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Subject:

Newfoundland and BC, Canada celtic music info (long)

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Since most of the discussion recently has been a couple of
weird messages and close to 30 followups saying `weird
messages' or `I got them too', I thought I would post
information on Newfoundland and BC acts, folk festivals
and record stores that might be of interest to the list.
There may be typos, since I just quickly merged some
files I had and updated the result a little.
 
Newfoundland sources, acts, venues, festivals, etc.
------------------------------------------------------------
Sources:
Here are the addresses of two stores that offer mail order service
and would have Newfoundland releases quicker than any other sources
except the record company and artist.  They have catalogues, but I
don't think they are very descriptive.  (This may have changed.)
 
   1.   O'Brien's Music Store
        278 Water Street
        St. John's Nfld.
        A1C 1B7
        (709) 753-8135
        They also have more out-of-print records plus many
      Irish and Scottish selections, songbooks and rare instruments.
 
   2.   Fred's Records
        198 Duckworth Street
	St. John's Nfld.
        Telephone (709) 753-9191
        Fax       (709) 739-4849
	Fred's has more modern/up-to-date stuff than O'Brien's.
 
Black Swan Records, Vancouver, also has a good selection.  For info
E-mail Nou <[log in to unmask]>. They may have a catalogue.
 
 
Acts:
 
Figgy Duff (Figgy Duff, After the Tempest, Weather Out the Storm, Down Stream)
Hypnotic Records	A&M Records 		Boot Records
96 Spadina Ave		939 Warden Ave		1342 Matheson Blvd. E
9th Floor		Scarborough Ont		Missasauga Ont.
Toronto M5V 2J6		M1L 4C5			L4W 1R1
CANADA			CANADA			CANADA
Hypnotic may be the best place to write for all their releases
(I used to have a Nfld address for Hagdown Music [Noel Dinn] but I lost it.)
A&M is distributing their third album, Weather Out the Storm and possibly
their recent release, Down Stream, and Boot Records put out their second
release, After the Tempest.
      Figgy Duff is a celtic rock band, with material ranging from
   lovely melancholy ballads through upbeat arrangements of
   traditional and Benoit-written Nfld. jigs and reels
   and more recent celtic influenced original pop tunes written
   from a Nfld perspective.  They are: Pamela Morgan on vocals,
 keyboard and guitar, Noel Dinn on drums, bodhran and backup vocals,
Frank Maher on accordions and harmonica (or Geoff Butler on accordions/flute),
   Kelly Russell on fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, concertina, lap harp, etc,
   Bruce Crummel on electric guitar and mandolin, Rob Laidlaw on bass.
Update: Derek Pelley may be on bass now?   They have enough material
  for a new release and tour but Noel Dinn is fighting for his life
against throat cancer.  He needs medical funds, which can be sent
to Box 156, Topsail Rd., St. John's, Newfoundland, A0A 3Y0.  Or
check out the May 14, 1993 Dinn benefit concerts in Vancouver,
Toronto or St. John's, if you are in the vicinity.
   MAY93 update:  new album, Down Stream?, in stores soon or now!
 
  Rawlins Cross (A Turn of the Wheel, Crossing the Border)
Mckinnon Productions	Rawlins Cross Productions Inc.
P.O. Box 245		85 Barnes Rd
Central Station		St. John's NF
Halifax Nova Scotia	A1C 3X5
CANADA B3J 2N1		(709) 738-0498
15.50/CD  10.50/CS
+1.50 post CANADIAN funds
The first address is probably the best.
Rawlins Cross is a celtic rock band, mostly upbeat. They do lots
   of traditional jigs and reels but also do a number of original tunes
   and even some blues and reggae tunes on the bagpipes.   They are:
   Dave Panting (formerly of Figgy Duff)  on mandolin, electric guitar,
   vocals,  Ian McKinnon on bagpipes, trumpet, tin whistle, bodhran, harmonica,
   Brian Bourne on bass and Chapman stick.  Geoff Panting (co-founder)  plays
 keys, button and piano accordian. Geoff arranges almost all the
songs and has written some others (Title track on 1st album etc).
Howie Southwood  plays Drums and percussion.
 
