For the 40th season, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival will once again take over Jericho Beach Park. From July 13th to 16th folk fans, friends and families, will find another remarkable line-up of the best of traditional and contemporary folk and roots music from around the globe.
In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, Canada 150+, and Canada’s diverse songbook, the Folk Music Festival kicks off Thursday July 13th with a free concert; Canada Far & Wide: Grands Esprit. Today’s artists interpret and perform iconic Canadian songs by the Anglo, Francophone, and Indigenous artists who paved the way for them. Carolyn Marks performs Spirit of the West’s Home For A Rest, Katie Moore plays Gordon Lightfoot’s Song For A Winter’s Night, Jim Byrnes, a legend in his own right, interprets River by Joni Mitchell. Buffy Sainte Marie’s Universal Soldier is brought to the stage by Cris Derksen while Women In The Round perform Susan Aglukark’s O Siem, and Kastin’s Tshinau (what we all are) is remade by Mélisande (électrotrad), Cris Derksen and The Funk Hunters.
After an amazing opening night, the Folk Music Festival really gets moving with 50+ artists taking to the stages all day, Friday (1pm – 11pm), Saturday and Sunday (9am – 11pm). To highlight just a few, Englishman Billy Bragg and American Joe Henry duet on Friday’s stage, Canadians Kathleen Edwards and Barenaked Ladies feature on Saturday while Shawn Colvin and The Revivalists bring their Southern roots to Sunday’s Main Stage.
There’s more than just music at the Folk Music Festival too, Little Folks Village has activities and entertainment for the young fans. The Artisan Market and Folk Bazaar brings dozens of merchants and their offerings to the shores of Jericho Beach. Of course, no modern festival would be complete without a plethora of food trucks and dining options.
For the full line-up of Vancouver Folk Music Festival artists, merchants and ticketing information visit thefestival.bc.ca online
Last month, I wrote about the first Railtown Sessions at Light Organ Records featuring Sarah Jane Scouten. After the success of the first edition, the second Railtown Session brings Rob Butterfield to the Light Organ Records studio, next week, August 12th,
The Railtown Sessions are a project by Vancouver songwriter/producer Andy Bishop aimed to bring attention to local artists. Bishop invited his favourite local artists to record four original songs at Light Organ’s Railton studios. Each of the four invited artists have recorded original tracks to be released digitally over the next months with the intimate concerts at Light Organ’s performance space.
Galiano Island based Rob Butterfield finds his influence in old-school roots rockers like The Band, Neil Young and Bob Dylan and brings his own retro -roots style to his Railtown Session on August 12. Watch and listen to Rob Butterfield’s session live streamed through Light Organ’s website and broadcast on Roundhouse Radio. Purchase this and all the Railtown Sessions at lightorganrecords.com/store
More Railtown Sessions release shows happen in October and November then all the musicians join together for a wrap up show at the Fox Cabaret in December.
The road to success is a rocky one for most aspiring music artists, Victoria’s Dougal Bain McLean has taken that literally in his performance of his latest single. The roots-rock singer is one of the Top 20 finalists in the 2013 Peak Performance Project. Dougal aims to make the most of reaching this Peak and is presently recording his first full length album. In his recently released video for his track “Four Walls” he documents a hike up one of the famed Lions peaks near Vancouver and performing the tune upon reaching the Peak. With a melodic, gritty voice and sound that matches the rugged, wild beauty of British Columbia, Dougal has an ‘everyman’ appeal that’s sure to reach a wide audience.
While recording album the singer will be taking part in the Peak Performance Project showcases at Fortune Sound Club on October 10th (showcases happen every Thursday until October 17th) . Over the project’s five year history a number of well respected BC acts have gained exposure and acclaim as finalists; Beekeeper, Stef MacPherson, Kyprios, Vince Vicarro, and Redgy Blackout are just a few of the past performers. Watch and listen for Dougal Bain McLean as he scales new heights in his career.