A collage from the FOTR office. Have other memories to share? We want ’em! | Sponsored by Folk on the Rocks
A flyer came in the door of the FOTR offices this morning. Yard Sale season is upon us. Merchants clear out a lifetime’s worth of stuff in an effort to make enough cash to buy more, well, stuff. Shoppers trawl from site to site every weekend in search of items they never knew they wanted, nay needed: a pair of embroidered leather boots (one size too small), someone’s copy of Wonderwall on CD or a shot glass from Harley’s.
As a sage 35-year-old, Folk on the Rocks has produced enough merchandise, photos and posters to fill 50 yard sales. This material been distributed every year, far and wide, to festival attendees, businesses and even to someone’s uncle in Hay River.
And now we need it back. To celebrate our milestone birthday this year we’re holding an exhibition in June of archived Folk material from every year from 1980 right up to 2015. A few gems have been unearthed from the FOTR vaults, but, (as you can imagine after 35 years of revelling), there are a few years missing. So this is a request for Folk on the Rocks memorabilia – photographs, video, posters, brochures, t-shirts – whatever you’ve got!
All donated material will be kept safe and returned to its owner after the event. That is, if you haven’t already sold it at a yard sale…
Contact Alexis Dirks or Áine Kavanagh with your stuff!
THE BEST PART: Each person who donates will enter a draw to win a festival pack consisting of a festival day pass and some FOTR 2015 merchandise! So get digging!
You know you’re going! Get your Early Bird FOTR tickets and save money!
Early Bird tickets are on sale NOW! until May 14. Get them before they sell out! Purchase online at ticketfly.com or in person at Fiddles and Stix Music Store or swing by our booth at the Trade Show on Mother’s Day weekend.
Two more great artists coming this summer!
Kim Churchill is an Australian busker-turned-Folk Singer/Songwriter with sun-soaked vocals that would not be out of place in Byron Bay…or Long Lake.
Music has taken him all around the globe but Kim has developed a particularly strong following in Canada, having played prestigious festivals on these shores, such as the famed Montreal Jazz Festival and Canadian Music Week.
An accomplished and classically trained guitarist, he teams elaborate finger work with often-simple percussion and mellow yet soaring tunes. Churchill is one musician who embodies the sound of summer and will fit in nicely at Folk this year, against the spectacular backdrop of the lake framed by the midnight sun.
Jon & Roy
Singer-guitarist Jon and drummer Roy are the core members of a band from Victoria, BC that make folk music that’s not really folk music at all. They produce a soulful sound with distinct reggae and blues influences.
Citing inspirations as diverse as Bob Marley and Mississippi John Hurt, Jon and Roy are a bunch of chill guys that just want to make sweet sounds without restrictions, as evidenced in the title of their 2012 album, Let it Go.
Their music has been featured in advertisements for big names, such as Volkswagen and Scotiabank, but the group are more at home writing organic-sounding tunes in a cabin on Vancouver Island than sitting in a corporate boardroom. And for this, we are grateful.