14 Years of Branches and Roots: A Tribute to Local Talent

The Branches and Roots Music Festival will treat the Valley to a bevy of local talent in the coming week.

Stephanie McBride info@stephmcbride.com
Publié le 20 septembre 2016

The Skivvies.

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On September 25th, the Branches and Roots Music Festival will celebrate its 14th year of hosting notable musical talent in the Chateauguay Valley. Following the format that organizers introduced last year, the festival will run over the course of seven days, with musicians taking over venues in Ormstown and Huntingdon.

It has always been our intention to use this festival to bring people together to celebrate music in the Chateauguay Valley. Stewart Burrows

Music enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that the majority of performers at this year’s festival will be local, with talents like singer/songwriter Emily Triggs and the Durham County Poets taking the stage.

The celebration will begin with a performance featuring Sacred Harp Singing at MacDougall Hall in Ormstown on Sunday, September 25th, followed by an afternoon concert by bluegrass band The Road Scholars to open the festival. Thursday nights’ roster will fill Ormstown eaterie Restaurant Le Riverain with the sounds of Stewart Grandlouis Project and Emily Triggs, while folk singer Daniel Mckell and local group Durham County Poets will grace the stage of Gigzz Musique-Resto on the evening of September 30th.

Once again, the festival will host a family day at Grove Hall, complete with a magic show, square dancing and a ukulele-building workshop for the little ones on Saturday, October 1st (and of course, live music for the whole family). The day will follow-up with an evening show, which will serve as the main event of the festival, featuring Celtic band The Skivvies (pictured). The show will also feature a tribute to the late Penny Lang, a musician who changed the face of the Canadian folk scene. Following tradition, the concert will close with a Sunday gospel show at the Ormstown United Church on October 2nd.

Co-artistic director Stewart Burrows (he works alongside Isabelle Coulombe) is thrilled about this year’s line-up of local talent. “I think that art and music are a fundamental part of every community. What we have always tried to do is be inclusive of that—it has always been our intention to use this festival to bring people together to celebrate music in the Chateauguay Valley—it’s a fundamental part of what we do.”

For more information on the upcoming festival, visit www.ormstownmusicfestival.com.