Here are our 2009 musicians - come to the festival and enjoy the music!

Live Entertainment is provided on the Festival Main Stage starting early each afternoon and continuing until around 10:00 pm. Featuring local bands playing a wide variety of music; there is something for everyone from Celtic to country to rock 'n' roll and more - all with free admission.



Catahoula Brown

Catahoula Brown is the old blues spirit inside Bridgewater musician Chris Weagle. He's been a factory worker, a political cartoonist, a dog-breeder, a father and recently a grandfather. His debut CD, 'Cur Dog Blues', recorded at Redfish Audio and released in January 2005, is a collection of gritty songs about trains, frustration, and love. They rise out of musical traditions that have been part of North American life for many generations. Catahoula's music has been shaped by artists such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Steve Earle, and Murray Stewart, but his earliest musical influences came from his father who loved to play and sing Hank Snow and Jimmy Rodgers tunes. Weagle remembers being no taller than the guitar when his father taught him to play, "Hawaiian-style" with a slide, since his hands were too small to make the chords. Catahoula Brown's music is true blue - old as the Appalachians and surprising as hail on a hot summer day.
Sunday August 2: 1:30 – 2:00 pm
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Clas Larsson Quartet
Clas Larsson Quartet, The Clas Larsson Quartet, (Clas Larsson on sax/clarinet, Tim Worthington on guitar, Derek Pelley on bass and Jordi Comstock on drums), has been providing jazz music on the South Shore of Nova Scotia from Liverpool to Halifax since 2000. The quartet has performed in clubs, for wedding receptions, parties, special events, dances and the TD Atlantic Jazz Festival (Halifax) 2007 and 2008. The band regularly features guest vocalists; past singers have included Katrein and Lisa Lelliott. The quartet has recorded two albums, "Studio Session" in 2004 and "Jazz at the Opera House" in 2005.
Saturday August 1 - 5:45 – 6:45 pm
Sponsored by: Mug & Anchor Pub



Dominik Diamond

Dominik was a broadcaster and journalist in the UK until he vacationed in Mahone Bay with his family last August and fell in love with the place. He quit his job, moved here in January and has been sitting in a room since, looking out at trees and writing songs and columns for the Halifax Chronicle Herald. Half of the songs he has written are about the land that now surrounds him. The other half are about girls. He likes to think he’s what would have happened if Joni Mitchell and Morrissey had borne a son and let him listen to a lot of Bob Dylan. He calls this sound ‘Emo Folk’. In addition he throws in a few rousing folk classics from his Scots and Irish heritage, particularly those of Robert Burns because he wrote about the countryside and girls, too.
Friday, July 31: 1:00 – 1:45 pm
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A look at our history through scene and song.
‘Glimpses’ is a series of vignettes depicting significant and interesting events in the history of this area, from the landing of the first settlers to the tragic fire which destroyed St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg earlier this decade. The show premiered on July 4, 2008 at the Fisheries Museum in Lunenburg and ran until September. Response was tremendous and 'Glimpses' is back again this year running all summer long. The show is a family-friendly, thought-provoking experience with original songs from local musicians Hank Middleton, Vince Morash, Sherry Dean, Dave Brumwell and Jon Allen. Make sure you catch this wonderful performance and discover the rich history that Lunenburg County has to offer.
Saturday August 1: 3:00 – 3:45 pm
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Ian Sherwood

An international award winning songwriter, Ian Sherwood takes catchy melodies and heart-breaking stories and mixes them with intricate guitar playing, saxophones and pop/rock grooves. His fusing of contemporary song styles (from pop to country to jazz) and contemplative lyrics makes him equally at home in front of a large audience or a quiet house concert. His energetic stage show and honest presentation have quickly gained him recognition as a solid front-man, lyricist and player. His 2007 sophomore album “Art of Conversation”, is gaining momentum, being nominated for two 2008 East Coast Music Association Awards (Pop Album of the Year, CBC Galaxie Rising Star Album of the Year). This follows a productive couple of years for Ian who had nominations for Nova Scotia Music Week 2006 Pop/Rock Recording of the Year, Toronto Independent Music Awards 2006 Best out of Area Act, and was named Featured Album of the Week (2005) by CBC Radio One's Freestyle.

Saturday August 1: 5:00 – 5:40 pm
Sponsored by: Mug & Anchor Pub

Jamie Junger
Jamie is a seasoned singer-songwriter and educator who has toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States. A number of his years were spent on the west coast as the main songwriter of "Bob's Your Uncle" and "The Wingnuts". His music is a fusion of the rich roots of folk and the infectious energy of alt/pop. Jamie is now back home in Nova Scotia and his music in recent times reflects and embraces the world that surrounds him, both locally and globally. His third solo album "Flowers" is to be released this summer.
Friday July 31: 5:00 – 5:45 pm
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Marimba Stew

