Note: If you came out to see Ila Vann and the Fade Kings in the past you do not want to miss the Kim Pollard Band as they are somewhat similar and they are also a band that will make you want to get out of your seat and dance! See the videos below for an example of what to expect.
Also we have an amazing support act for this show! None other then Lotus Wight (of Sheesham & Lotus). Lotus Wight is an exceptional singer/songwriter and musician that plays old time music. When you see Lotus Wight perform you will swear you have gone back in time! Really great stuff! See the bottom of this page for more info on Lotus Wight.
The Kim Pollard Band is an exceptional Blues/Soul act that were one of only 7 Canadian bands to complete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennesee! Kim Pollard Band returns to Active Arts Studio for the second time, and it will be a show not to be missed! (The first show was during a massive snow storm, and so a lot of people couldn't make it, so this time we look forward to great weather with no snow!!)
Kim Pollard was raised in the Napanee area and started singing in church when she was ten and has been composing music since the age of 12. In Kims early years she took home the award for #1 Canadian Female Jazz Vocalist of the Year. With her unique powerhouse voice and backed up by her seasoned and talented musicians she touches her audience with each and every performance.
OPENING ACT - LOTUS WIGHT (of Sheesham and Lotus)
‘”Lotus seems to have the potential to be a satisfactory student, despite his tendency towards daydreaming. He has developed what seems to be a wasteful obsession with the singer John Lee Hooker and his guitar playing. Lotus’ school performance could be greatly improved if he would learn to focus himself on the sixth grade curriculum, and leave his instruments at home.” – Mr. Galonska, Vice Principal
Lotus Wight grew up in inner-city Toronto in the seventies and eighties, listening to his family’s vinyl collection. It was a small stack but every disc was loved and played over and over again; Pete Seeger, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Big Bill Broonzy and Elizabeth Cotton. A gifted multi-instrumentalist, Wight studied and sought traditional musics in their very cradles. His journeys took him to West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama to learn fiddle and banjo traditions of the south; to Beale Street in Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee and up the eastern seaboard playing for traditional square dances.
In 2005 Lotus teamed up with fiddler Sheesham Crow, forming the celebrated Sheesham and Lotus. Noted for their virtuosic playing and captivating showmanship, Sheesham and Lotus continue to grace festival and theatre stages on an international scale, playing blues, ragtime and good-time songs. Their 2012 release, “1929″ was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Traditional Album.
After years with his group and as a busy side-musician, (Mantler, Serena Ryder, Tannis Slimmon, Jenny Whitely, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, Joey Wright, Peter Appleyard, the Abrams Brothers), Lotus is delivering a solo set that is astounding and delighting audiences wherever he chooses to play.
“Lotus has an amazing ability that I have never heard in another musician…he can evoke the collective canon of American Folk music; old-time hillbilly, country twang, blues and early jazz all within a phrase of music with his banjo and voice. Libba Cotton, Leon Redbone and Little-Hat Jones all seem to preside, mingling with Geeshie Wiley, Charley Patton and Etta Baker. A must-have for any work-shop programmer..Lotus Wight can workshop for days on dozens of subjects; jaw-harp, hambone, crooked banjo tunes, country blues, west-African gourd instruments, bass harmonica playing and more.”
-Candace Shaw, Secret Frequency