Cicada Fest 2012 Main Stage Performers

Partial 2012 Performers
July 6th - 8th, 2012

Roger Marin

Jesse T. Reid

Marty Allen

Mike Lynch

Angela Siracusa

Old Plank Road


Adam Carroll

Ben Balmer

Michael O'Connor

Brock Zeman (full band)

Scott Cook

Alun Piggins

Steve Parkinson & the Stoney Lonesome

Kayla Howran

Erika Werry & the Alphabets

Rod Standish

Keith Hodgins

Main Stage Schedule Print Schedule
Friday July 6th , 2012
Saturday July 7th , 2012
Sunday July 8th, 2012

6PM Erika Werry

7PM Scott Cook

8PM Ben Balmer&Josh Flowers

9PM Steve Parkinson & ...

10PM Mike Lynch



12PM Jade and Leah

1PM Keith Hodgins

2PM  Rod Standish

3PM Scott Cook

4PM Michael O'Connor

5PM Ben Balmer&Josh Flowers

6PM Jesse Reid

7PM  Kayla Howran Band.

8PM Adam Carroll

9PM Roger Marin

10PM Alun Piggins

12PM Angela Siracusa

1PM The Last Rodeo

2PM Old Plank Road

3PM Brock Zeman

4PM  Adam Carroll

5PM Marty Allen

6PM Michael O'Connor

7PM Roger Marin


Adam Carroll      website

ADAM CARROLL joins the short list of down-home storytellers taking events of ordinary lives and turning them into deeply moving, often humorous songs. Though he's kept a low profile, his past seven records have earned him critical acclaim throughout the world.

From his first studio record, South of Town, through Far Away Blues, to his latest release, Live At Flipnotics, the quality of his songwriting never wavers. Adam Carroll is one of those songwriters with a rare command of the English language as well as an amazing sense of melody.

It's little surprise that he's earned enviable comparisons to the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Todd Snider, John Prine, and even Bob Dylan. Like those songwriters, Carroll uses ironic (but heartfelt) humor to leaven his sometimes personal, usually emotional, and always poignant observations.

Ben Balmer      website

It was with local Austin, Texas band Comatose Collin that Ben started making a name for himself and building a reputation as a solid melodic lead singer and talented writer, not to mention a mean harmonica.

Over time Ben has played with national acts, traveled the country playing venues ranging from seedy to the suave, and each time giving it his all. "Of course i'm going to do my best every time," Ben said with a matter-of-fact grin, "I enjoy it too much not to."

"The vocal work of Ben Balmer is charismatic; he is able to adjust the to the feel of each song, and as such, becomes not the feature of the song, but a true part of the music." -Houseofgigs.com

"{Ben's} lyrics speak of the road, love, little joys and what seem almost like reworked parables of the way the world works...{his} lyrics are devoid of pomp and circumstance or self-consciousness inherent in other musical genres." -Verde News

Michael O'Connor      website

In 2010, after well over 20 years of plying his trade in dive bars, listening rooms, theaters and festival stages across America and Europe, journeyman Texas songwriter and guitar player Michael O’Connor finally got his due. Or at the very least, a couple of very fine next best things: co-billing with one of his favorite fellow writers, Adam Carroll, on one of the best albums of both artists’ careers (the acclaimed Hard Times), and his very own star on the South Texas Music Walk of Fame — located right in O’Connor’s hometown of Corpus Christi. Along with fellow 2010 inductees like Terri Hendrix, Ponty Bone and Geronimo Trevino, O’Connor’s name is now part of the same Lone Star constellation as such Texas legends as Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, and the late Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender.

Brock Zeman      website

Over the past five years Brock Zeman has elbowed his way into the independent music world. The 28 year old singer-songwriter of Carleton Place, Ontario has already released 7 albums and toured Canada and the US extensively averaging 250 dates a year. His signature roots style has been praised by critics for the maturity of his vocals, the depth of his storytelling and his impressive live performances. He was first discovered by Canadian Country Hall of Famer Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster) who went on to produce his first 4 releases. By the time of his 5th released Brock was picked up by Busted Flat records out of Kitchener Ontario, and in the past five years Brock has become known as one of the most prolific, hard working artists to fly under the radar.

"Where was this troubadour hiding?.... hopefully Zeman's words and music will now get heard by more of the masses. This is a songwriter worth hearing over and over again." - Exclaim

Scott Cook      website

Edmonton, Alberta's own prairie balladeer Scott Cook is a tirelessly traveling songwriter who brings honesty, humour, years of roads and a deep love of humanity to his songwriting and storytelling. His straight-talking tunes weave together folk, roots, blues, reggae and soul influences, whether stripped down to fingerpicked acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele, and foot percussion, or backed by his 5-piece band The Long Weekends. He has been making a full-time living at music since 2007, traveling the continent while living out of his van, and is currently touring in support of his third solo album, Moonlit Rambles, which Edmonton reviewer Fish Griwkowsky likened to "a conversational bottle of Jack passed around a dawn fire, everything burning just right."

Roger Marin Band      website

Following a youth of accompanying his roaming country musician father, and years of touring the world non-stop with Canadian alt-country luminaries Fred Eaglesmith and Willie P Bennett, and working with acts such as Willie Nelson, Junior Brown, Del McCoury, and Delbert McClinton, Roger Marin now delivers his own distinctive voice and an honest, razor sharp sound that cuts through the manufactured pretense of commercial radio.

