Folk you Regina!
Get psyched Regina! It’s the greatest time of the year once again, our extremely wonderfully-booked and comparatively-tiny Folk Festival is moving in on the park near my house again!
Live reviews will follow for the next couple of days (mostly the smaller, free shows since I could only afford passes for Friday’s main stage show), but here’s a run-down of where you need to be and when in order to see the acts I’m anticipating most!
For easy reference I’m cribbing from the festival program: free stages are annotated as #1, #2, and #3. The first is in the south-west quadrant of Victoria Park, the second is in the north-east, and the third is actually outside the park on the Scarth Street Mall. Let’s go!
The Ontario songstress is big in Europe (as far as I know) but she’ll be a big presence in Regina this weekend. Check out our review of her debut album, Oh My Darling, right here. One of the best releases of last year and, according to Tanis, she’s a pistol in a live setting.
Free stages: songwriter showcase on “Songs of Home”, 1:30pm Saturday (#3); songwriter showcase on “Travel Songs,” 3:15pm Saturday (#2)
Main stage: Friday, 7:00pm
the Deep Dark Woods
Yeah, these guys are going to be tired by the end of Saturday night. They’re playing THREE shows on the free stages in the afternoon and a teaser set on the main stage and then another full set at the after-party. Seriously, don’t miss these guys. They’re world-class songwriters hiding in our own backyard. More on their latest album Winter Hours in this post.
Free stages: songwriter showcase with Saskatchewan artists, 12:4pm Saturday; songwriter showcase on “Travel Songs,” 3:15pm Saturday; full set, 4:30pm Saturday (#2)
After party: 12:30am Saturday night/Sunday morning, the Legion on Cornwall Street
Main stage: teaser set, 9:10pm Saturday
They may not be telepathic, but as we’re both twins I feel a certain psychic connection to the Lightman sisters (not really). Regardless, these two make sounds that are as creepy as they are beautiful. Mandolin alert!
Free stages: songwriter showcase on “Broken Love Songs”, 4:00pm Saturday (#3); full set, 1:45pm Sunday (#2); songwriter showcase on “Story Songs,” 2:45pm Sunday (#2); songwriter showcase on “Water,” 4:00pm Sunday (#3)
Main stage: teaser set, 6:50pm Saturday
Regina’s version of a hardcore hero turned acoustic troubadour. If you haven’t already he’s worth hearing.
Free stages: full set, 11:30am Saturday (#3); songwriter showcase on “Broken Love Songs”, 4:00pm Saturday (#3); songwriter showcase for local artists, 12:45pm Sunday (#3); songwriter showcase on “Making a Stand,” 2:00pm Sunday (#1)
Main stage: teaser set, 6:50pm Sunday
Iron & Wine
Duh. Come on. Co-headlining Friday night. Check this post for more on Sam Beam, from which you can listen to “Flightless Bird, American Mouth,” the single most-played track we’ve ever featured on this site. Yes, it probably is because of Twilight.
Main stage: Friday, 9:45pm
A wry, tongue-in-cheek singer-songwriter and local musical magnate that doesn’t play often enough for my liking. Emcee on the main stage Saturday, but catch him doing a songwriting showcase on Sunday for nothing at 3:15.
Modesty is a curious thing. It comes to some as second nature, and Andy Shauf is a great example of that. The dude was writing songs for like six years or something before he even bothered to tell anyone. Now he’s got his first LP up for sale across the world and it’s good.
Free stages: songwriter showcase on “Songs of Home”, 1:30pm Saturday (#3); full set, 3:15pm Saturday (#1); songwriter showcase for local artists, 12:45pm Sunday (#3); songwriter showcase on “Making a Stand,” 2:00pm Sunday (#1)
Main stage: teaser set, 9:55pm Sunday
This dude is crazy. He’s a Quebecer that can and has done pretty much everything there is when it comes to music and I’m not exaggerating. He programs MIDI instruments and plays accordion with equal fervor. Free shows: Remix 40 set, 11:30am Saturday (#1); songwriter showcase on “Radio 3 Wishes,” 2:45pm Saturday (#3); songwriter showcase on “Fat Beats and Funky Rhymes,” 11:30am Sunday (#1); songwriter showcase on “Global Electronica,” 4:00pm Sunday (#2); magic show on the kid’s stage, 2:30pm Sunday
Main stage: 8:15pm Sunday
Volcanoless In Canada
One of Saskatchewan’s best-kept secrets. Triple-guitar’d, energetic pop rock that spans a ton of genres. Super-tight! Just released a new album to boot.
Free shows: songwriter showcase for local artists, 12:45pm Saturday (#2); songwriter showcase for local artists, 12:45pm Sunday (#3); full set, 1:45pm Sunday (#3)
My biggest regret! If I could afford to get a weekend pass I would’ve just so I could see these guys. We may not do a talk a lot about reggae on this site but you can’t argue with the legacy of this band.
Main stage: 10:40pm, Saturday
So much awesome! Click on band names for purchasing links!