VOLUME 21 #4 This edition of Folk Lines continues to highlight our spring concerts and our 2023 Folk Harbour Festival. We also share an exciting funding announcement from the Province of Nova Scotia!
Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2023
Our spring series is underway, already delivering amazing performances during our first two weekends, with plenty more to come! All concerts take place at 7:30 pm (with doors opening at 6:45 pm) at the Lunenburg Opera House, 290 Lincoln St., Lunenburg. Ticket information for the entire series can be found here, and individual ticket links are given below. Tickets can also be purchased through the Folk Harbour office (125 Montague St., Lunenburg, (902) 634-3180, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 am to 4 pm) or by calling Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090. Ticket prices include taxes!
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Weekend #3: April 28 and 29
This weekend showcases the joys of performing with musical friends and musical family.
Friday, April 28: Charlie A’Court, Lloyd Spiegel and Suzie Vinnick
If you love the blues—and what’s not to love?— you will love the “International Roots ‘n’ Blues Kitchen Party” that is coming to our stage! Canadians Suzie Vinnick and Charlie A’Court join forces with Australian Lloyd Spiegel to provide a concert filled with collaboration, humour, and stunning guitar playing. This concert is part of a tour by this dynamic trio. A review of their concert in Prince Albert earlier this month says this: “The musicianship was off the chain, the songwriting was glorious and the stage banter hilarious. In terms of stage presence, these three delivered in spades.” —Scott Roos, North Sask Music Zine The full article, “International Roots ‘n’ Blues Kitchen Party wows Prince Albert Audience (April 13th/2023)”, can be found here. For an idea of the grooving good time people are having at the International Roots ‘n’ Blues Kitchen Party, check out this video provided by the Rose City Roots Music Society in Camrose, Alberta. Tickets are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under).
Saturday, April 29: The Ennis Sisters
Seasoned performers The Ennis Sisters have performed at the Folk Harbour Festival several times. Every time they take the stage, they deliver their songs with astonishing sibling harmonies and plenty of humour. In this video, the Ennis Sisters perform their achingly beautiful song, “Sing You Home” at a D-Day memorial ceremony at Juno Beach in 2019. Tickets are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under).
Weekend #4: May 12, 13, and 14
Our final weekend of the spring series features a trio of bands that bring a diversity of styles and loads of musicality to our stage.
Friday, May 12: Rum Ragged
With group members hailing from different outports around Newfoundland, it’s no wonder that Rum Ragged has been called “the best the province has to offer” ( www.AtlanticSeabreeze.com). The band uses bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, guitar, and button accordion to deliver its traditional sound. Here is Rum Ragged’s version of “Let Me Fish off Cape St. Mary’s”, complete with stunning images of Newfoundland and Labrador. Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under).
Saturday, May 13: Jah’Mila
With a family history steeped in reggae, Jah’Mila has become the beacon for the genre in Atlantic Canada. Her sound captures the electrifying energy of authentic roots reggae music, interlaced with soul, jazz, and R&B. Check out this video for “Rise”, which was written and recorded as part of CBC Radio’s East Coast Music Hour’s The Story and the Song. Written in 2021 when musicians’ livelihoods were in jeopardy, Jah’Mila said, “I would like to encourage all musicians and artists to continue holding the faith, to continue creating quality music and quality art, because it is these things that future generations will look back and remember… all the amazing energy and passion you put into your art will live on forever, so I encourage artists to continue to stay the course.” Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under).
Sunday, May 14: Rawlins Cross
Since forming in the late 1980s, Rawlins Cross has been fusing Celtic traditional music with rock, pop, and worldbeat music. With 11 commercial recordings, including the gold-selling Reel ‘n’ Roll (1993), the band has earned multiple JUNO nominations and won nine East Coast Music Awards. Here is the band’s video that celebrates 25 years of their iconic song, “Reel ‘n’ Roll”, demonstrating that Rawlins Cross’s sound, talent, and energy are as strong as ever. Tickets are $45 ($22.50 for those 25 years and under).
Funders We acknowledge the support of Music Nova Scotia in helping us bring our province’s musicians to our stage.
Festival 2023: Passes on sale now! The 38th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival will take place from August 10 to 13, 2023. The lineup of Main Stage artists is shown in the poster below. The full weekend schedule is almost complete and should be released in the coming weeks!
Passes can be purchased at the Folk Harbour office, 125 Montague St., Lunenburg, (902) 634-3180. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Purchases can also be made online through Ticketpro.
Exciting news about the Lunenburg Opera House!
Lunenburg MLA Susan Corkum-Greek and Folk Harbour VP Tom McFall
Our first weekend of music in our spring series not only featured the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival lineup announcement, but also a very welcome announcement from the Province of Nova Scotia. On Friday, March 24, Lunenburg MLA Susan Corkum-Greek presented the Folk Harbour Society with a cheque for $245,000 to go toward planning for renovations and repairs for the historic venue. This funding will not be used directly for renovations, but for work by architects, engineers, and other professionals—necessary steps that will get us closer to the full renovation!
The full story of this exciting funding announcement can be found
There is so much going on with Folk Harbour these days…sail on in and be part of the excitement!
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Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization. They are focused on preserving and celebrating the tradition of folk music through educational programs, youth scholarships and showcasing world-class musicians from across Canada, United States and beyond.