    Tickle Harbour (The Brule Boys in Paris, +an older one[Hare's Ears?])
      Tickle Harbour have been around for a while, but the lineup keeps
   changing.  Currently they are composed of three Nflders, three Irishmen
   living in Nfld and a Chicago native working in Nfld.  They sound rather
   like Altan, but with a Nfld. twist and are mostly intrumental. (They
   need a good vocalist).  Flute (Rob Murphy), tin whistle, Paddy Mackey
   on bodhran, Don Walsh (founder) on guitar and bouzouki, two
   fiddlers (Seamus Creagh, sometimes Bob O'Donovan, and maybe Kelly Russell
   now), guitar, mandolin, vocals.  They have not been touring.
 Don owns and operates the studio the boys record in. (Don also allows
other less fortunate groups to record in his studio for VERY cut
rates if not for free!!!)
 
	  Emile Benoit (Emile's Dream, Ca Vient du Tchoeur, Vive le Rose)
Emile is a master fiddler/composer in his late 70's and has composed
100's of tunes, some of which have been played by Figgy Duff, Kelly Russell
and other.   [Emile died in 1992 at 79, the recently released Vive le Rose is
distributed by Denon.  Contact Amber Music for more info.  E-mail me if
you need the address, which I left at home.]   Emile's music sounds
halfway between Irish and Breton music.  Like most Newfoundland and
Quebec fiddlers, he keeps time with his stomping feet, which then act
as a percussion instrument.   Ca Vient du Tchoeur (It comes from the
heart) includes stories about the tunes, in English and French.
In addition to stomping, Emile sometimes did mouth music to the
melody.   Although probably not as technically trained as some
younger Newfoundland fiddlers, he was amazing live, a great
composer, and very unpredictable --- he would sometimes go
off in amazing directions, so his accompaniment had to be on
its toes.   He would often start out sedately and then
suddenly his wailing fiddle would cut through in a different
direction.   In Vive le Rose he is sometimes buried in the
mix, so I like the earlier recordings better, even though
the production quality is not as good (one is live).
 
	     All the Best (compilation of St. John's artists)
The compilation includes Ron Hynes (formerly of the Wonderful Grand Band),
Art Stoyles, Frank Maher (of Figgy Duff), Anita Best and Pam Morgan (of Figgy
Duff), Kelly Russell (of Figgy Duff) and Emile Benoit, and others.
There are two tunes written by Emile Benoit: Arriving to St. John's
and the Ship Inn/Bridgett's reel sets.  The tape also includes
the Portuguese tunes of Art Stoyles and Running the Goat performed
by Frank Maher.
    There is an older recording, I forget the title (I have a dub at
home), possible Songs and Tunes from Newfoundland, which may be
available at O'Brien's and which has selections from many well
known Newfoundland artists.
    I just (FEB93) heard that another recording, Close to the Floor,
will soon be released.  This will be Newfoundland dance music
from artists such as Emile Benoit, Rufus Guinchard, Figgy Duff,
Wonderful Grand Band, and many more.
 
The above three are on:
Pigeon Inlet Productions
P.O. Box 1202
St. John's NF
CANADA A1C 5M9
 
Anita Best and Pamela Morgan have also released a CD,
The Colour of Amber, which is distributed by Amber Music.
(I don't have the address here but can get it if you like.)
Anita Best has also published a songbook.
There are many great songs, including one in Irish, but
it is a little mournful (depends on your mood, I guess ---
June Tabor can also be a bit mournful).  Don't tell them
I said that.
 
