“Wonderful, uplifting music, elemental in form and soul stirring in intent.”
- The Toronto Star
Canadian roots music master Ken Whiteley has often been referred to as a 'playing encyclopedia' for his depth and range of styles, covering everything from folk to blues, gospel, jazz, swing, jug band & children’s music.
This 7 time Juno award nominee has played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, The Campbell Brothers, Guy Davis, Raffi, Linda Tillerey and the Cultural Heritage Choir as well as countless others.
Whiteley began his performance career as a teenager in the 1960′s with brother Chris and friend Tom Evans as The Original Sloth Band. With the Sloths, Ken performed all over North America and appeared on Saturday Night Live with Leon Redbone. More recently, his collaborations with brother Chris (The Whiteley Brothers) and old friends Mose Scarlett and Jackie Washington (Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley) have resulted in a wonderful collection of recordings, garnering high praise, successful tours and several awards.
A prolific songwriter, gifted and versatile instrumentalist and powerful singer, Whiteley’s music communicates themes of freedom, love, spiritual aspiration and social comment. His performances are presented with participatory humor, grace and energy. Whether leading his own group, solo or collaborating with his peers, Whiteley's “...deep knowledge and infectious passion” guarantee good times for all.