Despite earlier reports of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival’s demise, organizers have “regrouped” and will return to Jericho Beach Park from July 14-16.
“This year’s Vancouver Folk offers a festival that’s truly global in spirit, broad and eclectic in range, and with something for everyone.”
“I think this year everyone appreciates this iconic festival a little more,” says board member and programming committee chair Fiona Black. “None of us take it for granted.”
Featuring 40 music acts from over ten countries, performances take place on three daytime stages and an evening stage over the festival weekend.
This year’s line-up includes several familiar artists, including Arizona’s Tex-Mex outfit Calexico, women’s music icon Ferron, the multi-faceted Joachim Cooder, the award-winning William Prince, and two “genuine music legends,” Joe Henry and Albert Lee.
Music from around the world also takes centre stage at the festival and includes traditional Persian music performer Kayhan Kalhor and Italy’s Kalàscima, teaming up with singer Andrea Ramolo. In addition, the Cláudio Rabeca Quartet, with special guest Serena Eades will play forró, the popular dance music of Brazil, and the Melón Jiménez & Lara Wong Flamenco-World Trio.
BC and Canada are well represented on this year’s roster, including Jim Byrnes, The High Bar Gang, Jill Barber, The Sojourners, Ceileigh Cardinal and Newfoundland’s Rum Ragged.
Visit thefestival.bc.ca for the complete line-up and information.