Marie-Véronique Bourque - Flute
John Hatzitolios - Guitar, Vocals, Songwriting
Nadeem Naz - Tablas / Percussion
Morgan Hughes - Lead Guitar, Songwriting
Folk Sanctuary is an acoustic folk-pop-world music group from Regina with creative, blissful, songwriting and talented, experienced musicianship. The players in Folk Sanctuary came together over the past 2 years to create a very special blend of music, unique from the typical pop act. The music is still very accessible, appealing to a wide age group from young to old.The group features acoustic guitars, flute, tabla hand-percussion and vocals. This is enhanced with a full rhythm section – bass and drums, as needed.
A true Canadian brew, Folk Sanctuary’s players have heritage and musical influences from Saskatchewan, Quebec, Greece, Pakistan, Ireland and the west coast. With Saskatchewan as the unifying link, it makes for a vibrant, engaging musical listen.
The music is about half instrumental with captivating grooves. Other song feature heartfelt vocals with hummable, anthemic melodies. The vocal songs reveal more of the prairie roots music influence of the group. The instrumental songs are more world-beat.
Folk Sanctuary recently performed at the Regina Jazz Festival, Moose Jaw Sidewalk Days festival, Terry Fox Run Regina, O’Hanlon’s pub, Vertigo literary series at Crave, featured act at the Sask Multi-cultural Conference (at First Nations University), several house concerts and private parties, Playing for Change day, Mosaic, the Long & McQuade showcase and more. Being an acoustic act, Folk Sanctuary is able to play from a duo to full band to suit the show, venue and audience. Usually it’s the main 4-piece.
Recording, Radio Airplay & Grant Awards
Folk Sanctuary has just released 2 instrumental tracks, ‘Song from the Universe’ & ‘Kimisi’ on the path to making a full album collection. These songs showcase the more world beat influences of the group. The next songs will reveal the more Saskatchewan influenced prairie roots sound of the band, with vocals.
U.S. & South America radio airplay – ‘Song from the Universe’ has been picked up for broadcast radio airplay at stations in Miami, Chicago, Brazil & Argentina. The songs are now being released and marketed in Canada, the US & Europe.
Factor & Creative Saskatchewan awarded Folk Sanctuary recording grants.
Working with talented producer Mark Schmidt at Northern Town Music, this is a skilled, creative team of experienced players, making emotive music with depth.
John Hatzitolios – Vocals & Guitar
John Hatzitolios has been playing professionally since the age of 15. A creative singer-songwriter, John has released 2 albums of his own music (as Johnny Hatch) and is working on writing and arranging the full debut Folk Sanctuary album. Songs from his last album ‘Happiness Instead’ received radio airplay across parts of Canada and the US. He has received recording grants from Creative Saskatchewan, Factor and a number of other awards. Johnny spent years playing and studying music in Vancouver, where he obtained a Commercial Music Diploma from Capilano University. He also played in Vancouver based bands such as the legendary THOR and angry candy. Some of John’s music has been featured in film and TV such as the hit movie FUBAR.
Morgan Hughes - Lead Guitar
Morgan is a virtuoso guitar player on both acoustic and electric. Morgan toured Canada for years in the acclaimed band Funkenstein (who were offered a contract to Epitaph records). Morgan also played in Free Range with Nadeem. Since meeting John they two formed a fantastic natural musical chemistry on guitars, which led them to start Folk Sanctuary.
Marie-Véronique Bourque (MV) - Flute
Marie-Véronique is a very versatile flutist who has performed with many groups and has now broadened her musical journey with folk-pop sound of Folk Sanctuary. MV is utility flute with the Regina Symphony Orchestra. In summer 2016 Marie was invited to perform and study in Paris. Marie performed with orchestras in Quebec prior to joining the RCMP as a musician. She then became an instructor at the RCMP Academy in Regina, where she still instructs firearms. She released an album with Quarter Tones Flute Ensemble and received two First Prize awards from the Quebec Conservatory of Music. You can hear and read more on her web site. https://bourque.red
Nadeem Naz – Tabla Percussion
Seeing and hearing Nadeem play the tabla (hand percussion) is a inspiring and captivating. The amazing rhythm created from just two drums is phenomenal and adds a music flavor to the group distinct from typical Western styles.
Originally from Pakistan, Nadeem has lived in Regina for many years. He's performed with some of Regina’s best players including Jack Semple and with his own bands, the eclectic world group Free Range and The Michells.
Tabla is a pair of drums. It consists of of a small right hand drum called dayan and a larger metal one called bayan.