"On Friday I played a place called P.K.'s with Roger Marin.... We did two sets and I think it was the first time I've ever had people sitting on the floor in a bar to see the show."
Hayes Carll
Road Journal

Jesse T. Reid      website

Hailing from the shores of Lake Erie, songsmith Jesse Reid traded the lake for saltwater early in life, going to the deep sea and working with Greenpeace International. From the Artic to the Antartic and through the seas in between, Jesse honed his craft into a story-telling songwriting style guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and stomp your feet. This Canuck is definitely on his way to a whole new adventure.

Alun Piggins      website

"... Alun proved that he still rocks a crowd like few other people, and does it with a sense of humour that's completely contagious. You'd think a guy who'd spent that long at working in the music business might be bitter or jaded, but Alun comes across as enthusiastic and excited about playing as the youngest bands out there..."
Tilts Back To Fall

Steve Parkinson & the Stoney Lonesome      website

Coming together in November of 2009, the Lonesome boys share a love of honest country music. After a few nights tossing songs around, many within earshot suggested this should be a regular thing. Based on the carefully crafted songs of Steve Parkinson, the Lonesome boys built arrangements that are reminiscent of old-time honky tonks and the classic stylings of Parsons, Nelson and The Possum. Getting these stories down on tape brought the boys even closer, and they're ready to share!

Kayla Howran      website

Firing a pistol is one of those things that might seem simple, but comes with a host of complex emotions. Its equal parts energy, skill, and responsibility, all culminating in a whirlwind of catharsis. All of these important elements come together like whiskey and water in a perfect union to comprise Kayla Howran’s debut album “PISTOL” released in early February.

"Here's an album that, in a good way, sounds like it was recorded in Nashville in the early '70s. Whereas most current roots songstresses mix folk and rock into their country-inflected sound, Howran's style is hardcore honkytonk. The debut release from the Peterborough, ON-raised, Toronto-based Howran is also the first offering from new label Cameron House. It's an auspicious beginning for both. - Exclaim! magazine

Erika Werry & the Alphabet      website

“Some singers have the ability to reach your soul with only one sung syllable, and for that instant you swear you understand all of their hopes and fears while your own become increasingly clear for what feels like the first time […] beautifully morose trumpet flourishes and world-weary lyrics leave no doubt that Werry is a pretty deep gal with a wisdom of relationship matters...” - NNNN NOW Magazine

Mike Lynch      website

Mike Lynch is no stranger to hard work and has miles of road-tested performances across Canada. With many cross-Canada tours under his belt, Mike has appeared with Fred Eaglesmith, Skydiggers, Jason McCoy, Great Big Sea, The Good Brothers, and a host of others.

Many have described Mike as a “New Traditionalist”. He prefers to draw his major influences from the great masters of country music like Conway Twitty, Hank Williams, and good ol’ Canadian boy Stompin’ Tom Connors. Mike’s secret weapon is his deadly sense of humour, leaving audiences rolling in the aisles only to break it up with a heart-wrenching tune about lost love or world peace.


Marty Allen      website

After graduating “honky-tonk 101”, Marty went on to form his own band playing the taverns and beer-joints. He has released five independent albums since then. Recently he got a chance to record at the legendary Sun Records Studio in Memphis Tennessee. Recorded live off the floor the record captures the energy and feel of those early 1950’s recordings, drawing from Sam Phillips philosophy. The album consists of five originals and three covers which include Sun label mates Cash, Perkins, and Texas good old boy Junior Brown.

Marty Allen can be found playing to fans and winning the unconverted over with his band the Cadillac Cowboys. Dave Tufford (electric guitar), Cory Richardson (upright bass), Mike McDowell (drums)

Rod Standish      website

Born and raised in Port Colborne, Rod Standish has lived in Niagara Falls for the past five years. He has been playing guitar for over 20 years and has toured all over North America with the Roger Marin Band. He is a founding member of Rudy Quazer and plays with a network of inter-related local bands. In 2007 Rod completed a Guinness Book of World Record attempt for the longest guitar marathon, finishing in 58 ½ hours, while raising funds for United Way. In 2009, he traveled with his guitar, by foot, from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.

Rod Standish is due to release his new album "The Walk" on vinyl featuring 18 songs written while Rod walked across Canada. For the launch, Rod plans to do a world record event where he plays guitar for over 100 hours.

Old Plank Road      website


Angela Siracusa     website

“Distilling the finest qualities of Patsy Cline and Dolly Parton but injected with a moden flavor…Siracusa is no cookie-cutter job, she is a strong independent voice that is all her own…Drawn to the Flame is filled with songs that move you and make you move” - Kit Burns, Overground Underground 

“Siracusa is sexy but classy, with a real woman’s body but a real woman’s voice, too…I can see her as a potential role model, especially to girls wanting to be country stars, which Siracusa is destined to become with talent like that”  - Lucinda Coyne, The Calm Cafe 

Keith Hodgins     website

Keith's songwriting dances between social activism and comedic observation. His high energy, memorable performances are a mix of folk, rock , and country.

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