Thirteenth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August ~ 2020

Audience in Veteran's Square

This year's draft schedules will be out some time after registration closes.
Stay tuned for updates.


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.

AMALAGAMATED DOUKHOBOR CHOIR - traditional Doukhobor singing
GRAHAM BALDWIN - songs of life's seasons and struggles
JON BARTLETT and RIKA RUEBSAAT- BC and Canadian songs
ROBERT BERTRAND - country blues with guitar and harmonica
BOB BOSSIN - pretend folk songs
BRITISH COLUMBIA REGIMENT BAND - making music since 1901
MARIAN BUECHERT - traditional songs from home and abroad
MICHAEL BURNYEAT - champion fiddler
BUSHY PARK - all-woman country band
CHANTECLAIR- three-part a capella harmonies
LINDA CHOBOTUCK- songs of work and social justice
BARRY COLE - traditional ballads with multi instruments
ERIC COYLE - Scottish traditional and Glasgow street songs
BARBARA and DAVID DENZ - follow the Celts
THE DIGITARY DOS- chorus songs and traditional tunes
FRASER UNION - topical songs of significance
STEVE GIDORA and MICHAEL BURNYEAT - songs of social significance
JOHN GOTHARD - songs of the British Isles
ROSALEEN and DAVID GREGORY - traditional songs and ballads
HALFWYCH - feral folk
TIM HALL - maritime, ragtime, old-time
STEWART HENDRICKSON - fiddle tunes from across the pond
JAEGER and REID- heartfelt harmonies
TIM JENKINS, BALLADEER - Pacific Northwest ballad singer
TIM JENKINS, BALLADEER - Pacific Northwest ballad singer
THE JOOK JOINT JOKERS - blues galore
THE JUGBANDITS - roots string band
DAVID KESSLER - a capella songs with choruses
KING'S SHILLING - traditional singing duo
LIBERTY - traditional songs and tunes
LYN and STONEY - songs of hope against all odds
MADELEINE, JIM AND FRIENDS - songs to move, inspire and chuckle
THE MERRY MCKENTYS - upbeat family band
MIKE and NAKOS - American traditions with guitars, banjo and dobro
NEV MILLER - traditional English songs
MY AMERICAN BOYFRIEND- community singalong
NORTH BY WEST - traditional sea songs
ONEFOURFIVE - harmonies from the Republic of Georgia
HARRY and JENNY O'NEILL - Irish and British songs and tunes
PUSHKIN - Russian, Ukrainian and Canadian folk songs
RATTLEBONE BAND- rollicking English music and song
THE RELATIVE MINERS - harmonies, slide guitar, bad puns
RIDEAU ROUNDERS - traditional songs from eastern Canada
IAN ROBB - old and new songs from both sides of the pond
CHRIS ROE- old and new songs; dance tunes
HARLEY ROTHSTEIN - no song less than 40 years old
SARAH JANE SCOUTEN - traditional and original western Canadian songs
HELEN SHILLADAY - traditional songs from England
SHOEMAKER'S GOAT - harp, fiddle and concertina
PATRICK SPEARING - British and Australian songs
THE TAILOR - a world journey with banjo and East Van weirdo
VANCOUVER MORRIS MEN - traditional English dance
WITHOUT A NET - satiric songs and 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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