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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.

Evening Main Stage Concerts
Friday 5pm - 11pm • Saturday 5pm - 11pm • Sunday 5:30pm - 11pm

FRIDAY JULY 17
Frazey Ford
Said the Whale
Hawksley Workman
Richard Thompson
Melbourne Ska Orchestra

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SATURDAY JULY 18
Adam Cohen
I'm With Her - Sara Watkins-Sarah Jarosz-Aoife O'Donovan
Basia Bulat
Blind Pilot
Trampled by Turtles

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SUNDAY JULY 19
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba
Lucius
Phosphorescent
Angélique Kidjo

 

New Friday Start Time
Gates open at 1:00pm
Three workshop stages start at 2:00pm
Come early and experience more music,
AND more festival!

Weekend passes are on sale at friendly neighbourhood ticket outlets
Highlife Records: 1317 Commercial Ι Zulu Records: 1972 West 4th  
Red Cat Records: 4332 Main Ι Banyen Books & Sound: 3608 West 4th 
TicketZone Yaletown: #302, 1168 Hamilton

CONTEST
Enter Big Rock Brewery's contest HERE - tell them about your Folk Fest tradition {or show them a photo or video!} and you’ll be entered to win festival tickets and an Electra commuter bicycle!
 

Artist Spotlights

Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson's famous band, the legendary Fairport Convention, have often been credited with being the inventors of British folk rock, filtering traditional tunes through contemporary instruments and rhythms to create something new and truly galvanizing. For Thompson, the band was also the beginning of a storied career. Since leaving the group at 21, he's picked up accolades the world over for his dynamic, virtuosic take on traditional music, for his skilled playing, as well as for his brilliant songwriting. He's been named one of the top 20 guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. He's been given lifetime achievement awards for songwriting by both the BBC and the Americana Music Association in Nashville. In 2011, he was even appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his service to music. His just-released album, Still, was produced by Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. and is already earning rave reviews. American Songwriter says, "Richard Thompson fans can rejoice in knowing all the aspects of his exemplary talents remain intact."
    
In a recent interview with the Artery, Thompson said, "I think for me playing live is the best thing. In front of an audience, to play a concert, is kind of the fulcrum of the whole process." We concur: hearing and seeing him play live is the very best thing! Catch him on Main Stage Friday night (8:50pm), AND, as part of our early opening on Friday see him in a workshop, Hard Luck Stories, with Mary Gauthier, Lindi Ortega, and Marlon Williams (Stage 2 at 4:45pm).  

Hear him discuss his new album and play a couple songs live in-studio here, or check out his set for NPR`s tiny Desk series

Grace Petrie has already gained an enthusiastic following in her native England with her high-energy, politically charged, acoustic folk anthems. Vancouver is sure to be next to join this dynamic artist's fandom! Since her breakout performance at Glastonbury in 2010, she's been a feature of the UK festival circuit, touring with Billy Bragg and Emmy the Great (among others). Her new album, Whatever's Left, is a winning mixture of the personal and the political, leavened with her signature humour - and brimming with hope.
 
Watch Grace perform I Do Not Have the Power to Cause a Flood from her new album, or hear her breakthrough song Farewell to Welfare.  
See her in a Friday workshop with Rory McLeod and Beans on Toast. Grace also performs Saturday & Sunday. 

 

A brilliant interpreter, Sam Lee is taking traditional song to somewhere its hasn't been before. Sam has been dedicated to collecting and sharing ancient British music. His first album, A Ground of Its Own, brought together forgotten songs from Britain and Ireland's Traveler communities. For his new release, The Fade in Time, Sam has returned to those British folk roots while reinvigorating them with elements of Indian, Asian, and West African music. The Guardian called it "surely one of the albums of the year."

Check out the video for Blackbird and the live recording session for Lovely Molly, both from his new album!

Sam performs Saturday and Sunday.