Since 2008

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Festival Notes

Linda Allen

Linda Allen from Bellingham will be appearing for the first time at this year's Traditional Music Festival. Linda is a collector of songs as well as being a songwriter deeply rooted in tradition. Her songs bring alive the voices of pioneer women, suffragists, Rosie the Riveter, immigrants and so many more. Her passion for politics and history are at the heart of her music. Her mentors and heroes changed over the years, "to Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Malvina Reynolds," she says. "Those artists who were not afraid to put politics into their music. I believed and still do, that the right song in the right place can shift ways of thinking for people. And maybe shift this old world on its axis, just a bit." Linda grew up in a military family and moved a lot. "Traveling gave me a window into other cultures at a young age, and to see poverty and injustice up close," she says.

When she moved to Bellingham 45 years ago, Linda found projects "that connected me to the community through the songs and stories people told about their history. She gathered songs and stories into her 1978 The Rainy Songbook. Linda also sings songs of healing informed by her musical hospice work.

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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.

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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.


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


Funding for the Festival comes from donations, as well as grants from the Town of Princeton, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, the Province of British Columbia, and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of Canadian Heritage.

We thank you all!