Making her first appearance in three years at the festival is three-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Sarah Jane Scouten, whose music delivers a signature mix of vintage folk and country music. An ever expanding palette brings a freshness to her brand of ambient indie Americana — or “space-country” as she likes to call it. It’s as relevant to today as it is rooted in the music of her forebears. Touring throughout North America and Europe, this seasoned performer boasts a top-notch live band and considerable acclaim for her last three full-length albums. Her fourth, Confessions, is a further exploration of Americana sounds with a collection of revelatory songs — a series of confessions — which valourize, condemn and eulogize the most important relationships of her life to new harrowing heights.
Raised in a musical family on Bowen Island BC, where harmony singing was more common than watching television, Sarah Jane commits to her roots, using her warbling voice and knack for storytelling to captivate and transport her audiences. Sarah Jane is steeped in North American and British folk music from years of finding folk music at its source, from the folklorists of Vancouver Island to old time jams in West Virginia, Sacred Harp singing in Kentucky, the song craft of Nashville, two-stepping in Louisiana and her Glasgow roots.