Calgary Folk Fest


from Halifax, NS

A burst of nostalgia for their Cape Breton home while jamming on Rankin Family songs led Halifax pop-rock act Mardeen to form a musical alter ego, Villages. Brimming with traditional reels and Irish-influenced Celtic folk, Villages sing about life in the Maritimes as they pine for their rural home from the cold, urban landscape of the big city.

Villages released a self-titled, eight-song debut album in the spring of 2019 and, while it is full of the traditional sounds of Cape Breton, they’ve added enough of their own pop sensibilities and non-traditional instruments, such as synthesizers, to put a singular mark on their heritage. Their adventurous, positive vibe makes every Villages live show a celebration - a “welcome home” that envelopes you with a warm embrace.

Biography by Sean Myers


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