The 34 Annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival was - like the host city itself - wonderfully engaging. For 3 days (and nights) St. John’s, Bannerman Park came alive with a cast of thousands, artists and enthusiasts – diverse in talents and united in purpose – to celebrate music.
The name ‘folk’ festival may imply a certain singularity of sound, but that was hardly the case. With singers and songwriters and musicians from all over the Atlantic Provinces and Great Britain, those just starting out and those reuniting after decades apart, it was a veritable cornucopia of creation. Workshops on instrumental technique, oral traditions, step dancing and more allowed the festival goers to get in on the action and learn from the greats. The Neil Murray Stage showcases the emerging artists, while the main stage allowed the more seasoned performers to entertain the filled field of fans. There truly was something for everyone – be sure to take in the 35th edition, and the 36th, and the 37th, and....SABS
For more information of the Folk Arts Society and upcoming events visit www.nlfolk.com