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Greg Koch is a world-wide guitar sensation! He has developed his own unique style of picking and is widely regarded as one of the best technical players in the world – in a clear acknowledgement of his virtuosity, Greg was invited to play at Les Paul’s 100th Birthday Celebration in 2009. Greg has innovated guitar design and authored numerous guitar instruction books. He is famous as a teacher and amazing as a performer.


Shaela Miller, who comes from Lethbridge, is rooted in the classic country greats of yesteryear as well as the new wave of country music. Tear in your beer ballads, dance hall shuffles and dark alt-country noir craft work are all part of the package. With a voice that will send shivers up your spine and a knack for turning a phrase that will stun you with its simple eloquence, Shaela’s musical force is unabated and unrivaled.


T. Buckley is a Calgary-based singer-songwriter with a beautiful voice and a soulful repertoire of original songs rooted in the best of the folk and country traditions. He has won numerous awards and produced five albums: Northern Country Soul, Roll On, and Nowhere Fast with his Tim Buckley Trio; as well as solo efforts Frame By Frame, Miles We Put Behind, and his recent video release Holding My Place available on Youtube.


The Muddy Souls are: Peter Romanelli on guitar & vocals, Jacob Camara on banjo & vocals, Jon Brex on upright bass, Gabe Schliffer on fiddle & vocals, and Austen Slone on mandolin & vocals. Together, they add up to a five-piece progressive bluegrass band from Eugene, Oregon. Their original music spans classical bluegrass to beautiful ballads and everything in between. They have released five albums including Medicine, The Eagle, and The Raven.


New Moon is a road tested band, who have been entertaining Western Canadian audiences for over 3 decades. Members include Marty Carter on saxophone, flute, keyboards, acoustic guitar, EWI (electronic wind instrument) and harmonica. Brad Carter on drums. Russ Brent on guitar and lap steel. Murf Martin on bass guitar. With a versatile set list of rock, reggae, blues and jazz, New Moon will set your dancing spirit free.


Blitzen Coast is a wildly original local band featuring J. Stovel on guitar & vocals, P. Carrick on Drums, Tim MacIntosh on keys & synths, and Fraser Smith on bass & vocals. Check out their videos Radio Gap, Back Roads, and Miles and Miles on Youtube, and Susie Dufresne on the Steamboat Shake A Tree compilation.


Smarty Pants are Kurt Reichel and Bill Cropper from Invermere and Wilmer. They are a true garage band. They actually do meet every Sunday afternoon in Bill’s garage, where they make beautiful and sometimes weird music together. They cover an amazing range of songs that span five decades, and they write their own tunes too. Their original composition Trailer Park is included on the Steamboat Shake A Tree album. 


Northern Quarter, an award-winning indie pop band from Canmore, features charismatic vocalist Kerry Hunter, guitar wiz Carlos Nadeau, and the creative back up Wendy Crewe on bass, and Dave Crewe on drums and synths. Their three releases, Boomtown Blues, Trainhopper, and Fighting for You showcase their stylistic range and storytelling power. 


The Usual Suspects are a mysterious bunch who turn up at lots of venues around the Valley. They include Scott Ivers on guitar & vocals, Brian Comrie on keys, Steve Benty on drums, and Mike Garner on bass. They say they met up in Sing-Sing while doing time for a botched music store robbery. They sometimes hang out at The Horsethief Pub in Radium.


Columbia Head Waters Dancers are a young Indigenous group who beat with the heart of this beautiful land, honouring the traditions of their ceremonial arts: music, movement, story, community, and regalia. And while they do all that, they have fun and learn about themselves.  


A-Muse Troupe are a cirque-improv collective from Golden dedicated to the positive power of play. They and their amazing puppets engage kids with costume and spectacle. They have frolicked and clowned around Steamboat for ten of the festival’s twelve-year history. They also have a junior troupe called the Cirque Kids!  

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