In just five weeks the streets of Princeton will once again be alive with the sound of fiddles, banjoes, singing and dancing. The 8th Annual Princeton Traditional Music Festival begins on Friday, 14 August. Come to Veterans’ Square at 6:15 pm for the opening ceremony and then kick up your heels to the music of Psycho Acoustic Ceili band. On Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16 there will be music from 10 am until 6 pm right in downtown Princeton.
This year’s Festival will see a number of new performers, among them William Pint and Felicia Dale from Tulalip Washington. Their performances include high energy modern interpretations of sea music such as shanties, poems and other sea songs. Their repertoire is mostly traditional though they have a few contemporary songs or poems set to music in the traditional vein. Felicia plays the hurdy-gurdy, an unusual, eerie-sounding instrument that dates back to before the 11th century. Between them they also play guitar, octave mandolin, ukulele, whistles and fiddle. They are known for their friendly stage presence, full sound and arrangements that support the words and emotions of the songs they sing.
Pint and Dale’s albums have been favourably reviewed in Dirty Linen magazine, Sing Out magazine, and Folk Roots magazine. They tour regularly in the UK as well as the United States and have also performed in The Netherlands, Germany, Poland and Estonia.
Pint and Dale is just one of the many new performing groups coming to the Princeton Traditional Music Festival. The Festival begins at 6:15 pm on Friday 14 August with an opening ceremony and a participatory dance on Veterans’ Way. The Traditional music Festival is all free and everyone is welcome. If you would like to find out more, visit the Festival’s website at www.princetontraditional.org. If you’d like to help out at the Festival or billet a performer the committee would love to hear from you.
Admission is FREE. Events are held on several stages in the centre of Princeton and begin on Friday evening with a public street dance and an Irish ceili band. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday there's a potpourri of concerts, workshops, and jams.
This event is primarily for and about the performers. Traditional Music lacks venue in the west, so players, singers, dancers, and fans are willing to travel in order to meet up. Professional performers are making personal sacrifices in order to be here, but the many people who come just to listen attests to the unique value of this event. For those new to the Festival please have a look at the Our Story page to learn about how it started and what Traditional Music means to us.
Nestled among rolling hills of ranchland, the little town of Princeton is the gateway to the Okanagan. About 300 km from Vancouver, it is the first town after Hope along the Crowsnest Highway. Summers are hot and dry - just what we like for our festival which takes place mostly in the streets.
In addition to the sponsors, this festival is primarily supported by hard work and artists who perform for free. However, we aim to pay for artist's meals and at least part of their transportation costs. Please consider contributing in order to help maintain this important cultural event.
You can support the continuing operation of the festival by buying a $10 membership.
Every year we need a stage crew, MCs, office staff, and many other important helpers. If you want to be part of this exciting event in this way, please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
We encourage the sale of food, crafts, art, and more at the Festival. Please contact the Vendor Coordinator. email@example.com
Funding for the Festival comes from donations, as well as grants
Town of Princeton, the
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, the Province of British
Columbia, and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of