Twelfth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August ~ 2019

Audience in Veteran's Square

Last year's schedules
Stay tuned for this year's.


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.

ALMALGAMATED DOUKHOBOR CHOIR – traditional Doukhobor singing
Mary ARMITAGE – “True Heroes & Heroines”
Jon BARTLETT & Rika RUEBSAAT – BC & Canadian songs
Laura BASSETT – songs of circus, spectacle & sideshows
BOB & LEW – songs from south of the equator
Bob BOSSIN – from song to video for social change
CHANTECLAIR – three-part a capella harmonies
Linda CHOBOTUCK – songs of work & social justice
“CLARE”ITY – fiddle music from County Clare, Ireland
COMING & GOING – tunes on fiddle & mandolin
DIGITARY DOS – chorus songs and traditional tunes
John GOTHARD – songs of the British Isles
Katie GREEN & Karen HEFFORD – settlers’ songs & ballads
Rosaleen GREGORY – traditional songs & ballads
Tim HALL– maritime, ragtime, oldtime
HARD ROW – songs that tell stories
HAZELWOOD & O’DEAN – work songs in harmony
IRISH WAKERS – Irish tunes & chorus songs
JAEGER & REID – heartfelt harmonies
Colin JORDAN – folk blues & traditional songs
JUGBANDITS – roots string band
David KESSLER – songs and choruses with stories
Jill KING – antipodean songs & stories
LIBERTY – traditional songs & tunes
LYN & STONEY – “Hard Hitting songs for Hard Hit People”
MADELEINE, JIM & SIMON - three singing expat Brits
MAMO – Calypso songs sung by Canadian queens
MIKE MARKER – American songs with banjo & guitar
NAN GREGORY – light-hearted half hour of folk stories
MY AMERICAN BOYFRIEND – community singalong
NORTH BY WEST – traditional sea songs
Harry & Jenny O’NEILL – Irish & British songs & tunes
PINT & DALE – energetic sea songs
The POSSE – songs from our families
Michael PRATT – traditional & original songs
RATTLEBONE BAND – rollicking English music & song
RAVENSONG – traditional sing-along songs
RELATIVE MINERS – harmonies, slide guitar, bad puns
REVOLUSON – eastern Mexican music
Brian ROBERTSON – songs of west coast life
Chris ROE – old & new songs; dance tunes
SHANGHAIED ON THE WILLAMETTE – songs plundered from land & sea
Helen SHILLADAY – traditional songs from England
SOLOMON JINKS & THE CAVALIERS – a trio of ill repute
SONGTREE – love songs through the ages
Patrick SPEARING – British & Australian songs
Simon TREVELYAN – bothy & broadside ballads
VAZZY – French Canadian songs ‘& tunes
WITHOUT A NET – songs & klezmer music


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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, and the Province of British Columbia.

We thank you all!

Festival Audience



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