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The Young Novelists
Folk Festival 2019

The Young Novelists

from Toronto, ON

To borrow from Pride and Prejudice for a moment, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a musical fortune must be in want of a bandmate—and in this case, a wife. The Young Novelists are rural raconteurs, sparking nascent nostalgia from small stories. In their younger and more vulnerable years Graydon James and Laura Spink met doing community theatre at Waterloo University. Eventually they married, and Graydon’s solo project grew to include Spink’s soft harmony. Their collaboration and relationship grew and Spink took the road less travelled, ending her career as a scientist to join the band full time. James took his own name off the project and they became The Young Novelists, vocal duties split between James’ conversational tenor and Spink’s hazy and harmonic work. For the Novelists, life appears too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrong. The Toronto duo traffic in good will and warm feelings. Even stories of conflict are filtered through their own self-effacing love for each other and the people who move in and out of their lives.

Their most recent release City & Country explores small lives in often neglected Ontario communities, the same towns that James and Spink themselves grew up in. The Young Novelists explore stories of friends and strangers and find the common theme, memories that warm you up from the inside even as they tear you apart.

Biography by Liam Prost

Concerts

Friday July 26, 2019

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM · Rigstar Stage 5

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Sessions

A collaboration with others

Saturday July 27, 2019

11:30 AM – 12:40 PM · Community Natural Foods Stage 6

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Saturday July 27, 2019

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM · Family Zone / Talk Tent Stage 7

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Sunday July 28, 2019

10:30 AM – 11:40 AM · Field Law Stage 3

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Sunday July 28, 2019

1:50 PM – 3:00 PM · Move Forward YYC Stage 2

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