Line Up 2020
Five Alarm Funk
The Vancouver-based band is seven men strong and over 15 years deep into a career that has seen it release six acclaimed albums and burn up stages on four continents. And this vehicle isn’t about to slow down. In fact, Five Alarm Funk is just picking up steam. Set to release their 7th studio album, Big Smoke in 2020, the 11 tracks get right to the roots of what Five Alarm Funk is all about: epic, intense arrangements, heavy groove and a ton of fun.
Ryan McNally & The MessaRounders
While he’s known best for his interpretative playing of traditional acoustic blues, jazz and old time music, audiences can’t help but notice the influence that Northern living has had on his music. For the past 10 years McNally as called Whitehorse, YK his home. Ryan McNally and his band find their inspiration from the south USA, performing music that is a mix of New Orleans Jazz and Country Blues. They believe that music is meant for dancing, so grab a partner and get on the floor!
Metis Music Fiddler
We have been playing Métis fiddle music, this year marking 25 year’s. We have travelled across Canada and into the USA performing at festivals and for Métis Squaredancer’s. In 2012 We were up for Aboriginal People’s Choice for best male entertainer and best fiddle CD of the year. In 2010 had the opportunity to open for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
The Local Group
Taking their name from the cluster of galaxies containing the Milky Way, the Local Group plays music of astronomical proportions. With roots in rural Saskatchewan and Australia, this Saskatoon-based quartet puts their own unique spin on hard-driving traditional bluegrass, also taking influence from Celtic, classic country, and Canadiana. Featuring hot banjo, mandolin and guitar picking, tight 3-part harmonies, and a mixed bag of instruments including double bass, fiddle, harmonica, penny whistle and triangle, their show will take you out of this world on a rocket fueled by pure folk music.
Danny Bell and His Disappointments
Danny Bell & His Disappointments play accordion – led folk punk. What Danny does with his honest lyrics and humble yet strong melody writing on a travelling instrument like the accordion carries the feelings and stories of the down and out everywhere. He does this so well that you’ll feel like he’s been your friend for years when you share a long drive with Danny’s album Good Timing Man. Compelling, comedic and intelligible modern saga sharing, his songs are anthemic for a certain timeless demographic across the continent and beyond. Based in British Columbia on unceded Lhedli T’enneh territory, Danny’s music is regional. It’s steeped in his affection for his home in the hinterland, a blue collar town, the stink of the pulp mill, and everyday life in Northern BC.
Brian Paul D.G. and Friends
As a singer-songwriter with many irons in the fire, Brian Paul D.G. and his ever-evolving musical friends (aka ‘The Divine Comedians’ and/or ‘The Band With Many Names Project’) offer a dynamic synergy of traditional, and
mostly original vocal/acoustic compositions with a focus on story-telling, improvisation, sincerity, clarity and all inclusive harmonies!
Not quite rock. Not quite country. Not quite bluegrass. Quite entertaining.The Barrelmen are a quartet of multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan formed in the spring of 2011.The band prides itself on the diversity of the songs, the four-part vocal arrangements, and the ability of the members to play any of the instruments. Live shows are a continual rotation of guitar, upright bass, banjo, dobro, pedal steel, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and piano.Highlights include: seven straight years of a sold-out holiday show (the past two years have been back to back nights) at the Bassment in Saskatoon, Jasper Folk Festival, Ness Creek Music Festival, Northern Lights Music Festival, and slots in last year’s Saskatoon Jazz Festival, as well as Gateway Festival. The band has shared club stages with the likes of The Dead South, Kacy & Clayton, Rosie & The Riveters, One Bad Son, Blake Berglund, Belle Plaine, Peter Katz and more.The band has recorded a self-titled EP (2011), an LP ‘Wood, Wire, Words, Whiskey’ (2014), and have released three of four EPs (2019) that will culminate in an LP to be released in the summer of 2020.
Always looking for the next groove, Funky Bus aims to get you dancing by playing a mix of funk, soul, motown and R&B style with classic and modern covers. The bus makes regular stops in the La Ronge area and picks up other local musicians looking for a lift to another stop along their funky way.
Roland Corrigal’s life has been steeped in live country music from the beginning. It is no surprise that he upheld this tradition throughout his life playing with his family and various other bands. After receiving his first SCMA award in 2016, Roland has performed at concerts and festivals across Canada and an EP called ‘Small Town Life’. He also released a radio single called ‘Hot Summer Cool’ that has gotten airplay across the country and beyond. Along with another SCMA award win in 2017 for “Aboriginal Artist of the Year”, he was also nominated for “Emerging Artist” and “Album of the Year”. Currently, he is preparing to release a new prairie themed single in the spring of 2020.
So desperately missing the great north, this trio often finds themselves pining over poplars and birch. Cabin fever hides these feelings in the midst of their uptempo rhythm section, steeped driving bass and wailing lyrics. They will take you down a rushing meandering river, and a quiet walk in the woods. Cuddle up with a cup of cocoa and relax around the fireplace as Cabin Fever sings sweet sweet harmonies right into your ossicles.
