One of the highlights of every summer for my family is attending the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, which takes place in a stunning setting and features music from all over the world. This will be the 27th year of the VFF, and the lineup looks stunning – we’ll see you there!
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Ok here it is – the line up for the 27th Vancouver Folk Music Festival -
16-18 July 2004.
(D) indicates a VFMF debut
# indicates a participant in The Collaboratory
Marc Atkinson Trio (BC)
Brilliant acoustic improvisations from the Django-global-anything-goes
string masters from Vancouver Island.
Gorgeous grooves on the trans-cultural frontier, weaving ancient traditions
with a very modern attitude.
The Backstabbers (Ontario)
Old country is the new ‘new country’! The ‘Stabbers serve up a heapin’
helpin’ of old-time country string music.
Geoff Berner (BC)
Not just another lucky buckaroo with an accordion, one of Vancouver’s
finest songwriters finally flies solo on the beach.
Eric Bibb (Sweden)
The spirit, the blues and a whole lot more woven into songs that will
soothe your soul.
The Bills (BC) (formerly the Bill Hilly Band)
An encore chance to dance with BC’s high-powered acoustic adventurers.
Jim Byrnes Acoustic Band (BC)
One of Canada’s finest voices has a new acoustic groove, some good ol’
blues and some great new tunes.
Martin Carthy (England)
A master of English traditional song and one of the great innovators on
Bruce Cockburn (Ontario)
One of Canada’s most passionate and gifted artists returns to the Festival
after 26 years.
Creaking Tree String Quartet (Ontario)
New acoustics from Toronto, with picking and bowing as sweet as a sunny sea
Steve Dawson, Jesse Zubot and friends (BC)
Two of Vancouver’s finest musical imaginations are back to spin a little
magic with some of their musical fellow travellers. #
Mercan Dede (Québec / Turkey)
A 21st century dervish, blending acoustic virtuosity on ancient Turkish
instruments and the rhythms of the rave in a transcendental groove (Friday
& Saturday only). (D)
The Duhks (Manitoba)
A roots riot with fresh prairie attitude, blending Celtic and mountain
roots into new Canadian music.
The working songs of Marseille, brought to life with a passion . and an
oud, a hurdy-gurdy, bass and drums. (D) #
Hamza El Din (USA)
A master of the oud, a great composer and a trans-cultural pioneer for more
than 40 years. (D)
Fiamma Fumana (Italy)
Deep beats with deep roots, in ancient songs and melodies from working
women’s lives in northern Italy. (D)
Filippo Gambetta (Italy)
Beautiful melodic improv and interpretations of Italian melodies on
melodeon, guitar and bass. #
Dick Gaughan (Scotland)
One of the most passionate and committed interpreters of traditional and
James Graham (Scotland)
This year’s Young Celtic Tradition Award winner brings the pipes and the
old Gaelic songs to Jericho. (D)
Janis Ian (USA)
One of America’s most timeless and outspoken troubadours is finally at the
John and the Sisters (Ontario)
Brand new blues from the heart of Toronto, with a passion and power that
takes no prisoners (featuring Kevin Breit and the Sisters Euclid). (D) #
A beautiful voice, a 21st century cello and an amazing musical imagination
in an encore performance (Friday & Saturday only). #
Martyn Joseph (Wales)
A Festival favourite returns, with enough faith, anger and compassion to
fill every heart in the park.
Enoch Kent (Ontario)
A one-man folk revival, from early days in Glasgow with Ewan MacColl
through life in Canada as a workin’ chap and artist. (D)
Marian Rose Community Dance Project (BC)
Your chance to learn just how much fun it is to dance, together.
Kim Sinh (Vietnam)
Stunning string music created on the Vietnamese guitar by one of Viet Nam’s
venerated musical treasures. (D) #
Kaki King (USA)
An amazing young composer and guitarist who creates unforgettable music. (D)
Patty Larkin (USA)
Deep grooves and poetry from this stunning guitarist, singer and songwriter.
Leaky Heaven Circus (BC)
Expect to be surprised by the Festival debut of one of Vancouver’s most
creative, best-loved ensembles. (D)
Raghu Lokanathan (BC)
A special debut performance by a true BC original, with songs to make you
smile and sing along. (D)
Los de Abajo (Mexico)
Stirring up reggae, ragga, dub, rock, salsa, cumbia, cha cha cha and
merengue, singing the lives of “those from below” in Mexico. (D)
Lynn McGown and Michael Pratt (BC)
Two of the leaders in Vancouver’s folk music community creating real
Ellen McIlwaine (Alberta)
One of this country’s great singers and one of the acoustic guitarists who
pioneered trans-cultural music. #
Rory McLeod (Scotland)
The return of the one-man festival, a musical spirit as big as the park. #
New Word Order (BC / USA)
Ultra-fresh spoken word by a posse of friends from last summer and new
voices from away, brought to you by Ivan E. Coyote.
The return of one of the most revered figures in folk music, who’s amazing
voice has been ringing out for freedom and beauty for generations.
Kelly Joe Phelps (USA)
An artist whose music goes from Saturday night to Sunday morning. #
Utah Phillips (USA)
Guts and attitude . with a long-term window on our world and what we can do
A chance to catch up with Vancouver’s ever-evolving acoustic sisters of
Rizwan-Muazzam Qawalli (Pakistan)
The next generation in this beautiful ancient music, led by the nephews of
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. (D)
Oliver Schroer and Twisted String (BC)
One of Canada’s great fiddlers and composers brings some of the next
generation of BC fiddlers to the stage. #
The return of the crazed Scottish folkadelic beat masters, ready to set you
Tons of Fun University (T.O.F.U.) (BC / USA)
C.R. Avery, Shane L. Koyczan & Mike McGee hit the evening stage with a
special presentation created for this weekend! (D)
Under the Volcano (BC / Ontario)
Ninety more minutes of musical truth and light, brought to you by a fine
festival that knows where to find it.
The Wailin’ Jennys (Manitoba)
Three great singers and songwriters creating some of the most timeless new
folk music in the Canada.
War Party with Kinnie Starr (Alberta / BC)
Hip hop messages of truth and reconciliation in a quest for change and one
of Vancouver’s musical pioneers. (D)
Warsaw Village Band (Poland)
Fevered, hard-core acoustic music, a radical return to the deep traditions
of Poland. (D)
Nancy White (Ontario)
One of Canada’s best known songwriters and host of Ain’t No Cure For Love,
our tribute to Leonard Cohen.