Tenth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August ~ 2017




Audience in Veteran's Square


You can view or download and print these schedules:





We also print a comprehensive program which is distributed around most of this corner of the province. You can get one at the Festival, but they are now available almost everywhere.



MARY ARMITAGE
traditional songs “Better to have loved and lost!”

ALEX ATAMANENKO and JENNIFER VOYKIN
will be singing songs in Russian

JON BARTLETT and RIKA RUBSAAT
BC and Canadian songs

BLACKIE and PETE
shuttle pipes and guitar

BOB BOSSIN
funny, informative and inspiring

CAT MAC
song with button accordion, bass, and guitar

CLAIRE BOUCHER and BRAD HURLEY
traditional songs of Brittany

MARIAN BUECHERT
traditional ballads and humorous parodies

LINDA CHOBOTUCK
labour songs

“CLARE”ITY
Irish music

BARRY COLE
dance tunes, traditional ballads, and chorus-rich songs from pubs, sea shanties, and many trades

COMING and GOING
mandolin and fiddle

BARBARA and DAVID DENZ
eclectic Celtic

THE DIGITARY DO’S
chorus songs and traditional tunes

LES FLEURS SAUVAGES
a cappella and French-Canadian songs

JOHN GOTHARD
traditional songs of the British Isles, many with Irish connections

ROSALEEN GREGORY
music, poetry and stories of the British tradition

JASON HALL
the Hungarian tárogató, a distant relative of the clarinet

TIM HALL
old-time to maritime to ragtime

HARD ROW
the songs of history that tell today’s stories

DAVID INGERSON
old-style Irish songs

THE IRISH WAKERS
lively traditional Irish songs, shanties, and tunes

JIM AND MADELEINE
travelling bard meets singing washerwoman

COLIN JORDAN
eclectic mix of folk blues

JUGBANDITS
jugified ragtime to skiffle, old time country to blues, folk to swing

DAVID KESSLER
songs surrounded by odd stories

JOHN KIDDER
straight (and twisted) songs and tales from the early days of the North American cowboy

LIBERTY
traditional jigs, reels, hornpipes, songs from Ireland and the British Isles

LYN AND STONEY
in the Face of Oppressors: Songs of Sadness, Rage and Laughter

ALLAN MARKIN
songs based on stories from Doukhobor history

MARTINGALE
voice and guitar - history in action

THE MERRY MCKENTYS
diverse set of original and traditional tunes and songs with Irish, Scottish, Canadian and American roots

MIKE and NAKOS
country blues and American musical mergings

MURPHY, MIDDAUGH and RIDEOUT
old-time and traditional songs

HARRY and JENNY O’NEILL
traditional music and songs from Ireland and the British Isles

RATTLEBONE BAND
rollicking English jigs, reels and hornpipes and the odd song

RAVENSONG
traditional British music from drinking songs to ballads and lullabies

TOM RAWSON
folksinger/storyteller - gospel, old time, and contemporary easy-to-sing-along-songs

DOUG REID
Scottish songs and Robert Burns poetry

THE RELATIVE MINERS
mostly traditional songs with a focus on North American songs

BRIAN ROBERTSON
rousing shanties, Celtic music

HARLEY ROTHSTEIN
songs from North America, Britain, Spain and Eastern Europe

NORBERT RUEBSAAT
songs and stories of an immigrant

HELEN SHILLADAY
folk songs in a contrast of jolly and melancholy

PATRICK SPEARING
songs from Britian and Australia

TRISKELE
traditional Celtic songs and ballads plus jigs, reels, polkas, waltzes and strathspeys from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Atlantic Provinces

THE VAN LIDTH DE JEUDE FAMILY
traditional songs from North America and the British Isles

VANCOUVER MORRIS MEN
very old type of dance from England, traditionally danced only by men

VAZZY
traditional and original songs from Acadia and Quebec, Métis, and Canadian fiddle traditions

VOICES THREE
folk, blues, bluegrass and gospel a cappella

THE WHEAT IN THE BARLEY
Canadian roots music with a major make-over - Celtic, Slavic, French Canadian, Yiddish, Cajun, blues and more

WHISKEY AND THE WAILIN WITCH
heavily influenced by the country blues and jazz greats of the 20’s through 50’s

LEAH WILLIAMS and MARK DOWNING
thoughtful and expressive lyrics framed by instrumental counterpoint on guitar, flute, whistle, recorder, quena and harmonica

WITHOUT A NET
a mixture of traditional klezmer music and original songs with a frankly cynical inclination


WORKSHOPS

SONGS OF LA FRANCOPHONIE
Saturday 12:30 – 1;30 pm Vermilion Stage
France, Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, and many other places are its children – shared by Claire Boucher, Les Fleurs Sauvages, Lyn Pinkerton, Rika Ruebsaat and Vazzy.

TRADITIONAL BALLADS from the Child Collection
Saturday 1:30 pm– 2;30 pm Museum Stage
Ballads are songs that tell stories. - Rosaleen Gregory, Tim Hall, Lyn Pinkerton, and Emily and Lyn Van Lidth de Jeude.

TEN FIDDLES
Saturday 2 pm– 3;30 pm Vermilion Stage
The fiddle is the powerhouse of the band and the centrepiece of the session. Tracy Beckett, Michael Burnyeat, Nils Chase, Barry Cole, Heather Fenwick, Immanuel, Francis and Robert McKenty, Randy Vic and Bryn Wilkin.

SIX BANJOS
Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 pm Vermilion Stage
There are many jokes about banjos, but when played well they are a joy to the ear. - Bob Bossin, David Lowther, Mike Marker, Kate Semple, Tom Rawson and Jerry Middaugh.

IRISH SESSION
Sunday 11 am –noon Vermilion Stage
Celtic fiddlers, guitar players, flautists, pipers, and the like

SONGS OF THE SEA
Sunday 12 – 1 pm Museum Stage
songs about the girls on shore, shipwrecks and fishing on the west coast - Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat, John Gothard, Tim Hall, David Kessler and Patrick Spearing.

SHANTY SESSION
Sunday 1 – 1:45 pm Gazebo next to Vermilion Stage
work songs of the sea, sung by shantypersons and you – the crew

SONGS OF SOCIAL CHANGE
Sunday 2 – 3 pm, Museum Square Stage
take heart in these songs that speak of the struggle for a better world - Bob Bossin, Linda Chobotuck, Tim Hall, Jim and Madeleine and Lyn and Stoney.



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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.

Donate

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.

Volunteers

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

Vendors

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

Sponsors

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!

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