Check out the amazing line up of artists and groups coming to the 41st Annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival!
Join us July 13-15 at Jericho Beach Park for an incredible weekend of music from close to home and around the globe.
We’ve got icons and upstarts and more than a few surprises, stunning newcomers and long-time favourites, and amazing new sounds to discover. There are global grooves and roots rhythms, songs of old and new, tunes that will touch your heart, touch a nerve, or make you want to kick up your heels.
Read on for some highlights . . .
The 2018 lineup includes names well-known to folk fans and lovers of great music everywhere.
Along with Neko Case and Ry Cooder, we’re thrilled to announce that the great Rodney Crowell is coming to the festival. We’ve got 2018 Traditional Roots JUNO winners, The Dead South, master singer-songwriter James McMurtry; the glorious Sea Island sounds of Ranky Tanky; and the electrifying Mozambique rhythms of Wazimbo and Banda Kakana
We celebrate a local star on the global stage with Alex Cuba, the powerful voice and music of Iskwé, the legendary Ms. Carole Pope, the Bayou barnstorming Cajun tunes of Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, the powerhouse songs and voices of Three Women & the Truth, and a much-anticipated visit from the great Archie Roach from Australia.
THE WORLD IN A PARK
Fans of the music of the world have a bounty of sound to enjoy. The boundary-busting music of Ukraine’s Dakhabrakha will electrify festival stages; there’s Argentine tango revolutionary, Melingo; Mexican son jarocho from Son de Madera; two outstanding singer/songwriters from Ireland – Wallis Bird and Mick Flannery; and a cosmopolitan duo from Italy – Ilaria Graizano and Franco Forni.
The lineup also offers a stunning insight into the rich depth and diversity of the talented artists on our own doorstep. There’s Ezra Kwizera’s African sounds; A Familia Machado, featuring guitar wizard Celso Machado in concert with his renowned brother, Filó and Filó’s grandson Felipe here from Brazil; Dálava’s shimmering homage to traditional Moravian (Czech) folksong; Gord Grdina’s Haram, celebrating Arabic and Persian music; and Las Estrellas de Vancouver, a scintillating all-woman mariachi group. And those are but a few!
and we just have to mention…!
On music’s cutting edge, we welcome truth-tellers and innovators from Nunavut, Quantam Tangle. The blues is strong at VFMF 2018, with Guy Davis, Jimmy “Duck” Holes and Mike Munson in the park. There’s a wealth of Americana and roots music artists and groups performing in a range of music and styles, including Dori Freeman, The Small Glories, Jayme Stone’s Folklife, Viper Central, Darlingside, Steph Cameron, Murfitt & Main – and many more.
It’s an extraordinary range of cultures and genres, it’s a festival that fits a world full of music into a park, it’s a gathering of sound, sight and experience you simply won’t see anywhere else
Visit our website for the full list of artists & groups, and to check out our new features, watch videos, learn about all this year’s artists and listen to what they’re all about.
The Early Bird Deadline Approaches!
Early Birds are on sale now to May 11!
TICKETS are available online – 24 hours a day!
Call 604.602.9798 during office hours to order.
Main Stage schedules will be posted soon. Stay tuned!
KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING . . .
As a non-profit charitable organization, the Vancouver Folk Music Festival relies on the support of the community to keep your festival and programs running. Tax deductible donations can be made through Canada Helps or by mail directly to:
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
#230-275 East 1st Street, Vancouver, BC, V5T 1A7