Historically speaking, many have come and gone before us without broad notice, despite having made significant impacts during their lives. These are the stories that Saltwater Hank sinks his teeth into, spinning them into timeless folk songs with a penchant for a jig.
Saltwater Hank will be performing Saturday as part of Coldsnap Music Festival’s Hot Music on a Cold Night. Blue Moon Marquee will also be performing Saturday. The show will be live-streamed. For more information check out www.coldsnapfestival.com or on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @coldsnapfest.
Born in Prince Rupert and a member of the Gitga’at community, Tsimshian folk artist Saltwater Hank resurrects stories of the land, loss and absurd circumstance and shines them through a sepia lens, witnessing ageless characters with hearts and lives on the line.
His debut album, Stories From the Northwest, is a recording built upon the influence of Hanks before him. Saltwater Hank’s father Henry (also known as Hank) was his first and most influential exposure to music, and instilled in him a deep curiosity and love for the craft. From his earliest memories of gingerly strumming his father’s guitar strings, to hearing him, his grandfather and uncles perform the songs of Hank Williams Sr. and other country favourites, the influence of these formative experiences is clear when listening to Saltwater Hank.
BLUE MOON MARQUEE
A Gypsy Blues band born of the wild rose foothills of Alberta, they currently make their home in an island shack on the coast of the Salish Sea in British Columbia.
A.W. Cardinal (vocals/guitar) and Jasmine Colette a.k.a. Badlands Jazz (vocals/bass/drums) write and perform original compositions influenced by anything that swings, jumps or grooves.
Artists such as Lonnie Johnson, Louis Armstrong, Blind Willie Jonson, Charley Patton, Howlin’ Wolf, Screaming Jay Hawkins, Tom Waits, Memphis Minnie, and Django Reinhardt are deeply infused in the soul of their music.
Blue Moon Marquee is primarily a live duo with the energy and sound of a full band. Colette, the rhythm section, not only commands the upright bass, but also brings the swing with her feet on the kick drum, snare and high hat, all while singing harmonies. Cardinal is of the screaming and hollering blues ilk, with distinctive thick and smoky vocals that barrel out like a raging bull. His guitar crackles with the swinging energy of jazz tinged blues.
They received a 2016 Maple Blues Award nomination for New Artist of the Year and were the most requested band for the 2016 TD International Jazz Festival circuit across Canada. With a penchant for poet characters and gritty settings, they cross many genre, age and cultural boundaries. Most importantly, they make every song their own. It’s an infectious mix of early blues, jazz, country, and popular songs. Passionate performances and smouldering onstage chemistry is their trademark, and they will have you listening and dancing. From back room bars and festival stages to velvet seated theatres, this band will fit in anywhere.