The Lineup for the 2018 Festival:
Marc Atkinson Trio
Daniel Lapp
Blue Moon Marquee
Club Voltaire
Abe and the Sweethearts

Marc Atkinson Trio

Hornby Island, BC

This trio is an internationally-renowned acoustic trio described by Jurgen Goethe as “one of the top ten of the world’s working string trios”. After more than two decades of musical output, Marc Atkinson is both difficult to define and readily identifiable. He is a masterful acoustic guitarist who combines lyricism, rhythmic precision and technical mastery into a distinctive guitar voice. That voice is further defined by Atkinson’s significant talents as a composer of lush and melodic original works.

Well known for his contributions to Canada’s roots/acoustic music super group, the Bills’, where he “explores his mandolin personality,” while also contributing guitar instrumentals, vocals and original compositions. One of the group’s founding members, Atkinson is featured on all five of the Bills’ CDs, including two Juno nominated albums. Atkinson has also emerged as a skilled record producer, taking the helm on recordings not only for the Trio and the Bills’, but for a growing list of international artists, most of them recorded at The Barn Studio on Hornby Island, which he opened in 2010.

Atkinson is a Juno nominee and winner of two Western Canadian Music Awards. His CD, The Marc Atkinson Trio II, was voted one of the top five albums in North America by Acoustic Guitar Magazine and his music has been published in Guitar Player Magazine.

Atkinson lives, writes and records music on Hornby Island, one of the beautiful Gulf Islands on Canada’s West Coast.

Marc Atkinson

Daniel Lapp
Daniel Lapp

Prince George, BC

Daniel is a world-renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, archivist, band leader, sideman, producer, promoter and – no kidding – the list goes on. And like the true blue Canadian he is, Daniel does it all with trademark energy and warmth.

As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. He is the winner of the BC Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as the Prince George, Victoria, and Vancouver Symphonies.

A legendary force in Canada’s fiddle scene, in addition to his outstanding performing, Daniel has been musical mentor to hundreds of students, many of whom have gone on to successful careers in the music industry. In addition to maintaining an international performing career, in 2014 Daniel was appointed as the inaugural Artistic Director of the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s new Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music, where he now continues to direct the BC Fiddle Orchestra under the VCM, the Joy of Life Choir, and Folkestra, teaches fiddle and trumpet privately, and is Artistic Director of the Contemporary Music component to the VCM’s Postsecondary Diploma in Music Performance.

Daniel also continues to be Artistic Director of the VCM Presents “Daniel Lapp Home for Christmas” shows, and Joy of Life Festival, as well as most recently, the newly founded LukeFest.

Blue Moon Marquee

An island in the Salish Sea, BC

They are a duo with the energy and sound of a full band. Colette, the rhythm section, commands the upright bass and brings the swing with her feet on the kick drum, snare and high hat, all while singing harmonies. Cardinal hollers the blues with thick, smoky vocals that barrel out like a raging bull, while his guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz tinged blues.

They were nominated as New Artist of the Year at the 2016 Maple Blues Awards, and were also the most requested band for the 2016 TD International Jazz Festival circuit across Canada, returning in 2017.

Their songs have a heavy dose of texture with a penchant for poet characters and gritty settings. Their connection to the working class draws people to their music, crossing genre, age and cultural bounds in any audience. Most importantly, they make every song their own. The result is an infectious mix of early blues, jazz, country, and popular songs with a contemporary and relevant feel; highly listenable and great for dancing.

To date, Blue Moon Marquee has released three full length original albums: Gyspy Blues (2016), Lonesome Ghosts (2014) and Stainless Steel Heart (2013).

Gypsy Blues charted at number 3 on the Earshot National Roots and Blues charts and the group has appeared on many radio stations around the world, including a half hour special/interview on Holger Petersen’s Blues Hour for CBC.

Blue Moon Marquee

Club Voltaire


Featuring international touring artists Richard Moody, Oliver Swain and Adam Dobres with Reuben Weir and Paul Dowd.

Performing with the traditional instrumentation of Django Reinhardt’s Hot Club of France, Club Voltaire combines classic Reinhardt repertoire with calypso, blues and original compositions.

Abe and The Sweethearts

Victoria, BC

A collective of Victoria’s most seasoned traditional jazz musicians.

Steeped in the riverboat/prohibition era/New Orleans traditions, this sextet puts on a show with instrumentals reminiscent of greats like Bix Beiderbecke, Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman, with sweet and playful vocals inspired by Crosby and Jolson.