Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson and More: 2015 Vancouver Folk Music Festival Lineup Announced

Taj Mahal | Photo sourced from thefestival.bc.ca

Taj Mahal | Photo sourced from thefestival.bc.ca

Grammy-winning blues legend Taj Mahal will be among the headliners at the 2015 Vancouver Folk Music Festival this summer.

The festival returns to its waterfront home at Jericho Beach this July 17-July 19. Attracting some 30,000 fans and famous for its laid-back, counterculture vibe, the event is considered one of the musical highlights of the summer in Vancouver. This year’s lineup features 60 acts, with performers hailing from 14 countries, and early-bird tickets are on sale now.

Taj Mahal started his musical career more than a half-century ago and has since redefined 20th-century blues and roots music with his unique compositions, singing and guitar-playing. His creations fuse traditional blues with sounds from the Caribbean, Africa and the South Pacific, creating an unmistakeable style.  Continue reading:
Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson and More: 2015 Vancouver Folk Music Festival Lineup Announced

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend
How many events and festivals can you fit in this Friday through Sunday? Read on for our top picks for things to do in Vancouver this weekend!

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend

Five must-see acts at this weekend’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival

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With dozens of acts over its three days (July 18-20), the Vancouver Folk Music Festival can be intimidating. This is especially true of you just want to spend a few hours one afternoon at the Jericho Beach (4196 W. 4th) event, soaking up the sun near the water while enjoying some fabulous tunes.

With that in mind, here are a few musical recommendations. However, don’t let this stop you from checking out the complete lineup at the festival site (at festival.bc.ca), where you can also find ticket info.

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Five must-see acts at this weekend’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Local musicians and artisans to rock at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Kinnie Starr Photo Credit: VFMF

Kinnie Starr Photo Credit: Hannah C Productions

A spoken-word stalwart with an ear for stripped down beats, a Chinese music ensemble with bluegrass leanings and floral crowns that echo Woodstock: the Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2013 is back, chockablock full of Vancouver-area talent.

Of the 65 acts performing at this year’s Folk Fest – among them Toronto folkster Hayden, former Dixie Chick Natalie Maines and gypsy-dance group DeVotchKa – more than fistful of artists call Vancouver home.

The 36-year old event is a guaranteed good time at Jericho Beach Park, July 19-21. Below is a sneak peek at local musicians and B.C. artisans flocking to the fest to share their songs with and sell their unique wares to the sun-kissed masses. Continue reading:
Local musicians and artisans to rock at Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Vancouver Folk Music Fest Lineup Announced

Photo sourced from Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Photo sourced from Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Grammy winning American folk singer Steve Earle will headline this summer’s Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

The festival returns to its waterfront home at Jericho Beach for the 36th year, this July 19-July 21.  Attracting some 30,000 fans and famous for its laid-back, counterculture vibe, the event is considered one of the musical highlights of the summer in Vancouver.

Steve Earle, a master storyteller who jumpstarted the “new country” genre, has released 15 albums and been covered by a who’s who of musical greats.  He’s touring now with his band The Dukes in support of their critically acclaimed new album, The Low Highway.

Earle shares top billing this year with another rabble-rousing performer from south of the border, the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines. Continue reading:
Vancouver Folk Music Fest Lineup Announced