Folkfest 2007 in Prince George this weekend

Corb Lund

Corb Lund grew up ?in Southern Alberta, in the foothills of the Rockies.? His music is influenced by his experiences riding horseback, chasing cattle and rodeoing in Southern Alberta and living on the family farm and ranches near Taber, Cardston and Rosemary. Coming from four generations of ranchers and cowboys, Corb left his hometown of Taber and moved to Edmonton where he attended Grant MacEwan Performing Arts School to study jazz guitar and bass.Corb was a founding member of Western Canada?s independent phenomena, the smalls, who during their twelve-year career, toured extensively in Canada, the US and Europe including a stint in Bosnia, Slovenia and Czech Republic. Read more at:

If it is true that you must crawl before you walk, and walk before you run, then the Prince George Folkfest is well on its way around the track. Now in its 4th year, the Prince George Folkfest is set for July 27th and 28th among the towering cottonwoods and ornamental trees that shade the emerald grass of the city?s beloved Fort George Park. Situated on the banks of Fraser, the park provides ample room in an ideal setting for some of the most innovative musical acts yet assembled in north central British Columbia.

Folkfest Artistic Director Jo Beattie of promises something both rewarding and fullling for all musical tastes.

?I?m really excited about this year?s lineup?, says Beattie. ?We have music that appeals to all tastes, from blues totechno, country and western, indie rock, Scottish, Celtic Fusion, world music and, of course, a healthy dose of folk music. We?ve managed to book seventeen and a half hours of music spread over the two days, so just thevariety of music and the value is outstanding. Music fans will love it.?

Conrmed acts include Corb Lund and the Hurtin? Albertans; The New Orleans Social Club; Jason Collett and Band; Amy Millan and Band; The Paperboys; Joel Fafard, Don Ross and Andy McKee; Donne Roberts; Angus Lyon and Ruaridh Campbell; Eccodek; Chad van Gaalen, Watermelon Slim and the Workers; and more.

Early bird tickets, available right up to July 26th, are a bargain at $59.00. If you are only able to make it for one day, tickets are $35.00 for Friday, 5:30 to 11:30 and $45.00 for Saturday, 11:00 am to11:30 pm. Available in Prince George at Books and Co. ph: 250 563 6637 or Studio 2880 ph: 250 563 2880 until Thursday, July 26th2007. Children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

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New Orleans Social Club

The members of The New Orleans Social Club, a collective of displaced New Orleans legends, have made a clear and ?dignified political statement? (Orlando Sentinel) with their critically acclaimed album, Sing Me Back Home (Burgundy Records/Sony BMG Strategic Marketing Group/Honey Darling Records). Recorded six weeks after the storm that ravaged their beloved hometown, Sing Me Back Home features 13 new recordings by an all-star cast of the Crescent City?s finest musicians, including members of The Meters and The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Willie Tee, the subdudes, the Mighty Chariots of Fire, John Boutte and Troy (Trombone Shorty) Andrews. Highlights include ?This Is My Country,? ?Fortunate Son,? ?Walking To New Orleans? and ?Why.? Read more at: www.neworleanssocialclub.comSee NOSC Videos at:

Watermelon Slim & The Workers

At least once in every man?s life everything seems to come together magically. When the road leading to such times is long and grueling, the zenith becomes exponentially more rewarding. Bill Homans a.k.a. Watermelon Slim is the extraordinary wheel man behind this redemption story road trip. In December 2006 Watermelon Slim garnered six 2007 Blues Music Award nominations for Artist, Entertainer, Album, Band, Song, and Traditional Album of the Year. Only the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray have ever landed six. His self-titled release was ranked #1 in MOJO Magazine?s 2006 Top 10 Blues CDs, won the 2006 Independent Music Award for Blues Album of the Year, hit #1 on the Living Blues Radio Chart, debuted at #13 on the Billboard Blues Radio Chart ahead of both Robert Cray and North Mississippi Allstars, and won the Blues Critic Award for 2006 Album of the Year. On April 17, 2007 Watermelon Slim and The Workers will release Wheel Man, his second for NorthernBlues Music and his fourth album in five years. Jerry Wexler, a huge Watermelon Slim fan after hearing Slim?s 2005 self-titled release, eagerly offered to write the liner notes upon listening to early tracks of Wheel Man. Read more at:

