Willie Stratton (CAN)

Country, folk and indie-rock are the mainstays for songwriter, guitarist and banjo player Willie Stratton, who comes from Halifax in Canada. He set out to play music as a 12 year-old and soon discovered that writing songs was right up his street. Willie Stratton made his first album in 2011, and the album Deserter in 2014 brought him his first nomination, as Rising Star of the Year at the Canadian ECMA (East Coast Music Association) awards. Country music was the focus of the album Della Rosa from 2016, and it won another nomination – this time as Album of the Year, also at ECMA. His most recent contribution is the album Drugstore Dreamin’ from April 2022. Here, he emerges as a fully-fledged songwriter, drawing on the styles that formed his music. The album has earned excellent reviews, one stating that Willie Stratton is absolutely no ‘vintage artist,’ Drugstore Dreamin’ is the real deal, and one of the best albums of the year. At Tønder Festival, Willie Stratton will perform with his band, and it is their only Danish festival concert in 2023.