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Activity of Note
- Festival Appearances: Peterborough Folk Festival, Troubadour Folk Festival (Barrie, ON), Tongue on Post (Medicine Hat, AB), Cicada Festival (St. Catharines), Springtide Festival (Uxbridge)
- Opening Support: Matt Mays, Wayne Petti (Cuff the Duke), Sarah Slean, Great Lake Swimmers, Jeremie Albino, Shawnee Kish, Spencer Burton, Jenny Berkel
- Tour Support: My Son the Hurricane, St. Arnaud
- Scholarships/Grants: FACTOR Artistic Development (2020), Folk Alliance International First-Timer’s Scholarship (2020), Canada’s Music Incubator Artist Entrepreneur Program (2019)
- Streaming Statistics: Idle Hands has over 100,000 cumulative streams across all platforms
It’s the sound of a song you half remember. A voice from some faraway radio. A glimpse of a now scratched record. You pause, reaching into that dark recess of memory for a brighter recollection, and return with… nothing. Just the sensation you’ve forgotten something you were once so sure you knew. There was never any satisfaction to be found: Sleepy Jean’s soul-tinged sardonic sound is all her own.
Spending the better part of a decade frequenting tourist traps and hole-in-the-walls, Sleepy cut her teeth sliding her self-penned songs in amongst those of her contemporaries. Her wistful, smoky voice is a time capsule of influences, but is best known for that inimitable quality that evokes salty tears and bloody bar fights alike. Her first recorded offering, Idle Hands, made its way into the world midsummer 2021 and was described as “a bygone meets modern flair of New Americana for Dreamers” (Glide Magazine). Now armed with her backing band, the Deadstock Three (featuring members of TALK, Shitbats & alumni of Great Lake Swimmers, Jill Barber & Deep Dark Woods), Sleepy is set to release her first long play in fall of 2023.