2015 Initial Line-up Announced
The Shivering Songs Festival is extremely pleased to announce an impressive initial line-up for its 2015 edition: Owen Pallett, Buck 65, Amelia Curran, Bry Webb, Greg MacPherson, Peter Broderick, Andy Shauf, literary guest Sean Michaels and the return of the Bluegrass Brunch with Alan Jeffries & 50 Shades Of Blue. Now celebrating its fifth year, Shivering Songs will take place January 22–25 at a number of intimate venues in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Part of Fredericton’s FROSTival, Shivering Songs began in 2011 when New Brunswick chamber-folk group The Olympic Symphonium curated a weekend of music along with the release of their third album. The overwhelming success of the inaugural Festival made it apparent there was a demand for folk music in beautiful, quiet settings in the heart of Fredericton, and the band decided to make it an annual event.
Festival organizers are particularly excited about this year’s initial line-up offering: Master multi-instrumentalist and Arcade Fire-collaborator Owen Pallett writes concise songs informed by the traditions of pop, layered in a fashion that amounts to orchestra. Two time Juno Award winner Buck 65 was very accurately dubbed “a major rhymer, performer, storyteller, humanist visionary, and student of the DJ arts” by Rolling Stone. Amelia Curran’s work is a meditation on frailty, restlessness, time and its finitudes, and is both storm and harbour to Amelia’s celebrated lyricism.
Bry Webb is the frontman for celebrated rock band The Contantines, whose eerie and heartfelt songs are bolstered by the powerful and literate words that accompany his distinctive, gruff voice. Sydney-born, Winnipeg-bred Greg MacPherson is the new champion of a powerful songwriting tradition that stretches back to Woody Guthrie, and the two-time Polaris Prize nominee’s songs walk an inscrutable line between beauty and determination. American Peter Broderick cut his teeth as a session musician for the likes of M. Ward, Zooey Deschanel and Dolorean, before launching a very successful career as a solo musician and a touring member of Danish supergroup Efterklang. Andy Shauf is quickly becoming one of Canada’s most intriguing emerging songwriters with his honest, self-reflective songs, tender tenor and softly-strummed songs, invoking the spirits of departed folk heroes such as Nick Drake, Elliott Smith and Jeff Buckley.
The Festival is also announcing Sean Michaels as its featured author. Already a celebrated contributor to the likes of The Guardian, The Globe & Mail, Pitchfork and The National Post, Michaels turned even more heads this year with the release of debut novel, Us Conductors. Inspired by the life of Léon Theremin, inventor of the theremin, Us Conductors immediately sparked a national conversation and is currently shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Finally, Shivering Songs has announced the return of its fan-favorite Bluegrass Brunch with Alan Jeffries & 50 Shades Of Blue.
The 2015 Shivering Songs Festival will take place at a number of intimate venues in downtown Fredericton. Stay tuned for further festival line-up announcements. For more information and details on tickets, visit www.shiveringsongs.com.