Another Edmonton Folk Music Festival has arrived and we have our picks of the festival.
Most Anticipated Artists
Sable: I have always had a soft spot for close knit vocal harmonies and that is what I hear in this trio of Staves ladies.
As well, I have enjoyed watching the folktastic rise of The East Pointers comprised of Tim Chaisson, Koady Chaisson, and Jake Charron on fiddle, banjo, and guitar respectively. Who doesn’t love a good reel and jig?
Twila: Considering that as a kid that I begged my parents for flute lessons after listening to albums by the Chieftains, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to hear Matt Molloy & John Carty with Arty McGlynn this coming weekend.
Most Anticipated Workshop
Sable: Influences-Saturday Stage 6 3:05-4:20 PM
There should be smooth tunes from these singer-songwriters from the UK and Sweden in this joint session. I hear the delicate hint of vocal vulnerability in these voices which I love for storytelling. Fingers crossed for some excellent melodic and harmonic collaborations that will hopefully result from this workshop.
Twila: Looking Back in Anger–Friday Stage 6 7:20–8:25 PM
Not sure about the session name – I briefly wondered if it was a reference to the David Bowie song from 1979 with the tense changed, but really why change the tense? Regardless of the session name, I am excited to see what magic this workshop cooks up. Workshops are at their best when everyone jumps in and jams together, making the whole stronger than the parts – and I’m excited to see how these musicians from all over the British Commonwealth (in case you were wondering: Hannam – Alberta/Jersey, Channel Islands; Byrne – Newfoundland; MacDougall – Yukon/Sweden; The Mae Trio – Australia) help one another tell stories with song.
The Return of Old Favourites
Sable: Sunday Main Stage 7-8 PM
Folk Fests are always great for new discoveries but it is always heart-warming to see old favorites return. I can’t wait to hear the soaring and emotive vocals of LP. Her last performance at EFMF left quite an impression on me and I look forward to her Sunday mainstage time with excitement.
Twila: Saturday Stage 2 11 AM; Saturday Stage 5 4:20 PM; Sunday Stage 2 5:45 PM
Bluegrass is a MUST for Folk Fest. So the Steep Canyon Rangers return to EFMF is excellent news.