Mar 24, 2023 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
VOLUME 21 #3
This edition of Folk Lines continues to highlight our spring concerts and our plans for announcing the 2023 Folk Harbour Festival lineup. We also share information regarding hiring summer students, and give a link for purchasing passes for the 2023 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival.
Folk Harbour Festival lineup announcement
There is much anticipation about the lineup for this year’s Folk Harbour Festival. The Main Stage artists have all been contracted and the evening schedule is complete. The lineup and the Main Stage schedule will be released at our concert on March 24.See below for more details about all our spring concerts.
Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2023
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We are getting close to the start of this exciting series !All concerts take place at 7:30 pm (with doors opening at 6:45 pm) at the Lunenburg Opera House290 Lincoln St., Lunenburg. Ticket prices range from $15 to $45. Ticket information for the entire series can be found here, and individual ticket links are given below. Tickets can also be purchased through the Folk Harbour office (125 Montague St., Lunenburg, (902) 634-3180, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 am to 4 pm) or by calling Ticketpro at 1-888-311-9090.Ticket prices include taxes!
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Weekend #1: March 24 and 25
The series begins with a weekend full of Nova Scotian musicians and includes the announcement of the 2023 Folk Harbour Festival lineup!
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Friday, March 24: Joel PlaskettSOLD OUT
Joel Plaskett is a favourite son of Lunenburg and is the perfect artist to kick off our series. An enormously talented songsmith, Joel has written songs that have become East Coast anthems. On stage, Joel’s live shows are always engaging and entertaining.
Saturday, March 25: Songwriters’ Circle with Terra Spencer, The Gilberts, and Braden Lam 2
Nova Scotian funeral director-turned-songwriter Terra Spencer has wasted no time in creating a catalogue of songs that marry fingerstyle guitar, gospel piano, and her butterscotch voice, all delivered with humour and warmth. Terra is a generous collaborator who shines in settings such as songwriters’ circles.
Siblings Frieden, Reuben, and Maisie are The Gilberts, a multi-award winning contemporary folk trio based in the Annapolis Valley. They bring vibrant three-part harmonies, soulful lyricism, and melodious alchemy to their original songs and their innovative covers.
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Described as “Nova Scotia’s emerging songwriting sensation” by Grid City Magazine, Braden Lam blends authentic songwriting with modern indie flare. Nominated for Song of the Year by the East Coast Music Association, Braden has an EP, Strange Paradise, set for release in April.
Tickets for the Songwriters’ Circle are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under).
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Weekend #2: April 14 and 15
A duo of duos, showing the power of musical partnerships.
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Friday, April 14: Pillow Fite
Pillow Fite is an alt-folk group from Halifax consisting of Art Ross (they/them) and Aaron Green (he/him). Their vastly different musical approaches complement each other to produce sweet yet biting songs about road trips, queer love, and mental health.
Here is Pillow Fite’s video for “Half Moon”.
Tickets are $15 ($7.50 for those 25 years and under).
Saturday, April 15: The Small Glories
Cara Luft and JD Edwards make up the roots powerhouse duo, The Small Glories. While both are established artists with previous projects of their own, this partnership lets Cara and JD’s vocal harmonies soar, as their strings (banjo and guitar) work perfectly together. The result is music that is uplifting and full of energy. Check out the harmonies and musicianship in this video, “Time Wanders On”, from the Folk Alley Sessions.
Tickets are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under).
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Weekend #3: April 28 and 29
This weekend showcases the joys of performing with musical friends and musical family.
Friday, April 28: Charlie A’Court, Lloyd Spiegel and Suzie Vinnick
Canadians Suzie Vinnick and Charlie A’Court join forces with Australian Lloyd Spiegel to bring their “International Roots ‘n’ Blues Kitchen Party” to the stage.
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L to R: Charlie A’Court, Suzie Vinnick, Lloyd Spiegel
Charlie, Suzie, and Lloyd are all outstanding guitar players, so if you are a guitar / blues aficionado, this is a must-see concert!
Tickets are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under).
Saturday, April 29: The Ennis Sisters
Seasoned performers The Ennis Sisters have performed at the Folk Harbour Festival several times. Each time, they deliver their songs with astonishing sibling harmonies and plenty of humour.
Tickets are $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under).
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Weekend #4: May 12, 13, and 14
Our final weekend of the spring series features a trio of bands that bring a diversity of styles and loads of musicality to our stage.
rum ragged oct2020-39dFriday, May 12: Rum Ragged
With group members hailing from different outports around Newfoundland, it’s no wonder that Rum Ragged has been called “the best the province has to offer” ( The band uses bouzouki, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, guitar, and button accordion to deliver its traditional sound.
Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under).
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Saturday, May 13: Jah’Mila
With a family history steeped in reggae, Jah’Mila has become the beacon for the genre in Atlantic Canada. Her sound captures the electrifying energy of authentic roots reggae music, interlaced with soul, jazz, and R&B.
Tickets are $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under).
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Sunday, May 14: Rawlins Cross
Since forming in the late 1980s, Rawlins Cross has been fusing Celtic traditional music with rock, pop, and worldbeat music. With 11 commercial recordings, including the gold-selling Reel ‘n’ Roll (1993), the band has earned multiple JUNO nominations and won nine East Coast Music Awards.
Tickets are $45 ($22.50 for those 25 years and under).
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Music NSFunders
We acknowledge the support of Music Nova Scotia in helping us bring our province’s musicians to our stage.
Festival 2023: Passes on sale now!
The 38th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival will take place from August 10 to 13, 2023.Early Bird Festival passes are on sale now, for $160. These passes give access to all Festival venues for the four days of the event. This price is in effect until April 15, 2023. Passes at the regular price of $175 will be on sale from April 16 through to the Festival (or until sold out).
Passes can be purchased at the Folk Harbour office, 125 Montague St., Lunenburg, (902) 634-3180. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, from 10 am to 4 pm. Purchases can also be made online through Ticketpro.
We re hiring V.2-1
Summer jobs for students / youth
If you are a student or youth between the ages of 15 and 30* we’d love to hear from you!We’re still accepting applications for summer employment to help us put on the best weekend of live folk music in Nova Scotia – the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival!Visit our website for details and job descriptions.* As per funding requirements. Hiring subject to funding approval.
Spring is on its way and it’s the perfect time to get out to hear some live music!