ANNOUNCING: the lineup for 40th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival!

Join us July 13-16 at Jericho Beach Park for an incredible weekend of music.

60 music acts from 20 countries, ten states and nine provinces are coming to play for you – and to help celebrate the VFMF's big 4-0.

The 2017 lineup includes Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, Shawn Colvin, Kathleen Edwards, Rhiannon Giddens from the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Barenaked Ladies, women's music icon Ferron and Her All Star Band, Scottish traditionalists, RURA, Chouk Bwa Libète from Haiti – and so many more! See the full artist listing here.

 

Artist Spotlights

Rhiannon Giddens

On her Facebook page, Rhiannon Giddens reveals. "I started singing at an ungodly age, standing in my crib and warbling at passing family members.

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I didn't really think of it as a career until I went to the School of Science and Math and realized that I never wanted to do another algorithm. So I went to Oberlin Conservatory and did the whole opera/recital thing, burned out and discovered the banjo! The rest is history."

And what a history, and what a present, it is turning out to be. Singer-songwriter Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY Award–winning African-American string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she also plays banjo and fiddle. She began gaining recognition as a solo artist when she stole the show at the T Bone Burnett–produced Another Day, Another Time concert at New York City’s Town Hall in 2013. She sang Odetta’s Water Boy with, as the New York Times put it, “the fervor of a spiritual, the yips of a folk holler, and the sultry insinuation of the blues.”

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Sidestepper 

Based in Bogotá, Colombia, Sidestepper are the pioneers of Latin electronic dance music.

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Mixing intoxicating beats with Colombia’s native cumbia sound (accordion led dance music), Sidestepper has been bringing the joyful grooves and intoxicating South American melodies to life on dance floors for 20 years. The group helped transform the Colombian music scene, inspiring a new generation to marry Latin music with cutting edge beats.

It began as a solo studio project in 1996 for producer Richard Blair, who had worked for Peter Gabriel at Real World making a record with Colombian legend Totó La Momposina. Blair went to Colombia to work with her in ’93 and stayed. He started a production and writing duo with Colombian song writer Iván Benavides, and created a band. Sidestepper´s music and shows became legendary, the guarantee of a great party that starts on stage and ends in a collective euphoric experience. READ MORE

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Chouk Bwa Libète 

For most of the modern era, vodou (or voodoo) dance and rhythms have been practiced far away from prying foreign eyes.

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The deep hypnotic drum beats and rituals, built around percussion instruments and call and response vocals, were kept secret to such an extent that it’s hard to think of any other form of music that has been so misinterpreted and slandered by a dominant culture.

That’s something that Chouk Bwa Libète, a new Haitian group from Petite Rivière des Bayonnais is changing as they travel the world to introduce people around the globe to their undiluted form of traditional vodou music. Unlike other exports from Haiti, such as Boukman Eksperyans, Chouk Bwa Libète does not add any other instruments into their musical mix. They rely solely on the interplay between the four percussionists and two dancers to create deep and unchoreographed rhythms that encourage audience members to get up, shake themselves off and surrender to a magical trance experience.

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Bill Bragg & Joe Henry

In March 2016, singers Billy Bragg and Joe Henry, guitars in hand, boarded the Los Angeles-bound Texas Eagle at Chicago’s Union Station.

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Bragg, the feisty, left-wing activist punk-folk singer and Henry, acclaimed singer-songwriter and Grammy-winning producer were hoping to reconnect with the culture of American railroad travel and the songs it inspired. Winding along 2,728 miles of track, the pair recorded songs while the train paused to pick up passengers.

In waiting rooms and at the track side in St Louis, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Alpine TX, El Paso and Tucson they hurriedly set up their recording equipment, performing classic railroad songs while keeping one eye on the train, bounding back aboard just before pulling out for the next town. They recorded songs by Hank Williams, Lead Belly, The Carter Family. and Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain. Four days on, they pulled into LA at 4:30am, and recorded their final song in Union Station at dawn. READ MORE

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