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The Marrieds are coming back to you.
London’s folk duo of Kevin Kennedy and Jane Carmichael will be among the main stage performers Friday for the first time at the 44th annual Home County Music & Art Festival on at Victoria Park Friday through Sunday.
The city’s longest running music festival features a wide variety of Canada’s leading folk artists with headliners Royal Wood on Friday, Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz Saturday and Newfoundland’s The Once Sunday to close.
This is the third visit to Home County for The Marrieds — Kevin Kennedy and Jane Carmichael — but their first trip to the main stage, where they’ll perform Friday at 7 p.m., just after Tribe of One (6 p.m.) ahead of Susan Aglukark (8 p.m.), Lisa LeBlanc (9 p.m.) and then Royal Wood.
“We’re super excited,” said Carmichael, a teacher at J.P. Robarts public school and a graduate of Western University’s music education program where she studied vocals.
“It’ll be great playing with our band (drummer Matt Weston, bassist Bob Breen, guitarist Jesse Nestor and Brent Jones on the keys). It’s different with a full band because you’ve got all the songs filled out like they are on the records.”
The Marrieds have three CDs under their belt, including 2011’s The Marrieds, 2013’s Saving Hope and 2016’s Fire and the Flames, which preceded winning this year’s Jack Richardson London Music Award for folk/roots a second time.
The Marrieds have performed at Home County twice before as so-called “tweeners” providing entertainment between the main stage acts.
“I think it’s just a great festival,” said Kennedy, a teacher at Clarke Road secondary school.
“People travel from all over to attend and to play. Everybody who does festivals wants to be here.”
The Marrieds were first recruited by former festival artistic director Catherine McInnes, who slotted them to perform just behind seven-time Juno nominee Kathleen Edwards, one of Carmichael’s favourite female artists.
“That was really exciting,” said Carmichael, who said she’s impressed by Home County’s growing emphasis on home-grown London talent. “I feel like by performing at Home County, we’re building an audience from it.”
Said Kennedy: “I think it’s just a great festival that’s well run, with great vendors and great music, definitely one of the top-notch folk festivals in Canada.”
Among the more familiar names performing over the weekend on stage and at workshops are Susan Aglukark (Friday 8 p.m., main), Oh, Susanna (6 p.m.), London’s Carly Thomas (6 p.m.) on the Saturday’s main stage, and Trent Severn (with Sarnia’s Emm Gryner at 7:40 p.m. Sunday on the main stage).
For more information about the festival, visit its website homecounty.ca.
The festival will feature more than 30 musical acts on six stages, more than 120 curated Canadian craft artisans and more than 30 food vendors.
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East Workshop Stage
Noon: The View From Here, featuring JP Hoe, Lisa LeBlanc, Royal Wood and Skye Wallace.
1:30 p.m. Heartstrings Attached, featuring Madison Violet, Rant Maggie Rant and Sarah MacDougall.
3 p.m. Fanshawe MIA Showcase with Lliam Buckley, Cameron Jericho, Lost In Japan (duo), Austin Pigott and Molly Roach.
4:30 p.m. Breaking Traditions featuring The Bombadils, Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald, Rant Maggie Rant and Trent Severn.
Noon: About the Song with AHI, Emm Gryner, Ron Hawkins and Dayna Manning.
1:30 p.m. East Coast Road Trip with Ben Mill & Anita MacDonald, Dylan Menzie and The Once.
3 p.m. Local Motive, featuring London ’s Deni Gauthier, Pat Maloney, Sarah Smith and Carly Thomas.
4:30 p.m. Heart & Soul, with AHI, Janice Jo Lee, Chad Price and Skye Wallace.
South Workshop Stage
Noon: Two Hearts with The Marrieds, Tragedy Ann, The Young Novelists and Westminster Park.
1:30 p.m. Bodies of Water with Anne Moniz, Oh Susanna, Dana Sipos and Carly Thomas.
3 p.m. Ladies Sing The Blues featuring Jenn Marino, Dione Taylor and Jenie Thai.
4:30 p.m. Northern Daughters with Donna Creighton, Sarah MacDougall, Dana Sipos and Roxanne Andrighetti.
Noon: The Gospel According to Home County with The Bombadils, Kaia Kater, Amanda Lynn Stubley and Dione Taylor.
1:30 p.m. Indigenous Spirit with Susan Aglukark, Dawn Redskye and Amanda Rheaume.
3 p.m. Worlds Collide with Dala, Madison Violet, Oh Susanna and Jenie Thai.
4:30 p.m. Country, Bluegrass & Blues with River Valley Stringband, Amanda Lynn Stubley and Chuckee Zehr.
Noon: Miss T. The Bubble Queen
1 p.m. Fraser Teeple
2 p.m. Dufflebag Theatre
3 p.m. Studio Cirque (acrobatics)
Noon: Miss T The Bubble Queen
1 p.m. The Fuddles
2 p.m. Paula Perri
3 p.m. Good Enough Live Karaoke with a four-piece band.
Emerging Artists Stage
1:30 p.m. Amanda Lynn Stubley
2:30 p.m. Janice Jo Lee
3:30 p.m. Tragedy Ann
4:30 p.m. Sarah Smith
1:30 p.m. Pat Maloney
2:30 p.m. The Young Novelists
3:30 p.m. Kaia Kater
4:30 p.m. Jenn Marino
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