SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR
Fri, Jul 21
Sun, Jul 23
SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR #31 - 2017
William Prince, Dana Sipos, Spencer Murray and Pipeslinger, Bad Pop, Ben Rogers, Chicken-Like Birds, Circus Act Insomniacs, Còig, Eliza Mary Doyle, Entangados, Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane, Joe Nolan, Justin Lacroix
555 Lyndon Rd
Fort MacLeod, AB, T0L 0Z0
Doors 9:00 AM / Show 6:00 PM
Watch & Listen
SOUTH COUNTRY FAIR #31 - 2017
South Country Fair Association is an autonomous, non-profit arts presenter, registered under the Alberta Societies Act and based in Fort MacLeod, Alberta, Canada. Our activities express mainly as an annual, old-World, outdoor, camping-style summer folk music/arts festival. Culturally curious and inclusive we are fiercely Canadian in spirit, but we also enjoy presenting international artists sporadically simply because music sets its own boundaries. The mission of South Country Fair has always been to expand cultural horizons in Southern Alberta.
William Prince is a singer/songwriter from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Raised on the Peguis First Nation Indian reservation, William Prince is quickly establishing himself in the music industry with his unique style of gritty, baritone vocals and songs that blend elements of folk, country and pop. "Acoustic guitar and amazing vocals [with] songs such as "Keep You," "Meant for Me," and "Young Romantics" that would pluck at anyone's heartstrings. Princes' deep voice, joking yet somber attitude and solid black attire [give] the impression of a modern day Johnny Cash." (The Manitoban Aug 2011)
William Prince is currently putting the finishing touches on his debut EP Young Romantics with producer Jack Shapira (Jason Kirkness/Jerry Sereda/The Details) of Unison Studios/MDM Recordings. Penned for a February release, Prince has set his sights on touring throughout the summer and fall to promote not only the Young Romantics EP but a second, untitled EP for the Fall of 2013. "People don't have time to listen to 14 song records anymore. I want to release two EP's, 7-9 songs each, in 2013 to show my fans that I have lots of strong material while still keeping them interested and excited for things to come."
William Prince is no stranger to the stage or the methods behind crafting quality music. Picking up the guitar at 13, Prince was the lead guitar player of for his father, renowned gospel singer Ed Prince (…it's Supper Time/On Christmas Day). Writing songs since the age of fifteen, Prince went on to study towards a career in medicine while still playing solo acoustic shows throughout Manitoba. It was in 2006 Prince went on to front the alt-rock quartet A New Honour, composing all fourteen songs on their album "The Untitled Truce". A New Honour were well received granting them 3 singles on Power 97 and Hot 103. When A New Honour went on hiatus in 2009, Prince once again turned his focus to acoustic writing. It was during this time he began to craft country songs that gained him nationwide attention on the CMT show "The Tara Diaries". Prince later went on to write songs for Jason Kirkness' album "Life On The Road", scoring 3 singles on the Canadian Country Charts.
Beginning in 2010, William Prince played numerous nationally televised performances for APTN's Breaking New Beats, Solstice Concert Series and Aboriginal Day Live (2011/2012) celebrations alongside artists such as Derek Miller and Winnipeg's Most. William Prince also performed with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for Indigenous Festival 2011. It was during Aboriginal Day Live that Prince caught the attention of iconic aboriginal musician Vince Fontaine of the Juno award-winning band Eagle & Hawk. Prince and Fontaine began writing music and later Prince joined Vince Fontaine's Indian City, a new band comprised of Juno winning artists Neewa and Tik Mason and award-winning singer/songwriter Don Amero. Indian City went on to win "Best Pop CD" at the Aboriginal Peoples' Choice Music Awards 2012 for their debut album "Supernation".
Dubbed "the real deal and far beyond his years" (Billy the Kid), Prince has plans on releasing music that will cement himself as a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene. Ambiguous tales of love gone awry with a touch of humor and hope for things to come comprise his repertoire of songs. Be sure to grab a copy of Young Romantics in 2013.
Born on the shores of Great Slave Lake, in the north country, best enjoyed with a bottle of moonshine and a side of tinkling ice. Currently nomadic. Travel by canoe, bicycle, tall ship.
Spencer Murray and Pipeslinger
Young Spencer Murray plays like he was born in Donegal or by the shores of Moray Firth but he’s from Edmonton! There aren’t many Uilleann pipe players around, just try to scare one up even with a year’s advance notice. But that’s not all Spencer plays… he’s got a creel of bladder and wind instruments, and they aren’t just for show! Spencer studied jazz during the day in Toronto and at night learned the art of the whistle from Sligo ex-pat Loretto Reid who appeared at SCF with her partner Brian Taheny around 1997. Together with Canadian Grand Master fiddle champion, Julie Fitzgerald Spencer recored an instrumental album which was nominated for “Instrumental Album of the Year” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Spencer’s band Pipeslinger specializes in what he calls high-flying Celtic folk and they have travelled hither and yon plying their craft, to places as nearby as the Canmore Highland Games but also having won awards in Scotland as well, most notably the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow.
Chicken-Like Birds is an Americana group from Vancouver.
Circus Act Insomniacs
Còig is an ensemble of Canadian East Coast musicians originally formed to promote the Celtic Colours International Festival.
Eliza Mary Doyle
Gordie Tentrees and Jaxon Haldane
Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada based folk singer and songwriter. Nominee for Canadian Folk Music Award Emerging Artist of the Year.