Time to get your Folk on
By Kelsey Hipkin
It’s time to grab the blankets and the picnic basket and head to Prince’s Island Park for the 31st annual Calgary Folk Festival July 22-25.
“There’s a little bit of something for every musical taste,” said Festival Director, Kerry Clarke.
“There’s a lot to discover if you’re open-eared.”
Clarke said that while tickets for Saturday are sold-out there are about 2500 hundred tickets remaining for the other three days. She added that the festival is on track to sell 90-100 per cent of tickets.
“It’s really fantastic because it’s a really nice sized audience,” she said of the festivals venue Prince’s Island Park.
The festival will be running one stage on Thursday, two stages on Friday and seven stages on Saturday and Sunday for people to listen to the wide variety of music that is being showcased.
Clarke pointed out The Swell Season as one of the must-see acts and added that the Friday night shows in general, including Coolooloosh, DJ Dolores and Michael Franti and Spearhead, is going to be “really great”.
Local favourites Ian Tyson and Corb Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans will be playing the main stage on Saturday, July 24.
While travelling from stage to stage festival-goers can also check out the family area, Big Rock beer gardens, living library or one of the other many concession and information stands available.
The festival winds up Sunday evening with soul maestro Roberta Flack.