SLEEPWALK GUITAR FESTIVAL 2012

Albert Lee


Named “Best Country Guitarist” five consecutive times by Guitar Player, Albert Lee is known for his unique finger picking technique, which allows him to play at breakneck speeds. Lee is long identified with the Telecaster, and this guitar hero helped to redefine modern country music for a new generation with his blistering pace and gentlemanly virtuousity.

Albert Lee will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Burke Carroll


Toronto’s Go To pedal steel player Burke Carroll has toured the globe extensively, backing artists such as George Fox, the Good Brothers, Shania Twain, Luther Wright and the Wrongs, the Brothers Cosmoline, the Wilkensons, Scotty Campbell and Kelli Trottier.

Burke Carroll will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Bob Taillefer


Bob Taillefer is a steel guitar specialist who moves in both country and latin-influenced circles. Taillefer has become something of a pedal steel historian – he has worked for the BBC exploring folk music, is a prominent member of the Steel Guitar Forum, and has experimented with pushing the genre boundaries of this instrument for decades.

Bob Taillefer will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Cindy Cashdollar


Austin’s Cindy Cashdollar specializes in dobro and steel guitar, and her ability to add just the right notes at just the right times has brought her name to album credits that include Rod Stewart, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan and Daniel Lanois. “Equally at home picking a vintage Dobro, an old National resonator guitar, or laying down fat horn voicings on a tripleneck 8-string steel, Cashdollar is a master of bluegrass, gutbucket blues, honky tonk, swampy R&B, and Western Swing,” gushes Frets Magazine.

Cindy Cashdollar performed at the Sleepwalk Guitar SXSW Jam, 2012 and will be performing at the 2012 Sleepwalk Guitar Festival.

Colin Linden


Electric bluesman Colin Linden has a list of awards and credits that reads like a modern history of blues, country and rock music. As a solo artist songwriter, member of roots rock supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, in-demand sideman and prized producer Linden has brought his deep appreciation for early acoustic blues to multiple Juno and Grammy winning albums.

Colin Linden will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Colin Cripps


A longtime, highly in-demand guitarist and producer on the scene, Hamilton, ON native Colin Cripps’ name appears in liner notes with some of Canada’s biggest acts, past and present, from Bryan Adams to Blue Rodeo, Crash Vegas, Kathleen Edwards, Junkhouse and The Headstones. Cripps produced and played on the Juno-winning Jim Cuddy album The Light That Guides You Home (2006).

Colin Cripps performed at the inaugural Sleepwalk Guitar Festival, November, 2011.

Don Rooke


Don Rooke, acoustic and electric lap steel guitarist, leads the band The Henrys, and is part of the trio Three Metre Day. He recently co-wrote the score for the film Still (starring James Cromwell), to be released internationally in 2013. He played on the soundtrack to the Academy Award winning short Ryan. He has performed in many countries with The Henrys, Mary Margaret O’Hara and others. With O’Hara, he appeared on the much-loved TV show Night Music. He taught steel guitar at Centrum, an arts retreat in Washington State.

Don Rooke will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Luke Doucet


As a landmark singer-songwriter in the Canadian indie landscape, Doucet has made his name as a first-rate guitarist and creative force, with five solo albums to date. His band’s namesake, the prominent white Gretsch guitar, has become Luke Doucet’s musical and visual calling card. Doucet’s fifth release on Six Shooter Records, Steel City Trawler, was rewarded with a second Juno nomination for Adult Alternative Album (the award was again taken by Neil Young). The album, described as “a late-’70s ride to the grocery store in a big, gas-guzzling Lincoln Town Car,” attracted four-star reviews. In addition to multiple production credits, Doucet has spent two decades as a studio/session guitarist, with recording credits that contain a long list of Canadian icons, including Sarah McLachlan and Bryan Adams.

Luke Doucet & The White Falcon performed at the inaugural Sleepwalk Guitar Festival, November, 2011 and at the Sleepwalk Guitar SXSW Jam, 2012

James Burton


“Play it, James,” Elvis would say, calling for another searing solo by James Burton on his signature Pink Paisley Tele. This ‘Master of the Telecaster’ and member of the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame has a reputation as one of the finest guitarists out there, and his long career attests to the quality of his genre-spanning picking talent.

