Artists Pay Tribute To The Late Great Phil Ochs At Winterfolk XI, February 14-17, 2013, Toronto

The Winterfolk XI Blues & Roots Festival is thrilled to announce several feature showcases this year including one with SONNY OCHS (sister of ‘60s legend Phil Ochs). Sonny pays tribute to her late great brother along with Jon Brooks, Eve Goldberg, Noah Zacharin, D’Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone, David Newland, David Essig, Tony Quarrington and Sebastian Agnello all singing their favourite Phil Ochs tunes. Setting the mood beforehand will be folk duo Sue & Dwight performing the Winterfolk edition of their “Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone?” musical revue, from 1-2 p.m. The full 1– 4 p.m. showcase to be held in the hotel’s Mount Batten Room on the second floor, is one of the few ticketed events at the festival.

In his “When I’m Gone” song, the late Phil Ochs stated that “you won’t find me singin’ on this song” nor “singing louder than the guns” after his death. But his sister Sonny Ochs and a stellar group of Canadian folk artists intend to ensure that his music will continue to “say who’s to praise and who’s to blame,” and to “question when or why” long beyond the grave.

Phil Ochs has been an idol to, and a seminal influence on many of the acclaimed songwriters who identify themselves with the folk or protest genres of music in Canada, including Winterfolk executive Brian Gladstone. In memory of her brother, Sonny Ochs has been keeping his music vibrantly alive since his untimely passing in 1976.

David Essig – Hazard, KY and The Passing of My Life
Sebastian Agnello -  I’m Gonna Say It Now and Small Circle of
Friends, Love Me I’m a Liberal
D’Arcy Wickham – Changes
David Newland – When I’m Gone, First Snow, I’ll Be There
Eve Goldberg – Draft Dodger  and There But For Fortune and If I Knew
Brian Gladstone – The Highwayman and Celia, William Worthy
Jon Brooks – Days of Decision, Bracero
Tony Quarrington – Hills of West Virginia, Pleasures of the Harbor
Noah Zacharin – Floods of Florence and Pleasures of the Harbor and
Flower Lady and Chords of Fame

Another feature of this year’s festival is the ARTSCAN CIRCLE BENEFIT hosted by Carol Teal and David Joyce who have long been involved in the organization which sends teams of musicians and artists to remote Canadian Indigenous communities to link creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk. They will be joined by Wendell Ferguson, Eve Goldberg, D’Arcy Wickham.

Two very new features include the debut performance of the men of THE FABULOUS WHITELEY clan, and a live recording event with emerging Peterborough singer-songwriter GRAINNE.

Ken, Chris, Ben, Dan & Jesse Whiteley will gather on Friday, February 15th, for a special performance never before seen on any stage. The fellas are sure to wow audiences while utilizing banjo, piano, mandolin, bass and more, to achieve a testosterone-laden extravaganza of sound

Grainne’s Winterfolk set will be a live, off-the-floor recording session – another first for the festival – and will be backed by well-established roots artists including Gladstone (producer for the album), who will be on guitar and banjo for a few tunes. Added to the mix will be Juno award-winning guitarist Tony Quarrington on six-string and mandolin as well as Beverly Kreller (of award-winning HOTCHA! fame), who will provide percussion and backup vocals.

WHO: Sonny Ochs, Jon Brooks, Eve Goldberg, Noah Zacharin, D’Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone, David Newland, David Essig, Tony Quarrington and Sebastian Agnello
WHAT: Winterfolk XI Blues and Roots Festival Special Workshop– Songs of Phil Ochs
WHERE: The Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West,  Toronto, ON / 416-595-1975 (Mount Batten Room 2nd flr)
WHEN: February 17, 2013 @ 2-4pm
TICKETS: $8 adv. / $10 door