In collaboration with the Ottawa Folk Festival, Apt613 is announcing the local bands that will be playing at this year’s festival. We’ve already showcased a few great bands in Parts 1 and 2, today we’re excited to share that Jill Zmud, Made Noon and Saturnfly will be taking part in the festivities.
Genre: folk singer-songwriter
New mom Jill Zmud will be returning to the Ottawa Folk Fest this year, following the release of her second album Small Matters in Life and Death. The album weaves together pieces of Jill’s own life with reel-to-reel tapes left behind by her musician uncle Ed Clynton, former member of the band Witness. Partly funded via Indiegogo, the success of Zmud’s latest effort speaks to the strong fan base she has cultivated since the release of her first album – 2009’s As We Quietly Drive By.
Jill plays Folk Fest Friday, September 12.
Sometimes Folk Fest is about discovering a band for the first time. Made Noon began as a busking duo in the summer of 2013. Norah Erickson plays the guitar and sings while Martin Houde keeps the beat on the cajon drum symbols. Since then they have been playing shows at local pubs, bars and special events.
These upbeat performers play a mix of original and cover songs and have recently begun recording. Several songs are available via their band’s Soundcloud.
Made Noon takes the stage on Saturday, September 13.
Genre: electro space folk
Saturnfly’s probably one of the more “out there” bands playing this year’s Folk Fest. The project began in 2012 as a musical experiment between MEA, a cellist and vocalist, and Stephane Arthur-Kiss, producer and guitarist, two Canadian musicians with very differing backgrounds. The result was something that drew inspiration from post-rock, trip hop and elements of alternative music. We like to call it “Nouveau rock” says MEA.The band has since expanded to include Lou Leblanc on Moog synth and Rhodes and Mina Messina on drums.
Their forthcoming EP Cyborg’s Lament follows the tale of a cyborg traveling through space in search of truth and meaning. Anyone familiar with Kid Koala’s Deltron 3030 project will likely appreciate this imaginative musical adventure and the exciting combination of experimental guitar, sub bass, keys, strings and MEA’s powerful voice. I’m excited because they bring something pretty unique to Ottawa’s music scene.
Saturnfly will take you for an intergalactic ride on Saturday, September 13.