Resonant chamber folk with an otherworldly edge and a lyric presence that cuts deep. Prism-clear vocal and strings. Raine Hamilton is part prairie songstress, part story weaver; each song has a story, delivered with humour and grace. Their ethereal voice and lyrics are at the forefront of powerful and relatable tunes, written both in English and in French. A classical violinist and musicologist by training, Raine is accompanied by Wynston Minckler (double bass) and Doug Gorkoff (cello), performing intricate arrangements that are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell and Sarah Harmer with a moving, string quartet feel and a cosmic reach.
Hailing from Winnipeg, Raine has toured extensively across Canada, including three performances with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and festivals including Vancouver Island Music Fest, Vancouver Folk Fest, Festival du Voyageur, Atlin Fest, Home County, Filberg Fest, Lilac Fest, The Works, Harvest Sun, Harvest Moon, and Trout Forest Festival. Raine is the recipient of the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Emerging Artist of the Year”.
Their third and latest album, Brave Land (2021-22) has been released to critical acclaim and hailed as “a celebration of love in all its forms” by the Winnipeg Free Press (four stars).
The Trio performs at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre in the very popular and intimate OnSTAGE Concert setting with the audience seated cabaret-style, directly on the main stage.