At the age of 19, she walked away from the biggest stages in the Canadian musical theatre world. Now she’s returned, as a singer/songwriter performing her own songs.Dara has made her home in beautiful northern Saskatchewan.Her music reflects who she is…honest, earthy, courageous and joyful.Dara is filled with passion and purpose and on a mission to make her message and her music come to life.
Allison Rae Strong is a singer/songwriter and recording artist from Prince Albert, SK. Growing up in a musical family, performing on stage has always been her most favourite passion and she continues to try and make her mark as a thriving artist. Playing with a band of talented musicians has allowed her written music to be brought to life, creating a mix of genres that is enjoyed by all ages!
Marentin Fehr is a young Indigenous singer/songwriter and producer based out of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. From dreamy, acoustic numbers, to uplifting pop tunes, and even punchy indie rock, his music is consistently sprinkled with optimism while being firmly grounded in reality. Fehr released his debut EP, Tonight’s Performer, in August of 2018. He has since received several nominations for provincial and national awards, including Indigenous Artist of the Year at the 2018 Saskatchewan Music Awards, and Best Pop Album at the 2018 Indigenous Music Awards. Fehr participates in activism in the music community by teaching music lessons for free or low cost to Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in his community.
His debut full length album, Core, is set to release in February 2020.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan.
The Ruffled Feathers
Nick and Nadya began playing music together with their roomate Chris in 2014. They formed a band called the Ruffled Feathers which plays a warm variety of folk/roots covers as well as a number of original numbers. Nadya now lives between the UK and India and Nick calls La Ronge home; they’re back together for a limited time only at this year’s Napatak ramble!
Take decades of hardscrabble music background, playing everywhere from northern halls that open after the bar closes to biker weddings and New Year’s gigs on the bald prairie at -40 and you will find some of the chemistry that flows in Lightning Creek. Originally coming together to play blues and acoustic country over 30 years ago, forming and reforming bands with and without each other, playing everything from original roots music to grunge and hair band metal, these guys have come back home to what they love – not necessarily wiser, but definitely well experienced.
Their sound features vocals of both Randy Johns and Greg Jones, and is driven by Johns’ acoustic rhythms and the virtuoso blues harp playing of Jones. All of this is underpinned by the foundation of John Bell’s bass and Aaron Bell”s drumming and coloured by Wapun’s stage presence.
Their repertoire takes you on a journey of roots/blues stylings by greats such as John Mayall and John Prine, while visiting vivid pictures of Saskatchewan’s landscape through original songs that are set against backdrops of wildfire, floods, rolling thunder and frozen lakes. So, imagine you are invited to a cabin by Lightning Creek. There’s a storm outside, but you’ll stay dry. Sit back and enjoy while these guys play!
Matter of the Sun
Matter of the Sun is a band that plays multiple genres, based on the principle of providing great music for the listeners. Listeners of the community we grew up in and come to know, the familiarity of which gives us a sense of belonging in not only music, but family. Take our family for example, where there was nothing in the beginning, then it came all at once– similar to the Big Bang, you could say, which essentially formed our band name, “Matter of the Sun”. It started out with just Donalda and Bucky, vocals and lead guitarist, respectively. Then came Zoe on drums, and Sheldon on bass. All together, we create a euphony of sounds. We’re young people that came from the same music program that wish to expand on our musical abilities as we get older, and the Ramble’s provided us with just the right opportunity for that. We look forward to seeing you this summer!
Ian McNutt Brown is a singer/songwriter and full-time Paramedic currently based out of La Ronge. Growing up in a home filled with bluegrass and Irish fiddle tunes, creating music has been a big part of Ian’s life from an early age. From playing at street fairs and showcases as a young lad to busking in front of liquor stores as a broke student, music has always found its way into Ian’s life. Inspired by the likes of Neil Young, Steve Earle, and Chris Stapleton, Ian has been writing original songs for the past few years- one of which has accumulated nearly 40 thousand views online. Come out and experience Ian’s classic acoustic sound as he returns for another round of the Ramble!
The Laytons are super excited to be back in the line up for this year’s 2020 Napatak Ramble. With all three members spread amongst the province, it has been extremely difficult to get together and practice. But even the distance can’t keep our love of music from fading away. The Laytons are looking forward to rocking out on stage with their three-part harmonies.
The Dramatically Hip - an extracurricular band
Hanna, Isabel, and Pike are three friends who have a passion for music. They have been jamming together around the campfire since they were little kids. They are young, edgy, and willing to put themselves out there. Look for a beautiful, soft, musical voice and melodic guitar from Hanna. Pike brings a variety of instruments and some soft harmonies that seem to become the backbone of the band. Isabel will scare you with the depth, power, and edge of her teenage, angst voice. Together they create a band that keeps changing, growing, and getting better every day. They play a mix of covers, mash-ups, and their own music. This is their second appearance at the Ramble.
Monochrome Melody is a new band formed out of Stanley Mission, SK by a group of 6 teenagers. They have a handful of original songs that deliver a fresh take on blues, soul, and pop with a twist on dark mysticism and light realism. Having just formed in January 2020 with their first public performance in February, they are excited to play their first-ever festival at Napatak Ramble 2020. We are all excited to see where this band goes, andwill stay tuned about their exciting future ahead.