Twelfth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 16 to Sunday 18 August ~ 2019


The Festival presents concerts by individual performing groups and also workshops. A workshop focuses on a particular topic and is presented by a panel of singers and musicians who are on the stage at the same time. A host will introduce the panel and guide the workshop.


 Saturday 11 am - noon, Museum Square Stage
While CEOs and corporations float in a stratosphere of riches, much of the world struggles on the ground just trying to get by. Everywhere, including Canada, the gap between the rich and poor is getting wider each day. Before you get too depressed about it, take heart in these songs that speak of the struggle for a better world. Today’s singers are: Bob Bossin, Hard Row, Jim and Madeleine, Lyn and Stoney and Mike Marker.

 Saturday 1 -2 pm, Vermilion Stage
Put a bunch of passionate Celtic fiddlers, guitar players, flautists, pipers, and the like on stage together and see what happens!

 Saturday 2:30 – 3:30 pm, LibraryStage
Sailors bid farewell to sweethearts and sweethearts mourn their absence. Emigrants tearfully abandon hearth and home for unknown shores. Young men are drafted into the army or get shanghaied onto a ship. All and more of these heart-wrenching separations are celebrated in song. Today’s celebrants are Bevan Bartlett, Jim Edmondson, David Kessler, Chris Roe and Patrick Spearing.

 Saturday 3 – 4 pm, Museum Stage
There are many jokes about banjos, but when played well they are a joy to the ear. This session features five banjo virtuosos who will delight you with their frailing and finger picking – Tim Hall, Mike Marker, Alan O’Dean, Harry O’Neil and Kate Semple.

 Sunday 12 – 1 pm, Museum Stage
There are many instruments that use air to make music. Most often the air is supplied by someone’s breath, such as on woodwind instruments. On uilleann pipes, however, the air is supplied by a bellows that fills the air bag and is then squeezed into the chanters. In this session you will hear Hugh Brock on Irish flute and uilleann pipes, Becky Deryckx on flute, Suzanne Leclerc on harmonica, Mary Lowther on clarinet and Bill McLachlan on whistle.

 Sunday 1 – 1:45 pm, Gazebo next to Vermilion Stage
In the days of the tall ships, sailors used to sing songs called “shanties” while they worked. Shanties provided the rhythm that went with a particular job as well as giving sailors extra “oomph” to raise a sail or haul up the anchor. They’re great fun to sing along with, so join the throng under the gazebo!

 Sunday 2:30 – 3:30 pm, Museum Stage
The fiddle is the powerhouse of the band and the centrepiece of the session. Today’s fiddlers are Michael Burnyeat, Gordy Euler, Randy Vic, Bryn Wilkin and Nils Chase.

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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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