An Afternoon Collaborative Session with Henry Wagons, JJ Shiplett, The Torchettes, and Dojo Workhorse: A Block Heater Event

The Calgary Folk Music Festival presents Block Heater:

An Afternoon Collaborative Session with Henry Wagons, JJ Shiplett, The Torchettes, and Dojo Workhorse: A Block Heater Event

Sun · February 12, 2017

Doors: 12:00 pm / Show: 1:00 pm (event ends at 4:30 pm)

Festival Hall

Calgary, AB


This event is all ages

This event consists of a songwriter-in-the-round session with Dojo Workhorse, Henry Wagons, JJ Shiplett, and The Torchettes (1pm-2:45pm), followed by a concert performed by Dojo Workhorse (3:15pm-4:30pm).

Dojo Workhorse - (Set time: 1:00 PM)
Dojo Workhorse
I’ve been in love six times for sure
Still keep regrets from three and four…

Danny Vacon, some other Dudes and Raleighs bring their self-described ‘soft rock’ and ‘neo-blue-eyed soul’ outfit. Fragile, layered and more personal than the raucous, boozy Dudes, gorgeous harmonies and strong melodies characterize this project. It’s set to well-textured, emotive and smooth instrumentation with some guitar dashes, one part trumpet and horns, another of easy percussion, a topping of lapsteels, harmonicas and cellos. A new 2016 CD gives the world freedom to swoon, sway, hug their hearts and bask in the soft rays of a perfect afternoon patio beer. Drink whiskey and pen heartfelt notes in your journal, the world is beautiful once more. KC

Hails from: Calgary, AB
Henry Wagons - (Set time: 1:00 PM)
Henry Wagons
Henry Wagons is a true renaissance man, with a unique swagger reminiscent of a day when front men gave back bucket loads of charm and were shrouded in enigmatic mystery. Unanimously lauded as one of one of Australia's great entertainers, a Henry Wagons show is a true sight to behold.

Drawing on a broad-ranging swag of influences, Henry's show is a high sensation roller coaster ride that ranges from the bluster of sweaty jumpsuit era Elvis, post karate kicks, to the somber, drunken malaise of Lee Hazelwood. He can touch on the tenderness of a recently heart-broken Roy Orbison while simultaneously embracing the menace of Nick Cave.

The past few years have seen Henry share stages around the world with Lucinda Williams, Justin Townes Earle, Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zero's, Calexico, Bill Callahan, Will Oldham, Okkervil River, John Hiatt plus more along with SXSW, Canadian Music Week and Americana showcases.
As tends to be Henry's way, he always has a huge amount on the boil. After many years fronting the floor-fracturing outlaw band Wagons, Henry has recently recorded his first ever full length solo album entitled 'After What I Did Last Night…' in Nashville due for release in Feb 2016 . The album was recorded under the watchful gaze of 'new Nashville' lynchpin producer Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle, Caitlin Rose, Andrew Combs) who has helped bring a unique musicality and depth. Prior to this, Henry released a mini album 'Expecting Company' (including a duet with The Kills/Dead Weather's Alison Mosshart), as well as a live all-analogue 45rpm 12" vinyl as part of the prestigious Upstairs at United series, recorded above the famous United Records pressing plant in Tennessee.

On top of all of this, Henry hosts Australia's biggest national Americana/Roots music radio show 'Tower of Song', already a weekly institution, on national broadcaster Double J. Henry also keeps his insanely busy schedule packed as a television presenter, having worked on Australia's culture and arts show on ABC's 'Art Nation' for three years while also hosting interview series 'Rogue Tales' for James Squire and on TV series 'Keepers of the Flame' on Channel 10. Henry has also hosted numerous events including the Music Victoria Awards and regularly facilitates panel discussions at the National Gallery of Victoria.

There is a reason why Henry was nominated by The Age as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Melbourne.

"a shrewd showman and an equally savvy songwriter and singer...Wagons makes sly rock 'n' roll that both intellectuals and pop fans can appreciate" - Nashville Cream

"Henry Wagons comes across like Nick Cave singing the Johnny Cash songbook" – Timeout NYC

"Henry Wagons: the new Prince of Country noir" - CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp.)
JJ Shiplett - (Set time: 1:00 PM)
JJ Shiplett
Brother can you hear me? They’ve been calling out your name…

JJ Shiplett’s voice is that of a troubadour, and his songs resonate with emotional sincerity and an underdog's enduring hope. A radio station development grant helped him produce his full-length release Colours in 2012, followed by the EP The Only One. Shiplett offers anthemic songs that can make you believe in something in this hard world, and others that convince you to soak it all in whiskey 'n' wine and just go dancin'. Shiplett’s music is all heart: convincing, compelling and resonant. JM/CV

Hails from: Calgary, AB
The Torchettes - (Set time: 1:00 PM)
The Torchettes
Come to me when I’m wounded… I love a ruined man

When sassy front women Deicha Carter and Abbie Thurgood open their mouths and sing, images of some of the finest, funkiest soul singers and most compelling ‘60s garage rock waft through your psyche and bones. The straight goods are delivered with grit, groove and perfect backing from Anders Czarnecki, Steven Halvorson and Willy Garcia. Guitar riffs, driving horns and a solid back beat build around bang-on harmonies as this gutsy beast with a doctorate in black magic melts your bits into the hot and sweaty underworld. There are many good reasons they’ve become the go-to support vocalists for Calgary’s soulful rock outfit Copperhead and others, and that one of them fronts another hot band, Deicha & the Voodoos. And it’s no surprise that a Nathaniel Rateliff video plays on YouTube after one of theirs, shot at their Women’s Centre benefit series. KC

Hails from: Calgary, Alberta
Venue Information:
Festival Hall
1215 10 Ave SE
Calgary, AB, T2G 0W6