Ken Whiteley has a long and honored history on the folk music scene. He is an Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and has received a Canadian Folk Music Award , Genie Award for the Best Original Song in a Canadian movie, Mariposa Folk Festival Hall of Fame Award plus he has been nominated for 15 Maple Blues Awards and 7 Juno Awards.
Whiteley has performed and recorded with many distinguishes artists such as but not limited to Pete Seeger, Jackie Washington, Mose Scarlett, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, Tom Paxton, The Campbell Brothers, Guy Davis, John Hammond Jr., Raffi, Fred Penner, Al Simmons, Sharon, Lois & Bram. The Whiteley Brothers (Ken & Chris) was the first Canadian act invited to the Chicago Blues Festival and they also performed with Leon Redbone on Saturday Night Live. Whiteley's work as a Producer on 140+ albums has garnered 22 Juno nominations, 2 Grammy nominations and a host of other awards. Most recently he co-produced Fred Penner's JUNO & CFMA award winning recording, "Hear The Music".
Watch for Ken Whiteley's new recording to be released on Borealis Records in early 2020. It will feature soulful vocals, outstanding musicianship and an intelligent, original repertoire.
On his latest recording "Freedom Blues", Whiteley explores freedom's personal and social dimensions. Propelled by his powerful vocals and slide guitar, the Fabulous Levy Sisters' harmonies, Hammond organ, horns and rock solid grooves. Grammy winning musicologist Rob Bowman says, "Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley's career and Canadian roots music in general."
"Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band" (fiddle-Rosalyn Dennett, banjo-Frank Evans, Rob McLaren/Allison DeGroot, string bass-Ben Whiteley/Alastair Whitehead/Gord Mowatt) are creating exciting new music that is deeply rooted in traditional North American folk forms. You will hear echoes of blues, gospel, swing, string and jug band sounds from these outstanding and versatile instrumentalists and great harmony singers.
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