Pam Paton's wooden marimba comes to life in this exciting trio of South Shore musicians. The group will be performing Celtic tunes from Pam's two solo albums "Waves by the river" and "Dancing with the ancestors". Stewart Franck and Russ Winham round out the trio. Pam's debut on the east coast music scene came as a founding member of the Newfoundland Celtic rock outfit Rawlins Cross. She spent nearly a decade touring and performing across Canada with them. Since then she has been focusing on her own music and keeps busy writing, performing and teaching.
Saturday August 1: 2:00 – 2:45 pm
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Midlife Crisis
Midlife Crisis wMidlife Crisis was formed in the spring of 1990 as a quartet consisting of Dave and Heather Abriel, Dave Moore, and Jon Allen. Their first gig was at a fund-raiser for the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat Festival. Since then the band has played at many local festivals, including the Lunenburg Folk Harbour, the Mahone Bay Wooden Boat, and the Fisherman’s Reunion. They are regular performers at the Mug & Anchor Pub. A few years ago they appeared with several well-known East Coast musicians, including The Irish Descendants, Evans & Doherty and the Barra MacNeils. Over the years the band's lineup has evolved: the latest being the addition of Derek Pelley (late of Figgy Duff) who joined the group in 2000 as their bass player. All members bring a different flavour of music - traditional, folk, country, and some original tunes. In the summer of 2004 the band produced its second CD, "Rolling Home". This eclectic brand of entertainment has kept audiences on their toes for over a decade! Their third CD is almost complete and a launch is expected in early September. 
Friday July 31: 8:00 – 10:00 pm

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Morgan Davis

For nearly four decades 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. Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada. Morgan's first solo recording "Blues Medicine" on Electro-Fi records garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. Davis' songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad "Why'd You Lie". His multi-award winning release "Painkiller" won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada's top music prize - the Juno - for Blues Album of the Year. The Festival is very proud to welcome back Morgan Davis to our stage to close out this year's entertainment lineup with his inimitable Sunday Blues.
Sunday August 2: 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Sponsored by: Mahone Insurance Group

Paul Buchanan & Flat Fifth

From the heart of Nova Scotia's South Shore comes this highly entertaining quintet whose style and sound have been described as "a fascinating blend of pop, folk and jazz"(Chronicle Herald) and "on the leading edge of a new sound"(CBC). Piano, guitar, fiddle, double bass, harmonica, percussion and vocals all work together to approach music from a direction that is both refreshing and exceptionally enjoyable. Anyone who has had the chance to see them perform knows they are an explosive combination. Flat Fifth’s debut CD was nominated for “New Group/Artist of the year” and “Blues/Jazz recording of the year” in 2006. Their first single, “Wish I didn’t know…” topped the charts of the East Coast Countdown for an unprecedented four weeks straight in 2008 and spent almost three months in the Top 10. The group’s much anticipated sophomore album “Alfalfa Honey” was released last summer and was recorded at the legendary CBC Studio H in Halifax. 
Saturday August 1: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
Sponsored by: Mug & Anchor Pub

Slow Cooking Cover

From laid back grooves to dueling guitars, Slow Cooking Cover heats up one tasty song at a time and serves them up perfectly done. Rhythm & Blues are the main ingredients in their recipe for success with some Rock ‘n’ Roll thrown in for extra flavour. Keep an eye (and ear) out for the band's first single "Waste of time", due out later this year. These kids are a fearless combination of talent and energy. Catch 'em if you can!
Friday July 31: 6:00 – 6:45 pm
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The Cusack Boys
Brothers Chris & Jon Cusack return with their unique mix of jazz-infused folk and Celtic music. Music Nova Scotia says “fiery fiddle and guitar – if you closed your eyes, you’d never guess their ages”. The Cusack Boys have appeared throughout the Maritime provinces with performances at The Maritime Fiddle Festival and at Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton. It’s one thing to play an instrument – it’s quite another thing to play with others. Chris & Jon Cusack do both exceptionally well.
Friday July 31: 2:00 – 2:45 pm
Sponsored by Mahone Bay Area Lions


The Klunkers

Roots music at its best! The Klunkers perform a classic blend of old time folk, blues, country and Celtic. Fronted by the self-proclaimed kings of "jug", Paul MacLellan and Ron MacEachern, this unique group of characters is sure to take you back in time. A perfect way to kick-start this year's festivities!
Thursday July 30: 8:00 – 10:00 pm
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Young Fiddlers' Ceilidh!
Sit back and enjoy the magical combination of youth and fiddle music. The students of Scottish fiddler Eilidh Campbell will amaze and uplift you with their passion and confidence as they perform sets of traditional Scottish, Irish and Canadian fiddle tunes.

A music graduate of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Eilidh has performed all over the UK and Europe. She has also toured extensively in India, Singapore, Egypt, New Zealand, USA and of course Canada, where she now lives. Since moving to NS in 2005, Eilidh Campbell has firmly established herself as a highly respected teacher, performer and studio musician.  In addition to performing the beloved Celtic music of her homeland, Eilidh is part of the East Coast Fusion group, Flat Fifth

Saturday August 1: 12:30 – 1:45 pm
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