Happy 2012 – Artists Announced!

Happy New Year to all our festival patrons and supporters!

2012 Message from the Producer
Festival bookings are coming along nicely, as you can see below. I was very pleased with the improvements to our festival in 2011, such as high def screens and the elimination of Stage 4, leading to a huge reduction in the amount of sound bleed between Stages 3-5.

Our staff and board are working through policies and procedures relating to June 1 ticket sales, ticket pricing and fine-tuning all our systems. Due to the problems with out phone system on June 1 last year we oversold by an average of 900 tickets per day, we will be decreasing attendance in 2012.

The other large part of the growth of numbers on site, is in the number of seniors attending. Over the past 10 years this number has grown by 400-500% and this is obviously not sustainable if the festival is to continue to thrive and remain comfortable for all. We have a working idea as to how to address this. There will be no change in our policy of free admission for seniors in 2012, but look for changes in this policy at the 2013 festival.

I am honoured to continue to work for our festival and I think the best is yet to come.
Terry Wickham [ Producer ]

Artists that are confirmed for the 2012 Edmonton Folk Music Festival include:

Dougie McLean is one of Scotland’s most successful, respected and popular musicians. From his home base in Scotland, MacLean tours the world with his unique blend of lyrical, ‘roots based’ songwriting and instrumental composition.

Arrested Development – Two-time Grammy award winning hip-hop group, true trailblazers in hip-hop. Since 1991 they’ve championed fresh sounds, spreading unique hip-hop around the world, including a successful stop at the 2009 Edmonton Folk Music Festival.

Martyn Joseph – A festival favourite with shades of Springsteen, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives.

Dry Bones – Leonard Podolak, Nathan Rogers and J.D. Edwards, all Winnipeg artists, and each a success in their own ensemble or career, have united to perform as DRy Bones. “One moment Dry Bones sounds like a traditional jug band and then shifts and becomes the arousing herald of today’s acoustic rock and roll.”

Geoff Berner – An evening spent with Geoff Berner’s music is, in the words of the good Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, “a wild combination of menace, madness, and genius… fragmented coherence that wreaks havoc on the mind of any listener.” – Vue Weekly, Edmonton

David Bromberg – Contstantly bending musical genres, he’s played with everyone, he’s toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues.

Andrea House – A singer with a penchant for melody whose writing floats beautifully between the hits of Patsy Cline and Billie Holiday, Willie Nelson and Irving Berlin, Allison Krauss and Norah Jones. Whether the influence is obvious or ambiguous, the focus is clear: this is a impassioned voice reminiscent of the great singers of the 1940’s and 1950’s telling stories of depth and meaning.

Wool on Wolves is a band; pure and simple. They’re musicians who hold a genuine belief that music has the ability to move beyond speakers and headphones to truly encapsulate the human experience. Each member of the group is a multi-instrumentalist, well-educated in classic and modern musical aesthetics and with tastes as diverse as their University degrees, the band aims to write and perform material that is fresh yet familiar at the same time.

Rory Block –  Heralded as “a living landmark” (Berkeley Express), “a national treasure” (Guitar Extra), and “one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists” (Blues Revue), Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to life for 21st century audiences around the world. “Some of the most singular and affecting Country Blues anyone, man or woman, black or white, old or young, has cut in recent years.” Rolling Stone

Oscar Lopez – Never afraid to venture into different genres, Lopez easily incorporates jazz, blues, and even pop sensibilities into his music. But one thing remains constant: letting the passion and fire within his soul loose through his fingertips and onto the guitar strings. His deep commitment to his art has earned Lopez two Juno awards, critics praise, and thousands of devoted fans who have filled theaters across the continent to experience his amazing performances first hand.

…plus 50 more to be announced.

2012 Festival General Information

The 2012 Edmonton Folk Music Festival will take place on August 9 – 12.
Tickets will go on sale June 1st.

Stay tuned for further info and changes for the 2012 festival.

Craft and Concession vendor applications for 2012 will be available on the website as of January 12th. Deadlines for application are: Concessions – March 23rd; Crafts – April 12th (NOON).

Coming Events around Edmonton:

The Winspear Presents:

April 9th, 2012

The acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir returns to the Winspear Centre with a dazzling and energetic performance!  “..songs calculated to go straight to the heart, sung with that joyous sense of celebration and exuberance that only black South African choirs seem capable of achieving.” West Australian, Perth

April 19th, 2012

Joel Plaskett Emergency – The Scrappy Happiness Tour.
It should come as no surprise that the multi-talented and always unpredictable Joel Plaskett is taking a unique approach to the launch of his next record.  Starting on January 10th, Plaskett and his band, The Emergency, will record and digitally release a song a week for 10 weeks. Plaskett is shaking up the standard process of recording and releasing, harkening back to the ’50’s and ’60’s when songs went from the studio to radio to the public very quickly. A physical version of the full record, Scrappy Happiness will be released to retail on March 27th and will be followed by a tour – this tour arrives in Edmonton on April 19th, with a show at the Winspear Centre.

April 20th, 2012

Pavlo brings his Mediterranean sound to the Winspear Centre for an exciting and inspiring evening of world music.

For tickets and info for the Winspear Presents shows follow the link: http://www.winspearcentre.com/winspear-presents-series/2011-12-winspear-presents/