Folksteps Music Conference

Working Songs

Zion Lutheran Church

August 6, 2015

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In 2010 the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society decided to include a one-day traditional folk music conference as part of the festivities for our 25th annual festival.  Called Folksteps, the conference aimed to stimulate interest in traditional folk music through a day-long educational event.

The first Folksteps conference was organized by Clary Croft, and proved so successful that we decided to continue and in the future to organize around a theme.

For our sixth annual Folksteps Conference, our theme is Working Songs,  hosted by Dr. Richard MacKinnon.  Dr. MacKinnon has been researching, writing and teaching in the field of heritage and culture for over 25 years. A native Cape Bretoner, Dr. MacKinnon holds both a MA and Phd in Folklore from Memorial University, and his research focuses on Atlantic Canadian folklore, culture and heritage with a specialization in Cape Breton Studies.

Our conference offers a tremendous opportunity for audiences to explore a vibrant facet of traditional folk music of the province, and to further understand its relevance to the music of today.  The format provides fun and learning and includes expert presentation as well as audience participation, including questions and answers, performance and dance.  Previous Folksteps conferences focused on Ballads (2011), Celtic Connections (2012),  Acadian, Cajun and Quebecois (2013) and African Nova Scotian Folk Traditions (2014).

Folksteps takes place from 9:30am to 4pm on the first day of the Festival.  The Folksteps conference is totally integrated within the Festival and therefore is included in the Full Festival Pass.  Single day passes are also available for the conference.   Delegates are on their own for lunch with time to explore beautiful, historic Lunenburg.

The conference will offer a tremendous opportunity for audiences to explore a vibrant facet of traditional folk music, and to further understand its relevance to the music of today.

Schedule

9:00     Registration
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12:15   Lunch Break

Details to follow

The full day conference is included in your Festival Weekend Pass; or you can purchase a day-pass for the Conference and Evening Concert; or you can purchase just the conference ticket.  To see prices, follow this link to the About Festival Tickets page.

Folksteps is generously sponsored by FACTOR, The Foundation Assisting Canadian Talent on Recordings and the SOCAN Foundation.

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

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Supported by a grant from:

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