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  • 2015 Regina Folk Festival   Press Kit  

    From August 7 to 9, Victoria Park will come alive with the magic of the 46th Regina Folk Festival. As always, there will be amazing music on the Mainstage and the free daytime Sunlit Stages. The 2015 artistic lineup features an incredible blend of musical styles, cultural influences and, above all, some of the world’s best talent, including:

    Vance Joy// // Blue Rodeo // The Sheepdogs Jenny Lewis // The Blind Boys of Alabama // Bahamas // Basia Bulat

    Vox Sambou // Geomungo Factory // Lisa Leblanc // Cécile Doo Kingué Andy Shauf // Alysha Brilla // Birds of Chicago // The Dead South

    Malika Tirolien // Jeffrey Straker // Vaero // Mike Edel George Leach // Kim Harris // Karpinka Brothers // Charly Hustle

    Little Criminals // Steph Cameron // FadaDance // Pile of Bones Brass Band Colter Wall // Danny Olliver // The Mariachi Ghost // Kirby Wirchenko

    Zarqa Narwaz // DJ Baby Daddy // Brothers

    The 2015 RFF will also offer free daytime concerts and workshops on 4 stages, a CHILDREN’S AREA with music, dance & crafts, an ARTS’ MARKET with all sorts of one-of-a-kind stuff, a DAYTIME BEER GARDEN, the festival ROCK GARDEN, a FESTIVAL RECORD STORE, and an INTERNATIONAL FOOD COURT.

    Info: 757-0308 or www.reginafolkfestival.com

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    Advance Weekend Passes and Individual Night Tickets are available until sellout!

    Advance Weekend Passes are $114 for adults and $103 for students and seniors. Individual Night Tickets are $60 for Friday and $65 for Saturday and Sunday.

    All prices are subject to GST and service fees.

    Tickets can be purchased online at REGINAFOLKFESTIVAL.COM or by phone at 1-866-943-8849

    After August 7th, the Regina Folk Festival Box Office will take over ticket sales on the festival site. The RFF Box Office will be located just south of the cenotaph in Victoria Park.

  • 2015 Regina Folk Festival Artists    

    Vance Joy vancejoy.com Vance Joy has an original voice which at first he kept to himself. Feeding on a diet of The Pogues, Paul Kelly, and whatever else was playing, he cut his teeth performing at open mike nights in Melbourne. Vance Joy proved himself a breakout artist of 2014 with the song “Riptide” from his debut full-length album Dream Your Life Away. A 5x-platinum certified, top 10 smash in his native Australia, the track is certified 2x platinum in Sweden and Canada 1x Platinum in the USA, Ireland & Norway; gold in Austria, Germany, New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. In September 2014 his debut album ‘dream your life away’

    debuted at #2 locally, #1 in Australia, #20 in the UK #17 in the USA. The second single from the album, “Mess Is Mine,” is already gold in Australia and currently ascending the Alternative radio charts in the USA & Canada.

      Blue Rodeo bluerodeo.com The definition of a rebel is someone who goes against the grain. For close to thirty years now, Blue Rodeo has taken the road less travelled - and succeeded far beyond anyone’s expectations. The band emerged in the early 80’s as a countrified rock band in the era of hair metal and glossy pop. Despite sticking out like a sore thumb (or maybe because of it), their single “Try” became omni-present on radio across Canada and set in motion a three decade long career of headlining every club, theatre and arena in Canada. In 1993, when grunge rock

    was squeezing commercial rock off the radio, they recorded their most acoustic album, Five Days In July, and scored their biggest hit selling over a half million copies of that one record alone. Ever-evolving, it is a testament to Blue Rodeo’s creativity that the band can endure a lifetime of challenges and continue to make music that all Canadians can call their own.

  • The Sheepdogs thesheepdogs.com Hailing from Saskatoon, three-time JUNO awarding winning artists THE SHEEPDOGS’ burst onto the international scene after beating out thousands of artists in 2011 to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. Since then, The Sheepdogs have amassed six JUNO nominations, toured worldwide and earned Platinum certification for their 2010 LP Learn and Burn. The Sheepdogs’ latest self-titled LP produced by Patrick Carney (The Black Keys) debuted at #1 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart, garnering another GOLD record for the band.

