Feb 29, 2024 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
Folk Lines newsletter from the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.
VOLUME 22 #2

This edition of Folk Lines provides information and updates about our amazing spring series lineup and gives a link for Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival pass purchases. Note that the Early Bird Festival pass sale ends on February 29!

Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2024

There is an incredible lineup of musicians in place for the spring.

● 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

● 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).

Opening concert: March 22: Allison Russell with special guest Aysanabee

Singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist Allison Russell will kick off Folk Harbour’s spring series. Touring in support of her astonishing and hugely acclaimed album, The Returner, she will appear in Lunenburg after her triumphant appearance at the GRAMMY awards in February and just before opening the 2024 JUNO awards in Halifax. At the GRAMMY awards, Allison won for Best American Roots Performance for her single, “Eve Was Black.” In what was a highlight of the awards show, Allison performed with Joni Mitchell, providing clarinet and backing vocals. Allison earned three additional GRAMMY nominations and is nominated for three JUNO awards. For Allison’s first-ever Folk Harbour performance, she will be joined by musical director Elenna Canlas (keyboards, melodica, backing vocals), Ganessa James (bass, acoustic guitar, backing vocals), and Megan Coleman (drums). This is a rare opportunity to see an artist of Allison Russell’s calibre in an intimate setting.

Here is the title track from Allison’s brilliant album.

Aysanabee is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer-songwriter currently based in Toronto. He is Oji-Cree, Sucker Clan of the Sandy Lake First Nation. Aysanabee quickly made his mark on the music scene with his debut recording, Watin (2022). Named after his grandfather, this album combines music and journalism with artistry and expression. Aysanabee’s newest release is his 2023, six-song EP, Here and Now; this recording shifts Watin’s finger-picked acoustic foundation into soundscape waves that carry his voice forward. Aysanabee has been nominated for three 2024 JUNOs for his Here and Now recording: Contemporary Indigenous Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Alternative Album of the Year.

Here is Aysanabee’s video for “Nomads”.

Tickets are $55 ($27.50 for those 25 years and under) including taxes and are available hereOnly a few tickets remain!

Weekend #2—J.P. Cormier (Friday, April 5) and “Small of My Heart” Songwriters’ Circle (Saturday, April 6)

J.P. Cormier is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, a talented singer-songwriter, an acclaimed musician, and a supreme entertainer. He has released 17 albums, has penned East Coast classics such as “Kelly’s Mountain” and “The Molly May”, and has a long list of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, ECMAs, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and more. J.P. has played many Folk Harbour stages over the years and always dazzles and delights audiences.

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

Small of My Heart Songwriters’ Circle featuring Catherine MacLellanErin CosteloLisa MacIsaac, and Kristen Martell. This concert is one in a series that has the goal of supporting and empowering women and non-binary artists to help create equality within all aspects of the Canadian music industry.

The “in-the-round” show aims to create a memorable fan experience where well-known and award-winning songwriters will share their real, resilient, and unique journeys with incredible song writing, harmonies, musicianship, and storytelling, including some fun and horrifying road experiences and stories that helped create their celebrated music.

A rare treat awaits as these four musicians share the Lunenburg Opera House stage.

Tickets: $55 ($27.50 for those 25 years and under)

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. Quote the Raven performed at the Folk Harbour Festival in 2019 and 2022 and in our Saturdays in the Park series in 2021, always showcasing their smooth vocal harmonies and delightful stage presence.

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

Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets, and players. Over the course of the last decade, The Once has become an important part of that history. Group members Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill, and Andrew Dale blend their voices into soaring three-part harmonies.

Tickets: $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 folk musician who has shared the stage with legends, but is recognized as a master of his craft in his own right both as an award-winning songwriter and a captivating performer. His abilities as a storyteller allow him to form deep connections with his audiences and he is undoubetedly a Folk Harbour favourite, with four Festival appearances between 2008 and 2022 and several other Folk Harbour concerts besides.

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.

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. Possessing a unique ability to work a room effortlessly, they will have you crying, laughing and everything in between. Kellie has made several Folk Harbour appearances in recent years on their way to becoming a fan favourite.

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. Those who saw Irish in Folk Harbour’s fall 2023 series know this to be true; for those who missed it, you have a second chance to see a veritable force of nature on stage.

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 (who appeared at our 2019 Festival) and the jazz group Gypsophilia (who brought their high-energy show to the 2014 Festival).

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)

If you want to listen to artists in our spring series, check out this Spotify playlist!

Festival 2024: Early Bird sale ends February 29!!

The 39th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival will take place from August 8 to 11, 2024.

Sales of Folk Harbour Festival Early Bird passes at $160 ($80 for those aged 25 or younger) have hit their limit earlier than expected. Folk Harbour’s Board of Directors has decided to extend sales for passes at the Early Bird prices until February 29, 2024. After this date, Folk Harbour Festival passes will be on sale at their regular price of $190 ($95 for those aged 25 or younger). Individual event tickets (evenings, afternoons, gospel concert, etc.) will go on sale in early April. Ticket prices include taxes.

Passes 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).

The 2024 Festival lineup will be announced during our spring Weekends at the Opera House series.

Buy Early Bird passes – until Feb. 29

We’re hiring!

Folk Harbour is looking to fill two Summer student / Youth positions.
If you are a student looking for great job experience in a fun environment, or if you know someone who fits this bill, please get in touch: admin@folkharbour.com
Find the details here. Apply by March 28, 2024
Leap into action if you want spring concert tickets and the Early Bird Festival pass pricing!

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