Taste of Alberta              

(Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013)

In the Honolulu Suites 1 & 2

Join us for an evening of great food and wonderful entertainment.
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With many thanks to Alberta Foundation for the Arts we welcome talented artists to the Taste of Alberta stage!


Chris & Sally Jones

Chris & Sally Jones are a husband and wife musical team based in the northern Alberta Peace Country, bringing a wealth of individual musical experience and credentials to their contemporary bluegrass and acoustic country duo. Both singers, guitarists, and songwriters, they bring 23 years of partnership to the stage, inviting their audiences to connect with their stories and songs.
Their music emphasizes their harmonious vocal blend and their original material, which blends the northern Alberta prairie experience with the musical influence of Appalachian bluegrass. In addition to their own recordings, Sally and Chris have had their songs recorded by other artists. In 2007, Chris' song "Fork in the Road" was awarded "Song of the Year" by the International Bluegrass Music Association, thanks to a recording by The Infamous Stringdusters. This is one of 5 awards which Chris and Sally have received from the IBMA.
They balance their musical life in Alberta with their other occupations: Sally is a professor at Grande Prairie Regional College, and Chris is an award-winning program host for Sirius and XM satellite radio. They have a lovely and talented 8-year old daughter who is known to take the stage and join them for a song or two.


John Wort Hannam and Scott Duncan

It’s only been 9 years since folk/roots musician John Wort Hannam released his first album and only 11 years since he quit his job teaching on the largest reserve in Canada, taught himself to play guitar and started writing songs. But despite being relatively new, John has made the kind of leaps and strides that would make any veteran of the biz drool with envy. 
Recently John was honoured with writing the official song of the 2012 Alberta Winter Games and has also been asked to be an Alberta cultural ambassador at Canada House during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.
John has released four recordings since 2003.  His 2009 recording was nominated for a Juno Award and won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year.  This year John will be releasing his 5th CD, “Brambles and Thorns”.  At this point there appears to be no slowing down and no going back for John Wort Hannam.  
Fiddler extraordinaire Scott Duncan is the perfect accompanist to John’s songs.  He is what musicians refer to as a “tasty player”, one who knows just the right amount of notes to play to enhance a song and more importantly when not to play so that the song speaks for itself.  But when called upon Scott can tear it up with blistering licks and cheer-inducing solos.
Scott Duncan grew up in the Calgary-style-dual-classical/fiddle world, playing since age 5, and exploring many genres of music along the way. Scott performed for over 10 years with the Calgary Fiddlers, and continued through 5 years with groups Fiddlers GF and Barrage. As well as performing with John Wort Hannam, Scott has toured with other swing, country, and folk artists and groups including SteeleHeart and The Polyjesters




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