Roster continues to grow for coming Roots and Blues music festival

Four more acts have been announced for 2019’s Roots and Blues music festival.

Valdy, Jack Semple, Tristan Le Govic, Tal National and Mile Twelve have been added to next year’s roster of bands. They join headliner Jim Cuddy, who was announced as headliner at the beginning of December.

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Folk great Paul Valdemar Horsdal, better known as Valdy, will play the festival this year. Valdy joins the festival as a solo act, but in past years he has been touring with Gary Fjellgaard and playing as Contenders, including a recent show in Kamloops in November.

Jack Semple is an artist having a banner year, earning a nomination from the Maple Blues Awards jury for guitarist of the year. He’s been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughn meets James Brown meets Robben Ford.

Tristan Le Govic is originally from Brittany, France, and was only six years olds when he began learning the Celtic harp. He’s expanded his repertoire to include jazz and Scandinavian sounds. His 2019 show at the festival will be his Canadian debut.

Tal National hails from Niamey, the capital city of Niger. They play West African guitar music featuring fast rhythms and a rotating cast of vocalists. Their sound has been dubbed “African rock ’n’ roll.”

Mile Twelve, a young quintet out of Boston, Mass., formed in 2014 and in 2018 was nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association for emerging artist of the year.

The 2019 Salmon Arm Roots and Blues music festival will take place from Aug. 15 to Aug. 18.

Early-bird (holiday) passes for the festival are available for sale at the Roots and Blues office, 541 Southwest Third St., Salmon Arm, or online at rootsandblues.ca. Holiday prices last until Jan. 31.

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