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Flohil recaps Day 4 of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Spare a thought for Terry Wickham, the AD of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, and his staff. A little over two weeks before the festival, his Sunday night headliner — the estimable John Prine — dropped out to get heart ...
Concert review

Flohil recaps Day 3 of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival

If you’ve been following our festival coverage here at Roots Music Canada, you might be thinking to yourself, “Wait.  Did Flohil review day one and two of the Edmonton Folk Fest and then disappear?  Is Flo ok?  Should we send ...
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Flohil recaps the Edmonton Folk Music Festival – Day 2 ...

I don’t want to be too personal, but I’m lying amid the fluffy white sheets on my luxurious bed at the Westin Hotel, trying to figure out what to tell you about last night’s (Friday night’s) performance by Brandi Carlile. ...
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Flohil recaps the Edmonton Folk Music Festval – Day 1 ...

Okay, I’m privileged as all get out. In the “folk” world (whatever the f-word really means these days), I get a guest pass for the festivals I go to, and this allows me certain perks that the folk who bought ...
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Flohil sets up the Edmonton Folk Music Festival … as ...

Amazingly, I’m not music-ed out after five festivals in five weeks — Mariposa, Winnipeg, Calgary Folk, Calgary Blues, Canmore and now Edmonton. Look, your correspondent is ready, despite creaking joints, old age, bruised ears and a small suitcase that is ...
The artist's life

That other thing you should do at this time of ...

If you’re a musician, you know it’s time to have a panic attack. It’s mid-winter, and you suddenly realize that now is the time you should be reminding festivals that you exist, are good at whatever you do, and would ...
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Mariposa Folk Festival – July 6-9 in Orillia Ont.: ...

There’s something distinctly uncool about the Mariposa Folk Festival logo, still prominent at the festival, held once again in Orillia, its birthplace 58 long years ago. Apparently Ian Tyson designed it, back in the day, and Murray McLauchlan tidied it ...
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RIP Rosalie Goldstein

It’s with a great deal of sadness that I pass on the news that Rosalie Goldstein, one of the architects of the Winnipeg Folk Festival, died on the morning of Christmas Day, December 25, 2010. Rosalie died of congestive heart ...
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Folk Down Under: The Woodford Folk Festival

Publicist and promoter Richard Flohill got a chance to enjoy one of the world’s biggest folk festivals in Australia over the holidays, and kindly wrote up his experience for RootsMusic.ca The Woodford Folk Festival is MASSIVE. 30,000 people a day, ...
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Spare a prayer for the opening act!

No introduction. A quarter of the lights. One third the sound. No place the park the van. Audiences that don’t give a hoot. No mention in the advertising. Don’t eat the headliner’s food. There are four beers and some KFC ...