Rave Reviews

Quotes, coverage & media photos from VFMF 2014


Here’s what the Georgia Straight’s Alex Varty had to say…

Van Folk Fest stages filled with everything from big bands to solo virtuosos

Local acts bring funk to the Vancouver Folk Music Fest

Mary Lambert brings Vancouver Folk Music Fest audience to tears

Vancouver Sun / Province‘s Stuart Derdeyn said:

Folk Fest is a journey of musical discovery
Weekend of the weird, wonderful and workshops

At the 37th Vancouver Folk Music Festival, the possibility of discovering a new favourite act is as easy as walking through the gates on opening night and experiencing Mokoomba….

OutSpoken on Stage 4 put Winnipeg First Nations singer-songwriter Leonard Sumner, and Mokoomba on stage for one of those magic moments where artists from totally different traditions come together and blow up. In this case, one nation under a groove. Killer dance-fest…

Fans of the younger pop-oriented artists making the folk scene got their fill with a triple-bill of Portland’s Typhoon and Vancouver’s The Nautical Miles and Jay Malinowski and the Deadcoast telling melancholy tales of life in Cascadia, among other things.

There were too many top-tier workshops to mention in one review. This tradition continues to be the highlight of the festival for both audience and artists, many of whom raved about it onstage. Credit months of careful consideration by staff putting the creative pieces together. That and having artistic directors with ears big enough to reason how you can present something as avant-folk/jazz chamber as Ricardo Tesi & Banditaliana as well as Leo “Bud” Welch.”

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From Review Vancouver

“I considered myself very lucky as I went through the gate to the 37th Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival on Friday afternoon…”

Read the rest of Review Vancouver’s Sharon Cairney’s experience of the VFMF HERE!

See the Vancouver Sun‘s Nancy Lanthier capture a bit of VFMF 2014 folkie style (yes, we DO have some of that, too – although no furry headpieces to the best of our knowledge!) HERE!

Read the Georgia Straight‘s Yolande Cole’s festival blog!

The Great Lake Swimmers’ performances at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival this weekend launched a two-week tour stint that has the group right in their element.

“I’m endlessly inspired by the mountains of British Columbia,” frontman Tony Dekker told the Straight in an interview at the festival site Saturday. Read the full blog HERE.


Saturday at the Vancouver Folk Festival: see Vancouver Sun & Province photographer Jenelle Schneider’s images HERE

Have a look at Vancouver Sun photographer, Gerry Kahrmann’s, Friday festival photos HERE!

Check out the photo, and read the Georgia Straight‘s Yolande Cole’s summary & post-performance interview with Andrew Bird:

Andrew Bird wraps up Day 1 of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

The crowd was on its feet for headliners Andrew Bird & the Hands of Glory as they wrapped up the first day of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival Friday.

The set included songs from throughout Bird’s repertoire and his latest record, Things Are Really Great Here, Sort Of…, an album of Handsome Family cover songs.

One of the highlights of the show came when the band members brought their stand-up bass, guitars and violin to the front of the stage and stood in a cluster around one mic.

Read the full blog HERE

More of the Straight‘s Yolande Cole’s Friday coverage!

Mokoomba and Geomungo Factory kick off Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Things are just getting started at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, and crowds are already getting a taste of the diverse programming of the weekend, thanks to the Korean string instruments of Geomungo Factory, and the Afro-fusion sounds of Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba.

Read the full post and see the images HERE!