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From July 17-19, the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival  presents 60 music acts from over 14 countries, ten US states, and seven provinces and territories at beautiful Jericho Beach Park.


Starting each night of the festival at 5pm and running to 11pm, the Main Stage evening concerts showcase some of the festival's amazing music, and feature some of music's biggest names. Here's who's performing*:

Frazey Ford
Said the Whale
Hawksley Workman
Richard Thompson
Melbourne Ska Orchestra 

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Adam Cohen
I'm With Her - Sara Watkins-Sarah Jarosz-Aoife O'Donovan
Basia Bulat 
Blind Pilot
Trampled by Turtles

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Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba
Taj Mahal
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Artist Spotlight

Sousou & Maher Cissoko
With the Cissokos, it’s all about pairing the unexpected – influences that seem to be worlds apart: Stockholm and Dakar, folk and reggae and soul, the intimacy of vocals and the intensity of rhythm. Seeming opposites attract to create a dynamic chemistry and an unforgettable live show that revolves around the traditional sounds of the kora - and just takes off from there! It's music that stays in your head, sounds that compels you to dance, dance, dance!

Lurrie Bell
The Chicago Reader says Lurrie Bell is “An incendiary fusion of Chicago Blues boilerplate and his own mercurial imagination, hyperkinetic energy, and dazzling technical dexterity," and the Boston Blues Review says he's "the premier guitarist in the Windy City." And if those descriptions aren't enough of a motivator to see this gifted bluesman live at the VFMF, on top of a heap of awards and nominations, The National Blues Foundation in Memphis just last week awarded Lurrie a 2015 Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Male Blues Artist. Bell comes to the festival as a four-piece band to deliver authentic, soul-stirring blues as it was meant to be played and sung.

See him perform Hoochie Coochie Man live HERE for yourself - and see what everyone's talking about!

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba

Already well-known and loved by many VFMF-ers, Mali's Bassekou & Co. return to the park on the heels of their just-released CD, Ba Power (May 12, Glitterbeat) – ready to blow even more of us away! With the ngoni lute's banjo-like sound at the centre of it all, this is a joyful embrace of electrified music that SPIN has just named its Album of the Week. Calling it "a swift Afro-rock tour de force," they also say it still honours the great Griot tradition from which Bassekou comes. He's, "simply having a great time introducing his band to a world stage."

Watch Siran Fen from Ba Power HERE. For a teaser on the making of the record, click HERE.

The band plays Main Stage Sunday night, but don't miss their workshop with the great Taj Mahal during the day on Sunday!

Trampled by Turtles

At some point it is just humanly impossible to play your instruments any faster, and in the case of Duluth, Minnesota's Trampled by Turtles, better. Their music has been described as "bluegrass/folk-rock," "a punk and bluegrass mix" and "progressive bluegrass," Whatever the label, TBT is simply gob-dropping good! Whether thrashing up a ditty at warp speed, or showing their soulful, introspective side, they are masterful, polished players who still retain the "dirt and the devil" in their music.

Watch them sing tunes from Wild Animals (2014, BanjoDad) on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert HERE, then check out their video for Wait So Long & see why you can't miss their Saturday night Main Stage concert!

Son Little • Cécile Doo-Kingué • Lurrie Bell • Ash Grunwald