Concerts at the Kaleidoscope Gathering 2016
Austin Lawrence, May 2016
Fiddlehead Soup – Wednesday (July 27, 2016)
Fiddlehead Soup is an Eastern Ontario trio transports listeners to Scandinavia, southern Europe, South America and beyond with a wonderful collection of folk songs sprinkled with a garnish of Scottish and Irish tunes and original music. Featuring veteran musician Douglas Hendry on cittern and 12-string guitar, and mother-and-daughter team Glenna Hunter and Ursa Meyer on fiddles (and other instruments that come to hand), this delightfully earthy trio provides a most pleasing pottage of international folk.
Squid Lid – Thursday (July 28, 2016)
Squid Lid is a Dark Electro-Pop spectacle for the everyday explorer. This deep sea experience takes audiences (lovingly called Tentacles) on an eerie journey through the strange and unusual world that is Squid Lid. They began in 2009 as an underground rave act in Toronto’s largest club scene, featuring DJ Jonah K and composer Zirco Fisher. Deep bass beats with whimsical circus melodies was their sound while they performed in signature backlight creature costumes.
The departure of Jonah K in 2012 marked the arrival of vocalist Chloe Dellark and an evolution of the project. With three official albums under their lids, Steam Powered Submarine, Crypto Zoo, and Tackle Box, Squid Lid is set to release their fourth official album Escape To Liquidrome in June 2016 on Negative Gain Productions.
Sharon Knight – Friday (July 29, 2016)
Festival favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sounds less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.
They have shared stages with mythic music favorites such as Faun, Omnia, Corvus Corax, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Stellamara, and many more. They have recently completed a 100% crowd-funded CD and music video featuring several of these artists, called Portals, which they are touring to support now.
P.S. Did you notice that there current album is named the same as the KG theme this year? Synchronicity.
Burning Sage – Sunday (July 31, 2016)
Since 2002, Burning Sage has been the song writing of Lin Sanders and the rhythm of Sue Balaschak. They have combined their artistry performing as hard rock power trio, an acoustic tribal duo, The Primal Rhythm Drum Ensemble and again, full circle, into an eclectic tribal rock band infused with their brand of Metaphysical Rock and acoustic offerings. Also joining the line-up, this time around, is songwriter Corie Kaminski. She adds her acoustic talents on guitar as well as keeping the drive on the bass. Through the years, the common word heard to describe this band is “intense”. This all woman Cleveland band continues to deliver true to form.