Jul 20, 2022 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
|VOLUME 20 #7|
|As the first full Folk Harbour Festival in three years approaches, this edition of Folk Lines profiles some Festival artists, provides information about the event, and reminds you that there are concerts every Saturday as part of our Saturdays in the Park series.|
|The 37th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour FestivalThis year’s Festival will take place from August 4 to 7. It will be such a celebration of the return of this event…plan to join in!|
Our full Festival lineup is listed in the poster below, and schedules for the Festival weekend can be found here.
In this edition of Folk Lines, we will highlight a few artists who are appearing at Folk Harbour for the first time.
A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Martha Redbone is a vocalist, songwriter, composer, and educator. She combines the gospel background of her African-American father with the resilient spirit of her mother’s Cherokee/Shawnee/Choctaw culture. The result is a unique and powerful combination of cultures – a gumbo of folk, roots, blues, and gospel. Broadening the boundaries of Americana, Martha gives voice to issues of social justice, while connecting cultures and celebrating the human spirit. A multi-award-winning musician, it is a delight to be able to present this charismatic performer on our stage this year.Martha’s video for the song, “Drums” can be found here, recorded at the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Danny Michel is an artist who defies simple categorization, as his music spans rock, pop, folk, world, and at times, classical styles. What is easier is to say his wide-ranging interests have kept his music fresh, and his thoughtful lyrics and charming performances have helped him amass a devoted fan base. Danny has earned much critical acclaim, having been nominated for three Junos and the Polaris Prize. Despite this recognition from the music industry, Danny says his career highlights include performing for Jane Goodall’s 85th birthday party, touring with Stuart McLean’s The Vinyl Cafe, and working with charities close to his heart. The native of Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, has ten studio albums dating back to 1999, including Khlebnikov, recorded aboard a Soviet-era Russian ice-breaker on an arctic expedition. According to The Toronto Star, “Danny Michel must be a bit weary of being ranked as one of this country’s undiscovered musical treasures. But it’s true.”His video, “Feather Fur and Fin” can be found here.
When discussions arise about the next generation of social justice music-makers, American singer-songwriter Crys Matthews is often hailed as one of the brightest stars on that scene. Crys is a powerful lyricist whose songs of compassionate dissent reflect her experience as what she lightheartedly calls “the poster-child for intersectionality.” On stage, she does exactly what socially conscious folk singers should do: she delivers songs that deal with difficult issues that can challenge listeners—gun violence reform, Black Lives Matter, Me Too, LGBTQ equality—but does it in the most engaging, dynamic, and beautiful way possible. In the end, she manages to lift spirits and instill hope. Simply put, she is an artist who is made for these times.Check out her video, Changemakers, to see what an effective social justice voice Crys is!
Full Festival passes and individual tickets (afternoon, evening, day, Folk Steps, gospel concert, etc.) are available at the Folk Harbour office—125 Montague St., Lunenburg, (902) 634-3180— and through Ticketpro (1-888 311-9090).
The theme for this year’s Festival is “Songs of Peace, Protest, and Political Activism”, and we have some amazing merchandise to go with this theme. We have “Songs of Peace” T-shirts as shown here, available with and without the list of 2022 musicians.
|We also have “Hooked on Folk” hoodies and sweatshirts. These are high quality, comfortable garments that let you show Folk Harbour some love!|
|We want to give a shout-out to Jay Hiltz of Nor’easter Apparel. Jay is the creative genius behind Folk Harbour’s branding and is generous with his design talents when it comes to creating Folk Harbour merchandise. He did an amazing job helping us capture our Festival theme in designs. This year’s merchandise is not to be missed!|
The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society’s 37 years of success is largely due to the generosity of committed volunteers—we simply can’t do what we do without them! We still need volunteers for this year’s Festival in many areas, including Box Office (checking tickets at the door), Transportation (driving musicians to and from their stages), Hospitality (working at the after-hours parties), Greening (helping to reduce the environmental impact of our event), among others. If you want to be a part of a weekend full of fun, celebration, and—of course!— music, please contact the Folk Harbour office: firstname.lastname@example.org, (902) 634-3180. It’s going to be a memorable event!
The Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society has been proactive in keeping our audience members, volunteers, staff, and musicians safe as we present live music in the time of COVID-19. All relevant public health measures that are in place at the time of our Festival will be rigorously adhered to. Folk Harbour’s full COVID-19 policy is available on its website; two key points are highlighted here.1. Unless the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society has to cancel the 2022 Festival, all Festival ticket and pass sales are final.2. Folk Harbour’s summer events will be “mask friendly”. We encourage audience members to make the best mask-wearing choice for themselves and we ask everyone to respect the decisions of others.
|Festival Information and Reminders|
As we get even closer to the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, we will send out a special edition of Folk Lines with information and reminders for those who are attending the Festival. Watch for it coming soon.
|We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada / Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Town of Lunenburg.|
|Saturdays in the Park, 2022|
While we wait for the Folk Harbour Festival, don’t forget about the stellar lineup of musicians performing in our Saturdays in the Park series. Concerts are held on Saturdays 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. There is no Saturdays in the Park concert on August 6, as that is part of the Folk Harbour Festival weekend. Rest assured that there will be plenty of music on the Bandstand and elsewhere that weekend! Note that the Kristen Martell concert has been moved to September 10.
|Saturday, July 2: Inn Echo|
Saturday, July 9: Rob Lutes
Saturday, July 16: Chudi Harris
Saturday, July 23: Youngtree and the Blooms
Saturday, July 30: Campbell & Johnston
Saturday, August 13: Michelle Deveau
Saturday, August 20: Lynne Hanson
Saturday, August 27: Mark Riley
Saturday, September 3: Rube and Rake
Saturday, September 10: Kristen Martell|
All remaining acts will be performing at the Old Fish Factory at 8:00 pm on the same evening as their Bandstand concert.
|Saturdays in the Park Sponsors|
We are grateful to our sponsors who have provided us with funding that allows us to offer these top-notch acts free of charge for our audience.
|TD Bank Group is the major sponsor for this series again this year and we can’t thank them enough for this support.|
|The Old Fish Factory Restaurant is a partner for our Saturdays in the Park series, offering musicians a second gig while they are in town.|
|Town of Lunenburg |
The Town of Lunenburg has once again provided financial support for our Saturdays in the Park series.
|Additional support has been given by Kinley Drug Company – PharmaChoice, Lunenburg.|
|As we approach the 37th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, why not spend one minute and 50 seconds watching this video and being reminded of the joys of Folk Harbour?|
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.