"Masterful and amazing!" Tampa Acoustic Music Exchange
Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children's music. Among numerous accolades, he has been awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award, Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement recognition from Folk Music Ontario (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) and Mariposa Folk Festival. He has also been nominated for 7 Juno awards and 14 Maple Blues Awards. Ken’s live performances showcase his outstanding musicianship on guitars and mandolin, award winning original songs and his powerful vocals, called "...a cross between Pete Seeger and Tony Bennett on 11!" Whether leading his own group, solo or collaborating with peers at blues, folk, children’s festivals and concerts of all sizes, his “...deep knowledge and infectious passion” guarantee good times for all. As a producer of over 125 recording projects, Ken’s productions have garnered 10 Canadian Gold and Platinum records, 4 American Gold records, 22 Juno and 2 Grammy nominations, and sold over 8 million copies.
Local 1000 Gathering...
Local 1000 Gathering: Ken joins his Union Sisters & Brothers at the Local 1000 Gathering, May 2-4 at The Ashokan Center. The theme this year is “Mentoring" with Linda Tillery, Hannah Shira Naiman and Ken sharing their insights and skills to inspire us all.
ON TOUR: Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band will be at the Waterford Old Town Hall on June 18. We'll also be heading out to the following summer festivals including Mariposa Folk Festival, Home County Music and Art Festival, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Summerfolk Music Festival and Weaving Words Festival. For more concert and summer festival info go to the Shows tab.
GOSPEL SHOWS: Ken's Sunday Gospel series at Hugh's Room is scheduled to resume for a new season on October 30, 2016. Mark the date.
NEW CD: “In Freedom Blues Canadian roots music icon Ken Whiteley has crafted a timely set of songs that address both contemporary and historical struggles for the freedom endemic to a healthy, progressive society. Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and, for lack of a better word, folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley's career and Canadian roots music in general.” ~ Grammy Award winning music professor, Rob Bowman
Below is the first YouTube video "Bring It All Right Down" from my Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasaka for the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Bucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill,Perry White, Alastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Tell your friends to check this out.