July 27, 2009

Calgary Folk Festival 2009 - 30th anniversary

Another amazing year of music, sun, peace and love - everything you expect from a folk festival. Four days spent on Prince's Island in the middle of the Bow River that flows through Calgary, with the sun shining throughout - by the time Monday morning arrives one is burnt out from all the good times!

Here are some of the musicians I heard (out of the 60 that attended) - click on their names to hear their music.

Vasen from Sweden. I love Scandinavian tunes...
Lee Harvey Osmond, an artist collective with Tom Wilson from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings and oldtime folkie Brent Titcomb.
Michael Bernard Fitzgerald from Calgary. And he is so cute, he gets two links!
Arrested Development, an alternative hip hop group from Atlanta. Gets you up and moving!
Mark Berube & The Patriotic Few, group from Montreal.
Vishten an Acadian group from PEI, so get ready for some Celtic toe-tapping tunes!
Kid Koala, table-turner extraordinaire. The sounds he gets out of a turntable are out of this world!
Amazing, amazing guitarist (among other things) Steve Dawson from Vancouver. He is primarily known as a producer for acts like the next group.
Sojourners, moved to Vancouver from the deep American south and became Canadian citizens last year - bringing with them the tradition of gospel music.

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