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43rd annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival plays on through sun and rain


ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

Some say it wouldn’t be the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival without at least a sprinkling of rain.

Friday night, festival-goers danced to music, peeping out from plastic ponchos, tents and umbrellas.

On Saturday, the music played on under mostly sunny skies. Even an afternoon downpour didn’t stop children from dancing near the TD Canada Main Stage during Norman Foote’s performance.

A diverse range of folk music filled Bannerman Park throughout the three-day event that also spread out over the grounds with several themed tents, such as the instrumental tent and the oral traditions tent.

There was throat singing with The Jerry Cans, Sophie Angnatok, Tama Fost and The Blake Sisters, and salsa dancing with Prafull Sharma and Stacey Bicet Rodriguez.

There were gospel hymns with Linda Byrne, Mark Manning, Selby Mesher and Kaia Kater, and a complete line-up of francophone artists in the L’Espace Franco tent on Saturday and Sunday.

The main stage saw over 20 performances ranging from headlining act Tim Baker to young artists with the Newfound Talent Contest.

More than music, the festival also included roughly 20 vendors with food, crafts, merchandise, and information.

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