The Living Roots Music Festival Announces Its Opening Headliners

After an impressive 2017 showing, Frederictons very own Living Roots Music Festival, has announced its first run of headliners for 2018.  Known for its diverse lineup and unique setup for shows (everything from pubs to cafes to breweries and living room floors) this years festival has come out swinging.

With the intent to keep things fresh, diverse and local, festival organizer Eddie Young will continue with a setup mirroring last year.  “The idea is to have multiple musicians/acts playing multiple shows at different venues over three days, focusing on acoustic, roots and folk music, but not limited to”.

Part of the festivals mandate is to also expose music fans to acts from that they may not have ever heard of.  “We are focused on bringing in great artists that are not household names and we encourage people to look these artists up, seek out the show, introduce a friend and hang out with the artist.”  

But it’s not just the interaction from fan to musician that Young likes to promote; Eddie also encourages, but does not require, the artists to enjoy their time here.  “We try to encourage the acts to stay in town for the duration of the festival and take in our city.  We will have some returning acts from last year that just fell in love with Fredericton and the people and have asked to come back right away”.  

In keeping with the local theme that has helped to define The Living Roots Music Festival, Young also makes sure that East Coast acts are well represented.  “You will, of course, see a lot of our local favorites as well and we will be pairing them up for some great collaborations”.

With the first three acts just released, this years festival is sure to impress.

Prince Edward Island based musician, Irish Mythen takes to the Grimross Brewery stage on Friday, May 25th.  Commanding the stage like no other, Irish Mythen is the true definition of power.  With a world class voice and a knack for story telling, Mythen is the one show this year you do not want to miss.


Vancouverites, Bad Strangers will be taking to the stage for two shows on Thursday May 24th and Friday May 25th.  Described as honest and heartfelt, this duo is all about the connection.  Their chemistry and harmonies will suck you in, but the sincerity in their words will make you stay.


Performing during each day of the festival, Quebec based group Outside I’m A Giant, are unlike any other act this festival has scene.  Steering towards scintillating instrumental arrangements,  this troupe now help to carry the great Canadian songwriter torch, ala Leonard Cohen and Gordon Lightfoot.

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