    Jenny Lewis jennylewis.com JThe Los Angeles artist’s first solo LP since 2008’s Acid Tongue, The Voyager is Lewis’s most deeply personal, and her most musically robust. Featuring production work from Ryan Adams, Beck, as well as Lewis and her longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice, The Voyager finds Lewis at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent life with honesty and incisiveness. And then there’s her voice, which was already a force to be reckoned with, but sounds even richer, more nuanced, more powerful. Lewis says The Voyager was the hardest album she has ever made, documenting

    her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of her band, Rilo Kiley.

    The Blind Boys of Alabama www.blindboys.com Described as ‘James Brown does gospel,’ The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as true living legends of Gospel music. Celebrated by both The Grammy Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of recognition for a career that spans over 60 years. The Blind Boys have made appearances on The Tonight Show, The Grammy Awards, 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, their own PBS special and are the subject of the 2015 documentary film “How Sweet the Sound” –

    an intimate portrait of the band shot over the course of 10 years. Recent collaborations have included Bon Iver, Taj Mahal, and Jamey Johnson and they have worked with artists like Ben Harper, Tom Waits, John Legend, Marvin Gaye and many others.

  • Bahamas bahamasmusic.net Afie Jurvanen isn’t from the Bahamas. He’s a Finnish-Canadian from Barrie–a working class town in rural Ontario. But his chosen epithet is fitting. Since 2009 he’s been making music under the name Bahamas–writing songs about sunsets, love affairs, and making out with crooked smiles. Through simple arrangements, he charts an escape route from the snow belt to the coral reefs. His new album, Bahamas Is Afie, was released inAugust of 2014 on Brushfire Records/Universal.

    Basia Bulat basiabulat.com Basia Bulat is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto who has found acclaim for her exuberant live show, soulful voice and well-crafted songs. Of her 2013 album, Tall Tall Shadow New Yorker magazine said, "Bulat has a singular voice, with a confident yet vulnerable tone, and she sings with an impassioned yearning that suggests the vast wilderness of her homeland." New York Times said, "… a sound that nods to Fleetwood Mac and the early Joni Mitchell." Having been twice nominated for a Juno award

    and short-listed as many times for the prestigious Polaris Prize, Bulat has shared the stage with such notable bands as Nick Cave, The Head and the Heart, The National, St Vincent, Beirut, Tuneyards, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Daniel Lanois and Emmy Lou Harris. She is hard at work on her 4th album with Jim James (My Morning Jacket) in the producer's chair.

    Vox Sambou voxsambou.bandcamp.com Vox Sambou comes from Limbé, Haiti. He is a founding member of Montreal-based hip-hop collective, Nomadic Massive, with whom he has performed across Canada as well as in the USA, France, and across the Caribbean and South America. In 2008, Vox Sambou authored Lakay, and has released his latest, Dyasporafriken, in April 2013. His 5-piece band is comprised of musicians diverse in background and training. His music focuses on the traditional rhythms of Haiti mixed with elements of afrobeat, jazz, reggae, and hip-hop.

  • Geomungo Factory facebook.com/geomungofactory Ready for some Seoul music? Korean tradition defines Geomungo Factory’s music – but their sonic adventures create bridges between the 4th and 21st centuries. The geomungo zither (geomungo is pronounced Ko- mungo) is over a thousand years old, and unlike any other instrument in the world. It has 16 frets, three moveable bridges and six silk strings, and to play it you use a bow, hit them with a short bamboo stick or pluck them. This instrument is rarely seen or heard, even in the country where it originates. The sound it makes has been described

    as both “deep, muscular, rhythmic and melodic”, as well as “something from another world, like plucking a big elastic band”. The music and the sounds they evoke are as unique as they are mesmerizing – a meld of ancient and contemporary, a coming together of the structured traditional and the near futuristic and experimental.

    Lisa Leblanc lisaleblanc.ca Lisa LeBlanc (born August 13, 1990 in Rosaireville, New Brunswick), is an Acadian-Canadian singer-songwriter, known for her enthusiastic "Trash rock" performances. In March 2012, she released her eponymous first album most of which was written from the heart of Rosaireville, in Granby during her studies at l'École nationale de la chanson. The Acadian, who composed her first pieces around the age of fourteen, comes from a