Keeping homemade music alive in southern Manitoba, the Back 40 Folk Festival invites artists, bands, and families to Morden Park for a day of music and fun. On June 3 from noon until dusk, the day is packed with a mix of made-in-Manitoba music.
The festival line-up showcases some of Manitoba's new and familiar folk acts including harmonizing pop roots trio Sweet Alibi and soulful alt-country group The New Lightweights. Dynamic duo Ridley Bent and Chris Dunn will serve up memorable stories of the Wild West interspersed with guitar solos, and audiences will have to keep an eye on Jelly B and the K-Mart Shoppers as they switch instruments while playing their original blues-tinged tunes.
Back 40 is known for bringing out the best in new, up-and-coming acts and this year won’t disappoint. Names to keep an ear out for are singer/songwriters Paul Bergman, Ed Penner, and Rachel Ashley. Tweener sets by Eva Klassen, Dave Penner, and Henry Dueck. Children’s music educator Aaron Burnett hosts two sets for kids of all ages and the festival closers, Steve Keys and the Space Trannys rock out until dusk with their fusion of rock n’ roll blues punk.
Visit the festival site for more information on the performers and festival details.