The Calgary Folk Music Festival Gets Ready To Welcome Beirut, Iron And Wine, And More

posted July 24, 2012

The Calgary Folk Music Festival Gets Ready To Welcome Beirut, Iron And Wine, And More

Located on Prince’s Island Park—a forested retreat nestled on an island in the heart of downtown Calgary—Calgary Folk Music Festival welcomes an eclectic array of musicians from around the globe, uniting marquee artists, local favorites, history makers and innovators. Featuring performers from countries including but not limited to Canada, USA, Mozambique, Scotland, Mexico, Spain and Ghana, the festival takes a refreshingly broad-ranging vision of what defines folk music. In fact, a quick glance at the artists page should clue you in to the fact that this is not the folk festival of yesteryear. Rather, these are artists with varied sounds that span the full spectrum of what defines roots and folk music.

The Festival’s programming format, lovingly referred to by festival-goers as a series of “arranged marriages,” creates rare opportunities for artists to meet and collaborate. These collaborative sessions group seemingly disparate artists by themes, inspiring once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for audiences and artists alike. For example, 2011 found Bonnie Prince Billy playing with Dick Gaughan and Lightning Dust. Meanwhile, in the 2010 incarnation of the festival, audiences where treated to the unexpectedly brilliant collaboration of Burning Hell, Man Man and Frank Turner. And no one in attendance will soon forget the incendiary pairing of Kid Koala and Arrested Development in 2009.

Ever aware, The Festival’s eco policies are second-to-none, feeding 1700 volunteers and artists organic and locally sourced meals, composting across the site, and providing free water to all patrons while disallowing the sale of bottled water. In 2011 the Festival was rewarded for their efforts with A Greener Festival (UK) Award. Impressive as always, The Calgary Music Festival is primed for continued success this year, so be sure to get your tickets in advance for this unique, stellar 4-day event.


JULY 26-29 2012
Beirut, Iron and Wine, Jeff Mangum,
Whitehorse, Junior Brown, Rural Alberta Advantage, Randy Newman, Serena Ryder, Justin Townes Earle, Sam Baker, and more