VOLUME 20 #8 This edition of Folk Lines previews the stellar lineup for Weekends at the Opera House, Fall 2022, and shares some memories from a truly wonderful 2022 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. We also provide reminders of our ongoing Saturdays in the Park series.
Weekends at the Opera House, Fall 2022 We are beyond thrilled with the lineup for our fall series. The Program Committee has contracted an incredible slate of musicians who provide marvellous diversity of styles. On the list are returning favourites and new artists that we are sure will become favourites. All concerts will take place at 7:30 pm at the Lunenburg Opera House (290 Lincoln Street); ticket prices and information for buying tickets can be found below.
Weekend #1, From the Rock: Kellie Loder (September 30) and Séan McCann (October 1).
Kellie Loder Well known to Folk Harbour fans, Kellie Loder is a singer-songwriter from NL who is taking the East Coast by storm with their evocative and powerful music. Kellie is a Juno nominee and winner of awards from Music NL and the East Coast Music Association. Recently, Kellie was awarded first runner up on the 2022 season of Canada’s Got Talent. Friday, September 30: Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under).
Séan McCann Séan McCann is a founder of the iconic Canadian folk rock band Great Big Sea and an Order of Canada recipient for his advocacy of people living with mental health and addiction issues. His 2021 album, SHANTYMAN, is a rollicking return to his own maritime roots and an invigorating breath of salty sea air to help shake off the negative effects of social isolation. Saturday, October 1: Tickets are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under).
Weekend #2, Music from near and far: Mo Kenney (October 14) and ECHOES + Terry Uyarak (October 15)
Mo Kenney Mo Kenney is a singer-songwriter based in Dartmouth, NS. Mo received a 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize for “Sucker,” a Juno nomination for the 2016 Adult Alternative Album of the Year for In My Dreams, and too many East Coast Music Awards and Nova Scotia Music Awards to count. Mo’s most recent release is Covers (2021). Friday, October 14: Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under).
ECHOES + Terry Uyarak ECHOES is made up of former members of The Jerry Cans, a group that astounded Folk Harbour Festival audiences in 2019. In this new configuration, ECHOES continues to bring sounds from Nunavut. ECHOES appears with guest Terry Uyarak. Terry is a self-taught singer-songwriter and musician from Igloolik, a small and vibrant Inuit community located north of the Arctic circle between the Canadian mainland and Baffin Island in Nunavut. Saturday, October 15: Tickets are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under).
Weekend #3, Upholding traditions: Jeremy Dutcher (October 28) and Kaia Kater (October 29)
Jeremy Dutcher Polaris Prize winner Jeremy Dutcher is a member of the Tobique First Nation in North-West New Brunswick. Jeremy recorded Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa following a research project on archival recordings of traditional Maliseet songs at the Canadian Museum of History, many of which are no longer being passed down to contemporary Maliseet youth. Friday, October 28: Tickets are $55 ($27.50 for those 25 years and younger).
Kaia Kater Kaia Kater draws on her diverse influences in Quebec, the Caribbean, and Appalachia, bringing them together to present an exciting musical direction. She is known for her prowess as a songwriter and tradition-bearer who performs with “the skill of a folk-circuit veteran” ( Rolling Stone). Kaia’s 2018 recording, Grenades, was nominated for a Juno award and the Polaris Prize. Saturday, October 29: Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and younger).
Weekend #4, Manitoban Musicians: William Prince (November 4) and Sierra Noble (November 5)
William Prince William Prince was a huge hit when he played Weekends at the Opera house last fall; therefore, it is with deep delight that we bring him back again. William is a Juno award-winning musician who has become one of the countries most respected and celebrated songwriters. William was born in Selkirk, Manitoba, was raised in the Peguis First Nation, and now calls Winnipeg home. Friday, November 4: Tickets are $45 ($22.50 for those 25 years and under).
Sierra Noble Sierra Noble is a Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. Sierra released their first album of traditional Métis fiddle music as a teenager, followed by Possibilities (2008) and City of Ghosts (2016). Sierra’s recent single, “Let Me Out of Here” is a message for anyone who feels stuck in the dark to keep reaching for the light because it is there. Saturday, November 5: Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and younger).
Weekend #5, Folk from both sides of the pond: AHI (November 11) and Grace Petrie (November 12).
AHI AHI (pronounced “eye”) is a singer-songwriter from Ontario. He released his debut recording, We Made it Through the Wreckage, in 2016; one year later, he won the Canadian Songwriting Competition in the folk category, as well as the Stingray Rising Star Award at the Folk Music Ontario conference. AHI released In Our Time in 2018, and Prospect in 2021. Friday, November 11: Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and younger).
Grace Petrie Grace Petrie is a songwriter, activist and performer from Leicester, UK. In 2010, Grace exploded onto the folk music scene with an appearance at the Glastonbury festival, where she appeared at the invitation of Billy Bragg. She has an extensive discography that dates back to her eponymous debut in 2006. Saturday, November 12: Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and younger).
Bonus concerts: Owen Lee (Saturday, November 26) and Serena Ryder (Wednesday, November 30).
Owen Lee Owen Lee is assembling a band to help us celebrate Christmas in style! Owen is a musician, songwriter, vocal arranger, and producer from Toronto, ON, who now calls Nova Scotia home. Stay tuned for more details on what we know will be a joyful concert. Saturday, November 26: Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and younger).
Serena Ryder Serena Ryder hardly needs any introduction to music fans. The Canadian singer-songwriter is a multiple Juno award winner, has an extensive discography dating back to 1999, and Top 10 singles such as “Stompa” and “What I Wouldn’t Do”. This is a rare opportunity to see an artist of this calibre in an intimate venue. Wednesday, November 30: Tickets are $65 ($32.50 for those 25 years and younger).
Tickets Individual ticket links are given with performer biographies above. The Ticketpro link for the entire series is here and Ticketpro can be reached at 1-888-311-9090. Tickets are also available at the Folk Harbour office—125 Montague St., Lunenburg, (902) 634-3180. We expect many of the concerts this fall to sell out. Don’t be disappointed! Get your tickets now. Ticket prices include taxes and service fees. All ticket sales are final.
Saturdays in the Park, 2022 Concerts are continuing every Saturday from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Lunenburg Bandstand, and will move to the Lunenburg Opera House as a rain / storm venue. The artists will also perform later the same day at the Old Fish Factory restaurant in Lunenburg. Saturday, August 27: Mark Riley Saturday, September 3: Rube and Rake Saturday, September 10: Kristen Martell
What a Festival! The 37th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival was truly a wonder! Thanks to the musicians, technicians, volunteers, staff, and audience members who made it the enormous success that it was.
Photos: 1 – Danny Michel (GW), 2 – Crys Matthews (GW), 3 – Rose Cousins (GW), 4 – Theresa Malenfant (KJ), 5 – Circle at the Opera House (GW), 6 – Young fans at the Bandstand (KJ), 7 – Dave Gunning (KJ), 8 – Volunteers at the Main Stage (KJ) GW = Garry Woodcock photo, KJ = Kerry Jarvis photo
This edition of Folk Lines will end with a photo from David Baillieul of one of the marquee events during the Folk Harbour Festival, the Sunday morning gospel concert. As usual, it was an event enjoyed by audience members of all ages!
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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.