The Seaside Folkn’Fiddle Festival
June 9-11, Sidney BC
Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney Army/Navy, Beacon Bandshell(Sidney Waterfront)
The Seaside Folkn’Fiddle Festival is back June 9-11 with artists from around North America converging on Sidney for three days of Americana, Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, Country, R&B and of course – Fiddling!
The festival includes concerts, dances and outdoor performances at The Charlie White Theatre, The Sidney Army/Navy and The Beacon Bandshell at the Sidney waterfront.
This year’s lineup features 2017 Juno winners and world touring artists The Fretless, a fiddling string quartet stretching the boundaries of traditional fiddle music. For their Folkn’Fiddle Festival performances, The Fretless are joined by Winnipeg vocalist Madeleine Roger. Also on the bill are veteran performers like multi-Juno winning songwriter Stephen Fearing of Blackie & The Rodeo Kings and Canadian National Fiddling Champion Pierre Schryer along with some new faces like Saskatchewan Country Music Artist of the Year Jake Vaadeland & The Sturgeon River Boys and Alberta-based, rising alt-country star Mariel Buckley.
Under artistic director Oliver Swain, Folkn’Fiddle has diversified to include genres like R&B, Latin and Jazz. This year the festival will welcome award winning New York City vocalist Emily Braden to perform with Ashley Wey and Louis Rudner. Other US performers include Portland-based Bluegrass and Americana artists Tony Furtado and Luke Price.
The Beacon Bandshell at the Sidney waterfront will host two concerts June 9 & 10, evening Gala Performances and a Sunday Matinee will be held at Charlie White Theatre and revellers can enjoy table seating and a full dance floor every night at The Festival Cabaret hosted by The Sidney Army, Navy & Airforce on Fourth St. The Seaside Folkn’Fiddle Festival packs every stage with four to six groups per night performing short concert sets and collaborating in spontaneous jam sessions.
Tickets for each event are available individually starting at $29, festival goers can also purchase an all-access festival pass for $125 or a cabaret super pass for $75 for all three nights at The Festival Cabaret.
Tickets and info are available at www.folknfiddle.ca you can also follow The Seaside Folkn’Fiddle Festival on Facebook or Instagram to keep up on festival announcements and special offers leading up to the big weekend.
The Fretless with Madeleine Roger
Stephen Fearing with Richard Moody
Jake Vaadeland & The Sturgeon River Boys
Tony Furtado & Luke Price
Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres