THE BANDS of 2022

Paul Lamb & Laura Conner With Wreckhouse

8:10 – 9:40PM

If you live on the east coast of Canada, you may recognize Paul Lamb as a staple of the east coast music scene for nearly three decades.

Originally from St.John’s, NL, Paul formed the band Signal Hill in 1992 with his father. He toured Canada playing universities and clubs, and finally planted his roots in Halifax, NS.

In 2000 Paul formed the recording group Crush, who garnered much success, winning 8 East Coast Music Awards, a Canadian Radio Music Award, a Music Industry Association Award, and a Juno nomination. He’s shared the stage with acts like Sheryl Crow, The Tragically Hip, Nickelback, Nelly Furtado, Bryan Adams, Great Big Sea, Tom Cochrane, Nazareth, and Blue Rodeo.

Crush has stopped touring, but Paul continues to play solo shows, or with his band Wreckhouse. He has released two solo albums of his own music, and does corporate shows, special events, festivals, and some favorite pubs.

With Paul’s unique style of 12 string acoustic guitar playing, his emotional, charismatic voice, and his ability to deliver the music, whether cover songs or his own, you’ll see why Paul Lamb is still an important part of the east coast music scene.

Laura Connor has had a passion for singing ever since she was 5 years old. Originally from London, Ontario, she recorded cover songs for her YouTube page where she has nearly 2 million views. Laura began her solo career performing in Georgia, USA, as well as taking on the role of Stevie Nicks in Full Petty Fever, a Fleetwood Mac cover band in Ontario. She has since performed in Blue Jester with Paul Lamb, Jason Campbell, & Jay Meadus and is a regular musical guest of Signal Hill. Laura has performed across Canada on Via Rail’s Artist on Board program and has since played around Halifax at bars like The Lower Deck waterfront and Finbars in Dartmouth. Her music includes a wide variety of familiar favourites. 

The Usual Suspects

6:50 – 7:50PM

Mark Riley

5:20 – 6:20PM


The Old Contemporaires

4:00 – 5:00PM

Yeaton Smith, Andrew Laite, Josh Ward, Maria Cherwick, and Lucas Rose are a group of best friends who love making music together. The OC’s play old songs, new songs that sound old, country songs, folks songs, and they put their mark on everything they play. The sound is built on harmonies, artful musicianship, and having so much fun on stage together it can’t help but infect the audience with smiles and tapping toes.  

Terra Spencer

2:40 – 3:40PM

Since her 2018 solo debut, Nova Scotian funeral director-turned-songwriter and 2021 CFMA Contemporary Singer of the Year nominee Terra Spencer has won over audiences by marrying fingerstyle guitar, gospel piano, and her butterscotch voice with onstage humour and 70s wood-paneled warmth. Her self-produced second album Chasing Rabbits was recently named 2021 Music NS winner and nominated for 2021 ECMA Folk Recording of the Year.  Terra will join Ben Caplan for a cross-Canada tour in spring 2022 to introduce their new album, Old News.  In a room of 5 or 500, every show is a knee-to-knee conversation with a natural storyteller. “The real deal.” – Ron Sexsmith

Richard & Somebody’s Kids

1:20 – 2:20PM

Frontman and songwriter Richard MacDonald is backed by his band Somebody’s Kids, a gritty rockin’ blues band from Halifax. The music is influenced with Americana, country, and folk…but you won’t hear crooning love songs from this band. Years of training boxers in Canada and in the states has given Richard a unique insight to human nature that toes the line between an old school fighter and an insightful poet. This duality is evident in the lyrics of the songs. He has been writing songs about life as he sees it since he was a teen. These are songs about everyday people living on the edges and in the shadows. Somebody’s Kids drives the songs with rocky blues and pushes with unconventional keyboard bass and dynamic drumming.

Richard MacDonald (lead singer, rhythm guitar, songwriter), Stephen Matheson (lead guitar), Melissa Martin (keys), and Paul Gallant (drummer)

The Gilberts

Noon till 1PM

Nova Scotia sibling trio The Gilberts deliver emotionally impactful songs, recordings and performances with close three-part harmonies, soulful lyrics and compelling arrangements. Celtic, country and choral music are among the influences that Frieden, Reuben and Maisie have harnessed along the road to a 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award for their debut album ‘The Gilberts: One’, and a 2021 Music Nova Scotia Award for the follow-up ‘Tell Me’, – also nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and an East Coast Music Award in 2022.

Emigrating to Canada and settling in Nova Scotia when they were knee high to a grasshopper, the siblings started out at open mics on muddy festival grounds before graduating to the main stages at Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, Deep Roots, Full Circle, Celtic Colours, HUFF, and Goderich Celtic Roots Festival among others. They have also been featured performers on two CTV specials; at the virtual 2021 Philadelphia Folk Festival; and opened for Jimmy Rankin at the Halifax Convention Centre.

Their music has been played widely on CBC, independent radio, and across the U.S. This year they were featured artists on the Story and the Song on CBC’s East Coast Music Hour with their song ‘Listen Closely’ written for the show. ‘Listen Closely’ will be released as a single in 2022.

For 2022/2023 The Gilberts have developed a touring show called ‘Harmonious’ featuring their original songs and songs by harmony groups that have influenced their sound – including Fleetwood Mac, the Bee Gees, Crosby Stills & Nash, the Beach Boys, Simon & Garfunkel, the Mamas and the Papas, and the Carpenters.


Presented by Surf Restaurant

So our friends, Ross and McCall are going to be back again this year to play for you all while we’re getting things ready.
The guys do a great job of almost any type of music you can play.
So welcome back to Ross and McCall….Havin’ a time between sets.

2019 Bands

Signal Hill
Pretty Archie
Thomas Stajcer Band
Jill Boudreau Band
Jon Cyr Band
Working Class Band
Chelsea Macintosh & Elegantly Wasted

2018 Bands

Signal Hill
Heather Rankin
Cedric, Marty & Dave
Matt Balsor & the Hill top Show Band
The No Name Blues Band
Brooklyn Blackmore Band
The Parsons Brothers & Friends

2017 Bands

Signal Hill
Amanda Jackson Band
Makayla Lynn & Band
The Jen Miller Band
The Curtis Matheson Band
Willie Stratton & Band
No Name Blues Band

2016 Bands

Otis Wack
No Name Blues Band
Kevin Fletcher Band featuring Jessica Purdy
Terry Whalen Band
John Campbelljohn
Matt Minglewood