Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014

Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014 - General

Another Edmonton Folk Music Festival has come and gone for the year. Once it again, the event featured a huge variety of both established and emerging musical artists, from genres not only of folk but World, blues, country, and even a little bit of rock. Here are some of my highlights.

Daniel Lanois - Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014

For me, the highlight of this year's festival was the chance to finally see Daniel Lanois perform live. The legendary producer and composer took a chance by playing some of his newer, electronic experimental sounds. He also played many crowd favourites from his earlier work, such as "Jolie Louise" and an epic, 10 minute version of "The Maker."

James Keelaghan - Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014

Another favourite performer of mine who I just had not yet had the chance to see in concert was James Keelaghan. His rich, mellow voice soared through his songs, several of which were based in Canadian history.

Joe Ely - Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014

A performer I have heard of but was not that familiar with, was Joe Ely. I was captivated by his country-rock, Tex-Mex stylings, and even recognized a couple of songs from my country phase.

Maria Dunn & Lizzy Hoyt - Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014

I was excited that local singer/songwriter Maria Dunn take the stage at the Folk Fest. Her often political lyrics capture much of what folk music used to be about. I especially enjoyed her song about Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for pursuing her education. Maria shared the stage with Canadian Celtic performer Lizzy Hoyt.

African Music Workshop - Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014

An African music workshop featuring Baka Beyond and Alpha Yaya Diallo's West African Summit was as exciting to watch as it was to listen.

African Music Workshop - Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014

Lunasa - Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2014

The Folk Fest always features at least some traditional Irish music, and this year was no exception. Lunasa graced the afternoon main stage on the Saturday.

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