The Irish Descendants (Misty Morning Shore).  New release soon.
Two barrel-chested lead vocalists: Darcy Broderick and
Con O'Brien, and harmony vocalists Larry and Ron.
Instruments include guitars, bass, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, etc.
Great harmonies, very good live.  They do a mix of traditional
Irish/Newfoundland music and powerful renditions of pub tunes.
 First City Productions Inc.
P.O. Box 29004
Torbay Road Post Office
St.  John's Nfld
A1A 5B5 CANADA
(709) 738-0381
 
   Rufus Guinchard, Kelly Russell, Jim Payne (a couple of records)
   Rufus died in 1990 at the age of 91.  He didn't compose many tunes
   but was a living storehouse of Nfld music tradition, which he passed on
   to Kelly Russell and others.  Jim Payne is a good singer songwriter who
   often performs with Kelly Russell, Christina Smith and others.
  Jim has a couple of recordings out, including "The Southern Cross", with
  sealing and sealing disaster songs and a recent release, "Empty Nets",
  with songs about the fishery, etc., featuring a variety of musicians.
  I also got a CD for Christmas which was show tunes from Rising Tide
theatre productions, including many by Jim Payne and a couple featuring
Christina Smith.  Tunes include: Hibernia, Billion Dollar Babies and
more.  Title: State of the Nation.
    Rufus has three recordings out: one out-of-print probably available
 at O'Brien's, one with Kelly and Jim, and another solo CD released
 just before he died, and a video on his life and music.  He played
the fiddle on the wrong shoulder since when he was learning as a
young boy, he would sit so that he could see out the window and put
away the fiddle if he saw anyone coming.  He played festivals up
to age 90.  [The out-of-print one is `Step Tunes and Doubles']
   SingSong Productions
   Station "C"
   St. John's NF
   A1C 6J9
   CANADA
   They may have some releases on Pigeon Inlet as well.
 
Wonderful Grand Band -- Living in a Fog
    Out of print but O'Brien's may have LP's.  Satirical pop/rock
with a celtic influence.   Members of WGB included Tommy and Greg
of CODCO, Ron Hynes, Jaymie Snider and more.  The record included
at least a couple of traditional numbers: the Merry Blacksmith
and the Kerry Polka.
 
  Baxter Wareham, an accordion player/singer/songwriter has a release
  "Buffet Double", Pat and Joe Byrne have a release "Towards the Sunset"
  and Denis Ryan has a release.  I think they are on the label
  Pigeon Inlet Productions
  P.O. Box 1202
  St. John's NF
  CANADA A1C 5M9
Pat and Joe Byrne are former members of the Breakwater Boys (with Rufus
Guinchard) and I think Denis Ryan and Fergus O'Byrne (and Dermot O'Reilly?)
are former members of Ryan's Fancy.
 
  There are also a couple of pub bands, Stogger Tight, who do some
  traditional Nfld. tunes, and the Sons of Erin, who are pretty
  much a standard Irish cover pub band, who have releases out.
  Stogger Tight has at least one tape out, and the Sons of Erin
  have Volume 1: Alive 'n' Kickin'  and Volume 2: At it agin
  and probably more by now.   They do mostly pub covers, it's probably
  better to buy the original Andy Stewart and Manus Lunny and
  Ewan Maccol, Stan Rogers, etc., recordings, but they are OK live.
 
  A local singer songwriter, Ron Hynes, should have a new recording
  out soon.  Some  of his stuff is celtic-tinged, but his newer
  stuff is more country/folk/rock.
    A FEB93 SJFAC newsletter said his recording will be out soon,
and I want to get it ASAP.
    I recently read on the net that he has just signed a contract
with Columbia (Canada, US?) for 7 albums.
 
  There is a comedy/music group, Buddy Wassisname and the Other Fellas,
  who have several releases out, with a mix of comedy skits and
  Newfoundland music.  The music is a mix of songs and traditional
  tunes, with instruments ranging from the accordion to the hubcap.
  Their releases should be available from Fred's or O'Brien's.
They have at least three releases out.
 
Simani is a band that has many recordings out but they don't
play St. John's much and I haven't heard them.
 
Minnie White is an old accordion player who has a tape out,
I think.  I've never heard her.
 
The best fiddle players in Newfoundland, now that Rufus and
Emile are gone, are, in my opinion:
   Kelly Russell (also plays many other instruments),
         recorded with Payne, Guinchard and recently with Figgy Duff
         also did a Christmas tape, on which he played 12 instruments.
   Christina Smith  backed up Emile on Vive le Rose
   Patrick Moran    of Red Clift
   Colin Carrigan   of Twillagher
   Seamus Creach (Irish born),
               will release solo recording soon.  In Tickle Harbour.
   Bob O'Donovan (Irish born), has  a tape out.  Was or is in Tickle Harbour
   Darcy Broderick   of Irish Descendants
   Jaymie Snyder (ex-Wonderful Grand Band, now in Ontario, folk-rocker)
and there are lots of up-and-comer students of Christina and Kelly.
Christina and Patrick and others often perform for dances.
 
