After a brief repose from the flurry of folk activity at Winnipeg Folk Festival, local bands pack up and play again, this time at the small but mighty Brandon Folk and Art Festival! Celebrating its 28th year this weekend from July 20 – 22 at the Keystone Centre Park, complete with camping, local hand-made art, poetry workshops, and visual art installations, the real big draw is the mainstage.
"Music is how we know ourselves and one another," says Jen Delos Reyes
That quote opens the description of Manitoba Folkways, a new collection of music from the keystone province undertaken by interdisciplinary artists Delos Reyes and Kerri-Lynn Reeves. Taking inspiration from famed American folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax and the influential Folkways record label, the pair headed out to four locations in Manitoba to do field recordings of the music of the people last spring.
The result is a three-volume audio portrait of Manitoba, performed by a diverse group of Manitoba artists including not only professional recording acts but also people with little or no professional music background, recorded live off the floor, background.