Mar 25, 2024 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
 VOLUME 22 #3
This edition of Folk Lines shines the spotlight on our spring concert series and unveils our Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival Main Stage lineup!
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Weekends at the Opera House, Spring 2024
● 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 (not reserved in advance) but there will be a seat available for every ticket holder
● 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).
● There is no food or drink served at the Opera House. We recommend you bring your own water bottle.
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What an opening concert!! Allison Russell with special guest Aysanabee
The concert series opened in incredible style with GRAMMY winner Allison Russell and special guest Aysanabee. These two artists appeared on our stage while in Nova Scotia for the JUNO Awards. Allison talked about the proven health benefits of experiencing live music, and the joy that was evident in the sold-out house demonstrated that perfectly! It was an uplifting, inspirational, and highly memorable concert.
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Allison Russell and the Rainbow Coalition, Kerry Jarvis photo

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

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J.P. Cormier is a gifted multi-instrumentalist, a talented singer-songwriter, an acclaimed musician, and a supreme entertainer. He has released 17 albums and has penned East Coast classics such as “Kelly’s Mountain” and “The Molly May”.Here is J.P. showing his virtuosity covering Bruce Cockburn’s “Foxglove”.
Tickets: $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under)***

Small of My Heart Songwriters’ Circle featuring Catherine MacLellanErin CosteloLisa MacIsaac, and Kristen Martell.

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Small of My Heart Songwriters’ Circle featuring Catherine MacLellanErin CosteloLisa MacIsaac, and Kristen Martell.
These four acclaimed musicians will be on stage together to 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. Here is Lisa MacIsaac with Madison Violet performing the song that lends its name to the song circle.
Tickets: $55 ($27.50 for those 25 years and under)

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Weekend #3—Quote the Raven (Friday, April 19) and The Once (Saturday, April 20)Quote the Raven
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. Check out their smooth vocal harmonies in this video for “Home is Worth the Blues”.
Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)***
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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 as evidenced in this video for “We Are All Running” from the album Departures.
Tickets: $35 ($17.50 for those 25 years and under)

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Weekend #4—Dave Gunning with special guest Jud Gunning (Friday, May 10) and Kellie Loder with special guest Irish Mythen (Saturday, May 11)

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

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Weekend #5—Gina Burgess (Friday, May 24) and Carleton Stone (Saturday, May 25)Gina-Headshot-square-scaled
Internationally recognized artist Gina Burgess is a multi-genre violinist, composer, and educator. 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)
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Carleton
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)

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39th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival: August 8 to 11, 2024It is with much excitement that we reveal our Main Stage schedule (below). Biographical information on all our performers will be shared in the coming months.

For now, we will highlight the two closing acts on the opening night: Sechile Sedare and Jeremy Dutcher.
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Sechile Sedare is contemporary roots duo featuring sibling songwriters Leela Gilday and Jay Gilday. Sechile Sedare (pronounced ‘seh-chee-leh’ ‘seh-dahr-eh’) means “my younger brother, my older sister” in the Dene language. As is common for sibling groups, their voices blend in perfect harmony as they deliver songs of nostalgia, hope, humour, and reflection.

Jeremy Dutcher
Jeremy Dutcher is a performer, composer, activist, and musicologist. His debut recording, Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa, earned enormous critical acclaim including the 2018 Polaris Music Prize. Jeremey’s most recent release is 2023’s Motewolonuwok.***
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival Main Stage Schedule
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Note that, as with all live presentations, schedules and lineups are subject to change.
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Folk Harbour Festival passes are on sale now!Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival passes are on sale now for $190 ($95 for those 25 years and under). This pass gives access to all venues throughout the four days of the Festival.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).

Buy Festival 2024 passes
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There is so much music planned at the Lunenburg Opera House in the coming months. We hope you will share in the joy of live music by attending some or all of these concerts.