The best accordion players are probably:
    Geoff Butler (ex-Figgy Duff and studio work.  Fiery.)
    Art Stoyles (nautical, celtic  and Portuguese styles)
    Frank Maher (Figgy Duff)
      Geoff Panting (Rawlins Cross) is improving
      Baxter Wareham, Jim Payne, Minnie White, Ed Trimblett and Gerry Doucette
There are very few rising young child/teen stars on the accordion
since, I think, nobody is teaching it.  However, lots of families
have accordions that have been handed down.
 
The best singers are probably:
   Pamela Morgan (Figgy Duff)
    Con O'Brien (Irish Descendants)
    the woman in Twillagher
    Anita Best
    Darcy Broderick (Irish Descendants)
    Ron Hynes (ex-WGB, now solo/band)
    Jim Payne
a guy named John Curran has also been recommended to me
and Phyllis Noseworthy and Vonnie Barron have done some good work.
 
mandolin, bouzouki:  John of Red Clift (fiery performance),
                     Dave Panting (ex-Duff, Rawlins Cross),
                     Bruce Crummel (Figgy Duff),
                     Kelly Russell (Duff)
 
bodhran:  Noel Dinn (Duff) is the best.
          Fergus O'Byrne (ex-Ryan's Fancy).
          Paddy Mackey (Tickle Harbour).
          Dave Panting (Rawlins Cross) is not bad.
 
   Other upcoming Nfld. artists who may release recordings soon
   soon include:
		 Red Clift (young band, killer fiddle and mandolin)
The mandolin player also plays e-g in a heavy metal band on the side,
he (John?) is amazing, as is Patrick Moran, the fiddler.  Need(ed)
to work on their (raw) vocals.  Sometimes play pubs.
		 Twillagher (young band, good fiddler Colin
Carrigan, good female vocalist, Red Clift members sometimes join in.)
Usually only play festival(s) so far.
		 Rankin Street (sounds like early Spirit of the West)
lots of sea shanties, good vocal harmonies, may have tape out by now.
Often play the pubs.  [split up spring/93, ex-members forming new band,
but there is a live Rankin Street tape.  Do not confuse with the
Rankin Family].
		 Christina Smith and friends
Christina is a hot fiddler who is also teaching many new young fiddlers
using the Suzuki method.  She often plays with Jim Payne and for
SJFAC Close To The Floor dances.  They created some works for a
recent Sound Symposium, and may release something soon.  [Some
show tunes on State of the Nation.  Christina also backed up
Emile on Vive la Rose]
 
Pubs and other venues:  Bridgett's, especially on Wed. nights and
over Christmas and during mid-summer (festival/regatta time).
The Blarneystone.  Greensleeves on Sun. afternoons.
Nautical Nellies.  The Ship Inn (sometimes).  Erin's Pub.  Haymarket Square
(occasionally).  The Cornerstone (occasionally).  Trapper John's,
the Carriage Works and the Rob Roy sometimes have singers.
The Strand (mall) has pub bands at least once a month.  The Cat
and the Fiddle has a harp player and lots of yuppies.  The Captain's
Quarters sometimes has an after-hours singalong. It is in a motel
not far from downtown; I was there until 5 a.m. with some New Yorkers,
but it probably depends on the crowd.  It may help to drag some
musicians along after a gig with the promise of a free beer or two,
for a session.  I'm sure others have opened by now.
    The St. John's Folk Arts Council hosts `Close to the Floor'
dances once a month or so, with lots of reels and jigs, some
close to the Irish dances but others that have been modified
over the centuries to suit Newfoundland kitchen dances.  Some popular
dances include `The Lancers', `Running the Goat' and many more,
often called by Jim Payne.
 
