|VOLUME 20 #3|
|This edition of Folk Lines shares the exciting news of our spring Weekends at the Opera House lineup, gives updates about Folk Fiesta!, and acknowledges the retirement of long-time Folk Harbour bookkeeper, Marilyn Zinowki.|
|Folk Fiesta!: March 26Folk Fiesta! is planned for March 26, 2022 as a songwriters’ circle featuring Dave Gunning, Terra Spencer, and Cassie and Maggie. Biographies were provided in the February edition of Folk Lines.The concert will take place at the Lunenburg Opera House at 7:30 pm.|
|Folk Fiesta! detailsSince our last newsletter, the government of Nova Scotia has accelerated its phased reopening, such that it is expected that there will not be any gathering limits by the time of Folk Fiesta!Therefore we are releasing more tickets. We will sell up to 150 seats in the 300-seat theatre, so there will still be some room for distancing as we get used to the new regulations.|
|Tickets for Folk Fiesta!Tickets for Folk Fiesta! are available through Ticketpro (1-888 311-9090) and the Folk Harbour office (125 Montague St., Lunenburg, 902 634-3180). Tickets are $35 (taxes included), and $17.50 for those 25 years and under.|
|COVID- 19 Prevention Plan for Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society EventsThe Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society has been carefully monitoring all public health requirements as mandated by the Government of Canada and the Province of Nova Scotia, with the goal of keeping our audience members, volunteers, staff, and performers safe.|
|We have just updated our COVID-19 Safety Plan as the province of Nova Scotia enters Phase 3 of the COVID-19 re-opening plan.|
Details for our Indoor Events
• Masks are strongly encouraged at all times.
• Volunteers who interact with the public will be required to wear a mask while performing their duties.
• The emcee will inform the audience at the start of the show of the COVID-19 protocols in place.
• Hand sanitizer will be available at the entry.
• The venue will be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
Hand hygiene signage is posted in the washrooms.
• There will be no food/drink available to the audience.
• Tickets are refundable up until the time of the show and ticket holders will be encouraged to stay home if they’re not feeling well.
• If gathering limits are reinstated, tickets will be refunded starting with the most recent purchased until the allowable number is reached.
• Green room access is limited to the performer(s).
Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022We are thrilled to announce our lineup for
Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022The theme for this series is a Celebration of Diversity, and we have a wonderfully diverse, enormously entertaining slate of musicians for this series.
|April 8 and 9: Cape Breton Proud|
|Ashley MacIsaacMadison Violet|
|April 8: Ashley MacIsaac|
Ashley MacIsaac’s remarkable career started in the 1990s when he exploded onto the music scene with his groundbreaking style of Cape Breton fiddle music. He has released 14 albums and has sold over 500,000 copies of his recordings. After many years touring the world, he still plays the fiddle with an authenticity, passion, and intensity that is undeniable.
April 9: Madison Violet
Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern are Madison Violet, a duo of singer-songwriters, who find inspiration in the endless roads and changing landscapes of their journeys. They create music inspired by their Cape Breton roots, while continuously exploring new sounds.
|April 22 and 23: Mi’kmaw and Mohawk Traditions|
|Morgan Toney (R) and Keith Mullins (L)Julian Taylor|
|April 22: Morgan Toney and Keith Mullins|
Morgan Toney is a singer-songwriter and a fiddler from Wagmatcook First Nation. Since starting to play fiddle just a few years ago, Morgan has been able to invigorate the Atlantic music and Mi’kmaq communities by bringing together the fiery fiddling of Cape Breton Island with old songs of the Mi’kmaq. He calls this fusion “Mi’kmaltic” and it’s his way of celebrating his language and heritage. Keith Mullins is an acclaimed percussionist, guitarist, vocalist, and producer who is known to bring out the best in fellow musicians. He has been an active member of the East Coast music scene for over twenty-five years.
April 23: Julian Taylor
Julian Taylor is a multifaceted musician who is equally at home with a full band, belting out electrified rhythm and blues, as on a folk stage, delivering a captivating solo singer-songwriter set. A staple of the Toronto music scene, Julian draws on his Indigenous (Mohawk) and West Indian heritage, and notes that in both, oral traditions are important to cultural preservation.
|May 6 and 7: Music from the heart and the land|
|Silver Wolf BandAmanda Rheaume|
|May 6: Silver Wolf Band|
Silver Wolf Band is a four-piece, Indigenous folk-pop-rock band from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. Their songs are shaped and informed by family, community, love, and their homeland, and are delivered with stellar musicianship and rich harmony.
