"Masterful and amazing!" Tampa Acoustic Music Exchange
Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children's music. Among numerous accolades, he has been awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award, Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement recognition from Folk Music Ontario (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) and Mariposa Folk Festival. He has also been nominated for 7 Juno awards and 14 Maple Blues Awards. Ken’s live performances showcase his outstanding musicianship on guitars and mandolin, award winning original songs and his powerful vocals, called "...a cross between Pete Seeger and Tony Bennett on 11!" Whether leading his own group, solo or collaborating with peers at blues, folk, children’s festivals and concerts of all sizes, his “...deep knowledge and infectious passion” guarantee good times for all. As a producer of over 125 recording projects, Ken’s productions have garnered 10 Canadian Gold and Platinum records, 4 American Gold records, 22 Juno and 2 Grammy nominations, and sold over 8 million copies.
Sunday Gospel Matinee...
Jesse Palidofsky is a pillar of the Washington, D.C. songwriter scene. He has recorded several CD’s for Azalea City Records including his most recent work, Dancing Towards The Light. This was recorded in Toronto with Ken in the producer’s chair and George Koller on string bass. His exploration of spiritual themes is deeply informed by a wide variety of life experiences. He articulates them with humour, dignity and joy. He is an accomplished musician playing guitar, harmonica, piano and organ.
Frank Evans and Rosalyn Dennett are the vocal and instrumental backbone of Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band. Frank is a world class banjo player in both old time, clawhammer and contemporary bluegrass picking. He is also the lead singer of the highly acclaimed Slocan Ramblers with whom he tours throughout North America. Rosalyn’s versatile fiddling has been featured in many groups including Winnipeg’s Oh My Darling, Toronto’s Old Pony and Hannah Shira Naiman. They both have large repertoires of both familiar and obscure old gospel numbers.
George Koller is a unique musician whose endeavours straddle jazz, world, folk, pop, new age and the unclassifiable. He also has become something of an impresario producing recordings, events and concert series including the World Jazz for Haiti. He defines the qualities of “big ears”, deep soulful playing and unsurpassed improvisational dexterity. George was the featured bass player on “Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright!”, the recording that began this series and it is always a treat to welcome him back.
Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band was the 2nd most played folk recording for 2015 on the Stingray music streaming service. You can expect to see some of Ken’s folk side at this show as he digs into this repertoire. Rest assured that there will be lots of energy and chances to join in the singing.
MY NEW CD: I'm
celebrating the release of my newest recording "Freedom Blues", with The
Fabulous Levy Sisters, Richard Underhill and many more musical guests
on Friday, April 1st at 8:30 pm at Hugh's Room. I hope you can join us. Contact Hugh's Room to make reservations and/or purchase tickets.
ON THE RADIO: Check out my last appearance on Canada's most listened to spiritual show, The Drew Marshall Show. Drew is no doubt one of my greatest supporters and a great friend. I highly recommend you check out his show as he welcomes a diverse array of artists and celebrities to sit down with him every Saturday. This was my 7th invite. Live! on TDMS - Devoted Souly to the Art of Music on Nov. 28 with Ken Whiteley