Friday and Saturday Headline Acts Announced for 2015 OGF

Old Man LuedeckeFriday Headliner
Old Man Luedecke

Opener: Shawna Caspi

Multi-Juno award winning roots singer-songwriter from the east coast, Old Man Luedecke is Friday evening’s headliner at The 2015 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF).
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Connie KaldorSaturday Headliner
Connie Kaldor

Opener: Lyndell Montgomery with Terry Gillespie

Saskatchewan born, masterful performer, and Juno award winner Connie Kaldor is this year’s Saturday evening headliner at The 2015 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF).
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Old Man Luedecke Headlines Friday Night Ottawa Grassroots Festival

OLD MAN LUEDECKE-picOttawa, ON – December 9 2014: Old Man Luedecke, a multi-Juno award winning roots singer-songwriter from the east coast, has been announced as the Friday evening headliner at The 2015 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF). The four day festival takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, at 330 Kent Street, April 23-26, 2015. Luedecke’s latest, acclaimed studio album, Tender Is The Night, is rich in metaphor, heart and instrumentation and muses on love, art and purpose. “The songs are about a variety of topics, a meditation on art and ambition is present in a lot of what I do. Art and whether there is spiritual success without worldly success, that’s at the heart of Tender Is The Night,” says Luedecke.
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Stef Paquette and Eric Dubeau headline Thursday Night for OGF 2015

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Stef Paquette

Stef Paquette

Thursday Headliner
Stef Paquette

A founding member of the band Les Chaizes Muzikales in 1993, Paquette launched a solo career in 2002 with his first solo album, L’Homme exponentiel. His second solo album, Salut de l’arrière pays, was released in 2011 and won a number of awards.
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Eric Dubeau

Eric Dubeau

Thursday Headliner
Eric Dubeau

Singer-songwriter Eric Dubeau writes songs that are rich. They are inspired variously by daily life in a village in Northern Canada, local legends heard in Croatia, the tranquility of the landscape in Patagonia or the riddle of the Sphinx.
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Opener: Sarah Bradley

“Having a Franco-Ontarian night speaks to our mandate of cultivating community,” says Bob Nesbitt, OGF Producer.” Culturally diverse music breaks down barriers, enriching the festival experience. “Stef and Eric are talented artists and we are so pleased to have them kick start the festival.”

Connie Kaldor Headlines Ottawa Grassroots Festival

Bio and picture Connie Kaldor 798x900Ottawa, ON – November 21 2014: The 2015 Ottawa Grassroots Festival (OGF) announces masterful performer and Juno award winner, Connie Kaldor, as this year’s Saturday evening headliner. The four day festival takes place at the Royal Canadian Legion, Montgomery Branch, at 330 Kent Street, April 23-26, 2015. Kaldor, known as the performer without borders, has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades, yet her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary. With nine albums and a broad devoted fan base, people come back to see her again and again because a Connie Kaldor performance is about more than just the power of music. It is also about the power of personality. What she says between songs is as intriguing as the lyrics she sings.
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An evening with Chris Smither

Chris Smither

Chris Smither

Saturday, September 27
7:30 pm

National Arts Centre
Fourth Stage

53 Elgin Street, Ottawa



Tickets: $25 at the NAC box office (no service charge) and online at www.ticketmaster.ca

This concert is a presentation of the Ottawa Grassroots Festival (April 23-26, 2015, www.209.15.208.86/~ottawagrassroots) in conjunction with Folkzone (www.folkzone.ca)

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Artist Bio – Chris Smither

Chris Smither draws deeply from blues and folk music, modern poets and philosophers. An exceptional artist with more than 15 albums to his credit, he receives ongoing praise for his dazzling guitar work, his gravelly voice, and his profound, beautiful songwriting. His rhythmic finger-picking style, strongly influenced by the playing of Mississippi John Hurt and Lightnin’ Hopkins, is layered over the ever-present backbeat of his tapping feet.

Chris Smither grew up in New Orleans and learned to play his mother’s ukulele as a child. After moving to to Boston in his twenties, he developed his unique musical style and forged lifelong musical friendships. His songs have been recorded by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, John Mayall and many others.

Chris Smither released a two-CD retrospective album entitled “Still on the Levee” in July, 2014, to celebrate 50 years as a recording artist. A book – “Chris Smither Lyrics, 1966-2012” – contains lyrics to his entire song catalog along with selected photographs from his illustrious career. The upcoming CD “Link of Chain” features a who’s who of musicians interpreting his material, including Josh Ritter, Bonnie Raitt, Tim O’Brien, Loudon Wainwright III, Patty Larkin and many more.

“Chris Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the absolute best singer-songwriters in the world.” –Associated Press

Media contact: Chris White, chris@folkzone.ca, 613-327-9621