Jun 23, 2024 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
VOLUME 22 #6
This edition of Folk Lines provides the schedule for the four days of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, highlights the headline performers for the final day of the Festival, gives ticket information, and shares updated information on our summer series, which launches on June 29. Read to the end to meet our two summer students!
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39th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival: August 8 to 11, 2024
The full schedule for the four days of the Festival is pictured below and can be found on the Folk Harbour website.
A1 2024 LFHF FULL SCHEDULE Final One Pager revised
Note that the Park Stage will be a temporary stage set up in the Town of Lunenburg’s Civic Square (Bandstand Park), next to the actual Bandstand (which is currently closed). The Town of Lunenburg asks everyone to stay off of the structure for safety reasons.
We have shared biographical information on some of our headline artists in previous editions of Folk Lines. Here, we highlight the two closing acts on Sunday, August 11: James Keelaghan and The Ennis Sisters
James Keelaghan
James Keelaghan is a singer-songwriter with a remarkable ability to bring stories to life through songs; he crafts songs that are compelling, evocative, and sometimes heartbreaking. Dave Marsh of Rolling Stone puts it simply, calling James “Canada’s finest songwriter”. Indeed, James won a JUNO for his 1993 recording, My Skies, and won first prize (folk category) in the Annual USA Songwriting Competition in 2003. Always a welcome Folk Harbour performer, James has made four previous Festival appearances dating back to 1991.
The Ennis Sisters have become Folk Harbour favourites since their first Festival appearance in 2014. With Celtic and traditional Newfoundland influences, Maureen, Karen, and Teresa are known for their captivating sibling harmonies and their powerful, often humorous storytelling. Their music offers a broad mixture of original songs as well as uniquely interpreted tunes and ballads. They have won a JUNO, a SOCAN, and multiple East Coast Music Association and Music NL awards.
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).
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Folk Harbour’s Summer Series ~ Music by the sea!
Folk Harbour’s free, open-air summer series, formerly known as “Saturdays in the Park” will be going ahead this year under the name “Folk Harbour Summer Series ~ Music by the sea!” This change reflects the location for the concerts this summer, given the closure of the Bandstand by the Town of Lunenburg.
This series is being presented in partnership with the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic, with concerts taking place next to the museum which is located at 68 Bluenose Drive. There is limited seating at the venue so you are encouraged to bring your own chairs.
stage and museum
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Folk Harbour’s tag line has long been “Music by the sea!” and this summer, that will definitely be the case!
Join us on Saturdays from 2 to 3 pm by the water. In case of inclement weather, the concerts move to the Lunenburg Opera House, 290 Lincoln St.
June 29: All Mother – Yarmouth-based indie-folk-rock trio
July 6: Blessing Tangban – Nigerian singer-songwriter-guitarist based in Halifax
July 13: Carolina East – soul, country, and pop songstress from NL
July 20: JJ Roots – captivating NS folk duo
July 27: Raine Hamilton String Trio – Manitoba trio that sounds like a string quartet + Sarah Harmer + Joni Mitchell
August 3: Braden Lam – ECMA-nominated indie singer-songwriter from Halifax
August 17: Dahlia Ave – Celtic-Acadian folk band from NB
August 24: Dylan Menzie – folk-rock-pop singer-songwriter from PEI
August 31: Corbies – Eilidh Campbell (fiddler) and Andy Webster (guitar and bouzouki) share traditional Scottish tunes, innovative covers, and originals
September 7: Freya Millikin – winner of Music NB’s 2023 Song of the Year
Our summer studentsFolk Harbour has two hard-working and highly capable students working in the office this summer. They will be doing a lot of work behind the scenes to help our audience have a great Festival experience.
Gabrielle Welch joins Folk Harbour for the first time this summer and is eager to engage with the world of folk music. She returns to her second summer in Lunenburg, having completed her first year studying Media and Creative Industries at the UK’s University of Warwick. Find her in the office preparing performer packages, social media posts, and battling with WordPress.
Olivia Chaput is happy to return to the Folk Harbour staff after her first year of university, where she studied literature and philosophy in the Foundation Year Program at King’s College. She loves folk music and can’t wait to help make another festival run as smoothly as possible.If you ever need Olivia’s help with anything, you can find her in the main office, where she works on organising performer services, and planning and logistical support for many other parts of the festival.
Summer is officially here! Plan to take in some of Folk Harbour’s terrific musical offerings in the coming months.