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It's all about our Performers

Performers For Bragg Creek Festival 2009

Alex*Cuba

Alex CubaSinger-songwriter Alex*Cuba hails from Artemisa, Cuba (60KM from Havana) and resides in Smithers, B.C. (14 hours north of Vancouver). Musically, he lives everywhere in between. His trademark sugarcane-sweet melodies, pop-soul hooks and rock chords subtly subvert commonly held notions of what Cuban music is. Alex is on the vanguard, crafting a cross-cultural sound that mirrors his geographical journey. Not tied to tradition, this Cuban-Canadian prefers his vintage Gibson over el sencerro (cowbell) anytime.

Marc Atkinson Trio

Marc Atkinson Marc Atkinson, a multi-instrumentalist/ composer/ arranger/ producer, is one of Canada's most talented musicians. His catchy compositions, found on the self-titled CDs I, II, III and now IV take guitar beyond the usual repertoire and sound. The tunes have a fiery but elegant guitar style, infused with a catchy blend of influences. All this while still maintaining the laidback humour and casual 'good time feel' of Canada's West Coast. Atkinson's picking has been described as flawless, surprise-filled, sizzling and supremely melodic. His music is original, complex and challenging in its conception and delivery but remains accessible and absorbing. The music of the Marc Atkinson Trio good-naturedly welcomes all listeners aboard for an intriguing, exhilarating and unforgettable ride.

Bergmann Piano Duo

BergmannsMarcel and Elizabeth Bergmann are part of the Land's End Chamber Ensemble but also perform together as the Bergmann Piano Duo. They are pictured here during their Bragg Creek Performing Arts concert April 9, 2005.

Land's End Chamber Ensemble

Land's End EnsembleLand's End in Cornwall, England, reaches out into the Atlantic Ocean into what were uncharted waters before the time of Columbus. The chamber ensemble of the same name was created to explore the boundaries of contemporary music, and to create compelling aural experiences.

Land's End Chamber Ensemble features an array of extraordinary performers, mostly residing in Calgary, who share an enthusiasm for bringing classical music into the 21st century. The players of Land's End are: Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann (piano and keyboards), John Lowry (violin) Andrea Neumann (violin/viola) Beth Root Sandvoss (cello), and Dr. Mark Hopkins (conductor).

Jake Peters

Jake PetersThe small town of Didsbury, Alberta is home to Jake Peters.   As an accomplished, award-winning guitar and banjo-picker, anything with strings is fair game to Jake.   His latest additons to his stringed instrument arsenal includes the oud, sas, dombra and barabat - all hailing from the Middle East.   He is an amazing teacher, an inspiring mentor, a singer song-writer, an incredible musician and a gifted Luthier.  He can make music with almost anything placed in his hands.

Jake’s finesse not only lies with his creative ability – styles include bluegrass, blues, celtic, classical, folk, gospel, and spanish – but also displays his talents as a fine, meticulous Luthier.   Although his main focus is on designing and building guitars, banjos and mandolins, his repair work is also well-sought after, with many people bringing their vintage instruments in for the careful attention he gives to restoring each piece to original detail.

Karla Anderson

Karla AndersonKarla’s music has been ingraining itself into the hearts of audiences wherever she appears and wherever the music is played. Her disc, The Embassy Sessions, has topped the charts on many stations including America’s pre-eminent folk music station WUMB in Boston. Her appearance on the CBC Television Special “Alberta Bound – A Centennial Celebration” brought another legion of new fans. This special featured artists and icons including k.d. lang, Ian Tyson, Jann Arden and Nickleback, while featuring Corb Lund and Karla Anderson as the future of Alberta’s rich musical legacy. In December of 2005, Karla won the “Best New Artist” award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Paul Rumbolt

Paul RumboltA native of Newfoundland and a 15-year resident of the Alberta Foothills area, Paul has graced large stages, intimate coffee houses, and family kitchens alike in his travels across the country.

A fixture in the Southern Alberta musical community, working with such notables as Cindy Church, Nathan Tinkham, Amos Garratt and Dave Hamilton, he has a regional and national following with a fan base that ranges from folk lovers to those that simply enjoy his intricate song stylings and his incredible voice.

James Slater

James SlaterJames Slater was born in Derbyshire, England but has grown up in Redwood Meadows and Cochrane. He writes his own material but is heavily influenced by singer/songwriters from the 1960/70's era. Among these most talented artists he says that The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and more recently Ron Sexsmith and Jakob Dylan have had a major bearing on his style. James experiments with his songs, changing the arrangements to suit the phase he is currently going through. With his lyrics he tries to capture events in everyday life and expressing what he sees in a song.