Festivals: Every large or mid-size community in  Newfoundland
has a festival of some sort over the summer, and many small
towns do as well.   The tourist board puts out a list which
you probably could get from O'Brien's or directly from the
Newfoundland or St. John's tourist departments.  Most are
very cheap or free.  Major festivals that would have some
recording acts include:
   Newfoundland/St. John's Folk Festival: weekend after the first
Wednesday in August, in Bannerman Park, with a backup indoor
venue in Brother O'Hehir arena.   Cost: cheap, something like
$15 for the weekend pass.  Some food, a beer area, close to
everything.   Camping: perhaps the South Side Hills, or the
Butterpot Provincial Park 15 miles outside town.  A very
good instrument builder/repairperson, Stephen Woodcock?, usually
has a booth.  E-mail me if you want his address.
   Stephenville: music festival associated with the theatre festival
   Une Grande Vielle (sp?): Port au Port Peninsula
   Corner Brook: Hangashore Festival
   Gander also has a festival.
 
Smaller towns such as Holyrood (Squid-jigging festival),
Carbonear (Blueberry festival), Trepassey, and many others
have smaller events with more local acts and more opportunity to
meet people and jam.  The booklet listed at least 30 a few years ago.
Musicians and fans would be treated very well and possibly invited
into the local kitchens for a `time'.
---------------------------------------------------------------------
 
 
 
Vancouver sources, acts, venues, festivals
------------------------------------------------------
 
Sources: Black Swan Records, Vancouver, has a good selection.  For
   info, E-mail Nou <[log in to unmask]>. They may have a catalogue.
   The second floor of Sam downtown has some good stuff.  A&B and Sam
   also stock some local acts, but Black Swan, Highlife, Festival
   Records (Vancouver Folk Festival office?) have more.  Rufus
   Guitars has music and instruments, or pointers.
 
Acts:   Celtic bands in the Vancouver  area include:
		  Spirit of the West (early stuff is most traditional)
                      early stuff: Stony Plain Records
                                   P.O. Box 861
                                   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
                                   T5J 2L8
  				   (403) 468-6423
 
		     later stuff:  WEA Music of Canada
				   1810 Birchmount Rd.
                                   Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
                      may have been picked up by Sony Music.
Spirit of the West were originally a trio:  John Mann, Geoff Kelly
and Jay Knutson.  There early stuff is mostly acoustic folk,
with some social conscience original tunes.  Jay eventually
left and often performs with Connie Kaldor or Hart Rouge
and is a leader of the new band, Nouveau Station Wagon, who
do some celtic, some Acadian/cajun and some rock, with a
great lead vocalist, Solange Campagne.  Spirit of the West
added an accordion/bass player, Linda McRae, and a string
wizard, Hugh MacMillan (bass/mandolin/bouzouki/guitar/Chapman stick)
and recently added a drummer, Vince Dietrich.  On a tour
of ENgland, opening for the Wonder STuff, they were
motivated to become more rocking.  They are still great live,
with a mix of political/social songs and high energy flute heavy
reels which get the floor of the Commodore Ballroom oscillating
with dancers (spring-loaded floor).  They have several albums out,
including: 1) Spirit of the West (tape), 2) Tripping Up the Stairs,
3) Early Material, 4) Labour Day, 5) Save This House, 6) Go Figure.
1--3 are pure folk.  3 is selections from 1, 2 and some live stuff.
4 is a little more rocking but mostly folk.  In 5 they went
for more commercial sounds but retain folk influence, and 6
is even more rocking.   They will release another, even more
rock oriented, recording in the fall of 93, I think.  I highly
recommend 2, 4 and 5, haven't bought 6 yet but think it's good.
Their folk stuff is influenced by Scottish and Irish music.
Fiddler Daniel Lapp also used to play with them.
 
	The Stoaters  (Poguish celtic rock, soon to be released)
     These guys are great, and have enough material for two albums
     by now.   Their agent is now Sam Feldman, Vancouver.   They
     will release a CD in July.   They do some traditional material
     but mostly highly danceable celtic rock originals.
 
