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Hicktown (House Band)

Hicktown is a country/rock band from Belcourt, ND. Members are Kevin “K.K.” Keplin (lead vocals/guitar), Stuart Medrud (drums), Evan Hamley (vocals/guitar), and Allan Page (vocals/guitar). Formed in 2009 with original members Keplin, Page, Medrud, whom all have been playing music since early teens; recently adding Johnson and Hamley, who have extensive musical backgrounds, lays the grounds for an extremely diversified group. Hicktown has been the backup band for Keplinfest since their beginning and have played along with Ryan Keplin whenever possible, also entertaining locally, and state wide and within the upper Midwest, playing a variety of shows including, weddings, anniversaries, parties, festivals, street dances, casinos etc. All members come from very musical families and have a wide variety of musical influences include classic artists such as Waylon, Cash, Haggard and Strait, with newer artists such as Paisley, Urban, Chesney and Zach Brown to southern rock artists such as Allman Brothers, Eagles, Marshall Tucker to name a few. However, we always hold onto our traditional metis fiddle music. Hicktown covers mainly Top 40 Country, Classic Country and Classic Rock. Hicktown has opened for a variety of Country artists including but not limited to Justin Moore, Gary Allan, Marty Stewart, Moe Bandy, Joe Diffie, Wade Hayes, Daryl Singletary, Rhett Akins, Trick Pony, Joe Nicholas, as well as performances at the ND State Fair, Moondance Jammin Country in Walker, MN and WeFest, in Detroit Lakes, MN.

TNT Square Dancers

The TNT Square Dancers formed approximately 5 years ago in Dauphin, Manitoba. The core group members are from the Waywayseecappo First Nation and the Ebb and Flow First Nation in southern Manitoba. The TNT Square Dancers have performed competitively throughout Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. TNT Square Dancers were honoured to perform at the Native America Indigenous Games in 2013. TNT Square Dance group is known for their energetic dance style and charisma. They love to dance and it shows! 

Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers

IFMD BIO The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers are three siblings from Winnipeg Manitoba. Michael aka Slick, Jacob and Cieanna share a passion for dance called the Red River Jig and Square Dance. Their purpose for dancing is to motivate and inspire people of all ages. They thrive to keep the tradition and Metis Culture alive by sharing their music and dance with people from near to far. The Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers range in ages from thirteen to seventeen. They all started dancing at the age of five years old and throughout the years they have had many accomplishments and awards. Their gift of dance has given them great opportunities to travel the world through dance and they will forever be grateful. The name Ivan Flett comes from their late Grandpa Ivan who passed away in February of 2012. Ivan was a huge supporter and one of their biggest fans. When he passed away it was with great sadness but an honour to call themselves the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers.

Brittney Moore

Brittney is a 16 year old Manitoba Metis fiddle player. Brittney began playing fiddle at the age of 8 yrs old. She enjoys playing at many festivals, coffee houses, weddings, banquets, and private functions. Brittney recorded her first album at the age of 11 and also recorded and released her second cd at the age of 15. She was asked to join a band at age 13 and another at age 15. Both bands keep her very busy but she loves entertaining and meeting new people. She would like to thank everyone for all of their support.

Christopher Pinette

Christopher Pinette is 20 years old. He started fiddling in 2005 at the age of 8. His 1st love in music was the fiddle but it has now grown to include mandolin, guitar, bass guitar, banjo, drums, clarinet and ukulele. He loves playing at old time dances with one of his instructors Eldon Campbell. He recorded his 1st CD at 12 years old with the help of Eldon Campbell. His 2nd was released in 2012 and was recorded with Jeremy Rusu. In 2013 he played fiddle on a country music CD by up and coming artist Jordan Allard of Dauphin Mb. In 2013 he won fiddle contests including the Festival du Voyageur (Winnipeg Mb) 17 & under, Charlie Sage Memorial (Neepawa Mb) Juniors class & the Manitoba Fiddle Association 18 & under in 2013 & 2014. He has been helping to teach fiddle with Manitoba Metis Federation in Ste Rose Mb, with the Frontier School division at Jamborees and in private lessons. He has played for the Asham Stomperfest, Metisfest , Dauphin’s Countryfest VIP tent, Dauphin Aboriginal Days, Shell River Jamboree and numerous other events & fundraisers. He is looking forward to playing again for Keplinfest this summer. He loves playing for a crowd at a festival, nursing home or around a roaring campfire with friends.

Dallas and Phil Boyer

Dallas Boyer 27 year old Metis was born and raised in Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada with roots extending back to Batoche Saskatchewan. Metis Roots run deep in the family of the Boyer’s. Not only culture wise but music wise as well.

With relations to legendary fiddler Hap Boyer, Dallas continues the tradition of Metis Fiddle alongside his Father Phil Boyer. Dallas had learned metis fiddling at the age of 7 and was performing on stage by the age of 9 when Donny Parenteau invited him on stage at a few events he knew Fiddle was his desired dream.

