Lotus & Kunle
Join us for an evening of creative musical exploration, rooted in tradition, and sparkling with innovation. Featuring two astonishing solo artists of different eras and traditions who must be seen to be believed.
Long thought to be the illegitimate offspring of Buster Keaton and Elizabeth Cotton, multi-instrumentalist Lotus Wight is an astonishingly inventive performer of old-time, incorporating unusual instruments and sounds while paying respects to their global heritage. Lotus’ 2016 release “Ode to the Banjo” earned a nomination for Best Solo Performance from the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Lotus also produced Jenny Whiteley’s latest record of old-time music, “The Real Jenny Whiteley”. When he is not performing his solo show on theatre and folk-club stages, Wight can be seen playing banjo with international touring act Sheesham and Lotus and ‘Son. He also occasionally performs as a member of David Newland’s band.
Nigerian-born Kunle is an acoustic guitarist and singer/songwriter. His folk and soul music bridges contemporary styles with roots in West African rhythms and stories. Grounded in traditions of oral history, his music starts from a West African story or proverb that digs deep into the meanings and lessons of life. Kunle then pulls rhythms and sounds from different cultures to tell the story. His signature percussion-style guitar tapping and vocals are accompanied by the harmonica and talking drum. The effect is what Kunle calls “music with no boundaries”. In 2016, Kunle performed at Peterborough Folk Festival and Blue Skies Music Festival and he was featured at Mariposa Folk Festival in 2015. Kunle’s song, My Little Fingers, was awarded the best instrumental for 2015 by Folk Music Ontario. In 2016, Kunle took his music to West Africa, Europe, across Ontario and Canada’s East Coast for the release of his EP, titled Amí N Relé (Home Sweet Home, in his language Yoruba). He has played several times in Owen Sound before, including shows at the Frog Ponds Cafe, the Avalon Jazz Lounge, and Harmony Centre. This will be Kunle’s first local appearance with his trio.