Welcome to the Acoustic Room at the Market House
Davis Rogan – New Orleans
Davis Rogan is an American musician and motion picture actor, writer and consultant. He has worked on Tremé in several capacities. He is the inspiration for the major character Davis McAlary. He was a consultant for the series pilot “Do You Know What it Means”. He was the piano coach to starring cast members Steve Zahn (who plays Davis McAlary) and Michiel Huisman (who plays Sonny) throughout the first season. His music has featured in the show several times. He also plays himself in the show. He returned as a consultant and recurring co-star for the second season in 2011.
Kris Dollimore – Cornwall
A man, a guitar and a voice. Performing as a solo artist, with his band and with Del Amitri.
During a career in music, spanning four decades, Kris has graced some of the world’s greatest stages and has played with Adam Ant as well as The Godfathers The Damned, Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Thunders. Before the Godfathers,at the tender age of 16 he was a member of The Major Setback Band . Kris joined Del Amitri in June of 1997.
Kris took the decision to perform as a solo artist 11 years ago and has toured relentlessly, travelling the UK and Europe, earning a hard core following of loyal fans. His guitar skills have always been admired, in whichever genre he has played. With largely an acoustic repertoire, a fair portion of that being instrumental, in the vein of John Fahey and Jack Rose, precision playing is expected and delivered.
Harrison Kennedy – Lafayette, Hamilton, Canada
Harrison Kennedy was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, before moving to Detroit to join up with the Chairmen, a group started as part of the new Holland-Dozier-Holland label Invictus/Hot Wax.
In the mid-’70s, Kennedy left the group and struck out on a solo career. Over the years he has been able to pull from styles as varied as Funk, Soul, R&B, Folk, Country, and Gospel. Kennedy has been nominated for four Canadian Juno Awards in the blues category.
For the past decade, his recordings have earned Harrison Kennedy many accolades in the business. No less than B.B. King has hailed him as Canada’s premier blues performer.
Singing and playing the mandolin, the banjo, the guitar and the harmonica in a mostly acoustic setting, his strong poetic writing and full sense of irony largely contribute to the growing success of this very special blues troubadour.
“He restored my faith in the relevance of simply written, keenly observed, well-played songs from a man now at the top of his game.” – Blues & Rhythm Magazine
Cedric Watson – Lafayette, Louisiana
Resident at the Market House for the weekend
One of the most noted young talents to emerge in Cajun or Creole music in the past few years, Cedric Watson is a fiddler, vocalist, accordionist and songwriter of seemingly unlimited potential. Cedric has been making a name for himself reviving old Creole fiddling styles, injecting a healthy dose of his own personality and ingenuity, and bringing them to an ever-broadening audience. All 3 of his CD releases since going on his own have been Grammy-nominated, an indication of the excitement around his emergence as a band leader.
Cedric Watson has played with some of the great family names in Creole music, including Dexter Ardoin and the Creole Ramblers and Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, and most recently was a featured member of the Pine Leaf Boys. He has played across the United States in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Caribbean, where he has a particularly keen interest in connecting Louisiana Creole music to other Creole cultures.
Moving with ease between fiddle and accordion, and adding his strong blues-inflected vocals, Cedric’s creative style and obvious joy in playing make him an engaging and exciting performer.
David King – Dublin
David King is a Dublin folk and blues singer with an E.P entitled “Dig my Own Hole” (2013) and recently released debut album “Ruirteach Blues” (2015). David’s early influences range from Led Zepplin & Cream to Bob Dylan and Tim Buckley. Current influences go back to the blues greats such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson and Son House.
The Delta and Chicago blues style’s delivered with his unique blend of Irish Soul offer up original vocal and guitar styles and create a back beat for the stories in his songs. David performs solo and with the support of his road band known as the “Raging River Band”.