Phil began playing and singing country music at the age of 5 , Phil won 1st place talent show receiving a Sunshine Record Deal to record his following songs such as Louis Riel , Say You Love Me . Phil currently has a new album out with 6 originals, including the top 40 chart song Dance, Dance. Dallas has 2 volumes of Metis Music out and is currently working on a new C.D of original fiddle Tunes.

Dallas and Phil have taken their music across Canada performing and teaching for all that will listen. Performing at metis events and festivals and backing up square dancers, and providing music for many Red River Jigging contests, and old tyme dances.

In 2010 Dallas performed for the Saskatchewan Pavilion at the Vancouver Olympics, as well participated in the Grand Entry Opening Ceremonies. During Batoche 2010 the Boyer’s took 1st place in Metis Got Talent and provided an opening show for country singer Michelle Wright and also won Metis Awards for Performing Arts.

In 2012 Dallas was nominated for Best Entertainer of the Year & Best Fiddle of the Year in the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards. He also received his second Sasktel Aboriginal Performing Arts Award.

This year they have had the opportunity to open up numerous shows for comedian Don Burnstick 
Currently they both has 2 albums of their own out, and while they work on their 3rd album release they continue to follow their goals and play metis fiddle for any form of event.

Jason Lepine

Jason Lepine is a Manitoba Métis Fiddling champion and recording artist originally from Portage la Prairie, MB, who now resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Jason started playing fiddle at the age of 7 yrs, and was influenced by his dad, Garry Lepine, who is both, a Métis and Manitoba Fiddle Association Hall of Famer.
Jason is a self taught fiddle player who plays by ear, teaches private lessons to all ages, and judges fiddle contests across Canada.

Jason has two recordings out, his first one called "Hearsay" Métis Style Fiddling, and his most recent, “Drivin’ Force” which just won “The Best Fiddle CD Album of the Year- 2014” at The Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards in Winnipeg, MB.

Jason has won numerous fiddle contests over the years in Manitoba and throughout Canada in his fiddling career.

Jason is a freelance Metis fiddle player who has played with a lot of great players at dances, shows, etc. He has also played for numerous Metis and Aboriginal functions, including many different Square Dance groups, and Red River Jiggers. He had competed at “The Grand Masters Fiddling Contest” in Ottawa, twice, where he has played against some of the best fiddle players from across Canada. Jason has both performed and headlined for many different festivals and special events. Some include:  Asham Stomper Festival, Métis Fest., Back to Batoche Days in Saskatchewan, KeplinFest in Belcourt, North Dakota,USA, Folklarama in Winnipeg, Koushkoupayi Days in Brandon, MB., International Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia and many more performances across Alberta and Ontario as well. He has opened up for some of the following great performers like...Natalie McMaster, Leahy, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Michelle Wright , and Patricia Conroy to name a few.
 Jason also has been on the T.V. series "The Mix" on APTN many times, sharing his Métis/ Aboriginal style of fiddling.

Jason would like to thank all his fans for all the support over the years!!

For any bookings or for more information, you can contact Jason Lepine at jaylep@live.ca, or call (H) 1-204-421-0848 or (Cell) 1-204-871-5607. Mailing address 984 College Avenue Winnipeg, MB R2X 1B3

Jacie and Papa Joe Parisien

Jacie Parisien’s profile… 

Jacie Parisien is 16 years old and the daughter of Nadine Parisien and they make their home in Belcourt, ND… Jacie is entering her junior year in high school and is an honor student at Rolla High School.  She is involved in several extra-curricular activities such as volley ball, basketball, band, choir, and future leadership activities. She is a two-time all-state participant in singing competition for the entire state of North Dakota and is going for her third all-state singing banner this school year.
     Jacie loves music and music has been part of her life since she was very young. Overall, Jacie has competed in 24 singing contests and won 20 first places, two seconds and two thirds.  At 15 years old, she competed in the local Turtle Mountain Icon consisting of all adult and she was the youngest competitor.  She finished in the top five of that competition which her fans thought she would win the event.   Jacie has done some recording and plans to do more in the near future and is seriously considering competing at the national level. 

     Jacie can always count on her music side-kicks to be at her side whom are her mom, her Papa Joe, her Gaga Carleen, her aunties, uncles, cousins and numerous friends supporting her wherever she competes or performs.  She did an opening act at the Bottineau County Fair for Heidi Newman who is lead singer for Trick Pony and Newman, said:  “Jacie is a great young singer and has great potential.”  Jacie sez:  ”I’m honored to participate at Keplin-fest this year and I hope to see all my family and friends there.  And, a very special thanks to the Keplin-fest crew for the invite.”

 Papa Joe Parisien’s profile…

   This multi-talented all around musician from Belcourt, North Dakota is no stranger to the entertainment world.  He plays numerous instruments and has been playing music since he was about five years old and currently performs as a high-tech solo act.  He has played in bands all his life and is considered one of the greatest influences among numerous local musicians.  He is a seasoned vocalist and plays lead, rhythm and bass guitar and plays great fiddle music too.