                  Colleen Eccleston/Rattle in the Dash
     Colleen is an amazing singer songwriter, and she has teamed up
     with Bud Kurz (on flute/guitar/bass/etc) and Tom Neville
     (on fiddle/guitar/bass) to form Rattle in the Dash.  Colleen
     has two tapes out: Carnation and Simple Joy of Moving, and
    is featured on a recent CBC Variety Disk.  They will release
    an album soon, I hope.   Rattle in the Dash do a mix of
    Colleen's great songs and some spritely dance airs.  The
    upcoming release may be under Colleen's name or the band's.
 
                 The PaperBoys
     They are a new celtic/pop band, with great vocal harmonies,
     capping, fingersnapping, accordion, keys, whistles, mandolin,
     guitars, pipes, fiddle, shakers, drums, bass.  They do a mix
     of high energy jigs and reels, some Irish and some Scottish
     and a couple of Figgy Duff Newfoundland arrangements and some
     danceable pop numbers that may take off on the college circuit.
     Their fiddler/piper Kevin recently left for the summer and they
     may get Alan MacLeod to replace him temporarily (or hopefully
     permanently, with Kevin coming back as fiddler).
 
                 Bourne and MacLeod
     Bourne is from Alberta but MacLeod (ex-Tannahill Weaver)
     is now based in Vancouver.  They do a fusion of Delta
     blues and bagpipes, with some celtic tunes.  They have
     two releases out.  They may have broken up (April 1993)
     but I hope it isn't permanent.
 
		  Martingale
     Martingale are a standard Ceili dance band, led by Peter
     Huron and Dave Marshall.  Peter is also in a celtic/jazz
     ensemble called Celtic Works, and used to be in a band
     called Hastings Avenue.
 
		  Blackthorn
     They are a great ceili/pub act, with better vocals than
     Martingale.
 
                  Sarah McLachlan --- a few of her tunes are celtic
       influenced, but she is mainly a pop artist, but has a great
       voice.  Some of her stuff reminds me of Sinead.
 
     There are several other notable acts, including ceili
     band Border Crossing, the Connolly People, Killarney,
     Emerald Express and more.
 
 
Vancouver venues include:
  the W.I.S.E Hall and Lounge/Rogue Folk Club,
The Hall hosts Irish ceilis monthly except during the summer.
Most Rogue Folk Club concerts, which have included Altan, Four
Men and a Dog, House Band, Battlefield Band, Strayaways, Suffering
Gaels, Figgy Duff, Rawlins Cross, Celtic fiddle fest, Kevin Burke,
Garnet Rogers, Eileen McGann, James Keelaghan, Bourne and MacLeod,
Tannahill Weavers, Capercaillie, Tempest, Boiled in Lead, Tommy
Sands, Luka Bloom, Stewart and Lunny, La Bottine Souriante, and
many more.  (Trian soon)
  The Hall also hosts New England style country dances once a month.
  The downstairs lounge has an organised acoustic session
every Sunday from 4--8 (254-5858), which is 40% celtic,
40% acoustic blues and 20% other (people take turns).  The
lounge also allows informal sessions every Wed.--Sat. night.
 
The ANZA Club
   Hosts occasional concerts of local acts, some celtic.
Also hosts a ceili every month or so, with a cabaret
until 10:30 and Kerry sets thereafter.
 
The CB Vets Legion
    Has an Irish Seisun every month.
 
  Blarneystone
Has an Irish/pop house band, Killarney, although other
bands play there occasionally.
 
   Unicorn Pub
Has a house band Emerald Express.
 
   Railway Club
Occasionally has celtic acts.  The booking agent is SPirit of
the West's manager.  Spirit of the West often do a great
acoustic Spirit of CHristmas show there near Christmas.
 
The Arts Club Backstage Lounge, UBC grad centre, Carlos n' Buds
alll have good open mic/jam nights, and the grad centre has
often booked celtic acts such as the Stoaters and the PaperBoys.
Culpepper's and the Billy Bishop legion also have folk sessions.
The Pig and Whistle and Spinning Wheel might have sessions.
 
     Commodore Ballroom
The best/biggest dance floor in town.  Acts such as Spirit of the
West, the Oyster Band, Pogues, Stoaters, Figgy Duff have played there.
Mostly rock acts play there, though.
 
