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Folk Arts Council announces filled festival lineup

The summer festival season is near. As proof, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Council announced the lineup for the 2008 folk festival Thursday evening.

The festival takes place Aug. 8-10 in Bannerman Park in downtown St. John's.

Among the main stage performers this year are Shanneyganock, Figgy Duff, Graham Wells and Chain Rock, The Idlers, The 8-Track Favourites and The Roger Howse Band.

Shanneyganock will be among the acts playing this summer's Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, Aug. 8-10 in Bannerman Park in St. John's. Submitted photo

The summer festival season is near. As proof, the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Council announced the lineup for the 2008 folk festival Thursday evening.

The festival takes place Aug. 8-10 in Bannerman Park in downtown St. John's.

Among the main stage performers this year are Shanneyganock, Figgy Duff, Graham Wells and Chain Rock, The Idlers, The 8-Track Favourites and The Roger Howse Band.

"We're trying to pack things in there and give people a big variety," says council president Anita Best of this year's lineup.

This year the festival will also incorporate a few new events into the mix, including the "Morning Sessions" which entails traditional singers, storytellers, dancers and instrumentalists carrying out themed performances.

Also new to the festival is "Homemade Jam," an interactive workshop where participants are given the opportunity to sing, dance or play along with various traditional musicians from the main stage lineup.

"People will get the chance to participate. It'll be an unplugged session," explains Best.

The Neil Murray Stage will feature some of Newfoundland's best young talent, she adds.

"We're probably the only (folk festival) in Canada where kids get to perform. One of the mandates of the Folk Arts Council is to encourage the transmission of tradition. We want to pass it on to the next generation because if we don't, who will?"

This year's lineup is a bit shuffled, explains Best, in that the past format of shifting from the more tranquil acts to the upbeat music as each day progresses will be altered.

"We want people in the park for 6:30 p.m.," she explains. "We don't want them to wait 'til 9 p.m."

The Mahers Bahers (pronounced Mars Bars), for example, will kick off the Saturday afternoon session of the festival.

"They're a fabulous, high-energy Newfoundland band," says Best.

Closing out Saturday night are blues act The Roger Howse Band, The Idlers, with their contagious blend of funk and ska, and the 8-Track Favourites, a combination Best says should make for a fun evening.

"If you happen to have a moon or a nice night, people will be dancing," she says.

This year, the evening sessions will begin at 6:15 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, an earlier time than previous years' 7 p.m. starts.

Tickets for the 32nd Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival will go on sale within the next few weeks.

Check the festival's website, www.nlfolk.com, for ticket and event information, including details on the workshops and the full main stage schedule.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Council

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Bannerman Park, St. John's Canada

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    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    Friday evening, August 8
    Opening ceremonies and Ode to Newfoundland
    Mike Hanrahan
    Lifetime Achievement Award: Don Randall and Ted Blanchard
    North Atlantic Fiddle Convention Final Performance:
    -Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
    -Erynn Marshall and Dave Clarke
    The Duane Andrews Quartet
    Andy Irvine
    Gulliver's Spree
    Ron Hynes
    The Masterless Men

    Saturday Afternoon, Aug 9
    The Mahers Bahers
    Danny Mills and Charlotte Ann Malechewski
    Roy Johnston
    Folk of Conception Bay North
    The Myricks
    Eventide
    Folk of Bay St. George

    Saturday Evening, August 9
    Songwriters' Circle (Coleen Power, Lindsay Ferguson, Blair Harvey, Amelia Curran)
    The Forgotten Bouzouki
    Seamus Creagh and Matt Cranitch
    A Crowd of Bold Sharemen
    Le Vent Du Nord
    The Roger Howse Band
    The Idlers
    The 8-Track Favourites

    Sunday Afternoon, August 10
    Se'tA'newey First Nation Choir
    Pierre Schreyer
    Jerome Epstein
    Art Stoyles & Friends
    John Clarke and the Rosalines
    Allan Ricketts and Hugh Scott
    The Dardanelles
    The Folk of Labrador

    Sunday Evening August 10

    Amelia Curran
    Sons of Erin
    Curtis Andrews and Nuno Cristo
    The Lori Cooper Band
    Sylvia Tyson
    Figgy Duff
    Graham Wells and Chain Rock
    Shanneyganock

    Keep checking http://www.nlfolk.com to find out more about the Morning Sessions, the Neil Murray Stage, and Homemade Jam!
    Schedule isn't posted yet.

  • S
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Friday evening, August 8
    Opening ceremonies and Ode to Newfoundland
    Mike Hanrahan
    Lifetime Achievement Award: Don Randall and Ted Blanchard
    North Atlantic Fiddle Convention Final Performance:
    -Nancy Kerr and James Fagan
    -Erynn Marshall and Dave Clarke
    The Duane Andrews Quartet
    Andy Irvine
    Gulliver's Spree
    Ron Hynes
    The Masterless Men

    Saturday Afternoon, Aug 9
    The Mahers Bahers
    Danny Mills and Charlotte Ann Malechewski
    Roy Johnston
    Folk of Conception Bay North
    The Myricks
    Eventide
    Folk of Bay St. George

    Saturday Evening, August 9
    Songwriters' Circle (Coleen Power, Lindsay Ferguson, Blair Harvey, Amelia Curran)
    The Forgotten Bouzouki
    Seamus Creagh and Matt Cranitch
    A Crowd of Bold Sharemen
    Le Vent Du Nord
    The Roger Howse Band
    The Idlers
    The 8-Track Favourites

    Sunday Afternoon, August 10
    Se'tA'newey First Nation Choir
    Pierre Schreyer
    Jerome Epstein
    Art Stoyles & Friends
    John Clarke and the Rosalines
    Allan Ricketts and Hugh Scott
    The Dardanelles
    The Folk of Labrador

    Sunday Evening August 10

    Amelia Curran
    Sons of Erin
    Curtis Andrews and Nuno Cristo
    The Lori Cooper Band
    Sylvia Tyson
    Figgy Duff
    Graham Wells and Chain Rock
    Shanneyganock

    Keep checking http://www.nlfolk.com to find out more about the Morning Sessions, the Neil Murray Stage, and Homemade Jam!
    Schedule isn't posted yet.