2019 Fire & Water Line Up!

Our Artistic Direction Committee has been hard at work selecting the best independent music for this year’s festival! While they aren’t quite done yet, you know it’s going to be another fantastic music lineup just by looking at who they’ve already booked!

Brent Parkin: Roots/Blues

Brent Parkin is a guitar player, singer-songwriter and veteran of the Winnipeg Music Scene, playing for audiences in Winnipeg and across Canada for over forty years. In the early 70’s he co-founded the popular blues bands Houndog and Brent Parkin and the Stingers. Brent’s music is a combination of Chicago Style Blues, Swing. Jump Blues and Roots Music. For his solo shows, you can hear shades of Leon Redbone, Tampa Red, Merle Travis, Robert Johnson, and Parkin originals. He has been part of the backup band for such greats as Bo Diddley, Gate Mouth Brown, Otis Rush, Johnnie Johnson and has opened shows for such legends like James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Buddy Guy, and John Prine. A career highlight was sharing the stage and tour bus with the Legend BB King as the opening act on a Canadian tour in 1983.

Cohen Sieg: Pop/Folk

Cohen Sieg is a 17-year-old singer, songwriter, and musician from Sieg’s Corner, Manitoba. He Has been writing and performing for the past 7 years, playing at festivals, small events, and open mics all across Canada. His musical style is pop/folk, but he’s also known to play a variety of songs from genres such as country, rock and a bit of blues. Although he is best known for his guitar work, this multi-talented musician also plays the bass guitar, piano, drums, mandolin, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, harmonica, banjo, accordion and an assortment of other percussion instruments. He performs as a solo musician, but with the help of his looper, he sounds like he has a full band backing him up. He’s been all over Canada from, Charlottetown P.E.I, to Vancouver, BC. He’s even been to Los Angeles, CA, where he holds a certificate from the Musicians Institute, College of Contemporary Music.

He has a passion for music that is undeniable, and you can hear it in his songs, such as his independently released single “Goodbye”, and his covers such as Treat You Better, In the Air Tonight and Attention. With his much-anticipated album in the works, it seems as though nothing is going to slow him down

Jaxon Haldane: Rock/Country/Folk

Jaxon Haldane reveres tradition while retaining a distinct modernism. His ability to combine the visceral intensity of punk rock or Dixieland, with the soul-stirring emotion of vintage country and blues is emboldened by his songwriting. The result is a gumbo – rich and spicy. Earthy, yet sweet. Rustic, but refined enough that you know a real chef is in the kitchen… one who cooks with love.

Ken Kansas: Folk

Kansas has had one foot in the music world for a couple of decades, weaving in and out of various bluegrass and roots groups, primarily performing original tunes in between a regular job as a fisheries biologist and tossing flies at fish. Work lead Ken and his wife to Lac du Bonnet some 13 years ago and they have called the area home since. Coincidentally, his mother was born and raised in Lac du Bonnet, so, he got an early taste of his uncles and aunts jamming at kitchen parties and such. Ken has released two cd’s of his songs (Hard Liquor-2013 and The Old Hotel Café-2016) and has another due out this summer (Ragged Poetry-2019). Previously produced by Jaxon Haldane, Scott Nolan and Lyle Baldwin, Jaxon has returned for Ragged Poetry, primarily spawned at the 100-year-old Beresford Church Studio with owner/operator Jody Weger. Longtime Roaring River Rangers Chris Carmichael and Tony Wytinck, join Jaxon, Jody and Ken at Fire and Water this year. We hope you enjoy it.

Solutions: Soul

The Solutions are a high-powered 8 piece band playing some of the best-known Soul music from the 1960s and 70s and beyond.  Featuring enigmatic horns, power-house vocals, and a funky rhythm section, these friends add their own unique and undeniable energy to the stage while paying homage to the original style of such artists as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and many others. Entertaining fans in Winnipeg for a decade with their dynamic performances, they’ve grown into an act well known for their ability to get people up dancing and coming back for more!

Teakle Family Circus: Circus Performers

The “Teakle Family Circus” is made up of three super talented, international award-winning Winnipeg-based siblings that will both entertain and inspire! They bring their unique brand of sibling antics combined with truly world-class skills to every performance!

Woody Holler: Country/Jazz

Woody Holler grew up on the Canadian prairie hearing the songs of the cowboy. Although he was later trained in opera, a sense of nostalgia held him close to those western roots. In 2009, Woody teamed up with some of Winnipeg’s finest jazz musicians and began purveying his own brand of Western Swing that Woody defines as “jazz from the saddle”. The show is reminiscent of a 1940s radio show with a sound that is nostalgic yet thrilling. The music involves clever arrangements rich with virtuosity and style. The repertoire is eclectic, fun and fascinating, featuring finger-snapping swing beats, honey-slowed love croons, a dash of opera, and show-stopping “extreme” yodelling.