Apr 19, 2024 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
Folk Lines newsletter from the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.
VOLUME 22 #4
This edition of Folk Lines provides information about our ongoing spring series and includes the announcement of an additional spring concert. We also give information about buying day / afternoon / evening / gospel tickets for the Folk Harbour Festival.

Weekends at the Opera House

Our spring series is underway! We have already been treated to amazing concerts, with more to come. Here we profile the upcoming concerts; see below for general information about the entire series.

Weekend #3—Quote the Raven (Friday, April 19) and The Once (Saturday, April 20)

Jordan Coaker and Kirsten Rodden-Clarke are Quote the Raven, a folk-pop-roots duo from NL. Charming, personable, and hilarious, they deliver soaring harmonies that will lift your spirits.

Here is Quote the Raven performing “Hope”.

Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)

Newfoundland’s The Once is made up of Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill, and Andrew Dale, whose voices blend beautifully into three-part harmonies. Here is their version of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend”.

Tickets: $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under)

Additional concert: The Fretless featuring Madeleine Roger, Friday, April 26

The Fretless was scheduled to perform at LAMP but unfortunately that concert had to be cancelled. The Folk Harbour Society was happy to step in and present this concert so that the band could carry out its planned Nova Scotian tour.

The Fretless is a JUNO Award winning, genre-bending, supergroup of celebrated solo artists who have spent more than a decade exploring various ways to push the boundaries of what a string quartet can do.

By putting fiddle tunes and folk melodies from the traditions of Irish, Scottish, Celtic, bluegrass, and old-timey American and Canadian music into a classical format, these four innovators have created unique music that is complex, multi-layered, and passionately expressive.

The Fretless is Trent Freeman (fiddle/viola), Karrnnel Sawitsky (fiddle/viola), Ben Plotnick (fiddle/viola), and Eric Wright (cello); they will be joined by guest vocalist Madeleine Roger for this Folk Harbour appearance.

Check out the incredible blend of strings and vocals on this version of Feist’s “My Moon My Man“.

Tickets are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under)

Weekend #4—Dave Gunning with special guest Jud Gunning (Friday, May 10) and Kellie Loder with special guest Irish Mythen (Saturday, May 11)

Dave Gunning is a masterful songwriter who captures stories of everyday life. In this video for “Game Goin’ On” (written with David Francey), Dave does just that, sharing videos and photos of Canadians enjoying our national winter sport.

Naomi Henderson photo

Jud Gunning has a genuine love for playing music and has played festivals and events across the Maritimes. Jud was part of Folk Harbour’s 2023 Songwriters’ Camp and appeared at last year’s Folk Harbour Festival.

Here is Jud’s version of Doc Watson’s “Deep River Blues”.

Kerry Jarvis photo

Tickets: $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under)

Kellie Loder is a passionate storyteller and accomplished songwriter with a voice that conveys warmth and power. Here is Kellie’s video for “When We Kiss”, made with crowd-sourced clips, including some Lunenburg content!

Irish Mythen was born in Ireland and now resides in Charlottetown, PEI. It is said that Irish’s live performances are a thing of raw power and emotion, with a connection to her audience that just has to be seen to be believed.

Speaking of power and emotion, check out this video for “Did You Ever”.

Tickets: $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under)

Weekend #5—Gina Burgess (Friday, May 24) and Carleton Stone (Saturday, May 25)

Internationally recognized artist Gina Burgess is a multi-genre violinist, composer, educator, and musician wellness facilitator. Gina was a member of the Iqaluit-based band The Jerry Cans and the jazz group Gypsophilia.

Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)

Carleton Stone is an award-winning artist, a songwriter with a growing list of credits, and a founding member of the hugely successful trio, Port Cities. From November to December, 2023, Carleton completed an extensive 23-concert tour with the Crash Test Dummies.

Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)

Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2024

● All shows take place at the Lunenburg Opera House, 290 Lincoln St., Lunenburg

● Doors open at 6:45 pm, shows start at 7:30 pm

● Seating is general admission (not reserved in advance) but there will be a seat available for every ticket holder

● Ticket prices include taxes

● All ticket sales are final

● Tickets can be purchased in-person at the Folk Harbour office, 125 Montague St., Lunenburg, (902) 634-3180 or through Ticketpro (1-888-311-9090 or online using the links below).

● There is no food or drink served at the Opera House. We recommend you bring your own water bottle.

39th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival: August 8 to 11, 2024

We shared the Folk Harbour Festival’s Main Stage schedule in last month’s Folk Lines. Biographical information on all our performers will be shared in the coming months.

For now, we will highlight the two closing acts on Friday, August 9: Lynn Miles and Joel Plaskett

Lynn Miles is a singer-songwriter, record producer, teacher, writer, and public speaker. An acclaimed musician with 15 albums to her credit, she won the 2003 JUNO for Roots / Traditional album of the year and earned nominations in the same category for her 2006 and 2011 albums. Lynn has also been the recipient of six Canadian Folk Music Awards including three for songwriter of the year. A prolific writer, Lynn estimates that she has written about 900 songs, although she has never done an official count.

Lynn has previously played the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival in 2000 and 2012, and appeared in 2019 with Lynne Hanson as The LYNNeS. On stage, Lynn brings her evocative songwriting and her sense of humour to deliver engaging and memorable sets.

Joel Plaskett has forged a reputation as one of Canada’s most engaging performers and respected singer-songwriters.

Joel’s songs are a perennial part of the national playlist, a fixture on “best of” lists, and the soundtrack to the lives of faithful fans across the country and around the world. His accolades over a quarter-century include a JUNO, numerous East Coast Music, Canadian Folk and Music Nova Scotia awards, and two Polaris short list nominations.

While being a nationally adored icon, around here, Joel is considered a favourite son of Folk Harbour. The Lunenburg native is the son of Festival co-Founder, Bill Plaskett, and has made several appearances on our Festival and concert series stages both solo and with his father.

Note that, as with all live presentations, schedules and lineups are subject to change.

Folk Harbour Festival passes and tickets are on sale now!

Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival passes are on sale now for $190 ($95 for those aged 25 or younger). This pass gives access to all venues throughout the four days of the Festival. Individual event tickets are also available now!

Ticket prices include taxes.

Passes and individual tickets can be purchased online, by phone through Ticketpro (1-888-311-9090), or through the Folk Harbour office (902 634-3180, 125 Montague St., Lunenburg).

Buy Festival 2024 passes and tickets

There is so much music planned at the Lunenburg Opera House in the coming months. We hope you will share in the joy of live music by attending some or all of these concerts.

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