Eighth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 14 to Sunday 16 August ~ 2015


The Madeiras

People say music is a universal language that can bridge cultural and linguistic differences. We are delighted that at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival we can showcase this bonding effect of music.

Many people in Princeton will know Rui Ferreira, a Rotary exchange student from Brazil who has been living and going to school in Princeton for the past year. Last fall Rui got to know Daniel Davidson, a Princeton resident and a retired mariner of thirty years. It soon became apparent that they both shared a passion for music and supported each other in their respective musical endeavors. They decided that playing together at the Princeton Traditional Music Festival would be a great way to bring their two musical cultures together. It would also be a celebratory fond farewell from Rui to his host family and all the friends he has made in Princeton over the past year. To that end Daniel and Rui have composed some songs that bring together the true life adventures from Daniel’s many years at sea, traditional Brazilian folk songs from Rui’s home in San Paulo, as well as a few original songs about Rui’s life in Canada. We look forward very much to this intercontinental, cross-cultural collaboration. Daniel and Rui will be performing under the name “The Madeiras.” Watch for them at the Festival.

This year’s Festival will feature more Latin American music from Los Porteños del Mundo, a family-based trio from Vancouver. They will take you on a journey through the many musical traditions of a variety of port cultures from Argentina to Canada with many stops in between. “Porteño” means “a person from the port.” The group has a particular passion for the traditional music of Latin America. Some of you may remember Michelle Cormier of Los Porteños del Mundo playing accordion at last year’s festival with a couple dancing the tango to the music. Porteños del Mundo’s passion for the music they play is expressed in their choice of repertoire that reveals the diverse cultural influences on many of these traditions as well as demonstrating the strong link that many people have to the sea and how living on its bustling shore influences their lives and their music.

It is with great pleasure that we once again welcome Princeton’s Member of Parliament, Alex Atamanenko, to sing at the Festival. Alex has performed at the Festival every year since 2010 and we are most grateful for his ongoing and enthusiastic support. This will be his last year as an MP and we look forward to having him perform next year in his “civvies”.

Alex has been singing for many years both as a solo performer and with a group called the Balladeers. He performs regularly in seniors’ homes in the Castlegar area. Alex will be singing Canadian folk songs, songs of the 1960’s folk revival as well as songs in Russian, a language he learned at home. Alex will be performing with Nick Plotnikoff.

Daniel and Rui, Los Porteños del Mundo and Alex Atamanenko are just a few of the items on the rich menu of music at this year’s Traditional Music Festival, The festivities begin on the town square on Friday 14 August at 6:15 pm. Then there is music from 10 am until 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday right in downtown Princeton. The best thing about it is that it’s free – no admission is charged. It is run entirely by volunteers including the musicians. 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.

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The Festival

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.

The Scene

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.


The Place

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.

Become a Member

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. volunteers@princetontraditional.org


We encourage the sale of food, crafts, art, and more at the Festival. Please contact the Vendor Coordinator. vendors@princetontraditional.org


Funding for the Festival comes from donations, as well as grants from the Town of Princeton, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, and the Province of British Columbia.

We thank you all!

Festival Audience



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