Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Festival Folk sur le canal

Festival Folk sur le canal is returning for a second year on the St. Ambroise Terrace, on the Lachine Canal, behind the McCauslin Brewery at 5080 St. Ambroise Street on Saturday, June 27 from noon until 11 pm.

Joel Plaskett, currently one of the hottest singer-songwriters in Canada, is headlining an excellent line-up that includes a number of artists that I’m always eager to listen to.

Always at the top of my list is Michael Jerome Browne, a master of almost every traditional roots-oriented style from blues to country, from Appalachian music to Cajun and of virtually all stringed instruments.

Others at the festival that I’m looking forward to hearing are Socalled (Josh Dolgin), who blends traditional klezmer and contemporary hip hop into something uniquely his own; Li’l Andy, who’s a fine and insightful country-oriented songwriter; Yonder Hill, whose sublime three-part bluegrass harmonies are something special; and Guy Donis, a most impressive banjo virtuoso.

There are also several groups that I haven’t yet had a chance to see including Ladies of the Canyon, a group that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time.

Last year’s festival on the canal was a great day of music and I’m sure this year’s edition will be too.

Oh, BTW, I'll be one of the MCs at Festival Folk sur le canal.

For information, visit hellodarlinproductions.com or call 514-524-9225.

--Mike Regenstreif

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