Noah Zacharin and Scott Cook

Noah Zacharin and Scott Cook

Noah Zacharin

5:30PM

Noah Zacharin is an acknowledged guitar master and writer of literate, deeply-felt songs. Decades of listening and learning enable him to move easily and authentically across the genres of “Americana.” Folk, blues, ragtime, country, bluegrass, and jazz—all are called upon as vehicles for his songs. Combining the linguistic skills of a published, award-winning poet and translator, with a singular accompaniment style, Zacharin’s songs are each unique diamonds.

Over the course of his career, Noah Zacharin has recorded 8 CD’s of mostly original music, collaborated on several others (including one with renowned Canadian writer Ken Norris), and produced and/or performed on some 60 recordings by other artists throughout North America. His eighth CD has just been released, and a re-issue of 2007’s much-lauded “Waiting on Your Love” will be ready later in the year. This latter will include unreleased material from the original sessions and a DVD of beautiful ASL interpretation by David McCloskey.

In performance, Noah Zacharin firmly believes his job is to “dance on the tightrope.” Avoiding the safety of fixed arrangements, always reaching for new guitar and vocal moves (with a voice none other than Leonard Cohen has called ‘very compelling’), Zacharin takes his listeners on a complex and enriching emotional journey. Often cited as a leader in his community, Noah Zacharin’s performances are not to be missed.

Scott Cook

5:30pm

A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Alberta’s Scott Cook has distilled the stories collected over a decade touring across Canada, the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. His fourth DIY release, One More Time Around, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award, and its opening track “Pass It Along” won the Folk and Acoustic category in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest, with UK magazine Maverick Country naming him “one of Canada’s most inspiring and imaginative storytellers”. In 2015 he assembled a seven-piece honky-tonk band for his fifth studio album, Scott Cook and the Long Weekends Go Long, and in 2017 he released his sixth studio album, Further Down the Line, earning his second Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, for English Songwriter of the Year.

The album comes packaged in a 132-page book containing a look back, in words and pictures, on his last decade of near-incessant travel. Cook is one of the hardest-working troubadours on the road today, averaging over 150 shows and a dozen festivals every year since 2007. All the hard miles notwithstanding, he still believes that songs can change your life, and your life can change the world.
“As good a modern folkie as we have these days. A voice perfect for the genre. An understanding beyond the norm.” -No Depression

“He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own… A good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humour, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice and a bunch of memorable lines… Truly one of Woody Guthrie’s children.” -RnR Magazine