Seventh Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 15 to Sunday 17 August ~ 2014

Audience in Veteran's Square

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The 7th Annual Princeton Traditional Music Festival begins next Friday. 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 and Orkestar Šlivovica. On Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17 there will be music from 10 am until 6 pm right in downtown Princeton. This year features an exciting lineup of new talent together with many familiar faces from past years.

The Traditional Music Festival presents music that comes out of communities where people participate in music-making. The Festival tries to provide this sense of participation by remaining intimate. Performers are close to the audience and invite them to participate by singing along or by dancing. The ultimate participatory experience at the Festival is the Shanty Session under the gazebo in Veterans’ Square. Shanties are songs that were sung by sailors on tall ships. The songs helped sailors work in rhythm and gave them extra oomph while raising sails or hauling in the anchor. Shanties were led by a shantyman, an experienced sailor who knew the right rhythm for each job. Shanties also had simple choruses that were easy to learn and sing so that everyone could join in.

The Shanty Session is just one of the events taking place at this year’s Festival. The best thing about it is that it’s free – no admission is charged. It’s run entirely by volunteers including the musicians.

This Year's Performers

Details of the performers you will meet this year are now posted on the "Performers 2014" page. Click here or on the navigation link at the top.

Mary Armitage and Marian Buechert,      Alex Atamanenko,     Bevan Bartlett,     Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat,      Laura Bassett,     Claddach,     Coming and Going,      Chris Corrigan and Áine Corrigan-Frost,      Barbara and David Denz,     The Diggers,      The Drunken Maidens,     Erratica,      John Gothard,      Rosaleen Gregory with David Gregory,      Tim Hall,      Hard Row,      Stewart Hendrickson,      In the Family Way,      Stuart James,      David Kessler,      John Kidder,      Jill King,      Bob Large,      The Lazy Jacks,      Lemon Gin,      Los Porteños del Norte,      Bruce MacIntyre,      Mike Marker,      Janet Michael,      Murphy and Middaugh,      Orkestar Šlivovica,      The Psycho Acoustic Ceili Band,      Les Racines,      Rakkab featuring Aviva and Nina D.,      Tom Rawson,      Brad Reynolds and Valerie Cohen,      Brian Robertson,      Chris Roe,      Helen Shilladay,      The Solidarity Notes Labour Choir,      Songtree,      Sound and Fury Morris,      Simon Trevelyan,      Triskele Celtic Trio,      Uncle Ron Gerard,     Randy Vic and Becky Deryckx,      John Walsh,      Jeff Warner

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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.


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!

Festival Audience



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