Chad Van Gaalen

For many people their choice in the morning might be which over-crowded route to take to work. The choice for Chad VanGaalen every day is: make art or make music? For as long as he can remember, his everyday life has been devoted to drawing, painting, and recording songs, rarely leaving his colourfully painted house in Calgary, Alberta. But in the last two years, a new pressure has entered Chad?s life; after the 2004 release of Infiniheart, a small group of devoted fans grew across the world, spreading word of this wonderful, intimate, textured album. Released in Canada on Flemish Eye and later picked up by Sub Pop, Infiniheart is a stirring and deeply moving collection of songs varying from acoustic material to glitchy electronic beats, with Chad playing every instrument ? as many as 20 including piano, flute, saxophone, and violin, and elicited rave reviews from The Guardian, MOJO, NME, Exclaim!, and Entertainment Weekly. As attention grew, so did the demand for a new album – particularly for Canadian fans, who have worn their albums bare waiting for some new songs.Read more at:

Amy Millan

Tom Waits has inspired countless records. King Tut?s influence, on the other hand, has generally been restricted to the Bangles. At least until now. ?It?s from a Tom Waits interview that I read, where he had a couple songs that were quite old on his new record that was coming out,? Amy Millan says, explaining the title of her new album. ?He said mummies were buried with honey because it never went bad. So when the archeologists pulled them up, there was all this honey that was still fine. So he said, that?s kind of how I think of the songs. That they?ve been buried for a long time, but they?re still sweet.? Amy Millan is not, to our knowledge at least, an ancient Egyptian queen. Nor are her songs, so far as we know, edible. But on all other accounts the above bit of folklore is the story of the 12 songs that make up her solo debut, Honey From The Tombs. Little reminders of your impossibly romantic early 20s – preserved, aged, then dug up and discovered to have lost none of their original sweetness. Read more at:

The Paperboys

Celtic CanadianFolk Stomp SonJarocho Acoustic Latin Alt-Country Pop Roots band? It could only be Tom Landa?s ?The Paperboys?. For over a decade, the most common description of The Paperboys has been; ?They?re hard to describe. They?re just really, really good and there?s nobody else like them.? Each of the Paperboys last five albums has been nominated for a Juno Award (the Canadian Grammy). 1998?s ?Molinos? won for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year. ?Molinos? also won the West Coast Music Award for Best Roots Recording. In 2000, they won another West Coast Music Award in the same category for their album ?Postcards?. They?ve performed and appeared in the Genie Award nominated film ?Marine Life? – which Tom also wrote the musical score for – and in the Genie Award winning ?Lunch With Charles?, which was the first-ever film co-production between Hong Kong and Canada. The Paperboys have made numerous appearances on National television. They?ve played and been interviewed on Vicki Gabereau, The Mike Bullard Show, The Jim Byrnes show and CBC Television?s ?Terminal City?. Read more at:


Canadian producer Andrew McPherson returns to the global music arena with the follow up to 2003?s widely acclaimed ?More Africa in Us?. eccodek?s ?Voices have eyes? continues to explore the crossroads where global groove, dub and electronica meet. With six featured singers on the album from countries as diverse as Mali, Turkey, Fiji, Rwanda, Nigeria and India, and a live 6 piece band presentation, this release looks to be as genre defying as the last.No stranger to collaboration, Andrew has worked with a host of Canadian and international talent. Canada?s Natalie MacMaster, Jane Sibery, Philosopher Kings, Ireland?s Andy White, Seattle?s Pigeonhed and Iceland?s gusgus have all benefitted from is distinctive textural production approach. In 2006 Andrew signed a North American deal with White Swan World/Rykodisc, recently rubbed shoulders with artistsKarsh Kale, Antibalas, Nitin Sahwney and Bombay Dub Orchestra when invited to contribute to National Geographic?s GeoRemix project and just completed a remix of ?Wosoubour? for Vieux Farka Tour , son of late, two-time Grammy winner, Ali Farka Touré. Earlier this year, the project received the ?Best World Music Artist? award at this year?s 2007 Canadian Music Awards.Read more at: