Festival Lineup

STARS with Jenn Grant
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STARS have made their career telling the tales we keep in the darkest, and most hopeful parts of our souls. Delivering the hard and soft edges of life and love as only this band can, they returned with two new tracks Privilege and We Called It Love.

Bahamas

Bahamas – Earthtones NB Tour

Tuesday January 16
The Fredericton Playhouse with The Weather Station

David Myles – “Real Love” Release
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Saturday January 20
Fredericton Farmers’ Market with Reeny Smith

David Myles returns to Shivering Songs with a full band in tow, to release Real Love at the Boyce Farmers’ Market. Rock ’n’ roll’s diverse, electrifying roots dig deep into this, Myles’ tenth album.

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Reeny Smith
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Saturday January 20
Fredericton Farmers’ Market supporting David Myles

Reeny Smith is an award winning twenty four year old singer/songwriter from North Preston, Nova Scotia. Born into a musically inclined family, Reeny began singing and playing piano at age five, and spent much of her youth in regional church choirs. Commonly referred to as the “Canadian Alicia Keys”.

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Montgomery Street Band

Sunday January 21
Fredericton Farmers’ Market with Reeny Smith

The band boasts an impressive repertoire of old-time fiddle tunes, bluegrass numbers, old jazz standards and original tunes. Stylistically, the band has remained true to old-time roots whilst also incorporating jazz harmonies, blazing tempos and the dynamic energy of a full-fledged jam band.

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Catherine MacLellan performs “The Songs of Gene MacLellan”
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Friday January 19
The Wilmot United Church with Bob Mersereau

There are skillful tributes and heartfelt homages, and then there’s If It’s Alright With You: The Songs of Gene MacLellan, which finds Juno Award winner Catherine MacLellan covering songs by her legendary late father, with a magnificence only blood ties can summon.

Timber Timbre
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Saturday January 20
Charlotte Street Arts Centre with Motherhood and Camille Delean

Timber Timbre’s music has always traced a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now.

Fiver presents “Audible Songs From Rockwood”
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Friday January 19
Wilser’s Room

In April 2017, Schmidt released Audible Songs From Rockwood, a song cycle based on the lives of people incarcerated at the Rockwood Asylum for the Criminally Insane in Upper Canada between 1856-1881.

Pondercast with Laurie Brown
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Friday January 19
Fredericton Public Library with musical accompaniment by Joshua Van Tassel & Sandro Perri

One of Canada’s finest music journalists and most beloved broadcasters, Laurie Brown brings new project Pondercast to Shivering Songs.

Tim Baker (of Hey Rosetta!)
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Saturday January 20
The Wilmot United Church with The Olympic Symphonium

This special performance during Shivering Songs will be Baker’s first solo performance since the announcement of Hey Rosetta!’s hiatus in late 2017.

The Olympic Symphonium – “Beauty In The Tension” Release
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Saturday January 20
The Wilmot United Church supporting Tim Baker

Beauty In The Tension is the result of rural isolation, small comforts, and the discovery of two pairs of Dark Side Of The Moon pyjama pants. For six days last winter.

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The Hypochondriacs
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Tip-toeing into the crypt of traditional country music, the Hypochondriacs ransacked it for treasures and escaped with a surprisingly fresh take on the genre. The forlorn, emotional balladry of legends like George Jones and Hank Williams, the manic high-energy stage show of early Memphis rockabilly, the sweet sugariness of ‘50 doo-wop, and the grit of […]

Sandro Perri
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Friday January 19
Fredericton Public Library accompanying Pondercast with Laurie Brown

Sandro Perri makes music within a broad spectrum of sound, as a composer, producer, instrumentalist, and singer.

Motherhood with Kids Choir
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Saturday January 20
Charlotte Street Arts Centre supporting Timber Timbre, with Camille Delean

Everyone’s band bio relays how innovative their sound is, but Motherhood’s sound really is. Honest. Described as widely as weirdo country, circus punk, and black metal fusion, the New Brunswick-based trio has reluctantly settled on “art rock” as a catch-all.

Hillsburn
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Saturday January 20
Wilser’s Room with Quinn Bonnell, Nick Ferrio, and Hilary Ladd

Perhaps partly as a result of the new approach, The Wilder Beyond departs sharply from the folk-rooted sound of Hillsburn’s award-winning In The Battle Years debut. The group’s soaring three-part harmonies are intact here, but densely-layered arrangements and more electronic instruments signal a move in the direction of indie rock.

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Nick Ferrio
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Peterborough, Ontario’s Nick Ferrio returns with an album of ten rock & roll songs called Soothsayer. The album marks a departure from his previous folk and country albums, with more of a 70’s power-pop sound, reminiscent of Elvis Costello and T-Rex, but still completely his own.

Camille Delean
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Saturday January 20
Charlotte Street Arts Centre supporting Timber Timbre and Motherhood

Having grown up in small-town Ontario, Camille Delean moved through numerous cities before landing in London, where she met Ben Walker pub. The pair would spend the next two years playing together, before beginning work on a record at Hackney’s Urchin Studios.

