Vancouver‘s 37th Annual Folk Festival begins Friday July 18th, with some main stage events and some events titled ‘Stage 3 @ Sundown’, Saturday evening expands this to include ‘Stage 5 @ Twilight’. Perusing the schedule, I think that the biggest problem I’m going to have this weekend is my lack of ability to be in two places at once. So, in order to avoid tears and regret later, I’m going to attempt to pick some workshops here and now.
Saturday Stage 2 ‘Sing Out! for Pete A Tribute to Pete Seeger’
Eliza Gilkyson, Joan Baez, Josh White Jr., Alejandro Escovedo and Karine Polwart. I’m pretty sure that this is going to be an amazing experience, this power-packed lineup could promise nothing less. Needless to say I will be there to hear these fantastic musicians pay tribute to the legendary songs of Pete Seeger. Someone save me a spot near the front?
Sunday Stage 5 ‘Ain’t it the Truth’
The Grievous Angels, The Honeycutters, Fish and Bird. I hope that this workshop satisfies my need for some alt-roots-folk-country tunes. I’ve never seen any of these bands live (I’ve seen individual members of Fish and Bird play, but never together…) but by listening to the individual tracks that they’ve recorded I can imagine some glorious jams occurring between these musicians. Fingers crossed that they don’t just take turns playing a piece of their own but dive into the workshop environment with their whole-hearts, and create some folk fest magic -I’m pretty sure that it’ll happen at this session.