Ken Whiteley Bio
Ken Whiteley has been playing folk, blues, gospel and other roots traditions at the highest level for well over fifty years. He has received many awards including a Canadian Folk Music Award, 7 Juno nominations, 18 Maple Blues nominations, a Genie Award (for Best Song in a Canadian Film) and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Mariposa Folk Festival, The Maple Blues Awards and Folk Music Ontario. Ultimately Ken’s music is all about making connection. He loves to get people singing with him whether he’s on a concert stage, a folk festival, a church service or a yoga ashram.
Ken has made over 32 albums and his most recent one, “Long Time Travelling” was just nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award as Best Traditional Album this year. He has written over 400 songs that have won numerous awards and been covered by more than a dozen artists. He is a powerful singer and masterful instrumentalist on 6, 12 string and resophonic guitars and mandolin among more than 20 instruments he plays.
Ken is a living link to the traditions of people he has sung and played with including Pete Seeger, The Georgia Sea Island Singers, Tom Paxton, John Hammond Jr., Blind John Davis and many others. He brings this vast experience to each performance as a way to allow all of us to come together through the power of song.
Ken Whiteley Bio (100 words)
Ken Whiteley has been deeply immersed in folk, blues, gospel and other roots traditions for well over fifty years. He has recorded 32 albums, written over 400 songs, appeared at hundreds of folk festivals all over North America, received a Canadian Folk Music Award, 7 Juno nominations, 18 Maple Blues nominations and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Mariposa Folk Festival and Folk Music Ontario. Ken’s newest recording, Long Time Travelling, is a unique reworking of old folk songs that was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award as Best Traditional Album this year. His performances offer people profound connection.
Ken solo & live – Bright Side/Another Day’s Journey
Ken Whiteley w. Ben Whiteley live off the floor – Long Time Travelling
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