Loreena McKennitt to close the 2013 Edmonton Folk Music Festival on Sunday August 11th
Loreena will be making a long-awaited swing through Canada’s Western Provinces in a just-announced, mini tour for the Summer of 2013.
“I’m truly excited to be heading back to places that hold such fond memories”, says Loreena. “The musicians and I have had great audiences in the West, and as someone born and raised under a prairie sky there’s always something extra special about being there.”
Joining Loreena on tour is a stellar cast of musicians including Brian Hughes on guitars, bouzouki and oud, Hugh Marsh on violin, Caroline Lavelle on cello and vocals, Andrew Downing on Double Bass, Ben Grossman on hurdy gurdy and percussion and Rick Lazar on percussion.
Bruce Cockburn has always been a restless spirit. Over the course of four decades, the celebrated Canadian artist has traveled to the corners of the earth out of humanitarian concerns—often to trouble spots experiencing events that have led to some of his most memorable songs. Going up against chaos, even if it involves grave risks, can be necessary to get closer to the truth.
“My mother once said that I must have a death wish, always going to what she called ‘those awful places,’” laughs Cockburn. “I don’t think of it that way. I make these trips partly because I want to see things for myself and partly out of my own sense of adventure.”
Small Source of Comfort, Cockburn’s 31st album, is his latest adventurous collection of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery. The album, primarily acoustic yet rhythmically savvy, is rich in Cockburn’s characteristic blend of folk, blues, jazz and rock. As usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and spending time in places like San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, jotting down his typically detailed observations about the human experience.
Introducing a fresh new talent with a unique sound, a bagful of beautiful self-penned songs and a tumultuous life story behind her, Fatoumata Diawara’s debut album, ‘Fatou’, was released on World Circuit on September 19, 2011.
Tall, superbly poised and elegant, with an iridescent smile, this sometime star of African film draws elements of jazz and funk into an exquisitely sparse contemporary folk sound – refracting the rocking rhythms and plaintive melodies of her ancestral Wassoulou tradition through an instinctive pop sensibility. At the centre of the music is Fatou’s warm, affecting voice, spare, rhythmical guitar playing and gorgeously melodic songs that draw powerfully on her own often troubled experience.
A legend in her own right, Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty years from the early days as a jazz performer in Georges bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now blossoming solo career she has sold over half a million albums.
“Exile’s Return” a duet album with former Solas band-mate John Doyle was released to widespread critical acclaim in early 2010. Karan has continued to tour with her own band and as a duo with John Doyle, and has started to record a new album with Crooked Still singer Aoife O’Donovan.
Good For Grapes
Good For Grapes formed in September of 2010, after a group of friends took a trip to Victoria, BC for some modest busking. Since the moment they stepped onto the ferry, they were an attraction. Drawing unexpected crowds, naturally this young and aspiring band took form; an original and talented five piece group, with an array of harmonizing voices and instruments. Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, this folk / alternative act has been gaining momentum ever since they stepped into the music scene. Their live stage performance in this time has evolved into an incredibly active, folk stomping, and inviting energy; always resulting in an extremely enthusiastic and involved audience. Beginning by supporting charities and foundations, their unique folk sound has been accepted into a large variety of venues. Through this, they have gained a loyal fan base which grows at every turn.
Upcoming shows around town:
STARS on March 31, 2013
Presented by UnionEvents.com and Live at the Winspear
Having just wrapped a Canadian arena tour supporting Metric this November, Stars continue the musical journey of their latest and greatest album, The North. Released on September 4, 2012, The North debuted #5 on the Soundscan Album Chart and #3 on the Digital Albums Chart in Canada – marking the highest debuts for the band in their career. They also earned a Top 50 Album Chart debut in the U.S.
Brandi Carlile (May 10), at the WInspear
Carlile, who last played Edmonton at the 2011 Folk Music Festival, brings her eclectic blend of country, rock and folk back to River City, promoting her newest album, the personal and intimate Bear Creek, released in the Summer of 2012. Additional tickets for this show have just been released.
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin (April 23) at the Winspear
Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, long time friends, are touring as a duo sharing the stage. Look for a mix of songs from their careers, cover songs and a wealth of stories from the road.
Also at the Winspear:
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela on April 25, 2013
A night of American blues featuring Taj Mahal and Shemekia Copeland on April 28, 2013.
Single tickets for all Winspear shows are available now for $47.00 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 .
Saturday April 13th, 7:30pm, St Paul’s United Church Edmonton 11526 76 Ave NW
Acclaimed Cellist Christine Hanson, renowned Celtic Harpist/Singer Keri Lynn Zwicker, and special guest from Inverness Scotland- “Blazin Fiddles” Master Highland Fiddler Bruce MacGregor, will take you on musical adventure of Scotland as they explore repertoire from the Scottish Baroque, to driving Highland jigs and reels, to contemporary Scottish folk compositions.
Join these wonderful performers for an intriguing and animated evening of Scottish traditional music, stories, and good Craic!
For Tickets and more info: http://www.tixonthesquare.ca/event/detail/6167/