* UPDATE: Due to rain in the forecast, the festival will take place indoors at the Salt & Fir Centre.
Beautiful setting of the Rising Tide Festival near MacLaren pond in Fundy National Park © Parks Canada / Photo by B. Townsend
Rising Tide Festival 2015
You'll smile, sing and dance at the Rising Tide Festival in Fundy National Park! © Parks Canada / M. Jefferson
For 65 years, Fundy National Park has touched the hearts of millions of Canadians and has worked to conserve, restore and connect people with nature.
Come celebrate with us during the 6th edition of the Rising Tide Festival on August 21, 22, and 23. Each year we bring together musicians, artists and community in this extraordinary setting. Join us for the weekend to enjoy one of the best summer festivals the east coast has to offer!
2015 Lineup and schedule
Saturday, August 22
Writing about Nature with Clyde Wray (10:00 am – 11:30 am)
Location to be announced
This workshop is for children only (age 8 to 13). Pick up your free ticket at the park’s Visitor Centre.
Originally from New York City, Clyde A. Wray moved to the Maritimes from LA. California. He had the distinguished honour of being the Writer-in-Residence for the New Brunswick Museum. He is a producer, performer, playwright, a director and the published author of six books of poetry.
Mike Biggar (12:30 pm – 1:20 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
Mike Biggar is a Roots & Country artist from Quispamsis NB, acclaimed for his song writing prowess, his potent live performance, and his signature soulful, bluesy style. His deep roots in a gospel music upbringing connected him at a young age to the spirit and power of music, and that same spiritual dimension is strongly referenced in the infectious mainstream melodies he crafts & through his honest song delivery. With his landmark disarming humour & soaring vocals he is a natural live performer, solo or with his band. Biggar's soul-baring lyrics resonate with listeners & reveal a life destined to be shared in song. Biggar’s music covers the emotional spectrum - powerful, punchy anthems paired with intimate, tender ballads, and he is a veteran winner of both ECMA and Music NB awards.
Ashley Condon (1:40 pm – 2:30 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
Raised between two potato fields on Prince Edward Island, Ashley Condon is the grandchild of Bill Leblanc, a Canadian country pioneer who once spent the night in jail with Hank Snow. Like pecan pie – sweet and nutty – Ashley has won audiences over with her larger-than-life stage presence and down-to-earth charm. Growing up on everything from old-time country to folk, blues and soul, her music resonates.
Cédric Viéno (2:50 pm – 3:40 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
I wasn’t old. We were in a cottage at the edge of a lake. We tried to chat, but it didn’t work; we weren’t speaking the same language. I had a guitar, he had a harmonica. We wrote a song, half French, half Portuguese. It wasn’t the best, but for the following six months, people asked us to play it. All the time, everywhere, from Rouyn-Noranda to Brazil. I had found a key to the world, I only had to get better at … writing songs!
Catherine MacLellan (4:00 pm – 4:50 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
“I was born to do this, and my father [the late Gene MacLellan] taught me the ways of a songwriter. I first used songwriting as a way to find out who I was. Now with every song I hope to find truth in inspiration and light in the dark.”
2015 Juno Winner – Roots and Traditional Album of the Year
2015 Juno Nominee – Songwriter of the Year.
WTFunk (5:10 pm – 6:00 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
What the Funk pays homage to funk, R&B and Soul as an 8-piece dance machine that pumps out classics and soon-to-be classics from the world’s most well-known and celebrated artists. The sounds of Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Tower of Power, Adele, Bruno Mars and Ce-Lo Green are represented by powerhouse vocals, a funky rhythm core and a three-piece horn section. Dynamic, energetic, great music that gets people to the dance floor and keeps them there with an ever evolving repertoire. WTFunk carefully crafts its song list to appeal to music and dance lovers alike – age is irrelevant. If “movin’ to the groovin” is your goal, WTFunk is your band.
Singer Song Writer Circle (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
Location to be announced
The singer-songwriters’ circle will bring together Brent Mason, Catherine MacLellan, Cédric Viéno and Ashley Condon. They will share stories and songs in this intimate event.
Sunday, August 23
Gospel gathering with Mike Biggar (10:00 am – 11:30 am)
Location to be announced
Ross Neilsen (12:30 pm – 1:20 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
Ross Neilsen is taking strong, timeless material to the place that matters: The People. Seven Years, over 1200 shows and more than half a million kilometers traveled. In a time of corporate cookie-cutter music, this is the return to real. Neilsen's solo show has been honoured as a semi-finalist in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN in 2012 and with a at MusicNB award in 2013 for best blues recording for The Shack Up Sessions. The album is full of delta style blues, tall tales and the odd ghost. Ross Neilsen is a real, old-school kind of artist. Write. Tour. Record. Tour. Repeat.
Samantha Robichaud (1:40 pm – 2:30 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
Samantha Robichaud has always been a spirited performer, composer and recording artist. More than a decade and a half as a professional fiddler player, step-dancer, vocalist and all ‘round entertainer has given the phenomenally talented New Brunswick native the experience, maturity and confidence to chart her own musical course. It has also allowed her true and authentic personality to shine through – her plucky irreverence, charm, wit and dare we say it, ‘sass’, are winning over audiences throughout North America and beyond.
Allan Jeffries and 50 Shades of Blues (2:50 pm – 3:40 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
Alan Jeffries was raised on bluegrass. His debut album, the ECMA award-winning Coffee 'til Midnight, is not the romantic pursuit of an urban folkie but the product of someone who has grown up on the sounds and traditions of country, old-time, and bluegrass music his entire life.
"a fleet fingered guitar phenom" - DAILY GLEANER
"some of the best bluegrass players and singers in the land." - Bob Mersereau, CBC
Lennie Gallant (4:00 pm – 4:50 pm) Fundy Outdoor Theatre
Lennie Gallant is a native of Rustico, Prince Edward Island. This renowned Canadian singer-songwriter has recorded ten albums (eight in English and two in French), which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, the East Coast Music Awards, and Les Prix Eloizes. He was recently honored with the Canadian Folk Music Award for Artist of the Year for his latest recording Live Acoustic at The Carleton. An international touring artist who has represented Canada on songwriter events in Nashville, London and Texas, entertained our troops in Kandahar, performed at Canada Day events in Washington and London, and on the world stage at the XXI Winter Olympics.