richmond is a Regina-based musician and songwriter who has been capturing the attention of listeners everywhere with his unique and soulful take on folk-country and rock and roll. While living in Nashville, TN, he recorded his debut album, Come What May, with some of Music City’s best. It went on to reach the Top 10 on multiple folk charts across Canada and was named the #1 folk/country album of 2014 by the Winnipeg Free Press. In December of last year, Richmond travelled to Los Angeles, CA to record his sophomore album with Grammy award winning producer/engineer Kevin Augunas at the famous Sound City Studios.

Since the release of his first album, Richmond has been performing throughout Western Canada, the United States and South America, including showcases at BreakOut West and the Folk Alliance International Music Conference in Kansas City, MO.

With his engaging lyrics, and virile and gutsy voice, he has developed a style that has been described as “stunningly compelling” by Kerry Doole of Exclaim Magazine, who adds that it is “a perfect vehicle for his literate and gritty folk meets country material”. This, combined with an authentic and dynamic live show, is leading to an ever-growing fan base that is eager to hear what the Saskatchewan troubadour will do next.

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