James Burton will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Jesse Barksdale


While still in his teens, Jesse moved to New York City where he soaked up much of the classic Jazz scene. In New York, he performed at Windows on the World on the 107th floor of the former World Trade Center, the Spy Bar in SoHo and Lansky’s Lounge in the East Village. Returning to his native Toronto, Jesse began working with Canadian music legend Jeff Healey. In a June 2002 interview with Vintage Guitar magazine Healey said “I have a full-time guitar player name’s Jesse Barksdale, who, in my opinion, is the finest jazz guitar player, all-around, in this country.”Jesse has performed at festivals in the United States, Mexico and France including Festival Django Reinhardt a Samois sur Seine. In Canada he has appeared at all of the major Jazz festivals.

Jesse Barksdale will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Junior Brown


Junior Brown’s calling card is the “guit-steel” double-neck guitar, a hybrid electric/lap steel instrument that quickly became his signature on stage and in studio. This Austin, TX slinger has been around long enough to play with everyone from George Jones to the Beach Boys, and he plays everything from honky-tonk and Western swing to surf-rock and Tex-Mex.

Junior Brown will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Kevin Breit


Juno, Maple Blues and Gemini Award winner Kevin Breit made his name as a top quality guitarist with a knack for fusion, and over the course of his career has appeared as a session musician on records with a long list of contemporaries in Toronto and beyond, including Norah Jones, Michael Kaeshammer, Molly Johnson and others. With his band, the Sisters Euclid, held down a steady gig at Toronto’s Orbit Room for over a decade.

Kevin Breit will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Nels Cline


The long-standing though rare duo of Nels Cline (guitars) and Zeena Parkins (harps) plays improvised music which displays considerable empathy. Performing one half of their concerts acoustically (concert harp and acoustic guitar) and half electrically (electric guitar/effects and electric harp/effects), Nels and Zeena’s extemporaneous music often sounds thoroughly composed as they explore the harmonic and the sonic, the intimate and the epic.

Nels Cline will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Paul Pigat


“Blessed with a jazz man’s sheen, a rockabilly heart and a hobo’s soul,” reads Paul Pigat’s bio. One of Canada’s premiere premier roots, swing and rockabilly guitarists and songwriters, Paul Pigat’s musical restlessness has made him a notably versatile and imaginative, if perpetually under the radar, artist on the scene today.

Paul Pigat will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Steve Briggs


Steve Briggs, a dynamic and tasteful guitarist is considered a staple in the Canadian music scene. He is a busy band leader and freelance guitarist, performing, arranging and recording with a wealth of artists including Sylvia Tyson, Russell deCarle, Murray McLauchlan, Quartette, the Brothers Cosmoline and Carroll Baker among others. His popular western swing orchestra the Bebop Cowboys has released three albums, garnering many glowing reviews and accolades across the country. Steve is also the director of Kitchen Music Studios, a music instruction studio in the Riverdale area of Toronto, and named “Best Guitar Instructor” in Toronto Life magazine.

Steve Briggs will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.

Zeena Parkins


Powerhouse multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, sound artist, Zeena Parkins, well-known as a pioneer of the electric harp, has also extended the language of the acoustic harp with the inventive use of unusual playing techniques, preparations, and layers of digital and analog processing. Parkins has received commissions to provide scores for film, video, chamber orchestras, theater and dance. She has long-term creative relationships with numerous choreographers including: Neil Greenberg, John Jasperse, Jennifer Monson, Jennifer Lacey, DD Dorvillier, and Emmanuelle Vo-Dinh. Ms. Parkins and has appeared with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, who commissioned a new work for Experiments in the Studio and Events at DIA Beacon.

Parkins has appeared in festivals worldwide and on countless recordings. Some collaborators include: Evelyn Glennie, Ikue Mori, Eclipse Quartet, Jack Quartet, Anthony Braxton, Bjork, Kim Gordon, John Zorn, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Chris Corsano, Mike Pride, Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Yoko Ono, Christian Marclay, Elliott Sharp, Thurston Moore. Zeena has received three Bessies for her extraordinary work in music within the dance and performance field in the United States and abroad for over two decades.

Zeena Parkins will be performing at the second annual Sleepwalk Guitar Festival in November, 2012.