Kev Corbett

Nova Scotian road warrior Kev Corbett is best known for his cerebral and masterful folk song writing and exceptional guitar playing, with a voice that hints of Canadian greats Bruce Cockburn, Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot. And yet, people keep telling him he really doesn’t sound like anyone else.

A wordy guy with a big heart, this serious guitar picker loves a great story — especially if it isn’t his. He’s comfortable in his own skin, with not a hint of pretense.

He’s experienced, too: 20 years and 20 countries’ worth of touring, competitions, openers, and being an award­-winning sideman and instructor. He’s known for the attention-­to-­the-­everyday of an Alice Munro, the detail and research of a Robertson Davies, the brutal frankness of a Farley Mowat, the warm­ cuddliness of a Gzowski, and a work ethic of iron, to boot. He’s a touring machine.

When not putting story to song or accompanying others, he also runs Savasanaface, which provides live ambient electric music for Yoga class events, and which is taking over more and more of his life with each sunrise.

Kev Corbett’s newest album finds him exploring new sonic neighbourhoods and telling the stories of the people he meets there, while maintaining the sidewalk humanity and solidarity and heart and protest that define the Folk genre in which he cut his teeth. Produced by Jason Mingo and with few other studio collaborators, Corbett continues to walk a path imagining the all great players and writers meeting at the Big Tavern in the Sky, where Woody Guthrie is the bartender.

Or, as one fan put it: “An amazing instrumental map through your life. He’s just showing you what you already know, but pointing it out to you in a beautiful way.”

Kev will also be one of our hosts for this year’s festival.