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Ol' Savannah

folk roots blues americana

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Ol’ Savannah are a Montreal-based folk/roots band founded by Speedy Johnson and Bartleby J. Budde. The two began writing songs together in 2009, influenced by blues artists, such as Mississippi Fred McDowell and John Hurt. Ol’ Savannah have released four full-length albums: Ol’ Savannah (2011), Underneath the Old Red Barn (2012), Death on the Mountain (2013), and Burden (2017). 

Ol’ Savannah’s style has been compared to a mix of Tom Waits, Roscoe Holcomb, Muddy Waters, and The Pogues.

Ol’ Savannah have accepted multiple festival invitations over the years, including multiple appearances on Halifax, Nova Scotia’s waterfront as part of the Halifax International Busker Festival, Festival Fringe (Montreal, QC and Chicoutimi, QC), Festival International de Folk Sale (Ste-Rose-du-Nord, QD) Montreal Folk Festival on the Canal, Paddlefest (St. Andrews, NB), Festival Le Grand Soufflet (Brittany, France), Labadoux Festival (Ingelmunster, Belgium), Gate to Southwell Festival (Southwell, UK), Le Sous Off Summer Fest (Bourges, France), and Muddy Roots Europe (Waardaame, Belgium).

From 2013-2017, Cult MTL readers voted Ol’ Savannah into the “Best Country/Folk Act” category in the annual “Best of Montreal” survey.

Ol’ Savannah est un groupe folk/roots de Montréal, Canada fondé par Speedy Johnson et Bartleby J Budde.  Les deux ont commencé à écrire ensemble en 2009, beaucoup inspiré par des artistes folk, roots, et blues, notamment Mississippi Fred McDowell et John Hurt.  

Le style de Ol’ Savannah peut être comparé à un mélange de Tom Waits, Roscoe Holcomb, Muddy Waters, et The Pogues. 

Ol’ Savannah a accepté plusieures invitations à jouer dans des festivals, incluant Festival Folk sur Le Canal de Montréal, Festival Internationale du Folk Sale (Ste-Rose-du-Nord, QC), Halifax International Busker Festival, Festival Le Grand Soufflet (France), Festival Folklorique Branches & Roots (Ormstown, QC), Summer on the Hudson (New York, NY), Festival Labadoux (Belgique), Le Sous Off Summer Fest (Bourges, FR), Gate to Southwell Festival (UK), et Muddy Roots Europe (Belgique).

Le groupe a reçu le plaisir d’être nommé dans les Top 10 “Country/Folk Act” depuis 2013 selon le sondage “Best of Montreal” de Cult MTL.


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Events of Note

Date Venue City Time
Tour: Death on the Mountain 2013
06/28/13 Festival du Folk Sale Events of Note in Ste-Rose du Nord, QC
Tour: “Underneath The Old Red Barn” Summer Tour 2012
07/26/12 The Rose & Thistle Events of Note in St. John’s, NL 10:00pm
05/04/12 Cabaret du Mile-End – CD RELEASE Events of Note in Montreal 9:00pm
w/ The Unsettlers, Richard King Rigby & White Lighter, and a guest performance from Gern f!!! What a way to celebrate the release of “Underneath the Old Red Barn”.
03/23/12 The Dakota Tavern Events of Note in Toronto, ON 9:00pm
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Technical Requirements

Instrument Requirements
1. Lead vocals
Acoustic guitar
1 x vocal mic (Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent) 1x DI
2. Banjo
Backing vocals
1 x vocal mic (Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent) 1x DI (own Fishman Pro-EQ provided)
3. Accordion
Backing vocals
1 x vocal mic (Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent) 1x instrument mic (Shure SM57/β57 or equivalent)
4. Bass guitar
Backing vocals
1 x vocal mic (Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent) 1 x XLR (line out from bass amplifier) 1x DI
5. Drums 1 x Kick Drum mic (AKG D112 or equivalent)
1 x Snare Drum Top mic (AKG C418 or equivalent)
1 x Snare Drum Bottom mic (AKG C418 or equivalent)
1 x Hi-Hat mic (AKG C430 or equivalent)
1 x Tom mics (Shure SM57 or equivalent)
2 x Overhead mics (AKG C430 or equivalent)
 Totals: 4 x Shure SM58/β58 or equivalent
2 x DI
2 x Shure SM57/β57 or equivalent
1 x XLR
1 x AKG D112 or equivalent
2 x AKG C418 or equivalent
3 x AKG C430 or equivalent
 Backline: All band members provide their own backline equipment
 Own sound engineer:  No

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