Hamilton singer-songwriter Deeps — a.k.a. Steve Vincent De Piante — has landed a spot at Mariposa Festival.
Catch Deeps at two locations over the weekend – Friday, July 5 performing on the Downtown Stage at 4 p.m. and Sunday, July 7 on the Village Stage at 3:50 p.m. Fans can also see him at The Cameron House in Toronto where Deeps has a residency on Tuesday’s in August from 6-8 p.m.
Three songs — “Empty Handed,” “Headed Back That Way” and “Rustin’” — earned Deeps and his band the win at the Mariposa Showcase held last month. The songs are all from his new album, In The Aftermath of Last Night.
Deeps’ writing has a strong hometown narrative with songs about rusting in Steeltown, rock ‘n rolling to pay the bills, and small city romance, all delivered with attitude-filled vocals and punctuated by southern gospel guitar, searing keyboards, and upbeat drums.
“It’s the sound of Hamilton, and it’s evolved from the band playing together in nearly every bar and venue in town,” said Deeps, who plans to rock Mariposa with “serious alt-country soul.”
Deeps’ full band includes CJ Altmann (pedal steel, mandolin, guitar, vocals), Tom VanDeven (guitar), Tyrone Ramsey (bass), and Matt Burns (drums, vocals).
The three-day Mariposa Folk Festival features more than ten stages of the best folk-roots music on the North American scene, along with story, dance, and craft on more than 10 stages. Tent and RV camping are available.
The Mariposa Folk Festival runs July 5-7, 2019, in Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ont., on the shores of scenic Lake Couchiching. All ticket categories are on sale. Children age12 & under are admitted free. Visit https://mariposa.frontgatetickets.com for details.
photo credit: Derrick Van Der Kolk of the Style Group in Hamilton