“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’s 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 16 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 160 recording projects, Ken’s productions have garnered 10 Canadian Gold and Platinum records, 4 American Gold records, 24 Juno and 2 Grammy nominations, and sold over 8 million copies.
My family album, Join The Band was recorded in 2004 and it went on to win a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Parent’s Choice Award and a Juno nomination. The recording of mostly original songs explores a wide range of musical instruments and was released on Kathy Reid Naiman’s Merriweather Records. I’m currently in the studio with Kathy, producing a new children’s album of Spring songs and one day she brought me several boxes of the Join the Band cd. I figured it was the perfect time to have a sale! As of right now the physical copy of Join the Band is available from my website for only $9.00 (plus shipping, etc.).
The song “Join the Band” will be my free Song-of-the-month-download as well. I remember when we recorded this song it had about 60 different tracks for all the many instruments featured. Each verse covers different groups of instruments: drums & percussion, keyboards, strings, horns, etc. It features many wonderful musicians including a great horn arrangement by Sarah McElcheran, drums and percussion by Bucky Berger and Dick Smith and Amoy and Ciceal Levy on harmony vocals as well as a room full of kids! The great cover art was done by Ian Bell.
I promise to get back to posting some more videos about my “Long Time Travelling” album. That album was recently nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the Traditional Recording category and the awards will be held March 31 – April 2, 2023.