  Over the years, he has shared the main-stage with numerous Nashville acts such as George Jones, Sammy Kershaw, Joe Diffy, John Conley, Moe Bandy, Holly Dunn, Johnny Cash, John Anderson, Garry Stewart, The Goldens , The Whites and others.  He said:  “I look forward to the excitement and good entertainment that Keplin-fest brings to our area.  I ask all friends and relatives to come out and enjoy two days of great entertainment and fellowship.  See you there.” 

Meghan Mowatt

Manitoba's Meghan Mowatt is a young fiddler with the real old time feel. Hailing from Matheson Island, Meghan got her start with the Frontier School Divisions fiddling program where her special affinity for the fiddle became apparent at a very young age. Meghan graduated as one of the top fiddlers of 2000 students in the division. Meghan has since been in demand for playing all around the province!

Tayler Fleming

Tayler Fleming is 20 years old and has been playing the fiddle for 11 years. She has taken lessons with Darren Lavallee through the Friendship Centers’ youth program; Desmond Lagace through the Minitonas fiddle program; and Patti Kusturok through Skype.

Tayler’s fiddling has provided her with the opportunity of playing at various events some of which include: The 1st Truth and Reconciliation National conference in 2010; The National Assembly of Friendship Centers annual assembly in 2011; International Metis Fest in 2011 and 2012; The Manitoba Metis Federation’s land claim’s press conference at Louis Riel’s gravesite; and most recently in Ottawa during the first ever rising of the Metis flag on Parliament hill. She also plays at various music festivals each summer. Tayler claims playing the fiddle has provided many new opportunities, many new relationships, and amazing experiences that she would otherwise never had. Her wish is that through her music she will shine light on your life and touch your heart.

Terry Baker

Terry Baker is a Turtle Mountain Artist. He has been playing guitar and singing since the young age of 6 years old. He was inspired by his late father Henry (Soc) Baker, who taught him his first chords on the guitar. Terry has been a member of Keplinfest since the opening year and very proud of it. Terry has opened shows for George Jones, Brooks & Dunn, Gary Allan, and Charlie Daniels just to name a few. Thank you Keplinfest for letting me be part of your show and family!

The Campbell Band

Two Fathers, Two Sons, Two Brothers, Two Cousins, Two Nephews and Two Uncles – The Campbell Band.Brothers, Eldon and Sandy Campbell were raised inthe Metis community of Kinosota, on the west shore of Lake Manitoba.  From an early age, they were exposed to Old TimeFiddling, as well as Irish and Scottish music. Their parents ensured that musical equipment was always available throughout their childhood.

Eldon began playing fiddle and guitar at dances at theage of fourteen. His brother Sandy, joined the band on guitar and bass when he was thirteen. Between the twobrothers, the have been playing music for more than a hundred years and their repertoire encompasses manygenres.

Malcolm, Sandy’s son, joined the band on drums at the age of eleven and over the years has become proficient on many instruments, most notably on lead guitar. Eldon’s son, Cameron took over on the drums at the age of thirteen and now plays rhythm guitar and fiddle.

The Campbell’s repertoire includes Old-time fiddle, Folk,Bluegrass, Classic and New Country, Classis Rock, Blues, as well as Scottish and Irish music.

The Moran Sisters Band with special guest Al (Buggs) Moran Jr.

Still Country after all these years

The Moran Sisters Band has been playing traditional country music for a long time.  Everyone says geez!!!!!! Are they still performing? YES they are still performing traditional country music for audiences throughout the US and Canada. Don't forget these ladies started touring when they were barely old enough to hold their instruments.
As young musicians, their mother Rose Moran promoted them and these talented ladies grew a huge fan base throughout the US and Canada.  They bring their beautiful harmonies and musical abilities to where and whoever would listen, honky tonks, fairs, rodeos, conferences and have only gotten better as the years go by. It's good to know their are still groups like the Moran Sister's keeping traditional country music alive.
The other question they get is, "are they really sisters", their standard answer is, "yes, same ma, same pa".
Born and raised in Montana, the band consists of:

Kathy Moran: Band Leader, rhythm guitar, lead, guitar, bass and vocals. This lady can harmonize with anyone. Bossy older sister. Someone has to keep everyone in line.

Carol Moran: Bass player, vocals, everyone always says, this lady doesn't need a microphone. Middle sister peace keeper.

Wanda Moran Nichols: Drummer, vocals, the other sisters tease her and say her first love is showtunes, but her heart really is in traditional country music. Other middle sister, nicest and cutest.

Julie Moran: Last but not least, fiddle players, lead player, bass player, banjo, mandolin and vocals.  Hope we didn't forget anything.  Julie learned to play the fiddle by listening to her mom and dad hum the fiddle tunes.  Youngest spoiled outspoken funniest sister.

Be ready for an unforgettable performance bringing you through love, heart break and just good old fashioned two-stepping, jigging and feel good music.  
Don't forget your dancing shoes!!!!!


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