Edmonton Folk Festival March 2012 – Message from the Producer

The Board and Staff of the festival have been busy debriefing the 2011 festival and coming up with changes for the 2012 and 2013 festivals.

Increase in numbers = adjustments

In 2011, due in part to our technical difficulties with phone sales, there were more people on site than in previous years, thus in 2012 we will revert back to our previous capacity of 11,000 weekend passes. There will be 1000 fewer weekend passes for sale this year.

We think there will be disappointment on June 2nd , as demand for tickets will likely outstrip supply. We will strive to distribute tickets as fairly and efficiently as possible. Ticket purchase limits have been dropped from 10 per order to 6 in person and 4 on line.

The other area of audience growth is in the number of seniors attending. There has been a 600% growth in these numbers over the past 10 years. With the baby boomer wave just hitting our shores, our policy of free admission for seniors is no longer sustainable. There is still free admission for seniors for the 2012 festival but starting in 2013, the festival will charge half price for weekend passes for seniors. Revenue from seniors weekend passes will go directly into our Endowment Fund.

Other changes

On a 1-year trial basis, Saturday and Sunday tickets will be “all day” tickets, allowing purchasers to enjoy the sessions.

The festival will no longer be selling tickets by phone through our own box office. Phone sales will now be handled only by Ticketmaster. The festival box office will still handle in-person and online sales.

Keep an eye on our website for exact details for June 1st sales.

This is also a housekeeping year with special attention being paid to June 1st, along with morning lotteries and gate entry procedures in August with a goal of shortening wait times and increasing patron comfort.

As always, the biggest news will be the lineup and I am 6-8 artists away from being fully booked. Our reputation, along with a very strong artistic budget, guarantees an exceptional lineup of folk talent from around the world, as you will see when we announce the lineup on Wednesday, May 30th.

Terry Wickham [ Producer ]



More 2012 Artists Announced…

The Barr Brothers…”progressive folk-blues quartet dazzles warmly with eccentric instruments, unique musicianship and a magician’s flair;  a quartet that adventures in a soulful, sometimes whimsical sort of Americana and the deepest of blues powers.” (Globe and Mail, March 2012) Check out their recent appearance on Letterman.

Steve Forbert

Meet me in the middle of the night
Let me hear you say everything’s alright
Let me smell the moon in your perfume

— “Romeo’s Tune”

Singer-songwriter Steve Forbert had his first major hit in 1979 when he was only 25 years old, shortly after moving to New York City from his hometown of Meridian, Miss where he had been working as a truck driver. Thirty-plus years later, he’s still writing acclaimed songs and has released 14 studio albums, including a Grammy-nominated tribute to another Mississippi legend, Jimmie Rodgers.

Martin Simpson – There is no doubt that after 35 years as a professional musician Martin is, right now, better than ever. Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, his interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling.

Others already announced…

Dougie McLeanArrested Development, Martyn Joseph, Dry Bones, Geoff Berner, David Bromberg, Andrea House, Wool on Wolves, Rory Block, Oscar Lopez.


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