Legendary Performer Odetta Honoured with 2006 Winnipeg Folk Festival Achievement Award
Award will be handed out at the Festival’s annual Winter Wassail, December 7, 2006
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is proud to announce that legendary folk musician Odetta has been named the recipient of the 2006 Winnipeg Folk Festival Achievement Award, to be presented December 7, 2006, at the Festival’s annual Winter Wassail. Odetta will be in attendance to accept the award, and will give a short performance at the event.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival Achievement Award was established to recognize outstanding accomplishment in performance, composition and innovation in folk music, and to recognize a contribution to the continued thriving and public awareness of the genre. Nominees must have performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. The winner is presented with $10,000 and a commemorative award. The two previous winners are Loreena McKennitt (2004) and Bruce Cockburn (2005).
Spanning folk, blues and gospel, Odetta is known as “The Queen of American Folk Music”—a name bestowed by none other than Martin Luther King, Jr.—and her body of work has influenced countless musicians, including Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin.
Odetta’s resumé reads like a history of modern folk music, stretching back to the coffee-houses of 1949 San Francisco, through the blossoming of African-American–influenced popular music in the 1950s, through the civil rights movement—she sang, among other places, at the 1963 March on Washington—right up to the present day. Odetta has never stopped making music, with her most recent album, Gonna Let It Shine, a live concert recording, appearing in 2005.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is thrilled to present Odetta with the Winnipeg Folk Festival Achievement Award. Odetta entertained and inspired audiences at the Winnipeg Folk Festival in 1978, 1981 and 1985.
Odetta will accept the award on Thursday, December 7, 2006, at the Winnipeg Folk Festival Winter Wassail.
The Winter Wassail is the Festival’s annual celebration of the music and revelry that marks the winter season. This year, it takes place at the Winnipeg Convention Centre on December 7, with festivities starting at 5:30. The event includes dinner, live music, a silent auction and the presentation of the Winnipeg Folk Festival Achievement Award.
Tickets are $125. Call the Winnipeg Folk Festival at
(204) 231-0096, for tickets or for more information. Also see www.winnipegfolkfestival.ca.