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Dispatches from Summerfolk – Day 3 (Sunday)

To start day three of Summerfolk, I set out to see David Newland at 1:00 p.m. at the Gazebo Stage for his Northwest Passage in Story and Song solo show, which in David style, was exceptional and thoughtful as always. ...
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Dispatches from Summerfolk – Day 2 (Saturday)

I started the second day of Summerfolk 2019 at the Down By The Bay beer tent stage with a 1:00 p.m. Barn Dance workshop featuring the bluegrass/hip-hop hybrid band Gangstagrass and Québecois traditional folk/jazz band Rosier (formerly Les Poules à ...
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Dispatches from Summerfolk – Day 1 (Friday)

On the first night of Summerfolk, only two stages were open: the mainstage amphitheatre and the Down By The Bay beer tent stage. Thanks to this unique set of circumstances, it was one of the few times I didn’t want ...
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Beverly Kreller runs down just some of this weekend’s Summerfolk ...

It’s with keen anticipation that I’m looking forward to Summerfolk this year, for the pleasure of seeing some acts for the first timeand catching up with the latest work from those with whom I’m more familiar. I’ve only seen William ...
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Kathleen Edwards is back … and playing Summerfolk

Of all the performances to come at Summerfolk 2019, the one I’m most looking forward to is the mainstage appearance of Kathleen Edwards, as she returns to making music after five years away from performing and seven years away from ...
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Dispatches from the Mariposa Folk Festival – Day 3 (Sunday)

For the final day of Mariposa my first stop was the Hockey Cards in the Spokes workshop, featuring a Mount Rushmore of cool, critically-acclaimed indie rockers of the past 15 years or so: Hawksley Workman, Jeremy Fisher, Danny Michel, and ...
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Dispatches from the Mariposa Folk Festival – Day 2 (Saturday)

First thing I saw at the fest on Saturday was the Folk or Not Folk workshop at the Mariposa Pub Stage, with A Leverage for Mountains, Coig, and Freddy & Francine at 1:30 p.m. Leverage for Mountains brought the super ...
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Dispatches from the Mariposa Folk Festival: Day 1 (Friday)

I got to the Mariposa mainstage just in time to see Ralph suitably attired in a hot pink outfit that perfectly matched her ‘80s disco-pop sound, which featured live bass, keyboards and drums, and some pre-recorded or looped music. To ...
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Mariposa 2019: from Indigenous hip-hop, to indie rockers, to ...

As usual, the lineup for the 2019 edition of the Mariposa Folk Festival is a diverse mix of everything from classic rock to pure country, Indigenous hip-hop to indie rock, bluegrass to Colombian dance music, and ‘80s-style synth-pop to an ...
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David Newland is releasing his new Northwest Passage-themed album Friday

  David Newland is a Canadian adventurer, writer and miner of song – and also the co-founder of this here web site – so we’re always excited when he puts out a new project. And that’s exactly what he’s doing ...