Nathan Halcrow (Week 1)
All the way from Cross Lake, Manitoba, Nathan Halcrow is a gifted multi-instrumentalist. A graduate of Frontier School Division’s fiddle program, he now teaches fiddle and guitar full-time in some of Manitoba’s most remote communities. This spring, Nathan is playing in the touring Tomson Highway project Songs in the Key of Cree. Whether on guitar, fiddle, or banjo, Nathan’s incredible musicianship and gentle spirit shine through every note he plays.
Anthony Kelly (Week 2)
Hailing from Rocanville, SK, Anthony Kelly is an award-winning musician. He performs as lead vocalist, guitar and mandolin player with Shifty Morgan, which received a nomination from the CCMA for Independent Group of the Year in 2004. Anthony was also nominated for a WCMA award on mandolin, and was awarded the SCMA Song of the Year for his song “Because I Want To,” recorded by singer Marny Duncan-Cary. Passionate about sharing his craft, Anthony has co-written songs with both up-and-coming and established artists, and music can be found on the records of artists like Chris Henderson, Amy Nelson and Donny Paranteau. Anthony has taught at KLKP since its inception 13 years ago, and he is great with guitarists of all stripes.
Clinton Pelletier (Week 2)
Clint has been helping others learn the guitar for over 15 years, and is an active and passionate workshop leader and camp instructor. Beginning guitar at the age of eleven, Clinton eventually graduated from Grant McEwan University with distinction. Clint has toured extensively across North America with April Verch and with Barrage, but eventually settled back in his hometown Edmonton where he has since become a sought-after freelance guitarist in the Country, Folk and Jazz scenes. An enthusiastic collaborator, Clinton has founded several bands including EclecTrip, Hot Club Edmonton and The Woodshed Project with Daniel Gervais. Clinton also runs his own recording studio, and has released several albums.
Skender Sefa (Week 2)
Skender Sefa is an talented performer and teacher of both classical and atomic guitar. After earning both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in guitar performance from the University of Manitoba, Skender is very active in the Winnipeg guitar scene. He works frequently with the Winnipeg Symphony, and has performed across North America. Skender has released four albums, and has received awards from both the Canada Council for the Arts and the Manitoba Arts Council. In addition to performing, teaching and recording, Skender is an active music festival adjudicator.
Jack Semple (Week 1)
Jack Semple writes and performs “Modern Blues” without forgetting where he came from. Growing up on a farm north of Regina, Saskatchewan, Semple started his musical career playing with various Regina-based bands, and later relocated to Toronto in the late 1980s to become the lead guitarist of The Lincolns, a popular funk and rhythm and blues band. After his move back to Regina, Semple contributed to television and music scores, and commenced a solo recording career that has resulted in the release of ten albums. Semple has won Western Canadian Music Awards, and a Juno in 1991, and he performs now both as a solo artist and with The Jack Semple Band.
Morgan Turk (Week 1)
Morgan Turk began playing the guitar in junior high, and has been playing professionally in many different bands for the past 20 years. He was the lead guitarist in the Kirby Sewell band for 8 years and during that time was part of three recording projects and won a Maple Blues award for Best New Artist. He has toured across Canada and the USA performing at different Blues Festivals. Most recently, he played in Las Vegas for the Big Blues Bender and has also showcased at the Ottawa Blues Festival. Morgan now lives in Saskatchewan and is the lead guitar player for the recently formed band Red Coat Burn. He looks forward to new projects with this band and on his own, and he is very happy to be teaching at KLKP again this year.