May 22, 2024 / by Folk Harbour / No Comments
Folk Lines newsletter from the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society.

VOLUME 22 #5

This edition of Folk Lines celebrates our spring series to date and shines the spotlight on the remaining two concerts. We provide an update on our popular summer series, Saturdays in the Park, and continue to highlight musicians slated to play at the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. We also have information on our music scholarship program, the Jim Pittman awards.

Weekends at the Opera House

Our spring series is well underway, with two concerts remaining (described below). The concerts to date have been highly entertaining and have proven the joy of experiencing live music. Photos from some of these concerts are at the end of this newsletter. General information about the series and venue can be found below.

Weekend #5—Gina Burgess (Friday, May 24) and Carleton Stone (Saturday, May 25)

Internationally recognized artist Gina Burgess is a multi-genre violinist, composer, educator, and musician wellness facilitator. Gina was a member of the Iqaluit-based band The Jerry Cans and the jazz group Gypsophilia. At the ECMAs earlier this month, Gina’s song, “Anuri”, won in the Multi-genre / fusion category. Here is the video of that award-winning song.

Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)

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. Carleton is increasingly getting accolades for his songwriting, including being nominated as the ECMA’s 2024 Songwriter of the Year, where he was in some elite company. Here is Carleton’s video for “Fences”, co-written with Kayleigh O’Connor.

Tickets: $25 ($12.50 for those 25 years and under)

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.

● We ask audience members to be mindful of the scents they wear. The chemicals used in scented products can make some people sick, especially those with fragrance sensitivities, asthma, allergies, and other medical conditions.

39th annual Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival: August 8 to 11, 2024

We shared the Folk Harbour Festival’s Main Stage schedule in a previous edition of Folk Lines. Biographical information on all our performers will be shared in the coming months.

For now, we will highlight the two closing acts on Saturday, August 10: Julian Taylor and Celeigh Cardinal

Julian Taylor has established himself as one of Canada’s greatest troubadours. His 2020 recording, The Ridge, resonated deeply with listeners; it got him JUNO Award nominations, earned him a Canadian Folk Music Award, and gave him a spot on the prestigious Polaris Music Prize list. Julian’s 2022 recording, Beyond the Reservoir, is highly personal, filled with vulnerability, perseverance, love, and hope. Julian appeared in our 2022 Weekends at the Opera House series, showing his remarkable ability to deliver songs that touch the souls of listeners.

Celeigh Cardinal is a musician with a commanding stage presence. She uses her strong vocals and her seamless blend of humour and vulnerability to captivate audiences. Celeigh has also captured the attention of critics, with awards and nominations from the JUNOs, CBC Music Awards, and Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2020, she won the JUNO Award for Indigenous Artist of the Year. The Edmonton, AB singer-songwriter’s music has charted on the Indigenous Music Countdown and the CBC Music Top 20 Countdown. Celeigh has two full-length albums to date: Everything and Nothing at All (2017) and Stories from a Downtown Apartment (2019), with a new recording, Boundless Possibilities, set to drop this year.

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).

Buy Festival 2024 passes and tickets

Saturdays in the Park

Folk Harbour’s Program Committee has put together a terrific lineup for our free, open-air, summer series, Saturdays in the Park. We have recently found out from the Town of Lunenburg that the Bandstand is temporarily closed for safety reasons, with no timeline for its reopening.

Our series WILL take place as follows, with the location to be determined.

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: Sophia Lukacs – Budapest born, Montreal-based artist who plays the kora, a West African instrument that combines features of the harp and lute
September 7: Freya Millikin – winner of Music NB’s 2023 Song of the Year

2024 Jim Pittman Music Scholarships

Folk Harbour’s Jim Pittman Music Scholarship program offers funding toward private music lessons for students in grades 4 to 12 in Lunenburg County.

Applications are due on May 31, but the process is simple and should only take students a few minutes to apply. More information about the scholarships can be found on the Folk Harbour website and the application form can be downloaded here. If you know a young person who could benefit from funding toward music lessons, please let them know about these awards.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Pittman family, in honour of Jim and Audrey Pittman.

Jim Pittman

Jim Pittman was one of the founders of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival. He was a poet and songwriter and called himself the “Singing Cook”. We are proud to carry on his legacy by supporting young people pursuing private music lessons in Lunenburg County.

We will finish this edition of Folk Lines with photos from some remarkable concerts:
1) Dave and Jud Gunning (Kerry Jarvis photo), 2) Erin Costelo in the “Small of My Heart Songwriters’ Circle” (Kerry Jarvis photo), 3) Kellie Loder (Kerry Jarvis photo), and 4) The Once (Garry Woodcock photo). What a joy it is to experience live music!

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