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   2014 Festival Performance Schedule

    Main Stage lineup will be updated here as times are confirmed.

  FRIDAY June 6th, 2014 - Stage Performances

  5 pm -“Road To Memphis Challenge” first round of competition with 9 acts competing for their opportunity to represent the Loyal Blues Fellowship at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee.

  Our panel of judges were selected to provide formative evaluations for the artists, on each of the scoring categories used for our regional finals in September, and at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis Tennessee.

This years competitors include:

- Shawn “Deepwater” Dore is a solo artist that performs a folk/blues/ roots mix. He represented the Loyal Blues Fellowship at the 2014 IBC in Memphis TN.

- Shredded Easy are “Uncle Jim” and “Johnny Rotten”, two perfectly aged, comfortably worn, occasionally wine-dipped and rum flavoured, fully-smoked blues hams.

- Susan Latimer and Mike Tabares, Susan is an accomplished songwriter in many roots-based genres, who’s songs are complimented by Mike’s artful blues guitar.

- Jordon Thomas is a local guitar teacher from Trenton. He also records and performs with a number of local bands.

- Riley & Riley are a father and son blues duo from Kingston who combine the Delta and Piedmont blues styles with their own unique sound.

- Kingstown New Mississippi are a new blues project with Songwriter Roger Dorey on Vocal and rhythm guitar; Dave Dexter, Guitars and John Pecek, drums and percussion.

- Beer Battered Soul are a true Chicago style blues band. Rick Cooke, Harmonica; Roger Dann, Guitar; Paul Stacey, Sax; Bob Maybee, Drums; and Mark Bishop, Bass.

- Shawn Dore Band with Shawn Dore, Lead Vocal and Guitars; Don Dore, Guitar; Sandy Sweet (bass), and Ben Mahaffy (drums).

IBC Guest Appearance - Tim Campbell, our 2006 representative at the International Blues Challenge, is on our panel of judges this year. Tim is a noted producer, professional music teacher and musician who is active in several of Quinte’s best bands. He will be hosting a Song Production workshop for Keynote Studios on Friday afternoon.


  9:30 pm -Joe Callahan with JOPeDO. Joe started playing music professionally at thirteen years of age as a singer and a drummer. More than four decades later, as a singer-songwriter and guitar player, he performs often but irregularly, and has been writing new song steadily for years. Joe is a founding director of the Loyal Blues Fellowship, hosts the Acoustic Song Circle, and manages the lineup for the sucessful monthly “Night Kitchen Too” at Belleville’s Pinnacle Playhouse. Watching the Light is his first CD of original material, with a second in development.
  Joe teams up with multi-instrumentalist Peter Snell, and bass player Doug Wicken as Joe Callahan with JOPEDO to play a mix of origials and off-the beaten-track material, sprinkled with favourite covers. Peter and Doug bring a jazz underpinning to Joe’s folk/ roots/blues orientation.

10:30 pm - Ila Vann & The Fade Kings

The Fade Kings bring a unique perspective to the Blues. Formed in 1992, the band has developed a distinctive sound characterized by solid grooves, compelling melodies, and strong musicianship, fusing multiple music genres into a Blues tour de orce. Their music is steeped heavily in the blues, with influences of R&B, soul, jazz, rooots, Latin and rock, creating an exciting and unique sound.

Ila Vann is the kind of performer you never forget. Bubbling with energy and full of life, she has been performing since her mother brought her on tour as a child with legendary Mahalia Jackson. She eventually found her way to radio and signed a recording contract with the pop music record label Liberty Records. Ila has enjoyed a long career in the R & B industry and toured extensively with her band “Business before Pleasure”. Born in New Jersey, USA, Ila started her singing career as a child, and has performed professionally for well over 60 years. As always, she is backed up by an amazing array of talented musicians.

  SATURDAY June 7th, 2014 - Main Stage shades

SUNDAY June 8th, 2014 - Main Stage shades

We would like to thank all of the local area churches and groups for their help in making our Sunday “Gospel in the Park” a great experience for all. What better way to celebrate the birthday of the church than to have the churches “all together in one place”.

Thank you for generous donations to support the Frankford Food Pantry and the continued support of the Frankford Youth Centre.

  9:30 am - Main Stage: Gospel Sing Along with The Lenses, a chance-met group of folk/gospel musicians from the Quinte area. They enjoy performing praise music at fund-raisers and benefits. The core group: Brenda Ogden, alto; Toni Klaver soprano, flute; Craig Carlson, bass; and Dan Clost tenor, guitar are pleased to return this year.

10:30 am - Main Stage - Non Denominational Pentecost Sunday Service. Many of the local area churches will be joining together to celebrate Pentecost Sunday and the birth of The Church. The service will include a time of corporate worship led by Jordan Raycroft and his band, with guest speaker, Don Heron. Don has an incredible story which has been captured in the book about his life, U -Turn in the Fast Lane.

Noon - The Crusaders Gospel Music Group are Fred Elliott, John & Wanda Chisholm, and Jason Wryghte.
Based out of Hastings Park Bible Church, “The Crusaders” have been performing since the late 1970s at events and churches throughout the greater Quinte region. Their Southern Gospel style will appeal to fans of such groups as the Gaither Vocal Band or Signature Sound. Jason and his wife own Riverside Music in Trenton, and he is the director of the Frankford Youth Centre, a community service the Festival is proud to support.

  1 pm - Raycroft - Known for their lively foot-stomping melodies, intimate performances, and songs that tell of real-life stories of love, loss, justice and redemption. Performing songs from their 2014 Juno nominated debut with Aaron Brown (drums), Jay Keating (guitar), and Cody Poulton (bass), Raycroft looks forward to the future as they work to push the boundaries of their genre. As an International Justice Mission Canada and World Vision Canada artist partner, Raycroft speaks on behalf of the voiceless victims of human trafficking. We welcome these exciting young artists to Frankford.

  2 pm - Tony Vani is a soulful and versatile singer/songwriter and a skilled guitarist and harmonica player who grew up surrounded by music. Tony has played with numerous successful rock/blues bands over the past three decades, but is now drawn to a style of music he calls “gospel blues” or “holy blues,” a form of bluesbased music, a combination of blues guitar and evangelist lyrics.

  3 pm - Louise Ford is a performing and recording artist, choir director at Albury United Church, and cantor, guitarist and pianist at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Belleville. She will be performing sing along favorites. and origanal music from her CD “Heros and angels”, accompianied by Scott Pennington with special guest, Colleen MacAlister.
   Colleen is the founder and President of the San Damiano Foundation and Director of the Foundations Youth Centres. She is an accomplished musician who has recorded two CDs of original music and has used this music to bring fun and peace as well as a positive message. Foundations encourages Youth to find expression in music and to understand the power that music has to bring good. The San Damiano Foundation is a Registered Charity in Canada, started in Madoc “providing safe places since 1996” These safe places include Foundations Youth Centres; in Trenton, Madoc and Tweed; the St. Francis House in Madoc area, a place of retreats and events; and AGAPE House, a transitional home for young women providing a safe shelter. Foundations demonstrates that there is an alternative to the destructive street lifestyle. Staff and youth will be there to entertain you and discuss how Foundations Youth Centres provide safe places for youth to gather in an atmosphere of mutual kindness and respect. “Hot soup and cool music” is a common thread through all of the SDF work. Literally thousands of youth and adults have experienced both in the last 18 years.