Songs at Sea Level 2017 is set to bring a jam-packed two-day schedule of quality music to the Osprey’s stage this summer in Shelburne. Presenting a little bit of everything from down and dirty blues, sweet sounding vocalists and washboard infused bluegrass to dance floor worthy rock’n’roll, barnyard boogie-woogie, jazzy world music and electrifying surf music. We are pleased to present the nationally-acclaimed folk duo, Tomato Tomato as our festival headliner. Tomato Tomato perform clever and quirky songs that draw on traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Swing with their own interesting twist and perform at festivals all over the world. We’re also pleased to present renowned blues artist Morgan Davis, the jazz and world music duo sovablasca of Shelley Meisner and Chris Churchill, the energetic surf rock duo The Green Reflectors, and much more.
This year’s music festival will take place inside the Osprey’s main theatre…but this isn’t your regular Osprey concert. The theatre will be decked out with festival decorations, the windows and doors will be wide open and we’ll even have delicious locally-sourced food for sale.
Our 2017 festival sponsor is Boxing Rock Brewery! Sample many of their current brews during the festival at the Osprey’s bar.
We highly encourage you to purchase a weekend pass and take in the entire festival – you won’t be disappointed! This is a weekend at the Osprey you won’t want to miss.
— August 18 —
5:00-6:00 – Bob Vacon and Jessica Jurgenliemk
Shelburne acoustic bluesman Bob Vacon returns to the Osprey to open the festival. Bob’s powerful voice and intricate fingerstyle guitar arrangements bring new life to early blues songs from the deep south. Bob will be joined on stage by Jessica Jurgenliemk who in the past spent time with Bob learning the ropes of fingerstyle guitar.
Shelburne singer/songwriter Jessica Jurgenliemk is constantly refining her already exceptional guitar, piano and songwriting skills. Her voice is dynamic, emotional and unique. She has recently finished her first year at Acadia University studying Music Therapy. She returns to Shelburne for the summer and we are pleased to present her at Songs at Sea Level.
6:00-7:00 – Manitoba Hal
Ukulele bluesman Manitoba Hal always puts on a mesmerizing show that makes you wonder where the rest of the band is hiding. His ukulele technique mimics electric guitar, bass, organ, and even drums. His strong vocals, soulful storytelling and masterful ukulele playing draws you into his bluesy world with hints of Cajun, rock, gospel, and folk. If you haven’t seen Hal, make sure to catch him at Songs at Sea Level.
7:00-8:00 – Morgan Davis
For 45 years Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.
Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr. John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Dutch Mason and many other great blues artists over the years. Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. His most recent recording, “Drive My Blues Away” is his first solo disc. His previous recording “At Home in Nova Scotia”, pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.
8:00-9:30 – Tomato Tomato
We’re so excited to bring highly-acclaimed folk duo Tomato Tomato to Shelburne!
Don’t let the name fool you, Tomato/Tomato is not your garden variety duo. John and Lisa write clever and quirky songs that draw on traditional Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and Swing with their own interesting twist. Lisa performs on an old washboard rigged up with tin cans and a cymbal while simultaneously playing bass and snare drums with her feet. She truly takes multitasking to a new level! Tight harmonies, old-timey guitar and Lisa’s up-cycled percussion create an unmistakable sound that is unique, refreshing and fun.
Tomato/Tomato has proudly entertained prestigious audiences in 2016 with performances at The Winnipeg Folk Festival, The Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and many more. Awards and honours include: Regional Winners for CBCs Searchlight Competition in 2014, nominations for 6 MNB awards including 3 wins in 2015, ECMA nominations for Roots/Traditional album of the year in 2015, Fan Choice video of the year in 2016 and Songwriter of the Year in 2017.
9:30-11:00 – Friday Night Hustle with One Meter Up!
If you haven’t yet, it’s time to get up on the dance floor! We’re keeping the music flowing with Shelburne County rock’n’rollers, One Meter Up. This high-energy bluesy rock band consists of Danny Atwell on rhythm guitar and lead vocals, Matt Swim on drums, Anthony Gosbee on lead guitar and Bruce Bennett on bass.
4:00-5:00 – Naming the Twins
Naming the Twins is the Shelburne-based, harmony-rich, guy-gal duo of Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser. The two have a unique sound reminiscent of folk revival groups of the 60s. Their performances bring Robbie’s masterful storytelling and guitar technique along with Kathleen’s harmony-driven vocals and musical support. NTT’s original material maintains the tradition of Ian & Sylvia, Gordon Lightfoot, and Stan Rogers. They released their third album, “Turn Styles” in 2016. We’re pleased to have “The Twins” back on the Osprey stage!
5:00-6:00 Jay Pilzer
Jay Pilzer is a retired history professor, an author who has published a book about the history of guitars, a former guitar dealer -and- a blues and folk singer/songwriter. He’s also a new resident of Shelburne direct from Nashville, TN and has brought his musical talents with him. He released a CD of original material in 2005 called “I Think It’s Gonna Rain” featuring a mix of love songs, stories, and blues. His knowledge of history and of people allow him to fill his songs with characters, good and evil, who play out the human drama before us. His roots are in folk but his outlook is fresh and often surprising.
6:00-7:00 Ragged Island Roosters
Barnyard Blues and Fertile Farm Funk! The Ragged Island Roosters consists of Allan Crosby on drums, harmonica and vocals and Alex Buchanan on piano and vocals. Both having a love for blues, roots and soul music from the 60s and 70s and both being talented songwriters and performers on their own, they teamed up to create a tight and original sounding blues duo. When performing live, Allan’s soulful drumming and harmonica licks, and, Alex’s rockin’ blues piano all add together to create a remarkable full-band sound. They actively write music together and perform their own original material with a few favourite classics mixed in.
Chris Churchill and Shelley Meisner are the bass & vocal duo, sovablasca. Shelley Meisner has a rich and resonate voice that will stick with you long after the festival. She is joined on stage by her talented partner Chris Churchill. Both Shelburne County natives, Chris and Shelley have been making music together as a duo and within ensembles since 2001, performing arrangements ranging from jazz and bossa nova to pop and blues. Chris is a sought after live musician, playing as a sideman and leader in theatres and clubs in the Maritimes and beyond on cruise ships. Shelley has been singing in bands for decades and, since teaming with Chris, has developed and grown as a vocalist in jazz and world music. Both Shelley and Chris dedicate time to composing and arranging music for various projects and are pleased to offer a set of scaled down, diverse songs at Songs at Sea Level.
8:00-9:00 Surf at Sea Level with The Green Reflectors
The Green Reflectors are two brothers, Kyle on electric guitar and Aaron on drums. Hailing from Bridgewater, they’ve been performing as a high energy surf duo since 2007, playing shows throughout Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Wherever they play, they get people’s attention and capture the hearts of new fans with in-your-face surf rock and extremely physical shows. There is no shortage of passion and enthusiasm pouring out of The Green Reflectors at every one of their shows. Their act is not one to be missed!
9:00 – The Last Wave with Ghost Town Heroes
Ghost Town Heroes is a well-known group of musicians from Shelburne County who play a tight and quality mix of rock’n’roll, classic rock and country rock. Featuring April Scott on bass, Chett Buchanan and Kevin Fitzgerald on electric guitars, Nathan Blades on lead vocals and guitar, and Richard Snow on drums. Catch the last wave of Songs at Sea Level with a some good ol’ rock tunes to keep you dancing!
Day Pass: $20 adult, $7 student
Full Pass: $30 adult, $14 student
Kids under 12 get in free all weekend long