David R. Elliott
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A well-kept secret of the East Coast, David R. Elliott has been performing and releasing material for over a decade, amassing a vast and musically-varied back catalogue that has gained him fans like Joel Plaskett and Al Tuck. He’s performed alongside musicians like Cousins, Mauno, and Garrett Mason, and played such major festivals as Canadian […]

Sleepy Driver
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Singer-songwriter Peter Hicks is the frontman of Fredericton-based alt-roots rock band Sleepy Driver. With the band, Hicks has penned five albums’ worth of music, which have received widespread acclaim, airplay, and nominations for both East Coast Music Awards and Music New Brunswick Awards. Sleepy Driver’s 2012 album In a Low Dark Light won the MNB […]

Chris Coole + John Showman

Chris Coole brings a solid command of the oft overlooked, but irreplaceable rhythm guitar styles most often conjured by the bluegrass guitar elders. To compliment, Coole possesses a compelling understanding of old-time music and has contributed trustworthy, original songwriting; songs whose plaintive clarity are beginning to find themselves sung, and recorded, by respected peers in the […]

Dana Sipos
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Originally hailing from the industrial landscape of Hamilton, Ontario, Dana Sipos inhabited the far Canadian north – Yellowknife, Northwest Territories – for many years before going nomad.  Her captivatingly nuanced songs continue to be infused with a wild wind and a haunting, slightly hypnotic surrealism, akin to the mysteries of the north. Sipos toured extensively […]

Sugarbomb
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This 6-piece musical party formed to bring about the joyful revival of a dynamo sound that impacted nearly everything during this golden age of popular music.

Just Gotta Sing!

A multifaceted teacher and performer, Moon Joyce has helped many people with vocal lessons over the years. Focused on how song can become a community activity, open and accessible to all, Moon this year launched a choir experience called Just Gotta Sing.  This group brings people from different talent levels and walks of life together, into an impromptu […]

The Waking Night
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The Waking Night have been diligently crafting a sound that has been tacking between saturated alternative-rock and blues-rock chaos.

Quinn Bonnell
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Latching onto the guitar at a young age, Quinn Bonnell of Burnt Church uses his fantastic instrumental ability to combine singer-songwriter stylings with blues and folk on much anticipated upcoming EP, The Night. Prior to penning his first offering, the song “I Don’t Mind,” Bonnell was a dedicated guitar player for multiple cover bands. His […]

Brookside Mall
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Steeped in clouded nostalgia, open wounds and a weighty, permanent what-if, Preservation is Brookside Mall’s sophomore effort. Gently defiant and grievously plainspoken, Preservation’s nervous pangs and vulnerable inflections are an elegy for the in-between: Though its serpentine delivery is still marred by loss and naiveté, this album clutches at acceptance rather than longing for absolution. […]

Graeme Kennedy
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Graeme Kennedy is a storytelling songwriter from Peterborough, ON, now living in Fredericton, NB. He’s a testament to the power of a good song, and ultimately a good story. Everybody loves one, and Graeme is full of them. Best of all, he tells them well. Kennedy’s debut album features a collaboration with horn player Ralph […]

Evan Leblanc
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Pairing melodic, sun-soaked rock with sparkling pop hooks and reverent lyrics, Fredericton’s David in the Dark is “one thegreatest gifts of the year” (Grid City Magazine). A creative, cohesive unit that’s topped regional campus radio and toured Eastern Canada relentlessly, “New Brunswick is all the better for this band,” (CBC Music). Join David in the Dark’s singer/guitarist Evan Leblanc for […]

Stabbing Joy
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Steeped in clouded nostalgia, open wounds and a weighty, permanent what-if, Preservation is Brookside Mall’s sophomore effort. Gently defiant and grievously plainspoken, Preservation’s nervous pangs and vulnerable inflections are an elegy for the in-between: Though its serpentine delivery is still marred by loss and naiveté, this album clutches at acceptance rather than longing for absolution. […]

Les MoonTunes
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Created August 2015 in Moncton, N-B, Les MoonTunes is a group of friends from diverse backgrounds. Composed of seven members influenced by varied musical genres, they merge styles to form a lunar entity. Self-identifying as a jam band, Les MoonTunes derive musical inspiration from improvised evenings, relaxation, and a disco light that generates their magical […]

Bob Mersereau
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Friday January 19
Joining Catherine MacLellan for a Q&A following her show

Bob Mersereau specializes in writing about popular music. In addition to his thirty-plus year career as a revered CBC TV and CBC Radio correspondent, Mersereau also authored The Top 100 Canadian Albums, a national best-seller published in 2007, and The Top 100 Canadian Singles,

Ladd & Lasses
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Accomplished artists in their own rights, these three diverse musicians have come together with a passion for giving every song its due. A stunning singer with a gift for wordplay, Hilary Ladd spins her scrawled notes into beautiful lyrics and melodies. Then enter the soulful strings of Katie Bestvater, cellist, and Nienke Izurieta, violinist, to […]

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