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Kate Weekes & James Stephens / Emilyn Stam & John David Williams at Batstone's Northern Ramble

Nov 1


Kate Weekes & James Stephens // Emilyn Stam & John David Williams


Fall 2019 TOUR

In this playground of sound, contemporary Canadian folk songwriter Kate Weekes and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist James Stephens explore the travelogue that is Weekes’ dazzling 2019 release, ‘Taken by Surprise’.  Emilyn Stam and John David Williams merge the voices of clarinet, violin, diatonic and chromatic accordions to create a modern sound steeped in tradition, with traditional music from France, and original compositions influenced by French, Klezmer, and Canadian traditions.  Each duo will lead a set, and in a game of musical Red Rover, they will call each other over.  

EMILYN STAM & JOHN DAVID WILLIAMS: Fiddle / Clarinet / Accordion / Improvisation

Emilyn Stam is an Ontario-based fiddler, pianist and accordionist who creates, performs, records and teaches in folk, trad, and neo-trad styles from Europe and Canada. Her unique style is largely influenced by her mentor, the late Oliver Schroer, but also by her 4 years touring with Eastern European party-punk-super-band Lemon Bucket Orkestra, playing for "Balfolk" social dancing events with the Dutch band Té, classical piano training, and as a member of trio “Eh?! with Canadian fiddlers Anne Lederman and James Stephens.  

KATE WEEKES & JAMES STEPHENS: Guitar / Fiddle / Voice / Songwriting

With the release of her third solo album, Taken by Surprise, singer/songwriter and guitarist Kate Weekes expertly maps the musical spot where landscapes and emotions converge via accessible, jazzy folk/pop inspired by the planet’s northernmost locales and the people in them.  Alongside producer and multi-instrumentalist James Stephens, Weekes has created a dazzling sonic scrapbook of experiences which are buoyed by Weekes’ inimitable performance style and flair for storytelling.

////Kate Weekes & James Stephens / Emilyn Stam & John David Williams, Nov 1 (8pm, Batstone's Northern Ramble, $20), Nov 3 (7pm, Maberly Hall, $15). Duo double bill.




Batstone's Northern Ramble
45 Railway Ave.
Renfrew, ON K7V 3B1

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