May 7: Amanda Rheaume Band
Amanda Rheaume is a singer-songwriter who has managed her own career for over 15 years. She is known for her rootsy, guitar-driven ballads and her pure, warm voice. Amanda is a citizen of the Métis Nation and is an active and proud member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community; a powerful storyteller, her music is both from the heart and the land.
|May 20 and 21: Jazz Vocalists|
|May 20: Zamani|
Zamani is a Halifax-based singer, songwriter, and producer. Coming from a musical family, she has been exposed to an eclectic array of sounds her whole life. Her expressive vocal phasing, melodic improvisation, and rhythmic subtleties show Zamani’s versatility and instrumental approach to the voice.
May 21: Measha Brueggergosman
Measha Brueggergosman’s career effortlessly embraces the broadest array of performance platforms and musical styles and genres. Her opera career has taken her to the most prestigious theatres in the world, but she comes to our Opera House to perform with her jazz trio.
|June 3 and 4: Celebrating Eastern European Roots|
|June 3: Kubasonics|
The Kubasonics call themselves “arguably Newfoundland’s finest Ukrainian band”. This award-winning ensemble combines top-flight musicianship, a dizzying array of exotic traditional instruments, and an eclectic high-energy stage show, with plenty of humour mixed in. The Kubasonics have performed across Canada, Eastern Europe, and the Caribbean, have released six albums, and are frequently featured in regional and national broadcasts.
June 4: Ben Caplan
Ben Caplan has an uncanny ability to channel both wild abandon and quiet introspection. His songwriting pulls from many diverse influences, but both his music and his lyrics regularly draw from his Jewish heritage. Often mixing biblical imagery and klezmer-inflected melodies, Ben re-appropriates ancient sounds and themes with a decidedly contemporary twist.
|Tickets for Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022|
Tickets for our Weekends at the Opera House concerts will go on sale on Tuesday, March 15 at noon Atlantic Time, through Ticketpro (1-888-311-9090, www.ticketpro.ca) and the Folk Harbour Office (902 634-3180, www.folkharbour.com). Individual concert tickets range from $25 to $55 (50% discount for those 25 years and under). Details will be on the Ticketpro and Folk Harbour websites on March 15.
FundersCanada Council for the ArtsWe acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the
Arts / Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son
soutien.Generous funding from this souce has allowed us to present
Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2022: A Celebration of
Music Nova ScotiaMusic Nova Scotia is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1989 with a mandate to encourage the creation, development, growth, and promotion of Nova Scotia’s music industry.Music Nova Scotia provided funding to help us present Morgan Toney & Keith Mullins, Zamani, Measha Brueggergosman, and Ben Caplan.
Festival 2022The lineup for the 37th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival will be revealed at Folk Fiesta! on March 26!!The Festival will take place from August 4 to 7, 2022.
|Festival passes are on sale at the Early Bird price of $160.00 for four full days of music! The sale price stays in effect until April 15. On April 16 and until the Festival – or until they’re sold out – passes will be available at the regular price of $175. Note that those 25 years old and under get 50% off the regular prices.|
Marilyn enjoying a post-Festival vacation, sporting Folk Harbour sunglasses!Marilyn ZinowkiWe would be remiss in this edition of Folk Lines if we did not acknowledge the retirement of our bookkeeper, Marilyn Zinowki.Officially, Marilyn’s title was “contract bookkeeper” but the work she did belies that description. She is the very definition of work ethic, and contributed in any way that would benefit the Society. In over six years working for Folk Harbour, she always worked diligently, but it was especially evident in the last two years, as she worked tirelessly to ensure that the Folk Harbour Society would come through the pandemic in the best possible shape. We owe her an enormous debt of gratitude. Anyone who went into the office to buy tickets or to get other information will know that she treated every inquiry in a personable, professional, efficient, and knowledgeable manner. She will be missed by everyone who dealt with her, but we hope to see her at a Weekends at the Opera House show or a Festival gospel concert in the near future! From all of us at the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society, we thank Marilyn for her tremendous service and wish her a happy retirement.
|There is so much great music coming up this spring! Plan to attend Folk Fiesta! and/or our spring series concerts.|