 
Festivals
-----------------
A few years ago there was a festival called the Celtica Festival,
but it was poorly advertised and the weather was bad, so it became
a one-time event.  (But it was a great location --- full moon
over the water, sitting on the grass, and the weather was great
for part of the weekend.   It was also sandwiched in between the
heavyweights jazz and folk festivals.  Acts included De Dannaan,
Alan Stivell, Andy Stewart and Manus Lunny, The Clansmen,
The Stoaters, Blackthorn, Plethyn and more.)
 
The Vancouver Folk Festival:  usually the third weekend in July,
or thereabouts.   Few local acts, mostly international acts,
perhaps 10% celtic.  Altan, the House Band, Boys of the Lough
and many more have played.  I think this year Wolfstone and
maybe ARcady are coming.  Cost: expensive (I can get a $65
group early-bird pass but it rises to $85 at the gate,
for the whole weekend).  Location: in a grassy park, next
to the beach, next to the youth hostel, halfway between
downtown and the university (where there is a nude beach).
No camping (except for performers/volunteers?) on site,
so may be inconvenient for some, but not for me.  Lots
of great food, and they use real (washable) dishes.
 
The Mission Folk Festival: smaller festival held in early
August, with more local acts but some major Canadian acts
and international ones ocasionally,  Probably 40% celtic.
This year the Albion Band is coming.  Good camping.
 
The Winter Roots Music Festival.   Small February weekend
festival put on at the W.I.S.E. Hall.  About 60% celtic.
Mostly local and some touring Canadian acts.  Past acts
have included Bourne and MacLeod, Spirit of the West,
Stephen Fearing, James Keelaghan, Eileen McGann, Colleen
Eccleston and Rattle in the Dash, Valdy, Tempest and many
more.  Lots of intimate workshops.  Cost: intermediate,
maybe $30 or so for the weekend.
 
There are also some great festivals on some of the Gulf
Islands, including Saltspring, and probably one in Victoria.
Nearby Seattle has two major festivals: Folklife and Bumbershoot.
I think Folklife is free and Bumbershoot is very cheap.
 
The Vanacouver Community Festival Association is currently
planning a festival along the lines of Seattle's Folklife.
It will be on the Victoria Day weekend in 1994, and we are
still searching for a venue.  It will feature mainly local
(Greater Vancouver acts), with some acts from the rest of BC
and a few from Alberta and Washington state.   It will be
a family oriented event, with lots of workshops,  daycare space,
different types of performance and art display spaces, etc
and will be free.
 
 
 
   Other notable Canadian celtic acts are:
		  The Rankin Family (several recordings)
Good vocal harmonies but not exceotional instrumentals.  They are
good, but a little cute for my taste.  They are getting popular/expensive.
Mostly Scottish/Cape Breton tunes but some Irish ones.
		  The Barra McNeils
Better instrumentals than the Rankins, not bad vocals, more traditional
in approach.  Again, mostly Cape Breton and Scottish but some Irish stuff.
		  Loreeena McKennit (Elemental, Parallel Dreams,
                                To Drive the Cold Winter Away, The Visit)
Won a Juno recently.  She plays harp and has a great voice and a great
backing band, and is making inroads in the States in folk and new-age markets.
She blends ancient celtic stuff with some music of other cultures (e.g.,
India).   Some of her stuff is similar to Enya.
		  Rare Air --- bagpipe celtic/world beat rock band
		  Celtic Blue  --- ???
                  La Bottine Souriante (Quebecois/celtic)
             great toe tapping accordion/fiddle music, some jazzy.
                      Green Linnet for some, Rounder    for some
                      43 Beaver Brook Rd.    1 Camp St
                      Danbury CT 06810       Cambridge Massachusetts 02140
                  Orealis???
                      Green Linnet has some
		  and many others I'm sure, especially in Cape Breton
                   and the Ottawa valley, and probably Toronto, and
                 probably more in Newfoundland by now, since I haven't
               been home in more than a year.
 
 
Other major Canadian festivals with lots of celtic acts include:
 
Winnipeg
Edmonton
Lunenberg
Mariposa
 
 
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