Folk Steps Music Conference: Something to Sing About


The aim of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society’s annual Folk Steps Conference is to stimulate interest in traditional folk music. Since 2010 the conference has offered an educational opportunity for audiences to explore a particular facet of folk music and understand its relevance to today. The program includes expert presentations along with performance and discussion. The format is relaxed and includes performances as well as opportunities for fun, learning and audience participation. For 2017, the Folk Steps theme is Something to Sing About – Celebrating Place in the Atlantic Region. An engaging group of performers will be on hand to share the day, Thursday, August 10.


Host for the conference is Bill Plasket, one of the co-founders of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. He is widely known for aiding in developing the local folk music scene to become what it is today.

Keynote speaker is Shelley Posen, a celebrated songwriter, author and performer of his own and traditional songs.


2017 Workshop Participants


Alan Syliboy a celebrated Mi’kmaq artist and performer. His is known, for a seamless blending of Mi’kmaq tradition and modern style.

Lennie Gallant, a regular at Folk Harbour, making his ninth appearance at the festival this year. He has performed with symphonies, and for troops in Afghanistan, has participated in tributes to the Titanic and Canada’s hockey heritage, and has even had his music sent into space.

Amelia Curren a Juno-Award winning songwriter, activist, and mental health advocate from St. John’s, NL. Her music is distinguished by her intricate and evocative lyrics – and has been compared to Leonard Cohen.

Rob Lutes has recorded six albums and earned a reputation as one of Canada’s finest songwriters and roots performers. He last brought his hook-laden songs and richly textured vocals to Folk Harbour in 2013.

Chelsea Amber is known for bringing soul to the stage with passionate vocals, uplifting lyrics, and grooving guitars. As a songwriter, her goal is to bring hope and a sense of purpose to every audience.

And you, our guests, will round out the experience thorough your participation and questions.


Schedule Details


Thursday, August 10  |  9 AM – 4 PM  |  Zion Lutheran Church

Admission is included in a Full Weekend Pass  |  $40  |  $20 (ages 25 and under)

Tickets are available through TicketPro.