Folk Fest Schedule Available

By Winnipeg Folk Festival

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Festival-goers can now plan their whole Winnipeg Folk Festival experience. In addition to the Main Stage schedules previously released, this year's daytime, children's and Firefly Place (alternative evening stage) schedules are now available on the Festival website,

Programming at the daytime stages start at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 6, Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8.

Friday's daytime stage highlights include the Young Performers Program, all day on the Bur Oak Stage; concerts by legendary bluesman Robert Belfour, renowned songwriter Vic Chesnutt, and Zappa-tastic The Grande Mothers; and a Neil Young tribute by Sisters Euclid.

Some of Saturday's daytime offerings are concerts by the Sadies and Son Volt; a Klezmer concert with Rubinchik's Yiddish Ensemble; and workshops in instrumental guitar, steel guitar, and percussion.

On Sunday, hear the ever-popular morning gospel workshop, this year with the fabulous Holmes Brothers, Ruthie Foster and Manitoba's own House of Doc. Other Sunday highlights: "The Danes Are Here!," a workshop with Danish groups Zar, Karen & Helene, and Haugaard & Høirup; a French-Canadian workshop with Les Batinses and La Raquette à Claquettes; and concerts by Inuit throat-singer Tagaq, and old favourites like Jesse Winchester, Mike Seeger and Ferron.

The Family Area and Chickadee Big Top children's tent offer daytime magic shows, mural art workshops with Graffiti Gallery, circus activities, storytelling, crafts (including instrument making) and performances by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, The Funky Mamas, Flyin' Bob and more.

Bring your instruments to the Folk School Tent and learn from the masters. Participate in workshops in Celtic guitar, bodhran, 4-string banjo, vocalization, songwriting, Celtic fiddle, and harmonica with the likes of Ed Boyd and John Joe Kelly from Celtic superstar group Flook, and Maori singer Mihirangi. Saturday, learn how to make your own washboard-and-jug band with Andew Queen.

In the evening, the Firefly Palace provides an alternative to the Main Stage show. Chill out to Canadian hip-hop group T.O.F.U. (Tons of Fun University), Mark de Clive-Lowe, Globesonic Sound System or That 1 Guy. Dancers, overhead projections and video complete the ambience.

Of course, these highlights can only capture a tiny fraction of the constant, diverse, eclectic and ever-surprising performances and activities of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Complete schedules are available on our website,

Advance prices are in effect until June 30 for weekend passes (adult $140, 10% less than gate) and single-day tickets (adult $54).

There are still some camping passes available, but they are expected to sell out before the Festival. Camping passes are $30.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster, 1-888-655-5354, or in Winnipeg at the Festival Music Store on Bannatyne at Albert.

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