Edmonton Folk Festival eNews April 20 2012

The Blind Boys of Alabama

with Special Guests Over the Rhine

Winspear Presents June 10, 2012 – 8:00 pm

Living Legends of Gospel Music bring their uplifting harmonies to the Winspear Stage

Welcome back The Blind Boys of Alabama! Touring in support of their new album, Take The High Road, a night of gospel, R&B, jazz and even country will mesmerize audiences with their rich harmonies and sweet soul. Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone writes, “The fusion of the Blind Boys’ Deep South gospel with New Orleans funk, R&B and jazz creates a superweapon of roots-music uplift… will raise goose bumps even on the tatted-up arms of resolutely futurist hipsters.

Special guests Over the Rhine will be opening for The Blind Boys of Alabama featuring songs from their twenty year career. Husband and wife team, Lintford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist, present an acoustic evening backed by piano and guitar.

Tickets for this concert are available Thursday, April 19 at 10:00 am, and range from $36 – $44 plus applicable service charges. Additional information is available from the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414, toll free 1-800-563-5081 or online at WinspearCentre.com.

Also coming to the Winspear:

May 7th – John Prine: an intimate evening with one of America’s finest songwriters

Check out the WinspearCentre.com for details.

More Recently Announced 2012 EFMF Artists

David Wax Museum– Recently anointed as Boston’s Americana Artist of the Year (2010 Boston Music Awards), the David Wax Museum has been called “pure, irresistible joy” (Bob Boilen, NPR) and hailed by TIME.com for its “virtuosic musical skill and virtuous harmonies.” It is no surprise that its acclaimed performance at the 2010 Newport Folk Festival was hailed as one of highlights of the entire weekend by NPR. The Museum fuses traditional Mexican folk with American roots and indie rock to create an utterly unique Mexo-Americana aesthetic. Combining Latin rhythms, call-and-response hollering, and donkey jawbone rattling, they have electrified audiences across the country and are “kicking up a cloud of excitement with their high-energy border-crossing sensibility” (The New Yorker).

James Vincent McMorrow– His debut record, Early in the Morning, was released in Ireland to widespread critical acclaim in February 2010. “Sounds both fresh and as if they’ve been in your head forever…McMorrow’s debut deserves its success.” – Q Magazine. A stunning collection of songs recorded over 5 months in an isolated house by the sea, the album is a completely self recorded and played affair, filled with beguiling and vivid stories, fables that move from a whisper in your ear to a mountainous crescendo in the space of a song, all the while retaining the environment and sentiment in which they were formed.