For the first three years of operation of Farmyard Market, we held a fun-filled annual event that included live music, Beeper the Clown, horse rides, burgers and drinks. We have since changed this event into an on-farm Saskatchewan music festival: Perogyfest. We hosted our second annual festival this past July with over 200 people in attendance and musicians from all over Canada.
Campbell Woods released his debut record, “Oxford Street” in the spring of April 2017. He’s been on the road ever since, performing everywhere from Vancouver to Halifax to Nashville to Austin. As a songwriter he’s been compared to Townes Van Zandt and John K. Sampson. Powerful songs, simply delivered. “Oxford Street” debuted at no. 4 on the Canadian folk radio charts and was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award.
The last two years have brought some exciting things: a new record, an opportunity to participate in the Banff Singer-Songwriter residency, music festivals from Halifax’s In The Dead of Winter to Vancouver Island’s Vancouver Island MusicFest, and ever more touring across Canada. Campbell is looking forward to releasing a new record in 2019, recorded in Montreal at the mythic hotel2tango.
“Campbell is one of the truest songwriters I’ve heard come out of Canada in a long time. His writing comes from the soul of an ancient spirit; he is a poet with a flair for haunting images. Campbell has done his homework when it comes to the craft of songwriting. His is a new, shining light!”
Doug Cox -Vancouver Island MusicFest Artistic Director
David Froese is a quiet musician, born in Alberta but now a Manitoban.
He started writing songs as a young boy, about the same time he stopped taking piano lessons. Content with leaving the names of notes unknown he ended up behind a guitar. Now he hums and strums his way into the discovery of new songs.
Dylan Cooper is the drummer of Saskatoon’s Ellen Froese and the Hot Toddies, vocalist and drummer for Von Jumbo and has been a performing artist in Saskatoon for 10+ years. As a solo artist, his songwriting draws heavily from his upbringing in the arctic territory of Nunavut and his new home of the prairies. His songs contain a humorous approach to the human condition but his powerful voice carries you through it all with his wide range of falsetto to baritone. An eclectic and intriguing performer, his debut album was released in September 2018. Catch him at Perogyfest with his full band.
"Dylan is all those classic rock songs absorbed into a song-writing machine. In my opinion I think he’s got one of the greatest voices around for miles! The dude sings like Ian Gillan of Deep Purple." - Moose Jaw Herald
Ellen Froese & the Hot Toddies
Hailing from a dairy farm in the heart of Saskatchewan, young folk singer Ellen Froese has swiftly made her presence known in the Canadian music scene. As a folk artist performing solo (sometimes with her rockin’ back-up band, the Hot Toddies), as well as a founding member of successful bluegrass/folk group In With The Old, Froese has balanced multiple projects for the last few years. Terry Pugh of Clark's Crossing Gazette says of Ellen, “[she has] superb songwriting skills, versatile musicianship, and an unforgettably sweet voice”. Whether performing a folk traditional, a rock 'n' roll classic, or her own compositions, Froese handles it with an air of authenticity – all tempered with a healthy dose of humour and self-deprecation. With four albums behind her, Froese is eagerly anticipating the 2019 release of her first album with her full band, as well as her first European tour through DevilDuck Records.
The Local Group
Taking their name from the cluster of galaxies containing the Milky Way, the Local Group plays music of astronomical proportions. This Saskatoon quartet puts their own unique spin on traditional acoustic music, including bluegrass, celtic, classic country, and Canadiana. Featuring hot banjo, mandolin and guitar picking, tight harmonies, and a mixed bag of instruments including double bass, fiddle, harmonica, penny whistle and triangle, their show will take you out of this world on a rocket fueled by pure folk music.
From the fictional town of Darston, Saskatchewan, Wolf Willow presents original honkey-tonk and ripping fast western swing numbers in the format of an old time radio show. With a horn section and an ear for countrypolitan arrangements, Wolf Willow both stretches and upholds the retro-country tradition.
In 2018, the band released Caribou Howl which evolved out of a deal to write and record the score for a documentary on caribou. The record charted on Earshot! reporting stations across Canada and received a nomination for a Saskatchewan Music Award in the Experimental/Avante-garde category.