Canmore Folk Festival

Saturday, July 31, 2010 — Main Stage Performances

D Rangers (MB)  The name says it all—these guys are just too much fun! Bluegrass madmen indeed. These Winnipeg boys have managed to reinvent a noble genre into something completely their own, dubbed “arm-swinging hillbilly-stomp”.
Dala (ON)  From high school music class in 2002 to cross-country tours by 2007 with the likes of Tom Cochrane and Stuart McLean, Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther have proved to all that their amazing voices and insightful songwriting deserve a prominent place in every folkie’s heart.
Marc Atkinson Trio (BC)  Melodically captivating, sensually charged and technically awe-inspiring, these guys get standing ovations wherever they go, from the Montreal Jazz Festival to the Vancouver International Folk Festival. Backed by an acoustic rhythm guitar and stand-up bass, Atkinson is considered one of Canada’s most talented musicians and his trio one of the top 10 in the world.
Zachary Richard (US)  Author, singer, songwriter, cultural activity poet, militant environmentalist, Richard is a true Renaissance man, whose deep roots in his native Louisiana and its Cajun culture have garnered him worldwide attention and respect. It’s been said he’s the most American of French songwriters and the most French of American songwriters.

Vieux Farka Touré (Mali) The son of the great Malian guitarist Ali Farka Touré has forged a reputation as the Soul of the Blues in West Africa with his mix of traditional instruments, bluesy rhythms and intricate guitar solos that many liken to Eric Clapton in his glory days with Cream. 
Te Vaka (NZ)  Embracing their indigenous Oceanic roots, these eleven highly talented musicians and dancers look to their rich Polynesian heritage for inspiration. High energy, driving, traditional sounds are honoured with a thoroughly contemporary, fresh feel.

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